(beyond) Doomsday Scrolling
A fierce, feminist, epic cabaret about women, war, displacement and resistance, (beyond) Doomsday Scrolling takes us into an imagined theatre sheltering women fleeing from wars across time and across the globe. It connects the 2022 invasion of Ukraine with the larger landscape of systemic inequity and aggression around the world – and amplifies the voices of women as social actors in war time.
Featuring a live ensemble and songs ranging freely over cultures, eras, and genres, this multi-lingual show is performed by 12 women – and one man – from 10 countries and multiple generations – engaging experiences of war and displacement through drama, music, satire, living newspaper, personal testimony, and fragments from the rich tradition of women’s war writing.
Presenting freshly devised material in each iteration, this performance aims to bear witness, to raise humanitarian aid, and to stand in international solidarity with refugees, and against the divisions being sown between peoples.
Collaborating artists and company members:
Monica Blaze Leavitt*, Simona DeFeo, Ylfa Edelstein, Claudia Godi*, Adriana Camila Gonzalez, Jeremy Goren, Savanna Kenny*, Eka Kukhianidze, Alina Mihailevschi, Wilemina Olivia-Garcia*, Kathryn Mederos Syssoyeva, Lesya Verba, Weronika Wozniak, Diana Zhdanova
Musician: Alex Alabin
Dramaturgs: Orian Assayag, Lu Li
Directed by Kathryn Mederos Syssoyeva with Jeremy Goren and Diana Zhdanova
*Equity Member appearing with permission of Actor’s Equity Association without benefit of an Equity contract in this Off-Off Broadway production.
AnomalousCo is a predominantly queer/women-led, feminist, performance collective, collaboratively creating transdisciplinary work at the intersection of drama, physical theatre, new media, installation and immersive performance, and music.
This production was developed with the support of The Center at West Park’s Artist Residency Program.
FEB 24 — The performance on 2/24 will honor a year of Ukraine’s resistance against Russia’s most recent military aggression. Following the performance, stay for a conversation with Ukrainian actress Lilian LeVos and an interview with her colleagues at proEnglish Theatre in Kyiv, whose members have been both making important theatre and serving their community throughout the war. Their work has greatly inspired our team. AnomalousCo will donate all of our box-office proceeds from tonight’s tickets to support people affected by the war.
FEB 25 — Lorena Kourousias, Executive Director of Mixteca, and Angelo Cabrera will join us after the performance for a brief conversation about what’s going on with the Mexican and Latin American immigrant community in Brooklyn — and offer avenues for direct action we each might take to support our neighbors who have sought a better life here. Established more than 20 years ago, Mixteca is working hard to serve — among others — asylum seekers who were bussed up to NYC by border-state governors. To learn more about Mixteca’s vital work or to find out how to donate or volunteer, visit: mixteca.org
- Donate clothing: Red Hook Mutual Aid is rapidly responding to the asylum seekers heading to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. It’s expected to hold up to 1,000+ asylum seekers. They are collecting gently used and new MEN’S clothing items at drop-off points throughout the week.Click here to view their requests.
- Cook & donate food: CHiPs Soup Kitchen is working to feed asylum seekers and community members fresh, hot meals. They need food donations and volunteers. Click here to see what items they need & how to sign up to help.
- Care packages: Finally, we need care packages again! Stay tuned for more details, but in the interim, check out this graphic for how to make a DIY care package. Feel free to customize them with welcome notes, goodies, and snacks!
- Baby supplies: There remains an ongoing need for baby formula, diapers, and postpartum supplies from both recently arrived asylum-seeker families and longtime residents. We’re calling for both supply and financial donations to support new parents and our littlest neighbors. Click here to commit to donating baby supplies! Click here to donate via Venmo — use a baby-themed emoji so we know what it’s for. ($25 buys 18 oz of powdered formula!)
- Meal prep: P.S. 124 is providing daily meals for 250-300 families right now. If you are able to help make packed single or double serving meals, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sort clothes & donate $$: Gowanus Mutual Aid is supporting newly arrived migrants staying at a shelter in Gowanus. At the moment, there’s no need for clothing donations, but you can sign up to volunteer to help sort clothes, or donate so they can purchase outstanding items in-need.
Until further notice, all patrons attending HERE performances and events will be required to wear masks (KN95 or KF94 masks are strongly recommended).
Proof of vaccination is no longer required.
We ask all audience members to please stay home if they have a sore throat, are feeling sick in any other way, or have been recently exposed to COVID-19, and to please contact the box office for refunds or exchanges.
All of our performers, technicians, and staff members are required to be fully vaccinated and masked unless they are onstage performing. Additionally, they are participating in an active testing regimen to keep everyone as safe as possible.
HERE reserves the right to revise protocols as the rate of transmission changes and in light of new scientific data that may present itself.