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Alma's Engine


Work by Eppchez!      

 

 

Driven to make art & community in the digital age.

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Alma's Engine


Work by Eppchez!      

 

 

Driven to make art & community in the digital age.

Welcome!

This website is the online home of my creative endeavors. It serves me as both a working portfolio and a sounding board for sharing and developing projects. I hope to use internet tools to be as transparent as possible with my process. Let me know if you are interested in building off of any of my ideas, or if you have an idea that you want to share with me.

Eyeball around my work in theater, music, video, and community activism, as well as my musings and dates/locations where we can chill in person.

In abundance, 
Eppchez!

They EXTRACT! Opening In Philly!!

may 20-29 AT THE ADRIENNE THEATER. click for tickets and info.


Writing


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Writing


Transparent Creative Process

In an experiment to explore my own process and to ask about what would happen to art if anyone who cared enough could comment on work in progress. I have decided to open my drafts up to you on Google Docs and my up to you on Twitter. 

Currently producing They Extract! so not writing much, but when I get back to it
- I will be writing in real time HERE.
- And reflecting as vulnerably as I know how on Twitter @Almasengine 

- You can read my explanation / statement of purpose / 'festo / reservations etc... HERE.
- HERE is an article about this project in Broad Street Review

 

Poems

A collection of recent poems.

 

Plays

They Extract!

HERE is the latest finished draft of the script. Currently in production opening May 27 in Philadelphia.

The Peony Pavilion

An adaptation of Xianzu Tang's 16th century opera.

Junk Redemption

A one-act about the spaces between artist, art, and audience. Currently undergoing revision with TCP. Get involved above!

46 Amboy St.

Three braided stories curious about family planning in 1916.
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Theater


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Theater


Here you can access my theater portfolio including photos and video from past productions, my current theatrical endeavors, as well as the thought experiments and workshop ideas I am currently developing.

Past workshop productions

2014

Click on show poster to view production photos. To view a full video click HERE.

Click on show poster to view production photos. To view a full video click HERE.

"They Extract!" is a full length work of physical theater that explores through a clowning magical-realism how commodification changes the resources that are most precious to us. Oil has been gone and Love™ is extracted as an energy source. The play follows a scientist and father, Vera his daughter, and the Loving Mine she falls in love with. 

2012

Click on show poster to view production photos.

Click on show poster to view production photos.

"Junk Redemption" is the story of a cosmopolitan, Black art dealer "discovering" a reclusive, White "outsider" artist. This is a play that asks about power dynamics between self-identified outsiders, ghosts, and the purpose of art.  

T.C.P. SCRIPTS FOR THEY EXTRACT! & JUNK REDEMPTION

Workshops & concepts in development

As if we need another White p.o.v.

A solo musical about whiteness through the lens at my particular intersection of identities.

Mo(ve)ments:

A catalog of choreography for theater. To View and suggest mo(ve)ments for the catalog click HERE.

Gravity Play:

I think that hills are very exciting! Gravity functions differently on hills making bodies move in strange and disorienting ways that suggest thought provoking physical metaphors. I would like to explore how to use hills to talk about bias and micro aggression. I would like to explore how to use hills to talk about other things too. I would like to explore how this metaphor changes during different seasons - with different surfaces: grass, leaves, snow, mud.

Ventriloquist Dialog:

I have been thinking about how rarely people listen in conversation. The concept of perception and how people often hear what they want to hear is ripe for theatrical exploration. I would like to explore how actors could speak each others lines inaccurately. How can actors appear to be speaking and gesticulating without talking themselves.  Could a world where this act of missed-perception is made physical and obvious be a place of humor and truth?

 

 

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Music


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Music


Often at my concerts I encourage note taking. These songs are certainly lyric-driven and I know that you will get the most out of them if you listen carefully to the words. I made most of these recordings alone with my guitar in my parents' basement. I am no instrumental virtuoso nor am I by any stretch an excellent audio engineer. If you feel compelled to help me and my music let me know. Similarly, if you have a piece of music that wants words and you would like me to take a stab at it, I certainly invite that also.


Self-Realized-Nation: a song cycle

released 03 July 2013

These songs came out of my observations of the Occupy movement from where I stood in 2011 on the periphery. Though 4 years later I sometimes forget that there was ever such a buzz I still believe that the true possibilities and the undeniable pitfalls represented in these songs are important to recall. The questions in these songs have guided me though many a crisis of purpose and I hope they can be helpful to others as well.

These songs came out of my observations of the Occupy movement from where I stood in 2011 on the periphery. Though 4 years later I sometimes forget that there was ever such a buzz I still believe that the true possibilities and the undeniable pitfalls represented in these songs are important to recall. The questions in these songs have guided me though many a crisis of purpose and I hope they can be helpful to others as well.

They taught me to say thank you.

An album in process

Click on the album art to listen and download my music on my bandcamp. You can name your own price.

Click on the album art to listen and download my music on my bandcamp. You can name your own price.

Interested in licensing? collaborating? covering? Please contact me with any questions about my music.

Here is a cover of my song Lonely from my dear friend BJ also known as Orkinpod.

Live performance videos & radio spots


Niijii Radio's Infinite Underground: Call-in interview with Alma from 2013

If you want to hear me talk about my music and my philosophy of song-writing and self then you might enjoy listening to this.

 

Wesleyan  Spring 2014

Filmed by Yatta Zoker

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Video & Visual


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Video & Visual


Pictures of Naked Women

 

KpatsaPatsaAtsaTsaSaA

 

Cleaning; a puppet demonstration in solidarity with the custodial staff at Wesleyan.

 

 

Filmed by
Otis Wheeler July 2013

 

July 2014

 

 

Fall 2013

Foley by Alma & Nate Repasz

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Tour & More


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Tour & More


BLOG 

Unlearning Prejudice

Join the Facebook Group  to find and share resources that have been helpful to you in your process of unlearning prejudice.

 

There are many ways to help me make art sustainably. This is just one way. 100% of all donations will go to my artistic endeavors. If you are interested in supporting a specific project you can specify that in a note after choosing the amount you'd like to donate.

Upcoming performance dates

Music

NOTE: I won't be playing out much for a while while I'm working on healing the tendinitis in my wrists and indirectly seeking band mates.

Theater

They Extract! May 20-22 & 25-29 @ The SkyBox at the Adrienne (2030 Sansom St) GET TICKETS

 


Contact Me