(Photo: Andrew Schneider. pictured: Alicia ayo Ohs, Andrew Schneider)

What connections are we missing in an always-on world? Interactive media artist Andrew Schneider and recurring collaborators create a performance cartography of the all-too-fleeting revelations, narratives, and emotional interactions flooding our bodies and brains every second of every day. Audiences discover a living map with a multiplicity of narratives: a biker, oblivious of the car that will hit her six blocks away; a couple kissing goodbye, then going on to lead different lives; flight patterns; crossed paths; missed opportunities; and countless other trajectories, patterns, and futures. An intersection of visceral physicality, rapidly shifting technology, and fleeting interconnected stories, NERVOUS/SYSTEM decodes the possibilities we miss each time we blink.

NERVOUS/SYSTEM’s NYC premiere was at BAM’s 2018 Next Wave Festival Dec 12 – 15.

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Written, Directed & Designed by
Andrew Schneider

Associate director/Community accountability coordinator
Alicia ayo Ohs

Associate lighting designer
Chu-hsuan Chang

Associate sound designer
Sadah Espii Proctor

Sound engineer
Duncan Woodbury

Directing assistant
Kedian Keohan

Stage manager
Marisa Blankier

Production manager
Tim McEvoy

Lucy Jackson
Miranda Wright

Early content development by
Lindsay Head
Kedian Keohan
Peter Musante
Alicia ayo Ohs
Ashley Marie Ortiz
Jamie Roach

Performed by
T.L. Thompson (Pollster)
Lindsay Head
Antonio Irizarry
Kedian Keohan
Peter Musante
Ashley Marie Ortiz
Jamie Roach
Kate Athol
Chelsea Barker
John Gutierrez
Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs
Talia Paulette Oliveras
Kendall Cafaro (understudy)

(full credits for the 2018 BAM performance available here. Full credits for all other performances available upon request)

Commissioned by LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts Center

NERVOUS/SYSTEM is commissioned and developed in part by BAM for the 2018 Next Wave Festival, Live Arts Bard at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, and the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology.

NERVOUS/SYSTEM received significant development support from LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts and the LUMBERYARD residency program. Additional development support provided by Harbourfront Centre. NERVOUS/SYSTEM was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

NERVOUS/SYSTEM is produced
with and managed by Los Angeles
Performance Practice/