Something’s in the Water at Abortion Beach!

Written & Directed by Scottie Harvey
Music Written & Performed by Henry Ryeder

Friday, June 3 @ 7PM
Ars Nova | 511 West 54th Street
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How can we talk about what matters to us? When a song from a poorly aged anti-abortion beach musical awakens memories of a faraway life, beatnik Sissy questions her current sense of agency. As time passes and culture shifts, how do we make sense of the past? And do we even care anymore?

Featuring Hannah Kallenbach and Henry Ryeder
Written & Directed by Scottie Harvey
Music Written & Performed by Henry Ryeder
Associate Director Zakk Ottmers
Produced by Carl Holder

Photos by Erica Keck





SCOTTIE HARVEY is a writer and animator from Los Angeles, now living in Brooklyn. She received her BFA & MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she found animation’s unlikely twin in theatre. Her work revolves around the specific formalities of time-based mediums, be it through plays about ethically dubious depictions of violence on stage or painstakingly animated cartoons set to stream-of-consciousness babbling. While the content of her work is darkly comic, it is nestled inside of disarming stylistic imperfection, almost resembling childlike naïveté. “Darling, I’m marveling at it all” will be her final words.

HANNAH KALLENBACH (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based actor and performance artist whose work takes many forms in various mediums, from durational site-specific installations to multi-media devised works to short films. She has written and performed numerous original pieces at venues such as Ars Nova, Triskelion Arts, JACK, Silent Barn, 80 WSE Gallery, The Tank, The Brick, Vital Joint, The Windjammer and Dixon Place. She has participated in festivals such as The Exponential Festival, The Prelude Festival, ?!:New Works, and SalOn!. Her most recent work, Bullshit, premiered at Ars Nova as part of the Vision Residency. Bullshit was devised and performed with Alexander Paris and was curated by Machel Ross. Hannah’s current artistic interest is personifying automated bathroom appliances. BFA NYU.
HENRY RYEDER is an artist and musician based in Brooklyn, New York. Raised on the lush melodic midcentury popular songs of Henry Mancini, the Beatles, and Burt Bacharach, Henry later grew to love the compositions of avant-garde artists in electronic music, from the mind-bending classical compositions of Wendy Carlos and Suzanne Ciani to the hyperrealism of SOPHIE and Hannah Diamond. Never stopping to make these disparate aesthetics fit neatly, Henry likes to push the concept of composition into our century with hungry fervor. Henry’s debut EP Release Party will be open to the public at Honey’s Brooklyn on Thursday, June 23rd
ZAKK OTTMERS is a theatre and short film director based out of New York. Ever since he was a small child, he has been entranced by the world of film and theatre. His passion for both has led him to New York from small town Texas to create pieces that invoke an audience to keep thinking far after they have watched what he has created. Currently earning his Masters in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School, Zakk is excited to be a part of the Abortion Beach family! He would like to think Scottie and Carl for this amazing opportunity.
CARL HOLDER is a theatermaker who received his BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU/Tisch. Carl has developed and/or performed work with Incubator Arts Project, EST, Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation, The Tank, FringeNYC, The Brick, Standard Toykraft, The Gym at Judson, House of Yes, Hearth Gods, Allegra LaViola Gallery, The Gene Frankel, Ice Factory and The New Ohio. Carl is the Performing Arts Instructor at Garden School in Jackson Heights Queens and also teaches Playwriting Intensives through The Brick’s education program. Carl lives and writes in Brooklyn with two roommates and his dog Amelia.