Wednesday, April 20, 2011


For those in the Baltimore/DC area - we invite you to a screening of our short film, Facedancing, directed by Gina Hirsch. The film is being presented as part of the shorts program at the Maryland Film Festival.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

facedancing is an official selection of the MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL!

It's true, folks! Our short film, facedancing, directed by Gina Hirsch, has just received its first official acceptance to a film festival. We hope for more success to follow, but in the meantime we are over the moon that our film will play in the beloved and charming metropolis of Baltimore, the hometown of Glass Contraption founder and performer, Justine Williams. The festival runs from May 5th - 8th, so if you are in the area, check it out! More details coming soon.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Our short film, FACEDANCING, screens at the IRT in NYC!

Saturday, November 6
7:30pm - 10:00pm
at the IRT - 154 Christopher Street/3rd floor

An evening of locally grown silent films and live music, puppets, theater, ukuleles, dance, stand-up and silent movie trivia and prizes!

Come support new work by local artists while drinking beer and laughing, crying, gasping and cheering…and seeing these talented people:

Nicole Beerman's velvety vocals
Nat Towsen's saucy stand-up
Gabriel Baron's comedic foolery
Megan Brunsvold's tapping feet
Elizabeth Hara's puppet birthday party

With films by
Coral Aiken, Emily Carmichael, Dave Droxler, Danielle Morgan, The Glass Contraption as well as a comedic overdub of a classic silent film clip!

Silent Movie-era attire strongly encouraged.

Doors at 7:30, show at 8pm!
Tickets $10

Thursday, August 26, 2010


We are assembling a fantastical line up of bands, comic dancers, funny people and filmmakers for The Triumphs and Disasters of Human Existence Presented to You, the good people of Brooklyn and the surrounding boroughs!, an evening of comedy, music, theater, film and “new vaudeville”, celebrating the highest highs and lowest lows of human experience.

Emceed by comedian/performer, Drae Campbell, the night will feature the musical stylings of NY-based banjo driven folk rock band, Tall Tall Trees (with singer/songwriter Mike Savino, guitarist Kyle Sanna, bassist Benjamin Campbell, and eccentric percussionist Mathias Kunzli) and the old-timey band, The Wiyos. Featuring front-man Michael Farkas, The Wiyos are renowned for their vintage sound and vaudevillian stage antics.

The night will also highlight clown-inspired performances by yours truly, The Glass Contraption; a “sermon” by comedian and amateur love doctor, Jason Quarles, who will be dispensing love advice; a series of short comic films by award-winning video artist, Shannon Plumb (; a world premiere screening of a new short film created and performed by The Glass Contraption and directed/edited by Gina Hirsch (You Move Me), and more!

Mark your calendars everybody!!!

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010


The Fabulous Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Arrivals begin at 7:30pm and the show starts promptly at 8pm!

Tickets are $15 at the door or via PayPal

Old-timey formal attire is not required, but enthusiastically encouraged! Expect cigarette girls/boys dispensing lollipops and popcorn, flashbulbs and a big finale number!

( for directions and more info!)

Monday, May 31, 2010

TGC receives a development residency at The Orchard Project

The Glass Contraption leaves for the fancy-pants Orchard Project on June 27th to continue work on our latest show, "Not for the Faint of Heart", an exploration into secrets and confessions, revelations, inner worlds and the difficulty of being vulnerable in front of other people. What kind of tree will we grow while at the Orchard Project? Will it be a shrub, a maple or a mighty spruce? Check out all the exciting artists and projects that will also be developing new work at the OP this summer...we can't wait to make some new friends.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


The Glass Contraption presented an excerpt from our latest work in progress, "Not for the Faint of Heart" at the Kitchen last week. Some nice gentleman at Broadway World thought to single us out in his review!

Thanks to all who came out to see what we have been cooking up!

And thanks to the Pele Bauch and the Field for all their support during the development process.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


2008 Winter-Spring Banner
The Field Presents:
Winter Residents' Showcase
@ The Kitchen

Monday, March 22, 7:30pm
The Glass Contraption by Catherine Mueller
The Field's Emerging Artist Residency supports the individual creative process with three months of rehearsal space and workshops.

Join us for an evening of works-in-progress as the Winter 2010 residents harvest their creative crop...
Jean Ann Douglas by Jared Mezzocchi
Emerging Artist Residents:

Cara Scarmack: The Leavings, with Jane Elliott, Priscilla Holbrook, Ashley Nease, Stephanie Viola & Nathan Richard Wagner

The Glass Contraption: Animals' Heads, by Michael Crane, Andy Grotelueschen, Catherine Mueller & Justine Williams

Rachel Klein
Jean Ann Douglass
: The Backroad Homeshow

Melinda Lee: Lines of Fictions, with choreography by Jane Smith

Paden Fallis with Rocketship Productions: Losing Sight, directed by Chuck Hudson

tl;dr by Alistair Schneider
Rachel Klein Productions
: The Tragedy of Maria Macabre
, with Elizabeth Stewart, Michael Porsche, Abigail Hawk, Megan O'Connor, Eric Schmalenberger, Danielle Marie Fusco, Preston Burger, Brian Rubiano & Freddy Mancilla

tl;dr: Second Empire, by Nicholas Bruder, Leilani Drakeford, Loren Fenton & Alistair Schneider
LOCATION: The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Between 10th & 11th Avenues
A/C/E to 14th Street, L to 8th Avenue, 1 to 18th Street

Photo Credits (top to bottom): The Glass Contraption by Catherine Mueller, Jean Ann Douglass by Jared Mezzocchi, Rachel Klein by Beau Allulli, tl;dr by Alistair Schneider

From our Friends at Dixon Place
Home of last season's Emerging Artist Residency Showcase...

Annette by Regina Nejman
Fridays & Saturdays, March 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30pm

A Mondo Cané Commission

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street (map it)
Reservations: (212) 219-0736 Get Tickets

"Vivid...kinkily athletic...explosive..." -Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice
"dynamic...compelling...unexpected..." -David St.-Lascaux, Brooklyn Rail

Annette and Oliver, two fragmented characters struggle for survival and understanding in this multi-media dance piece, inspired by choreographer Regina Nejman's own experiences teaching in a psychiatric outpatient program. Read more...