Human 2.0 Artist – Maria Portman Kelly

This interview series will focus on the artists of DEINDE and ForePlay Human 2.0, asking them to riff on the themes and question of the plays.

Maria Portman Kelly is not only a veteran of past ForePlays, but the memorably funny, heartbreaking Suzy in our production of Pretty Theft. She was a haunting force in Generation and a heck of a universal mover in jericho jericho for our 4/9 ForePlay, and now she’s here to answer all your questions about the future.

What crazy invention are you most looking forward to in the future?
A device that will allow me to be in more than one place at a time.

In 2051, theatre will be_____

If you could evolve one of your own senses, which would it be, and why?
Taste, because living in New York often makes me want to diminish the others.

For the human race to evolve, it will need to practice____

If you had the opportunity to think and feel directly into a computer, would you take it?

What do you have coming up in the near future that you want our readers to know about it?
The 2nd Annual Big Green Theater Festival at The Bushwick Starr! Superhero Clubhouse presents eco-plays by the fifth grade playwrights of PS 123 using only green theater methods April 28th & 29th!

Maria Portman Kelly is First Mate of Superhero Clubhouse, a sustainable theater collective dedicated to creating ecologically-inspired plays that ignite environmental conversations which inspire action to revolutionize the art form and save the world. She has performed with Flux Theatre Ensemble, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Culture Project, and Actors Theatre of Louisville, among others. Additionally, Maria is Programs Manager for Brooklyn Parkinson Group, a nonprofit organization offering community-based arts, exercise, and education opportunities for persons with Parkinson’s disease and their families. She holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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