Dad Band

Written and performed by Sacha Yanow
Directing Consultant: Leslie Strongwater
Premiere: November 13, 2015, The New Museum, NY

An intimate psychological portrait of the artist’s father, her internalized dad, and patriarchy in general. For one night only, “Dad” covers and lip synchs to his favorite songs from the 50s and 60s, shares footage of his 1970s winning appearance on the To Tell the Truth game show, presents motivational speeches, and more. His button-down shirts become his costumes, his yellow notepad—usually reserved for stock market details—contains his set list, and his Agatha Christie novel collection and Wall Street Journal become his props. Over the course of the evening, we get to know Dad as he dances, sings, screams, and lectures.  

Dad Band was conceived and premiered during Wynne Greenwood's Kelly exhibition and residency in Fall 2015 at the New Museum in New York, curated by Johanna Burton, Stephanie Snyder, and Sara O'Keeffe.

Dad Band essay by Svetlana Kitto commissioned by the Cooley Gallery VIEW HERE

Past Performance Dates:
June 16-18, 2017 Festival Theaterformen, Hannover, Germany.
June 4th, 2017 Joe's Pub, NYC.
September 15th, 2016 Reed College Black Box theater, co-presented by the Cooley Gallery and PICA's TBA Festival, Portland, OR.

November 13, 2015, the New Museum, New York.