A Collection of Shiny Objects

A Collection of Shiny Objects is a performance collective founded and led by Elizabeth English, Jesse Geiger and Nathan Leigh, with a rotating group of collaborators and associate artists. We create live performance to explore the complexity of contemporary society and popular culture, especially representations of gender, sexuality, class and race. We are committed to blending performance disciplines: incorporating theater, music, dance, puppets, multimedia, and the deconstruction of the artifacts of popular culture. Our process is highly collaborative, involving many participating artists and multiple readings, workshops and developmental in-progress presentations. Our goals for open, in-progress showings are to allow audiences to view and to respond to the work and continue an artistic dialogue about its content and social meaning.

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by Mallery Avidon
directed by Jesse Geiger
Presented May 10-19, 2013 at HERE in NYC

When you've got two moms in a small town sometimes it's hard to believe "It Gets Better". For this "queerspawn" Kid, freshman year looks like it's only going to get worse. A comic drama for adults about imaginary friends and surviving high school.

Playwright Mallery Avidon’s original research was supported by Colage, the only national organization for people raised in LGBTQ families, where she had the opportunity to interview teens and young adult children about their experiences at home and in the world.


THE KID - David Rosenblatt*

ANOTHER KID - J. Alexander Coe*

THE NERD - Chris Perfetti*

AFRICAN KID - Akeem Baisden Folkes

BRAD PITT/McSTEAMY - Noel Joseph Allain*


THE NERD (U/S) - Jacob Mondry

(* denotes member of Actors' Equity Association)


Producer: Elizabeth R English

Scenic Design: Carolyn Mraz

Lighting Design: Natalie Robin

Composer/Sound Design: Nathan Leigh

Costume Design: Kerry Gibbons

Production Stage Manager: Rachel Manheimer

Technical Coordinator: Michael Moreno

Assistant Director: Conrad Kluck

Assistant Producer: Alex Randrup

“Achingly true....An all-too-apt expression of the interior world of a high school freshman” - Charles Isherwood,

"Honorable Mention" - Best New York Theater of 2013, THE ADVOCATE