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A Ribbon About A Bomb

created & directed by Tess Howsam

written by  Karina Billini, Blake Bishton, Phillip Christian Smith, Georgina Escobar, Emily Krause, Elizagrace Madrone, Alexandra Paola

Alexis Roblan, Carmen Rivera, Alisa Zhulina

...Join the celebration and jump to the surreal world of A Ribbon About a Bomb.  Wander with Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, and Leonora Carrington through the abandoned halls of a mansion on Governors Island.  Audiences will cycle and muse on, as often the artists did in life, the duality of humanity, womanhood, and art.  The captivating, sometimes terrifying, work of these three women intertwine, as each attempts to shape their own reality in the face of systematic oppression and entrenched social hierarchies.  

Directed by Tess Howsam and written by a diverse team of ten playwrights, the play will feature and original score by KG Garligton and will be performed within original art installations.  The show’s premiere installation, Corseted Community is an artistic collaboration lead by Tess Howsam and Mila Villasana.  It showcases women artist forms America and Mexico. The project functions as a bridge of artistic disciplines and cultural boundaries, embodying women’s roles in a tempestuous, fragmented world.  Corseted Community will be open to the public regularly, as well as incorporated in the performance.  The show will also highlight an exciting partnership with Nineteenth Amendment, whose designers will be creating costumes specifically for the show, inspired by the production’s source material.

technical direction

Lee Collins

stage manager

Jillian Goldstein

lighting design by

Sara Gosses

sound design by

Carsen Joenk

costume design by

Matsy Stinson

fashion partner

Nineteenth Amendment


Carsen Joenk

original score by

KG Garlington

art design by

Andrea Caldarise

Lee Collins

Tess Howsam

Mila Villasana


Christin Cato, Stephanie Chloe Hepner, Mindy Leanse

Andrea Lopez, Blaire O’Leary, Sara Ornelas, Robyn Unger

Rosie Yadid, Zosha Warpeha

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