directed by Tess Howsam & Porcia Lewis

developed as a part of Guild Hall's Artist in Residency

written by Leah Barker, Emily Krause, and E​linor T. Vanderburg

graphic design by Ran Xia

Two people, a fish, a New York City apartment on top of a trailer bed, and you. Exquisite Corpse Company is back with an interactive, immersive, and portable living diorama of 2020. Written by our writers in residence: Leah Barker, Emily Krause, and Elinor T. Vanderburg, and directed by artistic director Tess Howsam, Zoetrope will be on the streets, literally, of Brooklyn and beyond with socially distanced seating for a limited and lucky audience, summer 2021.


The mission of this project is to use our shared experiences as a nation and as individuals, to create an interactive performance that offers reflective healing and generative dialogue as we continue to process 2020 in 2021. Linking moments of connection and loneliness, with a surrealist twist, this mobile piece presents an accessible (Covid-19 conscious) platform for people across the New York City boroughs and state lines.


Over the course of 35 minutes, the audience experiences an interactive, COVID-19 safe, live performance, and plays a role in dictating the way the story plays out.  The project aims to explore interactivity and intimacy in a time of isolation. Functioning like a traveling peep-show, audience members peer inside a living room that is equal parts familiar and absurd as they experience a living room drama unlike any they’ve seen before.

Summer 2021

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​lighting design by

Krista Smith

sound design and

interactive inventions by

Jesse Vance

costume design by

Matsy Stinson

COVID-19 Consulting by

Zachry J Bailey


Liz Frost​

art direction by

Tess Howsam

art design by

Emily Addison

Dominica P Hutson-Montoya

casting by

Blaire O'Leary & Danny Wilfred

graphic design by 

Ran Xia

Personal Relations with

Emily Owens PR

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