Dysfunctional Collective 2018

This summer Dysfunctional Theatre returns to Governor’s Island for our fourth summer of transforming House 8B on Nolan Park into a grab box of art, poetry, dance, theater and song.  Each week new works will be offered. Stop by weekends May 6th through October 28th between 12pm – 5pm to explore the house and experience art created by New York City independent artists for the public.  Have your picture snapped, hear a song, see a short play and explore the house with us.

To get to Governor’s Island you’ll need to take the ferry! For departure times and locations as well as more information about Governor’s Island visit: www.govisland.com. Once you’re on the island we’re easy to find, follow the signs to Nolan Park! Our house is marked on the map below. Click to enlarge!

The Dysfunctional Collective Summer 2018 Schedule


The Feminist Agenda – Saturdays & Sunday in May and June

**Sunday May 6th only** knitting demonstration & discussion, 2-4pm

The Feminist Agenda is a Dysfunctional Theatre protest art exhibit about the current state of affairs for women in today’s society. The exhibit has two aspects: One…a room where visitors can surround themselves with the words of strong women for inspiration and strength. The second, a room that focuses on the #MeToo and #TimesUp stories of women with accompanying photographs by photographer Cary Davis. With an emphasis on diversity and intersectionality, and by encouraging guests to anonymously share their own experiences, we hope to provide a safe space for stories, reflection and open dialogue.

I ♥️ Show-tunes – May 19 & 20, June 2, 9 & 16, September 9

Downtown princess and Broadway geek Mel DeLancey sings her favorites from the genre. In her “Show-tuned out” living room you’ll rediscover standards from the musical theater cannon with both historical context and modern perspective.

 Bobby Oahu – May 20, June 3 & 10

Appearing at Governor’s Island… yet again,  Bobby Oahu (Josh Hartung) takes his act out of the lounge and onto the porch!  Yes, that Bobby Oahu! The one you’ve heard about when people say, “who else is playing?” or “did we actually pay for this?” or “that poor ukulele!”  Bobby Oahu (vocals and ukulele abuse) will also be joined on vocals by his ex-wife Shirley (Nicole Lee Aiossa) and a rotating cast of musicians, whenever they get out of bed on time or their medication wears off.  You lucky, lucky people.

Dysfunctional Swingers – May 20, June 10, June 24, September 9 – Friday Night Swing Dance Parties on June 29 and September 14!

Learn about the exciting, jazzy world of swing dance with The Dysfunctional Swingers: Emily Edwards and Brendan Patrick McGlynn, with special guest appearances by Bryce Weinert. Visit and receive a free introductory swing dance lesson and demonstration! The Dysfunctional Swingers will be dancing all season long to those sweet big band sounds. Perfect for all ages and dance levels! For more information, visit our fb page at facebook.com/dysfunctionalswingers

 The Tempest – July 7, 8, 14 and 15, with late night Fridays to be announced!

Directed by Rachel Grundy – Featuring: Craig Anderson, Holly Kay Benedict, Adam Files, Mim Granahan, Josh Hartung, Charlotte Herzog, Khaseema Jeter, Tucker Johnston, Quincey Krull, Alex Mikoulianitch, Hayden Moore, Sarah Mullins and Roman Alec Trevino.
In a magical world, where does fantasy end and reality begin? And whose reality can we trust?

Join us for a unique production of The Tempest, where each storyline will play out in real time in the rooms of House 8B in Nolan Park. Follow your favorite character, or meander through the events of the play and discover your own version of this iconic late work by William Shakespeare. 

 Dysfunctional Collective at the NYC Poetry Festival – July 28th & 29th

The artists of the Dysfunctional Collective are happy to be a part of this year’s New York City Poetry Festival! Roving poet performers, including Prospero from The Tempest and Greenwich Village legend Edna St. Vincent Millay will give impromptu, intimate performances to guests all over the Island. Plus:

Sunday 1-1:30 on the Poetry Brothel stage – readings by Raymond Nat Turner, Madelyne Montes, Yelena Tylkina, Adam McGovern

Sunday 1:30-2:30 on the Poetry Brothel stage – “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Slang” a workshop on the intersection of music, dance and poetry, presented by the Dysfunctional Swingers.

  This is Not a Torture or an Engine an immersive theatrical production – July 28, 29, August 4 and 5

By Erin Bregman – Directed by Maryanne Olson – Featuring Stephanie Cox-Williams, Silvia Dionicio, Linus Gelber, Gavin Starr Kendall, Amanda LaPergola, Roger Nasser, and Brandon Pierre

Smith just wants to keep his sister Dora safe from the outside world but the gods Ayla and Matthius have plans of their own. Come lose yourself in the murky world between mortals and immortals in this soundscaped adventure through stories and myths you know, kidnappings, bureaucratic systems, and torture by snowball.

This performance is appropriate for children ages 8 and up.

 The Miss Jane Periwinkle Mysteries – August 11, 12, 18 and 19

When Miss Jane Periwinkle is invited to a party, you can be sure there is a MURDERER close at hand! The nosy mystery writer returns to Nolan Park this summer with an all new adventure.  Join us in a simpler time of flappers, prohibition … and murder! Be a guest at the party and see if you can solve the case before Jane!

  Fringe Festival Previews – September 1st  

Dysfunctional Collective is excited to host a day of preview performances for the inaugural year of the NY International Fringe Festivals Bring Your Own Venue Program. Performances will be Saturday September 1st at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm and are free to the public!  Stop by and see some of what NY’s independent artists will be offering at the Fringe this October!

 Death Star Disco – Weekends in September 

Death Star Disco is an exploration of life and death on a cosmic scale. This immersive art show looks to supernovas for inspiration as the ultimate example of death leading to life— a beautiful explosion that provides the necessary conditions to create planets, celestial objects, and sometimes life.

Naima White brings her aptitude for visually connecting humanity to nature, and her eye for mesmerizing patterns, to this show through a large-scale video installation. Hannah Suzanna compliments Naima’s installation with a series of multimedia pieces which draw on her extensive contemplation of death and visual practice of conveying oneness. When combined, the pieces serve to conceptually and visually remind the viewer that they too are a part of the ebb and flow of the universe.

 A Government of Wolves – September 29 & 30

In A Government of Wolves, artists George Larkins and Kathryn Keller Larkins consider symbol and force in this exhibition of digital prints and ink drawings. Images sketched from the collection of Paris’s Musée de la Préfecture de Police have been translated in sumi ink on vellum and layered, creating an echo of form.  Digital manipulations have been inspired by real-world objects, isolated and rendered in c-print. The works grapple with the relationship between the ruling and those ruled.

 Haunted Paper House – Weekends in October 

Did you know there’s a Haunted House on Governors Island? A Haunted Paper House! And we need your help filling it up with all sorts of tricks and treats! Throughout October, the Paper House will return to House 8B in Nolan Park for a spooky month of ghosts, monsters, jack o’ lanterns and Halloween spirit – all made out of paper. Across two floors, we’re inviting artists and guests to help create and decorate uncanny attractions from paper, cardboard, crayons and more – including a parlor of ghosts, a monster lab, paper pumpkin carving and much, much more. It all leads up to a big party weekend on October 27-28, with costumes, stories, games and performances for trick-or-treaters of all ages.