Friday, March 5, 2010

Thank you for your part in making HOMELAND a success

Thank you to everyone who came out to see the premiere of HOMELAND last weekend (especially if you braved the slush and sleet on Thursday night – you count double!).

Something happened last weekend that I wasn’t prepared for - I fell in love with the show. The dance that Kaoru, Kourtney, Rachel and I had worked so long and hard on came together with David’s costumes; Tim’s lighting; and, finally, Michael’s music (performed by him, Ben, Ian and Karen) in a way that was absolutely magical. As I write that, it sounds incredibly cheesy, but magic is the only way I have to describe it. HOMELAND took on its own life. It was no longer “my” show, but belonged to everyone who was performing and everyone who was watching.

I got so many thoughtful and insightful comments about HOMELAND – comments that made me know that people were really engaged and truly thinking about the work and its relation to the world we live in. For once, I have no doubt that I am where I need to be, doing what I need to do.

Instead of jumping off to the next thing, we are now figuring out how HOMELAND can have a life beyond last weekend, whether at far-flung festivals or here in NYC. That is an exciting place to be.

Even if you didn’t make it last weekend, thanks for your kind words of support throughout the process. I send you a lot of emails and I appreciate that you read them.
Last, but certainly not least, thank you to everyone who made a financial contribution to HOMELAND. We raised well over $10,000 from 119 individual contributors. I think that’s amazing. Thanks to that, we have come very close to meeting our budget.

We are, of course, still a bit shy of meeting our budget – by about $3,000. If you meant to contribute but thought it was too late, it’s not. If you meant to come to the show but couldn’t make it, your contribution now will help us get back to even footing so that we can bring you an encore performance of HOMELAND.

To make a contribution, visit and click on “donate.” (Come on, you’d miss my fundraising plea if I didn’t include it.)

Catch me next at Marina Abromovic: The Artist is Present at MoMA.

Hugs and kisses,

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Modern dance; a foxtrot for theramin, viola, trumpet and bass; mood lighting and break-away ball gowns. What are you waiting for?

You've heard the hype. You've followed the fundraising efforts (pehaps you've even contributed - thank you!).

Four years in the making...

It's finally come together...


Come join us for an evening of provocative dance, live original music (including a Theramin), mood lighting and break-away ball gowns. Buy your tickets ahead of time and you'll even save 5 bucks.

What: Homeland
When: Thurs, Feb 25; Fri, Feb 26; Sat, Feb 27; 8:00 pm
Where: Irondale Center, 85 S. Oxford St, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn

How much:
$20 in advance ($15 artist/student/senior/unemployed. Send Jeramy a message for the discount code)
$25 at the door (cash only)

How? Go here:

On Saturday, Feb 27, there will be a HOMELAND Wrap-up Gala. We'll have drinks, distribute unused duct tape in interesting ways and there will be prizes. Tickets for the Wrap-up (including the performance) are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. I hope you can join us. I promise it'll be a good time.

A portion of Wrap-up proceeds will benefit The Rural Haiti Project's programs in Haiti ( To buy advance tickets, go here:

a dance/theatre event by CatScratch Theatre
dance by Jeramy Zimmerman
with Rachel Grater, Kaoru Ikeda and Kourtney Rutherford
music by Michael Hearst
with Ben Holmes, Ian Riggs and Karen Waltuch
lighting by Tim Cryan
costumes by David Quinn

We hope to see you there!

jz and the team

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Check out the new Website!

Hello CatScratchers!

Our website is up and, I must say, it's gorgeous (thanks to Aude Arazi)! Check it out: (And don't forget to check out the "donate" button!)

More soon!