The Yard Performances
"Mouth Wide Open"
Sabrina Peck conceives, directs and choreographs original theater works infused with movement and music. She often travels to diverse communities to collaborate with professionals and local residents on visually stunning productions that reflect the history and lifeblood of those people and places. Productions include Common Green/Common Ground, with community gardeners from Brooklyn, East Village, Harlem and the South Bronx (developed as Visiting Artist at NYU Tisch School of the Arts); Speaking our Streets, with former tobacco workers and residents of the West End in Durham, North Carolina; Commodities, with commodities pit traders on Wall Street; Odakle Ste with Bosnian Muslim refugees in Croatia; Waiting, with former Bosnian refugees at Wave Hill Gardens in New York; and To the River, with 40 children from Hell's Kitchen.
As a director, Peck most often collaborates with living playwrights. She brings to the play development process a keen sense of narrative rhythm and shape; an instinct for telling a story with economy and originality; and a formidable command of lighting, sound, movement and other elements of heightened theatricality. Most recently, Peck directed and co-created Mouth Wide Open with Amy Brenneman at the American Repertory Theater. Peck and Playwright Chiori Miyagawa conceived and developed The Antigone Project, a reimagining of the Sophocles by five contemporary women playwrights including Lynn Nottage, Karen Hartman and Caridad Svich. Peck directed the developmental readings of the pieces at The Public Theater, Second Stage, Classic Stage Company and The Vineyard Theater. The Women's Project presented the final production. Peck has also directed Dawn Saito's Blood Cherries at Dance Theater Workshop in NYC (with Jonathan Rosenberg); Stephanie Fleischmann's Blue Hyacinths for the Dawn Powell Festival in NYC and Eloise and Ray for HBO's Stage to Screen Series; Lenora Champagne's Wants at the Ohio Theatre; and Amy Brenneman's Interstates at the So Grand Theater. At New Dramatists in NYC, she developed with Todd London The Trials of Monica Lewinsky, based on the verbatim Grand Jury Testimony (later presented at HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen). For New Dramatists she also served as resident director, staging a reading of Chimps, a new play by British playwright Simon Block, among other projects. Passionate about music, Peck has also directed staged readings of several original chamber operas, including composer Philip Johnston and Fleischmann's The Hotel Carter at Mabou Mines, and composer Miki Navazio and Fleischmann's Far Sea Pharisee at the Public Theater. She is a member of both the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and the Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab.