pageant- 2012, 2013, ongoing (manhattan)
inspired by the magic of a yearly Christmas Open House my family used to host (imagine a small town putting on a play in our living room), i decided to throw one in Manhattan. i have a great deal of friends who work in the entertainment industry, but realized we rarely get the chance to perform just, for the sake of it. some are asked to collaborate with strangers and others are mined for secret skills. every guest is required to dress in Victorian-era costumes.
the result harkened back to a simpler time; where parlor games reigned, poetry was celebrated, and 'liking' someone's creativity required shaking their hand
i'm not only interested in the experience created on the day, but in the stories and connections that linger