If you checked one or more of these boxes, I invite you to watch these fascinating, original films from local New York filmmakers during the upcoming Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. I’ve had the honor of working with the festival committee as the curator of the film selection. This year, the festival will be dedicated to our essential workers, and it will be accessible for viewing without any cost, from your home, wherever that is. All films will be available for viewing from 6pm May 22nd to midnight May 24th EST at www.theaterforthenewcity.net. I’ve attached a list of the films participating in this year’s program. This online festival offers dance, film, music, puppet shows, etc. I will be appearing in the LES Plays section in an excerpt of the absurd play “Kitchenette.”
After wondering if the COVID-19 virus has killed the future of theater, I’ve finally decided to livestream the world premiere of my new play via Theater for the New City’s “TNC on the Air.”
It is 37 minutes long, and it will remain viewable for the next 72 hours (if all goes well.) You can watch it live on June 4th at 7pm EST at theaterforthenewcity.com Raising a RevolutionaryTNC on the Air(live zoom premiere)June 4th at 7pm, 6.45pm “doors” opentheaterforthenewcity.net
Next week I will be in Montreal for the world premier of Black Magic for White Boys at the Fantasia International Film Festival. We shot more scenes last October, and it’s now a feature film. If you have friends in Montreal (Canada), please send them to this hilariously truthful film by Onur Tukel (one of my favorite directors!) I play Lucy, the magician’s assistant who suffers from mad migraines. Here’s the teaser:
Guess what? I made it into a French film, playing a blind, scarred woman. The film is entirely in French, but there will be English subtitles.
I had never played a blind woman before, so I bought a white cane and practiced the different techniques outside with my eyes closed. I walked around the block every evening and got better and better at it. It is actually an entirely new world, because you open up your other senses. Some friendly neighbors were alarmed, wondering how I got blind so fast. (And only in the evening.) I had to explain to them: “I am an actress!”
Don’t try this at home or without a bodyguard!
And here it is, the Eva Quiz:
Why is it called Black Magic for White Boys and what does that mean?
A. It is a Spanish fly, used on white men. Aha!
B. White boys have been denied too long the privileges of black magic and now they’ve started a liberation movement.
C. It’s a new cocktail that is sold in trendy bars, consisting of vodka, lemon juice and black cohosh.
D. Hungry for power and money, white unscrupulous men turn to sorcery and black magic, leaving a trail of devastation behind them.
E. A fatal sorceress casts a spell on all white men on her block and turns them into sex slaves.
The first person that replies with the correct answer wins:
First Prize: A Black Magic cocktail in a trendy bar in Montreal during the Fantasia Film Festival
Second Prize: A pair of Hamilton socks
Consolation Prize: An invitation to a free film screening in Bryant Park
Hooray! The first ten minutes of my new play have been created. Well… ahem… let’s say it’s a work in progress. I will perform this 10 minute excerpt at the 24th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts:
OUR FOUNDING MOTHER (working title)
With a criminal record and a vengeful ex-husband, Rachel Faucette attempts to keep food on the table and protect her son – Alexander Hamilton – from discovering the details of her sordid past.
Written and performed by Eva Dorrepaal. Created with support from the Susan Batson Studio and Hamilton’s New York.
I will perform it at approximately 8:44pm on May 24th downstairs in the Cabaret Theater, 155 First Ave at 10th Street, New York, NY 10003. It is the LES, which means sometimes shows are delayed, so keep that in mind. Entry: Free
II. Also free is a screening of an Edwin Brienen film to celebrate the release of the Brienen Blu-ray boxset: the five-film Blu-ray box set is now available at Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy and Walmart. Sounds evil? Yes, it sounds downright evil!
“Brink’s five-film “Edwin Brienen Collection” is an invitation for extreme cineastes, if you will, to sample the work of a Dutch auteur, whose films can rightly be said to mirror those of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Theo Van Gogh, Andy Warhol and artists associated with Brechtian theater. There’s no question that he elicits exemplary work from his small repertory company of fearless actors: Eva Dorrepaal, Esther Eva Verkaaik, Vivien LaFleur and Agnieszka Rozenbajgier.”
– Soiled Cinema
If you are not familiar with the work of this avant-garde Dutch filmmaker please join us for the screening.
7:40 pm – 8:57 pm
REVISION – APOCALYPSE II
In a futuristic world where terrorist attacks rule daily life, forced chip implantation is commonplace, and government control is routinely exerted through manipulation of the media, Traci is haunted by an inner demon.
Starring: Eva Dorrepaal, Clayton Nemrow. Writer & Director: Edwin Brienen.
Here is the trailer:
The screening of Revision – Apocalypse II will take place during the Film Program of LES the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts.
May 25th @7:40 pm downstairs in the Cabaret Theater, 155 First Ave. at 10th Street, New York, NY 10003.
If you can’t make it to the screening, you can order the 5-film Blu-ray set at
I am in 4 of the 5 films and have been working with this brilliant filmmaker for almost three decades. Not only did we do feature films, but also Ultra Vista! (a monthly cult TV show in Amsterdam), music videos and radio programs.
The first time I set out to film some scenes with Edwin Brienen I was 17 years old. We had a flimsy script, and I was dressed in an even flimsier outfit. The premise was that I was a prostitute being kidnapped. It was a self-fulfilling prophecy. Since we had no car and no budget, we decided that I was going to hitchhike. The unknown driver was going to drop me off around the corner. What we didn’t anticipate was that the driver thought I was a real prostitute and he hit the gas and took off. I tried to convince him that it was just a movie and that he had to stop the car! This was all happening in bright daylight. He didn’t want to let me go and stared at me with wild dazed eyes. When I threatened to open the door while driving he finally had to let me go. I had to walk back miles on high heels and Edwin (mildly alarmed) came to the conclusion we had to strategize another method to shoot this scene, even though I was totally willing to do another take.
That film (I can’t remember what the title was, probably HitchHike!) was never completed because the cameraman mysteriously disappeared with the footage. We have different theories about what motivated him, but he was an unpaid workforce, and therefore we had no control over him. It also involved a guy named Leo, who had his own sex slave, and I don’t know what happened to him.
We continued to make another 13 films, not less insane. I always love working with Brienen because his challenging projects make me feel so alive, and his insanely brilliant mind creates fascinating characters for me.
Here are the trailers of the five films that will be released:
LENA WANTS TO KNOW ONCE AND FOR ALL:
(I am not in this film, however, I highly recommend this film!)
You can pre-order the Box set on Amazon now, also from Europe:
Brienen, in German press often called ‘the Dutch Fassbinder’, so far has produced all of his films independently. Along John Waters, he was a main guest at the Lausanne Film Festival in Switzerland, in 2012. Last April, the prestigious Centrum Filmowe Krakow in Poland showed a retrospective of his films.
Edwin has released 15 feature films to date.
Join the Eva Quiz and win fabulous prizes:
1. What did Eva do for the love for acting?
More than she did for the love of a guy.
She ate 20 raw garlic cloves nonstop while crying.
She ran naked through the snow, followed by a man with a pig mask.
She climbed over fences in Berlin into graveyards to do illegal filmshoots
She recited Nietzsche on the train.
She starved herself of food.
All of the above and more.
2. Why did the cameraman disappear with the footage of HitchHike?
He was a member of the Dutch Secret Services and he was shadowing Brienen who had done a fake interview with the terrorist organization Rara in his radio program.
He was disappointed it wasn’t a porn movie.
Leo confiscated him as a sex slave.
He didn’t like the catering that was provided on the set.
All of the above.
If you reply fast with the correct answer you can win a ticket to one of these screenings early next year.
(You get a look at God’s Last Performance before the Apocalypse!)
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Happy spring! Memorial Day weekend, I will be in a film and a play at the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts at Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue.)
I. On Friday, May 25th at approximately 8:18pm, I will play the title role in the play Toshiba.
The play was written and directed by Peter Welch and is best described as an existentialist theater noir that examines loyalty and a woman’s place at the top in the male-dominated world of underworld business. Toshiba will be in the Johnson theater. There are four different theaters, so don’t get lost!
II. On Saturday, May 26th, the film God is scheduled to begin at 6:16pm.
God is a psych-drama-thriller combo that tackles shady politicians, leaked documents and a lack of enthusiasm for religion. It was written and directed by Edwin Brienen. There will be a 5-minute Q & A following the screening.
Films run from noon to midnight, so feel free to stay for the duration of the festival.
Theater for the New City: 155 First Avenue at 10th Street, New York, NY.
Reservations are not required, but come early to secure a seat. The schedule will never hold exactly as printed in the program, so keep in mind that films and performances might start 10 minutes earlier or later than the official start time.
And here is the Eva Quiz:
1. Is the role of Toshiba a man or a woman?
A woman playing a man.
b) A woman (Eva) playing a man who is playing a woman.
c) A transgender
d) Nobody knows
e) The actors will find out during rehearsals (if they are lucky).
2. Does God really exist?
a) Yes, as a film version of Edwin Brienen
b) No, of course not.
c) Only if you believe in it with the passion of the Hare Krishna or the Ayatollah
d) Unfortunately, God died about 800 years ago. He suffered from a devilish infection as confirmed by Nietzsche.
If you reply quickly with the correct answer, you can win:
I am taking my show on the road! After all, it is the Mata Hari Centennial! If you live in Holland or Germany, please come watch the show if you can. Brotfabrik Berlin will host the German Premiere of Almost Mata Hari – Lovers, Letters and Killers.
And it is pouring film screenings these months, search below by country or city:
I. If you are in THE NETHERLANDS, you can watch the film God in Dordrecht. The director, Edwin Brienen, will attend. I can’t promise God will be there. February 10th, 11th and 12th. This is a free event with music! I play Alice, who loses her memory and her boyfriend in a strange world controlled by a corrupt government. A very contemporary film right now.
II. If you are in FRANCE for some reason (wine, cheese, Eiffel Tower), you can watch the entire works of Jonathan Caouette. All Flowers in Time isa shortfilm with Chloe Sevigny, in which I play a red-eyed alien.
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