"...and death shall have no dominion. No more may gulls cry at their ears or waves break loud on the seashores; where blew a flower may a flower no more lift its head to the blows of the rain; though they be mad and dead as nails, heads of the characters hammer through daisies; break in the sun till the sun breaks down, and death shall have no dominion."
-- Dylan Thomas, "And Death Shall Have No Dominion"
No Dominion Theatre Co.’s mission is to produce original theatre that is visceral, engaging, and utilizes unconventional storytelling with a collaborative ensemble.
No Dominion Theatre Co. is dedicated to the principle that original devised theatre is the most interesting and exciting form of theatre to champion new works in the New Jersey/New York City region. By cross-collaborating with and fostering artists of multiple unique mediums, we are able to create the type of work that engages, inspires, and thrills diverse audiences through the power of live performance.
No Dominion is a New Jersey based company that was founded by Michael Joel and Kaitlin Overton in March of 2015. The company’s programming consists of original main stage productions, staged readings as part of Theatre in the Heights in Jersey City, the incubation of artistic works through H.A.T.C.H. (Helping Artists to Create Here), and education/outreach initiatives such as the NEA Big Read: Jersey City (2019) with local community organizations.
The company's inaugural production, One. Four. (Zero)., was written and directed by Michael Joel and premiered at the historic Solitude House in High Bridge, New Jersey in April 2015. This immersive theatrical experience led audiences through a young man’s final moments as he quite literally faces death, as he attempts to procure his "legacy" that amounts to an obituary of no more than 140 characters. Departure, the company’s second full-length production, is an original devised piece based off various found texts and was conceived and directed by Kaitlin Overton, and also premiered at Solitude House in November 2015. This devised site-specific performance followed three individuals as they gather to help another move, though doubts arise as to whether any of them even know where they are going at all.
In February 2016, Michael and Kaitlin co-wrote, directed, and starred in Help me out here, an original one act play that premiered as part of the 2016 FRIGID NY Festival at UNDER St. Mark’s. Devised from journals, emails, and drunken iPhone notes, this one act play depicted one’s struggle to assemble an IKEA chair and the other’s to determine the meaning of their existence. No Dominion returned to the FRIGID NY Festival in 2018 with Rut by Chandy Bennett and directed by Michael Joel at the Kraine Theater. Written without any gender pronouns, Rut is a one act production that details 24 hours of a toxic relationship, exploring relationships at their most blunt human patterns.
In September of 2016, No Dominion launched, H.A.T.C.H., (Helping Artists to Create Here), a new performance series that serves as an incubator for artists of any and all mediums to develop and present their work in any stage of the creative process. H.A.T.C.H.’s premiere project was Chandy Bennett’s Peculiar Therapy, followed by Murdock's #AAAH Album Release Event in 2016. The following year, No Dominion launched another new series, Theatre in the Heights, a staged reading series based in the Jersey City Heights, with local blog Growing in Jersey City. Theatre in the Heights aims to bring new plays and local actors together, and showcase the small local business scene in the Jersey City Heights neighborhood.
In 2018, No Dominion began a three month residency at Jersey City Theater Center to develop and present Yarns, an original devised production that initially began development in 2015, and that explores the parallels between sex work and fiber arts using various found texts and burlesque.
No Dominion recently concluded a weeklong residency at Art House Productions in Jersey City as part of their Nomad Theater Program developing a new play by Michael Joel that is loosely inspired by the 2016 Presidential Election.
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No Dominion is currently in the process of cultivating its Board of Advisors. If you or someone you know is interested in joining, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.