Madeleine Foster Bersin

Producer

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME

Direct from its revolutionary Off-Broadway run, 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME has arrived on Broadway for a limited engagement. This boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of American women.

Fifteen-year-old Heidi Schreck earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. Now, the Obie Award winner recalls her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women in her own family and the founding document that dictated their rights and citizenship.

Tickets and more information are available at www.constitutionbroadway.com.

Writer Heidi Schreck Director Oliver Butler
Scenic Design Rachel Hauck  Lighting Design Jen Schriever  Sound Design Sinan Zafar  Costume Design Michael Krass
Photos Sarah Krulwich for The New York Times

with Heidi Schreck, Mike Iveson, Rosdely Ciprian, & Thursday Williams


“It is not just the best play to open on Broadway so far this season, but also the most important.”

- Jesse Green, The New York Times


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Executive Producer & Dramaturg

1969: THE SECOND MAN

After he became the second man to walk on the moon, reporters asked Buzz Aldrin if he wished he had been the first. "I really didn't want that," Buzz claimed, "because of the added heartache." Why is it so hard to believe him?

A folk-rock fable for the runner-up in all of us, 1969: The Second Man explores competition and collective achievement through the story of one small man who became one giant myth. Maddy produced and dramaturged the world premiere of Jacob Brandt's rueful, raucous song cycle, which came to theatrical life with playwright Dan Giles, director Jaki Bradley, and a six-piece band as part of Next Door @ New York Theatre Workshop in summer 2018.

Concept, Music, & Lyrics Jacob Brandt  Book Dan Giles  Director Jaki Bradley
Production Design Oona Curley  Co-Scenic Design Daniel Prosky  Co-Lighting Design Stacey Derosier  Sound Design Jim Petty for Five Ohm Productions  Costume Design Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene  Photos Chad Batka

with Jacob Brandt, Paris Ellsworth, Lizzie Hagstedt, Angel Lin, Maya Sharpe, & Tony Aidan Vo

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Line Producer

A$AP Rocky's Lab Rat

Lab Rat is a performance piece by rapper A$AP Rocky, which he performed at Sotheby's as part of Fearless Now - A Celebration of the Art World's Rule-Breakers - in New York City in a collaboration between Sotheby's and AWGE. In anticipation of TESTING, Rocky's third studio album, Lab Rat exploded the themes on the album and was live-streamed on YouTube to announce its completion and release date.

Maddy line produced Lab Rat in 2018. 

Created by A$AP Rocky
Director Ellie Heyman  Scenic Design Christopher & Justin Swader  Lighting Design Mary Ellen Stebbins  Costume Design Tilly Grimes  Sound Design Jerome Ellis

Read Jon Caramanica's writeup of Lab Rat in the New York Times here

Photography Krista Schlueter for the New York Times

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Producer

PRIMER FOR A FAILED SUPERPOWER

Primer for a Failed Superpower is a concert featuring a 33-member band of teenagers, the TEAM, and Baby Boomers playing new and unexpected arrangements iconic protest songs that exercise the muscles in our hearts and lungs for the challenges ahead. Between songs, the concert features video interviews with activists from across the country. Having been primed to take initiative, audiences are welcomed to post-show pizza parties where representatives of local non-profits and activist groups take the stage to share information about how to support and get involved in their work.

Maddy produced this world premiere by Brooklyn-based ensemble the TEAM at Roulette Intermedium in 2017.

conceived by the TEAM
directed by Rachel Chavkin
music supervision by Orion Stephanie Johnstone
music direction by Nehemiah Luckett
scenic design by Nick Vaughan
lighting design by Jake Heinrichs
sound design by Matt Hubbs
video design by Stivo Arnoczy
costume design by Brenda Abbandandolo
photos by Megan Ghiroli

with musical arrangements by Heather Christian, Justin Ellington, Jack Fuller, Orion Stephanie Johnstone, Yva Las Vegass, Amy León, Martha Redbone & Aaron Whitby, and Stew & Heidi Rodewald


 
The show registered as an improbable act of summoning and sustaining vitality under energy-sapping conditions. The cast members — a multishaped, multicolored and multigendered mix of professionals and civilians, whose ages appeared to range from the teens to the far side of 70 — were often required to stand (and sing, shout and dance) shoulder to sweaty shoulder. After all, one of the primary messages was that in union there is strength.
— Ben Brantley, the New York Times

Listen in on Primer for a Failed Superpower rehearsal with the New Yorker Radio Hour.


Maddy was featured in a behind-the-scenes article about Primer for a Failed Superpower in The Interval.

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Hear from Primer for a Failed Superpower's creative team on The Leonard Lopate show.

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Line Producer

CROSSING

Maddy line produced the New York premiere of the American Repertory Theater's production of Crossing as part of BAM's Next Wave Festival in 2017. Taking inspiration from the diary Walt Whitman kept while volunteering as a Civil War nurse, the opera imagines Whitman drawn deep into a fraught, sensual relationship with wounded young soldier. The two men grapple with questions that threaten to tear each other—and their country—apart. 

by Matthew Aucoin
directed by Diane Paulus
scenic design by Tom Pye
lighting design by Jennifer Tipton
projection design by Finn Ross
costume design by David Zinn
choreography by Jill Johnson
featuring chamber orchestra A Far Cry
photos by Richard Termine for the New York Times

with Rod Gilfry, Alexander Lewis, Davóne Tines, Jennifer Zetlan, Hadleigh Adams, Sean Christensen, William Goforth, Frank Kelley, Michael Kelly, Ben Lowe, Matthew Patrick Morris, Daniel Neer, James Onstad, Jorell Williams, Gregory Zavracky, Christina Dooling, Jehbreal Jackson, Jeff Sykes, & Karell Williams. 

Read Anthony Tommasini's review of Crossing in the New York Times here

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Line Producer

OLD PAPER HOUSES

In New England the winter is five months long, everybody eats beans, and everything’s buried under six feet of snow. Moving from dreary 1970s New England to an 1840s Transcendental utopia and beyond, this devised play follows a group of wavering idealists searching for meaning and purpose in all the wrong places. Combining paper dioramas, ecstatic small-town parades, and live-feed projection, Piehole’s Old Paper Houses cycles through faith and doubt to ask: how do we continue to find things to believe in, even when it’s really, really cold? 

After each performance of Old Paper Houses, audiences were invited into the bones of the Irondale Center for music, snacks, drinks, conversation (no pressure), art, and poetry. A different group of artists helped us create each post-show event as unique, one-time-only, post-utopianist hang-out zone. With free pizza.

Maddy line produced Old Paper Houses at the Irondale Center in 2015.

Created by Piehole with texts by Bernadette Mayer
Director Tara Ahmadinejad Head Writer Jessie Renee Hopkins  Dramaturg Elliot B Quick  Scenic Design Kristen Robinson  Lighting Design Serena Wong   Costume Design Nikki Delhomme  Video Design Paul Piekarz  Sound Design Joseph Wolfslau  Original Music Jason Sigal Ensemble Nora Fox, Benoit Johnson, Allison LaPlatney, Alexandra Panzer, Emillie Soffe, Ben Vigus, and Jeff Wood Post-Show Guest Artists Natalie Eilbert of the Atlas Review, Tender Buttons Press, Katherine Cooper, Adam Mazer, Matt Tong, Eileen Meny, Laura Gragtmans, GIANTfingers, Eva von Schweinitz, Jeff Tobias & Ansel Cohen, Allen Riley, Jessica Goldschmidt, W.I.T.C.H., The Good Morning Nags, Ikechukwu Ufomadu, Lauren Whitehead, Jon Bernstein & Deepthi Waleratna, & Nora Fox

Photography Eileen Meny

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Producer

DISTANT STAR

Distant Star is a theatrical adaptation of Roberto Bolaño's novel of the same name, which weaves the author’s memories of life and death under Pinochet’s American-backed dictatorship in Chile into a perverse, seductive noir. Maddy worked with theater company Caborca to produce its world premiere at Abrons Arts Center in New York City in 2017.

based on the novel by Roberto Bolaño
adapted by Javier González
directed by Shira Milikowsky
scenic design by Jian Jung
lighting design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew & Christina Tang
video design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew & Simon Harding
costume design by Sarah Cubbage
photos by Marcos Toledo

with Yaremis Félix, Jon Froehlich, Anne Gridley, Tania Molina, Luis Moreno, Laura Butler Rivera, and David Skeist. 

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Producer

CAENIS

CAENIS is a physical theater adaptation of "The Lapiths and the Centaurs" from Ovid's Metamorphoses. Maddy produced its world premiere at PACE Gallery in New York City in 2015.

conceived, written, & directed by Lilleth Glimcher
scenic & lighting design by Jonathan Cottle
costume design by Laura Bernstein
properties & masks by Hye Young Chyun
photos by Hunter Canning

with Lucy Kaminsky (Caenis), Rebeca Rad, Isabella Sazak, Sohina Sidhu, Krystel Mazzeo, Sara Ciampa, Ashton Muniz (Latreus), Ita Segev, Neil Redfield, Jae Woo, & Ethan Hardy. 

Impressive as spectacle, in its best moments Caenis reminded me of a Chuck Mee outtake (from Big Love, maybe), or a section of Dionysus in ‘69.  There is a madness and eroticism in the performances, and the proximity of the arena setting puts you within touching (and splashing) distance to the action.
— Culturebot

Read the full Culturebot review here

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Associate Producer

PRELUDE 2016

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center's annual PRELUDE Festival at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) features brief readings, mini-performances, works-in-progress, installations, panels, and discussions featuring some of New York City’s most exciting performance artists and companies. 

Maddy associated produced PRELUDE in 2016.

curated by Antje Oegel & Tom Sellar with festival founder Frank Hentschker
produced by Nina Segal
photos by Paula Court

Featuring Aaron Landsman, Alessandro Magania, AmeriSHOWZ, Big Dance Theater, Brian Rogers, Built for Collapse, Carl Hancock Rux, Christina Masciotti, Claudia Wilsch Case, Cori Olinghouse, Dan Safer/Witness Relocation, David Levine, Ellie Covan, I AM A BOYS CHOIR, Ikechukwu Ufomadu, Ilan Bachrach/Robert M. Johanson, Institute of Failure—Tim Etchells/Matthew Goulish, Joey Weiss, John Collins, Jonathan McCrory, Jonathan Payne, Joseph Silovsky, Kate Benson, Kate Watson-Wallace, Katy Pyle/Ballez, Kippy Winston, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, luciana achugar, Marissa Perel, Mark Russell, Matthew Korahais, Melanie Joseph, New Saloon, Ni’Ja Whitson, Noreen Whysel, Ruby Lerner, Sahra Motalebi, Sean Edward Lewis/LILAC Co., Sibyl Kempson/7 Daughters of Eve, Tanya Elder, The Builders Association, The Living Theatre, Tina Satter/Half Straddle, and Tiny Little Band. 

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