Stray Stories: Jilted Brides, Cult Rejects, and One-armed Men

December 27, 2008
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Nicole Skeltys is an Australian musician and writer currently traveling and performing in the US as one half of psychedelic folk/electronic duo The Jilted Brides.  Nicole has released 10 albums, been nominated for an ARIA award (Australia’s most prestigious music award), toured with rock stars and played sell out shows at the Sydney Opera House. Together with filmmaker and photographer, Tanya Andrea Stadelmann, Nicole is currently working on a DIY road movie/ rockumentary and a book based on The Jilted Brides adventures touring North America.

Helen Newman, a native of Brooklyn, is wrestling with the final draft of her first book, titled (for now) Luscious, Intoxicating, Rotten: Fruits of Five Years in a Hippie Cult. Though wiser now than she was when she blithely boarded the Greyhound bus to North Carolina in October 1999—expecting to “apprentice” on an “organic farm"—she continues to be fascinated by food-growing and alternative living. She works seasonally as an organic vegetable gardener and, in the past decade, has visited or lived on/in more than a dozen farms, co-ops, cults and communes all over the country. Her blog, Escape from Zendik, will be four years old in the spring.

Katherine Burger is a playwright, actor and visual artist. Her play Morphic Resonance has had productions in Los Angeles; at The Donmar Warehouse Theater in London; at the Theatre de l’Atelier in Paris; at The Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut; by Rover DramaWerks in Addison Texas; and over Radio BBC. Her one-act Way Deep has been produced throughout the United States and Canada.  She has also written screenplays. Forever Wild had a reading at the Nuyorican Café’s 5 th Night series. She is currently in the BMI Musical Theater program and is working on an original musical, Legends of Batvia.