FROM BEING WHERE YOU WERE: "Intensity 20.15: Grace Chase" by Claire Chase & "This is Mary Brown" by Winsome Brown

  • December 2 - 3, 2023
  • PS21 Black Box Theater

    2980 New York 66
    Chatham, New York 12037
Ticket Price $10.00-$35.00 This event is now over



Two unique works celebrating the life force of powerfully spirited women. For the first time, Pauline Oliveros’ Intensity 20.15: Grace Chase written for and performed by MacArthur Award and Avery Fisher prizewinning flutist Claire Chase, and Winsome Brown’s poignant and hilarious play This is Mary Brown will be offered together as companion pieces.


Claire Chase: “The most important flutist of our time.” - The New York Times

Winsome Brown: “Ms. Brown is engrossing.” - The New York Times

Intensity 20.15: Grace Chase is a moving and genre-bending work of music, theatre, and storytelling. Composed by Pauline Oliveros from texts by Chase’s grandmother, it is an intimate and revelatory piece for flutes, text, and Expanded Instrument System, a sound processing system invented by Oliveros.  Levy Lorenzo accompanies. Winsome Brown directs this new staging.


Winsome Brown’s monodrama This is Mary Brown is a funny and tender exploration of family, addiction, life, and death. The New York Times called it, “Lovely. Genuine, touching, quietly affecting.” The Scotsman called it, “Warm and funny. Beautiful. Inspiring.” PS21 is pleased to present this new version of the play.


Chase and Brown have been friends for 15 years. These pieces mark the first time they have made art from their own family stories. Join us for an evening of friendship, music, and theater. The performances will be followed by a conversation between Chase and Brown.




Intensity 20.15: Grace Chase by Pauline Oliveros

Flutes, text Claire Chase
Expanded Instrument System Levy Lorenzo
Original Lighting Nick Houfek

Directed by Winsome Brown

Runtime 25 minutes




This is Mary Brown


Written & Performed by Winsome Brown
Directed by Brad Rouse

Runtime 55 minutes

Date & Time

Dec 2 - 3, 2023

Venue Details

PS21 Black Box Theater

2980 New York 66
Chatham, New York 12037 PS21 Black Box Theater
PS/21 Inc

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A vibrant center for contemporary performance in the Hudson Valley, PS21 “presents work that challenges and invites” (The New York Times): adventurous productions by leading and emerging American and international artists in music, dance, and theater, and visionaries creating entirely new genres. On our open-air Pavilion Theater stage, across our expansive, unspoiled grounds, and in the diverse surrounding communities, PS21 cultivates and presents productions that transcend aesthetic boundaries and revitalize existing artistic languages and grammars. Throughout the year, we host developmental residencies for dancers, musicians, actors, and creators of original, even unclassifiable new work. Rooted in community collaboration, PS21’s programming engages creatively with critical global and social issues. It is a mecca for innovative and original artistic voices, a destination for performance that can be experienced nowhere else in the region. PS21’s Pavilion Theater is a green-energy marvel surrounded by 100 acres of unspoiled meadows, trails, and woodlands that are a haven to wildlife and visitors across the region.  Integrated into our unspoiled campus, the theater embodies our commitments to the public: open, inviting, and optimized for their enjoyment and encouraging citizen expression and participation.


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