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

  • Nov 3 - 4, 2023
  • PS21 Black Box Theater

    2980 New York 66
    Chatham, New York 12037
Ticket Price $10.00-$35.00 Buy Tickets

Two unique works celebrating the life force of powerfully spirited women. For the first time, Pauline Oliveros’ Intensity 2015: 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 2015: 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 2015: 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

Nov 3 - 4, 2023

Venue Details

PS21 Black Box Theater

2980 New York 66
Chatham, New York 12037 PS21 Black Box Theater
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Established in Chatham, NY in 2006, PS21 supports innovative performing artists and creators and introduces their work to a broader audience, while also providing the surrounding region with opportunities for arts engagement regardless of economic status, cultural background, and age.


Five acres of PS21's 100+ acres are developed; the rest are meadows and woodlands. Situated near the theater are the Dance Barn, a rehearsal and performance venue, and two artists’ residences accommodating sixteen individuals. The PS21 property is also host to the Chatham Farm Animal Rescue. PS21's new theater and rural campus are important resources for both visiting artists and the community, optimized for the public's enjoyment and to encourage citizen expression and participation. 


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