“The show makes you experience the familiar theater with new appreciation; Landsman’s texts here are good, but it’s the way he writes on the space itself that makes your heart leap with delight.” – TimeOut NY
“…dry, subversive wit.” – The New York Times

Aaron Landsman

Aaron Landsman makes live performances involving people, space, time and language. Based in New York City, his projects range from monologues and stage plays to participatory and conceptual works presented in places where people perform their lives: offices, homes, meeting rooms and buses. Recent works include: Empathy School, a performance created with filmmaker and composer Brent Green, commissioned by EMPAC and presented on a night bus ride through a country road; Appointment, a suite of works for a single viewer and a single performer in offices; City Council Meeting, a participatory, community-engaged work presented in five US cities, funded by NEFA’s National Theater Pilot, NPN, MAP and Jerome; and Running Away From The One With The Knife, a new play about suicide and religious faith commissioned by NYSCA and presented at The Chocolate Factory. His earlier work was commissioned and produced by The Foundry Theater and PS 122 in New York, and DiverseWorks and Project Row Houses in Houston. Aaron’s regular collaborators include director Mallory Catlett and designer Jim Findlay. Aaron recently finished a 2014-2016 Princeton Arts Fellowship, a three-year residency at ASU Gammage in Tempe, and a residency at Abrons Arts Center. Upcoming work includes Perfect City, a collaboration with Lower East Side young adults commissioned by Crossing The Line, and the multimedia work SQUARES, with photographer Paul Shambroom. He performed from 2004-2015 with Elevator Repair Service and has appeared in the work of many artists, including Richard Maxwell, Tory Vazquez, Andrea Kleine and Julia Jarcho.


Empathy School / Love Story

Two monologues by downtown auteur Aaron Landsman, one of the most original and striking voices of his generation. A disappearing city, two people navigating it, and a fidgety, obsessive follower. A diptych of monologues, a call in response about nostalgia and landscapes, one rural, one urban. Empathy School was originally commissioned and presented by EMPAC on a moving bus at night, with funds from MAP. Love Story was presented in previous iterations at FuseBox and ASU Gammage. These performances are supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Barbara Bell Cummings Memorial Fund, Princeton University, the Abrons Arts Center, Henry Street Settlement and individuals.

Capacity: 50-750
Stage: Flexible Space
Personnel: Up to 8


Empathy School / A Love Story

April, 20 – May 1, 2016 | Abrons Arts Center | New York, NY