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Sister Silvester to Present HUGH COX GETS THE PINK SLIP by Matt Wilson






AUGUST 18-21 & 25-28



HUGH COX GETS THE PINK SLIP is a madcap and insightful new play premiering in the psychedelic performance venue/ongoing art installation of Brooklyn-based artist, Kenny Scharf. The story begins when legendary adult film star, Hugh Cox, is murdered on the set of his latest film, and the ensuing investigation of his death that unfolds is the bastard child of a 1960s happening and an episode of Law & Order. Like stumbling through hyperlinks of a Google search, HUGH COX is an investigation into the internet’s democratization of taboo to the point of banality, the aesthetics of a BDSM conference at a Holiday Inn.

After a sold-out workshop reading at Dixon Place artist Kenny Scharf invited the company to create the piece in his Cosmic Cavern, an ongoing installation that he began in his and flat-mate Keith Haring’s closet, and which has been exhibited at PS1 and the Whitney. Directed by company director Kathryn Hamilton, with video design by Peter Clough, costumes by Marina Porter, lighting by Bruce Steinberg, and scenic elements/sculptural pieces by a collective of different contributing artists, the piece is a tumble down the rabbit-hole of a contemporary mind.

SISTER SYLVESTER creates original performances that question behavior between people and people, and people and the world.  They aim to strip away habitual notions of character and relationship to explore the basic experience of seeing and being seen.  They create work that is unstable and constantly changing, and in dialogue with the moment to moment realities it exists within.

Sister Sylvester searches for difference and dissonance and difficulty. They believe in a skeptical anarchism of the spirit, and find beauty in the thrifty, the discarded and the everyday.  Their work embraces chaos and crafts disruption as a part of its structure.

Sister Sylvester is a constantly evolving collective of performance makers and visual artists working in collaboration with director Kathryn Hamilton and writer Matt Wilson, who create site responsive work in diverse venues across the city.

They currently have a residency at Grace Exhibition Space for Performance Art, and are working on site in an installation by Kenny Scharf for this piece. They also perform in traditional theater spaces and galleries, constantly re-examining the relationship between audience and performer at the center of their work.

Kathryn Hamilton is the director for Sister Sylvester. She has directed, worked and taught workshops in the US, UK, Nepal and India. She assisted Anne Bogart at the annual SITI training in Saratoga, and Gavin Quinn, director of Pan Pan on Playing the Dane, winner of best play at 2010 Dublin Festival. She read for her B.A. at Cambridge University and M.F.A. at Columbia University.  She has studied in Japan on Min Tanaka’s Body Weather Farm, and at Natana Kairali in Kerala with G.Venu. In 2009 she was awarded a one year artist residency at Flux Factory, New York.

Peter Clough lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  Clough received an MFA in Studio Art Practice from New York University in 2009.  Clough has presented gallery installations at Peres Projects in Berlin (2008) and Southfirst Gallery in New York (2009).  Clough has performed at the Sculpture Center (2009) and at the Emily Harvey Foundation (2010) in New York, and presented video at the Korea Experimental Arts Festival in Seoul (2010 Clough also works as an independent curator, and has presented the group exhibitions < > at the Commons Gallery at NYU (2008) and One and Three Quarters of an Inch at St. Cecilia’s Convent (2010).

Bruce Steinberg’s lighting designs have been seen in venues ranging from a Soho laundromat to an Italian concert hall. Recent work includes: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (Daniel Fish), The Screens (Kathryn Hamilton), and Blue Before Morning (Gia Forakis, the D•R•2). He received his MFA from New York University's TSOA. Bruce lit Mark di Suvero's sculptures at Salem Art Works and Keren Cytter's Mysterious Serious  (2009) at X-Initiative. As terraNOVA Collective's Resident Lighting Designer, Bruce collaborated on their soloNOVA festival from 2007 thru 2009 and was awarded the New York Innovative Theater's Outstanding Lighting Design Award for his work on Kate McGovern's Blue Before Morning.

Matt Wilson is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA Playwriting program, under the instruction of Charles Mee. He has been the writer for several Sister Sylvester projects, including One Fat Day in Babylon, The Box Man, Tuna Fingers with Walt and Mary, and Play America (Life is Short, Wear Your Party Pants)--currently nominated for an Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Full Length Script. His most recent project was as a writer for Fornicated by The Beatles, premiered at ART in Boston.

Sister Sylvester's past productions include One Fat Day in Babylon (2008), written by Matt Wilson and performed at the abandoned Prentis Archives in Harlem, The Screens (2009), written by Jean Genet and performed in residency at Salem Art Works, a sculpture park in upstate New York, andPlay America (Life is Short, Wear Your Party Pants), which is currently nominated for an Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Full Length Script. For more information on past productions,

Hugh Cox Gets the Pink Slip will play at Kenny Scharf’s Cosmic Cavern, 993A Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at