the life and death of fred herko (2018)
a retro(per)spective installation performance
In October of 1964 one of Warhol’s most footnoted muses, Fred Herko, jetéd out the window of his ex-lover’s apartment, naked and high on speed. In this site-specific, installation performance an intimate audience is guided through a utopian re-imagining of Herko's death. Saturated with queer pop-culture references and genre-blending moments of video, theatre, art installation, and sound, The Life and Death of Fred Herko explores the collateral damage of art.
Continued development of The Life and Death of Fred Herko is generously being supported by the Ontario Arts Council.
META Nominated (2017/2018) for:
Outstanding Independent Production
Outstanding Lead Performance - Actor (Oliver Price)
Outstanding (Original) New Text - Natalie Liconti
Outstanding Emerging Artist - Production - Daughter Product - Theatre Company - The Life and Death of Fred Herko)
Original Team: Natalie Liconti, Oliver Price, Devon Bate, Kate Stockburger, Darah Miah
a dyke's guide to fair play (2018)
"THOUGHT PROVOKING, CLEVER, AND WILDLY FUNNY"
- ALT.THEATRE MAGAZINE
Two unsuspecting contestants are trapped in the world of a dystopic game show. In a very, very ironic exploration of "safe spaces", the piece explores the performativity of activism through a darkly-comic queering of the retro American game show. In a 40-minute interdisciplinary performance, A Dyke’s Guide To Fair Play is a twisted and darkly-comic deconstruction of a night at the club.
Developed with the support of Camden People's Theatre's Starting Blocks Programme.
Further developed with the support of the Toronto Arts Council.
Natalie Liconti, Joseph Browne, Darah Miah, Darragh Mondoux, Sarah Culkin, Jessica Rae, Maryline Chery, Meagan Schroeder
the gentle art of punishment (2017-)
"beautiful, tragic... darkly comic...”
- alt.theatre magazine
A dystopian dark-comedy that unravels trauma through sound, text and movement. Three women engage with their girlhoods, idols and ideals in a dream-like and nostalgic narrative. The Gentle Art of Punishment is for anyone who has ever had a crush on their therapist - or thinks that Drew Barrymore is under-appreciated in her dramatic roles.
team + production history
Performers/Creators: Natalie Liconti, Emily Sirota, Lucy Fandel
Sound Designer: Joseph Browne
Lighting Designer: Darah Miah
Producer: Natalie Liconti
ZH Festival 2017 (Montréal QC)
Calm Down, Dear Festival 2018 (London UK)
Wildside Festival 2019 (Montréal QC)
Shortlisted for the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Robert Beardsley Award 2018
“The Gentle Art of Punishment is altogether an interesting, intelligent interpretation of Foucauldian and queer theories...Liconti’s Drew Barrymore TV segment is a high point…It’s certainly a thought-provoking conception – quite humorous and enjoyable…Daughter Product remains a valuable player in the contemporary movement in Montreal and its experimental, rebellious brainchild is quintessentially Wildside”
- Montréal Theatre Hub (2018) at the Wildside Festival 2019