Skype calls from New York to Amsterdam have never been so rock and roll.
In Dec of 2012 Michael's artist visa ran out and he moved back to Holland. In January of 2013 Jody and Michael discovered they couldn't harmonize via Skype. But they could write a play. And music. . . the Skype Show premiered in August of 2013 at the New York International Fringe Festival and is being presented by The Brick Theater and also by Filmgate Miami in 2014. The Skype Show is eligible for New York Innovative Theater awards. To vote click here!
Critics Pick: Time Out New York Gives the Skype Show 4 Stars!
" The unfolding story of their efforts to get him back to the States keeps you on the edge of your seat, and yields a poignant statement about government support for artists in America. With not much more than a desk and a few scattered props—and highly original music from their band, Greencard Wedding, that blends dubstep beat-boxing with folk guitar and vocals—The Skype Show provides just the kind of experience you hope for at the Fringe. Christopherson and De Roos are talents to watch, not to mention a pleasure to hear." —Derek Smith
"...a unique piece based on actual experiences. . . . The “Skype calls” between Christopherson and De Roos work quite smoothly and believably. . . The audience is on their side rooting for them from the start . . David Anzuelo does a scene stealing turn as Unka Dave"- Lynne Marie Macy
" Jody . . . is the antithesis of the much criticized “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” that often pops up in angsty romcoms . . . when she sings, she transforms right before your eyes, acquiring a soulful kind of boldness. It’s like seeing a fish released into water.
Michael de Roos is also startlingly fresh and interesting. Instead of the typical ironic hipster musician, we have an energetic and sunny young man whose optimism radiates from the Skype window through which we see him for most of the show.
The show definitely has legs and I have no doubt it will continue to charm audiences in the future."
". . .Christopherson’s presence is grounding. Her vulnerability brings an intimacy to the setting . . .Michael de Roos . . . plays off her, his rock, like a beat boxer might. He also beat boxes masterfully in the show. He is lively, spontaneous, zany and looks great on camera. . . I also wouldn’t miss the chance to see the miraculous David Anzuelo. . . a one-of-a-kind, 1000-watt light bulb aiming straight for your heart. I am still laughing with him as I write this. " - Kimberly Pau
Jody and Michael featured on Sad Playwright
Jody interviewed by playwright Charlotte Miller on NYTR
THE SKYPE SHOW or SEE YOU IN AUGUST- a new transmedia musical written and performed over Skype by two artists torn apart by visa regulations. In November of 2010, Jody Christopherson and Michael de Roos formed the indie-folk-beatbox-rock band Greencard Wedding in Crown Height Brooklyn. In December of 2012, Michael's visa ran out and Jody and Michael discovered they couldn't harmonize over Skype. But they could write a play. And music. . . and maybe get an artist visa. The Skype Show is an exploration of the ways technology can enable us to transcend boundaries, uniting artists with each other and their audience. The Skype Show received its world premiere in the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC this past August to sold out houses and critical acclaim. Frisian Wedding cake served at every show. Based on real Skype calls between New York and Amsterdam. (Performed in English.)
Written by: Jody Christopherson with additional text by Michael de Roos
Music by: Greencard Wedding and David Anzuelo
Directed by: Natalie Johnsonius Neubert
Lighting Design: Derek Wright
Featuring: Jody Christopherson, Michael De Roos, Erika Robel and David Anzuelo
Sound Design: Natalie Johnsonius Neubert
this show has been developement with : Sherri Kronfeld, Michael Niederman, Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Nick Nace, Aaron Simms, Emily Schuman, Ian Edward Smith.