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Wakka Wakka’s Baby Universe in the NYTimes

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

“…in this age of overproduced spectacle, there’s something magical and refreshing about Wakka Wakka’s low-tech, rough-and-ready aesthetic.”

Read the full NYTimes review of Baby Universe, created by Wakka Wakka, the puppet company of Six Points Cohort 1 Fellow Gabrielle Brechner. More information about how to see the show here.

Wakka Wakka’s Baby Universe

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Cohort I Six Points Fellow Gabrielle Brechner and her visual theater company, Wakka Wakka Productions, premier their new work, BABY UNIVERSE, on December 1 and will officially open on Sunday, December 5 at 7:00, with performances running through Saturday, January 8, 2011.
More information about tickets here.

Since time immemorial, humankind has spun tales of our own looming destruction. In the face of the fear, hopelessness and desperation such tales elicit, we have told stories of salvation. Stories of a messenger with superhuman powers offering deliverance. Stories of hope.

“BABY UNIVERSE” is such a story.

On the brink of annihilation , the last inhabitants of a doomed earth furiously search for an escape from the angry, dying sun. The planets are scorched and desperate and the few remaining souls live primarily in bunkers and have resorted to cannibalism. The end threatens, imminent…

But in a race against the clock, scientist-generated baby universes are being placed in the care of lonely spinsters in the hope that one might nurture to maturity a savior – a baby universe capable of birthing a planet that can support the relocation of the entire population.

In an original piece presented with over 30 puppets, masks, a robot, animated video projection and a space-age score, Wakka Wakka spins the bizarre tale of Baby Universe – the ultimate savior, the last hope for deliverance, the messenger on whom the fate of an entire race rests.

Dec 1, 2010 – January 9, 2011
Tues-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm & 7pm
Tickets: $30 ($20 for Previews Dec 1-5)

$10 Discount off any ticket for anyone on the Six Points list or who is referred by the Six Points Website!
Use the Promo Code SIXPOINTS

The show:
Wakka website:
Tickets: or by phone at Theatermania

BIO — Gabrielle Brechner

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Gabrielle Brechner is a first generation American and native New Yorker who was raised, literally, at her father’s “American Jewish Theater.”

She spent the first 18 years of her life working her way from the Box Office to the Assistant Director. She received a B.F.A. in Theater Performance from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in English Literature with a Minor in Holocaust Literature.

Since 2001 she has been working as a primary writer and director in Wakka Wakka Productions, Inc., a four-member collaborative ensemble focused on the creation of new productions that push the boundaries of the conventional theatrical art form. Their work has been presented throughout NYC at venues including BB King Blues Club, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and in association with the Cityparks Foundation.

Their 2006 work, The Death of Little Ibsen, described by The New York Times as “an exquisite little one act show the evokes the best of Jim Henson’s early dangerous days with the Muppets,” was received with great critical acclaim and has toured nationally and internationally.

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PROJECT STATEMENT — Gabrielle Brechner

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Pushing the boundaries of theatrical expression with original puppets, sets and music, Fabrik is the story of the search for home, told through the life of an immigrant man who “made a factory from a button.”

Fabrik tells the story of Moritz Rabinowitz, a Polish Jew who emigrated to Norway in 1911 to escape persecution. In Haugesund, a small fishing village, he discovered a land rich with opportunity, and a place he could prosper. Poor but determined, he eventually became the largest clothing manufacturer in the country, with department stores in several cities and his own factory.

Although wealthy and a leading employer, he experienced a good deal of anti-Semitism. The only Jews in Haugesund, he and his family were treated as outsiders and when the Germans finally invaded Norway, Rabinowitz was the most wanted Norwegian Jew on the Gestapo’s list.

Fabrik has been performed around the globe, and continues to travel and receive acclaim in places like England, San Francisco, and Norway. The Village Voice called Fabrik “A charming and disturbing creation” and The New York Times commented that it was “…consistently startling…”

PRESS — Gabrielle Brechner

Monday, May 10th, 2010

SF Examiner
Feb 11, 2010

Feb 3, 2008

New York Times
Jan 30, 2008

The Forward
Jan 22, 2008

VIDEO — Gabrielle Brechner

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

IMAGES — Gabrielle Brechner

Friday, April 30th, 2010