High Winds Info

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High Winds is a dark and twisting bedtime tale for adults based on writer Sylvan Oswald's experiences with insomnia, gender transition, and moving to Los Angeles. Conceived in 2015 as an art-book collaboration with graphic designer Jessica FleischmannHigh Winds was published in 2017 by X Artists Books. Since then, Sylvan has turned his text, about a transmasculine drifter's search for his estranged half-brother, into a performance. Jerome Ellis created and performs an otherworldly electro-acoustic score. Ellie Heyman dramaturgs and directs. 

Our 2018 revisions offer some exciting artistic and team changes that have taken place since our early concert performance in 2017. 

  • New immersive video design by Katherine Freer, adapting the book's luminous images for a more heightened experience.

  • Lighting design by Sarah Lurie.

  • Costume design by Haydee Zelideth.

  • Author Sylvan Oswald reprises his role of High Winds, but now shares the stage with exciting newcomer Luke Zimmerman as High Winds's dream image of himself.

  • Changes to the text and music clarify the show's emotional action.

Obtain future performance engagements through a run or touring.

For full video, contact Sylvan at the address below.



Sylvan Oswald is an award-winning artist based in Los Angeles who creates plays, texts, publications, and video. His text-driven work explores queer identity and metatheatricality. He is a CTG Writers’ Workshop member, an affiliated artist at Clubbed Thumb, and an alum of New Dramatists. sylvanoswald.xyz

Ellie Heyman is the Director in Residence at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. Her work has been presented by Under the Radar, New York Theater Workshop, The Kennedy Center, Night Vale Presents and indie-rock clubs around the world. She is a Drama League Alumni and WP Theater Lab Member. ellieheyman.com

Jerome Ellis is a composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist who performs frequently in the storytelling duo James and Jerome. As a composer Mr. Ellis was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research traditional samba performance and write new music in Salvador, Brazil. His work has been presented at places like Lincoln Center, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, and WKCR. jeromeellis.com

Katherine Freer is a multimedia designer working in theater, installation, and film whose theatrical designs have been featured at venues across the United States. Frequent collaborators include Liz Lerman, Ping Chong, Kamilah Forbes, Tim Bond, Talvin Wilks, Suli Holum, Deborah Stein, and Tamilla Woodard. She is a member of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829, Wingspace Theatrical Design, and a founding member of Imaginary Media.  katherinefreer.com

Sarah Lurie is a New York based  lighting designer and manager whose work has been seen at Abrons Arts Center, The Barrow Group, Bushwick Starr, Cherry Lane, La Mama, and with Target Margin. Recent collaborators include Miguel Gutierrez, Kristine Haruna Lee, and Sibyl Kempson. Sarahelurie.com

Luke Zimmerman’s credits include Off Broadway: Masculinity Max (The Public), Wilderness (En Garde Arts), Le Jeté (Reading, Soho Rep), Harbored (River to River Festival). National Tour: Wilderness. Regional: The Little Prince (Hangar Theater), Oedipus (Hangar Theater), A Christmas Carol (Sacramento Theatre Company), Cinderella (Sacramento Theatre Company). BFA NYU Tisch New Studio On Broadway. Lukemzimmerman.com.



Space. Projection surface and dark floor.

Projection. Two short throw projectors either in-house or rental.

Sound. We travel with equipment but request venue supplement with some standard basics.

Lights. We'd be happy to work with any plot in the air and add or focus a special or two. Cuing is minimal but necessary.

People. On the road, ours is a team of four.

Full Tech Specs as PDF Here

Luke Zimmerman and Jerome Ellis perform  High Winds  at our November 2018 video shoot. Projections by Katherine Freer. Costumes by Haydee Zelideth. Lighting by Sarah Lurie. Photo:  Skye Morse-Hodgson .

Luke Zimmerman and Jerome Ellis perform High Winds at our November 2018 video shoot. Projections by Katherine Freer. Costumes by Haydee Zelideth. Lighting by Sarah Lurie. Photo: Skye Morse-Hodgson.


Past Performances:

Fall 2017: Abrons Arts Center;  LAX Festival presented by Los Angeles Performance Practice.

Spring 2018: Next Door @ NYTW


Sylvan Oswald: sylvanoswald@gmail.com

Ellie Heyman: ellie.heyman@gmail.com

Production Manager
Sarah Lurie: sarah.e.lurie@gmail.com