The Vessel
A series of eulogies written and performed by new and old members of the Incoming Theater Division ensemble. Performed on the deck of a boat in New York harbor, The Vessel is an opportunity to come back together and honor those who are absent.

Directed by Richard Maxwell

Conceived by Jasmine Pisapia and Katiana Rangel

With artistic collaboration of Rossana Appleton, Lakpa Bhutia, Brandon Davis, Nicholas Elliott, Jim Fletcher, Linda Mancini, Brian Mendes, Enoch Ntunga, Michael Odom, Charles Reina, Yasmin Sanchez, Bréhima Sangaré, Amara Sidibe, Kai Stokes, Minla Stokes, Gillian Walsh, and Eyerusalem Girma Zewdie.

Stage Manager: Nicholas Elliott
House Manager: Eric Magnus

Performed aboard the Harbor Lights Yacht
23rd St. Skyport Marina, NYC
June 1-3, 2021 & September 22, 2021


Incoming Theater Division is a New York City Players program that grew out of Tory Vazquez’s work at The Kitchen with students from Liberty High School in Manhattan. Since 2016, ITD has presented an annual performance generated by an ensemble.

The Vessel was developed as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Residency Program.

The September 22nd performance of The Vessel is made possible with special funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Restart NY: Rapid Live Performance Grant with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Players is supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation. New York City Players is also supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Special support has also been granted to Richard Maxwell/ New York City Players by The New York Community Trust’s NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund, Cecily Brown, Charline von Heyl and Christopher Wool, the David and Leni Moore Family Foundation, and Greene Naftali.