Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?

PRESS QUOTES:

"This performance reclaims the myth of Medusa after #MeToo. I felt like I was floating. As I gazed up from my reclined chair, I realized I had never seen a show or movie from this angle. The literal shift in vantage point helps liberate us from the confines of what we’ve always been told." - Rosalind Bevan, WBUR

 

"Time has come for Mr. Fox”

- Barry Thompson, Boston Herald

 

“Catch him as his star climbs”

- Adam Feldman, Time Out New York (Critic’s Pick)

 

“a triumph of mood and style, an unforgettable musical, theatrical and emotional experience.”

- Edge

 

BIO

Named after a Victorian children’s game, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? can time-travel from 1960s soul of New Orleans back to the woods of Medieval France before landing in the Tin Pan Alley era of NYC.  Led by the gender-defying voice of 3rian King, the ensemble delivers their own brand smoky cabaret, neo-soul and acoustic noir, sounding something like Tom Waits and Amy Winehouse performing in a French cafe. Whether  stripped down for acoustic coffeehouses and living room concerts or immersive multimedia shows in clubs and theaters, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? brings honesty and emotional authenticity to every performance. 

What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? is known for its original songs which marry rich lyrical imagery with a cinematic sensibility, exploring themes of love, spirituality, sexuality, and identity.  Beginning as a duo when singer-songwriter 3rian King and violinist and trumpeter Nathan Cohen performed in a New Year’s Eve concert in 2004, the duo quickly became a staple in Boston’s underground cabaret scene, blending music with elements of circus, dance, and other performing arts. As audiences grew, the group incorporatedDennis Monagle on drums, Renée Dupuis on voice, keys, and melodica, and Joe Cardoza on upright bass. The band can perform as an acoustic ensemble or a full theatrical experience with backup singers, Shana Cahill & Liz Bean (known as The Furies) and aerialist, Eileen Little.

What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? has performed to packed theatres, coffeehouses, and concert halls throughout Boston, NYC, and beyond. Their original song "Cold Rain" was covered by New Orleans Soul Queen, Irma Thomas, on her Grammy-nominated CD "Simply Grand," with the track earning high praise in Rolling Stone, USA Today & The Village Voice.  The song is also featured on their  most recent album “Little Bit Of Blue,” recorded with funds from a successful Kickstarter Campaign, resulting in sold-out CD release parties at Oberon and Club Passim in Cambridge, MA and Dixon Place in NYC.  In April 2015 the band toured through the American South, performing to enthusiastic crowds in living rooms, theatres, and art spaces.  Their song “The Ladies’ Tree” was recently turned into an animated short by acclaimed filmmaker and Harvard Professor, Ruth Lingford. The film has been selected for numerous international film festivals including 2014 Anima Mundi, Brazil. What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? has been featured in the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown MA, a performing arts non-profit founded by Quinn Cox and Tony-winner John Cameron Mitchell.  Their most recent theatrical show "Gravitational Fool" was presented by Afterglow and the American Repertory Theater (ART) in July 2017, and Endicott College in 2018. 

In 2019, the band produced a completely sold-out run of their new original multimedia musical "Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth" with the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Museum of Science, Boston.  In the spirit of revisionist works like Mists of Avalon and Wicked, this story gives a new perspective on the myth of the snake-headed Medusa, one of female empowerment,  leadership, and collaboration. Presented at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, this animated audio play with live band performance retells the Medusa tale for the modern era, unpacking themes of male-dominance and violence, and recovering the lost voice of this powerful figure.  MEDUSA: Reclaiming the Myth features an audio play directed by Eileen Little with more than 15 voice actors, animation by Ruth Lingford and Norah Solorzano created for the 360 dome in collaboration with the Museum of Science crew. New original songs performed live by What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? provide the emotional soundtrack to this epic tale of activism and magic.  Rosalind Bevan, WBUR  wrote, "This performance reclaims the myth of Medusa after #MeToo. I felt like I was floating. As I gazed up from my reclined chair, I realized I had never seen a show or movie from this angle. The literal shift in vantage point helps liberate us from the confines of what we’ve always been told." 

​The production earned much praise in the press, returning for a one-night-only sold-out encore performance in Jan 2020.  The creative team is now working to evolve this piece to reach its potential as fully staged theatre production.

For booking our fees are negotiable depending on type of show, projected audience, and travel. For example an intimate coffeehouse might book us as an acoustic trio or 5-piece. A larger theater with aerial rig might want to book "Gravitational Fool" with additional aerialists and tech director along with community educational components around LGBTQ+ issues and aerial theater. 

For music, tour dates, and other information visit www.whattimeisitmrfox.com

Additional Links: 
Multimedia musical reclaiming of the classic myth of Medusa.
Multimedia musical circus cabaret about the intersection of queer archetypes and stereotypes.

I Have Worked With

  • May 2019

    GSC hosted "Medusa In Process," a early look into our original play in development. The evening included live band performance; samples of animation and talk by Harvard professor Ruth Lingford; a panel of actors and activists addressed the issues of gender, sexual assault, and restorative justice in the play; Elizabeth Chloe Erdmann from Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete spoke about the indignenous culture of ancient Crete; audience Q&A; feedback surveys about the content were collected. The evening was made possible with funding from both Gloucester and Rockport Cultural Councils. 

  • March 2019

    Mr. Fox's most recent performance at Club Passim was March 9, 2019 co-bill with Noble Dust. The show was sold-out. 

  • September 2018

    What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? performed "Gravitational Fool" at the college, including workshops and guest facilitating in music and art classes. Quotes from faculy below:

     

    "Wow. I woke up this morning still thinking about last night’s concert. The show so intelligently examined queerness in its many facets, and did so with astonishing artistic prowess; truly, it was spectacular! One of the most profound aspects of the show, for me, was how well it balanced its critical voice with its sincere celebration of queerness and the LGBTQ community. Perhaps the ‘fool’ is a perfect archetype to speak of the dual nature of life as an LGBTQ person: both hidden and hurt, covered in an array of facades, meanwhile finding ways to be nurtured, loved, and even venerated in non-traditional settings." -Trey Pratt, lecturer, Endicott College

    "During their residency at Endicott College, members of the Gravitational Fool production worked closely with Endicott students and professors on various aspects of this performance. The students in Introduction to Technical Theater DRA220 met with aerialists, Brian King, and Nathan Cohen to assist in designing the performance space, particularly in relation to use of projecting images and film. Brian King met with students in Acting I DRA200 to work on creating monologues from personal experience. Aerialists Eileen Little and Rachel Barringer held two workshops with dance and theater students in the use of aerial silks. Brian King visited a music theory class to discuss songwriting. Finally, members of the band will meet with the Endicott Modern Band Project to work on improvisational and ensemble skills. In all, close to 100 students (about half of our performing arts students) met with various presenters from Gravitational Fool, and many of these students attended the final performance.

    As the Chair of the Performing Arts Department, I could see the deep engagement our students felt with the performers and production of Gravitational Fool. Many students spoke to me about the value of learning aspects of their craft first-hand from professionals. The performance was the highlight of this residency, with participating students showing huge enthusiasm for the show: its content, performers, message, music, and production. One student was inspired in a way she called "life-changing." The honest performance of Brian King and all of the ensemble connects with students and audiences, but the artistic crafting of the honest message brings the performance to a truly high professional level. Personally, the performance inspired me to take artistic risks and to explore that kind of honesty in my own work, and I imagine it did the same for our students." - Becca Kenneally, Chair of Performing Arts at Endicott College

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Nathan
Job Title/Position: 
Singer/songwriter
Physical Address: 
Gloucester, MA 01930
Last Name: 
Cohen

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - R&B / Soul
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Folk
Music - Jazz
Music - Pop / Rock
Music - Traditional
Theater - Circus
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Musical
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
2004
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
LGBTQ Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Performance / Concert / Reading
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
30
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
Our original song "Cold Rain" was recorded by Irma Thomas and featured on her 2008 Grammy-nominated album "Simply Grand."

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
We are committed to working with venues to ensure our performances are accessible, and are always open to creative solutions to not only increase accessibility but expand what is possible with performance to be most inclusive.

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Basic sound requirements for band performance: PA mixer, speakers, monitor with at least 10 channels. For smaller venues we can provide mics, stands, and small PA. Basic club or theater lighting preferred for indoor venues.
For technical rider for our show "Gravitational Fool" please, click this link : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1x456aJIgwZLYbxYoKU_ELNV1p2ast4PrdCMmPOPhuLw/edit
Fee Range Minimum: 
$1,500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$10,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
3
Maximum Number of Performers: 
8

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Music
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
Masters Degree in Music Education from Teachers College at Columbia University