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News: Blessed Unrest and Teatri ODA of Kosovo present "Refuge," April 29-May 11
Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Baruch Performing Arts Center, in conjunction with Teatri ODA of Kosovo and the consistently excellent Blessed Unrest present the world premiere of Refuge, a devised physical-theater piece based on events in Albania during the Second World War, a time in which Albanian families, many of them Muslim, took in thousands of Jewish refugees. Refuge follows the journey of a young Jewish woman to a remote Albanian village, where she discovers truths about her family history.
Refuge, with text by Matt Opatrny and Florent Mehmeti and music by the Metropolitan Klezmer, and co-directed by Jessica Burr and Florent Mehmeti, plays at Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Ave [25th St. between Lexington and Third], Manhattan, NYC) from April 29 through May 11, 2019.
A My Name is Allison Written by Emery Schaffer Directed by V. Greene Presented by Somehow9am Productions at The Tank 312 W. 36th St., Manhattan, NYC March 7-15, 2020 In Julian's (Henry Raber) apartment, Settlers of Catan is laid out on the table for his monthly board game night with his friends from college days Trish (Molly Lang) and Pete (Leo Defriend). Not everything is Battleship and Harry Potter Clue, however. Julian is coming off a recent bad date; Trish is practicing, on the advice of her couples' therapist and with something less than glowing enthusiasm, for having children with her husband; and Pete has not only just gotten fired—again—from a job but has also received a mysterious accusatory note. And tonight, Juilan has invited Allison (Caroline Dunaway), whom he has "met" on a new dating app that only provides names and not pictures. That Allison communicates at all times through a lace-edged sock puppet is only the beginning of the twisty h
A Day Written by Gabrielle Chapdelaine Translated by Josephine George Directed by Sameul Buggeln and Wendy Dann Presented by The Cherry Artists' Collective via YouTube Live November 13-21, 2020 Sylvie Yntema, Karl Gregory, Jahmar Ortiz, Erica Steinhagen. Courtesy Emily Owens PR Each twenty-four-hour period simultaneously brings a fresh start and another installment of a seemingly endless repetition, one aspect of our lived experience among many poignantly captured by Montreal-based playwright Gabrielle Chapdelaine's A Day . Presented by The Cherry Artists' Collective in a translation by Josephine George, A Day follows two men and two women from one midnight to the next, demonstrating along the way that mundane does not mean unimportant. The actors playing these central characters livestream their performances from partitioned spaces on the stage of Ithaca's State Theater, and the live portion is seamlessly blended with pre-recorded elements, including interactions w
And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet Written and performed by Caroline Burns Cooke Directed by Colin Watkeys Presented at UNDER St. Marks 94 St. Marks Place, Manhattan, NYC Thursday, Feb. 20 at 5:30pm; Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:10pm; Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1:50pm; Monday, Feb. 24 at 7:10pm; Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 5:30pm; Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10:30pm Tickets available here . Caroline Burns Cooke. Image courtesy of the artist. And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet , the award-winning, incandescent solo show from U.K. artist Caroline Burns Cooke, begins with peals of thunder and Cooke falling flat amidst prayers in a storm. This moment will appear again near the end of the play, heartrendingly recontextualized. What we have seen in the meantime is one of the stand-out productions of the 2020 FRIGID Festival and a sobering yet hopeful reminder of what happens when women and their bodies are subjected to the control of institutionalized patriarchy. When Cooke enters in the storm, sh