For this month's episode, we went to see Jocelyn Bioh's show and it was spectacular. Vivacious, hilarious, poignant, and tragic, this play swept us away. Make sure you go and catch it before it closes this month!
Since we only brought you one show we were confident with, we also tagged a few shows we are very excited about but could not fit in to the show's schedule.
Produced by MCC Theater
Written by Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
Set Design - Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume Design - Dede M. Ayite
Lighting Design - Jen Schriever
Sound Design - Palmer Hefferan
Hair and Wig Design - Cookie Jordan
Prop Design - Noah Mease
Dialect Coach - Deborah Hecht
Production Stage Manager - Laura Wilson
Stage Manager - Ayisha Hunt
Ericka Boafo - Nabiyah Be
Paulina Sarpong - MaameYaa Boafo
Gifty - Paige Gilbert
Eloise Amponsah - Zainab Jah
Ama - Níke Kadri
Nana - Abena Mensah-Bonsu
Mercy - Mirirai Sithole
Headmistress Francis - Myra Lucretia Taylor
Winner of multiple awards and finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Sarah DeLappe's debut play blew up the Off Broadway scene last year at Playwrights Realm. Now getting a second wind and once again directed by the incomparable Lila Neugebaur, this sold out show is the talk of the town. If you can manage, definitely go see it. Or travel to a different state to catch a regional production?
Directed by Kip Fagan, Susan Soon He Stanton's sound-scaped (romantic?) comedy is about a down-on-her-luck journalist, Emily, who returns to her hometown in Hawaii after getting fed up with the hustle of NYC. Unfortunately, she finds out that you can't simply will a career (or relationship) into existence, no matter how many phone calls you make. Told through a beautifully chaotic tapestry of phone calls, radio DJs, and foley sounds, Today Is My Birthday is a magnificent display of how loneliness manifests in the age of constant connection.
"Got to see it soon after we shot the episode and I highly recommend it! Tickets are cheap ($20-$40) and the production is truly one of a kind. Intimate, poignant, and hilarious, the play had me from beginning to end." - Ray
Produced by Théâtre du Soleil and directed by its founder, Ariane Mnouchkine, this French transfer explores the chaos that plagues our globe. From terrorism to global warming, this 3 and a half hour epic with a 35 member, multi-national cast is a tour-de-force that reinforces the importance of theatre. It opens today so go check it out!
"In A Room in India, the director of a Parisian theater company on tour in India quits, feeling helpless and weak after a terror attack leaves them unable to travel home. His assistant, now alone to lead the company, must create a new commissioned work that is set to premiere within days. In her anxiety-ridden state, the new director has a series of dreams that attempt to make sense of the role of theater and art in the current world and her own fear of terrorism-including visits from Shakespeare, Chekhov, an Indian theater troupe, Ghandi, and members of the Taliban. Elements of Western and Eastern drama appear in her troubled dreams to make sense of modern life, including a Terukkuttu ensemble performing an ancient form of theater that originated in South India using elaborate costumes, props, and instruments. The end result is a manifesto of the power of theater to heal a community, as well as an exploration of how to talk about the chaos of a world that has become incomprehensible. The Théâtre du Soleil started work on A Room in India during a residency in Pondicherry, India, in 2016, shortly after the terrorist attacks of November 2015 in Paris."