Coming in June! to Theater for the New City
In "The Beekeeper's Daughter" a Muslim refugee woman is embraced by an eccentric American family
"The writing has a kind of fearlessness to it. It’s like a classic.”
—Ruth Maleczech, Founder and Artistic Director, Mabou Mines
“A play about the poignant transformation of humankind which brings to the stage an imaginative landscape in which one feels reborn.”
—Naum Panovski, director, critic, professor, former Yugoslavia
“It is a witty, passionate piece...a deep, subtle, rich journey confronting the audience with horrors while celebrating unforeseen possibilities for human goodness.”
—Sue Gough, The Bulletin, Brisbane, Australia
TTC presents our first revival of our first production: "The Beekeeper's Daughter" written by Karen Malpede for George Bartenieff and the late Lee Nagrin (the 3 co-founders) in 1995, in a new production, directed by Malpede, starring Bartenieff as the poet Robert Blaze and Najla Said (TTC's "Prophecy) as his daughter, Rachel and Jenny Leona as the refugee, Admira Ismic.
June 2-26, 2016, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., NY, NY
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Our Fantastic Cast
George Bartenieff, as Robert Blaze, the passionate Robert Gravesian poet and goddess scholar, has starred in all Theater Three Collaborative plays since 1995. Four-time Obie winner, he reprises his original role as Robert.
Evangeline Johns, is the clairvoyant Sybil, beekeeper and Robert’s sister. Favorite roles include leads in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Night Mother, and the musical-in-progress, Buzz Son of a Bee, plus new plays at BACA and the Public Theatre, with Mac Wellman’s New Work Project.
Jenny Leona, is Admira Ismic, Bosnian teacher and artist, who has become a pregnant victim of a rape camp. Jenny acted with George at Long Warf and Hartford Stage in Steve Martin’s Underpants. She starred in Our Town at Long Warf, The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare Theatre Company, and is a graduate of the Julliard School.
Najla Said, as Rachel, a fierce human rights activist, appalled by the cruelty in the world, brings Admira home to Sybil and her father’s island home. Najla acted three roles in TTC’s Prophecy in all developmental readings and productions in London and New York. She is author/performer of the one-woman play Palestine, and author of the memoir Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family.
Jacob A. Ware, is the Dionysian force Jamie Knox, who wakes everyone to the power of Eros. Stage: How To Get Into Buildings (New Georges), Nobody’s Girl (NJ Rep), Life+Death of Kenyon Phillips (The Box NYC), Cabaret (Park Playhouse). TV: Late Night with Seth Meyers, Blue Bloods, One Bad Choice, Boardwalk Empire.
Went to Paris!
This is an international collaboration with Cei de Facto, Switzerland; Bilingual Acting Workshop & Fondation des Etats-Unis. Funding for Paris provided by: The Rockefeller Bros. Fund; Henning and Julia Hoesch; The Prospect Hill Foundation, Craig Richardson and Sarah Beinecke Richardson; and TTC's Producing Partners, that is, You. With the hope that we might bring this important play home from Paris.
Extreme Whether ("brave and pioneering", "laced with darkness and humor" Andrew Revkin, NYTimes) had a sold-out premiere at Theater for the New City in October. Each performance was followed by a talk back (Dr. James Hansen, Dr. Jennifer Francis, Dr. Dale Jamieson, Dr. Ana Baptista and many others). Andy Revkin described the play as about the American family in our current debate. Jim Hansen said "the love of nature" the play evokes is its most important part and the "documentaries are boring, but this play really moves people." Jennifer Francis says "it is just a most impressive play. It was wonderful as a reading. It is even more wonderful now."
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Our last decade of plays remain newsworthy: Prophecy, 2006-2010 (Berlin, London, New York) about the cost of our wars to veterans and civilians; Another Life, 2011-2013 (Kosovo, Gerald W. Lynch, Irondale, Theater for the New City, NYC; London) the only American play to tell the truth about the U.S. Torture program; and Extreme Whether, 2013-onward, our family drama about Climate Change which needs to be more widely seen. We work on minuscule budgets to deliver productions of the highest quality.
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