New Play’s Spotlight Will Shine on Pussy Riot and Protest Punk Rock

Because nothing says Russian protest punk rock like a Washington wine-and-cheese reception, the folks who run the Contemporary American Theater Festival held a small party last week to present excerpts from a new play called WE ARE PUSSY RIOT.

The docudrama, about the celebrity Russian dissidents/punk rockers, will get top billing this summer when CATF presents five new American plays during its annual four-week festival at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va.  The CATF invited playwright Barbara Hammond (pictured above with Ed Herendeen, artistic director of the Contemporary American Theater Festival) to come down from her writing outpost on Cape Cod, Mass., to read excerpts from WE ARE PUSSY RIOT.

WE ARE PUSSY RIOT is the result of a $10,000 commission granted to Hammond by CATF, which then received a $15,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to support the project.

Read the full article from the Washington Post HERE.

Anne Garcia-Romero’s MARY PEABODY IN CUBA a Semi Finalist at Carnaval

The Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC), in collaboration with Emerson College’s HowlRound, a commons by and for people who make performance, announces the 2015 Carnaval of New Latina/o Work (Carnaval 2015)  showcasing twelve new works by Latina/o playwrights from across the U.S., July 23-25, 2015 in Chicago.

Anne Garcia-Romero‘s MARY PEABODY IN CUBA was a semi-finalist!  Ms. Garcia-Romero is also on the Steering Committee for the Carnaval.

Join Ms. Garcia-Romero and the rest of the finalists and committee members in July for this fantastic celebration!

For more information on the Carnaval, click here.

Anne Garcia-Romero’s PALOMA at the Los Angeles Theatre Center from May 28-June 21

Make sure to get your tickets now!

PALOMA, written by Anne Garcia-Romero will be staged at The Los Angeles Theatre Center (514 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013).  The play follows NYU students Ibrahim and Paloma, who study an ancient Muslim treatise on the art and practice of love, and they debate the complexities of romantic relationships while falling into one. When tragedy strikes this interfaith romance, it tests the limits of love in a post-9/11 world and Ibrahim must seek the help of his friend Jared, a young Jewish attorney, to clear his name.

For more information on tickets and the production, click here.

Thomas Gibbons’ UNCANNY VALLEY Premieres in Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre

Frank X and Sally Mercer in InterAct Theatre´s "Uncanny Valley," which opened Wednesday at the Adrienne.“This delicate, ingenious play is about identity. Are we who we say we are? Or who we’re told we are? Both, though the heartiest put stock in the former rather than the latter,” remarks reviewer David Patrick Steams of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

This two-man play, written by Thomas Gibbons, questions the powers of science and the human brain – just because we have the knowledge and power of science behind us, does that mean that we should use that power?  Sally Mercer plays a scientist, at the forefront, yet older end of her field, and Frank X plays the research project, the robot with “adult intelligence but little knowledge, much awareness but no experience.”

“The well-investigated production directed by Seth Rozin walks as many fine lines as the script. At first, I wondered whether Sally Mercer was too unscarred to be a retirement-age researcher. But while maintaining ultra-professional restraint, Mercer somehow ages before our eyes as her sorrows multiply. Frank X delivers a masterful metamorphosis from cipher to worldly billionaire with hugely resourceful use of vocal color. But his hallmark is where words stop and implication begins. How many actors so eloquently think on stage?”

To read the full review, follow the link to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s article HERE.