HUMAN RITES, Written by Seth Rozin, Broadens Your Perceptions at Phoenix Theater

Academia. Culture. Anthropology. In-depth study. Research. Data collection. These hardly seem the buzz words for an impactful and insightful play, yet each of those weighty words holds sway in HUMAN RITES, which is currently playing at Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis…

However, I have saved the best key phrase for last because this powerhouse play centers on two pivotal words: female circumcision. Or is it female genital mutilation? That is the heated and impassioned debate sparked in the close office of Michaela Richards, played by Milicent Wright. This debate unfolds in a riveting fashion that is both jarring and eye-opening as only three characters never cease discussing its many twists, turns, and viewpoints.

It is very clear that the actors in this production made a study of the people they portrayed, for which I am very grateful. As an audience member, you have to watch these individuals talking for 90 straight minutes. And yet, I was never once tempted to look at the clock because I felt like the unwitting scientist who puts his or her subject of study under a microscope and is caught off guard by what awaits…

HUMAN RITES is a fast-paced and riveting invitation to see how deeply perception dictates our reality. Be prepared to have your own eyes opened, your own pre-conceived notions debunked, and your head left spinning with some inevitable questions: who would I be in this debate? And did I win?…

With the flow of HUMAN RITES never stopping and considering the deep, gritty content of the show, I was exhausted as just an audience member by the time it finished. The show covers the cultural view of the practice of female circumcision in explicit detail, so be aware of that before coming in. The constant banter of the actors makes it feel like you are in the room, taking side with the mere three actors.

Not only was I greatly impressed by the acting, but also the sheer stamina it takes to perform this show by Seth Rozin is beyond amazing. Zero stops, zero scene changes, zero costume changes, and pure emotion make this show different than any I have ever seen, which made it all the more impressive.

Read the full stunning review from Broadway World here.

Tickets to WINTER, Written By Julie Jensen, Available Now

Written by Julie Jensen
Directed by Gary Graves
Jul 15–Aug 13

inspired by ROBECK in ENDING LIFE: Ethics & The Way We Die
by Margaret Pabst Battin © 2005 Oxford University Press

World Premiere #56: a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

We have extremely limited availability on 7/30.
If a performance is full, please call the box office for information about the waiting list (510) 558.1381

A beautiful, empowering story about a woman whose once-brilliant mind is now diminishing. Her decline is troubling not only to herself, but to her family, who each have different ideas about what’s right for her. Meanwhile she’s ready to take matters into her own hands. Funny, touching, and very topical, WINTER is a thought-provoking look at our right to die.

Production Sponsors: Will & Linda Schieber, Tom White & the Leslie Scalapino O-Books Funds

“Jensen’s illuminating and powerful script finds the humor in the universal questions posed” -Salt Lake Tribune

WINTER is produced at Central Works as part of a NNPN Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theatres are Salt Lake Acting Company (Utah) and Rivendell Theatre Exchange (Illinois). For more information please visit nnpn.org

TICKET PRICES

Advance tickets: $30
(Advance sales by phone thru Brown Paper Tickets: 800.838.3006)

At the door: $30–15 sliding scale

Pay-what-you-can: preview performances and every Thursday, at the door as available

Information & subscriber reservations: 510.558.1381

PERFORMANCE CALENDAR

Thu Fri Sat Sun
July 13
8pm
Preview 
PWYC 
14
8pm
Preview 
PWYC 
15
8pm
Opening 
16
5pm
Talkback 
20
8pm
PWYC 
21
8pm
22
8pm
23
5pm
27
8pm
PWYC 
28
8pm
29
8pm
30
5pm
Aug 3
8pm
PWYC 
4
8pm
5
8pm
6
5pm
Talkback 
10
8pm
PWYC 
11
8pm
12
8pm
13
5pm

RUNNING TIME

75 minutes without intermission
minimum suggested age: 12
Due to the intimacy of the performance space, we cannot allow children under the age of 7.

LEAF CUTTER By Yasmine Rana is Finalist in City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting

Center, Yasmine Rana (Playwright). Left, Margaret Ledford (Artisitic Director), and right, Susan Westfall (CoFounder and Literary Director).

LEAF CUTTER, written by Yasmine Rana (center, above), was a finalist for the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting. It was awarded a staged reading at the Olympia Theater in Miami at the CityWrights 2017 launch, and directed by Artistic Director Margaret Ledford (above, left).

MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, directed by Dawn Monique Williams, ‘Makes Hilarious Theater Magic’

One comes to “The Merry Wives of Windsor” expecting broad farce, this being arguably the most comically potent play in the canon. Rich with humor and ribald in plotline, it’s among the most reliable workhorses in the Bard’s canonical stable.

As such, a director might be forgiven for dialing it in. Dawn Monique Williams was having none of that on opening night. Playing to a packed house on a perfect spring evening at the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, Williams and her troupe of bawdy thespians set the evening on fire with a night of theater that deliciously walks the line between classic Shakespearean hilarity and an entirely contemporary brand of satire. It takes guts to integrate 1980s culture into a play that was written circa 1597, but that’s what Williams has done, intermittently launching her actors into fabulously entertaining gyrations to the music of Whitesnake, Whitney Houston, and Blondie that somehow work ingenuously with the bawdy nature of the play. On production value alone, the costuming, lighting and musical composition are worth the price of admission — dance numbers by powerhouse choreographer Valerie Rachelle are superb. And we haven’t even gotten to the acting.

Read the full and raving review from Ashland Daily Tidings here.

Visible from Four States by Barbara Hammond, and Transatlantic by John Walch, Selected for Arkansas New Play Festival

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.: TheatreSquared has announced the lineup of new plays that will be featured at its ninth annual Arkansas New Play Festival. Lisa D’Amour, Rick Ehrstin, Barbara Hammond, Mona Mansour, John Walch, and Austin Ashford will have their plays developed and read over two weekends, June 16-25.

“This 50-artist, two-weekend festival is our region’s rare opportunity to see—and shape—the next great American play,” said T2 executive director Martin Miller in a statement. “With 15 performances and events in Fayetteville and Bentonville, the festival is an embarrassment of riches for theatre lovers and a chance for every community member to have a glimpse of a usually closed-loop creative process.”

The lineup of plays will be:

  • The Furies by Lisa D’Amour, about two friends who reveal secrets over lunch that threaten to upend their friendship and their lives.
  • Visible From Four States by Barbara Hammond, in which residents debate what to put on their town’s highest hilltop.
  • Transatlantic by John Walch, a comedy that spans two continents and two centuries.
  • Comet Town by Rich Ehrstin, about a man who is trying to juggle work, family, and a father with dementia.
  • We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War by Mona Mansour, about a woman and her nephew who navigate identity, family, and allegiance.
  • (I)sland T(rap) by Austin Ashford, a one-person rap adaptation of The Odyssey. Ashford will perform.

In addition, TheatreSquared will present a young playwrights showcase, with two 10-minute student works and a performance of Follow Me @TioSam, a devised theatre piece from the Latin/x Youth Theatre Project.