NIGHT SKY

Genre: Drama
A play by Susan Yankowitz, Directed by Daniella Topol

NIGHT SKY, a play by Susan Yankowitz about a brilliant astronomer who loses her ability to speak, will be presented Off-Broadway this spring with previews beginning May 22 prior to its official opening June 2 in the Rose Nagelberg Theatre at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Ave.) in Manhattan. NIGHT SKY is presented Off-Broadway by Stan Raiff/Power Productions (IRENA'S VOW) in association with the National Aphasia Association.

NIGHT SKY, directed by Daniella Topol, marks the return to the New York stage of actress Jordan Baker -- in the starring role of the astronomer Anna -- last seen in NY in the original cast of Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN opposite Marian Seldes and Myra Carter 15 years ago.

NIGHT SKY explores what the noted author and physicist Steven Hawking has called the two remaining mysteries -- the brain and the cosmos -- as the play looks at what happens to a bright, articulate astronomer, her family and her career when she is struck by a car and loses her ability to speak conventionally, a condition known as "aphasia." As she is left to expresses herself in an alternately funny, poetic, confusing and profound hodge-podge of words, astronomer Anna, her daughter,
fiancé and colleagues face uncommon challenges of the mind and spirit as they discover new ways to communicate, and what it really means to listen.

NIGHT SKY is inspired by and dedicated to the memory of the late, revered actor, director, playwright and founder of the Open Theatre, Joseph Chaikin, himself affected with aphasia following a stroke in 1984. Having recovered sufficiently to continue writing, directing and performing until his death in 2003, Mr. Chaikin commissioned Ms. Yankowitz to write a play that dealt with aphasia. NIGHT SKY is that play.

NIGHT SKY is presented Off-Broadway by Stan Raiff/Power Productions (producer of IRENA'S VOW last season Off-Broadway and presently on Broadway) in association with the National Aphasia Association.

Jordan Baker, starring as the astronomer Anna in NIGHT SKY, has not been seen in a New York stage since her memorable performance in the original cast of Edward Albee's 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning play THREE TALL WOMEN with co-stars Myra Carter and Marian Seldes. Since leaving New York, Ms. Baker has appeared on several television series including as a regular on "The New Adventures of the Old Christine" opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus, along with roles on "Brothers and Sisters," "Medium," "Cold Case," "Without a Trace," "The O.C.," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Passions," "Gilmore Girls," and "Still Standing." Ms. Baker also appeared on Broadway in GARDEN DISTRICT, which earned her a coveted Theatre World Award.

Also featured in the cast of NIGHT SKY are Jim Stanek (LESTATE, LITTLE WOMEN, THE RIVALS on Broadway), Tuck Milligan (GEM OF THE OCEAN, Broadway), Lauren Ashley Carter, Dan Domingues (KING LEAR opposite Alvin Epstein Off-Bway) and Darlesia Cearcy (THE COLOR PURPLE, Broadway).

Preview:   05/22/09
Open:   06/02/09
Close:   06/20/09

Schedule:
Tuesdays through Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays at 3:00pm & 8:00pm; and Sundays at 3:00pm
Theater:   Baruch Performing Arts Center
Address:   55 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY
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Cost:previews are $45, and will range $65 - $45 - $25 after opening.
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