|TURNING THE GLASS AROUND
| Open: 10/16/14 Close: 11/01/14
Turning the Glass Around follows Philip Lee, a first generation Korean-American, as he struggles to cope with his father's death. His identity crisis -- Is he a good son or loving husband, an all-American success story or a foreigner in his own country? -- haunts him. Race, love, and the American Dream collide in this new play by Pia Wilson.
Work/Space Collective will present Turning the Glass Around, a new play by Pia Wilson (The Flower Thief) directed by Heidi Grumelot (The Flower Thief: Donnie and the Monsters; punkrock/lovesong), October 16th through November 1st at Teatro Circulo (64 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The production will feature Don Castro* (Uncle Vanya with Target Margin; Dojoji with Pan Asian Rep), Carmen Gill* (Three Sisters with Classical Theatre of Harlem), Topher Mikels (The Tempest with Hamptons Shakespeare Festival) and Kristen Hung (Peking Roulette at the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival) with puppeteers Jessica Marie Lorence (Cinderella on Broadway; The Little Shop of Horrors Sing-Along at BAM) and Sam Gold (Breakfast in the 2013 Puppets on Film Festival at BAM; Echo in Camera at La MaMA). The creative team will include Puppet Design by Spencer Lott (Tilly the Trickster at the Atlantic for Kids), Set Design by Norihito Moriya (Advance Guard with Spookfish Theatre Company), Lighting Design by David Sexton (2012 New York Innovative Theatre Award winner for The Spring Fling at IRT), and an original Musical Score by Joan Tick and Caleb Lindskoog of Magmana.
Pia Wilson’s Turning the Glass Around is the inaugural production for Work/Space Collective, but playwright Pia Wilson and director Heidi Grumelot are long time collaborators. They have always aimed to break racial stereotypes and reinvent the multicultural narrative of America in their theatrical work. Reviewer Martin Denton wrote about their collaboration on Wilson’s The Flower Thief in 2012: "I was most impressed that The Flower Thief, with an African-American playwright and four African-Americans in the cast, transcends racial boundaries and definitions to tell a story filled with universal themes and characters. I will be eager to see what all of the artists involved with this work come up with next." This play will further the artists’ investigations into crucial questions of what does an American look like; who gets to call themselves American; and who will always be the other.
About the Company: Work/Space Collective
Work/Space Collective (WSC) is the brainchild of Heidi Grumelot, former Artistic Director of Horse Trade Theater Group. Formed as a cooperative of artists working to create new American and international performing arts collaborations, WSC welcomes artists from a variety of backgrounds, genres, and mediums and aims to tell non-normative stories that represent storytellers and audience members of all origins.