|KNOCK: A JOURNEY TO A STRANGE COUNTRY
| Open: 03/04/15 Close: 03/22/15
Lost & Found Project, an edgy ensemble of next generation storytellers, curates a world premiere of KNOCK: A Journey to a Strange Country, a new play inspired by writings of the Russian avant-garde absurdist Daniil Kharms.
KNOCK: A Journey to a Strange Country takes a closer look at the experience of migration and the consequences of choices, while attempting to penetrate the paradoxical world of human nature, both tragic and comical. KNOCK blends approaches and perceptions in order to study what truly compels us to act or to fear, to follow or to rebel, to open up or to hide within our true selves. Exploring the ideas of fear and existence propels the company members to process their personal journeys through the lens of Kharms’ writings, allowing us to discover the truth about "what is." Imagine a person coming out of his house, carrying a sack. He cannot be defined by words or labels. Where will the journey take him? Let's find out together.
The play continues a trend of absurdist-inspired international productions in New York City’s modern Off Off Broadway scene combining Jewish sensibilities with the best of classical Russian/Stanislavsky theatre, including The Wooster Group’s heralded 2014 Mikail Baryshnikov / Willem DeFoe production of The Old Woman at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and recent Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Beckett productions. Russian actress Darya Ekamasova (Best Actress, Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences’ Nika Award 2012) and Israeli actor Gera Sandler (co-star of the feature film “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” dir. Natalie Portman, 2015) are among the actors of the ensemble.
Acclaimed Russian director Alexandre Marine, who has adapted KNOCK with Boris Zilberman, will direct a cast of nine. In addition to Ekamasova and Sandler, ensemble members include Masha King, Sergey Nagorny, Marina Reydler, Elena Rickman, Russell Verkhovskiy, Anya Zicer, and Boris Zilberman.
Continuing the company’s convention of incorporating both traditional and Verbatim theatre and technique together with dramaturgy, KNOCK is the third original production by Lost & Found Project. The personal experiences of the company members and exploration of their deepest questions are merged, interpreted and developed by the writing team into a professional script used to present the stage production.
KNOCK is written and presented by the award-winning Lost & Found Project, a division of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) FolksbieneRU. FolksbieneRU is a partnership initiative of Genesis Philanthropy Group and National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (www.nytf.org).
About the Company: Lost & Found Project
Lost & Found Project is an award-winning troupe, founded in 2011 as a multi-faceted theatre experiment by a group of young NYC-based actors and writers. Lost & Found Project is an experimental docu-theatre troupe that creates original stage productions based on the Verbatim technique. In our dynamic L&F laboratory, the sense of our past journeys collide with our objective reality, and our current experiences are in a struggle with the individuality of each story-teller. The process can be daunting and struggling, as we never know what the outcome may be, but we just have to trust the process. The goal of the project is to include the audience in our process and to allow them the opportunity to raise questions concerning their own identity and become more aware of their own history. Since the creation of Lost & Found Project, the troupe created and performed two original productions, nationally and internationally: ДOROGA (pron. DOROGA) (2011-2012), Covers (2013-2014). The ensemble creates their work through a series of workshops, trainings and improv sessions, where we explore deeper human experiences through drama. In March 2013, Lost & Found Project became an affiliate and key program of the Folksbiene.RU division, which is a partnership initiative of the Genesis Philanthropy Group and National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene.
Since 1915, the award-winning National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene [NYTF] has presented a window into the world of Jewish culture by engaging, educating, and igniting the imaginations of generations of theatergoers. It is the longest consecutively-producing Yiddish theatre company in the world and America's sole-surviving professional Yiddish theatre. NYTF presents plays, musicals, concerts, and workshops in English, Yiddish, Ladino, Hebrew and Russian, with English and Russian supertitles accompanying most performances. Its mission is to celebrate the Jewish experience through the performing arts and to transmit a rich cultural legacy in exciting new way.