"Cemetery of Lips" is the story of a woman who thought she had nothing to say. With her signature brand of macabre humor and her deliciously surreal language, playwright Nancy Ancowitz lures us down the alimentary canal to a reservoir of unspoken thoughts and desires. Here amid her swallowed words, our intrepid heroine sets off to reclaim her missing truth. Fearless in its message, the play combines thrillingly poetic riffs, deliciously surreal rants, and a powerhouse performance with hand-drums and violin. Expect a wild ride. Bring your lips. Bring your chap stick.
Nancy Ancowitz is a nationally recognized marketing strategist and coach who helps people express themselves with confidence. She wrote "Cemetery of Lips" to mark her return to a creative life after a long stint in the corporate world. Originally developed as part of the Artists-In-Residence Program at Makor (West Side Center of the 92 Street Y), "Cemetery of Lips" was selected into the CUNY Human Rights Theatre Project. Ms. Ancowitz's full-length play, "Hablo, Diablo" (translation: "I Speak, Devil") enjoyed sold-out staged readings at Makor in May 2005.
Performer Jaye Austin Williams is an actor, director, playwright, teacher, and novelist. Her critically acclaimed performance of Suzan-Lori Parks' one-woman play, "Pickling," was presented at HERE, Joe's Pub, the Mint, and at the Cherry Lane. Jaye's work has been seen on and off Broadway and regionally. Her first novel, "Jasmine," will be published by HarperCollins in the fall of 2006.
Director Barbara Rubin made her Off-Broadway debut last season with Antigone Project at The Women's Project, and she was the associate director on the recent Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire." Previously on Broadway she was assistant director on "The Dance of Death" and "The Elephant Man." She was also assistant director to Athol Fugard on "Sorrows and Rejoicings" at McCarter Theatre and at Second Stage in New York.
"Cemetery of Lips" is an enchanting spoken word performance. A percussive dream with a lot of surprises and a little bite....
By: Nancy Ancowitz
Directed by: Barbara Rubin
Starring: Jaye Austin Williams
On drums: Anoush
On violin: Joyce Chen
Assistant director: Greg Cicchino
Production stage manager: Jamie Rog
Costume designer: Anoush
Set designer: Michael V. Moore
Lighting designer: Jesse Belsky
Associate producer: Samuel A. Morris
Graphic design: Liz Kinnmark
Sat., 10/1 @ 7 p.m., and Sun., 10/2 @ 5 p.m. (Run-time: 40 minutes)
Theater: West End Theatre
Address: 263 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
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