CHERISH - THE US PREMIERE

Genre: Drama, Lesbian+Gay
by Ken Duncum

"Cherish" follows the dramatic reverberations of a surrogacy dispute between a gay couple and a lesbian couple, whose parental instincts threaten to tear them apart. Duncam's play deals with not only the issue of gay parenthood, but with the universal struggle to be true to ourselves while doing what is best for our families. In "Cherish" the characters face a truth that echoes in all of our lives: "The things you can't have -- they define you, shape you. They belong to you. They're not an outrage to natural justice. They are nature. They're something to be cherished."

"This story of two gay couples trying to raise children is thought-provoking. Cherish will stir your emotions and make you laugh." Nicholas Linnehan, Theatre Talk
"One of the greatest pleasures in attending theater is to fall into the web of a history well woven and encircling. Cherish is a text that you can enjoy this way. It carries us through surprise to surprise without falling into the temptation of rebellious sensationalism. The story of so large an action that it destroys what it loves is so stunning that what is less important here are the details of the sexual orientation of the people. The genius of the playwright is exactly in the subtlety and smoothness of the chain of events. They take us to the end of the play with a beautiful elegance that permits us to let down our moral guard and to see the true moral challenges. " Victor Weinstock, El Economista

" Cherish is a truly moving show which deftly deals with some of the most taboo social issues of today's society. It's a must see for all adult audiences. The audience learns that's its in a child's best interest to have two loving and caring parents regardless of how the child is brought into the world. With the perfectly whimsical staging, and the seriousness of the issues, the characters skillfully leave one uncertain at times whether to laugh or cry. " Nilson Netto, Brazil Press


About the Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.
Founded in early 2001, Nicu’s Spoon is dedicated to producing socially reflective theatre that innovatively challenges stereotypes, and touches the heart in an unexpected way. We are the central theater group in New York City who acts as a home for all - differing colors, abilities, ages, genders, and abilities. We celebrate collaboration in developing productions that are pertinent to today’s global, diverse and rapidly changing world. New York City is full of people who are on the move and unheard, in every skin imaginable. We are committed to involving the spectrum of diverse and multi-abled voices in play selection, programs & internships, our artistic, production and volunteer staffs, and in our audience. Each play involves the rainbow we see around us on the streets of NYC. We see only possibilities and intend to change our perception of the world, one play at a time….

Preview:   06/07/06
Open:   06/08/06
Close:   06/25/06

Schedule:
Wed to Sun at 8:00
Theater:   Abingdon Theater Mainstage
Address:   312 West 36th Street, First Floor
New York, NY 10018
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Cost:$18.00, $14.00 Students and Seniors
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Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.         Official Web Site: www.spoontheater.org
Jessica Lions* (Jess) moved to LA in December and is happy to back in her hometown

for Cherish. A graduate of Yale University (B.A. in English Literature 2003), she has been acting professionally since age 10. Her credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Broadway), Raffi on Broadway (Broadway), Karen in Ordinary People (Nicu's Spoon), Erica in Suburbia (Nicu's Spoon, OOBR Award), Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (Yale), Katherina in Widows (Yale), Jessica in This is Our Youth (Yale), The Voice in Betty's Summer Vacation (Yale), Freydis/Skippy in Marco Polo Sings a Solo (Yale). Film: The Other Side (Los Angeles Film Studies Center), Stanley Cuba (Hit and Run Productions), Sword Swalloweres and Thin Men (Yale Film feature, LA Times "10 Best List of 2003"), Thing About My Folks (Indie Feature), Swimfan (Feature), Athousandwords (Yale Film thesis). T.V. and Internet: Deadline (NBC), The Hidden Frontier (web series). Training includes: Yale Drama Summer Conservatory, Harold Bloom (Shakespeare), Bob Krakower (On-Camera Technique, One on One NYC); Karen Kohlhaas (Monologue Technique, Atlantic Acting School); Fay Simpson ("The Lucid Body", Michael Howard Studios), Katie Bull (speaking voice), Abby Harkavy (singing voice). Thank you to my friends for believing in me, my family for supporting me and my dreams, and Stephanie for making this happen.

Alvaro Sena is back with Nicu's Spoon after appearing in the last production of 'Cherish' where he received rave reviews. He was also in 'The Little Prince' where he made his main stage debut and his New York debut. He started his career in Brazil and most of his credits include Shakespeare, Garcia Lorca, Heiner Mueller. He has acted and worked with talented, respected and professional brazilian authors. He also worked as a intern for The Cultural Foundation of Curitiba and his training came from The University of Arts of Parana - a four year program. He moved to NY to expand his career and he attended acting classes at Michael Howard's and SFT and Theater Dance at The Broadway Dance Center. He would like to thank all his family for their love, friends for always being there, God and again Stephanie for always being a such special person. He made his directorial debut this spring - directing 'Wit'.

Jeffrey Danneman (William) NY Theatre: Me Jack, You Jill (Broadway), Zelda: ATale of the Jazz Age (New Dramatists), The Black Rose (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Wolfpoint Project (Ensemble Studio Theatre), MUD (Columbia), Waiting for Lefty (All Angel's Theatre) Regional: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Nick), Long Day's Journey Into Night (Jamie), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Brick) Film: The Narrow Gate (Indie), Basketcase 2 (Indie), Jesus Henry Christ (2003 Student Academy Award) TV: One Life to Live.

Rebecca Challis is proud to be a member of Nicu's Spoon! Past credits include various roles for Nicu's Spoon including Maeve in 'Cherish', Elizabeth in 'Richard III', Tardy in both the Off-Off Broadway and Off-Broadway runs of 'Elizabeth Rex' and Rosie in the world premiere of 'A Kite Cut Loose In the Middle of the Sky' last fall. Rebecca also performed Off-Broadway in the New York Premiere of Tom Stoppard's "Indian Ink" with Alterego Productions. A native Texan, Rebecca had the privilege of studying at Southwest Texas State University under the tutelage of the late, great Larry Hovis. She also spent four summers as a cast member in the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Rebecca thanks all her Nicu's Spoon family, as well as her family and friends for the neverending support, love and encouragement.