UNREACHABLE EDEN

Genre: Drama, Lesbian+Gay, Musical
written by Barbara Kahn, music composed by Arthur Abrams, directed by Barbara Kahn and Robert Gonzales, Jr.

Unreachable Eden tells the story of Polish Jewish lesbian Eve Adams (born Chava Zloczower) who ran a tearoom on Macdougal Street in 1926, which catered to artists, writers and actors, both male and female. She was deported from the U.S. as an “undesirable alien” and spent the 1930’s in Paris, selling banned books to English-speaking tourists. Eve and her friends Henry and June Miller and Anais Nin enjoyed both café and nightlife in France, while in Germany the Nazi government was banning and burning books and implementing its war against Jews, homosexuals and others deemed “undesirable.”  These parallel worlds collided during World War II, once again putting Eve in triple jeopardy as a Jew, a lesbian and an immigrant. Composer Arthur Abrams has mined the rich musical influences of 1930’s Europe to write a score that ranges from the popular tango to waltz to ethnic melodies.

 

Unreachable Eden is based on Eve Adams’ deportation file from the U.S. government as well as correspondence and photographs courtesy of her relatives.

 

“…if I wanted to write my experiences of my wanderings and people and adventures, which still continue with every blessed day, it would take me years to write and I could fill volumes…”    Eve Adams. 1934.          

                                                             

Eve’s first deportation in 1927 led ultimately to her second deportation, this time from France to Auschwitz in her native Poland. This courageous woman deserves to be rescued from forgotten history.


About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.


 

Open:   02/09/12
Close:   02/26/12

Schedule:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm.
Theater:   Theater For The New City
Address:   155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10009
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Company: Theater For The New City         Official Web Site: www.theaterforthenewcity.net
Zina Anaplioti Anais Nin, Jeanne Robin and others

Zina Anaplioti-Wilde is happy to be back at Theater for the New City. She was last seen here as the Rumanian Gypsy in Barbara Kahn's Walking from Rumania. She has worked extensively with the International WOW Company and Academy Award nominee Josh Fox. She has worked at the Ohio Theater, PS 122, The Wild Project, Clemente Soto Valez and others. Regionally she has worked at the Georgestreet Playhouse in NJ where she portrayed Jack Klugman's granddaughter. Zina has also appeared at the Edinburg and Dublin Fringe Festival. Some of her recent film work includes: "Friends (wth benefits)", "Delivering the goods" and "The moth diaries" directed by Marry Haron. All her love and gratitude to Jonathan for his never ending support.

Christopher Ben Comeaux Pierre, Maxwell Bodenheim and others

Christopher Ben Comeaux - Originally from south Louisiana, favorite past credits include: The Rocky Horror Show (Eddie/Dr. Scott), Guys and Dolls (Rusty Charlie), Carousel (Heavenly Friend), The Distance From Here (Boy), The Dresser (Albany), Sister Mary Ignatius… (Thomas), Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! (Joe), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour). Thanks to God for a passion, Barbara and Robert for casting him, and to the entire cast for being awesome! Contact and Like him at www.facebook.com/ChristopherBenComeaux

Benjamin Davis Inspector, German Nazi, French Nazi and others

Benjamin Davis is a New York/New Jersey area actor with experience in both children's and classical theatre.  Ben has toured with Playmakers (Sir Loopy Guy; Florida Studio Theatre), where he helped to inspire creative writing in over 20,000 children throughout the state of Florida. He has also performed in Romeo and Juliet (Paris; Pax Amicus Theatre) and Story Theater (Fisherman; Holmdel Theatre Co.) In New York City, he was last seen in Line (Stephen; 13th Street Repertory Co.). Ben has studied as an Apprentice with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and with Suzanne Esper at William Esper Studio's Summer Intensive. Ben would like to thank Barbara and Robert for their guidance and the opportunity to be a part of this production, to the cast and crew for being amazingly talented collaborators, and to my friends and family, who've always given their love, patience, and faith. You can learn more about Ben and his Journey online at bendavisactingjourney.blogspot.com

Claire Epstein June Miller, German Nazi, French Nazi and others

Claire Epstein is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Circle in the Square Theatre School.  Favorite roles include: Estelle in No Exit (13th Street Repertory), Isabella in Measure for Measure (Secret Theatre), Kathleen in Harry and Pep (LAByrinth Theatre Co.), Tricia in Dog Sees God (Studio Theatre, DC).  She can also be seen in national print ads for Amtrak. For more: www.claireepsteinactor.com

Robert Gonzales Jr. Rudy Martinez, Co-Director

Robert Gonzales Jr., a native Texan, moved to New York City in 2002 and since that time, he has been very fortunate to been performing almost non-stop in New York City and New Jersey. Robert is a singer (trained in musical theater, legit and opera), actor, dancer, director, choreographer and music director.  Robert performed Off-Broadway in Fools in Love in the starring role of Puck and created the role of Caliban for the Off-Broadway production of Tempest Tossed Fools, both shows produced by Millennium Talent Group.  He appeared in Fools in Love during its run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and was the only person ever to appear as Caliban during the run of Tempest Tossed Fools.  Other Off-Broadway productions include Kennedy’s Children and KNB–The Musical.  Robert has also originated roles in four productions written by Barbara Kahn that were performed at Theater for the New City: 1918: A House Divided, Ghosts of 14th Street, Walking from Rumania, and, most recently, Birds on Fire. Robert has also appeared in numerous Off-Off-Broadway, workshops, staged readings and regional productions.  www.RobertGonzalesJr.com

Gusta Johnson Margaret Leonard, Hella and others

Gusta Johnson is honored to be working with Barbara Kahn for a second time, having previously appeared in her play Birds on Fire. She was most recently seen in Untitled Theater Company #61's production of Pangs of the Messiah. Her other New York credits includeThe Servant of Two MastersThe Hunting of the Snark, and The Princess and the Frog. Gusta is also a classically trained singer, having studied at USC’s Thornton School of Music. She sends thanks to the cast and crew and love to her family. Website: www.gustajohnson.com

Franco Pedicini Henry Miller, Gianni and others

Franco Pedicini is an actor and writer from New York. Recent stage credits include: Mercury Fur (Savage Detectives), Dracula (Theatre 68), The McTrue Hollywood Story (NY New Works Theatre Festival), and Unreachable Eden (Theater for the New City). Film/New Media credits include: VesuviusIsabella, and Mr. Sparklzz. Franco studies at the Stella Adler Studio and is a company member of Wise Fish Theater Collective. 

Steph Van Vlack Eve Adams

Steph Van Vlack is new to Panoptic Theatre, but has worked in several venues throughout NYC.  Along the way, her favorite characters have been Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Lucy Brown in Three Penny Opera, and Queen Eleanor in The Lion in Winter, among so many others.  More information about Steph can be found at:  www.sceneinteractive.com/talents/stephvv.  As always, she gives her heartfelt thanks to the cast and crew for their talent, inspiration, and creativity, and love to Steve for his endless patience, humor, and occasional ass-kicking.

Barbara Kahn Co-Director, Playwright

Barbara Kahn (Playwright/Actor) Barbara Kahn is a multi-award winning playwright, actor, director and teacher. She started acting in Philadelphia while a teenager. She received a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts from Adelphi University in New York while continuing her professional career. She returned to Philadelphia in 1998 to appear in her own play "CO-OP" and in 1999 in “Cyma’s Story.” Her honors include the Torch of Hope Award for “lifetime achievement in non-profit theatre,” whose past recipients include Jane Alexander, Lynn Redgrave, Frances Sterhagen, Tony Randall and other theater luminaries. She received the James R. Quirk Award for the Performing Arts for her “memorable contributions to American theatre.” Barbara has worked with Off-Off Broadway pioneers Tom Eyen, Ted Harris, Ron Link and Bob Dahdah. She has performed in New York at LaMaMa E.T.C., WOW Cafe and Theater for the New City and on tour inthe Midwest and South. Barbara's recent film work includes "The Botox Lady" in Something Borrowed (with Kate Hudson) and the role of Boris' Mom in The Greatest Movie Ever Made (produced by David Letterman), currently filming in Connecticut. She has been an acting and playwriting coach here in New York for more than fifteen years. Barbara will be the 2011 honoree of the Robert Chesley Foundation/Wurlitzer Foundation. Member of AEA, SAG, The Dramatists Guild.

 
Arthur Abrams Composer

Arthur Abrams Theatrical scores include The Iron Heel based on a novel by Jack London, book and lyrics by Elizbeth Ruf-Maldonado; Ludlow and Broome, book and lyrics by Ruthy Rosen; The Further Adventures of Uncle Wiggily: the Windblown Visitors, book and lyrics by Laurel Hessing, Abstinence and Lincoln Plaza book and lyrics by Tom Attea; The Golden Bear and Sketching Utopia, book and lyrics by Laurel Hessing, directed by Crystal Field; Master and Margarita from a novel by Bulgakov, adapted by Jean Claude van Itallie, directed by David Willinger; The Open Gate, based on a novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer, adapted and directed by David Willinger; and The Glory that Was and Library Love book and lyrics by Walter Corwin. Scores for musical revues include Dropping In on the EarthA Little Old, A Little New, It's An Emergency, Don't Hurry and Axis of Evil Vaudeville Revue. Abrams was composer, pianist, and music director for The Golden Age of Second Avenue, a documentary film about the golden age of Yiddish Theater, often shown on PBS. (In the film, he accompanied Molly Picon.) He was music director and pianist for the Lambs Club presentation of Yankel in America, starring Theo Bikel. Awards include a DAAD music fellowship to Mannheim, Germany, a scholarship to the Orff Institute at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and a "Meet the Composer" grant for the score of The Golden Bear.