THE ANGEL PLAY

Genre: Drama
Written by Bella Poynton, Directed by Amanda Thompson

The untold story of God's most trusted messenger

We’ve all heard the story: the Angel Gabriel announces the coming of a child and Mary of Nazareth is stunned but welcoming to her Lord’s will. Then, the players in this ancient tale must somehow live through nine long months of waiting...

This is the untold story - the story of the Angel Gabriel and Mary of Nazareth’s strange and otherworldly love affair; the play explores the humanity of Gabriel, the divinity of young Mary, and the blindness of the community around them.

What effect did these two beings of light have on one another? After Mary is visited by Gabriel, they are forced to part. She is shunned by her family and the people of Jerusalem who refuse to believe her predicament. Gabriel takes it upon himself to convince Mary’s future husband Joseph that his fiancée holds a pivotal place in human history. And, Mary herself must find the strength to leave the frightened young girl behind, and become a powerful prophetess who has the courage to take control of her own destiny, and the destiny of her unborn child.

“We are on the cusp of Aries, and moving into Pisces. The world is turning on its hinge, shifting from one age to another!” Set amidst the crumbling ruins of an old world moving towards the new, this production also reflects the in-between state of those who inhabit this earth. Just as the world is turning and shifting, so is Gabriel himself, stuck in-between two worlds: not quite an angel, but also not a man. This is the moment, every 2,000 years, when the Angel Gabriel appears, just as he did to Hagar and the parents of Samson before Mary of Nazareth. But, as “there is red paint dripping from the sky like blood,” we cannot be sure if this new world – and this change in Gabriel – is something to be welcomed… or feared.

Steve Buechler’s costume design incorporates both contemporary and period elements, while Elle Kunnos de Voss’ scenic design is comprised of crumbling stones of the ruins of a city, the falling of this world.  Lucas Segall adds a haunting musical underscore, and Libby Jensen’s stunning light design creates chilling shadows as well as angelic illumination.

The production features Julie Ek as Mary, Dan Lovley as Joseph, Joey Lozada as Gabriel, with Margie Ferris (Ann/Elisheva), Rebecca Nerz (Shepherd) and Zachary Zimbler (Joachim/Priest).

Creative team includes: Meg Dowling(Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Arielle Parkas(Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Taylor Reynolds(Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Elle Kunnos de Voss (Scenic Design), Libby Jensen(Light Design), Steve Buechler (Costume Design)and Lucas Segall (Sound Design).

RUNNING TIME: Approximately two hours including one intermission.

About the Company: Looking Glass Theatre

Reflecting Life on the Stage with Truth and Theatricality While Exploring a Female Vision and Creating a Community of Artistic Freedom

Our goal is to create a community of artistic freedom: freedom from the pressure to be commercial, freedom from gender expectations and freedom from judgment. We believe this is the way to bring our audience aesthetic bliss. Supporting inspiration without expectations gets creative juices flowing. This pure creative energy then creates the purest entertainment.
 

Open:   03/16/12
Close:   04/01/12

Schedule:
Thursday-Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 3pm
Theater:   Looking Glass Theatre
Address:   422 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:$18 general admission, $15 students/seniors
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