Sophie, a Honduran-American teenager, comes home from high school to find that her parents have been deported. She immediately goes into bunker-down survival mode, trying to care for her younger siblings without raising suspicion and considering her next move. Her plan is complicated when Steven, a well-meaning friend, oblivious to the issues she’s facing, discovers and struggles to comprehend her situation.
Sophie is an impressive student, a Dreamer, with plans to study Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University. She is fascinated with what is known as the “Rare Biosphere,” a term that refers to rare, previously overlooked, microbial species that play a crucial role in regulating Earth’s ecosystems.
The production stars Natalia Plaza (Othello, The Davenport) as Sophie and Zac Owens as Steven.
The production features scenic and lighting design by Guy De Lancey (Beautiful Day Without You, Origin Theater), and costume design by Emily White. Tye Hunt Fitzgerald (White Noise, The Public) is the sound designer and Harrison Corthell is the stage manager.
The play draws a parallel between our current immigration crisis with the beauty and necessity of diversity in our ecosystem, offering an unique underrepresented perspective into a broken system that many of us only experience through news reports.
The Rare Biosphere is a timely, relevant, and powerful new play inspired by real-life immigration conflicts happening on a daily basis in this country. Given our current polarized political climate, it is easy to forget that behind these “political issues” are real people whose stories matter, and must be told. Sea Dog Theater, whose mission is to shine a light on stories of alienation and reconciliation, has the incredible opportunity to bring to life one such story with this world premiere.
About the Company: Sea Dog Theater
Is an award-winning theater company that produces new and established work that addresses questions of alienation and reconciliation. We believe that great theater offers us opportunities in paying attention and cultivating compassion. With an emphasis on and a commitment to hospitality, our mission is to build a community of artists and theater-goers that join in the conversation of how reconciliation can take place in our daily lives. We are in residency with the Olmsted Salon, a program of Calvary St. George’s Episcopal Church. NYIT Awards 2018: Best Revival (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley). Past Shows: Not From Here (Ace Hotel Artists in Residence), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley, The Waste Land: A Performance/Installation by TS Eliot, Dirt by Robert Schneider (NY Fringe: Best Actor in a solo show, NYIT Nominee Best Actor in a Solo Show).
Cast: Natalia Plaza, Zach Owens
Theater: Calvary St. George's
Address: 61 Gramercy Park North
New York, NY 10010
Cost:$30 ($20 student ticket)
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