Nadia Parvez Manzoor (performer, playwright) spent her earlier years in North London, in a Pakistani Muslim home, and has since moved from Singapore to Dubai, to Boston, and now has set her base in Brooklyn, NYC. Most recently, she created and acted in the hit web series, “Shugs and Fats,” on MTV DESI. In addition, she produced and acted in the web pilot, “House Arrest.” Earlier this year, she acted in the Off Broadway Play, PompaPompa (Theatre Row) where she played an old cockney mother. In the past year she has performed regularly in the all female Improv troupe, Thirteen Degrees, at theaters throughout NYC. She teaches Improv, and was trained at Improvolution, a Groundling's based Improv School in NYC. She is also a talented street dancer, and her skills include, Popping, Hip Hop, Bollywood and Bhangra. Nadia P. Manzoor graduated from Boston University with a Masters in Social Work, where her passion was to merge Arts and Social reform. Her one woman show is a manifestation of this intention. Her interests lie in asking provoking questions, and challenging the status quo.
Realism ... the authentic revelation of truth. The Method of acting truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
In this world premiere nod to the heyday of the American drama, the Lorimer family has gathered to welcome home their former golden boy after tragedy has forced him to retreat to the living room of his youth. A revolving door of newly explored stock characters reveal their inner demons while struggling to achieve the American dream – life, liberty and the pursuit of authenticity.
Theater Reconstruction Ensemble’s epic dissection of the American REAL attempts to rebuild the most iconic and praised theatrical style of the past century while simultaneously questioning its core components. Can we ever truly create something REAL onstage? Or is it only in the struggle to do so that we stumble across that ever-elusive TRUTH?
About the Company: Theater Reconstruction Ensemble
was formed in 2010 as a collective of theater artists striving to reconstruct both classical and contemporary experiments in theater through the playful development of works over time. Recent productions include Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at The Access Theater and Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus at The Brick. Committed to a collaborative approach to theater making, we function as an ensemble of actors, playwrights, designers, and directors working together to thoroughly examine each element of a theatrical text, from major themes to minute details, and collectively reconstruct canonical works, staying true to the original texts while simultaneously using our own personal connection to these texts to establish unique structures in which to explore and invent.
Conceived and directed by Jeremy Bloom (Leaves of Grass at the Cell), the plight of Peter takes on new life in an anxiety-ridden, deadly adventurous world of love, fairy dust and twilight. The pajama-clad performers, an exuberant ensemble of twenty lost boys, pirates, fairies, and mermaids, explore familiar text compiled from the J.M. Barrie’s novels, “Peter Pan and Wendy” and “The Little White Bird.” Featuring Bloom’s signature low-tech, inventive image staging, Peter~Wendyreveals the nuances of Neverland.
Cast: Camille Harris, Catherine Brookman, Starr Busby, Chris Hejl, Claire Neuman, Claire Wilmoth, Courtney Zbinden, Florent Chauvin, Heloise Darcq, Holly Chou, Jack Sachs, Jesse Garrison, Jessica McKenna, Joyce Miller, Laila Alj, Maite Alvarez, Mike Placito, Sarah Ann Masse, Sarah Grace Welbourn, Amanda Bloom, Kyle Warren.
"Hidden Gem of the Fringe" and "Captivating"- DC Fringe Guide
“there are some beautiful moments of raw humanity” - DC Theatre Scene
“a standout performance by Karin de la Penha... Sezze earns bona fides for ‘Experimental’” - Washington City Paper
KRAKEN's cast includes: Tom Escovar, Marc Geller*, Richardson Jones*, Tracy Liz Miller*, Heidi Niedermeyer, Eva Patton* and Augustus Truhn. It features set design and lighting design by Ben Kato, costume design by Jessica Gaffney, and a score composed by Scott O'Brien. The production team includes Erin Porvaznik (Associate Producer), Ana Mari De Quesada* (Company Manager), Syche Hamilton (Production Stage Manager), Patrick Cecala (Technical Director), and Nathan Vernon (Associate Press Rep). *Denotes member of Actor's Equity
ONE YEAR LEASE
proudly presents the New York premiere of
Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable)
a play by Caridad Svich
directed by Ianthe Demos and Danny Bernardy
featuring original music by Brian Simerson
Meet Iphigenia, the pampered daughter of a ruthless Latin American dictator who learns that she is to be sacrificed for the good of her father. To escape her fate, she embarks on an Alice-in-Wonderland-style trip through the dark fringes of society to reach a rave on the northernmost edge of the city. See what happens when Greek tragedy, an androgynous rock star named Achilles, the ghosts of the Women of Juarez, ecstasy-fueled dancers, the modern media circus, and a history of corrupt rulers are all invited to the same huge party.
Caridad Svich's modern script riffs on the myth of Iphigenia as told by Euripides and Racine but instead of the windless shores of Greece, the ill-fated love of Iphigenia and Achilles is set in a pop-culture-crazed Latin landscape where young Iphigenia is pursued by a media that can destroy her just as brutally as her father's henchman and where she will learn more than she bargained for about lust, violence, sacrifice, and celebrity. And love. Above all, deep, passionate, screwed-up love.
One Year Lease is currently rehearsing the play in Papingo, Greece, marking the second time that Iphigenia Crash Land Falls has been to the mountains of Northern Greece. The play was originally developed by the Actors Touring Company (UK) at the Euripides Festival in Monodendri under the direction of Nick Philippou. The play, short-listed for the 2005 PEN USA-WEST Award in drama, premiered in the US at 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta.
"Caridad Svich's Iphigenia...a rave fable is an exhilarating play.
The narrative subtlety is what makes Svich's redux of Euripides'
Iphigenia in Aulis so stirring... A play of mythic power." -Variety
Danny Bernardy* (Co-Director, Achilles, Chorus), Nick Flint, Susannah Melone (Camila, Violeta Imperial, Chorus), Brina Stinehelfer (Iphigenia), Gregory Waller (Adolfo, Virtual MC, Chorus)
*indicates member of Actor's Equity Association
Production Team: Jessica Applebaum (Dramaturg), Danny Bernardy (Co-Director), Ianthe Demos (Co-Director), James Hunting (Set Design), Kay Lee (Costume Design), Mike Riggs (Lighting Design), Brian Simerson (Composer), Brian Thomas (Video and Graphic Design)
ABOUT CARIDAD SVICH:
Award-winning Latina playwright, Svich's work includes Any Place But Here (Theatre for the New City, directed by Maria Irene Fornes), Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man's Blues (Cincinnati Playhouse, directed by Lisa Peterson), Antigone Arkhe (The Women's Project, directed by Annie Dorsen), and the multimedia collaboration with Todd Cerveris and Nick Philippou The Booth Variations (59 East 59th Street/NY and 2005 Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival). Her new play with songs Thrush premieres at Salvage Vanguard Theatre in Austin this fall. In development: music-theatre version of Federico Garcia Lorca's Yerma with composer Elizabeth Swados and director Kay Matschullat.
ABOUT ONE YEAR LEASE:
Before opening in New York, One Year Lease will workshop Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable) in the mountains of Northern Greece. Rehearsing in the tiny village of Papingo, the ensemble of five actors will build the project in the country that is home to the original myth of Iphigenia and perform for impromptu audiences of villagers before returning to New York City's Walkerspace. With Iphigenia Crash Land Falls, OYL continues its exploration of evocative modern adaptations of the classics.
One Year Lease, founded in 2000, is a New York-based theater company dedicated to revitalizing classic texts. They have created a community of American and international artists who work together on productions performed both in the United States and abroad. Recent productions include Phaedra x 3: a project featuring three provocative adaptations of the myth of Phaedra including Sarah Kane's Phaedra's Love, Matthew Maguire's Phaedra, and Jean Racine's Phedre translated by Ted Hughes (Monodendri and Papingo, Greece; The Cherry Lane, New York); Antigone (The UnConvention Theater Festival, Abingdon Theater, New York); Machinal (Theater for the New City); Look Back in Anger (Abingdon Theater Arts Complex, New York); Oresteia (Theater for the New City, New York; Deree College Amphitheater, Athens, Greece; Theatro Alfredo Chiesa, Milan, Italy; Antigone (The Raw Space, New York; Theatro Technis, Athens, Greece) and Miss Julie (Sanford Meisner Theater and The Pulse Theater).
BONE PORTRAITS examines 19th century inventiveness (the birth of film, electricity, and radiography) through the use of 21st century technology. Smashing live video against classic vaudeville routines, it tells the stories of the famous -- including Thomas Edison and Marie Curie -- and unknown people for whom the X-ray raised more questions than it answered.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is Shakespeare's classic comedy about love between a perfect pair of divas. Everybody loves Bianca (played by a blow-up doll) but no one can marry her until her feisty older sister, Kate, is married off. Enter Petruchio, a finger-lickin' ladies man on the lookout for a wealthy wife. Let the fireworks begin! Happy ending guaranteed.
Pushing the boundaries of realism with fantastical transformations and deformities, THE GIRL IN THE FLAMMABLE SKIRT investigates the nature of otherness and isolation with humor and pathos. Bridgette Dunlap adapts five short stories, The Rememberer, Legacy, Drunken Mimi, The Healer, and The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, creating a world twisted on its axis. Mimi is a closeted mermaid. Annie's lover is experiencing reverse evolution. The fire girl can't stop burning things. A pregnant teen is sent to live with a hunchback. And a girl goes up in flames.
An Equity Showcase
Romeo & Juliet captures with startling accuracy the harrowing experience of being an adolescent in the flush of first love – at a time of life when love is rarely true, but is always desperately real. Placing two women at the center of this story serves to highlight the deep complexities in this central relationship, which are all-too-often glossed over in favor of the heart stickers and fluffy kittens that compose an adult's conception of teenage love. Romeo and Juliet charge at love the hard way – in a world where love is love. Fear is fear. Adolescence is adolescence. No matter who it happens to. And no matter who they choose to spend it with.