Valerie “hulked out” on cancer. Her solo play is a celebration of being comfortable in one’s own skin, of embracing and accepting one’s own body—no matter the shape or size. And her performances coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Her comical take is sure to have audience members laughing out loud, to capture their emotions, and to inspire them to find their own inner superheroes to help them conquer any adversity in their own lives. The Pink Hulk is a true testament to the power we have within to fight back any adversity in life—to never give up and always have hope!
“My show is not just about fighting cancer; it has a universal message of hope and empowerment,” Valerie said. And after all, a cancer diagnosis means only one thing: Time to get laid! Valerie has been performing worldwide in 26 different theater venues since its debut in 2016, garnering rave reviews and winning several awards including The WOW award in Sweden’s Gothenburg Fringe Festival.
LABAlive THREE: OTHERS will showcase the final group of presenting fellows for this year, Elana Greenfield, Laura Beatrix Newmark, and Michael Leibenluft,followed by a teaching by Reuben Namdar, LABA Teacher and Sapir Award Winner. This night of new theatre will highlight the many ways that the theme OTHER resonates both personally and culturally.
Director Michael Leibenluft (Obie Award Winner), in association with Gung Ho Projects, will present Salesmanä¹‹æ», the story of Arthur Miller's journey to Beijing in 1983 to direct DEATH OF A SALESMAN. In this theatrical investigation between the two iterations of this play , conceived and directed by Michael Leibenluft with text by Jeremy Tiang, this work examines the question, what is this play in China?
The second of the three pieces, WRENCH by Elana Greenfield (Whiting Writers' Award in drama), is part IV of a six part play about two women living on ladders during a flood. As the familiar world fades an ancient story/landscape begins to emerge.
"Work that is genuinely original is very difficult to describe...Fury and tenderness, keening sorrow and some of the funniest things I've ever read... As a satirist Greenfield refuses to grant consolation but as a poet, she offers in her words again and again the consolation of beauty, pleasure, renewal and faith." - April Bernard, Bomb Magazine, Editors Choice.
"In the work of Elana Greenfield, there is a mistrust of borders and boundaries that seems to extend to the medium of writing itself." Jason Grote, The Brooklyn Rail
The final of the three pieces is Hannah and Her Sisters: 5 stories on m(OTHER)hood by Laura Beatrix Newmark which examines the production of the next generation and how it inherently brings with it tremendous feelings of "otherness." Featuring Jennifer Gilmore (author), Sara Ivry, Gabriella Spierer, Becky Skoff, and Laura Beatrix Newmark.
Don't miss the last opportunity to see the LABAlive series this year. At the final show of the season, the company will celebrate all of the 2016-2017 LABA Fellows and welcome in the new theme of War + Peace for the upcoming season.
"I am constantly surprised, touched, and provoked when I see the Fellows work and how the constant encounter with classical Jewish text creates such surprising and immensely different artistic outcomes. Our vision isn't to have an annotation of these texts but to inspire new work where the presence of the deep pulse emanating from this ancient yet ever timely content is present." - Ronit MuszkaTblit, Artistic Director, 14th Street Y
Applications are now open for the 2017-2018 LABA Fellowship. The LABA Fellowship seeks culture makers from multiple artistic disciplines that are passionate about new Jewish culture, text study, and the creation of new work. For details or to apply visit, labajournal.com. Selected fellows will be announced in late June.
LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue and study. Part of LABA is the House of Study, an artist fellowship program for which around 10 culture-makers, a mix of visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors and others, are brought together to study classic Jewish texts in a non-religious, open-minded setting. Each year LABA chooses a theme to guide the exploration and development of new work during the Fellowship. The fellows use the study to inspire work which is featured on this website www.labajournal.com and in our series of LABAlive events and performances.
About The Theater at the 14th Street Y
The Theater at the 14th Street Y focuses on social awareness and change through big picture narrative. Inspired by works that welcome artists of all backgrounds, we place artists at the heart of our community and seek to create an inclusive and open cultural experience for all.
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About the Company: LABA
LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts toinspire the creation of art, dialogue and study. Part of LABA is our House of Study, an artist fellowship program for which 10 to 15 culture-makers, a mix of visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors and others, are brought together to partake in a serious study of classic Jewish texts in a non-religious, open-minded setting. The fellows use the study to inspire work which is featured in our bi-monthly online journal and our series of LABAlive events and performances. Our goal at LABA is to present Judaism's rich literary and intellectual tradition in a free and creative setting, so that these stories and ideas spark new thought and art. The creative output from our House of Study pushes the boundaries of what Jewish art can be and what Jewish texts can teach.