White Fire Productions in association with The Drilling Company is proud to present the New York premiere of FEAR AND DESIRE, written and directed by Alana Ruben Free on June 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th at 8:00 pm at The Drilling Company Theatre, 236 West 78h Street, 3rd Floor (btw Bwy & Amst). Tickets are available at www.smarttix.com.
FEAR AND DESIRE will feature Lindsay Teed*, Jacqueline Kroschell*, Jennifer Silverman* and Margot Steinberg* (*Appearing courtesy of AEA).
FEAR AND DESIRE is the second play in a trilogy written by Free (Part One is Beginner At Life and Part Three is Black Fire/White Fire). In FEAR AND DESIRE, Eden, a new mother in Manhattan, asks "How do you trust life if you don't trust your mother?" Dealing with the micro-management of her life by her "supermom", Eden is desperately trying to reconnect with herself while battling post-partum blues. The play follows Eden's journey in a series of flashbacks - a visit to work on a kibbutz which multiplies her questions, and leads her to an Orthodox Biblical study center in Jerusalem; a family loss which brings her home and a proposal for marriage; as well as guidance on womanhood from a range of spiritual teachers including her immigrant grandmother.
FEAR AND DESIRE was given a staged reading in New York City at Julia's Reading Room, in the home of legendary producer Julia Miles in September, 2010. Publicized readings were staged in Sydney, Australia in May of 2010, and in NYC, at NOLA Studios, at the Mamapalooza Festival and the conference of The Association for Research on Motherhood in May of 2009 and 2010.
The staged public reading in Sydney led theatre critic L.B. Sykes to write, "The irrepressible, intense and prolific Alana Ruben Free has a knack for writing characters that are, at once, personal, defiantly individual, idiosyncratic and universally recognizable."
The other parts of the trilogy, BEGINNER AT LIFE, and BLACK FIRE/ WHITE FIRE have been performed in Tel Aviv, Milan, Torino, Novara, Sydney, Toronto, and New York City. Performances in New Brunswick, Canada and Istanbul, Turkey are being planned for the Fall of 2011.
For more info on this play and the whole trilogy, visit www.beginneratlife.com.
ALANA RUBEN FREE (writer/director) LB Sykes wrote of Alana's directorial debut of her play Beginner at Life: "It's the sort of revelatory, energetic writing and performance for which a critic, or other enthusiast, hankers, lives and breathes: not just memorable, but unforgettable..." Beginner at Life has been performed in Milan, Novara, Turin, Tel Aviv, Toronto, and Sydney. Fall 2011 productions are scheduled for Istanbul and Atlantic Canada. Fear and Desire has had publicized rehearsed readings in New York and Sydney. Black Fire/White Fire had public workshop readings in Sydney in May 2010. Alana is the former editor of The Mom Egg, and was the executive producer of the narrative documentary The Last Stand. The Eden Trilogy is scheduled to open in New York, fall 2012.
Lindsay Teed Lindsay recently appeared as Viola in Twelfth Night with The Seeing Place (ATA). Other NY Theater: Distracted (w/ Cynthia Nixon - Roundabout), Dust (Irondale Ensemble Theatre-Tenement Street Workshop), Lights and Music (45th Street Theatre), Success Story, 1931, Men in White, Big Night (ReGroup Theater Co - Neighborhood Playhouse, Irish Rep). Regional: Mr. Popper's Penguins (Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis), Ruthless! The Musical (Bloomington Civic Theatre, Minneapolis). Lindsay will appear as the female lead in the independent feature SPENCER, now in post-production.
Jacqueline Kroschell is a lifetime entertainer, singer and actress with Broadway and off-Broadway credits including: Man of La Mancha, Pirates of Penzance, A Christmas Carol, and Tamara, who has toured nationally and internationally in concert and opera. Recently, as a member of America's First Professional Theatrical Club, The Lambs, she was part of a reading of K.C. Crane's new play, Gregor Mendel, starred at Shadowland as the famed singer of the sliding scale, Florence Foster Jenkins, in Glorious! , and is featured as the Russian actress in Elena Sphak's new film, "Land of Opportunity". Endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, she's busy with performances for the Civil War Sesquitennial and other singing history projects, plus children's entertainment engagements as singing clown, Yodely-Melody.
JENNIFER SILVERMAN was born and raised in Alberta, and lived and worked in Vancouver. She has done voice over work in over 50 TV shows and movies, and acted in many film festival movies, including starring in a multi-media film project that debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. One of her favorite stage roles was as Rhonda Louise in John Patrick Shanley's Women of Manhattan. This is her New York stage debut.