humRumbleROAR Productions has announced the world premiere production of Chisa Hutchinson's ALONDRA WAS HERE, directed by Jade King Carroll. ALONDRA WAS HERE will play a limited engagement at The Wild Project (195 East 3rd Street, NYC). Performances begin Saturday, May 4 and continue through Saturday, May 18. Opening Night is Wednesday, May 8 (7 p.m.).
Sisters Alondra and Anise have had enough. People in their town are disappearing; young women are being brutalized and the perpetrators are rewarded with political power. So they decide they're going to do something about it-something dangerous and rebellious and probably very stupid, but something nonetheless. When their plan goes awry, and Alondra disappears, Anise is left to drift in a veritable ocean of guilt and indecision.
Until, that is, she meets Dusty, a suggestible nice guy whom she prods into doing increasingly violent things on her behalf. Bolstered by her newfound powers of manipulation but haunted by the ghost of her sister, Anise must decide: should she push Dusty to commit the ultimate subversive act, or should she prove her autonomy by following through by herself?
Through a wild amalgamation of theatre, graffiti and audience participation, ALONDRA WAS HERE tells the story of a young woman who loses her sister-and finds courage-in a brutal police-state.
The production stars Joniece Abbott-Pratt* as Anise, Nicole Aiken* as Drunk Woman/Elvis, Lolita Foster* as Alondra, Rey Lucas* as Dusty, Jared McNeill* as Man1/Boy1, Christopher Myers* as Man3/Drunk Man/Intense Evangelist, and Mike Rosete* as Man2/Boy2. *Performing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. AEA approved showcase.
The production produced features scenic design and tech direction by James Hunting, costume design by Becky Bodurtha, and lighting design by Mike Riggs. Christopher Loar is the sound designer and Toni Goldberg is the stage manager.
Alondra Was Here plays the following schedule:
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $18 and are now available online at www.thewildproject.com or by calling 1-866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater ½ hour prior to the performance. Running Time: 95 minutes. For more about the production click HERE.
Chisa Hutchinson (Playwright) (B.A. Vassar College, M.F.A. NYU-Tisch School of the Arts) has been commissioned and presented by such venues as the Lark Play Development Center, Atlantic Theater Company, City Parks' SummerStage, Working Man's Clothes, Victory Gardens Theater, Mad Dog Theater Company, The BE Company and Partial Comfort Productions. Her works, which include She Like Girls (2010 GLAAD Award), Dirt Rich (2010 Lilly Award), Mama's Gonna Buy You, Sex on Sunday, This Is Not the Play (2012 New York Innovative Theater Award), Tunde's Trumpet, The Subject, Somebody's Daughter, and Dead and Breathing, tend to probe social issues and depict folks who don't ordinarily get to see themselves on stage. She has been a Dramatists' Guild Fellow, a resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, and a New York NeoFuturist. Currently, Chisa writes for the Blue Man Group, is a Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center, and is working on a film adaptation of her play, The Subject, for an upstart, Australian filmmaker.
Jade King Carroll (Director) directing credits include Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun, Juilliard Drama; Mat Smart's Samuel J And K; Amber Kain's The Summer House; David White's White Baby, Passage Theatre; Nicole Thompson-Adams' Black Girl You've Been Gentrified, Joe's Pub at The Public; Ellen McLaughlin's adaptation of The Persians; Scott Kaiser's Splittin' the Raft, People's Light & Theatre; Christina Hamm's After Adam, Playpenn; Nisherah Green's Contents of a Book; Sarah McKnight's Life as a Balloon, McCarter Youth Ink Festival; Chisa Hutchinson's Sex on Sunday, BE Company at Urban Stages; Zakiyyah Alexander's The Etymology of Bird, City Parks' SummerStage; James Mcmanus' Cherry Smoke, Clockwork Theatre at Theatre Row; Mikyo Reed's Like Father, Producer's Club; Catherine Filloux's White Trash, Players Theatre. She has developed works by playwrights such as Kia Corthron, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Chisa Hutchinson, Joshua Allen, Zakiyyah Alexander, Dominique Morriseau, Sarah Hammond, James Mcmanus, Josh Koenigsberg, Clare Drobot and others culminating with readings and workshops at New York Theatre Workshop, McCarter Theatre, Two River Theatre Company, New Dramatists, Second Stage Theatre, Primary Stages, Playwright's Realm, Time Warner New Play Festival, 24 Hour Plays, Chocolate Theatre, New Jersey Rep & Joe's Pub. Jade is currently a TCG New Generations Future Leader Award recipient, through which she is the Artistic Associate at Second Stage Theatre where Carole Rothman is mentoring her in Artistic Direction. In 2010 Jade was presented with the Paul Green Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Professional from The National Theatre Conference and The Estate of August Wilson.