Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Catherine Filloux' LUZ at La MaMa NYC To October 14 2012

From a media release:

LUZ
at La MaMa, New York City
September 28 – October 14, 2012
Wed – Friday at 7:30pm, Sat at 2:30pm & 7:30pm, Sun at 2:30pm
By Catherine Filloux
Directed by Jose Zayas
Music by Sergio R. Reyes
A Watson Arts Project
Starring Kim Brockington*, Peter Jay Fernandez*, Lynnette R. Freeman*, Bobby Plasencia*, Kimber Riddle*, Steven Rishard*, Julissa Roman,  and Teresa Yenque*

* Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

NEW YORK CITY - From the garbage dump in Guatemala City, to the tent cities in Haiti, to the toxic oil ponds where birds expire, Luz, Helene and Zia search for hope in the unlikeliest, in-between places. LUZ is a play that is at once volatile and tender, entertaining and surreal.

Luz, Helene and Zia, survivors of rape and torture from Guatemala, Haiti, and Sudan, seek asylum in US Immigration courts. Alexandra is their lawyer. She works for a corporate law firm, which represents corporations responsible for wreaking the environmental destruction and economic privation that underlie appalling violence perpetrated against her clients. A PR executive for one such corporation, Oliver, derides the hypocrisy of those who romanticize a world without oil, but cannot escape his son’s condemnation. From the garbage dump in Guatemala City, to the tent cities in Haiti, to the toxic ponds where birds expire, all search for hope in the unlikeliest, in-between places.

There will be a series of talkbacks and panel discussions after select shows.

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7:30pm Performance
Post-performance: Carol Martin, Professor of Drama at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, interviews Catherine Filloux about writing LUZ

Saturday, October 6, 2012, 2:30pm Performance
Post-matinee performance panel “Human Rights, Violence and Gender” with Sharon Friedman, Associate Professor of Modern Drama and Literature, the Gallatin School of New York University and Wendy S. Hesford, Professor of English at The Ohio State University with affiliate appointments in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Comparative Studies

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 7:30pm Performance
Post-performance panel “Silences/Speaking Out” with Pamela Lynam Mahon, Former Assistant District Attorney, Special Victims Bureau and Marie Cruz Soto, Ph.D., Cultural Historian, the Gallatin School of New York University

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7:30pm Performance

Post-performance panel with Daniel Wilkinson, Deputy Director, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch and Matthew Kennis, Guatemala Country Specialist for Amnesty International USA

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 2:30pm Performance
Post-matinee-performance panel “The Launching of LUZ Community Outreach Project” with Regina Edmonds, Professor Emerita of Psychology and former director of Women’s Studies Program, Assumption College and student activists TBA (luzcop.com)

Written by Catherine Filloux
Directed by Jose Zayas
Music by Sergio R. Reyes
Stage Manager: Courtney James*
Set Designer: Maruti Evans
Lighting Designer: Yi Zhao
Costume Designer: Carla Bellisio
Sound Designer: David Lawson
Puppet Design: Emily DeCola and The Puppet Kitchen

THE FIRST FLOOR THEATER
LA MAMA
74A EAST 4TH ST (BETWEEN BOWERY AND 2ND AVE.)
TICKETS $18.00
BOX OFFICE  212-475-7710
OR ONLINE WWW.LAMAMA.ORG

Sharon Friedman on Luz by Catherine Filloux from culturehub on Vimeo.

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