Don’t Miss REHEARSING DESIRE!

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Don’t Miss REHEARSING DESIRE!
TOMORROW – Friday, August 12 at 7PM

Guild Hall
1 East 29th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

RSVP: reservations@norasplayhouse.org


•The Process•

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What I like most about ‘Rehearsing Desire’ is the way playwright Suzanne Trauth braids together multiple tales of conflict and passion.

The actors at Kiev Theatre Company portraying Blanche and Stanley struggle with their own troubled romantic history. An attempted coup in Moscow threatens the Soviet Union and unleashes the full power of the Ukrainian Independence rebellion raging in the streets outside the theatre. The main character, Charlotte, is doing her best to bring the production of ‘Streetcar’ to fruition but gets caught in the crosshairs of the personal and political turmoil.

That may sound heavy, but Trauth’s play is also fast-paced, funny, and deeply moving. My job as director is to bring out all of those dynamics for the audience.

– Amy S. Green, Director

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Politcal unrest, black market deals, a love triangle… the show must go on!

On the morning of August 19, 1991, playwright Suzanne Trauth woke up to news of the coup in Russia that would eventually topple the Soviet Union:

Our rehearsal period had ended, scenes had been performed publicly, and a cast party had capped the two week cultural exchange with the Theatre on Podol in Kiev, Ukraine. Our plans to fly home that day were cancelled.  That night, at the home of the artistic director of the theatre, we ate vodka-infused watermelon in front of his television, flipping back and forth between Shirley Temple tap dancing in a bootleg copy of the movie “That’s Entertainment,” and a press conference with the coup plotters—visibly drunk—on a Russian broadcast. It was one of the most surreal experiences of my life. 

On the evening of August 12, 2016, join Nora’s Playhouse for a reading of the semi-autobiographical play based on those incredible events of 25 years ago.

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An American in… Kiev?? Save the date for a reading of REHEARSING DESIRE – Fri 8/12

Next up for Nora’s Playhouse, a stage reading of

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by Suzanne Trauth
directed by Amy S. Green
with
Elliot Crown*, Sanja Danilovic, Barbara Drum Sullivan*, Sara Morgulis,
Peter Von Berg*, Ben Williamson*, Yury Kakor

Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7 pm

Guild Hall
1 East 29th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

Suggested Donation: $10

*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association


An American in . . . Kiev? It’s the summer of 1991, and Charlotte Cranford is the first American–and first woman–director at the Kiev Theatre Company. She’s been sent by her university on a cultural exchange to oversee a production of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The play’s passions boil over into a real-life love triangle as the streets outside the theatre erupt in violence, leading to Ukrainian Independence. Love, loyalty, commitment, courage, art and Soviet intrigue challenge the old cliche that the show must go on.

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