United Solo nomination for Kathleen Chalfant!

Congratulations to Kathleen Chalfant on her 2016 United Solo Special Award nomination for her outstanding solo performance as Rose Kennedy in Nora’s Playhouse’s world premiere production of Laurence Leamer’s Rose! Brava!!

Kathleen Chalfant’s spellbinding portrayal of Rose Kennedy, the mother of John F. Kennedy, is a study of poise that masks despair in the face of trial. In Laurence Leamer’s “Rose,” Ms. Chalfant created a devastating performance as a woman claiming her role in a family of flawed, ambitious men at the foreground of history.

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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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