Save the Date!

Nora’s Playhouse is pleased to announce
a reading of a new play (so new it doesn’t have a title yet!) by Catherine Filloux
directed by Amy S. Green
performed by Connie Winston and students of John Jay

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 8 p.m.

The Black Box Theatre
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street (between 10th/11th)

This spring, Nora’s Playhouse is collaborating with John Jay College of Criminal Justice to develop and present a public reading of a new play about women and mass incarceration. Playwright Catherine Filloux and Nora’s Associate Artistic Director Amy S. Green have been exploring the topic for more than a year and are teaching a course on the topic in John Jay’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.  The reading will be performed by professional and student actors.

Mass incarceration is an acknowledged crisis in the United States. Most public attention has focused on prisoners who are men, but women bear the brunt of the consequences when they or the men in their lives are sent away. More than are 205,000 women are incarcerated in America today. Most of them are mothers, and many of them are first time offenders.  But the statistics don’t capture the enormity of the impact of mass incarceration on women as inmates, grandmothers, wives, daughters, sisters, girlfriends, social workers, and activists.

Filloux’s play will take us into the cell and the mind of its central character, Mary, an African-American woman who is serving time for an undisclosed crime.  Her days are spent trying to keep her sanity in the face of loneliness, indifference, cruelty, and loss. She grapples with guilt, fear, and internal voices that threaten to loosen her grip on reality.  Anger, outrage, strength, and humor carry Mary through her period of incarceration and beyond.


The Reviews Are In!!

Rose is a charming solo show” with “moments of magnificence.”

-The New York Times

One could not ask for a better interpreter of this complex role than the brilliant Kathleen Chalfant.”

-Time Out NY

“Rose has a shockingly limited run. If you want to see the brilliant Ms. Chalfant at the top of her form, and get a refresher course in the colorful Kennedys, run to the Clurman Theatre immediately!”

– Theater Pizzazz

“Chalfant presents an American Mother Courage, a survivor of four children’s deaths who’s been plagued by perhaps more sorrow than joy but has had to soldier on and will continue to function with a straight, defiant back as long as she’s able.”

– Huffington Post

“Chalfant is one of our most accomplished actresses, but surely the director, Caroline Reddick Lawson, had much to do with sculpting such a tactful, understated, and ultimately devastating performance. The director has also obtained fine work from her designers. Anya Klepikov‘s sitting room set is a fine example of restrained good taste, as is Caitlin Smith Rapoport‘s lighting; Klepikov and Lianne Arnold have supplied the cascade of photos from the family’s history that punctuate Rose’s tales. Jane Shaw‘s sound design blends period tunes, such as “Stardust” and (perhaps most tellingly) “A Bird in a Gilded Cage,” with the omnipresent rush of Atlantic Ocean waves… Rose is a remarkable portrait of a woman who played the hand she was dealt without ever looking back.”

– Lighting & Sound America