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“Stellar!” “Inspiring!” “Powerful!” Audiences and Critics agree! “whatdoesfreemean?” is a must-see!

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Don’t miss whatdoesfreemean?,
the show critics are calling “heartbreaking,” “inspiring,”
a “searing and poignant narrative,” and a “tour de force performance!”

Playing at The Tank, now through July 22nd!

Brenda Crawley as Ann and Lisa Strum as Mary in the Nora’s Playhouse production of Catherine Filloux’s whatdoesfreemean?, playing now through July 22 at The Tank (312 West 36th Street, NYC). (photo credit: Veronica Bella)

Tickets are only $20. Available at bpt.me/3456198 or at the door 30 minutes prior to curtain. No late seating.

CRITICS ARE RAVING ABOUT THE SHOW…

“Life behind bars has long been a dramatic staple and the inspiring whatdoesfreemean? trods this familiar territory with fierce emotion and presentational verve…. Lisa Strum is towering and shattering as Mary.”
– Darryl Reilly, TheaterScene.net

“Sometimes ‘Theater with a Message’ can be preachy or heavy-handed, but this show is far from that…. whatdoesfreemean? approaches incarceration with depth and candor and a bit of whimsy….
Come downtown and experience!
– Tara Kennedy, OnStage Blog

“In a tour de force performance, Lisa Strum fully inhabits Mary’s psyche. With wide eyes that refuse to turn away from life’s pain, Ms. Strum’s Mary is emotionally and physically complex, vulnerable and brimming with truth. Ms. Filloux’s anguished and at times poetic dialogue flows effortlessly in Ms. Strum’s interpretation.”
– Navida Stein, Stage Buddy

…AND OUR OPENING WEEKEND AUDIENCES AGREE!

“The production is truly wonderful. The writing, directing,  acting—all stellar. And what a story to tell!”

A powerful and imaginative work, dealing with one of our open wounds, the widespread practice of solitary confinement. Most disturbing and compelling. And [Lisa Strum as] Mary was splendid.”

“It’s a play that stays with us.”

“It’s the most moving piece of theater I’ve ever seen!

whatdoesfreemean? by Catherine Filloux | at The Tank July 6-22

whatdoesfreemean? is the latest work by award-winning human rights playwright Catherine Filloux. Directed by Amy S. Green, the cast of whatdoesfreemean? includes James Edward Becton*, Brenda Crawley, Justin Jorrell, Galway McCullough*, Liz Morgan*, and Lisa Strum* as Mary.
Scenic and Lighting Design by Phoebe Mauro. Projection and Sound Design by Sadah Espii Proctor. Costume Design by Rashidah Nelson. Fight Choreography by Galway McCullough. Stage Management by Karen Oughtred. General Management by Rebecca Lovett. Graphic Design by Veronica Bella. General Press Representative is Susan L. Schulman.

The Tank | 312 W 36th St, NYC

whatdoesfreemean? was developed with the support of Nora’s Playhouse.
The Nora’s Playhouse production of whatdoesfreemean? is presented by The Tank.
This production is an Equity-approved showcase. *Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
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Tickets on Sale Now!

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whatdoesfreemean? by Catherin Filloux | at The Tank July 6-22

whatdoesfreemean?

July 6 – July 22 at The Tank

312 West 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

Tickets $20

whatdoesfreemean?, a new play by award-winning human rights playwright Catherine Filloux, follows the journey of an African-American woman serving a long sentence for a non-violent drug offense. When Mary ends up in solitary confinement, she struggles to maintain her sanity. The play takes the audience into her psychic world. We travel alongside her self-guided intellectual and emotional journey into the nature of freedom, both physical and psychological, as Mary’s external and internal experiences unfold on stage in the present, in memory, and in the fantasies that help her survive. Directed by Amy S. Green, the cast includes James Edward Becton*, Brenda Crawley, Justin Jorrell, Galway McCullough*, Liz Morgan*, and Lisa Strum* as Mary.

The Tank | 312 W 36th St, NYC

whatdoesfreemean? was developed with the support of Nora’s Playhouse.
The Nora’s Playhouse production of whatdoesfreemean? is presented by The Tank.
This production is an Equity-approved showcase. *Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
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An American in… Kiev?? Save the date for a reading of REHEARSING DESIRE – Fri 8/12

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

Rehearsing Desire draft image4Rehearsing Desire

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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