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The College of Arts Sciences

Teatrotaller and partners present 'After Orlando, an evening of short plays

By: Linda B. Glaser,  Arts Sciences Communications
November 2, 2016

Cornell’s Teatrotaller, Civic Ensemble, Cultura Ithaca, in association with Missing Bolts Productions Inc., NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press, will present a staged reading of “After Orlando,” an evening of short plays in response to the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The readings will be on Wed., Nov. 9 at 7:30 pm at Sacred Root Kava Bar in Ithaca, and Thurs., Nov. 10 at 7:30 pm at Cornell’s Schwartz Center for Performing and Media Arts Film Forum. Both performances are free and open to the public.

“After Orlando” is an international playwright-driven theatre action including over 70 playwrights from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa and Australia. Plays have been specifically written and curated in response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting this past June and will be read at over 40 venues across the country and in the UK throughout the fall.

“As theatre makers, we have the ability to bring together many singular unique voices toward a common goal. We have invited some of the most admired theatre artists worldwide to participate; to share our grief, our anger, our hope and our desire to combat the violence we are now living with on a daily basis,” said Kline and Baker of Missing Bolts.

Added Svich of NoPassport, “[We’re] making some healing art, some fiery art, some work that just says we can rise up from and through collective mourning.”

This production of “After Orlando” features ten short plays by Deborah Laufer, Joan Lipkin, Andres Lustgarte, Jennifer Maisel, Chiori Miyagawa, Riti Sacheva, Lisa Schlesinger, Arturo Soria, Caridad Svich, and Ken Urban. The readings will be directed by Samuel Blake, Gabriella Carr, Carolina Osorio Gil, Kiefer Harrington, J. Michael Kinsey, and Rosalie Purvis and will feature an ensemble of actors including: Alisar Awwad, Sherron Brown, Ella Carr, Sarah K. Chalmers, Oscar Estrada, Tyree James Cobbins, Mar Perez, Sahar Tavakoli, Irving Torres, Sara Warner, Ruth Wplk, and Sylvie Yntema.  

Partner venues include The Finborough Theatre (London); Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and the LGTB Center (NYC); Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center (DC); The Inge Center (Independence, KS); Theatre@Boston Court and the University of Southern California (Los Angeles); Miami New Drama (Miami), Philadelphia Theatre Company and The University of the Arts (Philadelphia) and many more.