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Nilaja Sun’s “No Child…” Extends for Two Weeks at Barrow Street Theatre

Rick Miramontez / Jon Dimond
rick@oandmco.com / jon@oandmco.com




New York, NY – Obie Award-winning actress and solo performer Nilaja Sun’s return engagement of the Off Broadway smash No Child… has been extended by two weeks, it was announced today by Producers Scott Morfee and Tom Wirtshafter. Due to popular demand, No Child… will now run through August 14, 2011 at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue).

No Child…, directed by Hal Brooks, began performances at the Barrow Street Theatre in 2006 where it ran for an astonishing 311 performances and played to sold-out audiences for over a year. Following the New York run of the show, Sun embarked on a national and international tour of the show, earning unanimous rave reviews and 17 awards along the way, including an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards including the John Gassner playwriting award for Outstanding New American Play, a Theatre World Award, the Helen Hayes Award, a Los Angeles Ovation Award, and was named the Best One-Person Show at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.

This summer, Sun is still packing them in and the critics continue to rave:

“The shape-shifting Nilaja Sun has brought No Child…, her thrillingly funny,
guilelessly heartbreaking one-woman panorama of the New York City public school,
back to the Barrow Street Theatre, where it first made a splash five years ago.
Sun uses nothing but her infinitely ductile body, her unbelievably polychromatic voice box,
and her nine years working in struggling schools to bring to life that entire fractious, chaotic ecosystem, from students to teachers to wand-wielding security officer.
Her grown-ups are sketch-comedy masterpieces,
but her children are downright amazing
– Scott Brown, New York Magazine
July 18, 2011

The performance schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $40 and are available through SmartTix (212) 868-4444, www.smarttix.com, or at the Barrow Street Theatre box office (open at 1:00 p.m. daily). Student tickets at $15 are available on the day of performance only at the box office. For group sales, email boxoffice@barrowstreettheatre.com.

The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue South in the heart of Greenwich Village. Nearby subway stops are the 1 at Christopher Street (walk 1 block South on 7th Avenue to Barrow) and the A, C, E, B, D, F and M at West 4th (walk West on 4th Street, left on Barrow).

No Child… began its remarkable life in 2004 when Sun was commissioned by Epic Theatre Ensemble to write a play based on her unique work in New York City’s toughest schools, among them Martin Luther King, Jr. High School. Martin Luther King Jr. High School was specifically created in 1972 as a fully integrated public school that brought non-white students into the Lincoln Center community. In his book, Shame of the Nation, Jonathan Kozol cites MLK as a perfect example of “apartheid schooling” as it currently enrolls no white students. No Child… was presented by Epic in the spring of 2006 at the Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row, where it played for 47 performances. The show then transferred to the Barrow Street Theatre where it ran Off Broadway in a commercial run with Scott Morfee, Tom Wirtshafter and Epic Theatre Ensemble producing.

Nilaja Sun's New York credits include No Child…, Einstein's Gift, Pieces of the Throne, Time and the Conways (each with Epic Theatre Ensemble), Huck and Holden (Cherry Lane Theatre), The Cook (Intar), and The Adventures of Barrio Grrrl! (Summer Play Festival). She has also been seen on “Louie,” “30 Rock,” “Law and Order: SVU,” as Detective Gloria Hubbard in the film The International, and on AMC’s “Rubicon.” As a solo performer, Nilaja's projects include critically acclaimed Blues for a Gray Sun (Intar), La Nubia Latina, Black and Blue, Insufficient Fare, Due to the Tragic Events of… and Mixtures. A native of the Lower East Side, she is a Princess Grace Award winner and has worked as a teaching artist in NYC.

The original design team was Narelle Sissons, set; Mark Barton, lighting; Jessica Gaffney, costume; and Ron Russell, sound.

For more information, visit www.barrowstreettheatre.com.

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