WATERWELL’S “THE COURTROOM” TO RECEIVE SPECIAL LIVE ENCORE PERFORMANCE AT THE GREENE SPACE AT WNYC & WQXR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
A RE-ENACTMENT OF DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS
TO RECEIVE SPECIAL LIVE ENCORE PRESENTATION AT
THE GREENE SPACE
AT WNYC AND WQXR
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 AT 7:00PM
TEXT ARRANGED BY ARIAN MOAYED
DIRECTED BY LEE SUNDAY EVANS
TEASER TRAILER AVAILABLE HERE
New York, NY (February 7, 2019) – Waterwell is pleased to announce that the site-specific World Premiere production of The Courtroom, a re-enactment of deportation proceedings, will receive a special live encore presentation at The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR (44 Charlton Street) on Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00pm. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal will host a talkback with cast and crew after the performance as part of their ‘Micropolis’ series.
With text arranged from real court transcripts by Waterwell co-founder and Tony Award® nominee Arian Moayed, and featuring direction by Waterwell Artistic Director and Obie Award® winner Lee Sunday Evans, The Courtroom will feature the entire original cast: Happy Anderson, Michael Braun, Tony Award nominee and four-time Obie Award winner Kathleen Chalfant, Hanna Cheek, Michael Bryan French, Mick Hilgers, Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, Linda Powell, and Kristin Villanueva.
The Courtroom is a re-enactment of deportation proceedings. In 2004, an immigrant from the Philippines who was married to a U.S. Citizen came to this country on a K-3 Visa. After inadvertently registering to vote at the DMV in Bloomington, IL, receiving a voter registration card in the mail and voting, her removal proceeding was set in motion. It began in Immigration Court and her case was eventually heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. The Courtroom will be performed entirely verbatim from the court transcripts.
The production was recently seen in active legal spaces around New York, including the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse and Fordham Law School.
For tickets and additional information, please visit: www.thegreenespace.org/series/micropolis-live/
The Courtroom is made possible by the lead support of Angelina Fiordellisi.
ABOUT MICROPOLIS LIVE
Hosted by WNYC’s Arun Venugopal, Micropolis examines race, gender, ethnicity and urban life in America, in serious and not-so-serious ways. This season, Arun is back with one-of-a-kind conversations, live performances, and his true-to-form dedication to thoughtful perspectives and levity (because, this is quite a moment). See full series schedule, buy tickets or watch video of past shows.
ABOUT THE JERROME L. GREEN PERFORMANCES SPACE
The Greene Space channels the collective genius in New York City to create forward-looking live art, theater, and journalism that sparks change.
We share the mission of New York Public Radio: to make the mind more curious, the heart more open and the soul more joyful. But while radio and podcasts are media made for millions, The Greene Space aims to change the world one person at a time, moving New Yorkers to the intersection of art and politics, leading courageous conversations, and curating performances of intense beauty that are deeply rooted locally but relevant to audiences globally.
ABOUT WNYC RADIO
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Waterwell (Lee Sunday Evans, Artistic Director; Adam J. Frank, Managing Director; Heather Lanza, Director of Education; Arian Moayed, co-founder and Board Chair) is a non-profit, civic-minded theater and education company that strives to prove itself a vital presence in the lives of its audience by remaining always responsive: responsive to the events affecting the world, to changing modes of expression, and to the individuals attending each performance. Through entertainment and arts education, Waterwell hopes to inspire audiences and students to change their lives and the world in which they live. The company’s two most recent productions were a dual-language, English-Farsi Hamlet, and Blueprint Specials, a collection of short musicals written during WWII performed by a 60+ cast comprised of veterans and professional actors on the hangar deck of the Intrepid Air + Space Museum. Founded in 2002 by Arian Moayed and Tom Ridgely, the company’s blend of music, theater, and social dialogue has been nominated for a Drama Desk, a New York Magazine Culture Award, and a Village Voice Best of NYC. The New York Times hails the company’s work as, “brilliant, original, and inspired. Alive enough to surprise even the performers themselves,” and TheaterMania writes, “Waterwell has staked a claim on our collective conscience.” Since 2003, Waterwell has offered structured classes in collaborative play-making, or “devising.” By 2010, those educational activities had grown and coalesced into the Waterwell Drama Program, which now delivers – in partnership with the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) – top-quality, year-round, in-school theater training to over 200 NYC public school students. The program cultivates the student-artist holistically, demands that they develop both as an interpreter and as a creator, and aims to place their work in dialogue with what’s going on outside the classroom – in their homes, communities, and the world at large.
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