|V (FORMERLY EVE ENSLER) AND MARIA HINOJOSA HOST WORKING THEATER HOSTS BENEFIT READING OF LISA RAMIREZ'S TO THE BONE-- 12/7 AT 7 PM|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:50 am EST 11/20/20|
|V (FORMERLY EVE ENSLER)
AND MARIA HINOJOSA
SET TO HOST WORKING THEATER BENEFIT READING OF
LISA RAMIREZ'S TO THE BONE
TO SUPPORT SULLIVAN COUNTY MIGRANT FARM WORKERS
DEVASTATED BY COVID-19 ON DECEMBER 7TH AT 7PM EST
WORKING THEATER, the DRAMA DESK and AUDELCO award-winning Off-Broadway company under the leadership of Artistic Directors Mark Plesent and Tamilla Woodard, continues its 36th season with a virtual benefit reading of Lisa Ramirez's TO THE BONE on December 7th, 2020. Two-time Obie Award-winning director Lisa Peterson returns to direct the reading as part of an evening co-hosted by Tony Award-winning playwright and activist V (formerly Eve Ensler), and founder and president of Futuro Media Group and Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, Maria Hinojosa
Originally commissioned by Working Theater in 2010, Ramirez spent six months interviewing undocumented female poultry processing plant workers in Sullivan County. TO THE BONE examines the very nature of equality and justice in contemporary America as it shines a light on the lives of the invisible workforce that puts food on our tables. The virtual reading will be simultaneously translated in Spanish, and will feature most of the original cast from the 2014 Cherry Lane Theatre World Premiere including Lisa Ramirez, Dan Domingues, Liza Fernandez, Annie Henk, Paola Lazaro-Munoz, Gerardo Rodriguez and Xochitl Romero with Danny Wolohan also joining the company. "Working Theater is thrilled by the opportunity to give back to the community Lisa's eye-opening play is about. We are delighted that V, Maria Hinojosa and most of the original company are joining us to support the efforts of a community being disproportionately devastated by COVID-19. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, TO THE BONE reminds us there is a segment of essential workers laboring unseen and unrecognized."
Ticket proceeds for the December 7th online event will benefit Rural & Migrant Ministry, on behalf of Sullivan County migrant workers. Rural & Migrant Ministry supports rural and migrant communities throughout New York fighting for equality and cooperative opportunity, especially within labor and agricultural systems.
Tickets are available on a "Sliding Scale", reflecting the Company's commitment to accessibility and the belief that theater should not be a luxury or a privilege, but available and accessible to all who want to participate.
TO THE BONE: December 7, 2020 at 7pm
By Lisa Ramirez
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Originally Commissioned by Working Theater
A Virtual Reading to benefit Sullivan County Migrant Workers with Lisa Ramirez, Dan Domingues, Liza Fernandez, Annie Henk, Paola Lazaro-Munoz, Gerardo Rodriguez, Xochitl Romero and Danny Wolohan.
LISA RAMIREZ (Playwright): EXIT CUCKOO (nanny in motherland), world- premiere produced by the Working Theater in NYC (Colman Domingo- director), toured in various theaters throughout the U.S. and Ireland. Other writing credits include, ART OF MEMORY, a dance theatre piece, commissioned by Company SoGoNo; presented at the 3-Legged Dog in NYC (Tanya Calamoneri- director). Pas de Deux (lost my shoe), Cherry Lane Theatre- Mentor Project (Bryan Davidson Blue- director). TO THE BONE, originally a Working Theater commission; world-premiere produced by the Cherry Lane Theatre (Lisa Peterson-director). DOWN HERE BELOW, an adaptation of Maxim Gorky's, THE LOWER DEPTHS; commission and world-premiere by the Oakland Theater Project (Michael French- director). IN THE MOUNTAINS, a short play commission by The Workshop Theater (Thomas Cote-́ director). Currently working on two different scripts for TV and a commission of, sAiNt jOaN (burn/burn/burn), an adaptation for the Oakland Theater Project, where she serves as Associate Artistic Director.
LISA PETERSON (Director) is a two-time OBIE Award-winning writer and director. She won her first OBIE for directing Caryl Churchill's LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE at New York Theatre Workshop in 1990, and her 2 nd OBIE, as well as a Lortel Award, for writing and directing AN ILIAD with Denis O'Hare in 2012, also at NYTW. Since then, she and O'Hare have written THE GOOD BOOK, commissioned and produced by the Court Theatre in Chicago, and recently at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.Lisa has directed regularly at Berkeley Rep (where she was Associate Director for the last 3 seasons), the Mark Taper Forum (where she was Resident Director for 10 years) and La Jolla Playhouse (Associate Director for 3 years). She has developed many new plays at the Sundance Theatre Lab, where she served as the Guest Artistic Director in 2019, as well as the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, and the Ojai Playwrights Conference.
Working Theater believes the transformative experience of live theater should not be a luxury, but a staple. Now in its 36th season, Working Theater continues its mission to produce theater for and about working people -- the essential workers of any city or town -- and to make play going a regular part of our audiences' cultural lives. By making productions relevant, accessible and affordable regardless of geography or socio-economic status, Working Theater strives to always acknowledge the city's diversity while seeking to unite us in our common humanity. Working Theater is under the leadership of Artistic Directors Mark Plesent and Tamilla Woodard, and Managing Director Laura Carbonell Monarque. www.theworkingtheater.org
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