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Working Theater, a Drama Desk and AUDELCO award winning Off-Broadway company presents Sanctuary -An Immersive Soundwalk, as part of their critically acclaimed 2020-21 digital season.

Created by Rachel Falcone and Michael Premo, and Directed by Rebecca Martinez, this unique sonic experience invites audiences to put on headphones, take a walk, and be immersed in the stories of people looking for sanctuary in a world of uncertainty. Working Theater will offer downloads of this unique experience as a gift to their community.

"This year has left many people feeling isolated, and despondent. This timely soundwalk embraces these tumultuous feelings as important markers in our life to reflect on." Says co-creator Rachel Falcone. "Sanctuary is a mediation on how a particular community has found each other, and the obstacles and isolation they experience along the way. These stories invite us to consider how resilient we are as human beings, and the journey we are all a part of."

Developed in partnership with the community at St. John the Divine, Sanctuary is part of Working Theater's Five Boroughs/One City Initiative. "These last eight months have been trying times for all of our communities. Working Theater wants to acknowledge the support and enthusiasm our audiences have shown us this season. We want to give back. We know that art is a sanctuary for many and are excited to provide this beautiful work as a gift during a particularly challenging holiday season." says co-Artistic Directors Mark Plesent and Tamilla Woodard
For a free gift download of Sanctuary visit: https://theworkingtheater.org/events/sanctuary-2020/

SANCTUARY : November 24- December 31, 2020
An Immersive Soundwalk
Written by Rachel Falcone, Michael Premo and Rebecca Martinez
Interviews and Sound Produced, Recorded and Edited by Rachel Falcone and Michael Premo
Directed by Rebecca Martinez
Compositions by Broken Chord

A commission of Working Theater's Five Boroughs/One City Initiative in collaboration with the community at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Soneela Nankani, Narrator
Katherine George and Rocky Vega, Vocals
Joanna Mattrey, Viola
Aaron Meicht, Piano/Trumpet

Michael Premo is an artist, journalist, and filmmaker. He has created original film, radio, and theater with numerous companies including The Foundry Theater, The Civilians, and the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps. Michael's photography has appeared in publications like The Village Voice, The New York Times, and Het Parool, among others. Some recent projects include the participatory documentary Sandy Storyline (Jury Award Tribeca Film Festival), the film/exhibit Water Warriors (POV), and the PBS series Veterans Coming Home. He is currently working on a commission from the Working Theater to co-write his latest evening-length performance based on interviews, with the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. He has participated in civic artist-in-residencies with The Laundromat Project and the National Resource Defense Council. He is the recipient of a Creative Capital Award, A Blade of Grass Artist Files Fellowship, and a NYSCA Individual Artist Award. Michael is on the Board of Trustees of A Blade of Grass and A Center for Story-Based Strategy.

Rachel Falcone Rachel is a documentary filmmaker and multimedia artist. She is co-founder and Executive Director of Storyline. In addition to producing the short film and exhibition Water Warriors, about a community fighting to protect their water (POV), recent projects Rachel's co-directed include the participatory web documentary and exhibition Sandy Storyline about Hurricane Sandy (Tribeca Film Festival's inaugural Storyscapes Award), and the multiplatform exhibit 28th Amendment: Housing is a Human Right. Rachel has produced content with the national oral history project StoryCorps and EarSay, Inc., and was an associate producer on Incite Picture's Young Lakota (Independent Lens). She has directed dozens of short films for organizations like AFSCME and The John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has taught oral history and storytelling in collaboration with institutions like the Museum of the City of New York and Parsons The New School for Design. She is also a sound recordist for film and radio, including most recently Knock Down The House (Netflix).

Rebecca Martinez is the BOLD Associate Artistic Director at WP Theater, an NYC-based director and ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre. Recent projects: Pandemic Fight (Theatre for One: Here We Are, NY Times Critics Pick) I Am My Own Wife (Long Wharf Theatre); Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Miss You Like Hell (Baltimore Center Stage), Wolf at the Door (Milagro Theatre, NNPN rolling world premiere), Anna in the Tropics (Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Henry Award for Outstanding Direction). Rebecca has worked with INTAR, Working Theater, Signature Theatre, the Lark, The Playwrights Realm, New Dramatists, the 52nd Street Project, Radical Evolution among others. Member of: Sol Project Collective, INTAR's Unit52, SDCF Observer, Latinx Theatre Commons Advisory Committee, 2019 Audrey Resident, New Georges Affiliated Artist, 2018-2020 WP Lab, 2017 Drama League Directing Fellow, Member of SDC. Rebeccamartinez.org

Broken Chord Broadway credits: The Parisian Woman, Eclipsed . Off-Broadway credits: Toni Stone at Roundabout Theatre Company; The Lying Lesson at the Atlantic; OZET at Incubator Arts; Bull in a China Shop at LCT3; Party People at The Public. Selected regional credits are Angels in America at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Enemy of the People, and As You Like It at the Guthrie Theatre; Ruined at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Top Girls, and A Raisin in the Sun at the Huntington Theatre; UniSon at OSF; Macbeth, and Hamlet at Shakespeare Theatre Company. Film credits include Fall to Rise. www.brokenchord.us

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
Link http://www.theworkingtheater.org

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