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RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER PRESENTS NI MI MADRE - A ONE MAN SHOW EXPLORING THE INTERSECTION OF QUEERNESS & LATINDAD
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:18 pm EDT 07/29/21

RATTLESTICK THEATER PRESENTS
"NI MI MADRE"
BY PLAYWRIGHT ARTURO LUÍS SORIA
& DIRECTOR DANILO GAMBINI

FROM AUGUST 25 - SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

PRESENTED BOTH VIRTUALLY AND IN PERSON
AT RATTLE STICK THEATER
224 WAVERLY PLACE NEW YORK, NY 10014

New York, NY - Rattlestick has announced three key-works as their Mainstage productions for the upcoming season of 2021-22 with Ni Mi Madre by Arturo Luís Soria being at the forefront to kick off the eventful upcoming season. Ni Mi Madre started off as an improvisational one act by Arturo Luís Soria and is now a fully developed play and unique solo show after partnering with Director Danilo Gambini and more recently Rattlestick Theater to present this play to the city of New York.

Inspirited with the tradition of Umbanda ritual, the music of Gloria Estefan, Cher, and Maria Bethânia, Ni Mi Madre invites audiences into the tumultuous relationship between a Brazilian woman, Bete, and her queer son laying bare the secrets, memories, fears, and celebrations of being an immigrant and first-generation American. Ni Mi Madre explores the intersection between queerness and Latinidad; examining gender, sexuality, family, citizenship, transculturation, and identity as a queer latino.

"She is a larger-than-life woman with a penchant for high drama that is comparable to the best of drag queens. But, underneath the flair, there's a softness that drives her and a story that goes untold. I've always been curious to uncover the mystery of her immigrant story, the Brazil of her youth, and the mother she left behind many years ago. Solo performance has been the ideal medium for me to invoke my ancestors, and comedy has long been a healing genre for queer and latino families to process their pain. I could not be more grateful for Danilo and this team of collaborators who have elevated this story to a place I could only have dreamed of."
- Arturo Luís Soria

Directed by Rattlestick's Directing Fellow, Danilo Gambini and partnering with community organizations Sol Project and Group BR. This is a world-premiere production of the solo show for this accomplished actor and first-time writer, and the director's first professional production in the U.S.

"Ni Mi Madre accomplishes the rare feat of talking about identity, queerness, immigration, race, ancestry, generational trauma, while essentially being a comedy about a woman trying to be a good mother - and her son. A play with such rich text becomes a playground for a director, and even more so when my partner and collaborator is the exceptionally talented Arturo."
- Danilo Gambini

*** Please Note: In Recognition of The COVID-19 Delta Variant ***
ALL audience members are required to show Proof of Vaccination and Must Wear Masks & Social Distance during the entirety of the performance.

Ni Mi Madre Presented by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


WHO: Playwright Arturo Luís Soria and Director Danilo Gambini

WHAT: Rattlestick Theater Presents Ni Mi Madre - a One hour One Man Show exploring the intersection between queerness and Latindad through the tumultuous relationship between a Brazilian women and her queer son.

WHEN: Previewing August 14th - September 23, 2021 Opening August 25th- September 19 2021, Tickets on sale at https://www.rattlestick.org/

WHERE: Virtually & In Person at Rattlestick Theater - 224 Waverly Place, New York Ny, 10014


Credits
Playwright, Performer and Writer: Arturo Luís Soria
Director: Danilo Gambini
Dramaturg: Nahuel Telleria
Set Design: Stephanie Osin-Cohen
Lighting Design: Krista Smith
Costume Design: Haydee Zelideth
Sound Design: Kathy Ruvuna
Production Stage Manager: Katie Young




About Arturo Luis Soria (Playwright/Performer):
Arturo Luis Soria (he/him/his) is an actor and writer with roots in Brazil, Italy, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic. He made his Broadway debut in The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez and directed by Stephen Daldry. He played Tano in the World Premiere production of Hit the Wall by Ike Holter at the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre, reviving the role off-Broadway at Barrow Street Theatre. TV credits include THE BLACKLIST and INSATIABLE. He is a graduate from Yale School of Drama and The Theatre School at DePaul University. He is currently a TV writing mentee in Lena's Waithe's mentorship program at Hillman Grad Productions.






About Danilo Gambini (Director)

Danilo Gambini is a New York-based director, originally from São Paulo, Brazil. Directing credits include the musicals Fun Home and The Who's TOMMY, Shakespeare's The Tempest, Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson's An Iliad, and Noah Diaz's Rock Egg Spoon. As the Co-Artistic Director of the Yale Summer Cabaret, he directed Euripides's Bakkhai, and adapted and directed the musical The Swallow and the Tomcat from the Brazilian children's book by Jorge Amado. Other credits include Agreste (Drylands), Ni Mi Madre, Truck (Yale Cabaret); Opera: Don Giovanni, Ariadne Auf Naxos, Eugene Onegin (Theatro São Pedro). He has assisted directors including Robert Woodruff, Scott Ellis, Laurie Woolery, Fernando Meirelles, Iacov Hillel, and Candace Evans. He is currently the Directing Fellow at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and part of the 20-22 Roundabout Director's Group. Danilo holds an M.F.A. in Directing from Yale School of Drama, a B.F.A. in Film and Television (Curso Superior do Audiovisual) and an artist diploma as an actor from the School of Dramatic Art (Escola de Arte Dramática - EAD) both from the University of São Paulo. danilogambini.com





About Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Founded in 1994, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater produces ambitious plays to inspire empathy and provoke conversation that will lead to positive social change. Rattlestick has a deep commitment to producing fierce works, in partnership with community organizations, that challenge and stimulate audiences to confront the complexities of our culture. Notable productions include Diana Oh's {mylingerieplay}, Dael Orlandersmith's Until the Flood, Samuel D. Hunter's The Few and Lewiston/Clarkston, Jesse Eisenberg's The Revisionist, Jonathan Tolins' Buyer and Cellar, Adam Rapp's The Hallway Trilogy, and Martyna Majok's Ironbound.

Rattlestick produces mainstage productions; creates artistic development opportunities for artists to hone their craft; and provides opportunities for artists to engage with innovative work through residencies, fellowships, and special performances.
Link https://www.rattlestick.org
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