"The Portrait of an Angel, a Lion, a Monster" by Katrin Arefy premieres at Theaterlab Jan 29
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 03:38 pm EST 01/12/22

The Portrait of an Angel, a Lion, a Monster
A new play by Katrin Arefy

January 29-February 13, 2022

357 W 36th St, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10018

Saturday, January 29 at 8pm
Sunday, January 30 at 3pm
Saturday, February 5 at 8pm
Sunday, February 6 at 3pm
Saturday, February 12 at 8pm
Sunday, February 13 at 3pm

The Portrait of an Angel, a Lion, a Monster, a new three-act play by California-based playwright Katrin Arefy is a timeless, intimate story of a love affair between a creative woman (Rachael Richman) and a brilliant Jewish man (Isaac J. Conner) that spans two decades and three continents. Set against the backdrop of Judaism and recent historical events, the play follows the couple who shared the resilience in the face of their fate and solace found in Judaism as they recall their life together. This is Ali Kamran's debut in NYC as a director. Associate director is Jennie Hughes; the production features video projections designed by Nima Dehghani. The show will have its New York premiere at Theaterlab's Gallery space (357 W 36th St, 3rd floor, NYC, 10018) and run on Saturdays and Sundays, Jan 29-Feb 13, 2022. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at https://www.theaterlabnyc.com/the-portrait-of-an-angel-a-lion-a-monster/.

Playwright Katrin Arefy explains: "The Portrait of an Angel, a Lion, a Monster is a love story, first and foremost: it talks about transformation and miracles. But I also wanted this play to draw attention to the ongoing crisis casued by irrational hatred of Jews - not by focusing on Holocaust or widely-publicized hate crimes against Jews but by subtly highlighting the beauty of Judaism, by honestly darwing a portrait of an extraordinary Jewish man. I hope the play will compel the viewer to contemplate God, love, and the complexity of being human."


Katrin Arefy (Playwright) is an essayist and playwright who examines the many absurd realities that we experience in our daily lives in her writing. Her essays and play scripts have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including North Dakota Quarterly, Water-Stone Review, Fleas on the Dog, Free State Review, and Meat for Tea: The Valley Review. Her plays have premiered in New York City, performed in California, reached the semi-finalist round at Ivoryton Playhouse's inaugural Women Playwright's Initiative, selected for inclusion at the Iranian Drama Festival in Heidelberg, Germany, and Funny Shorts in Florida. Her recent play, an absurd trilogy, Peace, a Massacre, and the Umbrella, premiered in NYC and was passed on by the Reading Committee to Round 2 (results for next step are pending) at the 21st Century Voices New Play Festival. Samples of Katrin Arfey's plays can be seen at New Play Exchange or on her website katrinarefy.com

Ali Kamran (Director) is a multidisciplinary artist, theater and movie director, user experience designer, and storyteller who crafts theater that awakens our individual and collective humanity. He uses theater as a catalyst to ask questions about who we are and who we are in relation to each other. A published visual creator and award-winning artist, he has worked in Tehran, Toronto, Montreal, and San Francisco. Ali has directed stage productions of works by Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, William Shakespeare, Yasmina Reza, Abbas Na'albandian, Katrin Arefy, and others. The Portrait of an Angel, a Lion, a Monster is his NYC directorial debut. www.alikamran.com

Isaac J. Conner (Producer; Performer) is a professional stage, screen, and voice actor and director, based in NYC. Originally from California, Conner worked in computer programming, founded Billtown Burlesque, worked with the majority of the region's theater companies and college media departments, was an adjudicator for the region's high school awards prior to devoting all his time to acting, which is his first passion. His years of experience in management plus his passion for theater make him a skillful theater producer. Conner began his acting career by traveling regularly to Pittsburg, Philadelphia, and the major cities of PA's neighboring states. He is now an established actor in NYC, making his way to Broadway. Recent credits include originating the lead role in Eddie Doran's Deal (Off Broadway), a supporting role in the Dead Horse Productions indie feature Direct Son, guest starring in the first episode of Season 10 of "Evil Lives Here" on the ID Channel, as well as continued work on his podcast "The Collective Perspective." www.isaacjconner.com

Rachael Richman (Performer) is an actor, writer, and theater-maker. Credits include: off-Broadway: The Karamazovs (New Ohio Theatre and upcoming film), Aunt Leaf (HERE Arts Center/Hudson Opera), Love and Geography (HERE Arts Center), Soulographie (La Mama), Body Drama (Whitney Museum), Offending the Audience (The Flea Theatre), Performa 11 (Abrons Arts Center). Selected regional: Man of La Mancha (Custom Made Theatre), for which she received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Principal Actress. As a founding member of Fixed Agency, a group with which she co-created the immersive experience Private(I) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She co-devised Prime, which toured internationally, with the Art Monastery Project.

Link http://www.theaterlabnyc.com/the-portrait-of-an-angel-a-lion-a-monster/

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