Under a variety of titles, March has become the month that women’s history and progress is marked, and its course for the future charted. Some countries celebrate Women’s Day on March 8, 2012 and others take the whole month while here in the Berkshires there are a number of initiatives that are scattered throughout the month.
One of the most interesting begins on March 9, and runs until March 25th at Pittsfield’s New Stage Performing Arts Center on North Street. New Stage will host the play Blood Sky written by Yasmine Beverly Rana, and directed by Mari Andreico.
The Play and Playwright
As Joley looks back on the events that have shaped her life, her past comes alive on stage. As the memories of her abusive childhood, her journey to escape it, and the charming man in the white suit who’s at the heart of it all come rushing back to her, Joley struggles to take control of her past, and to keep it from defining her future.
From acclaimed playwright Yasmine Rana, whose play The Fallen was a featured reading in the 2011 New Works at New Stage Festival, Blood Sky is a provocative and moving work that New Stage is proud to present as part of the 2012 International Women’s Month.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 3pm. There will be a talk back featuring the director, the cast, and a representative of the Elizabeth Freeman Center following the Sunday afternoon performances. Playwright Yasmine Beverly Rana will be in attendance for the 3/11 talk back.
Playwright Yasmine Rana is a force
Yasmine Rana is the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Playwriting from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Rana’s plays have been produced, developed, and publicly read at theaters and festivals in the United States and internationally, including Circle East Theater, Second Stage Theatre’s DestiNation America Project, HERE’s American Living Room Festival, and many others. Her plays and monologues have been published in The Best Stage Scenes of 1999 and The Best Women’s Monologues of 1999 (both from Smith and Kraus, 2001), Alabama Literary Review, and U. S. 1 Worksheets.
She is also a registered drama therapist and has worked with refugees in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Republic of Georgia, and Switzerland. She received her BFA and MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, where she received a Paulette Goddard Fellowship. She also holds an MAT and clinical certificates in Creative Arts Therapies from New School University and in International Trauma Studies from NYU.
Performances are March 9-25, 2012 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 3pm.
The opening night performance will be followed by a reception benefiting the Elizabeth Freeman Center. All tickets for the opening night performance are $45.
Tickets for all other performances are $20 general admission, $18 for students seniors.
New Stage is located at 55 North Street Pittsfield, MA 01201 above the Beacon Cinema
Visit their website at www.newstageperformingarts.org or contact them at (413) 418-0999 or firstname.lastname@example.org