Tuesday, September 10, 2013

PINKOLANDIA by Andrea Thome, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, October 17 - November 2, 2013


 Pinkolandia Andrea Thome Salvage Vanguard Theatre Austin TX
by Andrea Thome
directed by Jenny Larson

Performances run October 17th through November 2nd, 2013 at the Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd, Austin TX 78722 -- click for map

October 17th-18th 8pm
October 20th 6pm
October 24th-26th at 8pm
October 30th 8pm
November 1st-2nd at 8pm

Tickets $10 online, and $15 at the door. All tickets are BY DONATION for STUDENTS (at the door only, or email jenny@salvagevanguard.org for group/class reservations). www.salvagevanguard.org
“I always thought it was solid, the ground I walked on.”

When two young sisters are exiled with their family from Chile to a bizarre Reagan-era Wisconsin, they are forced to retreat to an imaginary world to help uncover their family’s past.

To guard herself from the unknown, 8-year old Gaby uses imagination and innocence to create her own identity in a fantasyland of talking polar bears and melting ice caps. While her 12-year old sister Beny desperately seeks answers from her parents about who she is and what happened in their past. But she is met with icy silence and growing distance as her parents arm themselves with anger and the will to forget. When Uncle Ignacio arrives, the entire family starts to feel the ice cracking beneath their feet and the truth bubbling to the top.

Traversing through a fantasy world of glaciers, talking bears and Nazi-fighting revolutionaries, Pinkolandia shows us that when you lose your country and your past, you have to invent your own.

“I want to keep my soul.
I want to remember how to run
I want to remember that I am a bear.”

“Ambitious and often beautiful new play. With a script by Andrea Thome that’s both dreamlike and dramatic… The payoffs are abundant here; the excitements and confusions of youth are palpable” –The New York Times

COMMUNITY TALK BACK EVENTS (following the performances): October 18th– Featuring playwright Andrea Thome and Paloma Diaz, from the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. October 25th – Speakers to be announced.

CAST Gricelda Silva, Elizabeth Bigger, Jude Hickey, Martinique Duchene-Phillips, Rupert Reyes, and Robert Pierson

DESIGN TEAM Graham Reynolds- Original Score, Erin Meyer– Shadow and Video, Leilah Stewart- Set, Steven Shirey- Lights, Jessica Gilzow- Costumes

About Andrea Thome Andrea Thome's plays, theatrical translations and multimedia satires have been presented both nationally and abroad. A Chilean-Costa Rican, Wisconsin-born mutt, Andrea grew up navigating the multiple landscapes and languages that inhabit her plays. She became a playwright by necessity in San Francisco, where her Red Rocket Theater Company paid their theater's rent by creating and producing a new play each month. Andrea also co-directs FULANA, a New York-based satire collective that creates cutting-edge political & cultural parodies (www.fulana.org). She has received fellowships from NYFA, New Voices/New York (Lark), the City of Oakland, INTAR, New York University (MFA Fellow), and the Women’s Project. Andrea has taught at various universities, schools and cultural centers nationwide. She helped create the Lark’s U.S.-México Playwright Exchange, which she has directed since 2006. Andrea has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2009.

PINKOLANDIA is part of the Lark Play Development Center’s Launching New Plays into the Repertoire Fellowship. As part of the LNP initiative the piece premiered at INTAR in NY and will have productions at Two River Theatre, NJ and 16th Street Theater, Chicago. This initiative is made possible with leadership support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information visit www.larktheatre.org.

MADE IN THE SVT are theater works created, produced, or presented by Salvage Vanguard Theater company members.

Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) is a theater company and performance hub located in East Austin. SVT creates and presents transformative high-quality artistic experiences that foster experimentation and conversation.

Visit www.salvagevanguard.org or contact Jenny Larson for more information: 512-474-7886 or jenny@salvagevanguard.org

Salvage Vanguard Theater is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.

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