Global Theatre: A Performance Series
Theatre That Changes OUR World
This powerful short play in one act “deftly explores the dirty antidemocratic secret of institutionalized racism” (New York Times). When a jaded guard arranges jobs for her sister and niece, Gwen, at an immigrant detention center, the family erupts into a battle over home and homeland security. As time ticks down for Gwen to save a detained child, CELL paints a searing picture of the secrets we keep in order to survive.
“Medley’s powerful prose is well served by Lydia Fort’s deft direction and the flexible cast, easily some of the best actors working today in San Diego… Fort’s first show as a director for Mo’olelo is a fierce, well-timed production that gives Medley’s characters a vibrant naturalness…” (Vanguard Culture)
Cassandra Medley is a playwright and educator. In addition to her award-winning writing career for both stage and screen, she teaches playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, has taught at New York University, and has also served as guest artist at Columbia University, the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop and Seattle University.
Global Theatre: A Performance Series Theatre That Changes OUR World Curated by Cheryl Wiesenfeld Broadway and off Broadway Producer
People go to live theatre to be entertained – to laugh, to cry — to escape life’s everyday realities. But, theatre also has the capacity to open our hearts and to shake us to our core. As audience members, theatre can educate us and change our viewpoints. In showcasing these two plays I aim to show how theatre can push us in the direction of social change. Theatre can alter us in unimaginable ways and in the process, theatre can change the world.
This series will have two components: it will present plays that deal with real issues that we see splashed across the front pages of our newspapers. Topics include immigration and guns in America. Following the play reading, there will be time for a conversation with the artists and experts in each field.
Cheryl Wiesenfeld has been in the communication field as an editor, writer, photographer, and producer. Since 1998, she has been a Broadway and Off -Broadway theatre producer with 20 shows, and two that are currently in the works. She has won numerous awards for her productions including the Drama League, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, NY Drama Critics Awards, and four Tony Awards.