On June 20th, the birthday of my beloved mother, I will be performing in PHASE 2 of "This Sinking Island," which is being produced by The Anthropologists. This is my first production with the company other than an exploratory/investigative session which I had with them during PHASE 1 of this production. We will performing PHASE 2 in Washington Heights as part of the Uptown Arts Stroll.
Inspired by the disappearing Kiribati Islands of the South Pacific and Virginia’s disappearing Tangier Island, "This Sinking Island" contemplates Manhattan’s own uncertain fate as an island. This family inclusive play follows a group of children and their families as they are forced to flee the only home they’ve known and must decide what they will save, what they will leave behind and how they will make a home in a foreign land. The show asks: what happens to a culture when the physical place disappears?
An ensemble of multi-faceted performers, designers and technicians will devise this research-driven allegorical play. A world alive with dreams and artifacts, This Sinking Island is told through evocative, mythic language derived from found text and source material, punctuated by shadow play and music. Performed in an intimate setting, the physical relationship between audience and performers invites proximity and gentle participation. As with our previous works, This Sinking Island is deeply rooted in research, physical theatre and a collaborative scripting process guided by rigorous dramaturgy.