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THE CULTURE OF NOW: A New Play Explores How Art Saves Lives (And Makes Them Worth Living)
World Premiere at Dixon Place Theater, Saturday, September 8th at 9:00 PM, New York City
By: Mirrorscope, LLC
About the story:
The main characters, Sophie and Joanne, always got along until they decided to host a charity auction together. Now they must confront their views on race, class, gender, and nationality as Sophie's father, a local politician, tries to shut them down. In the process they realize that setting a price for artwork reveals more about their own values than the value of what is on a canvas.
This timely, contemplative, surprising, and socially aware play strives to bridge the gap in our politically polarized climate. It practices its mission to harness art's power as purveyor of consciousness, thereby inspiring the audience to cast aside labels and interact intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually with the guts, minds, and hearts of their neighbors. In this divided time it is critical for people who hail from different social categories to hear each other without bias. Through the crafting of nuanced and human characters as well the apt casting of multi talented and multinational actors, The Culture of Now achieves this in lurid color.
Speaking about their writing collaboration, Jess Domain and Julianne Lavallee explain, "When we started this process, our goal was to cast blind and structure the play to raise questions about how the voices of race, ethnicity, sexuality and class resonate inside artistic communities."
About the Director:
Christina Reilly (Director): is a New York-based narrative film director and documentary film producer. She has produced several short form documentaries for non-profit agencies and institutions such as El Puente Leaders for Peace & Justice, BLDG 92 (Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum,) BRIC Media Arts, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, and New York University. As a narrative filmmaker, Christina has written and directed several short films, earning her the 2016 Best Director Award at the Studio4 Film Festival. She co-directed James Franco's experimental collaborative feature film, HORROR TIME, which is slated for release in Fall 2018. Prior to her directing work, Christina produced the feature film, ZOMBIE HONEYMOON for Showtime Networks. This is Christina's first time directing for theatre.
About the Writers:
Jess Domain (Actor: Sophie ; Co-writer of The Culture of Now, Producer): an actress/writer/
Julianne Lavallee (Actor: Joanne; Co-writer of The Culture of Now; Producer): a Chicago born actress/writer/
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