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Rave Reviews for our premiere production of Barking Girl:
Adina Taubman delivers a stellar performance as Rae." -- Ed Malin, NYtheatre.com
"This isolated mental world is portrayed to great effect by Carolyn Mraz’s stripped-down but still fantastical set, as well as the writing."
"Played with an acerbic bite by Adina Taubman."
"Rae’s husband Gil, a quintessentially perfect sitcom dad played by Max Arnaud." --Tamas Vilaghy, The New York Times Local East Village.
Adina Taubman provides an excellent portrayal of a woman struggling to hold onto her old identity."
"Susan Bernfield’s beautiful script provides so much for these actors to grasp onto." -- Victoria Teague, New York Theatre Review
"Susan Bernfield’s play Barking Girl is a sweetly lyrical meditation on one woman’s experience of motherhood that takes a philosophical view of the many privations and rewards of procreation in New York." --Will Kenton, Cultural Capitol
Welcome to Chrysalis!
After taking a break for a few years to start a family, I am excited to announce that I am re-launching my theater company under a new name, Chrysalis Theatre Company. Under the former name of Atolas Theatre Company, I produced two successful productions in New York City, LITTLE EGYPT by Lynn Siefert (2003) and TALES OF THE LOST FORMICANS by Constance Congdon (2005).
I changed the company name to Chrysalis because of the process of transformation that it evokes. Chrysalis Theatre Company is dedicated to the creative development of new work and old works that deserve a new perspective for a modern audience. We are an artistic community dedicated to creating vital, transformative theater that has use and meaning in our everyday lives. We all spend so much time engaged alone with a piece of technology that we have lost our connection with other human beings. Chrysalis views live theater as a way for us to reconnect with one another.
To begin this exciting new chapter, I am thrilled to be producing BARKING GIRL by Susan Bernfield. This will be a world premiere of this terrific new play that Susan developed at The Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference in 2003. She has been producing plays by women playwrights with her award-winning theater company, New Georges, since 1992. In addition, Susan is a playwright and a solo performer whose plays have been presented or developed at, among others, Playwrights Horizons, HB Playwrights, New York Theatre Workshop, Magic Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Festival and, of course, New Georges.
I feel compelled to produce BARKING GIRL because it is a wonderfully complex, funny, and touching portrait of a woman who becomes a mother later in life and because it’s a great part to play. I will be playing the central character, Rae. After reading it, I immediately felt a connection to her. I am the mother of two small children, and I relate to Rae’s struggle to hold on to her sense of self while trying to meet the demands of her new role as a mother. I remember going through that transition and grappling with the same fears that Rae has. I often worried, “How will I ever get back to my life and to my dreams?”
I am very excited to have Pirronne Yousefzadeh directing the play. She is an excellent young director, who trained at Columbia University and who works steadily in the New York downtown theater scene. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with someone who has her passion and commitment to making vital theater. She is currently working on Red Dog Howls by Alexander Dinelaris at New York Theatre Workshop, assisting directing for Ken Rus Schmoll.
Max Arnaud, Meg MacCary, Tom O’Keefe play Gil, Becca and Sexy Guy in our play. Carolyn Mraz is the set designer. Amy Pedigo-Otto is the costume designer. Deepthi Welaratna and Jon Bernstein are the sound designers.
BARKING GIRL will be presented at The 4th Street Theater, 83 East 4th Street, in the heart of the East Village, November 8th through December 2, 2012.
As you know, as a small company, Chrysalis relies on the support of friends and family to help transform its vision into a reality. To make make a donation, please click here to view our Indiegogo fundraising campaign. To learn more about our fundraising goals, please go to our "donate" page.
Thank you, and I hope to see you at the theater in November!
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