you haven't already made plans to see and review Don Nigro's new short plays
Marina & Mata Hari, presented by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company
& debuting tomorrow at Planet Connections, we hope you'll RSVP so that
we can accommodate you and a guest at any of the dates & times listed below.
forward to seeing you at one of the best festival plays we are fortunate enough
to work with this season!
and Mata Hariruns about 85 minutes with no
Fusion Theatre Company presents two world-premiere one-act works by Don Nigro Marina and Mata
Hari,at Planet Connections
Theatre Festivity, about two women who bravely faced personal battles as they
were caught up in the turmoil of the two world wars. Directed by Ivette Dumeng,
and starring Tatyana Kot in the title roles, with Curtis James Nielsen, Marina and
Mata Hari will be performed together at the Robert Moss Theatre at
Street beginning June 15th. Please contact us
at BNCHPEOP@AOL.COM so that we can reserve
press seats for you.
1941 Russia, lyrical poet Marina
Tsvetayeva must write propaganda for Soviet leader Joseph Stalin or be sent to
his death camps. With the Russian artistic community all but deserting her and
her various past affairs having alienated her entire family, she finds herself
alone, destitute and running out of options. Told in verse as a one-person's
inner monologue, Marina is the story of a woman who
refuses to conform to what everybody wants her to be, and who must find out if
she has the courage to continue to live on her own terms.
1917 legendary femme fatale, exotic dancer, courtesan and accused spy Mata
Hari is in her prison cell awaiting execution when she's visited by her
bitter and abusive ex-husband. As she unapologetically defends her past deeds,
she performs her famous and profoundly sensual Dance of the Seven Veils one last
time. But has her ex-husband really come to offer her a second chance, or is it
all the fever-dream of a tormented soul finally pushed past the breaking point?
Mata Hari are presented as part of
Planet Connections Theatre Festivitywhich takes place May 29th - June
23rd at the Gene Frankel and Robert Moss theatres. All tickets are
$18. For ticketing information, please visit www.planetconnections.org/marina.
and Mata Hari features a production
team of Laura Malseed (Stage Manager), Tijana Bjelajac (Set Designer) Andy Evan
Cohen (Sound Designer), Dan Stearns (Lighting Designer), Natasa Trifan
(Choreographer) and Hope Governali (Costume Designer).
among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world
and has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic
literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of
presentation. Mr. Nigro has won a Playwriting Fellowship Grant from the
National Endowment for the Arts (for Fisher King), twice been a
finalist for the National Repertory Theatre Foundation's National Play Award
(for Anima Mundi and for The Dark Sonnets of the
Lady), has won grants from the Mary Roberts Reinhart Foundation
(for Terre Haute) and the Ohio Arts Council, and twice been James
Thurber Writer in Residence at the Thurber House in Columbus. His work has been
translated into French, Italian, Spanish, German, Polish, Greek, Russian, and
Chinese. In talking about Marina and Mata
Hari he noted "Marina
Tsvetayeva, one of the greatest of Russian poets, and Mata Hari, the
internationally celebrated erotic dancer, were two remarkable creative souls who
were caught up in and ultimately destroyed by the violent political upheavals of
the early twentieth century. They are, in their different ways, complex and
extremely compelling women. I am very pleased that two other complex and
compelling women, Tatyana Kot and Ivette Dumeng of Nylon Fusion Theatre Company
have chosen to bring them to life for the Planet Connections
recently directed Peter Hsieh's Impulse, Intervaland Chris Innvar's Signals for Nylon Fusion. She also
directed Tatyana Kot in her award-winning role in Frozen Borders and is the Producing
Artistic Director and a founding member of Nylon Fusion Theatre
Company. Ivette is also producing a TV series with Ted Nash, The
Best You've Never Heardand, Chaography, a film about jazz. She is a
working commercial, film and theater actress and has most recently guest starred
in CBS's Blue Bloods.
in 2007 by Ivette Dumeng and Elliot Joseph, Nylon Fusion Theatre
Company is a company of writers, actors and directors from a broad
range of backgrounds committed to developing and producing original plays that
explore and promote political, social and cultural awareness.
is an award winning actress, born in the Soviet
Union, trained to be a ballerina in Kazakhstan,
studied archaeology in Siberia, Russia and worked for 14 years
with people with disabilities in the USA, just to end up on a New York stage playing
her favorite spy and her favorite poet in two plays by her favorite playwright.
Tatyana has fought an on-going battle with breast cancer and recently underwent
a double mastectomy.
James Nielsen’s credits
include: National Tour of Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
and David Oliver Relin, adapted and directed by Mr. Wynn Handman; Don
Juan in Hell (Don Juan); Dylan (Dylan
Thomas); Hamlet (Hamlet) (at St. Clement's); The Proposal
(Ivan) (NCT, NYTheater Visions Award, Best Actor). Film: A Lesson
from Aloes (Suzanne Shepherd); and he is currently in production for
Barney. More information can be found on www.cjamesn.com.
mission of The Breast Cancer Research
Foundation is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our
lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational
research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness
about good breast health. Currently, 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is
directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs.
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performances, the festival seeks to inspire artists and audiences both
creatively and fundamentally, in a festive atmosphere. At the heart of the
festivity are like-minded individuals striving to create professional,
meaningful theatre, while supporting organizations, which give back to the
community at large.
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