WE ARE COMMITTED TO REACHING OUT TO THE LOWER EAST SIDE COMMUNITY AND PROMOTING CLASSICS AND NEW WORKS TO BE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL.
First Stage Residency
with the Drama League developing:
The Fossett Family (Working Title)
Executive Produced by Ed Szylinski
Collaboration by Gerrard James, Melissa Mowry, Melody Erfani, Nathaniel Johnson,
Sasha Hawkins, Sean Michael Welch, Stephanie Anuwe, Suzanne Darrell
The Fossett Family (working title) is based on the true story of Joseph
and Edith Fossett's life. Following Thomas Jefferson's death in 1826,
Joseph Fossett became a free man, one of five persons freed from
slavery by the terms of Jefferson's will. However, his wife Edith and
their 10 children were put up for sale with the rest of Jefferson's
"belongings" to pay off his incredible debt. The play follows their
amazing journey that displays their strength of will, the testament to
family and daring rescues.
Created and Directed by Melody Erfani
Written by Sean Michael Welch
BEE is the story of Izat, a young Iranian girl trapped in an abusive marriage in the 1940s. After years of suffering both physically and mentally at the hands of her spouse she knows the only way she will survive is if she is able to leave him. In an unprecedented move her father is able to use his influence to secure a divorce for her. Moving back and forth in time from 1940 to 2009, the story weaves together Izat's struggles with her path to a happier life. Based on a true story and inspired by a collection of interviews from Middle Eastern immigrants and refugees.
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