STRUCK - NYC PREMIERE @ HERE ARTS CENTER - DEC 5-21, 2013
We are very pleased to announce that STRUCK will be presented on the HERE Mainstage, December 5-21, 2013. Tickets $20.
The Box Office is open after 5pm on show days or 2 hours before any performance.
This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.
STRUCK is a co-production of NACL Theatre and Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT), with producers Arnold & Roberta Krumholz.
REVIEWS from The NEW YORK TIMES and others
Wednesday, December 11 - POST-SHOW DISCUSSION
There will be a post-show discussion about medical narratives with medical professionals, professors, and students, moderated by NACL artistic director Brad Krumholz.
NACL bridges the domains of art and science in this new performance about neurology, the workings of the mind, and one woman’s walk on the razor's-edge between life and death. Co-created by Artistic Director and actress Tannis Kowalchuk, who suffered a major stroke in 2011, in collaboration with fellow actor Brett Keyser, neuroscientist Allison Waters, New York playwright Kristen Kosmas, Canadian director Ker Wells, and a team of interdisciplinary collaborators, STRUCK is a visceral response to that close brush with mortality.
STRUCK is an exploration of neuroscience and brain trauma. It is a poetic dance on the razor-edge of mortality, as the brain and body look for meaning and struggle to communicate, recover and re-discover the sense of "self” after a crisis.
STRUCK was created by a group of NACL collaborators from across North America: writers/actors Brett Keyser and Tannis Kowalchuk, neuroscientist Allison Waters, director Ker Wells, contributing writer/dramaturg Kristen Kosmas, digital artist Brian Caiazza, filmmaker Tina Spangler, costumer Karen Flood, electronics artist Jim Ruxton, lighting designer Stephen Arnold, technical director Zoot, and A/V technicians Ray Cornelison and Joe Murray.
WORLD PREMIERE @ CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE
Our work has been strengthened and supported by our co-producer Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT). STRUCK premiered at CPT's Gordon Square Theatre March 21-April 6, 2013.
The CPT engagement was presented in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and featured panel discussions with medical professionals following select performances throughout the run.
CPT STRUCK poster design by Sean Higgins.
WCPN Radio Interview
Dee Perry, host of "Around Noon" on Cleveland's WCPN interviews Tannis and Brett during the CPT run of STRUCK:
STRUCK @ NACL
We opened our 2013 Season in Highland Lake with two sold-out weekends of STRUCK, May 24-June 2, 2013.
"STRUCK defies expectations. An unconventional, almost giddy tour... A bracing sort of stage poetry that is surprisingly funny." Neil Genzlinger, THE NEW YORK TIMES review of STRUCK at HERE - 12.09.13
"A wild fantasia! STRUCK is shot through with joyousness, with a sense of not just wonder but whimsy. Through its constantly shifting perspectives and styles, STRUCK gives a strangely beautiful subjective experience of living inside an altered brain... It is a constant and pleasant surprise." Loren Noveck, NEW YORK THEATRE NOW review of STRUCK at HERE - 12.06.13
"A powerful, passionate performance. The very modern aesthetic works well here -- interpretive song, dance, and video combine like the pathways of the brain, working together for self-recovery." Carly Mento, STAGE BUDDY review of STRUCK at HERE - December, 2013
"A symphonic and turbulent play that weaves through moments of harrowing realism and enchanting vulnerability..." Timothy Malcolm's Times Herald-Record review of STRUCK at NACL - 05.25.13
"Your synapses are going to light up in new and different ways when experiencing this amazing event." From Christine Howey's review of STRUCK at CPT - 03.24.13
"Keyser and Kowalchuk are arresting performers who are fascinating to watch." Andrea Simakis reviews STRUCK for The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) - 03.27.13
"...an exceptional piece of literature that also happens to be a show. ...unlike anything I’ve ever seen before." Kory's Review: STRUCK @ Cleveland Public Theatre - 03.28.13
“I dropped the stems a few times and thought that was odd, and noticed a certain numbness in my left hand.” After dropping the shears a few times, and then experiencing difficulty riding her bike, she realized something was terribly wrong. A trip to the hospital and a slew of tests confirmed her fears. She was told that she had suffered a stroke. “A portion of your brain is dead, and you’re never getting it back,” the doctor told her... Read Jonathan Fox's article on STRUCK in The River Reporter - May 22, 2013
“It’s a great gift that I’m able to process my experience through art and with these artists I’m working with, who make it more interesting and beautiful that it was,” Kowalchuk said. “It’s taken on this other shape, and it’s a great gift. It’s an honor, in fact.” Read the full feature on STRUCK by Matt Connolly in American Theatre Magazine - March 2013 (PDF)
"It's so connected to everything — a search to understand how these things happen to people, and how they deal with them in a proactive way." Tim Malcolm's preview of the September 2012 work-in-progress showing of STRUCK - August 31, 2012
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