Julia Jarcho's NOMADS to Run 5/30-6/15 at Incubator Arts Project
NOMADS, written by Julia Jarcho and directed by Alice Reagan, will run May 30-June 15, 2014 at 8pm, Saturday June 6 at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday June 15 at 5pm & 8pm at Incubator Arts Project.
An original story, Nomads explores themes and moods inspired in part by the modernist writer Jane Bowles. The play follows the strange adventures of Joan and Jean, two American ladies in the late 1930s. It all begins after Joan, a comfortable spinster and grande dame, gets a phone call one morning. She learns that someone very close to her has died; only she can't for the life of her remember this person. Meanwhile, Joan's friend Jean, a promising artist struggling with alcoholism and writer's block, books passage to Central America. She hopes to find something really different; but the jungle turns out to be weirdly familiar. By turns mysterious and mischievous, playful and perverse, Nomads is a play about how hard it is to see other people.
Jarcho's previous play at the Incubator, Grimly Handsome, garnered the Best New American Play Obie. Jarcho has directed her own work for the past seven years, so Nomads is a rare return to collaboration with a director. Reagan, who recently premiered the well-received I Came to Look for You on Tuesday by Chiori Miyagawa at La MaMa, E.T.C., worked with the Incubator on her 2009 production of the Susan Glaspell play The Verge. She and Jarcho last partnered in 2006 on A Small Hole (NYCFringe).
Nomads also brings together an exciting cast of downtown stars: Jenny Seastone Stern* (Grimly Handsome, North Atlantic), Ben Williams* (Grimly Handsome; Arguendo; GATZ), Kate Benson* (The Good Person of Szechwan; Crime or Emergency; The Confidence Man) and Rebecca Lingafelter* (The Verge, The Ring Cycle).
Produced by Regina Vorria; Set Design by Carolyn Mraz; Costume Design by Ásta Bennie Hostetter; Sound Design by Erik T. Lawson; Composed by Chad Raines; Production Stage Manager Liz Nielsen; Production Manager Ann Marie Dorr.