Photo Coverage: Nilaja Sun's No Child Opens

May 11
3:58 PM 2006
Epic Theatre Center is currently presenting the premiere of No Child, a solo play written and performed by Nilaja Sun, and directed by Hal Brooks (Thom Pain), at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). Performances began on Saturday, April 29th, and the show opened on Wednesday, May 10th; it will run through June 4th.

"No Child is a tour-de-force look into the New York City Public Education system by the acclaimed teaching-artist and solo-performer, Ms. Sun, who transforms into the teachers, students, parents, administrators, janitors, and security guards who inhabit our public schools every day and are shaping the future of America," state press notes. "Epic Theatre Center commissioned the development of No Child as a result of Sun's unique work in one New York City's toughest schools, Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, where Epic maintains an extensive arts-ed residency."

Sun's New York credits include Einstein's Gift, Time and The Conways (Epic Theatre Center), The Cook (Intar), The Adventures of Barrio Grrrl! (Summer Play Festival), and "Law and Order- SVU." As a solo performer, her credits include Blues for a Gray Sun, La Nubia Latina, Black and Blue, Insufficient Fare, Due to the Tragic Events of..., and Mixtures. She is a Princess Grace Award winner and a native New Yorker.

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Nilaja Sun

Nilaja Sun

Henry Chalfant, Kathleen Chalfant, Aasif Mandvi and Sarah Winkler

Daphne Rubin-Vega and Jack Sharkey (Production Sponsor)

Nilaja Sun and her mother, Dolores Freda

Hal Brooks and Nilaja Sun

Daphne Rubin-Vega, Nilaja Sun and Kathleen Chalfant

Donna Murphy and husband Shawn Elliott

Aasif Mandvi and Nilaja Sun

Donna Murphy and Nilaja Sun

Shawn Elliott, Nilaja Sun and Donna Murphy

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.