WOMANKIND to Run 2/28-3/2 at The Club at La MaMa
La Mama E.T.C. presents WOMANKIND, a solo play with aerial dance and acrobatics starring Karina Casiano with original music by Bryan Wade. Three performances will be staged at The Club at La MaMa, 74 East 4th Street, NYC 10003 from February 28-March 2, 2014.
On the last day of her life, a vengeful old lady looks back at the way her life has been shaped by being a woman. As she remembers the instances of harassment and danger she has endured throughout her life, she reflects on the role we all play in perpetuating sexual inequality. Through original songs and movement, including aerial dance and pole dancing, WOMANKIND submerges us into the dark reality of sexism, and into the mind of a poisoned soul who has had enough.
WOMANKIND is Karina Casiano's seventh play (her fourth solo piece). Suitable for audiences ages 17 years and older. WOMANKIND is made possible in part by The Field's Artist Residency Program, NYSCA, Puffin Foundation, The Yip Harburg Foundation, Queens Council on the Arts, and to "First Acts" sponsors New York Community Bank, the Natalie Bailey and Herbert Kirshner Foundation, the Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts, and Queens College.
Karina Casiano (performer, writer, director, choreographer) has written seven plays with music since she began self-producing in 1999, among them 4 solo shows. Her work has been seen in most Latin American countries and in New York. Casiano is the co-founder of La Criatura Theater, which has produced three of her plays since 2005 in New York and Brazil.
In New York, she has also collaborated with The Flying Machine, International WOW, Spanish Repertory Theater and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, among other companies.
She has appeared in multiple independent films in the United States, including "Gun Hill Road" (Sundance 2011 and theatres nationwide) "Babygirl" (Tribeca Film Festival 2012 premiere,) and "The Love Bite" (winner of the 2004 Galway Film Fleadth in Dublin, Ireland,) as well as the TV series "Law and Order."
Casiano has taught movement workshops for acting students in Puerto Rico, New York and Brazil.
Born in Puerto Rico, Casiano holds a BA in Drama from the University of Puerto Rico. She has also trained in several Latin American countries, and in Spain and New York.