Work/Space Collective to Present TURNING THE GLASS AROUND, 10/16-11/1
Work/Space Collective will present Turning the Glass Around, a new play by Pia Wilson (The Flower Thief) directed by Heidi Grumelot (The Flower Thief: Donnie and the Monsters; punkrock/lovesong), October 16th through November 1st at Teatro Circulo (64 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The cast and creative team will be announced in September.
Turning the Glass Around follows Philip Lee, a first generation Korean-American, as he struggles to cope with his father's death. His identity crisis -- Is he a good son or loving husband, an all-American success story or a foreigner in his own country? -- haunts him. Race, love, and the American Dream collide in this new play by Pia Wilson.
Pia Wilson's Turning the Glass Around is the inaugural production for Work/Space Collective, but playwright Pia Wilson and director Heidi Grumelot are long time collaborators. They have always aimed to break racial stereotypes and reinvent the multicultural narrative of America in their theatrical work. Reviewer Martin Denton wrote about their collaboration on Wilson's The Flower Thief in 2012: "I was most impressed that The Flower Thief, with an African-American playwright and four African-Americans in the cast, transcends racial boundaries and definitions to tell a story filled with universal themes and characters. I will be eager to see what all of the artists involved with this work come up with next." Turning the Glass Around is "what's next" for Wilson and Grumelot. This play will further the artists' investigations into crucial questions of what does an American look like; who gets to call themselves American; and who will always be the other.
Turning the Glass Around will play at Teatro Circulo (64 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) October 16-November 1, Thursday through Sunday at 7:30pm with an additional performance on Monday, October 20 at 7:30pm. Tickets ($18/$15 students & seniors) are available online at www.turningtheglassaround.com or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. The performance runs approximately two hours, with a ten-minute intermission.