Sanguine Theatre to Debut Aleks Merilo's EXIT 27, 11/7-17
In celebration of its fourth season, Sanguine Theatre Company will produce EXIT 27, a new work by award-winning playwright, Aleks Merilo and directed by Mark Karafin. Based on a true story, EXIT 27 combines the themes of rejection, survival, and redemption in exploration of the human experience. As the overwhelming winner of Sanguine's highly competitive playwriting competition, EXIT 27 brings a stirring perspective of raw human nature in its NYC premiere.
"EXIT 27 blew me away, not only because of its haunting relevance, but because it is based on real interviews," said Sanguine's executive producer, Karly Fischer. "It is a tightly written piece that makes audiences wonder what the heck is happening in America's back yard."
Since the year 2000, the citizens of one town have abandoned nearly fourteen hundred boys in the Utah Desert. Deemed the "Lost Boys of Utah", EXIT 27 is based on their true stories. Merilo's play follows the journey of four of these "lost boys" to The Edge of the desert. Exiled by their families from the only world they've known, the boys are forced to rebuild their lives as outsiders. Their only hope for survival? Each other.
"This story's topic is one that is incredibly relevant, but not well known to most of the public," said JillIan Robertson, artistic director. "I think it will encourage people to ask questions, and that is something that Sanguine artists strive to do."
Sanguine provides new experiences for its audiences is by producing unique, unheard stories. The theatre company's annual Project Playwright competition encourages emerging artists to submit their new work. After highly selective rounds of preliminary judging, audiences at the annual event choose which finalists' play will be produced in Sanguine's upcoming season. This year EXIT 27 won the hearts of both the theatre's audiences and Sanguine's artistic team.
"EXIT 27 makes us wrestle with our preconceptions and see the world from a new perspective," said Sanguine's associate producer, Anna Fearheiley. "Aleks makes the characters speak in a language we can all understand: that of loneliness, confusion, heartbreak, and steadfast hope for tomorrow."
As the creator of Project Playwright, Fischer is thrilled that the selection of EXIT 27 upholds the underlying mission of Project Playwright: giving a voice to great work.
"There are so many outstanding plays that most companies won't even take the time to read, let alone produce," Fischer said. "New playwrights are the people who will move American theatre to new heights."
EXIT 27 will run November 7-17, 2013 at the Medicine Show Theatre on West 52nd Street between 11th and 12th avenues. Performances are November 7-9 at 8pm, November 13-16 at 8pm, and November 10 and 17 at 3pm. For more information about the show, visit www.sanguinenyc.com, or call: (281) 946-9563. For questions about tickets, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in New York City in 2010, Sanguine Theatre Company is a small but mighty pioneer for rising artists and new works. In its 4th season, Sanguine will have produced world premieres for 5 different playwrights, as well as New York City debuts to dozens of actors and designers. Sanguine Theatre Company is committed to advancing the art of American theatre through the spirit of collaboration, making art accessible to everyone. For more information about Sanguine Theatre Company, visit www.sanguinenyc.com.
KARLY FISCHER, Sanguine's executive producer, received her BFA from The University of Oklahoma School of Drama with an emphasis in Dramaturgy and a minor in English. Fischer recently became the dramaturgical consultant at The Pekoe Group, an advertising and marketing firm. She is the winner of the Goldia Cooksey Creative Achievement Award, and she works as a house manager at the Juilliard School. Currently she is working toward her MFA in producing and theatre management at Columbia University, and is a producing intern at Harriet Leve Productions.
JILLIan RobertsON, Sanguine's artistic director, hails from Houston, TX. She has directed numerous shows over the past five years, including: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Drunken City, Bees and Lions with Sanguine Theatre Company, Come Back Up with Magic Time, and The Laramie Project with Under the Umbrella Theatre. In the Fall of 2009 she assistant directed A Piece of my Heart with the Emmy-nominated Lou Antonio. She received her BFA from The University of Oklahoma School of Drama with an emphasis in performance in 2009. Jillian is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, and is also recognized as proficient in unarmed and single sword combat by the Society of American Fight Directors.