World Premiere of THE SUN SHINES EAST to Open 1/31 at Deane Little Theatre
Shining East Productions presents The Sun Shines East, based on a true story written by Corinne Chateau* about an adoptive mother's struggle to break through deep personal barriers and international politics to bring home her daughter. Pat Golden directs a cast of 5 including Karen Christie-Ward*, Tara Gadomski*, Mary Francina Golden*, Bristol Pomeroy, and Amy Staats*. Fourteen performances will be held at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre, 10 West 64th Street, in New York City from January 31-February 16, 2014. *Member, Actors' Equity Association. AEA Approved Showcase.
Based on true events, The Sun Shines East is an adoption story set against the backdrop of political strife in the mid-1990s. After suffering a series of miscarriages, Christine, a New York actress, finds herself drawn "east" to The Republic of Georgia to adopt a baby. Her husband Robert, also an actor, a bit less enthusiastically goes along with the idea. Despite a chilly welcome from the staff of the children's hospital there, the two parents-to-be immediately fall in love with a baby girl and make plans to bring her home. However, unbeknownst to them, the government of Georgia shuts down international adoptions. The couple find themselves in the middle of the political and personal fight of their lives, testing both their marriage and ultimately their courage.
Written and produced by adoptive mothers, The Sun Shines East is a moving personal journey, and an urgent call to action as orphan children continue to be used as pawns by politicians ruthlessly seeking political advantage. With moratoriums and increased restrictions on adoption in countries such as Russia, China, and Guatemala, this play reminds us what is at stake for millions of suffering infants, victims of bureaucracy and too young to speak for themselves.
Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by visiting https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/931176 or calling 212-352-3101. Fourteen performances will be staged on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm from January 31 - February 16, 2014 at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre, 10 West 64th Street, in New York City.
Corinne Chateau (playwright) is an adoptive mother. She and her husband, Bryan Hickey adopted a baby boy from the Republic of Georgia seventeen years ago. This play is inspired by their experience. As an actress, she has appeared in feature films, television, on and off Broadway and in regional theater. She has worked with renowned directors such as Elia Kazan and Arthur Penn and has appeared with Anne Bancroft, Shelly Winters, Katherine Hepburn, Ellen Burstyn and others. As a directing fellow at the American Film Institute she wrote and directed three films. She has taught acting in the graduate film department at NYU and in The Actors Studio MFA program at the New School. She is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the Actor's Studio. She has authored the book, The Road to Cali, a Journey to Motherhood, and has performed a one-woman show based upon her book. Her new full-length play, The Sun Shine's East, was initially developed at The Actors Studio and received readings at The Actors Studio Writers Directors Unit, and at St. Malachy's Actors Chapel Theater. She is currently working on a documentary based upon her family's escape from Poland in the years before and during World War II.
Pat Golden (Director) Credits include productions Off-Broadway for Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST), New Perspectives, Subjective Theatre, Tank, St. Peter's, Perry Streetand Cherry Lane. Regional credits include SDC Director Observer at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, Amherst College and the South Oakland Arts Council, as itsArtistic Director, simultaneously studying Directing at Carnegie Mellon and Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. Workshops of new plays include Ensemble Studio Theatre and EST/Southampton, INTAR/HPLR, NYU/HPLR Collaboration, On Her Shoulders/New School and Cherry Lane-including for its annual series, From Breast Cancer to Broadway. Pat is a filmmaker whose credits as a Casting Director, known for discovery of new talent, include feature films Gimme Shelter, Downtown Express, The Handmaid's Tale, Platoon, Blue Velvet and The Killing Fields and Lee Daniels Entertainment, New Line, Warner Bros and PBS as Associate Producer. Golden is a member of Ensemble Studio Theater, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Hispanic Playwrights-in-Residence(HPLR)at INTAR Theatre, Eduardo Machado's NYU/INTAR Collaboration,NewShoe Theatre Group, dedicated to fostering collaboration between women playwrights and directors and Stage Directors & Choreographers (SDC).