Culture Project to Present RUDRA This Fall

Culture Project to Present RUDRA This Fall

Culture Project, New York's home for socially conscious theater, announces "Prologue to Progress," a two week series of music, performance, and discussion led by over a dozen International Artists and thinkers from Sunday, October 1 through Sunday, October 15.

Prologue to Progress invites the public to join Culture Project in celebrating the future of award-winning, politically incisive theatre in its new home at the Saint Mary Church on the Lower East Side. Prologue to Progress is aligned with Culture Project's reinvigorated mission to amplify marginalized voices, champion new and timely work, and speak to today's most pressing issues through innovative artist-activist collaboration.

Featuring seven nights of programming, Prologue to Progress invokes narratives of resilience told from the perspectives of women, people of color, the previously incarcerated, and the LGBTQ community. Prologue to Progress reaffirms Culture Project's commitment to bringing together artists, activists, and experts to inform and inspire contemporary audiences through unique theatrical experiences. Featured talent includes Kristin Norderval, Guillermo Gregorio, Nicole Ansari, Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam, Maybe Burke, Alika Hopes, Heather Robles, Tom Tsai, Angela Polite, Kathleen Turner, RUDRA, Yale University lecturer Stephen Bright, GQ of the Q Brothers, actor Tyrone Taylor, and improv group Thank You for Coming Out.

Prologue to Progress kicks off on Sunday October 1 with I AM ANTIGONE, a contemporary retelling of Sophocles' Antigone written by poet Saudamini Siegrist and directed by award-winning writer and director Myriam Cyr. It will be followed later that week by Rob Urbinati's REBEL VOICES: Stories, Speeches, and Songs of Resistance, an evening with the International Human Rights Arts Festival, and more.

Friday October 6th at 7:30pm

RUDRA is a 4-piece ensemble whose musical direction can best be described as "acoustic World Fusion on steroids." RUDRA is co-led by guitarist Bobby Rozario and saxophonist/flutist Premik Russell Tubbs, along with South Indian percussion masters Swaminathan Selvaganesh and Ghatam Rajaram. The band takes a cue from guitar great John McLaughlin's Shakti band, but continues to further explore the possibilities of harmonizing South & North Indian styles with the West's jazz sensibilities & freedom of expression.

Tickets for all events are $25. Purchase tickets online at, or by phone at 212-925-1806 weekdays from 11am-6pm. All events are held at The Grand Hall at Saint Mary Church, 440 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002.

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