I CARRY YOUR HEART Makes NYC Premiere At 59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to present the New York premiere of I CARRY YOUR HEART written by Georgette Kelly and directed by Cate Caplin. Produced by Athena Theatre, I CARRY YOUR HEART begins performances on Saturday, March 30 for a limited engagement through Sunday, April 14. Press Opening is Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM; Sunday at 2:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or visit www.59e59.org. The running time is 80 minutes with no intermission.

Phoebe is a young poet, forever living in the shadow of her estranged mother's literary acclaim. When her mother unexpectedly dies, Phoebe is left with two complicated legacies: donating her mother's organs and reading her mother's unpublished confessional journal. Meanwhile, Tess and her partner Lydia receive a late night phone call, informing them that a donor heart is available for Tess.

The transplant establishes a sympathetic link between donor and recipient and the two families form an unlikely connection as they struggle to understand the politics and poetics of organ donation. Can pieces of us live on after great tragedy?

There will be a post-show discussion following each performance hosted by LiveOnNY, a federally designated nonprofit organization committed to giving New Yorkers a second chance at life through the power of organ donation.

The cast features Rebi Paganini (Elegante: A Mostly True Love Story with TADA! Theater), Nico Piccardo (Rise/Fall at The Tank), Nicole Paloma Sarro (In the Heights National Tour), Dana Scurlock (Alien vs. Musical at the Hudson Guild Theater), John Anthony Torres (War: The American Dream at Access Theater), and Dey Young (Good in Bed at the Ford Amphitheater).

Georgette Kelly (playwright) is a playwright with one foot in Chicago and the other in New York. Her work has been produced across the country and she has participated in numerous artistic residencies. Her play I Carry Your Heart received the inaugural Hope on Stage Playwriting Award, accompanied by a rolling world premiere, and Ballast was featured on The Kilroys List and received the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Play. Other plays include: North Star, Faith in a Fallen World, In the Belly of the Whale, F*ck La Vie D'artiste, How to Hero, and an adaptation of Jeanette Winterson's Lighthousekeeping. Georgette's work has been developed with The Goodman Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The National New Play Network, The DC Source Festival, The Alliance Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, and Chicago's DCASE. She is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and she has participated in residencies at the Tofte Lake Center, the National Winter Playwrights Retreat, and terraNOVA Groundbreakers Playwrights Group. She has been chosen as a finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the Lark Playwrights Week, the Playwrights' Center CORE Writer Program, the BPP Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the Stage Left Playwright Residency, and the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. Georgette holds a B.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Hunter College, where she studied with Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, and Mark Bly. GeorgetteKelly.com.

Cate Caplin (director) has produced, directed and choreographed over 200 productions and her work has been seen on television, in films, music videos, commercials and in theatrical venues worldwide from the Paris Opera House to the Broadway Stage. She is a 34 time Regional and International Theatrical Ballroom Dance Champion and her production company, Night and Day Entertainment, co-founded with creative partner Vernon Willet, custom designs entertainment for private parties, corporate events, and industrial trade shows. Cate wrote and directed her first feature film, Mating Dance which won an Accolade Award and can be found on Amazon.com. She is a published writer and has been the recipient of a Garland Award, a Women In Theatre Red Carpet Award, multiple LA Stage Alliance Ovation, Eddon and Scenie Awards and was honored to receive an Award of Excellence from the LA Film Commission for her work as a Writer, Director, Choreographer and Producer. Cate is a Directing member of The Actors Studio, an Associate Member of SDC, and an alum of the Director's Lab West.

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