Rachel Pickup and Rachel Botchan To Perform Reading Of New Michael Raver Play QUIET ELECTRICITY

Rachel Pickup and Rachel Botchan To Perform Reading Of New Michael Raver Play QUIET ELECTRICITY

Melissa Rain Anderson will direct a reading of Michael Raver's stirring new play, Quiet Electricity as part of Emerging Artists Theatre's New Work Series.

Quiet Electricity tells the story of Jodie and Dana, a once happily married couple. Six months after tragedy has struck them, they now have little to say to one another. When the power in their Hoboken apartment building is temporarily shut off in the evenings for rewiring, they are forced to spend their nights together in the dark. A simple game of confessions unearths truths and hidden feelings, leading Jodie and Dana to epiphanies about love, sex and marriage.

"What happens when we keep secrets from our partner?" muses director Melissa Rain Anderson. "The play examines what it looks like for two people to be living under one roof, sharing one life while each person builds a private room to store their grief. As the membrane that holds them together grows thinner and thinner, how does the partnership survive?"

An O'Neill semifinalist in 2017, Quiet Electricity will feature performances from Rachel Pickup (Wonder Woman, The Globe Theatre's The Merchant of Venice) and Rachel Botchan (The Sorceress, A Taste of Honey). Stage directions will be read by Eden Eernissee.

2018 marks Emerging Artists Theatre's 25th anniversary. The New Work Series is a three-week developmental lab that provides artists of different disciplines the opportunity to present one night of a "work in progress" with audience feedback. Successful past works have gone on to FringeNYC, NYMF, Edinburgh Fringe, and Off-Broadway productions.

Emerging Artists Theatre's Annual New Work Series runs February 26th - March 18th, 2018. The reading of Quiet Electricity will be on Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm at Tada Theatre in New York. Tickets are $10.

To purchase tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3336306

Melissa Rain Anderson is a New York-based director, she has directed several readings and workshops of new works regionally and in New York. Melissa is an Affiliate Artist at Geva Theatre Center where she has directed In The Heights, Spamalot, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee, The Marvelous Wonderettes and Caps and Gowns. Other credits include A Christmas Carol at The Denver Center Theater Company '16, '17; The Marvelous Wonderettes at The Repertory Theater of St. Louis; The Cocoanuts at Utah Shakespeare Festival; Spamalot and The Little Mermaid at Arkansas Repertory Theatre; The Comedy of Errors, The Fantasticks and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at The Great River Shakespeare Festival. Upcoming projects include Big River at Utah Shakespeare Festival. Please visit melissarainanderson.com.

Raver's adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray was produced by Sonnet Repertory Theatre at the Signature Theatre Center in 2012, and a reading of his pre-WWII adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, featuring Judy Kaye, was presented by the Pearl Theatre Company. His play, Fire on Babylon, was nominated for The Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Foundation Award for Playwriting, as well as being named a semifinalist for The O'Neill Conference in 2015. Babylon went on to receive two workshops in 2016, first at Great River Shakespeare Festival and then at The Fresh Fruit Festival in New York, where it went on to win Best Actor (Jeffrey Hayenga) and Best Director (Paul Mason Barnes) Awards from All Out Arts. His short play, Evening, was a two-time finalist for Red Bull's New Play Festival. Quiet Electricity was named a semifinalist at The O'Neill Conference in 2017. His work has been presented by The Pearl Theatre Company, Sonnet Repertory Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, The Martha Graham Company, Playhouse on Park and many others. He served as a judge for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction for three years and regularly contributes cultural arts journalism for Classical TV, NYC Monthly, Hamptons Monthly, Playbill, Dance Magazine, CoolHunting.com, The Huffington Post, Art 511 Magazine and Nature's Post.

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