MRS. SCHRODINGER'S CAT to Open at FringeNYC
Mrs. Schrodinger's Cat, a new comedy written and directed by Tasha Nicole Partee, will be presented as part of the 20thAnnual New York International Fringe Festival starting Sunday August 14 at Teatro SEA at The Clemente. The cast includes Eileen Howard (Nunsense), Danielle Patsakos (The House of Bernarda Alba, N.Y.I.T nomination), Emily Gordon Fire (Twelfth Night), JC Sullivan (Sordid Lives), Madigan Mayberry (Little Shop of Horrors), Amelia Huckel-Bauer(Pychopathia Sexualis) and Emily Moody (Dog Sees God).
Living in a small town, Judith Shields, a curious and naïve aspiring writer in her 60s, attempts to make her livelihood by renting a part of her house to the three dissimilar and bickering Talbot sisters. Judith's daughter Rachel, a big city attorney who's visiting, expresses her disapproval of the sisters for getting away with paying a fraction of the rent. Across the street from them Myrna James, an isolated neighbor, is taping a self-revealing video for her husband as she prepares for a life apart from him and from the judgemental townspeople who look upon her as an outsider. Except for Judith, each woman is critical of the other for reasons of her own. They are shaken by news of a local art gallery's exhibit displaying anonymous photographs taken surreptitiously of people in their town. With the identity of the photographer and the subjects of the photos still unknown to them, the women's fear of potential humiliation leads them on a long summer night's journey to face the sad, funny and beautiful truth.
Based on the controversial 2013 New York photographic exhibit titled "The Neighbors", Mrs. Schrodinger's Cat raises questions about image, perception, entitlement and art, ultimately asking what it means to know a person and the extent to which we ever really can.
Playwright and director Tasha Nicole Partee's writing has been featured by Hudson Guild Theatre Company and Manhattan Repertory Theatre where Mrs. Schrodinger's Cat received three developmental performances in May of 2015. A native of Richmond, Virginia, she was a founding member of Virginia Commonwealth University's Women's Project, providing opportunities for women in theater since 1997. A former NFL cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens, she has danced in New York productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty and choreographed productions of Midsummer Night's Dream with Onomatopoeia Theatre Company and Frankenstein with Hudson Guild Company, where she also recently played the role of Cora in The Iceman Cometh. She has directed over thirty plays and musicals and currently serves as Director of Upper School Theatre at Lawrence Woodmere Academy where she teaches script writing, theater and dance. She holds an MFA in Educational Theater from NYU. Mrs. Schrodinger's Cat is her first full length play.
Mrs. Schrodinger's Cat begins 2:45PM on Sunday August 14th at Teatro SEA at The Clemente (107 Suffolk Street between Delancey and Rivington-F-M-J-Z Trains to Delancey/Essex). Performance schedule is: Sun. Aug. 14 at 2:45PM (FringePLUS meet up follows with cast and creative team), Thu. Aug. 18 at 9:45PM, Sun. Aug. 21 at 5:30PM, Tue. Aug. 23 at 2PM and Fri. Aug. 26 at 7PM. Running time is 1 hr. 55 min. Tickets are $18 plus surcharge. For Information/Tickets visit: www.FringeNYC.org. Tickets can also be purchased directly at The Clemente. For more information go to www.mrsschrodingerscat.squarespace.com.