Photo Flash: PENINSULA Wins FringeNYC's 2013 Award for Outstanding Ensemble
Following a sold-out, critically-acclaimed and award-winning run as part of the 17th Annual New York International Fringe Festival/FringeNYC, PENINSULA, a world-premiere play by Nathan Wright, directed by Nadia Foskolou, has been selected for the 9th Annual FringeNYC Encore Series (9/6 - 10/20). The production also received a 2013 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for outstanding ensemble. Scroll down for photos of the cast in action!PENINSULA tells the story of Tiago, a young man who escaped the poverty-stricken slums of Rio de Janeiro, now working as a migrant in a seemingly peaceful summer town in Northern Michigan's wine country. A visceral exploration of shifting identity, power and desire, PENINSULA explodes with poetry, sensuality, and danger.
Presented by In Absentia Productions, LLC, PENINSULA has production design by Drew Florida. The General Manager is Dean A. Carpenter / D.A.C. Productions, LLC.
PENINSULA began development in 2008 as part of Wright's MFA thesis at Columbia University, where it was presented as a staged reading directed by Hal Brooks and starring Vincent Piazzo as Tiago. PENINSULA was further developed during the summer of 2012 through a workshop production directed by Nadia Foskolou at Manhattan Repertory Theatre.
Nathan Wright is a playwright and actor living in New York. His plays include Naked Fish (Winner 2007 National Playwriting Award, Theatre Masters, Aspen, and EgoPo Productions, Philadelphia), Distance (Plan-B Theatre, Salt Lake City) Lake Full of Iron; Sky Full of Hope (Manhattan Repertory Theater, NYC), Cheryl Rhodes and the Old Woman (Columbia Stages, NYC) HomoRapture (Kenyon College), Bratya (Vera Hinckley Mayhew Playwriting Award, BYU), and Mission (Columbia). He was a collaborator on the TEAM's Architecting (Winner 2008 Edinburgh Fringe First Award, PS 122 and The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival). Additionally, he has translated Russian playwright Katia Rubina's Family Happiness (O'Neil Playwright's Center). He holds a BA in Acting from Weber State University and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.
Nadia Foskolou is a director and Fulbright scholar from Greece. Her NYC credits include: Nathan Wright's Lake Full of Iron; Sky Full of Hope (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Anna Forsythe & Michelle Vugmayster's Opus D'Amour (Baryshnikov Arts Center, Theaterlab), Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear, Bergman's Best Intentions, Chekhov's Three Sisters, Havel's Protest (Columbia Stages). In Athens, she has directed Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Alain De Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life, Venedikt Erofeev's Moscow to the End of the Line, Jean-Luc Lagarce's Journey to the Netherlands, Marius Ivaskevicius's The Neighbor, Sotiris Dimitriou's Summer in the Bodies. She holds an MA in Theatre Studies from the Sorbonne University, a Diploma in Acting from the 'Florent' Acting School (Paris), a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Athens and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University.
PENINSULA will play additional performances at The Players Theater (115 MacDougal Street) as part of The FringeNYC Encore Series -- Friday 9/6 @ 8PM, Tuesday 9/24 @ 8PM, Saturday 10/05 @ 9PM, and Sunday 10/13 @ 7PM. Tickets, priced at $18.00, are on sale now via OvationTix by calling 212-352-3101 or online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/927514. For more information, visit: peninsulatheplay.com.
Photo Credit: Matt Dunivan
The cast of PENINSULA with Josue Gutierrez Guerra (center)
Josue Gutierrez Guerra and Kellan Peavy
Kellan Peavy and Josue Gutierrez Guerra
Marc Sinoway and Josue Gutierrez Guerra
Josue Gutierrez Guerra and John Zdrojeski
Josue Gutierrez Guerra and Vanessa Bartlett