Story of Female Pro-Boxer THE WHOLEHEARTED Lands at Abrons Arts Center
Stein | Holum Projects is thrilled to present the NYC premiere of their pulse-pounding boxing yarn THE WHOLEHEARTED, written and co-directed by Deborah Steinand performed and co-directed by Suli Holum. THE WHOLEHEARTED begins performances Thursday,March 15 for a limited engagement through Sunday, April 1. Press opening is Sunday, March 18 at 2 PM. The performance schedule is Thursday - Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM. Performances are atAbrons Arts Center (466 Grand Street, at the corner of Pitt Street). Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, call OvationTix on 866-811-4111 or visit www.abronsartscenter.org. For more information on Stein | Holum Projects visit www.steinholum.org.Spectators have a ringside seat for this""dazzling tour-de-force" (LA Times), a blood pumping revenge tragedy and intimate tribute to lost love. Once a championship boxer, Dee Crosby (played by Suli Holum in a staggering performance) was taken down in her prime by her own husband. Now that Charlie is freshly released from prison for her attempted murder, Dee is hell-bent on revenge, no matter the cost. But only Dee's true love, Carmen, can provide her with redemption. By turns "potent and enigmatic" (San Diego Union-Tribune) and "boldly arresting" (Boston Globe), THE WHOLEHEARTED is an unsettling ride through the human heart. Acclaimed co-creators Deborah Stein and Suli Holum (the team behind the Drama Desk-nominatedChimera at Under the Radar) infuse THE WHOLEHEARTED with a pulse-pounding cinematic design and an original rockabilly score (by Obie winners James Sugg and Heather Christian). The creative team also includes sound designer Matt Hubbs (Indecent), video designers Kate Freer and Dave Tennent(Chimera) with live camera operator Stivo Arnoczy, set designer Amy Rubin (Quiet, Comfort), costume designer Angela Harner, and lighting designer Stephen Arnold. The associate director is Kate Hopkins and the stage manager is Lisa McGinn. Stein|Holum Projects is a collaboration led by Director/Playwright Deborah Stein and Director/PerformerSuli Holum whose work has been presented by Under the Radar, Center Theatre Group, The Gate Theatre (London), La Jolla Playhouse, The Annenberg, and ArtsEmerson and developed by New Dramatists, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Orchard Project, and HERE Arts Center. Deborah Stein (Co-Director/Playwright) is a playwright, director, and producer who works in both traditional and immersive theatre. She directed and co-created The Bitter Game with Keith Wallace, seen at The Public Theater (Under the Radar 2017, La Jolla Playhouse commission). In the NY Times, Ben Brantley called The Bitter Game "a sharp reminder of the persuasive powers of live theater." It has subsequently toured to Los Angeles, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. With Stein | Holum Projects, Deborah has written Movers + Shakers, The Wholehearted, and Chimera (HARP residency, Under the Radar 2012, London premiere at The Gate Theatre). She is an alumna of Center Theatre Group's LA Writers Workshop and New Dramatists. Suli Holum (co-director and performer) co-directed and performed Stein | Holum Projects Drama Desk-nominated Chimera which premiered at the Under the Radar Festival in NYC and toured to London's Gate Theatre. Holum was a co-founder of Pig Iron Theatre Company where she co-created and performed Barrymore Award-winning Cafeteria and Shut Eye among others, and wrote Barrymore Award-winningGentlemen Volunteers. Other awards include a Drama Desk for her role in Lebensraum Off-Broadway, a TCG/Fox Resident Actor Fellowship for Chimera, and an Independence Foundation Fellowship for The Lollipop Project.