Linda Means to Wait - When life knocks you off beat listen in and follow the rhythm!
For Immediate Release 
Contact:  Linda Kuriloff, (212) 696-1221 


LINDA MEANS TO WAIT is proud to be presenting as part of the New Works Festival. Written and performed by Linda Kuriloff and directed by Geoffrey Owens, this solo piece takes Linda, and the audience, on a journey with 20 colorful characters through beginnings and endings, joys and pains, triumph and  struggle. It all starts in a high school classroom in the Bronx, and ends inside each one of us.   This solo performance piece tackles issues as diverse as family, school policing, urban blight, immigration, community, student loans, and even the stop-and-frisk practice of the NYPD. 

Linda Kuriloff, a South African-American high school leadership skills trainer working in the Bronx, attempts one morning to conduct a conflict resolution activity, only to find her students intent on hearing her own story. When it becomes apparent that sharing may be a more effective teaching tool in light of the students’ negative self-perception, Linda dons the role of story teller, and the journey begins. Linda transforms seamlessly from her exuberant childhood self (desperate to have “normal” parents), to her professor father (contrasting the importance of rhythm in African music –and life-- to melody in the classical genre), to her practical mother (chastising ingratitude and articulating warnings), to her seventh grade history teacher (bluntly instilling humility and responsibility in his students).  The journey leads both teacher and students through joy, struggle, and triumph as they come to greater understanding of each other, their neighbors, and ultimately themselves.   

Ms. Kuriloff, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has worked in such theatres as the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, New York Shakespeare Festival, New Victory Theatre, Crossroads, Theatre for a New Audience, Ubu Repertory, Kennedy Center, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Long Wharf, the Yale Repertory, and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. Her film credits include “Down to Earth” with Chris Rock, “Everyone Says I Love You” written and directed by Woody Allen, and “Angie” directed by Martha Coolidge. Original director, Geoffrey Owens, a 1983 Yale graduate, returns to the play. Mr. Owens recently appeared in productions of Race at the Goodman Theatre (Chicago), Opus at Two River Theatre, Timon of Athens at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival and Julius Caesar (as ‘Casca’) at the Shakespeare Theater Company (Washington D.C.).   
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