For Immediate Release
Linda Kuriloff, 347-526-7775
LINDA MEANS TO
HERE SubletSeries Co-op
A production of Next Stage Studio
Thurs. 4/16, 7 pm; Fri, 4/17, 7 pm; Sat,
4/18, 2 pm & 7 pm; Sun, 4/19, 2 pm
Tickets: $15. For Tickets visit www.Here.org or call (212) 352-3101.
Office: open after 5 pm on show days or 2 hours before any performance.
LINDA MEANS TO WAIT is excited
to be presenting as part of SubletSeries@HERE:
Co-op, HERE's curated rental program, which provides artists with
subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support. 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
touches on issues of family, school policy, urban blight, immigration,
community, and the stop-and-frisk practice of the NYPD. Linda Sithole, a South
African-American high school leadership skills trainer working in the Bronx of
2012, 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 perception of their community, 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.
Linda 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 TV credits include “Made in Jersey”
and “3 lbs” with Stanley Tucci. Original director, Geoffrey Owens, a 1983 Yale graduate, returns to the play. Mr.
Owens (recognizable as Elvin from The
Cosby Show) appeared in productions of Romeo and Juliet with Orlando Bloom
(Broadway), Henry V at Two River Theatre, 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.).