The Mermaid Hour

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The Mermaid Hour

By David Valdes Greenwood
Directed by Sacha Reich
March 22 – April 14, 2018
NNPN Rolling World Premiere | English
The Mermaid Hour

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About the Play

Pilar and Bird are navigating the challenges of raising their 11-year-old daughter Violet as she comes to terms with her identity as a mixed race transgender girl. When Violet makes a YouTube video declaring her love for her gay best friend Jacob, their parents are forced to rise up to the challenge of supporting their children through a tumultuous time. This brutally honest play is both poignant and hilarious. Ours will be the final production in a Rolling World Premiere supported by National New Play Network.


Playwright

David Valdes Greenwood is the author of plays which have been staged across the US and abroad. His work has been seen with the Huntington Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Portland Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, the Humana Festival, and others. Recent productions include Full Code, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, and Raggedy And, Pride Films & Plays. Other recent work includes Vow Keepers, workshopped with Fresh Ink and Teatro IATI. The Mermaid Hour was included in the National Showcase of New plays and developed by the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte and Ensemble Studio Theatre. His latest play, The Last Catastrophist was developed by Company One and The Huntington Theatre Company. His play Brave Navigator is published by Samuel French, and he is the author of four books, including Homo Domesticus: Notes from a Same-Sex Marriage.


Director

Sacha Reich conceived, adapted and directed original programming for her company, Jewish Theatre Collaborative (JTC), including Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theatre? A Play with Songs, A Pigeon and a Boy, The Ministry of Special Cases and Davita’s Harp. Before JTC, Sacha She was the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Women in Time, a Bay Area theatre company creating critically acclaimed, innovative ensemble productions of classical theatre, such as The Misanthrope and Winter’s Tale. Reich also served as an Artistic Associate with Milagro Theatre, participating in company visioning, play selection and directing main stage productions; among them, Yemaya’s Belly.  She is thrilled for the invitation to rise up with Milagro and this play. 


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TransActive Gender Center provides a holistic range of services and expertise to empower transgender and gender diverse children, youth and their families in living healthy lives, free of discrimination.

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