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Shiva Theater

February 20 - February 22, 2019

Estimated Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Public Studio

Book & Bars by Zeniba Britt
Music & Lyrics by Jay Adana
Directed by Awoye Timpo

The Lisa Quiroz Emerging Writers Groups’ Public Studio presents the first act of THE LOOPHOLE, an epic new musical-in-progress by Public Theater #BARS Alumni and Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows Zeniba Britt (book and bars) and Jay Adana (music and lyrics).

It is 1863 and America is at war with itself. Just outside of Atlanta, Polly, a biracial black cartographer, spends her days working with her white father making and selling maps. Her father has set up his family’s former plantation as the perfect place to hide his gifted daughter, but her lover Acker wants her to leave for an untethered life out west. As the war closes in, Polly must choose to protect her work and privilege or fight for love and freedom with an all black battalion of the Union Army.

Fresh from Good Grief and Homecoming QueenAwoye Timpo directs this folk/rap alternative history of a still resonant civil war.

PUBLIC STUDIO is a performance series dedicated exclusively to developing the work of emerging writers. More than a workshop, but not a full production, this middle step provides the important opportunity for writers to work in a laboratory environment, rehearse with actors and a director, incorporate bare-bones design elements, and open the process to an audience over a series of performances. 

PUBLIC STUDIO was founded with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Time Warner Foundation. Continued support for Public Studio is provided by The Time Warner Foundation.

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Tickets are $15, plus fees
Member, Public Supporter & Partner tickets are $15

Featuring includes Jay Adana (Alligator Queen), Zeniba Britt (Polly Danfield/Darius), Cherrye J. Davis (Annmarie/Bree/Union Soldier)Antwayn Hopper (Acker), Daniel Jenkins (Henry Danfield), Danny Rothman (General Dasch and others), and Jason Veasey (Pat and others)

Scenic Design Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume Design Andy Jean
Lighting Design Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Sound Design Megan Culley
Fight Direction
UnkleDave's Fight-House
Music Direction Rodney Bush
Choreography by Hope Boykin

Production Stage Manager Patrick David Egan
Stage Manager Imani Champion

Production may include strobes, loud bursts of sound, and haze. As sensitivities vary from person to person, if you have specific questions regarding content, please call us at 212.967.7555.

Background Image Photo Credit: Joseph Augstein

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