a play about longing and hope.
Conceived and Created: Sivan Hadari
Directed and Co-created: Charlotte Cohn
While sharing their own personal experiences and real life stories, ten actors haling from diverse cultural backgrounds (American, Asian, African, Israeli, Palestinian, Latin) explore the deep rooted connection they all have with “longing”.
- Wed 1/18 @ 10:00pm
- Sat 1/21 @ 10:00pm
- Sun 1/22 @ 6:00pm
Answers by Sivan Hadari – Creator/ Producer
Karen Tortora-Lee’s Question
This is an international festival. What part of the world are you coming from … and will your show tantalize the NYC audience with a taste of your nation’s culture?
Sivan Hadari: I am an Isramerican. Born in Brooklyn, raised in Israel and now back in New York. The actors in our cast are from Japan, Israel, France, The Philippines, USA, Kyrgyzstan, China and Singapore.
While sharing their own personal experiences and real life stories, twelve actors hailing from diverse cultural backgrounds explore the deep rooted connection they all have with “longing”. We will hear their tales of unrequited love, separation, heart-break, mourning, homosexuality, religion and faith while they draw inspiration from the story of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was held captive in Gaza by Hamas for 1,934 days.
Dianna Martin’s Question
Who is the greatest inspiration to you artistically?
Sivan Hadari: Josh Fox, the founder and Artistic Director of International WOW Company. I worked with him on the show Reconstruction and I was inspired and moved by his work. He is an innovator and a true master when it comes to bringing together narrative, heightened imagery and socially conscious themes and subjects. Working with him has left its mark on me as an artist, and as an individual, till this very day.
Geoffrey Paddy Johnson’s Question
What emerged as the greatest challenge during the development of this production?
Sivan Hadari:Martha Graham once said: “There is only a divine dis-satisfaction.” To me that says that an artist’s work is never done. There is always one final touch you’d like to put on something before it goes out into the world. Luckily, we’ve had the opportunity to work with an extremely talented cast of twelve individuals who have poured their hearts and souls into the work, a production team (that include Larren Parrish and Julian Evans) that any producer could only dream of, and a stage manager, (Katie Kavett) that has gone above and beyond for our production. Not to mention our phenomenal director, Charlotte Cohn who has brought her own vision to this incredibly ambitious project in the most amazing way. It’s been a complex and mind-blowing journey, both creatively and artistically and we are thrilled at the opportunity to be a part of The Times Square International Theater Festival.
Antonio Minino’s Question
You’re in Times Square surrounded by the best Broadway houses and highest selling entertainment in the world. What resources are you utilizing to spread the word about your show and get butts in seats?
Sivan Hadari:PR, PR and them more PR. I myself am a master when it comes to PR, marketing and publicity. I am the President and Founder of Isramerica, a non-profit that supports Israeli and Jewish-American artists and our mailing list reaches around 6,000 subscribers in New York alone so we have been getting a lot of feedback from our audience about the show. We have been listed and featured in BroadwayWorld.com, The Village Voice, The Jewish Voice, Off-Off-Online and are collaborating with many organizations that are sending out information about our show. In addition, because we are working with actors that are originally from 12 different countries, we have the support of various consulates and cultural centers all over NYC. We expect a very diverse crowd and a wonderful show.
Concieved and Created: Sivan Hadari
Directed and Co-created: Charlotte Cohn
Run time: 1h 30 min
Venue: Little Times Square Theater, Roy Arias Studios and Theaters
Time: Wed 18th@ 10:00pm | Sat 21st@ 10:00pm | Sun 22nd@6:00pm
Tickets Available: smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=oneD82 Roy Arias Theaters 300 West 43rd Street 5th Floor New York , New York 10036 8th Avenue