Bard Fisher Center Presents Nilaja Sun in an Open Rehearsal of Pike Street
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— After sold-out performances at the Fisher Center with her tour-de-force No Child . . . , Nilaja Sun returns to Bard to develop Pike Street, a new play about a Lower East Side family during the “storm of the century.” Her work-in-progress residency will culminate in this open rehearsal. The performance is directed by Ron Russell and presented by Live Arts Bard, Bard College’s residency and commissioning program for the performing arts. It takes place in the Fisher Center’s LUMA Theater on Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m., followed by a discussion with the artists.
Admission is free, although reservations are required. Tickets can be ordered by calling the box office at 845-758-7900.
Nilaja Sun is an actor, playwright, and teaching artist most known for her Obie–award winning solo piece No Child…, which initially ran off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre from July 2006 to June 2007 and was recently revived there in an extended run. For her creation and performance of No Child... and its subsequent national tour, Sun garnered 21 awards including an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards (including the John Gassner Playwriting Award for Outstanding New American Play), a Theatre World Award, the Helen Hayes Award, and two NAACP Theatre Awards. It was named the best one-person show at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. In 2010, Sun was awarded the solo NOVA Award for Artist of the Year by terraNOVA Collective. She has also been seen on 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU, Unforgettable, Louie, The International, Rubicon, and she was seen in the independent films Nature Calls and Hairbrained. Sun was recently awarded a NYSCHA commission to create a new solo piece with Epic Theatre Ensemble. A native of the Lower East Side, she is a Princess Grace Award winner, an active board member of the International Theatre and Literacy Project, and has worked proudly as a teaching artist in New York City since 1998.
About The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
Named for the late Richard B. Fisher, the former chair of Bard’s Board of Trustees, the Fisher Center has become an influential force in performing arts programming, earning critical acclaim for innovative productions of opera, orchestral, chamber, dance, and theater programs. The Center was designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry and distinguished acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, and has received international praise for its breathtaking architecture and superb sound.
Each summer the Fisher Center presents the Bard SummerScape festival, eight weeks of performing arts programs reflecting the life and times of the featured composer of the esteemed Bard Music Festival, now celebrating its 25th year. Fall and spring seasons include original productions, special one-night-only concerts, and touring artists from around the globe.
The Fisher Center is home to the Bard College Theater & Performance and Dance Programs, providing students access to exceptional theater facilities and opportunities to work with professional directors and dramaturges on publicly attended productions throughout the year. Live Arts Bard, a residency and commissioning program, is a laboratory for professional artists in theater, dance, and performance to test ideas and develop new projects, many of which premiere at the Fisher Center. The Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Bard College Music Program stage regular orchestral and chamber concerts.
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