Downtown Manhattan's New York Theatre Workshop continues its 2001-2002 season with Karin Coonrod's staging of Everything That Rises Must Converge taken from the Flannery O'Connor book of the same name. Performances begin Oct. 17, and the show officially opens Oct. 30 for a run through Nov. 18.
Everything That Rises combines three of the southern writer's short stories — "A View of the Woods," "Greenleaf" and the title piece "Everything That Rises Must Converge" — published posthumously in 1965, the year after she died of lupus. The three works tell the tales of Southern characters, some black, some white, who deal with race, religion and all the changes in the south during the early to mid 20th century. Coonrod directs the production.
The cast of Everything That Rises features Ledlie Borgerhoff, Ayeje LaVonne Feamster, Laura Hicks, John McAdams, Michael Moran, Kelli Rae Powell, Michael Rogers and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. The creative team includes Marina Draghici (sets), P.K. Wish (costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lights) and Tony Geballe (sound).
Following Coonrod's Everything That Rises, NYTW will present Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner will run November-January 2002. The play, to be directed by Declan Donnellan, follows a woman fascinated by Afghanistan and her encounter with an Afghan man whose fingers were cruelly severed. The work-in progress had a run in London in 1999 starring British actress Kika Markham, the actress Kushner had in mind when it was written. Caryl Churchill's anti-utopian look at the future as shown through a girl's visit to her auntie's house can be seen in her play Far Away. The play will run February March 2002 under the direction of Stephen Daldry.
For tickets to Everything That Rises at NYTW, 79 East Fourth Street (between Bowery and Second Ave.), call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or buy them online at www.telecharge.com.
— by Ernio Hernandez