Kick, Written and Performed by Joanna Rush, Opens Off-Broadway Tonight

News   Kick, Written and Performed by Joanna Rush, Opens Off-Broadway Tonight
 
Yonanda Productions & Piccolo Productions, in association with Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater, present Kick, a darkly comic solo play written and performed by Joanna Rush that opens Off-Broadway Oct. 25.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett, the performance begins at St. Luke's Theatre at 7 PM.

"On her way to her first big New York audition," press notes state, "dancer Bernie O’Connell is tricked into a car and attacked in a vacant lot off the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. [The play] follows Bernie from a kickline to A Chorus Line to Hollywood and back as she picks up the pieces and finds the glue to put herself back together."

In an earlier statement director Taylor-Corbett said, "We follow this ex-dancer through a decades-long roller coaster ride in this story about faith, relationships, sexuality and spiritual awaking. From raped teenager, through the age of AIDS and homophobia, to empowered Interfaith Minister and grandmother of three, Joanna Rush entertains and weaves a tale with such wisdom and humor. I am so proud that this play has opened a conversation with many men. A young college guy stood up after a performance and said, 'You've made me laugh and cry but you also made me realize that I have committed date rape.' We need this conversation. It is a positive antidote, not only to a misguided young guy like this, but to media stars who feel protected by their celebrity."

Kick, originally called Asking For It, won rave reviews and four stars from Time Out when it was presented at the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival.

Rush's other theatre playwriting credits include Home Sweet Homeland (Lynne Taylor-Corbett, director), which was workshopped at Stocker Arts Center. Her Broadway acting credits include Pousse-Café and Shirley MacLaine at the Palace plus A Chorus Line at the Shubert Theatre, Los Angeles. Kick has scenic design by Dean Taucher, lighting by Brant Thomas Murray, sound design by Joachim Horsley and costume design by Keili Camille Murray. The general manager is Robert Levinstein/22Q Entertainment.

St. Luke’s Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street. Performances are Sundays at 7 PM. Tickets at $39.50 and $59.50 are available via Telecharge.com or at the St. Luke's Theatre Box Office. For more information visit www.KickThePlay.com

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