Anna Bella Eema has gone absent, bye-bye awol.
Lisa D'Amour's new modern-day fable was supposed to play at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center Sept. 27-Oct. 13 (opening Sept. 30), but problems resulting from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York ulitmately resulted in the show's postponement and possible cancellation altogether.
Production spokesperson Karen Greco told Playbill On-Line that after the terror attack, one actress begged off the production, and the show lost "a fair amount of rehearsal time" because the theatre is located downtown on Suffolk Street. "They could have gotten the show up," Greco said, "But they didn't want to do it as something less than 100 percent of what they wanted. They had a lot of strikes against them."
The relationship between a mother and daughter about to evicted from their trailer park home is the crux of Anna Bella Eema, which was to be presented by Page Seventy-Three Productions, a theatre company founded by four Yale grads. In the Minneapolis-based D'Amour's play, daughter Anna Bella conjures up a magical "mud girl" named Anna Bella Eema to brighten her life. But this creatures only pushes her already anxious mother, Irene, closer to the brink. The title character leads the two women through a world inhabited by Frankenstein, vampires and police chases.
Katie Pearl was to direct the production, which was to feature an original score by Chris Sidorfsky. The Velez Cultural Center is at 107 Suffolk St., NYC.
— By Diane Snyder and David Lefkowitz