The Place We Built Begins Run at Marilyn Monroe Theatre Dec. 11
By Carey Purcell
Presented by The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and the Lee Strasberg Creative Center in collaboration with NYU Tisch School of the Arts Undergraduate Department of Drama, Sarah Gancher's The Place We Built begins performances at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre Dec. 11.
The play, which is performed by one dozen graduating students from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, continues through Dec. 14. Portia Krieger directs.
Here's how the production is described: "Set in present-day Budapest, The Place We Built concerns the changes in the city's famed 7th district in the early years of the 21st century, as gentrification squeezes out the last traces of the historic Jewish community that flourished there for generations. A play about, as the author notes, 'how living where we do makes us who we are,' Ms. Gancher wrote The Place We Built, having resided in Budapest for a time starting in 2006. Furthermore, the play is being presented at a time of political crisis in Hungary as a new 'right-wing' regime has fostered a rise in anti-Semitism, homophobia, and anti-gypsy sentiment, while it is shutting down organizations it feels represent political opposition."
The Place We Built continues the Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission's efforts to expand on the lineage of the Group Theatre and the works of Lee Strasberg and Clifford Odets.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting theplacewebuilt.brownpapertickets.com.
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