World Premiere of Nilo Cruz's Sotto Voce, With Arielle Jacobs, Franca Sofia Barchiesi and Andhy Mendez, Begins Feb. 15

Theater for the New City presents the world premiere of Sotto Voce, written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz, beginning Feb. 15 at the Johnson Theater.

Franca Sofia Barchiesi and Arielle Jacobs
Franca Sofia Barchiesi and Arielle Jacobs (Photo by Jonathan Slaff)

The new work, scheduled to play through March 9, stars Franca Sofia Barchiesi ( A Park in Our House at NYTW) as Bemadette, Arielle Jacobs ( In the Heights) as Lucila and Andhy Mendez ("Gossip Girl," "Orange is the New Black") as Saquiel.

Sotto Voce, according to Theater for the New City, "is a play in which a passionate, a Jewish-Cuban young man sets out to recover memories of the S.S. St. Louis, which in 1939, left Nazi Germany for Cuba filled with Jewish refugees but was turned back by Cuba, the U.S. and Canada. He seeks out a prominent, German-born woman novelist who, in her youth, loved a Jewish man who was a passenger to Cuba on the ship. In this play of obsession and despair, Cruz lures three characters into a sea of ink so they can find a unity of souls through their relationship with history and literature."

Other members of the creative team include set designer Adrian Jones, lighting designer Alexander Bartenieff, costume designer Anita Yavich, sound designer Erik Lawson and production stage manager Charles Casano.

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