Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre will kick off its 2019–2020 season this fall with Tina Satter's Is This A Room, seen Off-Broadway last year in a production at The Kitchen. The final production of the season will be the world premiere of Tuvalu Or, The Saddest Song, reuniting the Pass Over playwright Antoinette Nwandu with director Danya Taymor.
A winter 2020 production and a developmental lab will be announced at a later date.
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Obie winner Satter also directs Is This a Room. The show is a staging of the verbatim transcript of the June 2017 FBI interrogation that led to the arrest of former Air Force linguist Reality Winner, charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in the U.S. voting system.
Nwandu's Tuvalu Or, The Saddest Song is a coming-of-age story set in Los Angeles in the mid-nineties. Twelve-year-old Jackie finds herself at a crossroads; she's just been accepted to a private school in Brentwood, the affluent, white neighborhood that's also ground zero for the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Sexuality and spirituality, race and class, and love and violence collide as Jackie attempts to make sense of her life in relation to the women in her real and imaginary landscapes.
"These extraordinary new plays intertwine the deeply personal and political in revealing ways, reminding us how historical events shape, and are shaped by, individual lives," say Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern. "Tina and Antoinette are gifted artists who have created works inspired by recent events in our country, and fueled by theatrical imagination, which speak powerfully and exhilaratingly to our current moment."
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