Andreea Vălean returns in April to the LARK for a Studio Retreat Workshop, closing with two public performances of her new play Don’t Cry, We’ll All Meet on the Other Side, directed by John Clinton Eisner.
Stefan is a 90 year-old Jew going to New York to bring a man's body back to Romania to be buried in a small Jewish cemetery. However, in New York he discovers that the man is not dead, but rather an old friend that has to be forgiven in order to die.
From the playwright:
"The source of inspiration for this play was my grandfather, the last Jew in Sighisoara, a small town in Transylvania. Finding out about his extraordinary life I was able to understand what humanity means. For this play, I did some research in New York with elder Jewish people, who during most of their youth fought with a world that was against them. But this did not cause them to lose their appetite for living or stop enjoying the beautiful side of life. And through this comes a story about forgiveness."
Cast Incudes: Nesbitt Blaisdell, Ronald Guttman, Eva Kaminsky, Bhavesh Patel and Maureen Silliman.
This reading is part of Lark's Eastern European Exchange program, led by Saviana Stanescu, aimed at going beyond "cultural tourism" and allowing a true artistic dialogue to exist between the U.S. and Eastern Europe. To accomplish its activities Lark partners with the Romanian Cultural Institute.
Studio Retreats are part of "Thursdays at the Lark," which is supported in part with funds from the New York State Council for the Arts, a state agency
Andreea Valean's residency is supported by CEC Artslink.