World Premiere Night Over Erzinga An Armenian Family’s Story of Survival and Reconciliation
written by Adriana Sevahn Nichols directed by Hafiz Karmali
September 15 thru October 9, 2011
at the South Side Theatre, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Ardavazt and Alice build a new life in the U.S. in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide but the past comes to haunt them in very different ways. Inspired by the playwright's family history, this tender epic spans generations and countries in a fluid and magical narrative that will be scored with original music by Bulgarian composer, Penka Kouneva; directed by international artist, Hafiz Karmali, set design by award-winning Mikiko Uesugi. "How did my grandfather lose two families in one lifetime but not lose his heart?" was the question that began Adriana's two-year journey to develop Night Over Erzinga, the inaugural commission of the prestigious Middle East America Award.
NIGHT OVER ERZINGA, written by award winning playwright, Adriana Sevahn Nichols, tells the moving story of an immigrant family of Armenian and Dominican heritage, exploring how a man can lose everything but his heart, and how a grandmother can reach through time, to unearth the untold story, and bring her children "home." Spanning two continents and three generations, from Western Armenia of 1913, to 1930's Massachusetts, to 1960's New York, ancestors are reunited with the living, as they each search for solace, and a way to make peace with the past.
Featuring: Natalie Amanian, Neva Marie Hutchinson*, Terry Lamb*, Sarita Ocón, Lawrence Radecker, Juliet Tanner, Brian Trybom
Design Team: Jim Cave, Mitchell Greenhill, Michelle Mulholland, Valerie M. Niles, Mikiko Uesugi*