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Don't miss a single one of the Cherry Arts' extraordinary 2017-18 season, inaugurating the Cherry Artspace!

The season begins on September 15 with What Happens Next, a new play by Saviana Stanescu commissioned by the Cherry Arts and continues with the return of last year’s holiday hit The Snow Queen. These are followed in 2018 by the English-language premières of two strange and wonderful new international plays: Rule of Thumb, by Serbian playwright and filmmaker Iva Brdar, and George Kaplan by French writer/performer Frédéric Sonntag.

This season full of world- and English-language premieres reflects The Cherry Arts’ commitment to work that is “radially local, radically international, and seriously fresh.” Our season-opening commission, What Happens Next, is a world première multimedia play by Ithaca-based Romanian playwright Saviana Stanescu. Stanescu is a recipient of NYC’s Innovative Theatre Award and has been an Indie Theater Person of the Year as well as an inductee to the Indie Theater Hall of Fame. Her works have been produced at over fifty theatres in the United States, including The Women's Project, La MaMa, and The Lark in NYC, as well as Hollywood's Theatre Row, Sacramento's B Street Theatre, and Cincinnati's Know Theatre. Internationally, her plays have been translated into 11 languages and produced in Mexico City, Toronto, Paris, Avignon, London, Stockholm, Bucharest, Ankara, Vienna, Tel Aviv, Sidney and many others. Developed over the course a year with members of The Cherry’s company of artists, What Happens Next is a wild, funny and innovative new work with a house-of-mirrors structure. Equal parts humor, poetry, and image, the play explores the relationship between two (or more?) women whose identities seem to continually shift in one mysterious room. What Happens Next is as entertaining and thought-provoking as it is ultimately moving, exploring our relationship to technology alongside the bonds that link us to the people we love. The play stars Jennifer Herzog (The Cherry’s Associate Artistic Director, A Cherry Timedive, Storm Country) and Erica Steinhagen (The Snow Queen, White Rabbit Red Rabbit) and is directed by Cherry Artistic Director Samuel Buggeln.

What Happens Next performs September 14–23, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm. Tickets are $25 and available at www.thecherry.org.

The season continues with more locally-grown theatre. In December we bring back The Snow Queen, last year’s sold-out family show. This holiday season audiences will enjoy Andersen’s fantastic tale with even more songs, puppets, and magic. The Snow Queen tells the story of Greta, a young girl on a mission to rescue her best friend Kai from the clutches of the Queen, encountering along the way a chatty raven, a feisty robber girl, a friendly reindeer, and a host of other curious characters. The Cherry’s company of artists are busy learning new songs and dances and building new puppets, and can hardly wait to bring the show back to enchant audiences once again.

In 2018 the Cherry will return to one of our most exciting core missions: excellent new plays from around the world: work you can see only at the Cherry. First, we present the English-language première of Rule of Thumb, by Iva Brdar, translated from Serbian by Ana Brdar. This whimsical and offbeat “road play” follows the adventures of Ana and Monika, two peppy Scandinavian girls who hitchhike to the Middle East in pursuit of an unknown prize. This deceptively simple play becomes a profound meditation on immigration, migration, and the ways in which we relate to the global Other. Rule of Thumb was a shortlisted play for the Berliner Festspiele Theatertreffen and is scheduled for productions in Germany and Serbia. The Cherry‘s company of artists is thrilled to present Brdar’s charming and important voice for the first time in English.

In the Spring of 2018, the Cherry presents George Kaplan, by Frédéric Sonntag, translated from French by Vanessa Ackerman and Stephanie Street. Since its writing in 2012, George Kaplan has been translated into a dozen languages and received fourteen full productions around the world, including in Spain, Denmark, Mexico, Croatia and multiple productions in Germany. The Cherry’s production will mark the first time Sonntag is produced in English. George Kaplan is an extraordinary, hilarious and powerful text that brings together an underground activist cell that’s falling apart, a team of high-powered screenwriters brainstorming a high-stakes storyline for an unknown client, and a powerful and ruthless shadow government cabal — all aiming to answer a single question: who the heck is George Kaplan? In our current historical moment the hilarious, absurd power of this work is only increased, and The Cherry is thrilled to introduce it to the English-speaking world.


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