"NIGHT SKY is a rare thing: a play with a mind. It is also about the mind as universe, where language is internal astronomy. It shows us that more than hearts can be broken."–Variety
"A mind lost in a black hole, groping for words in the spaces between stars, struggling to communicate with 'elephants on tongue' – a fascinating play, interweaving tragedy and emotion with the enduring mystery of the cosmos." –Sunday Star, Johannesburg
The National Aphasia Association and Power Productions/Stan Raiff present a staged reading of
by Susan Yankowitz
directed by Daniella Topol
featuring Laila Robins
with Lucy DeVito, Lia Aprile, Manu Narayan, Gerardo Rodriguez and Lee Wilkof
Time: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 at 8 p.m.
Location: Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (entrance @ E. 25th Street), NY, New York.
Reservations and information: Contact the National Aphasia Association (NAA) at (800) 922-4622.
NIGHT SKY is the drama of Anna, a brilliant astronomer who is struck by a car and rendered aphasic. Her speech becomes a hodgepodge of disconnected words alternately poetic, funny, confusing and profound. She and her family must fight through the black holes of her mind and journey into an unfamiliar world and a new language. This is a work about the resiliency of the human spirit and the universal need to find words for our deepest thoughts and feelings.
Susan Yankowitz’s work is included in One on One: The Best Women’s Monologues for the 21st Century and the upcoming volumes: One On One: The Best Men’s Monologues for the 21st Century and Duo!: The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century (all from Applause Theatre and Cinema Books). Among her plays are The Revenge, Phaedra in Delirium (winner of the QRL poetic play competition); Under the Skin; Terminal and 1969 Terminal 1996, both pieces collaborations with Joseph Chaikin's Open Theatre (Drama Desk Playwright’s Award); A Knife in the Heart (O’Neill Conference winner; West Coast Premiere October 2002 at Sledgehammer Theatre). Visit her Web site: www.susanyankowitz.com.