• New Yorker Nilaja Sun brings entire Lower East Side to life in Pike St
    New Yorker Nilaja Sun brings entire Lower East Side to life in Pike St
    10 Aug 2017
    Category: Theatre

    Acclaimed international performer Nilaja Sun  will return to Geelong next month direct from Edinburgh Fringe with Pike St, part of GPAC’s 2017 Deakin University Theatre Season.

    In the intimate setting of the Drama Theatre and artfully directed by Ron Russell, Sun will portray a host of characters living in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, “bringing each to life with a radiant grace that makes her virtuosity seem as natural as breathing” (Charles Isherwood, New York Times).

    Under the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge, a struggling family prepares to ride out the next big storm. Unable to move her teenage daughter Candace - whose mysterious aneurysm has rendered her unable to move or breathe on her own - out of their crumbling tenement, Evelyn plans for more than just survival: she fights for healing and redemption.

    Featuring her trademark humour, political incisiveness and virtuosity, Sun brings to life the entirety of the Lower East Side; from decorated Puerto Rican war veteran Manny, to octogenarian downstairs neighbour Mrs. Applebaum, to Candace herself.

    Nilaja Sun is an actor, playwright and teaching artist. Her celebrated solo piece No Child…(which she also performed in Geelong) garnered 21 awards including an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards (including the John Gassner Playwriting Award for Outstanding New American Play) and a Theatre World Award.

    Sun has also appeared in various high-profile television shows and movies, including The Bourne Legacy, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU  and Louie.

    Pike St was originally commissioned and produced by the Epic Theater Ensemble and will be in Geelong for five performances, from September 6 to 9, before her performances at Arts Centre Melbourne. 

    “Seeing Nilaja Sun perform solo is like watching a virtuosic musician” –  Time Out New York

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