Grantee Spotlight

November 2012Georgia

LMCC grantee Fariso Jordan performs her one-woman, four-character play, Georgia, at Stage Left Studio this December. Georgia investigates an issue that many people refuse to acknowledge—rape within a ‘functional’ relationship— and maneuvers through the complicated terrain of love in its aftermath. The play forges an analysis of opposing viewpoints through the vulnerability of the female main character; the generational consciousness of her best friend; the matured perspective of an immigrant parent and finally, from the gendered posturing of a young man. Georgia investigates the windows of good, evil, and the sometimes blurry lines in between.

The play was written to explore the raw reality of intimacy and submission, and uncovering personal freedom through expelling monsters from one’s own personal life. Jordan wrote this play while still studying at Fordham University to highlight the prevalence of partner rape among young couples. Since that time, she has been producing and performing Georgia around the country.

Georgia is directed by Kevin Benoit, stage managed by Marcus Wright, with musical direction by Dylan Maida. Georgia found its first success in 2011 with three sold out performances at the famous Nuyorican Poets Café, and has since traveled to New Jersey, Washington, D.C, Houston Texas, and Austin Texas. The play was also presented in the world renowned United Solo Festival and was also an official selection of The One Festival. Fariso remains committed to bringing the periphery to the center in her storytelling.

With the support of LMCC, the play will be presented on December 2nd, 6th, 9th, and 13th, 2012 at Stage Left Studio. After each performance, there will be a guided interactive discussion through which the public is invited to participate.

Location: Stage Left Studio 214 W. 30th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, 6th floor New York, NY

Dates and Times: Sundays and Thursdays, December 2nd, 6th, 9th, and 13th Showtime: 7pm each night

General admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Student admission: $15

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