Wednesday, September 7, 2011

FREE PERFORMANCE @ THE STRAND THEATER COMPANY

MASHA!
By Dan Kitrosser
Second Saturday Reading Series

WHEN: Saturday, September 10, at 7 PM
WHERE:
  The Strand Theatre,
1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
TICKETS:
FREE

PictureMASHA! is a poignant comedy about leaving, coming and staying home. Masha Kohner, a thirty-four-year-old Lubavitch divorcée, spends her days tending to Yitta, her sometimes-delusional 98-year-old great-grandmother, in their modest house in Monsey, New York.

When Masha learns that she must have a double mastectomy due to an aggressive bout of breast cancer, she makes plans to go to Manhattan for the surgery and stay with her estranged lesbian sister, Yael. Except Yael is no longer Yael. Yael is now Jerri and in the process of saving up money so that she too can have a mastectomy, in her case, to become a him. In MASHA! the characters take us from Monsey, to the East Village, even to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, all in the hopes to find home, wherever that may be.

About the playwright: Dan Kitrosser

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Dan Kitrosser is a playwright, performer and storyteller living and working in New York City. His plays and musicals include TAR BABY (with Desiree Burch, Terra Nova Collective at P.S. 122, dir. Isaac Byrne), THE MUMBLINGS (Working Man's Clothes, dir. May Adrales with Ben Beckley; dir. Jess Chayes with David Wilson Barnes and Stephanie D'Abruzzo), NIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLY (45 Bleecker Theatre, dir. Isaac Byrne), BLIZZARD THE WIZARD (Urban Stages, dir. Frances Hill), ON THE WAY TO MY ABORTION (Ohio Theatre, dir. Andrew Davies) and with Bekah Brunstetter and Chisa Hutchinson, Dan co-wrote A GRIMM REALITY (Bryant Park, dir. Isaac Bryne). He has had work developed through The Lark, Primary Stages, Working Man's Clothes and Rabbit Hole Ensemble. A recipient of Brooklyn Arts Council Community Grant for 2010 and 2011, Dan is currently workshopping his adaptation of the Orpheus myth, entitled DON'T LOOK BACK which will tour community centers in Brooklyn in December, 2011. Dan is the resident storyteller for both Central and Bryant Park as well as the Artistic Director of the Writopia Lab Best Playwrights Festival, a festival of plays by playwrights ages 8-18. He teaches playwriting at Writopia Lab and will begin pursuing his MFA for playwriting at The New School for Drama this fall.

THE STRAND THEATRE:

  • One of the TOP FIVE theaters in Baltimore! Best of Baltimore, Baltimore Magazine 2011
  • Best Small Theater Companies in Baltimore, Best of Baltimore, CBS Baltimore