presenting the New York Premiere of the Helen Hayes Award- winning

Honey Brown Eyes

by Stefanie Zadravec, directed by Erica Schmidt


with Edoardo Ballerini, Sue Cremin, Gene Gillette,  
Beatrice Miller,
Daniel Serafini-Sauli
& Kate Skinner

 

1/9 - 2/6/2011


The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row

Honey Brown Eyes


Once members of a band together.
Now on opposite sides of a war.

Can a bond formed through music
survive a world spinning out of control?

Set in two kitchens, Honey Brown Eyes portrays the 1992 war in Bosnia through two encounters of unsettling intimacy.

   All tickets just $25

$15 student rush tix available day of show at the box office

Group rates available up to 30% off!

 

The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row

410 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Aves)
Tue at 7pm / Wed – Sat at 8pm / Sat at 2pm / Sun at 3pm/
Special Wed Matinee 1/19 @ 2pm


Post-show panel discussions 1/16, 1/25 & 1/29:

Sunday, 1/16 after the 3pm matinee: 'RECONCILIATION'
hosted by Lejla Kucukalic  
(Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University)

Tuesday, 1/25 after the 7pm show : 'WOMEN & WAR'
hosted by Maureen Aumand (Women Against War)

and Kimber Heinz (War Resisters League)


Saturday, 1/29 after the 2pm matinee : 'WAR & THE MEDIA'
hosted by Janet Coleman (WBAI-Cat Radio Hour)


Maureen Baillargeon Aumand is a member of Women Against War , a grass roots network of women who came together out of mutual opposition to the war in Iraq in late 2002 and who continue to  stand together in opposition to a foreign policy premised on violence and militarism. Along with others, Maureen studies, advocates, writes, speaks and lobbies for a foreign policy which is premised on justice and human need.  Maureen finds her inspiration and motivation in her three adult sons and three grandsons. 
Maureen is a former high school English teacher, school librarian, arts - in - education coordinator and high school drama coach.  She spent the first three years of her post public school career as the Education Director at Capital Repertory Theatre, a professional company located in Albany.  Currently, she is gathering life energy from spending her days caring for her 8 month old grandson who serves as a constant reminder of the sacred ness of each human planetary existence.  Aumand is also a community theater actress who recently spent 6 weeks performing as Ethel in On Golden Pond.


Janet Coleman
is the author of The Compass: The Improvisatiional Theater That Revolutionized American Comedy, and (with Al Young) Mingus/Mingus: Two Memoirs, about the jazz musician.  She was a founding producer of the seminal off-off Broadway Loft Theater Workshop.  She and her writing and performing partner, David Dozer, have taught improvisation at The Loft, The O’Neill Foundation, the Actors Studio, the Puerto Rican Travelling Theater, and The New School, and have been group-ologists in the creation of as The Loft Players, The Severn Darden Players, The Group That Argues, and for New York City high school students, Bond Street and Magic Cabbage.  She is Arts Director of WBAI/Pacifica Radio in New York where she and Dozer host and produce Cat Radio Café, The Next Hour, and a program of political satire, The Monthly Laughing Nightmare. For Pacifica, she has produced and hosted Howl Against Censorship, the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Allen Ginsberg’s poem, and is Artistic Director of the annual James Joyce marathon broadcast. Radio Bloomsday.  She played Emily Ann Andrews in David Dozer’s long-running radio comedy series Poisoned Arts, Evelyn Lincoln in Thirteen Days, Kevin Costner’s film about the Cuban Missile Crisis, and was one of the Believers in Richard Maxwell’s ADS. Currently, she is part of a performance workshop of Maxwell's work-in-progress, Neutral Hero, scheduled for a Spring 2011 opening at the Kunsten Festival in Brussels.


Kimber Heinz is the National Organizing Coordinator on staff at the War Resisters League, an antimilitarist organization founded in 1923 that organizes nonviolent resistance and direct action against war and its root causes. She is a graduate of the Women's and Gender Studies masters program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Kimber is
also a member of Southerners on New Ground and a founder of 336 Fam, a multi-racial, cross-class LGBTQQI community building project  and the Survivor Support! Event Series, organized by and for survivors of child sexual abuse and their allies in Greensboro, North Carolina. She also works with the Lefferts Community Food Co-op of the Prospect Lefferts
Garden neighborhood in Brooklyn. Kimber is interested in community health issues, nonviolence, radical education, feminism, anti-racist queer organizing, and creating alternatives to militarism.

Lejla Kucukalic is a former Olympic swimmer and a native of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina who was smuggled out of the besieged city in 1993, the second year of the war. In the aftermath of the war, she worked for the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, before coming to the United States to obtain her Ph.D. in Literature. She now lives in New York and teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.


 

"Ms. Zadravec has tackled a bruising subject and dared to approach it through her own, more humanistic aesthetic, one that can spot isolated moments of grace in even the most nightmarish scenarios." - The New York Times

"The Working Theater's honorable mission is to produce plays for and about working people. They've aptly chosen Honey Brown Eyes, the winner of the 2009 Helen Hayes Award (premiered at Theatre J in Washington DC), Stefanie Zadravec's truly deserving play about the war in Bosnia in the early '90s...
" Zadravec zooms in on that world gone berserk by intertwining two dramatic stories that happen in two kitchens. Her focus is on relationships, on exploring the ways in which people manage (or not) to preserve their humanity when chaos and hell prevail. Zadravec's play is tender, with a touch of humor, sometimes gallows humor. 
"Honey Brown Eyes is a meaningful production, sharply directed by Erica Schmidt, worth seeing and thinking about after we leave the theatre, as flashes of global awareness and gratitude for what we generally take for granted warm our hearts." -nytheatre.com

"As a writer, Zadravec is skillful at keeping her audience on its toes. Absurd but raucous comedy can turn on a razor-thin edge to tragic violence, then to much darker comedy, and then on into the unknown... Like Zadravec's script, [set designer Laura] Jellinek's work is an unassuming creation capable of surprises" -theatermania.com

"vivid staging from director Erica Schmidt and disarming performances from the cast" -Backstage

"an emotionally compelling drama" -Curtain Up

"Zadravec's play is a point blank depiction of war in all its brutal, dehumanizing horror.Thankfully it's also a story of humor, kindness and possible redemption... Zadravec has succeeded admirably in her intention to write about 'the day-to-day effects war has on ordinary people.' Her characters are real and their stories are compelling... the production has a strong, almost hypnotic power" -Theatre is Easy


Honey Brown Eyes photos © Lia Chang

Check out these interviews with playwright Stefanie Zadravec:

with Janet Coleman on WBAI's Cat Radio Cafe

with Bill Henning on
CWA Local 1180's radio show The Communique

with nytheater.com

with Works by Women

 

Meet the cast of Honey Brown Eyes:

Edoardo Ballerini

Edoardo Ballerini (Dragan)

Last seen in Pirandello’s The Man With the Flower in His Mouth at Theater for the New City, Edoardo is best known for his on-screen work as the junkie Corky Caporale in The Sopranos and as the hot headed chef in the indie hit Dinner Rush. Past stage work includes John Jesurun’s Chang in a Void Moon (The Kitchen), The End of Cinematics (St. Ann’s Space), Crossroads (Henry Street Settlement) and several pieces in The Eugene O’Neill Project (The Actors Studio, The Eugene O’Neill Center). He recently completed a recurring role in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”, and will be seen later this year in the feature films “No God, No Master” with David Strathairn, and “Omphalos.” He is a company member of The Actors Center.

Sue Cremin

Sue Cremin (Alma)

New York: Such Things Only Happen In Books (Keen Company), Killing The Boss (Cherry Lane), On Naked Soil (Theatre For The New City), A Part Of The Story (MCC), Dinosaur Dreams (NYS&F). Regional: Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Premiere Stages, Yale Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe. TV: "The Good Wife", "Nurse Jackie", "Hawthorne", "Law & Order", "Canterbury's Law", "The Shield", "Monk", "All My Children" and others. Film: "Homeland", "Can't Miss Nick", "Broken", "The Good War" and "The Tao of Steve". MFA: Yale School of Drama.

 

Gene Gillette

Gene Gillette (Branko / Milenko)

New York Theatre: Wilfred Blackinstone in The Ushers Ball at Cap 21; Junior in Escape from Happiness at Noumenon. Regionally: Pale in Burn This at Shakespeare Santa Cruz; Stanley in Streetcar Named Desire at Theatreworks (Ovation Award); Bobby Reyburn in Coyote on a Fence (Ovation Award) and Padraic in Lieutenant of Inishmore at Curious Theatre Company (Ovation Award, Henry Award); the title role in Hamlet at The Denver Civic Theatre; Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and Oliver in As You Like It at The Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., and the title role in Macbeth at Theatreworks. He originated the role of Jock in The World Premiere of columbinus at The Roundhouse and Perseverance Theatres and he has also worked with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., Dorset Theatre Festival and The Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Film and Television: “The Laramie Project,” “Law and Order: SVU.” He holds an M.F.A. in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre's A.C.A. at George Washington University.

Beatrice Miller

Beatrice Miller (Zlata)

Born in New York City, 11 year old Beatrice has been acting and singing professionally for almost 4 years.  On stage, Beatrice created the lead role of Nicole in Co-op Theater East’s off-off Broadway production of Decadent Acts.  Her feature film credits include the Ridley and Tony Scott produced thriller “Tell Tale,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” and HBO’s “Too Big to Fail.” Bea has lent her voice to several animated features and television series, including “Toy Story 3,” “Ice Age 3,” CBS’ “Yes Virginia,” and Nickelodeon’s “The Wonder Pets.” She has appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” and performed live at the U.S. Tennis Open. Thanks to Marilyn Zitner, Abrams Artists, my family, friends and teachers. Member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA.

Daniel Serafini-Sauli

Daniel Serafini-Sauli (Denis)

Broadway: originated the role of Galileo in David Hare's The Judas Kiss (also in the West End), A View from the Bridge (Roundabout Theater) Off Broadway: originated the role of Peter Bergson in Bernie Weinraub’s The Accomplices (The New Group), Maid (Lincoln Center), Dead Reckoning (Cherry Lane) Other credits: Biloxi Blues (Pasadena Playhouse),Christmas in Naples (Williamstown), Restoration (La Jolla Playhouse) FILM: "United 93" for director Paul Greengrass. "Man on a Ledge," “The Pink Panther,” ”Brooklyn Lobster,” “Tickling Leo,” "Seven and a Match," "Boiler Room," among others. Daniel also directed and co-wrote the short feature "Mara Baines." TV: Starred in Sydney Lumet's "Strip Search/Thought Crimes" for HBO. “Hate” (Showtime pilot), “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Sopranos,” “Sex & the City,” “Numbers,” “NCIS,” “Body of

Proof,” among others.

Kate Skinner

Kate Skinner (Jovanka)

Kate has starred on Broadway in The Graduate and Uncle Vanya with Tom Courtenay. Off-Broadway credits include the Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwright’s Horizons & SPF at the Clurman Theatre. She has done two National Tours (Lend Me a Tenor & The Graduate). Regionally she has played leading roles at theatres across the country, most recently, The Alchemist  (Shakespeare Theatre), Noises Off (Denver Center Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Bard SummerScape dir. By Erica Schmidt) and Rabbit Hole (Cleveland Playhouse). Her film & television credits include “Blue Bloods”, all versions of “Law & Order” numerous times, several soap operas, “Mona Lisa Smile,” “The Rage: Carrie II” and most recently, “Kiddie Ride” (opposite James Gandolfini). She is married to author/actor Ron McLarty.

 
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