TOSHANISHA - THE NEW NORMALS A BRAZILIAN/KENYAN PRODUCTION
Am I who I really thought I was? How do I continue ‘being’ in this new world order where everyone has been forced to approach living from a different perspective?" Toshanisha – The New Normals is a digital play that follows seven Kenyans in various regions, one Congolese in a refugee camp and one Brazilian in São Paulo as they struggle to adjust their lives during the Covid 19 pandemic. The play will be streamed live and there will be a special session at the Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre – 5636 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038.
The play had its first run in June and the outcome of the Brazilian and Kenyan theater companies partnership and now is coming back as part of the international shows in the HFF.
Presented by Os Satyros and Bold Theatre Kenya
Directed by Rodolfo Vázquez García
Written by Ivam Cabral and Rodolfo Vázquez García
Ensemble: Aroji Otieno, Awuor Onyango, Calvin Kinyua, Cindy Nyambura, Idris leem, Mariana França, Martina Ayoro, Nungari Kiore and Rey Bulambo.
Visual designer: Adriana Vaz
Visual designer assistant: Leticia Gomide
Stage Manager: Leticia Gomide
Producer: Janna Julian
Marketing and social media: Diego Ribeiro and Isabella Garcia
Multimedia Designer: Henrique Mello
Photographer: Andre Stefano
WHERE: Streamed show and Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre – 5636 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
Friday, August 13, 2021 @ 9:00 PM
Saturday, August 14, 2021 @ 9:00 PM
Friday, August 20, 2021 @ 9:00 PM
Saturday, August 21, 2021 @ 9:00 PM
Friday, August 27, 2021 @ 9:00 PM
Saturday, August 28, 2021 @ 9:00 PM
Running time: 60 minutes
TICKET PRICE: $ 8.99
Ticket link: http://hff21.co/7189
Admission age: all ages
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION TEAM:
Os Satyros – Brazil
Os Satyros is a Brazilian theatre company founded in 1989 by Ivam Cabral and Rodolfo García Vázquez. The company has produced over 100 plays which have been performed in more than 20 countries. They have also produced 2 fiction films. For over 10 years, Os Satyros has been researching the relationship between technology and theatre, with several of the company´s productions embracing the use of the internet, robots, apps and cell phones on stage. When the pandemic started, they decided to go into research on new possibilities for digital theatre using the Zoom app and since then the company already produced over 14 successful digital productions.
Bold Theatre Kenya
Bold Theatre Kenya was founded by Aroji Otieno in response to the Covid lockdowns that had threatened the existence of theatre activities in Kenya. The organization facilitated online activities which included variety shows, workshops, and performances that promoted intercultural collaboration. The exemplary performance of the cast of TOSHANISHA-New Normals reports the success of one year of resilient re-discovery.
Aroji Otieno – actor and artistic director of Bold Theatre Kenya
Rodolfo García Vázquez – director and playwright
Born in São Paulo, Rodolfo founded Os Satyros in 1989. Throughout his career, he directed theatre and film and performed in 20 countries. Among his main works, there are the Libertine Trilogy, based on Marquis de Sade (Philosophy in the Boudoir, 120 Days of Sodom and Justine), the People Trilogy (Perfect People, Sublime People and Mean People) and Roberto Zucco (by the French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès). He was also the artistic director for Interkunst, a German institution based in Berlin, for 7 years. In this period, he directed artists from over 25 countries in different shows such Instant Acts gegen Gewalt und Rassismus.
Ivam Cabral – playwright
Ivam is a psychoanalysis student, an actor and a playwright who has dedicated his career to the stages. Doctor in Drama by São Paulo University, he is the co founder of Os Satyros Theater Company. As an actor and playwright he won the most importants brazilian theater prizes and performed in more than 20 countries, in four continents: America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He is also the Executive Director in SP Escola de Teatro – Theater Formation Center.
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