Steps Along the Road
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Opened Mar 31, 2010
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Stops Along the Road consists of three separate acts, in which a second, smaller stage is mounted upon the existing stage. The second stage will enable the audience to envision characters interacting backstage and onstage during a performance. Each act takes place in a unique situation and tells a story based on political themes from America's recent past such as equality of women's rights, the current economic crisis, and the need for hope and leadership. The performance will feature new music by composer and pianist Arthur Abrams. In one act, it has children destroying their own play about reproductive rights and world peace. In a second, it playfully casts President Obama as Moses. In another, it casts a group of actors as iconic Manhattan superstructures, including one as "the ghost of the World Trade Center." "A Close Call," the first act of Stops Along the Road, recreates an annual Spring school pageant in which students from each class act as characters such as eggs and children of the world in several different scientific and historical themes. The performance gradually turns into pandemonium as children acting as mummies pull those posing as zygotes and students assigned to the starvation theme fight with those in the peace theme. This chaos symbolizes America's recent past under President George W. Bush, when our nation almost went over the edge. The second act, "The Desert," is symbolic of a new stage in our history, the Obama era, and highlights issues at the forefront of our current political agenda. In this act, President Obama goes up a mountain as Moses did in the Hebrew Bible and chisels the Ten Commandments onto tablets while speaking to God on issues such as health care and the mortgage crisis, later to return with the tablets broken into pieces because of greed prevalent on Wall Street. The final act, "The Rehearsal," reflects a cry from the heart of New Yorkers seeking what to do in today's times. The cast of a theatrical rehearsal deals with an arguing crew, as one member finally reflects on the strength of a relative who survived the Armenian holocaust and endured through the 20th century here in America. Cast members eventually give up on the rehearsal, complaining of the current economic crisis and calling life "a mixed bag."
155 1st Ave
New York, NY 10009
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