Nilaja Sun Opens Pike St. at Abrons Arts Center
Ron Russell directs the Obie winner's latest solo show.
Epic Theatre Ensemble's world-premiere production of Nilaja Sun's new solo show Pike St. celebrated its opening night at Abrons Arts Center on November 15. Directed by Ron Russell, the production continues through December 6.
With Pike St., Sun uses her trademark humor, political incisiveness, and virtuosity to bring to life the entirety of the Lower East Side. In the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge, a struggling family prepares to ride out the next big storm. Unable to move her teenaged daughter Candace, whose mysterious aneurysm has rendered it impossible for her to breathe on her own, out of their crumbling tenement, Evelyn plans for more than just survival: She fights for healing and redemption.
As in the Obie-winning No Child..., Sun plays all of the roles, from decorated Puerto Rican war veteran Manny, to octogenarian downstairs neighbor Mrs. Applebaum, to Candace herself. Pike St. was originally commissioned by Epic Theatre Ensemble with the support from the New York State Council on the Arts.