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World Premiere of Sibyl Kempson's Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag Set for Abrons Art Center

The work marks the inaugural production of Kempson's new theater company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co.

Sibyl Kempson is the author of Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag, which will make its world premiere at Abrons Arts Center.
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Abrons Arts Center and 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. will present the world premiere of Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag, written and directed by Sibyl Kempson, from April 28-May 17. The premiere marks the launch of Kempson's theater company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. and Perf. Co.

Set in the South during the Dust Bowl, Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag is a story of an extended family of sharecroppers who are visited, interviewed, and photographed by two reporters — and also, possibly, by an ancient Mesopotamian sage. The work is described as "an irrational musical contemplation of the ethical pitfalls of poetic journalism."

The show features original music by Ashley Turba, choreography by David Neumann, and performances by Rolls Andre, Becca Blackwell, Eleanor Hutchins, Robert Johanson, Tavish Miller, Gavin Price, Tanya Selvaratnam, Amanda Villalobos, and Sarah Willis, along with musicians Ellery Royston and Johnny Gasper.

The creative team also includes Eryk Aughenbaugh and Tavish Miller (stage management and dramaturgy), Jody McAuliffe (dramaturgy), Suzanne Bocanegra (set and costumes), Sarah Lurie (lighting), and Meredith Boggia (producer).

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