FANTASTIC TALES: Announcing The Cherry Artists’ Collective Season ’19-20

September 26-29 October 3-6 we kick off our season with the English-Language premiere of The Shoe by Québec playwright David Paquet. Paquet is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Drama, and the Prix Michel Tremblay. The Shoe is his newest play, at the Cherry for the first time in English. The Shoe is an emotionally profound and very funny work about the world of an unusual young boy named Benoît and the adults who care for him. The Shoe will feature Emma Bowers, Godfrey Simmons, and Sylvie Yntema. Canadian press called the French-language première “a Kinder Surprise: you come for the comedy, but stay for the lucid observations.”

October 25–November 3, the Cherry presents Listen to Her, a mini-festival of solo shows for women. Written and performed by Elizabeth Mozer, The Asylum Project focuses on the lives of patients at the now-deserted psychiatric hospital in Binghamton known as “The Castle.” The beloved classic play about Emily Dickinson, The Belle of Amherst, will be performed by Kathleen Mulligan in a reimagining by director Norm McDonald. Finally, the English-language premiere of The Saint, bringing the work of Santiago Loza back to the Cherry stage. The Saint will star Jennifer Herzog under the direction of Amina Omari, making her Cherry début. Over two thrilling weekends, Listen To Her will fully encompass the Cherry Collective mission: radically local, radically global, formally innovative.

February 20–March 1 the Cherry débuts The Other Side of the Sea, winner of the Casa de las Americas award for Drama, by Salvadoran writer Jorgelina Cerritos. This lyrical, humorous play explores the pressing issue of “documentation” from a thought-provoking perspective. The Cherry Collective is thrilled to produce the play for the first time in English, featuring local favorite Susannah Berryman.

Rounding out the season, April 8–18 the Cherry presents Rosa and Blanca by Rebekka Kricheldorf, author of last season’s smash hit Testosterone. Like Testosterone adapted from a Grimm fairy tale, Rosa and Blanca follows two vivacious sisters who tire of civilization and embark into the woods to make a life there among the animals. Kricheldorff’s trademark anarchic humor and deep intelligence are once again on display in Rosa and Blanca, one of her internationally most-produced plays, seen here for the first time in an English-language professional production.

Tickets and memberships are available at TheCherry.org, or by leaving a message at (607) 241-0703.

The Cherry Membership program allows patrons to become VIP members of the Cherry family, receiving early news of Artspace performances and events, reserved seats, free beverages, discounted Gala tickets, and invitations to exclusive social events like meet-and-greets with visiting international artists. Cherry Memberships can be obtained at TheCherry.org with a donation of $75 or more.

We look forward to seeing you at The Cherry!