Fantastic Tales: the Cherry Artists’ Collective 2019-2020 season

September 26-October 6
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The Cherry’s season kicks off with The Shoe, an emotionally profound and wildly funny new play about an unusual young boy named Benoît and the adults who care for him. Québec playwright David Paquet is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Drama and the Prix Michel Tremblay, and The Shoe is his newest play, produced at the Cherry for the first time in English. Canadian press called the French première “a Kinder Surprise: you come for the comedy, but stay for the lucid observations.” Don’t miss this sweet, strange and soulful delight of a play! more info


The Missing Chapter by Katie Marks & Aoise Stratford is the beloved “headphone walking play” based on Ithaca’s silent film past, produced in collaboration with Wharton Studio Museum with support from Friends of Stewart Park. Its premier in 2018, brought Ithaca’s silent film history back to life in an uniquely immersive setting. The production received a Preservation Award from Historic Ithaca in Spring 2019. This time around, the show is back for one weekend only, October 11-13. The walks begin at the Picnic “Large” Pavilion every 15 minutes.more info.


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


February 20–March 1
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Finally, the Cherry will début 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. more info.


Rounding out the season, 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. more info.


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