New Stage Theatre Company presents Near to the Wild Heart, a multi-media performance based on the modernist masterpiece by Clarice Lispector (1920-1977). Adapted and directed by Nemeth from the translation by Alison Entrekin, the production will debut December 5 to January 18 at The New Stage Performance Space, 36 West 106th St in Manhattan. This is the English-language premiere and first-ever North American stage adaptation of Lispector's sensational debut novel.
Near to the Wild Heart is a multimedia theatre piece that evokes a rich, expansive female interior in dramatizing the life and passions of its heroine, Joana. Wandering through the corridors of her mind, Joana sees her memories manifest alongside her imagistic, abstract thoughts. Dwelling amidst the poignancy of a lonely childhood and her own resistance to the concept of conventional marriage and happiness, she strives to embody a version of herself on her own terms.
Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector
Translated by Alison Entrekin
Adapted & Directed by Ildiko Nemeth
Lighting Design by Federico Restrepo; Video Projections by Jessica Sofia Mitrani, Editing by Michele Latorre, Sound Engineering / Programming by Hao Bai, Costumes by Jessica Sofia Mitrani and Hailey De Jardins, Original Music by Muriel Louveau
Cast: Sarah Lemp*, Maciej Bartoszewki, Gina Bonati*, Theodore Bouloukos*, Fritz Buecker, Olimpia Dior, Lisa Giobbi, Markus Hirnigel*, Ken Raboy, and Katalin Ruzsik.
*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.