THE WATER TRIBE @ ESTLA Launchpad, Friday, November 16 @ 8
Please consider coming to the fully staged reading of THE WATER TRIBE at Ensemble Studio Theatre — LA. The cast is amazing. The play runs less than 90 minutes without intermission. Part of this season’s LAUNCHPAD — for plays that are “good to go on their feet.” It’s a great festival and I encourage you to see as many of the evenings as possible.
The director and the cast for THE WATER TRIBE are out-of-control.
W/ Hannah Prichard, Christopher Reiling, Amir Abdullah, Simone McAlonen & Jayne Taini
3269 Casitas Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90039
The Water Tribe
Claudia and Johnny are intelligent but without intellectual or social context. They want to get married but they need a tribe to witness their very existence. Claudia is an orphan with a cousin, Sonia, who does nothing to help Claudia secure her future. Johnny is half an orphan, with his mother, Sydelle, doing what she can to be loving. Brian, a former co-worker of Claudia, provides a measure of balance and grounded advice. But when things go wrong with this new tribe, Claudia turns to give Johnny what she thinks he craves: an adult circumcision. When that fails, too, Claudia is left to fend for herself. Nearly obliterated by circumstances, Claudia and Johnny fight to find connection and home.
A STATEMENT FOR NOW:
Being alone is the fast condition of birth. Then, there is so much to do to make sure you survive, hopefully with the help of others. You must pay attention. And you must choose wisely if you have the chance to choose. Possibly, you will not die alone in the streets. We must understand our precarious condition. I wrote this play while experiencing consistent personal rejection because of my age, abilities, sensibility and gender. Then, I looked at young people and saw they had it even worse as power consolidates, that money no longer flows freely, that this world is often harsh and ready to dismiss. Everyone on earth needs a chance to find their power and freedom. No matter how limited, anything is a start. Actually hopeful, I think we can do well — whether as a lover of some form of religion, secular-humanism, or nothing-at-all. Our ability to see each other as valuable and as worthy of belonging is what we have, biologically. It is real, actionable, and requires only the smallest shift of open-heartedness.