Locally and Globally THE FALLEN Enchants, Inspires

T. Schreiber Theatre’s production of THE FALLEN by Yasmine Beverly Rana directed by Terry Schreiber receives critical praise, glowing comments from audience, and distinguished international attention.n

nDR. IVAN ŠIMONOVIĆ ATTENDS THE FALLENnnOn Friday, July 5th, the T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre was honored to receive a most distinguished guest: Dr. Ivan Šimonović, United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights attended THE FALLEN and joined the cast, production team, and playwright Yasmine Beverly Rana for an informal gathering after the show.n

Yas&IvanEDITYasmine Beverly Rana and Dr. Ivan Šimonović

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IvanGeorgeAnandaGeorge Mouriadis, Ananda Bena-Weber, and Dr. Šimonović

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AlexAnandaMollyIvanJoshAlex Carmine, Ananda Bena-Weber, Molly Gyllenhaal, Dr.  Šimonović, and Joshua Mark Sienkiewicz

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Dr. Šimonović asked the actors why they would choose to do a play that asks so much of them emotionally.  Josh Sienkiewicz (Andrej): “We do a lot of research and we dig down deep into ourselves. We find the connections to these characters and events and discover our own families and loved ones. Beyond reading about the world, I guess the urge to know runs deeper for some of us. Acting, for me, is the ultimate knowing and understanding.” Ananda Bena-Weber (Sabine): “An actor can tell the stories of those who have been disempowered, give voice to the voiceless, and have them feel they are not alone. There is an extraordinary alchemy and something magical about actors and audience being in the same room together.”

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GeorgeCyrusMeIvanGeorge Mouriadis, Ananda Bena-Weber, Cyrus Salvia, Janet Bentley, Dr.  Šimonović, and Alex Carmine

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Director Terry Schreiber was thrilled to have Dr. Šimonović in the audience.

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All in all, this was an exhilarating evening. A warm thank you to Dr. Šimonović for sharing this experience with us. Our sense that this play’s significance reaches beyond art, beyond entertainment, has been truly validated

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nTHE CRITICS HAVE SPOKENnnBREAKING: Roma Torre’s review of THE FALLEN aired  July 6th and 7th, on NY1. “Watching THE FALLEN is a refreshing reminder of the raw power a good play possesses in the hands of an astute director.” – Roma Torre, NY1nnAnother review from nytheatre.com describes THE FALLEN as “beautifully written with well-formed characters, great acting, directing and design.” nnWe have also witnessed a flurry of blog posts filled with truly energized and positive reviews.nnCheck out our Critics Have Spoken page to investigate more in depth.nn nnAUDIENCES ARE ENCHANTEDnnAfter every performance of THE FALLEN, the audience enters the lobby in a kind of hushed state of awe. Playwrights, fellow actors, students, writers, loyal patrons and newcomers have been inspired to express their thoughts about THE FALLEN. Every email, Facebook post, Tweet, and online comment by our Goldstar patrons has raved about the play. nnClick HERE to go to read some of their comments.nn nn nn n

Article by Janet BentleynPhotos by David Meadow

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