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Olivia Oguma, Ashley Bryant, Molly Carden, Emily S. Grosland, Joaquina Kalukango and Sade Namei in New York Premiere of Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature, October 26-January 13, 2013

Ashley Bryant, Sade Namei, Olivia Oguma, Emily S. Grosland, Molly Carden, and Joaquina Kalukango in Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature. Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com

Ashley Bryant, Sade Namei, Olivia Oguma, Emily S. Grosland, Molly Carden, and Joaquina Kalukango in Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature. Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com

Producers Carole Black and Pat Mitchell are presenting the New York premiere of Emotional Creature, the new play written by Tony Award®-winning playwright, performer, activist, and The Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler, directed by Obie Award-winner Jo Bonney (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark) with original music and musical direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd St. (between Dyer & 10th Avenues) in New York. Direct from an acclaimed World Premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Emotional Creature opens Monday, November 12, 2012, with performances through January 13, 2013.

The cast of Emotional Creature includes Ashley Bryant (A Free Man of Color); Molly Carden (The Bird and the Two-Ton Weight at Ensemble Studio Theatre); Emily S. Grosland (Off Broadway debut); 2012 Theatre World Award Winner Joaquina Kalukango (Hurt Village); Sade Namei (The Flying Latke at The Flea) and Olivia Oguma (A Christmas Carol; Mamma Mia!).

Based on Ensler’s 2010 bestselling book, Emotional Creature explores what it is to be a girl – all the joys and thrills, the rites of passage, the growing pains, and the unique pressures – through a series of original monologues, stories and songs. This fully-staged production spans wildly disparate cultures and continents, highlighting the diversity and commonality of the issues girls face, both personal and political, the world over. Emotional Creature was first workshopped at New York Stage and Film at Vassar College in August 2010, with subsequent workshops in Johannesburg, South Africa and Paris, France.

Olivia Oguma

Olivia Oguma

Olivia Oguma has been involved with Emotional Creature since it’s 2010 New York Stage and Film workshop and comes directly from the world premiere production at Berkeley Rep. Broadway and National Tour: Mamma Mia, A Christmas Carol, Les Miserables, Disney’s High School Musical (1st national tour). Off-Broadway: BFE (Playwrights Horizons), La Dispute (NAATCO), Sarah Plain and Tall (Lortel Theater). Regional: Snow Falling on Cedars (Portland Centerstage), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Papermill Playhouse), Miss Saigon (North Carolina Theater & Actors Playhouse), Honk! (Two River Theater), The Skin of Our Teeth (Bristol Riverside Theater), BFE (Long Wharf Theater; Winner of CT Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance), Disney’s High School Musical (Atlanta TOTS & Pittsburgh CLO). TV/Film: Han on “The Big C,” “Law & Order,” “The New Electric Company,” “As the World Turns,” “All My Children,” Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Flamingo Rising, “Strangers with Candy.”

The creative team for Emotional Creature The production features choreography by Luam, scenic and costume design by Myung Hee Cho, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu and projection design by Shawn Sagady.

Performance Schedule:
Tuesdays at 7:30pm
Wednesdays at 2pm & 7:30pm
Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 7:30pm
Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm
Sundays at 7:30pm
The approximate running time of Emotional Creature is 90 minutes with no intermission.

*There will be no performance on:
Tuesday, November 13
Sunday, November 18 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, November 22
Tuesday, December 25
Tuesday, January 1

**There will be additional performances on:
Sunday, November 18 at 3pm
Sunday, November 25 at 3pm
Sunday, December 30 at 3pm
Sunday, January 6 at 3pm

Tickets for Emotional Creature are $75.00 can be purchased at www.ticketcentral.com, by calling 212-279-4200, or at the Ticket Central box office (416 W 42nd Street) Monday through Sunday, 12 – 8 PM. The performance schedule will be as follows: Tuesday at 7:30 PM, Wednesday at 2 PM & 7:30 PM, Thursday – Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM, Sunday at 7:30 PM. For more information about Emotional Creature, visit www.emotionalcreature.com.

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Photos: Yellow Fever Playwright Rick Shiomi Explores New Territory with An All-Female Cast
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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. She recently appeared in Lorey Hayes’ POWER PLAY.
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