Columbia Stages presents Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9directed by Alexis Poledouris. Cloud 9 will play a limited engagement at The Theatre of The Riverside Church ( 91 Claremont Ave. between 120 and 121 Sts.) from March 9 through March 12 only.
Churchill's post-modern masterpiece bends both gender and genre as it explores colonial oppression and sexual identity, following one Victorian family's journey from a British colony in Africa to the streets of 1980s London. Each character attempts to reconcile the past while reconstructing a new identity for the present. The cast features several actors who were awarded the 2004 John Heilpern Award for the Best Ensemble of the Year for their work in the Columbia Stages production of House of Bernarda Alba.
Director Poledouris is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at the School of the Arts, where she is a Dean's Fellow. Her Columbia projects include Harold Pinter's Old Times and Anton Chekhov's Ivanov; other credits include The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel; Springtime by Maria Irene Fornes; and Babette Torquemada. She also directs and performs with The Dodeska Performance Ensemble.
"Alexis Poledouris has that rare gift of mixing the sublime and the ridiculous into a uniquely intoxicating theatrical brew," says Brian Kulick, artistic director of Classic Stage Company.
Performances are March 9, 10, 11 at 8 p.m. and March 12 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. General admission is $10; $5 for seniors and students. For tickets, call (212) 870-6784 or visit www.ticketweb.com.
Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill; directed by Alexis Poledouris; dramaturgy by Paul Menard; scenic design by Gavin Kroeber; lighting design by Gina Scherr; costume design by Amelia Dombrowski; sound design by Robert Quillen Camp; graphic design by Shaun Rance; general management by Faye Rosenbaum; stage management by Fred Hemminger.
Cast: Justin Badger, Jessica Kaye, Marty Keiser, Rebecca Lingafelter, Kevin McMahon, Ana Perea and Jon Asa Walker, who appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association/Equity Approved Showcase.