The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents: THE WALL

WHAT: Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents: THE WALL
WHEN: June 21st & 22nd 7:30 pm
WHERE: The Flex Space / A.P.E. @33Hawley, Northampton Arts Trust Building
                33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents, our third production in our series-
This one is not to be missed!

As seen by Serious Play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last August, this play uses
poetry, humor, and diverse characters through puppetry to give voice to an impossible
problem that can only be survived through increased humanity, paradoxical curiosity
and artful expression. Litwak has a unique perspective on the Occupation. She grapples with deeply felt paradoxes of heart & heritage, east & west, men & women, justice & peace.

Jessica Litwak is a multifaceted international theatre artist focused on theatre for social
change & community engagement. She is an award winning playwright, actress, and
educator. She received her BFA in acting from NYU and her MFA in playwriting from
Columbia. She often works creating theatre in the Middle East, Central Europe and the
U.K. She is a core member of Theatre Without Borders and Artistic Director of the
H.E.A.T. Collective and the founder of Artists Rise Up New York.
Let's talk about The Wall

Serious Play is so pleased to welcome local community members Rabbi Riqi Kosovske of Northampton's Beit Ahava Synagogue (June 22), and Rachel Weber of Jewish Voice for Peace (June 21), who will be joining actress/ playwright Jessica Litwak, for post show discussions following THE WALL.


Serious Play Theatre Ensemble is based in Northampton, where it was founded over 25 years ago. The company works to create a dynamic integration of movement and text, and has a history of engagement with ensemble- created new work that is informed by contemporary issues. Productions have toured to NYC and Boston, and to Athens, London, Edinburgh and to the JoakimInterFest in Kragujevac, Serbia, where its production of the politically charged Milosevic at the Hague, won an award for “dramatic innovation and theatrical boldness”. Serious Play is a member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, & is an artist associate with A.P.E., a member of the Northampton Community Arts Trust.

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