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August 26, 2016  RSS feed
Culture

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Shiva, sisters and secrets part of new play featured at festival

As part of its third annual play competition, the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival is hosting the Tampa premier of Shadayim by Florida based playwright Stephanie Bramson on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Shadayim follows four young Jewish women, Michele and Zoe Feldman and Sarah and Leah Solomon. After losing their mother to breast cancer, nervous and uptight Michele and laid back amateur porn star Zoe are thrown into shiva, the seven-day Jewish mourning period.

Joining the fray are Michele and Zoe’s Orthodox Jewish cousins, the rebellious Leah, who can’t stop idolizing Zoe, and the courteous and devout Sarah, who’s hiding secrets of her own. Stuck together for a week, there’s no telling whether these four women survive their crises of faith, identity, family, and sexuality with their sanities intact.

Cami Riviezzo directs this character driven drama starring Carolyn Ducker, Laura Bobo, Cami Riviezzo, and Lauren Nimetz.

Touching on feminist, LGBTQ, and religious themes, the show premiered in Orlando in February. There is little separation between the audience and the cast, leading to moments that City Surfing Orlando’s Chantal Roberts described as “so personal that [she] almost felt rude listening in on something so intimate.”

Shadayim is one of six full-length productions featured at the theatre festival, which runs Sept. 2-4 and includes actor workshops and panel discussions in addition to the scene, monologue and short play competitions.

The play will be performed at the HCC Studio Theatre, 2204 N. 15th St., Ybor City.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.tampabaytheatrefestival.com.


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