by Jessica Litwak
THURSDAY, JULY 19th, 6:30pm
Buffalo Street Books Reading Room
“Wider Than The Sky” is a love story about neuroscience. On the surface, the play is about the ethics of using animals for medical research, and how it eases human suffering, while increasing animal suffering. On a deeper level, this ensemble piece serves as an allegory for America’s appetite for domination, and how that appetite affect the dominated and the dominator. A tour-de-force for actors, each actor plays a Brain Doctor, a Brain Patient, and a Rhesus Macaque Lab Monkey. The intricate relationships between doctors, patients, and monkeys tell a tragic and humorous tale of love, loss, and neuroplasticity.
Jessica Litwak was a company member at The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and a member of The Actor’s Studio. She has been on the full-time theatre faculty of San Francisco State University and The Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College. She has taught Voice, Acting and Playwriting at Columbia, Marymount Manhattan, AMDA and the Stella Adler Academy. She was the Director of Drama at The Poughkeepsie Day School, and the managing director of The James Earl Jones Theatre. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of The New Generation Theatre Ensemble, a theatre company and school for teens and young adults.
DIRECTOR: Melanie Dreyer-Lude
STAGE MANAGER: Mookey Van Orden
Photos by: Lucy Gram Photography