Amid gentrifying construction, street protests and a sweltering summer in Flatbush, the five Abellard sisters in Bernardas Daughters, by Diane Exavier, directed by Dominique Rider, take refuge in their family home. Simmering in the losses of their father and their neighborhood, they clash over how to contend with the legacy of their Haitian parents in a city that is no longer theirs.
In 2006, when director Mira Nairs agent suggested she adapt her Indian dramedy Monsoon Wedding into a musical, she felt like a penny dropped. The lauded film, now part of the Criterion Collection, has music in its bones, Nair said. Indeed, the colorful, sprawling family drama is fit for the stage.
Were still in the middle of a pandemic, the co-founder and Executive Director of IndieSpace reflected. Artists are still reeling theres a deep impact on mental health and feelings of stability and safety, and their work hasnt come back at one hundred percent. We cant stop supporting artists where theyre at.
Grey is an apt qualifier for the house in Levi Holloways play. For one, like Holloways ghost story, the color is eerie; the hue is associated with fog, drear, and mystery. But grey also suggests a vague middle ground, neither black nor white. En route to her fathers home, Max (Tatiana Maslany) and her husband Henry (Paul Sparks) are driving between two placeswherever they came from and wherever they are heading, locations that are never fully defined. The house they stumble into is an in-between.