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HAPPYFLOWERNAIL Written and performed by Radha Blank Directed by Coleman Domingo
WHEN: Monday, February 6, 7:30 PM WHERE: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange ADMISSION: $5 suggested donation at the door www.lunastage.org 973.395.5551
HappyFlowerNail is a solo play that explores gentrification, ownership, freedom and survival through the women who inhabit a Korean-owned nail salon nestled in the heart of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The play celebrates the diversity of a Brooklyn community but also explores what binds the women of the nail shop; a search for “home” in a landscape shifting rapidly in cultural and economic identity.
The reading will be followed by a talkback with the playwright
This reading will be held in the small theater.
Seating will be limited. Reservations are strongly suggested.
Radha Blank finds inspiration in the spirit of her native New York, the pulse of Hip Hop and the voices of underserved communities across the nation. Awards and Fellowships include New Professional Theatre’s Writers Award, NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Nickelodeon’s Writers Fellowship, The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group Fellowship, The National Endowment for the Arts New Play Development Award (seed) and most recently, The 2011 Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting. Her work has been developed and/or presented by The Classical Theater of Harlem, The City Parks Foundation, Dixon Place, Here, The Public Theater, The Lark, Voice and Vision’s Envision Retreat, The Hedgebrook Women Playwright’s Festival, Penumbra Theater, ACT Theater, The New Black Fest and several seasons of The NYC Hip Hop Theater Festival. Plays include American Schemes, seed, HappyFlowerNail, nannyland, Casket Sharp and Kenya which The Village Voice called ‘riveting…immediately alive”. Seeing writing as a path to self-empowerment, Radha has instructed NYC youth in poetry and playwriting for over fifteen years. Her latest play, Confections, explores how a daughter’s passion for baking masks a mother’s dark secret in a small North Carolina town. (Playwright Radha Blank. Photo by Joseph Moran)