Drama Desk Nominated Throes Theater Premieres Spalding Gray-Inspired HALFWAY THROUGH THE STORY OF OUR LIFE - CW15 - OMAHA

Drama Desk Nominated Throes Theater Premieres Spalding Gray-Inspired HALFWAY THROUGH THE STORY OF OUR LIFE

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SOURCE Throes Theater

** featuring award-winning Portuguese TV star Benedita Pereira **

Running through June 8 at Access Theater

NEW YORK, May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Drama Desk Award nominated Throes Theater (2013's Act Before You Speak at The Flea Theater) premieres HALFWAY THROUGH THE STORY OF OUR LIFE by 2013 Financial Times/Bodley Head Prize winner Alexandra Zelman-Doring in collaboration with Benedita Pereira and Emma Meltzer. Inspired by the monologues of Spalding Gray, it opened May 22 at Access Theater.

In HALFWAY THROUGH THE STORY OF OUR LIFE three actors, three composers, and three musicians come together in this comic investigation of identity and the search that ensues when we wake to find we have been living in a dream we chose to call "reality." Why are we as we are? Who is the "persona" that builds up in and around us?

HALFWAY THROUGH THE STORY OF OUR LIFE reunites Drama Desk Award nominated composers Ana Milosavljevic, Jiri Kaderabek and Mahir Cetiz, who create original music for the production. The cast features award-winning Portuguese TV actor Benedita Pereira (Best Actress at the 2010 Portugal TV7 Dias awards for "Ele e Ela"), Emma Meltzer, Alexandra Zelman-Doring, Naum Goldenstein (clarinet), Marc Uys (violin), and Mahir Cetiz (piano) with lighting by Isabella Byrd and production design by Jeffrey Landman and Dan Spielman.

Alexandra Zelman-Doring won the 2013 Financial Times/Bodley Head Prize and the 2008 Glascock Poetry Prize, which boasts Sylvia Plath and James Merrill among its past winners. She studied at Brown University, Wadham College, Oxford, and holds an MFA from Columbia. Her poems/texts have been set to music by composers including Andile Khumalo and Jiri Kaderabek, and she collaborated with composer David Adamcyk on 2011's Cheval memoire. She is the author of numerous plays including Light in the Dust, To Hold an Apple (59E59th) and Act Before You Speak (Flea Theater).

HALFWAY THROUGH THE STORY OF OUR LIFE runs May 15 - June 8, Tuesday - Friday at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday at 8pm & 2pm. Access Theater is located at 380 Broadway between Walker and White Streets, 2 blocks south of Canal -- accessible from the N,R,6,1,A,C&E trains at Canal. Tickets are $20 at 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com. For more info visit www.throestheater.com.

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