Pirira|Off Broadway to stage play set in Malawi

‘Pirira,’ Set in Malawi & NYC, to debut off-Broadway on Friday, Nov. 15 | Written by J. Stephen Brantley, critically acclaimed ‘Pirira’ will run Nov. 15-24 at West End Theatre

By Melanie Nathan, Nov 14, 2013.

Screen Shot 2013-11-14 at 11.29.50 AMAs the tiny African nation of Malawi erupts in riots around them, American aid workers Jack and Ericka take shelter in the storage room of a struggling NGO in Lilongwe. At the same time, half a world away, Malawian student Gilbert and his gay co-worker Chad begin another day in the back room of a Manhattan florist.

While these two seemingly separate stories take place 7,000 miles apart, all four of the play’s actors share the same intimate physical space. The play is inspired by actual events that took place on July 20, 2011. Theatre 167’s production explores how our lives are inextricably linked across cultures, continents, language and time.

Screen Shot 2013-11-14 at 11.30.06 AM Pirira is written by J. Stephen Brantley; stars Adrian Baidoo, J. Stephen Brantley, Todd Flaherty (Fresh Kills, 59E59) and Flor de Liz Perez (In the Time of Butterflies, Reportorio Español; and is directed by Ari Laura Kreith (The Jackson Heights Trilogy).

WHERE                   West End Theatre

263 W 86th St. (bet. Broadway & West End Ave.), New York City

WHEN                    Nov. 15-24

Thursday & Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30-$50, with $60 premium tickets, and discounts student/senior/group rate/theater artist tickets available online at www.Theatre167.org. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater a half-hour prior to the performance. Running time is 70 minutes.

Read reviews of Pirira’s off-off-Broadway run here.

“It’s rare when a play draws tears to the ducts, providing a sort of cathartic release – very much in response to a command performance, as well as from the emotional grist buried beneath the surface in our own lives. Actress Flor De Liz Perez is shown in the photo above right performing in the dress rehearsal of Pirira.”  Queens Buzz

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