Special Benefit Opening
Blood Sky, a play by Yasmine Beverly Rana; directed by Mari Andrejco

New Stage Performing Arts Center, 55 North St., Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.
On-going performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at
 3 p.m. through March 25. 
$45 for opening night; $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors for all other performances.
Blood Sky is an emotional drama about a young woman coming to terms with sexual abuse in her past. Set in the Bayou, the play evokes the sultry heat and seductiveness of the South as the protagonist searches for self-forgiveness and acceptance. Directed by Mari Andrejco.
Opening night performance and post-show reception will benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center. Post-show talk-backs will follow each Sunday’s matinee with the author, director, and representatives from the Elizabeth Freeman Center.

For tickets and information: http://newstageperformingarts.org/2011/12/blood-sky/

Yasmine Beverly Rana’s book The War Zone is my Bed and Other Plays, which includes “Blood Sky,” was published to acclaim in 2011 by Seagull Books. She has had plays stage-read and produced at many venues, including The Birmingham Repertory Theatre in England, The International Women Playwrights Festival in Greece, The Jewel Box Theatre in Los Angeles, Playwrights Theater of New Jersey, and more. Excerpts from her plays have been published in The Best Stage Scenes and The Best Women’s Monologues series from Smith and Kraus Publishers, The Alabama Literary Review, and U.S. 1 Worksheets. She is a Paulette Goddard Fellow from New York University and a 2004 recipient of the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Playwriting from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She has graduate degrees in Education and the Creative Arts Therapies. Yasmine has worked as a drama therapist in Bosnia-Herzegovina, The Republic of Georgia, and Switzerland.

Director Mari Andrejco trained with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. She has performed in Europe, Mexico, Egypt, and the U.S., done stage acting, television, and video, appearing as Queen Elizabeth I and Susan B. Anthony for PBS. She has worked with Shakespeare and Company, Triple Shadow, and the Pleiades Company and has taught at the Institute for Arts in Education in the Albany schools.

Press for Blood Sky

3/8 – A woman on her own stands tall. (Berkshire Eagle)

3/7 – Play at New Stage about healing from sexual abuse (The Advocate)

3/6 – Playwright Yasmine Rana on WAMC’s The Roundtable