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ITHACA, N.Y. — The Cherry Arts, a new not-for-profit theatre company, today announced plans to construct a multidisciplinary artspace at 102 Cherry Street in Ithaca. The Artistic Director of The Cherry is Samuel Buggeln, a theatre director based in Ithaca and Brooklyn, NY.
The space, to be known as The Cherry Artspace— or simply The Cherry— will house theatre, dance, music, concerts, puppetry, visual arts, and other exceptional works from the Ithaca area and beyond.
The Cherry will also create new theatre as the home of a collective ensemble of Ithaca-area professional theatre artists.
These artists, who in many cases are current or former faculty members at Ithaca College or Cornell, often work on an international scale but have lacked a venue in which to create work at home. The Cherry will provide a forum for these Ithaca artists to create new work for an Ithaca audience.
The Cherry’s homegrown work will have three thrusts: the radically local, the radically international, and the formally innovative. These principles, alongside The Cherry’s resident ensemble structure, will move the work presented by The Cherry excitingly outside the mandates of most US regional theatres.
During the period of planning and construction of the artspace, The Cherry will present a season of site-specific work. The first of these pieces is A Cherry Timedive, currently in rehearsal.
Timedive is a lyrical and mysterious plunge into the histories of one storied corner of Ithaca, NY.
The piece is written by four of Ithaca’s most exceptional writers: Austin Bunn (screenwriter, Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe); Wendy Dann (prolific theatre director at the Hangar, Denver Center, St Louis Rep, Alliance, Geva, etc.); Saviana Stanescu (NYC Innovative Theatre Award-winning playwright, produced around the US and in Mexico, Sweden, Romania and elsewhere); and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon (National Book Award-nominated poet, Open Interval). The cast of A Cherry Timedive is Carolyn Goelzer, Jennifer Herzog, Godfrey Simmons, and Seth Soulstein. Dramaturgy is by Nick Salvato, and the piece is conceived and directed by Samuel Buggeln.
A Cherry Timedive will perform on the site of the future Cherry Artspace at 102 Cherry Street, at 7:15 PM, Thursday thru Sunday, September 17–20. Performances are site-specific and open-air, and rain dates will be made up during the run. Tickets (priced on a sliding scale) are available at The Cherry’s website, thecherryartspace.org.
The production will culminate with The Cherry’s gala groundbreaking party on Sunday, September 20 at 4:00pm. Tickets— also available at thecherryartspace.org— are $75 and include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as admission to any one of the four performances of A Cherry Timedive.
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