Press Play is a new joint program between the Kitchen Theatre Company and Cinemapolis that puts a currently running play in conversation with a film that explores similar themes. This series includes screenings of select films paired with the Kitchen’s current productions, including Ironbound (January 21-February 4; screening: Tuesday, January 30), Bright Half Life (March 4-18; screening Tuesday, March 13), Brawler (April 8 -22; screening Tuesday, April 17) and Matt & Ben (May 27-June 10; screening Tuesday, June 5). Following each screening, audiences are invited to stay for a conversation led by Kitchen Theatre artists.
The series continues on Tuesday, March 13th with the pairing of Bright Half Life with Alice Wu’s award-winning 2004 film, Saving Face. Both the film and the play shine a light on the joys and challenges of lesbian romance in the 21st century.
M. Bevin O’Gara, Producing Artistic Director of the Kitchen Theatre, will be leading the post-screening conversation on Tuesday, March 13th. The film screening begins at 7 pm.
ABOUT SAVING FACE
Wil (Michelle Krusiec) is a lesbian, but she not dare tell her widowed mother, Hwei-lan (Joan Chen), or her very traditional grandparents. She’s shocked, however, to find out she’s not the only one in her family with romantic secrets when she learns that her 48-year-old mother is pregnant. Unwilling to reveal who the father is, Hwei-lan is kicked out of her parents’ home and must move in with Wil, which puts a strain on Wil’s budding relationship with openly gay Vivian (Lynn Chen).
ABOUT BRIGHT HALF LIFE BY TANYA BARFIELD
A time-bending free fall through love. Follow Erika and Vicky as they hurtle through 25 years of love and heartbreak and a collection of the moments that make up our lives. Bright Half Life is a stunningly honest depiction of the courage and strength it takes to walk through life together.
ABOUT THE KITCHEN THEATRE COMPANY
Bold, intimate, engaging… Kitchen Theatre Company (KTC), now in its 27th season, is downtown Ithaca’s critically acclaimed and nationally recognized year-round professional theater company, specializing in regional and world premiere plays. KTC’s intimate 99-seat theater is in a beautifully renovated, LEED-certified building in the West End neighborhood of downtown Ithaca, New York. KTC is the first not-for-profit recipient of the David R. Strong Memorial “Small Business of the Year” Award from the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and receives public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the Tompkins County Tourism Program. The Kitchen Theatre Company also receives general operating support from the Shubert Foundation.