Friday, August 12, 2011

Roosevelt Island Resident Leah Maddrie's New Play Chasing Heaven Featured In Upcoming FringeNYC Festival - Performances Start Tomorrow, August 13

NYC Arts asks the question:
What happens when a famous black female author in a slump tangles with the cantankerous ghost of the Jewish creator of a controversial 1930s "Negro folk opera" after his descendant commissions her to create a version that's more politically correct?...
The answer to that question and more can be found in playwright and Roosevelt Island resident Leah Maddrie's new play Chasing Heaven which is featured in the 15th Annual International FringeNYC Festival

Chasing Heaven will be performed for five performances only at CSV (Clemente Soto Velez) Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street, between Rivington and Delancey, in the Flamboyan Theater on Saturday, August 13, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM; Sunday, August 14, 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM; Saturday, August 20, 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM; Wednesday, August 24, 8:45 PM to 10:00 PM; Friday, August 26; 9:45 PM to 11:00 PM.

Ms. Maddrie has been an Island resident since 2003 when she moved here from the Upper West Side. She comments regarding living on Roosevelt Island:
It's great to have that beautiful waterside walkway just a few feet away from the front door of my apartment building. I moved here because it was a perfect blend of the small town ambience I grew up with in the Midwest (Flint, Michigan) and the legendary sophistication of the larger Manhattan isle. We are after all, still in Manhattan, though some don't know that!
She is an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, the Episcopalian congregation that worships in the historic Good Shepherd Church in the middle of the Island.
It's a wonderful group of loving, caring people. It's Episcopalian, but really, many of us come from a variety of faith backgrounds. Visitors to the church often comment on the love they feel during the worship service, or afterward at our social gathering, the coffee hour.
Here's more information on Chasing Heaven and Ms Maddrie.

More information on purchasing tickets and directions to Chasing Heaven available here.

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