THE MAR VISTA is a comical and heartbreaking new play with music and dance created by award-winning Brooklyn-based playwright/choreographer Yehuda Hyman. At the center of the story is the bond between Hyman and his mother, Sara, a strong-willed, very funny, and deeply romantic Russian-Jewish woman with a colorful and mysterious past. A cast of 6 actors travels 90 years and several continents in this surprising family saga – the mysteries of Istanbul, a forbidden WWII wartime romance, a gay boy growing up in the 1960s in a family of immigrants in West L.A., gypsy dances, Greta Garbo’s face, dancing till dawn in Hollywood, and above all, the enduring power of lost love.
We are bursting with excitement to announce that a new production of THE MAR VISTA will open at the Pershing Square Signature Theatre in the Black Box Space in Manhattan, in the first quarter of 2019. The cast will include: Yehuda Hyman, Ron Kagan, Dwight Richardson Kelly, Ezra Lowrey, Ryan Pater, and Amanda Schussel. Lighting and Set Design by Aaron Porter. Costume Design by Amy Page. Stay tuned for more news soon.
Playwrite/Choreographeris the Artistic Director of Mystical Feet Company. His plays include The Mad Dancers, David in Shadow and Light (co-written with Daniel Hoffman), Center of the Star, Swan Lake Calhoun, I Ask You, Ladies and Gentlemen (adapted from the memoir by Leon Surmelian), and solo plays, The Mad 7 and Max, Rapunzel and the Night. His work has been produced at the McCarter Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, San Diego Repertory Theater, Theatre J, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Piven Theatre Workshop, Highways Performance Space, and The Marsh among others. Honors include the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, the National Endowment of the Arts /TCG Playwright-in-Residence grant to work with Cornerstone Theater of Los Angeles, a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, Heideman Award from Actors’ Theater of Louisville and grants from the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity and Foundation for Jewish Culture. His poetry and prose have been published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Northern California Jewish Bulletin, Minnesota Monthly, Revue Alsacienne de Litterature, Recours au Poème and Seeing Jewish and Israeli Dance, published by Wayne State University Press. He has translated the work of German poet, Eva-Maria Berg. Mr. Hyman recently acted in New York City with Target Margin Theater, The Civilians and in Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood at Jack Performance Space. He was an Artist Fellow at the LABA House of Study at the 14th St. Y (2013/2014). He received his M.F.A in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and has been a guest teacher there as well as at Princeton University, University of Southern California, Barnard College, New York University, Goucher College, Whittier College, University of Indiana and the Rhodopi Institute in Smolyan, Bulgaria. He is currently a teaching artist with Dancing Classrooms, teaching ballroom dancing to 5th Grade NYC Public school children.
We are very grateful for the following partners and support:
THE MAR VISTA was nurtured and developed by LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture and The 14th Street Y. A workshop production of THE MAR VISTA was presented at the 14th Street Y in December, 2016.
This wonderful organization has also partnered with us to continue the work’s development:
The Jewish Plays Project is the nation’s leading incubator for 21st Century Jewish Theater.
Learn more at jewishplaysproject.org
The 14th Street Y is a thriving and dynamic community center located in the heart of the East Village. It is part of Educational Alliance, a downtown Manhattan non-profit that serves 50,000 New Yorkers annually. It provides a wide range of services for people of all ages, including preschools, More info about the 14th Street Y can be found at: www.14thstreety.org