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Angel & Echoes

Henry Naylor’s Angel and Echoes opened on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 59E59 Theaters. The two outstanding plays, presented in one evening tell the story of three women in the Middle East.

Avital Lvova, Rachel Smyth, Serena Manteghi, Henry Naylor

Henry Naylor’s Angel and Echoes opened on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 59E59 Theaters. The two outstanding plays, presented in one evening tell the story of three women in the Middle East.

The first Angel, a one woman show directed by Michael Cabot was inspired by a modern legend, The Angel of Kobane, a law student named Rehana intensely played by the Russian born Avital Lvova. When ISIS attacks her hometown, Rehana joins the resistance becoming a female sniper discovering quickly she has a hidden talent for defending her people. As a Kurdish freedom fighter, she shot down 100 men holding ISIS in check for over a year when her town was besieged in war-torn Syria. Avital Lvova delivers a passionate portrayal that mesmerizes on the bare stage and will keep you glued to the edge of your seat with your heart pounding.

The second play Echoes, directed by Emma Butler, follows the parallel stories of two women born 175 years apart. A Victorian pioneer, Tillie, sweetly played by Rachel Smyth, who wants to build an Empire, and an Islamist schoolgirl, Samira hauntingly played by Serena Manteghi, who wants to build a Caliphate.

Angel & Echoes are now playing at 59E59 Theaters as part of the 2017 Brits Off Broadway festival Tuesday, April 11 through Sunday, May 7. Performances are Tuesday – Friday at 7:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 7:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM.

Avital Lvova, Henry Naylor

59E59 Theaters is at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org.

Photography: Barry Gordin

Avital Lvova, Rachel Smyth, Serena Manteghi, Henry Naylor
Avital Lvova
Rachel Smyth, Serena Manteghi