New York premier of insightful new play recounts the tragedy of Vietnam War with inventive staging and sincere performances.
October 25, 2017: Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner have co-authored Occupied Territories, an ambitious new play about the effects of the Vietnam War on one family. The drama nicely helmed by Mollye Maxner and starring Nancy Bannon in a heartfelt performance as Jude, the daughter of a recently deceased Vietnam Veteran, opened at 59E59 Theaters this past Wednesday. Kelley Rae O’Donnell plays Jude’s sister Helena and Ciela Elliott plays her daughter Alex, who has been in Helena’s care while Jude was away at a drug rehabilitation facility.
The excellent cast also features Diego Aguirre, Donte Bonner, Nile Harris, Thony Mena, Cody Robinson, Scott Thomas, and Nathan Jan Yaffe.
The design team includes Brian MacDevitt (production design); Andrew R. Cohen (set design); Rob Siler (lighting design); Mathew M. Nielsen (sound design and original music); and Kelsey Hunt (costume design). OCCUPIED TERRITORIES is choreographed by Kelly Maxner. The Production Stage Manager is Kaelyn Kreicbergs.
Produced by Theater Alliance of Washington, DC & Available Potential Enterprises, MA at 59E59 Theaters at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues The performance schedule is Wednesday – Thursday at 7:15 PM, Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM and 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM.
To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org. $20 discounted tickets are available to Veterans, Retired, and Active Military.
Photography: Barry Gordin