Blessed Unrest

The Interart Theatre Development Series presents


Jessica Ranville as Lauren, photo by Alan Roche

Oct 9 – Nov 3, 2014

The Interart Theatre
500 West 52nd Street, NYC
(just west of 10th Avenue)

Tickets $18
with no additional fees

Groups of 4 or more are only $14 in advance

Adapted by
Matt Opatrny

From the metaphorical memoir by
Lauren Slater

Directed and choreographed by
Jessica Burr

Lying is an actor’s tour de force…. The work of Blessed Unrest is always intelligent, exciting, and experimental, yet always well rehearsed so that the results are highly polished and professional. With Lying, the company can take pride in adding another solid work to its repertoire.”

Photos by Alan Roche

“To borrow a line straight from the play, Lying is ‘so juicy you have to wear a bib.’

“See Lying and surrender…. I’m not even sure several viewings would allow you to fully unravel the rich multi-sensory tableau that director and choreographer Jessica Burr has constructed for your consideration. But you’ll sure have a great time trying.”

“…delightful staging…intelligent adaptation…the quietly charismatic Jessica Ranville (as Lauren) plays her part with such naturalism, such lovely sincerity and simplicity, that she captivates. One can’t look away from her or this lovely production.”

“Jessica Burr is a fascinating director: endlessly inventive, visually exciting. She is an innovator when it comes to combining music and choreography, and the results can be transformative.

“If Lauren’s truth as well as her journey is mercurial, Burr can go meta-crazy: she can break the fourth wall at will; she can tease as much humor and fun out of the script without sacrificing poignancy…. In short, she has a lot of room, and knows how to use every inch.”

“This one of a kind production, focusing on a deceitful protagonist, features powerful performances and surreal staging.

“The production is surprisingly hilarious…. Ranville, along with the cast, gives an amazing performance that covers the gamut from raw emotions to intentionally exaggerated bravado to the comedic. Charise Greene, Rich Brown, Sonia Villani, and Nathan Richard Wagner are all chameleon-like in their ability to become the many different characters encompassed within the production (all under the skillful guidance of Jessica Burr).”

“Electrifying…. A beautiful journey through a beautiful mind…. A wild ride.”

~ Jim Taylor, CBS Radio

Lauren is passionately dedicated to the truth, which for her is not the same thing as fact. In Blessed Unrest’s original adaptation of Lauren Slater’s electrifying memoir, we meet her three-headed mother, an obsession-inducing neurosurgeon, a slow-dancing messiah, and one very famous lover. To tell us her tale, Lauren releases her grip on reality, moving past the literal to dig into the deeper, juicier truth that lies beneath.

Lauren Slater is a psychologist and writer whose books include Prozac Diary, Welcome To My Country, and Opening Skinner’s Box. She has received numerous awards and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and The Moth. Her mesmerizing novel exposes the power of metaphor in relating a life, and openly questions the reliability of memoir itself by exploring the slippery nature of memory and the trickiness of the mind in perceiving reality.

This show includes sexual content and nudity.

Rich Brown, Charise Greene, Jessica Ranville, Sonia Villani, and Nathan Richard Wagner

Production Stage Manager
Jaimie Van Dyke

Assistant Director
Lea Antolini

Costume Designer
Summer Lee Jack

Lighting Designer
Jason Jeunnette

Scenic Designer
Neal Wilkinson

Sound Designer
Nicholas Foster

Press Rep
David Gibbs/DARR Publicity

Blessed Unrest receives Caffe Cino Fellowship Award

Watch our acceptance speech/performance at the New York Innovative Theatre Awards.

"At its best, independent theater is inventive, emotional, inspiring and has the ability to transform the atmosphere in a room full of people. In the several years I have been attending shows by Blessed Unrest, they have never ceased to amaze."

~ Amber Gallery, NY Theatre Now

Get to Know Blessed Unrest

A video by TDF (Theatre Development Fund)