Blessed Unrest

The 2017–2018 Season

Our 17th season of dynamic, disciplined, and exuberant theatre includes three productions, two world premieres at New Ohio Theatre, and a New York premiere at New York Theatre Workshop.

The Snow Queen

  • December 28 – January 7
  • The New Ohio Theatre
    154 Christopher Street, NYC
  • Written by Matt Opatrny
    based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Directed by
    Jessica Burr
  • Intended for adults and children 7 and older

We’ve brought our physical theatre aesthetic to the peculiar lands and wild creatures of Andersen’s beloved story, and after a year of development in the New Victory LabWorks program we are set to premiere our first play for adults and kids alike. A strong, determined, courageous young girl embarks on a harrowing journey to rescue her friend from a frozen and unfeeling world.

SAVE THE DATE: Come party with the artists of Blessed Unrest on New Year’s Eve. Details soon.

Platonov

  • February 16 – March 11
  • The New Ohio Theatre
    154 Christopher Street, NYC
  • Translated and adapted by Laura Wickens
    from the play by Anton Chekhov
  • Directed by
    Jessica Burr

We’ll be back at the New Ohio with the world premiere of Laura’s third transladaptation of a Russian classic, following Nick in 2009 and The Storm in 2012. An aristocratic widow and a married school teacher are striving for love in a community that fears the Other and disdains those who break the rules.

This Is Modern Art

We are honored to partner with New York Theatre Workshop, one of the leading producers of original plays in the United States, in their inaugural Next Door season. We will stage the New York premiere of this acclaimed and controversial play in which a crew of marginalized artists risk everything to make their voices heard, defying our assumptions about what art is and where it belongs.

In Development

We will continue to develop Refuge, our next collaboration with Teatri Oda of Kosovo, based on the harboring of Jewish refugees by Albanian families during WWII, with the NYC premiere planned for our 2018–2019 Season.

We are also building Reparations, a new play digging into the legacy of slavery in America.

Body: Anatomies of Being Photo by Alan Roche

A Look Back at the 2016–17 Season

We began with a tour of Doruntine to Switzerland (winning First Prize at the Secondo Festival), brought back A Christmas Carol to the New Ohio Theatre in NYC’s West Village, and joined a handful of “the most innovative Off-Off Broadway theatre and dance companies in NYC” at Baruch Performing Arts Center in the first TDF Performeteria.

Meanwhile, we developed The Snow Queen in a New Victory LabWorks residency, worked with Laura Wickens on her new translation/adaptation of Chekhov’s Platonov, and began building Refuge, our next collaboration with Teatri Oda of Kosovo based on the harboring of Jewish refugees by Albanians during World War II.

Doruntine Photo by Alan Roche

A Christmas Carol Photo by Maria Baranova

The Snow Queen Photo by Alan Roche

Expanding the Conversation
& How You Can Help

Blessed Unrest is driven by our desire to advance the cultural conversation in America by digging into our past and shedding light on the issues of today. Please consider making a contribution to our work.

Thank you for supporting what we do, and for valuing artistic expression and exploration. We look forward to seeing you this season!

Thank you!

Jessica Burr, Artistic director
Matt Opatrny, Managing Director
and the artists of Blessed Unrest

"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)

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