So Far This Season
Blessed Unrest is honored to have been included in the first-ever Theatre Development Fund (TDF) PERFORMETERIA, an immersive theatre festival featuring works by “the most innovative Off-Off Broadway theatre and dance companies in New York City”. Audience members traveled through multiple levels of theatres, nooks and hidden venues within Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC) discovering unique, site-specific works from Off-Off Broadway’s best and boldest.
For more info, visit TDF.org.
New Ohio Theatre presents
A Christmas Carol
New Ohio Theatre
154 Christopher Street, New York City
154 Christopher Street, New York City
Ebenezer Scrooge is about to get a wakeup call.
Blessed Unrest’s hit retelling of Dickens’s classic is back by popular demand. Six actors play thirty-seven characters in this raw, physical and darkly comic story of a man grappling with his life of isolation, and choosing to enact positive change in the troubled world around him.
In 1843, in lieu of publishing a political pamphlet entitled An Appeal to the People of England on behalf of the Poor Man’s Child, Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol. This adaptation returns to the story’s original intent as an examination of an unjust socioeconomic system that benefits a few at the top while the masses struggle to meet their basic needs. It shows the capacity of an individual to overcome fear, expand their perspective, and take action for others.
Adapted by Matt Opatrny
from the story by Charles Dickens
Directed and choreographed by
J. Stephen Brantley, Claire Fort, Tatyana Kot, Becca Schneider, Nathan Richard Wagner, Joshua Wynter
Production Stage Manager
Costume Design by
Summer Lee Jack and Rebecca Welles
Lighting Design by
Sound Design by
Sam Kusnetz and Beth Lake
Set/Props Design by
Matt Opatrny and Neal Wilkinson
“If you are a theatre lover, and want a new take on a classic that is a cut-above, Blessed Unrest’s A Christmas Carol is a must-see this season.”
Doruntine wins first prize in Switzerland
In November we brought Doruntine, our acclaimed bilingual collaboration with Teatri ODA from Prishtina, Kosova, to the Secondo Theaterfestival in Zurich, Switzerland. The festival jury awarded Doruntine first prize.
Inspired by the Albanian legend, Doruntine is a mythical tale of family loyalty, forbidden love, and the power of a promise that can never be broken. Doruntine has been loved by packed houses in four different countries, and we were thrilled to bring it to Western Europe for the first time.
New Victory Theater LabWorks
Blessed Unrest joined the New Victory LabWorks program to develop our adaptation of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. As part of New Victory LabWorks we were given rehearsal space in the beautiful New 42nd Street Studios, a stipend for development expenses, professional development opportunities with New Victory visiting companies from around the world, and access to the feedback and support of the New Victory Artistic Programming staff.
The New Victory Theater, one of the nation’s leading presenters of theatre for family audiences, established New Victory LabWorks to lead to a body of work that will expand and enrich the quality of performing arts made in the USA for kids and their families. We’re proud to have been welcomed into this incredible program, bringing our physical theatre aesthetic to the peculiar lands and wild creatures encountered by the courageous heroine at the heart of The Snow Queen.
"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)