Mara Nelson-Greenberg’s DO YOU FEEL ANGER? Extends at Vineyard Theatre through April 27

Opening night curtain call with Tom Aulino, Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long, Tiffany Villarin, Greg Keller, Megan Hill and Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang
Opening night curtain call with Tom Aulino, Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long, Tiffany Villarin, Greg Keller, Megan Hill and Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang

Due to popular demand the New York premiere of Mara Nelson-Greenberg’s DO YOU FEEL ANGER?, directed by Margot Bordelon, has been extended at Vineyard Theatre  (108 East 15th Street) through April 27th.

Jeanne Sakata, Tom Aulino, Tiffany Villarin, Margot Bordelon, Greg Keller, Megan Hill, Justin Long, Mara Nelson-Greenberg and Ugo Chukwu. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast includes Tom Aulino (ON THE TOWN), Ugo Chukwu (WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN), Megan Hill (EDDIE AND DAVE), Greg Keller (Vineyard’s THE AMATEURS), Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard), Jeanne Sakata (HOLD THESE TRUTHS) and Tiffany Villarin (TEENAGE DICK).

DO YOU FEEL ANGER? began previews on March 22 and opened on April 2 with Sara Holdren of New York Magazine declaring “It’s funny, it’s mordant, and it keeps you on edge with a loopiness that masks something somber and truly frightening.” Robert Hofler of The Wrap adds “Mara Nelson-Greenberg is an offbeat, novel, wonderful voice making her New York debut.”

Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

In Mara Nelson-Greenberg’s dazzling dark comedy, Sofia (Villarin) is hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency — and clearly, she has her work cut out for her. These employees can barely identify what an emotion is, much less practice deep, radical compassion for others. As they painstakingly stumble towards enlightenment, someone keeps mugging Eva  in the kitchen, and the unspoken dynamics of their seemingly blithe workplace culture become increasingly unsettling. This absurdly funny and potent new play, directed by Margot Bordelon, reminds us that change is not always easy, and may come with unexpected costs.

Ugo Chukwu, Megan Hill, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Ugo Chukwu, Megan Hill, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

POST-SHOW TALKBACK
Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 PM

Clara Moisello, Ph.D., (NY Center for Nonviolent Communication) embraced Nonviolent Communication as part of a journey of self-discovery and transformation that began once she left her home in Italy in 2006 to pursue her doctoral studies in New York. While still working as a neuroscience researcher at CUNY, Clara became actively involved in supporting the New York Center for Nonviolent Communication, participating in and facilitating practice groups and workshops and training under the mentorship of the founder Thom Bond. Eventually, this led her to a major life and career shift.

Tiffany Villarin, Justin Long, Ugo Chukwu. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Tiffany Villarin, Justin Long, Ugo Chukwu. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

As of today, Clara has completed over 800 hours of NVC training and supports NYCNVC as coordinator, trainer, and mentor. Clara also teaches yoga in Brooklyn and is a body-positive wellness coach, supporting people in developing a loving relationship with their body, weight and food. Her passion and work as neuroscientist informs and inspires all her activities. You can find more about her and her work at claramoisello.com and nycnvc.org.

Tiffany Villarin, Jeanne Sakata. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Tiffany Villarin, Jeanne Sakata. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

The design team includes scenic design by Laura Jellinek (OKLAHOMA! at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Broadway), costume design by Emilio Sosa (THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS), lighting design by Marie Yokoyama (DAYBREAK), and original music & sound design by Palmer Hefferan (SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS).

Tiffany Villarin, Megan Hill. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Tiffany Villarin, Megan Hill. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

Remaining performances include: Tuesday, April 23 at 7pm; Wednesday, April 24 at 7pm; Thursday, April 25 at 7pm; Friday, April 26 DARK; and Saturday, April 27 at 8pm.

Tom Aulino, Megan Hill. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Tom Aulino, Megan Hill. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

Tickets for DO YOU FEEL ANGER? can be purchased online at vineyardtheatre.org, by phone at 212-353-0303, or in person at 108 East 15th Street.

Tiffany Villarin, Megan Hill, Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Tiffany Villarin, Megan Hill, Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Greg Keller, Tiffany Villarin. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Greg Keller, Tiffany Villarin. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

Tickets for DO YOU FEEL ANGER? can be purchased online at vineyardtheatre.org, by phone at 212-353-0303, or in person at 108 East 15th Street.

DO YOU FEEL ANGER? received its world premiere at the 2018 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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