Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival to present "KIRA (Reincarnation)," written and directed by Yuna Shapatava (Georgia).
Love eternal in mystical love drama of lovers’ reincarnation
NEW YORK August 8 -- "KIRA (Reincarnation)" is a two-character, experimental theatrical production by Yuna Shapatava about love strong enough to last eternity. The play is based on two of her own novels, "Kira" and "David Mziani." The piece will be presented by Theater for the New City as part of its 2019 Dream Up Festival on September 7 for its American debut, directed by the author.
Kira is an eternal woman reincarnated, played by Yuna Shapatava. In a belief of an eternal woman Kira, love is the most important value. Play develops beyond space and time with an eternal man, Demian, with mystical animal, the Fly to remind of past life and their mission for improvement. Kira is pictured as sex worker in her past lives, to show every woman sacrifice for finding the real values. Kira dies from miscarriage of new life and reincarnates in every woman with every man Demian who is willing go through reincarnation for love eternal.
The relationship of higher minds and the spiritual life circle created by an eternal woman Kira and man Demian is endless. Only through sacrifice and cleaning through deaths understanding of real values is achieved to go to higher level of immortality and be the picture of God every soul understands within.
Ms. Shapatava and Ulysses Heyward play the lovers.
Yuna Shapatava is Georgian-born actress, writer, and director. In Georgia, she is known for her role as Nana in the film "My Dad's Girlfriend," and for hosting the television show "16+ with Yuna Shapatava." In addition to “KIRA (Reincarnation)" and the source material it's based on, she has written a book of English poetry in 2001 called “With love to…,” and an autobiography in 2015 entitled “Menage a trois or Good-bye Past.” Ms. Shapatava is also a Human Rights activist with an MBA and a Jurisprudence degree in business.
Ulysses Heyward is an Actor and Entrepreneur living in Brooklyn, NY. He will be performing in the production of the Metropolitan Opera’s “Porgy and Bess,”“Turandot” and “La Boheme” at Lincoln Center. He has been working on TV Shows such as “The Path,”“Law and Order: SVU” and recently “The Enemy Within” and “Alternatino.” When Ulysses Heyward is not on stage and the screen he is working on being a successful and loving person.
This is first on stage collaboration of Yuna Shapatava and Ulysses Heyward.
THE DREAMUP FESTIVAL
The festival does not seek out traditional scripts that are presented in a traditional way. It selects works that push new ideas to the forefront, challenge audience expectations and make us question our understanding of how art illuminates the world around us.
In addition to traditional plays, a unique and varied selection of productions will again be offered, drawing upon a variety of performance genres including musicals and movement theater. The Festival's founders, Crystal Field and Michael Scott-Price, feel this is especially needed in our present time of declining donations to the arts, grants not being awarded due to market conditions, and arts funding cuts on almost every level across the country and abroad.
Captioned, high-resolution photos of shows in this festival are available for download at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/8TM5hCWLmZbKzV4p9
The festival's website is www.dreamupfestival.org.