FOR THE NEW CITY'S DREAM UP FESTIVAL PRESENTS
NEW YORK, July 17-- "Inch by Inch" is a one-act by Rachel Graf Evans. When Bridget and Tom return to Bridget's hometown for her mother's funeral, Bridget learns that she has inherited the house and vegetable garden. However, only once she reconciles her deep-seated fears about family and identity will the garden let her escape. "Inch by Inch" will have its world premiere September 13 to 19 at Producers' Club Theaters, 358 West 44th Street, as part of Theater for the New City's 2015 Dream Up Festival.
The play began as an imagining of the manifestation of the seven stages of grief, evolving into a two person show that follows Bridget through her journey of mourning her mother's passing. While the piece takes place within 24 hours of tangible time, it explores the confusion of linear time by incorporating dance and movement into the dialogue and transitions. The garden itself is a fantastical and mystical element, and comes to represent the Mother, both biological and Earth. Additionally, the piece explores the tensions between childhood home and adult home, and the question of where we fit in once we've grown up.
The show also explores LGBTQ issues, with Bridget's struggle stemming from a discomfort in her own skin. Part of Bridget's resistance to her childhood home community is out of a fear of acceptance of who she has become and a struggle to make sense of her identity. Bridget can feel at home again once she reconciles her selves of both past and present.
Rachel Graf Evans
(Playwright/Producing Artist) is a feminist writer and theater artist
from Westtown, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Oberlin College with
High Honors in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies/Theater for her
research and writing of "Vessel: A New Feminist Musical,"
which explores the relationship between infertility and female gender
identity, as supported by a chorus of Greek Goddesses. Since moving
to NYC, she has overseen the production of two original plays ("Ravishing
Medusa" at Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival 2014;
"Stranger Odds: A Queer Little Rom Com" at Fresh Fruit Festival
2013); sung in a myriad of cabarets (The Rigano Songbook; Don’t
Tell Mama hosted by Seth Bisen-Hersh; Cranky Cabaret); and props designed
all over the place (New Georges, LCT3, PowerOutNYC, Dreamcatcher). She
is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and studies with playwright
Arlene Hutton at The Barrow
The sixth Dream Up Festival (www.dreamupfestival.org) will be presented by Theater for the New City (TNC) from August 30 to September 20, 2015, offering a lineup of wide-ranging and original theatrical visions embracing drama, musicals, improv, aerial and more. This year, owing to growing popularity, the festival has expanded beyond its primary venue. Previously, all productions were presented at Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. This year, 19 productions will be presented at TNC and seven will be presented at an outside venue, The Producers Club Theaters at 358 West 44th Street.
The festival is dedicated to new works. TNC feels this festival is especially needed now in a time of declining donations to the arts, when grants are not being awarded due to market conditions and arts funding is being cut across the country and abroad. The festival aims to push ideas to the forefront through imaginative presentations so as to challenge audience expectations and make us question our understanding of the way art illuminates the world around us.
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