Shows and Events Calendar

October 4-October 28


by J.Stephen Brantley

Directed by Ari Laura Kreith
Featuring David Gow, Kevis Hillocks, Naja Selby-Morton, and John P. Keller
Set Design by Justin & Christopher Swader
Light Design by Conor Mulligan
Costume Design by Deborah Caney
Sound Design by Megan Culley

4 desperate people, 2 small rooms on 2 separate continents, one deadly riot, one ray of hope.

Winner: New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Premiere of a Play

Saturday, October 13, 8pm
Sunday, October 14, 3pm
Thursday, October 18, 7:30pm
Friday, October 19, 8pm
Saturday, October 20, 8pm
Sunday, October 21, 3pm
Thursday, October 25, 7:30pm
Friday, October 26, 8pm
Saturday, October 27, 8pm
Sunday, October 28, 3pm (Closing)

As the tiny African nation of Malawi erupts in riots around them, American aid workers Jack and Ericka take shelter in the storage room of a struggling NGO. Meanwhile, half a world away, Malawian college student Gilbert and his gay co-worker Chad begin another day in the back room of a Manhattan florist. This powerful new play explores the challenges of international aid across interpersonal borders, and how we bridge seemingly impossible cultural divides.

Due to the immersive nature of the performance, there will be no late seating or re-admission once the show has started. Pirira runs 70 minutes with no intermission.

Production Photos


Meet The Cast

David Gow

David Gow ("Chad")

"My character grows a lot in his awareness of suffering--that he is not isolated in his, everyone has suffering. And when you aren't shut off to the world you see everyone else's, and often theirs is much more significant."

Kevis Hillocks

Kevis Hillocks ("Gilbert")

"I may not agree with Gilbert's stance on homosexuality, but it is what he's been taught and believes to be absolute, that homosexuality is a sin. Pirira shows that instead of quickly judging a person we should try to unpack the root of their belief... while it may be hard to change a person's belief, we get one step closer to understanding why once we share."

Naja Selby-Morton

Naja Selby-Morton ("Ericka")

"What's particularly relevant about Pirira, and why I'm so excited to play the role of Ericka, is the national dialogue developing around sexual assault, the meaning of consent, and the ways in which women and girls around the globe (as well as men and boys) have endured violation under the 'acceptable' standards of male culture."

John P. Keller

John P. Keller ("Jack")

"One of the things I love most about theatre is its ability to ask questions. Good theatre doesn't present easy answers but asks us to wrestle with difficult questions. Each character in Pirira is on a journey--we see what motivates them, what terrifies them, what inspires them, what angers them, and what keeps them moving forward."