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A new play by Kayla Eisenberg about the power of female friendship. Part of the 2019 New York Theater Festival.
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Lady Lilith by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Lady Lilith by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

 What is Lilith in Pisces? 

Lilith in Pisces is an original, full length play by Kayla Eisenberg, receiving its world premiere production at the New York Theater Festival.

When Erin arrives to babysit Diane's baby at her cozy townhouse in suburban New Jersey, it seems they have nothing in common - except their birth charts. However, when the moon is full, Lilith comes out to play, and the two women discover that a shared history and astrological sign might just beget a kind of bond they never knew they needed. 

It is a darkly funny, intense, and moving play about feminine connection.  It examines the effects of succumbing to constructive gender roles, mysticism, societal structures and the good and bad (or light and dark) of trying to break from those constructs. 

Hear it from the playwright in her own words:

My family's women are good and strong and sensitive and intuitive and smart as hell. They are fighters and survivors and negotiators and vigilantes. They can also be bad and messy and stubborn and vengeful. Everything I know about simultaneously claiming my space and devouring the earth I've learned from them. 

I originally set out to write a story that celebrated the beautiful, the tragic, and the resentful of the women in my family. One that explored the dynamics of our relationships, the measure of what we can learn from each other, and the unconscious, invaluable ways we impact one another. 

Womyn as a whole have gotten a reputation for competing against each other, talking over each other, betraying one another in order to achieve the glory of man. It’s true; we do that. We play to win.

And we hurt each other in the process. 

This is women at our worst.

But at our best, we are soul mates. We understand. We have each others’ backs.

At our best, we have the power to save each other.

Lilith in Pisces is an homage to the unmatched power of feminine connection. Its power to destroy and its power to save.

Does the title refer to Astrology?

Yes! Lilith is part of a darker facet of celestial studies that is not commonly discussed. There are three different Liliths that appears in the sky: an asteroid, an apogee, and a ghost moon. Each represents a distinct aspect of the unsavory, immoral side of feminine instinct. 

Does the play ONLY deal with Astrology?

No! While the themes in the play serve as a foundation the for the relationships, the heart of the play is in the discoveries that the characters make, and the secrets they reveal to each other throughout the course of the play.

How long is it?

65 minutes!

I'm in! When and where is it?

There are only three performances - don't miss out!

August 5th,  9pm

August 7th, 9pm

August 10th, 6:30pm

The Hudson Guild Theater
441 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

Purchase your tickets at:  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4235716 (All donations of $200 or more will include (1) ticket to the show)

Who's Involved?

Kayla Eisenberg (playwright/Erin)

  Kayla is an actor, playwright, and improvisor based in New York City. She is thrilled to have Lilith in Pisces play on the Hudson Guild stage this summer. Selected acting credits include: Alabama Shakespeare Festival's touring production of The Comedy of Errors (Emilia), The Wolves at The Wild Project (#8), and Ophelia in Hamlet at The Brick Theater. As a writer, her work spans the dramatic, academic, and comedic. Her plays and sketches have been performed at ASF, Dixon Place, the Paradise Factory, Manhattan Rep., and Playwrights Downtown. She also performs with her improv team, @hobbylobbybabyhammer, at venues all around Manhattan and Brooklyn. BFA: NYU Tisch/RADA. Proud AEA member. www.kaylaeisenberg.org


Virginia Logan (Diane)

Virginia hails from Arizona, has her MFA in Movement/Acting, and volunteers with The Trevor Project. She performs at Sleep No More, studies acting at The Studio with Brad Calcaterra, and does not like spicy foods, so please don't feed her any.  


Wally Marzano-Lesnevich (Mark) 

 Wally Marzano-Lesnevich is Jenna Mate's oldest, longest friend (they share the same birthday!), and is excited to play "Mark." He's tread the boards for numerous companies, including Hampton Theatre Co., Dragonfly, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, Shrunken Shakespeare, and The Drove. His debut feature as screenwriter (which he also appears in), Almost Paris, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and is available on Amazon Prime and iTunes. He may also be seen in the film Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket, on Netflix.  


Jenna Mate (Director)  

 Jenna Mate is delighted to direct the debut production of Lilith in Pisces. Recent directing credits include Art (Guild Hall) The Vagina Monologues (Southampton Arts Center), A Steady Rain (Guild Hall), and Body Awareness (Avram Theater). Jenna is on the faculty of New York Film Academy. Her original musical, ECO, was featured at the New York Musical Festival. Jenna is a Scorpio who has an MFA in Directing from Stony Brook University. She thanks Kayla for entrusting her with this fascinating piece. Much gratitude to her husband, Mathias, for his support and to her two little girls for their divine spark!  


Produced by: Michael Quattrone

Stage Manager: Callie Stribling

Assistant Director: Jeana Mahan

Lighting Designer: Annie Garrett-Larsen
 

*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. 
  This production is an Equity Approved Showcase. 


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And don't forget to purchase your tickets! (All donations of $200 or more will include (1) ticket to the show)

 https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4235716 

Risks and challenges

Why are we fundraising?

All projects need capital - especially theatrical ventures. It costs money to rent space, purchase props and items for production, and most importantly - take care of, and pay, those working on the project.

The show is happening! We have the space booked and the dates are set. What we now need to is the ability to put the rest of the pieces in place.

You will be contributing to the future life of this play! A successful run at The Hudson Guild theater can help us build momentum to further market Kayla's beautiful play to other potential theaters and investors.

We believe that reaching our goal is 100% possible, but we need your help. If we do make our projected minimum budget for this production, the future life of this play will be in jeopardy and we won't be able to meet the needs and expense of this run.

But we have faith that our stars will align, and that we can see this through together. Some might say it was destined to happen.

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