New York Innovative Theatre Awards nomination for

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE

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ENTANGLED

April 18 - May 11

Written by Charly Evon Simpson & Gabriel Jason Dean @ The Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at
A.R.T./New York Theatres 502 West 53rd Street

In the aftermath of a mass shooting in NYC, the black mother of a victim and the white brother of the shooter try to make sense of what happened, each individually grappling with a soul-shattering experience that few understand. An exploration of loss and survival, ENTANGLED is the story of two strangers connected by tragedy in a nation still struggling to see itself for what it is.

The cast...James Kautz & Naomi Lorrain.

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Behind the Sheet Jan 9 - Feb 3

now extended to

Mar 10!

Written by Charly Evon Simpson
Directed by Colette Robert

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Simpson confronts the history of a great medical breakthrough by telling the forgotten story of a community of enslaved black women who involuntarily enabled the discovery. In 1840s Alabama, Philomena assists a doctor - her owner - as he performs experimental surgeries on her fellow slave women, trying to find a treatment for the painful post-childbirth complications known as fistulas. Reframing the origin story of modern gynecology, Behind the Sheet tells how these women supported each other, and questions who, and what, history remembers.

Check Out:
-NY Times Review: Reckoning With Medical Betrayals ‘Behind the Sheet’
-Playbill: Naomi Lorrain to Lead Cast of Behind the Sheet at EST
-NY Times: 13 Plays and Musicals to go to in NYC this Weekend


From L to R: Caroline Englander, Maggie Siff, Carra Patterson, Rosa Gilmore, Keren Lugo, Mark Wing-Davey (head of NYU Grad Acting), Naomi Lorrain, Ruffin Prentiss III and Jim Calder (director). Photo Credit: Devin Shacket.

From L to R: Caroline Englander, Maggie Siff, Carra Patterson, Rosa Gilmore, Keren Lugo, Mark Wing-Davey (head of NYU Grad Acting), Naomi Lorrain, Ruffin Prentiss III and Jim Calder (director).
Photo Credit: Devin Shacket.

A Trojan Woman's Tale (a staged reading)
@ Villa La Pietra The Season 18

For her second season as the playwright-in-residence at Villa La Pietra, Lorrain was commissioned to write an adaptation of Euripides’ Greek tragedy The Trojan Women. Follow the curious narrators, Anon and Nona, once again as they explore power, gender and politics both past and present. (5F, 1M) 


The Queen of Macon County
@ The National Black Theatre
produced by the HomeBase Theatre Collective

Kendall returns home for the first time since her mother passed away to find her best friend engaged to her ex-high school sweetheart. Unresolved business with both makes for quite an eventful homecoming. (4F)

From L to R: Tia James (dir), Olamide Candide-Johnson, Sydney Elisabeth, Naomi Lorrain, Nedra Snipes and Katherine Turner.

From L to R: Tia James (dir), Olamide Candide-Johnson, Sydney Elisabeth, Naomi Lorrain, Nedra Snipes and Katherine Turner.


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#Shelfies
@ The 52nd Street Project

Mathilde and Red are two young adult novels forced to share the best seller shelf in the library, one is delighted by this, the other is not. Friendship and self-discovery are explored in this short children's play written for the 52nd Street Project. (2F)


The Big O
@ Villa La Pietra The Season 2017

Also known as The Odyssey – Everyone’s Seeking Something is an imaginative retelling of the Odyssey, commissioned by and conceived/created in collaboration with The Continuum Company. The play follows its curious narrators, Nona and Anon, as they conjure Homer’s epic poem with two violins and a cast of twenty-five. Directed by Continuum Artistic Director Jim Calder. (4F, 2M, Large Ensemble)


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RIGOR MORTIS (a staged reading) 
@ NYU Tisch Freeplay Festival 2016

Med school is hard. Dead bodies are harder...

Ella has just embarked on her first year of medical school, where she and her gross anatomy team get a little too close to their cadaver. A dark comedy about family, friendship and the cycle of life. (2F, 3M)