2011-07-08 / Community

Local Playwright Debuts First Off-Broadway Play

By John Weber

It is not every day that a Rockaway resident gets to open a play in an Off- Broadway theater, but local playwright Barbara Hammond did just that last week, when her play, “Eva the Chaste” opened on July 6, the first of three plays in her “Eva Trilogy.”

Hammond’s plays and films, which were viewed and critiqued in Berlin, London, Australia, Paris, and New York City, have won numerous awards.

In 2007, Hammond was awarded the Director’s Special Recognition Award at the San Francisco International Short Film Festival. Two years later, Hammond was awarded the Special Jury Award and was nominated for Best Production, Best Director, and Best Actress in the 2009 1st Irish Theatre Festival.

“Eve the Chaste” is being performed in the Clurman Theatre, 410 West 42 Street in Manhattan. After the performances on July 12, July 17 and July 19, there will be a panel discussion with the actor and playwright that will allow for audience participation.

The play, directed by John Keating and performed by Aedin Moloney, the actress and artistic director, is about a young woman who leaves her home in Dublin at age seventeen. Twenty years later, she decides to return home, when she is informed that her mother is ill.

Although the play revolves around the protagonist’s motive for returning home, it’s the thematic emigrant experience, according to Hammond, that “[the play] really is about … as well as many other things!”

“Eva the Chaste” is presented by the non-profit, New York-based company, Fallen Angel Theatre. This company’s goal is to go beyond cultural barriers to create a new and diverse audience as well as universal themes in their writings. Tickets for “Eva the Chaste” and other plays can be found at www.telecharge.com. For more information on Barbara Hammond or The Fallen Angel Theatre Company please visit www.barbarahammond.com and info@thefallenangel.org.

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