Artists Space

The Owl Answers

Staged Reading
February 29, 2020, 7pm

Acclaimed director Tea Alagić presents a staged reading of Kennedy's classic play The Owl Answers, which premiered at the White Barn Theatre in Westport, Connecticut in 1965. Set in a shifting landscape composed of a New York City subway, the prison at the Tower of London, a Harlem hotel room, and an altar at Saint Peter's Basilica, a young black girl's desperate attempt to establish her white heritage is spurned by a chorus of Europeans, embodied in the towering figures of Chaucer, Shakespeare, William the Conqueror, and Anne Boleyn.

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A light pink paper with black typeface announcing the premiere of two plays, AM by Otis Bigelow and The Owl Answers by Adrienne Kennedy. Other printed information includes the time, date and location of the show, the board of directors, and the director.
Poster for the original production of The Owl Answers at The White Barn Theatre in Westport, Connecticut, 1965. Courtesy the Harry Ransom Archives at UT Austin, Texas. [A light pink paper with black typeface announcing the premiere of two plays, AM by Otis Bigelow and The Owl Answers by Adrienne Kennedy. Other printed information includes the time, date and location of the show, the board of directors, and the director.]

Tea Alagic is an internationally-acclaimed, multilingual director. Based in NYC, her credits include off-Broadway, regional and international productions of both traditional theater and devised work. She holds a BFA in acting from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and an MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama, where she received the Julian Milton Kaufman Prize in Directing. Tea is presently the head of the MFA and BFA directing department at The New School for Drama in NYC.

Directed by Tea Alagić
Dramaturgy by Andi Villa Stover
Stage Management and Sound by I-Chen Wang

Cast
Tiffany Rachelle Stewart
Tonya Pinkins
Jay Smith
Cynthia LaCruz
Jamar Williams
Ryan Desaulniers

Support for this program is provided by The Friends of Artists Space, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Foundation, Atelier4, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.