Kara Sevda | International Tour 2017

 

Welcome! During the summer of 2017 the NWT team took their first production of Kara Sevda on an international tour along the east cost of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Find the entire festival schedule below as well reviews, photos, and details about the full international tour!

WHAT IS KARA SEVDA? 

Nuclear winter has descended upon the globe. The last train south out of Paris is boarding. But not everyone will be drawn in the lottery. When Celia and Rhys find themselves awaiting the lottery results on the same bench, they strike up a challenging acquaintance amidst falling bombs and a nameless war, asking the question ‘what kind of world do we live in now... ’ and what happens if they don't catch the train at all? At the end of the world, the past catches up.

If you'd like to learn more about the origins or background of the show, click here!

PREVIOUSLY PERFORMED:

1) Ithaca Fringe Festival (Ithaca, NY) at Circus Culture
April 20th - 23rd; Awards: Audience Choice / Ithaca Fringe Review
Performed: Tierney Nolen (Celia) & Masa Gibson (Rhys)
Directed: Kat Haan / Stage Managed: Kaija Pellinen

2) Tampa International Fringe Festival (Tampa, FL) at Silver Meteor Gallery
May 11th - 14th; Recommended Review: Creative Loafing
Performed: Tierney Nolen (Celia) & William Foote (Rhys)
Directed: Kat Haan / Stage Managed: Kaija Pellinen

3) Lyric Center for the Arts (Virginia, MN)
May 20th - June 11th; Write-up in Mesabi Daily News
Performed: Tierney Nolen (Celia) & William Foote (Rhys)
Directed: Kat Haan / Stage Managed: Kaija Pellinen

4) PortFringe Theater Festival (Portland, ME)
June 17th - 21st; Recommended Review: First LooksAwards: Critics "PortFringe Pulitzer"
Performed: Tierney Nolen (Celia) & William Foote (Rhys)
Directed: Kat Haan / Stage Managed: Kaija Pellinen

5) The Toronto Fringe (Toronto, ON)
July 6th -15th; Rave Review & Staff Pick: Mooney on Theatre
Performed: Kat Haan (Celia) & Ross Somerville (Rhys)
Directed: Liz Thaler / Stage Managed: Ashley Groves

6) Capital Fringe (Washington, D.C)
July 12th - 22nd; Best of the Fringe & ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ from DC Metro Theatre Arts
Performed: Tierney Nolen (Celia) & William Foote (Rhys)
Directed: Kat Haan / Stage Managed: Kaija Pellinen

7) Bangor, Northern Ireland at Pickie Bowling Club
July 31st - Special One Night Only performance
Performed: Tierney Nolen (Celia) & William Foote (Rhys)
Directed: Kat Haan

8) Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Edinburgh, Scotland) at Greenside Venue
Previews: August 4th & 5th @ 10PM
August 7th - 26th; performs EVERYDAY at 10PM (except SUNDAYS)
Performed: Tierney Nolen (Celia) & William Foote (Rhys)
Directed (& Stage Managed): Kat Haan


Production Stills Gallery (coming soon)


AT THE END OF THE WORLD, THE PAST CATCHES UP...

EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL:

Actors, Tierney Nolen & William Foote - Kara Sevda; Production Still

Actors, Tierney Nolen & William Foote - Kara Sevda; Production Still

A lovely little write-up from Broadway Baby:

Lisa VillaMil manages to capture in her writing the pure essence of raw human emotion.
— DISA ANDERSEN, Broadway Baby

And of our actors, Andersen continues:

William Foote has a hilarious performance as the repressed, very cocky Rhys, and Tierney Nolen delivers a stunning monologue as the emotionally repressed Celia.
— DISA ANDERSEN, Broadway Baby

⭐⭐⭐⭐ - From the EdFringe Review:

Lisa VillaMil manages write raw human feeling with passion and insight; and only two such fine actors could help her pull it off.
— HELENA SNIDER, Edinburgh Fringe Review
The real highlight of this show was the acting. Tierney Nolen and William Foote, the respective actors, are utterly engaging and committed to their roles.
— HELENA SNIDER, Edinburgh Fringe Review

 

CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review & BEST OF THE FRINGE from DC Metro Theatre Arts:

Lisa VillaMil’s Kara Sevda (at Shopkeepers through July 22) is an exhilarating piece of theater, masterfully and assuredly directed by Kat Haan, beautifully acted by Tierney Nolen and William Foote, thoroughly realized in this Now What Theatre production, and you should see it. It is the best thing I’ve experienced at Fringe so far. It is the best play I’ve seen this year.
— MIKE BEVEL, DC Metro Theater Arts
The NWT team excited for Capital Fringe Festival to begin! 

The NWT team excited for Capital Fringe Festival to begin! 


TORONTO FRINGE FEST:

A Toronto Fringe Staff Pick from Mooney on Theatre:

A play she left thinking, “I really liked that.” As the hours went by and she was still thinking about it, she realized, “No, I think I loved that?” It’s the kind of play that takes hours to settle, extending its grip on your emotions well beyond the theatre. It’s a complex and moving exploration of empathy and connection at the end of the world.
— LIN YOUNG, Mooney on Theatre
Rehearsal / Final Dress with actors Kat Haan (Celia) & Ross Somerville (Rhys)

Rehearsal / Final Dress with actors Kat Haan (Celia) & Ross Somerville (Rhys)

An (A) Rating from My Entertainment World:

Charming performances by Kat Haan and Ross Somerville [...] There’s a normalcy-amidst-the-unthinkable quality that VillaMil employs here to brilliant effect to ground her premise as very possible indeed.
— KELLY BEDARD, My Entertainment News

And a RAVE Review (25/160 shows) from Mooney on Theatre:

Somerville threads the remnants of the man Rhys was before the apocalypse hit with the darker edges he developed after, negotiating both parts of him with understated elegance. [...While] Haan’s performance is raw and generous [...] Her character is carrying a huge amount of emotional weight, and Haan is in full command of it.”
— LIN YOUNG, Mooney on Theatre
The play feels deeply and complexly human, eschewing grand statements about humanity for something smaller, even more profound: a few hours of empathy between two strangers on the verge of the end of the world. [...] Kara Sevda is a moving and complex work that deserves to be seen.
— LIN YOUNG, Mooney on Theatre
Toronto Fringe Festival - Kat Haan as Celia & Ross Somerville as Rhys

Toronto Fringe Festival - Kat Haan as Celia & Ross Somerville as Rhys

NOW Toronto says (NNN):

Lisa VillaMil’s script is subtle [...] The actors are superb at internalizing their characters’ guilt and remorse.
— GLENN SUMI, NOW Toronto

PORTFRINGE FESTIVAL:

PORTFRINGE KARA SEVDA TRAILER:

A Recommended Review from PortFringe First Looks:

The two actors had a definite chemistry and produced quick, sharp banter, but the real draw of the show was their individual monologues…
— Mackenzie Mae
Honored to receive the PortFringe Pulitzer from the PortFringe Theatre Festival

Honored to receive the PortFringe Pulitzer from the PortFringe Theatre Festival

ITHACA FRINGE FESTIVAL:

Honored to have received the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD at Ithaca Fringe Festival

Honored to have received the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD at Ithaca Fringe Festival

Review from the Ithaca Fringe Festival:

The writing is vivid and evokes a terrifying, all-too-believable world; the acting is truthful and detailed; the direction is focused; and the sound design is both subtle and affecting. See it if you can.
— Amina Omari

LYRIC CENTER for the ARTS

A residency in Virginia, MN with the historic Lyric Center for the Arts !

 

Check out this lovely write-up in the Mesabi Daily News...

All about the tour, Kara Sevda, and our time working together at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. We had a fantastic time talking with Leah Ryan about the show and couldn't be happier that this newspaper story has brought in audience from all over the Iron Range:

“We are interested in doing our own art, creating our own art,” explained Pellinen Friday at the Lyric Center.

[...] “This is a story about love — all kinds of love. This is a story about missing home. This is a story about guilt, and about seeking redemption,” said Lisa VillaMil, a playwright and Now What Theatre member, in a press release. “This is, I hope, a story about being human, and failing. But then trying again.”

Cuddled in her coat, Nolen, a Boston native, finished Pellinen’s previous thought. “We want to explore what we find interesting, without any restrictions,” she said.

Nolen sat sandwiched between Pellinen and Foote as if their time in the classroom, and now on the road, have cemented their hips together. The three were comfortable and confident in the Annex of the Lyric.
— LEAH RYAN, Mesabi Daily News

TAMPA FRINGE FESTIVAL:

A Recommended Review from Creative Loafing Tampa:

But as their banter unfolds and barriers are broken down, we learn the reason for Rhys’s intense desire to connect with his benchmate, and for Celia’s equally intense (and possibly irrational) desire to get where she’s going — and Kara Sevda (Turkish for “blind passion,” explains playwright Lisa VillaMil) becomes an increasingly moving testament to both the good and the evil humans are capable of.
— DAVID WARNER, CL Tampa
Actors, Tierney Nolen & William Foote rehearse for Kara Sevda in NYC before the tour.

Actors, Tierney Nolen & William Foote rehearse for Kara Sevda in NYC before the tour.

Navigating the rocky shoals of their encounter, the pair moves from suspicion to friendliness to fear to a kind of love, with utter believability.
— DAVID WARNER, CL Tampa
 
Nolen, an actress of grave intelligence with huge, expressive eyes, commands attention and stirs our curiosity about the “blind passion” that drives her.
— DAVID WARNER, CL Tampa
Technical Rehearsal in Sunny Tampa - Actors Tierney & Will rehearse in shorts! ;)

Technical Rehearsal in Sunny Tampa - Actors Tierney & Will rehearse in shorts! ;)

The production overall, under the direction of Kat Haan, has a pristine simplicity, with subtle shifts in lighting and sound (sirens, crowds, explosions) establishing a low hum of anxiety as Celia and Rhys wait for their lottery numbers to be announced and, perhaps, for the end of the world.
— DAVID WARNER, CL Tampa