NACL Theatre 


The New York Premiere of


By Tannis Kowalchuk, Brett Keyser, Allison Waters  

Directed by Ker Wells  

Dramaturg and Contributing Writer- Kristen Kosmas 


December 5 - 21, 2013


(145 6th Avenue, Enter on Dominick St. - one block south of Spring St., New York City)


 Opening Night Benefit Saturday, December 7th 

$100-- gets you 2 tickets and champagne toast



Performances Wed-Saturday at 8:30 pm, Sundays at 4 pm 

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Tickets, priced at $20, also available by calling HERE at 212-352-3101 


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NACL proudly announces the New York premiere of STRUCK, its new performance about neurology, the workings of the mind, and one woman's walk on the razor's-edge between life and death.   STRUCK was co-created by Brett Keyser, Allison Waters, Ker Wells, and NACL Artistic Director and actress Tannis Kowalchuk, who suffered a major stroke in 2011.
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Following an acclaimed world premiere production at Cleveland Public Theatre in March 2013, STRUCK will have its New York City premiere at HERE beginning Thursday, December 5th, Special Opening Night Benefit is Saturday, December 7th (adopt-a-show sponsor is Bergen Green LLC). Presented by NACL in association with Cleveland Public Theatre and Arnold and Roberta Krumholz. This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE, HERE's curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support. 


In 2011, NACL Artistic Director Tannis Kowalchuk had a major stroke. To augment her rehabilitation therapy, Kowalchuk devised her own theatre physical therapy in an attempt to regain her abilities and skills as a performer, musician, and stilt walker.  The exercise regimes that she practiced to re-find her "performer self" was what planted the seeds for STRUCK.  What emerged is an exploration of how the brain and body look for meaning, struggle to communicate, and recover and re-discover the sense of "self" following a stroke.


Bridging the domains of art and science, STRUCK is a visual and poetic performance that incorporates video, a live and recorded musical score, and a custom-designed light installation based on the night-sky displays of the aurora borealis (or northern lights, a natural wonder common above Kowalchuk's childhood home in Winnipeg, Canada).  These man-made northern lights illuminate the journey of the protagonist, Catherine (played by Kowalchuk), while echoing the electrical impulses of her brain as she encounters a shape-shifting angel figure (played by Mr. Keyser) and a neurologist (played by Ms. Waters).  At times wrenching, often humorous, the play attends to Catherine's urgent questions "What happened to my brain? Am I a new me?" Through an intricately looped narrative crafted by Kowalchuk, Keyser, Kosmas, Wells, and Waters, the play takes audiences inside the stroke victim's brain as its protagonist searches for understanding and identity, while grappling with the basic struggle to exist.


STRUCK stars Brett Keyser and Tannis Kowalchuk, and features neuroscientist Allison Waters (seen in video).


STRUCK also includes the work of a multi-disciplinary roster of artists and engineers including:  costume designer Karen Flood, New York City lighting designer Stephen Arnold, digital artist Brian Caiazza, Canadian lighting engineer and inventor Jim Ruxton, filmmaker Tina Spangler, technical director Zoot (of Woodstock Stage and Screen), technicians Joe Murray and Ray Cornelison, and designers Pam Mayer and Hall Smyth.  


STRUCK is funded in part by the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project, by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the generous donations of individuals and small businesses.

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