Friday, March 11, 2011

Final Performance of "Mendacity" to Benefit RAINN

Final Performance for Critically Acclaimed
Multi-media Solo Show

TONIGHT - Friday, March 11th
@ 8:30pm
Tickets $15, Students $10

85 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

Running Time = 50 minutes with no intermission.

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), about 80% of rape cases in the United States are women aged 24 and under, and that statistic becomes even more staggering when we realize that most sexual assaults of young women go unreported out of fear, disgust, shame, and denial. This is strictly a not-for-profit production.

Written and directed by Lauren Rayner, MENDACITY takes you deep inside the mind of a splintering personality, peppered with dark humor and wrought with self-loathing and denial over sexual assault. Join us in a rebellious journey of fragmented transcendence and the offering of hope. MENDACITY is pleased to donate 100% of the proceeds from their performances to RAINN.

During a February 22nd feature in The Huffington Post, columnist Jill Di Donato investigated the creation of the production and heralds MENDACITY’S “compassion, passion, vulnerability, openness and intensity.”
“Ali Kresch has a stripped-down simplicity that effectively reveals vulnerability”
“Her performance really connects and crackles with energy”
“rhythmic … visceral … emotionally charged”
“Mendacity has enormous value as a conversation-starter”
-Loren Noveck,

Ashley Steed of LA Stage Times calls MENDACITY “a kaleidoscope of vibrant voices with reflections constantly revolving and morphing around the issue of sexual assault. For someone to take something so personal and heartbreaking and transform it into something so transcendent and gut-wrenchingly honest is magnificent, awe-inspiring and inspirational.”

MENDACITY brings together a team of 15 creative collaborators and integrates dynamic multi-media techniques, including mind-blowing video projections by Jay Kilachand, an original soundscape designed by Jake Hull (of the band Momentary Prophets) with gestural choreography by Shiloh Goodin and a vibrant lighting design by Tony Lepore. The piece is performed by Ali Kresch.

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