THE CHERRY ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE ANNOUNCES ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PREMIÈRE OF MAGICAL, FUNNY AND PROFOUND PLAY FROM EL SALVADOR ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SEA
STARS LOCAL FAVORITE SUSANNAH BERRYMAN WITH ORIGINAL MUSIC BY MARY BRETT LORSON AND SHADOW ART BY LINDA WINGERTER
From February 20 – March 1, the Cherry starts off 2020 with On the Other Side of the Sea by Salvadoran writer Jorgelina Cerritos . On the Other Side of the Sea received the Casa de las Americas award for drama and will be seen for the first time in English at the Cherry Artspace . The play explores resonant themes of documentation, migration and connection through a dreamlike lens, telling a heartwarming story about the unexpected ways of finding connection.
On the Other the Side of the Sea opens on Friday, February 21st, following a pay what you will preview performance on Thursday February 20th. It closes Sunday, March 1st. Evening performances (Thursdays through Saturdays) are at 7:30pm, and Sunday matinees are at 3:00pm. Performances take place at the Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry Street in Ithaca, NY.
The cast is anchored by beloved Ithaca actor/director Susannah Berryman (Cherry Artists’ Collective founding member), joined by Jahmar Ortiz , Berryman’s student in the Ithaca College acting program. Susannah is a veteran of dozens of local productions, most recently The Children at the Kitchen Theater and A Doll’s House Part 2 at the Hangar. Ortiz was recently seen in A Raisin in the Sun at the Hangar and as Oberon in Ithaca Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night's Dream.
On the Other Side of the Sea is directed by Cherry Artistic Director Samuel Buggeln, and we are delighted that local musicians Mary Brett Lorson and Alexa Schmitz are composing original music, and local shadow puppet artist Linda Wingerter creating shadow imagery. Environment design is by Daniel Zimmerman, costumes are by Sasha Oliveau, and lighting by Christopher Brusberg.
Especially for The Other Side of the Sea, the Cherry is proud to introduce Cherry Chats. We have always found our Cherry Artists’ Collective talkbacks to be unusually well-attended, and we consistently hear from folks who wish they had a space to discuss our international plays on non-talkback nights. Enter: Cherry Chats! After every performance of On the Other Side of the Sea, interested audience members are invited to remain and chat in an informal social setting. Chats will be facilitated by Cherry Artists’ Collective members and/or members of the production creative team, and wine will be available by donation. We hope you’ll join us!
The Cherry Artspace is Ithaca’s home for innovative performance: a fresh and flexible waterfront venue that opened in September 2017 on Cherry Street on the Cayuga Inlet. The Artspace hosts a wide range of artists in a variety of disciplines, administered by the not-for-profit Cherry Arts, Inc. The Cherry Arts centrally supports the work of the Cherry Artists’ Collective, a self-governing ensemble of locally-based professional artists, who develop new performance works that are radically local, radically international, and formally innovative.