“We are strange fruits–the ones that fall and nothing more!”
“It takes practice and dedication. You don't just wake up one day knowing how to pray. It’s hard work.”
Curing the Void, a three-act play devised by RHA Theater, was an official selection of FringeNYC 2015. The show will be presented at Venue #2: Flamboyan Theater at the Clemente on SUN 8/16 4:30pm, WED 8/19 7:00pm, SAT 8/22 12:00pm, MON 8/24 4:45pm, SAT 8/29 7:00pm.
Running time is 65 minutes. Tickets ($18) are available at www.eventbrite.com/d/ny--manhattan/curing-the-void/?crt=regular&sort=date
On a cold Thursday night, an angel falls into a junkyard. Pretty and Daisy take it to a doctor–but the worst may not be over for this celestial being as it becomes the object of love, obsession and jealousy.
When faced with the desires that fill the void of our existence, extraordinary things awaken. Curing the Void is an excavation into the heart of solitude, a see saw of love and cruelty, a cacophony of use and abuse, a peculiar account of the things we do to fit in, find a purpose and fulfill our dreams—no matter how strange.
Curing the Void
Written by Martin Balmaceda, Haydn Díaz and Bettina Hoffmann, in collaboration with Gabriel Garcia and Alex Moreno
Directed by Martin Balmaceda
Starring Haydn Diaz, Gabriel Garcia, Bettina Hoffmann and Alex Moreno
Video and projection design by Bettina Hoffmann
Sound design and music by Haydn Díaz and Gabriel Garcia
Light design by Paul Tilson
Dramaturgy by Haydn Díaz
MARTIN BALMACEDA is a co-founder of RHA Theater. He is a director and a performer that has worked at La MaMa, Dixon Place, The New Ohio Theater, INTAR Theater, Studio Theatre in the Row, IATI Theater, The New School University, Repertorio Español, the Pan Asian Repertory Theater Company, The American Dance Institute in Washington D.C., Northwestern University in Evanston IL, and Sarah Lawrence College. Recently, Martin directed Yoleros for Teatrica at IATI Theater, the show will have a second run in December of this year at The Bushwick Starr Theater. Martin is a Lincoln Center Directors' Lab alumnus with an MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College. www.martinbalmaceda.com
HAYDN DIAZ is a cofounder of RHA Theater, the frontman of Profeta Poeta, a Dramatist Guild of America member and IATI Theater’s Literary Manager. He strives to create theater, music and literature that is heavily informed and influenced by the three different disciplines. FIU Honors graduate, B.A in English Literature and Theater. Playwriting credits: Au Courant Gothic (2010, NCUR and FCHC); Like An Angel (2011, KCACTF); It All—Almost—Makes Sense Now (2011, Miami’s Stage and Soundstage); Existing for Prolepsis (2012, IATI Theater); N.Y Madness Playwright (2013, Cherry Lane Theatre); Curing the Void (2014, Dixon Place). Directing credits: Two Midsummer Nightsmen (2012, The Tank); Sfumato (2013, La Mama E.T.C Studios). Sound design credits: IATI Theater’s PAM (2012 & 2013); After the Fire (2014, INTAR); Curing the Void (2014, Dixon Place); Flor de Lirio (2014, IATI Theater). La Gran Semíramis (2015, Repertorio Español). Stage managing credits: Age of the Android (2012, Secret Theater); Light of Night (2013, IATI Theater).
GABRIEL GARCIA has worked through the years with IATI Theater, LaTea, The Fringe, La Estrada, Borrow Group Theater, Prospect Theater, The Park Theater, among others, in various technical roles. He began his theater journey with The Hudson Explioted Theater Company (HExtc) as tech specialist. He studied Devised Theater under Martin Balmaceda in a workshop at IATI theater in 2012. Being part of the music project Profeta Poeta with Haydn Diaz, the three ultimately met on his acting debut of Curing the Void at Dixon Place in 2014. He played Jas in a staged reading done in Spanish of Winter of April at La Nacional in 2015 and has worked with directors Arian Blanco (Cuban Operator Please...), Rene Bush (La Strada), Mariana Carreño (Light of Night), and Ramiro Sandoval (Winter of April). Drummer, poet, musician, sound designer and–above all–artist, Gabriel Garcia received his B.A in philosophy from Rutgers University.
BETTINA HOFFMANN is a cofounder of RHA Theater and a visual artist originally from Berlin, Germany, living in Montreal, Canada. She creates videos and performances located at the intersection of photography, sculpture, film and dance. In her work she reconstructs and subtly dramatizes everyday situations to facilitate the examination of the underlying mechanisms of social relations, conflicts and communication and interrogates our notions of subjectivity, interiority and exteriority. Her work was shown in galleries and museums and in film festivals in Europe, the USA, Canada and Asia. She has received numerous grants and awards and her work is in several private and public collections in both North America and Europe. e.g. the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Berlinische Galerie in Berlin. Hoffmann received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Hochschule der Künste, Berlin and attended the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles and the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. www.bettinahoffmann.net
ALEX J MORENO currently works out of New York. He has collaborated with The PIT, Dixon Place, IATI Theater, NYU Writers lab, Columbia's MFA Directors & Writers program, the Robert Moss Theater, and The New York International Fringe Festival. Focusing mainly on creating new works for the modern day canon: writing, devising, and improvisation has become a part of his process towards each creation. In Miami he studied Theater at Florida International University and would go on to help establish "The Front Yard Theater Collective" a Miami based Improv & Sketch group that currently works with the City of Miami. www.alexjmoreno.com
Cross-cultural and multinational, RHA Theater experiments with techniques used in devised theater to explore new work and expand the limits of staged productions. Combining the elements of theater, puppetry, sound design and video projections, RHA Theater aims to create worlds where human introspection becomes visceral and a view of modern society is amplified. rhatheater.wordpress.com