August 28 to September 11, 2017
Theater for the New City (Johnson Theater), 155 First Avenue.
Presented by Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Artistic Director) as part of Dream Up Festival 2017.
Monday, August 28 at 9:00 PM; Tuesday, August 29 at 9:00 PM; Friday, September 1 at 6:30 PM; Saturday, September 2 at 2:00 PM; Monday, September 4 at 9:00 PM; Tuesday, September 5 at 6:30 PM; Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 PM; Monday, September 11 at 6:30 PM.
Tickets $15. Box office: (212) 254-1109, www.dreamupfestival.org
Running time: 120 minutes including intermission. Critics are invited to all performances.
NEW YORK, August 7 – What are the limits of devotion? “Katie” by Miguel Toruño, a former US Congress ethics attorney, provides a unique examination of the choices we make to help those we love when lines are blurred between the law and what we feel is right. The play’s title character is a young woman who is quadriplegic and unable to speak. When she turns 18, her mother must decide how to help her enter adulthood. The play challenges audiences to examine their viewpoints on family, disability and sexual consent while considering the role played by the state in raising our children. Toruño’s goal in “Katie” is to provide audiences with a platform to examine the limits of a community’s devotion to providing a good life to a loved one and whether, in some circumstances, that devotion should go beyond social norms, taboos, or even the law. The relationships of mother to child, neighbor to friend, and government to citizens clash in ways that have probably never been explored onstage. Penny Templeton directs this world premiere.
In the play, a single mother struggles to raise her quadriplegic, non-communicative daughter, alone but only with the help of three volunteer therapists from her local church: two women and a man. Toruño’s legal experience comes through in his precise and informed writing, as he examines the conflict between the family and the state as each seeks to do what is best for a vulnerable young woman. We learn about the struggles of a caregiver and what it’s like to come of age as a profoundly disabled woman. The play will force audiences to confront their deeply held beliefs and reconsider their prejudices.
“Katie” is written by Miguel Toruño, and directed by Penny Templeton. “Katie” features Maya Schnaider as the title character, Alixx Schottland as her mother and Justin C. Shilling as the male therapist. The cast also includes Allison Threadgold, Wilma Rivera and Pat Lawrence.