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REBORNING opens in Florida and Panama

Increíble ‘Reborning’

16/1/16 – 12:00 AM
Malky Zebede es hija de tigre y está mostrando sus rayas.Por años estuvo acompañando a su padre, el actor, director y productor teatral Aaron Zebede, …

Keitha Kushner, Valerie Troncoso y Rob Getman darán vida a los personajes de esta producción de Nikki de Roy y Diana Abouganem. / Malky Zebede.

Valerie Troncoso y Keitha Kushner, en la obra de Zayd Dohrn.

Rob Getman y Valerie Troncoso se lucen en esta comedia.

Rosalina Orocú Mojica (rosalina.orocu@epasa.com) | @PanamaAmerica

Malky Zebede es hija de tigre y está mostrando sus rayas.

Por años estuvo acompañando a su padre, el actor, director y productor teatral Aaron Zebede, en los proyectos que él emprendía. Para ella ir al teatro y verlo ensayar era un gozo indescriptible. Momentos mágicos. Así, casi sin darse cuenta, quedó Malky también prendada del teatro.

Eso sí, la mayor parte de las veces su trabajo, de asistente, tenía lugar tras bastidores. Aduce que es asunto de personalidad. Es tímida. Pero eso no fue barrera. Dio los pasos necesarios, hizo lo que tenía que hacer para llegar a esta fase: estrenarse como directora.

El gran día llegó. Fue este jueves cuando se corrió el telón en el Teatro Guild y pudo concretar su sueño.

Inolvidable fue ver al elenco recitar los parlamentos, actuar, ver las reacciones del público, escucharlo aplaudir… Ver que lo que estaba en el libreto cobró vida. Que, como en un rompecabezas, cada pieza encajó donde tenía que encajar.

Fue muy emocionante. Una sensación de complacencia, unida a gratitud, la embargó. Gratitud por esa valiosa oportunidad, por ese privilegio de poder ser parte de los que en la industria teatral cuentan historias, hacen que hechos reales o ficticios cobren vida. De los que generan reacciones, construyen, presentan mundos interiores y o exteriores ponen a reflexionar, crean conciencia y/o, sencillamente, entretienen con su talento. Y lo disfrutan.

Gratitud también hacia quienes la han respaldado en esta nueva y enriquecedora experiencia: directivos del Teatro Guild, las productoras (Nikki de Roy y Diana Abouganem), Eric De León (diseñador de luces) y Aaron, su padre (en calidad de consultor artístico).

Nos dice que “Reborning”, de Zayd Dohrn (Estados Unidos, es una obra nada común. Enfoca temas profundos, es muy psicológica, habla de búsqueda de la felicidad, de mecanismos de defensa para llenar esos vacíos.

Es una mezcla de misterio, con hechos hilarantes y macabros. No hay espacio para la distracción, te atrapa de principio a fin.

Doll drama ‘Reborning’ at Delray Arts Garage examines parents’ loss

Posted: 7:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

By Hap Erstein – Special to The Palm Beach Post

For those who thought the Arts Garage’s season-opening theater production, “Sex with Strangers,” was kind of kinky and creepy, wait until you see its next one.

“Reborning,” a psychological thriller by Zayd Dohrn, son of 1960s Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, revolves around the hyper-realistic dolls acquired by parents to help them adjust to the loss of their children.

The three-member cast first heard of reborning dolls from the script of “Reborning,” but director Keith Garsson’s initial encounter with one was at Boca Raton’s Town Center Mall. Its owner had left it in a baby carriage as she went into a store to shop.

“It took me a minute to realize that was not a real baby,” says Garsson. “As I was staring at it, somebody said to me, ‘Yeah, creepy.’ ”

He later surfed the Internet and not only learned about the reborning doll phenomenon, but also that there was a play on the subject. In it, Kelly (Elizabeth Price) and Daizy (Nicholas Wilder) are married artists who live in Queens. Her specialty is crafting reborning dolls and one day a mysterious woman named Emily (Deborah Kondelik) enters Kelly’s life, commissioning her to make a very specific doll.

What happens beyond that, the cast would rather not say. “There are surprises along the way. It keeps you guessing and I think by the end, you’re still guessing, which I like,” says Price.

“It twists as it unfolds,” adds Kondelik. “It’s a real roller coaster. I love dark, unique, character-driven stuff like this.”

Arts Garage audiences are likely to be fascinated by the reborning dolls, but director Garsson wants them to look beyond the inanimate child surrogates. “I hope people will come away talking about the emotional impact the reborning dolls have on the characters,” he says.

He chose the script, which is receiving its Southeastern Florida premiere, because, “Number one and most importantly, it’s something the audience will not have seen before. Number two, it’s a great story. And number three, it bridges the generations,” explains Garsson. “It has an element to it that the traditional theater audience these days can appreciate, but the story itself reaches out to the next generation. The generation we were able to capture with ‘Sex with Strangers.’ ”

The director says the play’s tone reminds him of works by Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter. “The appeal for me is the Pinteresque quality, that everything seems fine and then the menace arrives,” he says.

“I like the juxtaposition of the highly dramatic with the comedic,” adds Kondelik. “It’s funny sometimes, but it’s not, y’know?”

“The title ‘Reborning’ – like most great titles – has a concrete definition and then an abstract one,” says Garsson. “All of the characters are, at some point, reborn. In small ways and large. And one of the reborning dolls in particular is the catalyst for that.”

The director and cast apologize for being purposely vague, but they are very protective of the unexpected turns in “Reborning.”

“It an exciting night at the theater that takes you to places you don’t expect with characters who are intriguing,” says Price. “What more could you want?”

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