AT Tribeca performing arts, November 10

Presented in Partnership with WNYC

 November 4, 2014; New York, NY – NPR and WNYC are proud to announce NPR Presents Water +/- in New York on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 8PM ET. The performance combines national and local news coverage, music, poetry, storytelling and visual projections to explore how too much or too little water is shaping lives and affecting communities around the world. Tickets for the event at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center are $25 and available for purchase now at tribecapac.org.

In New York, Water +/- will take a special focus to Sandy – presenting people’s real experiences living through the storm and its aftermath. The show will be co-hosted by NPR's All Things Considered Weekend Host Arun Rath and WNYC’s All Things Considered Host Amy Eddings. Featured actors include: Jason Dirden (Tony Award-winning Production, A Raisin in the Sun); Michele Shay (August Wilson's Seven Guitars); Lucas Caleb Rooney (Boardwalk Empire); Tamela Aldridge (One Life to Live); and Zenzele Daniels.

"NPR Presents Water +/- brings together journalistic rigor with the artistic and poetic nature of theatrical storytelling, amplifying local and national stories about water issues that are significant to each region and have a global resonance," said Indira Etwaroo, executive producer and director of NPR Presents.

“The waterfront helped make NYC one of the great and powerful cities in the world,“ said Karen Frillmann, enterprise editor for WNYC. “After Sandy, WNYC reporters and show producers witnessed the destructive power of water, and we heard the expressions of fear and hopelessness that many people experienced. We've contributed these stories to Water +/- as a reminder that we are people who live on the edge.”      

NPR Presents Water +/- brings together Tony-Award winning director Kenny Leon, award-winning NPR Science Correspondent Christopher Joyce, and award-winning theater writers Arthur Yorinks and Carl Hancock Rux with an original sound score by acclaimed violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR).

"I am excited to work with NPR Presents on this meaningful and highly relevant undertaking," said Director Kenny Leon. "Theater has the ability to illuminate the human experience in a way that is unique, vital and authentic. Our goal is to allow Water +/- to showcase our shared humanity, our shared challenges across the U.S. and the globe."

NPR Presents Water +/-, which made its world premiere in New Orleans last month, will visit eight cities along its U.S. tour. In each community, the program will build on NPR and Member Stations' news coverage and highlight each city's unique, nuanced relationship with water. The scripts are created in partnership with the Member Station, combining local sensibilities with national themes. No artistic licenses are taken with the news content; stories are adapted from on-air and online coverage, as well as oral histories, into monologues and dialogues. Tour dates and ticket information are available here.

NPR Presents

NPR Presents is NPR's multiplatform national live events initiative that furthers the mission of public radio. Events bring to the stage world-class content that is as diverse as the American land- and sound-scapes they reflect, programmed for a curious, culturally-engaged and savvy global audience. NPR Presents is built on the belief in two-way conversations and intimate storytelling with our audience and in collaboration with our Member Station community.

About WNYC

WNYC is New York’s premier public radio producer and broadcaster, comprising WNYC 93.9 FM, WNYC AM 820 and www.wnyc.org. As America's most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, WNYC extends New York City's cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WNYC is home to a newsroom of 60 journalists, and the producer of award-winning national programs and podcasts including Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, The Takeaway, Studio 360 and On the Media. For more information, visit www.wnyc.org.


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