Otherworldly celebrates the post-pandemic return of the twenty-year-old series with stories from three international artists about ghosts, demons, and a papyrus from ancient Egypt.
Therese Folkes Plair is an award-winning artist and classically trained singer. Since 1979, she has focused her performance, research and teaching on the music and oral traditions of people of African descent. She will perform ghostly stories from her Gullah Geechee heritage.
The final story is from Sonali Skandan, founder and artistic director of Jiva Performing Arts. Born in India, Skandan has lived in New York City for decades. She will present a story with dance about the powerful Indian goddess, Durga, and her efforts to destroy the evil demon, Mahisasura.
“Storytelling connects us to each other and to the deepest parts of ourselves. It’s how we make sense out of life,” Ress said. “It is a communal experience, even more so than theatre because there’s no fourth wall. We often involve the audience. It’s a dialogue between listeners and performers.”
The Halloween-themed performance marks the return of the series, which was last presented at the playhouse on Feb. 9, 2020, Ress explained.
“Otherworldly, like the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, will be both darkly intriguing and great fun,” Ress said.
Free general admission tickets will be available at the theatre one hour before the performance.