Past Performance--"Surfacing: An Inventory of Helplessness" ran July 9-28, 2019 as part of the Capital Fringe Festival

Written by Austrian playwright Julya Rabinowich and translated into English by Karin Rosnizeck, "Surfacing"" features three characters (A, B, and C): a female refugee who is hiding underground (A), a kidnap victim (B) locked up in a basement, and a young man (C) imprisoned in his own home due to the threat of blood revenge. Each is trapped, unable to surface or take part in everyday life. The play explores their mental states, survival strategies, and the way their minds work through cycles of hope, fear, anger, numbness, and desperation.

Rabinowich was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and emigrated to Vienna, Austria at age seven. Her texts challenge what former International Organization for Migration director-general William Lacy Swing calls the "toxic narrative" of transnational refugees as the root cause of economic, political, and social crises and the current tendency to turn victims of terror into terrorists themselves. Instead, Rabinowich transforms this narrative by revealing the migrant experiences of trauma, persecution, and displacement. Here are some background readings and videos on global migration and the plight of refugees.


Director: Karin Rosnizeck
Choreographer: Erica Rebollar at Rebollar Dance
Lighting Director: Ian Claar
Stage Manager: Laura Schlachtmeyer
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What DC Theatre Scene Said about Capital Fringe Festival Production
(full review here)

"a meditation on a condition" ... "love and torture are inexplicably intertwined" ... "the furtherest thing from a comedy" ... "vegetables are nourishing, too, and we may need a few more of them in our diet" (Tim Treanor)

What Audiences Said about Capital Fringe Festival Production (based on 85 post-performance audience surveys)

"riverting performances" ... "thought-provoking" ...
"very powerful" ... "timely for contemporary discussions of refugees" ... "80% recommend the play to friends"
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Cast: Yvonne Paretzky (A), Christine Jacobs (B), and Danny Santiago (C)


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Surfacing Photos at Capital Fringe Festival

Surfacing Videos at Capital Fringe Festival

Performance Times

Spider Room of Saint Augustine's Episcopal Church located at 555 Water Street SW in Washington, D.C. (across from Arena Stage):

Tuesday, July 9, 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 13, 8:45 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 18, 7:45 p.m.
Tuesday, July 23, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 28, 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available through Capital Fringe Festival starting June 17, 2019.

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