A brilliant piece of staging…stakes are high and the acting is solid and personal” - Broadway World
The editor of a feminist journal and a guerrilla fighter coordinate missions for the recovery of women and children abducted during the genocide. Crossing into Armenia, to transport supplies and weaponry, has become nearly impossible and their idealism is challenged as the political situation around them takes a darker turn. The "new girls" of this era begin setting their sights on a life beyond the confines of the city, rather than a life of oppression within it. An entire nation teeters on the brink of displacement.
"This story unfolds during the aftermath of World War I, when the city was under Allied occupation. It focuses on the Armenian minority in the post-genocide era, at a time of political intrigue, military struggle, and a burgeoning feminist movement,” explains writer Aram Kouyoumdjian.
The cast includes Eva Abramian (Anna/Lara), Jonathan Fishman (Parsegh), Jade Hykush (Vehanoush), Travis Laughlin (Roupen/Serop), Kristin Mothersbaugh (Zabelle), Luc Rosenthal (Haig), Robert Walters (Shenian/Gorun).
Vista Players originated in Sacramento. The company has long been admired by audiences and press for their high quality stage productions which include William Saroyan: The Unpublished Plays in Performance at Mark Taper Auditorium (in L.A. Central Library – DTLA), Jan Popper Theater (Schoenberg Hall - UCLA); the Ararat-Eskijian Museum (Mission Hills), Happy Armenians (premiered at NoHo Arts Center) at California Stage in Sacramento, The Farewells, Arcadia, and Far Away at Actor's Theatre of Sacramento. “Boundlessly talented…they set the standard by which others were judged,” wrote the Sacramento News & Review. “The classy company elevated [theater] with crisp, intelligent, detail-oriented productions," noted the Sacramento Bee.
“Highly recommended. An extremely significant story...gorgeous writing….remarkable play. The characters are bold and exquisitely formed” - NoHo Arts District