The Pulitzer Prize winner “How much does it cost to live?” by Martina Mayok, premieres on October 16 at the Porta Theater, directed by Thomas Moschopoulos. It is characterized as a bold project that challenges stereotypes about people with disabilities and delves into the ways in which social class, race, ethnicity and wealth can cause gaps between people, even if they crave connection. Also, as an honest, authentic work, it invites the public to look at different perspectives of privilege and human contact, through two pairs of mismatched individuals: a former truck driver and his ex-wife, who recently became paralyzed, and an arrogant young man with cerebral palsy and his new caregiver.
Four people are struggling to cope with their disabilities. For two of them, disabilities are external, but everyone discovers that they are hiding internal, as they fight in pairs to redefine their values. Values that bleed after the blows of a relentless reality, which crushes human expectations with cynicism. What does it mean to live, after all? To survive simply or something more? And what is the cost you have to pay? How much does the isolation imposed by the way of a productive life endure, in order to make ends meet financially? Who are the outcasts of today and how easy is it to lose everything overnight? A tender as well as hard work of lyrical realism, which gave the young Polish-American author the Pulitzer Prize in 2018.
Martina Mayok’s work was created by the developer of the 2015 solo John, Who’s Here From Cambridge, where the author added a second pair to the original two-character form. It had its world premiere at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts on June 29, 2016. It then went up to the New York City Center in a production of the Manhattan Theater Club, which officially opened on June 7, 2017. In addition to Pulitzer, Cost of Living has won two Lucille Lortel Awards.
Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland in 1985. At the age of five, she immigrated to the United States with her mother. She grew up in New Jersey, a working-class immigrant area, where she attended her first schools. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Yale (Yale School of Drama) and the famous Julliard School in New York. From an early age, she showed an interest in complex social and economic issues; her first work was Mouse in Jar, a story about a mother with Stockholm Syndrome and her two daughters, who live in an underground apartment. The friendship of her thighs, another of her works on violence against women, was awarded the Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize (2011). ReWilding presents an excluded and marginalized community, strange and forgotten. In Queens and the one-act play John, who’s here from Cambridge, touches on a subject inspired by her personal life, the challenges of immigration and the efforts to converge. Her mother, a Polish immigrant, and her struggles are her greatest inspiration. For Mayok, theater is a place to seek the truth. She considers her achievement the clarity in the drama and her ability to transfer to the stage the images she observes. It does not invent worlds, but creates from existing ones, learns from life and often represents it in its most painful form.
Her works have been presented in theaters such as: Williamstown Theater Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville, Steppenwolf Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater / WP Theater, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The Kennedy Center and elsewhere. He has received numerous accolades and awards, including: Lanford Wilson Award, Helen Merrill Emerging Playwriting Award, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play (Helen Hayes Award), David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theater Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Prize and NNPN / Smith Prize for Political Playwriting.
Author: Martina Majok
Translation-Direction: Thomas Moschopoulos
Sets-costumes: Vassilis Papatsarouchas
Lighting Design: Nikos Vlasopoulos
Assistant director: Romanos Maroudis
Photos: Patroklos Skafidas
Video: Vassilis Papatsarouchas
They play: Melenchrinos Velentzas, Amalia Kavali Irini Makri, Fotis Stratigos
Days and hours of performances: From October 16 to November 14 I Saturday at 21.00 and Sunday at 19.00 I From 22 November I Monday and Tuesday at 21.00.
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