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On the Exhale: ASL Interpreted performance on February 18
February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
theatre KAPOW presents the NH premiere of
On the Exhale by Martín Zimmerman
theatre KAPOW takes a deep and serious breath as its 16th season continues with the New Hampshire premiere of On the Exhale by Martín Zimmerman. This incredible one-woman show will be performed at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage in Concord, NH February 16 – 18 and at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith March 1 – 3.
When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime–and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we’re all part of the problem. This is the New Hampshire premiere of Martín Zimmerman’s gripping play, which draws you into the white-hot center of our country’s most urgent debate.
“On the Exhale is incredibly bold, clever, and superiorly written,” said director Samantha Tella, “it is a captivating exploration of the unexpectedly dark thoughts a person could have after experiencing immense tragedy, but before grief sets in.” Tella, whose previous work with theatre KAPOW was the company’s hilarious adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (a production that will be on stage at the BNH Stage later this spring), was drawn to this script in particular because of the way Zimmerman has written it in the second person. “The sole character is in a subliminal state and speaks directly to the audience, so that we get to ask ourselves, ‘What if this happened to me?’ A question that allows us to bypass our political stances and connect to the human side of one of our country’s most hotly debated issues.”
Following the February 18th matinee performance, audience members can join a post-show conversation about the impact of gun violence on communities in New Hampshire. Dr. Keith Loud from Dartmouth Health will frame the conversation in terms of the public health impact of gun violence while Senator Deb Altshiller will provide insight into recent legislative action. The conversation will be moderated by professional facilitator and keynote speaker, Dr.Gerri King.
ASL Interpretation will be available at the Sunday, February 18 matinee performance at the BNH Stage in Concord, NH.
Martín Zimmerman is a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright whose work spans a wide variety of styles, but always aspires to a seamless unity of aesthetic and story. Zimmerman’s work has been produced by many of the country’s most renowned theatre companies and he is the recipient of many awards including the Terrence McNally New Play Award, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation, Humanitas Prize New Voices Award, Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, and the McKnight Advancement Grant. On the Exhale premiered at the Roundabout Underground Theatre in New York City in February 2017.
On the Exhale features NH Theatre Award-winning actress and tKAPOW co-founder Carey Cahoon. The show is directed by Samantha Tella and stage managed by Samantha Griffin. Longtime tKAPOW collaborator Tayva Young will be providing the lighting design.
Performances are February 16 and 17 at 7:30pm and February 18 at 2:00pm at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage in Concord, NH. Three encore performances will take place at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith, NH on March 1 and 2 at 7:30pm and March 3 at 2:00pm. For tickets or more information, visit www.tkapow.com.
About theatre KAPOW
theatre KAPOW (www.tkapow.com) develops ensemble productions of great dramatic literature to explore the human experience and inspire and challenge both artist and audience. Now in its sixteenth season, tKAPOW puts stories on stage to create a safe space to start a conversation to begin to heal communities, families, and hearts. In 2019, tKAPOW won the NH Theatre Award for Best Production of a Play for The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. tKAPOW has also won Best Production of a Play for Penelope by Enda Walsh (2014), Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies (2015), and Exit the King by Eugene Ionesco (2017). tKAPOW also devised and created new works of theatre such as Raining Aluminum and A Story that Cuts Like a Knife. In 2021, tKAPOW was honored with a Silver Lining Resilience Governor’s Arts Award for creative and innovative solutions offsetting challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
theatre KAPOW is supported by the New Hampshire Dance Collaborative, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Visit www.tkapow.com to learn more.