PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE GIRL
PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE GIRL
Following a five year search for a permanent home, Target Margin Theater is proud to present the world premiere of Pay No Attention To The Girl from March 29 to April 21, 2018, debuting in their new 3,250 sq. ft. off-Broadway home in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Pay No Attention To The Girl is an interlocking set of tales about the deceptions of the sexes that lead us deep into the labyrinth of The Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Silk Road, MENA (Middle Eastern / North African), and South Asian stories.
Building on a body of work that includes rich, multi-faceted, explorations of works by Eugene O’Neill, William Shakespeare, Gertrude Stein, and Yiddish Theater, Pay No Attention To The Girl marks the beginning of a multi-year exploration of The Thousand and One Nights led by Target Margin and resident artists.
Directed by Founding Artistic Director of Target Margin, David Herskovits, his Target Margin works have won four OBIEs and been presented nationally and internationally. He most recently directed a major production of Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra, after three years of development. Other notable Target Margin credits include Gertrude Stein’s Reread Another (Bushwick Starr); a two-year program of Yiddish theater from 2012 to 2014 featuring Uriel Acosta: I Want That Man! (Chocolate Factory); and The Tempest.
“In 2015, when Moe brought forward The Thousand and One Nights as potential source material, I was immediately drawn in,” said Herskovits. “These tales are huge in scope, mystical, political, and problematic. We all saw them as a window into a deep humanity and a challenge to our understanding of Islamic Culture. The stories in Pay No Attention To The Girl confront gender and power head on: who controls the narrative around sexual relations, the (male) officers of the King or a slave girl? Whose story gets told, who should we pay attention to!?"
“With this debut production in our new home in Brooklyn, we have assembled an extremely diverse team of performers and designers, even for Target Margin where diversity is always essential. I cannot tell anyone’s story but my own—but I can open up my head and my heart to other voices; that’s the exciting part. Now we have this beautiful raw box to turn into a living theater, and what a way to start.”
For over 25 years, Target Margin has been praised for its aggressive interpretations of classic texts, lesser-known works, and new plays inspired by existing sources. Target Margin’s artistic and cultural vision has resulted in 41 Mainstage productions including 11 world premieres, 8 company-created works, 3 U.S. premieres and 5 new translations, which have garnered 4 OBIE Awards and employed over 500 Equity actors and hundreds of other theater artists.
The Company’s production of Mamba’s Daughters received an OBIE Award, and their epic 2004-06 production of Goethe’s Faust received extensive critical acclaim. Laura Collins-Hughes, in her New York Times Critic’s Pick review of their most recent, Mourning Becomes Electra at Abrons Arts Center, said, “I didn’t check my watch once in the five hours of David Herskovits’s bold, astringent revival for Target Margin Theater.”
Target Margin Theater's THE DOXSEE, is located at 232 52nd Street in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. Tickets, priced at $25, can be purchased by visiting targetmargin.org or by calling 212-352-3101.
Lor Vega in PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE GIRL
Caitilin Nasema Caddisy, Samy el-Noury, Lori Vega, Deepali Gupta in PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE GIRL