Christina Masciotti: Raw Bacon From Poland (World Premiere)
85 minutes / Contains strong language, violent action & sudden loud noises / Suitable for 12 years and up
2016 Guggenheim Fellow Christina Masciotti returns to Abrons (VISION DISTURBANCE, ADULT) with her latest work, RAW BACON FROM POLAND. For shoe salesman and aspiring personal trainer, Dennis Toledo, a lifetime of trouble assumes a new intensity after a bad tour in Iraq. Though he’s managed to anesthetize the enduring wounds of that service with prescription drug abuse, when he’s arrested on a domestic violence charge and sentenced to Brooklyn Treatment Court, he’s forced to find new ways to handle his volatile tangle of mixed emotions. Further upheaval with his wife leaves him perched on the edge of recovery with an all-consuming drive to win full custody of his six-year-old daughter.
Joel Perez*, Kate Benson*, Jay Smith*, Douglas Scott Streater, Paul Boocock*, Miah Velasquez, Isabella Lagares
* Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association
Set and Costume Design: Jacob A. Climer
Lighting Design: Barbara Samuels
Sound Design: Ben Williams
Stage Manager: Oceana James
Assistant Stage Manager: Deidrea Hamid
Production Manager: Ann Marie Dorr
Technical Director: Carl Whipple
Line Producer: Sandra Garner
Christina Masciotti (playwright) is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in Drama and Performance. Her most recent production, Social Security, was named one of the Best Shows of 2015 by Helen Shaw, and her earlier work, Vision Disturbance, was one of Time Out New York’s Top Ten Shows of 2010. Her scripts have been selected for preservation in the Permanent Archives of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and published by Broadway Play Publishing.
Ben Williams (director, sound design) – This is Ben’s directing debut. Previous work with Christina Masciotti includes the sound design for Vision Disturbance, ADULT, and Social Security. Other collaborators: Elevator Repair Service, minor theater with Julia Jarcho, Lily Whitsitt, The Wooster Group, Rich Maxwell and NYCPlayers, Big Dance Theater, Sibyl Kempson, Kate Benson, and Lee Sunday Evans. Awards: OBIE, Lortel, and LA Drama Critics Circle Award, all for sound design.
“Masciotti is major – she is our heir to Moliere.” – Helen Shaw, Divers Alarums
“Ms. Masciotti mines the banalities of everyday chatter for heroic poetry.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Her character work can’t be surpassed.” – Helen Shaw, Time Out New York
“This playwright has a distinctive gift for finding an original poetry in everyday speech.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Christina Masciotti finds the magic and weirdness among ordinary folk.” – Time Out New York
“Masciotti’s writing is superb, simultaneously unforced and lyrical…She does a magic trick where language as it is spoken somehow becomes poetry.” – Helen Shaw, Time Out New York
“Masciotti seems poised to coax American domestic drama into rigorous and unsettling terrain.” – Tom Sellar, The Village Voice
RAW BACON FROM POLAND is made possible with generous support from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Jerome Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, and the generous contributions of many individual patrons.
Photo by Maria Baranova