Out of Sight
Juggling Family Loyalty, Social Justice and Juicy Lemons
Written and performed by Sara Felder
Directed by David O’Connor
Shadow Puppets by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews
Sound Design by Matthew Lorenz
Solo theater artist and world-class juggler, Sara Felder presents
a bold new play about the art of seeing. In it, she tells and juggles
the tale of a mother, nearly blind, and her adult lesbian daughter.
The intimacy and struggles of the mother and daughter over how they
“see” each other and the world unfold as they try to
bridge their differences. Felder’s solo comedy brings circus
tricks, shadow puppets and a Jewish queer sensibility to questions
of family loyalty and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Coming from different generations, the mother and daughter struggle
with questions of justice in regards to Israel. The mother came
of age during the Holocaust and has a deep connection to Israel
that she wants to pass on to her daughter. The daughter grew up
doing Israeli folkdancing and listening to her mother’s stories
of an idealized Israel in a more optimisic time. In tryig to understand
her own vision of the world, the daughter recounts her college trip
to Israel where she begins questioning her mother’s framework
of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The intergenerational differences
about Israel and Palestine are creating a new kind of silence. Out
of Sight explores the pain and complexity of this silence in our
most cherished relationships.
Sara’s unique integration of circus arts and personal narrative
once again allows us to explore the big questions of our lives,
laughing along the way as we recognize ourselves in her stories.
Running time: 80 minutes. No intermission.
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Who is Sara Felder?
A solo theater artist, playwright, juggling diva, trickster and teacher, Felder has toured with the Pickle Family Circus, and Joel Grey’s Borscht Capades. She has performed in Cuba with Jugglers for Peace, in Nicaragua with the Women’s Circus, in Germany with the Klezmatics and all over the world at Festivals of Jewish/Yiddish Culture. She recently opened for Joan Rivers in Philadelphia.
Her highly-acclaimed “June Bride” has toured to over 35 venues. Felder is currently developing “Melancholy, A Comedy,” about Abraham Lincoln and mental illness and, her newest endeavor, “A Queer Divine,” about grief. She is a recipient of Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award which honors artists committed to art and social change and has been awarded artistic fellowships by the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Independence Foundation, the National Performance Network, the California Arts Council and the San Francisco Arts Commission.
She has been an artist-in-residence at 1812 Productions, the Headlands Center for the Arts, Intersection for the Arts and the California Arts Council, the latter for her work teaching juggling and performance in California prisons.
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Recommended for adults and children over 12 years old.