Pike St.

MARCH 27-APRIL 23, 2017

  • By Nilaja Sun
  • Directed by Ron Russell
  • 90 minutes, with no intermission

From the one-woman dynamo who brought the Obie Award-winning No Child… to Woolly in 2008 comes a rich slice of Puerto Rican immigrant life that “glows with humor” (New York Times). If you’ve ever seen Nilaja Sun’s virtuosic performance style, you’ll want to experience it again…and if you haven’t, you must not miss the chance to be transported to Pike St.

On the Lower East Side, a mother works hard to keep the electricity flowing for her daughter’s respirator while a hurricane looms nearby. As she prepares for disaster, a vibrant host of characters—a decorated war veteran, her ne’er-do-well father, her octogenarian downstairs neighbor—bring new meaning to the phrase “it takes a village.”

"Glows with humor...So full of vivid life."

New York Times

About Playwright/Performer Nilaja Sun

Nilaja Sun (Playwright/Performer) is an actor, playwright and teaching artist most known for her Obie award winning solo piece "No Child..." which had its initial off Broadway run at the Barrow Street Theatre from July 2006-June 2007 and was recently revived there in an extended run. For her creation and performance of No Child... and its subsequent national tour, Nilaja garnered 21 awards including: an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards including the John Gassner Playwriting Award for Outstanding New American Play, a Theatre World Award, the Helen Hayes Award, two NAACP Theatre Awards, and was named the Best One-Person Show at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. "No Child..." is published and has been licensed out to over 45 theatres nationally since 2008. In 2010, Nilaja was awarded the soloNOVA Award for Artist of the Year by terraNOVA Collective. She has also been seen on 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU, Unforgettable, Louie, The International, Rubicon and in 2012, she will be seen in the independent films Nature Calls and Hairbrained. A native of the Lower East Side, she is a Princess Grace Award winner and has worked proudly as a teaching artist in New York City since 1998.

About the Director: Ron Russell

RON RUSSELL (Director) is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of New York City’s Epic Theatre Ensemble.  The threads of professional directing and producing, community activism, and education have run throughout Ron’s career and intertwine completely in the work of Epic.  After graduating as a Neuroscience major (yes, seriously) from Oberlin College in 1992, Ron acted as Founding Artistic Director of the nationally acclaimed Summer Theatre Enrichment Program at El Centro de Servicios in Lorain, Ohio, an annual summer program that exists in a constituent-led capacity to this day.  While receiving his MFA in Directing under the RSC’s Barry Kyle from Louisiana State University, he co-founded Swine Palace Theatre (the state theatre of Louisiana) and brought several plays on tour across the state, while also assistant directing Kyle at Theatre for a New Audience in NYC and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville.  While in San Diego from 1995-96, Ron founded UBI Rep Theatre and directed at San Diego Repertory Theatre, while extending his activism (forged with ACT/UP in the 80’s and early 90’s) at an organization called Voter Revolt.

He has directed extensively regionally and in NYC, including 12 Off-Broadway productions (highlights including J.B. Priestley’s Time and the Conways, Kate Fodor’s Hannah and Martin, Vern Thiessen’s Einstein’s Gift and A More Perfect Union, George Bernard Shaw’s Widowers’ Houses in a new adaptation he co-wrote with Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr.) and countless “Journeys” culminations at schools across the city.  He has also acted as dramaturg and sound designer on many other notable Epic productions, including award-winning shows like Nilaja Sun’s No Child… (which he developed as a producer and director) and Judith Thompson’s Palace of the End.