After securing its first permanent home in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park last fall, Target Margin Theater is set to present its first full production in the new space: the world premiere of Pay No Attention To The Girl. Directed by Founding Artistic Director David Herskovits, the show weaves together tales about the deceptions of the sexes from the labyrinth of The Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Silk Road, MENA (Middle Eastern / North African), and South Asian stories.
Pay No Attention To The Girl will be staged in Target Margin’s newly restored 3,250 square-foot performance space (named The Doxsee after late founding member and resident designer Lenore Doxsee) beginning March 29. The company will be made up of Caitlin Nasema Cassidy, Deepali Gupta, Anthony Vaughn Merchant, Samy el-Noury, and Lori Vega.
“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,“ says Herskovits. “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!?“
The creative team for Pay No Attention To The Girl includes Jesse Freedman (sound demon), Carolyn Mraz (sets), Kate McGee (lights) and Dina El-Aziz (costumes).
Performances are scheduled through April 21. For more information visit TargetMargin.org.