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From the Deep (FringeNYC)

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining
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Part of FringeNYC: Fates intertwine in a new dimension, beyond space and time. Israeli POW, Ilan, believes his freedom is nearly in sight. Across continents, abductee, Andrew, awaits his captor’s design. As time ticks away, they must learn to survive or disappear forever.

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Categories: Drama, National. From CMS Productions. Written by Cassie M. Seinuk. Directed by Lindsay Eagle.

FROM THE ARTIST:
When Andrew, a missing BU Grad Student, arrives in the surreal room of the missing, Ilan, an Israeli POW of five years, must convince Andrew to play the games, keep his mind active, and face the truth of his captivity before they both go missing forever. From The Deep explores the question: where do we go when we’re in captivity, and what do we do to survive?

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
Developmental Production at Boston Public Works at the Black Box Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts March 12th-28th, 2015, directed by Lindsay Eagle; featuring Charles Linshaw* and Jeff Marcus.
Winner of the 2014 Boston University Jewish Cultural Endowment Grant Second place winner of the Latinidad Playwriting Award at the 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Pestalozzi full length play prize winner at the Firehouse Center For The Arts New Works Festival and received a staged reading on January 31st 2014 at 8pm. Directed by Lindsay Eagle, Featuring: Charles Linshaw* and Jeff Marcus.

Semi-finalist for the nuVoices Play Festival at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte.

Semi-finalist for the Global Age Project 2014 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley CA.

This play is currently under development with Interim Writers and The Accomplice Writers' Group. It was developed at Lesley University MFA Writing for Stage and Screen, mentored by Jami Brandli and Kate Snodgrass.

Reading of the first scene of this play was read May 5th, 2013, with Interim Writers at The Democracy Center in Cambridge MA. Directed by Lindsay Eagle. Featuring: Charles Linshaw*

*The show contains Jewish and Israeli content as it is inspired by the real life events and capture of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli POW. It also delves into issues of identity.

 

Reviews (25)

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80
Time Out New York

"Cassie M. Seinuk’s absorbing 'From the Deep' spends two hours exploring the interplay between Israeli soldier Ilan and young American Andrew...There’s more than a touch of looming, Pinteresque menace, but the tension lags as the play goes on; Seinuk should probably leave more to the imagination. But Lindsay Eagle’s production doesn’t let the mood overwhelm the characters or the actors: Linshaw and especially Marcus reach admirable depths." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

“The themes of how we survive different kinds of violence are explored with a specificity and maturity that impressed me, especially coming from a young playwright. I only wish the rest of the play had lived up to its premise...It does a truly great job of bringing to life the complexities and rules of the imagined world Seinuk has created...I’m hopeful that my reservations about this play are simply due to typical young-writer problems, and I’m eager to see what Seinuk writes next.” Full Review

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White Rhino Report

for a previous production "An intriguing new work that examines many facets of terror and loss of freedom. Under the steady directorial hand of Lindsay Eagle, two actors reveal multiple layers of themselves as their time of incarceration together lengthens…Both actors are superb in portraying the terror and boredom of indeterminate incarceration…A provocative and well-conceived play." Full Review

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My South End

for a previous production "A powerfully disturbing premiere…Seinuk makes her characters' respective fortunes very involving, and director Lindsay Eagle sharply paces their interactions as well as their personal struggles. Charles Linshaw as Ilan and Jeff Marcus as Andrew are remarkably affecting…Seinuk has dedicated her play in memory of her grandfather 'who taught me to always go from strength to strength.' The viscerally probing 'From the Deep' more than lives up to that teaching in a must-see premiere." Full Review

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Boston Spirit Magazine

for a previous production "Seldom has this reviewer seen a play set in a parallel universe, created entirely from the playwright’s imagination, transcend the genre of science fiction or the theater of the absurd. But like the best of Harold Pinter, Seinuk and her cast and crew of this production have created a riveting theatrical experience. The audience not only clutches their seats to find out the final outcome of the two trapped men but also hangs onto their every sentence of dialogue." Full Review

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88
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95
Insightful, Original, Thought-provoking, Tour de force acting

See it if only for Linshaw's winning performance. Profound look at how loss of freedom strengthens or breaks human spirit. Fringe at its best!

Don't see it if you only like musicals..or can't face the harsh realities of the world of a POW. Worth seeing just for the acting & the strong script.

65
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like idea plays that touch on political and social issues surrounding prisoners and imprisonment (both literally and metaphorically).

Don't see it if a slower-paced drama and subtlety bores you.

93
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound, Great staging

See it if You would be inspired by the story of a soldier imprisoned for 5 years and how he continued to believe his life had meaning. I learned a lot

Don't see it if You are prejudiced against Israel. It is a universal story, though. Also, an intermission in a FringeNYC show is asking a lot.

91
Absorbing, Clever, Confusing

See it if Suspense, riveting...

Don't see it if Nothing!

96
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you like to think about life. this show puts you into someoen elses head and lets you see what they think of.

Don't see it if you don't no the story of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit

85
Brilliantly imaginative two hander linking disparate victims of terrorist kidnappings

See it if You seek creative, richly imaginative, stunnigly well acted, original drama that is both intellectually stimulating & emotionally involving

Don't see it if you prefer to avoid a discomforting immersion into pain & fear. Still author Cassie Seinuk's brilliance demands and rewards our attention.

80
Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You like entertaining well acted shows about people making decisions under duress

Don't see it if Your uncomfortable with situations with violence as an underlying theme.

89
Original, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You enjoy creative theater and thought-provoking plot.

Don't see it if you can't handle a long show or slower pace, or find stories of abduction or captivity personally disturbing.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You are interested into a glimpse of your mind in action.

Don't see it if You don't like self-introspection.

89
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy thought provoking plays, good writing and good acting

Don't see it if You have no interest in the topic

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You're interested in theatre that examines the inner struggle to hold on to hope, and all that makes us human, in the face of inhuman action

Don't see it if You're looking for light-hearted entertainment, or you're disturbed by seeing the effects of torture or violence on the human psyche.

88
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Great writing

See it if You want a creative original thought provoking experience

Don't see it if You are anxious especially about being kidnapped or listening to a ticking clock sound for almost 2 hours

98
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Great writing

See it if If you like great suspense

Don't see it if you are not willing to think about the middle east this play is very deep and you need to think!

92
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy an intense small cast with heart and Israeli content

Don't see it if You prefer shows that spell it out for you. Your brain is going to do some work. But it'll be worth it

98
Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You like unpredictable shows that slowly unfolds in a captivating way.

Don't see it if You like fast pace shows

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Masterful, Great writing

See it if Well written play. Kept you engrossed throughout. Took my whole family to see it. Enjoyed by all, we are still discussing the story today.

Don't see it if You are not looking for a thought provoking experience.

94
Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in psychologically thrilling shows.

Don't see it if you're looking for a very political play. That isn't the focus of this story.

98
Beautiful, Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Heart-pounding

See it if You want to be moved. Strong script! See if you are looking for strong acting, a complicated, but inspiring story, and a stunning design!

Don't see it if You want a show with a very positive outlook. this show is dark

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you like a touch of absurdism in your contemporary commentary.

Don't see it if the violence in our world feels a little too close to you right now and you'd rather a comedy.

100
Clever, Great acting, Riveting, Surreal, Great writing

See it if Great acting, profound writing, psychologically deep, resonant - some say it is dark, but we found it inspiring a way.

Don't see it if If you dont like mysteries! ;) You will spend the first act confused and uninformed, that's the point - you find out what's what in Act 2!