Written and performed by Nilaja Sun
Directed by Ron Russell
Special Presentation · Peet’s Theatre
November 17–December 9, 2018
West Coast premiere
Running time: 80 minutes, no intermission
Virtuoso performer Nilaja Sun’s award-winning hit No Child… captivated Berkeley Rep audiences in 2008. Now she brings us a new critically acclaimed solo show about Evelyn, a single mother who fights for the survival of her family in the face of a threatening hurricane. In an astonishing 80 minutes, Sun portrays three generations of a Puerto Rican family and the vibrant characters of New York’s Lower East Side in a story of tribulation, perseverance, and redemption that also “glows with humor” (New York Times). Don’t miss this incredible, transformative trip to Pike St.
Nilaja Sun · Writer
Ron Russell · Director / Sound Design
Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams · Scenic Design
Clint Ramos · Costume Design
Tyler Micoleau · Lighting Design
Michael Suenkel · Production Stage Manager
[Pike St.] creates a world in which botanical candles, prayers and rituals can mitigate or banish sickness, where vice and trespass borne of machismo and post-traumatic stress disorder and prejudice don’t mean that families stop loving each other or fall apart. It’s a world where a young girl is the hyper-articulate, preternaturally bright, politically visionary character; it’s a dramatic universe that doesn’t scorn hope but embraces it, even in the face of catastrophe…The nimble [Nilaja] Sun so finely carves the Puerto Rican, Jewish and Asian American characters of Pike St. that your imagination conjures a whole medley of puckered or strapping or fidgety bodies on Berkeley Rep’s stage.”
San Francisco Chronicle
The dazzling, fleet-footed Sun masterfully plays all of the characters…Each vividly comes to life as one day in the neighborhood plays out in unexpected ways…it’s all about humans’ need for faith and healing.”
San Francisco Examiner
Nilaja Sun accomplishes an amazing feat of acting with her voice, body and expression in the one-person show, Pike St., directed by Ron Russell. I only wish it had been longer than its intermission-free 80 minutes, so there had been more of her skill to admire…Sun is an original talent with marvelous gifts.”
Official trailer: Pike St.
Get a glimpse at Pike St. and see why the press calls Nilaja Sun a virtuoso performer.
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