"We Have to Stop
Now" is a new work about a day in the life of a New York psychotherapist,
directed by Ruti Rosen, written by Aïda M. Croal and Ruti Rosen in collaboration
with the cast by way of improvisation. In the play, three young New Yorkers
escape from their chaotic and confusing lives once a week in the safe, quiet
environment of their therapy. The play is a collage of their individual sessions,
each stretching the personna of their "shared" therapist to new limits.
The writers and cast distilled this fictional "slide of life" from
extensive use of videotaped improvisations. The result was a true ensemble work
with a raw edge that portrays a darkly humorous existence and surprising passions.
In the production, each "session" is interwoven with original hip-hop
music by Deflon as well as video elements.
Director Ruti Rosen is an
NYC resident. She is a former member of the Israel National Theater, Habima
(appearing in "Arsenic and Old Lace, " "Pains of Youth"
and :"The Rose Tattoo") and the Tel Aviv Theater ("The Golem"
and "The Three Sisters"). During the early '90s, she played leading
roles in various films including "Bad Girl" and :Tel Aviv Stories."
Most recently, she played Ophelia in Stephen Berkoff's production of "Hamlet."
Aïda Croal (co-author)
is a Canadian-born playwright, screenwriter and journalist. Her plays include
"Easy" and "Le Ménage" at La MaMa, "death of
a damn nation" (Trilogy Theater) and "Taking Names," co-written
with the Black and Jewish Artists Collective (Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center),
which won the 2000 All Out Arts Award for Best New Play. Recently, her original
screenplay, "blow baby blow," became a finalist for the Independent
Feature Project's 2001 Gordon Parks Award and BroadMind Entertainment's Cynosure
Leroi Freeman (psychologist)
has appeared in "Salome" at the Metropolitan Opera and "Kiss
of the Spider Woman" on Broadway. Michal Gamily (patient) is an Israeli-born
actress who has appeared in La MaMa's "The Trojan Women" (directed
by Andrei Serban, music by Elizabeth Swados), "Easy" and "Room
on the Third Floor." She has acted in serials, dramas and weekly satiric
TV programs in Israel. Her American training includes the Lee Strasberg Institute
(LA) and workshops with Joseph Chaikin and Ann Bogart. Neil Magnuson (patient),
from Kansas, has trained at NYU and Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and
played the lead in "Clubhouse Rules" at Primary Stages. Mary Round
(patient) has appeared Off-off Broadway at EST, TNC, Present Company and others.
The set and costumes are
designed by Sigal Arad Inbar, an Israeli film and TV art director and designer.
Lighting design is by Federico Restrepo. Music is by Deflon.