167 Tongues

Author: Theatre 167

167 Tongues

Description: A Dominican manicurist wonders if her Chinese-Jewish boyfriend will propose before she gets deported; a Rwandan night nurse tries to understand the 167 languages spoken in the local emergency room; characters of all backgrounds converge and connect in this play about the emotional geography of the world's most diverse neighborhood.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 8/1/2014
Content Advisory: NA
2 Acts, 105 Minutes
17 Females, 16 Males, 1 Gender Neutral

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Keywords: Art and Artists · Bilingual Plays · Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Comedy · Coming of Age · Death and the Afterlife · Drama · Families · Gay and Lesbian · Gender Identity · Large Cast Size · Many Locations · Non-traditional/Non-narrative/Experimental/Post-dramatic · Romance · Social Issues

Original Production Information

167 TONGUES premiered 2010 in Queens, New York, first produced at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights by Jackson Repertory Theatre (Artistic Director, Ari Laura Kreith; Executive Director Alison Ostergaard) and then as the debut production of Theatre 167 (Artistic Director, Ari Laura Kreith) in the New Play Development Program at Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park with the folloing cast and crew:

Homeless Guy: Rajesh Bose
Lisa: Liz Kimball
Fruitseller: Austin Ku
Bookseller: Arje Shaw
Pema: Shetal Shah
Manolo: Jorge Acosta
George: Samuel T. Gaines
Carlos: Andrew Fafoutakis
Natalia: Patricia Becker
Manuel: Ephraim Lopez
Julius: Harold Surratt
Claire: Patti Davidson-Gorbea
Briana: Arlene Chico-Lugo
Marina: Tate Evans
Irene: Linda Jones
Tashi: Soneela Nankani
Elvira: Carmen N. Guzman
Flora: Lina Gallegos
Brad: Marc Schaeffer
Paul: Kyle Knauf
Jasmin: Diana Carolina Gonzalez
Randy: David Murray Jaffe
Leti: Lauren Lewis
Bobby: Tyler Fischer
Leti’s Mother: Sorely Muentes-Méndez
Jacob: Austin Ku
Margaret: Claudia Schneider
Restauranteur: Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte
Nia: Farah Bala
Nassim: Shetal Shah
Dr. Rajan: Rajesh Bose
Kali: Jyotsna du Ciel
Tasleema: Lipica Shah
Kemal: Adeel Ahmed

Conceived and directed by Ari Laura Kreith
Production design: Michael Wilson Morgan
Lighting design: Katie Hong
Sound design: Adam Hiniker
Props design: Meagan Miller-McKeever
Production Manager: Graham Mills
Dramaturg: Angie Balsamo
Production Stage Manager: Allison Malinowski.

167 TONGUES received its Manhattan premiere 2013, produced by Theatre 167 (Ari Laura Kreith, Artistic Director; Jenny Lyn Bader, Director of Artistic Development) at 777 Theatre in New York City with the following cast and crew:

Homeless Guy: Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte
Lisa: Taylor Hess
Fruitseller: Gen Parton Shin
Bookseller: Tom Treadwell
Pema: Nina Mehta
Manolo: Marcelino Feliciano
George: Samuel T. Gaines
Carlos: Israel Gutierrez
Natalia: Sorely Muentes-Méndez
Octavio: Orlando Rios
Julius: Russell Jordan
Claire: Nela Wagman
Briana: Arlene Chico-Lugo
Marina: Jenny Mercein
Irene: Claudia Schneider
Tashi: Indika Senanayake
Archer: Dashiell Morss
Elvira: Fulvia Vergel
Flora: Maribel Martinez
Freddy: Anthony Merchant
Paul: Ross DeGraw
Randy: Marshall Spann
Leti: Flor De Liz Perez
Bobby: Kevin Hoffman
Leti’s Mother: Sorely Muentes-Méndez
Jacob: Gen Parton Shin
Margaret: Claudia Schneider
Restauranteur: Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte
Nia: Farah Bala
Nassim: Nina Mehta
Dr. Rajan: Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte
Kali: Jyotsna du Ciel
Tasleema: Lipica Shah
Kemal: Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte

Director: Ari Laura Kreith
Set design: James McSweeney
Lighting design: Diana Duecker
Sound design: Katie Hong
Costume design: Michelle Leibrock
Projection design: Max Ward
Production Stage Manager: Abbey Bay.