#TenthPlanet: The Year of the Solar Eclipse

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mainposterTYOTSE.jpgWanna meet an interesting playwright …Aileen Kyoko

Tell us about yourself as an artist

As a half-Japanese and half-American artist, it is a priority for me to tell stories that reflect the diverse world we live in. I also find myself constantly exploring human relationships and dynamics – the messy and beautiful. I’m interested in asking the big questions through art and looking at why we behave the way we do. Art is so much about empathy and–especially as a writer, director and actor – you need to be able to see all sides to a story. I have to work with empathy for all my characters and ignore the labels of “good” and “bad”. I see each character as a full human coming into this imaginary world with their unique perspective. I am naturally drawn towards working in dramedy because to me, that’s what life is. I love going into the depth of life challenges but also being able to see it through the lens of comedy. Because trust me, there’s always something to laugh at. 

Share with us a little something about your play that we WON’T see in the press release.

There’s a text message conversation in there from a man named “River” that’s going to make your jaw drop. And I will just add- it’s based on a true story. I think there’s going to be a lot of scenes where the audience is going to be like “Oh I’ve been there”. You’ll be able to see parts of yourself in most characters. 

How does your play resonate today? Feel free to be blunt. 

This is a story about heartbreak, self-discovery and dating in our modern age. Society places pressure and expectations on where we are meant to be in our lives at a certain point. But what if our lives aren’t aligned with that? How do we listen to what is true for us? We have been taught from the beginning that one day we will find our life partner and then commit to them for forever. How realistic is that actually for humans?  

This play is about the truth and what lives underneath our lies and secrets. It also explores heartbreak and how we approach new relationships. We all do so much to protect our hearts, especially when our past wounds are still healing. We can all relate to the beauty as well as the noise and confusion that takes over when we fall in love. 

Why did you choose Planet Connections for your work?  

Art has the power to create change. It opens our eyes to different stories and ways of life. I felt completely aligned with Planet Connection’s mission to support non-profits. They are the only festival I know that really bridges philanthropy and performance art. In The Year of the Solar Eclipse I am spotlighting modern day women navigating relationships and dating. I am thrilled to be working with Planned Parenthood, an essential non-profit that is supporting women and girls. What is more important than taking care of our bodies and sexual health? Planned Parenthood’s affordable and quality services have changed women’s lives across the nation and I will always do what I can to support them. 

Where do you see it going in the future? What’s the next step?  

We are aiming high! The dream is for The Year of the Solar Eclipse to be picked up for production at a major theatre. We are also open to producing versions of this play in other cities. We know there is so much potential for growth for this story. 

Final thoughts? 

We have cast an unbelievably talented group of actors who bring so much to their characters every rehearsal. All of them are special, brilliant and going places! They are so much fun to watch and we know people are going to be so moved and entertained by them! Please visit www.theyearofthesolareclipse.com for tickets and more information.

This summer, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (PCTF), the brainchild of arts professional Glory Kadigan, turns 10 years old. In that decade, PCTF has successfully changed the landscape of the theatre festival and all of New York independent theatre. The multi-award-winning theatre festival will celebrate in a big way by premiering more than 50 timely and topical plays and musicals written by the next generation of playwrights. Each play contains a powerful message serving as a parable of various world themes. The Tenth Planet: Planet Connections Theatre Festivity will run fromJuly 9 through August 5, 2018 at The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street, NYC.www.planetconnections.org. Artists presenting works from all across America, including Denver, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Providence and New York City; and from all over the planet, including Japan, Yugoslavia, Russia, Peru, France, Belarus, & Haiti are part of this years festivity.

A defining facet of PCTF is its truly tangible connection to the world. Each artist within each season uses their work to shed light on causes that matter and inspire audiences to get involved. PCTF’s artists raise awareness – and funds – for a charity of their own selection. Furthering its message, PCTF is the country’s first eco-friendly arts festivity, providing green marketing and promotional materials and supporting sustainable design production practices.

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