Isabel Garcia

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In a world that becomes increasingly uninhabitable, a political exile, a former radical, and a climate refugee must play a game to become citizens in a virtual utopia. Set in the year 2075, “No Place” poses the question: “What happens to a person when undertaking an extreme journey of migration?” 

Created by a team of women from Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, and the United States, “No Place” will be Square One Collective’s first play. As an experimental, devised theater company, their writing and performing process is collaborative. 

The core group of Square One Collective met in 2016. Many of their conversations at the time were about what it meant to be a citizen of a nation and also an individual person. “What we were thinking about in terms of national identity versus personal identity…sparked an idea to start making some work,” says Sarah McEneaney, a founding member of Square One Collective. 

From left to right: Sarah McEneaney, Ana Cantorán Viramontes, and Juliana Suaide.

With support from the Queens Council on the Arts, the final developmental showings of “No Place” will be held at Supermoon Art Space in Ridgewood. Since the play explores what happens when people with different backgrounds migrate to one place, Square One Collective wanted to perform in Queens, a burrough dense with immigrant communities. Queens’ population also reflects the diverse women who created the play. 

Continuing the collaborative spirit of the play, Square One Collective will hold casual receptions after each showing to thank the audience for attending and to invite them to share feedback.  McEneaney hopes the play will make the audience think about what it means to be a citizen and how that would change if they had to go anywhere else. 

“No Place” performances will be held on Saturday, August 17 at 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $5, and you can purchase them here. Supermon Art Space is located at 753 Onderdonk Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385.

All photos courtesy of Square One Collective.

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