A Middle East America World Premiere

Night Over Erzinga

by Adriana Sevahn Nichols

An Armenian Family’s Story of Survival and Reconciliation

Night Over Erzinga

Ardavazt and Alice build a new life in the U.S. in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide but the past comes to haunt them in very different ways. Inspired by the playwright’s family history, this tender epic spans generations and countries in a fluid and magical narrative that will be scored with original music by Bulgarian composer, Penka Kouneva; directed by international artist, Hafiz Karmali, set design by award-winning Mikiko Uesugi.

“How did my grandfather lose two families in one lifetime but not lose his heart?” was the question that began Adriana’s two-year journey to develop Night Over Erzinga, the inaugural commission of the prestigious Middle East America Award.

September 15, 2011 - October 9, 2011

South Side Theatre

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Written by Adriana Sevahn Nichols

Directed by Hafiz Karmali

Featuring Natalie Amanian, Neva Hutchinson*, Terry Lamb*, Sarita Ocon, Lawrence Radecker, Juliet Tanner, Brian Trybom

Music by Penka Kouneva

Design Team: Jim Cave (lighting), Mitchell Greenhill (sound), Michelle Mulholland (costumes), Valerie M. Niles (props), Mikiko Uesugi (scenic)

NIGHT OVER ERZINGA by Adriana Sevahn Nichols, tells the moving story of an immigrant family of Armenian and Dominican heritage, exploring how a man can lose everything but his heart, and how a grandmother can reach through time, to unearth the untold story, and bring her children “home.” Spanning two continents and three generations, from Western Armenia of 1913, to 1930’s Massachusetts, to 1960’s New York, ancestors are reunited with the living, as they each search for solace, and a way to make peace with the past.

Commissioned by Middle East America: A National New Plays Initiative created and managed by Golden Thread Productions, Lark Play Development Center (New York), and Silk Road Theatre Project (Chicago).

This world premiere was made possible in part with significant contribution from Levon der Bedrossian, Roger Strauch & Julie Kulhanjian, David & Christine Balabanian, Adam & Rita Kablanian, Edward & Eleonore Aslanian, and countless other individual donors.

Cast & Crew

Adriana Sevahn Nichols


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Hafiz Karmali


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Neva Marie Hutchinson

Older Alice, Alice's Mother, Grand Ma

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Terry Lamb

Older Ardavadzt, Doctor, Aram

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Sarita Ocón

Sahiba, Nurse, Sarineh, Older Estrella

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Lawrence Radecker

Alberto, Cop, Turkish Soldier, Johnnie the SM

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Juliet Tanner

Alice, Ava

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Brian Trybom

Ardavazdt, Benny

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Natalie Amanian

Estrella, Anoushik, little Alice

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Design Team: Jim Cave, Mitchell Greenhill, Michelle Mulholland, Valerie M. Niles, Mikiko Uesugi*

Production Team: Wesley Apfel*, Deane Brannen-Jurgenson, Julie Gillespie, Aaron Niles, Jenna Stuart, Jocelyn Thompson

*Member Actors Equity Association, United Scenic Artists

Opening Night Reception

Development Workshop

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We are grateful for the support of the following institutions

National Endowment for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Foundation

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