Commissioned through Working Theater’s Five Boroughs/One City Initiative, and inspired by stories from the Brighton Beach community. 

ADA AccessibilityThe venue has an elevator onsite. Please note, it is 32″ wide. 

The Blue Parts

created by playwright Liba Vaynberg & director Dina Vovsi 
featuring Kate Abbruzzese*, Savidu Geevaratne*, Zuzanna Szadkowski*
stage directions Siarra Donna
stage manager Emily Roth*
dramaturg Amrita Ramanan

Welcome to Brighton Video. What do you need? We have it… or something like it… Oh, you can’t read Russian? Customers aren’t flocking to Marina’s store, but one stormy afternoon, she finds herself sheltering Abdur, a teenager on a mission to save the whales. A familiar and singular story of migration inspired by stories from the communities of Brighton Beach, The Blue Parts examines the lives we lead when we leave the places we call home.

Join us in Manhattan for this one-night developmental reading. Reservations are free, but required.

If you would like to be put on the waitlist, please email [email protected]. Patrons must be present at the theater and will be sat in order of request and availability.

Working Theater is committed to the safety of our audiences, artists, and staff. Masks and vaccinations are no longer required but highly encouraged to protect yourself and others at our performances. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available upon request. We will continue following guidance from CDC and local guidelines to update these protocols as needed. 

Liba Vaynberg (Playwright): Liba’s play Scheiss Book won Best One-Woman Show and Backstage Magazine Audience Choice Award at the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row and was also produced at Dixon Place & Stonewall Inn. Her play Round Table was programmed as part of Fault Line Theatre’s new work series IRONS IN THE FIRE. The Russian and the Jew, written with Emily Margolin, was selected as a 2017-2018 COJECO (Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations) BluePrint Fellowship and was produced this Winter at the Tank. As a performer, she appeared on New Amsterdam (NBC), Madam Secretary (CBS), Billy & Billie (DirecTV), The Deuce (HBO) and on stage at Classic Stage Company, the Women’s Project with Fault Line, HERE, La Mama, Yale, Williamstown, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre, Penguin Rep & Miami New Drama. Liba studied Molecular Biology & International Studies at Yale before getting her MFA from Columbia.

Dina Vovsi (she/her/hers) is a New York-based director and theatermaker. She is a member of the 2022-2024 WP Theater Directors’ Lab, the 2022-2023 Roundabout Directors Group, The New Georges Jam, and is a 2023 Brooklyn Arts Council Grantee for Canoe Play, a site-specific, journey-based play on a 14-seat Langley canoe in Newtown Creek in partnership with the North Brooklyn Community Boathouse in Fall 2023. She has directed and developed new work with The Civilians, New Georges, Working Theater, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Dartmouth VoxFest, and more. A New Georges Affiliated Artist, Dina was a 2022 & 2023 Brooklyn Arts Council SU-CASA Grantee, a 2021 Brooklyn Arts Council Grantee, a Robert Moss Directing Fellow at Playwrights Horizons, a member of The Civilians’ R&D Group, the recipient of an SDC Foundation Observership, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, an O’Neill National Directors Fellowship finalist, and a Mass MoCA Assets for Artists Grantee. As an associate/assistant director, Dina has worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, and regionally with Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, Spoleto Festival USA, WP Theater, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Ma-Yi, and more. Dina is a frequent guest director at universities, working with students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Long Island University. She currently teaches directing at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Born in Riga, Latvia, Dina immigrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union as a child in one of the major waves of Soviet Jewish migration.

Kate Abbruzzese (Masha) (Off Broadway: workshops of Richard II, As You Like It (The Public Theater), Pound opposite Christopher Lloyd, An Evening With The Macbeths (Red Bull Theatre). Regional: Margot Wendice in Dial M For Murder, Gwendolen Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest (The Old Globe); Miranda in The Tempest, Allie in Dairyland (Chautauqua Theater); Stephanie in Black Dick (O’Neill Playwrights Conference), Shelby in Steel Magnolias (Cincinnati Playhouse), Portia in Julius Caesar, Hamlet in Hamlet (Shakespeare & Company), Perdita in The Winter’s Tale (Hudson Valley Shakespeare), Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (Baltimore Center Stage). Film/television: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Blacklist,” “NCIS: NOLA,” “The Chaperone.” Honors: O’Neill Playwrights Conference semifinalist, finalist and two-time winner of the Red Bull Short New Play Festival, recipient of the Molly Thacher Kazan Prize, Olympia Dukakis Scholarship, and Ron Van Lieu Scholarship. Education: B.A. from Vassar, M.F.A. from NYU Graduate Acting. Proud member of The Actors Center.

Siarra Donna is a New York based actor. This is her first time working with Working Theatre and she is so grateful for this opportunity! Siarra is a recent graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Some of her favorite credits include Marie Antoinette, in Marie Antoinette and Nell in We Jump Broom. Siarra is beyond grateful for the support of her friends and family! @siarrad.donna on Instagram 

Savidu Geevaratne (he/him) (Abdur) is a Sri Lankan American actor, singer, and musician based in NYC. Training: NYU Tisch New Studio on Broadway. Previous work includes As You Like It, Head Over Heels (NYU), Your Own Personal Exegesis (LCT3), Monsoon Wedding (St. Anne’s Warehouse). He spent his past few summers singing all over Cape Cod as part of “Hyannis Sound”, a professional a cappella group and can be heard on their most recent albums. Check them out on Spotify! He is grateful to his Amma for encouraging him to follow his passions and to his fellow scouts in Troop 233 who, in preparation for a 7th grade whale watching trip, sat through his overly detailed and thoroughly researched powerpoint presentation titled: “Whales”. @the_savidoodle_

Emily Roth (Stage Manager) is a freelance stage manager based in NYC. Recent credits include Miss Saigon (White Plains Performing Arts Center), Dial M for Murder (White Heron Theatre Company), Sea Monsters of the Deep (White Heron Theatre Company), How The Hell Did I Get Here? (Pemberley Perry), The Woman in Black (Pemberley Perry), Ajijaak on Turtle Island (IBEX Puppetry), and Alternating Currents (Working Theater). She is the co-author of Stage Management Basics: A Primer for Performing Arts Stage Managers (Focal Press © 2017, 2nd ed © 2022).

Amrita Ramanan (she/her) is a dramaturg, creative producer, and artistic leader who holds the values of anti-racism, anti-colonialism, equity, and access at the core of her practice. She is the Director of New Work Development at the Public Theater and has previously held the roles of Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Literary Manager at Arena Stage, and Associate Producer and Resident Dramaturg at Double Edge Theater. Most recent dramaturg credits include The Harder They Come by Suzan-Lori Parks (The Public Theater) and Elyria by Deepa Purohit (Atlantic Theater Company). Amrita is completing her third year as a National Theater Project Advisor for the New England Foundation for the Arts. She considers herself a professional advocate for playwrights and storytellers across all mediums.

Zuzanna Szadkowski (Marina) is best known for playing Dorota in the CW’s “Gossip Girl.” Currently, she can be seen in HBO’s “The Gilded Age.” Other television credits include “Modern Love,” “Bull,” “Search Party,” “The Knick,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Girls,” “Guiding Light,” “The Sopranos,” and “Law and Order.” Film credits include “Worth,” “Minyan,” and “Loserville.” Theatre credits include Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet (WSJ Performance of the Year 2018), The Crucible and Peter Pan with Bedlam, queens at LCT3, The Comedy of Errors as part of The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit, King Philip’s Head… with Clubbed Thumb, Love, Loss and What I Wore on Off-Broadway, The 39 Steps at ATL, and The Merry Wives of Windsor at Two River Theater. Zuzanna is also a writer and has been published in The New York Times and Alien Nation.

Eisenberg/Beans Casting: Daryl Eisenberg, CSA & Ally Beans, CSA. Broadway: Gettin’ The Band Back Together. NY Theatre: Bedlam, Love & Science, BaghdaddySuperHeroPowerhouse, WP Theater, DVRF, Cherry Lane. Regional/Other: Dallas Theater Center, May We AllHeartbreak Hotel (Broadway in Chicago), Folger Theatre, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Norwegian Cruise Line, Arizona Theatre Company. Film: The Cathedral (Sundance), The MisEducation of Bindu (Peacock)Menorah In The Middle (Hulu), Angry Neighbors, Hey Vicktor (Tribeca), Shadows (HBO). Audio: LimetownShipwormThe Callisto Protocol, City of Ghosts. @EBCastingCo.
Casting Assistant: Chelsi Kern

The Blue Parts is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.  

Deepest thanks to our 38th Season Supporters

Working Theater is supported in part by generous community members like you, and major gifts from: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program in partnership with the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York | Howard Gilman Foundation | The One World Fund | The Shubert Foundation | The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature  | Public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council

GOLD SPONSORS: Cigna, EmblemHealth, Empire BlueCross BlueShield 
SILVER SPONSORSArcher, Byington, Glennon, & Levine, LLP, CWA Local 1180, NYC Central Labor Council, Segal, United Federation of Teachers, Vision Screening Inc/DDS Inc