Nehassaiu deGannes, MA, MFA
Actress, Poet, Playwright & Educator
What's In A Name?
On first encounter, folks may find my name a little difficult to pronounce, so lets start there:
né-hé-sigh-u is a little song
say to yourself, "I'll never lie to you"
now say Né-hé-sigh-u
and... di-ganz rhymes with "hands"
As in "All Hands On Deck!" My ship's been sailing!! From Verona to France to Venice (while at Stratford last season) not to mention pit-stops in Angola (via a workshop of one of Donna-Michelle St. Bernard's brilliant plays),
the isle of The Tempest (to dive into "Ariel" for Ken Schwartz's Langham Director's Project) and ancient Greece (with director Keira Loughran exploring Oliver Kemeid's beautiful adaptation of The Aeneid in a 5-day ensemble workshop). I am once more docked in New York, where I've been hanging out on The Lower East Side, past and present. Thanks to Target Margin Theater and Lead Artist, Raymond Blankenhorn, I now know of the avant-garde Yiddish poet, Celia Dropkin, who emigrated from Belarus to the L.E.S. around 1912. Yours truly can recite an entire poem of hers in Yiddish! Celia ran at JACK, Brooklyn, in December.
This February, in sweet counter-point to the arctic-chill, I get to play
"Hot Honey Harlow,"wife to the legendary Lenny Bruce, in round #2 of The Target Margin Labs: Three Gifts For Lenny Bruce, written by Jim Knable and directed by Susan Hyon.
Come check us out at Abrons Art Center. Feb 12-16. See www.targetmargin.org or here for tix & info
There's a lot to say & share, so check back often. I'll be adding photos & sharing news of upcoming productions.
photo credit: chia messina
Home from The Stratford Festival, Canada. Curious? Here's a glimpse:
Nehassaiu will join forces with acclaimed actress, Suzzanne Douglas, to give a Benefit Reading of Stay With Me for Luna Stage. Written by Olivier Coyette, Translated and Directed by Awoye Timpo, Stay With Me, is a story of a mother and a daughter and the journey through the years. Tickets $25 Available at lunastage.org
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