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Monica Hunken in The Wild Finish, photo © Hunter Canning
THE WILD FINISH
Written and Performed by Monica Hunken

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - Saturday, February 11, 2012

Written and Performed by Monica Hunken
Directed by Melissa Chambers
Lights by Evan True
Sound by Xana Chambers and Benjamin Cerf
Technical Direction by Evan True


ABC NO RIO
156 Rivington Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $10-15, available at brownpapertickets.com

All shows start at 8:00 pm, except Saturdays at 9:00pm 

The Wild Finish is one of the most exciting theater pieces I've seen in years. If you want to know where theater can take you, get on Monica's bike.

- Stephen Wangh, author of An Acrobat of the Heart: A Physical Approach to Acting Inspired by the Work of Jerzy Grotowski; Arts Professor (ret), NYU; Adjunct Faculty, Naropa University


Monica Hunken, one of the eminent actresses of our time, has created a play about her grandfather that is both autobiographical and innovative. An extraordinary artist, she is able to use her body and her voice - in fact several voices - to expand the theatrical vocabulary so that the spectator rides the myriad aspects of an extraordinary life - The Wild Finish, through the physical and spiritual rigor of one multi-faceted actress.

-Judith Malina, Founder of The Living Theatre


Hunken is a monologist to be watched. This is solo performance at its very best.

-NYTheatre.com





On a snowy Easter Sunday, Monica embarked on a lone bicycle journey across Poland in search of the man who haunts her, a man of power, genius, fame and violence; her grandfather, Leonidas Dudarew-Ossetynski. With an old address book, the spirit of Grotowski and the hard lessons of punk rock anarchists to guide her, she reveals a story of exile, love and justice spanning three generations of a family's survival. Along her path, she squats and pogos with anarchist punks in old factories, barely escapes a knifing by Neo-Nazis, hides in churches and is hypnotized in a para-theatrical workshop. You will be led by many eccentric guides through this surreal landscape; a mohawked bike messenger, the ghost of a Norwegian bride, a girl with a third eye and your bewildered hostess, Monica Dudarew-Ossetynska Hunken, heiress to cult and Slavic royalty.


Presented by The Polish Cultural Institute New York and The Culture Project.


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