Award-winning play for Wellington

July 24, 2012 by Community Editor
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B‘nai B’rith and the Wellington Jewish Community Centre will stage award-winning play “Nuclear Family” in which Yael Gezentsvey will play twelve characters.

Desiree and Yael Gezentsvey

The show will be followed by a Q&A session with Gezentsvey and Desiree Gezentsvey who wrote the work.

Set in green New Zealand on the eve of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, ‘Nuclear Family’ is a comedic drama that illuminates the journeys of a colourful bunch of Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union and Venezuela as they swing between the shocks and delights of their new lives, and are forced to question whether freedom and control over one’s destiny are only illusions.

A socially significant piece of theatre, Nuclear Family brings an entertaining insight into the emotions and realities of leaving one’s home and family to go in search of a better life. Desiree’s semi-autobiographical script carries extra depth and dimension as her daughter Yael brings it to life on stage, taking on the twelve vibrant multicultural characters.
Desiree Gezentsvey is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) at the International Institute of Modern Letters (VUW). Yael Gezentsvey is a graduate of both VUW and Unitec (Film & Theatre / Acting).

” A play that deserves to be the talk of the fringe”  (Edinburgh Fringe Review)  “An exceptional piece of theatre not to be missed!”  “Captures the audience with comedy and depth… the audience is entertained until the curtain falls.” (Fringe Benefits)  Winner  of the 2011 Moondance International Festival Atlantis Award for Best Stageplay (Script).


The B’nai B’rith performance will be staged on Thursday 2nd August.

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