Amelia Gonzalez interviews Adriana Sevahn Nichols about her one woman show, “Taking Flight.” Adriana Sevahn Nichols is a New York-born artist of Armenian, Dominican, and Basque ancestry currently living in Los Angeles. Taking Flight came out of a two week-intensive training in 2005 with Diane Rodríguez at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, as well as a commitment to workshop and hone the play with director Tony Plana (Ugly Betty). Taking Flight premiered in 2006 in Los Angeles, and was subsequently named one of the 10 best plays of the year by the L.A. Daily News. The play was broadcasted nationally on Public Radio for the series, “The Play’s The Thing”, before moving to San Diego Repertory and garnering a 2007 San Diego Theatre Critics Award.
Adriana recently received the 2008 Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award, and has been commissioned to develop a new play inspired by her Armenian grandparents’ survival of the Genocide in 1915. The play will be presented by the award’s host theatres: The Lark Play Development Center in New York, Silk Road Theatre Co. in Chicago, and Golden Thread in San Francisco.
Taking Flight’s run is at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose. Shows are Thursday through Saturdays at 8 p.m. And Sundays at 2 p.m. And is running through February 14. For more information, go to www.teatrovision.org