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The Cherry starts off 2020 March 1st with 'On the Other Side of the Sea' by Salvadoran writer Jorgelina Cerritos . 'On the Other Side of the Sea' received the Casa de las Americas award for drama and will be seen for the first time in English at the Cherry Artspace . The play explores resonant themes of documentation, migration and connection through a dreamlike lens, telling a heartwarming story about the unexpected ways of finding connection.

The cast is anchored by beloved Ithaca actor/director Susannah Berryman (Cherry Artists’ Collective founding member), joined by Jahmar Ortiz , Berryman’s student in the Ithaca College acting program. Susannah is a veteran of dozens of local productions, most recently The Children at the Kitchen Theater and A Doll’s House Part 2 at the Hangar. Ortiz was recently seen in A Raisin in the Sun at the Hangar and as Oberon in Ithaca Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night's Dream.

'On the Other Side of the Sea' is directed by Cherry Artistic Director Samuel Buggeln, and we are delighted that local musicians Mary Brett Lorson and Alexa Schmitz are composing original music, and local shadow puppet artist Linda Wingerter creating shadow imagery. Environment design is by Daniel Zimmerman, costumes are by Sasha Oliveau, and lighting by Christopher Brusberg.

'On the Other the Side of the Sea' opens on Friday, February 21st, following a pay what you will preview performance on Thursday February 20th. It closes Sunday, March 1st. Evening performances (Thursdays through Saturdays) are at 7:30pm, and Sunday matinees are at 3:00pm.

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