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The company of Dance Nation. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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Eboni Booth and Ikechukwu Ufomadu. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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The company of Dance Nation. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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The company of Dance Nation. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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The company of Dance Nation. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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Clare Barron; photo by Zack DeZon

Dance Nation


Peter Jay Sharp Theater Extended!

Written by Clare Barron
Directed and Choreographed by Lee Sunday Evans

World premiere
2017 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize winner

Dance Teacher Pat
I want you to think about all the people in the world who are suffering…And I want you to go out there…And I want you to dance for them.

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. But in Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power.

FEATURING
Purva Bedi — Connie
Eboni Booth — Zuzu
Camila Canó-Flaviá — Sofia
Ellen Maddow — Maeve
Christina Rouner — Vanessa/The Moms
Thomas Jay Ryan — Dance Teacher Pat
Dina Shihabi — Amina
Lucy Taylor — Ashlee
Ikechukwu Ufomadu — Luke

Scenic Design: Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume Design: Ásta Bennie Hostetter
Lighting Design: Barbara Samuels
Sound Design: Brandon Wolcott
Production Stage Manager: Erin Gioia Albrecht
Assistant Stage Manager: Bryan Bauer

We recommend this show for ages 15 and up due to strong language and locker room nudity.

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Trailer

Dance Nation Trailer

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay.

Trailer

Production Photos: Dance Nation

"Sadness, Surprise, Fierce!" The electrifying performers of ‘Dance Nation’ bring their all in Clare Barron's Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning play.

Interview

In Process: Clare Barron

Clare Barron discusses ‘Dance Nation,’ her complicated feelings about ambition and success, and how we carry what happens in our youth throughout the rest of our lives.

Playwrights' Perspectives

Playwright’s Perspective: Dance Nation

I wanted to write this play because I wanted to present a different picture of teenage girls onstage. One where trauma wasn’t the central narrative. One where “being the best” was.

Essay

From the Artistic Director: Dance Nation

Power surges everywhere through Dance Nation. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a play that captures as fully the breadth and depth of the adolescent experience, and certainly not one about adolescent girls.

Essay

The American Voice: No Pudding

Clare is far from invisible in her plays; or, more precisely, Clare has become far from invisible. If anything, the progression of her writing shows an increasing emergence of herself in her work.

Essay

Backstory: Smile for Me

Laying bare the raw humanity of her characters across the rich continuum of their lives, Clare throws down a gauntlet: she insists on a representation of women that is more multivalently human.
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