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Acclaimed Solo-Performance Artist Sara Juli to Bring New Work to Next Stage Arts

Next Stage Arts is excited to welcome Sara Juli, a celebrated solo-performance artist, for a three-day artist-in-residence program. During her residency, Juli will develop her latest work, “Naughty,” a piece commissioned by the Strand Theatre in Rockland, ME.

The residency will culminate in two free lecture/demonstration showings on April 29th, at 11:00am and 2:00pm. This showing of the piece in development will include an audience discussion with the artist on process, feedback, and dialogue.

“Naughty” is a performance piece that explores the impacts of trauma on the brain stemming from sexual assault as a child. Interweaving regressed thinking with a conflicted inner voice, coupled with finding the humor in the tragic, the work breaks down victimhood to ultimately reclaim the mind.

The performance will ultimately feature an eighties-inspired visual design by Brooklyn-based Dirty Bandits and Justin Moriarty, dramaturgy by Michelle Mola, and costumes by Carol Farrell. Created, written, and performed by Sara Juli, “Naughty” will premiere in Maine in October 2023, with a performance scheduled for Next Stage Arts in February 2024 (exact date TBD).

Join us for an extraordinary experience as we witness Sara Juli’s latest work, “Naughty,” come to life.

Content warning: This work contains material related to sexual trauma and assault.

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT. Admission is free. For information, call 802-387-0102.