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Dark Vanilla Jungle

Wasps only sting the people they love.
Why mom?
Its their way of giving you a gift.
Oh look! A tiny diamond.
You see how much the wasp loved you?

One of Englands most prolific playwrights introduces us to Andrea, a young girl just trying to stay alive amidst an act of violence that alters her existence and everyone she touches. Andreas yearning for love and a family takes her to the darkest of places and she just wants to tell you the truth, will you listen?

The Brave Artist Collective is proud to present their 2017 Inaugural season. They will present two plays in repertory, Dark Vanilla Jungle by Philip Ridley, and Junebug by Hamza Zaman. Both productions will be performed as limited engagements at the Flamboyan Theater at the Clemente Cultural Center March 14-26. This will be the Brave Artist Collectives debut NYC season.

Straight from her 4-star turn as Andrea at the fringe Festival in London, Lexie Braverman will reprise the role in Dark Vanilla Jungle. This newly mounted production will be produced by the Brave Artist Collective and directed by Sybille Bruun (Artistic Director- The Shakespeare Forum) with lighting design by Jason Fok.

About the Director- Sybille Bruun- Sybille Bruunis the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Shakespeare Forum.Sybille teaches Shakespeare for Actors, as well as Voice and Speech, and Shakespearean Verse/Text courses. She has worked with educational arts outreach programs such as Project Shine and the Brachiate Outreach Division, and developed The Shakespeare Forum’s Educational Curriculum, all programming committed to bringing arts and arts education to under-served communities and children with special needs. She received a Masters of Sciences in Education from Pace University.
Sybille has directed numerous productions both in New York and regionally. Highlights include:The Taming of the Shrew(Live Theatre Workshop),The Insatiate Countess(American Shakespeare Center Staged Reading Series),Macbeth(Brachiate Theatre Company), as well asHamlet(Theatre for the New City),Love’s Labour’s Lost, andThe Merchant of Venice(both at The Gym at Judson) with The Shakespeare Forum.

About the Performer- Lexie Braverman- Lexie Braverman is the co-founder of the Brave Artist Collective. She hails from Philadelphia and has been an actor since she was 11. This is her NYC debut. Regional highlights include Women Beware Women, The Sea Voyage, and Love for Love (all at the American Shakespeare Center). Her most recent performance as Andrea in Dark Vanilla Jungle at the Camden Fringe Festival garnered brilliant reviews from LONDON CITY NIGHTS, EVERYTHING THEATRE, and VIEWS FROM THE GODS. Braverman was a profound member of the NC Shakespeare Festival Educational Outreach program. Braverman received a BA in Communications from Ithaca College and an MA in Acting from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, UK.

Lighting design is by Jason Fok and sound design by Elia Chauaqui. Jam Shakwi stage manages, Laura Abbott assistant stage manages. Dark Vanilla Jungle poster photography by Tiphaine Betscher.


The Flamboyan Theater at the
Clemente Cultural Center
107 Suffolk Street, New York NY 10002

Showdates:  March 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

Double Header with Junebug Sun March 26th.

Tickets available:


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