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Are you ready for escaping?
By Eva MeiLing Pollitt
Co-directed by Akia Squitieri & Anna Hogan
Presented by Rising Sun Performance Company
Benefitting Polaris Project

Wednesday 7/11 @5:45pm-7:15pm
Saturday 7/14 @7pm-8:30pm
Monday 7/16 @9pm-10:30pm
Thursday 7/19 @7:45pm-9:15pm
Tuesday 7/31 @7:30pm-9pm
Friday 8/3 @9:30pm-11pm


ÉLÉPHANT follows the  Story of Clérèse.  The only world she has ever known is the 19th century Parisian brothel where her mother, Magdith works as a prostitute. Magdith desperately struggles to protect Clérèse from growing up too fast and out of the clutches of her volatile father. Everything is shaken when a young man arrives at the brothel with his master and Clérèse’s belly begins to grow. Could it be that she will give birth to one of the fantastical elephants that her new love has told her of?


Eva MeiLing Pollitt (Playwright) is a Colorado-born, Brooklyn-based writer/director. Her first film, Tenny, has screened in festivals in New York, Denver, and online. She is currently in post-production for her second film, High, set in the Colorado Rockies. Her playwriting work has been produced with House Party Theatre (Dallas), SoundPlay.Media, and Southern Methodist University Theatre. She is a Robert Mayer Research Fellow, Engaged Learning Fellow, and Meadows Exploration Award Recipient for her research in Moscow, Avignon, and Edinburgh on International Theatre. She also writes songs and poems. She wrote Éléphant while living in the French Alps and working as an English Teaching Assistant with the TAPIF program. This is her first production with Rising Sun Theatre after partaking in their residency on Governor’s Island in Summer 2017. BFA Theatre/BA World Languages, SMU.

Akia Squitieri (Co-Director/Artistic Director) is an award-winning Producer, Director, and Arts Administrator. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Rising Sun Performance Company and Company Manager for the Innovative Theatre Foundation where she serves on their honorary awards committee as Sub-Committee Chairman and as an At-Large Judge. She served as the Company Manager for the international sensation, Blue Man Group at the Astor Place Theater for 10 years. Akia has received critical praise for her direction of multiple productions including “Hellcab”, “Goodnight Lovin’ Trail”, “The Last Supper”, “Crapshoot”, “Bug” & “The Glory of Living”. Past notable credits include working on staff at Horse Trade Theatre Group, serving as General Manager for FRIGID New York’s inaugural year, and returning in multiple positions for each subsequent year; as Production Coordinator for nationally acclaimed Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, overseeing the playwrights unit and INSIGHT 13 production series and on the Advisory board of the Paul Butterfield Fund & Society. She is a , recipient of the New York Innovative Theatre Awards “Founders Award” for her contributions to the organization and Off-Off Broadway Community and Two Time “Congeniality” Award Winner from the Planet Connections Theatre Festival for her community involvement. She Won Outstanding Director for The Glory of Living in last years PCTF. When not absorbed in theatre, she is an avid traveler and scuba diver. You can learn more about her work here at and

Anna Hogan (Co-Director/Associate Artistic Director) is a Texas-born and Brooklyn based director and actress. In 2017, she worked on 13 productions and received festival nominations for “Outstanding Direction of a Staged Reading” and “Outstanding use of Multimedia.” You can see her work on both stage and screen- most recently in the Nice IFF’s “Best Short Film” nominated Leigh une Femme where she has been nominated for “Best Lead Actress in a Short Film.” Recent New York credits: Three on a Match (Assistant Director, IATI Theatre), A Self-Help Guide to Killing Your Boss (Director, Alchemical Theater Studios), Hawley and Levelland (Director, RSPC’s Laboritorium), Baby Monitor (Assistant Director, Playwrights for a Cause). Anna is thrilled to be back at Planet Connections for a third year! Previous Planet Connections credits: Hold My Spot (Director, Opportunist Productions), The Glory of Living (Assistant Director, RSPC), and Helvetica (Assistant Director, RSPC).

Andrew Gonzales
(Assistant Producer)– Andrew has been in multiple plays throughout the city and is honored to be able to help make Éléphant happen. This is his first time assistant producing. He graduated from SMU in Dallas TX 2014 with a degree in Theatre Studies.



William Serri
(Jeunhomme) is a Brooklynite. He is proud to be reprising his role of Jeune Homme His previous credits include My Crazy Love on Oxygen Network, Glory of Living, Boom, and Yosef the Musical at the Master’s Theatre. His webseries titled Fresh Start will be available to the public in the Summer of 2018. William Serri is currently seeking representation.


Ita Korenzecher (Magdith) is a New York based actress originally from Berlin, Germany. She is thrilled to reprise the role of Magdith in this beautiful play. Most recent theatre credits include The Answers to Apathy (Sargent Theatre), Help Me Get Over You at Downtown Urban Arts Festival and Confess and Conspire (Manhattan Rep). She recently received the NYC Indie Film and LA Shorts Platinum Best Actress Award for the short film Waiting Room. @itakoren


Laura Lamberti (Madame) hopes her willingness to mirror life as she sees it will reveal something in the eye of the viewer and ultimately give something back to her fellow humans through acting. She trained extensively in this fine art at HB Studio, RADA, AADA. Past credits include Josefina in the acclaimed production of “Terranova” at NYC Fringe Festival; Tv Blindspot; feature films include Cassanova Was a Woman (Festival awards winner) , Dark Tarot; short films Sinaptica (Festival awards winner), Brushstrokes (Festival awards winner), spokeswoman for Ragu’. To be a part of Laura’s Life as She sees It, follow her on twitter or Instagram @lawida55 and visit her website

Raiane Cantisano (Clérèse) is a Brazilian actress/singer who’s NYC based. After graduating college in Rio, her hometown, she came to New York to further her education in the prestigious Lee Strasberg Institute and has not stopped working ever since. She’s currently a resident actor at RSPC, a Bat @ the Flea Theater and a voice for her country’s artistic esteem. Her most recent credits include Ms. Estrada, Cosmicomics, Dead Wives Dance El Mambo, Narcissus, Child’s Play and the pilot Member 1128.

Maera Daniel Hagage (Renee) is a Texas-born/ Israeli raised actress, writer, director and producer, who set her home in NYC. She graduated the Bezalel academy of art and design in Jerusalem and completed a conservatory at Beit-Zvi school of performing arts. Shortly thereafter, she became a member of the Herzlia community theatre, a home and stage for the joint work of physically disabled and non-disabled actors. This passionate actress, fluent in 3 languages, is currently a proud member of Mr. John Anthony’s Acting Group. Highlighted recent film work include: Ephemera; Thieves; Night; and A Mother’s Love. On stage, she recently played in ‘A Sketch of New York’ and ‘Christmas Time in the City’, which she co-wrote and directed.

Recipient of 9 Planet Connections Awards and 30 PCTF Award Nominations

Founded in September of 2001, RSP is a downtown Indie (Or Off-Off Broadway) theatre company dedicated to producing ensemble work. It is run by artists for artists to allow them to create their own opportunities instead of their opportunities creating them. RSP is the full time artistic home for a wide range of theatre artists, including actors, writers, directors, designers and dancers. Each ensemble member brings their own unique training, talents and aesthetic to the group. In addition to our permanent ensemble, we have a rotating roster of local, national and international guest artists, including performers, designers, playwrights, musicians, directors and technicians who work with the company on a show-to-show basis.

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