What Just Happened: an Improvised Take on Current Events from Nina Wise
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If you enjoy laughing, Nina Wise is the woman to see. This performance was hillarious. It was an impromptu presentation of the last 24 hours of her life which included her experience as a co-leader of a retreat at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center...continued
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“A metaphysical vaudevillian for the new millennium.” —The New York Times
“Wise’s innovative and spontaneous approach to telling her stories has earned her praise across the country. Her point blank eloquence is astonishing. A word to the Wise would be to go see Wise when you have the opportunity.” —_Ashland Theater Review _
“You leave a Nina Wise performance uplifted, as if you’ve seen something fresh, moving and above all, deeply human.” —_Ashland Tribune _
“No mere talking head, Wise possesses a supple physique, prodigious energy, and nerve with which to render the shapes and souls of things. Lovingkindness abounds in her work. She makes art as fresh as the day’s headlines.” —_Village Voice _
“Performance artists come and go and often disappear to no one’s sorrow. But Nina Wise is something else again. She shapes theater pieces that are thoroughly grounded in theatrical design, rhythmic flow, intellectual commitment and emotional depth.” —_San Francisco Chronicle _
In What Just Happened, Nina Wise in her signature style builds an improvised performance from the personal and political events which have transpired over the previous 24 hours. In 2009, Nina performed this piece at The Marsh in San Francisco to a sold out audience and received standing ovations. Nina’s work is extremely funny inspiring comparisons to Lily Tomlin and Feiffer’s cartoons, yet is also surprisingly poignant.
Audiences repeatedly report that they are at one instant laughing so hard they are falling off their seats and the next moment, moved to tears.
Nina is a seasoned performer and a dedicated meditator. She brings her skills at stage and spirit into always unpredictable renditions of what it is like to be human