Watch an encore video stream of The World Is Round, a theatrical audio piece for children performed live on our stage on November 21, 2015.
Tune in at 4pm ET:
Written and directed by Arthur Yorinks, the story unfolds as a mother attempts to put her daughter to bed, and they both take a trip around the world with tales and traditional folklore from across the globe, dramatized in both words and pictures. From Africa to India, from Haiti to Denmark, these stories illuminate both the diversity and commonality of the human spirit.
The performance features a stellar cast of actors: brothers Jason Dirden and Brandon Dirden, Linda Powell, Steve Mellor and Jennifer Van Dyck. It culminates with an original opera by Israeli composer Ronnie Reshef and a performance by a chorus of New York City public school students under the direction of award-winning composer Edward Barnes. Original pen and ink illustrations by multimedia artist Caroline LaDouce.
This event marked the 90th anniversary of International Children’s Day, which celebrates the rights and well-being of children around the world and the role they play in the future of their communities.
Arthur Yorinks is the author of more than 35 children’s books, including Caldecott Medal winner Hey, Al, in collaboration with illustrators that include Maurice Sendak, William Steig, Mort Drucker, David Small and Richard Egielski. He has written and directed over 40 original audio plays performed live at The Kennedy Center, The Henry Street Playhouse, The Jacob Burns Film Center and The New Victory Theater in New York City as well as other venues across the country. Yorinks’ previous audio works Dubliners: A Quartet (2014), Their Eyes Were Watching God (2012), and The Invisible Man (2009) all premiered at The Greene Space.