DIKE BY HANNAH BENITEZ
DIRECTED BY TATIANA PANDIANI
URBANITE THEATRE, SARASOTA, FL. NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2018
After two years of separation, a pair of sisters from a religious family reunite to navigate the murky waters of identity. The reunion sends four millennial women into a struggle for clarity with their most significant relationships; those with God, those with lovers, those with family. An awkwardly hilarious and wrenching exploration of love, sexuality, and sisterhood, Dike questions the walls religion and social conditioning build in us.
Production Team: Brendan Ragan & Summer Dawm Wallace (co-artistic directors), Jeff Weber (Scenic Design), Joseph Oshry (Lighting Design), Alison Gensmer (Costume Designer), Rachel Garrison (Sound Design), Daniel Kelly (Property Design), Summer Dawn Wallace (Intimacy Coach), Dan Granke (Fight Director), Megan Ianero (Assistant Director),
Cast: Kelly Pekar, Alice Marcondes, Morgan Meadows, Jen Diaz.
Photography: Dylan Jon Wade Cox
Praise for “Dike”
“Playwright Hannah Benitez developed exceptional characters and gave them impassioned dialogue to carry this production. She carefully dealt with a subject matter that opens doors, opens conversations and hopefully opens hearts. Director Tatiana Pandiani gave her cast the freedom to breathe life into their roles and drew out their chemistry, which was so profound from the beginning of the play.” - Broadway World
“[Dike], impressively staged by Tatiana Pandiani and performed by a well-matched quartet of actresses, stirs a lot of feelings about how family relationships can be impacted by religious beliefs. Benitez asks many questions and doesn’t provide a neat and tidy package of answers. She wisely leaves some things open to interpretation.” - The Herald-Tribune, Sarasota
“Rarely does it seem that such an excellent work is immediately rewarded with a production that fully does it justice, and the difficulty in managing the sort of flawless performance (…) begins with casting a four-character play in which each actress must be able to perfectly hold their own (…) Surely, director Tatiana Pandiani deserves much recognition for Urbanite's tight-as-a-drum opening [and] performances so skilled that it was indeed more necessary to remind yourself that you were watching actors and not real people, than vice versa.” - The Bradenton Times
“Besides offering a few steamy scenes, this is also a play of ideas. (…) Benitez avoids lectures, and makes her people talk like people. Director Tatiana Pandiani reveals those people in the white-hot urgency of now. You get a sense of their messy lives unfolding. And the beautiful illusion that it’s all unrehearsed.” - Your Observer, Sarasota