Promised Kingdom

When an outcast walrus asks directions from a starving polar bear on a lonely slab of ice, they enter a friendlier dynamic than might be expected. But that lasts too briefly before the bear threatens the walrus with his life if he doesn’t lead him back to the walrus herd for some lunch. As the pair get acquainted, tension both eases and bubbles. Turns out that neither fully meets the stereotype the other expected for their species, and as they swim along, they try to make some sense out of the end of the world, or at least the end of the Arctic as they know it.

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T.J. Petty - Playwright

T.J. Petty is a New York based playwright, actor, and amateur candid photographer, currently residing in Long Island. He is soon to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Playwriting from Marymount Manhattan College. His biggest writing credit to date is a translation of the opera L’Italian in Algieri performed at the Featherstone Arts Center in Martha’s Vineyard. His play Promised Kingdom at Fresh Grind marks the first performance of one of his original plays in a professional setting. T.J. Petty does not consider himself above writing you a play for a beer or a slice of pizza, and will gladly do so

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Sivan Battat - Director

Sivan Battat is a theatre director and community engagement facilitator. She most recently served as the associate director on King Charles III at American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the Shakespeare Theatre Center (upcoming). Previously, she completed a directing fellowship at Washington DC’s Studio Theatre where she assistant directed Chimerica, The Apple Family Cycle, Between Riverside and Crazy, Moment, and Hedda Gabler. Other regional assisting credits include Hkeelee (Talk to Me) at Mosaic Theater Company (DC) & numerous readings at the Cape Cod Theatre Project (MA). Sivan worked with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Building Bridges Grant alongside artist Leila Buck to develop and facilitate a commission for the Muslim Women’s Voices series at Wesleyan University. She has developed work and facilitated groups at Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services and Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center, both in Connecticut. She has worked at the Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa, Jerusalem Stories Project, and the Elm Shakespeare Theatre Company. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Sivan’s academic directing credits include The Serpent, Eurydice, Uber and Over, and the development of an original feminist medieval ska-popera.