Blessed Unrest


  • A new play by Steve Wangh
    Directed by Jessica Burr

We are in the workshop with this timely new play by theatre legend Steve Wangh. We will culminate this two-week intensive with a one night work-in-progress showing on Monday June 24th. For more information, email .

Harriet is on the verge. She’s a mother, she’s an artist, and she’s pregnant. The choice she faces launches her on a radical personal inquest that gets to the heart of an intense social and political feud engulfing America today.

Steve Wangh

Steve Wangh is a director, acting teacher, and the author of fifteen plays. He was associate writer of The Laramie Project (Emmy nomination 2002), co-writer of The People’s Temple (Glickman award: Best play in the Bay Area, 2005), and dramaturg of Moisés Kaufman’s Gross Indecency, the three trials of Oscar Wilde. He is the author of two books: An Acrobat of the Heart, a physical approach to acting inspired by the work of Jerzy Grotowski and The Heart of Teaching: Empowering Students in the Performing Arts. He is Arts Professor Emeritus at New York University where he taught acting for over twenty years, and has recently led theater workshops in Hong Kong, Myanmar, Thailand, and at the Freedom Theatre in Jenin. See more about Steve.

Earlier This Season



April 25 –
May 11, 2019

Baruch Performing Arts Center

Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Ave, NYC

  • An original co-production of
    Blessed Unrest and Teatri Oda
    (Prishtina, Kosova)

A young Jewish woman embarks on a journey of discovery to a remote Albanian village. What she finds reveals both the truth of her family’s escape, and those who risked everything to provide them with refuge. Blessed Unrest teams up with Teatri Oda from Kosovo and musicians from Metropolitan Klezmer for this world-premiere play based on real events in which thousands of Jewish World War II refugees were harbored by families in Albania, most of them practicing Muslims. Despite Nazi occupation, no Jews were taken to concentration camps from Albania, and it was the only country in Europe with more Jews at the end of the war than at the beginning.

Teatri Oda, the first independent arts organization in Kosovo, has gained notoriety across Europe as a vital voice in the establishment of their new nation’s cultural identity. We have been collaborating since 2005, touring our original plays six times in the Balkans, Western Europe, and New York. We were the first-ever joint US/Kosovar theatre project in the USA and we won First Prize at the 2016 Secondo Festival in Zurich, Switzerland. Refuge will tour overseas in 2020.

  • Directed by
    Jessica Burr & Florent Mehmeti
  • Text by
    Matt Opatrny, Florent Mehmeti & the ensemble
  • Music by
    Metropolitan Klezmer, featuring
    Ismail Butera, Debra Kreisberg, Eve Sicular
  • Performed by
    From Teatri Oda
    Eshref Durmishi, Daniela Markaj, Ilire Vinca
    From Blessed Unrest
    Nancy McArthur, Becca Schneider, Perri Yaniv
  • Set Design
    Teddy Jefferson & Sonya Plenefisch
  • Costume Design
    Sera Bourgeau
  • Lighting Design
    Jay Ryan
  • Sound Design
    Adrian Bridges
  • Production Stage Manager
    Darielle Shandler
  • Assistant Director
    Ben Peterson
  • Dramaturg
    Julia Levine

The Snow Queen wins 2018 IT Award

We are thrilled to announce that The Snow Queen has received the 2018 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play. We are extremely grateful for the strong support of both New Ohio Theatre and New Victory LabWorks, as well as the hard work and inspiration of the Blessed Unrest Training Ensemble, as we developed the play for over a year leading up to last winter’s premiere.

In Development: Reparations

We are also continuing to develop Reparations, a new play digging into the legacy of slavery and inequality in America

Expanding the Conversation
& How You Can Help

Blessed Unrest is driven by our desire to advance the cultural conversation in America by digging into our past and shedding light on the issues of today. Please consider making a contribution to our work.

Thank you for supporting what we do, and for valuing artistic expression and exploration. We look forward to seeing you this season!

Thank you!

Jessica Burr, Artistic director
Matt Opatrny, Managing Director
and the artists of Blessed Unrest

“At its best, independent theater is inventive, emotional, inspiring and has the ability to transform the atmosphere in a room full of people. In the several years I have been attending shows by Blessed Unrest, they have never ceased to amaze.”

~ Amber Gallery, NY Theatre Now

“Once in a blue moon comes a piece of theatre so impactful you wonder if you won’t be talking about it for years to come. A piece of theatre so unique and bold, it makes you exclaim, ‘Wait. Theatre can do this?’”

~ Rachel Kerry, New York Theatre Review
on Body: Anatomies of Being

Get to Know Blessed Unrest

A video by TDF (Theatre Development Fund)