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STRUCK is funded in part by the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project, by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the generous donations of individuals and small businesses.

About the show

NACL Theatre bridges the domains of art and science in this new performance about neurology, the workings of the mind, and one woman’s walk on the razor's-edge between life and death. Co-created by Artistic Director and actress Tannis Kowalchuk, who suffered a major stroke in 2011, in collaboration with fellow actor Brett Keyser, neuroscientist Allison Waters, New York playwright Kristen Kosmas, Canadian director Ker Wells, and a team of interdisciplinary collaborators, STRUCK is a visceral response to that close brush with mortality.

"A symphonic and turbulent play that weaves through moments of harrowing realism and enchanting vulnerability..." –Timothy Malcolm, Times Herald-Record

STRUCK is a visual and poetic performance that incorporates video, a live and recorded musical score, and a light installation evoking the night-sky displays of the aurora borealis (or northern lights, a natural wonder common above Kowalchuk’s childhood home in Winnipeg, Canada).

"Your synapses are going to light up in new and different ways when experiencing this amazing event." –Christine Howey, Scene Magazine (Cleveland)


Writer/Performers: Tannis Kowalchuk,
Brett Keyser
Writer/Director: Ker Wells
Contributing Writer/Performer/Neuroscientist:
Allison Waters
Contributing Writer/Dramaturg:
Kristen Kosmas
Light Sculpture: Jim Ruxton, Brett Keyser
Lighting Design: Stephen Arnold
Costumes: Karen Flood, Pam Mayer
Sets: Ker Wells, Tannis Kowalchuk, Brett Keyser, Hall Smyth
Video: Brian Caiazza, Brett Keyser, Tina Spangler
Sound: Dana Duke, Brett Keyser
Photography: Dana Duke, Steve Wagner
Technical Director: Zoot
A/V Technicians: Ray Cornelison, Joe Murray




Dec 7 - $50 benefit 

Dec 5-21  | Wed-Sat @ 8:30pm

Sunday Matinees @ 4pm

Running Time : 60min.

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