English-language première. April 5-14
by Pier Lorenzo Pisano (Italy), translated by Carlotta Brentan
directed by Samuel Buggeln

Marc Gomes, Jacob Garrett White, Elizabeth Mozer

1977: humanity sends the Golden Record into space, introducing humankind to a cosmos that seems unimpressed.
2024: A man has had an encounter that could change everything. In a small room with him, a brilliant interrogator tries to find the truth.
With rollicking humor and startling twists, Carbon explores what it means to be carbon-based life in the infinity of the universe.

Winner of Italy’s Riccione theater prize.

Performances in person and live-streamed. All tickets are sliding scale.

Join us for a talkback conversation with the playwright after the final show!

Sunday April 14, 3:45pm

with Pier Lorenzo Pisano, moderated by Karen Pinkus, professor of Italian and Comparative Literature.

RSVP | Livestream of the Talkback

Content Warning

Fri Apr 5 7:30pm // Sat Apr 6 7:30pm // Sun Apr 7 2:00
Thu Apr 11 7:30pm // Fri Apr 12 7:30pm // Sat Apr 13 2:00 & 7:30pm // Sun Apr 14 2:00

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Carbonio was first produced in Italian in June 2022, by the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, directed by the playwright.

co-produced by Donald Spector and Stacia Zabusky

For this and every Cherry-produced show, please email info@thecherry.org to let us know if you need any accommodations to make your attendance possible. We can reserve seats and spaces for wheelchairs or other mobility needs. We are happy to answer questions you have about the show and the space, and will make our best efforts to make accommodations.

Cast Bios

All are members of the Cherry Artists Collective

Marc Gomes Previous Cherry: The Wetsuitman. Marc is a teacher, writer and actor in television, film and on stage. He is a member of Third Space Performance Lab with artist/scholar Shanti Pillai. Their work has been presented at UC Berkeley, USC, Brown University, the GATI Institute in Delhi, and most recently at Cornell and Williams College. He is also an original artist with The Unusual Suspects Theater Company in Los Angeles. Marc received a UNIDO CEMA for his screenplay adaptation of the Caribbean classic, Corentyne Thunder. Marc is an avid cyclist and bicycling advocate.

Elizabeth Mozer Previous Cherry: George Kaplan, Felt Sad Posted a Frog, And What Happens If I Don’t, The Asylum Project. She provided the movement direction for An Odyssey (Hangar Theatre-Cherry Arts co-production). Elizabeth is an actress, theatre maker, director, and educator, with a specialization in movement. Elizabeth’s performance of her one-woman play The Asylum Project received the award for Best Drama at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC. She has been an original cast member in the Broadway productions Teddy & AliceDangerous Games  and Victor/Victoria. Elizabeth’s play Castle on the Hill was recently published by Next Stage Press and she’s currently developing a new work based on the lives of environmental activists. Elizabeth is an Associate Professor at Binghamton University and a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.

Jacob Garrett White Previous Cherry: George Kaplan, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, and Rule of Thumb. Jacob is an actor and social worker. His NYC theatre credits include: The Barrow Group’s Pentecost, Lobby Hero, and The Faithful, TFANA’s Julius Caesar, and The Public Theatre/NYSF’s Cymbeline. Regionally he has performed in: The Old Globe & Goodman Theater’s Floyd Collins, NJ Rep’s Panama, Color of Flesh, and Emil, Axial Theater’s Lost in Paradise, and the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati’s Keeping the Faith. Locally, Jacob has performed with Homecoming Players, Civic Ensemble, and the Hangar Theatre. Thank you to Jen and Audie! 

We are grateful to work with our season media sponsors: the Ithaca Times, Cinemapolis, and WRFI. These performances are made possible in part with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants program from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the office of the Governor and NYS Legislature, and from Tompkins County; administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.