Wait until you hear 14-year-old Schuyler (Skye) Iona Press perform the songs she wrote–part prophecy, part nostalgia, and all poetry, delivered in a voice so rare you can’t pin it on anyone else. A husky, tremulous alto? Some might say Carol King, but Skye is not only influenced by folk, but also by rock, punk, and Latin music. And the lyrics bring us back to a time when kids her age weren’t hyper-sexualized, when questions they asked were about fitting in, about the nature of the individual, what it means to be human. It’s a show you’d be glad you brought your kid to.
Although she’s so young, nostalgia permeates her work, the ghosts of the NYC neighborhood where her mother grew up. Her father, Darren Press was a co-director along with Skye’s mother, C. Fraser Press who also wrote the material. It’s practically a family album.
Some of the songs are a bit long, between the multi-media presentation that is, at times, interactive, the voices of the singers who are also in the band—Carlos Mena, Annette Homan, Henry Koperski, Mahttew Grumley, Sam Wagner, and Dominique Porter and Hannah Tobias, Joel Hanna’s inventive blend of tap and Irish dancing and martial arts, and percussion, the audience is enthralled. A song that Skye wrote when she was about nine, I AM TODAY, is just the sort of song you’d love to hear in a Broadway show, one that you’d want to learn the words to.
Tickets are $18-30 and are now available online at www.13thstreetrep.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater ½ hour prior to performance. Use the DISCOUNT CODE: MOTHERHOOD for savings.
OFF-BROADWAY 13th St. Rep. 50 West 13th St.
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, Saturdays at 3:00 pm
Running Time: 90 minutes