Danse Theatre Surreality, a multidisciplinary ensemble led by director Lauren Hlubny, is proud to present the World Premiere of Thoughts & Prayers, a music-driven physical theatre show on political themes, with an original score by composer and saxophone virtuoso Thomas Giles. The work will be presented at the TADA! Youth Theatre (25 W 28th Street, NY, NY 10001) from September 19 till 29, playing Thursdays to Sundays. Tickets are $15, $35 and $65 and can be purchased at

Thoughts & Prayers explores America's relationship with tragedy and hope. The hour-long show, divided into five acts, follows a fictitious couple Dana and Felix as they find themselves facing various cataclysms - global, national, local, and domestic. The piece also features musicians (three woodwinds, three strings) who engage in fully-staged theatrical performance as two Greek choruses: The Congress and The Activists - and comment on the daily hum of media coverage while clashing over political failures and widening gaps of partisanship and class.

The work is performed by an ensemble: Emma Factor (dancer; as Dana), Guy Dellecave (tenor sax/Congress), Thomas Giles (soloist; Felix), Josh Lang (baritone sax/Congress), Galo Morales (alto sax/Congress) , Charlotte Munn-Wood (violin II / Activist), Sergio Muñoz (viola/Activist), and Lena Vidulich (violin I/Activist). The production, conceived and directed by Lauren Hlubny, features original music by Thomas Giles, text by Alexis Roblan, scenography by Luther Frank, and costumes by Taylor Barnett.