A Body of Water

Sunday October 24th, 2021 - 2:00PM

Location : The Kraine Theater, New York, NY

On October 24th, 2pm, at The Kraine Theater, there will be a one-day-only live presentation of Kelley Nicole Girod’s play A Body of Water, directed by Andrew Block, followed by a talkback moderated by Abigail Katz. Girod's play coincides with the 5 year anniversary of The Great Flood of Baton Rouge, a historic flood that devastated Girod's childhood home, forcing her parents to escape by boat and live in a temporary shelter for nearly a year. A Body of Water is inspired by their experience. A Body of Water is the final play in Kelley Nicole Girod’s Louisiana play cycle that pays homage to her Southern/Black/Cajun-Creole roots and brings to the stage the unique experiences of Louisiana life and history. A Body of Water tells the story of the Girod Family matriarch, Martha, who finds herself in an existential crisis as she deals with cancer recovery and a major life transition. In the midst of this, she is forced to confront a past that still haunts her when The Great Flood of Baton Rouge (2016) leaves her homeless, washing away the stability that she has worked so hard to attain after a childhood in sharecropper shacks and cotton fields. Other plays in the trilogy include This Stretch of Montpelier (7 Planet Connections Award Nominations ), and The Faith Healer (Atlantic Launch New Play Commission) This presentation is supported with funds from The City Corps Artists Grant and Sundance IDP Grant. RSVP is required for this event.


  • Full vaccination (two weeks past final dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J) is required for all audience members, staff, and performers. You can prove your vaccination status with
    • Your vaccine card
    • The NY Excelsior app or NJ Docket app
    • A photo of your vaccine card with matching photo ID
  • Masking is required for audience and staff
    • Masks may be removed while seated in the back of the theater to enjoy drinks provided the bar is open and an empty row is left between masked and unmasked sections.
    • Audience members seated in the front section of the theater will be fully masked at all times.
  • Audience members and performers are required to fill out a contact tracing form upon arrival.
  • Seating is limited to half normal capacity with space left between parties.
  • The theater is equipped with a ventilation system capable of completely replacing the air in the space every ten minutes.
  • Surfaces are sanitized regularly.

All in attendance (audience, staff, performers, etc) must adhere to these polices or be asked to leave.

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