"excellent cast led by the wonderful Ms. Sirna-Frest."-New York Times
New York Times Critics Pick-Review HERE
“Our heroine is Porto, the expressive Julia Sirna-Frest [her] performance is a thoughtful, rewarding slow burn.”-NYmag
New York Magazine Critics Pick- Full Review Here
"Sirna-Frest’s Porto is an emphatic blend of warmth, pensivity and dread. It’s a joy to watch her face process the beats of her inner monologue as the narrator moves through a laundry list of anxieties."-NY Theater Review
OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 12
Her own face, on the Wall of Murderers
Inspired by a true story, Seder is a visceral family drama that weaves together a mother's mysterious past working for the Hungarian KGB with a daughter's outrage over the past atrocities. As the family attempts to celebrate its first Passover Seder, a lifetime of dark secrets is unraveled.
I'm thrilled to be making my Hartford Stage Debut as Margit in Sarah Gancher's beautiful Play.
Tickets Available HERE
TBA:17 Half Straddle | Ghost Rings
Thursday, September 14 at 8:30pm 9:30pm//1620 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, OR 97201
West Coast Premiere: In Ghost Rings, a narrative of friendship and family-making, unfurls through a pop song cycle that burrows and soars with a mix of deadpan magical realism and a thoroughly feminist worldview. Playwright and performer Tina Satter, songwriters and performers Chris Giarmo and Erin Markey and performer Julia Sirna-Frest form a family band of yesteryear as they offer a tender and harrowingly funny, visual and sonic experience that traverses unexpected layers of romance.
The University Settlement let us take over their beautiful space and workshop William Burke's newest creation: Keeners. Alaina Ferris composed the music and we WAILED.
I'm thrilled to be playing Porto in [Porto] by Kate Benson Directed by Lee Sunday Evans opening January 11, 2017 at The Bushwick Starr
Live performance Saturday December 3 at 7pm and 9pm.
Installation on view: 6-10pm on December 3, 12-5pm on December 4, 8 and 11.
A Tunnel Year is a three-part book with a play at its center, built from a few years’ worth of interrupted thoughts crammed into one-line scenes voiced by animals. Germinated in the Bardo of parenthood and compelled to work in the form of the fragment, it asks: Did I escape? Or am I lost? One of its forms is an artist book bridging poem, play, and essay. For The Chocolate Factory, the book will be installed into the room, performed as live radio play, and remaindered as ephemera. With gallery hours, the entire piece can be experienced privately or attended as group experience. Everyone leaves with something in hand.
Written, drawn and installed by Karinne Keithley Syers. Radio play performed by Caleb Bark, Kate Benson, John Gasper, Julia Sirna-Frest, and Karinne Keithley Syers.
"Julia Sirna-Frest’s sonically gorgeous Act I, in which each song (composed by Shane Chapman and Ms. Sirna-Frest) is named for at least one of the play’s characters" -The New York Times
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As part of Target Margin's Season of O'Neill, I was asked to take on Act One. Shane Chapman and I wrote a song cycle!