“You are in your own movie as real life drifts outside the forcefield of your headphones and Jones’ melodic voice. ”
— Lauren Johnston, NY Daily News

It’s A run woman show

ENDURE is an outdoor immersive theatre performance roving through NYC’s iconic Central Park. The story follows a woman running her first marathon—and the life events that inspired her to run.

A story of starting over and what it takes to make it to the finish line.

Our #1 most frequently asked question: Do I have to run?
No! The whole show can be enjoyed at an easy walking pace.
a walk in the park

ENDURE is a theatre performance that is, quite literally, a walk in the park.

The show was created for the outdoors, immersing audiences in the world of marathon and the iconic magic of Central Park.

The Start Line

Meet at the Start Line (our box office) and pin on your numbered race bib.

Follow the performer 5km (3mi) through Central Park — walking, optionally running, observing at your own pace, distance, and discretion.

Hear her thoughts

You’ll receive a sanitized and synchronized audio player with the runner’s inner monologue set to a musical soundtrack—an intimate audio backdrop to the live performance unfolding in front of you.

Safety & comfort

Our show is designed to be pleasantly Covid-safe.

It’s outdoors with intentionally small audiences (10-15 people max). Enjoy the performance from your own vantage point.

It’s about marathon running—but really, it’s about the strength to endure.

We all know what it’s like to get through a hard time that lasts longer than we want it to.
This show is a kind of magic we need right now.

WHY ART ABOUT SPORT?

Run Woman Shows celebrate the creative potential of sport to tell deeply human stories. Grounded in the authentic stories of runners, the shows explore human resilience from inside the lived experience of athletes.

They place audiences in the inherent theatricality of an athletic event: replete with natural pageantry, outdoors in public space, on the move. The interior of the runner becomes the audience’s interior, offering a level of intimacy unusual in theatre.

Long-distance running, at its best, is a spiritual experience: uplifting, clarifying, transformative. A runner feels connected to their environment, their best self, even humanity.

Run Woman Shows’ audiences are glorious micro-communities of athletic enthusiasts and theatre fans.

This is why we make art about sport.

This is the impact we hope to have on our audiences and parkgoers alike: immersing everyone who encounters a Run Woman Show in the magic of running and theatre.

OUR TEAM

Melanie Jones (Creator, Writer, Co-producer)

Melanie (she/her) is a Canadian marathoner, Ironman finisher and mother. She’s also a writer, performer, and producer whose immersive theatre, video, and performance works include JOYRIDE, In You (And You?), Run Woman Show (ENDURE and MOTHER), and Experiments In Delight. ENDURE won two 2012 NYIT Awards, was a Most Memorable Theatre Moment of 2011 (Calgary Herald), was shortlisted for the Brick Award (2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Melanie’s work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Calgary 2012 Cultural Capital of Canada, Alberta Foundation for the Arts. ENDURE has been presented in five cities and four countries, including the 49th Annual Calgary Marathon in May of 2013. Jones was a 2013-15 Artist In Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist.


Suchan Vodoor (Director, Co-producer)

Suchan (he/him) is a director, producer, and designer based in New York City. He specializes in crafting interactive, immersive experiences and directing devised physical theatre. His work has included a decade as Resident Director of Six Characters, a troupe of punk rock clowns from Alphabet City; Art Directing “You Are So Lucky”, a daring nightlife experiences at a 100-year-old mansion overlooking the Hudson River; and Creative Production of “Seeing You”, an immersive exploration of WWII from Ryan Heffington & Randy Weiner.


CHRISTINE OWMAN (COMPOSER/MUSICIAN)

Christine Owman (she/her) is a Swedish composer, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist and producer. Her music has its roots in indie- and post rock but Owman is also a trained cellist and combines the classical with the contemporary. The result is empowering, dreamy, eerie and raw and includes albums like When on Fire, Little Beast and Throwing Knives. Apart from her own project Owman is a member of several other bands, frequently works as a studio- and touring musician in other projects and has shared stage with a number of bands and artists including Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Bob Dylan, Mark Lanegan, SoKo, Wovenhand, Chelsea Wolfe and Michael Gira (Swans).

Mary Cavett (Performer)

Mary (she/her) is an actor, dancer, and collaborator. She graduated from Juilliard with her MFA in acting in 2020. Theater work includes: The Shape She Makes (A.R.T.); Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, The Liar (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Here In The Bright Colorado Sun (workshop O’Neill Theater Center); Macbeth, A Twelfth Night, Julius, Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing (Smith Street Stage); Romeo & Juliet (CRY HAVOC); ENDURE: A Run Woman Show (Edinburgh Fringe/ NYC). Film &TV: PAN AM; All My Children; Surrogate Valentine; Stage V; various projects with filmmaker Derrick Belcham. Mary also danced eight seasons with the Radio City Rockettes. Mary loves collaborating across artistic disciplines and finds the most compelling work to be that which does not fit neatly into any one box. She believes the arts help us learn and heal as a community and are a catalyst for understanding, unity, compassion and change.


Casey Howes (Performer)

Casey (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Casey has been dancing her entire life, catalyzing her training at The Colburn School Under Leslie Carothers and Glenn Edgerton. During her studies, Casey performed works by renowned companies and choreographers like Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Vim Vigor, Batsheva, to name a few. After graduating from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in Dance & Choreography, she joined Pilobolus Dance Theater and started internationally touring both repertory work and a multimedia show called Shadowland. Over the past few years, she has performed and taught all around the world with Pilobolus and helped to create their first women’s trio, which debuted at The American Dance Festival in 2018. Casey is thrilled to be continuing her exploration of site-specific immersive theater, and is honored to join the Run Woman Show family.

About Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a broad range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world. The Council also raises public awareness and appreciation of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO in Canada to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.