2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwright’s Fest
Second Childishness and Mere Oblivion – Nov 22 – 7pm
Theaterlab – 137 W 14th St NYC [map]
Below are the production and cast lists for the three readings being presented this evening.
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Elegy No. 5
As Jayne struggles to find an appropriate birthday present for her ailing mother, vivid memories of the woman her mother used to be push Jayne to take on a new identity in the wake of significant loss.
Jennifer Blackmer (Playwright) is a playwright and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Ball State University. Her plays include Daughters of Trinity, which was seen at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis; Delicate Particle Logic, a semi-finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference and recipient of Ball State’s Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award; and The Human Faustus Project, which premiered in a staged reading at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Jennifer is Playwright in Residence at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and her plays have been seen at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Minnetrista Cultural Center, and the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Noelle Ghoussaini (Director) is an American-Lebanese playwright, director and arts educator. She recently graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Masters in Arts Politics. Over the past few years, she has worked for numerous non-profit arts organizations in Chicago and New York City, teaching theatre, dance, photography and playwriting. This summer, she traveled to Palestine where she taught dance at the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin Refugee Camp. She is currently developing her third original play, Ruth and the Great Gust of Wind, which tells the story of Ruth Reynolds, a pacifist from South Dakota, who was deeply involved in the struggle for Puerto Rico’s independence from the United States for over four decades. She is also currently directing Marjuan Canady’s one-woman show Girls! Girls? Girls. which opened in DC in August and will have its New York premier at the United Solo Theatre Festival in mid-November.
Erin Neufer (Jayne)is delighted to be participating in the women’s voices project. She is a new york city-based actor and recent graduate of Ball State University where she received her bachelors degree in acting. Past credits include ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ (Gwendolyn), ‘Quake’ (Lucy) and ‘Camino Real’ (Marguerite). In 2007, Erin won the margolis/brown scholarship at the National American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She wants to thank her family, friends, Nicholas and Jenn for writing such a tender tribute. Erin is made available courtesy of the Actors Equity Association.
Clare Barron (Clerk) is a performer and playwright originally from Wenatchee, Washington. She is an alum of the EmergeNYC artist/activist program at the Hemispheric Institute (NYU) and a graduate of Yale University. She is happy to be back in New York after studying at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland, and is looking forward to performing in Target Margin’s production of The Tempest this Spring.
Rocio Lopez (Eva)
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Abby and John bicker and tease one another relentlessly. Old age hasn’t been entirely kind to the couple, but they find some unusual ways to make the time pass and to pay their medical bills. Through some well-placed white lies they fool their friends, neighbors, and even their children.
Becca Anderson (Playwright) is thrilled for the opportunity to work with MSP. She recently received her MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU. She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Period Piece, music by Cynthia Wong, and the book and lyrics for Hatter, music by Brandon James Gwinn. She authored the book for the musical Eau Blanche! lyrics by Diana Oh and music by Onn San. As well as being a proud Dramatists Guild member, Becca is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. She resides in Inwood and plans to get a dog.
Sarah Moazeni (Director) is a recent graduate of Wellesley College who is currently working in the marketing office at Primary Stages. She is thrilled to be a part of MSP’s first festival and would like to thank everyone for their hard work! In the past, she has directed productions of Gibraltar, As You Like It, and The Last Five Years. She has also assistant directed the world premiere of The Farm at Shotgun Players in Berkeley, California. She’d like to thank Rebecca and her parents for supporting her!
David J Goldberg (John) is a New York based actor and a native of Washington DC. A graduate of Emerson College he has also trained at The Atlantic Acting School and The Simon Studio in New York City. Recent off-off and off-Broadway credits include Population: 8 at the SoHo Playhouse, Disengaged with The Sapling Theater Company, Sticky! at the Bowery Poetry Club, and most recently as a featured performer in Kokopelli Theater Company and St. Fortune Productions’ This Tastes Funny! cannibal plays festival. He is pleased to be a part of the Manhattan Shakespeare Project’s Emerging Female Voices Playwrights’ Festival.
Gillian Hurst (Abby) hails from the Berkshires, MA where she performed and studied with Shakespeare & Company. Then she moved to NYC to pursue acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. There she studied with The Atlantic Theater Company. Being an actress has led Gillian to perform all over the city, regionally and globally. She resides in Sunnyside with her feller and their two turtles (Mulder and Scully). Some favorite productions include: The Brave Calf (Teatro Iati), 7 Minutes (The Gallery Players), Pinocchio (Nicu’s Spoon), Hecho en Ecuador (Dramatic Adventure Theater), Women of Armagh (Love Creek/Developing Acts), Scapin (Shakespeare & Company) and Headlight’s Break (writer/producer).
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In the future, aging is illegal. RICHES and TALENT are accompanying FAME who wants to sell off a few hours of her life in return for cash. SARAH–a war widow allowed to grow old–is buying. But, as always, matters of the heart trump money, sense and iambic pentameter.
Merridawn Duckler (Playwright) has published in Carolina Quarterly, Main Street Rag, Isotope, Green Mountains Review, among others. Her scripts for Collage Dance Theater include “La Brea Woman,””Most Wanted”, “Sleeping with the Ambassador”adaptation of Kafka’ s “A Hunger Artist”at Perino’ s, the opera “C’ Opera”at the LAPD and “My Beowulf”at the NOW Festival. In 2011 her “Guide to An Exhibitionist”arrives at LACMA. She has won international fellowships to Russia and Jerusalem, attended Yaddo and been honored to study with Annie Baker at the Southampton Playwriting Conference. She teaches at Attic Writers Workshop and is an Associate Editor at Narrative.
Danica Jenelle Horton (Director) A Miami native, Danica holds a Magna Cum Laude B.A. degree in Theatre Arts, concentration in directing, from UNC Greensboro. She recently completed a directing internship with Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Danica is also a founding member of The Heroes, a non-profit production company based in Seattle, Washington, and is proud to be nomadic. Though previously afraid of the City, she is very excited to be premiering her Big Apple debut. To the audience: thank you for supporting the creation of new pieces of theatre by female artists.
Jessica Shotwell (Sarah) is excited to be back again for another reading in the 2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwrights’ Festival. In addition to the reading of Mantis last month, she has also performed in The Waiting Room Plays; HB Studio, Hot L Balitmore; HB Playwrights, and The Last of Mrs. Lincoln. Thanks to CB for being the love of my life!
Ali Graves (Riches) Originally from Essex, England, Ali recently graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since then, she has played Babygirl in Life is Short: Cherish Every Moment, Lisa in Trepidation Nation: A Phobic Anthology and was a finalist in the Strawberry One-Act festival playing the role Molly in Balcony. Ali would like to thank her amazing friends and family for their ongoing, unconditional love and support.
Alicia St. Louis (Fame) Alicia was recently seen as Helen of Troy and the Beast of War in “Trojan Women Redux”. Some of her favorite roles include Aquitania in “Caligula Maximus” at La Mama Theatre and Rachel in “Ludlow Fair”. She trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and studies now with Alice Spivak. She’d like to thank her family and friends for their support on the journey and most of all, the one and only Mike D.
Alexander Stine (Talent) Alexander started his New York journey 4 years ago. In that time he has worked pretty much non-stop on stage, film, and behind the scenes. He is currently workshopping a new play called The Dome Project with dir. Alberto Bonilla, is slated to shoot The Hoboken Vigilante with Redtail Filmworks this coming January, and is finding work for his talented work family at Andreadis Talent Agency. Some favorite roles include: Mike in Wildflower (lead, staged reading with Vincent Pastore), Marvin in Bleacher Bums, Pantalone in Servant of 2 Masters, and Roberto in Death and the Maiden. www.alexanderstine.com
Audience Favorite will be presented with $50 in gift certificates to The Drama Book Shop.
Company Favorite will be given the opportunity to expand the piece to 90 mins and be fully produced the following summer: July 2011.