2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwright’s Fest
The Infant – October 11th – 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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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This
Ashley, Sarah, and Jenny drink, dance, fight, and tease as they stalk Hank in a smoke-filled roadhouse. Is he a womanizing creep? An uptight astronomer who yearns for other worlds? Or could he be the big daddy of their dreams?
Evelyn Jean Pine (Playwright) is a four-time Playground Emerging Playwright Award Winner and the recipient of the 2007 June Anne Baker Playwright’s Prize. Playground has commissioned two of her full-length plays: Astonishment, about the invention of movies and their impact on the imagination, and The Secrets of the World, about Queen Isabella and 1492. The San Francisco Olympians Festival commissioned her play, Hephaestus and the Golden Robots, and presented a sold-out staged reading of the play this summer. Her award-winning short plays have been staged around the country, including New York, San Francisco, Berkeley, Kansas City, Charlottesville, VA, and Bethesda, MD.
Megan Marod (Director) is thrilled to be working with the Manhattan Shakespeare Project. She began directing at the University of Michigan where she created and participated in a directing internship with the Royal Shakespeare Company and worked as assistant director to Trevor Nunn and Marcia Milgrom Dodge. Her own work has been seen in New York, Michigan, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Megan is a firm believer in happily ever after. Thank you to everyone for coming and supporting the arts!
Alena Acker (Sarah) NY Theatre: LMAO (Off Broadway, musical improv comedy), 3 Sisters Vanishing, A Memory, a Monologue a Rant and a Prayer, If This Ain’t It! at Theater for the New City and Behind the Sticks in the NY Fringe Festival. Alena performed, wrote and directed theatre for the English Village, an educational theme park in South Korea and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Look for her as Rhododendron in the upcoming web series Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood at www.mothereves.com
Marlene Berner (Jenny) is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and Washington State University. Recent NYC credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Golde), Kiss Me, Kate and The Music Man with the Village Light Opera Group; A Glance At New York with Axis Company (NYC/Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Pippin and Show Boat. Other credits include Carmen (Mercedes), Into the Woods (Lucinda), She Loves Me (Ilona Ritter).
Paul Caron (Hank) Over the last couple of decades, Paul has inhabited the roles of policeman, medieval peasant, butler, an awkward young man, Theodore Roosevelt, throat-slashing victim, medieval citizen, Russian tenor, swordsman, Fred Hollywell, a farmer, Sancho Panza, a murderous front man for a rock band, and now, Hank. During that time he has also performed and written songs in several (non-murderous) original and cover bands, and continues to perform acoustic guitar from time to time.
Nancee Carroll (Ashley) studied at Stella Adler Studios. Some of her favorite show credits from NYC and Texas include Fiddler on the Roof, BIG the Musical, Guys & Dolls, Oklahoma and Pirates of Penzance. Nancee is excited to be a part of Manhattan Shakespeare Project’s Playwright Festival.
Neville Braithwaite (Stage Directions) A graduate of NYU’s TSOA, Neville is excited to be a part of this reading. He recently returned Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY where he performed in Promises, Promises, Meet me in St. Louis (Clinton Badger) and Man of La Mancha (Paco). Other credits include Joan of Arc and Peer Gynt with Gorilla Rep. www.ohneville.com
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Cassie’s riding the Celestial Subway with her Angel Messengers Floyd and Ralph. As they approach the Delivery Room, she finds she’s not the only one. Attitudes about birth and growth are turned upside down as Cassie navigates her first meeting with her “Surrogate” and presents a list of demands.
Anne Hamilton (Playwright) has nineteen years of experience in the professional theatre in New York City. She is the Founder of Hamilton Dramaturgy, an international consulting practice, and has worked with Lynn Nottage, Andrei Serban, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, The Harold Prince Musical Theatre Institute/The Directors Company, and Michael Mayer. Kathleen Chalfant starred in Anne’s one-woman play AND THEN I WENT INSIDE at the Cherry Lane Theatre. THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE STORY, VOLUME I, and ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT appeared in TRANSITIONS, a juried Virtual Exhibit at Pen and Brush. She holds an MFA from Columbia University.
Lori Wolter Hudson (Director) Directing credits include: Beyond Measure (in development), co-director Running (FringeNYC 2010 *Encore Series), Elisabeth and the Water-Troll (The New Harmony Project), Unwrap Your Candy (Underground at the Annex), Blossoming Andromachae (The Tank), 365 Days/365 Plays Week 37 (Cherry Lane Theatre), The Children’s Hour and Three Sisters (University of Evansville). Assistant Director: The Philanthropist and Pygmalion on Broadway, The Government Inspector (A.C.T.), and THE NIBROC TRILOGY (78th Street Theatre Lab). Lori has worked administratively at the O’Neill Theater Center, Playwrights Horizons, La Jolla Playhouse, Signature Theatre Company, Samuel French, Inc., and The New Harmony Project. B.S. University of Evansville.
Sally Cade Holmes (Mother) is excited to be making her NYC debut with the Manhattan Shakespeare Project! She recently moved to New York from the upstate of South Carolina. Recent credits include: Parade (Lucille Frank), The Winter’s Tale (Time), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Lincoln: Upon the Altar of Freedom (Sally Bush Johnston / Mary Todd Lincoln u/s), As it is in Heaven (Hannah), Company (Marta), and Urinetown (Little Becky Two-Shoes). Sally Cade holds a BS in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville.
Dartel McRae (Ralph, Angel Messenger) lives in NYC hailing from Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He is very new to the craft of acting but in a short time has been able to be in 2 Independent Feature Films, and some TV. Most notably he was featured in Josh Radnor’s directorial debut, “HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE”. He is constantly auditioning and taking classes to better his abilities. His favorite quote comes from his acting teacher, “If you don’t believe than you can’t be inspired. If you aren’t inspired then you can’t be inspiring.” This motivates him to be a better actor and a better person. www.DartelMcRae.com
Ian Michael Stuart (Floyd, Angel Messenger) a southern California native, is honored to be working with such a collaborative company here in New York. Off-Broadway:Train To Chicago (Jackson) Recent regional: Tick, tick…BOOM! (Jon-stage Scene LA award), Lippa’s The Wild Party (Black). A special thanks to Lori Wolter Hudson for reaching out on this project. love to: Jason Lane, KSR, The Pit, Mom, Dad, Jimmy, Andreas and Zack. Proud graduate of UC Irvine. Thank you endlessly for supporting new works. www.IANMICHAELSTUART.com
Haley Ward (Stage Directions) is thrilled to be part of the Manhattan Shakespeare Project’s 2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwrights’ Fest! NY theater credits: Twin Spirits (The Culture Project) and Blueprint for Accountability (The Culture Project). Regional theater credits: Two Gentlemen of Verona (Bare Bodkins Theater Co.). Haley recently moved to NY from South Dakota. Graduate: University of Sioux Falls, The University of Oxford, Wycliffe Hall.
Erin Wilhelmi (Cassie Bernhardt) NYC credits include Likeness by David Caudle at the Manhattan Theatre Source, Fur directed by Charles Goforth, and Folly of Crowds directed by Adam Knight, readings with the Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, Primary Stages, New Dramatists, and The Barrow Group. She can be seen in Jimmy Eat World’s newest music video (‘My Best Theory’). Next up – Ebe Ensemble’s production of The Girl From Nashville. BFA from the University of Evansville www.erinwilhelmi.com
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Two estranged sisters meet again to clear the house of their recently deceased, white trash mom, and they both end up confronting a disturbing and painful past.
Claire Fowler (Playwright) is a British writer-director from Wales. After studying at Oxford University and the Royal College of Art, she made a number of films which have screened at venues internationally–including the Lincoln Center as part of the International Human Rights Watch festival, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Barbican, the Ritzy, SOAS and Clapham Picturehouse in London, Visual art centre of Lille in France, Tehran International Documentary festival and the International Film festival Rotterdam. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council England, South West Screen, the British Council, the International Peace Scholarship, the Academy Foundation, and the Moving Picture Institute. She is currently working on her third feature length screenplay at Columbia University, where she is a Film MFA candidate with the support of the Fulbright commission and the PEO foundation. Turtle is her first play.
Dina Epshteyn (Director) New York-Urban Stages: Boy’s Own Jedi Handbook, The Clockmaker (readings). MITF: Visionaries, School Romance. Manhattan Theatre Source: Wrong Planet, Cupcakes, Tumble Jumble. Fringe: George the Fourth. Abroad Stage: Ghost Light (reading). Vignettes/Apocalypse: We Appear to Have Company. Strawberry Festival: No Applause Please. Regional-Capital Rep: Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion (AD). Two River: Heartbreak House (AD). Westport: Sedition (World Premiere), Mary’s Wedding (AD/Dramaturg). Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE: Hearts (AD/Choreographer); Ah, Wilderness!, The Three Sisters, Death and the Maiden, Boys from Syracuse, Things of Dry Hours (Dramaturg). Manhattan Theater Club: REALationships National Playwrighting Competition, Grand Prize Winner. Education: McGill University.
Rebecca Newman (Annie) is thrilled to partake in the first annual Emerging Female Voices Festival. Passionate about new play development, she most recently appeared in a reading of The Wicked Son at the Dramatists Guild (directed by John Gould Rubin) and has taken part in multiple workshops at New Dramatists. New York/Regional: His Minute Hand (Hollywood Fringe/Bleecker Street Theater), Webbed Generation (Manhattan Rep), Be the Dog (NY Fringe), Miracle at Naples (Huntington Theatre). Rebecca is in production for multiple film and internet projects. In her spare time, she cooks for various companies around the city and frosts cupcakes. Boston University, BFA.
Claire Gresham (Gina) is excited to join The Manhattan Shakespeare Project for this festival. Most recent credits include: GORMANZEE and Other Stories at The Flea, The Princess of France in Love’s Labor’s Lost at SFT in New Orleans, Love and Laughter at the Abingdon Theatre, a handful of fantastic readings with her friends at Page 73, and the HBO Pilot of Boardwalk Empire. Regional credits include As You Like It, Thing, and Vote Lear with SFT, Poona the F*ckdog and Taste with the NOLA Project, Crimes of the Heart at Le Petit Theatre, and Brian and Shevat at the Alamo Underground.
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.