2010 EFVPF The Lover


2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwright’s Fest
The Lover – October 25th – 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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Miles and Miranda are two mantises who are prepared to mate. However, no amount of preparation could help Miles overcome certain fears, and the more they debate over pride and legacy, the more they begin to realize that underneath the most intimate argument of their relationship lies the answer to their prayers.

Julia Pugachevsky (Playwright) is a sophomore studying Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Previously, her short play, “The Neighbors”, was performed at the One-Acts at her high school. Aside from writing, Julia has a passion for acting and has been in productions such as Guys & Dolls (Sarah Brown) and her high school Shakespeare Festival (Ghost from Hamlet, Olivia from The Twelfth Night). Julia would like to thank her family, her boyfriend William and her friends for their support, as well as the Manhattan Shakespeare Project for this incredible opportunity to see her words come to life.


Julia Locascio (Director) is a director, costume designer and sensory theatre artist. Devised work: What Might’ve Been Lost, You Are Made of Stars, Won’t You Come In. Directing: Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, Charles Mee’s Gone. Training: current candidate for BFA in Drama with a concentration in Devised Theatre from NYU, Costumes at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, SITI Summer Intensive, the TEAM Summer Session, the Cherub Program, Shakespeare at Cambridge University, Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre, Redmoon, Interlochen Fine Arts Camp. Awards: Illinois Honoree in Musical Theatre (2007) and Theatre (2008) by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. www.paperplanetheatre.org


Megan Emery Gaffney (Miranda) is thrilled to be part of the Emerging Female Voices festival. She has just returned to New York after spending a year in DC at The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting. Favorite credits include: Travesties (Long Wharf, starring Sam Waterston); Comedy of Errors and The Beach (Yale Rep); Malcontent and King Lear (ACA/Shakespeare Theatre Studios); As You Like It (u/s, Hangar Theatre); Swan Lake Calhoun (Vital Theatre, Drama League); Fallen Angels, Two Rooms, (finalist, Best Actress, New Hampshire Professional Theatre Awards), Almost Maine (Winnipesaukee Playhouse); Innocent Yet and Please Let Me Love You, (Dixon Place); The Director (Outrageous Fortune); Intimate Things (Best Overall Actress Award), Everyman (Looking Glass Theatre); Elektra (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); The Tempest (British American Drama Academy, London) among others. BA: University of Pennsylvania. Graduate: William Esper Studio. MFA: Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting at GW.


David J Goldberg (Miles) 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. Some 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!, a cannibal play festival. He is pleased to be a part of the first annual Female Voices Playwrights’ Festival and would like to thank the Julias for the opportunity.


Jessica Shotwell (Stage Directions) is pleased to be a part of this festival. She has been a part of such productions as Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), Cabaret (Frau. Schneider), Top Girls (Joyce), 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (Flora). “Thanks to CB, my biggest fan and the love of my life.”


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Fairytale Song

Olive and Edgar are moving into a new apartment together when Olive’s grandmother passes away, throwing into jeopardy not only the unpacking plans but what was expected to be Olive’s career-launching performance. The news sets into backward motion an exploration of the monstrous and banal choices made in the face of love and death.

Samantha Chanse (Playwright) is a writer and performer based in New York and San Francisco. The recipient of an Individual Artist Commission from the San Francisco Arts Commison, her work has been presented with the New York International Fringe Festival, Bowery Poetry Club, The Marsh, Asian American Theater Company, and others. As an arts organizer/educator, she co-founded multidisciplinary salon series Laundry Party and served as artistic director of SF-based arts nonprofit Kearny Street Workshop. Her first solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, will be published by Kaya Press in 2011. She is currently pursuing a MFA in playwriting at Columbia University. www.samanthachanse.com


Lisa Szolovits (Director) just moved from Los Angeles for a directing residency at Playwrights Horizons, where she most recently assisted Emily Mann on the New York premiere of Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I. Back in LA, Lisa assisted on plays written by some of her favorite female playwrights: Laura Schellhardt (World Premiere: Courting Vampires), Sheila Callaghan (Debut Production: Lascivious Something), and Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House). Lisa has directed new work at Theatre of NOTE (Young Writers Project) and Above the Curve Theatre (30 Love) and workshopped a devised piece on the myth of Saint Lucy.


Jackie Chung (Olive) Off-Broadway: Microcrisis (Ma-Yi Theater Company), The Children of Vonderly (Ma-Yi). Other theater credits: Japanoir (EST Marathon ’08), Trickle (EST Marathon ’09), Microcrisis(Youngblood/EST), The Sporting Life (Studio 42), The Bereaved (Partial Comfort), The Director (The Flea), They Call Him Young Lou (Columbia Stages), Area of Rescue (Andhow!),Mother Courage and Her Children (The Public Theater), Songs of the Dragon Flying to Heaven (Prelude), Six (2G). Film credits include: “Tomorrow Arigato” and the “The Picnic” (Acting Award, First Run Film Festival for both films). Jackie is a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre and Partial Comfort Productions.


Adam Scott Mazer (Edgar) An actor, writer, director, and fight choreographer, Adam Scott Mazer grew up in Birmingham, Alabama – the Heart of Dixie. At 18, he moved to Providence to attend Brown University and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Theater Arts. Since coming to New York City shortly after graduation, he has trained at the Rabid Vamps Fight Studio and has appeared in productions for several companies including EST, Vampire Cowboys, Target Margin, MT Works, The New York International Fringe Festival, and Columbia’s MFA program. He is currently writing a serialized play called Death Valley for Vampire Cowboys’ Saturday Night Saloon.


Carl Howell (Stage Directions, Guitar) has performed with Shelby Company in New Beulah (Planet Connections, Pear Avenue Theatre), Say Say Oh Playmate (New Orleans Fringe), We Men of Science (The Network One-Acts) and directed Uncle Shelby’s Traveling Treasure Trunk for the Minneapolis Fringe. Other New York and regional credits include Halo/Titanic at The Old Vic (London), Twelfth Night at The Pearl Theatre, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and Pigeons, Knishes, and Rockettes at FringeNYC. Old Vic New Voices Member. BFA: NYU Tisch.


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Winter Death

(photo by Xia San)

Winter is the season where all plants must die in order to be born again in the Spring. For New Yorkers, it is an especially trying experience. Whether they’ve lived there for years or they’ve just arrived Winter always surprises.

Camila Le-Bert (Playwright, Y) graduated as an Actor from the University of Chile and is presently working on her Playwriting MFA at Columbia University. She has received the Victor Jara Playwriting Award (Chile) for Betamax, the Playwriting Award at the 8 Festival for New Directors (Chile) for My Three Sisters and played the lead in the feature film “You think you’re the prettiest… (but you’re the sluttiest)” (Toulouse Film Festival, Festival de Cine de Valdivia). Her translation of Caryl Churchill’s Far Away, produced by Teatro del Carmen, is going for its’ second run in the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral in October 2010 in Santiago.


Rachel Park (Director) holds her BFA from Boston University’s Theatre Arts program. Most recently, she directed The Lady and The Tyger… for Rapscallion Theatre Collective’s 4th Annual Salute Your Shorts Festival. Other directing credits include original works Footprints in the Applesauce, White Elephants, The Dance of the Pink Elephant, and Nothing and Not Much. Assistant directing on: The Glass Menagerie, The Visit, and Much Ado About Nothing and Woyzeck. She has also worked as the assistant to the artistic director for Camden People’s Theatre in London and is currently in residence as a producing associate with Page 73 Productions in Brooklyn.


Donald Eugene Jones (Voice, Stage Directions) is a recent graduate of The American Musical Dramatic Academy where he has performed in several productions such as Macbeth, Hamlet, Speakeasy, Big Mistake and Sunday Costs Five Pesos. He as also performed in several One Act productions in Atlanta GA and showcases for Gordon College of Preforming Arts. Other credits include: Why didn’t you tell me (Peter), Three Pigs and Little Red for Village Stage Theater.


Mara O’Malley (Z) is a graduated of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts where she earned her BFA in Acting. This will be the first performance that Mara has participated in since 2009 when she appeared in Ms. Park’s outstanding night of short plays by young playwrights entitled The Elephant in the Room.


David Rosenblatt (X) is an actor living in Brooklyn. He earned a BFA in Theater Arts from Boston University. He recently appeared in The Play About My Dad with Collaboration Town and is currently working one Brett Epstein’s original one-act, Life Without Joey.


Order Your Tickets

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.

Come on out, VOTE for your favorite, stay for the reception!