2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwright’s Fest
The Pantaloon – November 15 – 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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Miss Matty and the Maja
(Artwork by Jo Bidner)
To explore her creative side, Matty has enrolled in a Life Drawing class. She has engaged a male model to pose for her privately… for extra practice. Bella, a plus size woman ten years Matty’s senior, shows up as this model’s replacement. The women examine “aging” and “body image.”
P.H. Lin (Playwright) In NYC, Patricia H. Lin (P.H. Lin) has had work produced and/or presented by Women’s Project & Productions, The Lark Play Development Center, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Nomad Theater Company, and Diverse City Theater Co. Nationally, her work has been seen in theaters or Festivals in DC, MD, VA, MI, IL, NC, OH, PA, KY and CA. Internationally, her work has been done in Greece. Pat has won the Dayton (Ohio) Playhouse’s National Playwriting Competition, and the George Mason University (VA) Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. She was a semi-finalist for the 2010 O‘Neill National Playwrights Conference.
Rachel Dart (Director) received her BFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has assisted at Manhattan Theatre Club (Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow, Nightingale), Oberon Theatre Ensemble (Othello), Gallery Players (Reefer Madness and House of Blue Leaves), and Prospect Theater Company (Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge and The Dome), and directed at Prospect’s Dark Nights Series (Buddy Holly at the Armory) and the Gallery Players Black Box New Play Festival (Will You Sing Me a Lullaby).
Elizabeth Bove (Bella) has worked in the U.S. at The Guthrie, The Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout and in London for the BBC as Monika Lewinsky (Clinton: A Study in Dirt) directed by Armando Iannucci. She toured Europe as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? www.elizabethbove.com
Julie Hays (Matty) recent theater credits include RUBY’S STORY(Just published by SAMUEL FRENCH where Julie is proud to be listed as original cast member), Nicky Silver’s FREE WILL AND WANTON LUST, HOUSE FULL OF DUST, and many staged readings. FILM/TV CREDITS The New Onion News Network TV Show on IFC, the upcoming film, SUGARPLUM and THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU with Matt Damon, Electric Company 2009, and radio and TV voice-overs.
Nora Vetter (Stage Directions) is an actress but when she’s not acting she’s a playwright and when she’s not acting or writing she’s a baker. You can learn more at noravetter.com and nibblesbynora.com. Her next project? Baking for Thanksgiving! (Literally. It’s not a play title. Although…)
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Rosa Krantz and Gilda Stern Say “Attagirl!”
Gilda and Rose have crashed the party of a former high school classmate – Jay Gatsby, nee Jacob Gantz. Getting bent at the back of the joint, they reminisce and try to understand the choices they’ve made… all the while hoping to catch a glimpse of the great Gatsby.
Shannon Reed (Playwright) Shannon’s plays have been presented by or at the Buran Theatre Company (LA), Unity Stages, BAX, Circle Players (NJ), E.A.T., Chaos! Festival (Chicago), SLAM!Boston, Kennedia Theatre (Denver), the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Theatre Three (Long Island) and the New Provincetown Players. Shannon is a member of the Playwrights’ Center, the Penguin Totem Artists Collective, the faculty of Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School and the writing staff of www.visualthesaurus.com. See www.ShannonReed.org for more information!
Melissa Crespo (Director) is thrilled to be a part of the Manhattan Shakespeare Project. She is currently an M.F.A Directing candidate at the New School for Drama. Melissa has directed at various theatres such as: The Contemporary American Theater Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Paper Mill Playhouse and Pistarckle Theatre in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where she directed a new adaptation of The Nutcracker. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Virginia and was also the receipt of the Van Lier Directing Fellowship at Second Stage Theatre and the Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellowship at Arena Stage. www.melissacrespo.com
Mariah Freda (Stage Directions) is a NYC actor and current student at The New School for Drama. Before going back to school she worked as an actor and producer for Groove MaMa Ink theater company.
Siri Hellerman (Rose) favorite roles include Lucy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Gnese in Il Campiello and Moonshine in Shakespeare Soup. She has also been on multiple tours with the National Theatre for Children. Siri is currently an MFA Acting candidate at The New School for Drama.
Daliya Karnofsky (Gilda) holds a B.F.A from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is currently earning her M.F.A. in Acting at the New School for Drama. Daliya is a member of the New York Neo-Classical Ensemble (Twelfth Night, Maria; Pericles, Dionyza) and Examined Man Theater. She has performed with Red Bull Theater, La Mama e.t.c., Les Freres Corbusier, longest lunch theatre company, Chamber Theater Productions, and Manhattan Children’s Theater. Daliya tours the country performing her original work as a solo performer, and you can catch her both online and live at the Soho Playhouse in the weekly unscripted sitcom, “Naked in a Fishbowl”. Daliya is currently developing her interactive web baking series, “And She Bakes”. www.nakedinafishbowl.com
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I Would Treat You Better
Prudence, a young woman, waits for her date, who has left her, underage and unescorted, outside the bar where they were supposed to meet. James, a lonely older man, takes an interest in her and begins a flirtation. He nearly succeeds in seducing her, when suddenly her boyfriend appears and breaks up the tryst.
Elise Forier Edie (Playwright) has had her plays produced all over the country, in New York and Los Angeles, as well as such far flung places as Jonesboro, Arkansas and McCall, Idaho. She has developed her work at the Bonderman Symposium, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, the Eugene O’Neill Center, and the Mae West Fest, among others. She is a frequent collaborator with composer Tina Lear. Their current project, the original musical The Rebel Girls of Common Street, is being developed at CAP 21. Elise teaches playwriting and children’s theatre at Central Washington University.
Danielle Kourtesis (Director, Stage Directions)graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Urban Studies. She has directed and performed in pieces at Brown University and with the Faux-Real Theater Company. She assistant directed two productions with The Debate Society, Buddy Cop 2 at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and You’re Welcome at the Brick Theater. In June 2010, Danielle performed in and co-directed three original site-specific pieces on Governor’s Island and she directed No One Finer Than Frank Shiner as part of the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival. She is the Music Programmer for Rooftop Films and a Creative Consultant for Pop Mondial.
Giancarlo Barriocanal (Davide) is enrolled at Brown University and expects to graduate in the Spring of 2011. His most recent works include a Brown University production of “Three Points, Four Corners” and the student film “Todo Sobre Mis Boleros Perros”. When not acting, Giancarlo teaches elementary and middle schoolers the value of a good physical education.
Eileen Meny (Pru) has most recently been seen in productions at Columbia University of Uncle Vanya and Faust. She is a graduate of Brown University and is currently studying acting and photography. On most nights she is found serving beer and whiskey at Whiskey Tavern.
Paul Caron (James) 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, James. 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.
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.