2010 EFVPF The Soldier


2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwright’s Fest
The Soldier – November 1st – 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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Dark King Kills Unicorn

In this epic fantasy, two legendary warriors meet for battle, and mostly talk about girls. Contains a man-on-unicorn fight.

Reina Hardy (Playwright) is a playwright with credits in Chicago, New York, and Muncie, Indiana. Her play “Erratica” made its professional world premiere in July 2009 with Sacramento’s Capital Stage, and is now out from Original Works Publishing Reina, a 2007 and 2009 finalist for the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission, has also had readings and productions with Orlando Shakespeare, the House Theatre, and many others. Look for excerpts from her plays in “Audition Arsenal,” “The Ultimate Audition Book” and “Best Scenes for Two Actors.” Reina is a 2003 graduate of Columbia University, where she won the Brick Memorial Prize for playwriting. She is also founder and artistic director of the Viola Project, Chicago’s best Shakespeare performance workshop for girls.


Joanna C. Strange (Director, The Other Unicorn)A director, actress and producer, Joanna has assisted Olivier Award winning Francis Matthews on Lucky You at the Edinburgh Fringe, Oxford Playhouse and Waterfront Playhouse, The Three Musketeers at North Shore Music Theatre (with George Stiles) and Comedy of Errors as a visiting director at USF in Tampa. As a director, she has worked with 3 Graces Theatre Co, Industry PowerPlay and taught at University of Tampa. Like all actresses in New York, she has worked in the Fringe and on Law & Order. Thanks to Jonathan, my fabulous fiancé.


Seon Britton (The Unicorn) is excited to be making his debut with the Manhattan Shakespeare Project. He has just recently been seen in the Off-Off Broadway production of “Mr. Wonderful” at the Producer’s Club. Other theatre credits include Jonesin’, in which he originated the role of Roscoe. Film work includes the upcoming Fox Searchlight Pictures film, Conviction. B.F.A., University of Michigan.


Sarah Eismann (Stage Directions) a native Jersey girl, got her BFA in Drama and Biology at Tisch School for the Arts at NYU. She also trained with the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Among others she has performed with the Tony Award winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Center REP, Pear Avenue Theatre, Playhouse West, the long and short form improv troupes Tilted Frame SF, Middle School Poetry, and RadioStar Network podcasts. Sarah is also a proud member of Woman’s Will – San Francisco Bay Area’s All Female Shakespeare Company, and the founder of Manhattan Shakespeare Project. Sarah is happy to be part of the Columbia 2012 MFA Acting family.


Lincoln L. Hayes (The Draegerman) is an actor, writer, director, and founder of the Outcast Ensemble, a New York-based theater company. Previous credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, In Writing, and The KAnderson One Acts – Solitaire, Waiting Room, and Fall-Out. Recent film credits include Kaiius; No Smoking, Please; White Irish Drinkers; and Eat, Pray, Love. He also has two of his own films in development, Change of Address and Magic Man. He will be featured in several PC Richard and Son commercials in the next few months.


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An Iraq war veteran pursues a Turkish high school student down a wooded path. A modern day Rosalind and Orlando meet in a Midwestern Forest of Arden.

Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro (Playwright) plays include Behind Enemy Lines (Pan Asian Repertory, N.Y.C), Mishima (East West Players, L.A.), Martha Mitchell (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Barrancas (Magic Theater, S.F.), Pablo and Cleopatra (New Theatre, Boston), Mexico City and Sailing Down the Amazon (Underground Railway, Boston), and It Doesn’t Take a Tornado and Amsterdam (La MaMa, N.Y.C.). She has just been named one of the new Huntington Theater Playwriting Fellows. Her plays have been anthologized by Smith and Kraus, Baker’s Plays, Heinemann, Meriwether, and Charta Books Ltd.


Tracy Cameron Francis (Director) has directed for Wiliamstown Theatre Festival, NY International Fringe Festival, NY Arab Comedy Festival, Falaki Theatre (Egypt), Theatre for the New City among others. She worked as an assistant director with Sam Gold (NYTW), Josh Fox (International WOW), Gia Forakis (NAATCO, TerraNova). Recent credits include: “The Maids” (Curious Frog), LES Festival, NYAACF, Hybrid Theatre Works Artist Response. Participant LaMama International Directing Symposium(Italy).Co-Artistic director of Hybrid Theatre Works. She has spoken at “Arts in the One World” at Brown, and “Acting together on the World Stage” (NY) conferences on theatre and peace building. B.A. Fordham. www.tracyfrancis.com


Dina Shihabi (Girl) grew up in Dubai, U.A.E. and has lived in New York for the past three years. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts two year conservatory program and graduated with an A.O.S. degree, and is now in ongoing scene study classes with Wynn Handman of the American Place Theatre. She is also a trained dancer in Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary. Recent credits include playing Haya in the play Neither Heaven Nor Earth, Aisha in the feature film David and Chanel in Extreme Girls and One Guy.


Daniel Hartley (Man) Williamstown Theatre Festival: A Flea in Her Ear; After the Revolution; Trouble Tales (for boys and girls); Golden Gate. Regional: THIRD (Geffen Playhouse). Film: Permanent Midnight, Choose. TV: “Law &Order: SVU,” “Las Vegas,” “Boston Public,” “Grounded for Life,” “Close to Home,” “Walker, Texas Ranger.” 2007 MTV Movie Award for “United 300.” Member of Improv Olympic West, Upright Citizens Brigade, NY.


Elaine Wang (Stage Directions) recently graduated with a major in English and minors in Theatre & Dance and Chinese. Besides acting, Elaine also writes poetry and prose and recently completed a thesis of both, called “Things I Have Learned From Other People.”


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Dinner Is At Seven

One has to face many battles in one’s life. A family dinner for instance. And when that family dinner is the occasion to introduce one’s new girlfriend to the family, one has to prepare carefully. Such an event requires strategic choices, full knowledge of allies and foes and a lot of faith in the future.

Marine Sialelli (Playwright) is a native of Aix-en-Provence, France. She was trained as a dancer in the Centre Supérieur de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower for six months before flying off to London where she entered the London Studio Centre. She holds a BA in Theatre Dance from the University of the Arts of London and a French Literature degree from the Université Toulon Sud. After graduating from college in 2008, she danced for a year in Madrid with former Victor Ullate principal Iván Barreto. She is now pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University.


Gretchen Ferris (Director) is an actor/director/casting director working out of New York City. NY directing credits include: Chains of Dew (Zephyer Rep/Wings Theatre), Lysistrata (Phare Play Productions), Wincing at the Light (Love Creek). Most recently, she was seen onstage and as a co-producer for As I Am Fully Know with The 8 o’Clocks in FringeNYC. Her casting credits range from feature film to commercial to theatre, and she holds theatre degrees from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Florida State University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.


Leah Dietrich (Stage Directions) NY credits include: Jersey Intersections (59E59, Primary Stages), The Taming of the Shrew (The Queens Players), Vamp of a New Generation (Roy Arias), Intimate Strangers (45th Street Theatre), Utah (Gene Frankel Theatre), Third (Kraine), Imaginary (Urban Stages). Regional: The Sugar Syndrome, Wasp, The War in the Garden (Williamstown); Cinderella (Windy City Players). Studied at Circle in the Square Theater, Einhorn School of Performing Arts at Primary Stages, and Florida State University.


Meghan Hoffman (Gwendolyn) is thrilled to be working with the Manhattan Shakespeare Project. A recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, some favorite credits include: Tartuffe, The Night of the Iguana (Triad Stage); Romantic Fools (Cape May Stage); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol (North Carolina Shakespeare Festival).


Adam Scott Mazer (Stefano) 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.


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!