2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwright’s Fest
The School-Boy – October 18th – 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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A series of slice-of-life vignettes, Sweet Pea is about acoustic guitars, mix tapes, cigarettes, ear piercings, plastic bracelets and the love between a mother and her daughter.
Jennifer Lane (Playwright) Jenny, a current MFA candidate at the Columbia University School of the Arts, is a Michigan-born writer and Sarah Lawrence graduate. She has written a number of plays, one of which (Does Anyone Know Sarah Paisner?) was hailed as “saucy and unapologetic… running the gamut from the comedic to the truly macabre” by The Review Zoo. Most recently, her one-act The Would-Be Room enjoyed two runs, one in New York City at the Schapiro Theatre and the other at Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago. This coming December, her full-length drama Psychomachia will appear for a limited run at Theatre 54. Her mentor for her third and final year at Columbia is Sarah Ruhl. For more information, please visit www.jennifer-lane.net.
Trish Vignola (Director) is excited to be working on “With Better Words…” by Jenny Lane. Trish has her B.A. in Theatre from Fordham University, her M.A. from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the Second City Directing Program. Trish has been the Assistant to the Director for Tony Nominee, Marcia Milgrom Dodge’s production of Of Thee I Sing as well as for the Second City National Touring Companies. Trish’s work has been seen in the Del Close Marathon, Chicago Sketchfest, the TBS Just for Laughs Festival as well as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Jessica Bettini (Sweet Pea) – Jessica recently relocated from Chicago where she received her BA from Columbia College. She also graduated from the improv program at iO, and the Second City Conservatory. She was part of Second City’s first ever Comedy Studies program- which gives college credit for classes in sketch writing and improvisation. Recent Chicago credits include ADHD TV and Family Poor-Traits at Second City, and 365 Sketches at Strawdog Theatre. Jessica can be seen staging murders all around New York with The Murder Mystery Company. Check us out at www.grimprov.com
Leanne Linsky (Mother) – Leanne Linsky’s recent most theater credits include Missouri William Downs’ Dead White Males and Joelle Arqueros’ Sex, Relationships & Sometimes…Love. She currently hosts Casual Sketch and is a member of the musical improv ensemble Miracle Baby (Once Upon A Time) at Magnet Theater. Leanne hosts live TV shows weekly on Kid Zone TV at Mount Sinai Hospital in addition to performing and teaching improv with Cherub Improv at various locations in NYC. Leanne began her studies at The Second City, which led her to Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NY & LA, IO Chicago and most recently, Magnet Theater.
Rachel Riendeau (Stage Directions) – Rachel Riendeau is thrilled to be a part of the Emerging Female Voices Fest and this original piece! Thanks to Trish, the cast, and all of Manhattan Shakespeare Project for allowing original theatre to breathe again! Vermonter at heart, New Yorker by soul. BFA from Hofstra University. Look for her in the upcoming HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce” alongside Kate Winslet! All my love to friends, family, and Lincoln for being my happy thought.
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After Ava questionably loses her grandmother’s earring on a date, she elicits the help of bad-boy office intern Shawn to reclaim it. But as they embark on this madcap mission, they find themselves caught in a sexually charged game of confused intentions typical of New York 20-somethings.
Lila Feinberg (Playwright) is a writer and actress, currently earning her MFA in playwriting at Columbia University. Most recently her full-length play Perched was workshopped at The Cherry Lane Theatre, and her short play “Me & Julio” was produced in Anne Bogart’s Collaboration Class. She has acted in plays at Primary Stages, Cherry Lane, Miller Theatre, and can be seen in the upcoming film Answer This! with Chris Parnell. She studied with the Moscow Art Theatre, and holds a BA from Barnard College.
Jessica Fisch (Director) Recent credits: The Realm (by Sarah Myers, NY Premiere, Down Payment Productions/The Wild Project), strive/seek/find (by Jason Gray Platt, Abingdon Theatre), the 2009 Playwrights Horizons Stories on 5 Stories Benefit (play by Evan Smith), The Redheaded Man (by Halley Bondy, Down Payment Productions/FringeNYC/FringeEncores), Dressed In Your Dreams (by Pia Wilson, Public Theater/Emerging Writers Group), Exploits (by Jason Gray Platt, Theatre of the Expendable), Within the Boundary (by James Carmichael, Working Man’s Clothes/Ohio Theater). Jessica is Artistic Director of Down Payment Productions, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, 2008-2009 Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident and a Tufts University Alumna.
Kate Flanagan (Stage Directions) is a second year MFA candidate at Columbia University. She is a New York City native and a graduate of Rice University in Texas. Favorite roles include Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Egle (Le Dispute) and Electra (Orestes 2.0). As always, thanks to Mom, Dad, and Frank for your sense of humor and support. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leif Huckman (Walter) is a musician and actor who graduated from NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing with a BFA in Drama, during which he also studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. After graduating, he formed a show-stopping, rocking R&B trio called Trick & The Heartstrings whose live performance buzz led to a single on the UK charts. As a bass player for The Boggs, he toured with bands such as Hot Chip and Built to Spill. His recent return to the stage has included portraying the love-lorn artist Basil in Daniel Mitura’s recent adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray after his Off-Broadway debut there in the revival of The Incident at Vichy by Arthur Miller with The Actor’s Company Theater. Leif was also seen in the NYMF sensation F@#KING UP EVERYTHING, which took home a handful of awards including Excellence in Writing: Book, and Honorable Mention for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. Other New York Credits include The Mahabarata, directed by Ruben Polendo at MCC, Exaltation of the Labrynth written and directed by Olivier Py at ETW, and The Servant of Two Masters at Lincoln Center. Leif is excited as always to work with the incomparable Lila Fein.
Melissa Pedro (Ava) is currently in her second year of training in the MFA Acting program at Columbia University. She is originally from upstate New York where she studied both theatre and dance, and received her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University at Buffalo. Her favorite past performances include Melancholy Play, Men & Women of Neil Labute, Pride & Prejudice, and Bug. Melissa is thrilled to finally be here in New York City where she is inspired so much every day by her colleagues and faculty alike. Thanks so much to Lila and friends for getting her involved in this project!
Grayson Powell (Shawn) is honored to be a part of the Emerging Women Playwrights Festival. Most recently, Grayson played Roderigo in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s production ofOthello on Boston Common. He can be seen as Berowne in Andrei Serban’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost Nov. 11th – 21st at Riverside Theatre. Selected New York credits include: They Call Him Young Lou (Cherry Lane) and Lysistrata(Miller Theatre); Regionally, he has appeared as Officer Lockstock in Urinetown: The Musical (Brooks Theatre, SC) and the ensemble developed play Sincerely (Chopin Theatre, Chicago). Grayson is a proud member of the Screen Actors’ Guild. Love.
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Jesse Rode A Bicycle Today
Jesse, a 15 year-old with uncategorized developmental disorders, gets on a bicycle for the very first time. It is an occasion for celebration, but also a landmark event that propels Jesse’s family and friends to look both backward and forward at how Jesse’s life impacts and reflects upon their own.
Sara Israel (Playwright) Sara Israel’s introduction to theater came when she was cast in the title role of The Magic Letter E (cap to cape, fad to fade). She has been engaged by words-in-space ever since. Sara’s award-winning playwriting and directing have been seen on both coasts (the middle alludes her, for now. . .) As a television writer, her first two produced scripts aired simultaneously. In addition, her television script Triumvirate was named “Best Un-produced Pilot” by Written By, the magazine of the Writers Guild of America. Sara recently completed Directors Lab West and serves as Literary Manager for The Blank Theatre Company. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Laurie Rae Waugh (Director) is pleased to be part of the Emerging Female Voices Playwrights’ Festival. Laurie has been working as a theatre artist in New York since 1980. Her credits include: The Prince of Hell’s Kitchen, Code Name Daniel, The Gray List, Out of Ignorance and Trailer Trash Deluxe all at The American Theatre of Actors. She also worked as a director with End Time Productions on their Naked Holidays shows of 2007 and 2008 as well as Vignettes for the Apocalypse 2007, 2008. Laurie directed her first play Dreams Forgotten in 2002 for VertaMirandance Productions and she has never looked back.
John Curtis (Neighbor) John’s recent New York credits include The Merchant of Venice and The Jew of Malta (York Shakespeare Company), Hamlet and Measure for Measure (Queen’s Players/ Secret Theatre). John was an apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2008, where he appeared in workshop productions of Walter (title role) and Far Away. John is a graduate of Syracuse University with a B.F.A in acting, and has also studied at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Doug Harvey (Brother) grew up in the SF Bay Area, where he worked at the California Shakespeare Theater and the American Conservatory Theater. New York credits include: (No) Boys Allowed at Manhattan Rep, Summer Rain at Theater for the New City, Ampersand: A Romeo and Juliet Story at the Looking Glass Theatre, and Julius Caesar at Teatro La Tea. A recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School for drama, he also studied at the Stella Adler Studio under Mark Rylance and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. See him October 20th – the 23rd in Walkabout Yeolha at Columbia Stages.
Gina Marie Jamieson (Brother’s Girlfriend) holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University.Recent New York credits include Gate B23 for the New York Fringe, Epicene for (re:)Directions Theatre Co., and Third for the Bendheim. Please visit www.ginamariejamieson.com!
Amy Losi (Mother) has appeared on stage in The Prince of Hell’s Kitchen, The Gloria Glitter Show (Broadway Comedy Club), Lend Me a Tenor, Don’t Drink the Water, 45 Seconds from Broadway, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, The Dining Room, Waiting in the Wings, The Pajama Game, My Fair Lady, and a historical play she also wrote and directed. Amy has been in commercials, a music video, independent and student films, and wrote and directed elementary school plays. She can currently be seen in a funeral home commercial and as a diabetic patient in Januvia ads.
Douglas Rossi (Neighbor’s Father) – received his MFA from Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where major roles included George in “All My Sons”, Kulygin in “Three Sisters”,The Prosecuting Attorney in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Topper in “Christmas Carol”. In NYC, he’s acted in nearly forty films/commercials/web series and over thirty plays. For Elisa Abatsis’ “Daguerrotypes”, he was nominated for best supporting actor of The Midtown International Theatre Festival and played a starring role in the NYC Fringe. Also a graduate of Second City, he’s studied longform at People’s Improv Theatre and with Austin Pendleton at HB Studio.
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.