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2010 EFVPF The School-Boy

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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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Sweet Pea

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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Heirloom

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. kef2115@columbia.edu.

 

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.

 

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!

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2010 EFVPF The Lover

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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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Mantis

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!

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2010 EFVPF The Soldier

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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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Heartland

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!

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2010 EFVPF The Justice

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2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwright’s Fest
The Justice – November 8th – 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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Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride

In Victorian England, a group of very proper ladies spend their time solving mysteries and pursuing the martial arts. The immensely talented, minimally ruffled Susan Swayne, a leader in the Society of Lady Detectives, is suspicious of charismatic newcomer Katherine Denn. When an abandoned wife comes looking for her husband, Swayne thinks she has Denn pegged. But is she right?

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.

 

Allison Rose Frederich (Director) would first like to thank MSP for bringing together the creative minds of so many talented women. During her time at Bard College, she directed a number of productions, including Equus, Italian American Reconciliation and The Antiphon. Last year, Allison worked as both a director and actor for Manhattan’s 13th Street Repertory Theater Company as part of their annual summer festival. Most recently, she has completed coursework towards her MA in Theatre, and is excited to continue on to pursue her PhD in the field. Special thanks to her family and friends who continue to show unconditional love and support.

 

Devon Caraway (Madeline) is honored and excited to be a part of MSP’s Emerging Playwrights Festival. A recent graduate from Tisch School of the Arts. She studied with PHTS, Meisner, and the Classical Studio. Recent Credits include: Apollonia in Cymbeline (Frog & Peach Theatre Co.), Harmless Stories (Box Full of Wasps Theatre Collective), Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream (Classical Studio), Jaquenetta in Love’s Labors Lost (Classical Studio), Irina in Three Sisters (Meisner), Nadia Comaneci Tattoo Girl (PHTS), CB’s Sister in Dog Sees God (Theatreworks) and Lena in Mare Cognitum (NY Fringe).

 

Catherine Grace Clark (Adelaide) is a recent graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with Honors. While at NYU, Catherine spent an inspiring and fulfilling four years and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where she studied with such esteemed teachers and directors as Mark Rylance, James Tripp and John Gould Rubin. After spending her summer doing an internship with the Twin Tiers Theatre Festival in Olean, NY, Catherine is excited to begin her professional career armed with her passion and extensive training. Catherine is originally form Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is proud to carry her Midwestern roots with her wherever her career will take her!

 

Dara O’Brien (Bomberry) NY stage credits include: The Painters Project, director George Bartenieff (Cherry Lane Theatre); Summerfolk and The American Clock, both with director, Austin Pendleton, Hedda Gabler, director Amy Wright (all at HB Playwrights Theatre); The Seagull, director Austin Pendleton (Classic Stage Company First Look Festival); Strangulated, director Kate Bushmann (Abingdon Theatre Company); Blow by Blow, director Jen Forcino (Midtown International Theatre Festival), Breathe, director Sally Burtenshaw (FringeNYC), My Name Is Richard, director Austin Pendleton (78th Street Theatre Lab); Gringita (The Culture Project); Ghost Writer (ATA), The American Aunt, 1929 and Semicontinuous (Around the Block); A Stellar Market, (Red Room); and The Last Nightingale (Pantheon).

 

Abigail Ramsay (Susan Swayne) is delighted to be a part of Manhattan Shakespeare Project reading series! Training: RADA

 

 

Kim Sweet (Isabelle Fontaine-Kite) is a recent graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. During her time at NYU, she studied with the Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Meisner Extension, The Prague Film School in the Czech Republic, as well as Stonestreet Studio for TV and Film. As well as pounding the pavement, she is currently continuing her training at Maggie Flanigan’s School of Acting as well as Upright Citizens Brigade. She is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful production. Love to her family and friends for all their love and unending support.

 

Victoria Tucci (Stage Directions) hails from North Carolina and recently graduated from Circle in the Square Theatre School. She also received a BA in Theatre Arts from Elon University, NC. She just completed work on Horseman’s Hallow in Sleepy Hallow, NY, on of New York’s premier Halloween attractions. Some favorite roles include: Blanca, The House of Bernarda Alba; Vi, The Memory of Water and Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar.

 

Erin Zapcic (Katherine Denn) is thrilled to be making her New York theatre debut. She was last seen on stage originating the role of Alexis in the NJ Playwright Contest-winning Buick Becomes Electra or The Torrid Zone. Other favorite roles include Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Meredith in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress and the Witch in Into the Woods. She recently wrapped shooting on Single Number, a short film, which will be premiering later in the year.

 

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My Last Living Day

A mystery about two chemists in love until one invents an explosive chemical warfare which destroys their marriage and eventually kills one of them.

Maggie Surovell (Playwright, Clara Immerwhar) is a writer and actress. Maggie was an artist in residence at IRT Theater for her original indie rock musical OH MY!. Her original one-woman show WARNING SIGNS was selected for Cherry Lane Theatre’s Cherry Pit Late Nite. And, she was a co-creator and performer in TIMES 365 at The Brick Theatre. Maggie has performed Off-Broadway at The Public Theater, Cherry Lane Theatre, Saint Anne’s Warehouse, and The Ohio. Maggie has an MFA in Acting from the University of Georgia and a BA in Theatre from Temple University. www.maggiesurovell.com

 

Anna Weinstein (Director) is thrilled to be a part of this festival! In May, Anna graduated with a degree in Theatre and Psychology from Barnard College. She is both an actress and director and some of her performing credits include St. Joan of the Stockyard, The Inca of Perusalem, The Visit, Leonardo’s Last Supper, and Much Ado About Nothing. Anna is also a graduate of the British American Drama Academy in London. Thanks to everyone for their hard work!

 

Thomas Anawalt (Ludwig, Rabbi) graduated from Columbia University in 2009 with a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature. NY: Follow Me Down (The Flea Theater), Wonderful Town (Mount Carmel Theater Company), Bare Naked Drama (The Cherry Pit), Crocodile (Players Theater Loft), Trees Like Nails (NYC Fringe Festival.) Regional: The Disappearance of Jonah (Capital Fringe Festival), Macbeth (A Noise Within), The Magic Flute (John Anson Ford Amphitheatre), Shadowlands (Occidental College Summer Theater). Training: South Coast Repertory’s 8-Week Professional Acting Intensive Program.

 

Lindsay Goranson (Lisa) NYC theatre credits include: Oh My! (IRT), Tales of the Lost Formicans (Nicu’s Spoon), We Love You Johnny Hero (DR2, FringeNYC), Lilitu’s Girls Cabaret (Triad), Wall of Water (Duo), and Just a Matter of Time (Sage), as well as readings/workshops of Oh My!, The Street, The Receptionist, Arizona State of Limbo and Creative Writing. Favorite regional credits include: Under the Gaslight, Tartuffe, Lend Me A Tenor, and Madams and Mayhem on Market Street. Recent feature film credits include: Plague Town, Second Story Man, The Blinds, Target and Art=(Love)2. www.lindsaygoranson.com

 

David Greenfield (Fritz Immerwhar) is a lifelong New Yorker, improviser, comedian, and writer, and honored to join this talented team! Theatre: Boy in The Delicate Business of Boy and Miss Girl (FRINGENYC, World Premiere), Patter for the Floating Lady, Three Pinter Shorts (Williamstown) and Vincent Price Jr. Presents (UCB Theatre). Television: NBC’s Conviction, the web-mini-series Halloween Face, and Nickelodeon’s Plan It for the Planet! Film: Statue Hunters, All Saints Day, and BOHICA. One Million Thank You’s to Maggie!

 

Isabelle Zufferey Boulton (Stage Directions) is a recent graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. She was recently seen in the title role of ICBINS’s (I Can’t Believe It’s Not Shakespeare) production of the new comedy, ‘Andy Takes a Husband.’ She is thrilled to be a part of this reading at the Manhattan Shakespeare Project.

 

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Highway Blue

Benjamin may or may not be searching for his friend Mary-Belle who may or may not be lost. After encountering three fabulous gas pump gals, they face Siglinda, a force of wise saws and modern instances, who brings light to their situation. Is their world ending or about to begin? …hard to say for certain.

Caroline Prugh (Playwright) Her plays include At Daybreak, Clear Cold Place and Night at the Big Chief Motel, Good Christian Wife, Terminal, Western Blue, Motel Blue and Wonder Full; and dance/theater pieces FAuLT LiNES and Evyproo’s Barbie-Q. Her work has been produced and/or developed by Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Babel Theatre Company, The Theater Offensive, La MaMa Etc., Vital Theater, Brava Theater, Nous Theatre Productions, and Captiva Arts. A graduate of Amherst College, she is currently pursing an MFA at Columbia University under the mentorship of Charles Mee and Kelly Stuart. Previously, she was an associate for many years at Stuart Thompson Productions.

 

Jennifer Sandella (Director) is thrilled to be working with Manhattan Shakespeare Project on this series. Recent directing projects include Anthem (RADA, London, UK), Seek (19;29, London, UK), and Nesting (Token Collective, WalkerSpace, NYC). She holds an MA from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and a BFA from Hofstra University. Thanks to Caroline, her brilliant cast and the entire MSP staff for their amazing talent and hard work.

 

Sarah Eismann (Mary-Belle) is so excited to be working again with the very talented Caroline Prugh, and thanks both her and Jennifer for this wonderful opportunity to bring these thrilling words to life.

 

 

Ana Holly (June) is a teaching artist and actor living in Brooklyn, NY. She most recently performed in Hood, with the Red Door Theatre Company, the short comedy, JSEM Robot at the Producer’s Club and Screaming With Maria at Columbia University. Ana is working with The Living Theatre, helping to develop The Living Theatre Conservatory. She trained at Northeastern University, at Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and Diaan Ainslee. While in Boston, Ana wrote and performed her own sketch comedy at Improv Boston, and in NYC has been in movies, At Least When You’re Walking and Throw Dog, Throw. Ana teaches for IDEAS, Interactive Drama for Education and Schools.

 

Kathryn Merrily Maykish (April) A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Kathryn was last seen dancing on the stage of Jubilee! the longest running Showgirl revue in Las Vegas. She has returned to New York to “live the dream” which entails waiting in long lines only to meet casting directors who never call. Kathryn is proud to have a day job that does not include waiting tables- she teaches for Yoga to the People at their 3 Manhattan locations. She is very happy to be onstage tonight and hopes you will be seeing a lot of her in the near future!

 

Rachel Riendeau (May) is thrilled to be a part of the Emerging Female Voices Playwrights Fest! Native Vermonter who graduated with a BFA in Performance from Hofstra University. Special thanks to Jen for the opportunity and Manhattan Shakespeare Project for allowing new works to come to life! Upcoming roles: Lula Bell in Search of Santa (Lula Bell) with Manhattan Children’s Theatre and a featured role in the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce”. All my love to friends, family and Lincoln for being my happy thought.

 

Mia Van de Water (Siglinda) is an actress, singer, and self-confessed combat junkie whose favorite roles include Morning Star in The Kentucky Cycle (Zeitgeist Stage Company), Sybil in Bluebeard (Hangar Theatre), Josef in Nocturnes (Piper Theatre Workshop), and Jump Jivin’ Juliet in Such Sweet Sorrow (Theatre for the New City). Visit her at www.miavandewater.com, open 24/7.

 

Ian Way (Benjamin) is delighted to be back on the stage once again. Ian, who hails from Santa Fe NM, is learning the ropes of this big city life with what he hopes to be dignified grace. Professional credits include: Merry Wives of Windsor (Slender) with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, St. Joan (Dunois’ Page), Frost/Nixon, and Sherlock Holmes: final adventure with St. Louis Repertory Theatre. Film and TV: One Life to Live (clubhouse waiter), I Hate Tom Petty where he shared the screen with Mia Van de Water, Wendy’s commercial, and The Beach (Francis) NYU Grad film. www.ianway.com

 

Emily Pezzella (Stage Directions)

 

 

 

 

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2010 EFVPF The Pantaloon

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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.

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Company Favorite will be given the opportunity to expand the piece to 90 mins and be fully produced the following summer: July 2011.

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2010 EFVPF Second Childishness and Mere Oblivion

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2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwright’s Fest
Second Childishness and Mere Oblivion – Nov 22 – 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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Elegy No. 5

As Jayne struggles to find an appropriate birthday present for her ailing mother, vivid memories of the woman her mother used to be push Jayne to take on a new identity in the wake of significant loss.

Jennifer Blackmer (Playwright) is a playwright and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Ball State University. Her plays include Daughters of Trinity, which was seen at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis; Delicate Particle Logic, a semi-finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference and recipient of Ball State’s Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award; and The Human Faustus Project, which premiered in a staged reading at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Jennifer is Playwright in Residence at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and her plays have been seen at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Minnetrista Cultural Center, and the Science Museum of Minnesota.

 

Noelle Ghoussaini (Director) is an American-Lebanese playwright, director and arts educator. She recently graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Masters in Arts Politics. Over the past few years, she has worked for numerous non-profit arts organizations in Chicago and New York City, teaching theatre, dance, photography and playwriting. This summer, she traveled to Palestine where she taught dance at the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin Refugee Camp. She is currently developing her third original play, Ruth and the Great Gust of Wind, which tells the story of Ruth Reynolds, a pacifist from South Dakota, who was deeply involved in the struggle for Puerto Rico’s independence from the United States for over four decades. She is also currently directing Marjuan Canady’s one-woman show Girls! Girls? Girls. which opened in DC in August and will have its New York premier at the United Solo Theatre Festival in mid-November.

 

Erin Neufer (Jayne)is delighted to be participating in the women’s voices project. She is a new york city-based actor and recent graduate of Ball State University where she received her bachelors degree in acting. Past credits include ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ (Gwendolyn), ‘Quake’ (Lucy) and ‘Camino Real’ (Marguerite). In 2007, Erin won the margolis/brown scholarship at the National American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She wants to thank her family, friends, Nicholas and Jenn for writing such a tender tribute. Erin is made available courtesy of the Actors Equity Association.

 

Clare Barron (Clerk) is a performer and playwright originally from Wenatchee, Washington. She is an alum of the EmergeNYC artist/activist program at the Hemispheric Institute (NYU) and a graduate of Yale University. She is happy to be back in New York after studying at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland, and is looking forward to performing in Target Margin’s production of The Tempest this Spring.

 

Rocio Lopez (Eva)

 

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Over Ripe

Abby and John bicker and tease one another relentlessly. Old age hasn’t been entirely kind to the couple, but they find some unusual ways to make the time pass and to pay their medical bills. Through some well-placed white lies they fool their friends, neighbors, and even their children.

Becca Anderson (Playwright) is thrilled for the opportunity to work with MSP. She recently received her MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU. She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Period Piece, music by Cynthia Wong, and the book and lyrics for Hatter, music by Brandon James Gwinn. She authored the book for the musical Eau Blanche! lyrics by Diana Oh and music by Onn San. As well as being a proud Dramatists Guild member, Becca is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. She resides in Inwood and plans to get a dog.

 

Sarah Moazeni (Director) is a recent graduate of Wellesley College who is currently working in the marketing office at Primary Stages. She is thrilled to be a part of MSP’s first festival and would like to thank everyone for their hard work! In the past, she has directed productions of Gibraltar, As You Like It, and The Last Five Years. She has also assistant directed the world premiere of The Farm at Shotgun Players in Berkeley, California. She’d like to thank Rebecca and her parents for supporting her!

 

David J Goldberg (John) 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. 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! cannibal plays festival. He is pleased to be a part of the Manhattan Shakespeare Project’s Emerging Female Voices Playwrights’ Festival.

 

Gillian Hurst (Abby) hails from the Berkshires, MA where she performed and studied with Shakespeare & Company. Then she moved to NYC to pursue acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. There she studied with The Atlantic Theater Company. Being an actress has led Gillian to perform all over the city, regionally and globally. She resides in Sunnyside with her feller and their two turtles (Mulder and Scully). Some favorite productions include: The Brave Calf (Teatro Iati), 7 Minutes (The Gallery Players), Pinocchio (Nicu’s Spoon), Hecho en Ecuador (Dramatic Adventure Theater), Women of Armagh (Love Creek/Developing Acts), Scapin (Shakespeare & Company) and Headlight’s Break (writer/producer).

 

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The Relatives

In the future, aging is illegal. RICHES and TALENT are accompanying FAME who wants to sell off a few hours of her life in return for cash. SARAH–a war widow allowed to grow old–is buying. But, as always, matters of the heart trump money, sense and iambic pentameter.

Merridawn Duckler (Playwright) has published in Carolina Quarterly, Main Street Rag, Isotope, Green Mountains Review, among others. Her scripts for Collage Dance Theater include “La Brea Woman,””Most Wanted”, “Sleeping with the Ambassador”adaptation of Kafka’ s “A Hunger Artist”at Perino’ s, the opera “C’ Opera”at the LAPD and “My Beowulf”at the NOW Festival. In 2011 her “Guide to An Exhibitionist”arrives at LACMA. She has won international fellowships to Russia and Jerusalem, attended Yaddo and been honored to study with Annie Baker at the Southampton Playwriting Conference. She teaches at Attic Writers Workshop and is an Associate Editor at Narrative.

 

Danica Jenelle Horton (Director) A Miami native, Danica holds a Magna Cum Laude B.A. degree in Theatre Arts, concentration in directing, from UNC Greensboro. She recently completed a directing internship with Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Danica is also a founding member of The Heroes, a non-profit production company based in Seattle, Washington, and is proud to be nomadic. Though previously afraid of the City, she is very excited to be premiering her Big Apple debut. To the audience: thank you for supporting the creation of new pieces of theatre by female artists.

 

Jessica Shotwell (Sarah) is excited to be back again for another reading in the 2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwrights’ Festival. In addition to the reading of Mantis last month, she has also performed in The Waiting Room Plays; HB Studio, Hot L Balitmore; HB Playwrights, and The Last of Mrs. Lincoln. Thanks to CB for being the love of my life!

 

Ali Graves (Riches) Originally from Essex, England, Ali recently graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since then, she has played Babygirl in Life is Short: Cherish Every Moment, Lisa in Trepidation Nation: A Phobic Anthology and was a finalist in the Strawberry One-Act festival playing the role Molly in Balcony. Ali would like to thank her amazing friends and family for their ongoing, unconditional love and support.

 

Alicia St. Louis (Fame) Alicia was recently seen as Helen of Troy and the Beast of War in “Trojan Women Redux”. Some of her favorite roles include Aquitania in “Caligula Maximus” at La Mama Theatre and Rachel in “Ludlow Fair”. She trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and studies now with Alice Spivak. She’d like to thank her family and friends for their support on the journey and most of all, the one and only Mike D.

 

Alexander Stine (Talent) Alexander started his New York journey 4 years ago. In that time he has worked pretty much non-stop on stage, film, and behind the scenes. He is currently workshopping a new play called The Dome Project with dir. Alberto Bonilla, is slated to shoot The Hoboken Vigilante with Redtail Filmworks this coming January, and is finding work for his talented work family at Andreadis Talent Agency. Some favorite roles include: Mike in Wildflower (lead, staged reading with Vincent Pastore), Marvin in Bleacher Bums, Pantalone in Servant of 2 Masters, and Roberto in Death and the Maiden. www.alexanderstine.com

 

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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.

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2010 Readings in the Park

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READINGS in Central Park

As part of MSP’s mission to bring Shakespeare to a diverse community, we are presenting readings at Summit Rock in Central Park of lesser heard Shakespeare plays. Come out and enjoy the fun!

  • All readings at 6pm at Summit Rock
  • Monday July 26th-King John
  • Tuesday July 27th-Pericles
  • Wednesday July 28th-Henry VIII
  • Thursday July 29th-the poems: Venus & Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece

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To Summit Rock in Central Park (near 83rd St. at Central Park West):
By subway, take B or C train to 86th St./Central Park West. Enter park at 85th St., after playground follow path to the right, and look for the Manhattan Shakespeare Project sign. Restrooms are located at the Delacorte, up the road from Summit Rock.

Bring CHAIRS & BLANKETS!! Great places for a picnic!

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2010 Hendra

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Manhattan Shakespeare Project presents:

Hendra – an original play by Daniel Holloway

Reading

  • Monday July 12th – Schapiro Theatre – 7pm

This is a FREE workshop reading. Wine and snacks provided!

Schapiro Theatre: 605 W.115th St., NY, NY 10025

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Playwright’s Notes

This will be the first time the words of Hendra have audibly existed in the physical world. Hearing a play aloud and watching how another human being embodies the ideas a playwright created is an essential step in allowing a new work to blossom.

In late 2008, I came across a discarded National Geographic in the coffee shop beneath my apartment. Reading through, I encountered an article about zoonoses, diseases which can be transmitted from non-human animals to humans. The events which transpired in Hendra, Australia were one of the examples listed and I immediately saw the possibility for a play. I have been lax with certain historical facts and have, of course, put words into people’s mouths that almost certainly never resided there, but the vast majority of what happens in the play is accurate.

Playwrights are always happy to have feedback, specifically at this early stage. If you have any specific feedback, or are just willing to open a dialogue, please feel free to contact me at hamletd@yahoo.com.

Thanks,

Daniel

CAST

  • Angelo Angrisani: CLAY MILLER
  • Sam Bailer: DUAN TYNDALL
  • Frank Sellers: RAY UNWIN
  • Timothy J. Cox: JOHN MEISCHER
  • Dashiell Wesley Crigler: PETER REID
  • Lincoln L. Hayes: MICHAEL PASTEUR
  • Andrew Lerner: DRAMA SERIES/TOMCAT ELIOT/MAILPERSON

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Daniel Holloway (Playwright) was born in the South, educated in England and feels at home in San Francisco. He is a published poet and a rising playwright. Recently, his play, Yazoo, was one of three chosen for the Augustana New Play Bash. He has recently moved to New York and can be found searching the City for the best dirty martini.

Angelo Angrisani (CLAY MILLER) has returned to the craft of acting after many years absent. Over the past several years he has appeared in many films and stage productions. He wants to thank his wife Susan and his three lovely daughters Ariana, Nicole and Callie, for their support.

 

Sam Bailer (DUAN TYNDALL) is honored and excited to be a part of this reading. Sam has been busy this past month working on TV, film and theatre. He is currently working on a show that opens on Wednesday called Tombstone-saga of the Americans (west) in Inwood Park. Next month he starts his movie project Single Life: the musical. Sam wants to thank his family, because without their never-ending support and love none of this would be possible. He would also love to thank the friends he has acquired since moving to NYC 9 yrs ago. Thank you.

Frank Sellers (RAY UNWIN) was born in the Philadelphia area and grew up in north-central Pennsylvania. He first felt The Calling when he was cast in the lead role of King Kingross in his sixth-grade play. He not only memorized his own lines but everyone else’s, too! (His mother could see his lips move.) In college, French was his passion so theater was limited to designing play posters, though he did play another king… (Coincidence or Destiny?) After college he caught the journalism bug for about a decade, then became an IT consultant and in 2008 he finally began pursuing his dream.

Timothy J. Cox (JOHN MEISCHER) last appeared onstage with The Queens Players as Peter Quince in their critically acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recent New York credits include As You Like It (The Queens Players), Much Ado About Nothing and Arsenic and Old Lace (Queens Shakespeare, Inc.), 12th Night of the Living Dead (as Sir Toby Belch) with the Impetuous Theater Group, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Measure for Measure with the Astoria Performing Arts Center, plus the original works Jack Kerouac-Last Call and The Cat and the Moon, by award winning playwright Tom O’Neil which premiered at the 13th Street Repertory Company. Regional credits include everything from Shakespeare to Neil Simon. Film credits include Why I Fired My Secrtetary(HRM Productions), Over Coffee (Two-Five Films) and Socks and Cakes(Kimistra Films). Please visit www.timothyjcox.com for more information.

Dashiell Wesley Crigler (PETER REID) Now makes his home Brooklyn, NY. He has acted in community theatre, film and commercials. Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Terry Schreiber Studio. Touched, moved, and inspired.

Lincoln L. Hayes (MICHAEL PASTEUR) 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 IscariotIn Writing, and The KAnderson One Acts – Solitaire, Waiting Room, and Fall-Out. Recent film credits include No Smoking, Please,White Irish Drinkers, and Eat, Pray, Love. He is currently in production of a new play, The Day After Yesterday and a short film, Kaiius. He also has two of his own films in development, A Way Out and Change of Address. Follow him on Twitter: @lincolnlhayes.

Andrew Lerner (DRAMA SERIES/TOMCAT ELIOT/MAILPERSON) is a NY based actor, from the wonderful state of NJ. He graduated from Montclair St. University (in NJ), regretfully, with a degree in Food Science & Nutrition. He will be making his theatrical debut on Aug. 1 in the off-Broad

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2010 Titus Andronicus

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Manhattan Shakespeare Project presents:

The Most Lamentable Roman Tragedy of Titus Andronicus

PERFORMANCES (Summer 2010)

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MSP is very excited to announce our entire, extraordinarily talented The Most Lamentable Roman Tragedy of Titus Andronicus team!!

CAST

  • Caitlin Bebb: Saturninus, Caius
  • Dianna Bush*: Tamora, Messenger
  • Zoe Frazer*: Marcus, Martius
  • Jessica Giannone: Demetrius, Senator
  • Nicole Godino*: Titus Andronicus
  • Sarah Hankins*: Lucius, Quitus
  • Sally Hughes: Chiron, Mutius, Senator
  • Jessica Krueger: Fight Captain, Bassianus, Boy, Valentine
  • Alexandra Petrova: Lavinia, Alarbus, Nurse, Aemilius
  • Elizabeth Strong: Aaron
  • Ryan Storman: Musician

CREW

  • Advertising: Itohan Aghayere
  • Publicist: Alessandra Alma
  • Set/Props Designer: Danielle Baskin
  • Costume Designer: Karen Boyer
  • Stage Manager: Michelle Cote
  • Costume Designer: Bevan Dunbar
  • Director: Will Fulton
  • Dramaturg: Arielle Lipshaw
  • Fight Choreographer: Alicia Rodis
  • Producer: Tiffany Vega

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Caitlin Bebb (Saturninus, Caius) Originally from Los Angeles, Caitlin has wanted to perform Shakespeare outdoors since the age of 6. Upon graduating with a BFA from SUNY Purchase a year ago, she formed Glass Bandits, a theater company with fellow alumni. This past year she co-wrote, produced, and starred in In Memoriam: A Recession Play in 13 Acts a site-specific vaudeville play performed at a warehouse in Williamsburg. Favorite roles at SUNY Purchase include Buckingham in Richard III, Mrs. Van Buren in Intimate Apparel, and Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town. Caitlin has also trained with SITI Company.

Dianna Bush* (Tamora, Messenger) is honored to be in this very talented company of women and among her peers, certifiable Shakespeare geeks! She has a BFA from The Boston Conservatory, studied with Wynn Handman, works out at the Shakespeare Gym, and has a certificate in Shakespeare Studies from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Dianna shimmied across the country in the National Tour of Smokey Joe’s Cafe and has also been seen at The Huntington Theatre, Northshore Music Theatre, NJPac, Goodspeed Opera House, Florida Studio Theatre, and a bunch more. Dianna would like to thank Manhattan Shakespeare Project for the opportunity to do what she loves.

Zoe Frazer* (Marcus, Martius) is a native New Yorker who holds an MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School University. Some of her New York City film and theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Adventures of Little Men, The Memory of Water, Bastard of Orleans or Looking for Joan, and Hamlet. Zoe is a founding member of the Third Encore Company and a Resident Artist with The CRY HAVOC Company.

Jessica Giannone (Demetrius, Senator) is a recent graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design and now makes Brooklyn home. Her NY credits include Rivka in Fiddler on the Roof (Village Light Opera) and Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard (Triangle Theatre). Other credits are Carol in At Home (The Workshop at Williamstown Theatre Festival) and Ventidius in Timon of Athens (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). Her favorite roles at SCAD include Julie in Carousel and Woman 1 in Samuel Beckett’s Play. She has also trained at RADA and The Upright Citizen’s Brigade. She is happy to be among these lovely ladies and pie with Monsieur Shakespeare.

Nicole Godino* (Titus Andronicus) A graduate of Trinity Repertory Conservatory, Nicole is a founding member of Resonance Ensemble, and a member of The Actors Repertory Company. She has choreographed fights for numerous shows (Lower Depths, Time To Burn, Hurt So Good) performed in NYC (Lower Depths, Three Musketeers, Hurt So Good) and Bermuda (Piratetechnix). A strong background in both classic text and stage combat seems to have her working he way through Shakespeare’s male roles such as Julias Ceasar, Hamlet, Friar Lawrence and Hastings. Thanks to The Manhattan Theatre Project for allowing her to add Titus to the list.

Sarah Hankins* (Lucius, Quitus) is an actor, teacher and director with over 20 regional roles, including work with Orlando Shakespeare (6 seasons), Shakespeare & Company, Bristol Riverside, Georgia Shakespeare, Virginia Shakespeare and Charlotte Rep. NYC performance credits of the past year include Hippolita in Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Toy Box Theater), Adriana in Comedy of Errors (Boomerang Theater), Pearl in Under the Gaslight and Angie and Mary in The East Village Chronicles (both at Metropolitan Playhouse). Upcoming projects include playing Desdemona in Good Night Desdemona at Depot Theater and directing Comedy of Errors for One Shot Productions.

Sally Hughes (Chiron, Mutius, Senator) is a proud native of the Lone Star State and moved to New York after graduating last year from Boston University. Her favorite roles at BU include Mary in On the Verge, Agnes in Bug, and Mrs. Prentice in What the Butler Saw. Her New York credits include Christine in A House Full of Dust as well as collaborations with The Looking Glass Theatre, The Actors Studio, and Columbia University. She thanks her amazing family for their love and support. And thanks to everyone who braved the New York summer heat for a day of blood and poetry.

Jessica Krueger (Fight Captain, Bassianus, Boy, Valentine) NYC Acrobatics: Caligula Maximus (LaMama) and this fall Das Rheingold (The Metropolitan Opera House). NYC Theatre Favorites: Bird on a Wire (Dixon Place), Pinter’s Night (BRIC Studios), all-female Glengarry Glen Ross (New World Stages), and Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams (Gallery Players). Regional: Dolly Parton’s Sha-Kon-O-Hey, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV, Lysistrata, and Steel Magnolias. Training: Circle in the Square Theatre School.

Alexandra Petrova (Lavinia, Alarbus, Nurse, Aemilius) is thrilled to be in the company of so many talented women. She holds a BFA from the University of Connecticut. Most recently she performed at LaMama Theatre in the new musical Caligula Maximus. Regional credits include the first workshop of The Parkville Project as Esperanza, with the Bated Breath Theatre Co., as well as The Vagina Monologues at Charter Oak Community Center in Hartford, CT. Favorite parts include Helena (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Vladimir (Waiting for Godot) and Cleopatra (Pentecost). She would like to thank her family for their constant support as well as the Manhattan Shakespeare Project for this opportunity.

Elizabeth Strong (Aaron) attended Chapman University in Orange, CA where she studied theatre and film production. She was cast in her first play as Vietnam vet Steele in Chapman’s production of Shirley Lauro’s A Piece of My Heart. Liz, a San Francisco native is happy to make her New York debut playing Aaron the Moor in MSP’s production of Titus Andronicus.

Ryan Storman (Musician) is a graduate of Five Towns College with a Bachelor Degree in music. He has been involved with musicals throughout high school and college including Thourghly Modern Millie and Little Women. Ryan has also particpated in band concerts with genres ranging from Jazz to classical music. His instruments are drums/percussion and piano. Ryan has worked as a drummer on several music projects both before and after graduation. Other loves include Art/Photography and a wide range of traveling as well.

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Itohan Aghayere (Advertising) is a Candian born Nigerian-American with a desire to be a part of bringing dynamic theater to the masses. She is a recent graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and theater studies. She continues to pursue her passion for politics through her work in New York and Washington while pursuing her love for acting as a graduate student at Columbia University in the School of the Arts.

Alessandra Alma (Publicist) A New Jersey native, Alessandra began her career in the United States Air Force as a Communications and Information Officer. She served as the Unit Public Affairs Officer at Andrews AFB, MD where she was responsible for VIP visits, public relations and special ceremonies. Alessandra is a regular contributor to several online magazine websites covering events such as the Latin Grammy Awards, Latin Billboard Awards, and Latin Alternative Music Conference. She has a B.S. in Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology and is pursing an M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from New York University.

Danielle Baskin (Set/Props Designer) recently received her BFA from New York University’s Studio Art program with a dual-concentration in sculpture and cognition that lead her to discover the magic of set-building. While attending school, she was the production designer for two short films and a television pilot: I Don’t Want to Be Your Friend (dir. Daniel Belkin), The Feed (dir. Ben Berger), Stuff’s Happening (dir. Daniel Horowitz) in association with NYU, studied theater scenography in an apprenticeship with Deb O, and was the art director for the short film Lifelines (Marcio Migliorisi) through New York Film Academy. This is her first theater production and she thanks Manhattan Shakespeare Project for the wonderful opportunity to work in a forest near ancient Rome.

Karen Boyer (Costume Designer) was born in New Hampshire and graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, where she spent four years studying and making textiles and costumes. Since graduating, she has designed several short films featuring futuristic cyborg doctors, moonlighting palm readers, and, of course, disaffected youth. She is excited that her first Shakespeare production will be the Bard’s bloodiest. For images of her work, see karen-boyer.com.

Michelle Cote (Stage Manager) is a first year Columbia School of the Arts graduate student pursuing her MFA in Stage Management. She received her BA from Florida International University. Stage Managing credits include: Lydia’s Funeral Video, The Telephone Plays, Polis, Snow Fleas, The Would-Be Room, Evolutionism or Dammit, We Took the Shortcut, The Private Life of Inga Snyder, Reefer Madness: the Musical, The Cook, 1000 Homosexuals, As Bees in Honey Drown, and Proof.

Bevan Dunbar (Costume Designer) is a Delaware-born costumer and quilter. She studied textiles at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has built costumes, puppets, and spaces for theater and performance art. www.BevanDunbar.com

 

Will Fulton (Director) is a director, dramaturg, and critic. New York directing credits include Love Trapezoid (Creative Destruction), Big Love (MTWorks), and TELEPHONE/LANDSCAPE (after Gertrude Stein) (Target Margin). Most recently he dramaturged Annie Levy’s SIX SEEDS: The Persephone Project. He has also worked in various capacities with David Herskovits, 500 Clown , Jay Scheib, Charles Newell, Nick Rudall, M-34, and The Heist, in addition to frequently writing reviews for nytheatre.com. Originally hailing from Boston, he holds a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago and was a member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

Arielle Lipshaw (Dramaturg) most recently produced Tell It To Me Slowly at the New York Fringe Festival. Dramaturgy credits include The Legislative Process at FringeNYC, Beautiful Province (Belle Province), As You Like It, The Hairy Ape, Three Sisters, and People Sitting in Darkness. Other credits include Closer, Enter a Free Man, Six Degrees of Separation, and Fires in the Mirror. She has studied at Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Dramaturgy at Columbia University.

Alicia Rodis (Fight Choreographer) is an actor and fight choreographer that hails from the ever exotic Cleveland, Ohio. She is a proud graduate of the Professional Actor Training Program at Wright State University. Recent combat credits include Young Lou, Big Love, Brigadoon, Venus, and assisting with The Age of Iron at Classic Stage Company. Alicia works with En Garde Entertainment, and is a combat teaching artist with Magical Theater Company. She is a proud member of AEA and The Society of American Fight Directors, and is thrilled to be working in the company of such fiercely strong and fabulous women.

Tiffany Vega (Producer) is a second year Theatre Management and Producing M.F.A. candidate at Columbia University. She is also currently the Management and Production Intern at TeatroStageFest 2010 and will soon become a Producing Intern with the Hip Hop Theater Festival. She directed, stage managed, and produced several productions that were part of The Ultimate Latina Theater Festival in New York City in 2008 and 2009. She is a 2009 recipient of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Scholarship and a member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. B.A.: University of Maryland-College Park.

Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org

* These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

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