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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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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