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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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