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May 8 – 25, 2013 at The Bushwick Starr
Written by Eliza Bent
Directed by Anna Brenner
Christine Holt (Christina) is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing. She hails from Las Vegas which explains her affinity to feathers and shiny objects. She’s worked with Penny Arcade, Moises Kaufman, Hal Hartley and a chicken named Nelly Starshine. She is very excited to be making her debut at the Bushwick Starr and to be collaborating with the cast and crew of Hotel Colors. She can be seen weekly doing improv at the PIT with either Grey Area (Monday @ 8pm) or Bartenders. christineholt.com
Alessandro Magania (Irish Nick) comes back to The Bushwick Starr and to working with Eliza Bent after appearing in last year’s Karma Kharms (Target Margin Lab). He’s also performed for other theater “ragazzi”, like The Wooster Group, The Operating Theater, Animals, Sibyl Kempson, Andrew Ondrejcak, Tereke Ortiz, and Peter Petralia. For film credits: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1386124/. He’s also a director and visual artist. There Were Always Dogs Never Kids, a documentary he co-directed about NYC’s video legend Alan’s Alley (Special Mention Award, Milano MIX Festival 2012) will be soon released online (www.AlwaysDogsNeverKids.com). He also illustrates the graphic novella series The Forsakens theForsakens.com.
Linda Mancini‘s (Aging Vagabond) solo works have been presented in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and in New York at various theaters including PS 122, HERE, LaMama, The Kitchen, Caroline’s, Dixon Place, DTW, NYTW, Whitney Museum. They include Bone China, Angelina, Glances (BESSIE Award), Blanche Tomate, Not Entirely Appropriate, Tip or Die (HBO Writers Series), BIKINI. Her short film This Is Not About You (American Playhouse) was screened on PBS nationwide. She has performed for various artists including Amos Poe, Ain Gordon, Woody Allen, Yoshiko Chuma, and appeared most recently in New York City Players’ productions of Christina Masciotti ‘s Vision Disturbance (dir. Richard Maxwell), Julia Jarcho’s Dreamless Land, and Richard Maxwell’s 2012 Whitney Biennial Project.
Federico Rodriguez (Bill) is a theater artist living in Brooklyn. Recent credits include THE RECORD (600 Highwaymen), A Four-Letter Word (Classic Stage Company, UK Cultural Olympiad), A Thought in Three Parts by Wallace Shawn, Love in the 7th Kingdom of Wrath (FRANK Theater Co). This summer he can be seen in Pygmalion with Robert Sean Leonard at Williamstown Theater Festival, and is working with performance artist Ann Hirsch on a collaboration at the New Museum in September. BA, Brown University.
Kourtney Rutherford (Paola) has appeared with the performance groups Half Straddle, Radiohole, Witness Relocation, and Big Dance Theater In 2010 she received a “Bessie” New York Dance and Performance award for her work in Big Dance Theater’s Comme Toujours Here I Stand. She will be working with Big Dance again in the upcoming Emmett Smith, premiering in the BAM Next Wave Festival in 2014. Kourtney teaches drama and English at The High School for Arts, Imagination, and Inquiry, as well as the teen acting lab The Westside Experiment, which she co-founded last year. She and Christine Holt are close friends in real life.
Howard Thoresen* (Clementino) has been an actor and director in New York for many years. He most recently appeared as the Old Man in L’Chaim (written and directed by Talya Chalef), The Crucible with Sink or Swim, Hamlet at the Hudson Guild, and The Boss, One Third of a Nation and The Drunkard at the Metropolitan Playhouse. Other recent credits include Schigolch in Lulu, directed by Osheen Jones, and Glagoyev in Platonov, directed by Raymond Zilberberg. He is delighted to be working with such a delightful group of theater artists here at the Bushwick Starr.
Blanca Añón (Set Designer) is grateful to be working with Anna Brenner. Originally from Spain, graduated in sculpture, installation/video art at Polytechnique University of Valencia (Spain) and Visual Communication at University HfBK in Hamburg (Germany). Holds an MFA in Scenic design from NYU. Based in New York since 2009, Blanca works in Europe and USA designing for theater, film and dance. Recent and upcoming shows include Owned directed by Sam Helfrich (The Barrow Group Theater), Sakharam Binder directed by Nikhil Mehta (3LD) · Disquiet directed by Anna Brenner (The Living Theater) · The good person of Szechwan directed by Ashley K. Tata (CU Stages) · Lulu directed by Osheen Jones (CU Stages) · Robert Woodruff ‘s adaptation of Katzelmacher and Festen (NYU Theaters) · Uncle Vanya directed by Osheen Jones (CU Stages)· William Shakespeare’s Mum directed by Morgan Green (ArsNova Antfest) · False Solution directed by Oren Safdie (La Mama). She is a designer at La Ignorancia Dance Company based in Brussels. For more info: www.blancaanyon.com· www.laignorancia.com
Eliza Bent (Playwright/Producer) is a performer/playwright/journalist. Recent plays and works-in-progress include showings of Blue Wizard/Black Wizard (Prelude 2012), Karma Kharms (or yarns by Kharms) (Target Margin Lab series at the Bushwick Starr), Toilet Time with Eliza Bent (Catch! 50, Great Plains Theatre Conference, “Little Theatre” at Dixon Place), Trumped! (Solo Nova Ones at Eleven), Pen Pals Meet (Iranian Theatre Festival at the Brick), Blue Dress Reduction and She of the Voice (undergroundzero festival). Bent is a MacDowell Colony fellow, a Bay Area Playwrights Finalist and a New Georges affiliated artist. She is a company member of Half Straddle, has an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College and works as an associate editor at American Theatre magazine. Upcoming: Blue Wizard/Black Wizard at the Incubator Arts Project in December 2013 with music by Dave Malloy and directed by Dan Safer. elizabent.wordpress.com
Anna Brenner (Director) is a director of new and classic plays. Recent credits include: The Glass Menagerie (Theatreworks Colorado Springs), Crime and Punishment and The Idiot (Classic Stage Company), Stone Open House with Laurie Anderson, Robert Attenweiler’s Our Greatest Year (The Brick, and Dobama, Cleveland). Anna adapted and directed Robert Altman’s 3 Women (Columbia Stages), Chekhov’s Anyuta (Philadelphia Shakespeare), and devised Disquiet (Living Theatre) and Are We Here Yet? (PS122). Anna also teaches writing at Columbia University and is a past Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab member, Resident Artist of undergroundzero, Artistic Associate at Classic Stage Company, MFA in Directing from Columbia University. This summer she’ll be in Philladelphia at PlayPenn further developing Cockfight with Peter Gil-Sheridan.
Joshua Chang (Composer) is a composer, performer and sound designer living in Brooklyn, NY. Recently, he composed electronic/operatic works for Karma Kharms (or yarns by Kharms) by Eliza Bent performed at the Bushwick Starr. While away in Berlin, he completed his multimedia piece entitled 2012, which included the audience’s participation to throwing not-quite-rotten tomatoes in a clean white room. Joshua is currently finishing his undergraduate studies in Music Technology and German at New York University.
Whitney Dearden (Production Stage Manager) will hold an MFA in stage management from Columbia University as of May 22nd. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Whitney attended the Honors College at the University of South Carolina, where she stage managed extensively for both Theater South Carolina and USC LAB Theater. Recent New York production stage management credits include The Amoralists' The Bad and the Better (Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwright’s Horizons), Macbeth (Access Theater), True Love (Columbia Stages) and The Corsair (Columbia Stages). She is currently involved as production stage manager of the Orchestra Project (http://orchestra.is).
Ken Goodwin (Sound Designer) is a sound designer and engineer originally hailing from upstate New York and Pennsylvania. He has worked with a number of different companies in the US and UK ranging from drama and musical theatre to opera and rock-n-roll. Ken's background also includes a number of corporate clients and touring dance companies throughout the states. Selected companies he has worked with: Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Spoleto Festival USA, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Utah Festival Opera, and others.
Ásta Bennie Hostetter (Costume Designer) Recent work includes: Pinkolandia (dir. José Zayas , INTAR), Cooking to Me is Poetry (dir. Morgan Green, Galapagos), Furry (William Burke, Jack), O guru guru guru… (dir. Lila Neugebauer, Humana Festival), (*) Inn (Target Margin Theater, Abrons Arts Center),Grimly Handsome (Julia Jarcho, Incubator Arts Project), Tube (Van Cougar, Incubator Arts Project). Glass Menagerie (dir. Anna Brenner, THEATREWORKS), Strange Cargo (Palissimo, PS 122). Upcoming projects include: Pinkolandia (dir. Jose Zayas, INTAR). She received her MFA in Design from CalArts. www.astabennie.com
Sarah Rose Leonard (Dramaturg/Associate Producer) is a dramaturg and director. She is the Associate at the literary agency AO International and the Next Generation Fellow at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center. In 2012 Sarah was on the producing team for PRELUDE 12, devised a play called Destino at the Little Theatre at Dixon Place, and curated/produced Guadalupe, a performance event about feminine legends. In 2011 Sarah lived in Chile and curated/produced a cross-cultural reading series called Desorientación. Sarah was the Literary Resident at Playwrights Horizons from 2009-2010. She has worked as the Literary Associate for Page 73, interned at 13P, and just started a collaborative writers group called Smith + Tinker that she is really excited about. She has dramaturged for Sheila Callaghan, Paul Lazar, Andrew Scoville, and Julián Mesri. She was a member of the 2012 Lincoln Center Directors Lab. B.F.A.: NYU (directing and creating original work).
Regina Vorria (Producer) is a New York based theatre professional. Originally from Greece, Regina has been working as a dramaturg and producer for the past 8 years. She recently toured as a company manager on Slava’s Snowshow in Greece. In January 2013 she produced and performed in The Kingdom part of the Mabou Mines/Suite Resident Artist Program. Regina is the producing director of Ashes Company, an associate producer of Between the Seas Festival, a contributing editor for elculture.gr and (every now and again) a contemporary dancer. Upcoming projects: the world is round is round is round based on Gertrude Stein’s classic story, directed by Karin Coonrod at an old cotton mill in upstate New York. MFA in Theatre Management & Producing from Columbia University, BFA in Drama & Theatre from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Yi Zhao (Lighting Designer) previously co-designed the lighting for Yale Rep’s In A Year With 13 Moons with Jennifer Tipton. Other recent projects include A Doctor In Spite of Himself (Yale Rep & Berkeley Rep), The Bakkhai (Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College), Luz (La MaMa E.T.C.), The Glass Menagerie (TheatreWorks in Colorado Springs), Mary Becoming (ArtPond), Disquiet (The Living Theater), Jib, Passing, Eurydice and Othello (Yale School of Drama), Saori's Birthday!, The Misanthrope, She of the Voice, and Winter Journey (PS122), Telephone/Landscape (The Chocolate Factory), etc. His work can be seen at www.yi-zhao.com.
*Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. 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 plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org
We would like to thank our generous individual donors from near and far:
Anna, Howard Aldrich, Norma Alkon, Sid Alkon, Kathleen Amshoff, Eryk Aughenbaugh, Lara Baker, Andrew Barteks, Jane and Bob Bent, Susan Bernfield, Becca Blackwell, Raymond Bobgan, John Boller, Adrienne Brock, Autumn Brookmire, Adam Burnett, Daniel Brunet, Lisa Carey, Elisabeth McCaffrey, Amanda Calderon, Candice, Danny Carroll, Gloria Clough, Corina Copp, Nancy Cotton, Everett Cox, Carol Cramer, Michael Cyril Creighton, Daniel, Lear Debessonet, Deirdre Donahue, Anne Dooley, Brook Dooley, Arthur J. Doyle, Melinda Evans, Sara Farrington, Nawaf Feleyfel, Alaina J. Ferris, Jack Frederick, Julia Sirna-Frest, Megan Gaffney, John Gallagher, John Del Gaudio, Joshua William Gelb, Fay Georgousis, Liza Wade Green, Ken Greller, Todd Goldstein, Areti Gourgouli, Caleb Hammons, Trish Harnetiaux, Jordan Harrison, Andrea Hart, Amina Henry, David Herskovits, Hannah J. Hessel, Jasmin Hoo, Carly Hoogendyk, Mike James, Jack, Joan Johnston, Margo Johnston, Elsie Kagan, Lois & Dwight Kazee, Rob Kendt, Madelyn Kent, Krista Knight, Sarah Krohn, Qian Ma, Emily Madison, Tamara Miller, Kevin Lau, Sarah McLellan, Kevin Lawler, Lena, Jonathan Leonard, Jerry Lieblich, Linnéa, Liz Maestri, Dave Malloy, Ioannis Mantzaris, Claire Mazur, Wolf Medicine, Tammy Minoff, Lynn Modell, Steve Moore, Martin Lloyd Morrish, Gabrielle Moss, Henry Murray, Sarah N, Dan O’Neil, Crosby Noricks, Ifeanyi Oganwu, L. P., Joonhee Park, Daniel Pearle, Eva Peskin, Eftychios Pnevmatikakis, Hoi Polloi, Joanna Pozen, Tweerath Prapasirikul, Mary Purdey, Scott Rabe, Randi, Randy and Indra and Sam, Jack Riccobono, Laila Robbins, Roger, Lauren Rosenfield, Joseph Rosta, Marianne Rothnie, Bess Rowen, Steven Savage, Carlo Scandiuzzi, Tanya Selvaratnam, Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone, Ariel Stess, Liz Stevenson, Half Straddle, David Strick, Penelope Summers, Sarah Cameron Sunde, Carol O’Sullivan, TheatrePlaybyPlay.com, The Operating Theater, Three Sciences, Anne Tippe, Paola Di Tolla, Anna Vorrias, Kate Walat, Wei-Sun, Susan Weiner, Hank Willenbrink, Leah Winkler, Gary Winter, Brenda Withers, Jeff Wulfson, Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Ronald J. Zank, Jeramy Zimmerman.
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We would also like to thank:
Noel Allain, Sue Kessler, Jay Maury, Maria Portman Kelly, Jared Klein, Ross Cowan, Scott Fetterman, Elliot B. Quick, Katherine Cooper, Will Fulton, Sophie Shackleton, John Ricco, Alfredo, Dave Malloy, Joanna Pozen, Tanya Selvaratnam, Dan O'Neil, Melissa Bent, Brooklyn College, Mark Thornton/TCG, Jess Barbagallo, Ken Greller, the MacDowell Colony, Bess Rowen, Rob Weinert-Kendt, Maria Barbiere, Tina Satter, Chris "Flip" Filipowski, Enrico Muzzi, Nice Ugolotti, the original Irish Nick, Paola Spano, and the actors who have developed this work including: Moe Angelos, Daniel Brunet, Ryan McCarthy, David Olan, Kristen Sieh, Mary Jane Gibson, Melissa Brown, Tom Bane, Amanda Calderon, Adrienne Brock, David Jenkins, Ryan Reilly, Jack Nicolaus, Nuria Montero, Ben Gassman, Sam Soghor.
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