Folk Play Project

Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 7pm

The Folk Play Project

curated by MAYA PARRA, JOIE GOLOMB, SCOTT ADKINS, & GABE MINER

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Written by SIP & Brooklyn Writers Space Playwrights, rehearsed, staged and performed in a 24 hour period

BAX Scripts in Progress (SIP) series and the Brooklyn Writers Space join forces to stage the second annual Folk Play Project. Inspired by the power of folk music to share stories, tell truth, and bring people together, 6 new plays will be created in 24 hours, each inspired by a song from the American folk tradition. An evening featuring live music, and original theatre.

Writers

Tim Lord Megan Murtha Dennis A. Allen II
Josh Sohn Gary Winter David Loewy

Directors

Rachel Karp Lou Moreno Melissa F. Moschitto
Benjamin Kamine Aubrey Snowden Jessica Bauman

Actors

Alexis Leah Scott Nancy Rodriguez Brett Radek
Dana O’Brien David Gould Karen Eilbacher
Luke Forbes Jessie Dean Mollie Roth
Stephanie Miller Liz Kimball Elizabeth Quincy
Rafael Valentino John Gasper Israel Gutierrez
Jack Phillips Moore Will Cooper Alston Brown
Crystal Hardman





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2013 FPP Bios

Writers

Tim J. Lord is a playwright, mountaineer, native of the prairies and suburbs of the Midwest, and artistic associate with the Veterans Center for the Performing Arts. His play Down in the face of God premiered in May 2012 with the Vagrancy in Los Angeles, and he continues to work on Over Before We Get There, a commission for the VCPA based on the short stories of Vietnam vet Nick Corea. “We declare you a terrorist…” premiered at the 2009 Summer Play Festival after receiving a workshop at the New Harmony Project and a reading at the Public. Other plays have been developed and produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Lark, the 52nd St. Project, Chalk Rep, Rude Mechanicals, HotCity Theatre, and the Kennedy Center’s University Playwrights Workshop. These titles include Fault & Fold, Peloponnesus, The View from Mt. Langley, The Secret History of Caleb Caan, Santa Ana Winds, 11 Hills of San Francisco, G-Men! and Better Homes & Homelands, which will have its New York premiere this December as part of the Drama League’s DirectorFest. Tim studied with Paula Vogel while a resident of Providence, RI, and is a graduate of the MFA playwriting program at the University of California, San Diego. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

Megan Murtha is a playwright, producer, prop designer and visual artist. Her theater work has been performed at Classic Stage Company, The Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, and Theater for the New City. She studied playwriting at Brooklyn College and has been playing with objects ever since.

Dennis A. Allen II: New York native, his play “THE MUD IS THICKER IN MISSISSIPPI” directed by Christopher Burris, won the 2010 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. His plays have been produced and/or developed by, Sanctuary NYC, Variations Theatre Group, The Bowery Poetry Club (Sticky), JACK, and ActNow Foundation. Recipient of the 2012 and 2013 Himan Brown Creative Writing Award. Collaborative Writer for The American Slavery Project’s 2012 “Unheard Voices”. Member of Liberation Theatre Company’s 2011 and 2012 Black Playwright’s Group. Featured playwright for 2013 The Fire This Time Festival and Harlem9’s 2013 48 hours in Harlem. 2013 Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood featured playwright.

Gary Winter was a member of now imploded OBIE Award winner 13P. His plays include Cooler (The Chocolate Factory; defunkt theater); At Said (PS 122-13P production #4); Golem and Dead Reckoning (Cherry Lane Alternative); Ominous Bastard of Czsherpishnek (HERE); The Lake and Aeneas (The Flea); Jigsaw Nation (South Coast Rep). Centrifugal Force was a runner up for the 2002 Princess Grace Award. His ten-minute plays, The White Room (2009), and Barge (2012) have been finalists for ATL’s Heideman Award. Readings/workshops at The New Group, The Long Wharf, Jewish Play Project, Geva and EST.  His play Daredevil was recently seen at Dixon Place as part of an ongoing collaboration with director Meghan Finn. I Love Neil LaBute was published in Shorter, Faster, Funnier: Comic Plays and Monologues (Vintage Books, summer 2011). See Dick and Jane Get Ready for School was published in 24 Gun Control Plays (No Passport Press, 2013). He regularly writes theater reviews/interviews for the Brooklyn Rail. From 1998 to 2008 Gary volunteered as Literary Manager of the Flea Theater, where he currently helps organize Pataphysics, workshops for playwrights.  Support: The Goldberg Award, Lark Theater Fellow, SEG Voices, The Puffin Foundation, Dramatists Guild Fellow, Dasha-Epstein Fellow, John Golden Award, MacDowell Colony and YADDO. Awarded a Spielberg Foundation Righteous Persons Fellowship to study Eastern European Jewry in Krakow.  MFA-NYU.

Josh Sohn‘s work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The BWS Reader, Saltmag.net, and Gelf Magazine. His plays have been performed by Flux Theatre, Packawallop Productions, and in the SPL Festival. In 2008, his play Jump! was a finalist in the New York Strawberry Festival, and in 2010, his play Laid Plans was a semi-finalist in the Samuel French Off Broadway Festival. He co-wrote the book for Central Avenue Breakdown, (NYMF 2011) which was awarded the Daegu Int’l Musical Festival Production Award, and was performed in Korea in July 2012. In August 2013, his play Lies We Tell Ourselves (when flamethrowers aren’t enough) was performed in FringeNYC.

David Loewy is a playwright, performer, and educator living in New York City. He is the recipient of an Edward Albee Foundation Writing Fellowship, a Steven Spielberg Fellowship in Theater Arts Education, and a Lowell Lebermann Excellence Endowment Grant. He is a co-facilitator of the Rotunda Writers Group and a founding company member of Storahtelling, a Jewish ritual theater company. Recent works include: St. Augustine (Wordsmyth Theater Reading Series & Eugene O’Neill NPC semifinalist),…Honor Roll… (Jewish Playwrights Project TYA Award), and The Weston Women (Helford Prize winner). Loewy has studied dramatic writing with Karen Hartman, Heidi Schreck, and Tim McCandlies. He is currently at work on a series of American history plays.

Directors

Rachel Karp has developed and directed new work at the Incubator Arts Project, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Dixon Place, Women Center Stage, Powerhouse Theater Festival, and Columbia University. Assistant directing credits include productions through Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, 13P, PearlDamour, Mabou Mines, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Rachel is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and a former Directing Intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Next up: ODILE’S ORDEAL by Lucas Hnath at the Drama Book Shop. www.rachelkarp.com

Louis Moreno is the Artistic Director of INTAR, and currently serves as Artistic Advisor Director of Twilight Theatre Company.  Previously he was Associate Artistic Director at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.  Recent New York directing credits include: What of the Night by Maria Irene Fornes (INTAR/Fordham University),  Minotaur, a Romance by David Anzuelo (LAByrinth Theatre Company); 7th Inning Stretch (Mile Square Theatre); Fresh Play Festival (MCC); Kingdom (NYMF); End of the Line (MCC Youth Company); Rock/Paper/Scissors by Ben Snyder (New York Hip-Hop Theater Festival at the Public Theater); The Bigger Man by Sam Marks (Partial Comfort Productions); and Blues for a Gray Sun by Nilaja Sun (INTAR).  As an Associate Producer with The 24-Hour Company he has produced numerous shows in New York City as well as Montreal and Athens, Greece.  For the past ten years he has taught playwriting for MTC at the RNDC Youth Facility on Rikers Island.

Melissa Moschitto is the Founding Artistic Director of The Anthropologists.  Projects with The Anthropologists include MAHALLA (2013 Berkshire Fringe), Another Place (HERE), For the Love Of… (The Flamboyan/CSV), Give Us Bread (Milagro Theatre/CSV), Falling (4th Street Theatre/Flux Theatre Ensemble), The Columbus Project (KNF/Directors Company), Potatoes! (One Million Forgotten Moments) and The Potato Play (Milk Can Theatre Company). Other directing credits include: Daddy’s Black & Jewish by performance artist Lian Amaris (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), The Developer (Brooklyn Playwrights Collective), Walkabout or Reverse Continental Drift Syndrome(The Flea), Lola Got Bite (Gene Frankel Underground).  She holds a B.A. in Theater from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has studied with the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies, Pilobolus Dance Theater, Tina Landau, Ping Chong, and SITI Company. http://melissamoschittodirects.wordpress.com

Benjamin Kamine is a stage director and designer based in Manhattan. He recently directed the world premieres of a cautionary tail by christopher Oscar pena (“brilliantly directed” — New York Times) and Job by Thomas Bradshaw (Timeout Critics’ Pick, “a jolting treat” – Ben Brantley, New York Times) both at The Flea Theater. Other directing credits include the Bring a Weasel and  a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival for Brooklyn College, the Medea’s Got Some  Issues by Emilio Williams (Best International Show 2012, United Solo Festival at  Theater Row),Why Me? by Leah Nanako Winkler (Asking for Trouble at EST), The Man Under by Paul Bomba (59E59), and an immersive audio theater piece with  Tommy Smith called Nectarine EP. He is a resident director at The Flea Theater and at the Jewish Plays Project and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. He has developed work with The New Group, The Flea Theater, EST/Youngblood, Barefoot Theatre Company, Primary Stages, the Jewish Plays Project and Brooklyn College, directing readings and workshops of plays by Bekah Brunstetter, Robert Askins, Nick Jones, Jonathan Caren, and Trish Harnetiaux, among others. He also works throughout New York as a sound, lighting, and projection designer.

Jessica Bauman recently directed the New York Off-Broadway premiere of The Last Seder by Jennifer Maisel. Other recent projects include a workshop of Flight by Patrick Gabridge at the Huntington Theater in Boston and Taming of the Shrew at Juilliard. Making Up the Truth, the solo performance she developed and directed, written and performed by This American Life journalist Jack Hitt, premiered at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven in June 2011 and has subsequently been seen in the 2012 Spoleto Festival and at Joe’s Pub. She has been collaborating with e-book publisher The New Book Press to create a revolutionary new way of reading Shakespeare, blending video and text in electronic books for the iPad. For that project, she directed video versions of the complete texts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth (both currently available on iTunes). Other video projects include Alcohol Education Videos for a web-based program for incoming freshman at Yale College.She is the founder and Artistic Director of New Feet Productions, for which she directed and produced Into the Hazard (Henry 5), her own six actor adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V, All Day Suckers by Susan Dworkin and Milk by Emily DeVoti (co-produced with New Georges) and, most recently, the world premiere of Leave the Balcony Open by Maya Macdonald. For the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, she has directed the premieres of Terrence McNally’s Teachers Break with Cynthia Nixon and Maura Tierney, Harrison Rivers’ and it seems to me a very good sign… with Naomi Watts and John Krasinski, and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Dress the Orphans with Rachel Dratch and Rosie Perez. Her work has been seen at theatres such as New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, the Public, Juilliard (including the world premiere of Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire), Rising Phoenix Rep and the 52nd Street Project. Regionally, she has worked at the Huntington Theater, Portland Stage Company, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Theatre Outlet (Allentown, PA), Vermont Stage Company and the O’Neill. She has collaborated with playwrights such as David Lindsay-Abaire, Kia Corthron, Tracey Scott Wilson, Emily DeVoti, Jenny Lyn Bader, Diana Son, Napoleon Ellsworth and Kirsten Greenidge. She has been an Artist-in- Residence at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, a Drama League Directors Project fellow, and is an alumna of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, a NYTW Usual Suspect and New Georges Affiliated Artist. Jessica was a finalist for the 2007-2009 TCG/NEA Career Development program for Directors. She is a graduate of Yale College.

Aubrey Snowden is a graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program in Directing. During her time in the program, Aubrey directed Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Shakespeare’sMacbeth, William’s The Glass Menagerie and has assisted director Brian Mertes and Brian McEleney on the main stage at Trinity Rep. Recently, Aubrey assisted Eric Tucker for Bridge Rep’s production of The Libertine in Boston. Prior to Brown/Trinity, Aubrey was a freelance director and choreographer in New York City. Her extensive training includes acting and directing at the National Theater Institute, Suzuki and Viewpoints under the SITI Company in New York, and the International Symposium of Directors with La Mama in Umbria Italy. Aubrey is a founding member of Wide Eyed Productions in NYC, the youngest Arts Advisory Board member for Miss Hall’s School and is a graduate of Manhattanville College.

 Actors

Alexis Scott recently completed an MFA in Acting at the University of Texas at Austin where she enjoyed such roles as Carlotta in The Cherry Orchard, Twisted Finger Jake in The Threepenny Opera, and Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park.  Alexis works primarily with new playwrights and plays, including two world premieres at the Seattle Children’s Theatre.  Recently she has enjoyed residencies/workshops with Page 73 and The Orchard Project.  She is represented by Charles Kerin Associates.

Dana O’Brien is a Brooklyn-based theatre artist and teaching artist. Recent acting and directing projects include Lameness of a Horse  and The Girl of the Golden West  with Rady&Bloom, Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) with WAVE Productions and Luna with Purple Crayon Players at Northwestern University. Upcoming projects are Come to Starr Street, with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Precious Monster, a short opera for young people, with S&B Productions. Dana loves working with young people (and even younger people) as students and audiences.

Nancy Rodriguez has spent the past 15 years working as an actress in Film, TV and Theater in NY and all across the country. Nancy has performed at Lincoln Center, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, INTAR and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.  She was recently seen in The Drowning Girls nominated for Innovative theater award.  BFA Boston University. She thanks her family for all their amazing support.

David Gould is a performer living in Brooklyn. From 2006-2008 he was a guest artist at the New York State Theatre Institute, and led devised theatre workshops for teenagers. Prior to that, He performed in NYC with Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and trained at Cap21 and ETW at NYU’s Tisch School. Recently, David performed in Good Year For Hunters at the New Ohio Theatre.

Brett Radek is excited to work with this fantastic group of artists on this beautiful night of theatre and music! Credits include plays, musicals, and workshops all around the city.  Look for him in the upcoming web-series ‘Pinched’ and the short film ‘Me, Cake, and Toaster Oven.’ brettradek.com

Rafael Valentino – A native of Maryland, Rafael “Valentino” DeLeon is a multiethnic professional actor living in working in Brooklyn, NY. Rafael most recently appeared at the 2013 Berkshire Fringe where he created the role of Jordan in The Anthropologists’ Mahalla. Additionally, he has notable credits as a commercial actor which includes: Levi’s (‘Go Forth 2012’), Modelo Especial (2013), and Cole Haan (2013). Rafael is currently studies at Penny Templeton’s Acting Studio and at The People’s Improv Theater (The PIT). He enjoys politics and music.

Luke Forbes: Broadway: The Merchant of Venice (2011 Tony Nom. Best Revival, w/ Al Pacino)  Off Broadway: The Merchant of Venice (Public Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Public Theatre), Richard III (Facing Page Prod.) , Josh Sohn’s Lies We Tell Ourselves (NYC Fringe 2013).  NY Theatre: Experience and associations include working with Partial Comfort Productions, The Infinite Theatre Group, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Soho Rep/Royal Court, The Private Theatre, Red Bull Theatre… Film: What Maisie Knew, Clutter. TV: Blue Bloods (CBS), Do No Harm (NBC), Us & Them (Fox; forthcoming). Luke is a native New Yorker. Brooklyn is home.  Graduate: Maggie Flanigan Studio Conservatory.  Cornell and Harvard Universities.

Stephanie Miller: Stephanie is thrilled to be a part of the Folk Play Project. NYC Credits: COMEDY OF ERRORS (Tale Told), ALICEGRACEANON (New Georges), JENUFA (Opera Slavica), MUSEUM (Unity Stage Company), FOREPLAYS (FullStop Collective). She has also assisted on multiple projects including HELP ME TO MAKE IT with Collaboration Town and NIGHTLANDS with New Georges. Stephanie is a graduate of Smith College and attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Center.

Jessie Dean is a New York based actor originally from Atlanta, Georgia.  Favorite roles include Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Masha in Three Sisters.  Regional roles include Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (Illinois Shakespeare Festival),  Mary Lane in Reefer Madness (Dad’s Garage Theatre Company), Miss Clavel in Madeline’s Christmas (Horizon Theatre Company), Juliet/Choregus in After an Earlier Incident (Monk Parrots at LaMaMa), and Polly Pry in Cannibal! the Musical! (Dad’s Garage Theatre).  Jessie is a recent graduate of Illinois State University’s MFA program in classical acting.

Liz Kimball is a New York based AEA actress.  Recent credits include Hermione in The Winter’s Tale at The Franklin Stage Company, and Helena in A Midsummer Night,Milburn and Vigoda’s rock musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s original play at The Texas Music Theatre Festival.  Additional credits include Paper Mill Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Weston Playhouse, NYMF, 13th Street Rep, The York, The Zach Scott Theatre, and Arizona Broadway Theatre, among others.  Liz received her BS from Northwestern and MFA from The University of Texas at Austin, where roles included Betsy/Lindsey in Clybourne Park, Polly in The Threepenny Opera, Janis Joplin in The Chronicles of Badass Women and the Princess in Love’s Labor’s Lost. Liz is a recipient of an Austin Critic’s Table Award, Austin Live Theatre Recognition, and an AriZoni nomination.  When she is not acting Liz writes plays, practices yoga, and dreams of big gardens.

Mollie Roth is an actress, animator, writer, improviser, comedienne, animator, artist, aspiring to learn how to play her banjo. Her performance and chosen media evolves, overlaps, and grows from her observations, imagination, experiences, ambition, and anxieties, all rooted in sense of playful examination. She has participated in readings at Rabbit Hole Studios, BAX,  and more, performed with several other improvisers on the UCB, PIT and Magnet Theater stages, as has been behind a microphone doing stand-up in clubs all over New York and Brooklyn including Caroline’s, Comix, and the Metropolitan Room. Originally from Ohio, Mollie now lives in Brooklyn NY.

 John Gasper is an actor, writer, designer, and musician. He is a founding member of Saint.Fortune, a theatrical ensemble dedicated to exploring the limits and contradictions of theater vs. reality. His work has been seen at the Incubator, JACK, the Gershwin Hotel, The Brick, The Paradise Factory, and more. Upcoming productions include ensemble work with Pioneers Go East Collective’s new play “Hildegard” and development of a new Saint.Fortune play entitled “Whiskey Jack”. More info here: stfortune.com

Israel Gutierrez is thrilled to be part of The Folk Play Project. Select Off Broadway/NY: ‘To Whom It May Concern’, Lorenzo, by Aurin Squire; NY Premiere ‘Caligula’, Mereia, Theatre Row; ‘The Jackson Heights Trilogy’, Carlos/Azucar. Select Regional: ‘Comedy of Errors’, Dro of Ephesus & ‘Hamlet’, Rosencrantz, Virginia Shakes; ‘The Imaginary Invalid’ (with Allyce Beasley), Thomas Diaforus, ‘Laughter on the 23rd Floor’, Lucas Brickman, ‘Kimberly Akimbo’, Jeff (‘smart and sensitive, NY Times), The Schoolhouse Theatre. Select TV/Film: ‘Macy’s Stars On Broadway’, Featured Performer, CBS/RWS, 2009 Emmy Award for Best Special Event; ‘Elliot Loves’, Javier, dir Terracino, currently on HBO, TLA Distribution. Alumn of 2013 LAByrinth Ensemble Workshop. BFA, Acting, Webster Conservatory. www.israelgutierrez.net

Jack Phillips Moore is a New York based actor, clown, playwright, and producer. He is a co-founder The Old Grand Theater Company and will be a Visiting Artist at Wabash College, where his Charlie Chaplin-inspired play, Stage Lights, opens in April 2014. He works at The Public Theater in New York. Favorite acting credits include: Southern Baptist Sissies (BrainSpunk Theatre), The Halloween Plays (The Old Grand Theater Company), Stage Lights (The Open Floor Theatre Company), Ghosts of Atwood (MPAACT), Trees Like Nails (New York International Fringe Festival), and Runaways (St. Mark’s Theatre).

Will Cooper is an Alabama transfer who has been in NY since 2007, appearing in national commercials for Sleepy’s and Blimpie’s. He also has done many a musical, including the Off Broadway show Superhero Celebrity Rehab the Musical, and can be seen performing with his sketch team, The Outfit, around the city. For videos and more info, please check out www.WillGCooper.com.

Elizabeth Quincy an actor who delights in the collaborative spirit of theater and working with an ensemble. She has worked professionally  in NY, Providence, Boston and NJ. Her MFA training was done at Trinity Rep Conservatory. Elizabeth recently enjoyed a stint of improv comedy at the People’s Improv Theatre in Manhattan. Thanks to Keisha, Felicia & Sherry.

Alston Brown is a New York-based actor and writer. NY associations include workshops/readings at New Dramatists, Naked Angels, and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab. Regionally, Trinity Rep/Dallas Theater Center’s KING LEAR. Alston recently appeared in the premiere production of Greg Moss’ REUNION and Charise Castro-Smith’s THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE, both with Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep. Recent roles also include Tom (THE GLASS MENAGERIE), Vladimir (WAITING FOR GODOT), and La Barbie/Alex (RAMSES CONTRA LOS MONSTRUOS by Victor Cazares). Film: OBSERVE AND REPORT. Training: Brown/Trinity MFA Program.

Crystal Hardman: Born and raised in Chicago, IL Crystal Hardman’s desire for acting and screenwriting began at a young age. The 27 year-old didn’t pursue the art until she relocated to New York City two years ago. She completed her first short screenplay and entered a competition where she became a Quarter-Finalist, she is in the process of writing her second short film. Since living in the NYC area she exercised her acting chops in an improv show and a student film, but continues to focus her attention on training. Currently studying at HB Studios, Ms. Hardman will continue her education at the Stella Adler studio next year.