Cast & Creative

Willa: Monica Lillian Jones

MONICA LILLIAN JONES was most recently seen as Venita in SkyLines (NYC). Other NYC credits include Celia in As You Like It (Frog and Peach Theatre Company); Perdita in The Winter’s Tale and Trebonius, Titinius, Marullus in Julius Caesar (Hudson Shakespeare Co) and Prince Richard and Captain James Blunt in Richard III (Love Creek Productions, NYC); Monica holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from University of Oklahoma School of Drama. Film credits include: Emory in The Other Girl (CCNY); Ellie in Run (Drexel); Beatrice in Rune (Isis Productions) and Monica in Burgers for Bigfoot (Gary Hatley Productions).

Faulkner: Alex Haynes

Alex Haynes is a proud graduate of the University of Kansas, where he received B.A.’s in Theatre and Psychology. He apprenticed for the Rubicon International Theatre Festival in Ventura, CA where he studied movement and acting with Moni and Mina Yakim from The Circle in the Square. After which, he acted in productions with Kansas City’s Coterie Theatre. An avid improviser, he also performed with Comedy City Kansas City and co-founded an improv group called Stitch Tactics. Since returning to his native New York, Alex has acted in productions by the Impetus Ensemble, Sanguine Theatre Company, and joined the improv group Day Camp Kids. He has studied improvisation at the Upright Citizens Brigad. His improv group Day Camp Kids hosts a bi-monthly show at The People’s Improv Theatre called “Tug of War”.Promptly after or what she will concludes he’ll be getting married.

Julie: Dina Vovsi

Dina Vovsi is the Literary Associate at Working Theater and a co-founder and co-curator of the Working Theater Directors Salon. In New York, she has performed and developed new work with the JTNY, Coffee Black, The Lark, McCarter Theatre YouthInk! and starred in the short films Ladybug and Each Day. New York directing credits include All the Windows On Alcatraz (FringeNYC ’11), Up and Down (Complete Theatre Company, Short Play Lab), Leak (Cocoa Bar), AD: The Electric Baby (world premiere, Quantum Theatre, dir. Daniella Topol), OyamO’s White Hot Black Spice (New Dramatists, workshop). She has worked as a Producing Associate at Page 73 Productions and has facilitated theatre workshops in Detroit area juvenile facilities as a member of the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP). Graduate of the University of Michigan with a dual degree in Theatre and English.

MOM: REBECCA MARTINEZ

Rebecca Martinez works as an actor, director, writer and     choreographer.  She recently choreographed The Brother/Sister Plays (Portland Playhouse), wrote, directed and performed in Mexico Lindo (La Luna Nueva Festival, Portland), choreographed the keynote address for the Independent Sector Conference (with Sojourn Theatre, Chicago) and wrote and directed American Sueño (Teatro Milagro, Portland). Ms. Martinez was recently seen in American Realism (dir. Katherine Brook), El Quijote (Miracle Theatre), Gossamer (Oregon Children’s Theatre), Chasing Empire’s Soul (Artists Repertory Theatre), Finding Penelope (Sojourn Theatre – featured in American Theatre Magazine July, 2011) and On the Table (Sojourn Theatre).  She was the Production Manager for the Working Theater’s 3rd Annual Directors Salon (NYC). Rebecca is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre and  is collaborating with The TEAM to devise and perform in Waiting for You… commissioned by Kansas City Repertory Theatre for February 2013. Awards include 4 time Portland Theater Drammy Award  recipient for ensemble acting and choreography and the Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists.

Dad: Leo Arias

Leo Arias is originally from Bushwick, Brooklyn and began his acting career at age 7 when he was cast as Tybalt in his elementary school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Mr. Darias, pursued theatre and at age 13, he was accepted in to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts (the FAME School). He was a student of the Stella Adler Studios, has performance credits at off-broadway theaters, and was an invited member of the AMAS Musical Theater Company. Mr. Darias is also an alumni of the Labyrinth Theatre Company Ensemble. His voiceover work was last heard in the indie film Eliot Loves, which was recognized in the 2012 Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Man / Detective: John Say

John SayJOHN SAY is honored to be making his Fringe Festival debut in such a powerful piece. Currently training at MTB Studio, and having graduated with a B.F. A. from Elon University, John is proud to call New York City the home of his pursuit of the craft. Some favorite performed roles include: Yasha in The Cherry Orchard, Cardenio in The Tragedie Of Cardenio, Bobby in Company, Tripp Davenport in Five Women Wearing The Same Dress, The Treasurer in Manhattan Theatre Source’s The Rationale, and Cal Richards in Day, a new web miniseries premiering this summer.

Playwright: Charly E. Simpson

CHARLY EVON SIMPSON, originally from New Jersey, is a writer currently based in Philadelphia, PA. She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Literary Arts from Brown University and has a master’s in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford, New College. Her plays include In the Beginning and or what she will. In 2011, or what she will was selected as a finalist in Sanguine Theatre Company’s Project Playwright. Her personal essay, In the Shadows, is included in the anthology, A Book of Meditations: Volume III. She is the recipient of the 2008 Kim Ann Arstrak Memorial Award in Poetry as well as the 2008 Dorothy Stickney Theatre Arts Scholarship presented by the Zonta Club of New York. Ms. Simpson is also also an actor and director. Credits include work with the 2006 Hangar Theatre Lab Company, director of References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot at Production Workshop and assistant director of boom at the Brown/Trinity Playwright’s Repertory. In addition to her work in the arts, Charly tutored at-risk youth in Massachusetts and was assistant director at a camp in Pennsylvania dedicated to working with children in need of emotional and/or autistic support.

Director: Illana Stein

 ILLANA STEIN is a freelance director originally from Texas who now resides in NYC. NYC Directing credits include: Ten Year Twilight (written by Crystal Skillman), Besties (Working Theater Directors Salon), The Boat House (Staged Reading, Sanguine Productions). Other directing credits include Emma, Two Rooms (Staged Reading, Amphibian Stage Productions), Darker (2011 Cincinnati Fringe Festival; Critic’s Pick) Home Free! (Oregon Shakespeare Festival Midnight Project), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, In Love with Shakespeare (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company educational tours), Burying Barbie, The Woolgatherer, and As You Like It. As an Assistant director Ms. Stein has worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Hangar Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Ms Stein was Assistant to the Artistic Director for 3 years at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company where she served as resident assistant director/dramaturg on over 20 productions and assisted with casting.  Ms. Stein will be a member of the 2012 Lincoln Center Directors Lab.  She has a BFA in Drama from the University of Oklahoma.

Dramaturg: GINA PISASALE

GINA PISASALE is the Resident Dramaturg at People’s Light and Theatre Company. As a freelance dramaturg she has worked with companies such as the Arden Theatre Company, 1812 Productions, Hedgerow Theatre, Media Theatre, A&E Biographies, and the Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival. In 2010, she was granted a Residency in Dramaturgy at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she worked on the world premiere of Ping Chong’s adaptation of Throne of Blood. She is currently a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her areas of research include contemporary Asian American theater, performances of culture, and dramaturgy. Gina has been a course instructor and lecturer at UMD and also has professional experience as a director, set and light designer, and actor.

Lighting DESIGNER: Porsche McGovern

PORSCHE MCGOVERN is a New York-based lighting designer. She designed Parker and Dizzy’s Fabulous Journey to the End of the Rainbow for the NYC Fringe Festival. Some of her honors include Oregon Shakespeare Festival Richard L. Hay Fellowship in Lighting Design, ETC-LDI Sponsorship, USITT Young Designers’ Forum, Clambake, and the Prague Quadrennial American Student Exhibition. Porsche holds an MFA in Lighting Design from California Institute of the Arts and a BA from St. Lawrence University. www.PorscheLighting.com

Composer of Original Music: CS LUXEM

CS LUXEM, as a solo artist as well as a collaborator has performed all over the United States and Europe. He has also performed with/in asia and the flavors, Emily Jane Powers, Karma Vision, Lord and Lady Destroyer, Rockabilly Land Singers, Hand Sand Hands, Slime Detective, Yoda’s Voice, HUMAN+PLUS,Three Dads, and Dow Drones.

Fight Choreographer: Alexis Black

Alexis BlackALEXIS BLACK is a certified Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. She has been Fight Director for many NY and regional companies including The Brick Theater, American Globe Theatre, Nosedive Productions, Ugly Rhino, 3LD Art and Technology Center, MaineStage Shakespeare Theater and plays Pandora in the All-Female, Shakespearean Fight Troupe The Vixens: En Garde! Performance regional credits include work at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and Shaker Bridge Theater. Other NYC performance credits include Vampire Cowboys Theater Company and Titan Theatre Company. This past fall she toured to Germany as Christmas Past/Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol with American Drama Group-Europe.

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