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We’ve chosen the gardens and assigned the playwrights, who are busy working on their plays. Soon we’ll have directors and actors, a schedule, and more! But in the meantime, we have a couple of announcements.

WE’VE MOVED TO BROOKLYN
That’s right – after three years (primarily) in Manhattan, we’re taking the festival to Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill. We can’t wait to explore a whole new area in a whole new borough, and we hope you’ll join us!

WE HAVE A NEW CO-PRODUCER
Friend, collaborator, and Communal Spaces 2012 alum Chris Norwood joins me as co-producer this year. Because…

WE HAVE STARTED A NEW COMPANY
Yes! Chris and I have decided not only to co-produce Communal Spaces, but to use this year’s festival as the starting point for our new theater company The Motor Company. The Motor Company is a new theater company dedicated to creating and producing theater that is accessible, community-oriented, and free. Our mission is to heighten our relationship to our city and our surroundings by using public spaces for story-telling and theatrical events. We produce site-responsive new works and classical texts in spaces that augment their meaning and our the audience’s relationship to the place.

 

We are so excited about all the new developments this year. We’ll keep you posted as the summer goes on. In the meantime, check out the Communal Spaces 2014 page, and stay tuned for our fundraising campaign, coming soon!

 

Introducing… The Actors

Here is the lovely and talented group that you’ll see when you come to Communal Spaces: a garden play festival on September 13-15, 20-22, and 27-29.

Tim and Tuna in Town.
11:00AM

Alex Daly 1 - Copy copyAlex Daly (Tim) is thrilled to be doing his first garden play, especially with this team.  New York credits include Tauris (World Premiere) and The Collective. Other (out of town) favorites are Freddy (My Fair Lady) as well as Hero (A Funny Thing Happened…Forum).Graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Special thanks to my parents as always, and to you, for joining us this morning.

-3Sanford Wilson (Father) Home Universe (Columbia Thesis Production dir. Knud Adams), Barn (Jimmy’s No. 43 dir. Michael Padden), Much Ado About Nothing (Boomerang Theater dir. Daniel Talbott), Detention (Primary Stages/ESPA), The How To Plays (State of Play), Lucky Charms (Blowout Theater), Hustle (Box Colony Theater), The Seagull, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night (Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute). Sanford is a Literary Associate at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

headshot resizeJosh Wolonick (Tuna), a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, is a professional actor as well as a full-time writer for the online financial magazine Minyanville.com. He has played on several New York stages, including the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, TheatreLab, the Strawberry One Act Festival, and the American Theatre of Actors, where he just finished a run of Othello, playing Lodovico. He has appeared on All My Children, One Life to Live, Smash, Deadly Sins, and Brain Games. His favorite roles include Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Solomon in Speech and Debate, Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, and the Male Greek Chorus in How I Learned to Drive. He would like to thank Jaki for asking him to participate in this whirlwind of a process, for her direction and energy, and he would like to thank Ashley for her love, and for being the person with whom he’d most like to go to garden plays.

Extinguish Yourself
12:30PM

Amos_Shyko_298_ret_cropShyko Amos (Sylvia) trained at Guilford School of Acting (Great Britain) and William Esper Studios (New York) with Bill Esper. She is a lifetime member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre NYC. Film and TV Includes:  Lucy (Social TV), 3C (London Film School), The Right Approach (BBC),  Da Block (MTV), Retreat (United Nations TV). Theatre Includes: Mamma Mia (International Tour), Cell (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Palmetto (Playwrights Horizons), Sex and Death in London (Rising Phoenix – Cino Nights), The Founders Project (New York Theatre Workshop), Andrew Lloyd Webbers 50th Birthday Celebration (Royal Albert Hall), Prince Charles 50th Birthday (Lyceum Theatre), Once on This Island (UK Tour). Workshops Include: Gin Baby (New York Theatre Workshop), Veils (StageWorks Hudson), Charlton Heston and the Prodigal Daughter (The National Theatre), Songs of Freedom BOB MARLEY STORY (The Southbank Centre). Mr & Mrs Amos – Unforgettable that’s what you are.

LOP_0595Sari Caine (Magdalene) is a NYC-bred actress, playwright,  improviser, and chess teacher. NYC theaters includes Circle in the Square, EST, York Theater, St Clements, La Mama, 45 Theater, IRT. Favorite roles: Louise (Imaginary Invalid), Mary Warren (The Crucible), Suzanne (Picasso at the Lapine-Agile), Lula Roca (Oliver Hailey’s Hey You, LightMan!), Teacher (The Chess Lesson), Hermia (Midsummer’s Night Dream). TV: Orange is the New Black. Film: Mr Destiny, June Roses, Artworks, Real Estate Scam, and The Year of the Nail. She has appeared in over two dozen commercials and print ads, and been heard on numerous voiceovers.  She studied acting with Fred Kareman, Shakespeare with John Basil, & singing with Stephanie Scourby. As a playwright, residencies include Space at Ryder Farms, IRT, & Jimmy’s No 43, she was a 2013 Playpenn finalist. She is co-founder of Slightly Altered States Theater Company.  Upcoming film: The Case of Josephine X (lead), and Catbaret at The Triad Theater. Thanks to Michael and Angela for including her in this fun experience! http://www.saricaine@yahoo.com http://www.slightlyaltered.org

Siri Hellerman HeadshotSiri Hellerman (Lola) is thrilled to be working with Communal Spaces! Favorite past roles include The Gravedigger in Hamlet, Anna in Boston Marriage, Lucy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Lynn in Day One: Read Through. Siri also voices Millie the Monkey in the new Learn with Homer educational iPod app. Originally from Minneapolis, Siri now lives in south Brooklyn with her beloved cat. She holds an MFA in Acting from the New School for Drama.

-2Mat Leonard (Extinguisher) credits include Piece of Meat with Sherie Renee Scott (True Love Male Hustler), Back to Reality (James), The National Players’ 9 month national tour of Of Mice and Men as Lennie Small and The Taming of the Shrew as Vincentio. Play On Words Productions: BFPB For Your Goddamn Soul by Angela Santillo (Mullet). Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Valley of Fear (Scowrer), The Sandbox (Young Man), The Elephant Calf (Soldier), WTF Cabaret (Trumpet Soloist). Columbia University Grad School: Twelfth Night (Antonio), The Bacchae (Pentheus), Linda’s Dream (Biff Loman). Boston University: Fallujah (Meathead, Kennedy Center award outstanding ensemble performance), A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley Kowalski), Angels in America: Millenium Approaches (Joe Pitt). New York Theatre Workshop: The Invisible Hand (Reading).

49 croppedShelby Martin (Rebecca) is a native of the great state of Kentucky who received a BA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and decided to stay a Yankee after graduation.  She is the founder of Bluegrass Desert Productions, a film production company that generates promotional videos, web-based content, and short films.  She is currently developing a TV pilot that hopefully someone will want to buy eventually.  Shelby most recently appeared on the stage in the foolsFury Factory Parts festival in San Francisco with DICE Theatre Company in an improvised piece about the artist Edward Hopper.

mailMeghan O’Neill (Cathy) See Jane Give up Dick (NYC Fringe), Tribes (Barrow St. Theater, Mark Taper), As You Like It (The Guthrie Theatre), MacBeth, Blithe Spirit (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Untold Crimes (Guthrie Lab). Sketch and Comedy: Matt&Meghan (TONY critic’s pick), Fraidy Cat: A Sort Of Solo Show (Ars Nova, W.I.C festival, Sketchfest NY, Charleston Comedy Festival), Queens City Radio, JCrew Crew, Animals, Girl Camp, Livia Scott Sketch Program. Contributor to Reductress, Slacktory, NYMag. Proud member of The Story Pirates. Training: Guthrie Actor Training Program, National Theatre London, Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Second City, UCB, Magnet Theatre. http://www.meghanoneill.org

Yield!
3:00PM

2013-09-01 05.03.26Edward Bauer (Robert) is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of The Assembly. With the company he has appeared as David in HOME/SICK (Collapsable Hole, The Living Theater), Solyony in The Three Sisters, and originated numerous other roles over the yearsOther theater: Gormanzee & Other Stories (The Flea), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Truffle Theatre Company), Henry V (Kill Mike Theater). Voiceover: Tolstoy “Ed” Eddings in Resonance, Jeremy Sams in The Blackwell Deception (Wadjet Eye Games). A Wesleyan graduate, Edward has trained with Yuriy Kordonskiy, Claudia Tatinge Nascimento, Ang Gey Pin, and the Pig Iron Theater Company. He’s delighted to be working with this talented bunch.

Dagger-01Will Dagger (Austin) Credits include Ghost SonataHypochondriaLuluSpoon River Anthology (all at Columbia), Children of the Future Age (Calliope), Marat/Sade (Moses Mogilee), and Portrait  (Phillstock). As an actor, Will has helped develop new works at Naked Angels, New Dramatists, Episcopal Actors Guild, Theatre Reconstruction Ensemble, VOICETheatre, Thespian Production, Sparrowtree, Bottles On The Water, and Do It Live in San Francisco. He recently directed Six Windows Presents A Hero Of Our Time (Calliope), and has directed pieces for Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop, Nylon Fusion Collective, Hearth Gods, The Dirty Blondes, American Globe Theatre, and Tiny Rhino. Will is a former Williamstown Theatre Festival apprentice, an alum of Kenyon College and BADA, and a frequent collaborator with online sketch comedy group goodcopgreatcop.

Keilly McQuail (Mickey) is real happy to be working with this group of people in this lovely garden. She’s a graduate of NYU Tisch through the Atlantic. wwww.KeillyMcQuail.com

CO . OP
4:00PM

Michaela Morton Headshot 2Michaela Morton (Co-Op) is a performer, playwright (=*), and Dancing Classrooms teaching artist.  Regional: Cabaret (PlayMakers Repertory), Big Shoes* (Open Dream Ensemble). Educational: Metamorphoses, The Importance of Being Earnest, Woyzeck, King Lear, Me and the Devil: A Blues Oratorio for Solo Voice, and On Blue Paper* at the DialogueONE Solo Theater Festival. Graduate of Williams College, Cours Cochet (Paris, France) and Theatermakers at the O’Neill.

-1Harrison Unger (Grant) is thrilled to be a part of the Communal Spaces festival, and has previously worked with Lillian Meredith on Spring Fling ’98 (Galapagos Art Space/American Globe Theatre). He is an Associate Artist with UglyRhino Productions (The Awakening and Warehouse of Horrors: Gowanus ’73). Other NY credits include Batz (Joe’s Pub/The Brick), Six Windows Presents A Hero of Our Time (Medicine Show/Calliope Theatre Co.), readings at The Creek and the Cave and HERE Arts Center, and several web shorts for the comedy team Good Cop Great Cop. He’s studied at the British American Drama Academy and the Atlantic Acting School, and trained in improv at Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City.

Limoncello
Limoncello.
6:00PM

IMG_3852Stephen Bennett (Ensemble) is a New York-based performer.

Emily Daly_Headshot_NationalsEmily Daly (Ensemble) is a Brooklyn-based actor and writer. Recent credits include Lizzie in Spring Fling (FullStop Collective); Melissa in For Oscar (Tiny Rhino Productions), and Tiff in The Eden Project (Theater for the New City). Emily is a proud member of Stable Cable Lab Co and The Middle Voice, in residence at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Training: Johns Hopkins University and the National Theater Institute.

imageRudy De La Cruz (Ensemble) is originally from Los Angeles, CA. He recently graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, spending four years at the Stella Adler Studio and earning his BFA in Drama. He would like to thank his family and friends.

smaller size headshot Doug HarrisDoug Harris (Ensemble) was most recently seen in the Sam French Off-Off Broadway Festival production of The Chicken Situation, the NYC premiere of The Collective by Catya McMullen, as well as readings at New York Theatre Workshop and the PEN Literary Festival. Other Theatre: Oh, Gastronomy (Humana Festival 2012), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Hero Dad (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Anatomy of Gray (LAB! Theatre UNC). Doug holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science and Dramatic Arts.

Maggie RaymondMaggie Raymond (Ensemble) NYC: What Every Girl Should Know (2013 Fringe Festival, Winner of Excellence in Ensemble; 4 Star Critics Pick, Time Out New York); Cause of Failure (2012 Fringe Festival); Master Dallows, Leafy Greens and Tubers (2012 Communal Spaces), I LIKE REALLY HATE YOU (Ingenue Theatre Company), and The Importance of Being Ernest (15 Minute Classics, Tale Told Productions). Regional: Oh, Gastronomy (Humana Festival); Dracula (Mina, Sullivan u/s), A Christmas Carol (Martha Cratchit), and A Christmas Story (Elf) at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

kristie2Kristie Wortman (Ensemble) Originally from Western Mass, Kristie is a NY-based actor and musician, who is delighted to be working with Lillian Meredith again! Kristie can be seen both onstage and in film; most recently, she can be found in The Walk, a short film starring Peter Riegert. Favorite roles: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia, MadCAP CollecTIVE), Hair (Sheila), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice, TIS), Les Miserables (Eponine).

Plan your festival day! Check out the google map:

Google Map Directions to Gardens: http://goo.gl/maps/Eh7zu

2013 postcards have been sent to print! Check them out below (and the new header above), courtesy of the amazingly talented Jess Grech. For more of her work, go to her website: www.jessgrech.com

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The gardens are chosen, the playwrights are writing, and we raised over $3700 for this project. Get ready for September 2013!

 

All People’s Garden on East 3rd between Avenues C and D

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Green Oasis Community Garden on East 8th between Avenues C and D

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Miracle Garden on East 3rd between Avenues A and B

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Parque de Tranquilidad on East 4th between Avenues C and D

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Siempre Verde on Stanton between Attorney and Clinton Streets

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And we have a whole month of donors to thank. Adding to our June list, thank you SO MUCH to the following people who helped me reach $3,500 in July!

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Emily B
Jaki Bradley
Stephanie Brandt
Kevin Bunge
Louiza Collins
Amanda Culp
Sara Durham
Tom Ellis and Ann Moore
Marye Elmlinger and Eric Lamm
Susan Goodman and Bruce Cronstein
Anton Handel
Yvonne Hartung
Eliza Huberth
Betsy Huggins
Teresa Idris
Julia Ingber
Anya Kaplan-Seem
Dylan Key
Chad Latham
David Lawson
Sarah Lunnie
Jocelyn Matsuo
Cara McHugh
Michael Micalizzi
Christine Moore
Caitlin Ryan O’Connell
Eliza Orleans
Sam Plattus
Ben Rosenblatt
Angela Santillo
Jonathan Schlieman
Jacklyn Siegel
Wheaton Simis
Illana Stein
Emma Weinstein

But that’s not all! Because we made our goal, we are allowed to continue to fundraise for the next month! So it’s not too late for you, too, to see your name on this wall of fame. Donate here: http://www.usaprojects.org/project/communal_spaces_a_garden_play_festival

There’s a month left in this fundraiser. This one. Right here: http://www.usaprojects.org/project/communal_spaces_a_garden_play_festival

In great GREAT appreciation of the incredible people who have already supported (and in the hope that you, too, will want to join their ranks when you see how cool they all are), I’m listing the first month donors!

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Ashton Applewhite
Amy Attaway
Maya Battle
Ilana Becker
Rachel Berger
Rivka Borek
Baize Buzan
Andrea Chambers
Michael Cohen
Teana David
Lisa Dring
Wilhelmina Eaken
Andrew Farrier
Margot Goodwin
Jayne Greenwald
Ashley Hollingshead
Sarah Kraemer
Gail and Martin Marcus
Susan Martin
Kate Marvin
Sage Mehta
Sarah and Gregory Meredith
Tom Meredith
Kate Michaud
Anna Moot-Levin
Chris Norwood
Judy Parker
Austin Riotte
Joanna Russo
Andrea Schaffer
Vanessa Soto
Audrey Tempelsman
Cathy Tempelsman (twice!)
Harrison Unger
Marya Ursin (twice!)
Dina Vovsi
Meagan Weaver
Diana Wright
Ben Yalom
Mary Kate Zihar

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