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We have been granted another 30 days to up our fundraising! Contrary to what it says on the site, we’ve only raised $5,000 so far (the rest is a loan so we could meet the initial deadline) – and we need at least $7,000 to cover expenses.

http://www.hatchfund.org/project/the_motor_company_presents_communal_spaces_a_garden_play_festival

As you gear up to make your own donation, check out the list of amazing people who have already given!

The Motor Company would like to thank the following people for their amazing generosity!

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Emily Abrons
Deborah Adabachi
Hannah Adams
Greg Allen
Will Arbery
Lindsey Austen
Stephen Bennett
Teddy Bergman
Sarah Billard
Jonathan Bock
Rivka Borek
Amber Bryant
Michael Bryant
Kevin Bunge
Andrea Chambers
Sophia Chapadjiev
Katherine Cik
Aileen Chou
Sabrina Conti
Ross Cowan
Philip Cramer and Joanna Russo
Chelsea Crisafulli
Amanda Culp
Hajera Dehqanzada
Stacy Donovan
Robert Duke
Sara Durham
Lisa Dring
Thomas Ellis and Ann Moore
Marye Elmlinger and Eric Lamm
Lee Sunday Evans
Gabriel Evansohn
Barbara Feinman
Blythe Foster
Luisa Garcia
Zoe Garcia
Philip Gates
Susan Goodman and Bruce Cronstein
Margot Goodwin
Jayne Greenwald
Michael Grew
Sarah Grodsky
Kate Hamilton
Kelly Hammond
Christopher Hardy
Doug Harris
Yvonne Hartung
Ariane Heinz and Alison Keith
Jain Kelly
Ashley Hollingshead
Senji Izumi
Louise Jaffe
Maia Karo
Rachel Karp
Jeffrey King
Zachary King
Zachary Kolodin and Hilary Doe
Sarah Kraemer
Rory Kulz
Jerry Lieblich
Mariah MacCarthy
Theo Maltz
Martin and Gail Marcus
Claytie Mason
Abel McDonnell
Laura McDonnell
Cara McHugh
Sean Mellott
Sarah and Greg Meredith
Tom Meredith
Lydia Miller
Sarah Murat
Anna Moot-Levin
Laura Mordis-Jackson
Kristin Nemecek
Jutta Neumann
Eleanore Nowak
Caitlin O’Connell
Diana Oh
Eugene Oh
Jiehae Park
Judith Parker
Jason Platt
Stella Powell-Jones
William Power
Louisa Proske
Maggie Raymond
Simon Reid
Brian Resler
Stephanie Riddle
Austin Riotte
Nicholas Roesler
Lucinda Rogers
Ariela Rotenberg
Jonathan Schlieman
Maxwell Schneller
Charity Schubert
Michael Schwartz
Leonie Seltzer
Rhonda and Lloyd Siegel
Wheaton Simis
Meredith Sisson
Clayton Dean Smith
Illana Stein
Sarah Stites
Audrey Tempelsman
Vandra Thornburn
Peter Torre
Maria Totten
Leta Tremblay
Harrison Unger
Marya Ursin
Samuel and Marina Vovsi
Megan Weaver
Lauren Weinberg
Hannah Wolf
Diana Wright
Christine Zagrobelny
Shara Ashley Zeiger

 

A rhythmically riotous escapade that chronicles one very particular day in the life of Althea at age 16 and also at age 96.

Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm in Clifton Place Memorial Park and Garden (1031 Bedford Ave)
August 30-31, September 6-7, September 13-14

 

The Cast and Creative Team

Alvarez_Alejandro_56Alejandro Alvarez (Narrator) is delighted to be a part of the Communal Spaces project for the first time. Previous work includes “Courtesan” in Comedy of Errors and “Falconbridge” in King John, both for Tale Told Productions in New York.

 

 

UntitledKara Cohen (Meek Mary Narrator’s Intern with the Quiet American Voice) is a recent graduate from Hofstra University and is thrilled to be participating in Communal Spaces: a garden play festival.  She was most recently seen in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Threepenny Opera, and Comic Potential. Thanks to Chris for this exciting opportunity.

 

Green_Nastasia_30ret-FP copy-5-2Nastasia Green* (Althea) is a NYC based actor who is excited to be frolicking around in this garden play! She has previously worked with Tale Told Productions on King John, Comedy of Errors, and Much Ado About Nothing. Thanks to Chris Norwood for asking her to come out to play.

 

 

View More: http://robertjhill.pass.us/hendersonJessica Henderson (Laura) is thrilled to be back in the city and in her first production in Brooklyn! She was last seen as Queen Margaret in Richard III. Thanks for coming to see the show!

 

 

Headshot (1)Lee Rayment (Dimitri) is a recent transplant to New York, having relocated from the scorching Arizona sun. This is Lee’s first production in the city and he looks forward to many more!

 

 

Kristie WortmanKristie Wortman (Young Althea) This is Kristie’s second year doing Communal Spaces, and she’s loving every second of it. Past credits include: Hair (Sheila), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), and Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice).

 

 

 

DSC_0391Alexandra Bassett (ALTHEA THE GARDEN CANTATA!, Clifton Place Memorial Park and Garden) is a Greek-American theater artist and composer. She’s thrilled to be writing for Communal Spaces again this year! Latest works include Yvette and the Wild Shame (Signature Theater), The Helvetica Suite (ITE/The Tank), and  Womanize (Chachama). Recently she composed for Anne Carson’s Orestes at Miller Theatre, worked with Rude Mechs on their LCT3 production of Stop Hitting Yourself, and assisted Aya Ogawa on her workshop production of Ludic Proxy. She is a founding member of FullStop Collective, a resident artist at Dragon’s Egg Studio, and a literary reader with The Play Company. MFA, Columbia University.

 

10468102_780927865274380_6445880505097799681_nChristopher Norwood (ALTHEA THE GARDEN CANTATA!) is the co-founder and co-artistic director of The Motor Company. He attended New York University where he got a bachelor’s degree in drama and speaking in the third person, and has spent the past 8 years working in New York City’s independent theater scene, learning more from the talented artists around him than he ever could from a college professor. He spends his days playing video games, writing songs, and reading shakespeare in his Astoria, Queens apartment. He also co-founded the classical theatre company Tale Told Productions in 2012. http://www.christopher norwood.net

 

 

 

*Member of Actors Equity Association

Ryan dropped out of high school, so he can train to be the next mayor, naturally. So how could he help three Traditionalists from the Edge Country find their disappeared children? His dad, the Mayor, will know.

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm, Target Community Garden (933 Bedford Ave)
August 30-31, September 6-7, September 13-14

The Cast and Creative Team

headshotBrian Dunlop (The Vizier) is thrilled to be frolicking in a garden once more with Communal Spaces. Originally from a small Himalayan mining town, he immigrated to the States to pursue a career in acting after being told to by the village goat, Rufus. When he arrived he was attacked by a band of vagrants who stole his possessions and left him destitute on the street. He was soon befriended by a lonely grasshopper who taught him how to play his leg and make sweet, sweet music. He currently resides Brooklyn. 

ACTING RESUME.2Tim Craig (The Mayor) recently worked on Good Men Wanted at Ars Nova’s Ant Fest. Other Notable Credits include: Job by Thomas Bradshaw (The Flea Theater), Fabulation by Lynn Knottage (Brave New World), A Street Scene (Brave New World), Peakheads and Roundheads (MoonRover). Education: B.A. The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Eilbacher_KarenKaren Eilbacher (Maddie) GLAAD Award Winning actor (She Like Girls) and director. She is a Company Member of The Bat Theater Company at The Flea Theater (a cautionary tail), TE’A of Intersections International (Cadence: Home), MTWorks, Descent (Gravity), S.T.A.R. at The Directors Company, Playwrights Gallery, The WKSHP and Poetic Theater Productions. Her work has been seen at: A.R.T., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre, LaMaMa ETC, (old) Ohio Theatre, The Flea Theater, The Wild Project, June Havoc Theatre, 133rd St. Arts Center, Tisch School of the Arts, Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, among other Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway stages. Awards: Curfew (Academy Award, Short Film Live Action 2013), “Parallels” (LAWEBFEST Outstanding Supporting Actress). TV: Scorned: Love Kills, Smash, Dr. Oz. Honorable B.F.A. in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. www.KarenEilbacher.com

Rebeca Fong Headshot-2Rebeca Fong (Traditionalist #2) is excited to be making her Communal Spaces debut. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, who has been fortunate enough to work with The Amoralist Theatre Company, T.J. Collins (award winning director), and Adam Rapp (Pulitzer Prize Finalist). These wonderful artists have helped Rebeca explore the beauty of theatre, film, and what it takes to clean fake blood off of taxidermy. Some of her favorite roles have been Rose in Ruby’s Story (Mary McCarthur Theatre) and the understudy for Allison Williams in Derek Ahonen’s Pink Knees on Pale Skin (Gershwin Hotel). Rebeca is currently a Sanctuary: Playwrights Theatre Core Artist.

Rory_Kulz_TheatricalRory Kulz (Ryan) is an actor, improviser, and writer who hails from Las Vegas. New York: The Mysteries#serials@theflea (The Flea); Empire Travel Agency (Woodshed Collective); The Cherry Orchard (Cacolet Collective); Untitled High School Macbeth (Soho Rep Lab reading series); The Brooklyn Home for Wayward Young Adults (EST Youngblood reading series); The Improvised Play (UCB); Jim Henson’s Musical World (EVUSA / Carnegie Hall). Boston: Learn to be Latina, Christmas Belles (Company One). Film: Ashley/Amber (Berlinale shorts). Alum of Harvard College, Wynn Handman Studio. http://www.rory-kulz.com/ Twitter: @rorykulz

9410964Elizabeth Seldin (Traditionalist #3) is excited to once again be joining Communal Spaces!  Past credits include: Storytelling Doll (All Systems Go: Mission 2); Reggie Fluty etc..(The Laramie Project); Challenge Belief (The Belief Project at Triskellion via FullStop Collective) ; Veronica ( Mrs Mayfields 5th Grade Class of ’93 20 Year Reunion) Doctor/Patient (I’m Bipolar Curious) as well as being a Reader for Laura Stanczyk Casting.  She is a produced Playwright, Professional Acting Coach, Reiki Practitioner and Spoken Word Artist.  More can be found at Elizabethseldin.com.  Thanks Lil and Topher! Ya’ll rock!

gabby hsGabby Sherba (Traditionalist #1) has been performing with various collaborators in theatre, film, and music since she was an adolescent. She has just closed a run of a devised adaptation of Goethe’s Faust with Adaptive Arts Theatre At The Brick in NYC. As a musician, she writes and performs with Brooklyn-based bands, The Morrow, Bright Brown, and occasionally as a solo artist. This winter she’ll be playing the role of Lisa in Collected Stories at 2nd Story Theatre in RI. She hopes to evolve into a sitar someday.

 

Headshot Orange HatPatrick Shaw (Playwright) writes plays, acts, dances, and makes music.  His scripts have been produced at The Flea, the Drilling Company, Galapagos Art Space, Cherry Pit, Hudson River Guild, Flushnik Art Space, Bradley University (Peoria), Gorilla Tango (Chicago), the Frontera Fest (Austin), and developed at Norm’s Fish Camp.  A Miracle StudyAutobiography of a Sparrow, and Lushly have all been semifinalists for the National Playwrights Conference, and his play HAMLETTES was a finalist for the Lark Workshop and was later published by Playscripts, Inc.  A graduate of Kenyon College and the National Theater Institute, Patrick has  performed with Spessard Dance, Bakerloo Theatre Project, the Duplicates, and Underbelly.  He was a founding member of FullStop Collective in NYC and is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at the University of Texas in Austin. www.patrickshawplays.com

lillian headshotLillian Meredith (Director) is the founder and co-producer of Communal Spaces: a garden play festival, and co-artistic director of The Motor Company. She is also a director, performer, and native New Yorker dedicated to the creation and development of new work. Recent credits include shows at Soho Rep, Culture Project, Dixon Place, Hunter College, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theater, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Festival, among others. Lillian is a co-founder and member of FullStop Collective, an associated artist of foolsFURY Theater Company in San Francisco, and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Proud alumna: Vassar College, National Theater Institute. www.lillianmeredith.com

Bob and Lloyd used to live in Chelsea.
Bob and Lloyd’s rent went too high.
Bob and Lloyd can no longer live in Chelsea.
Bob and Lloyd make alternate arrangements.

Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm in Target Community Garden (933 Bedford Ave)
August 30-31, September 6-7, September 13-14

 

The Cast and Creative Team

photoChristopher Betts (Ben) is a current senior at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts studying Drama in The New Studio on Broadway. Recently he completed the apprentice program at The Williamstown Theatre Festival where he appeared in Robin Hood and The Canterville Ghost. This fall he will direct Carrie the Musical at NYU. Many thanks to Mom, Grandma and God for support, love, and continuous blessings.

 

128FINAL_crop_LOWRES2 copyNick Carriere* (Bob) National Tours: The Lion King. Regional: A Song at Twilight (Hartford Stage), Zorro (American Premiere, Alliance Theatre), Abigail/1702 (World Premiere, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Coriolanus (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Much Ado About Nothing (Chautauqua Theater Company), Cyrano de Bergerac (Barrington Stage Company). Film: Handsome Harry. Television: Guiding Light. Education: Yale School of Drama, Muhlenberg College.

Alex Major headshot 01 (1)Alex Major* (Lloyd) New York:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Theater House), Seventy Scenes of Halloween (Friends and Enemies of Modern Theater), In the Mix (Company Cypher).  Training: MFA, Yale School of Drama.

 

 

 

 

Buckley_Erin_ret3Erin Buckley (Garden Sweet Garden, Target Community Garden) Erin’s short play CC Dances the Go-Go was produced this summer at Williamstown Theatre Festival and was in Dixon Place’s 2012 HOT! Festival. Her play Older Lady was read at Dixon Place this spring. Other writing projects include a feature film (Girl Next Door) and a short film (Parlor). She is currently writing a new play called Product and a gay Brooklynite sort of Spoon River Anthology called I’ve been stuck in this bar since the mid-90s… about the gentrification of South Slope, Brooklyn and the disappearance of a particular gay bar. Erin assists the Artistic Director (Oskar Eustis) at The Public Theater, and worked for two years for the President of HBO Documentary Films (Sheila Nevins). She has acted in workshops of new plays at NYTW, The Public, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, The Cherry Lane, New Georges, The Ohio, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Lincoln Center Theater, Red Fern Theatre Company, NYMF, APAC, FringeNYC, and NYSAF. Her TV credits include Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Medium, and Gossip Girl. MFA: Yale School of Drama; BA: Stanford University; study abroad: Oxford University.

urlJaki Bradley (Garden Sweet Garden) is a Brooklyn-based director. Recent projects include GOOD MEN WANTED (Ars Nova, ANT Fest), A Scavenge (Williamstown), and What Every Girl Should Know (FringeNYC, Time Out New York Critic’s Pick). She has also developed and presented work with Naked Angels, GroundUP Productions, and Sightline Theater. As an assistant director, she has worked with Michael Greif, Daniel Aukin, Daniel Goldstein and Daniella Topol. Jaki has researched international theatrical traditions in Malaysia as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and in Bulgaria as a part of the Rhodopi International Theatre Lab. She is a member of the Williamstown Directing Corps, the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and an SDC fellow.

 

*Member of Actors Equity Association

It’s Victoria’s 25th birthday and the whole gang is going cliff jumping for old times’ sake! But the cliff’s too small and the water’s too cold and someone beloved is missing.

Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm in Classon/Fulgate Block Association Garden
August 30-31, September 6-7, September 13-14

 

The Cast and Creative Team

Izumi, JuliaJulia Izumi (Suzu) is an NYC-based playwright and performer. She most recently played Roller Girl in The Brewing Department’s bobrauschenbergamerica. Other credits include HamletGhosts (TBD), Molly Murphy and Neil deGrasse Tyson On Our Last Day On Earth (Incubator Arts Project), Frankenstein (Hudson Guild Theatre), Dracula, Or the Un-Dead and Buyer’s Remorse (Williamstown Theatre Festival).  Her plays have been performed and developed at the Martin E. Segal Center, The Barrow Group, The 4th Street Theatre, Tiny Rhino, The Chain Theatre, ESPA at Primary Stages, Chicago Dramatists and Tufts University, where she received her BA in Drama. She has also worked with Signature Theatre Company, The New York Neo-Futurists, and the Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater.

mjones_hsMonica Jones (Keely) was most recently seen as Rev. Lawrence in Juliet and Romeo (NYC). Other NYC credits include, but are not limited to: Willa in or what she will (FringeNYC); Venita in Skylines (NYC); Celia in As You Like It (Frog and Peach Theatre Company); Perdita in A Winter’s Tale and Trebonius, Titinius and 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 the University of Oklahoma School of Drama. OU performance credits include: Rommaine Patterson and others in The Laramie Project; “C” in Crave; Olivia in Twelfth Night. 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). www.monicalillianjones.com

Macnelly_Matthew_0602_xret_cropMatt MacNelly* (Chase) is an actor, musician, director, producer, and general man-about-town in New York City. He’s thrilled to be a part of the Communal Spaces festival for the first time. NY Credits: Fourteen Flights (NY Fringe, SoHo Playhouse), True Believer (TheaterLab); Regional Credits: Our Town, Glengarry Glen Ross (La Jolla Playhouse), Much Ado (Folger Theater), Fucking A (Studio Theater DC). MFA – University of California, San Diego, BA – Georgetown University.

 

SHURTE headshot-1-1Taylor Schurte* (VictoriaOur Town, Dram of Drummhicit (La Jolla Playhouse); All the Rooms of the House (The Trip); Wintry Mix: Yuri (New Ohio Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Three Day Hangover); The Dybbuk, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Seagull (UC San Diego); readings at New Harmony Project, Culture Project, The Old Globe, New Georges, and Sam French. MFA UC San Diego, BS Univ. Evansville. Upcoming production of Nora Sørena Casey’s Not Afraid at Under St Marks in October.

Ben Vigus HeadshotBen Vigus (Robert) Recent credits : Red and Purple (Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival), The Man Who Owns the Stars (Ars Nova ANT Fest), About a Woman Named Sarah by Lucas Hnath (59E59), The Whaleship Essex (Hudson Guild Theatre). Ben has helped develop new work at New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, IRT, Ice Factory, and Tiny Rhino. Ben was a 2012-2013 Apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

 

imageClare Barron (Washougal My Heart, Classon Fulgate Block Association Garden) is a playwright and performer from Wenatchee, Washington. Her plays include Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks); Solar Plexus (Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon of One-Act Plays); Dirty Crusty; and You Got Older. She is the 2014 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow. She is also a current member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and Youngblood at EST. As an actor, Clare recently appeared in the world premiere of Heidi Schreck’s The Consultant at Long Wharf Theatre directed by Kip Fagan. In 2013 she traveled to Beirut to play Mae in an Arabic-English production of María Irene Fornés’ Mud.

Dina-164-Edit-2Dina Vovsi (Washougal My Heart) is a New York-based director, performer, and producer committed to developing and devising new plays. She has directed at The Culture Project’s Women Center Stage, FringeNYC, The Muse, Working Theater, New York Madness, Unboxed VoicesComplete Theatre Company, Ingenue Theatre, and The Glass Eye. As an actor, Dina has most recently performed in or what she will (FringeNYC, Overall Excellence Award), The Visceral Cities Project (Roots and Wings), and the short films LadybugThe Balance, and Noah’s World (Bahamas Int’l Film Festival, Catalina Film Festival, LA Femme, Sunscreen, Germany After Dark, Women in Film and Television – Mexico City). Dina is a co-founder and co-curator of the Working Theater Directors Salon, now in its fifth year. She has worked as a literary manager, associate producer, and marketing consultant at Working Theater, Page 73, Waterwell, Darling & Company, and terraNOVA Collective. Member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Graduate: University of Michigan. http://www.dinavovsi.com

 

*Member of Actors Equity Association

A beauty pageant, a step off, a 500-meter dash, and a botanical clash. A collision of competition and one person has to judge them all and they are burning out…fast.

Saturdays and Sundays, August 30-31, September 6-7, September 13-14, in Clifton Place Memorial Park and Garden (1031 Bedford Ave)

 

The Cast and Creative Team

imageKim Gainer* (Judge) is a former producing member and toured internationally with company, The Shalimar: as Phaedra in “La Femme est Morte” at PS 122, the Coil Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Stage Award, UK) Recent NY:”Lost Tribe” at Target Margin,   “Fabulation” with Brave New World Rep, “Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret” with Superhero Clubhouse, Mariah MacCarthy’s “Magic Trick” and “The All-American Genderf*ck  Cabaret” and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ “The Octoroon” at PS 122. Regional: Miss Julie” at Actors Theater of Louisville,  “From the Mississippi Delta” at Stamford Theatre Works and “Play by Plays” at Stageworks on the Hudson. She is  also a burlesque artist who performs under the name Ms. Minty Newport. (Like her on Facebook!) She is a proud member of Actors Equity.

 AvaKelleyMay2014Ava Stasiw (Pebble, Katie, 500-Meter Dash Announcer, Step #1) is an NYC based performing artist with folktastic Alabama roots and a knack for weightlessness. Because her interests range from musical theatre to dramaturgy, Ava appreciates all opportunities to flex creative muscles. As a member of The Hive, she worked on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (choreo, fairy swing), and readings of new works including A Brief History of the Soviet Union (Asst Dir, Dramaturg), Faulted by Angela Santillo, and Empress of Sex by Duncan Pflaster. Other NY credits include Hamletmachine, dir. Dara Malina at Columbia U., Hyperfable, written and directed by Allie Tsypin at the HERE Arts Center; and Marat/Sade, dir. Kelly Johnston for the Secret Theater. Ava has also adventured to the high seas where she performed as a dancer and “Ariel”-ist for Disney Cruise Line. She spends her spare time playing circus, dancing in her tiny kitchen, and daydreaming about boats of all kinds.

AlisonWallsAlison Walls (Botanical Series Announcer, Molly, Bolt, Jessica) is an actor and director from New Zealand. She obtained her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2007. Favorite acting roles include Catherine and Chorus in Henry V, Tricia in Dog Sees God, Elizabeth York in When the Rain Stops Falling, Lara in Passion in Paradise (TVNZ), and puppeteer for the original puppet show The Kitchen at the End of the World. She is currently studying towards her doctorate in theatre at CUNY Graduate Centre.

ThomasWoodHEADSHOTThomas Wood (Hedge, Miss Outrageous Fabulous Pageant Announcer, Streak, Step #2) Recent New York credits: Tom in This Property is Condemned and Eloi in Auto-Da-Fé with Bedlam Ensemble; George, Duke of Clarence in War of the Roses with Take Wing And Soar Productions; Demetrius in Midsummer Night’s Dream with Annie’s Shakespeare Shakedown. Other recent credits: Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing and Orlando in As You Like It with the Plimoth Players, Plymouth, MA; Bobby in Small Craft Warnings with WSC Avant Bard, Washington, DC. His first feature film,Shankmans, a horror comedy, is due out later this year.

Angela SantilloAngela Santillo (Playwright) is going on her fourth year and is still stoked to be part of Communal Spaces.  Recent credits include the performance of her solo show The Unfelt Wonder at FURY Factory in San Francisco and Love in a Heat Death Universe at Unchained Theatre Festival and Chicago Fringe.  Her plays have been workshopped and performed at Dixon Place, Pan Asian Rep, Abingdon Theater, The Hive Theater, The Nightborn,foolsFURY Theater, Play on Words Productions, Playwrights Center of San Francisco, Saint Mary’s College, among others. She was recently a finalist in Studio42’s Unproducible Smackdown and foolsFURY Theater will premiere her new play Faulted in San Francisco this November.  MFA: Sarah Lawrence College, recipient of the Lipkin Playwriting Award. Member of the Dramatists Guild and an Associate Artist with foolsFURY Theater. www.angelasantillo.com

 

EM09_stripevert2blackandwhitesmallElizabeth Nelson (Director) is a multidisciplinary artist and theatre director working as a communications professional and graphic designer in New York City. She is the art director and a contributing writer for SDC Journal, a quarterly magazine celebrating the crafts of stage direction and choreography produced by the national labor union, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Elizabeth volunteers her design services in the animal welfare sector and is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University and Sarah Lawrence College.

 

*Member of Actors Equity Association

This garden was created in memory of someone special. So was this play. In it, two friends grapple with the recent death of their dear poet-friend, and wonder what he’s up to now in poet-heaven.

Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm in Garden of Hope (392 Hancock Street)
August 30-31, September 6-7, September 13-14

The Cast and Creative Team

Stephen.BennettStephen Bennett (ee) Stephen does things. Sometimes they are fun. Plays in gardens are always fun.

 

 

 

 

IMG_0227Jaspal Binning (Alan) recently acted in a workshop of An Ordinary Man at Signature Theatre (directed by award winning playwright Tony Kushner). Additionally, Jaspal starred as Adam in the Drama Desk Award winning show The Mysteries (The Flea Theater). Other notable credits include: Thomas Bradshaw’s Job (The Flea Theater), Otherland opposite Tony Nominated actress Condola Rashad (The Pearl Theater), The Shaking Earth (NYTW Dartmouth 2014). Jaspal made his television debut as Joel on HBO’s The Newsroom and is a series regular on the pilot Brown Nation. Upcoming film: Ovum (2015). Jaspal would like to thank Innovative Artists and Davis Spylios Management.

MATTCOXNEWHEADSHOTMatt Cox (Walt) is an actor, writer, musician, and improviser. Theater: The Mysteries, Sarah Flood In Salem Mass, #serials@theflea, The Shakes: Romeo & Juliet, Restoration Comedy (The Flea); Triptych: Spiders Are Real!! They’re Alive And They Hate You! (HERE arts); Brotherly Love (Left Out Festival); The Chicken Situation (Samuel French OOB Festival); Blogologues (Lively Productions). Matt is currently writing Ka-Pow-I GoGo Z for #serials@theFlea, and wrote the radio play El Hombre Bovino for WNYC’s The Greene Space.

Louiza.CollinsLouiza Collins (Abe Louise) is a NYC based actress with a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts. NYC credits include Office Hours (Flea Theater), Great Recession (Flea Theater), Twelfth Night, Three Sisters, Garden Plays 2012, Cause of Failure (FringeNYC), Foreplays I and III (Galapagos).www.louizacollins.com

 

 

Emily Daly_Headshot_2013Emily Daly* (Georgette) is an actor and writer based in NY. Recent theater credits include Joy in Rise (Crystal Skillman/ Stable Cable Lab Co), Susan in Full Disclosure (Steve DiUbaldi/ Rising Phoenix Rep Cino Night), and Billie inSmiling, the Boy Fell Dead (York Theater Company). Emily is also currently starring in the new series Zone: Zero (Everest Studios), which will be released fall 2015. She is a member of the Middle Voice Theater Company at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Stable Cable Lab Co, and Actors’ Equity. www.emilyjdaly.com

MM_1691Marianna McClellan* (Emily) is a performer, born and raised in the NYC’s East Village. She has performed and collaborated with the Clockwork Theatre at Theatre Row (Cherry Smoke, Underground, and Apartment 3A), and produced and performed in Outside Sitka as part of IRT’s 3B development Series. Marianna has performed regionally in Othello (Portland Center Stage); The Hour of Feeling, Hero Dad, and Oh, Gastronomy (Part of ATL Humana Festival 2012); Dracula and A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Sedition (Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey); and Black Comedy (Shadowland Theatre). Film Credits include L for Leisure (International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014) Pre, and How to Score Your Life.

Georgette Kelly PhotoGeorgette Kelly (Playwright) is a playwright with networks in New York and Chicago. She is the recipient of 2014 Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award, a finalist in the 2015 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, and a nominee for the 2014 Kilroys List. Georgette’s plays include: Ballast, F*ck la vie d’artiste, In The Belly of the Whale, How to Hero, I Carry Your Heart, and an adaptation of Jeanette Winterson’s novel, LighthousekeepingHer work has been developed and supported by The Kennedy Center, The National New Play Network, The Lark Play Development Center, The Alliance Theatre, Prologue Theatre Company, and The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Georgette holds a B.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and an M.F.A in Playwriting from Hunter College, where she studied with Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, and Mark Bly. When she is not writing plays, she teaches Middle School theatre and French. http://www.GeorgetteKelly.com

lillian headshotLillian Meredith (Director) is the founder and co-producer of Communal Spaces: a garden play festival, and co-artistic director of The Motor Company. She is also a director, performer, and native New Yorker dedicated to the creation and development of new work. Recent credits include shows at Soho Rep, Culture Project, Dixon Place, Hunter College, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theater, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Festival, among others. Lillian is a co-founder and member of FullStop Collective, an associated artist of foolsFURY Theater Company in San Francisco, and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Proud alumna: Vassar College, National Theater Institute. www.lillianmeredith.com

 

*Member of Actors Equity Association

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