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enter a garden
Things grow in the garden. Leaves turn from green to red to brown and fall to the ground. Life happens.

Saturdays and Sundays
in Warren St. Marks Garden (Warren Street btw 4th and 5th Avenues)

Dominic Finocchiaro (Playwright)

Lillian MeredithLillian Meredith (Director) is the founder and co-producer of Communal Spaces: a garden play festival, and 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 ANT Fest at Ars Nova, Theatre for a New Audience, Soho Rep, Culture Project, Dixon Place, 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, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and the inaugural Clubbed Thumb Directors Fellowship. Proud alumna: Vassar College, National Theater Institute. www.lillianmeredith.com

An Apple Today
Jacqueline needs to talk to her sister, Clara, who suggests they meet at the community garden. While Jacqueline struggles to open up, the women are interrupted by a blast from the past.

Saturdays and Sundays at 5:00pm
in Warren St. Marks Garden (Warren Street btw 4th and 5th Avenues)

 

_DSC4560-EditCharly Evon Simpson (Playwright) is a playwright and performer. Her plays include or what she willThe Women in MeFish Out of Waterwho we let in, and While We Wait. Her work has been present and/or developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, HERE, The Brick, #serials at The Flea, Plays & Players Theatre, the 40th Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and more. She is a member of the Obie Award-winning group Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre as well as this year’s PlayGround PlayGroup with Fresh Ground Pepper. She received her BA from Brown University and her master’s in Women’s Studies from New College, University of Oxford. This Fall, she will begin studying with Annie Baker and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins in pursuit of her MFA in Playwriting at Hunter College. www.charlyevonsimpson.com

 

Mweaver_Headshots 4Megan Weaver (Director) is a director specializing in devised, multimedia, and site-specific theater. She facilitates rigorously physical collaborations with cross-disciplinary ensembles, integrating digital media, mask, puppetry, live music and unconventional spaces to create new works. She is a recipient of the Northern Trust/Virginia Piper Enrichment Award, and her works have been recognized by the AriZoni Theatre Awards, New York Innovative Theater Awards, KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Awards and the Connecticut Council on Culture and Tourism. Megan is an alum of the O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute, and has trained with The Wooster Group, SITI Company, Sojourn Theatre and Balerung Dance. She has served as Artistic Director of Performance at Mystic Seaport, and is the Founding Executive Artistic Director of FullStop Collective, a New York theater collaborative currently in its eighth season. She holds a BA in Theatre with a Literature minor from George Fox University and an MFA in Directing from Arizona State University.

Classon vs. Klaxons
For too long, the robots have been taking over our city! Today, we fight for the garden. Everyone grab a watergun.

Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00pm
in Classon/Fulgate Block Association Community Garden (Classon Avenues btw Madison and Monroe Streets)

 

David-headshot2David M. deLeon (Playwright) Writing credits on the stage include CLICKBAIT (The Factory NYC), The Massacre of the Suitors (The Odyssey Project, RedLeaf Theatre), Play, Or, The Bacchants (The Factory NYC), and Killers (The Factory NYC). He has worked extensively with The Factory NYC as a writer, director, and actor, helping organize their Play-A-Week and Full-Length reading series. As an actor he has appeared in The Weiner Monologues (The Factory NYC), Cleave (Hunter College), Choose (Tin Lilly), The Fourth Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide (HTC), The Gospel According to Chance (GTCHC), and As Sparks Fly Upwards (GTCHC). Outside of theatre, he has published extensively in poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews. He is a currently doctoral student in English at Yale University. http://davidmdeleon.com

 

Attachment-1P. Tyler Britt (DirectorCommunal Spaces debut and Brooklyn native. Theater practitioner (director, actor, dancer, choreographer, singer, stage manager) and teaching artist. Graduated with a BA in Theater from Hunter College where he was the recipient of a Robert LoBianco Scholarship for Theater and a Tyrone Guthrie Award for directing.

Derek and the Sheep
Derek travels through time to a future garden filled with singing, dancing, and sheep. A musical for all ages about trying to go home.

Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm
in Classon/Fulgate Block Association Garden (Classon Avenue btw Monroe and Madison Streets)

 

Casey_HeadshotNora Sørena Casey (Playwright) is a playwright and dramaturg. Her plays include Take the Car (Williamstown Theatre Festival Director’s Lab); Not Afraid (PowerOut); and the site-specific Intimate Bar Plays and Absolutely Somewhere (The Motor Company). Dramaturgy projects include the development of The Universe is a Small Hat by Cesar Alvarez (Joe’s Pub, Prelude 2013); workshops of LYLAS by Jackie Sibblies Drury (Lark Studio Retreat); and contributing to The Civilians cabaret Holy Matrimony! (Joe’s Pub).

 

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Chris Dennison (Composer) is a musician and composer. In the world of theater, Chris has previously composed music for a Fordham University production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses and improvised scores for a series of plays that were improvised by the Rutgers-Newark/New Jersey Institute of Technology theater department. Chris is also a jazz pianist and scholar. You can often find him writing freelance/academic pieces about jazz and music in general. He’s excited to be involved in this project and had a blast adding music to Nora’s words!

 

TBBackus

Todd Brian Backusis a director/producer/illustrator/photographer and one day he’ll finish adapting a play or two. Directing credits include Let’s Play Play by Ben Ferber (GamePlay, FRIGID), The Shadow by Shannon Stockwell (PortFringe), For the Lulz by Ben Ferber (Portland Stage Studio Rep), Bystanders by Shannon Stockwell, and three installments of his staged reading series StageWhispers all with PowerOut. As an illustrator Todd has designed for LCT3, The NY Neo Futurists, and Portland Stage. He is a cofounder of the NYC-based PowerOut (poweroutnyc.com) and its webseries Hot Pepper Theater (youtube.com/hotpeppertheater) where he eats habaneros while reviewing theater (it’s just as idiotic as it sounds). Todd’s on at least a few government watch lists for his dramaturgical research alone. Follow his art rants just about everyw​​here @TBBackus

Welcome to The Fall
1973: A smokejumper crash lands on the property of the world’s first meteor strike survivor.
Today: Your tour guide is about to lose her mind.
Get ready to explore this historic impact site to find out if stuff ever stops falling.

Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30pm
in Green Oasis Garden (East 8th Street btw Avenues C and D)

 

angela-santillo-photo-by-jody-christopherson-14Angela Santillo (Playwright) is a Communal Space lifer-this being her fifth year writing for the festival.  Her plays have been workshopped and produced at Dixon Place, Pan Asian Rep, Abingdon Theater, The Hive Theater, The Nightborn, foolsFURY Theater, Play on Words Productions, Playwrights Center of San Francisco, among others.  Recent credits include: Oh the Moon!, a collaboration with choreographer CatherineMarie Davalos (Saint Mary’s College, San Francisco International Arts Festival, 2016 tour to Italy); Faulted, world premiere production (foolsFURY Theater); Love in a Heat Death Universe, a devised solo show with performer Benjamin Stuber (Unchained Theatre Festival, Chicago Fringe Festival); The Unfelt Wonder, her solo show created with director Lillian Meredith (FURY Factory, Dixon Place).  She was a finalist for the 2015 Jerome Fellowship and Studio42’s Unproducible Smackdown.  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

 

Zagrobelny_headshotChristine Zagrobelny (Director) is an NYC-based director, passionate about new work and immersive theatre.  Credits include: The Splendid Adventurers Club (part of ‘If on a Winter’s Night’ with Everyday Inferno Theatre Company), An Anonymous Contributor (Women at Work Festival), Breathing Corpses, Jailbait (Burning Coal Theatre Company), The Shape of Things, and The Nina Variationswww.christinezagrobelny.com

Catfight in the Oasis
Joanne, the long-suffering garden administrator, has called yet another meeting to resolve the intractable stray cat debate. Will the Bird Lobby get felines expelled from the garden or will Pro-Cat protestors win the day?

Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm
in Green Oasis Garden (East 8th Street btw Avenues C and D)

 

Headshot - BernsteinSarah Bernstein (Playwright) moved to New York City to pursue a career in theatre after studying playwriting with Paula Vogel at Brown University. Her work has been produced and/or developed with the Lark Play Development Center, the Amoralists, Forward Flux Productions, The Motor Company, the Source Festival, FullStop Collective, Caps Lock Theatre, the American Globe Theatre, and the New Voices Project. She is a current member of the Project Y Playwrights Group and the Lark Play Development Center’s LitWing. Her play, Perpetuation, as well as her adaptation of Les Miserables, will be published by Playscripts, Inc. this year.

 

Dina-164-Edit-2Dina Vovsi (Director) is a New York-based director and performer. Recent directing credits include Kevin Kautzman’s Vasilisa Most Lovely (Barn Arts Collective, Dixon Place), everything’s whispered (for now) (LIT Residency, Women Center Stage/The Culture Project), Clare Barron’s Washougal My Heart (Communal Spaces), and three short plays by Joe Roland commissioned by Local 3 IBEW (Working Theater). She was recently the SDC Foundation Observer/Assistant Director at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival where she assisted Davis McCallum on The Winter’s Tale and Eric Tucker on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the latter transferring to The Pearl this September. She has also assisted Daniella Topol (The Electric Baby, Jesus in India) and Tamilla Woodard (Cherry Smoke), and is a 2015-16 Directing Fellow at Playwrights Horizons, where she will be the assistant director on Hir, Familiar, and Indian Summer. Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, MASS MoCA A4A Grantee, Associate Member, SDC. www.dinavovsi.com

The Plays: Sonder

Sonder
When Jenna goes to a garden to meet a stranger for a transaction, she ends up having an interaction that forces her to consider her day to day actions in New York City.

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm
in La Perla Garden (West 105th Street btw Manhattan and Columbus Aves)

 

DSC_0359Sofya Weitz (Playwright)  recently graduated from Northwestern University with her MFA in Writing for the Screen & Stage. She was awarded a commission from Steep Theatre in Chicago this past year for her play The Gleaming. Her plays have been staged at Chicago Dramatists, Teatro Vista, Piven Theatre, Garage Theatre, Lyric Theatre, and KCACTF. She co-wrote and starred in the short film Rafter, funded by Nutribullet and currently on the festival circuit. Last summer in LA, she wrote a pilot for comedian Max Amini, and produced a short play festival called Why Did You Sleep With So Many Human People. She is a founding member of Last Match Theatre Company in Hollywood, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University. She is currently producing a short film in Chicago and will be producing her play LADY in New York City this fall through the 2015 Araca Project.

 

Rachel KarpRachel Karp (Director) has developed and directed new work at Ars Nova, Incubator Arts Project, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Flea, Dixon Place, Women Center Stage, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Columbia University, and the Powerhouse and Samuel French OOB Festivals. Assisting credits include productions through Signature Theatre, Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, 13P, PearlDamour, Mabou Mines, The Mad Ones, and the Humana Festival. Rachel has worked as a script reader for the Bushwick Starr, the Lark, and the Jewish Plays Project and in the literary offices at Second Stage and Soho Rep. She is a former Directing Intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. www.rachelkarp.com

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