THE PLAYS: Compete Me

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.


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


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