Meet the Actors! – The Wedding Party

It’s the day of a wedding but the groom is missing and the bride isn’t sure if true love exists. Will there even be a wedding?

Written by Catherine Yu
Directed by Anna Lublina

Saturdays and Sundays, August 13-28
2:30pm @ First Quincy Street Community Garden (397-401 Quincy Street)

DSC_1600.jpgSarah Jes Austell (Cosi) is a New York based actor and voice over artist. A graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she recently filmed the indie feature film, Loserville. Theatre: The Cherry Orchard (Director: Bob Moss), The House of Bernarda Alba (Director: Melissa Maxwell), Friend of the Devil (Director: Laura Braza), and The Birds (Director: Kim Weild).


Stephen Bennett 
(Rus) is a musician, actor, and producer based in Brooklyn, and is very excited to be working with Strange Harbor. He has worked with This is Not A Theatre Company (A Serious Banquet, various podplays), Target Margin (At The Rich Relatives), Highly Impractical Theater (Three Sisters), and several times with The Motor Company. After adapting Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in 2013, he is working with director Lillian Meredith to adapt The Duchess of Malfi – coming soon!


Emily Daly_Headshot_2013Emily Daly* (Oona) is an NYC actor and writer. She’s a proud member of the Middle Voice Theatre Company and Stable Cable Lab Co. Favorite credits include “Joy” in Crystal Skillman’s Rise and “Billie” in Sheldon Harnick’sSmiling, the Boy Fell Dead at the York Theater. She also likes long walks on the beach, in case you were wondering.


Image.pngPrice Garrison (Edgar) moved to New York when he began attending NYU Tisch in the fall of 2010. While studying at Tisch’s Playwrights Horizons Theater School and Stonestreet Studios, he performed in everything from original works to The Cherry Orchard to the Tisch Mainstage production of Execution of Justice before graduating a semester early in December 2013. His latest project was the independent film Loserville, in which he played the supporting role of Ned.


headshot16.jpgSuzannah Gratz (Lena) is a trained theater actor/mover/writer based in Brooklyn.  Recent/Favorite credits include Sebastian in the Naked Tempest at Central Park with OCTPFAS, Emily in the Marriage of Bette and Boo with Costa Mesa Playhouse, the Nurse in Star Cross’d at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and Chantal in The Thugs with California Repertory Theater. Suzannah holds a degree in Theater Arts Performance from California State University of Long Beach, and most recently trained with The Studio New York and the Upright Citizens Brigade of New York City.



*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Meet the Actors! – The Angry King Sees a Show

King Rumpus wants to propose to Alise at her work-place, but his plan goes awry when it becomes clear that Alise can’t stand the sight of him.

Written by Mara Nelson-Greenberg
Directed by Sanaz Ghajar

Saturdays and Sundays, August 13-28
1pm @ Hart to Hart Community Garden (104-108 Hart Street)

Stephen.BennettStephen Bennett 
(King Rumpus) is a musician, actor, and producer based in Brooklyn, and is very excited to be working with Strange Harbor. He has worked with This is Not A Theatre Company (A Serious Banquet, various podplays), Target Margin (At The Rich Relatives), Highly Impractical Theater (Three Sisters), and several times with The Motor Company. After adapting Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in 2013, he is working with director Lillian Meredith to adapt The Duchess of Malfi – coming soon!


Gabriel.Elizabeth.Kadian (3).jpgGabriel Elizabeth Kadian (Alise) is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School where she earned her BFA in Drama and English/American Lit. Past credits at Barrington Stage Co. include: Kiss Me KateThe Golem of Havana, and Romance in Hard Times (with Bill Finn and Rachel Sheinkin) and at NYU, Sisters on the Ground, Blessing: A New Southern Gothic Musical and No Place (co-writer and performer, developed in association with The Civilians). Thanks to Lillian, Sanaz, and Mara for this opportunity! Love to the fam.

HEADSHOT Georgia Lee King.jpgGeorgia Lee King (Hemingway) is a New York City based performer and graduate of NYU: Tisch, BFA Drama. Recent theatrical credits include: Power Couple (Ars Nova), My Favorite Character Was The Talking Vase (HERE Arts Center),245 And Counting (Theatre At St. Clement’s), and MOCK (Theatre Row). Recent Film: Signs He Made At Home (Charlie Cole & Machel Ross).

Meet the Actors! – Afterlife

Even though St. Peter welcomes him with open arms, Joey Hardknocks can’t seem to enter heaven…so Angel Prince guides him on a journey through memory and pain, until Joey is underneath the Purple Rain.

Written by Fergus Scully
Directed by Lindsey Hope Pearlman

Saturdays and Sundays, August 13-28
12pm @ Heaven’s Gate Community Garden (161-171 Hart Street)

unnamed-1Amy Louise Dixon 
(Ensemble) Originally from Australia, Amy currently lives and works in New York where she graduated from The Neighborhood Playhouse and is incredibly excited to be performing in Brooklyn, having lived here for years! Credits include: Iphigenia 2.0 (First Bridesmaid), Blasted (Cate), My Mother Said I Never Should (Margaret), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Helena), American Likbez (RiTV) as Lucy Webb Hayes, Reach Down (Rugga Reg Productions) as Sarah Mulvey, and Spike Heels (Lydia). Big thanks to friends & family for their unerring support! | @amyloudxn

unnamed.jpgJohn Paul Harkins (Ensemble) is a resident actor at The Flea Theater where he is currently acting in #serials.  New York Theater: Wolf in the River, Sarah Flood in Salem Mass, Mary Kate Olsen is in Love, Here We Are, A Lesson in Blood, No Place to Hide, I See You, Spiders are Real They’re Alive and They Hate You, I Catch You Dreaming, CosplayI Kreon, Rag Fur Blood Bone, OthelloKill Richard DreyfussCymbelineJulius Caesar, Deathwatch, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Safety and DesireThe Comedy of ErrorsRichard II (*Best Actor in a Leading Role), Just CauseOedipus the King, The Honest Whore,  Birth of Beats: Murder and the Beat Generation, The Gospel of St. Matthew, Romeo and Juliet. Film/TV: Harlem Knights, ESPN’s Nine for IX, Mysteries at the Castle, I’d Kill for You, Toilette, Il Ponte, She Moves He, White Skin, Hollow Reality.  John Paul also works as a model, and is lead singer of the Brooklyn-based 90’s grunge tribute band 90 Proof.

DSC_0017.jpgTaylor Petracek is a San Francisco Bay Area who graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Cinema and a minor in Drama. He has been living in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn for a year working as an actor, filmmaker, and theater artist. Recently he has performed in The Instigators production of Golden Boy, had his television debut on The Perfect Murder, and wrote / directed his debut professional short film Palm. His spirit is one with the gardens of Bed-Stuy and he knows the because the bugs swoon over him, having left several of love bites already.

image1 (1).JPGCliff Sellers (Angel Prince) recently graduated from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Originally from Delaware, he is a proud alumnus of Delaware All-State Theatre (DAST). Select credits include: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Pontius Pilate/St. Peter), The Great Escape (Man), Nabbuco (Priest), and All Shook Up. He would like to thank Fallon, Mom, Dad, and Andre for their utmost support. Social: @CliffSellers,

Meet the Directors!

Here are the incredible directors of the 2016 season!


009Jeremy Bloom (Through a Thing) directs original theatrical adaptations including La Boheme (Spoken), LIVE Mermaids LIVE, and Leaves of Grass (Nude). As artistic director of Rady&Bloom, new film and theater work with Brian Rady includes The Orange Person, The Girl of The Golden West and The Upper Room (in collaboration with Ars Nova and The Ice Factory, funded in part by Manhattan Community Arts Fund, and in residence at the New Ohio). Opera world premieres include Center for Contemporary Opera, Guerrilla Opera and the Avant Media, and poetry plays include Walt and Emily: Between the Rooms by Jonathan Cott. Jeremy has assistant directed at The Met, Broadway, and regional theaters (for Mary Zimmerman, Liz Swados, Alex Timbers). Mr. Bloom is an artist-in-residence at the cell and is a HERE Arts HARP Artist. He is a Drama League Directing Fellow, an EST Resident Director, Soho Rep Lab Director, a TS Eliot director at The Old Vic, and an alum of Northwestern University’s Performance Studies Program.

Anna Lublina (The Wedding Party) is a performance artist and director. She founds her work on the history of performance and conceptual art history but also on ideals of collective, community based work.




Sanaz Ghajar (The Angry King Sees a Show) is a director, writer and DJ. She has developed works nationally and internationally with New York Theatre Workshop, Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, The Civilians, The Drama League, BRIC Arts | Media House, Ars Nova, New Ohio Theatre, Three Legged Dog, Prelude, Noor Theatre, Target Margin Theater, HERE, Dixon Place, The Red House Center for Culture and Debate, Theater for the New City, Fresh Ground Pepper, Colorado State University, Prague Film and Theater Center, Vox Populi in Bulgaria, Ikincikat Theatre in Turkey, Goldex Poldex Gallery in Poland and UK-based company Fragility. She is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and Drama League Director’s Project Alum. She recently assisted Rachel Chavkin on HADESTOWN by Anais Mitchell at New York Theatre Workshop. She is currently developing a new opera about mental illness and schisms with her theater company Built for Collapse (

lillian headshotLillian Meredith (462 Halsey) is a New York-based theater artist focused primarily on creating and developing new and site-responsive plays. Recent credits include Clubbed Thumb, Soho Rep, Theatre for a New Audience, Ars Nova, Culture Project, Dixon Place, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Lillian is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Motor Company and a founding member of The Living Room (#liberated at ANT FEST 2015 and IRT 3B Development Series 2016). She is also a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and the inaugural Clubbed Thumb Director’s Fellowship. Proud alumna: Vassar College, National Theater Institute.

unnamedLindsey Hope Pearlman (Afterlife) Original works include LUCY (EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation), Rainbow Funk SquadViv Is For Vengeance (Fresh Ground Pepper PlayGroup/Resonance Ensemble), The Geographical History of America (Critic’s Pick, Backstage Magazine) and Winning the Future. Selected directing projects: Slaughterhouse Five (NMTC/O’Neill Theater Center), Devotedly, Sincerely Yours: The Story of the USO (Broadway Theatre of Pitman), and Old Souls (Barn Arts Collective).  Associate/Assisting Directing credits include A Sign of The Times at Goodspeed Opera House and Leap Of Faith on Broadway. Graduate of London International School of the Performing Arts (LISPA), B.A. Hamilton College.  Founding member, Jumping Rock and Up & Down Theatre.  Finalist, Beatrice Terry Fellowship at The Drama League, 2015.  SDC Associate Member.  Up next: Winning The Future at The Adobe Rose Theatre in Santa Fe, NM, and The Rocky Horror Show for The Barn Arts Collective at The Strand Theater in Rockland, Maine.

Ellie Sachs photoEllie Sachs (An Invitation to a Panicking) is a Brooklyn-based director. Ellie has worked with Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, TinyRhino, Decent Company, The Tank, Colt Coeur, Magic Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and The Yellow Barn, in various directorial and developmental capacities. Ellie has also taught and facilitated theatre classes with both adults and young people at The Cooper Street Correctional Facility, Wolverine Human Services, and the San Francisco County Jail. This past spring she devised and directed an original play with LGBTQIA+ youth at the Grand Street Settlement.  Ellie just finished up a year with Clubbed Thumb in Artistic Programming where, among other things, she was the SuperLab Assistant for all the SuperLab workshops produced in association with Clubbed Thumb and Playwrights Horizons. B.A. and B.T.A. from University of Michigan.

Meet the Playwrights!

Here are the fabulous playwrights of the 2016 season of Communal Spaces. Look at these awesome folks!

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Paul Cameron Hardy
 (An Invitation to a Panicking) makes plays with friends and foes, in theaters and back-alleys. Founding member of playmaking group Big Data (or Dolores) and the mixed media collective Big Handsome Guts. Former Youngblood. MFA with Erin Courtney, Anne Washburn, and Mac Wellman at Brooklyn College.



Phillip Howze (462 Halsey) is a playwright whose work has been developed at Bay Area Playwrights Festival, BRIC Arts-Media, Bushwick Starr, Cutting Ball Theater, Theater Masters, PRELUDE Festival 2015, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Sundance Institute, and Yale Cabaret. A graduate of Yale School of Drama, he is the 2015-16 Artist Fellow at Lincoln Center Education, a member of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group and the 2016 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked in advocacy at the Open Society Foundations. He was previously an educator at the US Embassy’s cultural center in Rangoon, Burma.

headshot2Rachel Kauder Nalebuff (Through a Thing) writes for performance. She is the creator of My Little Red Book (Twelve Books) and co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project (Feminist Press) with Alexandra Brodsky. Her work has been performed at REDCAT, Machine Project, the Women’s Center for Creative Work, and Dixon Place. She is currently a student in Erin Courtney and Mac Wellman’s playwriting program at Brooklyn College. Originally (and always), she is from New Haven.

MNG_photoMara Nelson-Greenberg (The Angry King Sees a Show) is a New York-based playwright who grew up in Brooklyn. Her plays include VentingHealthcareMake Belief, Paradise Springs and Hamlet by Mia Fefferman. Her work has been produced or developed at Parade Ground, Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, Theater Intime, A Farm Show, Hansel and Gretel Pocket Utopia, Amoralab, Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks Reading Series and Little Theatre at Dixon Place. She is the co-writer and co-star of the web series End Times Girls Club, which was released in March of 2016 by Above Average. She is a member of the 2015/2016 Clubbed Thumb Emerging Writer’s Group.

DSC_0263Fergus Scully (Afterlife) studied American history at Columbia University and acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He is the Artistic Director of The Instigators and the co-producer of this year’s Communal Spaces. He has written a few other plays, but the only one ever performed was Central Tundra, a ten minute short set in prehistoric Manhattan. He will direct his own adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler this October at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City.

Cate 1 CroppedCatherine Yu (The Wedding Party) Plays include Le Jeté (Soho Rep W/D Lab 2016), Stargaze (MaYi Spring LabFest 2016), The Sun Experiment (FringeNYC 2014 Award for Excellence in Playwriting; Time Out New York’s Top Ten Music and Nightlife Events of The Week, published by IndieTheaterNow), and The Day Is Long To End (MaYi 2015 Spring LabFest). Her short plays have been commissioned by the 52nd Street Project, UglyRhino, and Culture Project. Her short play “A Sand Romance” is a 2016 Heidman finalist. She has been a NYTW Emerging Artist of Color and Year 18 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab writer. She is a current member of the MaYi Writers Lab. She is the former writer’s assistant to the filmmaker Peter Hedges. BA: Stanford University. MFA: NYU.

Communal Spaces 2016

We’re back! And we are so so excited to announce our sixth year! We’re heading to Bed-Stuy and are working with Hart to Hart, Heaven’s Gate, First Quincy Street, and 462 Halsey Street gardens.

Communal Spaces will run August 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28. We cannot wait to see you there.

In order to make the festival happen, we need your support. Please consider giving $5 to help us keep this festival free and open to the public.

The Actors: enter a garden

The acting team behind enter a garden
Catch them every Saturday and Sunday, September 12 – 27 at 6:00pm in Warren St. Marks Garden (102 St. Marks Pl., Park Slope)


MilesButlerWebHeadshotMiles Butler (young man) is a baseball-loving Virginia boy. He’s also enamored with theatre and thankful to be outside, under the sky with fabulous collaborators. Recent: #serials@theflea, The Blind (The Flea), Shape of Things (The Secret Theatre), Micro Shrimp (NJPC) Dream Exchange (Rising Sun Performance Company.) DC: Studio Theatre, Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre and various. Alum of Brooklyn College. Shout out to his new band Spinach Ghost.


Victoria Cawley Headshot - Sept 2015Victoria Cawley (young girl) is thrilled to be playing the role of the granddaughter in enter a garden as part of the Communal Spaces: a garden play festival! This past summer she performed in her first horror film, The Soul, as part of From Stage To Screen’s Summer Intensive Program. She also performed in five short plays in the 2015 BOCES Summer Arts Academy. Her professional acting credits include the Sally in Witch Christmas, which debuted at the Bridge Theatre in NYC, and Ruby in a Place for Owls as part of the Estrogenius Festival at the Fourth Street Theatre in NYC. She also co-hosted an industry showcase at the Triad Theatre in NYC. This fall, Victoria will be performing in the world premiere of Reddi High, a new original musical. She is excited to also be working behind the scenes in Reddi High as part of the Social Media and Photography crew. In her spare time, she enjoys creating, directing, and starring in DIY videos. For more information on Victoria, please check out her website at


Mollie Collison* (elderly woman) is pleased to be communing in the garden with Lillian and Dominic. Her very first theatrical role was Moth in A Midsummer Night’s Dream when she was just a wee girl. Since then there have been roles in regional theatre, summer stock, a little bit of film and TV, and several New York Off-Broadway plays at Circle Repertory Co. Her greatest joy, however, has come from raising her two daughters Sarah and Madeline. AEA


EthanDubin1SmEthan Dubin* (other man) RegionalHis Girl Friday (Barrington Stage), The Whale (Adirondack Theater Festival), nightnight (Humana Festival 2013, ATL), 60 Miles to Silver Lake (Collaboraction, Chicago), Remember This: Walking with Jan Karski (D.C. Lab for Global Performance, workshop). Ethan has developed original work with many NY companies including SPACE on Ryder Farms, Woodshed Collective, Drama League, the Mad Ones, and at the Prelude Festival. He is an alum of the Actors Theatre Louisville Apprenticeship, and studied at the University of Chicago.


Louiza Collins HeadshotLouiza Collins-Duran (the garden) received her training at the California Institute of the Arts where she completed her BFA in Theater. In NYC, she spent a wonderful year and a half in The Bats, the resident theater company at The Flea Theater, where she  performed in the world premiere of A.R. Gurney’s Office Hours, and Unum by Will Eno. She has also performed with FullStop Collective, United Broadcasting Theater Company, Deconstructive Theater Project, and is excited to be performing with The Motor Company for the fourth time since its creation.


Zoë Sophia Garcia* (young woman) is in her third year with Communal Spaces. She was most recently scene in Dominic Finocchairo’s That Noise in the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival. Other Credits: Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra (Off Broadway) La Ruta (Off-Off Broadway). TV Credits: Madam Secretary. She is also a member of the devising ensemble The Living Room, and performed in their most recent production of #liberated at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest. She holds a BA from the University California, Berkeley.


Sean Mellott-462-EditSean Mellott* (man) Sean’s work in New York includes Dogs of Oklahoma as part of The Brick Theater’s Democracy Festival, Next! with Abraxas Stage Company, and Jam on Ice with The Jam at New Georges.  Regionally, he has performed at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Leveling Up), Milwaukee Rep (Peter and the Starcatcher), The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Mousetrap), Actors Theatre of Louisville (A Christmas Carol and two Humana Festival premieres, Oh, Gastronomy! and The Dungeons and the Dragons), Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre (House & Garden), Denver’s Curious Theatre (End Days, Rabbit Hole and Up), and the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane (Romeo & Juliet and Coriolanus).  He holds a BA in Theatre from Tulane University.
*Member of Actors Equity