October 16th-November 27th, 2017

Shetler Studios

 

10.16 The Forest

written by LIA ROMEO directed by TASHA GORDON-SOLMON

 

10.23 Invincible Ones

written by SAMANTHA COOPER directed by FELICIA LOBO

 

10.30 Tinker Rising

written by HOLLIS BECK directed by CAROLINE KITTREDGE FAUSTINE

 

11.13  The Even More Lamentable Tragedy of Lavinia

written by LAURA ZLATOS directed by SHERRI EDEN BARBER

 

11.27    Watch Me Burn

written by RAE BINSTOCK directed by ZOEY MARTINSON

Watch Me Burn

 

Prometheus Graham is one of Harlem’s only female firefighters. She’s also a single parent to her sister, an outcast from her community, and friends with the white girl who just moved into the building. As the flames rise high, Prometheus finds herself caught…and beginning to burn.

 

Featuring DaMonique Ballou, Mark Sage Hamilton, AhDream Smith, Ro Milner, R. Ward Duffy, Emily Verla, and Chantal Jean-Pierre

Rae Binstock

Rae Binstock was born and raised in Cambridge, MA. She earned her BA from Columbia University, where she was mentored by Ellen McLaughlin and David Henry Hwang. Her full-length plays include land of no mercy (The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists 2017 Theatre Grant), Watch Me Burn (LezPlay – Pride Films & Plays, Idle Muse Theatre, The Fresh Fruit Festival), Expedition (Monster Piece Theatre Collective, National Theater for Student Artists, Seymour Brick Memorial Prize for Playwriting), We Are The Light Of The World (Red Theater’s National Playwriting Prize), POSE (Stella Adler Studio’s Development Reading), and The Snowstorm (2016 Historic Elitch Theatre New Works Festival, Harold Clurman Playwright’ Division Pick). Rae is a member of New Perspective Theatre’s Short Play Lab, a contributing writer at Slate.com, and a co-creator of the fiction podcast Tapes From Jane Street. She is an O’Neill Conference and SPACE at Ryder Farm semifinalist, and has been awarded residencies by the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Rae lives in Brooklyn, NY. (Allison Schwartz, Paradigm Talent Agency; www.raebinstock.com)

Zoey Martinson

Zoey Martinson is a writer, director, actress, and co-Artistic Director of Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative. Her play Olityelwe (Formally Ndebele Funeral) won the Overall Excellence Award for Best Play in the New York City Fringe Festival then toured in South Africa and Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival after a run at 59E59 Theaters. Her short film La Oposición recently won the Grand Jury Prize at The March on Washington Film Festival. Martinson co-created and directed Skype Duet, which won the 100 Grand award at the HAU2 Theater in Berlin, and directed the world premiere of Jeremy Kamps’ Gutting at the National Black Theater in Harlem. In 2015, she produced and directed an Arts Mission for the U.S. Consul General to South Africa’s informal settlements, creating original work with adults and children in Durban, Johannesburg and Soweto. Martinson holds an MFA from NYU TISCH. Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theater Club, Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellow, and formerly an Artistic Mentor Fellow at Lincoln Center. Her work has been nominated for Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and she has been featured on BBC World Service. Recently named the 2017 Robert Rauschenberg Artist Activist Fellow for her upcoming collaboration with HERE Arts Center called The Black History Museum… According to the United States of America. She is also developing a new Virtual Reality project called #HashtagProject with artists from Berlin, China and U.S.A.

If you want to get your laugh on… she is a repeat offender, performing in the show Gravid Water at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater with some of her comedic idols.

The Forest

 

Juliet is losing her marriage.  Her mother Pam is losing her mind.  And there’s a weird forest growing in their living room.

 

Featuring Linda Setzer*, Meridith Jones, Addison Williams* and Francisco Solorzano

Lia Romeo

Lia Romeo’s plays have been seen at 59E59, Project Y Theatre Company, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, the Lark, San Francisco Playhouse, Abingdon Theatre, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Orlando Shakes, and elsewhere. She has been recognized by the O’Neill (finalist), the Heideman Award (finalist), and the Kilroys List (honorable mention). She is the associate artistic director at Project Y Theatre Company and the new play coordinator at Jersey City Theater Center. Her plays are published by Playscripts and Smith and Kraus. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers/MGSA, and she teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Tasha Gordon-Solmon

Tasha Gordon-Solmon has directed and developed new plays at Dixon Place, EST, The Flea, INTAR, The Tank, The Brick, The Cell, The Claque, the New York Clown Festival, the New York Fringe Festival, the Fire This Time Festival, Columbia University, Studio Tisch, Pipeline Theatre, Brooklyn Generator, InViolet, Crashbox, New York Madness and the Young Playwrights Festival at the O’Neill. As a writer, her work has been developed and produced at the Humana Festival / Actors Theater of Louisville, Clubbed Thumb, Ars Nova, Northern Stage, Dixon Place, Project Y, The Flea, and the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival. She is a recipient of the Dramatist Guild Fellowship, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a member of the BMI Advanced Workshop, a member of Directors Lab West, and a proud 52nd Street Project volunteer.

Invincible Ones

 

Reeling from their best friend’s death, a group of women face what their lives look like in the aftermath. In the wake of loss, they each attempt to answer seemingly unanswerable questions: Who will give the eulogy? Will they ever be able to live alone? Why did that girl’s brother show up? Drawing on roller derby culture, Invincible Ones explores the way we handle grief, guilt, and a constant drip from the heavens (apartment) above.

 

Featuring Katie Honaker*, Georgia Jenkins, Starr Kirkland, Liz Ramos*, Sky Smith*, and Rebecca Vineyard

Samantha Cooper

Samantha Cooper is a playwright and theatre maker originally from Cheney, Washington. She has been affiliated with organizations such as: Annex Theatre, The Barrow Group, Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2017 Semifinalist), Blood Ensemble, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Columbia University, Disquiet International Literary Program (2015 Short List), HERON Ensemble, Last Frontier Theatre Conference (2015 Play Lab), Macha Monkey Productions, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, O’Neill National Playwrights Festival (2017 Semifinalist), Princess Grace Awards (2017 Semifinalist), Samuel French OOB Festival (2016 Final 30), and Seattle Repertory Theatre. BA: Western Washington University MFA: Columbia University. Find her online at: http://www.samanthajcooper.com/.

Felicia Lobo

Felicia Lobo is a Brooklyn based director who specializes in horror and fantastical theatre. She is currently directing Pop Punk High School (book by Anderson Cook and Music/Lyrics by Ben Lapidus) at The Parkside Lounge. Recent projects include High School Coven (Corkscrew Festival), Suburban Nightmare (workshop with Insomnium Theatre Company), Wunderkammer (reading with Pipeline Theatre Company), BB’s Inferno (PIT Striker), and Rubiella: A Ghost Story (Pipeline Theatre Company). Outside of her theatre work, Felicia is the front woman of QWAM, a local punk band. BFA: NYU Tisch Drama. www.FeliciaLobo.com

Tinker Rising

 

The story of a recently out, up-and-coming supervillain who is forced to confront her greatest foe yet: loneliness.

 

Featuring Barbara Begley, Dan Chen, Emily Graner-Hoffman, Garrett Gray, Teri Madonna, and Bre Northrup

Hollis Beck

Hollis Beck is a writer and actress based in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of NYU Tisch at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, Hollis has spent her mid-twenties in New York writing and acting in plays. Her latest project “Lonely Skies”, an interactive choose-your-own adventure theater piece, recently went through development at Undiscovered Countries’ Blast Off Development Lab. Currently engaged with walking dogs and narrating lesbian fiction, Hollis writes speculative fiction about queer identity, found family dynamics and desperate, lonely people trying to make their lives work. She is always thinking about experimenting with her hair.

Caroline Kittredge Faustine

Caroline Kittredge Faustine is a director and musician. She is a founding member of Undiscovered Countries: The Infinite Festival and is directing a double feature of MARYSHELLEYSHOW by Barbara Begley and ASHER RHYS GOT MARRIED TOO YOUNG by Adin Lenahan. She plays bass for Tessa Skara’s ROCK GODDESS and also for her band Gandor Chorale, who are working on their fourth studio album. Caroline is also directing the upcoming radioplay POLENTA: A SPACE OPERA by RPW alum Kaela Garvin.

The Even More Lamentable Tragedy of Lavinia

 

The Even More Lamentable Tragedy of Lavinia retells Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus from Lavinia’s perspective as she takes on rape culture and schemes to avenge the crimes committed against her, all while trying to take the perfect selfie.

 

Featuring Greg Cuellar, David Fierro, Alex Gould, Kerry Ipema, Shiva Kalaiselvan, Aaron Morton, Molly-Ann Nordin, Karsten Otto, Alex Pucci, Dave Register, Peter Romano, Andy Talen, Jeena Yi

 

Dramaturgy by Stephen Christensen

Laura Zlatos

Laura’s plays have been developed or produced in New York at 59E59 Theaters, the Signature Theatre, HERE Arts Center, the Flea Theater, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Regionally, her work has been produced in New Orleans, Colorado Springs, and Bloomington, IN, and internationally, her work has been produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Laura was a winner of the Woodward/Newman Drama Award and the Chameleon Theater Circle’s New Play Contest. Her short play “The Pill” was published in Reproductive Freedom Festival Plays on Indie Theater Now. She received an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University, an MA in Performance Studies from NYU, and a BFA in Dramatic Writing and Gender and Sexuality Studies from NYU.

Sherri Eden Barber

Sherri Eden Barber (Director) is a New York based theatre director and Artistic Director of Ricochet Collective. Recent: Happily After Ever (Ricochet Collective – 59E59, Edinburgh Fringe), Gordy Crashes (Ricochet Collective), Mr. Landing Takes A Fall (The Flea), Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution (Development on European Tour), Herman Kline’s Midlife Crisis (The Beckett), Monstrosity, Polaroid Stories, BENT (The New School for Drama), The Lightning Thief (Theatreworks USA), 24 Hour Plays on Broadway (American Airlines Theatre), Latrell: Live Tonight! (Joe’s Pub), Dance Lessons (winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival). She has developed new work with Rattlestick, Orchard Project, The Flea, Culture Project, Chautauqua, and Old Vic. Sherri is a recipient of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Directors Fellowship, the Core Company Director for The Orchard Project, a Drama League Directing Fellow and recipient of the US/UK Exchange Award. MFA: New School for Drama. www.SherriEdenBarber.com

*denotes member of Actors Equity Association