The Playwrights: READING2 RESIST

STEVE APOSTOLINA (Elevator Repair)Plays: Forever Bound starring French Stewart at Atwater Village Theatre, Flight of the Penguin (Dramalogue Award for Writing) The American Way and newly completed Unbound. Short plays: Cold in Hand, a winner at The Neil Labute Playwright Festival, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Semi-Finalist: The Lesson, as well as Porcupine, Over There, The Party, Pin Job, The Whole Shebang, Frank ‘n Beans, and Latina and Gringo. Member: The Dramatists Guild and The Antaeus Playwright’s Lab.

DANIEL CAPALBO, JR. (Some Boys) has been writing since he was a boy. He used to be a person who never went anywhere without a pen in his pocket but thankfully Apple made the I-Phone so now he just uses the notes app. His wife Donna is grateful to Apple as well because the house remains much neater without all those slips of paper with various notes written on them. Though if truth be told - there are still paper notes that appear now and then. But the arguments about what happened to that wrapper or grocery receipt that was on the table last night have stopped. No it wasn’t garbage! Couldn’t you see that it was written on? Thanks I-Phone. Though if you ask if anyone has a pen, he will still pull one out of his pocket. 

 

ANGELA CERRITO (When Guys Talk) is an author and a playwright whose work focuses on issues of identity. Her latest novel, The Safest Lie, was named a best book of the year by The Guardian and a Notable Social Studies Book for Young Readers. She has several short plays being produced this summer and is honored to be part of this important collection. Angela would like to thank everyone at The #MeToo Plays for making this reading possible. www.angelacerrito.com

ROBERT CONNORS (Katherine Arnold) is a writer particularly interested in stories that shine a light into otherwise gloomy situations or spaces. Born in London, he now lives in Scotland, and on a break from bigger projects he is currently exploring new creative forms and meeting inspirational people to nurture unbounded ideas.

HAZEN CUYLER  (Tip/Some Boys) is the Artistic Director of The Greenhouse Ensemble. Directing with Greenhouse: God, Sex and Getting Even; The House of Yes; Dads, Dates and Other Disturbances (a retrospective of Frank Tangredi’s short works including 6 plays and 4 short films). Recent Acting: The Master and Margarita; Danny and the Deep Blue Sea; Three Sisters; Avenue of Wonder. Check out GreenhouseEnsemble.com for our upcoming podcast, review show and updates on productions. Check out Hazencuyler.com for more info.

JORDAN ELIZABETH HENRY  (A Little Thing) is a playwright currently living and working in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her short plays have been produced throughout North America, most notably in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, New York, Toronto, and Vancouver, B.C. She is a co-editor for Code Red Playwrights, a collective of playwrights creating short plays to honor every modern incidence of mass casualty gun violence in the United States. You can read her plays on the New Play Exchange and find out more about her current projects at www.JordanElizabethHenry.com.

THOMAS MISURACA  (The Proceeding) has had over 100 short plays produced globally, often winning audience favorite awards. Eight of his full-lengths have been produced, including GEEKS! THE MUSICAL, which ran Off-Off Broadway. Awards: The Pickering (first, runner-up), Las Vegas Little Theatre New Works (first, second), Stage Door One Act Festival (first), McKinney Repertory New Play Competition (second), LCT Playwriting Contest (first), Heiress Productions (finalist). Misuraca is a member of The Dramatist Guild. Please visit www.tommiz.com.

FRANCES RORKE (That's All There is Folks) There are three kinds of people in life: the checker players and the chess players. The checkers see everything in black and red, forward and backward. Everything is measured in losses and acquisitions. The chess player, on the other hand, has quite a repertoire , a quick wit and an adaptability, the skilled ones inventing a finite set of rules and maneuvers seemingly unpredictable and limitless. The third, you don't meet too often and even if you do their subterfuge avoids detection-- these players are off the board, play by nobody's' rules and it's anyone's guess from moment to moment just what game they're playing. Number in this lot the insane, the genius, the saints and the sociopaths ... Rorke is one, or all of the above.  

JACK RUSHEN (The Audition) recently won first place in the Julie Harris Playwriting competition for Image, which has now been seen around the country. His second play, Taming the Lion won a generous grant from the the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation. This is the true story of the contentious relationship between movie mogul Louis B. Mayer, and the first openly gay star, William Haines. It is currently being developed at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.

FRANK TANGREDI  (Tip) is the author of Lifeline (Abingdon Theatre Company), God, Sex, and Getting Even (Greenhouse Ensemble). Pastoral (Christopher Brian Wolk Award), and Galatea (LA Weekly Theatre Award nominee for Best Playwriting; New York Fringe Festival.) His play Extracurricular was published in Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2012. His most recent credit was Dads, Dates, and Other Disturbances, a program of short plays and films produced in Manhattan by the Greenhouse Ensemble.

DIRECTORS

JUDY DODD has Directed and taught in Schools and Theaters all over the New York area, including Ramaz, 92nd St. Y and The 42nd St. Workshop. Acting Credits include Broadway (Fiddler on the Roof); Off Broadway (Manhattan Class Company, The Open Eye, Triangle Theatre); Film (The Coming, Newark Needs Insurance); TV (Spenser: For Hire, Another World, The City); and Regional Theatre (Fulton Opera House, Gloucester Stage Company, Fleetwood Stage Company). 

SARA RADEMACHER is a freelance director and a Co-Founder of Elements Theatre Collective.  Sara is dedicated to creating theatre to engage her community both locally and globally. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University in New York City, where she currently lives and works.  She has worked in New York, South Africa and throughout the US creating community, developing new work and reviving classics.  SaraRademacher.com

JEAN TAIT has directed Hello Dolly (starring Pamela Myers and Harvey Evans), Saving Grace, the award-winning Over the River and Through the Woods, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, the critically acclaimed Over the Tavern, Pack of Lies, Tsunami Tales, and Steel Magnolias (starring Donna McKechnie, Pamela Myers, Sally Mayes and Emily Swallow) in addition to numerous musical reviews with Donna McKechnie, Amanda McBroom, and Linda Purl.  Currently, she is directing The Audition for The #MeToo Plays.

RAN XIA is an interdisciplinary theatre artist. Her plays have been seen on NYC stages including:  IRT, Pomegrenade, Fridge Fest, HERE Arts Center, Harmony, Dixon Place,Princess Anybody, Tabula Rasa, The Tank, Echo, The Brick ([ai]), The Kraine, The Wild Project, and many more. Off Broadway Assistant Directing credits include Baby Fat: Act I , La Mama & Columbia Stages, Dir. Michael Scholar Jr., Two Miles Hollow (by Leah Nanako Winkler, Dir. Morgan Gould at Woman's Project), and The Great Leap by Lauren Yee, Dir. Taibi Magar at the Atlantic Theater. She is a contributing critic with Theatre is Easy and Exuent.  ranxia.info | thearcticgroup.org