September 13th & 14th, 2014
Articulating the Arts:
Off The Wall
Articulating the Arts is Articulate Theatre Company's signature benefit event. It brings together our Company members and guest artists with unique works of art to use as a springboard and source of inspiration for new theatre works. Our first session focused on playwrights taking "one image" and giving us "a thousand words." It was such a success we've decided to bring it back and make it bigger and better! This session takes the images "off the wall" and puts them on the stage!
We found different paintings, a larger space and added a few guest playwrights. Audience comments from last time cited the "smart and nuanced writing," the "wonderfully curated" arc of the evening's presentation, and how much the professional production values added to the stories. We're raising the bar for this production, and we hope you'll be just as pleased, if not more!
Articulate Theatre Company is very proud of our membership and their talent. However, we are also very proud of our ties to our community and the network of supportive artists who join us from time to time to add their considerable skills to our productions. We couldn't be more pleased that they have joined us to make Articulating the Arts even more special!
Playwright, You Go Forward and I Follow
Daniel Talbott is an actor, director, playwright, producer, literary manager, and artistic director. His most recent play Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait was commissioned by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Encore Theatre Company and was presented at A.C.T.’s Costume Shop in San Francisco this past summer, and is being further developed by both companies. His play Yosemite premiered in 2011 at Rattlestick. Slipping was produced this spring in Los Angeles by Rattlestick, following their earlier production with piece by piece productions (named one of the top ten plays of 2009 by The Advocate). The play originally premiered in Chicago at The Side Project, and was part of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. It is published by Dramatists Play Service and was a finalist for a 2011 Lambda Literary Award for Drama. His play What Happened When was produced at HERE Arts Center and The Side Project and was published as part of the Plays and Playwrights 2008 anthology. He received a 2011 Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship, a 2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for directing, a Drama-Logue Award, two Dean Goodman Choice Awards and a Judy Award for acting, and was also named one of the 15 People of the Year 2006 by nytheatre.com. He is currently a member of MCC Theater’s Playwrights’ Coalition, Lesser America, and Kid Brooklyn Productions, as well as having been a member of the final 24Seven Lab. He is a graduate of Juilliard and of Solano College Theatre’s ATP, and has taught at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). He is a literary manager at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the artistic director of the Lucille Lortel and New York Innovative Theatre Award winning Rising Phoenix Rep (2007 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award).
Playwright, Vincent Van Gogh Gives a TED Talk.
Russell Lees studied playwriting under the tutelage of Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. His play Nixon’s Nixon has enjoyed two off-Broadway productions as well as a world-wide tour and a production in London's West End. Russell works writing interactive narrative and was the creative director of The Dark Eye, an interactive adventure based on the Tales of Poe featuring the voice of William S. Burroughs. His play Monticel', about the complicated relationships of Thomas Jefferson and the Hemings family, is currently being re-conceived as an opera composed by Julius P. Williams.
Actor, (Willy) Tennessee Woman
Alexei is a New York born film and stage actor with training at the Barrow Group and T. Schreiber Studios. Most recent film credits include "The Exterminator" opposite Anthony Chisholm. This character study of a war returning soldier will be airing on ShortsTV starting in October. He also recently wrapped the highly technical short "Happy
Valentine's Day" for Atlantic Pictures. On stage, he recently performed as "Michal" in the extended run of "The Pillowman" at T. Schreiber Studios. Prior to that, he performed as "Patrick" in the premiere of the 60s activism themed "Incendiary Agents" at Nylon
Fusion Collective. Alexei is grateful for the opportunity to perform at Articulate Theatre. L.
Actor (Dealer) What Price Beauty?
I have written and directed for the stage, but essentially I am an actor. Among more than 150 acting gigs, my favorites include, on stage: Goldberg in Pinter’s The Birthday Party, Polonius in Hamlet, The Father in Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, Roebuck Ramsden in Shaw’s Man and Superman, Kolenkhov in Kaufman & Hart’s You Can’t Take It With You, The Old Man in Sam Sheperd’s Fool for Love and Chebutykin in Chekhov’s Three Sisters; in films: Abu Ali in Homeland, Opera in SubterraNYa and Avram in Warsaw; on TV/Internet video: Frank Norton in “Pioneer One” and The Boss in “The Lydia Show.” I’ve trained at T. Schreiber Studio, HB Studio and elsewhere with Terry Schreiber, Austin Pendleton, Peter Jensen, Christopher Martin and a host of others. For further information, please see http://www.laurencecantor.com
Actor (Katie) Out of Eden
Phoebe is an actor, writer, comedy nerd, and recent transplant from Texas. She received a BFA in Acting from Texas State University, and currently studies improv and sketch comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade. She has appeared in the Comedy Central pilot Boyfriendz and the new Starz Network series Flesh and Bone.
Playwright, What Price Beauty: A Dealer's Nightmare
Tom Dulack is an award-winning playwright and director best known for his comedy, Breaking Legs, and the tragic study of American poet Ezra Pound in captivity, Incommunicado. His plays have been presented on- and Off- Broadway and in leading regional theaters around the country, and are translated into foreign languages around the world. They also include Solomon’s Child, Diminished Capacity, York Beach , Just Deserts, 1348, Shooting Craps, The Flowers Committee and Friends Like These. Notable directors with whom he has collaborated are Jack O’Brien, Alan Ayckbourn, and John Tillinger. His six books include the novels The Stigmata of Dr. Constantine, and The Misanthropes, as well as the theater memoir, In Love With Shakespeare. He is the founder and artistic director of Teatro Filarmonico. Since 2005 he has been the writer and director of the Young People’s Concert Series of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. A member of the Dramatists Guild and The Writers Guild of America, he is professor of English at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches Shakespeare and playwriting on the Waterbury Campus. He lives in rural Connecticut with his wife, Belgian art historian Véronique Sintobin Dulack.
Actor, (Vincent) Vincent Van Gogh Gives a TED Talk
Michael is an inaugural IT Award nominee and a 2009 NYTheatre.com Person of the Year. This May, he played Polonius in Hamlet (DrillingCo./Bryant Park Shakespeare), and in July portrayed Louie in John Dirrigl’s The Bauer Sisters (Midtown International Theatre Festival). Other recent NYC stage roles include Al/Marbury/BB in Eddie Antar’s Drama Desk–nominated The Navigator; Anton Chekhov himself in John McKinney’s The Chekhov Dreams; and American actor Edwin Booth in Bob Manus’s A Man Walks into a Bar (all IT-winning or ‐nominated plays from WorkShop Theater). Additional stage highlights include besieged businessman Jack Blake in Mike Folie’s thriller Slave Shack (Algonquin); Auschwitz inmate Sol in Manus’s To Live and bereaved West Villager Nat in Glenn Alterman’s Unfamiliar Faces (WorkShop); martinet Malvolio in Twelfth Night (DrillingCo.); and homeless poet Pigeon in Michael Niederman’s The Riverside Symphony (Planet Connections, “Outstanding Actor” award). For the 2009 MITF, he starred as 19thC performer T.D. Rice in Henry Meyerson’s Jump Jim Crow. Michael can be seen as white-collar criminal “Wall Street” Jimmy in Off Jackson Avenue and would-be coke dealer Tim in Bobby G. Can’t Swim, feature films directed by John-Luke Montias. This April he shot two short films, playing Dr. Walker in Max Rissman’s Subtraction and Dr. Wattles in Richard Mover’s Caseworker. He can also be seen (via iTunes) as Director of the Remaining Families Coalition in Onion News Network’s darkly funny (& technically dazzling) News from the Year 2137. His thanxoxox, as always, to Linda.
Actor (Richard) Focus Group
Peter is a bilingual actor who's had the privilege of
working under of direction Hal Prince (Don Ginovanni) Miriam Colon and others. He studied acting at the Actor's Playhouse as well as several scene study courses. His experience crosses theatre, film and TV. In his spare time he enjoys racing cars and motorcycles. He is looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to be a part of Articulating the Arts! www.petergonzalez.me
RUSSELL JORDAN* Actor (Old Man) You Go Forward and I Will Follow
Recent Stage: DIG INFINITY! (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Winner - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical or Play with Music), THE MESSIAH COMPLEX (Downtown Urban Theater Festival). MOBY DICK! (Fireboat Productions). Television: Blue Bloods, Black Box. Russell is a Manhattan Theatre Works (MTWorks) company actor, co-owner of The Harlem Camerata reading salon, and an adjunct lecturer at York College/CUNY where he teaches Performance for Television. Member: AEA & SAG-AFTRA. www.russelljordan.com
CRYSTAL EDN* Stage Manager. Crystal is thrilled to work with The Articulates. She is an actress, director, and stage manager. Past SM work includes The Pillowman and Blood Sky (T. Schreiber Theatre), Big Shoot (Culture Project), and Electra (New Theatre). AEA
KEITH MAXWELL Actor (Guy) The Barmaid
This is Keith's premiere with the Articulate Theater Company. Recent companies he's had the honor to work with are Sanctuary Theater and Harlem Playwrights 21. Many thanks to Katrin for this experience. Enjoy the show!