INSIDE SPRAGG'S SHORTS

Genre: Comedy, Festival
You know you want to...

Want to get inside Jen Spragg's shorts? No? Okay, well then how about just watching some one-acts penned by her? Slightly less intimate and doesn't require too much awkward eye contact. If you enjoy long walks on the beach, candlelit dinners and sensual massages, then the argument can be made that you can also enjoy artificial insemination, demonic teen love, and horribly bloody family vacations. Come and bring your friends! And your enemies! And your mildy inappropriate, older shemale crush! See you there!

1) "Not So Calm, But Still Totally Dead" - Directed by Christopher Simon

Funny the things we learn about ourselves sometimes....awful, horrible things.

Starring: Adeel Ahmed, Scott Morales, Erin Roberts and Aref Syed

2) "Wombsgiving" - Directed by Blake Bradford

Happy Thanksgiving. Never has a turkey baster seemed so intimate.

Starring: Mary Brown, Emily Ehlinger, Deborah Johnston, Oliver Thrun, Roland Uruci and Nora Vetter

3) "Apocalypse Earlier" - Directed by Tanya Fazal

It's the end of the world or something like it. It's the perfect time to get to know your neighbors.

Starring: Adeel Ahmed, Megan Delay, Mary Jane Gocher, Christine Grenier, Faith O'Gorman and Jere Williams

4) "Ladies and Gentlemen, the 2,746th President of the United States" - Directed by Glenn English

The presidents are dropping like flies and the fate of the country rests on one man in a hamster bubble.

Starring: Tanya Fazal, Chelsea Holland, Adam Kuruvilla Lelyveld, Scott Morales and Nick Santasier

5) "Big Bang Teary" - Directed by Christopher Burris

Fame! Glamour! Glitz!.....Physics?

Starring: Shura Alexandra, Graeme Humphrey, David Law and Aref Syed

6) "Daddy Issues" - Directed by Christopher Simon

Like Romeo and Juliet, but with more Wenkraks.

Starring: Erin E. Sullivan, Al Miro and Erin Roberts

Open:   06/14/08
Close:   06/18/08

Schedule:
Saturday June 14th at 3PM
Sunday June 15th at 8PM
Tuesday June 17th at 8PM
Wednesday June 18th at 8PM
Theater:   Wings Theatre
Address:   154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
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Closest subway: 1, 9 to Christopher Street, west on Christopher Street several blocks to theatre

Cost:$12.00 all tickets
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Company: Phare Play Productions         Official Web Site: www.phareplay.com
Adeel Ahmed ("Apocalypse Earlier" " Kyle, "Not so Calm, But Still Totally Dead" " Darren) is originally from Huntington, NY and started his journey into the world of acting after his completion of his first year at St. John's University. He has had speaking roles on television shows such as "Law and Order" and the pilot of "Cashmere Mafia". He has also worked with Academy Award nominee writer Charles H. Fuller ("A Soldier's Play"/"A Soldier's Story") in the stage production of "The Woodpecker". He has also appeared in several independent films like "Without You" and "Don't Panic." This summer he can be seen in the independent films "Deadbeat Dad" and "Menace to Humanities."
Shura Alexandra ("Big Bang Teary" " Mary Smart) is a lovely person with a sparkling personality that warms your heart. Plus she has done various shows in and around the great city of New York.

Mary Brown is happy to return to Phare Play after having previously appeared last in their production of Wombsgiving. She has recently appeared in Wings Theatre’s production of I, Undertow where she had also worked on their productions of Dance at Bataan as well as Dutch Courage. She is excited to dive write into this project and hopes that she doesn’t end up with people who will mock her too badly for her affinity for plastic sporks.

Megan DeLay ("Apocalypse Earlier" " Dana) is excited to be part of the "Summer Shorts Festival". Orginally from Minnesota, she has performed in regional theatres all across the country. In NYC she could be seen at Theatre for a New City, The Living and Abingdon Theatres. Past theatre highlights include "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (NE Shakespeare Ensemble), "Fiddler on the Roof", "Anything Goes", "Gypsy" (Country Dinner Playhouse), "The Sound of Music" (Blatt's Dinner Theatre), "Anne of Green Gables" (CTM) and "To Kill a Mockingbird" (UCCS Theatreworks). LOL CLD, Formicans and Fam!

Emily is elated to be back in the big apple after an exciting summer performing with Connecticut Free Shakespeare and participating in the Fall Conservatory at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. Most recently she has been seen performing as Margeret in Much Ado, Feste in Twelfth Night, and Mrs. Van Dann in a national tour of The Story of Anne Frank. Past Phare Play Productions include 12 Step Congo Line and Wombsgiving as well as two runs in their Who Wears Short Shorts 21 hour theater festivals. Emily would like to thank Christine for such a great opportunity and her friends and family for their unwavering support.

Tanya Fazal was last seen last year playing a vampire victim in WWSS4 as well as in Little Hibiscus’ Fragments as Melissa. Tanya participated in WWSS3 as a director, and is thrilled to be part of this exciting event for a third time, again as an actor. Tanya has worked in theater since she was a child. Credits have spanned Houston, TX (where she grew up) and New York City (where she moved 3 years ago). Past shows include Lost and Occasionally Found, Little Fascist Panties, and The Unexpected Guest. Tanya recently graduated from the MBA program at NYU Stern and currently works in Marketing at American Express.

Mary Jane Gocher was most recently seen as Martha in Phare Play's Arsenic and Old Lace, Lynne in Pants on Fire, and as Prudencia in their production of the The House of Bernarda Alba. She is a repertory member of Love Creek Productions and appeared there as Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest and as Mrs. Plumm in Uncommon Women. Other roles include Mrs. Baker in Butterflies Are Free for Latin American Theatre Ensemble; Cory in How Fish Breathe for All Souls Players; and multiple roles in Dracula for Berkeley College. TV credits include a principal role in Court TV’s Haunting Evidence. She is currently studying with Austin Pendleton and Eric Michael Gillett at HB Studio. AFTRA. Contact information: mgocher@nyc.rr.com

Christine Grenier is Founding Artistic Director and President of The Grenier Educational Theater Group, Inc.  www.GETgroup.org.

In May of 2010, Christine founded the Grenier Educational Theater Group, Inc. (GET Group) with the intention of combining her love for acting with her love for education.  She currently works as a math teacher/learning specialist, and as performing member of GET Group.  GET Group is featured in the 2012/2013 fall edition of  the New York Department of Education Arts and Cultural Services Guide.

After earning her BA in physics from Boston University, Christine worked as a research specialist in the field of aeronomy (upper atmospheric science).  In 2003, Christine moved to New York City where she has since been  working as a math teacher, learning specialist and actress. She has perfomed in various venues throughout the city, working regularly with theater companies like The 52nd Street Project and Falconworks Artists Group.  Christine earned the 2006 Best Actress Award, presented by The Looking Glass Theater for her portrayal of "Linny" in Hustlers.  In 2009, Christine founded The Grenier Educational Group, with a debut performance of The Tempest,  which she produced for her own students of The Saint Ignatius Loyola School.  In this project, she not only played the title character of Miranda, but also wrote the original score (exerpts can be heard at GETgroup.org).  With much acclaim from both parents and students, she went on to incorporate The Grenier Educational Theater Group in 2010.  

As a lifelong teacher and actor, Christine has continued to share her passion and enthusiasm for the powerful language of Shakespeare . "Play with the play", says Grenier.   "When it comes to interpretation of such language, there is no ubiquitous answer, what exists is your interpretation."   

Chelsea Holland ("Ladies and Gentlemen, the 2,746th President of the United States" " Autumn Taylor) is super psyched to be working with Phare Play for a fourth time. She was previously seen in "Drunk Reckonings" (Lindsay) and "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" (Simon). She also played with them in their sketch comedy group Mind Bleach. She has also appeared with the New Media Repertory Company in "Just Tell Me What Happened" (Dolores). She is a native New Yorker who studied theater at Binghamton University (where she did a buncha shows). She currently studies with Austin Pendleton at HB Studios. She would like to extend a big thanks to the whole Phare Play bunch. Special thanks to her family and friends for being a constant source of humor.

Yes, Graeme Humphrey is originally from Canada eh, and this is his 6th Phare Play production. Most recently he was seen in Phare Play's WWSS5 in Pandamnation as well as their sketch comedy show Mind Bleach, and before that he was in productions of Stand by Your Man: the Tammy Wynette Story, Surrounded On All Sides..., and ASC's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. This is his first foray into directing for Phare Play. Please be kind.

Deborah Johnstone (Bernarda) hails from Toronto, Canada where she trained classically then ventured into improv, touring with Second City. Favorite roles include Googie Gomez in Terrence McNally's "The Ritz", and Velma in Leonard Melfi's "Birdbath". Her one-woman shows have been produced by Dixon Place, PS 122, La Mama,The Vineyard Theatre, and the The Kraine Club, as well as by numerous festivals throughout Canada and the US. This coming winter she can be seen in two indie films, "Man With the Midnight Eyes" and "Perceptions". "The House of Bernarda Alba" will be Deborah's third production with Phare Play and she couldn't be happier! She is represented by DreamWeavers Management.
David Law ("Big Band Teary" " Martin Ryle) has previously worked with Phare Play Productions in "Snake in Fridge" and "The Boys at the IHOP". A graduate of the Newark NJ campus of Rutgers, he studied marketing, acting, and music. Other notable credits include The Jailor in "Sail Past Molokai", George in "Milton's Way" and the apostle James in "The Passion Play, The Musical". Many thanks to my family and friends for their support, and the Lord above for the endless opportunities.
Adam Kuruvilla Lelyveld ("Ladies and Gentlemen, the 2,746th President of the United States" " Agent Dunning) is a recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he trained as a singer with Neil Rosenshein. He has performed with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company as a featured singer and ensemble dancer. He is interested in new work and new voices and recently wrapped a small project with Myrton Running Wolf entitled "Carlisle", a different three sisters.

Al Miro was recently seen on stage…or rather in a parking lot in Henry V, for Shakespeare in the Parkinglot. Other Credits include: Angelo in Measure for Measure, The Cherry Orchard, (Circle in the Square PW), Daddy Issues (Phare Play). Tony and Tina's Wedding (Hoarse Raven Theatre), Into the Woods, The Seagull, The Actor's Nightmare (Exit 22). TV: "Intelligence" (CBC), "Alice, I Think" (Comedy Network). Al is a graduate of the Circle in the Square Theater Conservatory, where he got plenty of opportunities to get in touch with his animal instincts!

Scott Morales ("Not So Calm, But Still Totally Dead" " Matt, "Ladies and Gentlemen, the 2,746th President of the United States" - Anderson) is proud to be returning to the Phare Play stage after being seen in "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" and "Carl the Second". Scott hails from the Country Fried Nation (Texas) and has been acting since the age of seven when, upon the donning of a red towel and flying off of the cabinets, portrayed his first role of "Superman" which received scathing reviews from his parents for continually sending him to the hospital. Scott would like to thank the Lord for the unending grace and opportunity that continually comes his way, his family and friends for their unending support and inspiration. Finally, Scott would also like to thank his heroes: Luke Skywalker, Moses Austin, the entire Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor plus Tony Romo ("I still believe"), and Natalie Portman.

Faith O'Gorman - Irish born Faith O’Gorman was educated in the west of Ireland and has been acting since the age of ten. Classically trained at the Leinster school of Drama, she has always leaned toward the tragic-comic appeal of Irish writers, including Friel, Shaw and O’Casey. She worked in Chicago for many years and found success in commercials, film and voiceover. She has returned to the stage here in New York, playing Kate in The Taming of the Shrew at Bard at the Bar and Portia in The Merchant of Venice. Faith has also done under 5’s at Guiding Light. She is very happy to return to the team at Phare Play and welcomes the challenge of a day long production.

Erin Roberts ("Not So Calm, But Still Totally Dead" " Jess, "Daddy Issues" - Jenny) is a New Jersey native and recent graduate of the beginners improvisation program at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade. She also graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and is certified in stage combat. Presently, she is a very busy person, working on developing a web comedy series and her own budding sketch comedy group. Erin is recently engaged as well, so you know what means, fellas… hands off of this hot potato.
Nicholas Santasier ("Ladies and Gentlemen, the 2,746th President of the United States" " Morley Jollipson) has survived everything from a superhero sidekick talk show to a sexual addiction meeting, a church to a hippie apartment, even 1809 England. And he is still here! And shaven. And fight choreographing. That's about it. 'k bye!

Erin Sullivan is excited to be working with Christine after making her debut with Phare Play in Summer Shorts 2008. Most recently, she performed with Malleable Dance Theater Company at Galapagos Art Space and has also been seen at Ars Nova, The Looking Glass, Columbia University, and with the Potomac Theatre Project. She is a graduate of Middlebury College where she studied theatre and has trained in New York at the Actors Center, Studio 5 and the Magnet Theater for improv. Much thanks to Christine and a great cast!

Aref Syed ("Not So Calm, But Still Totally Dead" - Stuart, "Big Bang Teary" - Fred) is delighted to be back with Phare Play Productions for the third time and is very excited to be working again with Matt, Chris and Chris (among others). He has performed at several cultural shows and acted in a few independent films. After successfully completing the Summer Intensive Program at the prestigious Stella Adler Studio in NYC, he made his theatrical debut playing the lead role of Aliya/Horse in Deen's "Where Children Play: The Story of Tank and Horse" which world-premiered at the Berkshire Fringe Festival in July 2007. Aref continues to hone his acting chops at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Oliver Thrun received his BA Degree in Theatre/Dance from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His play, Adam of the Apes, will be produced this fall by Haberdasher Theatre as part of their current season and he will be playing Sasha in the Village Light Opera Group's production of Fiddler on the Roof in May. He is a resident actor/writer at Theater for the New City and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Roland Uruci has worked with Phare Play for two years now, having recently played Canon Chasuble in their production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Since his first performance he has known that this was a theater company that he wished to continue with having played a drunk, a mountain shaman and a Southern interpretation of a classic Russian. Roland's last feature film Across Dot.Ave is currently waiting for distribution and his short film, Dinner for Four, that he produced, co-directed and stared in is currently in post production. Many thanks go to Blake for letting him continue to be part of the Phare Play family. Contact Roland at www.rolanduruci.com.

Nora is truly honored that ArtEffects Theatre Company chose to produce a night of her short plays. Previously her short plays have been produced by the Shelterbelt Theatre and Phare Play Productions (they also produced her first full length play, "Call Waiting" last spring).   Her writing also provided the opportunity to participate in the inaugural year of The Great Plains Theater Conference with Edward Albee.  Thanks to the cast and crew of "Almost Olive Juice" for bringing the words on the page to life! Find out more about Nora's writing, acting and directing at www.noravetter.com.

Jere Williams was seen as Chayse in Phare Play's 2008 production of Inside Spragg's Shorts one-act Apocolypse Earlier.  In the fall, he played Peter Hunter in No Sex Please, We're British in Brooklyn. He has worked in theatres around the country and on tour in plays and musicals such as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, SugarPeter PanThe Mousetrap, and Beauty and the Beast.