Genre: Drama
Written and Directed by Blake Bradford

While researching Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for her graduate thesis, Hannah Swindon comes across suspicious files regarding a WWII survivor of the Bataan Death March. Slowly becoming friends with Mr. Edwards, she becomes engrossed in the incredible story of three friends that created a "university" while POWs in order to survive brutal Japanese treatment. When Hannah finds out the incredible truth to Mr. Edwards' time at Bataan she is forced to decide whether to protect a friend or use his story to graduate.

Assistant Director: Brooklyn Scalzo
Stage Manager: Bridget Halloran
Assistant Stage Managers: Mary Brown, Taylor Fee
Lighting Design: Michael Megliola
Costume Design: Carrie Colden
Sound Design: Kymm Zuckert
Fight Choreography: Matt Klan

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Open:   06/28/08
Close:   07/26/08

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 8PM
Sundays at 3:30PM
No Show of Friday, July 4th
Theater:   Wings Theatre
Address:   154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
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Tamara Cacchione (Marlene) is an alum of Vassar College with a B.A in Drama, Stella Adler Conservatory, and the National Theater Institute. Since making her debut at the age of 3 as a tap dancer at Carnegie Hall, she has performed with Phare Play, Tri-Arts at Sharon Stage, Love Creek Productions, and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Favorite roles include Christine in "Carl the Second" (Phare Play), Vanda in "The Last Cloud" (Etc. Productions), Demetrius in an all-female production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Foolish Mortals Productions), Callie in "Stop Kiss", April in "Hot L Baltimore" (for which she won Best Actress from the Philaletheis Society at Vassar), Lady Anne in "Richard the Third" and Winnifred in "Once Upon A Mattress". She is also studying the flying trapeze as well as other aerial arts, has choreographed over 20 productions, and recently appeared in several short films.
Sarah Hankins (Christina/Claire) recently appeared in Phare Play's productions of "Arcadia" and their all-female production of "The Tempest". Sarah's New York credits include Juliet in Genesis Rep's "Romeo and Juliet", Dora Sunnyside in the Metropolitan Playhouse's "The Octoroon" and "The Wisdom that Men Seek" at The Dramatists Guild. Sarah relocated to NYC in Fall 2006 after five years as an Associate Artist at Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Selected acting credits from OSF include: Ophelia ("Hamlet"), Desdemona ("Othella"), Portia ("Julius Caesar"), Miranda ("The Tempest"), Sybil ("Private Lives"), Louka ("Arms and the Man"), Sylvia ("The Two Gentlemen of Verona"), Bianca ("The Taming of the Shrew") and Mariane ("Tartuffe"). Other regional theater credits include: Shakespeare & Company, Bristol Riverside Theater, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Shakespeare Festival and Charlotte Repertory Theater. Sarah trained with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.

Jim is very excited to be reunited with director Blake Bradford for this production of Arsenic and Old Lace.  He has really enjoyed working with this talented cast.  He was last seen in Phare Play's production of Bludgeon the Lime in the role of Hal. Some of his favorite roles have been that of Mr. Edwards in Dance At Bataan, Officer Ionelli in Blackout, Sergei in Anton, Sgt Carlino in Wait Until Dark and Rizzo in the play The Sanitation Chronicles.  Jim is a member of AEA/SAG/AFTRA. He has appeared in several NYU, Columbia and NYFA Graduate films. He can be seen in the feature film 10th & Wolf, as well as an episode of The Naked Brothers Band.  Contact info: (347) 452-4207, Email: Happy Birthday, Helen.

Patrick McGhee (Marvin) has just returned from tour with the National Theatre for Arts and Education appearing in Short Story Masterpieces and is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2007) with a B.A. in Theater. Other performances including "Romeo and Juliet" (Romeo) with the Hudson Shakespeare Company, "Line" (Flemming), "Hedda Gabler" (Tesman), "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" (Tripp), "Minor Demons" (Nicholas O'Brien), "Much Ado About Nothing" (Claudio), and "A New Brain" (Minister). "My hope, still, is to leave the world a better place than when I got here." ~ Jim Henson.
Annie Pesch (Tokyo Rose) is happy to be making her debut with Phare Play at the Wings Theatre. Her past credits include "The Belle of Amherst", "A Piece of My Heart", and eight years performing in the nationally recognized New Works Festival, FutureFest. NY theatre companies/venues include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Symphony Space, La Muse Venale, eyeBLINK Entertainment, and Playwrights for Pets. She graduated with a BFA in Acting from Wright State University.

Jade Rothman is a graduate of Ithaca College's B.F.A. Acting program and received an Obie award in 2007 for his work in the Living Theatre's production of The Brig. New York credits include: Dance at Bataan at the Wings Theatre, Oh, Those Beautiful Weimar Girls! with the New Stage Theatre Company and The Three Penny Opera with Columbia Stages. Jade would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support.

Chris Simon most recently appeared onstage in Dance at Bataan as Taylor Mann. He was also seen in Arcadia as Captain Brice and as Coach/Al/Ahab in Carl the Second for Phare Play Productions. His directorial work with Phare Play includes The Chip Hydeberger Show - part of WWSS II, The 12 Step Conga Line - part of The Winter Shorts: A Night of Erotica and two shorts in Inside Spragg's Shorts - Daddy Issues and Not So Calm…. He is currently working as an Assistant Director for Ted Thompson for the third year running for the upcoming production of Intimate Apparel at the Heights Players. Other directorial credits include The Handicapper General, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and UnSheathed! Arthur the Musical.

Christine Vinh (Hannah Swindon) has performed in over a dozen shows in her three years since coming to New York, including Conjur Woman in "Dark of the Moon" and Hippolyta and Oberon in an all-female production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". SHe is thrilled to have the opportunity to revisit this role - one of her firsts here in New York. She has also appeared in two other Blake Bradford-authored shows - "Gay Slave Handbook" and "The Last Cloud". She has recently directed "Office Hours" as well as "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]" and "Carl the Second". Christine serves as Executive Director of Phare Play Productions and is also a corporate attorney.

Michael Weems Is a NYC based actor/writer/playwright. Michael has recently appeared in Art (Developing Acts), Burden Me (Strawberry Riant Festival), Mind Bleach (sketch comedy troupe performing at the Broadway Comedy Club), Dance at Bataan (Wings Theater), Office Hours  and The Twilight of the Golds (Phare Play Productions), and 1776 (St. Bart's Players). Recent writing credits include: Fragments and Onward, Forward (Little Hibiscus Productions), and Subtlety (Algonquin Theater). Thanks to my loves, Christine & Thomas.

Blake Bradford is an Emmy Award winning writer/director whose theatrical work has appeared all over the US and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Greece, Scotland/England, Denmark, Italy and South Africa. His original plays I, Undertow, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve, Dance at Bataan, The Last Cloud, and Gay Slave Handbook are actively seen in the regional circuits and NYC. As a director, his most acclaimed work has been with two time Emmy Winner Joan Darling and Bill Svanoe. Blake has directed Ms. Darling all over the US in Svanoe's Quisisana, Lost and Found, Pants on Fire, Callback, The Last Silver Zephyer, and The Last Laugh. Other NYC includes MidsummerSnake in Fridge, Dark of the Moon, Cherry Orchard, Twilight of the Golds, Tempest, Arsenic & Old Lace, Spitfire Grill and Jellyroll Shoes. He serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Wings Theatre, where he runs Zephyer Rep.  Blake is currently on the staff of "Live from Lincoln Center" (PBS), where they won a 2008 Emmy for Madama Butterfly. Other TV credits include "The Big Gay Sketch Show" (LOGO/MTV), "Showtime at the Apollo" (NBC), "Drama Desk Awards" (PBS) and "Arthur Ashe Kids Day" (CBS).