I, UNDERTOW

Genre: Drama
Written and Directed by Blake Bradford

Everyone has issues. All of Justin's live in North Carolina.

Justin's an up and coming artist thriving in NYC whose world grinds to a halt when the worse thing possible happens to him - he gets the call to come home due to his grandmother's failing health. Slinking back to small town North Carolina with his latest one night stand forced upon him, he finds himself back neck deep in the family issues that he had been avoiding for more than a decade and facing the girl he left behind. In the midst of the culture clash between small town quirkiness and big city society behavior, Justin may actually discover what he had been running from for all of those years. Emmy-winner Blake Bradford's newest play takes a hard look at the humor and heartache of going home.

RETURN ENGAGEMENT AT WINGS THEATRE
 

Open:   08/15/09
Close:   08/22/09

Schedule:
Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8PM, Sundays at 3PM
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:$20
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Presented by: Wings Theatre Company         Official Web Site: www.wingstheatre.com
Michael Weems Justin Crawley

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. Michaeltweems.com

Isabella David Monica Le Tourneau

Isabella David is a French and American actress, dancer and singer, who studied drama and comparative literature at the University of Virginia. Since moving to NY, she has acted and danced in several plays including the role of Fair Witch in Phare Play's Dark of the Moon, an award-winning turn as Karma Galore in The Bad Plays Festival, Sarah Greer in What Really Frightens You? - soon to be released, and the lead dancer in a music video for the Boston band Common Thrill on youtube...Check it out!

Carol Neiman Eunice Crawley

When she took up acting as a sort of "mid-life adventure," Carol finally found out what she wants to be when she grows up. Following that realization, she has appeared in lead and supporting roles in a number of off-off Broadway productions, including Therese Raquin (directed by Michael Page), The Importance of Being Earnest (a Phare Play production) and I, Undertow (written by Blake Bradford). She has also worked in a number of independent films, including Roger Ingraham's "Moonshine" (selected for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival "Midnight Madness" program) and  as performer / voiceover talent in multimedia fine arts installations. She works out every Sunday morning at HB Studio, as a member of Michael Beckett's Experimental Workshop, where she's developing a one-woman show based on a recent yearlong sabbatical in her native Texas. 

Bill Purdy Paul Daniel Crawley

Bill Purdy is pleased to be reprising the role of Paul Daniel, having appeared in Phare Play's production of I, Undertow earlier this year. For many, many years, Bill Purdy has been involved on-stage and back-stage in theatres in New Jersey and New York City, where he trained at Ward Studios. He appeared in previous Phare Play Productions of Pants on Fire and Dark of the Moon. NYC credits include Tyrannos Rex and Sisyphus's Day Off. Other favorite projects include directing The Beauty Queen of Leenane, performing in Rashomon, Bees in Honey Drown, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Great Expectations as well as designing and building numerous sets.

Paul Falcetta Grayson Crawley

Paul Falcetta is happy to be part of this evening. Acting credits include: Roy Cohn in Angels in America (Parts I and II); Arnold in The Boys Next Door; Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors; Sagot in Picasso at the Lapin Agile; and TWO contrasting roles (every night!) this past summer in Phare Play’s Arsenic and Old Lace. Most recently, he was seen at the Wings Theater as Grayson in I, Undertow. Directing credits include: The Fifth of July; The Pirates of Penzance; The Foreigner; and Deathtrap. He has also appeared in Phare Play’s WWSS4 and directed in WWSS5.

Peggy Queener Deborah Crawley

Peggy is thrilled to be returning to the role of Deborah after originating earlier the year with Phare Play Productions.  New York credits: No Sex Please, We're British; Pants on Fire; Arcadia; Fifi, Effie, and the Donut Lady (author); The Twilight of the Golds; The Cherry Orchard; The Eight: Reindeer Monologues; Snake in Fridge; Dear Brutus; The Cocktail Hour. Independent film: Guy With a Camera (d., James Morgart); Disorder (d., Jack Smith); The Puppet Show Has Been Canceled, (d., Chris Benker); A Trilogy: Family Portraits in America (d., Douglas Buck). She just finished shooting Won Ton Baby!, directed by James Morgart. Already listed on the IMDB, it will be screening, among other places, in London on October 31. Endless love and thanks to her family, friends, and her dear Kitty and Coco Chanel. (You hold me up, guys.) And my sister Cathy, you totally rock in every conceivable way. Her performance is dedicated to her late father, Burl J. Queener.

Mary Brown Nicole Crawley

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.

Mary Jane Gocher Aunt Lizzie

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

Molly Church Katie Gouge

Molly Church is a graduate of the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. After taking a small hiatus from the theater, she is thrilled to be back on stage again and working alongside Blake and with such a tremendous group of actors. Some favorite roles include Judy in Callback, Caddie in Snake in Fridge and Helena in an all-female production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also been featured in a handful of independent films, most recently Group Therapy and The Super Amazing Movie. And she is proud to have been cast in her first television show, working alongside Denis Leary in Rescue Me. Molly would like to thank her family and friends for their continuing support.

Blake Bradford Writer and Director

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).