Genre: Other
Rachel Facchini Ivers

A Romeo and Juliet Inspired Piece

The idea for the production came from our director/producer Rachele Fachini Ivers. She couldn't understand how audience after audience could go and see Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, with full knowledge of the ending, and never stand up and scream at Romeo 'No! Don't do it! She's NOT dead! STOP!'"

Featuring five Nurses, four Benvolios, three Romeos, and three Juliets, this work of performance art is anything but traditional.


*Featuring special guest performances before both Saturday performances

About the Company: Not An Original Theater Company

Our name is a tribute to the belief that all art is inspired, borrowed, stolen, recreated, and informed by other art.

We are Not An Original Theater Company because we are inspired by other artists, other companies, and other bodies of work as we embark on our artistic endeavors.

Cast: Peter Turo
Open:   02/10/12
Close:   02/11/12

Friday, February 10th 8:00pm
Friday, February 10th 10:00pm
Saturday, February 11th 3:00pm
Saturday, February 11th 8:00pm
Theater:   Producers Club Theatres
Address:   358 W 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
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A Short Walk from Times Square

Cost:$13 cash at the door or Call: Alexis DePersia-Norelli (reservations) at alexisdpn@gmail
Rachele Facchini Ivers Director, Producer, Artistic Director

Rachele Facchini Ivers is blessed in many ways. She is proud to be a founder and member of Not An Original Theater Company, a company that prides itself on taking art that has been created, exploring it without shame of borrowing or stealing ideas and taking them to another level. With NaOTC she has produced/directed a workshop of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds at the Producers Club (all proceeds donated to Haiti) and staged a guerilla subway theater performance. She is grateful to have the opportunity to conceptualize, direct, produce, and work with an ensemble of fellow Manhattanville Alumni. Since graduating she has taken classes studying Michael Chekov technique, held free Chekov seminars, and is a proud member of The Public Theater’s Youth Partners Program. Rachele is thankful to be working and sharing Liminal with her friends, family, and colleagues.

Alexis DePersia-Norelli Asst Director, SM, Lighting, Managing Director

Alexis is a proud co-founder of Not An Original Theater Company and is thrilled to be working with such a kick-ass group of talented artists. A 2006 and 2013 graduate of Manhattanville College with her BA in Dance & Theatre and her MA in Liberal Studies, her primary theatrical training is in the creation of original experimental theater and ensemble building. She has studied Playback Theater, Motion Theater, and lighting design. As a dancer she is trained in West Coast Swing, Jazz, Modern, Afro-Caribbean, Hip-Hop, & Broadway style dance.

Alexis is an active Sweet Adeline, which means she is an a cappella singer in the barbershop style. She works as a visual coach to design choreography for both youth and adult choruses. She is the Young Women in Harmony Coordinator for Greater New York Region 15, which means that she coordinates and promotes youth harmony singing events from Long Island to Poughkeepsie and through North and Central New Jersey. She proudly dances, sings bass, and is a
Choreographer with the award-winning Harmony Celebration Chorus, who is the current Regional Champion and finished 12th at their first international competition in Seattle.

Alexis believes that all performance is a full-body sport. She is a firm believer that movement serves to enhance and free the performer in performance. She is thrilled to be a part of such a collaborative and creative company where everyone's individual gifts are valued and exploited and looks forwards to all of the new work to come.

Savanna is a lyrical/contemporary dancer who trained at The Dance Connection, a competitive studio in East Haven, CT. She has taught ballet, jazz and lyrical at Jump Dance Center in Pelham NY, Breaking Ground Dance Center in Pleasantville NY, and The Dance Connection in East Haven. She holds her B.A. in History from Manhattanville College. During her time there she was a featured dancer for many original student pieces and also worked with accomplished choreographers Nicholas Leichter, Arthur Fredrick, Doug Elkins, and Stacey Forsyth Mahan. She competed as part of the US Showdance Team for 3 years, and took home a Silver Medal in the Adult Group category in 2009.

Savanna has been dancing with Donofrio Dance Company since January 2011 and is a founding member of Not An Original Theater Company. She loves being a part of the collaborative process, even when Rachele makes her do things backwards. When she’s not dancing, she enjoys acting, reading, spending time with family and friends, going to the gym, the beach, and of course, Harry Potter.

Sabrina Doolittle Nurse - Props, Set, Sound

Sabrina graduated from Manhattanville College in 2007 with a BA in Dance & Theatre and is currently pursuing a Masters in English Education. She currently serves as the Technical Director at White Plains High School as well as freelance design for various schools. She works as a free lance stage manager and designer who regularly works with choruses such as Harmony Celebration and Voices of Gotham. Some of her favorite projects include designs include Found a Peanut, The Crucible and Into the Woods, as well as Stage Managing The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Sabrina sings lead, and more recently baritone, in Regional Champion Harmony Celebration Chorus. When not harmonizing or in a theater she can be found volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America, petting Gibbs, and spending time with hew awesome new husband Pete. Sabrina is grateful to be working with the talented professionals involved in this company

Taylor Donofrio Nurse, Benvolio, Juliet

Taylor Donofrio received a BA in Dance and Theater from Manhattanville College. She has since founded her own Modern dance company, Donofrio Dance Company, which has begun performing around NYC at such venues as Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research, The Tank, and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. As a dancer, choreographer, and performer, Taylor creates and collaborates with many artists. Here most recent collaborations include performing and choreographing for Te Ilum Theatre Company as well as performing as a Magicianʼs Assistant (shh). When Taylor isnʼt performing, she teaches kids yoga and dance through out Manhattan and Brooklyn. She hopes she can spread her passion and creative pulse of dance and theater to everyone she works with and thus is grateful to be a part of the great minds of Not An Original Theatre Company.

Stephanie Ofshinsky Nurse, Benvolio, Romeo

Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Music Education from Manhattanville College. She currently  teaches instrumental music, is the Theater Arts and Dance Instructor, Assistant Marching Band Director, Tri-M Music Honor Society Co-Advisor, Principal Players School Musical Choreographer, and All School Production Volunteer Advisor. She has previously served as Choral Director and General Music Instructor at Tenakill Middle School in Closter. She has worked with students and bands at Tenakill Middle School in Closter, Dumont High School, Ramsey High School, Park Ridge High School, and Bergenfield High School.

Stephanie’s studies in the performing arts have taken her to New Jersey, New York, Texas, Florida, Canada, England, and back. She is an accomplished seamstress and vocal artist, having performed as both a soloist and ensemble member. She is a current member of the Harmony Celebration Chorus and the Bergen County Players.

Laura Pellegrini Nurse, Benvolio, Juliet

Laura Pellegrini is thrilled beyond words to join a company that is willing to take extraordinary risks from the heart and venture into the unknown. Liminal will mark a year since her involvement in a theatre production, and is humbled to return to the stage. Past credits include Portia in Julius Caesar, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, and Claire in All Fall Down. She feels fortunate to start a company from the ground up with amazing and talented folks, and for pursuing an art form that allows the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful to come forth. In the words of Penny Lane, my R and -Jers: “It’s aaaall happening!”

Peter Turo Romeo

Peter Turo is excited to be working with such a talented, dedicated, and attractive group of performers after a two-year break from performing. A playwright, his plays All Fall Down, Up and Down, and Always Be Ready have premiered in NYC at such venues as The Tank, The ArcLight, The Jewel Box, and the Roy Arias theatres, and have been a part of The Choice One-Act Festival and the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Favorite past shows include Brigadoon, Company, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Romeo and Juliet, and The Crucible. Thanks to Rachele for inviting me to a part of this and to the rest of the ensemble for relaxing Mondays. Enjoy and see you at the next one

DarrylLee Vanoudenhove Nurse, Benvolio, Romeo

DarrylLee VanOudenhove is oh-so-very pleased to be working with this company, spawned by her college alma mater! In NYC, she has stage managed Walled In at IRT Theater; Always Be Ready at the Midtown International Theatre Festival; King John, The Taming of the Shrew, and a reading of The Tragedy of Arthur at The Public Theater for The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project; Weekend at an English County Estate for the Ateh Theater Company; and i/o and with Phil Soltanoff and Mad Dog Experimental. In CT, she was assistant manager for two years for Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet with the Danbury Music Centre. Her last acting performance was in All Fall Down at The Tank in NYC. She graduated from Manhattanville College with a BA in Dance and Theatre, and English Literature in 2005.