BLAST RADIUS: PART TWO OF THE HONEYCOMB TRILOGY

Genre: Drama
WRITTEN BY MAC ROGERS DIRECTED BY JORDANA WILLIAMS

 

Gideon Productions will present Blast Radius, part two of Mac Rogers’ (Universal Robots; Viral) sc-fi epic The Honeycomb TrilogyMarch 30-April 14 as part of BFG Collective’s six month long residency at The Secret Theatre (44 02 23rd Street, Long Island City). The production will be directed by Jordana Williams (ViralHail Satan) and will feature Becky Byers (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Flux Theatre Ensemble’s Dog Act) as Ronnie, Jason Howard* (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Gideon’s Universal Robots) as Conor, Felicia Hudson*(Hack: An I.T. Spaghetti Western with Impetuous Theatre Group), Joe Mathers (Crystal Skillman’s The Vigil or The Guided Candle with Impetuous Theatre Group), Amy Lee Pearsall (The Trojan Women with Wide Eyed Productions), David Rosenblatt (The Play About My Dad with CollaborationTown) as Abbie, Seth Shelden (The Shape of Things with GroundUP Productions), Nancy Sirianni* (Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots), Alisha Spielmann (Dear Ruth with Retro Productions), Adam Swirderski (Willy Nilly with Piper McKenzie Productions), Kristen Vaughan (New York Innovative Theatre Award for Retro Productions’ Benefactors) as Amelia, and Cotton Wright* (Adam Szymkowicz’s Pretty Theft with Flux Theatre Ensemble). The creative team will include Props Design by Stephanie Cox-Williams (named NYC’s Queen of Gore by New York Press), Costume Design by Amanda Jenks (Letter from Algeria with GroundUP Productions), Sound Design by Jeanne Travis (New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination for Retro Productions’ The Desk Set), Lighting Design by Jennifer Linn Wilcox (Poe-Dunk with PlayLab NYC), and Set Design by Saundra Yaklin. The production will be Stage Managed by Devan Hibbard.
 
Blast Radius follows a sister and brother at mortal odds in an Earth radically changed by years of alien occupation. The human insurgency finally has a weapon to turn the tide - at a terrible cost. The conquering alien race has found a chilling solution to end human resistance for good.
 
“The highly promising start to a sci-fi trilogy… the funny, compelling script and the full commitment of the cast leave the audience wanting to learn how this saga plays out.” Flavorpill
 
“It's always nice to see sci-fi wrested from movies and TV and brought back to the stage. This is especially true when it is in the hands of talented artists like Mac Rogers and director Jordana Williams… If the first play in the series, Advance Man, is any indication, Rogers has written another sci-fi hit.”  StageBuzz
 
“This effectual first part thrives in its persuasive entangling of science fiction with straightforward domestic drama.”Backstage, Critics Pick
 
 “Fascinating, suspenseful, and gripping…  Mac Rogers is one of the most intriguing playwrights working today.” Broadway World
 
“Mac Rogers’s writing is so engaging that the audience finds itself fully invested in the unfolding mystery.” Show Business Weekly
 
“Rogers’ writing is daring… Jordana Williams' direction is nothing short of fantastic. I was with this play every moment. And I eagerly wait what happens next in part two.” nytheatre.com
 
“If you want to make an argument for bringing science fiction to live theater, look no further than Mac Rogers’ Advance Man.”Tor.com 
 
MAC ROGERS (Playwright) is an award-winning Brooklyn-based playwright, professional writer, and performer who writes and produces emotionally gripping thrillers, science fiction, horror, and dark comedies for the stage. Through critically-praised hits like Universal Robots (“one of the strongest, most exciting plays I’ve seen in years” Theatre Online) and Viral(“one of the best plays we’ve seen in New York in a very long time, and we see a lot of plays,” Flavorpill), Mac combines the popular appeal of film and television genre storytelling with the best traditions of finely-etched characters and memorable dialogue of the theater to create plays that are taut, exciting, provocative, and unflinching. Mac’s recent works include the darkly comic horror play Hail Satan (winner of the Outstanding Playwriting Award at the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival), Universal Robots (which won Best Off-Off Broadway Play from the New York Theatre Bloggers Association and earned four nominations from the New York Innovative Theater Awards), Viral (which won the Outstanding Play honor from the 2009 FringeNYC), and Fleet Week: The Musical (winner of the Outstanding Musical award from FringeNYC 2005). He also regularly appears as an actor in the independent theater scene in New York, and earned an NYIT nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in James Comtois’s The Adventures of Nervous-Boy: A Penny Dreadful. As a producer, Mac is a co-founder of Gideon Productions, through which he has mounted a number of his plays to great acclaim.
 
JORDANA WILLIAMS (Director) has directed several plays by Mac Rogers, including Viral (FringeNYC 2009 Outstanding Production of a Play, 2010 ITBA Outstanding Production of a Play and individual Performance Citations for Amy Lynn Stewart and Rebecca Comtois), Hail Satan (FringeNYC 2007 Outstanding Play, Backstage "Performance to Remember" for Laura Perloe), and three productions developed through the Vampire Cowboys' episodic, genre-bending Saturday Night Saloon (The Control Room, Mother Sacramento, and Asymmetric). She has also directed a number of strange and wonderful projects for such companies as Flux Theatre Ensemble, Boomerang Theatre Company, Piper McKenzie, GroundUP Productions, kef Productions, Impetuous Theater Group, The Brick Theater, The 24-Hour Plays and The One-Minute Play Festival. She is the lyricist of the musicals Fleet Week, Air Guitar and The First Annual St. Ignatius Chanukah Pageant (which she also directed). She is a founding member of Gideon Productions. niversal Robots; Viral) sc-fi epic The Honeycomb TrilogyMarch 30-April 14 as part of BFG Collective’s six month long residency at The Secret Theatre (44 02 23rd Street, Long Island City). The production will be directed by Jordana Williams (ViralHail Satan) and will feature Becky Byers (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Flux Theatre Ensemble’s Dog Act) as Ronnie, Jason Howard* (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Gideon’s Universal Robots) as Conor, Felicia Hudson*(Hack: An I.T. Spaghetti Western with Impetuous Theatre Group), Joe Mathers (Crystal Skillman’s The Vigil or The Guided Candle with Impetuous Theatre Group), Amy Lee Pearsall (The Trojan Women with Wide Eyed Productions), David Rosenblatt (The Play About My Dad with CollaborationTown) as Abbie, Seth Shelden (The Shape of Things with GroundUP Productions), Nancy Sirianni* (Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots), Alisha Spielmann (Dear Ruth with Retro Productions), Adam Swirderski (Willy Nilly with Piper McKenzie Productions), Kristen Vaughan (New York Innovative Theatre Award for Retro Productions’ Benefactors) as Amelia, and Cotton Wright* (Adam Szymkowicz’s Pretty Theft with Flux Theatre Ensemble). The creative team will include Props Design by Stephanie Cox-Williams (named NYC’s Queen of Gore by New York Press), Costume Design by Amanda Jenks (Letter from Algeria with GroundUP Productions), Sound Design by Jeanne Travis (New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination for Retro Productions’ The Desk Set), Lighting Design by Jennifer Linn Wilcox (Poe-Dunk with PlayLab NYC), and Set Design by Saundra Yaklin. The production will be Stage Managed by Devan Hibbard.
 
 

About the Company: Gideon Productions, Llc

GIDEON PRODUCTIONS crafts lively, engaging plays that explore what's strange about being human and what's human about being strange, using familiar genres and cultural touchstones as a springboard to something wholly unexpected. Gideon primarily produces work by playwright Mac Rogers, including Viral (Outstanding Production of a Play, FringeNYC 2009; 2010 ITBA Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Show; two ITBA citations for Individual Performances), Universal Robotsco-produced with Manhattan Theatre Source (4 2009 NYIT Award Nominations, including Outstanding Playwright and Production of a Play), and Hail Satan (Outstanding Playwright, FringeNYC 2007; Backstage "Performance to Remember"). Gideon has also produced several musicals by Williams/Rogers/Williams, including Fleet Week (Outstanding Musical, FringeNYC 2005), Air Guitar (FringeNYC 2006), and The First Annual St. Ignatius Channukah Pageant (Theatre Row, 2005). Gideon and Mac Rogers spent three years in residence at the Vampire Cowboys' monthly episodic workshop, The Saturday Night Saloon. Gideon's own Blueprint Project presented four playwrights' (Mac Rogers, August Schulenburg, Crystal Skillman, and Catherine Trieschmann) profoundly different takes on the exact same plot.

Open:   03/30/12
Close:   04/14/12

Schedule:
Thursday through Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm, and Monday April 2 & 9 at 8pm.
Theater:   Secret Theatre
Address:   4402 23rd Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
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Cost:General Admission: $18. Students/Seniors: $15
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