THE 22ND ANNUAL 10X10 SHOWCASE

Genre: Festival
Scriptwriters/Houston

In ten short plays written by Houston playwrights, audiences will stand on the verge of death, watch others throw their old lives away, observe chaos and technology collide, marvel at the expanse of a bodily reaction, see reality TV get too real and laugh in the face of catastrophe and politics as usual.

Those are the plots at the core of the annual 10x10 Showcase that will be staged by Scriptwriters/Houston, an organization of playwrights, Aug. 2-5 at Country Playhouse. The showcase for years has provided the finest sampling of theatre works written by area playwrights that the Bayou City has to offer. This year’s production brings together more than 50 playwrights, directors, actors and other theatre professionals from across the city.

The production also features eight original monologues by Steve Carpentier, Rachel Dickson, Pressley Giles, Gail Greenberg, Eric C. Jones, Jane Keep, Pat Morgan and Denise O'Neal performed by LeeAnne Denny, Ananka Kohnitz, Elise Razavi and Karen Schlag.

The ten selected plays are:

1) JUST LIKE THAT by Joe Barnes
Directed by Karen Schlag

Have you ever wondered what it would be like simply to walk away from your life? In “Just Like That,” the middle-aged Bill wants to do precisely that. But first he has to persuade his rival , Eric, to trade places with him..

Starring: Sam Smith, Anthony Torres and Michael Weems

2) MAP OF THE ATOMS OF THE UNIVERSE by Nicholas Garelick
Directed by Laura Schlecht

Order and chaos collide as two friends fight over the fate of the greatest technological masterpiece ever created, one that could change the nature of their relationship and the entire universe with it.

Starring: Cindy Parker and Ozzy Tirmizi

3) DECISION 59 BC by Lauren Tunnell
Directed by L. Robert Westeen

Over two thousand years ago, Cato,Rome’s most established statesman battles it out with an up and comer for the highest elected office in the land. It just goes to show that nothing ever changes in politics.

Starring: Mary Faler, Alex Lambert, Julio Morales and Eddie Rodriguez

4) THE CHEERLEADER WHO GRINDS EYE GLASS LENSES WHILE PUMPING GAS AND PLAYING THE VIOLIN by Giovanna Michelina
Directed by Pressley Giles

What happens when who you are clashes with everyone's expectations for you - even your own? Jennifer Waters is about to find out...

Starring: John Kaiser, Elise Razavi, Linda Razavi, Marc Shellum, Rebecca Tepper and Samantha Walker

5) AS WE KNEW IT by L. Robert Westeen
Directed by Erica Smith

Every person is bonded by two definite common experiences - birth and death. Walls crumble, buildings fall and cultures vanish. Lives are linked and stories repeated. It is AS WE KNEW IT.

Starring: Marq Del Monte, Alejandro Martinez, Melissa Mumper and Tricia Yurcak

6) SHE'S BOUND TO KNOW by Michael Weems
Directed by Sam Martinez

Jessica and Mandy, best friends for life, have embarked on a new life together. A random road trip completes their journey of tossing their previous lives aside. The only problem: This is news to the bound and abandoned Mandy.

Starring: Kelly Engler and Amesti Reioux

7) WAITING IN THE LOST AND FOUND by Carl L. Williams
Directed by Lauren Tunnell

A private detective tracks down a young woman who may be heir to a fortune. It all depends on her own confused sense of identity.

Starring: Marq Del Monte, Billy Dorsey and Erin Elizabeth Reed

8) DO OR DIE by Steve Stewart
Directed by Manning Mpinduz-Mott

The finalist for America's newest singing competition television show suddenly has a very big decision to make - and it's not which song to sing. See what happens when reality collides with TV ratings...

Starring: Marcos Mena, Steve Stewart, Eric Thompson and Gabriel Velazquez

9) BODY POLITICS by Jim Bain
Directed by Elvin Moriarty


What happens within that split second from when a MAN "hits" his shin on a file cabinet until he "feels" the terrible pangs of pain? Just watch the dramatic reactions of those colorful characters: Shin, Eyes, Stomach, Heart, Brain and Nerve.

Starring: Billy Dorsey, Christy Jimmerson, Derek Lanphier, Cindy Parker, Eddie Rodriguez, Ozzy Tirmizi and Kaitlyn Walker

10) A BAG OF ICE by Fernando Dovalina
Directed by Steve Carpentier


Just before a hurricane strikes Houston, an angry and bitter woman visits a convenience store in a seedy part of town in search of the most precious commodity of all, the last surviving bag of ice in town, and she will do anything--anything!--to get her hands on it.

Starring: Jada August, Steve Kobrin, J.R. Marshall and Megan Nix

About the Company: Scriptwriters/Houston

Scriptwriters/Houston is the oldest and longest running writers group in Houstonthat seeks to further the cause and interest in professional scriptwriting and theatre through critiques, educational programs, workshops, seminars, and the production of the works of our members.

Open:   08/02/12
Close:   08/05/12

Schedule:
Thursday, August 2nd - Saturday, August 4th at 8PM
Sunday, August 5th at 2PM
Theater:   Country Playhouse
Address:   12802 Queensbury Lane
Houston, TX
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Cost:$15
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Country Playhouse at 713-467-4497
Company: Scriptwriters/Houston         Official Web Site: www.scriptwriters-houston.org
Jada August Woman - A Bag of Ice

Jada August - By day, she’s a project administrative assistant.  By night, she fulfills her dreams and desires to play many diverse roles through the magic of theatre that she could never pull off in “real life.”  Jada has performed all her life in radio, television, film and theatre and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.  She is privileged to have worked with Mr. Dovalina on a number of projects and looks forward to many more.  She’s currently involved in a couple of other theatrical endeavors but that’s what keeps her happy!

Joe Barnes Playwright - Just Like That

Joe Barnes’ first play, Happy Hour, premiered in 2006 as part of the Edward Albee New Playwrights Series.  He has had a number of plays produced since then, including The Black Dog, Second Chances, The Tragedy of the Tragedy of King Lear, The Schifflet Project, The Workshop, Inventory of Effects, Quality Time, andThe Surgeon General’s Warning.   Five of his plays – Summer Friends, Acts of Faith, Remembering Rory, The Unicorn, and The Call – have been read at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference.  Barnes is also a poet.  He is a resident of Houston, Texas. 

Steve Carpentier Director - A Bag of Ice; Playwright - Doll Talk

Steve Carpentier is happy to be back working with Scriptwriters/Houston's 22ndAnnual 10 x 10 festival.  This is his 6thyear in the role of director for the festival.  In his real life, Steve is an award-winning actor, director, playwright with an MA in Theatre from the University of Houston who teaches high school theatre in Fort Bend ISD.  He has been seen on local stages in such plays as Moonlight and Magnolias at Theatre Southwest, The Music Man at Fort Bend Theatre, Seascape at Country Playhouse.  This fall he will be back at Fort Bend Theatre in a production of The Sunshine Boys.   I would like to thank my most loving wife, Mary for allowing me to continue to pursue my two passions – Theatre and Teaching.

Marq Del Monte Man 1 - As We Knew it; Mason Graham - Waiting in the Lost and Found

Marq Del Monte is thrilled to be in not one, but TWO of our 10 X 10 productions.  You may recognize him from his previous appearances on the CPH stage as Burt Hines in Neil Simon's Proposals and as Walter Hollander in Woody Allen's Don't Drink The Water.  He will also be directing our production of Murdering Marlowe here in the Black Box in November.  Marq's favorite roles include Jack Jerome in both Brighton Beach Memoirs AND Broadway Bound, David Kahn in Social Security and Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace.   "I want to thank everyone here at CPH for allowing me to call their stages home and for making me feel so welcome.  I look forward to a long and satisfying relationship. I also want to say to my wife, Pebi, I love you!"

Leeanne Denny Actor - I Didn't Exist; Doll Talk

LeeAnne Denny graduated from Sam Houston University where she studied music performance.  Before that, she studied jazz under Ellis Marsalis at The University of New Orleans.  She has performed in clubs and galas in both New Orleans and Houston.  Her beginning love of music came with musical theatre.  At an early age, she played the title role in Annie. Following, she played various roles in such shows as Babes in Toyland, Miracle on 34th Street, Little Women, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Rebecca in Our Town, Showboat and Oliver! Most recently she played the role of Betty Haynes in White Christmas, was in Laugh Riot at Obsidian Arts Space and Chicago at Playhouse 1960.

Rachel Dickson Playwright - Homeless

Rachel Dickson is an actress/educator/director/dramaturge/producer/social worker and is excited to add playwright to her newest list of endeavors.  She is currently a part of the University of Houston-Downtown faculty in theater and is the founder of Driven Theater Company(driventheater.org) which focuses on issue-based works.

Billy Dorsey Nerve - Body Politics, Bobby Ackerman - Waiting in the Lost and Found

Multiple #1 Billboard charting, Stellar Award and Dove Award winning songwriter/producer Billy Dorsey has acted in a variety of videos and short films, such as the Audience Favorite award winning film Chance 27 from this year's 48 Hour Film Festival.  He is honored to be a part of two plays, Body Politics and Waiting in the Lost and Found.

Fernando Dovalina Playwright - A Bag of Ice

Fernando Dovalina transformed himself from a newspaper editor into a produced and award-winning playwright. He is best known for The Gospel According to Tammy Faye, a musical for which he wrote the book.  Gospel  has been seen in five states, including New York. It was most recently done last September in Akron, OH, and in January in Indiana, PA. His produced plays include The Man in the Trunk and American Homefront (Unhinged Productions) and The Comfort of Anger (Cincinnati Fringe Festival). His play Meskins/Cycle of Life, Love and Death was an award winner in the national Nuestras Voces competition. In March,  the Tejas Arts Festival in Rockdale, TX, staged a successful fundraiser for the old Kay Theatre using three of Dovalina's short plays. He is at work on a novel, Tonight at Rosa's. A Bag of Ice is his sixth Ten by Ten play.

Kelly Engler Mandy - She's Bound to Know

Kelly Engler is a second-year student at Northwestern University, where she is double majoring in theatre and psychology. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where she studied musical theatre at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Favorite recent credits include Ensemble in Labor Rites (Northwestern University TI), Marian in The Music Man (Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School), Charlotte in A Little Night Music (High School for the Performing and Visual Arts), Mother in Machinal (Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (HITS Theatre), and Hope in Urinetown (HITS Theatre).

Mary Faler Ensemble 1 - Decision 59 B.C.

Mary Faler started her romance with the performing arts at age 7 when she took her first ballet class.  Growing up a dancer, she performed with the Houston Repertoire Ballet and the Woodlands Festival Ballet in productions of the Nutcracker, Paquita, and a Storybook Ballet.  She didn't foray into acting until she was in college where she was cast as Grace Hoylard in Lone Star College Tomball's production of Bus Stop - a role for which she received a superior award for acting in at the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association's Festival.  Since then, she has worked both onstage and off in countless performances, from Little Shop of Horrors to Rumors, and most recently, Avenue Q.  She is currently attending the University of Houston seeking a degree in creative writing.

Nicholas Garelick Playwright - Map of the Atoms of the Universe

Nicholas M. Garelick is the current president of Scriptwriters/Houston.  A graduate ofthe University of Houston with degrees in Theatre and English/Creative Writing, his plays (which include Speaking to Spirits, The Oracle in Repose, Radiant Star Paladin Pleione, The Three Lives of Marion, and Universe Cake) have been performed around town at UH, the University of St. Thomas, Country Playhouse, the Houston Fringe Festival, and for the annual Museum Plays for S/H.  Previous works in the 10x10 are Catching Falling Stars and 1+1. He is also an accomplished actor, director, and all-around theatre swiss army knife, having done work for S/H,Theatre Suburbia, Company Onstage, HCC NE, Theatre Southwest, Wordsmyth Theatre and The Unheard Voices.

Pressley Giles Director - The Cheerleader Who Grinds Eyeglass Lenses While Pumping Gas and Playing the Violin; Playwright - Nature

Pressley Giles - To Pressley, there is nothing greater than a powerful combination of a good script, a well produced presentation, defined direction and a heart felt acting performance. He started his career as an actor over twenty years ago at the Western Stage Theartre Company in Salinas, California. He is proud to be a bleeding heart liberal that believes every production should have a message. Which explains why many of his productions focus on changing the world. Kumbayah!

Gail Greenberg Playwright - Bon Appetite

Gail Greenberg is an award-winning writer and playwright.  Her plays have been performed at Dionysus Theatre and Fort Bend Theatre, where she was voted the audience favorite.  Several of her plays have been runners-up in the annual Scriptwriters/Houston 10x10 Competition, including The Veg-Out Day, Redemption, and What a Meshuggenah Night.  Her monologue, Bon Appetit, is adapted from a longer play.  Gail also writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and her work has appeared in numerous national publications.  Her first book, No Pig's Brain Soup, Please! was published in 2009.  She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Scriptwriters/Houston and the Dramatists Guild of America.

Christy Jimmerson Heart - Body Politics

Christy is excited to be a part of this year’s production of the 10X10 in her first appearance, as Ms. Heart.  She’s a graduate of a Los Angeles Acting Academy and performs stand-up comedy around Houston when her shrink is out-of-town.  Christy last appeared in Theatre Suburbia’s Who’s That Masked Man as Mother Pinchpenny (2011).  She doesn’t get out much because she’s too busy harvesting her farm on Facebook.  She works as a Contracts Negotiator in the oil and gas industry.  Her hobbies are horseback riding and macramé (at the same time).  Christy’s idols since childhood are: Lucille Ball, Gilda Radner and Joan of Arc. 

Eric C. Jones Playwright - Pride

Eric Jones is an actor, playwright, singer, director, musician and songwriter who has worked in theater since 1995! As a drama director for Christian Bible Church, Eric has either wrote, acted and /or directed 13 original productions. Eric has either written music, lyrics and/or books to six original musicals. Favorite shows are American Skin, Three Crosses, Christmas Is, Emancipation and Sweet Freedom.  As an actor, Eric favorite role is Seward in the BardProject’s production of Winter Garden. He co-founded Morningstar Theatrical Productions  LLC in 2008. Morningstar Theatrical's production of Emancipation was a wildcard entry at the Strawberry One Act Festival in NYC. Freedom Quilt :The Musical also had its workshop debut at the Ensemble Theater .  Eric attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from Texas Southern University receiving his B.S. Pharmacy in 1993. He's a board member of Christians in Theater Arts. He is currently working on two musical theater projects, Liberators and Fired! The Musical! Eric a Missouri City resident  is very thankful to his family & friends for the opportunity to see his monologue Pride performed at the 10 x 10 this year.

John Kaiser Father - The Cheerleader Who Grinds Eyeglass Lenses While Pumping Gas and Playing the Violin

John Kaiser, a decorated 10X10 veteran (actor, writer, director, publicist), last seen onstage at The Country Playhouse in Don’t Drink the Water and Entertaining Mr. Sloane, does a weekly show on Sight into Sound radio, reading National Geographic for the blind, and is recording an audio book of Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy “His Dark Materials.” While pondering his next move.

Jane Keep Playwright - I Didn't Exist

Jane Wiley Keep has been involved in theater, film, radio and recording in Houston, NY & LA. She is active in Scriptwriters and has performed and written for Scriptwriter 10x10's as well as performing in her own Salon De Refuse and various other independent performances. She has also produced various Writer's Showcases at her venue, The Gulf Coast Electronics Museum (Art & Music Performance Venue). As a singer/songwriter, she has produced three music CD's and performs live at various music venues. She has also hosted her own cabaret performances and showcases at The Gulf Coast Electronics Museum.   

Steve Kobrin Clerk - A Bag of Ice

Steve Kobrin is a native of Miami, whose father was the chef for the Miami Dolphins during their Super Bowl years in the early seventies. His family relocated to Houston when he was twelve, where he graduated from Bellaire Sr. High and later attended the University of Houston. While still a teenager, Steve built up his theater “creds” with roles in Oliver! (Ensemble), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Schroeder), Carousel (Billy Bigelow) and Funny Girl (Nick Arnstein) at the Kaplan Theater, My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), The Diary of Anne Frank (Otto Frank) and a UIL award-winning performance as The Sewer Man in a one-act version of The Madwoman of Chaillot at Bellaire Sr. High. In the 80’s, Steve did numerous industrial films and voiceovers for companies such as: U-Tote-Em, Remco, Compaq and GE, and was also seen in the Main Street Theater productions of El Grande de Coca-Cola (Juan) and The Ancestor (Niko). After a long hiatus from performing, he recently performed in the Fort Bend Theatre productions of Annie (Daddy Warbucks) and God’s Favorite (Joe Benjamin). Steve can next be seen reprising his role of Daddy Warbucks in Annie at Miller Outdoor Theatre (presented by Fort Bend Theatre) on August 16thand 17th.  In 1994, Steve met his beautiful bride, Michelle. They were married in 1995, and blessed with Quinn-14, Xander-12 and Jadyn-8. During the day, Steve works for Alliance Benefit Group of Houston as an Internal Auditor/Special Projects Manager,  is an active Scout Leader in Troop 616 and, in his spare time (?), Steve collects movie memorabilia and autographs and likes to…sleep!

Ananka Kohnitz Actor - My Submission; Pride

Ananka Kohnitz wears many theatrical hats as a director, actor, set designer, and dancer. She spent 17 years on national and international musical tours as a dancer/actress early in her career. She recently directed An Act of the Imagination and the regional premiere of Asylum. Some of her other directing credits include Tracy Lett’s Killer Joe, the critically acclaimed production of Bug and The Beauty Queen of Leenane among many others.  She received her professional acting training at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the Colorado Shakespeare Repertory Company. She has also trained with many dance companies in the U.S. and abroad, including the San Francisco Ballet. Ananka has a great passion for Shakespeare and has had leading roles in 11 of his plays. Her favorite acting credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, The Odd Couple (Female Version), and The Vagina Monologues.

Alex Lambert Julius Caesar - Decision 59 B.C.

Alex just closed his first post-collegiate production having appeared as Brian in Avenue Q here at Country Playhouse. He has done most of his theatre up to this point at Rice University, appearing in productions of Urinetown: The Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, and Company, among others. He has thoroughly enjoyed working with people after having talked to puppets for the last two and a half months.

Derek Lanphier Shin - Body Politics

Derek isn't even really sure why he is here. He just kept going to this one theatre and hanging out with some of the people there. Eventually they kept doing the same thing over and over, with slight tweaks here and there to what would happen; usually what was said never really changed. There was also someone there that kept telling him things he should do. He thought most of the people were alright (except the one that really neededsome antiperspirant) so he just played along and everyone was much more agreeable with him.  This continued for about a month and a half when, eventually, the one that kept telling him what to do told him to start showing up at Country Playhouse to have the same conversation they've been having for weeks. Really, he's just doing it because his new friends seem to like him more when he does, but honestly, he's just playing along. Don't tell them. Please...they threatened my family.....

J.R. Marshall Weathercaster/Priest - A Bag of Ice

J.R. started acting up in California at the age of 15.  He was returned to his parents at 17.  By then he was charged with Bye, Bye Birdie, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music.  At 18 he was shipped off to Viet Nam.  Four years later he'd found his way back to the States.  He disappeared for 44 years only to again be charged with Bye, Bye Birdie in 2001.  He's now been spotted in Texas. There have been several sightings of him at Clear Creak Community Theatre, Alvin Community College, Company On Stage & League City Ballet as well as Pasadena’s Little Theatre's production of Sorry, Wrong Chimney. We'd like to report that he's currently confined at PLT as Webmaster. He has been released on work furlough to The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as Curly the Rodeo Clown.

Alejandro Martinez Man 2 - As We Knew It

Alejandro Martinez - Favorite credits include: Playhouse 1960:Grease (Roger), HFAC: Seussical (Wickersham Brother), CountryPlayhouse: Don’t Drink the Water (Chef), Avenue Q (Bad Idea Bear/Rod). He hopes you enjoy the amazing performances of this year’s wonderful 10x10s.

Sam Martinez Director - She's Bound to Know

Sam is outrageously talented.  Sam has an affinity for topiaries and dislikes unfiltered water.  Sam refuses to eat after you if you double dip.  Sam also doesn't write his own bios.

Marcos Mena Alfonse Bertolli - Do or Die

Marcos Mena is the stunt double for the Most Interesting Man in the World.  If only he wasn't allergic to Dos Equis...

Giovanna Michelina Playwright - The Cheerleader Who Grinds Eyeglass Lenses While Pumping Gas and Playing the Violin

Giovanna Michelina  is a writer and High School English IV A.P. teacher. She was most recently the Musical Director of Avenue Q, which was produced by SRO and just completed its run here at Country Playhouse. In the past, she has served as musical director over several band and choir programs in Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Texas. The Cheerleader Who Grinds... is her first play to be performed on stage.

Julio Morales Ensemble 2 - Decision 59 B.C.

Julio Morales is a graduate from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelors in Drama. He's been involved in a couple of projects around Houston including Country Playhouse and The Company On Stage. Julio is currently Theatre Director at Sharpstown High School.

Pat Morgan Playwright - My Submission

With over thirty productions nationwide, Pat’s still writing plays.  She has won the Texas Women’s Repertory Project Award, was a finalist in the Texas Playwright’s Festival, is a CAACH grant recipient, won “best play” at the Camino Real Theatre’s Show Off Competition in California and was presented at First Stage in 2006. Her play, Capote Tonight opened in Houston at Express Theatre in May 2007 and The Last Posse opened at the Lodestar Theater, NYC,  in April 2007.  Her first book Angel Tracks was published this year.  She is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America, is a founding member of Scriptwriters/Houston, and is Playwright in Residence at Pasadena Little Theater.  

Elvin Moriarty Director - Body Politics

This is Elvin’s second venture into the world of Scriptwriter’s 10 x 10, as a director.  In last year’s event, he directed Montezuma and Me by Chris Verdeyen and Lauren Tunnell.  He had so much fun last year, he jumped at the opportunity.  In his other theater life, Elvin Serves on the Board of Directors and directs at Theatre Suburbia, and has done this for a number of years.  This year, Elvin would like to thank Jim Bain for Body Politics, a script he has found fun and challenging; he would like to congratulate the talented cast of this and all the scripts on completing a job well done.  Now it is up to you the audience to enjoy the results of all these efforts.

Manning Mpinduzi-mott Director - Do or Die

Manning Mpinduzi-Mott is a self-described theatre addict.  In his more than twenty years as a Houston actor and director, Mr. M has delighted and enlightened audiences across the country.  He has worked locally at Stages, Main Street Theatre, the Ensemble, and A D Players.  He directed River Niger, Sundiata: The Lion King, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,  Buses by Denise Nicholas and the world premier of Thomas Meloncon’s The Laws of Storms.  Notable stage performances include: The Author in Valley Song at Stages, “the Player” in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Actors Theatre and The Father in The Yellow Boat.  Film and video credits include the movies Rushmore, Space Cowboys, and Red Ink; multiple episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger, and numerous radio and TV commercials. Currently working as Assistant Technical Director of Zilkha Hall in the Hobby Center, he is at home on either side of the boards.

Melissa Mumper Woman 1 - As We Knew It

Melissa Mumper is a founding member of Pandora Theatre. Favorite roles around town include Frances Black in Light Up the Sky, Woman in The Good Body, Lois in Wonder of the World, Mistress Quickly in both Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Salome in The Robber Bridegroom. In the “real” world Melissa is a board certified behavior analyst and enjoys practicing differential reinforcement on her husband, Sam Smith, who will work for treats. 

Megan Nix Mother - A Bag of Ice

Megan Nix majored in Utensil Science in Montana and is currently working on her master's thesis on how to make a better spork.  When not onstage, she can be found frequenting fast food establishments and watching people's eating habits in the pursuit of "research".  This is her first 10x10.

S. Denise O'neal Playwright - Cheating

S. Denise O’Neal has lived in Houston for over 20 years and studied Business Finance at the University of Houston. She hails from Shreveport, LA and is the oldest of four children. During her childhood she was raised in a military environment as her father was a sergeant in the US Army. As far back as grade school she has loved the arts, but at the age of 20 when she assisted in the production of her church’s Easter play she found her calling in playwriting and hasn't looked back since! She believes it was creating paper mache props, helping with script edits and splashing all that stage blood on the poor guy playing Jesus that really opened her eyes. Since then she has started two budding theater production companies: Shabach Enterprise (501(c)3) and Watch My Groove Entertainement, LLC. She has written over 15 plays and countless monologues and continues to develop herself as an up and coming playwright, director and producer. Her most recent lists of independent productions include Ms. Lily’s Groove, Just a Few Feet Away and Fly In The Windshield which will be produced in 2013. She is thankful to Scriptwriters/Houston for giving her this opportunity to showcase her talent and hopes that you enjoy what will be the beginning of great things to come.  

Cindy Parker Stomach - Body Politics; Ally - Map of the Atoms of the Universe

Cindy Parker is excited to be a part of the 10X10 Showcase! A couple of her most recent roles have been Cecelia in Men are Dogs and Ela, along with 4 other characters, in String of Pearls with Pandora Theatre.  She has spent several summers studying in New York City including interning with the American Tap Dance Foundation and participating in the American Theatre Wing’s SpringboardNYC. She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a degree in dance.  She is also a proud member of ChinaCat Dance Company in which she has performed in such shows as Glow, the Houston Fringe Festival, and Pandora Theatre’s Vox Feminina 3.  Enjoy the show!!!

Elise Razavi Susan - The Cheerleader Who Grinds Eyeglass Lenses While Pumping Gas and Playing the Violin; Actor - Cheating

The highlights of Elise Razavi’s theatre career include the following:  a lusty spiteful Puritan girl, a fragile and shy recluse, a deathly sick actress who walked hundreds of miles through Russian tundra to give the performance of a lifetime, a brilliant Irish sign language teacher, and a young noblewoman driven into madness by the gruesome death of her father.  Needless to say, she’s not a ‘stand still, look pretty’ kind of actress.  She made her film debut in the Twentieth Century Fox feature film This Means War in 2012. A gigantic comedy nerd, she started listening to Richard Pryor at five, fell in love with Bill Hicks at ten, wants to marry Louis CK, and lives by the philosophies of George Carlin to this very day.

Linda Razavi Mother - The Cheerleader Who Grinds Eyeglass Lenses While Pumping Gas and Playing the Violin

Linda has been most recently a public school teacher. Before that, she was a substitute teacher, graphic artist, proofreader, portraitist, and psychiatric nursing assistant, this last at Johns Hopkins' Phipps Clinic. In college, there was summer waitressing at Buzz and Marie's, right off the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland. There she silently witnessed the crazy, drunken behavior of Jack Nicholson, and enjoyed one of the best beaches in the world. Her first job, besides doing the neighbor's hair in pincurls in exchange for antiques, was a year in a toy department of the first discount department store in Baltimore. She spent a lot of time making order out of the chaos that is the model aisle, putting out innumerable red plastic bats with white plastic whiffle balls, cutting keys, and selling matchbox cars from behind the counter. One day, in the breakroom before she had to punch in, she played pinnochle with someone who died the next day of meningitis. She figures this is part of the rather charmed life she has led; in fact, she fell into this acting gig, and recently survived West Nile fever, she firmly believes.

Erin Elizabeth Reed Claire Moreau - Waiting in the Lost and Found

 Erin Elizabeth Reed makes her debut with the 10x10s playing a jaded prostitute.  That's after having played a sexually aggressive ex-girlfriend in The Coitus Play: Pre and the would-be fiancee who demands more in The Anniversary Special.  She regularly appears both on stage and in film and was recently cast as the female lead in Tyler, which will begin principal photography later this month.  She has studied camera technique under Deke Anderson and character development with Philip Lehl.  Erin is a two-time graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she received her B.A. in English with a minor in Theatre, and her J.D. in Law.  She is passionate about performing and is thrilled to share her love for acting with you tonight! 

Amesti Reioux Jessica - She's Bound to Know

Amesti Reioux is excited to be back on stage here at country playhouse. You might have last seen her as Sammii in Proposals. In her free time she enjoys getting tattoos, anything zombie and reptiles. Next she will be appearing as Justine in Frankenstein here at Country Playhouse.

Eddie Rodriguez Brain - Body Politics; Porcius Cato - Decision 59 B.C.

Eddie Rodriguez is excited to return to the Houston stage after making many appearance in and around courtrooms in such plush and exotic locales like Conroe and "The Valley".  Recently in Houston he appeared in Cone Man Running Productions' A Spontaneous Smattering - a 24 hour play festival and Book of Love.  Prior to that he spent much time wreaking havoc in New York City where he appeared with Phare Play Productions as the Police Superintendent in No Sex Please, We're British, a "landscape architect" in Arcadia or as part of Mindbleach.  He has also appeared in two of the WWSS - 21 hour play festivals.  You can also see Eddie (Partygoer #132) in the most recent James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace as well as the  Angelina Jolie movie Salt (Secret Service Man #12). 

Karen Schlag Director - Just Like That; Actor - Nature; Bon Appetit

Some of Karen’s other directing credits include Three Lives of Marion, a Wordsmyth Theater production performed at the BooTown Fringe Festival, as well as pieces for Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company’s Museum of the Dysfunction, and Thunderclap Productions’ The Great Storm. Some of Karen’s work as an actress includes Sylvia (Kate) and It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play (Lana Sherwood), both at Texas Repertory Theatre; Cuckoos (Beatrice), Last Easter (June)and Notions of Right and Wrong (Annabelle) produced by Mildred’s Umbrella;Romeo and Juliet (Nurse) with Phoenix INC Theatre Co., The TamarieCooper Show (ensemble) with Catastrophic Theatre, A Doll’s House (Nora) with Company Onstage and Twelfth Night (Viola) with the Shakespeare-By-The-Book Festival. Karen is a company member with Mildred’s Umbrella, where she also heads up the company’s youth outreach program, as well as a founding member of Wordsmyth Theater. Karen can also be seen in the independent films, Disappointed Sniper (finalist in the Gulf Coast Film Festival), Jacob (screened in this year’s Splatterfest) and Brushing Death. Karen is a communications lecturer at the University of Houston-Downtown and a member ofthe Houston-area Actor’s Gym.

Laura Schlecht Director - Map of the Atoms of the Universe

Laura has been involved with various theatre productions around town - both onstage and off.  She was most recently seen playing multiple roles in String of Pearls with Pandora Theatre and directed for both the 10x10 (A Discussion of the L Word) and Madcap24 (Please No More Bukowski, Professor) last year.  Favorite roles include Catherine in Proof, Bernice in Dryope and Iole and Jane Ellen/Janie in The Illustrated Woman.  Laura also produces The 48 Hour Film Project (www.48hourfilm.com) here in Houston and assists with coordinating the project internationally.  Other projects and hobbies include website/database/graphic design, riding her bicycle and being happy.

Marc Shellum Dr. Curet - The Cheerleader Who Grinds Eyeglass Lenses While Pumping Gas and Playing the Violin

Marc Shellum - Marc is happy to be returning to the 10x10 series for the fourth time.  He is active in community theater and especially enjoys doing musicals.  He was recently seen in Ragtime with the HITS Theatre company at Miller Outdoor Theatre.  Over the years, Marc has worked at many of the community theaters in Houston, including the Country Playhouse where he appeared in the murder mystery dessert theater production last fall.  In his free time, he likes to go on mission trips to Guatemala and Kenya with his church, directs a contemporary Christian vocal ensemble called Jubilation and enjoys traveling with his wife Carolyn.

Erica Smith Director - As We Knew It

This is Erica’s first foray into the 10x10s.  She has previously directed Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Much Ado About Nothing – all at Clear Creek Community Theatre, where she is a former board member.  She has also graced the stage as an actress in various performances at Clear Creek Community Theatre , Stage Door Inc., Company OnStage, and Baton Rouge Little Theatre.   Armed with her degrees from LSU (including a minor in theatre), she teaches pre-AP English and has lead workshops for Washington DC’s  Folger Shakespeare Library.   At any given point, she can be found singing showtunes or talking about European History.  She dedicates this performance to the memories of her late parents.

Sam Smith Bill - Just Like That

Sam Smith is a two-time cancer survivor – just ask him.  His many roles have included Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Roy in Lone Star and David O. Selznick in Moonlight and Magnolias.  Sam teaches theater and film appreciation at Wharton County Junior College.  His hobbies include obscure music trivia, making meat pies and defending his title as “Loudest Person on Earth”.

Steve Stewart Playwright/Cameraman - Do or Die

Steve Stewart is a Sugar Land playwright and a public relations professional for Enbridge Energy.  This is his fourth play selected for the 10 x 10 competition (he’s also had two runner-up’s but he confesses, “they sucked hardboiled eggs”).  Stewart has also had plays in Scriptwriters/Houston’s The Museum Plays, Theater Southwest’s Readers Theater, Fort Bend Theater, Unhinged Theater and Sidegate Theater’s Readers Series (a.k.a, playwright Jim Bain’s house).  He also writes and performs in The Houston Press Club’s annual fundraising comedy musical, The Gridiron Show.   A memorable role in a recent Gridiron Show for Stewart was as a terrorist prisoner being interrogated at Guantanamo Bay.  “I’m a method actor, so the preparation for the role was rough.  Not really. But I did get three teeth knocked out during the performance.  Again, sorry, not really.  Just trying to sound like one of those big shot artists who is extremely dedicated to his craft.”    Later this month, his one-act comedy, The Way We Were (Marketed) will be part of UpStage Theater’s Festival of Comedy at Lambert Hall.

Rebecca Tepper Jennifer Waters - The Cheerleader Who Grinds Eyeglass Lenses While Pumping Gas and Playing the Violin

Rebecca began performing in shows at school in kindergarten. She studied film at Hofstra University.She has had roles in various student and independent films and worked on the sets of films including Balls of Fury.  She has also appeared in commercials for companies including Kodak and Tyco. She hosted a local TV show called Texas Live. Since high school, she's only worked in TV and film. In June, Rebecca went to see one of her favorite plays, Noises Off at the Alley and was inspired to get involved in theater again.

Eric Thompson Rick Greeman - Do or Die

Eric Thompson  - Houston debut! This gentleman is an Actor in training and is making his Houston debut in Do or Die as Rick Greenman a Veterinarian from Iowa singing in a reality Television show. He is currently attending and has taken classes at Page Parkes, these classes include Film Acting Technique, Commercial Acting Technique, and Monologue Workshop.  Eric works in the “Natural Gas” industry and is Baseball Umpire at the collegiate level.  Residing in Pearland, TX with his wife Rhonda and a Nephew, Christopher, and truly appreciates the support they provide in this endeavor.  Eric is looking forward to this exciting new experience in his life.

Ozzy Tirmizi Cat Burglar - Body Politics; Paul - Map of the Atoms of the Universe

Ozzy Tirmizi would like to thank everyone involved in the production for providing such a splendid opportunity to further his craft.

Anthony Torres Steve - Just Like That; Actor - Homeless

Anthony is thrilled to be involved in his first production with 10x10. Most recently, Anthony starred as Eddie in Tango at Austin Community College. Past productions include: Banquo in Macbeth, Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off!, and Mr. Webb in Our Town. Anthony would like to thank Karren Schlag for the opportunity to be in her show.

Lauren Tunnell Playwright - Decision 59 B.C.; Director - Waiting in the Lost and Found

Lauren Tunnell's original plays have been produced at various venues throughout Houston and the world. Locally, you may have seen her work in the TSW Festival of Originals, Driven Theater’s Fragmentation festival, Madcap 24, Upstage Theatre’s Festival of Comedy, Scriptwriters/Houston’s Museum Play Festival, or in previous 10 x 10s. She has published two one-act plays with Brooklyn Publishers and is on the Board of Directors for Scriptwriters/Houston.  She hasn't appeared on stage much in recent years, but back in the day favorite rolls included Fairly Mae in The Curious Savage, Bobbi in Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Audrey in As You Like It, Suzanne in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Francine Goldberg in The Movie Game, Trudi in Comic Potential, Katharina in Amadeus, and Mrs. Webb in Our Town.  She recently completed an MFA degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  This October, she is producing the fifth annual theater collaboration between Scriptwriters/Houston and the Museum of Printing History. This year it will be a multi-venue event in which the entire museum is showcased through theater. If you are interested in participating in such an event as a playwright, actor, director or volunteer, feel free to contact her at laurentunnell@gmail.com

Gabriel Velazquez Joel Diamond - Do or Die

Gabriel Velazquez  is a current student of drama at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is so excited to be back in Houston for the summer. He is very thankful to be working with the Country Playhouse. Past roles have included: Enjolras in Les Miserables and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He would also like to thank his director and fellow cast members for being very supportive.

Kaitlyn Walker Eyes - Body Politics

Kaitlyn Walker graduated with honors from McMurry University in 2010 with a B.A. in Theatre with a focus in acting and directing.  While at McMurry she learned how to be a theatre generalist.  Selected McMurry credits include The House of Blue Leaves, Museum, and The Servant of Two Masters.  She also directed Heart in the Ground and The Murder Room.  When she was not acting or directing a show, she worked as crew member.  She made her Houston theatre debut earlier this year at County Playhouse as Susan Hollander in Don't Drink the Water. She works at Main Street Theater as the Marketing and Development Associate. 

Samantha Walker Portcullis - The Cheerleader Who Grinds Eyeglass Lenses While Pumping Gas and Playing the Violin

Samantha Walker is a recent graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. She received a BA in theatre and has performed numerous roles including Madge in Picnic, Viola in Twelfth Night, and Pam in The Uninvited. She also recently worked with John Cariani on his new play, Love/Sick, portraying various female roles. This is her first performance with the Country Playhouse and she is thrilled to be working on a brand new play as a part of the showcase.

Michael Weems Playwright - She's Bound to Know; Eric - Just Like That

Michael Weems is a Houston based writer, playwright, and actor.  His most recent play One Three Two has not only been performed across the country, but has really been selected as a finalist in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival.  Recent playwriting credits include:  Bludgeon the Lime (Phare Play Productions);  Synchronicity (Love Creek Productions); Fragments and Onward, Forward (Little Hibiscus Productions), Subtlety (Chattanooga State Community College), Laugh Riot (The Seven Collective); Burden Me (Strawberry Riant Festival); Ready to Shine (Brief Acts); Blown Away (Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga); A Fondness for Aqua Net (n.u.f.a.n ensemble) and Run Run Away (Changing Scene Theatre’s Summer Play 2011).  Recent plays published include: Fragments (Next Stage Press); Bludgeon the Lime (JAC Publications); Scattered Arranged (Independent Playwrights); Synchronicity (Plays – The Drama Magazine for Young Audiences, and a selected monologue  for Meriwether Publishing Limited in their upcoming collection, Young Women's Monologues from Contemporary Plays: Volume 3. Thanks to my loves, Christine, Thomas, & Jack.  www.michaeltweems.com.

L. Robert Westeen Playwright - As We Knew It; Director - Decision 59 B.C.

L. Robert Westeen was born in Upper Michigan and raised in Wisconsin. In 2001 he relocated to Houston, Texas. He recently debuted his one man show Cocaine and Ethel Merman: A New Homo Guide at Obsidian Arts Space. As a playwright his scripts have been produced in New York, New York by Phare Play Productions (Telling Ma), Madison, Wisconsin by Stage Q (Here Boy and Telling Ma), Minneapolis, Minnesota by the Phoenix Playhouse and Arena Theater, Inc. (Article 125 and Shambles), and also through the youth theater program with the YWCA in Wausau, Wisconsin and here locally by the Company OnStage. Mr. Westeen’s directing credits include: Romeo and Juliet, Loves Labours Lost, Article 125, Pack of Lies, Doubt: A Parable, Reckless, Coming Back to Jersey, The Hollow, Three Bags Full and Hedda Gabler.  www.lrobertwesteen.com

Carl L. Williams Playwright - Waiting in the Lost and Found

Carl Williams has been a member of Scriptwriters/Houston for 20 years.  His one-act and full-length plays have won numerous national and local competitions, with productions around the country.  Over 30 of his plays have been published.  He is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America.

Tricia Yurcak Woman 2 - As We Knew It

Tricia was first and last seen in Country Playhouse's Murder Mystery Dessert Theatre fundraiser, and is excited to be a part of the 10x10s for the first time! Favorite previous credits include Noises Off (Brooke), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily), Merry Christmas George Bailey (Mary Bailey), The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank), and The Spitfire Grill (Percy). Special thanks to director Erica, the talented cast, and Steve for the encouragement! In her free time, Tricia enjoys making people smile by dancing in her car and making videos as a YouTube Partner. Philippians 4:13!