| Open: 01/27/10 Close: 01/31/10
Gina Gionfriddo’s Blackburn Prize-winning play U.S. DRAG, a sharp-as-a-knife social satire, tells the darkly comic story of two recent college grads on the hunt for love, money, meaning, and Ed – New York’s most elusive serial attacker.
Gina Gionfriddo (Playwright) was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for her most recent play, Becky Shaw. The play was commissioned and first produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, and received its New York premiere Off-Broadway at Second Stage. Other plays include After Ashley (Humana Festival 2004, The Vineyard Theatre in New York, regional theatres throughout the country, and abroad in Poland); U.S. Drag (Off-Broadway by the stageFARM, Clubbed Thumb at HERE, and several regional productions); Guinevere (O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference); and the one-acts Squalor and America’s Got Tragedy (commissioned and presented by the stageFARM). Gina has received an Obie Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (for U.S. Drag), The Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, and an American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg citation. She has written for the television programs Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Cold Case, and The Borgias (forthcoming). She has contributed essays on rock music to the literary journal, The Believer, and short fiction to Canteen. A graduate of the MFA Playwriting Program at Brown University, she has taught writing at Brown, Providence College, and Rhode Island College. She is currently at work on a new play commissioned by Playwrights Horizons.
Michole Biancosino (Director) is the Artistic Director of Project Y Theatre Company, where she has directed shows in Washington, D.C. and New York City over the past 10 years. With Project Y, she has led various professional productions, as producer, director, and performer. As a writer, her own play, The After Party, was given a reading at the Roy Arias Center, and her one woman show, Thérèse Raquin Desire, was produced at Stage Left Studio for an extended run in 2008. As a founder of the New Orleans Theatre Experiment, she produced and directed The Trashbag Tourist at the Fine Arts Center in New Orleans, as well as Thérèse Raquin Desire and Baby Boom both at the New Orleans Fringe Festival. She is interested in supporting and exploring new work, and has produced or directed readings/workshops of new plays for Crossroads Theatre, Charter Theatre, Milesquare Theatre, the Lark, Woolly Mammoth, Luna Stage, and the Kennedy Center New Play Festival. Michole received the 2008 SDCF Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for directors and traveled to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to serve as assistant director to Laird Williamson on Coriolanus. Michole is also a classically trained saxophonist and jazz vocalist, having performed throughout her entire life under the direction of her father, through their joint venture, The American Heritage Wind Ensemble. An instructor of acting at the New York Film Academy, she holds a M.F.A. in Directing from Rutgers University.