STUMPS

Genre: Drama
by Mark Medoff

Two handicapped Vietnam veterans, Stephen Ryder and Jerry Marcus, want to make a high-class movie with explicit sex, a step beyond Last Tango in Paris. They elicit the interest of the young explicit film star, Fawn Sierra, who arrives in the hills of Austin for a meeting with her "manager," Calvin Rhodes, a "gentleman" who may be a minister or may be evil incarnate. Calvin's dark personality slowly emerges as he tries to wrest the project from the writers. Trying to keep the events in balance is Lin Ryder, Stephen's Vietnamese wife. Ultimately, Cal destroys all semblance of balance and Lin is able to reestablish order only through catastrophic violence of her own.

**This will be a show where each of the actors is paired with an actor/interpreter signing for the deaf and co-performing – 10 artists playing 5 roles. Special Note: There are violent, sexual and very disturbing moments in this play – Nobody under 16 admitted without a parent or guardian.
About the Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.
Founded in early 2001, Nicu’s Spoon is dedicated to producing socially reflective theatre that innovatively challenges stereotypes, and touches the heart in an unexpected way. We are the central theater group in New York City who acts as a home for all - differing colors, abilities, ages, genders, and abilities. We celebrate collaboration in developing productions that are pertinent to today’s global, diverse and rapidly changing world. New York City is full of people who are on the move and unheard, in every skin imaginable. We are committed to involving the spectrum of diverse and multi-abled voices in play selection, programs & internships, our artistic, production and volunteer staffs, and in our audience. Each play involves the rainbow we see around us on the streets of NYC. We see only possibilities and intend to change our perception of the world, one play at a time….

Open:   10/26/05
Close:   11/13/05

Schedule:
Wed - Sun at 8:00
Theater:   Pelican Studio Theatre
Address:   750 8th Avenue, 6th floor
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$15.00, $12.00 Students and Seniors, Opening Night benefit $25
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Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.         Official Web Site: www.spoontheater.org
Karam K. Puri Reverend Cal
Karam had his first rendezvous with the theatre at the age of thirteen in India. He is a student of the Method and trained at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. Karam made his New York debut with Girish Karnad's 'Hayavadana'. Last year the press hailed his "off Broadway" performance in Israel Horovitz's 'The Indian Wants the Bronx' (to be revived in summer 2005). The production was followed by a three week run in Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Earlier this year Karam acted in the New York premier of Paul Knox's 'Kalighat', a powerful production about Mother Teresa's home for the dying in Calcutta. Karam's most recent accomplishment came with his supporting role in the Spoon Theatre spring production of 'SubUrbia' which won the 2004 OOBR Award. He has since become a member of the Company and starred in the multi-racial 'Ordinary People'.

Pamela Mitchell Reverend Cal
Pamela O. Mitchell graduated fron Fiorella H. LaGuardia Community College's Interpreting Program in June 2000. She received her Professional Certificate in ASL/English Interpretation Projects. She works as a full-time Job Coach at Lexington Vocational Services Center, Inc. and as a freelance ASL/English interpreter. She has been involved with the company since 2003. Ms. Mitchell has interpreted Off-Broadway productions which include "Five 'Til" with the Dixon Place, "The Christmas Revels" at Symphony Space, "Roots of Rap" and "The Nutcracker" with the Interborough Repertory Theatre, "Promise of the Park" with the Theatre of Motion and various musical rap concerts.
Jovinna was born and raised in Singapore. She spent a few years in Louisiana and Georgia during her undergraduate years where she discovered her passion for acting. With a degree in International Marketing, Jovinna ventured to New York city and got a job at Citibank. A year later, she quit her job, took dance classes at Martha Graham school and began studying acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She was nominated for Best Actress in the film Tea at the Chicks with Flicks Film Festival. She played Jennifer in the film Missing, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. Jovinna is a company member of Theater in the Flesh. She is in training to get her black belt in Shotokan Karate in December. She would like to thank Stephanie for this wonderful experience.

Paul comes to 'Stumps' fresh from directing 'The Diary of Anne Frank' at Temple Theatre in North Carolina. He has been seen Off-Broadway in 'Bow Down' and 'The Bacchae: Torn to Pieces' both at La Mama, and in 'Embracing Freedom' at Theater Outrageous. He has performed with The National Theatre of the Deaf in 'Peer Gynt' and 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' among others and has appeared on film in 'David Proshkur' with F. Murray Abraham. He is a fight choreographer, director, singer, actor and plays the Didgeridoo.
Alvaro Sena Jerry

Alvaro Sena is back with Nicu's Spoon after appearing in the last production of 'Cherish' where he received rave reviews. He was also in 'The Little Prince' where he made his main stage debut and his New York debut. He started his career in Brazil and most of his credits include Shakespeare, Garcia Lorca, Heiner Mueller. He has acted and worked with talented, respected and professional brazilian authors. He also worked as a intern for The Cultural Foundation of Curitiba and his training came from The University of Arts of Parana - a four year program. He moved to NY to expand his career and he attended acting classes at Michael Howard's and SFT and Theater Dance at The Broadway Dance Center. He would like to thank all his family for their love, friends for always being there, God and again Stephanie for always being a such special person. He made his directorial debut this spring - directing 'Wit'.

Tyson Jennette (Jerry) is proud to be both a CODA (child of Deaf adults) and a working Equity actor! Regional credits: Five Guys Named Moe (Big Moe), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Victor), Tapestry: The Music of Carole King. Tours: The Wizard of Oz (Lion), international companies of ROADS (Up with People), and Ain't Misbehavin'/Blues in the Night Revue through Guatemala and El Salvador. Master's Degree Harvard University. Bendiciones! _l,,l *T.J.'s RULE* (The ASL I love you is achieved by the following keys; underscore, lowercase L, comma, comma, lowercase L).

T.J. Mannix Stephen
T.J. Mannix (Stephen) was last seen on this stage as Kevin in The Swan. Theatre: Love! Valour! Compassion!, Lounge Act, End of the Line, Dark Corners, Memorial Days, Falsettos, Cole Porter's The New Yorkers, Irving Berlin's Face the Music, My Fair Lady, Carousel, 1776, Singin' in the Rain. Television: Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, All My Children, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, Upright Citizens Brigade. T.J. also performs comedy improv every week with "Pax Romana" at the Magnet Theatre.
Darren Frazier Stephen
Recently, Darren has appeared as a principal actor for 3 roles in 'Big River: The Adventures of Huck Finn' at Ford's Theatre. In addition, he was the understudy for 7 roles in ‘Big River' during the national tour for a year. Regional: Company member of Quest4Arts Productions (DC) and Polixenes in ‘Melissa Arctic' (Folger Theatre). Indie Films: ‘Potion' and ‘Paws". He is multi-talented: photographer, filmmaker, artist, sculptor, model, writer, consultant, and more. He is a versatile athlete and a well-seasoned traveler, in fact, he will be traveling in Peru this December. He also signs International Sign Languages other than American Sign Language. This is his debut with Nicu's Spoon.

Thea is pleased to be working with Nicu's Spoon again after appearing in "1984." Her most recent performances have both been U.S. premieres, in the first play written by "Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh & the first American translation by another European rising star, German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig. Other NYC productions include: Unidentified Human Remains (Oberon Theatre Ensemble); Macbeth (Looking Glass Theatre); Gringita (Culture Project at 45 Bleecker Theatre); Four Dripping Cats (HERE/Lincoln Center Directors Lab). Her vocals have also been heard on-air for Nickelodeon, onstage at cabarets such as The Duplex & Rose's Turn, and as a finalist in the Harmony Sweepstakes, a national a cappella competition.
Kate Breen Emily
Kate Breen (Emily), a native of Schoharie County is pleased to be part of Spoon Theatre's Stumps production. Last summer, she performed the role of Maid/Interpreter for Signs of the Time's Jackson Mississippi Beanstalk. Kate attended Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington DC where she first participated in school plays and a traveling group, the Road Show. At Gallaudet University, Kate continued with theatre productions before focusing on a BA in Government. Kate received training at National Theatre of the Deaf's Professional Theatre School. Kate completed a degree in International Studies at University of Limerick, Ireland where she also acquired working knowledge in Irish Sign Language and International Sign. Kate currently works as a Medicaid Service Coordinator with New York Society for the Deaf and is training as a museum docent with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.