Genre: Comedy, Drama, Festival
produced by Oracle Theatre, Inc. for UTC#61's

THE GARDEN PARTY written by Vaclav Havel
This absurdist drama portrays a young chess fanatic propelled into the business world by his conservative
father and neurotic mother, only to be immersed into a live challenge of corporate checkmate. Published in 1963, this was Havel's first full-length play. It is characteristic of the humanist literary movement that was on the rise in Prague.

The Festival honors the man, Vaclav Havel, on his 70th birthday. He has led a full life: as a playwright, the
former Czech Republic President, a literary leader, and a social/political activist. His name and writings,
banned by Communists in the 1970s, have become significant studies of the Czech oppression.

MISTAKE written by Vaclav Havel
Presented as the Pre-Show for The Garden Party during the Havel Festival
This opening short puppet play features prison mates in a "Punch & Judy" like conflict. Four prisoners
muddle their way through the daily ritual for a newcomer in the cellblock.

Open:   10/26/06
Close:   11/19/06

October 26 - November 19, 2006
10/26 Thurs.8pm ; 10/28 Sat.3pm ; 10/29 Sun.2pm&8pm ; 11/4 Sat.7pm ; 11/11 Sat.7pm; 11/12 Sun.5pm ; 11/18 Sat.3pm ; 11/19 Sun.5pm
Theater:   Brick Theater
Address:   575 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
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Jennifer Rathbone Artistic Dir./Asst. Director & "MISTAKE" Co-director
(AEA Stage Management Member) As a BFA graduate from Hofstra University in Theatre Production and an MFA graduate from SUNY Purchase Design Technology, she has been involved in varied aspects of theatre. Credits include: T.Schreiber Studio's How I Learned To Drive (Lighting Designer, 2006 NYIT Awards Nominee "Outstanding Lighting Design"); Salvatore Larussa Dance Theatre (Lighting Designer); Oracle Theatre's WOLF: Japanese Folk Tales...;Home & The Death of Tintagiles (Director); Urban Stages (Tech. Advisor); NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Art Dept.); WB's Bedford Diaries (Art Dept.); and Naava Piatka's Better Don't Talk, a.k.a., My Mother's Voice (P.M./Lighting Designer). She's also been in White Plains HS, Roundabout Theatre Co.'s Teaching Artist residencies, and now the Trevor Day School, mentoring students in disciplines of theatre arts/design.

These are just a few credits. So, if you're interested in one of the roles I play, lighting designer, director, stage manager, etc. please ask for a specific resume to be emailed to you. For now, see samples of my Lighting Designs in my gallery here!

Isaac Rathbone Producer & "MISTAKE" Co-director
is a New York-based playwright. His work has been presented in multiple venues in Manhattan, including the KRAINE THEATRE and CENTER STAGE NY, as well as the BROOKLYN LYCEUM and the SOUTH OXFORD SPACE. His work has also been performed at FringeNYC 2006 ("Breakfast For Dinner"); THEATRE THREE in Port Jefferson, NY; SUNY BROCKPORT in Brockport, NY; NORTH WESTERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, Ohio; and THE LAST FRONTIER THEATRE CONFERENCE in Valdez, Alaska. He is a founding member of Oracle Theatre Inc., and serves as their resident playwright. His recent stage-adaptations of Japanese folktales continue to be presented as part of Oracle Theatre, Inc.'s WOLF Family Series at the QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART; BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS; CAPA FESTIVAL 2006 in Union Sq. Park; Libraries/Parks in Long Island; and CENTRAL PARK.
Joseph Hoffman Producer for both shows
is a longtime Long Island theatre actor and resident. He has been seen in musical theatre productions at Broadhollow, the Cultural Arts Playhouse, the Stage, and Hofstra University. Trained in speech therapy and the arts, he has completed both an undergraduate and a graduate degree from Hofstra University and is currently employed as a speech therapist. He continues to perform both on Long Island and in NYC.
Julie Miller Producer for both shows
(AEA) is currently developing a career in stage management. Credits include Bernarda Alba, Belle Epoque, (LCT) Architecture of Loss, (NYTW), Sarah, Sarah, (MTC) Souls of Naples, (TFANA) Silver Nitrate (Juggernaut Theatre Co), as well as several workshops: Grey Gardens (Playwrights Horizons), Ann the Word (LCT), Mask (SHP) and Florida (NYU). She also served as Company Manager for two summers at New York Stage and Film at Vassar College, as well as working four seasons as the lobby/backstage venue manager at Olympus Fashion Week at Bryant Park.
Leah Mcveigh Stage Manager
Previous credits include: A Raisin in the Sun, David Binder Productions; La Traviata, Virginia Opera Association; A Mid Summer Night's Dream, The Richmond Ballet; Sweeney Todd, Brevard Music Center; King Lear, Shakespeare in Deering Oaks Park; Olympus Fashion Week Spring '07 Collections, Obo Global Inc. Professional Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Design Technology from the State University of New York at Purchase.
Joe Beaudin "MISTAKE" Voice-Over
is very happy to be making his debut in the NYC Fringe Festival. Past favorite shows in New York include "The Heart of my Jealousy" at the PIT, "Opelika" at the Pantheon Theater, and "Twelfth Night" at the Kraine. He is currently shooting an online television series called "Daddy Busterz" for Channel 102. Joe also directed a production of "Richard III" for last summer's Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot. Love for his Fiancee (with 2 e's).

James Bentley's recent directing credits include Miskatonic University (short film) and Ryan Gosling Stole My Best Friend (episode 3) on Funny or Die. Theater credits include two seasons with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, two seasons with Subjective Theater Company's Colab and the first English language reading of The Sheep and the Whalewith Immigrants Theater Project. James has assistant directed for Keen Company ( Pullman Car Hiawathaand the Happy Journey to Camden and Trenton) and has worked three summers with the Maine Summer Dramatic Institute in Portland Maine. He is a graduate of Bennington College. 

Daryl Brown "MISTAKE" Voice-Over
Daryl Brown has appeared in numerous stage productions in New York in the last several years. He was last seen at the Theatre for the New City in 'Follies of Grandeur' and at the Wings Theatre in 'The Deluxe Illustrated Body'. Before that, he appeared in 'Sweet Love Adieu' at the Bank Street Theatre and in an award winning production of 'Masquerade' at the Cherry Lane Theatre. He has also performed in the historical recreation of 'Titanic Voices' and in several independent films. Much thanks to his friends and Daniele for their generous support.
Sergei Burbank CEO of Speaker Services
(Acting) Film: The D Word, Lust for Vengeance, Division III. Regional: The Learned Ladies (Capitol Classics, Hartford CT), Master Harold and the Boys (Bolton Theater, Gambier, OH), Morse Code (NEAT, New Haven, CT). Off-Broadway: The Power and The Glory (Storm Theater), Absense of a House (Sargent Theater). Off-Off Broadway: The Garden Party, Breakfast for Dinner, The Exonerated, American Caesar, LUCK!. (Writing) Film: Chords [Indecent Exposure Productions, shooting Sep. 2006]; Untitled Jay Jay Okocha Biopic [Mekdoss Productions]. Stage: The Third Seat; Wrestling the Alligator; War Crimes/Slots. Compiler of and contributor to the online journal fed1a []. Member of Actor's Equity.
John Kohan Mark & "MISTAKE" Puppet Booth Artist
Kohan has been a part of OracleTheatre, Inc.'s production of Japanese Folk Tales of Love & Woe. Recent projects have also included work with Brooklyn Theater Arts Project in Bay Ridge. He would like to thank his family for their support. Most of all, he would like to thank Laura, "I love you baby, you rock." Kohan is a visual artist/actor, currently living in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

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  Michael is thrilled to be part of Oracle Theatre Inc. ís production of The Garden Party. His credits include: THEATRE: Comedy of Errors, Scapin, As You Like It, A Winter'sTale (NY Classical Theater); Mary Stewart (River to River Fest); TELEVISION: Off Broadway Baby (MNN-TV); Live Wire (Nickelodeon); Fallen Features (FF Productions). OTHER: Clown (Ringling Bros Circus), Radio DJ, Member AEA.
David Nelson Frank "Slug"
NY Theatre includes Breakfast for Dinner (Oracle Theatre/Fringe NYC), The Great White Hope (Brave New World/Celebrate Brooklyn), Women and Elephants (Michael Howard Studios), The Rehearsal (TSI/Playtime), Potluck (Samuel French Festival), Us at 80 (Gallery Players), Undress Me (Gallery Players)

Regional Theatre: Roberto Zucco (The Cutting Ball, West Coast Premiere), The Merchant of Venice (Women in Time), An American Daughter (Ross Valley Players), Love, Sex and the IRS (La Commedia).

Film: The Lost Gun, Cave People, Good Snacks (nominated best actor, College of Marin Film Festival), Open Up! ( for preview), and the upcoming feature Predestination and the short Cold Tea.

He is a founding member of the Brooklyn based theatre company Whirled Peas. He is currently studying under Michael Howard and at Peoples Improv Theatre

Steve Russo Executive 1
Steve Russo studied acting at Rutgers University and received a Masters of Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University. He is happy to be a part of this production.
Alley Scott Alma & "MISTAKE" Puppetry
Theatre: Five Years from Now; Polly in The Threepenny Opera; The Roaring Girl; 4:48 Psychosis; Don Juan Returns from the War; Mountain Language; The Proposal; Tamora in Titus Andronicus; Exit the King; The Winter's Tale; MacBeth; Beyond Therapy; Man and Gentleman. Training: British American Drama Academy London Theatre Program and Midsummer in Oxford. Alley will be appearing in the upcoming Theatre Recrudescence production of All Fall Down,at the Clemente Soto VÃolez Cultural Center in December.
Laura Stockton Executive 2 & "MISTAKE" Puppetry
the Florida native is excited to work with Oracle Theatre Inc. for another season. She has been in The Death of Tintagiles, the Japanese Tales of Love and Woe, as well as the Truth Be Told Series. Laura received her BFA from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. She would like to thank God, her family, friends and John.
Kristine Waters Bea & "MISTAKE" Puppetry
New York's temporarily turned me into an alien plant form, homeless person, sex worker and UWS sociopath. So landing in the absurd seems natural. Written and performed in 1-woman shows, classics, children's theater. Training: (back in the day)American Conservatory Theater, Ellen Geer, Michael Shurtleff; (more recently) Elizabeth Gamza (who ought to be known) and Black Nexxus. MA in Education. Performing arts, teaching artist. Very pleased to participate in a festival recognizing Vaclav Havel's tremendous achievements.
Brett Marshall Lefferts Music Composition
is an emerging electronic musician, fusing funk grooves with acoustic folk instrumentation over a lush scape of digital noise; a style he calls funkfoltronica. Brett is a trained classical flutist, a self-taught guitarist and pianist, and a lover of a gritty synth sweep and persuasive drum sequence. His album Just Be has received radio air play at WMUA 91.1 Amherst and has been used in dance classes and performances at JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL in MA, as well as DANCESPACE and WAX in NYC. Brett's music has been described as "the union of wonder and majesty. One is carried along its harmonies, calmed and yet encouraged. The songs from Just Be resonate within, long after they have been turned off and wandered away from." Brett's "Threshold of a Dream," from Just Be, was a runner-up in the electronic category of the 2002 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Meredith Neal Costume Designer
NY Credits include: Leni-Collaborative Play/FringeNY 07, 365/Week 37-Temporary Theatre, The World Goes Round-St Bart's Players, Pvt. Wars-Incumbo Theatre, The Garden Party-Oracle/Vaclav Havel Festival, There's Always a Band-Manhattan Rep One Act Festival and Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, The Suitcase Chronicles- ATA, Breakfast for Dinner- Oracle/FringeNY 06, Why'd Ya Make Me Wear This, Joe?-the Fresh Fruits Festival, Savage/Love-Michael Chekhov Theater Company, Better Living-T. Schreiber Studio, They're Just Like Us-CollaborationTown (2006 NY Innovative Theater Award Nominee, Outstanding Costume Design), Iphigenia and Other Daughters-Temporary Theatre, and Blues for Mister Charlie-Turtle Shell Productions.† Regional: Tennessee Williams Festival, Abilene Shakespeare Festival, Monomoy Theater, Princeton University. MFA - Ohio University.
Shalon Palmer "MISTAKE" Sculptor and Puppetry Designer
is a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase College Design Technology program with a concentration in Lighting Design. She spends countless hours as an artist in New York focusing her craft in sculpture. Her work can be seen in Oracle Theatre's Truth Be Told Series of New Works Showcases and in the upcoming Astoria Art Showcase. She has also designed the puppets for Oracle's WOLF Family Series. See her at

Jay Scott Lighting Designer & "MISTAKE" Lighting Designer
is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College receiving a B.F.A in Lighting Design. He has been working in New York City for the last five years with experience in Theatre, Dance, Industrial, Television, and Concert Lighting. His recent theatrical credits include: Guys N Dolls; A Month in the Country; You Again for the 2005 FringeNYC; And Baby Makes 7; A Little of What You Fancy; Home, The Death of Tintagiles; Freestyle Love Supreme; Scenes from a Distance; Alice in Wonderland; and Wizard of Oz.
Heather Wolensky Set Designer
Heather's design credits include Orpheus and Eurydice (Chashama), Pincus, the Fish People, and The Great Flood (Dance New Amsterdam), ‘Nami' (Theatre row), Guys & Dolls (St. Bart Players), Breakfast for Dinner (NY Fringe Festival), Fools in Love (BAM), The Garden Party (NY Havel Festival), and Dialogue of the Carmelites (SUNY Purchase). Associate Scenic Design on "A Tale of Two Cities" opening on Broadway Fall '08 and Art Direction including; The Playbook, Nickelodeon ME:TV, Steven's Untitled Rock Show, Denis Leary's Comics Come Home, BET Take5, and Comedy Central Presents. She works as a freelance artist throughout NYC and is a member of USA 829.