A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL & HE SAID, SHE SAID

Genre: Comedy
By Anton Chekhov and Shawn Luckey, Directed by Oksana Starchevsky and Shawn Luckey

Two Comedic One Act Plays About Love & Relationships

A Marriage Proposal tells the story of the efforts of a nervous and excitable man who starts to propose to an attractive young woman, but who gets into a tremendous quarrel over a boundary line.

He Said, She Said – After several years of being together, most couples begin to figure out what type of person they have by their sides. Or have they always known? This one-act is a comedic look inside this puzzling question. After all, what is the truth when it's based on what he said and what she said?

About the Company: Diversity Players Of Harlem

Diversity Players of Harlem, strive to ensure education and enlightenment opportunities through diverse forms of artistic and creative medium. It is our ultimate goal to nurture youth of undiscovered talents, and produce platforms for artists of various backgrounds. Furthermore, we believe that effectively meeting our goal will cure some of the societal ills affecting our communities.

Open:   07/25/07
Close:   07/29/07

Schedule:
Wednesday - Saturday 7pm Nightly
Saturday & Sunday 3pm Matinee
Theater:   Payan Theatre
Address:   300 W. 43rd St, 5th Floor
New York, NY
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Cost:$15.00
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Company: Diversity Players Of Harlem         Official Web Site: www.diversityplayersofharlem.com

Shawn Luckey is one of Diversity Players of Harlem's co-founders and managing partners.  He actively writes, directs, and produces plays and screenplays.  As a performer, he has appeared in a number of commercials, plays and movies. His theatrical credits include: Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play; Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky; Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss; Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun; and James Baldwin's Amen Corner.

He has also appeared in Rev Run's music video, Mind on the Road; and a NY Lottery Commercial. His directing credits include: Old Man Pete, among other projects, but his love of writing has manifested in the following: A Family's Play; and the forthcoming projects: The Tenants; and Scottsboro 9. Shawn's TV/Film credits include: Showtime's new adult comedy, Nurse Jackie; Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna; and Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls...Currently, he has a host of independent film projects slated for completion, including Diversity Players of Harlem's first produced short films, A Family's Story; The Grit, The Grandeur; and also Walking Maris' Way.

http://www.shawnluckey.com/

 Brent Doyle has recently performed in Romeo & Juliet at Park Square Theatre; Merchant of Venice with the Minnesota Shakespeare Company, and Diva Daughters Dupree at Penumbra Theatre. This is his premiere production in NYC, and he's pleased to be making it with the Diversity Players of Harlem. 

A native of Omaha, NE, Reginald L. Barnes is an "actors' actor" dealing with theater, film and television. He made his NYC theater debut Off-Broadway in "A Soldier's Play" at the Producers Club. He has been featured in productions of "The Wiz", "Medea", "Godspell", "Fences", Chekov's "A Marraige Proposal" and most recently, the Beckmann Theatre's presentation of "Freddie's Big Deal".

In 2002, Reginald was the winner on an episode of NBC's "The Weakest Link", which garnered him some national exposure. He can be seen in the indie films "Read On", "Inhibitions", and "The Skeleptica Effect" which are making waves around the film festival circuit. Reginald would like to thank DPOH and The Laugh Factory for this opportunity, and also his close friends and family for their continued support in his pursuit of his dream. Reginald currently resides in Brooklyn with his heart in Manhattan and can be contacted via his website, www.reginaldlbarnes.com.

I recently concluded a sucessful run on stage at the Billie Holiday Theater in "Freeda Peoples" written and directed by Joyce Sylvester (of which I cut my hair for as you can see from the pictures). Also staring Nathan Purdee of "One life to live" and "The return of Superfly" and Marilyn Coleman of "Good Times", "Menace II Society" and "Which way is up". I was recently cast in a principal role in Wondering Cut films feature "Around". Completed production of Cubecity's feature film "Liars and Lunatics" as Staples, The Ba Ensemble Production CO's filming of "The Waiting Room" as Martin and Pantomime Pictures Production of "Caged" as Bernie.

Naza Jana is very happy to be making her Diversity Players of Harlem debut as Natalia in A Marriage Proposal. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from SUNY Buffalo. She would like to thank her family for there support and the Diversity Players for the opportunity to share the stage with the 'players'! www.actorsaccess.com/nazajana

Sara Wagner, A native Californian, was a featured performer in Alaska at the Edward Albee Theatre Conferenc - working with Mr. Albee, John Guare, Marian Seldes, and Courtney B. Vance. Other adventures include backpacking in West Africa and commercial fishing in the Bering Sea. Sara recently played a no-holds-barred tabloid TV reporter in The Bishop and The Boys and next month you can catch her at the New Jersey International Film Festival in the feature ForNever
Tom Patella, originally from Rochester, NY, graduated from Georgetown University and holds a Master's degree from George Washington University. He has co-starred in 10 independent films including "The Argument", as the father: ‘Erie Road" as Dr. Gravin; ‘The Miller House" as a priest, Father Williams; "Sins of Sorrow" as Detective Foster : "Am I Evil" as a detective; "The Harry Situation" as Rick, an executive having an affair with an employee's wife; "The Puzzle" as the inattentive husband and the egotistical movie star in "The Editor". Music Video credits include the businessman in the smash hit "Have a Nice Day" by John Bon Jovi; TV appearances include: "Rescue Me', "Law & Order", "Guiding Light" and "All My Children". Stage credits- Cmdr. Harbison in "South Pacific" and the sniveling son, Richard in "The Tag".

Rebecca Ash is a longtime dancer, comedianne, freelance writer and actor with a B.A. in Theatrical Arts from SUNY Albany. After a brief hiatus from performing, she is thrilled to be back on the stage with her first project with Diversity Players of Harlem. She would like to thank her Claudio for always supporting his Hero.

George Carroll is delighted to participate in this delightful one act and would like to thank the Esper Studios for their wonderful training and Diversity Players for the oppritunity.

Off-Broadway: Perfect Wedding. Regional: Lady Windermere's Fan, Yes. No. Maybe So, Christmas Carol, The Crucible (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), Snow White, The Man Who Came to Dinner (Florida Repertory Theatre), Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, Anthony and Cleopatra, King Lear, As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Henry VIII, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry IV Part 1, Illyria, Macbeth (Virginia Shakespeare Festival), Imprints (New Court Theatre). Fabio also specializes in staged violence for theatre and film, with dozens of credits as a performer/director. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina's MFA program.  www.fabiopires.com

Nadijah Abdul-Khaliq is a New York City native recent graduate of Long Island University dance and theater major. Her acting career began with a role in Spike Lee's "Crooklyn". Currently performing with the Hudson Guild theater Company, Nadijah is looking forward to a long illustrious carrer in theater film and television.