DARK OF THE MOON

Genre: Drama
Written by HOWARD RICHARDSON and WILLIAM BERNEY, Directed by IAN R. CRAWFORD

Thirsty Turtle Productions modern retelling of this theater classic explores the relationship between sexuality and the power of religion in America. Set deep in the Appalachian mountains, DARK OF THE MOON is a timeless tale of magic, fate and doomed romance. From the moment the audience hears young Barbara sing the lyrics to her favorite song about a young witch boy who falls in love with a mountain girl, they know that the future of the two young lovers will not be good. Despite the fact that their fate has been decided, that they are forever stuck in a history that seems to cycle like the refrain of a song, the characters in the play, as well as the audience watching, cling to the hope that perhaps just this once things will turn out all right. And if they don't, at least there is a lesson to be learned.
Open:   06/15/07
Close:   07/07/07

Schedule:
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Theater:   Chashama 111 Theater
Address:   217 East 42nd St
New York, NY 10017
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Cost:$15.00
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  ADALGIZA CHEMOUNTD (Mrs. Bergen) is a founding member of No Flour Productions, The Group B Project and La Famosa Productions. She recently produced the Off-Broadway production, The Lover and What's Beyond These Walls: Four One-Act Plays. She has just appeared in Fowl Play at The Public Theater as part of the Suzan-Lori Parks series 365 Plays/365 Days. She also appeared in The Women, Two Precious Maidens, All in the Timing: The Philadelphia, Our Country's Good, Melting Pot, Madre e Hija and The Mandrake. She has recently finished shooting her first film No Estoy Loca Solo Estoy Desesperada.
  RENEE DELIO (Fair Witch) This is Renee's 3rd Thirsty Turtle Production. She played Masha in TTP's debut production Seagull and directed The Good Doctor. She originated roles in Gideon Productions' Fleet Week: the Musical and Air Guitar, both in the New York Fringe Festival 2005 and 2006. She also played Natalie in Hail Satan which will open again in the 2007 Fringe Festival. She was recently nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Geri in Cawffee Tawk as part of the 2007 Strawberry One-Act Festival. Renee is a graduate of New York's High School of Performing Arts and NYU with a BFA in Theater. She also studied at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, The New School and Upright Citizens Brigade.
  SARAH HAYES DONNELL (Barbara Allen) earned her B.A. in Dramatic Art from UNC Chapel Hill where she performed in three Mainstage shows, and four Lab Theater productions including Noises Off!, Equus, and Hair. Dedicated to the development of new works, she originated an independent study program at UNC, during which time she wrote her one woman show, Hole in the Head, and assisted teaching a seminar on the creation of plays and musicals. She recently appeared at the 45th Street Theatre in the backer's audition of The New Hopeville Comics—a rock opera she co-wrote with composer Nate Weida. Other credits include Portia in The Merchant of Venice (Sanford Meisner Theater) and Raksha in Byuioo: A Gibberish Musical (Fringe NYC).
  NOAH DUNHAM (John) New York/Regional Work: Strawberry One-Act Festival (American Theater of Actors), Caliban in The Tempest (City Performing Arts, Portland), Schroeder in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Sylvia's Dinner Theater). University Theater: Garcin in No Exit, Charles in The Busy Body, Pentheus in The Bacchae.
  ADAM FUJITA (Uncle Smelicue)
  MATTHEW HADLEY (Marvin Hudgens) recently graduated from New York University, where he majored in drama and anthropology. He is a founding member of Thirsty Turtle Productions, and is very excited to be acting in his first production with them in 2 years. He will soon be appearing in the Old Vic Theater's 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic, New Voices at the Atlantic Mainstage Theater. As he embarks on his post-college career, Matthew is thankful for the friends and family who have always supported him, and is excited to continue to walk this path with them by his side—especially his Mom.
  RUSSEL HARDER (Hank Grudger) This is Russel's first production with Thirsty Turtle. He just finished a two-year conservatory program with the ATC acting school. The token Canadian in the cast, he's both polite and easy to get along with. Which goes without saying. Russel has recently been in productions of Clifford Odets' Golden Boy and a play by the name of Loves Fire, written by various writers. He's also a burgeoning writer, painter and penciler. He'd like to thank his mom and dad back in Saskatchewan. Chelsea too.
  JESSICA HOWELL (Ms. Metcalf) Graduated Fordham University in '06 with a double major in acting and directing. Past credits include: National Tour of Scooby-Doo live in Stagefright! As Ms. Velma Dinkley....
  CHRIS MASULLO (Mr. Allen/Mr. Bergen) For Entertainment Events Inc.: Tony-n-Tina's Wedding (Nat'l Tour) at Fordham Lincoln Center: Pericles, The Busybody,The Inspector General, La Calle de La Gran Occasion at Interlochen Arts Academy: Romeo and Juliet, Ionesco's Macbett, The Secret Garden.

  BRENDAN NORTON (Floyd Allen) is a current senior at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, majoring in Theatre Performance. Previous credits include Man Equals Man (Mr. Wang), Endgame (Hamm), The Government Inspector (The Postmaster), Grease! (Roger), The Cat and the Cop (The Cop). Thirsty Turtle debut.
  KATEY PARKER (Mrs. Allen) has performed in various theatrical productions in NYC with The Bull Family Orchestra and at PS122 with I.C.E. While at NYU studied with the Atlantic Theater Company. She is also a tutor and childcare worker. Katey assists with Field trips at 826 NYC writing workshop and tutoring center in Brooklyn, NY. Katey recently completed a music video to accompany Katie Bull's jazz album, The Story So Far and a promotional advertisement for 826 NYC to be shown at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with films written, acted, and directed by kids in workshops at the center.
  AMANDA PECK (Edna Summey) Founding member of Thirsty Turtle Productions, as well as the company's Communications Director. She served as the dramaturge for the company's first production, Dennis Tseng's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Seagull. She also co-directed the company's fourth show - Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, and produced TTP's first foray into festivals with Shoot the Dog. Amanda has been involved in several sketch comedy projects in the past few years, including one in which she got to wear a fat suit and eat lots of Munchos. She graduated from New York University in 2004 with a BA in English with a pecialization in writing.
  MINNA RICHARDSON (Mrs. Summey) has recently appeared in the production of Headlights Break by Gillian Hurst and appears regularly as a member of her sketch comedy troupe The Ice Cream Socialists. More information about that can be found on myspace.com. She has also been pursuing voice over work. She will be starting graduate school at Brooklyn College in the fall. Thanks to Thirsty Turtle, the wonderful cast, and Ian Crawford for the wonderful opportunity.
  DENNIS X. TSENG (Dark Witch) is a founding member and current Executive Director of Thirsty Turtle Productions. With TTP he has directed his adaptation of Chekhov's Seagull, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, and Shoot the Dog (MITF), produced, (The Good Doctor, God's Country, and Fuddy Meers), and acted, (Machinal, Dark of the Moon) Other notable shows include Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, (Atlantic Theater Company), Am I Blue? (HERE), Waiting for Lefty (The Knitting Factory), Women of Troy (dir. Mark Wing-Davey), and an adaptation of Haruki Murakami's Wind-Up Bird Chronicle at the Edward Albee Foundation (dir. Stephen Earnhart).
  JAKE THOMAS (Preacher Haggler) is happy to be working on his second production with Thirsty Turtle. He is also creating an internet short series entitled Suicide Hotline and can frequently be seen reading and creating dirty stories with both Polly Frost and UrbanErotica. He is currently developing multiple writing and performance projects.