THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Written by Harold Pinter, Directed by James Edward Duff, Stage Manager - Andrea Perry

The Birthday Party is written by Harold Pinter, the winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature.

So, what would happen if a bizarre loner cohabitates in a house with a married couple, a beautiful woman, and a couple of seedy characters? This question is answered with jaw-dropping humor as the housemates throw a birthday party for the loner. The event is the place where several disturbing facts are surfaced and a shocking resolve unfolds.

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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:   09/26/07
Close:   09/30/07

Schedule:
Wednesday - Friday 8pm Nightly
Saturday at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Theater:   Roy Arias Theaters
Address:   300 W. 43rd Street 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door
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Company: Diversity Players Of Harlem         Official Web Site: www.diversityplayersofharlem.com
Joseph Covino is a veteran actor who has performed in several stage productions, studio films, and independent films. In addition, he has produced and directed, and recently created a production company, East Village Studios.

Polina Gorman Lulu/Understudy

Polina studied dance and theater since she was 10 years old. She performed, for five years with choreographer Andrey Ivanov's Dance Company when she relocated to New York. Recently she had an opportunity to perform in upcoming feature "No Love In the City" Dir. Marius Balchunas and "Cold Souls"  starring Paul Giamatti, Dir. Sophie Barthes.

 

Nick Fleming Stanley
Nick Fleming received his MFA from The New School for Drama in 2006. Since then he has been involved with The New Globe Theatre in such performances as The Servant of Two Masters, The Scarlet Letter, and the upcoming Two Gentlemen of Verona. He has also voiced Luke Whisnant's How to Build a House for Audible Books as well as other voice work for documentaries. He is also involved with developing three new plays at The Actor's Studio.
Coco's most recent stage appearance was as a lead in "The Hand and The Hen," a Midtown International Theatre Festival production. Her film credits include Adam Beck's "A Cup of Tea" as Mona; Nathaniel Paluga's recently premiered "Medusa," in the title role; Sebastian Weber's "Harry Situation" as Peg, Mya Lipswell in "The Intern" and Claire in "The Final Argument. "Coco currently studies at T Schreiber Studios. She's pleased as punch to be joining the fabulous Diversity Players of Harlem. A warm thanks to her coach, Buddy, and her dear parents for their support and encouragement.

Himyo Green Goldberg
Himyo was born with a sense of mission: A mission to evoke feelings of joy in those that he encounters throughout his daily life. That mission has been cultivated through the practice of Nichiren Buddhism and his spiritual mentor Daisaku Ikeda. Himyo has studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute as well as at Clark Atlanta University.

†James Edward Shippy is originally from Houston, TX where his credits include Giving Up The Ghost, Behind Closed Doors, and playing Martin Luther King Jr. in The Meeting. NY credits include The Last Minstrel Show (finalist in Strawberry One Act Festival, Feb. 07), A Soldiers Play, and August Strindberg's Comrades. Recently he has wrapped up roles in Untitled horror film directed by Richard W. Haines, and Pressure, an urban drama set in Harlem in the 1980's. Much thanks to the DPOH!

A theatre/film director based in NYC, James Duff recently spent six months in India directing a feature film. His films have been broadcast on PBS and have won numerous awards at festivals around the world, and he also directed human rights films in West Africa for two years. In New York, he has worked with theatre companies such as the 42nd Street Workshop, The Ensemble Studio Theatre and Vital Theatre Company, and recently completed a play in the NYC Intl. Fringe Festival. He instructs NYU Tisch drama students at Stone Street Studios in acting for the camera, is currently the directing instructor at the Digital Film Academy and teaches a directing workshop in Kenya funded by UNESCO. James earned his MFA in directing from USC's film school, where he won a fellowship for excellence in directing actors.

Andrea Perry Production Stage Manager
Andrea Perry is a founding member of Quad Boro Entertainment. She is proud to have been Production Stage Manager on the QBE productions of 'Bridal Terrorism', 'A Dead Man's Apartment', and 'Face Divided'. She would like to thank all of those around her and modern technology for making this a positive experience, and looks forward to future Quad Boro Entertainment productions.
Shawn Luckey Producer

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.

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Executive Producer and Director is the founder and CEO of DA’ Right Entertainment. As a child, Dwight Ali experienced the entertainment world by working in commercial print and television commercials. After a break from the business as a teen, Dwight Ali returned to acting on stage. His stage credits include “For This Reason… A Love Story”; “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”; “Amen Corner”; “A Family’s Play”; “A Soldier's Play”; and “The Red Lamp”. He also is active in singing, dancing, song writing, producing, set design, and directing. Dwight Ali has also Directed a number of Productions including the New York Premieres of “He Said, She Said: A Romantic Comedy” by Shawn Luckey, “Love’s Gonna Get Ya!”  By James and Michele Woodson and “Die Laughing the Stage Play” by Marq Overton which staring Kevin “dot com” Brown of  NBC’s Emmy Award Winning 30 Rock in its run at the World Famous Laugh Factor. “Die Laughing” took a look at one man's life who is stricken with breast cancer and his struggle to push past the façade of ignorance and arrogance, in a quest to arrive at awareness and ultimate redemption.