FRAGMENTS

Genre: Comedy
©Michael Weems
by Michael Weems

Fragments depicts six friends amidst their tumultuous senior year of college. Between Tiffany's 'loving' emasculation of any man nearby, Jay's rampant paranoia that the sexiest girl ever, Melissa, will make him her bitch, and Troy's maniac nightmares of his castrating fiancé, these roommates and the rest of the myriad ensemble throw together a slap dash party to inevitably fulfill their sad destinies through wildly mismatched love affairs, life-altering prank phone calls, and the perpetual misconnection between an ambitious TV journalist-to-be and the guy next door.

With a stellar cast (Blake Bradford, Bill Bria, Tanya Fazal, Alixandra Liiv, Kevin Michael Murphy*, and Holly Kay Roberts) directed by Christine Vinh, Fragments invites you to laugh at their misfortune, empathize if you've gone through it too recently, and reminisce on when you were so naïve and fondly wonder.... What the hell was I thinking?!

About the Company: Little Hibiscus Productions

Little Hibiscus Productions purpose is to create a New York City based performing arts ensemble dedicated to creating, developing and staging, affordable quality plays and programs and with a commitment to provide opportunities for the collaboration of new and established playwrights, local actors, directors, designers, as well as industry professionals to express themselves artistically, build lasting creative relationships, to be seen and heard and to work together to develop and perform programs that are topical and relevant to the communities they represent with an emphasis on women playwrights.

 

Open:   07/13/08
Close:   07/20/08

Schedule:
Sunday, July 13 - Saturday, July 19 at 8 PM
Saturday, July 19 & Sunday July 20 at 2 PM
Theater:   Matthew Corozine Studio
Address:   300 W. 43rd St.
New York, NY 10011
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Cost:$12.00 all tickets
Buy Tickets Online or Call: SmartTix at 212-868-4444
Company: Little Hibiscus Productions         Official Web Site: www.littlehibiscus.com

Blake Bradford is an Emmy Award winning writer/director whose theatrical work has appeared all over the US and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Greece, Scotland/England, Denmark, Italy and South Africa. His original plays I, Undertow, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve, Dance at Bataan, The Last Cloud, and Gay Slave Handbook are actively seen in the regional circuits and NYC. As a director, his most acclaimed work has been with two time Emmy Winner Joan Darling and Bill Svanoe. Blake has directed Ms. Darling all over the US in Svanoe's Quisisana, Lost and Found, Pants on Fire, Callback, The Last Silver Zephyer, and The Last Laugh. Other NYC includes MidsummerSnake in Fridge, Dark of the Moon, Cherry Orchard, Twilight of the Golds, Tempest, Arsenic & Old Lace, Spitfire Grill and Jellyroll Shoes. He serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Wings Theatre, where he runs Zephyer Rep.  Blake is currently on the staff of "Live from Lincoln Center" (PBS), where they won a 2008 Emmy for Madama Butterfly. Other TV credits include "The Big Gay Sketch Show" (LOGO/MTV), "Showtime at the Apollo" (NBC), "Drama Desk Awards" (PBS) and "Arthur Ashe Kids Day" (CBS).

Bill Bria hails from Ann Arbor, MI and got his BA in the Visual and Performing Arts from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Bill also spent a semester studying in London at the British American Drama Academy. His most recent projects include Broadhollow Theater's production of The Woman In Black, Haberdasher Theatre's production of Arnold Schulman's Lost, and a handful of shows with sketch group American Candy. He has written and directed plays in addition to acting, and thanks ArtEffects for letting him play in their sandbox!
 

Tanya Fazal was last seen last year playing a vampire victim in WWSS4 as well as in Little Hibiscus’ Fragments as Melissa. Tanya participated in WWSS3 as a director, and is thrilled to be part of this exciting event for a third time, again as an actor. Tanya has worked in theater since she was a child. Credits have spanned Houston, TX (where she grew up) and New York City (where she moved 3 years ago). Past shows include Lost and Occasionally Found, Little Fascist Panties, and The Unexpected Guest. Tanya recently graduated from the MBA program at NYU Stern and currently works in Marketing at American Express.

Alixandra Liiv (Tiffany) has been a performer since the age of eight, appearing in numerous commercials and commercial voice-overs. She trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England. Past New York credits include: "As You Like It", "Twelfth Night" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Blue Heron Arts Centre), "Hippolytus" (Powerhouse Theatre), and the one-woman show "Sophia Sings the Blues" (Theatre Studio Inc.) Film Credits include: "The Devil Wears Prada" dir. David Frankel, "Override" dir. Randall Krongard (Hamptons Film Festival '08).
Kevin Michael Murphy (Jay) - Kevin's most recent theater credits include: "Flora the Red Menace" (Opening Doors), "With Glee" (NYMF), and working with Stephen Schwartz on his new musical, "Snapshots" (Seaside Music Theater). Kevin played the lead in the film "The Yellow Tent" which was just chosen as an official selection for the 2008 Outfest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in L.A. Hailed by Gawker.com as "the most clueless boy in New York", Kevin can also be found on youtube.com in his webseries, the "Craig Stevens Video Blog." Kevin holds a masters from NYU, and a bachelors from James Madison University. Member of Equity. Thanks to Gary Epstein, my parents, and everyone involved with this production.

Holly Kay is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. If you have a quick eye, you may see her in the 4th episode of the new television series, Life on Mars. This summer, Holly Kay was pleased to work with Little Hibiscus Productions in the Michael Weems comedy, Fragments. Holly Kay hopes to emulate Tina Fey, and one day win an Oscar for her work in a comedy.