A QUIET END

Genre: Drama, Lesbian+Gay
©Karen Tiongson
By Robin Swados

WHAT'S LEFT WHEN ALL YOU HAVE LEFT
IS WHAT YOU'VE HAD ALL ALONG?

Four men, one disease, and astonishing heart set the stage for a journey that will alter your perspective on an epidemic that continues to affect every community in the world. For the first time in almost two decades, The Rapscallion Theatre Collective brings Robin Swados's A Quiet End back to New York. Up-and-coming director Tom Rothacker directs the script, which has been freshly revised by the playwright especially for this production.

Taking place in the early 1980s, A Quiet End explores the lives of three men—a teacher, an aspiring jazz pianist and an unemployed actor—sharing a rundown apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. All have lost their jobs, all have been shunned by their families, and all have AIDS. The unexpected appearance in the apartment of an ex-boyfriend—uncertain about his own future—opens a poignant and thought-provoking evening of theater that explores the meaning of friendship, loyalty and love. By celebrating the lives of men who, in their most dire moment, become fearlessly life embracing, A Quiet End displays an abiding affection and generosity of spirit for the foibles, imperfections and, ultimately, quiet heroism of its quartet of protagonists.

Tom Rothacker - Director
Jennifer Cintron - Assistant Director
Alexandra Duerr - Stage Manager
Jess White - Costume Design
Andrew Lavault - Set Design
Chris Speziale - Production Manager

Featuring: Christophe Anderson, Aidan Kane*, Rony Sheer, Kelly Miller*, and Guy Wegener

*These actors are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. Equity Approved Showcase.

About the Company: Rapscallion Theatre Collective

It is the Rapscallion Theatre Collective's goal and desire to evoke change, educate, and learn through our journey of performance art. To establish a community where fellow artists can feel a sense of freedom to pursue and conquer their artistic endeavors. To return to a time when theatre was not only viewed for its entertainment value, but also lead our audience toward a vision, thought, or memory; one that would support and guide them into making changes in their lives and/or surroundings. To use theatre not only as an art but, as an aid to better the human race and develop stronger relations within our communities.

Open:   09/25/08
Close:   10/05/08

Schedule:
Sept 25-27 & Oct 1-4 at 8pm
Sept 27-28 & Oct 4-5 at 2pm
Theater:   Endtimes Underground @ The Gene Frankel
Address:   24 Bond St.
New York, NY 10012
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Cost:$18.00
Buy Tickets Online or Call: SmartTix at 212-868-4444
Company: Rapscallion Theatre Collective         Official Web Site: www.rapscalliontheatrecollective.com

CHRISTOPHE ANDERSON (Max) - is proud to be a founding member and co-Artistic Director of the Rapscallion Theatre Collective. He received his acting BFA from Long Island University C.W.Post Campus. Christophe has focused on teaching and directing for the past few years, and is absolutely elated to return to the stage in this production of A Quiet End; marking his NYC acting debut. Other regional acting credits include: Strangest Kind of Romance (Little Man), Crave (A), and The Day Room (Budge/Arno Klein). He thanks the cast, Tom, and the rest of the crew for taking this journey together, and thanks to his family and friends for their unshakeable support. Always for and because of Ray!
 

AIDAN KANE (Jason) - Originally from Texas, Aidan left his roots to study performance at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. It was there where he received his BFA in Theatre and shortly after graduation became a teacher of teenage minds. Three years later, he cashed in his retirement to pursue his own professional career which leaves us at his current junction. Aidan is thrilled to be working with the Rapscallion Theatre Collective as well as the rest of the talented members of this great cast. His credits include a plethora of amazing roles which you probably have never seen him in, but rest assured they were amazing, and he did do them. You might have seen him selling burgers on billboards for Mickey D’s or Cell phones in Magazines for AT&T. Perhaps you saw him playing a trumpet on posters all over the subway lines here in NYC or maybe, just maybe, you might recognize him as Erika Kane’s waiter on All My Children. He’s a jack of all trades really and he credits his motivation and love for the arts to his lovingly supportive family and his perfectly wonderful and glamorous girlfriend Jessica Parks. J

RONY SHEER (Billy) - is from Jerusalem, where he began performing as a circus artist during his childhood. This past May, he received his Masters of Fine Arts from Columbia University’s School of the Arts where he trained with Kristin Linklater, Andrei Serban, Niky and Ulla Wolcz, Larry Singer and others. At Columbia, Rony performed in pieces such as The Lower Depths, Three Sisters, As You Like It, The Venetian Twins, and Diane Paulus’s adaptation of James Baldwin’s Another Country.
In the late nineties, he was a member of NYU’s Creative arts team where he acted in several devised plays. Rony also holds a BFA in acting from Adelphi University, where he performed in plays such as Once in a life Time, Holy Ghosts, Tony and Tina’s Wedding, and helped workshop some of Jonathan Larson’s rare early works. In the summer of 06 he trained with Anne Bogart’s SITI company. The following summer he acted in and produced the U.S. premier of the acclaimed Israeli play The Child Dreams. Rony would like to thank his family for way too many things to even mention. He would also like to thank The Rapscallion Theatre Collective and everyone involved in this production.
Visit Rony’s webpage at www.ronysheer.com.
 

KELLY MILLER (Tony) - was last seen on stage in the NY International Fringe Festival production 7 Stories High. Other NYC stage credits include: I.E. In Other Words (The Flea Theater), Beyond Therapy, Sin (Bohemian Archaeology), The Crackwalker, Book of Days (New World Theatre) and Shopping and Fucking (The Themantics Group). He has just completed work on the independent film Silent River. Previous film credits include New Guy, Public Interest, New York Lately, The Coldest Winter, The Great Pretenders and Futures (& Derivatives).

Guy Wegener (Doctor) - grew-up on a small farm in Minnesota where he discovered his love of climbing trees, reading and acting. He attended the University of Minnesota where he received a B.A. in Theatre. He was seen most recently as "Gaston" in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in Rapid City, SD. And before that he spent two years on the road with Cameron's Macintosh's OLIVER! (Ensemble/Bill Sykes u/s). Guy has worked at the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis and starred in the indie comedy FAT CHANCE!. He is also a writer and recently sold the option on his Sci-Fi family adventure called, NICK OF TIME (no, not the Johnny Depp film). When he's not acting or writing, Guy likes to work with kids and recently spent part of the summer in Minnesota teaching at a Drama camp for high school students.