Genre: Drama
Written by Michael Niederman; Directed by Elyzabeth Gorman

IGNITED STATES PRODUCTION COMPANY is pleased to announce the New York premiere production of TO BARCELONA! Written by Michael Niederman, and directed by Elyzabeth Gorman. TO BARCELONA! Will play a limited engagement at The Workshop Theater, NY (312 West 36th Street, 4th Fl.). Performances begin Saturday, October 11 and continue through Sunday, October 26.

A mile from the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, three New Yorkers indulge in their final night of drunken revelry before they kill, and possibly die, for their ideals. By morning they will know just how much they are willing to sacrifice for their utopia. Set at the high water mark of American activism, To Barcelona! tells the story of idealistic young men, struggling to make their ideology conform with their own human needs.
The production features scenic design by Blair Mielnik, costume design by David Withrow, lighting design by David Bengali and sound design by Martha Goode. Stephanie Tucci is the Prop Master and Christie Love Santiago is the stage manager.

About the Company: Ignited States

IGNITED STATES PRODUCTION COMPANY is dedicated to the production of new work that has a focus on the political, the social, and the emotional. Our goal is to bring artists of from all disciplines together, in order to tell smart stories that look at the world in new and interesting ways. We are interested in theater that tackles major issues, from politics to religion, from society at large to the inner workings of the human heart. We want our plays to be the spark of great conversation, and perhaps even greater change. Ignited States begins with a question.

Preview:   10/11/08
Open:   10/11/08
Close:   10/26/08

Mondays at 8:00 pm
Thursdays at 8:00 pm
Fridays at 8:00 pm
Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 8:00 pm
Theater:   Workshop Theater
Address:   312 West 36th Street
New York, NY
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Cost:Tickets are $18.00 ($12.00 students/seniors)
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Elyzabeth Gorman is Artistic Director of Ignited States Production Company, dedicated to smart works that spark debate. World premieres include Caitlin Condy's See Jane Run (Prospect Theatre Co.); Jennifer Lane’s Does Anyone Know Sarah Paisner? (Intravenous Theatre Co.); and Michael Niederman’s To Barcelona! (Ignited States Production Co.), Every Man (’07 Samuel French Festival Winner), and Don’t Drink and F*ck (Crosstown Playwrights). Other favorite productions include Caitlin Condy’s Little Wing (NY Int’l Fringe Festival); Anthony Clarvoe’s The Living (Stone Soup Theater); and an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV in Prospect Park, produced by Rebellious Subjects. She is a proud member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the Artistic Cabinet of Rebel Theater Co.

Alex Emanuel  is a member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA. His NY stage credits include premieres of Another Man’s Poison, Count Down, Bronx Hebrew Social School, Live Coverage, Afraid of Heights, Broken Shadows, and productions of The Years, Three Days of Rain and Secrets of Freud and Jung among other plays. Alex’s Chicago stage credits include premieres of Possible Worlds, Eagle River, The Killing Game, Disappeared (at Steppenwolf), and productions of The Dreamer Examines His Pillow and Catch 22.  His feature film roles include Grand Slammed, Buster, Together, Therapy, Reality Lost, 2Wks, 1Yr, Land of False Clocks, Brother 2 and Monotony among other films, and his TV credits include roles on Rescue Me, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Hack, All My Children, The Whitest Kids You Know, Hope Falls, Mediocre New York and the HBO movie Everyday People. Alex is a native New Yorker, former professional indie rock musician and illustrator, and has his own production company, Starna productions, which is presently in the midst of getting a few choice tv, film and theatre projects off the ground. Alex was a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre’s Ensemble Project; a select group of actors chosen from a nationwide search, which spawned the School at Steppenwolf.


Is currently playing the character of TRINE in Oslo Elsewhere´s US premiere of Jon Fosse’s Sa Ka La at Theaters at 45 Bleecker  (running until September 27).  Other New York credits include The Workroom (dir. Moni Yakim), The Young Woman in Fosse’s US debut Night Sings Its Songs, Boys’ Life, The Physics Project, After the Fall, Under Milk Wood and Rosmersholm (as REBECCA WEST).  Before coming to New York she worked professionally at major theaters in Norway with award-winning actors and directors such as Hilda Hellwiig, Stein Winge, Bjørn Sundquist and Sven Nordin.  Her European credits include SOLVEIG in Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, Harold Pinter’s The Lover, LADY ANNE in Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, and the one woman show Fidel’s Island.   She recently finished shooting the independent feature Tom and Valkyrie, where she played the female protagonist, VALKYRIE.  Her other film credits include Gone with the Woman (w. Peter Stormare.  Dir. Petter Næss.  Contender for a nomination in the category for Best Foreign Language Film, 2008 Academy Awards), I’m Afraid I am Hitler (as EVA BRAUN),  Liliana.Rebecca, Poise, Anniversary (Best Ensemble Award) and Shutterbug.  Anna has also written essays for theatrical publications, among them the essay Rebecca West 2006 for the book Ibsen’s Women.  Look out for her and the multimedia-integrated play IN SECURITY premiering at 3 Legged Dog in April 2009.


New York roles include Azdak (Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Mabou Mines Residency Artist Program) with Performance Lab 115 - an ensemble theatre company of which he is a member, Bottom (Mid Summer), Feste (Twelfth Night), Costard (Love's Labours Lost) and Hercules (Alcestis). This summer he starred as David O. Selznick in Moonlight and Magnolias and Pete, etc. in Almost, Maine at St. Michael's Playhouse in Vermont. Marty's training includes an MFA in Acting from Columbia University, a double BA from Tufts University, and the London Academy of Theatre. He is the author of the play Shorter Than Tom and can be see as the title role of Osiris Ford, an independent feature film to be released by Rogue Planet Productions.


Since Graduating from The Neighborhood Playhouse, Gregory has appeared in several independent films and theatrical productions.  His credits include the films "Duel With Me" directed by Dwane Harris and "Wandering Aengus" directed by Kevin Hooper, both set to be released in the coming months.  Theatrical Credits include Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart," Aristophanes "Lysistrata," and Eric Bogosian's "Suburbia."  He is thrilled to be working with such a brilliant group of artists on this production.

Greetings and thanks for visiting my Theatre Online page.... I'm Eric Rice. I'm an actor and a member of SAG, AEA and AFTRA. As you are reading this in the Fall '09 I am involved in development of a film project with Cry Havoc Films and just closed the rep production of Henry IV Parts I & II (dir. Elyzabeth Gorman) + Henry V (dir. Melisa Annis) for Rebellious Subjects Theatre and the Prospect Park Alliance (performed at the Prospect Park Music Pagoda).

I have a B.A., Applied Arts & Sciences, in Drama, Emphasis in Acting, from SDSU made possible through funding from the U.S. Army G.I. Bill. I transplanted from California to NYC in mid-2007 to further develop my artistic career and delve into the life of '50's pulp writer and Philadelphia native David Goodis. In San Francisco I was Managing Director of Unidentified Theatre Company and Executive Director of La Vache Enragée Productions-both 501(c)(3) organizations-and a member of Three Wise Monkeys Theatre Company. 

Sincere thanks to you for visiting my page. You may also find more information on my website


Is the author of the plays The Kuptferberg Family Tragedy (New York Stage and Film), To Barcelona! (TRU Voices Reading Series), Alvin Saves The Day, Good Men, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (Risley Theater), Running Across Amsterdam (American Theater for the Actors), and Chelsea, Alaska (Lion Theater).

He is also the author of numerous short plays.  His pieces Every Man and Death From Above Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love America were featured at the 2007 Samuel French Short Play Festival, and Every Man was awarded top honors, winning the festival.  His one-act, one-person show A Lecture On Subjects Important By John Karpowski, Expert, was recently produced by Crosstown Playwrights, and his short play Last Call was produced by Blue Box Productions at their November 2007 Sticky Festival.  In 2008 Crosstown Playwrights produced his play One Little Duck at their Spring Forward Play Festival, and Blue Box Productions produced his play American Hosanna at their 2008 Sticky Festival.
Most Recently his play Chelsea, Alaska was awarded a reading at the Soho Think Tank Sixth Floor Reading Series, and his new play, Freshman Fifteen was read as part of Crosstown Playwrights Summer Reading Series at the Second Stage Theater. 

Michael is also an accomplished screenwriter.  His script for the short film Proof of Birth won the Broadcast Educational Association Best Screenplay Award, and Faculty Selects at the Columbia University Film Festival.  His feature length screenplay, Saint Carlos of Gowanus also won Faculty Selects at Columbia University, was featured at the National Association of Independent Latino Producers Writer’s Lab, and is a finalist for the Sundance Film Festival Writer’s Lab.

Michael is the Director of Artistic Development for Ignited States. He is also a member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), and is a founding member and producer of the Crosstown Playwrights.