Genre: Comedy
The Return of Phare Play's 21 Hour Play Festival

Phare Play is at it again. Giving six writers a mere 12 hours to crank out a script. They don't get to pick their theme or even their actors. Heck, they're even forced to use a certain line. And then the directors and actors only get an afternoon to get fully blocked and offbook? Before they have to subject their work to audiences who not only are there to be amused but also to judge them in categories like "Hottest Cast" and "Best Use of Prop"?

Hell, yeah! And you know it's a ton of fun! One night only - two shows. You know you want to.

Open:   11/08/08
Close:   11/08/08

Theater:   Off Off Broadway Playhouse
Address:   300 W. 43rd Street 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$12 General Admission or Call: OvationTix at
Company: Phare Play Productions         Official Web Site: www.phareplay.com
Bill Bria Writer

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!

Duncan Pflaster has been writing and acting in NYC for 11 years, and recently winning awards for both. His plays include Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants, Suckers, Ore or Or, The Wastes of Time, Eternity: Time Without End, and many more. This is his third time with the 21-hour play festival, and he's excited to jump off the cliff again! www.duncanpflaster.com

Andrew Rothkin most recently penned and co-produced Bubby’s Shadow for The 2008 Midtown International Theatre Festival (winner, Outstanding Overall Production of a New Drama Play), and wrote and directed Love Bites, a short, twisted one act performed as part of The Spotlight On Halloween Variety Show. Other favorite pieces produced in NYC include Danny, Paved with Gold, Voice and tryin’ t’ touch the sun, among others, as well as numerous readings and staged readings. Andrew has guided many hundreds of young people in writing plays, monologues, poems, essays, etc., through his work as teacher and artist-in-residence. He is also an actor and director, and serves as Artistic Director of White Rabbit Theatre.

Oliver Thrun Writer

Oliver Thrun received his BA Degree in Theatre/Dance from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His play, Adam of the Apes, will be produced this fall by Haberdasher Theatre as part of their current season and he will be playing Sasha in the Village Light Opera Group's production of Fiddler on the Roof in May. He is a resident actor/writer at Theater for the New City and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Michael Weems Writer

Having not slept for six months and already endured the rigorous WWSS 1-3, Michael figured this endeavor a natural fit for his current zombie like capacities. Recent writing credits: Fragments (Little Hibiscus Productions and Festival 56, Chicago IL); Subtlety (Algonquin Theatre); and Burden Me (Phare Play Productions) and the upcoming Onward, Forward (Little Hibiscus Productions – Dec 3-7, 2008) and the publication of Love Me, As Well (most recently – Eye Gone Black Literary Journal) and Waiting Life (Freight Train Magazine). When not being awaken (sometimes clothed) by his wife's rehearsals (BLATANT PLUG – Come See Anastasia Trials and The Importance of Being Earnest this November/December!) he can be found physically threatening their Wii Fit, verbally threatening international punks on pokerstars.net who go all in pre-flop, and watching painfully addicting children's television with his son. Thanks to my loves, Christine & Thomas.

Shuo Zhang Writer

Shuo Zhang is back from her adventures and she's glad to return home (the stage, the script, the screen) where she is most happy. She hopes her forays into cancer-curing and empire-building would only result in a better portrayal of a soon-to-be college dropout. She thanks Little Hibiscus for giving her an opportunity to portray a white girl. Previously she played Ellen Feinstein in Kymm Zuckert's The Super Big Blow-Out Bash at Dionysus' Pad. Additionally, she thanks the cast and Karen for more fun than she's used to, and her acting teacher, Mr. Abeson.

Mira Gibson Director

Mira Gibson - Current member of the Youngblood Writers Group at Ensemble Studio Theatre, playwriting credits include: childhood Montana, produced at the Midtown International Theater festival, 2008. Gibson directed this production which was nominated for five MITF awards including Outstanding Overall Production of a Play and Outstanding Playwriting for a New Script. childhood Montana was a Semi-Finalist at the Lark Play Development Center, 2008. Perverted Roberta, produced at the Performing Arts Center at Bard College under the direction of Ken Rus Schmoll. Perverted Robera received a reading at NYC’s Ten Grand and a Burger’s Cold Cuts Reading Series, 2006. In 2004, Gibson wrote a short play under commission for Water Monsters, Inc. a NYC based experimental theater company, performances took place at public parks around NYC. Gibson graduated with a B.A. in theater from Bard College. Gibson lives and writes in Brooklyn.

Christine Kahler Director

Chrissie is a doll.  Plain and simple.  

Vallen Pilgrim Director

Vallen Dior Pilgrim first started out with Phare Play as an actor in Snake In Fridge. This is her third round of directing in Phare Play's Short Shorts. She always has a blast and looks forward to continuing to play in the future. Her favorite color is magenta and she love's the BeeGee's and long walks on a starlit beach. She dedicates this to her dog, Lolita. The best pet a girl could ask for.

Ramona Pula Director

Ramona Pula most recently directed Andrew Rothkin’s Bubby’s Shadow (MITF 2008 Award recipient for Outstanding Overall Production of a New Drama). In New York she has worked at La Mama ETC (acting), and with White Rabbit Theatre in conjunction with Spotlight On Productions (acting, directing and producing). She has studied acting with The Barrow Group, and producing with the Commercial Theater Institute, a project of Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and The Broadway League, Inc. Ramona has created a formal production company, Mo Pula Productions, which is a new entity dedicated to producing original work by New York artists, including but not limited to plays, music compositions and dance. Bubby's Shadow marked the first project under the auspices of this company. Currently in pre¬production for Witkacy's The Beelzebub Sonata, for which an original composition is being created by Clint Edwards. Originally from Baltimore (hey hon!), where she produced and directed many theatre productions, Ramona graduated from Towson University, Maryland, with a BA in Theatre Arts.

Layne Racowsky Director

Layne Racowsky is a recent graduate of The New School for drama where she received her MFA in Directing and is very excited to be working with Phare Play for the first time. Directing credits include: The Jungle Book (Wingspan Arts), Mercury and Mars, Labor Pains, Medea, Sure Thing (NSD Random Acts Festival), Purge Partners (Samuel French Festival, Finalist, 2006), The Life's Goodbye (Samuel French Festival, 2006), The Audition (Working Man's Clothes Productions), Lost, Found, & Remembered (Working Man's Clothes Productions). Assistant Directing credits include: Black Snow (The New School for Drama) and Hair (Planet Earth Theater).

Brooklyn Scalzo Director

Brooklyn Scalzo's directing credits include The Lady and the Clarinet, The Food Chain, Dance at Bataan (AD), Sweet Charity (AD), and Pants on Fire. Her favorite acting credits include Sideman (Terry), Anything Goes (Erma), Sweet Charity (Charity), Parallel Lives, Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), and Charlotte's Web (Fern). 

Donella Alanwick, a native New Yorker, was last seen in the short films, The Man Who Wasn’t and Shadow Dancer. Past stage credits include Red Beads where she had the privilege of working with Mabou Mines Director Lee Breuer in the New York City debut. Along with her acting career, Donella, also has continued a successful career as a Music Video Producer and Cinematographer with work including four recent projects completed September ’08 for a new, very successful, band called Keith & Renee. Currently working on a music video for indie bands "Strange Kidz" and "Moonquake."

Aaron Anderson hails from Minnesota and is a former profesional snowboarder. He recently graduated from the University of Utah's Actor Training Program (B.F.A). Recent roles include Hannibal Jackson in Happy End, and Clown in The Winter's Tale. Aaron thanks all of his friends for their support!

Marian Brock Actor

Marian Brock - Films include the feature And Then..., The Sent, God of Love, and the music video, Likely to Stray, in which she played the lead. Regional work includes Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Juliet in The Eternal Romeo and Juliet, Marie in Woyzeck, and Reggie Fluty in The Laramie Project. New York stage credits include 4.48 Psychosis, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, and A Comedy of Errors. Marian has extensive experience in improvisation and is a company member of the National Comedy Theatre.

Patricia Cancio graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and a Minor in Theatre. She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She has had the pleasure of performing on stages in Spain, the Philippines and the United States. In Spain, she had the honor of coordinating an international music festival under the wing of Project Cancion Espanola, dedicated to the preservation and popularization of Spanish art songs in the standard classical repertoire. Patricia was last seen as Calypso in St. Louis Shakespeare Co.'s The Odyssey. Other theatre credits include Crimes of the Heart, The Wizard of Oz, Amicable Parting, Les Miserables and Man of La Mancha.

Andrew Davies is an actor, comedian, and educator living and working in Manhattan. In Northwest Philadelphia born and raised, at the theatre is where Andrew spent most of his days. From his first major role as Tevye in 5th grade he was addicted to the theater and to wearing a fat suit on stage. Attending Brandeis University, Andrew starred in Buloxi Blues, The Good Doctor, and The Real Inspector Hound. After graduating Andrew moved to New York City and performed in several staged readings of original plays, as well as several short films. In 2007 he founded a comedy group known as the New Rapscallions which performs around the city. He is very excited to be a part of the 24 hour play festival!

Siobhan Marie Doherty is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School for the Arts (Stella Adler Studio). She has most recently appeared at the Ontological Theatre in their SINTESI/Dogpile with American Storytelling Project, and Theater for the New City in The Resistible Rise of Fatlinda Paloka. She has enjoyed haunting the Brick Theater (one of Time Out's 50 best kept NY secrets) in Babylon Babylon!, the Baby Jesus Festival, and Death at Film Forum. Right now she in loving her internship with The Civilians. She would like to thank Ryan, Shawna, and cheese, for their existence on this planet.

Mara Dratfield is very pleased to be returning to Phare Play in Shorts and would like to thank her family and friends, especially Mom, Dad, Noah, Matthew, Erin, David and Linda for your support & encouragement. Mara studied theater at HB and Goucher. Favorite roles include: Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible and Elka in Rosehips.

Whit Elliott is a native of Magnolia, Ar. She is a recent graduate of Arkansas State University with a BFA in theatre, emphasis in acting. She has just recently moved to the city after just completing Henry IV parts I and II and Guys and Dolls in Durant, OK with the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival. She can be seen in the upcoming full length play Onward, Forward with Little HIbiscus Productions.  She is excited to become a part of the Phare Play family. Thanks guys for welcoming me to the city!

Tanya Fazal Actor

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.

Erin Fehr Actor

Erin Fehr is BACK! After a string of WWSS appearances, she had to take a breather during the last round, but she fully expects to be in the winning show this time around. This will be her fourth go around with them and can't wait to find out which "special skill" she will get to use this time . . . Thanks, Phare Play!

Actor - Branden Hayward grew up in Columbus, Ohio where he was a championship tennis player and homeschooled by his father until the age of 12. He graduated in May from Indiana University, where credits included The Real Thing (Billy), The Shape of Things (Adam), Final Transmission (student film), and Corpus Christi. Off-off Broadway: Romeo & Juliet (Tybalt), one national commercial. Training: Atlantic Acting School (summer 2007), Michael Howard Studios. Branden will be at the Gene Frankel from November 21-23 as the title character in After Hippolytus, a modern adaptation of the Greek tragedy.

Gillian Hurst lives in New York City working as an actor and writer. Gillian hails from the Berkshires, MA and still misses the coffee shop on Main St. Acting in at least twenty plays before high school graduation, Gillian developed a major case of the acting bug. A passion for Shakespeare led her to Shakespeare & Company's educational and training programs. When the time came she shipped off to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. There she was able to study with the Atlantic Theater Acting School for three years and minored in Art History. Since graduation, Gillian has been working steadily in independent films, off-off broadway and regional theater. Gillian is also the writer of the blog "The Life and Times of Priscilla Rosenblaum". For more www.GillianHurst.com

Christopher James Cramer first burst on the Phare Play stage as a drunk frat boy trying to push a piano off the top of a building.  After taking an amazing running dive offstage into a very narrow hallway, he took a breather from a couple of the Short Shorts only to come back with a vengeance in our last WWSS.  In A Fondness for Aquanet, he played the geeky, awkward boy in the 80s teen movie who is reimagined with a bit of hairspray and mint gum.  And yes, he got the girl.

Dominique's most recent stage credits include Waiting Life at The Royal Theatre, Almost, Maine at The American Theatre of Actors and Sex Talk at the Dinner Table at the Gene Frankel Theatre. Dominique will be appearing as Lady Caroline in Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance this August at The Sonnet Theatre. Dominique would like to thank her family, friends and Blake and Christine for their continued support.!

Derrick Bryant Marshall is pleased to be back with Phare Play, having participated in the last Who Wears Short Shorts and this season’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Currently in rehearsals for productions of The Brothers Grimm and Show Boat, selected previous credits include: Fifth of July, Richard III, State Fair, Ragtime and God's Favorite. He thanks Blake and Christine for taking on this crazy endeavor once again.

Toni Mayo Actor

Toni began her performing career as a child while studying at the Strasberg Institute. She’s been in productions off (and sometimes very far off) Broadway for the past few years, most recently concluding a run of Perfection. This November, you can see Toni in Candy Slice’s Smooth Operator at Gotham Comedy Club and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. As always she’s thrilled to be on stage tonight- this will be her second time working with Phare Play, and she’s happy they’ve had her back. Many thanks to her family and Tom for their persistent belief in her.

Jared Morgenstern: A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Jared has had a number of wonderful opportunities in NY including starring in Porn and Happiness: You Can't Have Both at the Gene Siskel Theater, Daguerreotypes and The Shadow Pier in the Midtown International Theater Festival, Save My Brother at the Roy Arias Theater, he recently completed a run as Malcolm in Macbeth with the New Perspective Theater Company, and Coffee and Fools at the American Theater of Actors. His films credits include co-starring in the feature length film Special Needs. He can be reached at Jaredmorgenstern1@gmail.com

Natalie Neckyfarow was last seen with Phare Play in last fall’s WWSS4 in Force the World to Die (Best in Show) and is thrilled to be back. Natalie spent her summer in New Hampshire performing Love’s Labours Lost and Comedy of Errors in repertory with Shakespeare in the Valley. New York credits include: Spare Some Change (45 Bleecker Theatre), King O’Neil, Fairytale Revolution (both TheatreRats), The Witches (Red Door Theatre Co), My Mother’s Brain (Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre), and Taking Toll (Phare Play). She is currently studying at Primary Stages and has been doing core background on the new CBS Drama The Good Wife. Natalie is also a web designer and certified Pilates Instructor. www.natalieneckyfarow.com

Klemen Novak Actor

Originally from Slovenia, Klemen graduated from the New York American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2007 and was a member of the Academy's 2007-08 Company until March 2008. Favorite roles include Judge Brack in Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, Dukes Frederick and Senior in William Shakespeare's As You Like It and Henry Lodge in the comedy Move Over, Mrs. Markham. Klemen tries to travel at every opportunity his other interests include web design, music, art history and languages – he is fluent in English, German, Spanish, Serbian/Croatian and, naturally, Slovenian. Recent film credits include Overload, an independent feature film and 5 short films.

Christian O'Brien - Training: NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Atlantic Theater and Stonestreet School for Film and Television). Recently seen in Holes at the Atlantic Theater. Film: Court Jesters. Off-off Broadway: Measure for Measure, 13 Rue De L'Amour, Hysterical Blindness, A Christmas Carol. Favorite roles: Bye Bye Birdie, Romeo & Juliet, Happy Journey to Trenton and Cambden. Company member of Turtle Shell Production's Terrapin Troupe. Thanks to Phare Play Productions, cast, crew and all the patrons for coming to see us!

Steven Ringwald is a recent graduate of Purchase College making his debut to the New York stage. He is currently a member of "The 13th Street Repertory Company" and involved in two of their productions, Wiseace Farms (O'Conner the Dog), a childrens show as well as Line (Stephen), the longest running off-off broadway play in NY history.

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.

Zach Rothman-Hicks has worked with F.A.C.T. as an Actor. Playwright, and Producer, since joining them in September 2009 for their first production of "Connect the Plots." Zach's one-act play, "Death by Fellatio," was performed by F.A.C.T. as a workshop production in October 2009 and as part of "A Six Pack +1"- their spring one-act festival. Zach is also a frequent participant in and sometimes producer of Words and Wine- F.A.C.T.'s monthly reading series which occurs on the last Sunday of every month. Zach has also recently worked with Where Eagles Dare, Love Creek Productions, and Packwallop Productions. Zach is a Special Education Teacher who works at a NYC Public High School. Many thanks to his friends, family, and YOU for coming! 

Tom Summers Actor

Tom returns to the Short Shorts after having appeared in the very first one.  The experience traumatized him so much that it took him almost a year and a half before he could bring himself to come back and play again. We're very excited to have him back...