THE ANASTASIA TRIALS IN THE COURT OF WOMEN

Genre: Comedy
by Carolyn Gage

The Emma Goldman Theatre Brigade, a radical feminist theatre group, is at it again - implementing their innovative lottery system to insure theatrical equality. They each draw the role they will play out of a hat each night before the show, but tonight there's a critic in the audience and t he sisterhood is put to the test when some of them don't draw the role they want. What follows is the trial of five women accused of denying Anastasia Romanov, the infamous daughter of Tsar Nicholas, of her identity where the audience becomes judge and jury. They rule on objections during the course of the play, creating a new show with every performance. A courtroom drama based on history wrapped in a backstage farce with a healthy dose of audience participation thrown in for good measure, The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women presents a profoundly engaging excursion into the interactions of women who are survivors and abusers.
Open:   12/03/08
Close:   12/14/08

Schedule:
Wednesdays - Saturdays 8PM, Sundays 3PM
Theater:   Roy Arias Theaters
Address:   300 W. 43rd Street 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$18 General
Buy Tickets Online or Call: SmartTix at 212-868-4444
Company: Little Hibiscus Productions         Official Web Site: www.littlehibiscus.com
Beth Adler Lisa

Theater: Titus Andronicus; Phare Play Productions: Office Hours; The Tempest; Fifi, Effie and the Donut Lady; Ensemble Studio Theater: Bluff and Berlin '45; Barrow Group Studios: Punchline; Theater-Studio: The Greatest Love; Instant Shakespeare Company: Othello, Hamlet, the entire cycle of history plays, The Vagina Monologues; Love Creek: Beyond the Horizon; Sauce for the Goose, Women of the Wild West, No Plums, 3 Widows and a Corpse, In a Wicked Mood. Television: Lipstick Jungle; Parco, P.I.; One Life to Live. Film: P.J.; Dance Salsa; numerous short films. Corporate trainer with Performance of a Lifetime.

Molly Church is a graduate of the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. After taking a small hiatus from the theater, she is thrilled to be back on stage again and working alongside Blake and with such a tremendous group of actors. Some favorite roles include Judy in Callback, Caddie in Snake in Fridge and Helena in an all-female production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also been featured in a handful of independent films, most recently Group Therapy and The Super Amazing Movie. And she is proud to have been cast in her first television show, working alongside Denis Leary in Rescue Me. Molly would like to thank her family and friends for their continuing support.

Ashley Diane Currie is ecstatic to be playing a woman again. She was educated at The Atlantic Acting Conservatory, where their use of common sense and vulgarity made her feel quite at home. She's studied with Scott Zigler, William H Macy and David Mamet. Her favorite roles have included Natasha in Make Believe (her most recent role), Cassius in Julius Caesar and Josephine in the short film The Duel with Elwood Gentry Productions, official selection Secret City Film Festival 2008. She has also acted with the sketch comedy groups spurn and Mind Bleach. Love to Mom, Dad, brothers David and Bryan, and everyone else who makes her smile. Remember, folks, don't throw flowers, just throw money!

Dianna Lora Marie

Dianna holds a B.F.A in Musical Theater from Ithaca College and is a proud Mercersburg Academy graduate. She has played a slew of interesting characters ranging from an Old Whore to a snobby little rich girl. Her proudest moments have been Princess Puffer ("The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Queen Margaret ("Richard III), Homeless Lady ("A New Brain"), Lucille ("Junie B. Jones"), Gonzalo ("The Tempest"), and a saucy maid named Sara Dippidy at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire where she learned high falling and swashbuckling. Dianna would like to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support. i Sin Ti Soy Nada!

Emily Murray Melissa

Recent theater credits include Gloves Off! Nabokov Vs. Wilson(Dolly) and The Visit (Ensemble) Payomet Performing Arts Center, Truro MA. 37 Stones or the Man who was a Quarry (Erin) Working Mans Clothes productions, NYC. A Boy’s Life (Karen) The Zipper Factory, NYC. Gloves Off! (Dolly) and Left at the Harbor (Daughter) The W.H.A.T. Theater, Wellfleet MA. Film credits include A Woman Called Job (Cathy) One Brick Films. All the Queens Women (Nightshade) NYC. Currently a finalist for the Actors Studio. MFA The New School for Drama. Through Compassion, strength comes. Peace.

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). 

Sara Towber Jenny

Sara Towber began her professional career at the School of American Ballet, performing at the New York State Theater. While attending Smith College and graduating with a degree in Literature she performed throughout the Pioneer Valley with various companies and The Ohio Dance Theater. Upon returning to New York and hanging up her dancing shoes, she has studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, The Neighborhood Playhouse and The Matthew Corozine Studio. Favorite roles include Bonnie Jean in Brigadoon with the Heights Players, Babe in Crimes of the Heart, Valerie in Imagining Brad, Julie in Pizza Man, Maple in The View From Here and Jenny in The Anastasia Trials. Thank you Christine for this amazing opportunity.

Nora Vetter Diane

Nora is truly honored that ArtEffects Theatre Company chose to produce a night of her short plays. Previously her short plays have been produced by the Shelterbelt Theatre and Phare Play Productions (they also produced her first full length play, "Call Waiting" last spring).   Her writing also provided the opportunity to participate in the inaugural year of The Great Plains Theater Conference with Edward Albee.  Thanks to the cast and crew of "Almost Olive Juice" for bringing the words on the page to life! Find out more about Nora's writing, acting and directing at www.noravetter.com.

Lexi Windsor Donna

 Lexi recently performed in The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and Around The World In A Bad Mood at the Duplex in NYC. She also performed with New York’s Ziegfeld Club in the production, Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2008. A native Oklahoman, she performed in the 2007 centennial production of Oklahoma! at Lyric Theatre starring Kelli O’Hara. Favorite credits include: A Chorus Line (Val), Grease (Marty), Sweet Charity (Nickie), 42nd Street (Anytime Annie), Once Upon A Mattress (Winnifred), & A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania). Lexi currently performs on Spirit Harbor Cruises out of Chelsea Piers & also enjoys performing for the troupes with the USO of Metropolitan New York.