Genre: Comedy
Written and Directed by DEREK AHONEN

THE AMORALISTS are pleased to announce the world premiere production of AMERISSIAH, written and directed by Derek Ahonen. AMERISSIAH will play a four-week limited engagement at The Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond Street (Corner of Bond and Lafayette). Performances begin Thursday, November 13 and continue through Sunday, December 7. Opening Night is Monday, November 17 (8 p.m.). Press are invited November 15, 16, 17.

Barry Ricewater, a terminally ill man convinced he is God, returns to the apartment of his childhood. His degenerate family descends on him to pay their last respects. They all think he is crazy until the gathering is interrupted by an unlikely disciple. Only through Barry's divine intervention can the crooked Ricewater clan be saved.

Prepare yourself for Amerissiah, a new comedy about America and the thin line between faith and insanity, ambition and corruption.

About the Company: The Amoralists

The Amoralists is a theatre company that produces work with no moral judgment by new and emerging playwrights. Dedicated to an honest expression of the American condition, their actor-driven ensemble explores complex characters of moral ambiguity. They seek to initiate a dialogue between artists and audience, and put theatre at the heart of our community. Rollicking, rebellious and raw, their work will go home with you...Boom!

Cast: Selene Beretta, Adam Fujita, Matthew Pilieci, George Walsh
Preview:   11/13/08
Open:   11/17/08
Close:   12/07/08

Mondays at 8 p.m.
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.
Theater:   Gene Frankel Theatre
Address:   24 Bond St.
New York, NY 10012
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REE DAVIS: Studied at HB Studio. Stage credits include Margaret in DYING GOLDFISH, Emma Hatch in DARYL DIMMINGS IS DEAD, Mrs. Wire in Tennessee Williams' VIEUX CARRE, Carla in MESHUGENA BAGEL, Mother in LICENSED TO LOVE, Penny in George S. Kaufman's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Pamela in Noel Coward's NUDE WITH VIOLIN. Performed as part of the improvisation group SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION at HB Theatre. Film appearances include: PURSUIT OF HAPPINES, CELEBRITY, 15 MINUTES, THE TIC CODE, PRIMARY COLORS. Film shorts include: THE CLOSET DOOR and DINING. Television: AS THE WORLD TURNS. Did various industrial commercials.

William is greatful for the opportunity to work for The Amorilists. He hopes that threw his talent people will learn to feel and have compassion towards mankind.  we are on the path to enlightenment.


was born and raised in a small mill town in Lancashire England. She came to NYC to study acting three years ago, She studied at the AADA and the WIlliam Esper Studio for meisner training. This will be Nancys NY debue and she is happy and excited to be working with the Amorralists, She opened her heart and dived fearlessly into her art form in which she is in a continuous journey to bring the truth to the work and the self. Nancy would like to thank her family for all she knows and who she is.


Jennifer Fouche' hails from Detroit, Michigan and has claimed New York as her second home. She is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Alumni of the 2008 Academy Company. Jennifer is a member of The Amoralists Theatre Company as well as a member of the Flea Theatre's resident acting company, The Bats. Recent credits include The Crucible (Tituba), Bag Lady (Clara), Dirty Little Black Girls (Song), Blue Fire on the Water (Maybelle), The Violet Hour (Jessie), Amerissiah (Carrie), Bring Us the Head of Your Daughter (Contessa), Sonnets from the Tower (Elizabeth I), Joe & Me (Mother Andrea). Film/TV "Animal Planet", "Indelible", "Avenging Disco Vampires". Jennifer is ever thankful for the tremendous love and support of her family and friends..and for Scotty..who is perfect. Jennifer is thrilled to be a part of Zephyer Fest!


James Kautz was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of a traveling rock musician and a published poet. After a life of travel along side his family, James, at age 18, set out for his own adventure. Moving to New York City to pursue a life in acting, he attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and was invited back to join the prestigious AADA Company.

Through out the course of his New York days, James has been afforded the rare opportunity of originating the lead role in a handful of world premiers by new and emerging play writes. These include-

    the lead in The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side, at the Gene Frankel Theatre (which resulted in it‘s publication and world wide performance), the lead in DEBT, off-Broadway at the Maverick Theatre, (which resulted in it‘s publication and world wide performance), the lead in The Inconstant Infection at 13th Street Rep, the lead in Captive at the Baby Grand Theatre, DE.

Other Theatre credits include: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Buddy Layman in The Diviners, Chekhov in Chekhov in Yalta. 

His Film credits include-

    the lead in Reflection, an independent feature which has just received international distribution, the lead in Thanks Mom, a selection this year in the Boston Film Festival, Paul Wigle in Emmy Award winning director Sam Jackson’s Combat Jump, The History Channel’s first original movie.

James has also appeared in several National Commercials, as well as internationally for Bacardi.

Having worked steadily in Theatre, Film, and Commercials for the last seven years, James felt an even greater need to reach out to the artistic community of New York, and in the dawn of 2007, founded, along side Derek Ahonen and Mathew Pilieci, The Amoralists-a Theatre Company based in the East Village. A collective of artistic vision and rebellious spirit, The Amoralists stands as the culmination of his life’s dedication to artistry and experience.  

“Independent of space and time, the runner becomes his message.”


(Playwright & Director) Other writing and directing credits include for the Amoralists Theatre Company: The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side,  The Hey You Monster: Parts One and Two.  Part One:  Pokin the Bears in a Zoo, Part Two: Bring Us the Head of Your Daughter, While Chasing the Fantastic…. His plays include: Twelve hundred Plays of Purgatory, Austin Fine Arts Festival The Gat5 Artists Collective, Venus, Sensation and The Pope NYC and Austin, TX Third Floor Productions, and In Lieu of Flowers…, NYC Rocketship Productions.