Genre: Comedy

Onward, Forward is a comic look at the ongoing relationship between Joe, a disgruntled folk singer dying to rock out and his songwriter/manager, Ryan who searches for a cure to life in the offices of whichever doctor his insurance will allow. Their frustrating friendship is put to the test in suburbia where what starts as a typical gig leads to encounters with a sharp-witted single mother, a sorority girl looking for a way to entertain herself for the summer, and parents that seem harmless on the outside. As their musical pit stop gets extended, Joe and Ryan find themselves in a situation that threatens to make them lose who they are and who they want to be.
Open:   12/03/08
Close:   12/07/08

Wednesday - Sunday 8PM, Saturday at 2PM
Theater:   Beckmann Theatre @ American Theater Of A
Address:   314 West 54th Street, 2nd floor bet
New York, NY 10019
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Company: Little Hibiscus Productions         Official Web Site: www.littlehibiscus.com
Bill Bria Joe Tully

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!

Rachel Dorfman Dr. Stacy Alder

Rachel Dorfman is a New York based actor and voice over artist. Originally from Eastern Long Island, Rachel received an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama, and holds a BA in Psychology from Colgate University. Stage credits include Seascape with Sharks and Dancer, Antigone, Women and Wallace, and the world premiere of I Used to Write on Walls by award winning playwright Bekah Brunstetter. Feature film credits include Synapse, The Mind and Enjoy Yourself. Rachel was most recently seen in the Austrian Feature Universalove, a Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection 2008. Rachel would like to thank Karen and Michael for this opportunity to finally put some of her training in psychology into practice. A special thanks to Ted, Rachel, Robyn and Gino for their unwavering, immeasurable support.

Whit Elliott Cara Rawley

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. Upon her arrival she has had the pleasure of working with Michael and the Phare Play family on Fragments and just recently WWSS 21 Hour Play Festival! She is excited to be welcomed by such an amazing group of people on her journey to the crazy world of NY theatre!

Gregory Taft Gerard Dr. Ralph Clayton

Gregory Taft Gerard is thrilled to be working with Karen Dabney again. He last appeared in her production of Woyzeck this past June, performing the role of Doctor. Recent other theatrical roles have been in local productions of: Don't Dress for Dinner, State of the Union, Dial “M” for Murder and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Aside from radio and TV commercials, his other work includes the role of Roland in the soon to be released animated short film Trophy Wives: Surgery Safari.

Alixx Schottland Mrs. Clayton

Alixx Schottland is thrilled to be back on stage in Onward Forward! Alixx recently starred as Mrs. Page in Our Intoxication by Kevin McDermott at Manhattan Rep. Some of Alixx’s favorite NYC stage credits include HurlyBurly and Boys Life at the Nat Horne Theatre; “An evening of scenes” at the Amoralist theatre; A Mothers Word at Synchronicity Space; and The Sound of Music at St. Barts Theater. In Los Angeles Alixx has performed at the prestigious Beverly Hills Playhouse—In the Boom Boom Room and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. Her TV credits include recurring roles on The New Columbo, Peaceable Kingdom and Melrose Place as well as numerous television commercials. She is currently in development with a new TV pilot-Mommy in Manhattan tm. Watch for Alixx in the films Showdown of the Godz and After Party Babies due out this Spring! Alixx thanks her family—Matt, Charlie and Nicky—for all of their love and support. Also thanks to her acting coach, Penny Templeton, for her endless patience and inspiration! To reach Alixx please contact aschottland@nyc.rr.com

Michael Weems Ryan Franklin

Michael Weems Is a NYC based actor/writer/playwright. Michael has recently appeared in Art (Developing Acts), Burden Me (Strawberry Riant Festival), Mind Bleach (sketch comedy troupe performing at the Broadway Comedy Club), Dance at Bataan (Wings Theater), Office Hours  and The Twilight of the Golds (Phare Play Productions), and 1776 (St. Bart's Players). Recent writing credits include: Fragments and Onward, Forward (Little Hibiscus Productions), and Subtlety (Algonquin Theater). Thanks to my loves, Christine & Thomas. Michaeltweems.com

Ted White Ted Reeves

Ted White - This is Ted's first acting gig in NYC since This is Murphy's Law, the smash hit of the 2004 NYC Fringe Festival in which his performance was lauded as "big" and "blowsy". He is excited to give this theater thing another shot and hopes you enjoy the show.

Shuo Zhang Lauren Clayton

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.