Genre: Comedy, Drama

Cataract  is two one act plays about our inability to see the world around us:

Iraq (Blindness) by Tony Award winning playwright Mario Fratti is a serious look at the problems of American soldiers fighting in Iraq.  It's directed by Simcha Borenstein.

A Temporary Cat  by Mara Lesemann is a romantic comedy/fantasy about looking for love in 21st century America.  It's directed by Carlo Fiorletta.

Preview:   03/04/09
Open:   03/05/09
Close:   03/08/09

Wednesday March 4 (preview) at 7 PM
Thursday March 5 at 7 PM
Friday March 6 at 8 PM
Saturday March 7 at 3 PM
Saturday March 7 at 8 PM
Sunday March 8 at 3 PM
Theater:   Producers Club Theatres
Address:   358 W 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$18 tickets; $15 for students and seniors/March 4 preview is half price
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Simcha Borenstein Director, Iraq (Blindness)

Simcha Borenstein (Director, Iraq (Blindness)). Clemenza and Tessio are Dead, Bed & Breakfast, The Oboe Player, Delores, Lynette at 3 a.m., Last Exit Before Toll, Sunday with Albert and Mandy, David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood, David Rabe's Those the River Keeps (director). Bogosity, Eagle's Path,Another Saturday Story, Nothing Interesting Ever Happens Around Here, Tammy (writer/director). A Reappearing Act, Eccstaticies and the Bicoastal Disorder, Giraffe, The Date, (actor/writer/director). One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Into the Woods, Pump Boys and Dinettes (actor), and the films Acid Rain, How I Became That Jewish Guy, Guardian Angel and Lactoxity (actor). DGA and GIAA Member.

Susan Campanaro has been doing her own act as Lavinia Draper in New York night cubs for five years now. She has her own show at Therapy Bar,  Thursday nights at 11. She is also at the Duplex Piano Bar in Greenwich Village every Friday from 9pm to 3am.  

She has been in several off-broadway plays, such as Tony-n-Tina's Wedding and All Dolled Up  that she also directed.   Most recently she has written a two person Comedy, The B is Back Online.

Ian Campbell Dunn As Jack in A Temporary Cat and Brian in Iraq (Blindness)

Ian studied at the University of Tennessee and here in New York City at the T. Schreiber Studio. 

Some past roles - Theater:  Anna Christie, The Night of the Iguana, Landscape of the Body, Chance, The Deserter, Schooled/Unschooled, Get Out of Jail Free, Moonchildren, Betty's Summer Vacation

Film: Overcrowded, The Power Time Show, Jump Start, Interview, Matutinal Reverie, Parley, Break, Madness of My Life.

TV: The Conviction of Kitty Dodds, The Stranger Side

Carlo V. Fiorletta Director and as Harry in A Temporary Cat; as Anderson in Iraq (Blindness)

Stage:  Public Theater, Suzan Lori-Parks'  The Electrocutioner's Daughter (365 Days/365 Plays); David Mamet's The Water Engine at CUNY Graduate School; title role in Educational Theater of NY's Francis Macomber.  Movies include lead roles:  Tony Stella in Jump Start (many national festival); Jim in the Box (Tribeca); and Familiar Differences (Lincoln Center).  Directing credits include:  I'm Zsa Zsa at Samuel French; Acts of Contrition at the Houseman Studio.

Born in Larry Blue Alley, Jamieca.  Thanks Mara, Simcha, and Mario.

Member, GIAA

Mario Fratti Playwright, Iraq (Blindness)

Mario Fratti, professor emeritus of Italian literature at Hunter College, is an internationally acclaimed playwright and drama critic.

Author of such works as Suicide, The Cage, The Return, The Academy, Mafia, Races, and The Bridge, he is best known for his musical Nine (inspired by Fellini's famous film, 8 1/2) which in its original production in 1982 won the O'Neill Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards, five Tony Awards and in 2000 was a recipient of the Otto Award for Political Theater.  In its 2003 revival, Nine won three Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Tony Awards.

Fratti's nearly seventy plays have received some six hundred productions in two dozen countries and have been translated into many languages.

Fratti was born in Italy but has been living in New York City since 1963. In addition to his writing achievements, he also serves as New York drama critic for nine European newspapers.

Lori Kee As Janet in A Temporary Cat

Lori Kee just closed Stress in the City (Mergatroyd Productions); she received excellent notices for her performance in the 2008 NY Fringe production of The Disappearance of Jonah.  She won Best Actress for her performance in Holy Hell (Second Annual Chester Horn Festival).  Lori appears in two independent movies that are on the festival circuit:  Moving Mike (premiered at Williamstown Film Festival) and Jump Start.  She can currently be seen as the female lead, St. Birgitta, in Parables (EWTN).  

Lori received her MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College.  She is a member of the Actors' Equity Association.

Mara Lesemann Playwright, A Temporary Cat

Jump Start, which Mara wrote and produced, premiered at the Action on Film Festival in Pasadena, CA, where it was nominated for the Best Dramatic Short award. It has since screened at a half dozen film festivals across the U.S.

Mara recently completed the screenplay The Seduction of Eve, which is in post-production with Chickenrock Entertainment. 

Her full-length play The Fertility Factor was produced off-off-Broadway in 2005, and her one act comedy Getting In was a semi-finalist in the 2007 Strawberry One Act Play Festival.  The movie version is being produced by Silver Penny Productions.

Mara attended Brown University and received a BA from the New School, with a concentration in Media Studies and Film. She's the Secretary/Treasurer of the Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA), the director of GIAA's Festival of Short Films and Videos (see, and a member of the Dramatist Guild.

She lives in Jersey City, NJ with her husband and their four (at last count) cats.

Gretchen Poulos As Cathy in Iraq (Blindess)

Gretchen Poulos (Cathy) is delighted to play in such an important production.  She is currently playing the roles of Cookie/Jeannie with the AIDS Theatre Project of NY and recently got off the National Equalogy Tour playing Maggie/Lizzie.  Recent projects include several indie films, puppeteering for and the Brazilian ButtMaster Infomercial.  Really.  Many thanks to the cast and crew, and much love to Joe.

Heather Lee Rogers As Becky in A Temporary Cat

Heather Lee Rogers is an actor, writer, and occasional producer.  In the past year, she has appeared in the epic Babylon Babylon at The Brick with Piper McKenzie; The Empire's New Clothes with Synaesthetic Theater at Theater Row; and in two productions of Hold Thy Peace Thou Knave by Duncan Pflaster.  She also recently performed in the premiere of MINA by Leslie Lee at La Mama.  She has just produced her first short film, Goodbye.  More about Heather can be found at

Laura Thies As Tempa and Cat in A Temporary Cat

A native of Germany, Laura is a graduate of Stanstead College in Canada.  She received a BFA in Musical Theater and an MA in Media Studies, and will receive a second MA in International Affairs in May 2008, all from the New School.

Laura recently completed the short film An Angel; she previously directed the video shorts Jump Start and Albert and Mandy, both of which have screened at festivals across the U.S.  She recently wrote and directed two commercials for the German shoe company Nat-2.  Other directing credits include the educational video Street Smarts for incoming New School students; the documentary Rebuilding Biloxi, and the music video Forever Ends Today.

Laura was mostly recently seen on stage as the Interviewer (lead) in Silver Light Productions' presentation of  When the World Was Green and as an Iraqi woman in The Vagina Monologues at the New School. 

Troy Wyrick As Dan in Iraq (Blindness)

Troy has recently appeared on stage as Adam Dirge in Boxed In at Times Square Arts Center; as the buttonmen, the paper boy, and other characters in Clemenza and Tessio Are Dead at the Broadway Comedy Club; and performing his improvisational comedy at The Magnet Theater.  He can be seen as Jason in Bragging Rights  on, and is continuing his acting studies at the Matthew Corrozine Studio.  

Marissa Bea Stage Manager

Originally from Seattle, Marissa graduated from Emerson College in 2007 with a BA in Theater.

She recently concluded an incredible internship with Andhow! Theater, and their world premier of Linus and Alora. She was also very active at the Footlight Club in Boston where some favorite shows include Charles Busch's Sleeping Beauty or Coma and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Other past favorites include The Wizard of Oz, Guys and Dolls, and Our Town, as well as The Greatest Story Never Told, and Clemenza and Tessio Are Dead, here in New York!