I, UNDERTOW

Genre: Comedy, Drama
A new play by Blake Bradford

Everyone has issues. All of Justin's live in North Carolina.

Justin's an up and coming artist thriving in NYC whose world grinds to a halt when the worse thing possible happens to him - he gets the call to come home due to his grandmother's failing health. Slinking back to small town North Carolina with his latest one night stand forced upon him, he finds himself back neck deep in the family issues that he had been avoiding for more than a decade and facing the girl he left behind. In the midst of the culture clash between small town quirkiness and big city society behavior, Justin may actually discover what he had been running from for all of those years. Phare Play Productions is proud to present the world premier of Blake Bradford's newest play - a hard look at the humor and heartache of going home.

Open:   03/26/09
Close:   04/05/09

Schedule:
Wednesday - Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 2PM, NO SHOW on Saturday, March 28th
Theater:   Beckmann Theatre @ American Theater Of A
Address:   314 West 54th Street, 2nd floor bet
New York, NY 10019
Google Maps
Cost:$20, $15 student
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovationtix at 1-866-441-9962
Company: Phare Play Productions         Official Web Site: www.phareplay.com
Molly Church Katie Gouge

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.

Emily Fitzpatrick Nicole Crawley

Emily Fitpatrick is elated to be back in the big apple after an exciting summer performing with Connecticut Free Shakespeare and participating in the Fall Conservatory at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. Most recently she has been seen performing as Margeret in Much Ado, Feste in Twelfth Night, and Mrs. Van Dann in a national tour of The Story of Anne Frank. Past Phare Play Productions include 12 Step Congo Line and Wombsgiving as well as two runs in their Who Wears Short Shorts 21 hour theater festivals.

Susanne Gottesman-Traub has varied credits for directing and acting in Manhattan, Queens and Long Island. She is delighted to once again be a part of the Phare Play family.

Sara Lerner Monica LeTourneau

Sara Lerner 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.

Carol Neiman Eunice Crawley

When she took up acting as a sort of "mid-life adventure," Carol finally found out what she wants to be when she grows up. Following that realization, she has appeared in lead and supporting roles in a number of off-off Broadway productions, including Therese Raquin (directed by Michael Page), The Importance of Being Earnest (a Phare Play production) and I, Undertow (written by Blake Bradford). She has also worked in a number of independent films, including Roger Ingraham's "Moonshine" (selected for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival "Midnight Madness" program) and  as performer / voiceover talent in multimedia fine arts installations. She works out every Sunday morning at HB Studio, as a member of Michael Beckett's Experimental Workshop, where she's developing a one-woman show based on a recent yearlong sabbatical in her native Texas. 

Bill Purdy Paul Daniel Crawley

Bill Purdy is pleased to be reprising the role of Paul Daniel, having appeared in Phare Play's production of I, Undertow earlier this year. For many, many years, Bill Purdy has been involved on-stage and back-stage in theatres in New Jersey and New York City, where he trained at Ward Studios. He appeared in previous Phare Play Productions of Pants on Fire and Dark of the Moon. NYC credits include Tyrannos Rex and Sisyphus's Day Off. Other favorite projects include directing The Beauty Queen of Leenane, performing in Rashomon, Bees in Honey Drown, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Great Expectations as well as designing and building numerous sets.

Peggy Queener Deborah Crawley

Peggy is thrilled to be returning to the role of Deborah after originating earlier the year with Phare Play Productions.  New York credits: No Sex Please, We're British; Pants on Fire; Arcadia; Fifi, Effie, and the Donut Lady (author); The Twilight of the Golds; The Cherry Orchard; The Eight: Reindeer Monologues; Snake in Fridge; Dear Brutus; The Cocktail Hour. Independent film: Guy With a Camera (d., James Morgart); Disorder (d., Jack Smith); The Puppet Show Has Been Canceled, (d., Chris Benker); A Trilogy: Family Portraits in America (d., Douglas Buck). She just finished shooting Won Ton Baby!, directed by James Morgart. Already listed on the IMDB, it will be screening, among other places, in London on October 31. Endless love and thanks to her family, friends, and her dear Kitty and Coco Chanel. (You hold me up, guys.) And my sister Cathy, you totally rock in every conceivable way. Her performance is dedicated to her late father, Burl J. Queener.

Laurence Waltman Grayson Crawley

Theater: Documentary: A Suicide Narrative (Co-Op Theater East), Much Ado About Nothing (The NorthEast Shakespeare Ensemble), Ghosts (Phare Play Productions), The Scarlet Whale (The Metropolitan Playhouse), Blue Fire On The Water (Dixon Place), The Holocaust Kid (13th Street Repertory Theater), Bridal Terrorism, A Marriage Proposal, and A Family’s Play (with Diversity Players of Harlem). Film: Independent productions of Adrift In Manhattan and Anything For You. Training: Larry Singer Studio. Thanks to Giuseppe & Phare Play Productions.

Michael Weems Justin Crawley

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

Blake Bradford Writer and Director

Blake Bradford is an Emmy Award winning writer/director whose theatrical work has appeared all over the US and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Greece, Scotland/England, Denmark, Italy and South Africa. His original plays I, Undertow, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve, Dance at Bataan, The Last Cloud, and Gay Slave Handbook are actively seen in the regional circuits and NYC. As a director, his most acclaimed work has been with two time Emmy Winner Joan Darling and Bill Svanoe. Blake has directed Ms. Darling all over the US in Svanoe's Quisisana, Lost and Found, Pants on Fire, Callback, The Last Silver Zephyer, and The Last Laugh. Other NYC includes MidsummerSnake in Fridge, Dark of the Moon, Cherry Orchard, Twilight of the Golds, Tempest, Arsenic & Old Lace, Spitfire Grill and Jellyroll Shoes. He serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Wings Theatre, where he runs Zephyer Rep.  Blake is currently on the staff of "Live from Lincoln Center" (PBS), where they won a 2008 Emmy for Madama Butterfly. Other TV credits include "The Big Gay Sketch Show" (LOGO/MTV), "Showtime at the Apollo" (NBC), "Drama Desk Awards" (PBS) and "Arthur Ashe Kids Day" (CBS).

 
Kary Thomas Director

 Kary Thomas is pleased to be collaborating for the first time with Blake Bradford and Phare Play Productions. As a director, her most acclaimed work has been with Emmy winner Joan Darling and Christopher Award-winning playwright Bill Svanoe. Kary has directed Ms. Darling all over the US in Svanoe's Quisisana, Lost and Found, Pants on Fire, Callback, The Last Silver Zephyer, and The Last Laugh. Other NYC directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (all female), Into the Woods, and The House of Yes.  Kary is also a proud educator, teaching graduate level courses on directing each August for the University of Wisconsin at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Performing Arts.