Genre: Comedy, Festival

Phare Play is back with its biannual short play festival.  21 hours to put together seven one acts for your viewing pleasure.  Here's how those 21 hours break down:

Bill Bria, Emily Ehlinger, Duncan Pflaster, Zach Rothman-Hicks, Oliver Thrun, Michael Weems and Spencer Wolf

Friday, March 27th: They meet at the Beckmann theatre in midtown at 10PM to get their themes, script guidelines and the headshots/resumes for the actors they have to write a play for. They go stock up on coffee/Red Bull and write all night and come back at 10 AM on Saturday morning with six copies of their completed scripts ready to go. There they meet up with -

Kelly Barrett, Chris Bell, Nina Capone, Paul Falcetta, Randa Karambelas, Brooklyn Scalzo and Andy Travis

Who also show up at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 28th at the Beckmann theatre. They are then handed a script and given about 30 - 45 minutes to caucus with their writer. Then about 11:00AM, the writers go home to sleep and the directors meet up with their -

Donella Alanwick, Melisa Breiner-Sanders, Micah Chartrand, Catherine Corbett, Chris Cramer, Emily Evans, Erin Fehr, Alec Head, Graeme Humphrey, Ben Klier, Jeff Kroh, Andrew Lazaroff, Derrick Marshall, Elizabeth May, Michael McKeogh, Lauren Meley, Kate O'Phalen, Blaine Pennington, Annie Pesch, Cara Picone, Gillian Riley, Eddie Rodriguez, Alicia St. Louis, Dani Suder, Alexia Terrell, Adia Tucker, Steve Unwin, Jere Williams and Danny Wiseman

Who then go out into the city with their directors and casts to rehearse for a good five hours or so. Just enough time for the actors to be fully blocked and off book.

Then there are two shows - one at 7PM and one at 9:30PM that very evening. There is also an audience vote for fun awards like Hottest Cast and Best Use of Prop. Come be a part of the fun!


Open:   03/28/09
Close:   03/28/09

Saturday 7:00PM and 9:30PM ONLY
Theater:   Beckmann Theater
Address:   314 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:$15, Students $12
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Company: Phare Play Productions         Official Web Site: www.phareplay.com
Bill Bria Writer

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!

Emily 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. Emily would like to thank Christine for such a great opportunity and her friends and family for their unwavering support.

Duncan Pflaster has been writing and acting in NYC for 11 years, and recently winning awards for both. His plays include Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants, Suckers, Ore or Or, The Wastes of Time, Eternity: Time Without End, and many more. This is his third time with the 21-hour play festival, and he's excited to jump off the cliff again! www.duncanpflaster.com

Zach Rothman-Hicks has worked with F.A.C.T. as an Actor. Playwright, and Producer, since joining them in September 2009 for their first production of "Connect the Plots." Zach's one-act play, "Death by Fellatio," was performed by F.A.C.T. as a workshop production in October 2009 and as part of "A Six Pack +1"- their spring one-act festival. Zach is also a frequent participant in and sometimes producer of Words and Wine- F.A.C.T.'s monthly reading series which occurs on the last Sunday of every month. Zach has also recently worked with Where Eagles Dare, Love Creek Productions, and Packwallop Productions. Zach is a Special Education Teacher who works at a NYC Public High School. Many thanks to his friends, family, and YOU for coming! 

Oliver Thrun Writer

Oliver Thrun received his BA Degree in Theatre/Dance from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His play, Adam of the Apes, will be produced this fall by Haberdasher Theatre as part of their current season and he will be playing Sasha in the Village Light Opera Group's production of Fiddler on the Roof in May. He is a resident actor/writer at Theater for the New City and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Michael Weems Writer

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

Spencer Wolf Writer

Spencer Wolf, born in Paterson, New Jersey during the city's "silver age", has lived in a number of cities under various names. While possessing a wealth of extraordinary talents in a number of fields, he prefers to obsess over speaking about himself in the third person and to spend his time working on the third installment of his autobiography, Two Wives Later: Confessions of a Swedish Meatball Junkie.  "His dog was his moral compass," notes Yin La, Spencer's local massage therapist, "and his passion for internet dating is unrivaled." Spencer still has some teeth, has a quiet comfort with his reputation for being long in the pants, and hopes to settle happily in the hills of the Monterey Bay with a mail order bride.

Kelly Barrett Director

Kelly Barrett is excited to be directing in WWSS for the second time! Other directing credits include An Ideal Husband by Wilde, The Seagull by Chekhov, Arms and the Man by Shaw, and Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labors Lost, Twelfth Night and Merry Wives of Windsor. Kelly serves as Artistic Director for the classical theater company Foolish Mortals. She attended the conservatory program at Stella Adler. Along with directing Kelly also acts and writes, and is a private acting/Shakespeare coach. kellyannebarrett@hotmail.com

Chris Bell Director

Chris Bell is still in love with NYC even though they've been together for 2 years now. He thinks he has his life somewhat together even though he's still broke. Chris manages Developing Artists Theater Company and just wrapped up production of their annual new works play festival Rebel Verses. He recently produced The U.S – ification of America Conference, a play festival, at his second home Center Stage, NY. During the conference Chris lost his mind and decided to write and direct a 10 minute musical. He has directed for Impetuous Theater Group's 47:59 Play Festival and is excited to be working with the incredibly talented and dedicated people of Phare Play once again…and no, Chris is not sucking up.

Nina Capone Director

Nina hails from Philadelphia, Boston & Chicago before moving to New York in 2003. She is a speech-language pathologist for over 10 years, member of the Matthew Corozine Studio, and a repertory member of Love Creek Productions.  She recently led the cast in the surrealist play Dialogue of Insects, and Then or Now (NYC Strawberry Festival semi-finalist), and appeared in Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author (Love Creek Productions). She directs one-act plays and short full-length plays at the American Theater for Actors, the Algonquin Theater, and the Producer's Club.  Nina recently directed for the Phare Play 21 hour play festival winning "best use of prop"-award (WWSS5.blogspot.com) and for Duncan Pflaster's Six Silences in Three Movements for the Arts in Action play-reading series.  Full-length, assistant director credits: Times Square Arts Center, 59E59 Theater, Algonquin Theater.  Other performance credits: Nick Hall's Accommodations, Neighbors and Hero Worship, both by Walt Vail, Strindberg's The Stronger, Bridal Terrorism, The Passion of Howard Tripp, Savage in Limbo, many one-act plays, and a monologue trilogy that she penned. She played Doc in the NY Film Academy film Bingo Bango. Next up: Nina plays Tess in the independent film Jobert's Painting, written and directed by Derrick J. Early; and will again appear in the NYC Strawberry Festival as the President of the United States.  Contact Nina:  nina_c_capone@yahoo.com

Paul Falcetta Director

Paul Falcetta is happy to be part of this evening. Acting credits include: Roy Cohn in Angels in America (Parts I and II); Arnold in The Boys Next Door; Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors; Sagot in Picasso at the Lapin Agile; and TWO contrasting roles (every night!) this past summer in Phare Play’s Arsenic and Old Lace. Most recently, he was seen at the Wings Theater as Grayson in I, Undertow. Directing credits include: The Fifth of July; The Pirates of Penzance; The Foreigner; and Deathtrap. He has also appeared in Phare Play’s WWSS4 and directed in WWSS5.

Randa Karambelas Director

Randa Karambelas is one of those performers that has her hands in everything. You can find her involved in a variety of projects including independent films, off-off broadway productions, commercials, cabarets, rock & roll cover bands, stunt work, motion capture, etc...  She is originally from Vermont, where her love for performing began and where she earned a BA in Theatre and Political Science from the University of Vermont.  Randa would like to thank Phare Play for allowing her to be a part of this festival! She would also like to thank her parents for their infinite love and support, and her dearest friends for all their loyalty. “I am lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful people. For me, it is one of life’s greatest gifts.”

Brooklyn Scalzo Director

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). 

Andy Travis Director
Andy Travis (Zeb) is an actor, singer, dancer who has been exploring the performance world for 15 years. He has been Tierisias in The Bacchae, sung Papageno in Die Zauberflote, and danced as Tom in Babes in Toyland, to name a few credits. Andy is originally from Omaha, NE where he worked with Opera Omaha, The Omaha Symphony Orchestra, The Omaha Community Playhouse, and Ballet Omaha. He studied music and theatre at The College of St. Benedict/St. John's University for two years before transferring to The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL where he earned a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance. He has worked with such directors as Tony Stevens, Michael Bogdonov, and Henry Godinez. Andy has earned scholarships to study dance at School of Ballet Chicago with Dan Duell and Patricia Blair, Broadway Dance Center, and The Alvin Ailey School. Andy has also acted as a featured dancer, choreographer, and dance captain, and instructor, and make-up artist for numerous film and stage projects. He continues his performance career in NYC at this time.

Donella Alanwick, a native New Yorker, was last seen in the short films, The Man Who Wasn’t and Shadow Dancer. Past stage credits include Red Beads where she had the privilege of working with Mabou Mines Director Lee Breuer in the New York City debut. Along with her acting career, Donella, also has continued a successful career as a Music Video Producer and Cinematographer with work including four recent projects completed September ’08 for a new, very successful, band called Keith & Renee. Currently working on a music video for indie bands "Strange Kidz" and "Moonquake."

passed our rigorous Crazy Test with multiple flying colors. She most recently appeared in *It's All Goode* with Reality Aside Theatre at The Laugh Factory in NYC. Melisa has had leading roles in five independent feature films including *Women's Studies, Blood Brothers*, *Love Knot* and *Intersecting Truths*. Her credits also include several web series, industrials and more. www.MelisaBS.com
Micah Chartrand moved from Boulder, Co to New York City in January of 2004. He has studied at the William Esper Studio under the instruction of Terry Knickerbocker and has performed in several theatre festivals and showcases around New York City, including: Chester Horn Short Play Festival, Strawberry One-Act Festival, Theatre For The New City, The Kraine Theatre, etc...as well as, done a few short films and a couple of commercials.

Catherine Corbett - Training: New School University: BFA Musical Theatre. AMDA Integrated Program, American Globe Theatre Conservatory. Circus: The Sky Box, STREB, Jordann Baker. Cat teaches at the Amazing Grace Circus in Nyack, NY. She loves Shakespeare, stretchy pants, and caffeine.

Christopher James Cramer first burst on the Phare Play stage as a drunk frat boy trying to push a piano off the top of a building.  After taking an amazing running dive offstage into a very narrow hallway, he took a breather from a couple of the Short Shorts only to come back with a vengeance in our last WWSS.  In A Fondness for Aquanet, he played the geeky, awkward boy in the 80s teen movie who is reimagined with a bit of hairspray and mint gum.  And yes, he got the girl.

Emily Evans Actor

Emily Evans is a lover of 24 hour play festivals and is so pleased to be a part of Phare Play's WWSS. Regional: The Tempest (Miranda), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), Ladders to God (Bernadette), Alice in Wonderland (Alice), Noises Off (Brooke/Vicki). Tour: The Diary of Anne Frank (Miep). Emily received her BA in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University and spent 7 summers acting in various productions at the Dorset Theatre Festival in her home state of Vermont. www.emilyevans.net

Erin Fehr Actor

Erin Fehr is BACK! After a string of WWSS appearances, she had to take a breather during the last round, but she fully expects to be in the winning show this time around. This will be her fourth go around with them and can't wait to find out which "special skill" she will get to use this time . . . Thanks, Phare Play!

Alec Head Actor

Alec A. Head was born in Los Angeles, CA but spent the majority of his formative years on the Monterey Peninsula, where he appeared in numerous local, college, and regional productions, namely The Shape of Things (Adam), Noises Off (Garry LeJeune), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), Urinetown: The Musical (Tiny Tom), Othello (Gentleman #2), among many others. He moved to New York to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating in April of 2008. His favorite roles there include Camillo in The Winter’s Tale and Stanley Inchbridge in Alan Ayckbourn’s Wildest Dreams. He is currently training under Terry Schreiber as part of his Advanced Scene Study class. He sends his deepest love and gratitude to his parents, who have done more for him than could ever be repaid.

Yes, Graeme Humphrey is originally from Canada eh, and this is his 6th Phare Play production. Most recently he was seen in Phare Play's WWSS5 in Pandamnation as well as their sketch comedy show Mind Bleach, and before that he was in productions of Stand by Your Man: the Tammy Wynette Story, Surrounded On All Sides..., and ASC's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. This is his first foray into directing for Phare Play. Please be kind.

Ben Klier Actor

Ben Klier made his Phare Play debut in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged]. As for the ongoing WWSS saga, Ben first participated in its latest installment. Hand-cuffed by a comfort in chaos and a proclivity for pain, he crawls back with a craving for more. And despite his defeatist denotation, he's very excited about it...

Jeff Kroh Actor

Jeff Kroh is a native of Louisville Ky. He has recently appeared on stage in the short Never A Break. He also played the lead in the film City of Love which has just finished filming. Jeff currently studies with Alan Langdon at the Circle in the Square Theatre School. He would like to thank God, Family, and Friends for the opportunity, love, and support.

Andrew Lazaroff is extremely grateful to all those at Phare Play to invite him to play in this play. Perhaps you've seen him in (well, probably not, unless you know him personally in which case you BETTER have seen him) past stage experiences as Al/Ramon in David Ives' All in the Timing and as Asher in Terrence McNally's Noon with The Attic Ensemble of Jersey City. He also could have been seen as jolly uncle Fred in The Theater Comany's (of Hoboken fame) production of the Dicken's classic A Christmas Carol. Other work includes some student films most of which you couldn't pay him to show you. Andrew would like to thank his friends and family for all their support, especially his wife and baby girl (she's 2.5 and devastatingly cute)!

Derrick Bryant Marshall is pleased to be back with Phare Play, having participated in the last Who Wears Short Shorts and this season’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Currently in rehearsals for productions of The Brothers Grimm and Show Boat, selected previous credits include: Fifth of July, Richard III, State Fair, Ragtime and God's Favorite. He thanks Blake and Christine for taking on this crazy endeavor once again.

Elizabeth May is thrilled to be doing her first show with Phare Play Productions! Credits include The Underpants, Six Degrees of Separation, (The Playhouse on the Green), Cry Havoc (The Darien Players), The Rover (The University of Hawaii Lab Theatre), Over My Dead Body (Manoa Valley Theatre), Antigone, Dream Savior (The Yellow Brick Road Theatre), A Wedding, No Such Joy ( The Impact Theatre), Wiseacre Farm (The 13th St. Repertory Company), Crossroads (The Kalihi Palama Health Center).  She received her BFA from Emerson College, and additional training at the Lee Strasberg Academy.

This will be the third PharePlay Production that Michael has participated in. He was previously in The Importance of Being Ernest where he played the part of Algernon and was also in last spring’s Who Wears Short Shorts Festival. Previous works include: Mozart in the Stepps Theatre production of The Little Tragedies, Roderigo in Othello at Boston Theatre Works, Wesley in Curse of the Starving Class, Stuart in Cooking with Elvis, and also played the roll of Jerry in The Zoo Story for TheatreZone’s Actor’s Revenge Festival. Michael also participated in the 2005 Boston Theatre Marathon with TheatreZone’s production of Scrabble in Babel or Earlset. Other regional work includes Philip in The Lion in Winter at TheatreWorks (FL), chorus in The Lysistrata Project at the Aslo Theatre (FL), and Hamlet in Hamlet at Michigan State University.

Lauren Meley Actor

Originally from Baltimore, Lauren is excited to be performing with Phare Play. Since moving to the city, Lauren has studied at the legendary T. Schreiber Studio and at Penny Templeton’s Acting Studio. Some of her recent film credits include Book of Lore, directed by Chris LaMartina and Connections, directed by Russell Nohelty. She has also performed with the 13th Street Repertory Company and The Actor’s Project NYC. You can learn more about Lauren at www.LaurenMeley.com.

Alisha Norris moved here from good ole South Carolina four years ago to pursue her acting career. Since moving here she has performed in different comedy/improv and Shakespeare shows, and PSA’s. Her hobbies include skiing, sledding, and clogging. She is very excited to be to jump into Phare Play’s 21 Hour Play Festival!

Kate O'Phalen is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Phare Play on this exciting festival. She is a proud Hofstra University B.F.A. grad and Garment District resident who has worked in theaters across New York including The Wings Theater, The Beckmann Theater, The 45th Street Theater, St. Luke’s Theater and The Gene Frankel Theater. She is also a proud member of both the NJ Repertory Company and the Curan Repertory Company. She dedicates this performance to Dan, whose “Kiss” is always special. KateOPhalen@Pobox.com

Blaine Pennington is excited to perform as Dromio of Ephesus in his second Phare Play production. Blaine's current projects include the independent shorts Pushed, a fast paced thriller that sends him rushing through New York City fighting bad guys in hopes of saving the woman he loves, and No Exit: The Lost Triangle, an adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre's existential play set in modern day Iraq. Both films will make their way through the independent film circuit this summer. Keep up with Blaine's ongoing projects by joining his facebook fanpage at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blaine-Pennington/83024920076?ref=ts

Annie Pesch Actor
Annie Pesch (Tokyo Rose) is happy to be making her debut with Phare Play at the Wings Theatre. Her past credits include "The Belle of Amherst", "A Piece of My Heart", and eight years performing in the nationally recognized New Works Festival, FutureFest. NY theatre companies/venues include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Symphony Space, La Muse Venale, eyeBLINK Entertainment, and Playwrights for Pets. She graduated with a BFA in Acting from Wright State University.
Cara Picone Actor

Cara Picone is proud to be appearing in her second WWSS event with Phare Play! Cara graduated in 2006 from New York University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Favorite credits include Camelot, Ragtime, Carousel, The Fantasticks, and Footloose. Much love to her friends and family!

Gillian Riley is thrilled to be performing in her first Phare Play production. Gillian graduated with a degree in Opera Performance form the University of Colorado in 2005. Gillian’s acting credits include: Maria in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Ellen Bond in Hyphen-Nation, Cleopatra in Anthony and Cleopatra, Lady Torrance in Orpheus Descending and Sierra Jacobs in Wikipedia Brown. Warm thanks to her ever supportive parents.

Eddie Rodriguez is excited to return to the New York stage with the incredible cast and crew of this production.  If you've been around Phare Play a bit, you might have seen him as the Police Superintendent in No Sex Please, We're British, a "landscape architect" in Arcadia or as part of Mindbleach.  He has also appeared in two of the WWSS - 21 hour play festivals.  You can also see Eddie (Partygoer #132) in the latest James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace as well as the upcoming Angelina Jolie movie Salt (Secret Service Man #12).  And somehow, Eddie still manages to find time to keep himself firmly planted in the practice of law and the world of political campaigns.

Alicia St. Louis graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University in Northern California before going on to the Stella Adler Studio Conservatory here in the city. Some of her favorite roles in New York include Gail in Escape from Happiness and Reine in Who Will Carry the Word? She enjoys pilates and singing karaoke in her spare time. She is currently starring as Louise in the ongoing show, 8 Women: A Karaoke Murder Mystery. She’d like to thank Mike for putting up with her shenanigans!

Dani Suder Actor

Dani Suder TNC credits: Lizzy Strata in Phallic Fables, Krystals in Collapsing Unvierse ( a musical), Buddie's Mother in The Further Adventures of Uncle Wiggily, Bloolips in A Month in the Cafe, as well as TNC's 2007 Street Theater production, Buckle My Shoe. Other theater credits: The Greedy Queen in Rumple Who at 13th Street Rep, Tansy in The Nerd, and St. Bernadette in The Saint Plays. Dani will appear in her film debut, Playing Doctor, (Jazzmyn Banks, 2009). She has recently been featured in several NYU and NYFA student film projects. Dani holds a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. My love and gratitude to husband Doug for his loving encouragement and support. Congrats to Oliver!

Alexia Terrell has a BFA in Performing Arts from Western Kentucky University and is thrilled to be working once again with Phare Play! Some of her favorite roles include Jane Austen inPride and Prejudice, Puss in Puss in Boots and Neville in She Stoops to Conquer. She thanks her family and friends who have always supported her in following her dreams, this wouldn't be possible without them! Enjoy the show!!

Adia Tucker Actor

Adia Tucker was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts but is now happy to call New York her home. She has performed in various productions throughout this city including Far Away (New York Theatre Workshop), The Exonerated (NYU Rep), The Bald Soprano (Eyeblink Productions) and an all-female staged reading of Othello (Take Wing and Soar Productions). Adia has also appeared in several stage productions with both The Queens Players and Milk Can Theatre Company. Additionally she has acted in several short and feature length independent films. Adia is excited to be working with Phare Play Productions and thanks Christine and the rest of the company for this opportunity.

Steve Unwin Actor

Steve Unwin - Regional: The Mad Pirate and the Mermaid (Jelly Legs), A Midsummer Night's Dream Spring Tour (Lysander/Flute), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Simple), Wild and Whirling Words (Romeo/Hal), Antony and Cleopatra (with the Tanglewood Fellows). Favorites include: Caucasian Chalk Circle (Azdak), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), A Raisin in the Sun (Lindner), The Dutchess of Malfi (Castruccio). Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Award nominee and a Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Award recipient. Attended The University of Utah Actor Training Program and Interlochen Arts Academy.

Jere Williams was seen as Chayse in Phare Play's 2008 production of Inside Spragg's Shorts one-act Apocolypse Earlier.  In the fall, he played Peter Hunter in No Sex Please, We're British in Brooklyn. He has worked in theatres around the country and on tour in plays and musicals such as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, SugarPeter PanThe Mousetrap, and Beauty and the Beast.

A native texan, Danny is thrilled to work with Phare Play! Past credits include Max in We Call Her Benny, Annie, Sweeney Todd, and Cabaret. Film credits include Cleansing, Wasted Life: The Musical, and Joe the King. Thanks go to Christine and Angela - our Texas connection! Special thanks go to Jeff for always believing.