Genre: Comedy, Drama, Festival
Written by Barton Bishop; Directed by Matthew J. Nichols

She is a runaway girl from a warring tribe. He is a mysterious stranger haunted by a specter from centuries past. Together they must journey across a post-apocalyptic landscape in search of a safe place. Eminene by Barton Bishop is a harrowing tale of science fiction that explores the pursuit of stability in an unstable world, drawing parallels to today’s immigration dilemma and the moral quandary that a secure society faces with the knowledge of horrors beyond its borders. Set in a distant and unforeseeable future, Eminene features armed border patrols, outer-world refugees, forged identities, two-headed mutants, and more.  Presented by Zootopia Theatre Co. as part of the 13th New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC.

Open:   08/15/09
Close:   08/24/09

SAT 8/15 @ 9:15pm; SUN 8/16 @ 4:45pm;
THU 8/20 @ 5:45pm; SUN 8/23 @ 7:15pm;
MON 8/24 @ 5:45pm
Theater:   New School for Drama Theater
Address:   151 Bank Street (Between West & Was
New York,
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Britney Burgess was in Zootopia Theatre Company's first show, Professional Skepticism, for which she was nominated for a NY Innovative Theatre award for featured actress. Other New York credits include Conservatives in Love (The Bridge Theatre Company), Twelfth Night (Aisling Arts/Play Outside Festival), and Sympathy at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Favorite regional credits include The Three Penny Opera and To Kill a Mockingbird (New Repertory Theatre), and A Place in the Sky (Plan-B Theatre). Britney is a graduate of Brandeis University’s MFA Acting program in Massachusetts where she also had the pleasure of teaching acting to the undergraduate students. She is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and Packawallop Productions' "Pack."

Michael Sharon is making his first appearance in the New York International Fringe Festival in Eminene. His work in Shakespeare includes the title roles in Macbeth (Los Angeles Theatre Center) and Pericles (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Leontes in The Winter's Tale (Shaw Theatre, London), Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (Portland Stage Company), as well as seasons at The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington DC, and the Oregon, Utah and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals. His contemporary and musical theatre work includes NYCity Opera, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnatti Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St Louis, The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia), The Group Theatre, and Goodspeed Opera House. Michael is a graduate of the Drama program at the University of Southern California, and received classical training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Christopher T. VanDijk is the Associate Producer and proud member of Partial Comfort Productions where he has been seen in Kidstuff and the annual Welcome Mat Series and will be appearing in the upcoming production of Thomas Bradshaw’s The Bereaved. A member of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s 2008 Repertory Company, he performed in Romeo and Juliet, Cymbeline, and The Count of Monte Cristo. Other regional credits include: A View from the Bridge, Richard III and As You Like It. Other NY credits include the Wonderland Festival, The NY International Fringe Festival, 365 days/365 plays, LAByrinth’s Naked Plays, The Lark, The Wings Theater, The Workshop Theater and Aisling Arts. Chris originated the role of Jack in Bryn Manion’s critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize nominated trilogy, Force and has appeared in a number of small independent films. Chris is a graduate of the University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts and the William Esper Studio. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors’ Guild.

Ellie Dvorkin landed her first NYC gig 11 years ago performing with country legend Kenny Rogers in his show Christmas from the Heart at the Beacon Theatre. Since then, she has worked locally and regionally and has had featured roles on the network television programs “Law & Order”, “The Education of Max Bickford” and “Deadline”. She is best known as one half of the hilarious musical comedy duo Mel & El. Check out the funny at www.MelAndEl.com.

After taking on the indie film scene by storm (auditioning. getting callbacks, and booking regularly), Morgin is ready to go back to her roots. Meaning performing on stage, of course! After finishing filming 'Black Friday' as the supporting role and starting to play Fatima in 'Fatima', a Columbia student film, she is excited to be in Eminene! In addition to her passion for performing, Morgin loves animals, photography and Meryl Streep.


Playwright Barton Bishop was named by The Dramatist magazine as "One of 50 To Watch." His short play Things Fall (Meanwhile) was commissioned and performed last year as part of Keen Company's Keen Teens. He made his NY debut in 2004 with God's Daughter (Abingdon Theatre). Bishop earned an MFA from NYU's Department of Dramatic Writing, where he received the Harry Kondeleon Graduate Playwriting Award. Other recent honors include the Witter Bynner Fellowship with the Abingdon Theatre Company, the Holloway Playwright in Residence Fellowship at the University of South Florida, and the Handel Fellowship in Playwrighting. He is author of Still the River Runs, Up Up Down Down, bloodrust, Peaceful Easy, bliss, God's Daughter, Graduation Day, The Great Who Knows, The Amphibian Song, and The Complex. His work has been commissioned by Florida Stage, and read and produced in New York, Los Angeles, Montana, and Florida, where he was a three-time winner of the Florida Playwrights Process award.

Matthew is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Zootopia Theatre Co. and is an alumnus of Rollins College and Brandeis University (MFA Acting). Matthew directed the world premiere of Barton Bishop’s Still the River Runs for Zootopia last summer, which recently garnered six NY Innovative Theatre Award nominations, including Outstanding Direction. Other directing credits include The House of Blue Leaves, The Zoo Story, Of Mice and Men, and Without a Song, which he also wrote.


A proud native of Guelph Ontario Canada, Andrew is thankful for his family, friends and mentors that have provided invaluable guidance and encouragement. With Zootopia Theatre Company he has designed the set for Professional Skepticism, lighting for Still the River Runs, and both set and lighting for Eminene. Other selected credits include: Lighting design The Passion of Winnie, composed by Bongani Ndodana-Breen, libretto by Warren Wilensky (Isabel Bader Theatre, Toronto), Set and lighting design The Polished Hoe by Colin Taylor in collaboration with Alison Sealy Smith (Frank Collymore Hall, Bridgetown Barbados), Set and lighting design for Crave by Sarah Kane (Centre Stage, NYC), Lighting design for Lion in the Streets by Judith Thompson (Abingdon Theatre, NYC), Lighting design, Québecité composed by D.D. Jackson, libretto by George Elliott Clarke (River Run Centre, Guelph Ontario), Andrew is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in Design for Stage and Film.


Deanna has worked on several new work productions, most recently being Blaire Singer’s The Most Damaging Wound with The Production Company. Some of her other more memorable works are Equus, The House of Blue Leaves, and Hamlet at the American Stage. This is her second time designing a Barton Bishop original, the previous being Peaceful Easy. Deanna holds a Master of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.