Genre: Drama
Written by Bill Svanoe

Set in a small town in Upstate New York, Jellyroll Shoes follows the lives of the Anderson Men, lead by patriarch George, a recently ousted town sheriff, and his three sons; Eddie (an up and coming, but still relatively green state patrolman), Joe (the middle son who is now the town's lawyer), and Dave ("The lucky one," the eldest brother who is also an officer). Eddie's girlfriend, firecracker-hottie Linda, helps take care of the boys and their normal routine, which is thrown astray one evening by the surprise arrival of Alice Beck, a local English teacher that Dave helps save from an abusive husband that tries to kill her with a lawnmower. Compounding issues arise when Tim Jones arrives, a miscreant drifter with no past that George believes could be his son that disappeared years ago.

Open:   10/17/09
Close:   10/25/09

Saturday at 2PM, Sunday - Wednesday at 8PM
Theater:   Beckmann Theater
Address:   314 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:$20, $15 with student ID
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Karen Brelsford is excited to be in her second Phare Play production; her first, No Sex Please, We're British was as the bawdy prostitute Susan. Karen received rave reviews: "the physical comedy was impeccable"; "brilliant, super, and very funny. The accent was delightful!" Karen is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts 2009 Company and has experience in stage, film and TV. She has both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Victoria, where she specialized in Dendrochronology (tree-ring studies). Favorite roles to date are Olivia in Night Must Fall and Ruth in Blithe Spirit. Karen dedicates this performance to Tracy Trevett; an inspiring teacher and an amazing woman.

Jeremy Dahm is very happy to be a part of Jellyroll Shoes. A New York native, Jeremy has loaned his voice and talent to advertisers around the country including Toyota, Yoplait and McDonalds, and can be heard on the radio, as well as television, video games, and on the internet as a voice over talent.  Now he lends us the whole package for this production. Jeremy trained with Mary Boyer of M.T.B. Studio here in New York City.

Rich is very pleased to be working with Blake Bradford, Phare Play Productions and the talented cast of Jellyroll Shoes.  Recent theater credits include: Unfinished Debasement with the Galley Players, a staged reading of The Rooster at the 13th St Repertory Theater Co. and the role of Sen. McMann in Space at the Manhattan Repertory Theater. Past TV credits include roles on As the World Turns, Guiding Light and Psychic Detectives on Court TV. Movie credits include Forgiveness, See Saw and The Sunset Sky.  He is studying at Caymichael Patten Studio.

Danny hails from New Jersey where he received his B.A. in Theater Arts from Rutgers University. NY theater credits include The Psychiatrist is Out (Beckmann Theater), Melodramatic (Abingdon Main Stage Theater), and A Casket Man (Sargent Theater), for which he won Best Actor in The Notes from the Underground Theater Festival. His TV credits include Law and Order and The Sopranos and films such as American Gangster and the independant feature Done to Death. He is excited to be making his debut with Phare Play Productions and to be a part of this fantastic new play. Thanks to Blake, the talented cast, and all of Phare Play, as well as the unending love and support of my friends and family.

Jonathan Irons received his B.A. in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design, then went on to study at The Beverly Hills Playhouse while taking on a large variety of character roles on stage and film, including roles in Transparent Green, Red Thread,  Coleheart, Get Some, and Bleeker.  After living and working as a professional actor in LA. for five years, he is happy to be in New York and performing with Phare Play Productions.

Jack Schaub is very excited to be working with Phare Play Productions. He has been a part of numerous film and theatrical productions in and around the New York City area. Credits include Picasso at Lapine Agile as Elvis and Sushi with Turtle Shell Productions, Romeo and Juliet with Pax Amicus Shakespeare, as well as the part of a rejected clubber in the indie hit Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.  Most recently he appeared in Turtle Shell Productions' Summer Shorties play festival, and can be seen in the upcoming independent slasher film John Hook by Red Circle Movies.

Paula is excited to be a part of Phare Play’s production of Jellyroll Shoes. She recently played Sophia in By Love and Art Scarred, Marlene in From The Ground Up Theater Company’s NY Premier of Trailerville by Hannah Logan, Kitherton in the musical Children of the Earth by John Lisbon Wood as well as The Red Room by Gordon Farrell. Notable stage roles include Maggie in Salvation by John Lisbon Wood, Julie in The Pink Cadillac Nightmare and Abigail in Women of the Wild West by Le Wilhelm, Marla in Specter, Marilla in Anne of Green Gables, and Elaine in Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Paula is fluent in Czech and has studied at The Actors Center, Stella Adler Studio and with John Barton at the British American Drama Academy. Paula would like to thank Blake Bradford for this wonderful opportunity.

Bill Svanoe Playwright

An award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Bill Svanoe has created highly acclaimed television movies including Miles to Go, which won a Christopher Award; Terror on the Beach; Returning Home; Superdome; The Cardboard House; The Dreammakers; and Sparks. Films include Waltz Across Texas, starring Anne Archer, and Fatal Beauty, starring Whoopi Goldberg. His first play, The Newstand, won New Playwright Awards in New York and Holland.  His plays The Black Duck,  Punch and Judy and Callback have been published. He is the Playwright-in-Residence for Phare Play Productions, which has produced Callback, Pants on Fire, Quisisana and Trader Jack and the Stinger. Remember the 1960's hit song Walk Right In? He wrote it.

Blake Bradford 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).

Phare Play Productions has built a solid reputation in the artistic community having produced a wide range of works from the classic (The Importance of Being Earnest) to the contemporary (Snake in Fridge), the dramatic (The Twilight of the Golds) to the comedic (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]), the original (Gay Slave Handbook) to the published (Arcadia). Two of our original productions, Callback and Fat Kids on Fire, are now published and this past year has also seen our Artistic Director, Blake Bradford become an Emmy award winner for his work on Live at Lincoln Center: Madama Butterfly!  Under the excellent guidance of Emmy winner Joan Darling, Christopher-Award winning playwright Bill Svanoe, New York Times Bestseller Judy Kerr, and Strasburg Institute founding member Kerry Shear, we embark on our fourth season of innovative and entertaining theatre and we invite you to become a part of it all!