The Collective presents
ME EQUALS THIS + HAPPY GIRL :)
Written and directed by Brian Leider
Featuring Krista Amigone*, Melissa Ciesla, Chris Cusano, Victoria Dicce*, Robert Z Grant*, Mike Houston*, Kevin Kane*, Lisa Kicielinski, Brian Leider, Brian Parrish, Quisha Saunders and Caitlin Zvoleff
Brian Leider, playwright and founding member of The Collective, premieres two new short plays as part of I.E.D.
"Me Equals This" and "Happy Girl" will share the bill each night, featuring a rotating cast of 12 actors from The Collective. Part character study, part social commentary, these two original works each follow two friends through an interaction that is alternately implosive and explosive.
About the Company: The Collective
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Cast: Melissa Ciesla, Victoria Dicce, Lisa Kicielinski, Brian Parrish, Quisha Saunders, Caitlin Zvoleff
October 22 - November 8
Thursday - Sunday at 8pm
Theater: Bridge Theater at Shetler
Address: 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor
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ROBERT Z. GRANT is a New York based actor and improviser who has appeared at Center Stage NY, The York Theatre, American Globe Theatre, Caroline's on Broadway, The NY IMPROV, and on NBC and VH1, among others. Robert is a founding member of The Collective NY, and has performed in Ionesco's 'The Lesson,' '360, an original adaptation of La Ronde,' Brian Leider's 'Me Equals This,' Collective Comedy, and various readings. He spent two months performing and teaching in South Africa with The Glass Contraption in the Summer of 2007. The show he helped develop and perform, 'TED,' was named one of the "Ten Best of the Festival" at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.
Robert performed for years with ComedySportzNY and is the artistic director of Codependent Theater Co., hailed as "one of the Top 3 Best Improv Groups in New York." Credits also include the hit improvised musical comedy 'Broadway's Next H!T Musical' (2007 MAC Award). Robert studied acting with Bill Esper at William Esper Studio (2007 graduate), dance at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, clown with Christopher Bayes at Juilliard, and improvisation with Ralph Buckley. Robert is a member of Actors' Equity, and a founding member of The Collective.
Robert is probably best known for his anonymity.
MIKE HOUSTON* is excited and thankful for the opportunity to help bring this incredible, topical play to life again, and gives sincere thanks to Brian, Kevin, Jeff and Robert for their guidance and inspiration. Theater: ME EQUALS THIS presented as part of the I.E.D. Series by The Collective, The Collective UPRISING Series, THE LEDGE (2007 NYITA for Outstanding Solo Performance). TV: "Brotherhood," "The Good Wife," "Mercy," "White Collar," "Gossip Girl," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: CI." Film: I'M NOT ME (2011), ROCKSTEADY (2010), THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3. Thanks to everyone at Hartig Hilepo and of course to Dad, Sylvia, Tim and Keith for their constant support.
KEVIN KANE* is a graduate of the William Esper Studio where he studied with Bill Esper, Joel Rooks and Deb Jackel. He is a founding member of The Collective (www.thecollective-ny.org) where he has acted in and directed numerous productions over the past few years. He most recently appeared in their original productions of 360 and ME EQUALS THIS. Other credits include HAMLET, WAITING FOR GODOT, MACBETH, NEVER TELL (NYCFringe), LIFE IN EXODUS, THE SHORT LIST (Court Theater). TV: "One Life to Live", "Law and Order", "L&O SVU". Film: I'M NOT ME, A LONG ROAD, MY MOTHER'S FAIRY TALE, HOW I GOT LOST.
BRIAN LEIDER is a founding member of The Collective and a graduate of the William Esper Studio. Stage acting credits with The Collective: 360 – AN ORIGINAL ADAPTATION OF LA RONDE and ME EQUALS THIS. Writing credits include: FINGER NOISE and ME EQUALS THIS. Film credits include: I'M NOT ME, THE LOUISIANA CONVERSATION and SubteranNYa. Brian would like to thank all the members of The Collective for making this production and his performance possible. Like life, theater is a team game.