Genre: Comedy, Festival
Phare Play's 21 Hour Play Festival

Six writers have decided that they don't need to sleep and that they can IV line some caffeine to write a show in 12 hours : Joe Benincase, Gabriel Garcia, Duncan Pflaster, Oliver Thrun, Nora Vetter and Michael Weems.

Six directors are actually brave enough to lead a bunch of strangers and assemble a show on the fly: Kelly Barrett, Chris Bell, Gretchen Ferris, Graeme Humphrey, Ashley Marinaccio and Chris Simon.

Twenty-four actors are putting it on the line to see who can hold it together to be fully blocked and off book on a mere six hours of rehearsal : Stevie Aycock, Marian Brock, Melisa Breiner-Sanders, Mary Brown, Chris Cusano, Paul Falcetta, Tanya Fazal, Erin Fehr, Ben Klier, Jamie Lewis, Jeffery Martin, Samantha Mason, Kristen Kay Miller, Doua Moua, Natalie Neckyfarow, Faith O'Gorman, Jeffrey Parrillo, Cory Shoemake, Alexia Terrell, Aimee Todoroff, Thomas Wesson, Zak Wilson, Laura Yost and Jenny Zerke

You know you want to see this!  It's either going to be a train wreck or an unbelievable spectacle of fun!

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 root them on!

Open:   10/17/09
Close:   10/17/09

ONE NIGHT - Saturday October 17, 2009 at 7:00 and 9:30 PM
Theater:   Beckmann Theatre @ American Theater Of A
Address:   314 West 54th Street, 2nd floor bet
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:$15/$12 Students/PP
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovationtix at 212.352.0255
Company: Phare Play Productions         Official Web Site: www.phareplay.com

Megan Channell is excited to be in her first production with Phare Play. Regional credits include: Doubt (Sister James), King Lear (Regan), She Stoops to Conquer (Kate), Life Under Water (Amy-Joy), Wedekind's Spring Awakening (Ilse). She can be seen in an upcoming production of The Seagull with Curan Repertory Company. Many thanks to a welcoming cast and crew.

Joe Benincase Writer

Joe Benincase moved from (the trenches of) Long Island to (one of the smuggest parts of) Manhattan at the (not so) tender age of seventeen. He studies Creative Writing and Publishing at the City University of New York. Although concentrating on short fiction, his focus on dialogue led him to a drama workshop with Marc Palmieri. Joseph is now working on a book-length collection of interlinked short stories, as well as a full-length play, and multiple one-acts. Contemplating a career in television writing, he has developed a pilot and also wrote a spec. script for a current hour-long television show. He says, “To write stage plays for people to enjoy exceeds all else—everyone must be given the opportunity to laugh, whether it’s fun or painful.”

Gabriel Garcia began working with Phare Play as a stage manager on Michael Weems' Bludgeon The Lime. In subsequent productions with Phare Play, Gabriel has performed in No Sex Please, We're British directed by Christine Vinh Weems and worked under the direction of Blake Bradford as stage manager for Arsenic and Old Lace. Gabriel has also stage managed Blake Bradford's original play I, Undertow at Wings Theater and is currently stage managing under Mr. Bradford's direction for the currently running production of Bill Svanoe's Jellyroll Shoes. Gabriel is pleased to be writing for Phare Play's sixth production of Short Shorts. Gabriel would like to thank Christine Vinh Weems and Blake Bradford for their continuing 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

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.

Nora Vetter Writer

Nora is truly honored that ArtEffects Theatre Company chose to produce a night of her short plays. Previously her short plays have been produced by the Shelterbelt Theatre and Phare Play Productions (they also produced her first full length play, "Call Waiting" last spring).   Her writing also provided the opportunity to participate in the inaugural year of The Great Plains Theater Conference with Edward Albee.  Thanks to the cast and crew of "Almost Olive Juice" for bringing the words on the page to life! Find out more about Nora's writing, acting and directing at www.noravetter.com.

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

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.

Gretchen Ferris Director

Gretchen Ferris was most recently a director for Phare Play's WWSS6 as well as the Assistant Director for Phare Play’s successful premiere of Bludgeon the Lime and Commander Squish Productions’ The New Hopeville Comics. As a Phare Player, she has been seen onstage in Call Waiting and No Sex Please, We’re British. Other favorite regional credits include Quilters, The Diary of Anne Frank and Dracula. She holds theatre degrees from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Florida State University and The University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Graeme Humphrey Director

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.

Ashley Marinaccio is an activist and artist dedicated to creating theatre that challenges the status quo. She is a co-founder/artistic director of Co-Op Theatre East and alumni of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics - EMERGENYC, American Theatre Wing's - SpringboardNYC '08 and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab '09. She is currently on the producing staff of Manhattan Theatre Source's "Estrogenius Festival" and steering committee for Theatres Against War. Ashley has numerous directing, playwriting and performing credits. She holds her M.A. in Performance Studies (NYU Tisch) and BA in theatre directing and sociology/anthropology from Pace University.

Chris Simon most recently appeared onstage in Dance at Bataan as Taylor Mann. He was also seen in Arcadia as Captain Brice and as Coach/Al/Ahab in Carl the Second for Phare Play Productions. His directorial work with Phare Play includes The Chip Hydeberger Show - part of WWSS II, The 12 Step Conga Line - part of The Winter Shorts: A Night of Erotica and two shorts in Inside Spragg's Shorts - Daddy Issues and Not So Calm…. He is currently working as an Assistant Director for Ted Thompson for the third year running for the upcoming production of Intimate Apparel at the Heights Players. Other directorial credits include The Handicapper General, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and UnSheathed! Arthur the Musical.

Stevie Aycock hails from Houston, Texas. She is an experienced film, television, and stage actress who graduated from The New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (AKA: The School for Film and Television). To escape the heat and humidity of Houston, she spent her summers in upstate New York at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center. There she honed her craft in productions such as Hair and Copacabana. In New York she has been a part of several local productions Vincent, Happy Hour, Knee Deep In Snow on stage and several student and independent films. When she is not acting, you can catch her playing volleyball, writing, singing, or hanging out with. Stevie would like the thank her family back home in Texas for believing in her and her dreams as well as her family at Royale for giving her the opportunity to chase them.

Marian Brock Actor

Marian Brock - Films include the feature And Then..., The Sent, God of Love, and the music video, Likely to Stray, in which she played the lead. Regional work includes Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Juliet in The Eternal Romeo and Juliet, Marie in Woyzeck, and Reggie Fluty in The Laramie Project. New York stage credits include 4.48 Psychosis, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, and A Comedy of Errors. Marian has extensive experience in improvisation and is a company member of the National Comedy Theatre.

Melisa Breiner-Sanders has stared in over six feature length independent films including Women's Studies, Conversations, and Holler Creek Canyon. On the stage, she has been in As You Like It (Celia), Little Bird (Maura), Becket, The Women (Miriam), Vinegar Tom, The Laramie Project and more. Melisa is an Associate Artist with Cry Havoc Theatre Company, a member of the sketch comedy groups Camp Wayne, Awkward Johnsons and Tongue Justice and founded RandomBS! To see clips, photos and more information, visit www.MelisaBS.com

Mary Brown Actor

Mary Brown is happy to return to Phare Play after having previously appeared last in their production of Wombsgiving. She has recently appeared in Wings Theatre’s production of I, Undertow where she had also worked on their productions of Dance at Bataan as well as Dutch Courage. She is excited to dive write into this project and hopes that she doesn’t end up with people who will mock her too badly for her affinity for plastic sporks.

Chris Cusano Actor

Chris Cusano is excited to be a part of Phare Play's 21 hour play festival for the first time!! When he's off the stage Chris is a writer, actor, producer and want-a-be director. Chris just finished production and released his first 6-part webseries, Today With Stephen Kempert which you can check out at: http://www.youtube.com/user/stkempert or just friend-request Stephen Kempert or Chris Cusano on Facebook and check out their video tabs. Chris lives in Hoboken and has been an actor in NYC for the last 5 years. www.chriscusano.com

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.

Tanya Fazal Actor

Tanya Fazal was last seen last year playing a vampire victim in WWSS4 as well as in Little Hibiscus’ Fragments as Melissa. Tanya participated in WWSS3 as a director, and is thrilled to be part of this exciting event for a third time, again as an actor. Tanya has worked in theater since she was a child. Credits have spanned Houston, TX (where she grew up) and New York City (where she moved 3 years ago). Past shows include Lost and Occasionally Found, Little Fascist Panties, and The Unexpected Guest. Tanya recently graduated from the MBA program at NYU Stern and currently works in Marketing at American Express.

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!

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...

Jamie Sara Lewis started her career as a radio DJ for one of Syracuse's longest running rock stations while pursuing a degree in the back-round of film and television. In between attending concerts, hanging with rock stars, and hosting events, she performed in regional theatre until it was time to move to NYC... She graduated from the two year acting conservatory at The School for Film and Television in 2005 and since then she has been in indie films, music videos, theatre, and most recently was the voice of Lauren Conrad in the MTV parody The Hills According to Me. Now, she spends a lot of time as a professional voice-over artist; you can hear her on various national radio and television spots.

Jeffery Martin is a fresh arrival in New York. This will not only be his debut with Phare Play Productions, but also his debut in New York City. Jeff has worked with international directors Firenza Guidi, Elaina Artemiev, Sergei Zemtsov, and Robert Marchand. His recent notable roles include Bernard in Brave New World, Jack in Boys’ Life, and Hippolytus in Breathe. Jeff would like to take this opportunity to thank his family, loved ones, and Phare Play Productions for giving him this opportunity.

Samantha Mason is apparently a festival junkie, having also recently got her festival on at the HERE Arts Center in the 1-minute play festival. Other NYC stage credits include Fassbinder’s Blood On The Cat’s Neck and Spell with Gemini Collision Works, Penny Dreadful by Thirdlows Productions, Laugh Damn Ya, Laugh at Theater for the New City, Orientation Day at the ID America Festival, Tourjours L’Amour at the Samuel French Original Short Play Festival, a classical reading series with Shakespeare NYC, Taming of the Shrew, The Wild, Wild Women of Wakky NuNu!, and Femme in Bitch Macbeth. Film includes The Bastard Men of Root Flats, Suspicious Package: Rx, The Oval Portrait, and A World of Her PWN, an original webseries on the webby award winning EscapistMagazine.com.  www.SamanthaMason.net.

Kristen Kay Miller saw Cats in TX when she was five and has pursued a theatrical career ever since! Originally from Kerrville, TX, she holds a 2009 Master of Music in Musical Theatre Performance from New York University Steinhardt and a 2007 Bachelor of Music Education with Religion and Piano Minors from Baylor University. NYC: Brief Acts - A Division of Love Creek Productions as Selma in Wegotdates.com, NYU: Candide; King David; Brahms' Neue Liebeslieder with Tisch Second Avenue Dance Company; Music Theatre: The Classics on Broadway in Florence, Italy, BU: Baylor ShowTime! tours in TX, Austria, and Hawaii. Favorites: Oklahoma! (Laurey) and Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt). Prov. 3:5&6

Doua Moua Actor

Doua Moua is an actor based in New York City. Originally from Saint Paul, MN, he was recently seen in Clint Eastwood’s latest film Gran Torino playing the role of Spider, as well as Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s film, Uncertainty, playing the role Café Clerk.  As part of Phare Play, Doua has been part of productions such as WWSS - their 21 hour play festival - and Moonbite. With Yvua Jiu Productions, Moua has appeared as Chao in Magic Robe, Inho in Tale of the White Fox. At Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Doua played Ong Khan in 1120 Underdog.  Learn more about him at www.douamoua.com

Natalie Neckyfarow was last seen with Phare Play in last fall’s WWSS4 in Force the World to Die (Best in Show) and is thrilled to be back. Natalie spent her summer in New Hampshire performing Love’s Labours Lost and Comedy of Errors in repertory with Shakespeare in the Valley. New York credits include: Spare Some Change (45 Bleecker Theatre), King O’Neil, Fairytale Revolution (both TheatreRats), The Witches (Red Door Theatre Co), My Mother’s Brain (Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre), and Taking Toll (Phare Play). She is currently studying at Primary Stages and has been doing core background on the new CBS Drama The Good Wife. Natalie is also a web designer and certified Pilates Instructor. www.natalieneckyfarow.com

Faith O'Gorman - Irish born Faith O’Gorman was educated in the west of Ireland and has been acting since the age of ten. Classically trained at the Leinster school of Drama, she has always leaned toward the tragic-comic appeal of Irish writers, including Friel, Shaw and O’Casey. She worked in Chicago for many years and found success in commercials, film and voiceover. She has returned to the stage here in New York, playing Kate in The Taming of the Shrew at Bard at the Bar and Portia in The Merchant of Venice. Faith has also done under 5’s at Guiding Light. She is very happy to return to the team at Phare Play and welcomes the challenge of a day long production.

Jeffrey Parrillo is happy to be working with Phare Play Productions once again! A graduate of The Actors Studio Drama School, he was recently seen on stage in Big Apple Song-a-Gram, a reading of Going After Cacciato, and Real.

Cory Shoemake hails from the deep south where he studied acting, music, voice, and more acting. On a whim, he moved to Alaska to become a crab fisherman. After realizing that crab fishing was not lucrative enough, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of becoming a professional actor. He has been booking work in theatre, film, and television ever since. He also won amateur night at the Apollo, which is quite the feat for a fisherman.

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!!

Aimee Todoroff is an actress and director, who over the past decade has worked professionally in theatre, television and film. Though WWSS6 marks her performance debut with Phare Play Productions, she has directed past WWSS and one act productions for Phare Play, and has been a long time fan of their work. Instead of a long list of shows Aimee's been in, here's something infinitely more interesting: "Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious and immature."- Tom Robbins. You can reach Aimee at tomlovesrosy@yahoo.com, and don't forget to check out www.nycflush.com! XOXOXO!

Thomas Wesson grew up overseas in Brazil, Romania and Peru before attending Bates College in Lewiston, ME - where he fell in love with acting. At Bates, he received the 2008 Outstanding Performance Award and upon graduating received the class of 2009 Benjamin E. Mays Award for academic excellence, service to others and moral leadership. Favorite productions at Bates include Measure for Measure (Lucio), Lie of the Mind (Frankie) and Private Eyes (Matthew). He was accepted to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting after one phone interview and trained there this summer. Since moving to New York in August, he has hit the ground running, being cast in student films and off-off Broadway productions. He is excited to be in New York and thanks his family for their support – they could not make it from their home in Kobe, Japan.

Zak Wilson Actor

Zak Wilson is very excited to be a part of this festival. He was mostly recently seen on the New York stage as Michael in Echoes at the Roy Arias Theater Center. He would like to thank the good people of Phare Play Productions for this opportunity, his parents for letting him go his own way, and Casey for resisting the temptation to smother him in his restless sleep.

Laura Yost Actor

Laura Yost is thrilled to be working with Phare Play Productions and on her first 21 hour play festival. She graduated with a B.A. in Theatre from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Favorite roles have included Ursula Merkle in Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Warren in The Crucible and Bernice in Stage Door. When Laura isn’t acting, she represents some pretty cool Broadway national tours. Thanks to family and friends.

Jenny Zerke Actor

Jenny Zerke is thrilled to be performing again with Phare Play! Other Phare Play shows include Under a Cowboy Moon in which she got to get back to her Texas roots and His Critical Condition in which she threw goldfish at her fellow actors. She has appeared in numerous other Off-Broadway productions and independent films. Most recently she played a mermaid in a pilot for Spike TV and has been involved with the Abingdon Theatre Company, participating in readings and developing new work with their Playwrights Group. Enjoy the show!