THE IMPERIAL GARDEN OF DISILLUSION

Genre: Comedy, Drama

"One being perceived as another only to be lost in the invasion of the inner self."

Four original one act plays of comedy and drama.

ART OF NEGOTIATION by Brian Petti
The Art of Negotiation takes place in a political meeting room wherein a Representative of a powerful country is enlisting the aid of a foreign Colonel. In a cheery voice, the Representative tells the Colonel his country must be destroyed. After the initial shock of this statement, the Colonel realizes he must somehow re-forge a relationship with the Representative for the sake of his country's future.

CONGOJA by Rosebud Ben-Oni
Once trafficked over the border, one Mexican woman's desire for revenge puts an entire family in danger including the very man who risked his life to bring her to the States.

GOD IS A PUERTO RICAN by John Watts
A young Puerto Rican man and an older white businessman confront each other in a park. Each has a clearly defined stereotypical vision of the other. Through conversation they find references to childhood upon which they attempt to find common ground. This only brings a more dramatic potentially violent confrontation and a disastrous ending that leaves the audience deciding the outcome.

MORE PASTA by Leon Kaye
An Italian grandma who discovers nutrition, and goes a little overboard.
 



Cast: Leon Kaye-Author
Open:   01/06/10
Close:   01/10/10

Schedule:
Wed. January 6, 2010 @ 8pm
Thurs. January 7, 2010 @ 8pm
Fri. January 8, 2010 @ 8pm
Sat. January 9, 2010 @ 3pm & 8pm
Sun. January 10, 2010 @ 3pm
Theater:   Turtle Shell Theater
Address:   300 W. 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:Tickets $15.00 in advance; $20.00 at door Advance ticket sales available through Theatermania.
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Hollie Rosenberg for The Art of Negotiation

Hollie directed at The Producers Club, The Public Theater, Manhattan Repertory,The Brooklyn Repertory Shakespeare Co,  Hudson Shakespeare Company, Brooklyn One, Narrows Community Theater, TSI/Play Time Series, Brooklyn Heights Players, Riant Theater, and American Heritage for the Performing Arts. She is also a published playwright and is working toward her MA from City University of London.

Laura Mae Baker as The Representative (Art of Negotiation)

Laura Mae has lived in New York City for 13 lucky years and feels she has finally earned the right to call herself a genuine New Yorker and Shakespeare nerd. Credits include OFF BROADWAY: Alice in Wonderland (Alice) OFF-OFF BROADWAY: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Lucy), Spoiled Cherries (Emma -original cast), Into the Woods (Rapunzel), Polly Princess and the Penniless Fry Cook (Gabby Godmother),  Cinderella (Stepsister), Donna’s Late Night Shakespeare Cabaret (Emcee & Touchstone), Loves Labours Lost (Jaquenneta), King Lear (Curan, u/s Cordelia), Macbeth (Witch 1 / Lady Macduff), Oh! Pioneers (Birdie Hutchinson) TOURS and REGIONAL: New England Shakespeare Festivals’ Comedie of Errors (Domio of Ephesus),  A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim) with American Family Theater, Timon of Athens (The Poet) & All’s Well That Ends Well (Diana ) with Hudson Shakespeare. Laura Mae is a proud member of the Spontaneous Shakespeare Players  www.spontaneousshakespeare.com/ and  has played multiple parts in their productions of Twelfth Night, Midsommer Nights Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Richard III and Macbeth. She dedicates every performance in her life to her mother, Carol.

George Tsalikis as the Colonel (Art of Negotiation)

As the lead singer of Pure Steel Recording Artists Zandelle, George has released three international albums and has performed in various venues throughout the U.S. and Europe. George began acting in 2004 and his credits include Dr. Jekyll / Edward Hyde: Jekyll & Hyde, Jesus: Jesus Christ Superstar, El Gallo: Fantasticks, Danny Zuko: Grease, Billy Crocker: Anything Goes, Bill Calhoun / Lucentio: Kiss Me Kate, among many others. George is very excited to be part of this production. www.myspace.com/GeorgeZandelle

Rosebud Ben-oni Playwright for Congoja

Rosebud Ben-Oni is a playwright at New Perspectives Theater; her new play Shamhat will be previewed in October 2011, part of their 20th Anniversary Season. Recently produced work include Untouchable, Don’t Call it Returning, Owless of Santa Clara andThe Amaranthine Thread. Rosebud Ben-Oni is also a co-editor for Her Kind at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Recently, her short story “A Way out of the Colonia” won the Editor's Prize at Camera Obscura: A  Journal of Contemporary Literature and Photography, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has recent and upcoming work in Arts & Letters, Anobium, Review Americana, Existere, Third Wednesday, Slice Magazine, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. In Fall 2011, she will speak at the Women in the Arts conference as a playwright negotiating space and homosexual identity in the Middle East, and present a paper on her experiences in developing her play Quimera on the Storm at New Perspectives at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference.  Recently VIDAselected her essay “On Writing Quimera and other Fears,” also based on her work for New Perspectives, for their State of the Art Feature.

Bob Teague for Congoja

 

Bob Teague has directed numerous times for Thespian Productions and Rosebud Ben-Oni, and is glad for the opportunity to do it yet again. When not working on a show, Bob writes and watches the world race past him on the way to whatever it is everyone seems to be in such a hurry to catch. He's not staring, really. He's just trying to figure out the stories. You can contact him at bob@lefthipproductions if you want to share coffee and swap stories.

Sam Muniz as Cesar (Congoja)

Samuel Muniz has just finished working in the "Merchant of Venice" and "The Jew of Malta" with the York Shakespeare Company. He's also appeared in other stage productions around NYC such as "Macbeth" with the Brooklyn Stage Company; "Hamlet" at the Actors Studio; "Casino" at T. Schreiber Studio; "I Just Love Andy Gibb" at Pregones Theatre; "Menu Driven", "Sixty One Dead Men" and "Revenge of A King" respectively at the Producers Club. Miraculously, Sam underwent a massive weight loss program as the 300 pound Italian megalomaniac, super chef, Tony Taste in the dark comedy "Prisoner of Splendor", directed by Vernon Church. Sam extends his gratitude and love to those responsible for him being in this present production.

Flor Bromley as Mirabel (Congoja)

Flor Bromley is an actress, director, singer and storyteller from Lima, Peru. She is a Musical Theatre graduate from AMDA and holds a BA in Education. She is a proud member of the bilingual children’s theatre company Teatro Sea, Amore Opera, Realize Your Beauty and a teaching artist for the Creative Arts Team at CUNY, Making Books Sing and Bilingual Birdies. She is currently touring colleges with the best selling play “Yo Soy Latina” across the nation and she just finished a NYC library tour with Urban Stages “South of the Border: Latin-American Folktales". Be sure to check out her cabaret show “Mujeres/Women” in November at the Roy Arias Theatre in Midtown. In December, she will be touring NYC Zoos with the eco-friendly children’s play “If You Really Love Polar Bears” by Making Books Sing. Favorite theatre roles: Pitti Sing (“The Mikado”), Pura Belpre (“The Storyteller’s Candle”), Beba (“La Noche de los Asesinos”). TV: “Necesito una amiga” (Univision) and “Law and Order” (NBC Universal).

Silvia Tovar as Serena (Congoja)

Silvia Tovar arrived to New York City at the age of 18 looking for a dream, her love and dedication for the art brought her to receive a BFA in performing arts from Adelphi University on top of studying at the institutes SFT and Lee Starsberg. In the last couple of years she has perform in productions like, Coser y Cantar, Women are Real, a season with Lose Control, Macbeth, Quien Yo Soy, Mi Mujer Es El Plomero and several others. She has had the pleasure to be a part of various independent films that should be coming out in 2010. She was also part of the cast of Viva Hollywood (VH1).

Iveliz Negron as Elena (Congoja)

Iveliz Negron works at a full time job ,but  her love for acting has never diminished. She is so excited to take on the role of Elena in Congoja, and will continue to audition for future roles.

 
Nichole Donje' for God is a Puerto Rican

Artistic Director & Founder of TAPT. (The Artists’ Playground Theatre) Nichole is an entrepreneur and creative chameleon; she has been acting (theatre & film) and directing theatre for 20 years, currently Nichole works with the Writer’s Forum as an actress & director and is a founding member of an Emerging writers group called, The Playwrights Continuum. Most recently she produced Week 1 of the 10th Annual Estrogenius Festival at Manhattan Theater Source and did so with much success. Nichole’s most recent directing credits in NYC include: D.U.I. by Bill McMahon, Hush Little Baby by Montserrat Mendez, Voices: In Search of Truth (the finale production of the Big Read RI project funded by the NEA) as well as numerous staged readings.

John Watts as Arnold (God is a Puerto Rican)

For nine years I have been writing plays, twelve of which have been presented in black box theatre in New York . Most of my work involves social and racial issues as I want to do something more than simply entertain an audience.
 

John Ramey as Hector (God is a Puerto Rican)

Johnny Ramey is completely honored to be working with John Watts on God is a Puerto Rican. He is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School (37), where he had the pleasure of performing in such productions as Topdog/Undergog, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Cymbeline, and Our Lady of 121st Street. He recently worked with CTH on Three Sisters, MITF on Dawn, Nylon Fusion Collective on A Midsummer Nights Dream, and finished up a New Federal Theater production of, The Toilet by Amiri Baraka. His Film credits include: Prodigal, The Three Way, Sealed, and Quotes of life.

Jason Surratt for More Pasta

This is Jason second production with the Thespians. Jason Lord- Surratt is a director, improviser and educator and co-founder of Lefthip Productions. He began his endeavors in improvisation in Syracuse, NY. He went on to study at Second City in Chicago, while performing in and co-conceiving independent work. Long-form improv works conceived and directed by Jason include: Lady Liberty and 61 Dead Men, Subway Series and Grassroots Grazing. Selected directing credits include Brian Flowers for the Brooklyn Play Festival, and Vanities, Revenge of a King Fringe 2006, and The Heidi Chronicles in various NY theaters.

Brian Petti Playwright for The Art of Negotiation

Brian C. Petti, is an actor, director, producer and playwright. His plays have been produced in a number of Off-Off Broadway houses, most notably Masquerade at Cherry Lane Theatre by Ten Grand Productions. He was also the winner of the Humboldt State University National Play Contest in California for Next Year in Jerusalem. NYC productions include Hindenburg—the Musical (with Joel Flowers), Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Absolution and Before the Parade Passes By. Brian lives in Greene County, NY with his wife Mary Ellen and two boys, Conor, 10 and Mychal, 7.

Alexa Servodidio as Gina (More Pasta)

Alexa is excited to be a part of Thespian Productions.. This is her 2nd performance with the group. Alexa was recently seen as "Joy" in The Pursuit Of Love, written by Diamondo Stratakos.. Alexa has also been seen in Odd Jobs as Karen, at The Shotgun Theatre Festival, and as "Clarita" , in Menu Driven, written by Kyle Spearman and directed by Jason Surratt. Alexa's other theatrical credits in New York/NJ are 10 Minutes Early, Nuts and Bolts, and Eating Out. She has also had lead roles in independent films such as, Reverse, The Project, Return to Innocence Lost, and Beautiful. Her television credits include principal roles in It's All Geek To Me, The View, and Lucille Roberts. Alexa has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters in Social Work.

Cem Uyanik as Carlos (More Pasta)

Cem is currently involved with an acting troupe that performs for young children up to high school students teaching them sciences like physics and astronomy through theatre. In addition, he is eagerly awaiting the release of his first feature length film, SubHysteria. Past performances for Cem include: Defrocked, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, Sordid Lives and working with the talented and imaginative Jason Surratt on Messiah on the Frigidaire. Cem has studied acting at NYU and HB Studio with Michael Beckett.

Dan Levy as Mike (More Pasta)

Dan Levy is a founding member of NewFormat Improvisation, an artist collective based in Brooklyn, and has been a professional Improviser for the past six years. As a BFA graduate of Syracuse University's Film-Drama program, Dan has been in non-stop pursuit of his dream to become a writer/actor, even creating his own sketch show "American Like Jesus". Dan wishes to thank his parents, friends, and fiancee for all their love and support.