ALMOST OLIVE JUICE:
A NIGHT OF SHORT PLAYS BY NORA VETTER

Genre: Comedy
Directed by Aimee Todoroff, Alexandra Cremer, Phil Newsom, Zach McCoy, Katherine Carter, Montserrat Mendez, Nick Ronan

ArtEffects Theatre Company presents "Almost Olive Juice", seven short plays with Cupids, Monsters, Writers, Actors, Lovers and Cheaters all searching for love, well...almost

The show line-up:

Details - A writer's characters come to life.
Vessel - Friends with benefits come to a crossroads.
It Takes All Kinds - Speed dating can be a nightmare.
Mr. Late - Two women chat in a hotel lobby. They have more in common then you'd think...
The Breakroom - Cupid knows best...?
Listen - Not the average she said/he said.
Anniversary Special - Buy the Cow.


About the Company: ArtEffects Theatre Company

ArtEffects Theatre Company strives to provide a positive environment where each artist can express themselves freely without judgement. Our company focuses on creative processes that include equal appreciation and collaboration among all artists. Through our work, we hope to spark conversation about the positive effects of art in our society.

Open:   03/29/10
Close:   03/31/10

Schedule:
8pm
Theater:   Manhattan Theatre Source
Address:   177 MacDougal Street
New York,
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Cost:$15
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111
Presented by: ArtEffects Theatre Company         Official Web Site: www.arteffectstheatre.org/arteffects/news.html
Rebecca Servon Actress in "Details"

Rebecca Servon holds a BFA in acting from Rutgers University and trained classically with The Globe Theatre in London, England. She has previously appeared in Phare Play's productions of The Importance of Being Earnest as Gwendolyn as well as The House of Bernarda Alba as Amelia. Other recent NYC credits include Marc Antony in an all female cast of Julius Caesar (Kraine Theater), Marla in Don Nigro's Specter (The Project Theatre Collective), Jenny in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things (Porchlight Productions), and Elsa in Israel Horowitz's Hopscotch (Theatre 1050).

Emilie Soffee Writer in "Details"

Emilie recently received her BA in Theatre with concentrations in performance and direction from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Favorite university roles include Amiga Gringa/Beauty in In the Blood(which performed at the Kennedy Center in 2008) and Rivera in Scenes From an Execution. Since arriving in New York in July, Emilie has
also* *performed in The House of Blue Leaves (The Gallery Players), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Reimagined Classics)* *and *Buddy Holly at the Armory *(Prospect Theater Company). Emilie is a founding member of the Renovations Theatre Company which has its home in Birmingham, Alabama, and which has successfully mounted several independent festivals and productions.

Charlie Gorilla Actor in "Details", Randy in "Anniversary Special"

Charlie Gorrilla just finished a successful run in Romeo and Juliet at (The Secret Theatre). In New York he has been seen in Hamlet (The Belt Theater), Happy Hour (45th Street Theater) and in Nature vs. Nurture (American Theatre of Actors). He had a recurring role on Guiding Light and has been on As the World Turns. He recently wrapped the feature film It’s Not You. He has also been in several short films. Charlie studied acting at The University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Ivan Perez Paul in "Vessel"

Ivan Perez is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. Most recently he has been seen in Bromance in the Strawberry One-Act Festival, Dash Diamond: Supernatural Detective in the Shortened Attention Span Horror Festival, and the play Monkey Business. He recently finished shooting his first role in a feature film, Beau Ideal, and looks forward to making the festival circuits and seeing what comes of that. Currently he is playing the title role in the children's musical Captain Marbles and His Acting Squad where he can be seen every weekend singing, dancing, wearing a cape, and generally having more fun than one should be allowed. Tickets available on smarttix.com. Thanks to Alexandra for the opportunity of working with her again, and as always his family and friends who are more wonderful than anyone would ever deserve.

Laura Yost Lisa in "It Takes All Kinds"

Laura Yost is excited to be acting again, especially with the talented members of Art Effects Theatre Company. Laura 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.

Bill Bria Drake in "It Takes All Kinds"

Bill Bria hails from Ann Arbor, MI and got his BA in the Visual and Performing Arts from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Bill also spent a semester studying in London at the British American Drama Academy. His most recent projects include Broadhollow Theater's production of The Woman In Black, Haberdasher Theatre's production of Arnold Schulman's Lost, and a handful of shows with sketch group American Candy. He has written and directed plays in addition to acting, and thanks ArtEffects for letting him play in their sandbox!
 

Charlie Foster Frank in "It Takes All Kinds"

Charlie M. Foster is a native of Houston, Texas. He has his BFA in Theatre from Sam Houston State University. Recently Charlie played George in Fragments and Berry in Quite Bed. Other credits include South Pacific, Dog Sees God, The Winged Man, Mr. Marmalade, Romeo & Juliet, and Angels in America. It has been a great first year in NYC, thank you to all his family and friends for their constant support.

Doug Rossi Wayne in "It Takes All Kinds"

Douglas Rossi received his MFA from The Alabama Shakespeare Festival and is originally from Cleveland. In 3 years in NYC, he's appeared in over two dozen on-camera productions, 20 plays and countless readings (ArtEffects is one of a dozen weekly workshops he's involved in). For Elisa Abatsis' "Daguerrotypes" he was nominated for best supporting actor of the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Also a graduate of The Second City, he's studied at People's Improv Theatre and with Austin Pendleton at HB studio. Equity eligible and seeking representation.

Chris Kind Henry in "It Takes All Kinds", Travis in "Listen"

Chris Kind studied Theatre Performance at Minnesota State University Mankato. He recently Toured with NetWorks production of Wizard of Oz as the Tinman and has performed with Stages On The Sound, Gallery Players, Park Square Theatre and C.L.I.M.B. Children’s Theatre. He is currently in performing in Pinkalicious with Vital Theatre. Thanks to my wife and family for their love and support!

Angelyn Faust Casey in "Listen"

Angelyn Faust has a BFA degree in Acting and Dance from Minnesota State University. Most recent work includes "The Little Mermaid" with Manhattan Children's Theatre and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" with Gallery Players. She has also worked with Nautilus Music-Theatre, Heritage Theatre, It's About Time Theatre Co, and Highland Summer Theatre. Thanks to my husband and to ArtEffects for this opportunity.

Kristi Mccarson Woman 1 in "Mr. Late"

Kristi McCarson is an ArtEffects Theatre Company co-founder, and is thrilled to be apart of "Almost Olive Juice." Recent Credits include: Perfect Wedding (Bleeker St. Theatre) Belles (Lion Theatre, Theatre Row) Extraordinary! (Vital Theatre Company), Kalifornia (TSI/NY Playtime Series), Sir Sagramour's Splendiferious Search for Science (New York Hall of Science), Almost, Maine and Run For Your Wife (Millbrook Playhouse), and The Princess and The Pea (C.S.A. Touring Company). Kristi holds a B.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma. Thanks to Nora Vetter, and to ArtEffects members for making this show possible!

Simone Zvi Woman 2 in "Mr. Late"

Simone Zvi is so pleased to have her NY debut be with such an artistically supportive and nurturing company. Some highlights from her time in DC were working with Rorschach Theatre (Gladys in *The Skin of Our Teeth*), Washington Shakespeare Company (Harvest in *Peace*) and Discovery Theater! (Devi & Rachel in *Seasons of Light*)

Tim Dowd Clerk in "Mr. Late", Charles in "Anniversary Special"

Tim’s most recent role was that of Paul in the original production of Left Hip’s Caroline Too. He is a company member of the Half-Moon theatre regional theatre company where he performed as the original Brian in Jim Knable’s Emerson High. He has trained at Shakespeare and Company and is a Binghamton University graduate where he appeared in Tartuffe, West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet, and Fool for Love amongst others. He is a founding member of the independent film company Plan Z productions and is currently in production of their first feature length motion picture.

Mary Bailey Nikki in "Anniversary Special"

Mary Bailey is a native of Boston, Massachusetts who is a recent transplant to New York. She received her Bachelors Degree in Theatre at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. After nine months of touring with Children’s Stage Adventures and studying in England at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts she is extremely excited to be performing in NYC. Mary would like to thank her parents, Dani and K-Jo for their encouragement and support.

Melissa Vogt-Patterson Bethany in "Anniversary Special"

Melissa Vogt-Patterson has appeared in everything from Shakespeare and educational theater to experimental theater and opera. Since moving to NYC from Austin in 2008, she has been blessed to appear in productions and readings with Hip Obscurity and Misfit Toys Repertory Company. Recently back from a national tour with Chamber Theatre Productions, she is pleased to perform in her first show with ArtEffects. Favorite shows include Velma in Chicago, Rio in Ghost from a Perfect Place, Erszebet Bathori in Vampyress, Evie in Tongue of a Bird, and Hermione in A Winter's Tale. Visit her website at www.melissavogtpattreson-actress.com for video and sound samples of her work.

Cristina Velez Buttercup in "The Breakroom"

Cristina is a native New Yorker who studied in the field of Theatre at SUNY Plattsburgh. While attending, she was able to perform several works including Mariciela de la Luz Lights the World, Fuddy Meers, The Smell of the Kill and The Vagina Monologues. Cristina is super excited to get back into the theatre game!!! In other words, please be nice!!

Oliver Thrun Darling in "The Breakroom"

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.

Lauren Cavanaugh Sweetheart in "The Breakroom"

Lauren is happy to return to the stage in The Breakroom. Her acting credits include playing “The Ghost of Christmas Past” in A Christmas Carol at the 13th Street Repertory Co. Offstage, she directed and co-wrote “Land of the Babydolls” at Nicu’s Spoon Theatre, and directed “Lovers and Thieves”, through Zenbaby Theatre Co., the theatre company she founded in 2008. Her play “Nunchuck Ninja Nuns” was produced by the Thirteenth Street Repertory Company in March 2008. She received her MA in Educational Theatre at The Steinhardt School, NYU and her BFA in Musical Theatre at The Hartt School, University of Hartford.

Kristin Cantwell Battle Axe in "The Breakroom"

Kristin Cantwell has worked in Washington DC at Shakespeare Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Theatre Alliance and Studio Theatre. She recently appeared off-off Broadway in Happy Hour: The Show at The 45th Street Theatre. Film credits include John Waters' A Dirty Shame. In addition to acting, Kristin is a writer. Both of her one-woman shows were critical and commercial successes at the DC Fringe Festival. She has a BA in Theatre from Mary Washington College and currently studies with Austin Pendleton at HB Studio. She is co-founder of the sketch comedy group, Curvy by Nature.
 

Aimee Todoroff Director - "Details"

Aimee Todoroff is an Obie Award winning actress from Dayton, OH. She has been lucky enough to work in both film and television, and has performed in theatre all over the East Coast. As a director, Aimee has been very active in New York's off-off Broadway scene, having had productions mounted at such venues as Wings Theatre, the American Theatre for Actors, and The Sidewalk Cafe. In what little free time she has, Aimee indulges her secret obsession by running NYCFlush.com, a blog dedicated to the best and worst bathrooms in New York City. Aimee would like to thank her outstanding cast, all of the great people at ArtEffects Theatre Company and of course, the lovely and talented Nora Vetter.

Alexandra Cremer Director - "Vessel"

Directing credits include:Parental Guidance Suggested at the Players Loft/ Shortened Attention Span Festival, The Kindness of Strangers, sketch comedy at The Red Room and The UCB Spank Showcase,and Women Who Run With Scissors a black comedy, performed at The Duplex.

Acting credits include Veronique in Dash Diamond Supernatural Detective at The Players Loft/Shortened Attention Span Festival, Mom in The Spin Cycle at The Players Loft/Shortened Attention Festival. Favorite roles also include Shakespeare's most Machiavellian Daughter Goneril in King Lear, ( York Theatre Company) as well as Shakespeare's favorite mother Gertrude in Hamlet ( American Shakespeare Center VA)

Special thanks to Phil Newsom for inviting her to be a part of such a wonderful company.

Phil Newsom Director - "It Takes All Kinds"

Is a Co-founder of ArtEffects Theatre Company. Phil moved to NY from Denver Colorado where he was the Executive Director of Paper Cat Theatre Company, and the Program Director for Colorado Educational Theatre. He co-produced and co-wrrote the feature film "The Monument" which won first place at the Huantcon amateur film festival. In NYC he has produced two plays, "Land of the Babydolls" and "Lovers and Thieves" with Zenbaby Theatre Company. He is currently a theatre teaching artist for "Young Dancers in Repertory" and "The Actors Garage". Phil is a member of SAG. He is currently directing the sketch comedy group "Curvy by Nature" and has worked as an actor, director and producer on both stage and screen. As an actor he has appeared on such shows as “Ugly Betty”, "Busted" for Animal Planet, "Taken Chance" for HBO and "Law and Order". "I am extremely proud of everyone who is working with us. The journey has just begun!"
 

Zach McCoy Director- "Mr. Late"

Zach McCoy is a founding member of ArtEffects Theatre Company and is very excited to be bringing Nora Vetter’s work to the stage! As an actor, Zach has performed in many productions in the city including Richard Scheinmel’s Jitter, an independently produced revival of Tea and Sympathy, A Kiss is Just a Kiss (Wings Theatre), and numerous staged readings and workshops with companies like Abingdon Theatre Co. and Manhattan Playwrights. Zach has also performed at Millbrook Playhouse in PA as Stanley in Run for Your Wife and Rev. David Lee in The Foreigner. On film, Zach has been featured on the AMC show Film Fakers and on CBS as a day player in As the World Turns. He can currently be seen in the short film City of Sadness, now making its rounds on the festival circuit.

Katherine Carter Director - "Anniversary Special", "The Breakroom"

Katherine M. Carter is pleased to be working with ArtEffects! Directing credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Uncommon Women and Others, Reverse Transcriptions, Truth or Dare, Not on My Watch (finalist at the American Globe Theater’s 15-Min Play Festival), The Rose Gardener, and a variety of festivals around New York. Assistant director to: John Basil, BT McNicholl, Bob Moss, Kevin Laibson, Mark Schineder, and many others. Katherine was fortunate to work on the hit musical Billy Elliot as one of the directing interns. She was a member of the 2008 Hangar Lab Company. Visit www.KatherineMCarter.com for more information.

Nick Ronan Director - "Listen"

Nick Ronan is pleased to be working with such an exciting young company. Past directing credits include Tenpinhighway and What We Save (Boston Actors Theater) in Boston; The Burial at Thebes, Stone Cold Dead Serious (Generic Theatre Company) and Pterodactyls in Washington, D.C. In Boston, he was an Artistic Associate with Whistler in the Dark Theatre company, and worked on new play development with Playwright's Platform and Fort Point Theatre Channel. He holds a B.A. in Dramatic Literature and Theatre from The George Washington University, and studied classical acting at the London Dramatic Academy.

Nora Vetter Writer of "Almost Olive Juice"

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.