KIMBERLY AKIMBO

Genre: Comedy, Drama
by David Lindsay-Abaire and Directed by Oliver Conant

KIMBERLY AKIMBO is a hilarious and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam artist aunt, her own mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.


About the Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.

NICU’S SPOON launched into the New York Indie Theatre scene in 2001 with their first play, Displaced, a new play written by five women, based on the stories, testimonies, songs, and poetry of women and children refugees, which was submitted for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize. Their 2002 multi-racial production of To Kill a Mockingbird was hailed by Back Stage as “nothing short of inspiring!” In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe, a story of a woman who is a ghostwriter for hate books completed the 2002 season, and was a Village Voice “Voice Choice”. In 2002 special performances with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation were added to the productions. In 2003, Nicu’s Spoon presented two pieces focusing on individuality: George Orwell’s 1984 and A Murder of Crows by OBIE Award winner Mac Wellman. Inclusion of handicapped actors was an important element in both shows. 2004 brought the production of SubUrbia by Eric Bogosian and was awarded the OOBR award for best production and an additional nomination for the Alliance of NY Arts Organizations’ Advancing Cultural Development Award. In 2005 United Stages profiled them in their “Seeing Stars” series and nytheatre. compicked them as an Editors Choice for The Swan, as well as Stumps, which introduced a new kind of performance for Deaf and hearing audiences, called “co-playing.” 2006 produced a hit: the US premiere of Skin Tight, named the High5 pick of the week, as well as Buried Child, which challenged the stereotype that a Deaf actor could not speak on stage. In 2006, they were recognized by the Thom Fluellen Award by the NYU Community Fund for excellence in service to the diverse New York community. Time Warner Corporation was a 2007 season sponsor in their Diverse Voices program.

During the 2007 season, while producing Tales of the Last Formicans in a theater not their own, they searched for a home; not only to use as a company but also to rent to other artists at reasonable prices. For the second Nicu’s Spoon production in 2007 they debuted Richard lll (the lead actor was differently abled from polio) in their very own theater - a home, located at 38 West 38th Street, 5th Floor! Following that with the U.S. premiere of Kosher Harry (co-played with hearing and non hearing/speaking artists) to round out the 7th season. Celebrating the First Anniversary in the new space with Elizabeth Rex started the 8th season in NYC. The show garnered 2 Innovative Theatre Awards and an Off-Broadway run at Center Stage.  In between building and developing a space that POPS with creativity for other artists and companies to come enjoy and work. The 2008 season addressed women and identity issues. Also in 2008, Snapple awarded the company the ‘Best People to work with in NY City’ award. The 2009 Season Premiered a new permanent Kids show each January and its first musical ’23 Coins’ . The 2010 season focuses on outcasts. The 2011 season will focus on 'Monsters'........Please come and support the theater in midtown where Nicu’s Spoon is changing the world one play at a time.  www.spoontheater.org



Open:   10/06/10
Close:   10/24/10

Schedule:
Wed-sat at 8 and sundays at 2pm
Theater:   Nicu's Spoon Theatre
Address:   38 West 38th st. 5t floor
New York, NY 10018
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Cost:$15-18
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111
Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.         Official Web Site: www.spoontheater.org

Wynne Anders is delighted to be working with Nicu's spoon and Stephanie Barton-Farcas again. for Nicu's spoon she was last seen as Kimberly in last seasons 'Kimberly Akimbo', Mrs. Cider in Kosher Harry, Queen Margaret in Richard III, and Halie in Buried Child.  She has appeared in emerging artists off-Broadway production of 'Claymont' as Delores Hitchins and many of their one-act festivals. Favorite roles both in New York City and regionally include M'Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windemere's Fan, Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap, Ariadne in Heartbreak House, Joyce,Lulu in Hallelujah Breakdown, Reba in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and God in Job Strikes Back. has been featured on Guiding Light. One LIfe to Live, Another World, and All My Children. Has done commercial and voice-over work.www.wynneanders.com

David has been acting in NYC for 15 years since achieving a B.A. in English and in Drama at Muhlenberg College. Including 11 other shows, David was in the off-Broadway show, "Elizabeth Rex" and received a New York Times Review in "Kite Cut Loose In The Middle Of The Sky" with Nicu’s Spoon Productions. David also played the lead (Jeff) in Suburbia which won an Off-Broadway Review Award. His appearances on T.V. include Sex in the City, Law and Order, and OZ, as well as most recently, the 4th episode of “The Good Wife” called “Cleaning House” this season. He plays the lead in a feature called “The Falls” available on Netflix and in stores like Barnes and Noble and Borders and on Amazon.com. David also plays a supporting actor role in The Fast Life, and is in another feature “Saturday Morning” and “Zerosome”, available now. David is an AEA, AFTRA, and SAG actor. You can check out David’s website at www.actordavidtully.com

Phrannie Lyons comes to us from the thick jungles of Puerto Rico, having sated the natives by performing in National Forensics League and theater for years. In order to build enough character and suffering for her future as an actor, she hastily acquired a degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago. Educated and predictably unable to afford therapy, she found psychiatric solace in politically incorrect experimental theater in Madison, Wisconsin. After much cheese consumption (gustatory, emotional, fashion-backward, and humorous), she fled the Midwest and proceeded to be institutionalized at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York. Now, two years later, Phrannie has been officially adopted by Nicu's Spoon as a company member, and is proud to be adding Kimberly Akimbo to her repertoire of theatrical nutriment. As an irrepressible socialist with a flair for both tasteful and tasteless drama, she is just loving sharing this part of herself with all of you - eat up, kids!
 

William (Billy) Reid is a native of Milford Connecticut and is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College holding a bachelor of fine arts and a minor in business. He also attended the 'Midsummer in Oxford' program through the British Academy of Dramatic Art. Recent credits include Midsummer Nights Dream (AML Entertainment) and the independent film The One you Marry (Riverwide Productions). This is Billys second show with nicu's spoon and is very excited to be on board.
 

Elizabeth A. Bell  is thrilled to be back at Nicu’s Spoon (where she was in Murder of Crows a few years back).  This year she has been seen as Peaches Martin in The Secretaries (NY Fringe Fest ’10 – winner for Overall Excellence in Ensemble Acting); Alexandra in The Remake (Gallery Players); and Leda in Swans Are Mean (Emerging Artists Theater).  Other recent credits: Portia in The Merchant of Venice (Butterfield 8), Oswald’s Backyard (Present Co. Off-Broadway), Islands of Repair (EAT), Not Dark Yet (NY Fringe Fest). Regional credits include How I Learned to Drive, Cyrano de Bergerac, An Ideal Husband, The Secret Garden, Independence, Tartuffe, All My Sons, Anne of the Thousand Days. She is a member of the Emerging Artists Theater Co., TOSOS, The Present Company’s Playwriting lab The Pool, and NJ Rep.