Co-Op Theatre East presents:
New Radio Plays on Current Events
(with a Revisionist Twist)
Jacob Dickerman, Robert A. K. Gonyo*, Ashley Marinaccio* and Mariah MacCarthy
Andi Cohen, Robert A.K. Gonyo, Veronique Ory and Katherine Sommer
Hannah Rose Barfoot*, Kerrie Bond*, Mike Callahan*, Tyrus Cucavac*, Theresa Christine*, Jacob Dickerman, Jessica Greer Morris, Tony De Meglio,Robert Gonyo*, Alex Herrald*, Ashley Marinaccio*, Lauren McCullough, Todd Meredith, Michael Rehse, Anna Savant*, Lynn Spencer*, Laurence Waltman, Ruis Woertendyke
* member of the COTE Ensemble
Admission is free but there is a suggested donation of $5. All donations collected at the door will go to the Stefanos Tsigrimanis Memorial Fund established at NYU’s Department of Performance Studies, to sponsor future projects by departmental students that embody the spirit of Stefanos’s own work. Contact Laura Elena Fortes at the Department of Performance Studies at LF65@nyu.edu for any questions regarding the fund.
About the Plays
Live from Pod 305
Written by Ashley Marinaccio and Directed by Andi Cohen
Featuring Anna Savant, Ashley Marinaccio and Jacob Dickerman
At the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, two pod mates discuss the concepts of revisionism and escape through a nightly grassroots radio broadcast from Pod 305.
Written by Mariah MacCarthy and Directed by Katherine Sommer
Featuring Hannah Rose Barfoot, Lauren McCullough, Theresa Christine,
and Tyrus Cucavac
On the eve of her wedding at her bachelorette party, Dani is torn between an androgynous stranger and a call from her future wife.
Written and Directed by Robert A. K. Gonyo
Featuring Kerrie Bond, Mike Callahan, Alex Herrald and Todd Meredith
In the midst of delicate negotiations for a new health-care bill, a seasoned Congressman learns that his re-election campaign just got alot more complicated— voting has been made mandatory. Over a conference call, he & his campaign staff strategize through this turn of events, and weigh the costs of winning on Election Day.
Unus Populus Fidens (A Nation Without Fear/A Confident Nation)
Written by Jacob Dickerman and Directed by Véronique Ory
Featuring Lynn Spencer, Laurence Waltman, Jessica Greer Morris, Ruis Woertendyke, Michael Rehse and Tony De Meglio
In the wake of alterations to the Texas Social Studies curriculum, the US of A realizes the freedom that can be had when we subjugate our reason to our desires.
Standing In Front of 9/11 Waiting for the End of the World
Written by Ashley Marinaccio and Robert A.K. Gonyo
Performed by Ashley Marinaccio and Robert A.K. Gonyo
Toby and Rachel are professional disaster tour guides in need of some quick cash. While standing in front of the World Trade Center site they attempt to create a business plan that will demolish the competition of the surrounding street vendors and 9/11 memorabilia peddlers.
About Co-Op Theatre East
Founded in April of 2008, Co-Op Theatre East (COTE) believes in the power of art to foster a dialogue for social change. COTE provides an entertaining performance forum in which to ask evocative, challenging questions of artists and audiences on our way to creating collaborative answers. www.cooptheatreeast.org
About the COTE Ensemble
The COTE Ensemble are the resident artists of Co-Op Theatre East. The company membership exists to develop and expand both the performance technique and social consciousness of the individual artist, provide a supportive and safe atmosphere to create new work, and present new theatre that challenges the stories being told in dominant culture.
About the Company: Co-Op Theatre East
Founded in April of 2008, Co-Op Theatre East (COTE) believes in the power of art to foster a dialogue for social change. COTE provides an entertaining performance forum in which to ask evocative, challenging questions of artists and audiences on our way to creating collaborative answers. For more information, please visit www.cooptheatreeast.org.
Wednesday, October 6
7:30 to 9:30pm
Theater: Red Room
Address: 85 E. 4th St.
New York, NY 10003
|Cost:$5 Suggested Donation or Call: at|
Anna Savant Live from Pod 305
Ashley Marinaccio Live from Pod 305 and Standing In Front of 9/11 Waiting for the End of the World
Ashley 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 alumna of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics - EMERGENYC, American Theatre Wing's - SpringboardNYC '08 and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab '09. . 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. www.ashley-marinaccio.com
Hannah Rose Barfoot Bachelor/Bachelorette
Hannah is a native of Kansas City,MO and most recently a resident of Iowa City, IA where she received her MFA in Acting from The University of Iowa. She is still new to NYC and proud to be working with COTE for the first time. Some of her other credits include Sabrina in Sabrina Fair (Bell Road Barn Players), Standing Tall (tour-Iowa Tent Theatre), Mrs. Van Buren in Intimate Apparel, and Versailles (with David Schweizer). Hannah is blessed to have never been faced with this kind of discrimination and she dedicates this show to all those men and women still struggling. She's hopeful that one day a play like this will be completely irrelevant. Thanks to COTE, the cast and crew of Decadent Acts,old friends, new friends andher impossibly supportive family. Love you Mama, Dad, Jane, and Sam.
Mariah MacCarthy Bachelor/Bachelorette
Lauren Mccullough Bachelor/Bachelorette
Lauren McCullough is pleased to be part of another CoOp Theatre East production. She graduated from Pace University with a BFA in Acting. Some of her previous credits include Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio), Trojan Women (Athene), MMRP (Blueberry Hill), and The Exonerated (Female 1). Lauren also runs Voice Next Door Productions, her voiceover company. Her previous clients include The Chicago Tribune, Bloomsbury Kids, Mabus Inc. Productions, and Utah.com. To view more of her work please visit www.LaurenMcCullough.com
Theresa Christine Bachelor/Bachelorette
Theresa Christine is thrilled to be a part of the COTE Company! A South Carolina native, she graduated in Spring '09 from Pace University with her BFA in Acting. It was at Pace that she first worked with Ashley, including productions of Decadent Acts, Dead Man Walking, and Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens. In 2009, Theresa joined COTE to produce and perform the title role in My Name is Rachel Corrie at the Kraine Theater. Other favorite roles include Summer and Smoke, Proof, and Out in the Open: Stories of Queer Oppression and Empowerment. Theresa is also an alum of SpringboardNYC 2009 with the American Theatre Wing, and she attended the Summer Training Congress '09 at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. www.theresachristine.com
Robert A.K. Gonyo Conference and Standing In Front of 9/11 Waiting for the End of the World
Robert is a theatre artist and musician residing in Brooklyn, NY. He is an alumnus of Siena College’s Creative Arts & Political Science departments, and the Master’s program in Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Recent acting credits include: Nicholas Kristoff's monologue Untitled in COTE's production of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer, a Suburban Singer in The Effects of Suburbia on an Otherwise Normal Brain with Native Aliens, and as The Living Voter Guide in a street theatre piece he created with COTE. He has directed several COTE productions, including Do/Don't Do and his own Urinal Play as part of COTE's 2009 Questionable Content one-act play festival, Absolutes and Been Laden with Terrorette’s Syndrome in Questionable Content 2008, Samuel Beckett’s Cascando (with music ensemble thingNY), as well as Mission with Mixed Phoenix Theater Group and Hitchhikers May Be Escaping Convicts with End Times Productions. www.robertgonyo.com.
Alex Herrald Conference
Alex is a New York City based actor and very proud member of Co-Op Theatre East. His work with Co-Op Theatre East includes roles in the staged reading of Decadent Acts (Pace University) by Ashley Marinaccio, A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer (Gene Frankel Theatre), and the 2008 Questionable Content Festival (Gene Frankel Theatre). Other New York theatre credits include Buddy Holly at the Armory (Prospect Theatre's Dark Nights Series), Ronnie in The House of Blue Leaves (The Gallery Players), Andrea in Galileo (The Milk Can Theatre Company at Urban Stages), Earl Lindquist in The Tender Trap (Retro Productions at the Spoon Theatre), George in The Meaning of Life... and Other Useless Pieces of Information (Rope Swing Entertainment at the 45th St. Theatre), Thomas Kid in The Reckoning of Kit and Little Boots (The Gallery Players and Engine 37 at the Gallery Players and Manhattan Theatre Source), and
Mike Callahan Conference
Todd Meredith Conference
Todd is an actor and musician originally from Albany, NY and currently living in Brooklyn. He has performed all around the country at different regional theaters as well as the occasional off off Broadway theater and New York City bar. Todd has recently returned from a six week cross country tour with his band, the Prefab Four, where he played guitar and sang in an interactive Beatles request show. Next year, he is scheduled to reprise the title role in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for the eighth time in Reno.
Kerrie Bond Conference
Kerrie Bond is honored and excited to be a part of the COTE company. Native to the entire east coast (just about!), she found her way to New York City and graduated in 2009 from Pace University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Though she has a long history working with Ashley Marinaccio, she first worked with COTE in 2009 in the one-act festival Questionable Content, performing the role of Elaine in the play Smooth Criminal. Favorite credits include a workshop of the new musical Crossing Brooklyn (Des), Medea (Medea), Falsettos (Dr. Charlotte), Luck! (Ensemble), Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens (Judith), Proof (Catherine), and Carousel (Ensemble). She is also a performer with the NYC based sketch comedy group Think Pound. www.kerriebond.com
Veronique Ory Unus Populus Fidens
Veronique Ory (Director) is thankful to be a part of COTE's radio play series. Predominantly an Actor and Producer, Veronique is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Athena Theatre, a non-profit theatre company founded in Los Angeles and is now bi-coastal. Athena's most recent NYC production was Sam Shepard's True West at Theatre Row. Some favorite roles are Catherine in Proof; Suzy in Wait Until Dark; and L'il Bit in How I Learned to Drive. www.VeroniqueOry.com
Michael Rehse Unus Populus Fidens
Michael Rehse, a graduate of Pace University with a BA in Computer Science, is a native of Redmond, Washington. Favorite credits include Proof (Hal), Emergency Contraception!: The Musical (Benny) at the Theater for the New City, We Love You, Johnny Hero (Hipster Terrorist) in the New York Fringe Festival, and The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon) in the Byron D. Seaver Theater in Pomona, California. He is currently a member of Think Pound, a comedy group in NYC.
Lynn Spencer Unus Populus Fidens
Lynn Spencer began her acting career in NYC at the age of 19, but after a promising start had to leave the business. She fully returned to the industry 4 years ago and dove back in with a passion, rebuilding her resume and her heart with many interesting characters. Lynn is proud to be part of the core ensemble in the upcoming HBO series Boardwalk Empire as one of Al Capone's prostitutes in The 4 Dueces nightclub brothel, and her role as Patrica in Una Calle Sin Salida can be seen in the upcoming Hamptons Black Film Festival. Her theatre credits include Candi in The Party as part of the Vignettes for the Apocalypse Festival, Janice Valeria in Documentary: A Suicide Narrative and Candi Swenson in A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer as part of the VDAY Benefit. Another favorite role was in the Midtown International Theatre Festival as Darcy Applebaum in Dageurreotypes. Her TV credits include Principal, Day Player and Under 5 roles in One of a Kind: The Stu Unger Story, Important Things with Demetri Martin as well as The Guiding Light, and various appearences on Saturday Night Live and As The World Turns. "I am so proud to be a member of this company and have the opportunity to work with Ashley, Robby and Casey again, as I am so in love with what I do, and am only as good as my characters. The opportunity to bring new characters to life is a complete treasure." www.lynnspencernyc.com
Laurence Waltman Unus Populus Fidens
Theater: Documentary: A Suicide Narrative (Co-Op Theater East), Much Ado About Nothing (The NorthEast Shakespeare Ensemble), Ghosts (Phare Play Productions), The Scarlet Whale (The Metropolitan Playhouse), Blue Fire On The Water (Dixon Place), The Holocaust Kid (13th Street Repertory Theater), Bridal Terrorism, A Marriage Proposal, and A Family’s Play (with Diversity Players of Harlem). Film: Independent productions of Adrift In Manhattan and Anything For You. Training: Larry Singer Studio. Thanks to Giuseppe & Phare Play Productions.