Genre: Drama, Other
Created by Ashley Marinaccio, Robert A. K. Gonyo and Daniel Mendoza, Produced by Jessica Greer Morris

“My first view of the Manhattan skyline was without the towers. When I first saw it, I just tried to imagine what it could’ve looked like. It was like putting together a puzzle. I had all the edges set out, some of the inside filled, but there was a bunch of space in the middle. My Manhattan skyline will always be an unfinished puzzle to me.” Emily Rupp, cast member

Co-Op Theatre East and Project Girl Performance Collective have collaborated to create “Ten Years Later: Voices of the Post-9/11 Generation Speak”, an ensemble devised piece, created by youth between the ages of 9 and 23, exploring the impact of the September 11th terrorist attacks, ten years later. Through monologues, media, and songs developed by the cast, topics explored include questions of terrorism, war, religion, fundamentalism, education, democracy, patriotism, technology, safety, security and what it means to be coming of age in a “post-9/11 society.”

The cast includes Kate Bralower (10, Manhattan),  Tiffani-Amber DiGrazia (9, Queens), Samantha Phillips (15, Westchester), Monica Furman (15, Brooklyn), Arianna Hanson (15, Bronx), Hank Chen (23, Washington DC), Nick Wolf (21, New Jersey), Stacey Oliver (18, Connecticut), Deanna Alexandra (16, Long Island), Emily Rupp (21, Brooklyn), Peter Kendall (21, New Jersey), Mariah Adkins (23, Brooklyn), Haleigh Spasjevich (20, Manhattan) and Laura Killeen (23, United Kingdom). It is directed by Ashley Marinaccio and Robert A. K. Gonyo, Artistic Directors of Co-Op Theatre East, Stage Managed by Daniel Mendoza and produced by Jessica Greer Morris, Executive Director of the Project Girl Performance Collective, 9/11 Worker and Chair of the World Trade Center Community Advisory Board (2001-2004).  


About Project Girl Performance Collective:

"It was inspiring to see bright, confident young women holding forth onstage" (The New Yorker, September 3, 2010) was the response to the Collective’s most recent show at The Fringe Festival. Project Girl Performance Collective (PGPC) empowers young women by creating a safe space to address contemporary social, political and cultural issues through the performing arts and written word. The Project Girl Performance Collective is committed to the idea of theatre and performance as a medium for awareness, action and social change. www.projectgirlperformancecollective.org

About the Company: Co-Op Theatre East

Founded in 2008, Co-Op Theatre East (COTE) creates theatre 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. 

Cast: Hank Chen
Open:   09/12/11
Close:   09/12/11

Monday, September 12th at 8:00pm
Theater:   Peter Jay Sharp
Address:   416 West 42nd Street
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Cost:$20 General Admission/ $15 Student/Senior
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Company: Co-Op Theatre East         Official Web Site: www.cooptheatreeast.org

Midwestern born and raised, Emily attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, School for Film/TV. She has performed duties in all aspects of the entertainment industry from writing, producing and script editing, to performing and directing; but she has a special passion for being in the spotlight. An alumni of Project Girl Performance Collective, Emily has become a well spoken public figure for female empowerment and raising self-confidence in young women around the world. She pas performed her original work at The New Jersey State Theater, The Chicago State Theater, and even The White House. She has been seen on PBS, TED talks, and featured on German National News Network, ARD. She is also a singer/songwriter/musician who plays the acoustic guitar, ukulele, flute, and piccolo. Her original music has also been heard around the US at coffee shops, theaters, and concert halls as well as on radio stations in New York, Canada, and the UK that broadcast around the world. Emily enjoys performing, especially her original work, and using her music and voice to inspire anyone willing to listen. A few recent credits include Cause of Failure(FullStop Collective), L'Espirt de L'Escalier (Rising Phoenix Rep),Ten Years Later... (PGPC/Co-Op Theater East at Playwrights Horizons), It's Been Arranged (director, performer, writer with PGPC on a national tour with the United Nations Foundation, Girl Up). To find out more information and to hear some of Emily's music, go to www.OfficialEmilyRupp.com.

Arianna is a 14-year-old high school student at Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy. Arianna is an aspiring ‘Triple Threat';she began studying dance at age 3 and discovered her love for acting and singing at age 9. Arianna has appeared as a dancer in the Nickelodeon show, iCarly; she was showcased as a singer at Dillon's Cabaret, and has performed in several community theatre and school productions. Arianna's passion is to Perform---to be an artist who creates and communicates-on stage, in all forms of media, and as a singer-song writer.

Deanna simply loves to sing, dance, act and write songs. In June 2005, Deanna performed in her first theatre production at Gateway Playhouse in Evita. Since then, she has performed in more than 30 theatre productions! Deanna has performed a variety of roles from Paprika in Blues Clues Live! to Anne Frank in the Diary of Anne Frank. As a scholarship student at Deborah Gibson's Camp Electric Youth in Los Angeles, Deanna was inspired to write several original songs. She recently performed her song "Rainbow Out of Tears" before the Girlpower show at the Estrogenius Festival in New York City. Deanna is on the Dream Makers Performing Arts dance team , Lisa Maietta Rybacki , director ( dance captain Grease national tour ). She is a member of the National English Honor Society; and a 2010 Shakespeare Competitor at The English Speaking Union of New York.

Samantha is a 15-year-old, high honor roll student involved in many school activities. She has performed with a number of theater groups credits include: Patrice in “13 The Musical”, Rizzo in “Grease”, Arthur in “Flat Stanley”. Her most memorable was Seahorse in “Sign of the Seahorse” performed at the John F. Kennedy Center with iTheatrics. When not preparing for her next show, she enjoys reading and writing. Sam would like to thank her family, friends and fellow cast members for sharing the NY Fringe Festival experience with her.

Stacey is ecstatic to be performing and working with PGPC. Intoxicated by theatre since the age of seven, she has been in a countless number of productions. Past performances include: GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest (NY Fringe), Noises Off (Belinda/Flavia), Grease (Jan), Hamlet (Gertrude), Into the Woods (Rapunzel) and more. Stacey recently appeared as an extra for the new TV show   Charlie's Angels, a public service announcement for the Department of Motor Vehicles, and several commercials. Recently she studied drama at Carnegie Mellon University and is continuing her studies at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. 

Kate was cast in David Chase’s movie, The Twylight Zones, and has appeared on ABC’s Primetime: What Would You Do? with John Quinones. She has also been a Japanese superhero, an Orthodox orphan, and a girl who discovers a dead dog in her suitcase. On stage, she sang at the Metropolitan Museum with the Broadway Youth Ensemble, was part of a staged reading for a script that won the Newfest NewDraft Screenplay Competition, and was part of an original kids’ musical at the Begen PAC. She is also a voice actor and was the winner of a NJ Sing-Off Competition. Thanks to Ashley, Robert, Danny and Jessica--and to Amelia, Gulia, and Janine.

Tiffani-Amber is a 9 year old actress and poet that was born and raised in New York . Currently she is  studying at the Lee strasberg theatre and film institute. This summer she made her debut on stage at the Summar Shorties, Summ.....ar Not Playwrights Festival 2010. Recently she has been cast as the lead in several student thesis films and has worked on shows like Blue Bloods and Sesame street. She has a national commercial that can be seen on  Nickelodeon. Tiffani-Amber has worked on several independent feature films as well as short films. She adores working with animals and would love the opportunity to work with them again soon. She is really excited and proud to be a part of the PGPC.

Monica is a born-and-raised New York City actress. She has been studying at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute's Young Actors at Strasberg Program for five years, and is loving every second of it! Monica loves to perform and make people laugh. She has been in several college and independent short films, and has starred in the official website of the book The Julian Game by Adele Griffin. Monica is thrilled to be performing with PGPC, and can't wait for what the future has in store!

Peter Kendall is a Junior BFA acting major at MSU. MSU credits As You Like It (Duke Senior), Moliere{ U.S. Premiere} (Marquis), The Rimers Of Eldritch ( Skelly Mannor), Professional credits What The Bellhop Saw (Mr. Bickhart), and Charles Mee's Fire Island. He has also been in a few NYU Student Films and one of the creaters/members of the Sketch Comedy group The Etceteras. He hopes you enjoy the show!

Nick is a Junior year English Major at Montclair State University. His previous credits include Epic Proportions (Benny Bennet), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Seussical (Cat in the Hat), Sugar (Joe/Josephine/Junior). He has also been in two student films: Trashed (Matt), Square One (Mike). Nick is also one of the founders of the sketch comedy group The Etcetera's along with fellow cast member Peter Kendall. He, as well as everyone else in the cast, is working extremely hard to put on a great show and hopes you enjoy every moment of it.

Mariah Adkins is a military brat raised in the Southern region of the United States. She is a dancer, singer, aspiring actress, and writer. Mariah graduated in May of 2010 from American University with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science and International Relations. In addition to her passion for the arts, she is a dedicated advocate for human rights and women's issues. Mariah most recently played Mrs. Gabor in the Roy Arias Theater Center's rendition of Spring's Awakening.

Hank Chen hails from the suburbs of Washington D.C where he began performing stand-up when he was 16 years old.  He studied at The Second City in Chicago as well as The People's Improv Theater and The Upright Citizens Brigade in New York.  Hank attended The Actor's Studio MFA Program in New York.  He recently  made guest appearances on Law & Order: SVU and Blue Bloods and will be featured in this year's 2011 Disney/ABC Diversity Showcase.  Mad love to friends, family, and managers Vincent and Ken at Bleecker Street Entertainment.


Laura Killeen New York: Genevieve in The Long Christmas Dinner, Helen in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Feedback for Counterpoint, Ephemerama for Shelby Company, Our Beds Are Crowded and No Fault: A Tale about the Big D in the Big Apple for Carnival Girls. International: Caliban in The Tempest, Claire in Low Level Panic, Young Woman in MachinalThe Bullet & Talking Heads at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival '06 & '08. Film: Homewrecka- Best Experimental Film of 2010 at the Syracuse Film Festival, garnered Laura such reviews as "she traumatized me"- Ed Harris. Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Company member: Nylon Fusion Collective & Carnival Girls. Alumna: The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Huge love and thanks to my family, my New York family and all the project girls and boys. www.laurakilleen.wordpress.com