PLUCK THE DAY

Genre: Comedy
Steven Walters

“Pluck the Day”, a new searing comedy by Steven Walters, is set on a sun-drenched, emotionally challenged parcel of the West Texas landscape. Here, three friends are held captive by apathy, fear, and addiction awaiting a savior. Enter April.

This production is an official selection of the Araca Group's Inaugural Araca Project.

“Pluck the Day” is directed by Michael O’Donnell and stars Chris Dall’au, Jake Keefe, Lucy Sheftall, & Danny Skinner. The design team includes Sean McIntosh, Mo Geiger, and Evan Gannon. The running time for the show is 85 minutes with no intermission.

Open:   09/08/11
Close:   09/18/11

Schedule:
Sep. 8: 8pm
Sep. 9: 8 pm
Sep. 10: 2pm & 8pm
Sep. 11: 3pm & 8 pm
Sep. 12: 8 pm
Sep. 13: 8 pm
Sep. 14: 8 pm
Sep. 15: 8 pm
Sep. 16: 8 pm
Sep. 17: 2 pm & 8 pm
Sep. 18: 3 pm
Theater:   American Theatre Of Actors
Address:   314 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:Adult Ticket: $20, Student w/valid ID: $10
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Chris Dall'au is proud to be making his off-Broadway debut in "Pluck the Day". A Miami native, Dall'au graduated from Syracuse University's BFA Acting program. While at Syracuse, Dall'au directed and performed in over 25 productions. During his senior year, Dall'au performed in an international tour of Shakespeare's "King Lear" in Beijing, China. Later that year, Dall'au adapted Wallace Shawn's "The Fever", turning the one-man narrative into a full-scale thirteen-character ensemble piece. This production, which Dall'au also directed, won Dall'au the prestigious Joseph Abady Award for "Excellence in Directing" along with a grant from Syracuse University. South Florida credits include a staged reading of Tony Kushner's "A Bright Room Called Day" (Gables Stage), "If We Are Women" (Lighting Design/Women's Theatre Project), "City Theatre's Summer Shorts" (Ensemble Company member [2 seasons]). Other New York City credits include "Haunted" and a staged reading of the new play "Simpatico", which he also directed (both at Manhattan Theatre Club's Creative Center) and a staged reading of "mountain Dew and…" (Theatre Row). Between acting jobs, Dall'au also attends classes part-time in NYU's Pre-med Program

Jake Keefe Bill

Jake Keefe is thrilled to be making his off-Broadway debut with the Araca project in "Pluck the Day". Jake's performed theatre all over New England. His previous roles include Fortinbras in "Hamlet", Michael in the "Pillowman", and Davey in "The Lieutenant of Inishmore". Jake also performed in the first ever (in New Hampshire, to our knowledge) improvised musical at the American Stage Festival in New Hampshire. If you like what you see on stage check Jake out at youtube.com/badtvvideos for his sketch comedy videos.

Lucy Sheftall is ecstatic to be making her Off-Broadway debut! Her New York City theatrical debut was in 2009 at The Player's Club in Gramercy Park with the Gingold Theatrical Group's Project Shaw staged reading of "The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles", alongside Broadway veterans Daphne Rubin-Vega, Donna Lynne Champlin, and Josh Grisetti. Lucy recently graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in acting. Syracuse drama credits include "All in Little Pieces", "The Fever", "The Bar Play", and Rosalind in "As You Like It" at Shakespeare's Globe in London, while studying abroad. Lucy also co-produced, co-created/directed, and co-starred in an experimental theatrical piece entitled, "Little Person". She also co-starred in a fully improvised, low budget feature, "The Sublet", directed by an S.U. film school graduate. A Columbus, GA native, Lucy has performed at the Springer Opera House- the State Theatre of Georgia in "Guys and Dolls", "A Christmas Carol", and "Crazy Love".

Danny Skinner is excited to be making his off-Broadway debut in "Pluck the Day". Danny, a native Texan, is a recent graduate from Syracuse University's BFA Acting program. While at Syracuse, he performed in "Boy Gets Girl", "The Water Children", "Two Gentlemen of Verona", and "The Fever". He also cut Shakespeare's "Hamlet" into an hour and a half version which he directed for the Black Box Players. Danny also produced and directed the Syracuse, NY staged reading of Jake Keefe's "Mountain Dew and ….". Danny spent a semester abroad studying at the Globe Theatre in London where he performed as Sylvius and Oliver in an abbreviated "As You Like It". Dallas, TX credits include both "Romeo and Juliet: A Short" and "The Green Show" for the Dallas Shakespeare Festival. He also just finished filming in "Allison Clemens", a short film by Shaun Duffy.