Genre: Drama
Written by Stephen Gracia, Directed by Michael LoPorto

“Absolute Beginners” examines the lives of three young men raised within the ranks of the Westies, Hell’s Kitchen’s notorious Irish mob. The play centers on the strained relationships between two brothers and their childhood friend who are drawn together by a murder that threatens the survival of the crime organization. While deciding how to cover up the murder, the motives of the characters are uncovered. These three men have all grown up in the same family tradition of violence, and their lives have taken very different paths as as result.

Set in a neighborhood that today boasts upscale eateries and the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the play recalls the recent, violent past of Hell’s Kitchen, a neighborhood with Irish shantytown roots stretching back to the 19th century. The play is a slice-of-life drama that explores the inner conflicts and subjective moralities of the Westies as they begin to lose their grip on New York City. 

About the Company: Dialogue with Three Chords

Dialogue with Three Chords was founded by Stephen Gracia and Michael LoPorto. It applies the stripped down, do-it-yourself philosophy of punk to the stage and features short plays and live music on the 4th Thursday of every month at Mr. Dennehy’s in Greenwich Village. Gracia and LoPorto’s previous collaborations have been produced for HERE Arts Center, The Sargent Theatre, The Makor Theater, DUMBO Theatre Exchange, Levenson Hall at Brooklyn College, and the Theaters at 45 Bleecker. 

Open:   08/25/11
Close:   08/25/11

Thursday at 8PM
Theater:   Downstairs at Mr. Dennehy's
Address:   63 Carmine Street
New York, NY 10014
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Company: Dialogue with Three Chords         Official Web Site: www.dthreec.blogspot.com
Sean Meehan Sean Ballard

Sean Meehan graduated from the Trinity Repertory Conservatory where he received his M.F.A. in acting.  Since that time he has performed in various productions such as: Bootycandy (Woolly Mammoth Theatre), Next! (Here Arts, NYC) What Strong Fences Make (Boston Theatre Marathon), Mourning Becomes Electra (The New Group), The G Word: For Those Born Later (La MaMa E.T.C.), Love’s Labour’s Lost and Macbeth (New York Classical Theatre), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Rep, Theatre of St. Louis), The Widow’s Blind Date (Gloucester Stage), Of Mice and Men (Virginia Stage), Cripple of Inishmaan (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), Zoo Story (Perishable Theatre.  On television, he has been seen in:  Suits, The 2-2, The Good Wife, A Legal Mind, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, and appeared in various commercials and films including Room, The Undying, All Good Things, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and The Avengers.

Matthew Ferretti Pat Ballard

Matthew Ferretti is so excited to be reunited with the "next" team in which he played "Bobby".  Stephen -  thanks for writing complex and beautiful stories and people who I get to tap into. Michael- thank you for your trust in me with choices and risks. Always believe!

Charles Everett Bobby Shannon

Charles Everett began acting at the age of 9 in community theater in his native Connecticut. He continued his acting training with the historic Negro Ensemble Company of New York City, and went on to star in their traveling production of Colored People’s Time. Other credits include Here. This. Now. at the NY Fringe Festival and Security at Theater For The New City. Film: The Assassin, The Last International Playboy, Assata aka Joanne Chesimard, Private Francis of Williamsburg. Television: Law & Order, 30 Rock, Rescue Me. Charles is a graduate of Maggie Flanigan Studio. 

Jennifer Skura Mary Conry

Jennifer Skura (formerly Jennifer Boutell) is an artist who actively creates work across a variety disciplines, including theatre, film, and visual arts. Companies with whom she has collaborated include The Knightsbridge Theatre, National American Shakespeare Company, BRIC Arts, 92nd Street Y, TracyLocke, Bitfire, Inc., Agony Productions, Tangent Arts and Monk Parrots. As an actress, she has studied under Joseph Chaikin and Nancy Gabor and has performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Houston, as well as in Vienna and Amsterdam. She holds a BFA in Theatre from Sam Houston State University. Proud member AEA & SAG. Love to Greg

Carol LoPorto Kathleen Conry

Carol LoPorto graduated from K.C.C. with a degree in performing arts.  Some of her favorite characters were in Our Town, Cabaret, Diary of Ann Frank, Lovers and other Strangers and Arsenic and Old Lace.  Although she never thought it possible she thanks Michael for the opportunity to work WITH him...