SUBURBIA

Genre: Drama
written by Eric Bogosian

After last semester’s production of David Ives’ witty, raucous and romantic comedy, Don Juan in Chicago, the Drama Royals presents Eric Bogosian’s intense, button-pushing drama, subUrbia.

subUrbia tells the tale of three young men who complain aimlessly about their current lives in their suburban environment. They discuss and defect race, relationships, religion, and many other taboo subjects without caring about whom they offend or why, all while drinking and smoking their days away in the parking lot of a local convenience store. As the story progresses, they are painfully reminded of their failures, both individual and collaborative, when a high school friend who has now attained success, returns for a reunion. Companionship is tested, insensitivity is frequent, and stereotypes are exploited in this darkly-funny and thought-provoking drama which first premiered at Broadway’s renowned Lincoln Center Theatre.

With depictions of alcohol and substance abuse, racial and sexual references, and plenty of profanity, please note that this production is intended for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY. Parental discretion is advised.

 

Directed by: Phil Williams

Lights by: Jarrel Lynch

Sounds by: Ian Tyrone Stephens

Stage Manager: Sebrena Mason

Promotional Manager: Alicia Gray

 

Theatre Arts 490 Advisor: Timothy J. Amrhein

Guest Designer: David T. Jones

 

Visit us on the web: www.suburbiaatyork.com

Open:   03/01/12
Close:   03/02/12

Schedule:
Thursday, March 1st at 12noon & 7pm
Friday, March 2nd at 7pm
Theater:   York College Little Theatre, Performing
Address:   94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11451
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Cost:FREE
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is an aspiring actor and talented musician. Born and raised in the Bronx in a Puerto Rican and Panamanian household, he was saved from a life of violence and crime by his love for singing and playing piano, and most importantly, the love of his family. Ariel started playing piano at the age of 15. He taught himself how to play and eventually was recruited into the York College Blue Notes, where he learned the skills of playing in a big band professionally, while acquiring skills in acting by doing performances and musicals during his time in high school. Ariel is also a talented poet whose flow and content is powerful and motivational. Ariel also raps and produces his own material with passion and intelligence. He made his debut on the York Stage in last semester’s Macbeth. Ariel is currently the acting president of the Music Club, and is a Music major and Communications Technology minor at York College.

is an aspiring artist, with many talents such as acting, singing, sketching and writing. He has his sights set on being on the big screen or at least a Broadway stage. His high school productions have been Urban Cafe (Smokey Joe's Cafe re-write) as Charlie Brown, Racism as Luis, and Everything Old Is New Again as Michael and Sammy. This will be his first show at York College. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand. Imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”—Albert Einstein.

is an artist on the rise, and a freshman at York. Born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, his training in the arts began 4 years ago. A dancer skilled in the styles of B-Boy and Modern, he is the founder of the dance crew NO CONTROL, and has led them to win the 2011 Nike Step It Up competition, and also be featured in the NYC Hip-Hop Theatre Festival. His Off-Broadway credits include Here and There and Run That Back. He appeared in the 2011 HBO Short Film Competition winner Crush, by Dominic Colon, as well as the film Know + How, produced by the same company that he worked with Off-Broadway. He is currently working on his third production Off-Broadway, scheduled to premiere in late April. Planning to continue performing until the day he dies, he is excited and can’t wait to make his debut at York College!

is a sophomore at York College majoring in Journalism with a minor in Theatre Arts.  Within her first year in the Theatre at York College, Ms. Fredericks won both the Best Female Dancer and the Best Actress titles at the 2012 York College Theatre Awards ceremony, for her performances in the Red Shoes productions of Once Upon a Timeand A Tribute to the Greats, and in the Drama Royals production of subUrbia by Eric Bogosian. Shakeerah is the current Vice President of the Red Shoes Club, involved with Renaissance Education Music and Sports in the Bronx for their vocal classes and their live teen show, Teens Live to Tape.  She is thrilled to have the opportunity to show her versatility in Dreamgirls. 

Mally Perez Bee-Bee

is a junior at York College majoring in Psychology. With a desire to act since she was young, Mally is thrilled to be in her first play. She is an active member of the Latin Caucus and Cardinal Crew, and has participated in various activities and events throughout the York College campus. She is also a working member of Project Change, an organization dedicated to promoting opportunities for youth to be engaged in, contribute to, and be satisfied members of their community. Mally plans to be involved in many more plays in the future.

Ayush Prasad Norman

is an upper sophomore at York College majoring in Biology with a minor in Music. This is his second production at York, and he looks forward to participating in many more before he graduates. You might recognize him as Banquo from last semester’s Macbeth. Ayush had participated in two major productions in high school: Annie Get Your Gun and Dracula, as a stage crew member, which taught him how to work well with a team for a common purpose. Ayush is a member of the York College Big Band playing upright bass/electric bass, and has studied music since the 7th grade. Ayush’s future goals include becoming a cardiologist after attending med-school, but he’ll never stray away from his love for music, as it’s his retreat from the world.

is currently a junior at York College studying to become a teacher. Her hobbies include watching television, imitating people, acting crazy everywhere and anywhere and just having fun. She was featured as the Doctor in Macbeth, and this is her second York College show. She is very excited to continue acting as it is one of her passions and to just enjoy life and live it to the fullest. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, and pursuing her dream of working with kids. Malika looks forward to doing many more plays with York College as it taught her a lot and still continues to do so. She finds acting thrilling, exciting and very fun.

is a senior at York College majoring in Music. He has been playing guitar since he was 12 and bass since he was 14. He attended Talent Unlimited H.S. in Manhattan where he has played bass for the productions of Footloose, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Just Broadway. Dominique has performed everywhere from Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall to City Hall. When he was 17 he played bass for the Off-Broadway production of HAIR. He has played with the Queens Symphonic Band, York College Big Band, and Queensborough Jazz Ensemble. Dominique plans to focus the majority of his attention on his band, The Empty Bottle. subUrbia is his first production at York College, and his first production as an actor. He would like to thank Phil Williams for this opportunity and his older brother Eugene for his help and support.

is a lower junior African American Studies/Pre-Med major. With subUrbia being her eighth production at York College, She is no stranger to the theatre. She’s been featured in Charlie Victor Romeo, The Tempest, Macbeth, and FAME The Musical. She has also danced in The Red Shoes’ Once Upon A Time and Mix It Up!, and in The Drama Royals’ I Am Pan Africa. Although with her skills in modeling alongside her love for dancing and acting, Oyinkansola’s future goal is to become an Obstetrician.