SMACKER AND THE HIGHWAY

Genre: Drama, Festival
©Hope Weiner
Written: Hope Weiner, Directed By: Molly Ballerstein

Decades of tyrannical intolerance and perfection have left 99% of Americans homeless. The one time clarion voice of and by the people has been strangled and burned. Set in the world of the Occupy Movement, the piece explores the collective journey we the people and we the displaced experience as we each brutally struggle in our current context  to live a  peaceful life.


About the Company: Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
The Planet Connections Festivity Inc. is New York’s premiere eco-friendly/socially conscious not-for-profit arts festival. Fostering a diverse cross-section of performances, the festivity seeks to inspire artists and audiences both creatively and fundamentally, in a festive atmosphere forming a community of like-minded artists. At the heart of the festivity are individuals striving to create professional, meaningful theatre, film, music and art, while supporting organizations, which give back to the community at large.

Cast: Jeff Kozel, Julia Morgantini
Open:   06/01/12
Close:   06/23/12

Schedule:
Friday 6/1/12 – 5:00pm = Performance #1
Sunday 6/3/12 – 6:00pm = Performance #2
Tuesday 6/5/12 – 5:00pm = Performance #3
Saturday 6/9/12 – 1:30pm = Performance #4
Wednesday 6/20/12 – 10:00pm = Performance #5
Saturday 6/23/12 – 8:00pm = Performance #6
Theater:   45 Bleecker Street Theater
Address:   45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
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Cost:$18
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111
Company: Planet Connections Theatre Festivity         Official Web Site: www.planetconnections.org
Larry Gutman Larry, Smacker's Father

Trained at HB Studio.  Favorite roles: Harvey (Elwood P. Dowd), Arsenic and Old Lace (Dr. Einstein), The Mousetrap (Sgt. Trotter), Awake and Sing! (Moe Axelrod), Hedda Gabler (George Tesman), Lovers and Other Strangers (Frank), California Suite (Mort Hollander), And Then There Were None (Dr. Armstrong), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Mr. Stanley), The Liar (Dr. Balanzoni), The Miser (Cleanthe), Hobson’s Choice (Willie Mossop), Pack of Lies (Bob Jackson). Regular performer on Radio Theater (WLIE).  Taught high school math in NYC for 32 years.

Linda was last seen this spring at the Metropolitan Playhouse as Marta in The Return of Peter Grimm. Other recent roles include Myra in Deathtrap at Millbrook Playhouse, and Nellie, in Nowadays, also at the Metropolitan Playhouse.  She retired from the NYCDOE, as an early childhood educator, in June, 2010, to pursue her original passion as an actress full time.  Thanks to all who understand...  Love, Linda  
 
Marlena Kalm Smacker

 Marlena Kalm grew up in England, Connecticut and Minnesota. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Theatre as well as New Actors Workshop Conservatory Program (George Morrison, Paul Sills, Mike Nichols). Theatrical highlights include roles in 'Fifth of July,' 'The Threepenny Opera' and 'Penetecost.' She will be performing in "Daughters of Lot" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer.  'Future Weather,' her first feature film, is premiereing in the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Marlena is a member of the Root Collective.

 
Adrian Corrie Hitchhiker

 Adrian is an actor and fashion model, originally from Glasgow in Scotland, but now a full-time New Yorker and is loving every moment of it. Adrian has been acting since before he can remember and shares a lifetime passion and love for the theater. He trained at The Drama Center, London and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC. Since graduation, he has been working constantly in off-Broadway theater and independent film, is an active member of The Actors Project, NYC, and is thrilled to be a part of "Smacker And The Highway."

 
Aurea Tomeski Gorilla

 Aurea Tomeski: Originally from South Florida, Aurea has been seen onstage on both the East and West coasts and in London.  She was most recently seen in NY as a sexually frustrated wife seeking marriage counseling in TinyRhino's short play festival (The Brooklyn Lyceum) and as a kung-fu master crime-fighter in Tapefaces (Ars Nova).  Other Credits:  History of the Devil (The Garage Theater), Romeo and Juliet (California Shakespeare Company), Oliver Twist (A Noise Within), Crimes of the Heart (Kraine Theatre).  Current MFA candidate at The New School for Drama.  Go Hurricanes!

 

 Zoe Rivka Panagopoulos (Protestor) is thrilled to be a part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity! Recent theatre credits include: Inspector/Ensemble in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Center Stage Playhouse, The Purim Story Slam with Isramerica, and 1,934 Days as part of the Time Square International Theatre Festival. Zoe can be seen as Rachael November in the upcoming independent film, "Alligator" and as Savannah Hewitt in "Quelques Cadavres," a LIU Post student film. She is a proud graduate of AMDA and is pursuing her BA at the NewSchool.

 
Rebecca Gray Davis Protester

 REBECCA GRAY DAVIS: New York credits include DAUGHTERS OF LOT with Brain Melt Consortium, IN THE GREAT EXPANSE OF SPACE THERE IS NOTHING TO SEE BUT MORE, MORE, MORE with The Brick Theater, JAWS! THE MUSICAL and LOCAL with Midnight Buffet, DESTINATION with Manhattan Theatre Source, WAKE with Aisling Arts, NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH with Poliglot Theater, and JULIUS CAESAR with Bushwick Shakespeare Repertory. Readings include work with Metropolitan Playhouse, Boomerang Theatre Company, The Brick Theater, Adaptive Arts, and Playsmiths. Regionally, Rebecca has been seen in THE GRAPES OF WRATH and THE TEMPEST at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Rebecca is a graduate of Drew University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Dance, and additional training at LAMDA, NYU, and the STNJ Apprentice Program. For more information, please visit www.RebeccaGrayDavis.com

 
Hannah Sumner Composer/Protester

 Hannah Sumner is a young award winning songwriter. From the ages 5-18 she was a main part of San Diego's theater community. Performing  in such theaters as the CivicCenterand the beautiful Balboa Park Theaters. She then went on to receive a Songwriting degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. While in college, her music received several awards, radio placements, and was even debuted in Martha's Vineyardon Plum TV. She now lives in Brooklyn, and focuses on  ectronic/triphop/soundlandscapes. "Her music is expressive & poetic, taking the listener on a beautiful, captivating journey."- FRESH Art Pesents

 
Steven Martin Protester

 Steven Martin – Steven is from Brooklyn, NY. He recently graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Recent credits include Reverend Sykes in To Kill A Mockng Bird, Grunt in Dorothy in OZ,  Theseus in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kevin in the multimedia ballet ‘Funding the Arts and a Guard in The Tragedy of Macbeth II: The Seed of Banquo. Steven would like to thank God, his friends, and the cast for making this a great experience. 

 
Eva Watson Protester

 Eva Watson is a recent graduate of Ohio University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Theater. Some of her favorite roles include the Woman in Furs in Marisoland Colette in The Hostage. She is thrilled to be a part of the Planet Connections Theater Festival! 

 
Bianca Christina Protester

 Originally from Sydney, Bianca Christina is an actress and choreographer. Her passion for story-telling began at a young age in youth theatre companies and performance groups, and then developed at the Australian Theatre for Young People, Screenwise and with Kate Gaul (Sydney Theatre Company). While earning her BA Comms and B Laws, Bianca began her performance career in Australian theatre, television, and film. She also founded a performing arts studio, Boomski Beats, was resident teacher with the Sydney Dance Company, and performance consultant for the Talent Development Project. Since moving to New York, Bianca has honed her craft of acting with Labyrinth Theatre Company, Terry Schreiber and Atlantic Theatre Company. Her NY acting credits include: Lucky Penny by David Deblinger (AEA Staged Reading, Cherry Lane / Rattlestick), Tripartite Time by Howard Laniado (Bridge Theatre), Strange Heart by Jay Stull (Occupy Your Mind Project / Civillians Ensemble), Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler (V-day benefit, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts), I See That Which I Never Knew (Red Room Theatre), The Man Who Loved Islands by D.H. Lawrence (Secret Theatre). Bianca is delighted to a part of the Smacker and the Highway cast!

 

 Molly Ballerstein (Director) is excited to be part of Smacker and the Highway with Waving Cat Productions. As a director her focus is on new work and work that brings about social awareness. Her most recent works include: Daughters of Lot (Frigid Festival at The Kraine Theatre), Deborah Stein and Suli Holum's Chimera (Under the Radar Festival at Here Arts Center), Anna Fishbeyn's Sex In Mommyville (Manhattan Repertory Theatre and The Museum of Motherhood). In addition to directing, her design work has been seen at premieres in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as Boston's New Repertory Theater. Molly received her B.A. in Theatrical Production at Northeastern University. Next up Molly is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Daughters of Lot