SIXTEEN ACTORS IN A ROOM»
Page 73’s Producing Artistic Director Michael Walkup talked with playwright Leah Nanako Winkler and director Morgan Gould about our remarkable cast, and the audacity of a large-cast play off-Broadway.
THE BROOKLYN RAIL: Bringing Kentucky Home»
Leah Nanako Winkler—Japanese-born, Kentucky-raised playwright—has been self-producing her work in New York for years. Winkler has a singular voice, piercingly funny and irreverant, and surreptiously affecting…
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THE NEW YORKER»
The playwright Leah Nanako Winkler has created a sort of millennial Odyssey, chronicling the rustic homecoming of a New York City transplant…
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TDF STAGES: You Think You Know Kentucky, But You Don’t»
If you’ve never been to Kentucky, you may still think you know what it’s about: bourbon, horses, bluegrass. However, playwright Leah Nanako Winkler would beg to differ…
AkoAko (Masako) EST debut. Ako grew up in Tokyo and is a former member of the world-famous Takarazuka Theatre Company, where she won the President Award, Best Singer Award, New Corner Award, and Best Student Award. Following a successful career in Japan, Ako moved to New York. Theatre: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (3 years as the OSF company member), BAM, Prospect Theater, Playwright Preview Productions, ACT Seattle, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pan Asian Rep, CATF, ESIPA, Alley Theatre, TUTS, 5th Ave Theatre in Seattle, BDT in NY, Papermill Playhouse, Gotham Stage. Film: Snow Falling on Cedars, No Reservations, Prisoners in Time (BBC), Too Tired to Die, Shadow Play, Sleepwalk, Twelve, I Origin. TV: “30 Rock”, “Mercy”, “As the World Turns”, “All My Children”. Ako is also well-known as a Kabuki dance choreographer and a Japanese authenticity advisor. Her husband is the best theatre design consultant in the world, Joshua Dachs.
Satomi BlairSatomi Blair (Hiro) Satomi is an actress and producer based in NYC. Theater: Good Men Wanted by Kevin Armento (Arena Stage), Seminar by Theresa Rebeck (WHAT), She Kills Monsters* by Qui Nguyen (Flea Theater, nominated for GLAAD award), These Seven Sicknesses* by Sean Graney (Flea Theater, nominated for Drama Desk), Land O’Fire* by Luis Santeiro (JCTC), American Sexy* by Trista Baldwin (Flea Theater). Has worked with New York Theatre Workshop, Ma-Yi, EST/Youngblood, and PlayRise. Television: “Rescue Me” (FX), “Gurland on Gurland” (Showtime). Founder of 4Hawk Productions, which produced Starring Austin Pendleton, a documentary short in the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Graduate of Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Love, thanks and gratitude to the most amazing friends and family a girl could have, Momma Hawk, CG, and Percival the Cat. 4HawkProductions.com and satomiblair.com. *notes a World/NYC Premiere.
Mikumari CaiyheMikumari Caiyhe (Ernest) Mikumari Caiyhe is an established actor, emcee, spoken word poet, and arts educator. A native of Washington, DC, Mikumari graduated from the distinguished Duke Ellington School for the Arts, with a focus in Theatre. He completed his formal education at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University as an Acting major. As an artist, Mikumari has toured internationally. Some credits include God/MC in the musical Revelations while in London, member of NYC’s Nuyorican Poets Cafe 2013 competitive poetry team, and being one of the first emcees to ever do a Hip Hop concert at Shakespeare’s Globe. Finally, it is Mikumari’s ambition to use art to liberate individuals from fear, emancipate and empower the light within and… illuminate forever.
Curran ConnorCurran Connor (Larry) Theater: The Way West (Labyrinth Theater); The Wong Kids in The Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (Ma-Yi, Off-Broadway Alliance Award Winner); Winners, Dido of Idaho, Pidgeon, Zero (Ensemble Studio Theatre); The Main(e) Play, Baby Girl (Partial Comfort); Peter and the Starcatcher, Other Desert Cities (Theatre Aspen); The 39 Steps (Hangar Theater); The Hollow (Dorset Theater); Bella and the Pool Boy (Apothecary Theatre); Goodbye Cruel World (Roundtable Ensemble); Two Rooms (DCT). Film/TV: Hello My Name is Doris (dir Michael Showalter), “House of Cards” (Netflix), “Deadbeat” (Hulu), “Law and Order” (NBC), “The Guiding Light” (CBS), and the web series “Business Time”. BFA from The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Proud member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Partial Comfort Productions.
Merissa CzyzMerissa Czyz (Bridesmaid) EST: EST/Sloan First Light Festival, Honors Students (Unfiltered), Kentucky (Unfiltered). Off-Broadway: Appropriate (Signature Theatre), A Thorton Wilder Christmas (Peccadillo Theater). Merissa played Jeanie in the national tour of HAIR and then joined the Tribe at Sacramento Music Circus last summer. TV: “High Maintenance” (HBO). BFA The Boston Conservatory. Thank you: RJ, Graeme, Morgan, Leah, TalentHouse + Prestige Mgmt. Love to: Mom, Dad, and Michael. @merissaczyz
Sasha DiamondSasha Diamond (Sophie) Sasha Diamond is an actress and improviser, a member of the Story Pirates, and a former Bat at The Flea Theater. Recent credits include: Lady (The Araca Group, 2015 Araca Project), Double Suicide at Ueno Park!!! (EST’s 35th Marathon of One Act Plays), Kentucky (EST/Youngblood’s Unfiltered Festival), and The Wong Kids and the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Off-Broadway Alliance Award). Sasha holds a B.A. in Comparative Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. www.SashaDiamond.com
Lynnette R. FreemanLynnette Freeman (Amy) Lynnette is thrilled to be working working on this wonderful piece again with this superbly talented group of artists and her EST family. Lynnette R. Freeman is a Jamaican-American actress, dancer, and teaching artist, raised in East Cleveland, OH (aka the heart of the nation). Brown/Trinity MFA. Member of EST, and The League of Professional Theatre Women. Previous roles: Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun, Reheema Abu-Salaam in In A Daughter’s Eyes, Shanna in Gutting, Jenny/ Marge in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, Sally Bowles(Cover)/Kit- Kat Girl in Cabaret; Esther Mills in Intimate Apparel, and Georgianne in Tamer of Horses. Special thanks to friends and family for always believing and keeping the faith. LEAP!
Alex GrubbsAlex Grubbs (Adam) Utility (The Amoralists); SeaWife (Naked Angels); Mary Kate Olsen is in Love, a cautionary tail, These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea); The 39 Steps, Barefoot in the Park (Heritage Theater Festival). Workshops and readings at Women’s Project, The Lark, The Civilians, Ma-Yi, EST, NYSF, Ars Nova, Cape Cod Theatre Project, 59E59, NYTW, and Exit Pursued by a Bear. M.F.A in Acting from UVA. www.alexgrubbs.com.
Marcia HaufrechtMarcia Haufrecht (Grandma) A proud member of EST since 1977, Marcia has appeared off- and off-off-broadway in roles ranging from Tondeleyo in White Cargo to Queen Elizabeth in Richard III (with Al Pacino). TV: All three “Law & Order”s, “The Sopranos”, numerous made-for-tv movies. Film: Dog Day Afternoon, Win Win, Nightlistener, Prince of the City, Anamorph, The Perfect Witness. Marcia is also a playwright, director, and artist. She is a member of the Actors’ Studio and Urban Artists Collective.
Megan HillMegan Hill (Nicole) Originally from Seattle, Megan is a New York-based actor and writer. She is a company member of DODO Theater Collective, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Morgan Gould & Friends, and the late Studio 42 and The Management. Megan holds a BFA in Acting and Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts and an MFA from ART/MXAT IATT at Harvard University. Check out her web series “Me+U” at www.meplusu.tv. Upcoming projects include Berkeley Rep’s Groundfloor Lab, DODO’s Triptych, and the new web series “Bandage Girls”, co-created with Lucy DeVito, Joshua Conkel, Darcy Fowler, and Amy Staats… For more info on Megan, see her bio at www.dodotheater.com
Emily KunkelEmily Kunkel (Laura) Emily Kunkel is a NYC-based actress and comedian. She has performed regionally at Geva Theatre, Barrington Stage, Shakespeare Theater of NJ, and Actors Theater of Louisville, as well as in New York at Ensemble Studio Theatre and Upright Citizens Brigade. TV credits include Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”. She is a graduate of Fordham University at Lincoln Center as well as the Actors Theater of Louisville apprentice program and is a founding member of Hook and Eye Theatre Co. emilykunkelactor.com.
Jay PattersonJay Patterson (James) Long time EST member (1995). Numerous Marathons, Unfiltereds, Bloodworks, readings, workshops etc., and seems to ‘Ask for Trouble’ every year. Broadway: K2 (Outer Critic’s Circle nom.), Inherit The Wind. Off-B-Way: NYTW, The Mint, 59E59, McGinn-Cazale, Roundabout. Regional: Arena Stage, Asolo Rep, Alliance, ACT (Seattle), Baltimore Center-Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Guthrie, McCarter, Pittsburgh Public, Syracuse Stage. TV: “Blue Bloods”, “Law and Order” (all 3), and many others. He has appeared in more than 40 films, including Ted 2, Heaven Help Us, All The King’s Men, Nobody’s Fool. He will appear in two films to be released this year: Nine Lives and Oppenheimer Strategies.
Ronald Alexander PeetRonald Alexander Peet (Da’Ran) New York: Loveplay/Playmoney (La MaMa); I’ll Never Love Again (Drama League); Boats and, Debutante (Ars Nova); New Saloon’s I’m Miserable but Change Scares Me (The Brick); Tilly the Trickster (Atlantic Theater Company). Readings/workshops: Yale Drama Series, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, LAByrinth, EST, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, NYTW, Playwrights Horizons, PS122, Atlantic Theater Co, Soho Rep, Drama League, Dramatists Guild, Theatreworks USA, Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, Bushwick Starr, Pipeline Theater Co, Dixon Place, New Georges, and The Lark. Regional: The Golem of Havana (Barrington Stage/Miami New Drama); The American Shakespeare Center (Blackfriars Theater) performing 30 roles in 13 plays over 3 seasons. Training: NYU Tisch. www.ronaldalexanderpeet.com
Samantha SemblerSamantha Sembler (Bridesmaid) Samantha is a New York-based actor, singer, and producer. Theatre credits: A handful of brunches and Asking for Troubles, Kentucky (Unfiltered 2015) (EST); You Ain’t Gangsta (The Oneness Project). Film: Sal and the Goon, iLove. Samantha’s worked at EST for five seasons now, in both the box office and literary department. Additionally, she freelances as a producer and casting director and is a member of |the claque|. BA, Theatre & Music: Muhlenberg College. www.samanthasembler.com
Shannon TyoShannon Tyo (Bridesmaid) Shannon Tyo has performed Off-Broadway in Bikeman: A 9/11 Play and Dear Edwina. Regionally, Shannon has played Kim in Miss Saigon (three times), Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (three times) and Crane in The White Snake (just the once). She has appeared on “30 Rock” and received a BFA from Syracuse University. Thanks to Morgan, Leah, EST, and Sarah for always cooking.
Amir WachtermanAmir Wachterman (Sylvie) Recent credits: The Representatives’ Veritas, Losing Tom Pecinka (Ice Factory/MG&F), Leah Nanako Winkler’s Kentucky (EST/YB Unfiltered), Kristine Haruna Lee’s War Lesbian, Adam Szymkowicz’s Clown Bar (Pipeline, The Box), Oh Gastronomy (Humana Festival), Christmas Story and Sense & Sensibility (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Amir has worked with New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Ars Nova, C Town, EST, and other people. Amir is a proud company member of Morgan Gould & Friends. With MG&F: Dog Eat Dog, Nurse Nora Menorah Saves Christmas, Losing Tom Pecinka, Helix Helix, Pee Pee Poo Poo Pa Pa Face. Upcoming with MG&F: “The Last Great American Web Series”. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. For Satomi.
WRITTEN BY Leah Nanako WinklerLEAH NANAKO WINKLER (playwright) is from Kamakura, Japan and Lexington, Kentucky. Her plays include Kentucky (2015 Kilroys List), Death for Sydney Black (TerraNova Collective’s RX Series at IRT), Double Suicide at Ueno Park! (35th Marathon of One-Act Plays), Taisetsu na Hito (Winner: Sam French OOB Fest) and with playwright Teddy Nicholas, Flying Snakes in 3-D!! (The Brick Theater, Ice Factory at New Ohio Theatre). She attended Page 73’s 2015 Summer Residency. Her work has also been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, New York Theatre Workshop, The Flea and more. Her collections of short plays, Nagoriyuki & Other Short Plays and The Lowest Form of Writing are available on Amazon. Publications: Discover Nikkei, Nanjing University’s “Stage and Screen Reviews” (China, December 2014 edition), Samuel French and Simon and Krauss. www.leahwinkler.org Twitter: @leahnanako
DIRECTOR Morgan GouldMORGAN GOULD (director) is a writer/director who has previously held staff positions at Playscripts, Inc., Lark Play Development Center, Cape Cod Theatre Project, and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, where Morgan co-created Untitled Feminist Show (BAC/PS 122) and worked alongside Young Jean on the premieres of Lear (Soho Rep) and We’re Gonna Die (Joe’s Pub/ LCT3) and tours of Pullman Wa and The Shipment. Morgan is a New Georges affiliated artist (where she was a participant in their emerging writer/ director lab from 2010-2014), an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, the Stage Director’s & Choreographers Foundation Observership Program, the Target Margin Theater’s Institute for Collaborative Theater Making, The Civilians R + D Group, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Playwrights Horizons Directing Residency Programs. She was an 11-12 BAX (Brooklyn Arts Exchange) AIR with playwright Matthew Paul Olmos and a 12-13 Space Grant Recipient. In 2012, Morgan started her theater company Morgan Gould & Friends, comprised of 7 actors and 3 designers. With them, Morgan has created Losing Tom Pecinka; Pee Pee Poo Poo Pa Pa Face; The Girl with the Honey Bee Eyes; Weight of the World; This Body//My Body; Shrek: an Adaptation; Dog Eat Dog; Nurse Nora Menorah Saves Christmas; and Helix, Helix: The Science of You, Me, Us, and Them (A Sloan Commission); and more. MG&F’s work has been featured in and at the New Ohio/ Ice Factory Festival, Dixon Place, The Brooklyn Lyceum, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, CAP21, BAX, New Georges, and The Culture Project. B.A. in Directing, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (and currently in the M.F.A. Playwriting Program at Brooklyn College). Winner of the 2016 Beatrice Terry/ Drama League Residency Award. Proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. www.morgangouldandfriends.com.
MUSIC DIRECTION AND VOCAL ARRANGEMENTS Sariva Goetz
CHOREOGRAPHER Katie Spelman
SET DESIGNER Nick Francone
COSTUME DESIGNER Suzanne Chesney
LIGHTING DESIGNER Ryan Seelig
SOUND DESIGNER Shane Rettig
PROPS DESIGNER Justin Cox
PRODUCTION MANAGER Joe Lankheet
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Eileen Lalley
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Samantha Honeycutt