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RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER

224 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014

TICKETS

General Admission: $50
Artist: $25
Student: $15

Use code OJFAM for 2-for-1 full-price tickets through Feb. 5th!

CREATIVE TEAM

Kate Noll (Set Design)
Montana Blanco (Costume Design)
Barbara Samuels (Lighting Design)
Palmer Hefferan (Sound Design)
Joey Moro (Projection Design)
Raphael Mishler (Prop Design)
Nicole Marconi (Prod. Stage Manager)
Corinn Moreno (Asst. Stage Manager)
Rebecca Key (Production Manager)

SYNOPSIS

Nut grew up in 1980s and 90s working-class America the youngest child of Julius, a Vietnam vet suffering the toxic effects of Agent Orange. As Julius’s health fades, Nut begins paging through forgotten photo albums and acting out old war movies about brothers-in-arms, leaping through time and memory to trace the complex intimacy between father and child, fighting for a mutual recognition before it’s too late.

LEARN MORE

TIME OUT: Orange Julius traces a trans man’s family memories
“Kreimendahl is the god in [the] details, creating a portrait of real family dynamics far more ‘realistic’ than those in a dozen well-made plays.”

THE VILLAGE VOICE: ‘Orange Julius’ Explores Past-Life Regression, Trans Identity, and the Legacy of Vietnam
“There’s a lot to like about Orange Julius: its articulate, forthright personal narrative; its attention to veterans’ experience; its foregrounding of a trans character without making Nut’s transition the sole focus of the plot.”

THE NEW YORKER
“In Basil Kreimendahl’s assured and affecting memory play…[Jess] Barbagallo movingly suggests a desire for connection made impossible by dynamics of gender and family.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES: An ‘Orange Julius’ Bond is Complicated
“In Mr. Barbagallo’s hands, Nut is instantly winning, with a warm, wry humor that cushions the more painful moments.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Transgender Playwrights: ‘We Should Get to Tell Our Own Stories First’
An interview with Orange Julius author Basil Kreimendahl, lead actor Jess Barbagallo, and Page 73 alum MJ Kaufman.

AMERICAN THEATRE: Transgender Characters, in Their Own Words
“What works like Trans Scripts and Orange Julius allow for is the opportunity for trans individuals to tell their stories in their own words.”

TDF STAGES: Is He Acting Like a Man? Is His Father?
An interview with director Dustin Wills.

 

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CAST


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Jess Barbagallo
Jess Barbagallo headshotJess Barbagallo is an NYC-based writer/director/performer who has toured internationally and domestically with Big Dance Theater, the Builders Association, Theater of a Two-Headed Calf (and its Dyke Division) and Half Straddle. Jess has originated roles in new plays by Joshua Conkel, Casey Llewellyn, Normandy Sherwood, Trish Harnetiaux and many others. Playwriting credits include Grey-Eyed Dogs (Dixon Place), Saturn Nights (Incubator Arts Center), Good Year for Hunters (New Ohio Theatre), Karen Davis Does… (Brooklyn Arts Exchange), Joe Ranono’s Yuletide Log and Other Fruitcakes (Dixon Place), Sentence Fetish (Brick Theater), Melissa, So Far (Andy’s Playhouse) and My Old Man (and Other Stories) (Dixon Place). Other words have been published by Howlround, Bomb Blog, New York Live Arts Blog: Context Notes, Brooklyn Rail and 53rd State Press. He is a 2009 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab alum, a 2012 Queer Arts Mentorship mentee, and a 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellow. In 2015, Jess was selected to participate in the Persona Seminar think tank at the New Museum and was recently invited to the Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writer’s Group. Jess has taught theater and writing as a guest artist and adjunct lecturer at Duke University, New York University, Brooklyn College, the Vermont Young Playwright’s Festival and The O’Neill Center. MFA: Brooklyn College (Himan Brown Playwriting Award 2008 and 2009).

Stephen Payne
Stephen Payne headshotPlays: Superior Donuts; August Osage County (Music Box); Edward Albee’s Me, Myself and I; (Playwrights Horizons); Wings of Desire and Clockwork Orange (Amsterdam; Boston A.R.T.); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (McCarter Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse, dir Tina Landau); J.P. Shanley’s Sailor’s Song (Public Theater); recipient of the Craig Noel and Inner Circle Critics’ awards for Bus Stop (The Old Globe, dir. Joe Hardy); Boy Gets Girl (Seattle Rep). u/s Of Mice and Men (Anna Shapiro); Ages of the Moon (Sam Shephard, Atlantic Theater Company) FILM most recent including: highly acclaimed Coen Bros Inside Llewyn Davis, Compliance, and A Late Quartet.

Ruy Iskandar
Ruy Iskandar headshotFilm/TV: BENDERS (IFC), Sneaky Pete (Amazon Studios), The Blacklist (ABC), Gotham (FOX). Broadway: Macbeth (Lincoln Center). Off-Broadway: Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theatre); Measure for Measure (Public Theater); The Hunters (Cherry Lane Theater); Purim Play (Classic Stage Co.); You for Me for You (Ma-Yi Theater); Hamlet,’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Storm, Hot L Baltimore (NYU). Regional: The World of Extreme Happiness (Goodman Theatre); American Night: Ballad of Juan José (Denver Center Theatre); Twelfth Night, King Lear (Pennsylvania Shakespeare).

Irene Sofia Lucio
Irene Lucio headshotIrene Sofia Lucio is happy to be making her Page 73 debut! Broadway: Wit. Off Broadway: The Undertaking (BAM/Theatre de la Ville), King Liz (Second Stage Uptown), Love and Information (NYTW), We Play for the Gods (Women’s Project), Estrella Cruz the Junkyard Queen (Ars Nova). Regional Credits include: Bad Jews (Studio Theater DC- Helen Hayes Nomination), Pygmalion (Cal Shakes), Romeo and Juliet (Yale Rep), Master Builder (Yale Rep), Amadeus (Chautauqua Theater Co.), After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival). Television: Madam Secretary (CBS), Gossip Girl (CW), Stranded in Paradise (Hallmark), Casi Casi (HBO Latino). She is Co-Creator, Producer, and Actor for BUTS Webseries (www.butswebseries.com), recently nominated for an Imagen Award. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama where she was the recipient of the Herschel Williams Prize, awarded to an acting student with outstanding ability. She is also a graduate of Princeton University. Irene is a proud member of the Actor’s Center and a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Mary Testa
Two Tony nominations, two Lucille Lortel nominations, five Drama Desk nominations, two Drama League nominations, an Obie Award for her performances in From Above and On the Town, and a special Drama Desk award celebrating Queen of the Mist and ‘Three Decades of Outstanding Work.’ Broadway: Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Xanadu, Chicago, 42nd St, Marie Christine, On the Town, …Forum, The Rink, Marilyn, Barnum. Opera: Anna Nicole/BAM. Off-Broadway includes First Daughter Suite, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Queen of the Mist, Love Loss…, Regrets Only, See What I Wanna See, First Lady Suite, String of Pearls, A New Brain, Tartuffe, On the Town, In Trousers. Films include: Big Stone Gap, The Mother, Eat Pray Love, The Bounty Hunter, The Out-of-Towners, Sleepers. Much Television including recurring on Whoopi, Difficult People, Two Broke Girls, White Collar and Nurse Jackie. Featured on twelve original cast albums, Mary’s album with Michael Starobin, Have Faith, is available now on Sh-K Boom Records, iTunes and Amazon.

 
 

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