A Hope and Eric Experiment
Appearing as part of the Too Soon Festival at The Brick
Written by Eric Bland
575 Metropolitan Avenue
CAST AND CREW BIOGRAPHIES
Eric Bland (Writer) is a writer, director, performer, and producer. He was born and raised in Richmond, VA, and received an M.A. in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths College, University of London. His play Death at Film Forum (The Brick Theater’s Film Festival, 2008) was published in the NYTE anthology Plays and Playwrights 2009 with two monologues from the piece also appearing in 2009: The Best Women’s Stage Monologues and Scenes (Smith & Kraus). Eric is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Old Kent Road Theater, a speechy/dancey/hungry performance collective committed to the comedy of desire, the physicality of loss, and the possibility of new open spaces. The OKRT has presented work at various downtown theater venues, including The Brick Theater, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Dixon Place, and The Bushwick Starr. In December 2010 the company will present the contemporary ecstasy Emacipatory Politics: A Romantic Tragedy (EP: ART) at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village as part of the Incubator Arts Project’s inaugural season. Eric lives in a very small apartment in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, with a broken TV, a few books by Vladimir Lenin, and some old birthday cards from his triumphant mom. He is devoted to The Brick and Piper McKenzie. Check out: web.me.com/abernathybland & www.oldkentroadtheater.com.
Hope Cartelli (Director) previously directed The Granduncle Quadrilogy for Piper McKenzie. As an actress, she was seen this past spring as the Vital Spirit in the remount of Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury. Previous acting exploits include Mamie in the FringeNYC hit musical Willy Nilly, the High Priestess of Ishtar in Babylon Babylon; Karma Kingsley in Lady Cryptozoologist, Seasons One and Two at the Vampire Cowboys Saloon; Svetlana in John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (FringeNYC 2007). Lady M in Macbeth Without Words (The Pretentious Festival); The Wife in Sexadelic Cemetery (The $ellout Festival); Megan in Adventures of Caveman Robot; one facet of Daniel Paul Schreber in Memoirs of My Nervous Illness (dir: Michael Gardner); The Nerd in The Perfect Girl (The Moral Values Festival); Cath in Tupperware Orgy (dir: John Devore); a ‘60s Space Vixen and a vengeful Depression-era lover in the Bizarre Science Fantasy Omnibus; Mammalia in The Pragmatists; Cora in In a Strange Room (dir: Michael Gardner); and Min in Habitat (dir: Michael Gardner). She is Associate Director of The Brick Theater and Co-Artistic Director of Piper McKenzie Productions. She likes Old Kent Road Theater a lot.
Lindsey Carter (Lindsey) is so excited to be back at the Brick! She performed first at the Brick for the Tiny Theater Festival, and now is thrilled to be apart of Hope and Eric's project Jeannine's Abortion. A recent transplant to New York, the Louisville, KY native is also apart of the comedy group The Indicators. Check 'em out.
Siobhan Marie Doherty (Jeannine) is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School for the Arts (Stella Adler). Recent appearances include Old Kent Road's I Stand for Nothing and The Assembly's Clementine and the Cyber Ducks at the Ontological Theater. She has performed in approximately a billion shows at the Brick, and will miss it terribly when she moves to San Francisco this Summer. Her next project is New Beulah at the Pear Theater in Mountain View, CA. www.siobhanmariedoherty.com is coming soon!
Sarah Malinda Engelke (Sarah) is really excited to debut as "Sarah" with Piper McKenzie Productions and Old Kent Road Theater in Jeannine's Abortion! YAY! and YAY for Too Soon!:) :) Also in the Too Soon festival playing "Sarah" in Gemini CollisionWorks' The Wedding of Berit Johnson and Ian W. Hill: A Theatre Study. Some past faves include: Guenevere in Stolen Chair Theater's Quantum Poetics, Peasant Girl in Adventurequest with Sneaky Snake Productions (as part of last years Antidepressant/Game Play Brick Festival), Goat Girl in SANDWICH! THE MUSICAL at the Ontological, Baiji the White Dolphin in ME at the Ohio Theater (where she was thrown into the Yangtze, the longest river in China). I also sing and play keys in bands Supermajor and Dye Violets. Thank you mom, dad, mothy, happygoodluckcats, and Katherine Hepburn by the Yellow River (second longest river in China) email@example.com
Daniel Kublick (Daniel) is an actor in this show.
Jeff Lewonczyk (Jeff) was once offhandedly referred to as a "theatrical troll," and that pretty much covers it. He is normally writing and directing and running Piper McKenzie with his wife and partner Hope Cartelli and associate directing The Brick, but he secretly wishes that someone would pluck him up and make him a successful and famous actor, because he actually likes doing it quite a bit and figures it would be nice to make a little coin from it but doesn't wish to suffer the indignity of auditioning. Next up is Theater of the Arcade: Five Classic Video Games Adapted for the Stage, appearing as part of The Brick's Game Play series in July. He wrote that one but won't be appearing in it (sorry, ladieez).
Emily Perkins (Emily): Favorite credits include: The Three Sisters (The Cherry Pit), Our Dolls (The Players Theater), We Are Not Birds (Ars Nova), The Confidence Man (Woodshed Collective), Clementine and the Cyber Ducks (Ontological-Hysteric), F*ing Art (Samuel French Festival Award Winner), Charlotte’s Web (Theatreworks Int’l tour), 37 Stones (Working Man’s Clothes), Apricot Supernovas (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center), Punching Hal Improv (Broadway Comedy Club), The Decameron Project (Edinburgh Fringe). Emily is a resident actor for The Assembly Theater Company. www.theassemblytheater.com. She also works as a voiceover artist. www.emilylouiseperkins.com.
Morgan Anne Zipf (Morgan) is an actress, director, and designer who is THRILLED to be on-stage at the Brick (FINALLY). She could tell you about other shows she's done, but that's kind of boring. Instead she'll tell you that this summer she's looking forward to her vacation to Nicaragua where she will surf, ride a zip-line, and drink copious amounts of rum. She will tell you that she is the Head of Production for the Dreamscape Theatre and is featured in the webseries Four if by Space. (www.dreamscapetheatre.org, www.fourifbyspace.net) Huge Thanks to Hope and Eric, as well as to all these brilliant people who I'm lucky enough to share the stage with!