In 1986, the Kennedy Center honored Lucille Ball with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her prolific career. But nobody could have imagined that 27 years later, the comments section of the YouTube video of that night would turn into a forum for debate over topics ranging from feminism to the psychic abilities of mimes. Now, making its world premiere, those comments are brought to life on stage in this bizarre new comedy.
Starring: Jamie Agnello, Maria Paz Alegre, Brett Aresco, Cohlie Brocato, Luis Christian Dilorenzi, Rachel Greenhoe, Rowan Magee, Ivica Marc, Michelangelo Milano, Rory Pelsue, Justin Perkins, Andrew Rincon, Analisa Velez, Charlotte Wolf, Stephanie Willing, and Kara Young
NICHOLAS COLIA (Director) is a theater director, filmmaker, performer, and night eater. A recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, from 2000 to 2007, Nicholas ran his own production company in Massachusetts and with it produced/directed seven plays and two feature-length films. His first solo show (LOOK AT ME / LOOK AT ME / LOOK AT ME) premiered in May 2011, and his second solo show (Nicholas Colia: Off His Adderall) will be premiering this February. An alum of the National Theater Institute, Nicholas has assisted directors including Jason Moore and Laura Eason on new musicals from writers including Michael Friedman, Jeff Whitty, and the Scissor Sisters. This fall he is assistant directing the Play Company’s production of Andy Bragen's This is My Office (directed by Davis McCallum). @NicholasColia
ALI SKYE BENNET (Producer) has been performing and creating theatre since childhood. NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 2001-2005. Currently: in-house Producer & Company Manager for Obie & Drama Desk Award-winning off-Broadway theatre company, Transport Group; House Manager for Signature Theatre Company. Past projects: Company Producer for PuppetCinema (Planet Egg, Washington Post Editor’s Pick, Capital Fringe 5-star “Best of the Fringe” selection); Company Producer for classical-experimental company, American Centaur; intern for internationally/critically-acclaimed theatre company, Elevator Repair Service. Ali is also an award-winning photographer with international publication (Image International, Photolife Magazine), and has traveled all over the world documenting her adventures and the people she meets through her photos and journals. Upcoming: “SinaPtica” (short film); Untitled TV Pilot (writer). www.aliskyebennet.com
ADRIAN JEVICKI (Video Projections Designer) is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, theater artist, video designer and educator. Descending from a long line of teachers, his work centers on the relationship between people and their consumption, creation, channeling and processing of information. He has worked with such diverse experimental dance, theater and visual artsits as: Collision Theory, (in)Parentheses Theater Company, Jill Samuels, Erica Fae, Elke Rindfliesch, Glass Contraption, Rachel Cohen (RaCoCo Productions), Olek, Matthew Mahler, Gabriel Forestieri and internationally with the KyoRyuKan, a theater collective that creates original works mixing puppetry and dance-theater based in Kyoto, Japan. He has performed/presented work at bars, clubs, theaters and other locales throughout New York including: Touch, HATCH, Dixon Place, BAX, Spoke the Hub, Triskelion Arts, The Tank, The Brick, Irondale Center, Mary Anthony Dance Theater, 59E59, DUMBO, Central Park, American Theater of Actors, Movement Research, Hudson River Park, Galapagos, RoverSOHO and nationally at the University of Chicago and High Concept Laboratories also in Chicago. Some evening length works include: Ivory Tower (2007), GrindFaust (2008), La Spectra (2009/2010), WILM 690 Pirate Radio (2009), The DEEP (2011/2012). He is a graduate of Brown University.
JAMIE AGNELLO is a performer, puppeteer, and poet based in Brooklyn. She can also be seen in the upcoming production of I've Got a Secret at Dixon Place on November 21st. She was recently seen in The 7 1/2 Mysteries of Toulouse McLane at the Park Avenue Armory, Orbiting Astral Bodies in the NY Fringe Festival, Chimpanzee at St. Ann’s Warehouse & Dixon Place, Off the Map at the University Settlement and Double Aspect: Bright and Fair at LaMaMa. www.jamieagnello.com
BRETT ARESCO is a New York-based actor, writer, and comedian. New York Theater: The Flea, Ars Nova, Rising Phoenix Rep, The Cell, The Brick, The Lark. Regional: Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Westport Country Playhouse. Television: Man v. Food, Scorned: Crimes of Passion. B.A. Duke University. www.brettaresco.com.
LUIS CHRISTIAN DILORENZI
ROWAN MAGEE is jazzed to be performing his 6th show at Dixon Place! He is a teacher with Story Pirates and Manhattan Youth and a puppeteer with Robin Frohardt, Nick Lehane and Phantom Limb. Rowan is a co-founder of American Centaur and is puppeteering in The Pigeoning at HERE Arts Center in December. www.thepigeoning.com
JUSTIN PERKINS is a puppeteer and actor who has appeared in works by Dan Hurlin, David Neumann, Patti Bradshaw and others, and for Puppet Cinema [puppetcinema.com], The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Cosmic Bicycle, imnotlost, and American Centaur [americancentaur.com], of which he is a founding member. He is also a teacher of puppetry, film and acting to children and teens, with degrees in theater from Vassar and Sarah Lawrence.
STEPHANIE WILLING is an actor/dancer/writer, and she is pleased as punch to perform in the debut of Nicholas Colia's theater company alongside an amazing ensemble. Upcoming shows: The Strategist at The Brick and The Fairies with Firebone Theatre. Big thanks to Ali and love to MT.
MARIA PAZ ALEGRE is very excited to be a part of such interesting new multimedia work, and thrilled to be working with so many of her colleagues from the Intensive Ensemble of LAByrinth Theatre Company. She has written and performed in New York for seven years, as well as all across the United States and in the Philippines. BFA Emerson College.
COHLIE BROCATO (SAG-Aftra, A.E.A.) misses what you had together. Those days drift like clouds over Cohlie Brocato's days, bathing him in the silken shadow of memory. Cohlie Brocato often finds himself standing at his window, his hands mindlessly clutching his bare shoulders as if embracing your absence. Once, the idle stroke of your fingertips masterfully plucked the strings of Cohlie Brocato's heart; now he sits like a forgotten cello, a sentinel holding vigil over the passion you have forsaken. Also, he graduated from Sarah Lawrence College where he was in a slew of fun shows. He is the Creative Director of Ticking Clock Productions, a film production company that you really should look up. He recently played Lee Harvey Oswald in the foreign romantic comedy Mieletön Elokuu, a.k.a. August Fools. You could also see him in Frances Ha.
RACHEL GREENHOE is an actress, writer and shameless self promoter, living in Brooklyn. She'd like to thank everyone. Even you. Thank you.
IVICA MARC was born and raised in Croatia where he was a theater actor and a TV personality. He chose to live in the jungle of New York for the last five years. He is currently studying at the Maggie Flanagan studio of acting and having a blast.
RORY PELSUE is very happy to return to the stage after a four year absence. As a freelance director, Rory has helmed productions of No Exit for the Fordham University Mimes and Mummers and The Children's Hour for the University of Pennsylvania Players. Rory is co-founder of Oxbridge Opera Company, a UK-based opera company that specializes in rarely-heard editions of English-language light operatic works. With Oxbridge, Rory has directed The Yeomen of the Guard, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers and Ruddigore at the Buxton Opera House in Derbyshire, England. Rory is the recipient of the 2010 Wilford Leach Directing Prize (La MaMa, E.T.C.)
ANDREW RINCON writes and acts sometimes. He recently graduated from Florida State University where he was seen as Borachio in Much Ado about Nothing, and where he staged his original work, Friends in Equilateral. Mad love to Ali, Nick and Lucille Ball.
CHARLOTTE WOLF is a singer, dancer and actress living in NYC. She has appeared on Nickelodeon's show, "Victorious." She is currently in 8th grade at Robert F. Wagner Middle School, where she is rehearsing for the schools production of The Music Man. Charlotte is very excited to be a part of the show!