We Play for the Gods

June 1-23, 2012

Conceived and created by the 2010-2012 WP Lab: Charity Ballard, Alexandra Collier, Elizabeth R. English, Jessi D. Hill, Andrea Kuchlewska, Dominique Morisseau, Kristen Palmer, Sarah Rasmussen, Mia Rovegno, Melisa Tien, Nicole A. Watson, Stephanie Ybarra, Stefanie Zadravec

The copier coughs. The air conditioner stutters. Your Post-It supply is running low. Don’t dismiss the notion that you may be reckoning with forces divine. In the world premiere production of WE PLAY FOR THE GODS, four women go to work on a seemingly ordinary day only to find that a trickster god has slid through the cracks and cubicles of their office to take them on a journey to the other side of ordinary. Who knows? Today, the same could happen to you.

“Full of laughs…wry comedy.  Annie Golden is delightful!” – Associated Press

“Blows the house down…a work you should not miss!” – nytheater.com

Charity Ballard

Playwright –  The Quiver of Children (Voice & Vision); The Deep Things of God; Muddy the Waters (Women’s Project); Tower In A Garden (Rising Circle); Pete the Girl (Rising Circle and Women Center Stage; Lark Theater Company); Herding Cats.  Screenplays: Little Strong Girl, The Great InActor Fantastic: Memoirs of a Blactress.  Affiliations: Women’s Project; SAG; AFTRA; Rising Circle.  TV / Stage: NYC – 22; Law & Order; Law & Order: SVU; Law & Order: Criminal Intent; Rescue Me; Guiding Light; Luminosity; Caesar and Cleopatra (Playmakers Rep.); Grace (Rising Circle).

Alexandra Collier

Playwright – is a writer from Australia, based in Brooklyn. Her plays have been developed at Sydney Theatre Company, New Georges, the Lark and Dixon Place. Recent work includes Underland (STC workshop and Page to Stage, Dixon Place), The Red Letterbox (Weasel Festival, East 13th St Theater), Holy Day (Telephone Festival, Overturn Theatre Ensemble) and Deathless (finalist in SheWrites, Synchronicity Theatre). MacDowell Fellow, Ian Potter Cultural Trust travel grant, Dame Joan Sutherland Award. MFA playwriting, Brooklyn College. www.alexandracollier.com

Elizabeth R. English

Producer – is the founder and Co-Artistic Director of Brooklyn based performance collective A Collection of Shiny Objects. Credits include Apple Cove (Associate Producer, Women’s Project), Darling (with A Collection of Shiny Objects at ANT Fest 2011, Ars Nova), The Exile of Petie DeLarge (REDCAT/NOWFest 2010), Silver Years of Dust (Highways Performance Space), One Eye Gone (Edinburgh Fringe 2009) and upcoming: Human Fruit Bowl by fellow Lab Member Andrea Kuchlewska (soloNOVA 2012, TerraNOVA Collective). MFA in Producing, California Institute of the Arts.

Jessi D. Hill

Director – is a freelance director and Associate Artistic Director of terraNOVA Collective in New York City.  Recent and upcoming new play projects include work at New York Theatre Workshop, Chicago Dramatists, Primary Stages, The New Group, Culture Project, New Dramatists, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, Red Fern, New Georges, New York Stage & Film/Powerhouse and others. MFA Directing: Yale. SDC. Current and upcoming projects: www.jessidhill.com

Andrea Kuchlewska

Playwright – plays include Complete (FringeNYC & FringeNYC Encore Series), Human Fruit Bowl (soloNOVA Arts Festival; Prague Fringe Festival, winner Creative Award for best production; Amsterdam Fringe Festival; Hong Kong Microfest), among others. Andrea is a recipient of a Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant as well as the Tournesol Residency for Emerging Playwrights and has been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award. She is currently under commission at Women’s Project.

Dominique Morisseau

Playwright – Public Theater EWG alum, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop.   Upcoming:  Detroit ’67 (The Public Theater and Classical Theatre of Harlem), Sunset Baby (Gate Theater- London).  Previous credits include:  Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages; O’Neill), Paradise Blue (NYTW-workshop).  Awards:  Jane Chambers Honoree, two-time NAACP Image Award recipient, PONY prize (finalist), Princess Grace Award (2011 runner-up), and Elizabeth George commission from South Coast Rep.

Kristen Palmer

Playwright – Her plays include All the Girls Love Bobby Kennedy (Point of Contention Theatre), The Stray Dog (Rising Pheonix Rep), Local Story (Overlap Productions, Theatre of NOTE, Capital Fringe) and Departures, Something Decent (Blue Coyote).  Her awards include a Jerome Fellowship, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, and Connecticut State Artist Grant.  Her plays have been developed with New Georges, Circle X Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, Soho Rep, P73 and The Women’s Project.

Sarah Rasmussen

Director – Humana Ten-Minute Play Festival (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Chile Pod (La Jolla Playhouse), Crashing the Party, 1001, Red Ink (Mixed Blood Theatre), The Little Prince, DNA, School for Devils (Hangar Theater/Lab).  Assistant Director: In the Next Room (Lincoln Center), Associate Director, A Time to Kill (Arena Stage).  SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, The O’Neill, PlayPenn, Playwrights’ Center.  2012 Princess Grace Award, Drama League Fellow, Fulbright.  Resident Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab.  MFA, UCSD.

Mia Rovegno

Director – has directed new work for Soho Rep, NYTW, The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, Partial Comfort, New Dramatists, Culture Project, The Flea, The Lark, Arena Stage, A.R.T. and others. Her plays have been developed by P73, New Georges and The Civilians. Recent credits: Good Goods (The O’Neill), The Tenant (Woodshed), Love in the Time of Channukah (Ars Nova), Edie and Alexander (Rising Phoenix). Drama League, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and Lincoln Center Directors Lab Alum. MFA: Brown. Upcoming: Erik Ehn’s Burnt Umber (NYSAF/LaMaMa) and Alexandra Collier’s Underland.

Melisa Tien

Playwright – screenwriter, 2010-2012 WP Lab Member, affiliate of Rising Circle Theater Collective. Off-Off-Broadway: Refrain (POV Artists). Select new projects: Stageplay about African women’s soccer for which Tien traveled to Cameroon to conduct research; screenplay about a Spanish farmgirl who grows up to be a bullfighter. In development: Familium Vulgare (Rising Circle). Select past: Daughter of Heaven (Theater for the New City), Ginger (EST), The Hiding Place (Theater Masters). Works occasionally with the amazing 52nd Street Project. Stop by www.melisatien.com.

Nicole A. Watson

Director – is a freelance director and educator. Credits include Foreign Bodies (Women Center Stage Festival) Two Gentlemen of Verona )The 52nd Street Project) Derek Walcott’s Ti-Jean and His Brothers (NYU-Tisch). Nicole was the 2011 recipient of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Josephine Abady Awardand Nicole is a Co-founder and Curator of Working Theater Directors Salon, and a  member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. BA History, Yale. MA Interdisciplinary Studies, NYU.

Stephanie Ybarra

Lead Producer – Stephanie Ybarra is an Artistic Associate at The Public Theater. Previously, she served as Producing Director of The Playwrights Realm. Other New York credits include The Brothers Size (2007 Under the Radar Festival), Billy Witch (Studio 42), One Night With Rael (Ars Nova ANTfest), Cherry Lane Theater’s Mentor Project, and INTAR Theater’s HPRL Writers Lab. She also serves as Casting Director for Two River Theater Company’s Crossing Borders Festival. MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Stefanie Zadravec

Playwright – Stefanie is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.  Credits include: The Electric Baby (Quantum Theatre), Honey Brown Eyes (Theater J; Working Theater), Save Me (Phoenix Theatre) and The Fear Project (The Barrow Group).  Honey Brown Eyes received the Helen Hayes Award for outstanding new play. Stefanie has received fellowships from Playwrights Realm and  Dramatists Guild and commissions from Full Stage USA/OSF, The Working Theater, and Epic Theatre Ensemble. Upcoming: The Electric Baby (Two River Theater). Thanks WP Labstresses!

Annie Golden

(Marla) – considers herself the illegitimate child of the legitimate theatre having been discovered on the Bowery fronting a rock band and cast by Milos Forman as Jeannie in Hair, the 1978 film. She was last seen in The Shaggs, at Playwrights Horizons which was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for best musical. On Broadway and off she was seen in Xanadu and created the role of Georgie Bukatinsky in The Full Monty; Sondheim’s original Squeaky Fromme in Assassins at Playwrights Horizons, directed by Jerry Zaks; Ah! Wilderness with Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards; On The TownLittle Shop of Horrors as Audrey. Film: Hair; I Love You, Phillip Morris!; Adventures of Power; Twelve Monkeys; Baby Boom; Brooklyn Rules; The Pebble and The Penguin. On the small screen: NYC 22; Law & Order SVU; Law & Order; Cheers; Miami Vice; Third Watch. Visit her facebook fan page to keep up on her progress!

Amber Gray

(Simi) –  Recent credits include Mission Drift (The TEAM.  2012 Drama League Nominee for Distinguished Production of a Musical), All Hands (Hoi Polloi), Eager to Lose (Ars Nova), Sex on Sunday (BE Company), Banished Children of Eve (Irish Rep), The Octoroon (PS122), and ongoing shows with Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping. TV/Film: The Burg, Law and Order: SVU, Roger the Chicken, Herkimer Dufrayne, Sissypants, The Weekend, What Would Jesus Buy?  Training: MFA NYU Graduate Acting.

Alexandra Henrikson

(Provocatrix) – previous credits include Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Alliance Theater), Candida* and Taming of the Shrew (California Shakespeare Theater-*Bay Area Critic’s Circle Nomination), Hell House (St Ann’s Warehouse), The Maids (Impure Artists), Fly By Night (Yale Cabaret/ArsNova). She is a founding member of the Good Belly Theater Collective. MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Irene Sofia Lucio

(Susan) –  Previous credits include: Wit (MTC), Estrella Cruz the Junkyard Queen (Ars Nova), Romeo and Juliet (Yale Rep), Master Builder (Yale Rep), After the Revolution and Golden Gate (Williamstown Theater Festival), Amadeus (Chautauqua Theater Company). TV/Film Credits: Gossip Girl, Casi Casi (HBO Latino). She is a graduate from Princeton University and the Yale School of Drama.

Erika Rolfsrud

(Lisa) Previous Credits include: on Broadway, The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Center), Exit The KingRabbit Hole (MTC); Off Broadway, Electra In A One-Piece(Good Company), Misalliance (The Pearl), Love’s Fire (The Public/Acting Company),The Glory Of Living (MCC), and more; regionally, The Game’s Afoot (Ken Ludwig World Premiere-Cleveland Playhouse), Little Dog Laughed (Repertory Theatre of St Louis-Best Actress, Kevin Kline Award), etc.; on tv,  NYC 22Law & Order, etc.www.erikarolfsrud.com.

Jennifer Moeller

Set Design – Credits include: Crooked and costumes for Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (Women’s Project), The How & the Why (McCarter), Happy Now? (Primary Stages), Venus in Fur (Studio Theatre), Merchant of VeniceRichard IIRomeo & Juliet, Antony & Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Tamburlaine, and Richard III (Shakespeare Theatre Company), The Sacrifices (Summer Play Festival), Dance of the Holy Ghost  (Yale Repertory Theatre), Six Degrees of Separation (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Waiting for Godot (Berkshire Theatre Festival).

Moria Sine Clinton

Costume Design – Named in this year’s LIVE DESIGN Magazine as “A Young Designer to Watch.” Recent credits: La Finta GiardinieraDown In The Valley (The Juilliard School) Crashing the Party(Mixed Blood) Brundibar (Palm Beach Opera) Hamlet Redux (Asolo Repertory) Crane Story (Playwrights Realm) Boeing, Boeing, Neighborhood 3, and The Betrothed (Wellfleet Actors Harbor Theatre) Notes From Underground, (La Jolla Playhouse, Theatre for New Audiences, Yale Repertory Theatre) 99 Ways to F**k a Swan (Playmakers Repertory-UNC) Electra In A One-Piece (Wild Project) Uncle Vanya, Duchess of Malfi, Woyzeck, and Much Ado About Nothing (Brown/Trinity Rep) Stairs to the Roof (A.R.T. Institute). Graduate of The Yale School of Drama. Info at: www.moriaclinton.com

Scott Bolman

Light Design – Recent credits include Brooklyn Village (Roulette), Song from the Uproar (The Kitchen), Brooklyn Babylon (BAM), Shen Wei’s Q Confucius performance (Rockbund Museum, Shanghai),West Side Story (El Paso Opera) and Sty of the Blind Pig and The Understudy (Theaterworks Hartford). Upcoming projects include Robert Wilson’s Odyssey (National Theater of Greece) and Clementine Hunter(Peak Performances). Scott teaches at Brown University and is a founding member of Wingspace Design Collective.

Stowe Nelson

Sound Design – Previous credits include: Cafe Variations (SITI Company/ArtsEmerson), Samuel & Alasdair (Mad Ones/New Ohio), The Ding Dongs (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre), Honus & Me (Totem Pole Playhouse), The Tremendous Tremendous (Mad Ones/The Brick).  Stowe’s design for Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War won the 2010 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Sound Design.

  • We Play For The Gods – Trailer

  • We Play For The Gods – Rehearsal

  • We Play For The Gods – Cast and Creative Team

  • WE PLAY FOR THE GODS with Alexandra Henrikson, Erika Rolfsrud and Annie Golden
    Photo by Chasi Annexy

  • WE PLAY FOR THE GODS with Annie Golden and Alexandra Henrikson
    Photo by Chasi Annexy

  • WE PLAY FOR THE GODS with Alexandra Henrikson and Irene Sofia Lucio
    Photo by Chasi Annexy

  • WE PLAY FOR THE GODS with  Amber Gray and Alexandra Henriksen
    Photo by Chasi Annexy

  • WE PLAY FOR THE GODS with Irene Sofia Lucio
    Photo by Chasi Annexy

  • WE PLAY FOR THE GODS with Erika Rolfsrud and Annie Golden
    Photo by Chasi Annexy

  • WE PLAY FOR THE GODS with Annie Golden
    Photo by Chasi Annexy