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CAST
   
JAMES ARDEN* (Tony): New York Credits: Arms and the Man Theater Ten Ten; Monetizing Emma 440 Theater: (Winner Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play, Planet Connections Festival 2009); Trinity Abingdon; Pericles Prince of Tyre, Benefactors, Our Country's Good and Turn of the Screw Folding Chair Classical Theatre; Homeland Theater for the New City; Outing Wittgenstein Castillo; Beyond the Veil Where Eagles Dare. London: The Importance of Being Earnest; Britannicus; Gaveston. TV: 30 Rock; Flight of the Conchords; Gossip Girl; The New Adventures of Robin Hood. Film: Afterwards (w. John Malkovich); Arranged (Official Selection SXSW Festival). Member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA. BFA, Drama Centre London. www.jamesarden.net
   
DAWN JAMIESON* (Caroline): Broadway: Inherit the Wind (George C. Scott, Charles Durning), The Price (Eli Wallach, Hector Elizondo).  Favorite NY Theater: Beyond the Horizon, A Butterfly on the Antenna, The LocketFilm: Ivory (Martin Landau, Peter Stormare), The Reawakening (Gordon Tootootsie, Michael Greyeyes). Affiliations: Times Square Playwrights, past Board Officer of the American Indian Community House, American Indian Artists, Inc., AEA, AFTRA, SAG. Playwright: On the Mangled Beam, Silent Quest, Exploded Reputations.  www.dawnjamieson.com
 
JANICE MANN* (Colleen): Off-Broadway: Sisters' Dance (EAT). Other theater credits include Monetizing Emma (Outstanding Supporting Actress, Planet Connections Festivity), Some Are People (originated the role with EAT and reprised it at the Int'l Dublin Gay Theater Festival) and Couple of the Century (Cherry Lane Studio Theatre). Film work includes: Disorder, Unconditional, Seduction is a Four Letter Word, Purple and the award-winning Antithesis. Proud member of EAT (Emerging Artists Theatre), AEA and AFTRA. http://resumes.actorsaccess.com/janicemann
 
DANIELLA RABBANI* (Vanessa) is thrilled to be reviving her role as Vanessa which earned her an Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role nomination at The Planet Connections Festivity! Off-Broadway: Gimple Tam and The Adventures of Hershele Ostropolyer (The National Yiddish Theater: Folksbiene), Israel Horovitz's Mid-East Pices (Theater for the New City), 70/70 Horovitz Project (Theater Row), Liz Swados' Atonement: an Oratorio (The Actor's Temple). Regional: Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night (Vermont Shakespeare Co.), The Play's the Thing (Actor's Shakespeare Company), American Drama Pocket Edition (Minnesota Fringe), Jihad the Musical (Edinburgh Fringe). Select Concerts: Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, La MaMa E.T.C. BFA: NYU Tisch/ Stella Adler. Thank you to Leah, Felipe and Dan! More at www.daniellarabbani.com.
 
TOVAH ROSE (Annie): Some favorite roles include This Property is Condemned at EST and Sonya in Uncle Vanya. She has enjoyed working on new plays at The Abingdon Theatre and The Eugene O'Neill Center. BFA UArts and Moscow Art Theatre School.
 
NITYA VIDYASAGAR* (Emma): Off-Broadway: The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center Theater). Serendib (Ensemble Studio Theater). Other theater credits include Coney Island Avenue (world premiere, NYTW 4th Street Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Flux Theatre Ensemble), Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Shakespeare Theatre Company). Film & TV: The Good Wife, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Split Ends, Sita Sings The Blues. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School for the Arts, Nitya is a series regular on PBS' "Sesame Street."
 
*appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association - Equity Approved Showcase
 
CREATIVE
 
FELIPE OSSA (Playwright) is a member of Times Square Playwrights and Brooklyn Playwrights Collective. At 2009’s Planet Connections Festivity he won the award for Outstanding Playwriting for Monetizing Emma, which was produced in June 2010 by New World Arts in Goshen, Indiana. He won a DCA regrant from the Brooklyn Arts Council to mount readings of his play Fulana in May 2009, and co-directed and designed Shattering Borders, a workshop supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council that debuted in 2008. His play why does it sting when i pee? premiered at Milagros Theater in Nov. 2006, while an excerpt of Fulana was in New York’s Beyond Brecht Festival in Nov. 2007. His piece Emerging Markets has received a reading at the American Indian Community House, and his one-act Liberal White Female has been presented at various venues in NY, including the Williams Club. Felipe is a reporter for Sourcemedia, and has written for Salon.com, Risk España, the International Financing Review, and Dow Jones Newswires. felipeossa@yahoo.com.

 

LEAH BONVISSUTO (Director) won the Best Direction award for Monetizing Emma at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.  She recently collaborated with Felipe Ossa on the world-premiere of Cake. Leah has directed plays and musicals by Bertolt Brecht, G.B. Shaw, Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Belber and consistently collaborates with playwrights including Felipe Ossa, Sergei Burbank, Daryl Watson, Les Hunter and Marcy Wallabout. Her work has been seen at the Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater, The Snapple Theater, 45 Bleecker, Theater Ten Ten and FringeNYC. She has directed college students in musicals and plays at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Saint Peter’s College. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, an Associate of SDC and Managing Director of Stage for Conflict of Interest theater company. More info here.

 
SERGEI BURBANK (Associate Producer): Other collaborations with Leah and Felipe include Cake (Planet Connections Festivity, 2010), the premiere of Monetizing Emma (Planet Connections Festivity, 2009), and the upcoming production of All's Fair (Six Western). Coordinating Director of Conflict of Interest theater company [coitc.org]. Selected film and stage roles: The D Word, Other Than Emily, Breakfast for Dinner (Oracle Theatre Company/FringeNYC), and McReele (Richmond Shepard Theatre). Writing credits: The Danish Mediations/Slots, Chords, Wrestling the Alligator, War Crimes, and All's Fair (Six Western). His articles have appeared in College Literature and DramaBiz Magazine.
 
SHAUNA HORN (Assistant Director) is pleased to reunite with the Monetizing Emma team from last year’s award winning production at the Planet Connections Festivity. This year she made her Off Broadway directing debut at 45 Bleecker Theatre with the play, Te Busco, part of a benefit performance called Love and Licenses. She directed Mayor Eddie P. Rex as part of the one-act festival, Classically Skewed, Militia Slumber Party, or Embracing the New World Order for the women’s festival, GLO and Prelude to a Kiss at Studio Players, Inc. in Lexington, KY. Her work as an Assistant Director includes The Philanderer and A Midsummer Night's Dreamat Theatre Ten Ten. A Journalism graduate from the University of Kentucky (Go Cats!), Shauna works as an Arts and Entertainment writer for Topcoat Magazine, (www.topcoatmagazine.com) and to support her love of the stage has most recently been seen performing daily at a traditional corporate day job on Wall Street...
 
CARLY LEVIN (Production Stage Manager) is a recent Macalester College Graduate. She has worked on shows including: Some Americans Abroad at Second stage, War Crimes produced by COI at The Planet Connections Festivity, Synesthesia produced by Electric Pear, Sound Check and Tap City produced by ATDF (American Tap Dance Foundation), as well as for the New Victory Theater and FringeNYC.
 
JASMINE VOGUE PAI (Scenic Designer) Scenic credits include Centennial Casting (Arclight Theatre), Doubt and Enigma Variations (Garage Theatre Group), Monetizing Emma (Planet Connections Festivity), My Italy Story (Mile Square Theatre), Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (St. Peter's College), Pippin (Somerset VoTech HS), co-designer for the 2009 7th Inning Stretch (Mile Square Theatre), Anything Goes (St. Peter's College), Guys & Dolls and Disney's Mulan Jr. (Hoboken High School) as well as Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella and Little Women: The Musical (Villagers Theatre). Rutgers Theatre Company credits include Stones In His Pockets and My Children! My Africa! Costume design credits include Rounding Third (Mile Square Theatre), Trifles/Poof and As Bees In Honey Drown (William Paterson University) and Mulan Jr. (Hoboken High School). She is a company member of the Mile Square Theatre Company located in Hoboken, NJ. Jasmine received her BFA in Theatrical Design from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts.
 
LAUREN PARRISH (Lighting Designer) holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been stage-managing and designing shows in and around New York City since 2006. Her lighting design has been seen at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The Chocolate Factory, 59E59 Theaters, 3 Legged Dog, Manhattan Theater Source, The Kraine Theater, Symphony Space, Dance Theater Workshop and Sarah Lawrence College. Lauren is the Technical Director of the New York Neo-Futurists. Lauren is happy to be working with the Monetizing Emma gang once again.
 
MIRA VEIKLEY (Costume Designer) is a graduate of Cornell University's Apparel Design program, and has recently started her adventure into NYC freelance. Since then she has done many odd jobs to support her costume design “habit” including dressing as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz in Times Square! Other NYC design credits include Ruddigore and The Philanderer (Theater 1010), and King Lear at the Producers Club (Balloon Heaven Productions).  Regional credits at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY include A Rat's Mass, LuLu, The Possibilities, Leonce & Lena, Reeling, Charlotte's Web, and Alice in Wonderland. She would like to thank her actors (for keeping her inspired), her mom (for keeping her fed), and Franny (for keeping her sane).