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JUNE 19–22, 2014

4TH STREET THEATRE
83 EAST 4TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY
Detroit, NY
THE MOTOR CITY SPEAKS FOR ITSELF
The Dirty Blondes’ mission is to develop
beautiful and subversive new works of theater
by fostering a community of diverse artists
dedicated to creativity and collaboration.
Lead by Elizabeth Sarkady and
Ashley Jacobson, The Dirty
Blondes has presented sold-out
works at The Secret Theater, The
Bleecker Street Theater, and
The Brick Theater. The American
Play, a premiere work based
on the famed novel, American
Psycho, garnered top honors
(Outstanding Production of a New
Play) at the 2012
Planet Connections
Theater Festivity,
along with awards for
Outstanding Lighting
and Outstanding
Direction. Productions
have been declared
“truly poetic” (AndrewAndrew)
and “chilling, dark and bitingly
funny,” and “stunning from
the frst moment to the last,”
(Karen Tortara-Lee, The Happiest
Medium). Since its founding, The
Dirty Blondes has supported the
work of more than 106 writers,
actors, directors, and designers.
www.TheDirtyBlondes.org
Up Next
AS A PART OF FRINGENYC
THE DIRTY BLONDES PRESENT
Executive Director ELIZABETH SARKADY Artistic Director ASHLEY J. JACOBSON Festival Artistic Director DARREN JOHNSTON
Lighting Designer JOHN WILDER Stage Manager MELANIE APONTE Technical Director STEPHEN M. CYR
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TAILYPO
Written By MICEALAYA MOSES
Directed By CEZAR WILLIAMS
Asst. Dir. By LILLIAN VAN CLEVE
Lionel ANTWON SMALLWOOD
Jesse PATRICE BELL
RUIN PORN
Written By MAUREEN PARAVENTI
Directed By COURTNEY LAINE SELF
Roderick GLENN QUENTIN
Drew DERRICK MARSHALL
Konrad BELLO PIZZIMENTI
Belle ANDI FOSTER
PARIS OF THE WEST
Written By DAVID MACGREGOR
Directed By NEAL KOWALSKY
Asst. Dir. By JORDAN BEAN
Jimmy RYAN GUESS
Meg VIOLETA PICAYO
GHOST TOWN
Written By SHAWNTAI BROWN
Directed By CEZAR WILLIAMS
Asst. Dir. By LILLIAN VAN CLEVE
Ms. Norah LATONIA PHIPPS
Marcy AYO AKINSANYA
Myles ANTWON SMALLWOOD
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OLD CITY APARTMENTS
Written By MIKE MCGETTIGAN
Directed By COURTNEY HARGE
Trish AYO AKINSANYA
Bryce DERRICK MARSHALL
CAN I GET THERE ON
MY BIKE?
Written By MELISSA CLAY
Directed By ROD GAILES OBC
Young Woman CHELSEA WOLOCKO
Young Man 1 RYAN GUESS
Young Man 2 GLENN QUENTIN
Lynn AYO AKINSANYA
Ruby LATONIA PHIPPS
BUS STOP
Written By MATRIX THEATRE WRITERS’ CIRCLE
Directed By DARREN JOHNSTON &
MOLLY MURPHY
Mr. Hardin GLENN QUENTIN
T.J. ANTWON SMALLWOOD
Cindy CHELSEA WOLOCKO
Gloria VIOLETA PICAYO
DETROIT IN THE EYES OF
THE MEDIA
Written By MATRIX THEATRE WRITERS’ CIRCLE
Directed By DARREN JOHNSTON &
MOLLY MURPHY
T.J. ANTWON SMALLWOOD
Guy DERRICK MARSHALL
Reporter GLENN QUENTIN
Martha LINDIANA JONES
Mr. Lloyd Spiegelman
BELLO PIZZIMENTI
Dr. Brenda Fredericks
CHELSEA WOLOCKO
Cindy ANDI FOSTER
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CASSANDRA SANDBERG
ANDREA ARVANIGIAN
NATALIE RENEE
FRANK WILLIAMS
Accomp. By ERIC THOMAS JOHNSON
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Detroit, NY
The City of Detroit stirs up
complex thoughts & feelings
for everyone involved in Detroit,
NY. It is a community of both
breathtaking beauty and
breathtaking devastation. To live
there, is to know these conditions
intimately. But, above all else,
Detroit works. During the Great
Migration and the years afterward,
it was often said that if you
wanted to play, you moved to
Chicago, if you wanted to work,
you moved to Detroit. Time and
time again, Detroiters have met
utter devastation by working
through it. It’s no accident that
almost every Detroiter I know
has the biggest heart and yet the
thickest skin.
However, when I moved to New
York City, fellow Michigan ex-pats
and I were taken aback by a
simplistic depiction of the D, from
those who had never before been
there and from the media at large.
Gone was the complex, nuanced,
dark, and beautiful city that we
knew—replaced by simplistic
depictions: “urban failure,”
“doom and gloom,” or even “the
bright hope for the future.” This
reduction of Detroit angered us—
nowhere in it could we fnd the
city we knew. Sure, Detroit has its
dooms, but they live ALONGSIDE
its hopes. Detroiters work from
one to the other.
In that spirit, The Dirty Blondes,
whose Executive Director
Elizabeth Sarkady is a native
Michigander & Detroit lover
herself, put out an ask out to
Detroit playwrights to write a
10-minute play about what it’s
like to live in the city now. Many
plays came back to us, and the
eight that were selected will be
performed for you today, amidst
the music and words of other
great Detroiters. A company
of actors, musicians, directors,
producers, and designers have
worked hour-after-hour the last
few months to bring these Detroit
stories to life in New York City.
This show, Detroit, NY is our
attempt to build a platform in
NYC where the Motor City can
speak for itself. We believe that
complexity is not a vice. We
believe that any real conversation
about Detroit has to embrace
the City’s complexity, its darkness
and its light. We hope that, after
hearing these stories and voices,
you’ll join us in that conversation.
—Darren Johnston
Festival Artistic Director
Detroit, NY
Director’s
Note
Bios
PLAYWRIGHTS
SHAWNTAI BROWN is a Detroit
poet, playwright, and artistic
coordinator holding a Bachelor
of Art in English with a creative
writing emphasis from Western
Michigan University. Her narrative
works have focused on faith,
race, sexuality, and food. She
authored and co-director of eLLe
Kalamazoo play project series,
lead editor/organizer of the
Voices theater project through
Fire Historical and Cultural Arts
Collaborative. Currently she serves
as a writer-in-residence through
InsideOut Literary Arts Project in
Detroit, teaching poetry, essay,
and playwriting to high school
students. She spends her evenings
dreaming up homemade board
games and vegetarian meals,
bending broken jewelry into
second life, and discouraging her
rabbit from eating her sofa.
MELISSA CLAY, born and raised
in Detroit, is passionate about
flmmaking and storytelling. She
has written plays, short stories
and short scripts in the genre of
realistic drama, crafting stories
with which people can identify,
but can also fnd escape. Melissa
left Detroit and attended college
in Kalamazoo, MI and Chicago,
IL, and she hopes to one day
move back to her hometown. She
currently lives in Chicago.
DAVID MacGREGOR was born
in Detroit and is a lifelong
Michigander. His plays have
been performed from California
to New York to London and
Sydney, Australia. He is a
resident artist at the Purple Rose
Theatre, where fve of his plays
have been produced (The Late
Great Henry Boyle, Vino Veritas,
Gravity, Consider the Oyster, and
Just Desserts). His newest play,
the holiday comedy Scrooge
Macbeth, premiered at Theatre
B in Fargo, ND in 2013. His next
full-length play, The Antichrist
Cometh, will premiere this coming
November in Minnesota. He
wrote the independent flm based
on his play, Vino Veritas, which
stars Carrie
Preston (of
True Blood
and recent
Emmy
winner for
her role in
The Good
Wife) and
is now
available on
various on-line platforms. He is
delighted to be a part of this bold
Detroit/NY venture and to have
had the opportunity to write what
he hopes is the most obscene
23%
Today, Detroit has
the nation’s highest
unemployment rate
monologue in the history of
theatre. Enjoy!
MATRIX THEATRE WRITERS’ CIRCLE
Bus Stop and Detroit in the Eyes
of the Media were created in
a collaborative writing process
with the Matrix Theatre Company
in Southwest Detroit. More
than 20 individuals between
the ages of 18-75 met weekly
to discuss the problems facing
Southeastern Michigan and
collectively found ways to address
those topics through playwriting.
Since 1991, Matrix Theatre
Company has mounted a series
of groundbreaking productions
based on
and around
important
community
issues. With
the creation
of more than
120 new
scripts, the
organization
is leading
the charge
of fnding
ways to turn
community
voices into
powerful
productions.
For more
information
about the
Matrix Theatre Writers Group
and the work of Matrix Theatre
Company, please contact Amy
Thomas at
akeller@matrixtheatre.org
MIKE McGETTIGAN has written over
10 full length plays that have been
produced. Numerous plays have
been nominated and two have
won Wilde Awards (Whackjob!
and Spacefuckers). Mike is also an
actor and director and had been
involved in professional Detroit
theatre for over 16 years. He is
also a graduate of The Second
City and was also a performer of
a mainstage Detroit show. Mike
begs you to remember that theatre
is a part of your complete diet.
MICEALAYA MOSES is a playwright
from Detroit, MI. She got her
MFA in playwriting from Western
Michigan University. She has had
several staged readings of her
plays in Kalamazoo, MI, and her
play Tailypo was a regional fnalist
at The Kennedy Center American
College Theatre Festival in 2012.
MAUREEN PARAVENTI has been
a radio personality, personal
assistant to a celebrity, auto
factory worker, telemarketer (for
three days), and journalist. She’s
lived in Chicago, San Francisco,
Los Angeles, and lots of small
towns in between. In addition to
writing plays and fction,
Maureen writes songs for and
sings with McLaughlin’s Alley, a
pop rock band
(www.mclaughlinsalley.com). Since
returning to her hometown of
Detroit more than a decade ago,
Maureen is enjoying being a (very
small) part of the creative upsurge
that is going on there. She is
grateful to The Dirty Blondes for
turning a spotlight on a city whose
past and future is colliding in a
fascinating way right now — to
produce something that will be
entirely new.
DIRECTORS
ROD GAILES OBC Detroit native Rod
Gailes OBC is a writer/director
for the stage and screen. A
University of Michigan graduate
and alumnus of NYU’s Graduate
Film Program, his catalogue
of underground features and
award winning short flms
spans years. OBC’s stage work
includes the musical COLORS:
Dream Of the MASTA, 18 EVE,
Before the 1967
riot, Detroit’s black
population had
the highest home-
ownership rate of
any black urban
population in the
country, and their
unemployment rate
was just 3
.
4 %.
3
.
4%
commissioned by Harlem’s Boys
& Girls Harbor, as well as the
frst developmental workshop of
Disney’s The Lion King Jr. among
others. His NY Fringe Festival
Hit, UNSPEAKABLE, inspired by
the life of Richard Pryor, recently
completed a sold out run at the
legendary Apollo Theater.
COURTNEY HARGE is a producer, a
director, and a professional arts
administrator from Saginaw, MI
(though she began her days in
Highland Park, MI). She is the
Founder and Artistic Director of
Colloquy Collective, a theater
company based out of Bedford-
Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She has
directed and produced for
Extant Arts Company, the Red
Harlem Readers, F.O.K.U.S., and
for SoYouSay, a performing arts
organization she co-founded at
the University of Michigan. She
holds a Masters of Professional
Studies, with Distinction, in Arts
and Cultural Management from
Pratt Institute and a Bachelors of
Fine Arts with Honors from the
University of Michigan in Theater
Performance.
NEAL KOWALSKY SDC Associate
Member; New York: Thieves (The
Public Theater), You’re A Good
Man Charlie Brown (St. John’s
University), Chicago Collage
(Manhattan Theatre Works), Paris
of the West (The Dirty Blondes),
Andre Washington (The Chain
Theatre), Lost&Found (Gallery
Players), Thespian Productions.
Regional: The God-Shaped Hole
(OC-Centric New Play Festival -
Orange, CA). Papermill Theatre
(TYA Artistic Director), Next to
Normal (SDC Observer - Pioneer
Theatre Company, SLC, UT).
Neal has assisted on shows at:
The Signature Theatre Company,
New York Musical Theatre
Festival (NYMF), Second Stages,
Manhattan Movement and Arts
Center, Kaye Playhouse, Planet
Connections Theatre Festival,
New Dramatists, F*it Club, and
Mac-Haydn Theatre. Neal has also
worked internationally in Canada
and the Czech Republic. Winner
of Outstanding Play at Curan
Repertory Festival, and Producers’
Choice at Left Hip Productions.
Upcoming: Assistant Director -
Cloned! at NYMF, and Galois at
New Ohio’s Ice Factory. James
Madison University Alum.
www.nealkowalsky.com
@KoalaSpeaking
MOLLY BEACH MURPHY is director and
writer originally from South Texas.
She is a three-time artistic resident
at the OBIE Award winning
Incubator Arts Project for which
she created Molly Murphy & Neil
deGrasse Tyson On Our Last Day
On Earth, Indigo Dai: Immortal
Men, and Morbid Poetry. She is
the creator and curator
APT. 3E a monthly performance
salon in her living room.
Additional Directing credits
include To Bloom (Dixon Place
Hot Festival),
In Our Own
Voice: Women
Veteran’s Tell
Their Story
(Intersections
Veteran Civilian
Dialogue
Project),
Okay,Cupid!
(Snapdragon
Theatre Works).
She has worked
at venues
that include:
Signature
Theatre, New York Theatre
Workshop, the Public Theater,
The Juilliard School, The Apollo
Theater, Arena Stage, Harlem
Stage, The Dallas Theater
Center, and The Invisible Dog
among many others. Recipient
of the Garland Wright Award for
Achievement in Directing. BFA,
Southern Methodist University.
Over fve days,
forty-three people
died in the 1967
riot, of whom 33
were black and 10
white. There were
467 injured.
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COURTNEY LAINE SELF has worked
as director and/or choreographer
in NYC for Medium Face
Productions, Rebel Theatre
Company, and Concrete Temple
Theatre. Courtney has her MFA in
Directing and was previously the
Head of Dance and an Acting/
Movement professor at Southern
Illinois University. She was the
SDC Observer for the workshop
of Big Fish with Susan Stroman
and has presented at numerous
national conferences on topics
hovering around the need for
evolution of the practice and
perception of theater as a genre.
www.courtneylaineself.com
CEZAR WILLIAMS is a graduate of
NYU. Directing credits include
Free Will by William Oliver
Watkins, Nightfall by Cynthia
G. Robinson and Slow Gin Fits
by Angelica Cheri. He is the
co-founder of Robinson Williams
Productions, a theater production
company based in Yonkers, NY.
Theater credits include James
and Annie, written by Tony
Award winner Warren Leight,
at the Actor’s Studio, Ensemble
Theatre of Cincinnati (dir: D. Lynn
Meyers) and the Williamstown
Theatre Festival (dir: Jack Hofsiss),
Thunder as part of the 2007 New
York International Theatre Festival
(dir: Greg Allen), Ascension at The
National Black Theatre Festival
(dir: Petronia Paley) and Yanagai!
Yanagai! with the Aboriginal
Australian Theatre Initiative
(co-dir: Harold Dean James and
Karen Oughtred). He can also
be seen on television in Law and
Order, NYC 22, Blue Bloods, and
What Would You Do? Visit him
online at www.cezarwilliams.com
ACTING COMPANY
AYOMIDE “AYO” AKINSANYA,
a graduate of the Fiorello
LaGuardia Performing Arts
School, was last
seen in Colloquy
Collective’s
production
of Stop Kiss
playing the
role of Sarah and Wine in the
Wilderness playing the role of
Tommy.
You will also catch Ayo
performing this summer with her
group Blak OrFan, a female hip
hop duo introducing new songs
and new videos. The group
recently dropped their new video
Never Too Late which you can
fnd on YouTube. Stay connected
at www.blakorfan.com
ANDREA ARVANIGIAN is thrilled
to be a part of this incredible
production! She received her BFA
in music theatre performance
from Western Michigan University,
and is currently based in Los
Angeles, CA. She’s performed
internationally with productions
of Honk! The Musical, The Secret
Garden, and Seven Passages: The
Stories of Gay Christians. She’s
also worked commercially with
Apple and AT&T. Favorite credits
include Maria in West Side Story,
Cinderella in Into the Woods,
and Woman 1 in Songs for a New
World. Many thanks to Darren
Johnston for the opportunity to
play and celebrate our home
state! www.andreaarvanigian.com
PATRICE BELL stage credits include:
A Midsummer Nights Dream,
You Can’t Take it With You, and
Little Shop of Horrors. Film/TV
credits: Gabriel, The Onion News,
and Six of One. Patrice is a
Magnum Cum Laude graduate of
the University of Central Florida
Theatre Conservatory and a
2012 Mary Louise Rockwell
The population of
the city has fallen
from a high of
1,850,000 in 1950
to 701,000 in 2013
701,000
Scholarship recipient at Primary
Stages/ESPA. She is also a
member of the NYC based vocal
ensemble Bending Threads.
www.bendingthreads.com
“Success through Longevity!”
ANDI FOSTER A Michigan native
herself, Andi Foster is foored
to be a part of The Dirty
Blondes’ production of Detroit,
NY. Graduating from Western
Michigan University last year with
a degree in Theatre Performance
with a concentration in acting
and directing, Andi left the good
old Mitten State and headed to
the Empire State last June. Since
relocating, Andi has had several
exciting creative opportunities
such as co-writing The Lost Ones
(Excavation Theatre Company),
which is currently in rehearsals for
the NYC Fringe Festival. Andi’s
love for the arts does not stop at
the theatre though; she currently
works at an independent classical
music label here in the city.
RYAN GUESS An NYC actor,
Michigan Man from the (313)
and lifelong Detroit Tigers fan is
proud to be collaborating on a
project about a very special place
with The Dirty Blondes. You can
catch him in commercials, plays
or events that he
runs in the city
which range from
entertainment to
major charities.
He holds a
BA in Theatre
Performance and
Criminal Justice
from Western
Michigan
University and
an MFA from
The University of
Connecticut.
LINDIANA JONES graduated from
Western Michigan University, and
immediately became involved
with native tribes of Peru, learning
their ancient arts. Her Peruvian
families still memorialize the
enigmatic blonde within their
folio of myths, and bestowed
upon Jones a sacred artifact
that has brought good luck to
every show she has touched.
After journeying as an astrolapse
photog and a focal technician for
the Herschel Telescope within
Ireland’s space program, she
returned to the US to pursue her
love of theater and television
(never flm). Favorite roles include
Kiss Me, Kate (Kiss), Annie
Get Your Gun (Gun), Mother
Courage and Her Children (Cart).
TV: Various Republican singing
characters on The West Wing,
stand in for Blanche Devereaux
on The Golden Girls, and Elaine
Stritch’s personal assistant in her
upcoming reality TV show Stritch
Marks. This is Jones’ debut with
The Dirty Blondes.
DERRICK MARSHALL is delighted to
be making his New York debut
with The Dirty Blondes. He has
graduated with a B.A. from
Western Michigan University in
Kalamazoo and is currently in
training at the Atlantic Theater
Co. Favorite credits include
Seneca’s Oedipus and Our Lady
of 121st Street. Derrick would
like to thank Darren Johnston
for keeping him in mind and
everyone else who gave their
time to this production. Derrick
would also like to thank his family
and friends for their continued
love and support, without them,
none of this would be possible.
VIOLETA PICAYO was born and
raised in Greenwich Village, New
York. She is a graduate of the SITI
Conservatory (2014) and Vassar
College (2013). New York credits:
This is How I Don’t Know How
to Dance (Rosie), The Taming of
the Shrew (Katherine). Edinburgh
Fringe Festivals: The Importance
Downtown Detroit
experienced a 59%
increase in the
number of college-
educated residents
under the age of 35
in the last 10 years.
59%
of Being Earnest
(Gwendolyn),
Tennessee
Williams’
American
Blues (Jane
Moony/Dorothy
Simple). Vassar
credits: Sarah
Ruhl’s Eurydice
(Eurydice),
Double
Falsehood
(Leonora).
Violeta
participated
in the LECE
workshop at the
Centro Cultural
de Borges in
Buenos Aires,
Argentina.
Violeta is also a
graduate of The
National Theater
Institute and The
Little Red School
House.
BELLO PIZZIMENTI is a recent
graduate from the Musical
Theatre Performance program
at Western Michigan University.
He has worked regularly in the
midwest in the arenas of theatre,
flm and television. Catch him in
the role of Vargas in the feature
flm Ashes of Eden, coming to
theatres and DVD this summer.
Detroit, NY is Bello’s NYC
debut, and he is glad to be
sharing the stage with such a
talented cast, crew, and creative
team. A big thank you to all the
people who make this world
such a great place to learn and
create! www.facebook.com/
BelloPizzimentiOffcial
LaTONIA PHIPPS a New York Times
and New York Post Reviewed
Actress-Performance Artist-
Playwright and Minister who was
raised in Brooklyn, New York.
She is also an MFA graduate of
Brooklyn College. Phipps starred
as the lead actress in Children of
Killers, by Katori Hall. She has
been seen in such plays as
The Colored Museum at The
Crossroads Theater, With Aarons
Arms Around Me, at The Cherry
Lane Theater, and All American
Girls, Off Broadway at The Actors
Temple; Phipps has understudied
for actress/comedian Kim Coles
in Supernatural, at The Players
Theater and will be performing in
Dominique Morisseau’s Autumns
Harvest, at Lincoln Center. She is
excited and honored to be apart
of this festival and work with such
a talented group of people.
GLENN QUENTIN @glennquentin
is an Actor, Writer, Producer.
High school alum of New World
School of the Arts and BFA Acting
graduate of Rutgers University
Mason Gross. Writer and
Producer for StageBuddy.com
(@stagebuddythtr), cast member
of the long-running Off-Broadway
comedy Platanos and Collard
Greens (@platanosg), and
supporting lead in the upcoming
web series Bi (@bi_thewebseries).
Quentin was awarded Most
Innovative Script from the
2013 Thespis Festival for his
play Dinner
With the
Stevensons.
Thanks to the
cast, writers,
and producers
of Detroit, NY.
NATALIE RENEE
got her kicks
on Route 66
and pretty
much every
other major
(and minor) highway you can
think of as she performed with
the national tours of Hairspray
and RENT. As a singer, she also
traveled the world on two major
cruise lines, took a spin with
Abandoned lots
making up more
than half of total
residential lots in
many large portions
of Detroit.
50%
In the late 19th
century several
Gilded Age
mansions were
built just east of the
Detroit’s current
downtown. Detroit
was referred to by
some as the Paris
of the West for its
architecture, and
for Washington
Boulevard, recently
electrifed by
Thomas Edison.
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two world renowned symphony
orchestras, and performed
at a host of regional theatres
across the United States. Now in
seminary, she spends her “spare”
time trying to get the remainder
of the lavalier tape off the back of
her neck.
CASSANDRA SANDBERG is a
Chicagoland native, and received
her BFA from Western Michigan
University. In New York, you’ve
recently seen her singing at Joe’s
Pub, 54 Below, Rockwood Music
Hall, and Duane Park. This spring
she directed Yesterday Was
Dramatic at the Left Out Theatre
Festival. She’s brought many new
musicals to life including Caty
Bridgewater, Flight, Rainbow
Valley, and Mata Hari. You can
also see her work featured in
Disappeared on Discovery ID and
in the flm Apart/Meant as the
lead role of Blaire. Other favorite
theatrical roles include Helena
(Midsummer) Hildy (On The
Town) Caylee Hargrove (Karate
Tango) and Pam (The Full Monty).
cassandrasandberg.com
ANTWON SMALLWOOD originally
hails from the small town of
Ft. Hood,Texas. He attended
Hampton University where
he majored in Theatre. He
appeared on network shows for
the Discovery Channel before
graduating Hampton University.
Now residing in New York
City, Smallwood has worked in
independent movies such as
The Tell-Tale Heart and Mirror
of Me. He has also appeared in
various plays such as TOPDOG/
UNDERDOG,12 Angry Jurors,
and most recently Wine and the
Wilderness. He would like to
thank his family and friends for all
their support!
FRANK WILLIAMS is originally from
Michigan where he received his
Bachelors from Western Michigan
University.
Since moving
to New York
he has been
blessed with
the opportunity
to expand
his horizons
outside of the
theatre by
shadowing
countless
producers,
celebrity
publicists,
fashion
designers, and
promoters in
the city. He was
recently hired
as a promoter
for one of
the best club
promoters in New York and is
ecstatic for this new chapter in
his life. Currently, he is working
on a project for LOGO TV
(Currently Untitled) and wants to
thank his many friends and family
for supporting his decisions.
Noteworthy include: New Years
Eve (Reveler), Don’t Let Love
Pass You By (Junior), 22 Stories
(Darius). Being originally from
Detroit, he is very gracious and
appreciative of this opportunity.
CHELSEA WOLOCKO graduated with
a BA in Theatre from Western
Michigan University 12’. Grew up
in Sterling Heights, just outside
of Detroit. Couldn’t be happier
representing the city she loves
and misses!
PRODUCTION
STEPHEN M. CYR, founder of Bow
Tie Friday Inc., and the only
person who thought peanut
butter and radio would go well
together, joins The Dirty Blondes
once again as Technical Director
Devil’s Night,
traditionally a
night of mischief
before Halloween,
escalated to arson
1980’s. Mayor
Young called it “a
vision from hell.”
Over 800 fres
were set in the
peak year 1984,
including hundreds
of vacant homes.
800
(previously with Hallowed
Ground, The Miracle Play, and
Sin in the City). He spends his
days foating down the Gowanus
canal and inventing new ways
to incorporate technology into
our everyday lives. A solver
of problems and a puppeteer
extraordinaire. He is very thankful
to Darren and The Dirty Blondes
for giving him so many problems
and seemingly impossible
situations to help him sharpen his
skills and add to his repertoire.
ERIC THOMAS JOHNSON As an
award-winning composer, Eric
has had works premiered across
the country and abroad. His
most recent work, The Hills Are
Alive!, which he co-wrote with
Frankie Johnson, was featured
last summer in the New York
Musical Theatre Festival. As a
music director and conductor,
his credits include Chicago, Into
the Woods, The Wiz (AUDELCO
Award nominee for “Outstanding
Musical Direction”), The Drowsy
Chaperone, Seussical, Bye Bye
Birdie, Closer Than Ever, The
Cradle Will Rock, The Last Five
Years, Little Shop of Horrors,
You’re a Good Man, Charlie
Brown, Avenue Q: SE, Annie, The
Hills Are Alive!, and An Evening
with Rodgers and Hammerstein,
featuring guest speaker Oscar
Hammerstein III.
JOHN WILDER Lighting Design;
Wet Glitter (IRT) Below The
Belt (Black Lodge Theatre Co.)
The Farm (Penguin Rep), The
Miracle Play, Passing Through,
Revelations, American Play, She’s
Gone Serious (The Dirty Blondes),
Kollaboration NY 2012 (Skirball
Center For The Arts), Dream Girls,
Honk, The Color Purple, Little
Shop of Horrors (Chapel Players).
Associate Lighting Design;
American Hero (Second Stage),
The Other Josh Cohen (Papermill
Playhouse), A Second Chance
(The Public Theatre), Sunset Baby
(Labyrinth Theatre Co.), Sky Pony
(Play Company), The Lapsburgh
Layover (Ars Nova).
SUNY Purchase Alumni
www.WilderLighting.Com
ELIZABETH SARKADY Executive
Director and Co-Founder of
The Dirty Blondes. Under her
leadership, The Dirty Blondes
have presented sold-out works
at Galapagos Art Space, The
Collapsable Hole, The Bleecker
Street Theater, and The Brick
Theater. She has spearheaded
their production of new full-
length plays, 10-minute play
festivals, and ensemble-devised
performances.
Additionally,
Elizabeth serves
as the Manager
of Business
Development
at BAM, having
previously
worked with
the Signature
Theatre
Company,
the New York
Musical Theatre
Festival, and
Paper Mill
Playhouse (where
she sported her
most glamorous
role as Assistant
to Elaine Stritch).
Elizabeth
is a proud
Michigander and graduated with
a BA in Arts Management from
Western Michigan University,
where she served on the
Executive Board of Phi Sigma Pi
National Honor Fraternity.
ASHLEY J. JACOBSON Artistic Director
and Co-Founder of The Dirty
Blondes. Her play, The American
Play inspired by Bret Easton
Ellis’s American Psycho took
home ‘Outstanding Production’
The Detroit
Tigers won their
frst World Series
championship in
1935, defeating
the Chicago Cubs
4 games to 2.
The season was
their 35th since
they entered the
American League
in 1901.
1935
at the 2012 Planet Connections
Theatre Festivity, where she was
also nominated for Outstanding
Playwright. Ashley writes plays
that she thinks are hilarious,
feminist, and smart, while other
people think they are “chilling,
dark, bitingly funny” (Happiest
Medium) and “truly poetic”
(Andrew & Andrew). She studied
creative writing at The New
School, and the Einhorn School of
Performing Arts. Her plays have
been presented at The Robert
Moss Theater, The Gene Frankel
Theater, The Bleecker Street
Theater, The Brick Theater, JACK
NYC, Galapagos Art Space and
The Secret Theatre.
DARREN JOHNSTON, Festival Artistic
Director, is a New York City-
based director and producer,
focused on new work and the
theater’s ability to spark social
change. He is the Tectonic
Theater Project’s Administrative
Coordinator, having previously
assisted directors Moises
Kaufman and Leigh Fondakowski
on the National Tour of The
Laramie Project Cycle, and was
the Executive Assistant to Public
Theater Artistic Director Oskar
Eustis. At the Public, he also
assisted Suzan-Lori Parks and her
producers on Watch Me Work,
her ongoing performance piece
in the Public Theater lobby. He
has directed productions at
the Atlantic Theater Company,
The Dirty Blondes, Ugly Rhino
Productions, the Fire This Time
Festival, Co-Op Theater East,
the New Play Project, Footlight
Productions, the Western
Michigan University Department
of Theatre, and more. His
dramaturgical experience has
encompassed production
dramaturgy, the shaping of
devised work, and scholarly
criticism. He graduated as a
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
Performance, emphasis in
Directing, from Western Michigan
University, where he was honored
as the Zachary L. York Scholar,
the Katherine Larsen Directing
Scholar, and for Conspicuous
Achievement in Theatre.
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Downtown and Midtown cores
during “peak hours” (Weekdays,
6-9A.M. and 3-6P.M.). Elsewhere
in Detroit city limits, SMART
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CONTRIBUTORS
Justin & Heather Barksdale
Alexandra Biss
Laura Bogdanski
Margaret Breed
Dondrie Burnham
Melisa Camacho
Lalita Chemello
Katherine Cleverly
Amanda Cowper
Stephen Cyr
Brandon Ferraro
Nadine Friedman-Roberts
Tamar Halevi
Dani Heinemeyer
Arti Ishak
Evelyn Jacobson
Dawn Johnston
Deanna Kohler
Shannon Kozibroda
Amanda LaPergola
Marie Loizzi
Sarah Mischner
Jennifer Nix
Maureen Paraventi
Ariel Pellman
Gwendolyn Pointer
Jennifer Rajotte
Jeffrey Sarkady
Cheryl Scaborough
Christopher Singleton
Kyle Skelly
Edna Smith
Leeann Tester
Monica Trausch
Sarah Underwood
Margaret VanTongeren
Alexandra White
Anonymous (6)
SPECIAL THANKS
3 Voices Theatre
BAM
Melanie Berg
Philip Bucaro
Sam Byron
Stephen Cyr
Founders Brewing Co.
Evelyn Jacobson
Michael Lopetrone
Magenta Giraffe Theatre
Company
Dominique Morisseau
New York Theatre Workshop
Megan Sass
Smith & Nephew
Swift Hibernian Lounge
Tectonic Theater Project
T Tara Turk
Jenn Tufaro
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The Dirty Blondes is a volunteer-
based organization who survives
on the generosity of its donors
and friends. Donations are used
100% for project and production
costs. Your support makes it
possible for us to produce risk-
taking work by daring new artists,
creating new works of theater that
challenge expectations and are
beautiful to watch.
The Dirty Blondes is a sponsored
project of Fractured Atlas, a non-
proft arts service organization.
Your donation will receive the
maximum tax-deduction.
To make your contribution, and
become a part of our growing
community of donors please visit
www.thedirtyblondes.org/donate
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