BROOKE BERMAN (Playwright) is a recent winner of the Helen Merrill Award and a two-time winner of the Francesca Primus Award, first in 1998 for Wonderland and again in 2000 for Playing House. Brooke's ten minute play "Dancing with a Devil" is a co-winner of the Heideman Award at Actors Theater of Louisville and was presented as part of the 1999 Humana Festival. "Dancing with a Devil" was nominated for an American Theater Critics Best New Play award and is published in three anthologies. Readings and Workshops: The Royal Court Theatre in London, ASK Theater Projects, MCC Theater, Lincoln Center's Clark Studio, the Denver Center Theater Company, Dance Theater Workshop, Soho Rep, La Mama Galleria, HERE, and the Juilliard School. Productions: the Humana Festival (ATL), HERE, One Dream, Naked Angels, Urban Empire at Playwrights Horizons, and Nada. Awards and Grants: Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellowship at the Juilliard School, two Lecomte du Nouy awards and an Independent Artist Challenge grant, the latter of which allows generative artists money to problem-solve issues in the arts community at large. Most recently the recipient of a commissioning grant from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. Originally a solo performer, Ms. Berman wrote and performed her autobiographical monologues between 1990 -1995. Ms. Berman trained with Anne Bogart and has studied playwriting with Marsha Norman, Christopher Durang, and Jon Robin Baitz and Maria Irene Fornes. Brooke is a member of the MCC Playwrights Coalition and Rising Phoenix Rep and the Dramatists Guild.
ELYSE SINGER (Director) directed the Hourglass Group's production of the first NYC revival of Mae West's play SEX at the Gershwin Hotel and Deborah Swisher's Hundreds of Sisters & One BIG Brother at the Harold Clurman Theatre following runs at HERE, HBO Workspace in LA, and Brava in San Francisco. In New York, she has worked extensively downtown, directing and producing the premieres of new plays by writers such as Ruth Margraff, Neena Beber, Naomi Iizuka, Catherine Zimdahl, Aaron Mack Schloff and Jeff Goode. As a writer/director, she is perhaps best known for her 1995 multimedia play Love in the Void (alt.fan.c-love), an adaptation of Courtney Love's Internet postings, performed by Carolyn Baeumler. It ran at HERE and P.S. 122 and has the distinction of being featured in 24 Hours in Cyberspace, the first Web site inducted into the Smithsonian. Other original works include Private Property (Edinburgh Festival), Care-less: Eva Tanguay (Dixon Place) and Frequency Hopping, which has been commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation First Light Project 2000 and was recently featured as part of EST's Octoberfest. She will direct a reading at EST on April 12 and 14. A Yale graduate, Elyse is a Usual Suspect and Convener at New York Theatre Workshop, an alum of the '95 and '96 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Labs, an Affiliated Artist of New Georges and Artistic Director of the Hourglass Group.
TERRY DALE (Stage Manager) - Terry has worked most recently on the Elizabeth Lucas production of The Ambition Bird staring Victoria Clarke. He has also served as stage manager for the Plays in the Making productions of Mother Lode and Panache presented at the West Hampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Prior to working as a stage manager, Terry has worked on projects as diverse as major network mini-series to Baby-Bell industrials. This past summer, Terry worked as production coordinator on the Jersey Shore independent feature film Super Troopers, which was written, performed, and directed by the Broken Lizard comedy troupe. This summer he hopes to complete principle photography on the relationship comedy Sheís So Lame. Terry would like to thank Frank Cento, Steve Braunstein, and the cast of Soul of an Intruder. It was their patience and guidance during that showís off-Broadway run that cleared the path to his Equity card!
RICHARD BARBOZA (Jamie) - has been a New York actor for 15 years. Stage credits include: True West at Lincoln Center, Brother's Kiss at Studio 4-A, and Fences at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Films include: Shaft, Requiem for a Dream, Small Time and Messenger. TV: 100 Center Street, Law and Order, Third Watch and New York Undercover. This is Richard's first Hourglass Group production. He thanks all of the talented people involved.
TIBOR FELDMAN (Stan) most recently appeared in Michael Weller's BUYING TIME at the Hypothetical Theatre Group. He created the role of "Attorney" in Eve Ensler's play CONVICTION at Music Theatre Group. Has worked with Mabou Mines, Jeff Weiss, the Wooster Group, MCC, EST, BAM, JRT. Tibor is in The Believer, this year's Sundance Grand Jury Award film playing Henry Bean. He is grateful to his wife Ellen and his sons Aaron and Harris for their love and patience.
JAN LESLIE HARDING (Tessa) - Broadway: The Green Bird. Off-Broadway: A Lie of the Mind, Defying Gravity, Killer Joe, Album, Henry VI (1 & 2) at NYSF, Victor, or Children Take Over, Crossdressing in the Depression. Usual Suspect, NYTW; Founding Member, Bat Theatre Co. @ The Flea; Ensemble Studio Theatre. Obie Award for her performance in Mac Wellman's Sincerity Forever. Many collaborations with Richard Foreman, Mac Wellman, Jeff Jones, etc., etc., etc.
NINA HELLMAN (Hope) Off Broadway: Mae West's SEX (Hourglass); In Transit (Ubu Rep); Once in a Lifetime (Atlantic Theatre). Other Theatre: The Elephant Man (Synapse Prod.); Be Aggressive (GeVa Theatre); Sex a.ka. Wieners and Boobs (Clubbed Thumb), Television: Mary Kay in THE MARY KAY LETOURNEAU STORY (upcoming FOX); Film: WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER(Eureka Pictures); THE ESCAPE ARTIST(Either/Or Prod), and John Hamburg's TICK. Her band, Cake Like, has releasd three albums; Goodbye, So What, Bruiser Queen and Delicious on Neil Young's Vapor Records.
SUSAN KNIGHT (Liz) most recently appeared in Sightseeing this fall at the Jose Quintero Theatre. Other Off-Broadway apearances include Once in a Lifetime(Atlantic), The Treatment and Titus Andronicus (NYSF), Subfertile (Playwrights Horizons) and A Forest in Arden (NYTW). Regional work includes: NY Stage & Film, The Old Globe, Hartford Stage Co., Actors' Theatre of Louisville, Yale Repertory Theatre and nine seasons at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Television work includes Ally McBeal, Law & Order, Roseanne and Cybill. She is married to actor Tony Carlin and they have a wonderful young son, Connor.
RICHARDS (Mike) - was last seen at the Denver Center Theatre Company's
world premiere production of 1933 directed by Randal Myler.
His New York credits include T for 2, The Curtain of Light,
Winter's Tale, and To Bobolink for Her Spirit. Regional:
Drive Angry, Slop Culture, Labor Day (all part of
the 1999 Humana Festival); Hamlet, Telephone, Hero for
Hire (a self-written one-man show), A Christmas Carol and
Asleep, Fast Awake all at the Actors' Theatre of Louisville.
Other regional credits include: American Buffalo, Death of a
Salesman, Six Degrees of Separation, Waiting for Godot,
Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry IV, Part I, As You Like It,
and Twelfth Night. Mr. Richards is trained in Suzuki movement,
improv (with Second City) and the fine arts.
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