EBE Ensemble Presents
Elephants On Parade 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 through Saturday, March 20, 2010
Award-winning annual festival of new one-act plays
Length: 1 hr 25 mins
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.
Elephants on Parade 2010 features six plays, five world premieres and one New York area premiere, that examine the peculiar difficulties of true communication and connection in the 21st century in a broad spectrum of styles from magical realism to farce to quiet drama. Erin Austin’s “Buddha Nosh” is a comedy about spiritual, social, and emotional independence at a trendy Pan Asian restaurant, where lust, booze, and the all-knowing voice of Buddha explode in a medley of gong banging, romance, and fist fights. Isaac Rathbone’s “Nice Paper” follows the inner monologues of two commuters on the Subway, a woman in love with the man behind her; the man in love with her newspaper’s sports section. In Nicole Pandolfo’s “Things to do in New Jersey,” a girl returns from her first year at college to a hometown party where she comes face to face with the high school crush that rejected her, causing emotions of the past and present to collide. Set in the squeamish morning after, Libby Emmons’ “Leaving Last Night” is a comedic web of texts, connecting and disconnecting five people trying to navigate the murky waters of human interaction. In Rebekah Lopata’s “What if I Don’t,” a bride locks herself in a bathroom with a gun on her wedding day. When her best friend tries to help from outside, the unleashing of repressed emotions takes them to a place neither suspects. And in Rhea MaCallum’s “Selling Beaver,” two cheerleaders discover the perils of offloading their beaver at a local pawn shop.
Cast includes: Eric Alba, Eve Danzeisen (The Old Globe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream & The Winter’s Tale, “Guiding Light”), Scout Durwood, Genevieve Hudson-Price (HBO’s “The Wire”), Janet Passanante (Atlantic Theater Company for Kids’Really Rosie), Hal Fickett (Kean Company’s Tea & Sympathy) Jessica Rothenberg (The Huntington Theatre’s The Cherry Orchard), and Montgomery Sutton (White Horse Theater Company’s Clothes for a Summer Hotel).
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS
Erin Austin’s previous work, co-written with Ross Evans, includes Hindsight, Keep It Short, MayDay, Apocalyptic Revelations, and Finger Paint (a Backstage.com Critic’s Pick at FringeNYC 2009.) Erin is an Equity actor who has toured nationally and performed in NYC. She earned her B.F.A. at University of Miami and co-founded the Plastic Flamingo Theatre Company. www.erinLaustin.com
Libby Emmons. Co-producer: Blue Box’s Sticky. Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission 2009. “The Worm Turns at the Fort Peck Hotel,” 2009 NY Theatre Review. Film: “I Miss You” Acorn Films, LA, 2010; “Malcolm & Margerie,” 2010. Full-lengths: The Girls From Afar, reading: East West Players, LA; Desipina, NYC.; finalist Yale Drama Series 2010; The Little Room, short listed: BBC’s 2009 Radio Play Competition. Shorts: NYC, LA, Buffalo, Sacramento, New Zealand, Argentina; Collaborator: Polybe + Seats. BA: Sarah Lawrence, MFA: Columbia.
Rebekah Lopata’s plays have appeared in theaters throughout the United States and Canada, including productions at the New Jersey Repertory Theater Company, Stageworks Hudson, Bloody Unicorn Theater Company, ReGroup Theatre in Los Angeles, Brown Couch Theatre in Chicago, New Studio Rep, Louisiana State University, and the Walking Fish and Brave New Play Rites festivals in Vancouver. She is the winner of the 2009 University Graduate Fellowship at the University of British Columbia for her play, For All These Sins.
Rhea MacCallum’s credits include: Baby Secrets (Cheeky Monkey), Getting Back to Me (Acme New Works), Name Me (Theatre Encino), Flushed Suicides (Stage Left Studios), Baby Blues (MADAIR Productions), A Little Experimenting (Native Aliens, Strings Attached), Resurrection for Dummies (Stormy Weather Players), The 7th Disorder (TADA!’s 15th Annual Playwriting Contest winner, Westbeth). Rhea holds degrees from USC and New School University and belongs to the Dramatists Guild, ICWP and ALAP. Yesterday Once More was a finalist for the 2004 Heideman Award.
Nicole Pandolfo holds a BA in Metropolitan Studies from NYU. Her play “Canadian Tuxedo” was produced in Boston, London, California, New Mexico, Melbourne, and Singapore. It won the People’s Choice Award at the Short + Sweet Singapore Festival and will be published in the 2010 Best Ten-Minute Plays by Smith and Kraus. "Love in the Time of Chlamydia," which she wrote, directed, and performed at the Estrogenius Festival in October, will be published in The Book of Estrogenius in 2010. She has studied with Craig Lucas, Gretchen Cryer, Austin Pendleton, Donna de Matteo, and Julie McKee.
Isaac Rathbone’s NYC credits include Breakfast for Dinner (NYC International Fringe Festival); The System (Kraine Theatre); There’s Always A Band (Sam French Festival); Jon Katsberg (Sam French Festival & The Queens’ Players); and The Audition (Brooklyn Lyceum). His true crime drama, Little Eva, premiered in June 2009, in Cooperstown, NY. Other credits include Death & Motor Vehicles (Theatre Three, SLAMBoston, Camino Real Playhouse & Shelterbelt Theatre), Hold The Bus (SUNY Brockport & NewGate Theatre) and The Guests At Table 11 (Actors Theatre of Louisville Heidemen Award finalist).
PRAISE FOR THE CREATIVE TEAM
Backstage says that Isaac Rathbone (Nice Paper) crafts “funny dialogue and thought-provoking observations on complex issues…both styles are rendered skillfully.” Heather Lee Rogers of nytheatre.com says that Erin Austin (Buddha Nosh)’s Finger Paint (co-written with Ross Evans) is “daring in its creativity,” while Tom Penketh of Backstage (where it was a 2009 critic’s pick) called it “a marvelous work of theatrical brio.” Nicole Pandolfo (Things to do in New Jersey)’s Canadian Tuxedo won the People’s Choice Award at the Short + Sweet Singapore Festival and will be published in the 2010 Best Ten-Minute Plays by Smith and Kraus. DJ McDonald from City of Glass Arts and Culture said that Alfred John Heekin (director, What if I Don’t)’s “able direction” of …Being Patient exposed “fresh talent, enormous energy and interesting ideas.”
Jon Sobel of BlogCritics.org called Jessica Rothenberg a “big discovery” in her “spellbinding performance” of Annabella in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore; her Cordelia with The Gallery Players was called “lovely and perfectly cast” by Debbie Hoodiman Beaudin at nytheatre.com. Evan Henderson of the Daily News called Eve Danzeisen’s Hermia at The Old Globe a “highlight,” while Welton Jones of sandiego.com said her Hermia got “the best results.” Matthew Barbot of playshakespeare.org called Montgomery Sutton’s Prince Hal with the Rebellious Subjects “excellent,” and Debbie Hoodiman Beaudin of nytheatre.org called his Edmund “captiviating.” Hal Fickett’s performance in End of Lines was called “wonderful” by Les Gutman of CurtainUp.