Wallace Norman, Producing Artistic Director

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Two new comedies from Producers/Playwrights in Residence Ariana Johns and Mindy Pfeffer

FINDING ELVIS, by Mindy Pfeffer, takes us on a road trip to Graceland, where two longtime friends re-kindle their friendship through a surprising roadside discovery, and to a tiny bar, where a lonely fan of the ‘King’ finds true love in an unexpected way.  Directed by Nicola Sheara, and featuring Noni Connor, Dana Patton, and Mindy Pfeffer

 

MOONBITE, A MONTAGE OF RADIANT LUNACY is a playful, eccentric romp, featuring some of the denizens from the penumbra of society.  Michael Bergen, Ariana Johns, Mindy Pfeffer, Chelsea Roach, and Victor Truro perform comic vignettes of characters searching for love and understanding...and a trip to the moon!  Written/Directed by Ariana Johns.

 

 

 

 

MICHAEL BERGEN (Man Two, Moonbite) Recent credits include Hippolytus at the Roy Arias Theatre Center and the short film Waiting for Marion Cotillard, directed by Christophe Averlan. He has trained at Michael Howard Studios with Greg Mullavey, Gabrielle Berberich, and Patsy Rodenburg, among numerous others. Michael holds a B.A. in Theater Studies from Duke University.

NONI CONNOR (Actor, Finding Elvis)has been working with Wallace Norman and the Woodstock Fringe in Woodstock and New York City since it began. She appeared in the Woodstock Fringe Festival’s productions of Women on Fire and Backwards as well as in a staged reading of a one-woman show about Elizabeth Robins, an American-born actress in London who was the first English-language Hedda Gabler. Other public Woodstock Fringe readings included works by Playwrights Unit members Paul Graham, Jerry McGee, Mark Farnem, Wallace Norman, Victoria Devany, Victoria Sullivan, Mindy Pfeffer and Charles Traeger.

MINDY PFEFFER (Author, Finding Elvis, Woman Two, Moonbite) is an actor and playwright. She most recently appeared in Inside/Out directed by Ping Chong. She has acted in over 60 plays at theatres in New York City and regionally, including LaMama ETC, the Roundabout Theatre, Peterborough Players, and Shadowland Theatre. Mindy’s full-length plays include the one-person play Men I Never Dated (NYSCA grant recipient), Swimming with Esther (part of the Woodstock Fringe “First Looks” series), and Dreamland (presented on the Coney Island Boardwalk). In addition, Mindy has had short plays presented at the Lab Theatre Workshop, Emerging Artists Theatre, and Six Figures Theatre. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Woodstock Fringe Playwrights Unit. Mindy is delighted to have this opportunity to work with the Woodstock Fringe.

ARIANA JOHNS (Author/Director/Woman One, Moonbite) As an author, Ariana’s plays have been produced in L.A. (Actor’s Art Theatre, The Road Theatre, NoHo Studios, Theater East) and NYC (The Lodestar, Cubiculo, Hamburger Harry’s), as well as Regionally at the BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing, MI. Recent roles include Helen (Baby With The Bathwater, ADA Nomination) and Claire in Proof (Odyssey Theatre); Off-Broadway: w/Tom Carlin in Pigeons On The Walk. Her solo play, Vampingo...a comedy with bite was produced at the NY International Fringe Festival, and has been developed into a screenplay. As a comedic writer/actor, she performed w/John TenEyck (Too Idiots), as well as OK, So We Lied, The Odd Squad, Chicago City Limits, and Alarming Behaviour. Films include Chasing Tchaikovsky, Wall Street 2, Strange Hearts, and the short film, Vampingo Club (writer/actor). She’s very happy to be a member of the Dramatists Guild, & the Woodstock Fringe Playwright’s Unit, as well as a producer of this year’s festival!

NORA O’REILLY (Stage Manager) Since graduating magna cum laude from Emerson College in 2008, Nora has been a part of stage management teams for Ping Chong & Co./LaMAMA E.T.C. (NYC), The Actors' Shakespeare Project (Boston), and The Keegan Theatre (Washington DC). Also an experienced performer, she is a proud alumn of The Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Thanks to Mindy Pfeffer and Ariana Johns for this wonderful opportunity.

DANA PATTON: (actor, Finding Elvis) Dana has been a participant of the Woodstock Fringe Playwrights Unit since it’s inception six years ago, as well as appearing locally in many TheatreSounds readings. Theatre: Stop the World, I Want to Get Off (Lambs Club and Second National Tour); The Bear (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Hitler’s Childhood (Irish Arts); The Autumn Garden (Arena Stage); Towards Zero (Olney Theatre). Film: David’s Story: A Teen Suicide; The Emerging Woman & The Double Day (Intl. Women’s Film Project); The Long Journey. Television: Tomorrow’s Families & Footsteps Series (PBS); Scenes from American Life (WNYC); A Woman is…in a New World (NBC); Dr. Ruth Show (Lifetime). National commercials, voiceovers and industrial films.

CHELSEA ROACH (Woman Three, Moonbite) A graduate of Michael Howard Studios' Summer & One-Year Conservatory. Chelsea holds a BA in Theatre & Dance from The University of Texas in Austin Texas. Some of Chelsea’s some past credits include Are you there God? It's me, Showcase. (Lead) & Street Scene (Lead, Rose Maurrant) at Michael Howard Studios, Our Town (Mrs. Soames) at UT, & A Matter of Taste (Lead) directed by Bastion Carboni. Film: Proper Villains (Patty) directed by William J. Orendorff. Trained at Michael Howard Studios with Greg Mullavey, Gabrielle Berberich, and Patsy Rodenburg, among others. Most recently involved with Terra Incognita Theater's Moving Landscape Public-Space Performance series.

NICOLA SHEARA (Director, Finding Elvis, Director/Actor First Looks Series) Broadway: Grapes of Wrath (TONY Award, Best Play), National Tour: Nicholas Nickleby (Best Featured Actress Award, Cleveland Critics Circle), Off Broadway/Regional theaters across the country (Best Leading Actress nominations: Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Country Girl). She’s the founding Artistic Director of THEATERSOUNDS, now in its 10th season, which has produced readings of 87 plays utilizing the talents of over 135 actors. Recently she directed at the EAT Festival (NYC), and Dangerous Obsession (P.A.W.) Nicola’s happily been w/the Woodstock Fringe since its inception, directing A Cabaret Evening of Brel & Piaf, In Trouble, Backwards, Art, The Great Nebula In Orion, The Punishing Blow (world premiere); performing in The Days Are As Glass, Women On Fire, The Cardiff Giant. In NYC she directed the world premiere of OH, VIRGIL! by Woodstock Fringe founding Artistic Director Wallace Norman.




 

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