2009 Summer Play Festival announces cast

The 2009 Summer Play Festival has announced the cast for the 8 shows it will present at the Public Theater from 7 Jul- 2 Aug 2009 as part of the sixth annual event.

Selected from more than 1400 submissions, the 7 plays and one musical are from the United States, UK and Australia.

  • Reborning
    Playwright: Zayd Dohrn
    Director: Kip Fagan
    Cast: Greg Keller (Classic Stage Company�s The Seagull, Uncle Vanya), Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Katherine Waterston (Good Dick, The Babysitters).
    Synopsis: Art and life become disturbingly interchangeable when a sculptor of baby dolls meets a woman desperate to recreate the past. This dark comedy takes an unsettling look at work, latex, and the power of creation.
    Venue: The Public's Anspacher Theater
    Dates: 7 - 12 Jul 2009.

Zayd Dohrn�s plays, including 'Sick,' 'Magic Forest Farm,' and 'Reborning,' have been produced and developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Marin Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Magic Theatre, Southern Rep, Alchemy Theatre, Kitchen Dog, and Woolly Mammoth, among others. He is a recipient of Lincoln Center�s Lecomte du Nouy Prize, the Sky Cooper Prize, the Jean Kennedy Smith Award, an IRNE for Best New Play, and residencies with Ars Nova, Chautauqua, and the Royal Court Theatre of London.

  • The Chimes
    Playwright: Kevin Christopher Snipes
    Director: Adam Immerwahr
    Cast: Elan Moss Bachrach (A Perfect Couple, 'Gossip Girl'), Richard Bekins (Love! Valour! Compassion!, United 93), Brian C. Johnson (Spring Awakening), Graeme Malcolm (Equus, Translations), John O�Creagh (Paper Mill Playhouses 1776, The Field), Andy Phelan (Missing Celia Rose, Classic Stage Company�s Richard III), Peter Van Wagner (David & Layla, Purple Violets) and Jeff Ward.
    Synopsis: Nick returns to his New England boarding school still haunted by choices he made 40 years ago. The past overwhelms the present as the drama flashes back to four young pranksters drawn together by their knack for Shakespeare and ripped apart by the onset of World War II.
    Venue: The Public's Martinson Theatre
    Dates: 7 - 12 Jul 2009

Kevin Christopher Snipes is a playwright/screenwriter living in New York. His plays include 'A Bitter Taste,' 'The Chimes,' 'Small Gods,' 'Beautiful World,' 'Party Lights' and 'Hip-Skidoo.' His work has been performed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare, Bailiwick Repertory, New York Stage & Film, The Gallery Players, Moving Arts, and the Hippodrome State Theatre (Fl). His one-act 'Virgin Rock' was published in 'The Best Plays of the Riant Strawberry One-Act Festival: Volume 3.' Kevin is the recipient of a 2008 Artists Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Larry Corse International Prize for Playwriting, and an Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Fellowship. He has also been a finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, the O�Neill Conference, Sundance Screenwriter�s Lab and the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship.

  • Whore
    Playwright: Rick Viede
    Director: Stephen Brackett
    Cast: Aya Cash (From Up Here, Offices), Andrew Garman (Salome: The Reading, Wilderness), Matthew Montelongo (The Ritz, The Mineola Twins), Sean T. Parker (The Memoirs of Don Walker) and Mark Setlock (Rent (Original Cast), Fully Committed)
    Synopsis: Sara just wants to be interesting, and an unexpected one-night stand propels her into a high stakes relationship with worldly Tim. As they are drawn into the fringes this thriller exposes a world of greed, lies and fear which threatens to break the rules that hold them together.
    Venue: The Public's Anspacher Theater
    Dates: 14 - 19 Jul 2009

Rick Viede is an Australian writer and performer. He won the 2008 Griffin Award for his debut play 'Whore,' which will premiere at Belvoir St Theatre this year, closely followed by a New York production. In 2008 he was an Affiliate Playwright with Griffin Theatre Company working on two commissions: 'Autumn' and 'Poised'; and he has recently been commissioned to write a new play for Bell Shakespeare Company. He has been shortlisted for numerous awards and won the Shaw Prize for essays.

  • The Sacrifices
    Playwright: Alena Smith
    Director: Sam Gold
    Cast: Gabe Ebert (Juilliard Graduate), Mimi Lieber (Brooklyn Boy, I�m Not Rappaport), Mackenzie Meehan and John Gould Rubin (co-creater of LAByrinth).
    Synopsis: At first glance the family has everything. But once they leave on a Caribbean cruise, the winds change, privilege becomes a prison, and their vacation will be anything but smooth sailing in this touching comedy drama.
    Venue: The Public's Martinson Theatre
    Dates: 14 - 19 Jul 2009

Alena Smith is a member of the 2009 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater and is a 2008-09 Artists Fellow in Playwriting with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). 'The Sacrifices' is her newest play; before being selected by SPF, it was given a staged reading at Playwrights Horizons. Her play 'The Lacy Project' was most recently produced at the American Repertory Theatre�s A.R.T. Institute (Cambridge, MA). Lacy was previously produced in the 2007 Ice Factory festival at the Ohio Theater (NYC), developed with Soho Think Tank, and was first seen in the 2006 Carlotta Festival of New Plays at the Yale School of Drama. Other plays include 'Alice Eat Your Words' (Yale Cabaret, Northwestern University, Haverford College), 'It or Her' (Philly Live Arts, Brown University), 'Apple of Discord' (Philly Fringe), and 'Saturnalia' in Poughkeepsie.

  • Tender
    Playwright: Nicki Bloom
    Director: Daniella Topol
    Cast: Betsy Aidem (Celebration, Bingo With The Indians), Kerry Bish� (Pygmalion, Sex in the City), Michael Cullen (Len, Asleep in Vinyl, Dark Matters) and Matt Dellapina (of The Civilians).
    Synopsis: A random act of violence leaves a family shattered and searching for a way to be whole again. Amid the ramifications, mystery, memory and potential murder set the stage for this drama about love, loss and grief.
    Venue: The Public's Anspacher Theater
    Dates: 21 - 26 Jul 2009

Nicki Bloom is a poet, playwright and novelist. Her first play 'Tender' was produced by nowyesnow in 2007 as part of the Belvoir Street B-Sharp season in Sydney. This production then toured to Hothouse Theatre (Albury/Wodonga) and Griffin Theatre (Sydney) in late 2008. 'Tender' is published by Currency Press. Her adaptation of Henrik Ibsen�s 'Ghosts' was produced by the State Theatre Company of South Australia in October 2008, and is published by Phoenix Press. Nicki�s awards include the 2006 Adrian Consett Stephen Memorial Prize (Tender), the 2007 Inscription Chairman�s Award for Best Play (Tender), the 2009 Inscription Playwriting Award (Bloodwood) and the 2006 Henry Lawson Prize for 'Prose, for Something Greater Than All of This,' a fragment of her debut novel 'An Archipelago.' 'Tender' has also been shortlisted for several awards, including the 2008 NSW Premier�s Play Award, the 2007 Philip Parsons Playwriting Award and the 2006 Max Afford Playwriting Award.

  • The Happy Sad
    Playwright: Ken Urban
    Director: Trip Cullman
    Cast: Christopher Abbott (Mouth to Mouth), Ari Graynor (Nick and Norah�s Infinite Playlist, The Little Dog Laughed), Sue Jean Kim (The Drunken City, 'Gossip Girl'), Maulik Pancholy ('Weeds', '30 Rock'), Peter Scanavino (subUrbia, Shining City), Heidi Schreck (The Internationalist, Drum of the Waves of Horikawa) and Eddie Kay Thomas (American Pie, 'Till Death').
    Synopsis: Finding love is easy. Defining love is not. New York City provides the backdrop to a contemporary comedy of sex, love and dating in a city where there are too many options and not enough time.
    Venue: The Public's Martinson Theatre
    Dates: 21 - 26 Jul 2009

Ken Urban�s plays have been produced at The Flea, Moving Arts, Target Margin, Theatre of NOTE, Rude Guerrilla, The Mill @ Stage Left, and The Chocolate Factory. His work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, The Huntington, Son of Semele Ensemble, Urban Stages, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Soho Rep and Annex Theatre. Ken is the recipient of the prestigious L. Arnold Weissberger Prize from the Williamstown Theatre Festival, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights� Center in Minneapolis, a Playwriting Fellowship from the Huntington Theatre in Boston, a MacDowell Residency, a Tennessee Williams Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the winner of the Moving Arts Premiere One Act Competition. His plays include 'I (HEART) KANT,' 'Nibbler,' 'Halo,' 'The Absence of Weather,' 'The Private Lives of Eskimos,' 'The Female Terrorist Project,' and 'The Happy Sad.'

  • Departure Lounge
    Playwright: Dougal Irvine
    Director: Christopher Gattelli
    Cast: Nick Blaemire (The Black Suits, Crybaby), Doug Kreeger (Rooms: a Rock Romance, Les Miserable), Kathleen Monteleone ('Grease-You�re the One That I Want', 27 Dresses), Alex Tonetta (The History Boys) and Jonathan B. Wright (Spring Awakening).
    Synopsis: It�s the end of vacation as four guys wait for their flight home in this testosterone-driven new musical. With time to kill they recount the hilarious antics of the week, and as secrets tumble out we learn more about the lads than they know about themselves.
    Venue: The Public's Anspacher Theater
    Dates: 28 Jul - 2 Aug 2009

Dougal Irvine gained a BSc in Psychology from the University of Birmingham, before training as an actor at Mountview Academy. He has worked as an actor for seven years, with many West End and Rep theatre credits, as well as work in TV and Film. He trained in playwriting at the Royal Court, London. His first musical 'Departure Lounge' was nominated for all five MTM:UK awards at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival and won the award for best music. His second musical 'Get In Touch' is being developed through the Perfect Pitch network. Dougal also wrote the screenplays for the short films 'Beautiful Eyes' and 'Blind Date' which both went to Cannes, and 'The Green Fairy' for the LA short film festival.

  • We Declare You A Terorist
    Playwright: Tim J. Lord
    Director: Niegel Smith
    Cast: David Bishins (A Mother, a Daughter and a Gun, Sympathetic Magic), Keira Keeley (Green Girl, The Thugs) and Katie Sigismund (The Old Globes� Opus).
    Synopsis: Eight hundred civilians are taken hostage during the performance of a hit Moscow musical. In the aftermath, the playwright is plagued by the story of his captor�a young woman willing to die for her cause�in an intense drama where one person�s patriotism is another�s act of terrorism.
    Venue: The Public's Martinson Theatre
    Dates: 28 Jul - 2 Aug 2009

Tim J. Lord A native of the prairies and (mostly) suburbs of the Midwest, Tim J. Lord currently lives in New York. 'We Declare You A Terrorist' received a reading at the Public Theater this past January and will be a part of the New Harmony Project this May after beginning its life as a long collaboration with director West Hyler that culminated in a production at HERE Arts Center�s 2007 American Living Room Festival. Tim�s plays have been developed and produced at Spring Theatreworks, Rude Mechanicals (Austin, TX), 15 Head, HotCity Theatre, and Stanford University/Kennedy Center�s University Playwrights Workshop. His ten minute play 'Montana Lovesong' was a finalist for the 2007 Heidemann Award and was performed at Actors Theater of Louisville for their Actor Apprentice Showcase in January 2008. He is currently at work on an adaptation on 'The Bacchae' with director Jerry Ruiz. Other plays include: 'Fault & Fold,' 'The View from Mt. Langley,' 'The Secret History of Caleb Caan,' 'Peloponnesus,' 'Santa Ana Winds,' '11 Hills of San Francisco,' 'Better Homes & Homelands,' and 'G-Men!.'

Founded in 2004 by Broadway producer Arielle Tepper Madover, the Summer Play Festival (SPF) stages original new plays and musicals by emerging writers during the summer months in New York City. In 2005, the not-for-profit 'The Living Room for Artists, Inc.' was formed to ensure that the Festival perpetuates its goals and whose central mission is to both fuel the growth of emerging theatre artists and encourage people of all ages to create, attend and work in the theatre.

Since its inception, SPF has produced over 450 performances; provided an opportunity for over a 100 writers, directors, designers, actors, and producers to present their material and craft in a protected environment; and sold out its four-week performance schedule by attracting thousands of theatre patrons with its low ticket price of $10!