BY RODRIGO NOGUEIRA
DIRECTED BY ERIN ORTMAN
JANUARY 3 – 20, 2019
PRESENTED BY THE TANK
WITH SUPPORT FROM TORN PAGE AND GROUP.BR
ABOUT THE SHOW
New York, 2019. Dominique, a 40-year-old married white woman, is a successful working mother who decides to take up an instrument she used to play when she was young. New York, 1934. Dominic, a 20-year-old gay immigrant, and a promising composer. After having a dream, he starts writing a fugue, and feels like he is supposed to live someone else's life. Their two stories become intertwined to a point where the viewer can't discern which one is which - neither can Dominic and Dominique.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Rodrigo Nogueira (Playwright) is one of the most celebrated Brazilian writers/directors of his generation. In 2009, his work was considered by critic Barbara Heliodora (the most important theater critic in the country) as "a milestone in Brazilian playwriting". He has had 15 plays and 4 musicals produced in Brazil and Portugal, as well as Brazilian movie scripts produced by Miravista (Disney's division for Latin America) and Universal Pictures, both productions were in the top 10 box office gross in Brazil. In 2016, Rodrigo wrote and directed the opening act for Rock in Rio music festival in Lisbon, a 50-minute musical theater concert performed for 50,000 people opening the stage for Bruce Springsteen, Maroon 5 and Queen with Adam Lambert, among others. Rodrigo recently moved to New York where he wrote and directed The Ideal Obituary, produced by The Tank. The play was hailed by Broadway World as "masterfully disturbing" and "a unique theatrical experience." NY Arts Michael Miller wrote "I have not seen in some years a play with such rich wit, power and thought." Rodrigo is currently directing his own musical with songs from the Gershwin Estate licensed by Tams Whitmark, and is also working on his first American screenplay I love my cancer. www.thisisrodrigo.com
Erin Ortman (Director) spent her early years in New York teaching acting and serving as an intern at The Ensemble Studio Theatre. She remained at EST through 2005, directing and developing new plays as a member of Wet Lab. She continued to teach and direct, eventually winning a position on the Acting Faculty at New York University, where she remained for five years as a core member of the acting faculty, directing multiple productions and industry showcases. Erin then received her MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College, where she focused on directing and devising new work. She is a member of The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. Erin currently serves as The Curator of Theatrical Work at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, she teaches on the faculties at New York University and The National Theatre Institute at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and works steadily as a freelance director in New York City and around the country. Directing and new play development credits include: LAByrinth Theatre Company, Ars Nova, New Georges, Prospect Theater Company, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Roundabout Underground, NTI at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The Sheen Center for Thought at Culture, Pipeline Theatre Company, The Epstein Fellowship at New York Stage and Film, Pan Asian Rep, Dixon Place, The Weston Playhouse, The York Theatre, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, The Theatre Company at CAP21, New York University, Texas State University, CAP21 Conservatory and Sarah Lawrence College. http://erinortman.com/
DARWIN DEL FABRO
Darwin is excited to be in the New York Premiere of fellow countryman Rodrigo Nogueira’s new play, Real. He was in the Original Brazilian Productions of Shrek, Fiddler on The Roof, The Wizard of Oz and was in the hit Brazilian soap opera, "Ligações Perigosas" (based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses). Darwin recently starred as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Juneberry Collective and as Adam in The Feather… at Signature Theatre. He has two albums, the cast recording of the Irving Berlin Revue "Be Careful, It's My Heart" and "Darwin Del Fabro in Rio”. Thanks to Guilherme and Tom for their love and support.
Gabriela Garcia in an artist dividing her time between the theater, dance, commercial and education industries. Most recently she was a cast member of the musical Half Time directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. She was also Movement Associate for the production of Sweeney Todd at the Barrow Street Theater and is a former cast member and dance captain for CHICAGO - The Musical on Broadway, Mexico City and Vienna. As a voiceover actor, her voice can be heard in numerous TV commercials and radio spots for the US national Hispanic market as well as Spanish language audio books. Film credits include: Whatever Lola Wants (Tribeca film festival) and Enchanted. TV: “Jessica Jones.” Her theater dance classes have reached schools in Sweden, Peru, Mexico and other countries. Gabriela holds a BA in Performing Arts from Saint Mary's College of California, and is Co-Founder and Director of R.Evolución Latina (RL), a nonprofit organization making a difference through the arts. www.Gabriela-Garcia.com
Rebecca Gibel is a member of the Resident Acting Company at Tony-Award-Winning Trinity Repertory Company, a founding member of The Williams Project, and has worked at regional theatres across the country, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Huntington Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, The Arden Theatre, and Intiman Theatre Festival. She has developed new work with McCarter Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company, Fiasco Theatre, ArtsEmerson, and the Lark New Play Center. Tv/Film credits include: "Blue Bloods," (CBS), “Castle Rock” (Hulu), “American Woman” (w/ Sienna Miller), and she’s currently filming principal roles in “Wonderland” (Netflix) and “NOS4A2” (AMC). Rebecca has voiced over 100 audiobooks. She holds a BA from The College of William & Mary, and an MFA from Brown University/Trinity Rep. www.rebeccagibel.com
Sarah Naughton (U/S for Ms. Gibbel) is an actress, singer, and Audie-nominated audiobook narrator living in New York. Some favorite credits include: New York Theater: Death Comes for the War Poets (The Sheen Center) Romeo and Juliet (Lincoln Center - Clark Studio Theater), Diamond Alice (Roundabout Underground), and Summer and Smoke (Access Theatre). Regional Theater: Mame (Human Race Theater Co), AcousticaElectronica (A.R.T. Oberon), and Meet Me In St. Louis (Mt. Gretna Playhouse). Proud member of Actors Equity. www.sarah-naughton.com.
Broadway/NYC: Violet, Urinetown, the Musical!, 9 to 5, the Musical, The Wild Party, Really Rosie, Love’s Labour’s Lost , David Bowie’s Lazarus, Tick, Tick, Boom!, I love You, You’re Perfect... | Elsewhere: Escape to Margaritaville (La Jolla), Elmer Gantry (Signature), Next to Normal (Casa Mananna and NCT) Jesus Christ Superstar (Sacramento Music Circus), The Full Monty (Gateway), Carnival (Papermill). T.V.: Jesus Christ Superstar Live!, The Good Wife (recurring), The Good Fight (recurring) Elementary, and the upcoming Social Mediation. www.thecharliepollock.com
Keith Reddin is an American actor and playwright. He received his B.S. in 1978 from Northwestern University and then went on to attend Yale School of Drama until he received his M.A. in 1981. His plays Life and Limb, Rum and Coke, Highest Standard of Living, and But Not for Me all received their world premieres at South Coast Repertory. SCR also produced his adaptation of Alexander Buravsky’s The Russian Teacher. Other plays include Nebraska, Life During Wartime, Brutality of Fact, All the Rage, The Prophets of Nature, and Frame 312. Adaptations include: Bulgakov's Black Snow, Shatrov's Maybe, Molière's The Imaginary Invalid, Anouilh's Antigone and Thornton Wilder’s Heaven’s My Destination. Film and television include, Big Time (American Playhouse), The Heart of Justice (TNT), Milken (TNT), The Alarmist, and All the Rag, and Rear Window (Hartford Stage) with Kevin Bacon.
Torn Page is an intimate classroom and event space in the heart of Chelsea NYC, located in the historic home of Rip Torn and Geraldine Page at 435 W22nd Street NY NY 10011.
Group.Br is NYC's only Brazilian Theatre Company. Única compahia de teatro brasileiro em cidade de Nova Iorque. Group.BR's mission is to present Brazilian culture through the performing arts. It serves enthusiasts of multicultural arts, contemporary, physical and avant-garde theatre. Group .BR produces its plays in Portuguese with English subtitles offering the audience the opportunity to connect with the sound of the Brazilian language. https://www.group.br.com/
AO LI – SET DESIGNER
Ao Li is a set designer that has worked internationally. His recent designs include: Waiting for Godot (Miller Performing Arts Center), Scraps (The Flea Theatre), Where Is My Maple Town (Theatre Row), Kiss (Yale Repertory Theatre), Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Yale School of Drama), Titus Andronicus (Yale School of Drama), Yale Cabaret credits include: The Apple Tree, Xander Xyst, Dragon:1 and The Styx Songs, Shanghai credits include: Cao Zhi (Academy Theatre), Blind (Shanghai International Arts Festival), Everything in the Garden (Duanjun Theatre) among others. His work in visual art has received three solo exhibitions. He holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama and a BFA from Shanghai Theatre Academy. aoliarts.com
KIA ROGERS – LIGHTING DESIGNER
Kia Rogers is a New York City based lighting designer for Theatre and Dance. Recent designs: 3LD Art & Technology Center, BAM Fisher, Cherry Lane Studio, Gural Theatre at ART/NY, Gym at Judson, and Theatre 511 at ARS NOVA. International credits: Associate Lighting Designer for Slutforart/98.6 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Muna Tseng. West coast designs: El Portal's Monroe Forum Theatre, Los Angeles and Z Space, San Francisco. Dance designs: Flamenco Vivo National tours, Forward Motion, Kinesis Project Dance Theatre, Lighting Designer and mentor for Ethical Culture Fieldston High School Dance Company. Awards: Outstanding Lighting Design for Jane The Plain with the NYITA, 2014 and nominated in 2016 for Rizing. MITF 2016 Outstanding Lighting Design for Mr. Toole. Kia is a member of Rising Phoenix Repertory and a Creative Partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble. www.krogersld.com
BECKY BODURTHA – COSTUME DESIGNER
QUENTIN CHIAPPETTA – MUSIC COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER
GABRIELLA PÉREZ – MOVEMENT
Gabriella Pérez is an actor and choreographer. She has performed Off-Broadway, on national tours, and regionally throughout the country, and is a Helen Hayes nominee. Her original choreography and choreographic consultation work has been seen in musicals, cabarets, and concert dance pieces in theaters throughout New York City, at Milwaukee Rep, Geva Theatre Center, and Forestburgh Playhouse. She often serves as an associate choreographer and dance captain, as well as teaching physical acting and dance at Geva Theatre Center. Gabriella is thrilled to be a part of this extraordinary play; Thank You, Erin, for bringing me on another adventure. Gabriella is a proud member of AEA, holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch, and lives in NYC. www.gabbyperez.com
LIZ HAYES – DIALECT COACH
Bio coming soon!
MONICA VILELA – PRODUCTION MANAGER
Monica Vilela is an actress and producer. Co-founded MOMI FILMS NY LLC an independent, full service production company. Momi Films NYC projects include: “Benches” (Award of Merit at Lucerne Film Festival), “Banho Maria aka Bain Marie” (Nominated for 2014 Grand Prize Brazilian Academy of Cinema (Brazilian Oscar), “502”, “Birth Control”, “Simpatia do Limão” aka “Lemon Spell”, “Flipside” by Moema Umman, “Upstream” by Shashwat Gupta, LGBT short “The Boy and the Balloon” by Kyle Glasow. Collaborated as production manager in the films: “ Obisidiana” by Danny Smight, “Huang Yi + Kuka” by Moema Umman, “Gucci Gucci Prada Prada” by Ivy Arce, “Fish Stew” by Ran Jing. Monica is also an actress and graduated from Atlantic Acting School Conservatory. She recently wrapped a run of “Bride of the Gulf” at the Edinburgh Film Festival and also produced the Immersive theater INSIDE THE WILD HEART by group.br. Was the production manager of The Ideal Obituary by Rodrigo Nogueira at The Tank. www.monicavilela.com
VANESSA RAMON – PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER
JOSH WALKER – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Josh is an international director, playwright and creator. Some recent highlights include: Pass Me Over Party (Prague Fringe), Edison (Edinburgh Fringe), (drop) a fly (University of the Arts), Behind Closed Doors (Speakeasy932). Josh is the co-founder of both Static Assembly and Speakeasy932. Upcoming projects: metamorphosis (St. Olaf College), marry, fuck, breath of water (Headlong Studios). Josh a recently attended the National Theatre Institute & University of the Arts.