LEAH IN VEGAS Set for FringeNYC
Drift In, Act Out will present the world premiere of Leah in Vegas, a new play by Kara Ayn Napolitano, with direction by Kristin Skye Hoffman (WINNER: Outstanding Direction FringeNYC 2012) as part of the 18th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC.
Recently released from jail and legally blocked from her daughter Kristi, Leah faces the challenge of entering back into life after making a mistake that changed everything. How do you reconnect when people see you for what you did instead of who you are? How do you accept or forgive someone who has made a controversial mistake? Aiming for her daughter in Los Angeles, Leah instead finds herself in Las Vegas where temptation abounds and the reality of her crime can't be denied.
Additionally, Leah in Vegas tells the story of four strong female characters. With a director and playwright who are both women, Drift In, Act Out is proud to bring more female perspective to FringeNYC.
This production features Jenna D'Angelo, Leslie Marseglia, Samantha Cooper, and Victoria Bundonis* (*this actor is appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association). The set and lighting design is by Tyler M. Perry, with sound design by Carl Riehl. The Producers are Kara Ayn Napolitano, Evan Greene, and Stephanie Olsen.
Kara Ayn Napolitano (playwright, co-producer) Co-founder/Artistic Director of Drift In, Act Out theatre company, based in NYC. Produced plays include: Prohibition Blues (musical, Blue Box World), Blue (Primary Stages/ESPA Detention Series), Life Recital (musical, DIAO), No Baby In Me (musical, Primary Stages/ESPA Detention Series) and Plane Play (DIAO). For the past three years, Kara has been the Managing Artistic Director of Writopia Lsb's Worldwide Plays Festival, an ongoing festival of new plays by writers age 18 and below, performed and directed by adult professionals. In New York, she has directed/assistant directed for Writopia Lab, Working Man's Clothes (NYIT award winners), Blue Box World's Sticky Series, and Curious Frog. Kara is also a professional Speech Level Singing and TriYoga teacher.www.KaraAyn.com
Kristin Skye Hoffmann's directing credits include Animals by Sam Byron (WINNER: Outstanding Direction FringeNYC 2012), Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp (NSD, Pam MacKinnon Advisor), Le Pond and The Old Forever New Things by Dan Kitrosser, The 'You Knows' Know by Derek Ahonen, The Accommodation by Paul Cohen, Venus in Fur by David Ives (NSD), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Jackson Rep), Plays for the Sunni Triangle and In Sheeps' Clothing by Jerrod Bogard. For Wide Eyed Productions:The Trojan Women, The Return of Toodles von Flooz by Lisa Ferber, My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer by Brian Watkins, Being Late by Judith Goudsmit, Outstanding by Bekah Brunstetter, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Dale Wasserman, Much Ado About Nothing and The Medea. Kristin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts with a Major in Acting & Directing. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Wide Eyed Productions. She received an MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama. Kristin is a part-time acting coach and full-time artist and lover of life. www.wideeyedproductions.com.
Drift In, Act Out (DIAO) was founded in 2009 as a medium for young theatre artists to come together and improve their craft. To date, DIAO has produced two festivals of nine new, short plays and musicals, and a developmental reading series of Leah in Vegas.