Pristine Playhouse to Present Stephanie Ogeleza's BONAFIDE 2013, 11/1-3
Bonafide 2013 is created by Stephanie Ogeleza and Produced by Pristine Playhouse and will run November 1, 2 & 3, 2013.
This theatrical production is one that represents strength, determination, and the willingness to overcome life's many unwanted and unexpected hardships. It encourages one to look into a mirror and get down to the core of who it is that they really are. Still standing, breathing and the ability to prepare themselves for the inevitable adventures that life has to come. We present to you.......Bonafide.
Each annual production tells different stories with a different group of actors. We dive into the realities of issues faced by men and women from all over the world.
Listed Below Are The Issues For This Year:
- Relationships are consistently being torn apart and our society of today has not yet been able to regain the essence of what was once known as true love.
- Children are being raised in single parent homes and are forced to walk around with many unanswered questions. Minds are filled with poisoned thoughts and their hearts are overwhelmed with pain.
- The streets of the world are walked upon by the heels of women. Strange men cologne on, her money made, her cries unheard, yet the mother smiles as she destructs her own child
- Lips to brim, needle to skin, the innocent eye in the corner at watch. not a blink, not a sound ,just a wet top, filled with tear drops.
Many are faced with problems like these and are reminded of them as they wake up every single day. This show seeks to inspire and create a better reality....taking us far beyond the ordinary play!
The production is comprised of (actors, stage manager, promotional manager(s), make-up artist, costume designer, graphic designer technical director, light and sound technical crew/engineers): Andrew Fitzsimons, Hope Little, Samantha Coppola, James Jarod, Jennifer Halweil, Brandon Delgado, Claudio Brovedani Nuti, Lawrence Wilson, Diane Dixon, Shruti Garg, TijAnna Walker, Angelica Toussaint, Jazmine Gonzalez,Ian Stephens, Solomon Peck, Sultana Shakur, Stacey Stephenson, Earline Stephen, and Writer/Director: Stephanie Ogeleza.
To support the Fundraiser (ticket specials are included): Indiegogo: Bonafide 2013 at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bonafide-2013--2/x/4839752. For tickets - Smarttix.com: Bonafide 2013.
(Marty/Ensemble)Began his acting career in New Zealand but received most of his training in New York. The Lee Strasberg Institute really polished up his craft as a method actor. He has mostly worked on independent films with directors in NYC and he is inspired by this current theatre project "Bonafide 2013"
(Uncle Jimmy/Ensemble) New York native Brandon Delgado is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he received a degree in Operatic Performance. While in Boston, he established himself as a working performer in the classical music scene. Most recently, Brandon has begun to branch out into the Theater; performing in productions of Hamlet, Othello, and most recently Stephanie Ogeleza's, "Bonafide 2013". In addition to his singing and Theater work, he can be seen regularly performing standup comedy at the Comic Strip Live and other clubs around town.
Claudio Brovedani Nuti
(Tony/Ensemble)Claudio was brought on stage at the age of 6. He performed his entire life all over Italy and Europe, came to New York 4 years ago to study at the Lee Strasberg theatre and film institute. Since he completed his study he works as actor and screen writer, and of course, as bartender couple of times a week.
(Ifosa Mother/Ensemble) Has been involved in multiple theatrical productions. Enjoys portraying characters from various countries, and is a multi -talented dancer and actress. Very good with accents and looks forward to performing in more theatrical plays.
(Renee/Ensemble)Hope Little is an alumna of CUNY York college with a bachelor's degree in Speech Communication and Theater Arts. She has performed in live shows such as Lorraine Hansberry "A Raisin in the Sun" and Marcia , in "Our lady of 121st Street", written by Stephen Adley Gurigis. She is an aspiring actress who hopes to travel in Europe and become a huge star. "The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win" -Roger Bannister.
(Isaiah/Ensemble) Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, James Jarod began his performing arts career as a Tap Dancer. With the art of Tap Dance under his belt, James later honed in on Hip-Hop, Modern and Step Dance. In the fall of 2002 he connected with Lamont O'Neil and The Nubian Gents and began using his gift of dance both nationally and internationally to advance Kingdom purposes. Although acting was always secretly one of James' passions, it was not until he starred in the 2011 musical "Release Me" that he decided to professionally venture into acting to model Christ in Culture. Since then, he's appeared in a number of short films, Theater Productions, commercials and web series.
(Gloria/Ensemble)From a young age, Jennifer was instilled with a love of storytelling and performing. A nocturnal insomniac, her bed became a late night sanctuary stocked with an expansive Nancy Drew collection, a flashlight, and re- enactments of her favorite scenes. She received a scholarship to study at the NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts but chose to enroll in the William Esper Studio instead, and was recently a finalist for Best Actress in the Secret Theatre's One Act Festival. She enjoys portraying strong, female protagonists and hopes to act in an Andrew Niccol's films someday. Her special skills include accents, latin dancing, and cat purring noises. www.JennHalweil.com
(Marcus/Ensemble)L.A.W. is a late bloomer to acting - but better late than never. This year he was cast in the play " Bonafide :2013. " He has also been cast in a film. He is looking forward to both experiences. He is a devoted husband/father and the challenge is finding the time to fit all of it together. "In a movie if you don't get it right you do another take, but in a play it's a one shot deal - works for me," he says. He will give it his best efforts & like his mom always said - " If you're gonna pray don't worry, if you're gonna worry don't pray"!
(Adina /Ensemble) Samantha Coppola is very excited to be a part of this fun and inspiring production with such a talented cast. Some of her recent credits include I Cry You Mercy Everyone and Ebbie, Mol & the Apocalypse Song. She recently graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is finishing her education at The New School. She thanks her friends and family, and Nick for all their love and support!
Crew Members Shruti Garg
(Stage Manager/ Light Technician) Shruti Garg is a graduate of York College, majored in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing. She was seen in Tom Marion's production of Istwa and worked backstage with Our Lady of 121st Street presented by the York College Drama Club. She was also a part of Tim Amrhein's production of Fame.
(Marketing/Promotional Manager) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and is a graduate of York College with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing/Theater Arts. She has always been active in many fields of the arts and has helped to market several other plays and plan on continuing her career within this field. She believes the best way to learn is by doing. "Be who you are and the right people will love you".
(Technical Director) Earline Stephen is a Brooklyn based actress and photographer studying with a theater degree from York College. She fell in love in theater in high school and since then has been in performances such as ; A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum ,Tommy and Fame. She has also worked backstage in productions such as Antigone, No Exit and also Tempest. Earline's ultimate goal is to be on Broadway. She is thankful to have found such a supportive family and group of artists to help her get there.
(Photographer/ Sound Technician) Ian Tyrone Stephens is a graduate of York College. In the theatre world, he has worked as sound engineer for various shows including, "All in the Timing" and "Charlie, Victor, Romeo." He has also had the pleasure of working sound for "Bonafide Women" in 2012. At this present moment, Ian considers himself an artist who has the love for writing poetry and photography. He is working on his own projects and hopes that next year will be "rich" in the arts.
(House Manager/ Assistant Public Relation Manager) has worn many hats behind the scenes over the past few years. She was a stage manager for THIS IS HOW I LEFT and a light and sound technician for various plays in the Cabrini Theater. She enjoys the chance to learn new aspects of theatre and working with this cast.
(Sound Engineer) Solomon Peck is an actor, singer, producer who has had the privilege of being part of the first production of "Bonafide 2011". Most recently he performed as Simon in the off-Broadway production of Fifteen Minutes.....Til the end of the world. Whether on stage or behind the scenes, Solomon is honored to be a part of this "Bonafide Movement," and looks forward to what is to come. Solomon thanks the Lord for the blessings that have come of and to Bonafide.
Jazmine Gonzalez (Graphic Designer)
Stacey Stephenson (Make-Up Artist)
Stephanie is an alumna of CUNY York College, with a baccalaureate in Speech Communications & Theatre Arts. She is an honorary recipient of the Barbara Nickolich Award for Theater Excellence. She wrote and directed "Bonafide Women 2012 , which took place at the Roy Arias Off Broadway theater, Co- director and actor in " Our Lady of 121st Street",written by Stephen Adley Guirgis and lead actress in Fabulation Written by Lynn Nottage as Undine Barnes Cajes, Malcolm-X in Speak Out , directed by Tom Marion, and Inez Serrano in No Exit, written by Jean Paul Satre.
As a young entrepreneur, Stephanie is the Founder and CEO of a new entertainment Production Company; Pristine Playhouse LLC , which will produce the upcoming production "Bonafide 2013" and many future productions to come; Your support and sponsorship will be greatly appreciated, by her and others whose lives you will help to change.
"To be an entertainer was not something I chose," she had said,. "Entertainment chose me; and therefore, I must do my best to enjoy, satisfy, and positively change lives of those that I come across!"
The cast of "Bonafide: 2013" varies in age, ethnicity and of course, gender. , "We are from all different parts of the world and yet we find a way to unite and understand each other to make this play a success," she has stated.and she also believes that a production can only work when the cast really works towards supporting one another as a team and at the same time learning more about themselves.
The production is comprised of (actors, stage manager, promotional manager(s), make-up artist, costume designer, technical director, light and sound technical crew/engineers): Andrew Fitzsimons, Hope Little, Samantha Coppola, James Jarod, Jennifer Halweil, Brandon Delgado, Claudio Brovedani Nuti, Lawrence Wilson, DiAnne Dixon, Shruti Garg, TijAnna Walker, Angelica Toussaint, Ian Stephens, Solomon Peck, Sultana Shakur, Stacey Stephenson, Earline Stephen, and Writer/Director: Stephanie Ogeleza.