Washington Ensemble Theatre Stages ED, DOWNLOADED, Now thru 2/24

Washington Ensemble Theatre to Present ED, DOWNLOADED by Michael Mitnick in its reigonal premiere. Directed by Ali el-Gasseir, Ed, Downloaded will play today, January 31 - February 24, 2014, running Thursdays through Mondays at 7:30. The Opening Night Reception is set for tonight, January 31st after the show.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Set in a future where one can purchase immortality and spend an afterlife in a digital heaven of one's favorite memories, this soon-to-be true story tackles classic themes of love and death in a world where technological advancements bring infinite possibilities. Half-live action play and half-feature film, Ed, Downloaded is a sci-fi love story for high-tech dreamers.

Performances run at 608 19th Avenue East, at The Little Theatre in Capitol Hill. Tickets are $15-$20 and are available at the door or in advance at www.washingtonensemble.org. NEW! $15 Industry Tickets Any Night of the Week!

CAST:

Noah Benezra* - Ed

Gin Hammond** - Selene

Adria LaMorticella - Ruby

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Michael Mitnick - Playwright

Ali el-Gasseir* - Director

Maria Manness* - Stage Manager

Leah Salcido Pfenning* - Assistant Director

Cameron Irwin* - Scenic Designer

Robert Aguilar - Lighting Designer

Chelsea Cook - Costume Designer

Brendan Patrick Hogan - Sound Designer

Sonya Hachez - Properties Designer

Dani Norberg - Master Electrician

(*Denotes member of Washington Ensemble Theatre)

(**Denotes member of Actors Equity Association)

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES:

Michael Mitnick (Playwright) is a Brooklyn-based playwright, whose other plays include Sex Lives of Our Parents, Fly By Night , Spacebar: A Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman, and the libretto for the Broadway-bound musical version of Animal House.? He also wrote the screenplay for the adaptation of the Newbery-winning novel The Giver, which will star Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. His screenplay The Current War was among the 10 Best Screenplays of 2011 on THE BLACKLIST and will be produced by Steve Zaillian (Moneyball, Schindler's List), Timur Bekmambetov and Harvey Weinstein. ?Michael is a member of Ars Nova and P73 Playgroups, and a 2012 Visionary Playwright Award recipient. Currently, Michael is writing commissions for The Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club and Theatre Masters in conjunction with The Goodman Theatre. ?He received his MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.

Ali el-Gasseir* (Director) is a Co-Artistic Director of Washington Ensemble Theatre and a Seattle-based theatre maker. Along with his duties with the Ensemble he serves as the Casting director for the Intiman Theatre Festival. He has directed regionally in Seattle and California and as a performer has acted for companies such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Theatre Rhinoceros, and the Ensemble. Ali holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz with an emphasis in Directing and an MA in Theatre History and Criticism from San Francisco State University.

Noah Benezra* (Ed) is a Co-Artistic Director at Washington Ensemble Theatre. Noah has worked as a producer, literary manager, and actor at Washington Ensemble Theatre since 2010. Noah has been seen at the little theatre in The Mistakes Madeline Made, Robopop!, Milk Milk Lemonade, and Bed/Snake. As the Literary Manager for Washington Ensemble Theatre, Noah has facilitated new play development workshops with local and national playwrights and has built relationships with other emerging theatre companies across the country. Noah is also a pretty nice guy, you should talk to him - he likes people!

Gin Hammond** (Selene) is a Harvard University/Moscow Art Theatre grad and has performed nationally at theaters such as The Guthrie, Arena Stage, Seattle's ACT, the Pasadena Playhouse, the ART, the Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., where she won a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her performance of The Syringa Tree. Internationally, she has performed in Russia, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and England, and can be heard on commercials, audio-books, radio plays, and a variety of video games. Recent favorite Seattle productions include Huckleberry Finn: Uncensored at Book-It, and I'M/MIGRANT, by award-winning playwright Yussef el Guindi. Hammond teaches at Freehold Theater Lab/Studio and will be performing her 28-character solo show, Returning the Bones, at Key City Public Theater in October... after co-producing the second annual Sandbox One-Act Play Festival at West of Lenin in June...and directing Gifts of War at Velocity in September. Phew.




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