Crowded Outlet to Present New York Premiere of LONE STAR SPIRITS
In LONE STAR SPIRITS, a trip home gets wildly out of hand when Marley returns to introduce her fiancé to her estranged father. Hoping for a quick visit, she finds herself stranded in a liquor store haunted by her football hero ex-boyfriend, a single mom insistent on a girls' night out, and the ghost of the bear-wrestling pioneer who founded their town. LONE STAR SPIRITS is a comedy about those who leave, those who stay, and raising a glass to the ghosts of your past.
The cast of LONE STAR SPIRITS includes Mikaela Feel-Lehman (Perfect Arrangement, Cyrano de Bergerac), KeiLyn Durrel Jones (Love in the Wars, "Jessica Jones"), Martin LaPlatney (Pretty Hunger, "Elementry"), Amelia McClain (Noises Off, Inside Llewyn Davis), and Aaron Roman Weiner (Fool for Love, Agent Brooks on "The Americans").
Josh Tobiessen (Playwright). Originally from Schenectady, NY, Josh used an undergraduate degree in philosophy and training from the Improv Olympic in Chicago to start writing plays in Ireland with a theatre company he co-founded called 'Catastrophe'. After having several plays-many of them site-specific productions-performed at such venues as the Galway Arts Festival and the Dublin Fringe Festival he returned to the States to get a playwriting MFA at the University of California, San Diego. His recent plays include Election Day (New York Times Critic's Pick), Red State Blue Grass, Spoon Lake Blues, Crashing the Party, and Lone Star Spirits and have been produced or developed at such places as The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta; Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis; The O'Neill New Play Conference, Connecticut; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland; Second Stage Theatre, New York; Slant Theatre Project, New York; The Zach Scott Theatre, Austin; and AiShangChu Theatre, Hong Kong. Election Day is published by Samuel French and in the Smith and Kraus anthology, New Playwrights, Best Plays of 2008.
Crowded Outlet is a not-for-profit development and producing organization in it's inaugural year, committed to harnessing the creative powers of a variety of artistic voices and theatrical visions. The organization is run and operated by Wes Grantom (Eager to Lose and The Steadfast) and Chad Goodridge (Passing Strange). Early in the year Crowded Outlet developed new work by Jeff Talbott, Zakiyyah Alexander and Matt Dellapina. Throughout the year Crowded Outlet will continue to develop work by the rest of the artists in their Surge Series, including new work by Cori Thomas, Alejandro Rodriguez, Emily Walton, Marisa Michelson, Lauren Whitehead, Polly Lee and Nikko Benson in collaboration with Chad Goodridge, as well as a collaboration between Matt Citron and Carlos Dengler.
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