Photo Flash: Meet The FringeNYC Cast Of ESCAPE

Deya Danielle Drake's dark comedy, ESCAPE, will premiere at The New York International Fringe Festival on October 20. The limited run is directed by Lynnsey Ooten.

In the aftermath of a violent incident onboard a commercial jet, an Airline CEO and Flight Attendant fight to control the narrative of a news cycle in free fall. When the incident crosses over from news ticker headline to twitter #trending, the two women discover how fraught with turbulence the internet can be. ESCAPE paints a timely picture of the temptation to pursue power, by any means necessary, and the human need to solidify our own relevance in a world that is changing quicker than we are.

The cast includes Rhonda Ayers (i origins - Sundance 2014, Law and Order SVU), Deya Danielle Drake (The Good Fight, Royal Pains), Marlowe Holden (The Feast/The Flea), Jim Thalman (16 minutes/Independent Film), and Chris Wight (Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre).

The creative team includes Projection Design by Lisa Renkel, Lighting Design by Jennifer Fok, Sound Design by Jessica Hart, Casting by Kimberly Graham (2012 Emmy and Artios Awards for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Homeland), and Stage Management by Dara Swisher. Malloree Hill serves as Assistant Director. Produced by Bryn Carter and Deya Danielle Drake.

In keeping with the festival spirit, this year, all audience members will meet at The FringeHUB, 685 Washington Street (Between Charles & Perry) and will be walked to the theatre by a Fringe Ambassador. All theatres are within 3 blocks of the FringeHUB. Tickets are $22 and available at Running time: 1:35.

Performance dates:

Saturday, October 20 @ 9:45 pm

Sunday, October 21 @ 4:45 pm

Tuesday, October 23 @ 7:00 pm

Friday, October 26 @ 4:30 pm

Saturday, October 27 @ 9:30 pm

More information available at and

DEYA DANIELLE DRAKE (Playwright) is an actor/writer/producer. Escape is her debut stage play. Her films, as a writer/producer, have screened at Palm Springs International Shortfest, The Vault Film Festival, SXSW, Marfa Film Festival and others. Acting credits on stage: Romeo and Juliet (Theatre @ Boston Court), Finding the Flame (Malibu Stage Company), The Marriage Bed (14th Street Studio Theater). In TV/Film: The Good Fight (CBS All Access), Royal Pains (USA), Fully Engaged (ITVFest, Brooklyn Web Fest, NY Web Fest, HollyWeb Fest, Miami Web Fest), and the upcoming indie films Iris and These Honored Dead.

LYNNSEY OOTEN (Director) is a NYC based artist who is currently the co-producer and director of SCRiBBLES: a new web series. She also co-created the Oppressed in Heels Project (2015), a three part performance series that explored iconic women from classical theatre. Recent directing credits: The Taming of the Shrew (Oppressed in Heels), Romeo & Juliet (Tale Told), Raised in Captivity (University of N. Colorado). Recent acting credits: Recover One (short film, Official Selection of the 2018 Global Impact Film Festival). The Irish Exit (NYTSF/Red Shark Prod.); The Dudley's! A Family Game (HERE Arts Center/Loading Dock); The Trojan Women (Oppressed in Heels); The Tempest (Tale Told).

Photo Flash: Meet The FringeNYC Cast Of ESCAPE
Deya Danielle Drake

Photo Flash: Meet The FringeNYC Cast Of ESCAPE
Chris Wight

Photo Flash: Meet The FringeNYC Cast Of ESCAPE
Marlowe Holden

Photo Flash: Meet The FringeNYC Cast Of ESCAPE
Jim Thalman

Photo Flash: Meet The FringeNYC Cast Of ESCAPE
Rhonda Ayers

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