Will Pullen, Erica Pappas and More Set for THE FRIDGE PLAYS at Bridge Street Theatre

Will Pullen, Erica Pappas and More Set for THE FRIDGE PLAYS at Bridge Street Theatre

Two cutting-edge one-acts, two playwrights, two directors, five actors, one fridge. Straight from a sold-out run in NYC, 'The Fridge Plays' - Daniel Talbott's 'Nick and Zoe', directed by Shira-Lee Shalit and Steve McMahon's 'sad indie love song', directed by Benjamin Viertel - hit Catskill's intimate Bridge Street Theatre stage like a punch to the gut for two performances on Friday and Saturday, December 1st and 2nd, at 7:30pm.

Originally presented on a double-bill as part of Arctic Group's recent Fridge Fest in Manhattan (which featured ten new plays with nothing in common but a refrigerator), this harrowing, intense, sexy, raw, fierce evening of grab-you-by-the-throat theater comes to Catskill with its original cast of brilliant young New York actors intact. 'Nick and Zoe' stars Will Pullen (from the Broadway company of last year's Pulitzer Prize winning play 'Sweat') and Erica Pappas, while 'sad indie love song' features the talents of Declan Maloney Drummond, Natalie Donahue, and Shawna Wigney. Tristan Raines provides the costumes, while David Anzuelo is responsible for handling the choreography of the sex and violence in the production.

'Nick and Zoe' is set in mid-August in West Harlem. It's 3:28am. One of those hot summer nights when it feels like the oxygen is being burnt out of the air. Nick lies on the floor, wearing only a pair of dirty white socks. Zoe, lit by the light of the refrigerator, huddles against the doorway of Nick's kitchen in the dark. Something has happened that has changed both of their lives irrevocably. "At its heart," says playwright Daniel Talbott, "the play's about class and sex. About being poor and welcomed into a place that you'll never feel you fully belong. It's about love. The kind of love that swims in your blood and digs into your bones and muscles. It becomes part of you and you'll do almost anything not to lose it."

'sad indie love song' is a tasty treat, an off-beat New York love story about a boy, a girl, and another girl. Maybe. Plus a refrigerator they all keep getting pulled into and out of. "I wrote the parts with these specific actors in mind," says playwright Steve McMahon, "and it's been great to see them color in and flesh out the words I wrote on the page. It's been especially lovely to see them find things in the text even I didn't even know were there."

'The Fridge Plays' will be presented on the Bridge Street Theatre Mainstage for two performances only - Friday December 1 and Saturday December 2 at 7:30pm. Due to their frank and graphic content (language, violence, and sexual situations), both plays are recommended for audiences ages 18 and older only.

Tickets are $20, $10 for Students, and can be pre-purchased at Fridge.BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006. Tickets will also be sold at the door 30-minutes prior to each performance on a space available basis. The theatre is located at 44 West Bridge Street in the Village of Catskill, NY.

For those who appreciate theatre that is heart-pounding, gasp-inducing, risk-taking, and immediate, this is an evening not to be missed. For more information, visit the theatre online at BridgeStreetTheatre.org.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Daniel Talbott (Playwright, Nick and Zoe) is currently a writer for OZZ with Blue Ribbon Content/Warner Bros., and in development with Jim Parsons' company That's Wonderful Productions for his feature film, Yosemite. He's a writer for Weinstein Company and Spike TV on The Mist, based on the Stephen King novella, and his hour-long drama pilot Summer was optioned and in development with Sonar Entertainment and Killer Films. He is a writer, director, and actor, as well as an artistic associate of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, associate artistic director of {Your Name Here}, and artistic director of the Lucille Lortel and NYIT Award-winning Rising Phoenix Rep. His plays include Nick and Zoe (Arctic Group/IRT), Slipping (Rattlestick, The Side Project), Yosemite (Rattlestick), Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait (Rattlestick/piece by piece, Encore), What Happened When (Rattlestick, Your Name Here, Rising Phoenix Rep/HERE), Someone Brought Me (Quince Productions), Mike and Seth (Quince, Encore, The Side Project), Extraordinary Things (RPR), and Gray (Your Name Here). He is currently co-writing a new play with Lucy Thurber. Recent directing work includes Ugly Little Sister (NYU), First Born (The Actors Studio), Selkie (RPR/ Weathervane), Thieves ( Weathervane/RPR/ Rattlestick), F**king Immaculate (RPR), A Fable (Rattlestick), Gin Baby (IRT), Scarcity (Rattlestick/Hill Town Plays - OBIE Award), Lake Water (Neighborhood Productions), Eightythree Down (Hard Sparks), Much Ado About Nothing (Boomerang), Squealer (Lesser America), and The Umbrella Plays (the teacup company/FringeNYC - Overall Excellence Award: Outstanding Play). He received a 2011 Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship and was also named one of the 15 People of the Year by nytheatre.com. He is a graduate of Juilliard, is a proud member of Lesser America and Echo Theatre, and a member of The Actors Studio.

Steve McMahon (Playwright, sad indie love song; Assistant Director, Nick and Zoe) is an award-winning Scottish actor and writer based in Brooklyn. His plays have been developed and produced at IRT Theater, Origin Theatre Company, Fundamental Theater Project, Nylon Fusion, The Arctic Group, Between Us Productions and Big Apple Theater Festival in NYC and the Traverse Theatre, Village Pub Theatre, Bite-Size Plays, Strangetown and Ineffect in Scotland, including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has been published B. Smith & Kraus and The Dionysian. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and co-founder and editor of the playwriting magazine, The Dionysian. As an actor, he graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he won the Lawrence Langner Award for Voice & Speech and has performed Shakespeare, 20th century classics, new plays and children's theatre.

Erica Pappas (Zoe, Nick and Zoe) is a recent graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Recent productions include Sam Shepard's Fool For Love at the Strasberg Institute, which participated in the ITSelf Theatre Festival in Warsaw, Poland, and Charlotte Miller's Ugly Little Sister as part of the Clifford Odets Play Commission at the Strasberg Institute. See her next as Elle in the short film Girl Talk, written and directed by Erica Rose. www.ericapappas.com

Will Pullen (Nick, Nick and Zoe) recently wrapped the Pulitzer-prize winning production of Lynn Nottage's Sweat for director Kate Whoriskey in his Broadway debut. Last summer he starred in the Williamstown Theatre Festival's productions of Tennessee Williams' Rose Tattoo, opposite Maria Tomei and Christopher Abbott and Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter, opposite Kate Walsh. He was most recently seen recurring in FX's spy drama, The Americans, opposite Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys and can be seen in the Andrew Neel film, Goat, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Last year, Will appeared in The Good Wife, Elementary, and filmed Jenji Kohan's HBO pilot Devil You Know, directed by Gus Van Sant. Will is a recent graduate of Syracuse University's theater department and quickly booked five back-to-back theatrical productions in New York: Scarcity at the Rattlestick; Marie Antoinette at Soho Rep; Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra at Playwrights Horizons; The Wayside Motor Inn at Signature Theatre Company; and Punk Rock at MCC. Will was nominated for the prestigious Clive Barnes Award, honoring the most promising young actors, for his work in The Wayside Motor Inn, and was also nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his role in Punk Rock.

Shira-Lee Shalit (Director, Nick and Zoe) is an award-winning director of stage and film. She's directed at LAByrinth Theatre Company, EST, Cherry Lane, The Actors Studio, Dixon Place, TBG Theatre, Nylon Fusion, NYMadness, The Lark, etc. Chosen by Steven Spielberg out of 12,000 directors for Fox TV's On The Lot, her film Full Cycle was a Finalist in the Student Academy Awards. Associate Artistic Director - Barefoot Theatre Company, member Rising Phoenix Rep, Actors Studio PDU. Faculty - Columbia University & NYU. www.shira-leeshalit.com

Declan Maloney Drummond (Chris, sad indie love song) has acted in Burying Your Brother In The Pavement (National Theatre Youth Connections) and Off-Off Broadway production of Ashes To Ashes (Invisible Girl Theatre Co.). He is also the Editor-In-Chief of The Dionysian literary magazine.

Shawna Winey (Cat 1, sad indie love song). Originally from Canada and the Cayman Islands, Shawna is a graduate of the two-year conservatory and company program at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. As well as a performer, she is a co-founder and editor of NY-based literary journal, The Dionysian.

Natalie Donahue (Cat 2, sad indie love song) graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2015 and performed as a member of their Company program through 2016. She most recently was seen in Random Access Theatre's season 'Resistance and Rebellion in Rep' playing Ismene in a new adaptation of Antigone. She also had the fortune of performing in one of Steve McMahon's other works, Settling, in a reading at Origin Theatre Company's Annual Cultural Symposium. Love and thanks to Steve and The Dionysian. www.nataliedonahue.net

Benjamin Viertel (Director, sad indie love song) is a freelance director based in New York City, born in France and raised in South Florida by German and Italian parents. Upcoming: Grindr The Musical (UK and Italian tour). Past: The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (New Ohio Theater), Fireface (The Brick), Clipped (Atlantic Stage II), Kragtar: A Monster Musical (Peoples Improv Theater), sad indie love song (IRT Theater), Crimes of the Heart and Avenue Q (Bristol Valley Theater); and award-winning webseries [Blank] My Life. Benjamin has worked with BAM, Roundabout Theater Company, Huntington Theater Company, The New Group, and The Civilians. Member of Kennedy Center Director's Lab, MTC's Directing Fellow, The Civilian's R&D Group, and Resident Artist at The Brick and Abrons Arts Center. Co-founder and Artistic Director of Third Space. Education: Carnegie Mellon University. www.benjaminviertel.com

David Anzuelo (Fight/Movement Director) has worked on several Daniel Talbott plays including: Yosemite; Gray; America, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Kuwait; and What Happened When. Broadway credits: Tuck Everlasting (Broadhurst); An American In Paris (Palace); Disgraced (Lyceum). National Tour: An American In Paris. London: Buried Child. Other theaters: Disgraced (Goodman; Berkeley Rep; Seattle Rep); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Public Theater). David is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep.

Tristan Raines (Costume Design). Select Off Broadway/New York: NYPops Christmas Concert, Would You Still Love Me If, Soul Doctor, They Promised Her the Moon, Stalking the Bogeyman, The Internationals, A Real about, Bare, Tribes, Men are From Mars/Women from Venus (Off Broadway and Tour), Murder in the First, Falling, AZAK, A Fable, The Bilbao Effect, Yosemite, Scarcity. Regional: Tribes (CTG-LA/ La Jolla Playhouse), Jesus Christ Superstar (The Muny), Coriolanus (New Jersey Shakespeare), Blue Sky Boys (Capital Repertory). www.tristanraines.com

Daniel Melnick (Sound Design, Nick and Zoe) is a director, composer, and multidisciplinary designer. Recent credits include The Siblings Play (The Cherry Lane Theatre), Street Children (Vertigo Theatre/The New Ohio), Agnes (Rattlestick), Invincible Ones (Signature Theatre), Ugly Little Sister (Lee Strasberg Studio), First Born (The Actors Studio), F* It Club Spring Fling '16 (IRT), The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer (The Connolly Theater), Now That We're Men (Dixon Place), SLUT (Gym@Judson and National Tour), and Singles in Agriculture (The Brick).

Kia Rogers (Original Lighting Designer, Nick and Zoe). Kia's work has been seen at BAM Fisher, 3LD Art & Technology Center, The Gym at Judson, The SoHo Playhouse, Theatre at St. Clement's, Danspace, St. Luke's and the 4th Street Theatre. Regional: Thieves by Charlotte Miller in LA. Selkie by Sarah Shaefer in San Francisco. International credits: Associate Lighting Designer for Slutforart/98.6 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Muna Tseng. Tours: The God Box Project with Mary Lou Quinlan, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Awards: Outstanding Lighting Design for Jane The Plain with the NYITA, 2014 and nominated in 2016 for Rizing. Kia has been a creative partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble based in New York City since 2010.

Paul Hudson (Original Lighting Designer, sad indie love song). Recent: Novacation (IRT), Lucky Stiff (BVT), Henry V and Cymbeline (Juilliard Drama Division), Cracked Orlando (Juilliard CIA), The Cheesemonger's Invitational, Sorry (Shook Ones), and Lonely Planet (Keen Co.). Upcoming: Affections of an Alleycat and Call It Clover (New Brooklyn Theater), eVirtuosos (Juilliard CIA).

Raul Abrego (Original Set Designer) has designed for the Juilliard Opera Center, The Spoleto Opera Festival in Italy and the Manhattan School of Music. Noted Projects: Cosi Fan Tutte for Queens College directed by Rod Gomez, Fidelis by Christina Gorman, directed by Leah Gardiner for The Public Theater's Studio, Insurgents by Lucy Thurber, directed by Jackson Gay for LAByrinth Theater Company, AZAK written and directed by Daniel Talbott, and Underneathmybed by Florencia Lozano directed by Pedro Pascal.


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