Roots & Wings Theatrical's 6th Annual 'Duct Tape and A Dream Festival' Set for May

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For the sixth installment of the Duct Tape and A Dream Festival, collaborative new works company Roots and Wings will showcase eight fresh premiers divided between two programs running in repertory May 15th-19th, 2013: A "Duct Tape" Program and a "Dream" Program. Both nightly programs are anchored by one longer piece and feature three shorter new works. The festival is truly eclectic including dance, clowning, devised theatre, a multi-media show, and new plays exploring a variety of subjects all written by emerging artists. The programs will play in rotation at the Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor.

The festival is produced by the Roots and Wings Board: Maggie Albert, Caralie Chrisco, Lauren Rayner, and Joseph Samuel Wright. The Festival Lighting Designer is Lauren Bremen. All tickets are $15 and can be obtained at the door or through More information available at

The 2013 Festival Line-Up:

Duct Tape Program:
Wednesday, May 15 at 8 PM, Friday, May 17 at 8 PM, and Saturday, May 18 at 3 PM

Menteurs, a play
Written by Colette La Pointe
Directed by Roxane Revon

When it's time to pick out baby sister's wedding dress, these three sisters are more interested in picking each other apart.

The Visceral City Project, a devised piece
Conceived by Lauren Rayner and Ashley Steed
Created by the Ensemble

A homeless woman. A writer. A waitress. A pickpocket. Long-lost lovers. In this devised piece based on the ensemble's response to living in a city, we explore how human beings interact in a constantly evolving urban landscape.

A Broken Liver and A Cataract, a play
Written by Jeffrey Kuperman
Directed by Chris Ghaffari

In a weirdly dystopian future where Shakespeare is banned and professional writers of all kinds are ostracized, two homeless brothers and former wordsmiths try to eek out a life after their only marketable skills have been rendered taboo.

Chartreuse and Ottoman, a play
Written by Ross Evans
Directed by Jaclyn Biskup

At a West Village dinner party, a lesbian couple prepares to surprise each other over foie gras, not knowing that their gay best friend brings a bombshell not even the finest wine can wash down!

Featuring: Alden Moore, Brian Butera, Colleen O'Connor, Dina Vovsi, Gary Culig, Jeffrey Kuperman, Jonathan Berenson, Kati Curry, Katherine Cordry, Kymm Walker, Lex Kilgour, Lucinda Rogers, Marc Singer, Rick Kuperman, Stacie Capone, and Timothy Ryan

A Dream Program:
Thursday, May 16 at 8 PM, Saturday, May 18 at 8 PM, Sunday, May 19 at 3 PM

Fregoli and the Diamondback, a play
Written by Bradley Troll
Directed by Christopher O'Bannon

Lucy believes an actor has taken the place of her boyfriend, but she might find out that their relationship was an act all along.

Starfish, a play
Written by Lily Padilla
Directed by Danya Taymor

Starfish is a play about the regeneration of lost limbs set in Northern India, Queens, and an internet chatroom. It is a story of the meant to be, the should be, and the can't be

For the Sins I Can Remember, a devised piece
Written by Cynthia Polutanovich and Jennifer Sargent
Directed by Jennifer Sargent
Composed by Tony Melone

A new movement-theatre project that explores the humanity of the ordinary women of the American Victorian Era who turned to prostitution as a means of survival.

Video Star, a play
Written by Sarah Babin
Directed by Caralie Chrisco

In this multimedia play, two seeming strangers discover the danger in combining ones art and life.

Featuring: Caralie Chrisco, Christine Giancatarino, Elisa Matula, Emelia Benoit-Lavelle, Jaspal Binning, Jessica Winograd, Mariette Strauss, Mary Beth Stanford, Matthew Hammond, Sean Kleier, Steven Hajar, and Susan Neuffer

Roots & Wings Board Bios

Maggie Albert (Development Director) is the Development Assistant at the Lark Play Development Center and recently joined Roots and Wings Theatrical as the Development Director. Since moving to New York City a year ago, she has enjoyed exploring the world of theatre and looks forward to supporting the communities of artists she has found through these two organizations. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2010 with a BA in Economics and while in school worked for local non-profit arts organizations including the Connecticut Ballet, The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center and The Children's Museum.

Caralie Chrisco (Programs & Casting Director) is currently an Associate at Davis/Spylios Talent Management in NYC as well as Programs and Casting Director for Roots and Wings Theatrical. She also freelances in casting having done internships and assistant work at various places including Melcap Casting, Elissa Myers Casting, and Tesley+Co. Caralie graduated from Louisiana State University in Theatre Performance, where she performed at the Swine Palace Equity Theatre in Speak Truth to Power and Hair. Her one act play I Do Without You was selected as a part of the 2013 LSU Outworks Festival. She has kept her performance spirit alive in NY by acting in multiple Indie Theatre productions.

Lauren Rayner (Marketing Director) is a producer, director, and playwright and currently serves as the Marketing Director of Roots and Wings Theatrical. Since 2008, Lauren has produced work at PS 122, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Barrow Street Theatre, Theater for the New City, HERE, the New Ohio Theatre, Dixon Place, Ars Nova, the Living Theatre, Kraine Theatre, Red Room, Under St. Marks, The Shell Theatre, The 45th Street Theatre, The Secret Theatre, Bridge Theatre, Theatre 54, Madame X, and The Cutting Room. Favorite producing credits include: disOriented (dir: Carlos Armesto; Peter Jay Sharp Theater); Jesse Zaritt's BINDING (Theatre C; Winner of 3 NY Innovative Theatre Awards, extended by PS 122), One Arm and A Leg (dir: Calla Videt; HERE & Theater for the New City); and MENDACITY (Kraine Theater; extended by FRIGID New York). She is also currently the Executive Producer of Theatre C. In New York, she has worked at the Lark Play Development Center, The Play Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, VoiceChair Productions, Women's Expressive Theatre, Ontological-Hysteric Theater, and in Los Angeles at Center Theatre Group. She holds a BA in Theatre & Education from the University of Southern California.
Joseph Samuel Wright (Producing Artistic Director) is an O'Neill semi-finalist playwright whose works have been showcased by Culture Project, Sightline, NyLon Fusion, Artistic New Directions, theNest, Roots and Wings Theatrical, Core Ensemble, LSU's Outworks Festival, University of Tennessee, Maryville College, Lark Play Development Center, and BE Theatre Company. Wright is a member of the NyLon Fusion Writers CollectivE. Wright's journalistic writing includes, Theatre Is Easy, TheaterOnline, and BroadwaySpacE. Wright's produced plays include RISE; Miss Hope's; Bck to the Grnd; What If; You Are Here; Unbecoming; Mask of Medusa; My Big, Thick Schtick; Constellation Nightglow, and Ours. Several of his shorts have also been staged in New York and around the country. His play Unbecoming was a finalist in the SteppingStone Millennium Playwright Competition. Wright is also the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Roots and Wings Theatrical (, a new works company dedicated to supporting emerging artists in New York City and promoting cross-discipline collaboration. In the company's four-year tenure, RaW has produced over 30 original works including dance, drama, music, film, and everything in between. When Wright isn't working on a show, he serves as the Marketing Manager for Shetler Studios & Theatres,freelances with KampfirePR, works at the HERE Arts Center box office, and assists author Iris Rainer Dart (People in the Picture, Beaches the Musical).

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