INTAR Theatre And Radio Drama Networkto Present The World Premiere Of THEN THEY FORGOT ABOUT THE REST
INTAR (Lou Moreno, Artistic Director/John McCormack, Executive Director) and Radio Drama Network (Melina Brown, President) today announced the cast for the World Premiere of Then They Forgot About the Rest, a new play by Georgina Escobar, directed by David Mendizabal. Performances will begin April 13th for a limited Off-Broadway engagement through May 12th. Opening Night is set for April 22nd.
Then They Forgot About the Rest will star Danielle Alonzo, Maki Borden, Mindy Escobar-Leanse, Renata Friedman, Jacqueline Guillén, Gabriel Marin, and Elizabeth Ramos. Then They Forgot About the Rest will have set design by Christopher & Justin Swader; costume design by Asa Benally; lighting design by Cha See; and sound design by Enrico de Trizio.
Then They Forgot About the Rest is a southwest femmetasia in which an ad agency, The Rest, struggles to stay afloat in a new competitive media market. As they get ready to accept their new client, Alleviate (or "the forgetting pill"), members of the agency question the moral implications of selling the drug, while a bereaved mother undergoes trial for it. A frontier futura funk piece with elements of noir.
Georgina Escobar is an artist and writer originally from Juárez, México who employs multiple mediums to create impossible narratives for the stage. Recent works include Sweep (Aurora Theatre, Lincoln Center Directors Lab), B.I. (Milagro, Steppenwolf's "The Mix"), and Penny Pinball Presents the Beacons (INTAR premiere, 50 PP). Escobar's plays have been seen, nurtured, and developed at and with INTAR, Dixon Place, The Flea, Lincoln Center, The Sol Project, Clubbed Thumb, Exquisite Corpse Company, Milagro, Aurora Theatre, Duke City Rep, Marfa Live Arts, The Magic, The Lensic, and The Movement Theatre Company. She is a Djerassi Residency artist, a MacDowell Colony fellow, a two-year participant at the Fornés Writing Workshop, and writer at the Paula Vogel Bootcamp. She was the finalist for the 2016 National Latino Playwriting Award and received the Kennedy Center's National Theatre for Young Audiences Playwriting Award in 2010.
David Mendizábal is a director, designer, one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company, and Associate Artistic Director of The Sol Project. Directing credits include: The Maturation of an Inconvenient, or iNegro (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), And She Would Stand Like This (The Movement), On the Grounds of Belonging (Public Studio), Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic - Drama League Nomination), Locusts Have No King (INTAR), Look Upon Our Lowliness, and Bintou (The Movement). He is a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons, alumnus of The Drama League, LCT Director's Lab, LAByrinth Intensive Ensemble, NALAC Leadership Institute, and artEquity. BFA NYU/Tisch. www.davidmendizabal.com
Danielle Alonzo: writer, actor, content creator. With all the people living in her head, Danielle found her outlet with creating her one woman show, In Your Face which she wrote and performed at The Pit in 2014. In 2015, it returned to a sold out audience. She also created her web series "Bronx'ish," following her random adventures. In 2018, she was cast in ABC's Diversity Showcase, making the top 12 out of 11,000 applicants. Currently, you can find her on HBO's "High Maintenance" as Marania.
Maki Borden's most recent theatre credits include Our Lady of 121st Street (dir. Phylicia Rashad, The Signature), Wolf in the River (dir. Adam Rapp), Inanimate (The Flea), and A 24-Decade History of Popular Music dir. Taylor Mac/Niegel Smith (St. Ann's Warehouse), Maki trained at the University of Texas at Austin and with the LAByrinth Theater Company as an Acting Fellow. As a Peruban (Peruvian/Cuban), he is very proud to be working at INTAR.
Mindy Escobar-Leanse is an alumna of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts NY and a recurring participant at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's National Puppetry Conference. Credits: A Ribbon About a Bomb (Governor's Island), The Unbearable Likeness of Jo, Semity, and Jones (Dixon Place), Ash Tree (Regional: Duke City Repertory Theatre), Species: Human (The Bushwick Starr Reading Series). Puppetry: Puppet Titus Andronicus (Theatre Row), The Last Rat of Theresiendstadt (Tour: NYC/Poland), Little Red Fish (Theatre Row), Soldier's Tale (Bushwick Starr), The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Theatre Row), Dinosaur Train Live (Tour: Jim Henson/PBS). www.mindyleanse.com
Renata Friedman's credits include: New York: Roundabout Theatre Company, Page 73, Colt Coeur, Clubbed Thumb Winterworks, New Victory Theater, Aquila Theatre. Regional: Over 25 productions including Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Humana Festival, Roundhouse, Barrington Stage Company, TheatreWorks, Actors Theatre of Louisville, ACT (Seattle), Intiman Theatre. New work development at Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Bushwick Starr, LCT3, Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, etc. TV: FBI, New Amsterdam, Alternatino. Film: Protégé. www.renatafriedman.com.
Jacqueline Guillén is an actor based in NYC originally from Matamoros, Mexico. She received her BFA in Acting from Texas State University and studied in Stratford upon Avon with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Some of her NYC Credits include Play/Date (3LD), Lilia (Rising Circle), Satyricoño (INTAR), Judgment of Fools (InViolet Theater), Trees in their Youth (Columbia Stages), Miss Julie, Asian Equities (Brave New World); readings for Roundabout Theatre, The Lark, INTAR, Urban Stages, The Civilians, Westport Country Playhouse, New York Theatre Workshop, and Playwrights Horizons. She lends her voice to KCRW's radio novella Celestial Blood/Sangre Celestial. TV Credits include "The Good Cop," "Bull," "Orange is the New Black," and "Search Party." Jacqueline is a member of INTAR's Unit52, Saudade Theatre, and InViolet Theatre, and an alumnus of The 24 Hour Plays.
Gabriel Marin has appeared in over sixty productions regionally with American Conservatory Theater, Kansas City Rep, Ensemble Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, San Jose Rep, Kitchen Theatre Company, Merrimack Rep, TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Center REP, among others. He has performed on NBC, CBS, PBS and the BBC. gabriel-marin.com
Elizabeth Ramos is making her INTAR debut. Off-Broadway credits include: The Surgeon and Her Daughters (Cherry Lane Theatre, Dir. Adrienne Campbell-Holt); The Idea of Me (Cherry Lane Theatre, Dir. Jose Zayas); A Month in the Country (Classic Stage Company, Dir. Erica Schmidt). Regional credits include: Tiny Beautiful Things (Long Wharf Theatre, Dir. Ken Rus Schmoll) Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley (Pioneer Theater Company, Dir. Julie Kramer): The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Two River Theatre, Dir. Ken Rus Schmoll); Title IX (O'Neill Theatre Center, Dir. Daniella Topol); Fade (TheaterWorks, Dir. Jerry Ruiz); Training: Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprenticeship and BFA from CSU Fullerton.
INTAR, one of the United States' longest running theatres producing Latino/Latina voices in English since 1966, works to:
• Nurture the professional development of Latino/a theater artists;
• Produce bold, innovative, artistically significant plays that reflect diverse perspectives;
• Make accessible the diversity inherent in America's cultural heritage through an integrated program of workshops, productions of works-in-progress, and mainstage productions. INTAR brings to the public vital and energetic voices of emerging and accomplished Latino/a theater professionals, giving expression to the diversity and depth of today's Latino-American community.
INTAR is an organization committed to the development of "theater arts without borders." Over the past four decades, INTAR has produced classics, Latino/a adaptations of classics, cabarets, and 70 world premieres of plays written by Latino-Americans and Latina-Americans, including Oscar nominee Jose Rivera and Pulitzer Prize recipient Nilo Cruz.
INTAR, one of the United States' longest running Latino/a theaters producing in English, works to nurture the professional development of Latino/a theater artists; produce bold, innovative, artistically significant plays that reflect diverse perspectives; and, make accessible the diversity inherent in America's cultural heritage. INTAR has commissioned, developed, and produced works by more than 175 Latino/a writers, composers, and choreographers. It has assisted hundreds of Latino/a playwrights, directors, and actors in obtaining their first professional theater credits, union memberships, and reviews in English-language media. "There's scarcely a Latino artist in America who hasn't been supported or trained or produced by INTAR" declared the The New York Times.
The Radio Drama Network (Melina Brown, President) was founded by legendary audio drama director and producer, Himan Brown, to support art forms that use the spoken word to enrich our culture. Himan was a champion of all storytellers, from the tradition of the earliest stranger who wandered from town to town with tales of the latest news, to Academy Award winning writers that contributed to his thousands of radio dramas, to the writers silenced by the Red Scare who were just trying to feed their families. Himan strove to keep writers writing and actors acting, telling tales that spun out of the grandest oral traditions of history, often addressing important social issues. Himan was the son of immigrants who became an actor, a director/producer and a gifted orator early in his life. His medium was the new frontier of radio. He began his career reading Yiddish stories over the airwaves from hotel bathrooms fashioned into audio studios, and quickly moved from packaging and starring in shows such as the Rise of the Goldbergs to creating his own shows. During the height of radio, he created hundreds of radio series such as Inner Sanction, Little Italy, Grand Central Station, Dick Tracy, The Shadow, Bulldog Drummond, and The Thin Man. Following television's rise, he resurrected audio drama on the airwaves with CBS Radio Mystery Theater and Adventure Theater. Himan Brown lamented the dearth of dramatic and interesting programming on today's airwaves, and he continued to create shows and series well into his 90s. Himan created The Radio Drama Network as a family foundation to continue his philanthropic work. He was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who doted on his great-grandchildren. Himan Brown died three weeks shy of 100 years old in 2010.
Performances will be at INTAR's Theatre, 500 West 52nd Street at Tenth Avenue, on the 4th floor. Tickets are only $35, and may be purchased at INTARtheatre.org or by calling 212/352-3101 or toll free, 866/811-4111.
For more information on Then They Forgot About the Rest and all the programs at INTAR, visit INTAR on the web at www.intartheatre.org