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One Year Lease Presents TEASER COW 1/14-2/4/2010

One Year Lease theater company presents teaser cow, by Clay McLeod Chapman, directed by Ianthe Demos

A Limited Run Engagement at Teatro Circulo 64 East 4th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village) New York, NY 10003
Thursday, January 14th through Thursday, February 4th
Performances are Wednesdays through Fridays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm.

Tickets: $18 and can be purchased online at or by phone at (212) 352-3101
For press tickets, contact Sarah Parvis 917-754-6353.

Meet an epically dysfunctional family plucked from Greek mythology and dropped square in the middle of Fast Food Nation. In Clay McLeod Chapman's teaser cow, King Minos is a cattle baron hell-bent on world beef domination. Queen Pasiphaë can't stay off the sauce. Their daughter spends her days slinging burgers and huffing cow patties to get high. And their son? He's the Minotaur - a half-man, half-bull monster that only a mother could love.

Toss in a twelve-step program, a couple of severed fingers, and a kid-hating corporate mascot in a plush suit, and you've got one deliciously disturbing dark comedy.

Danny Bernardy*, Sarah-Jane Casey, Nick Flint, Babis Gousias, Jim Kane, Christina Bennett Lind*, Gregory Waller*
*denotes a member of Actors' Equity Association

Production Team:
Director: Ianthe Demos
Dramaturg: Jessica Kaplow Applebaum
General Manager: Jess Chase
Lighting Designer: Mike Riggs
Set Designer: James Hunting
Costume Designer: Kay Lee
Sound Designer: Nathan Leigh
Choreographer: Austin McCormick
Animator: Chloe Benetatos
Scenic Artist: Kira Nehmer
Assistant Dramaturg: Amanda Culp
Publicity: Sarah Parvis
Graphic Designer: Brian Michael Thomas

About the Playwright
Clay McLeod Chapman is the creator of the acclaimed storytelling session the Pumpkin Pie Show, which has been performed around the country and around the world for the past ten years. He wrote the book for the recent hit musical Hostage Song with Obie-award winning Kyle Jarrow. He is currently writing the book for a new musical with Grammy-winner Bruce Hornsby, directed by Tony-winner Kathleen Marshal, titled SCKBSTD-as well as The Nitpicker, a new musical with rocker Mary McBride, directed by Scott Ellis. Chapman is also on the writing-team for THE RIDE, a multi-media musical tour through New York City, produced by Counts Media, Inc., and Blue Man Group. Chapman's other plays include bar flies, lee's miserables, No Exitway, duct-tape to family-time, drinking games, redbird, jewish mothers, junta high, nested doll, and volume of smoke.

About One Year Lease
Founded in 2000, One Year Lease (OYL) is an ensemble theater company made up of seven actors, four designers, two dramaturgs, and one artistic director who work together to produce high-quality, provocative theater. The ensemble, featuring American and International Artists, performs in New York and abroad. We also host a summer apprenticeship program in northern Greece, where college students work, live, and study with OYL actors, designers, and directors. OYL's recent productions: Eugene Ionesco's Bald Soprano (Teatro Circulo, New York); Ariel Dorfman's The Resistance Trilogy, which includes Reader (The New York International Fringe Festival), Death and the Maiden (Theatro Imeras, Athens, Greece), and Widows (performed throughout northern Greece); Brendan Cowell's Bed; Caridad Svich's Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell that Was Once her Heart (a rave fable) (Walkerspace, New York); and PHAEDRA x 3, which featured Racine's Phèdre, Matthew Maguire's Phaedra, and Sarah Kane's Phaedra's Love (Monodendri, Greece, and The Cherry Lane Theatre, New York).

About the Cast
Danny Bernardy's* (Theseus) New York credits include: Bald Soprano, Every Girl Gets Her Man (SOHO Playhouse), Cougar Cabaret (Don't Tell Mama), Love's Labour's Lost (NY Classical Theatre), The Black Dahlia (York Theatre), 24 (NY Theatre Workshop), and PHAEDRA x 3 (Cherry Lane Theatre). Regional credits include: Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Delaware Theatre Company), Vincent in Brixton (Virginia Stage Co), and Macbeth (Pittsburgh Hazlett). TV: One Life to Live (recurring), As the World Turns (Guest Star), FEED ME! (Follow Productions). Member of AEA and AFTRA.

A native New Zealander, Sarah-Jane Casey (Pasiphaë) has been seen in Xena Warrior Princess, Hercules, and soaps in New Zealand and Australia, including Shortland Street and All Saints. Her film and TV credits include They're Just My Friends, Paralysis, Speak Now, and Law & Order. She has just completed Customers (Dir. Mathew Bonifacio) and the period film William's Christening (Dir. Joshua Hume). Recently on stage in Last of the Red Hot Lovers for the Penobscot Theatre Company in the role of Bobby Michelle, her other credits include Bald Soprano and the American premiere of Bed with OYL, Closer and Letters to Baghdad with the Winter Harbor Theatre Company, and the American premiere of The Boys with The Outhouse Theatre Company.

Nick Flint (Daedalus) was born and raised in Australia. He has performed with the major Australian state theatre companies, including the Sydney Theatre Co. in The Shape of Things. and Melbourne Theatre Co. in The Recruit. Nick's regular TV roles include Home & Away, All Saints, and Love Bytes. His films include starring roles in the Australian feature films Ned and The Tumbler and a highly forgettable role in the US feature Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure. In New York, Nick has worked with One Year Lease on Bald Soprano, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls..., Bed, and Death and the Maiden (NYC and Athens productions); performed in 967 Tuna with the Australia Project; and directed Jane Brodie's Ride for the Outhouse Theatre Company. He is also a performer with The Flying Karamazov Brothers.

Babis Gousias (Midwife) was born and raised in Ioannina, Greece. He has performed extensively with the National Theatre of Greece. After many years of training and performing throughout Europe, Babis came to the U.S. to work with Anne Bogart's SITI Company. While in New York, he acted in plays such as A Flea in Her Ear at Columbia Stages, Vaclev Havel's Memo as part of the Havel Festival at Columbia University, and the New York premiere of Fetes de la Nuit by Charles Mee. Babis currently splits his time between New York and Greece.

Jim Kane (The Royal We) attended the Atlantic Theater Company Acting Conservatory and recently appeared in the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone at Playwright's Horizons (directed by Anne Bogart). Jim trains regularly with Bogart's SITI Company and, in 2007, worked with them on 365 Days/365 Plays, (directed by Barney O'Hanlon and J. Ed Azaria) at The Public Theatre. Other theater credits include: Hotel Oracle by Bixby Elliot (commissioned by Sum of Us Theater Co.), Candles to the Sun by Tennessee Williams (produced by New Mummer Group @ Actors Theatre of Louisville), Under Milkwood (directed by Darko Tresniak at The Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Good Thief, Hellhound on My Trail, Waiting for Lefty, and One for the Road. Jim can be seen as Wes Stacker in the online hit television series The Leif Garrison Project (

Christina Bennett Lind's* (Ariadne) credits include Mary in Mary's Wedding (Hudson Stage Company), Mrs. Martin in Bald Soprano, Hermione in The Winter's Tale (Columbia Thesis Director Rebecca Easton), Louise in The Runner Stumbles (guest artist with TACT), and a reading of Electra in a One Piece (Clyt, Isaac Oliver). Past projects included collaborator and actor with Matthew Maguire's The Desert at HERE Arts Center; Amiri Baraka's Dutchman at the Cherry Lane Theatre; Ariel Dorfman's Widows in Zagorohoria, Greece; Sheila Callaghan's Lascivious Something, produced as part of the Mentor Project at the Cherry Lane Theatre and read at the Roundabout Theatre; Largo Desolato with Columbia University Graduate director Rebecca Easton as part of the Vaclav Havel festival, and Metamorphoses at Capital Repertory Theatre.

Gregory Waller's*(Minos) recent New York Theater credits include Bald Soprano, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls... and Phaedra X 3 with OYL; Angel Eaters and Rue with the Flux Theatre Ensemble; The Chekhov Dreams; and Measure for Measure (Angelo). Other theater: Othello (Iago) with Hudson Shakespeare Company, Fifth of July, Cowboy Mouth, 12 Angry Men, Wild Honey, The Winter's Tale, The Provok'd Wife, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Film/TV: Law & Order, Cashmere Mafia, As the World Turns, Guiding Light, Extropy, and Tie a Yellow Ribbon.

*denotes a member of Actors' Equity

About the Director and the Design Team
Jessica Kaplow Applebaum (Production Dramaturg) has worked as Production Dramaturg with One Year Lease for more than seven years and is now studying dramaturgy at Columbia University. Other credits include artistic advisor for the Debate Society's A Thought About Raya, performed at CSV (New York) and dramaturg for Bradford Louryk's Klytemnestra's Unmentionables, performed at HERE (New York). While earning her Master's in Performance Studies at NYU (2004), she served as editorial assistant to TDR: The Drama Review. A contributing scholar for Columbia University Press's Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, Jessica is currently writing articles for an upcoming book on performance studies.

Ianthe Demos (Director) is a founding member and the Artistic Director of One Year Lease. With OYL, Ms. Demos has directed Eugene Ionesco's Bald Soprano, Ariel Dorfman's Resistance Trilogy which includes Death and the Maiden, Widows, and Reader; Brendan Cowell's Bed; Caridad Svich's Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell that Was Once her Heart (a rave fable); PHAEDRA x 3 which included Jean Racine's Phèdre, Matthew Maguire's Phaedra and Sarah Kane's Phaedra's Love; Jean Anouilh's Antigone; Sophie Treadwell's Machinal; John Osborne's Look Back in Anger; August Strindberg's Miss Julie; and Oresteia, translated and adapted from Aeschylus by Iason Demos and Yannis Papatheodorou. Other directorial credits include: Elizabeth Egloff's Phaedra, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, and Shakespeare's Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, and King Lear. Vice President of CAMI Spectrum, a division of Columbia Artists Management, Ianthe divides her time between New York and Greece.

James Hunting (Set Design) recently completed the sets for Ride with the Outhouse Theatre Company at 59E59. With One Year Lease, his designs have included Bald Soprano, Reader, Death and the Maiden, Bed, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls..., PHAEDRA x 3, Antigone, and Machinal. James is an Effects Supervisor/Pyrotechnician with J&M Special Effects where he works for NBC, ABC, CBS, MTV, VH1, various print adds, catalogs, special events, and various films.
Kay Lee (Costume Design) has worked on numerous theatre and film projects, in both costume and production design. Theater credits include: Ondine (dir. Jill Samuels), Lapse (dir. Richard Toth), and several productions for One Year Lease such as Widows, Reader, and Phaedra x 3. Film credits include: Dear Lemon Lima, Day on Fire, Haber, and Stanley Cuba.
Austin McCormick (Choreographer) graduated in 2006 with a BFA from the Juilliard School where he performed works by Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, and Jose Limon. He trained in Baroque Court dance from the age of eight with dance historian, Régine Astier at the Conservatory of Baroque Dance from which he graduated with Honors. He is an alumnus of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Harid Conservatory where he studied Classical Ballet. Austin currently performs with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet of New York.

Mike Riggs (Resident Lighting Designer) designs lighting for theater, opera and dance companies. He works regularly with One Year Lease, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, the Kennedy Center, various regional opera companies, and the Debate Society among others. He was nominated for the NY Innovative Theatre Award in 2007 for 6969. For many years Mike worked as production manager and/or lighting supervisor on several world tours including Momix, Parsons Dance Co., the Flying Karamazov Brothers, and The Presidents featuring Rich Little.

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