Photo Flash: Opening Night of SPIN at Cherry Lane Theater

On October 11, stageFARM (Alex Kilgore, Artistic Director and Carrie Shaltz, Founder / Executive Director) mounted the world premiere of SPIN, a series of new short plays (commissioned on the timely topic) by Adam Rapp, Gina Gionfriddo, Judith Thompson, Elizabeth Meriwether, and Mark Schultz.  With direction by Alex Kilgore and Evan Cabnet, the cast of SPIN will feature Patch Darragh (Crimes of the Heart, SAFE), Rebecca Henderson (U.S. Drag, VENGEANCE), Jesse Hooker (Some Men, Iphiginia 2.0), David Ross (VENGEANCE) and Dreama Walker (“Gossip Girl”). SPIN began performances Friday, October 3, 2008, for a limited engagement through Saturday evening, November 8, at The Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street between Barrow & Bedford Streets) in New York.

As with last season’s acclaimed VENGEANCE, the stageFARM has focused on a theme of the moment and has commissioned some of most singular theatrical voices to write short plays on that subject.  The accelerated process employed by the company and playwrights affords the audience a fresh and highly topical page-to-stage experience, unusual in the developmental process of plays.  In the case of SPIN, the playwrights and the company have all collaborated on the resonant topic during this highly charged campaign season.

SPIN will play Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $37.50 and are available by visiting, and at

Patch Darragh (Will perform in 90 Days, FUN, Tone Unknown) Broadway: Our Town. Off-Broadway: Crimes of the Heart (Roundabout), All That I Will Ever Be (NYTW), The Ruby Sunrise (The Public), Safe (Studio Dante), Where We're Born (Rattlestick), The Grille Room and The Secret Agenda of Trees (Cherry Lane), Pieces of Paper (EST), Golden Age (Kraine). Regional: Crimes of the Heart, Dissonance, The Sugar Syndrome (all at Williamstown), Romeo & Juliet (title role - Guthrie), The Mistakes Madeline Made (Yale Rep), The Violet Hour (Old Globe), Wit (Pittsburgh Public), Control + Alt + Delete (San Jose Rep), No. 11 Blue & White (ATL - Humana), The Last Bridge (George Street Playhouse). TV: "Damages", "Law & Order: CI", "Law & Order", "Guiding Light", "Monday Night Mayhem" (TNT Original Movie), "The Order of the Serpentine" (Spike TV), "Our Town" (Showtime). Juilliard Graduate (Group 28).

Rebecca Henderson (Will perform in America's Got Tragedy, 90 Days, Tone Unknown) Recently seen in U.S. Drag (the stageFARM), directed by Trip Cullman and in Canary at The Rattlestick directed by Rachel Chavkin. Previous work includes VENGEANCE (the stageFARM), bobrauschenbergamerica directed by Anne Bogart (A.R.T.), Three Sisters (Nature Theater of Oklahoma) and Scapin and The Misanthrope (CSC). Recent film and media includes a featured character in "Grand Theft Auto IV", national commercials for HUMIRA and Walmart, and the upcoming film A Lone Star State starring Jon Gries. International credits: The Maids, Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights, and The Constant Prince. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, she holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University, and is a proud member of Equity and SAG.

Jesse Hooker (Will perform in America's Got Tragedy, Nail Biter, Tone Unknown) Off-Broadway: Some Men (Second Stage), Expats (New Group), Drug Buddy (the stageFARM), The Scariest (The Exchange), Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature), Cigarettes and Chocolate (PTP).  Regional:  After Ashley (Humana,) The Rainmaker (Arena Stage), Hazard County (Humana), Amadeus (Actors Theatre of Louisville).  TV: "Law and Order", "As The World Turns", "Guiding Light", and the animated series "One Pieces" and "Yu-Gi-Oh GX".

David Ross (Will perform in America's Got Tragedy, Tone Unknown) Off-Broadway: VENGEANCE at The Cherry Lane Theatre (the stageFARM), Summer Shorts 2 at 59E59 Theatres. The O'Neill: ReGina Taylor's Magnolia, Jason Grote's Box Americana, Deb Laufer's End Days. Williamstown: Lucy and the Conquest, Romeo and Juliet.  TV: "Cashmere Mafia". Film: Two Lovers (2009), The Rebound (2009).  David received his MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program in Spring 2007.  David also co-wrote and performed in the play Scratch about two overly passionate thespians from Iowa, which premiered at NYU in 2007.

Dreama Walker (Will perform in America’s Got Tragedy, FUN) TV: “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “One Life to Live,” recurring role on “Gossip Girl.”  Upcoming Film: “This Side of the Truth” and “Gran Torino.”

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