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The New Collectives Will Present World Premiere of STEVE GOT RAPED

By: Jul. 09, 2016
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The New Collectives is proud to present the world premiere of STEVE GOT RAPED. as part of the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival . The show will be directed by Melissa Firlit and will be presented at The Players Theatre with performances on August 18th @ 9:45pm, August 20th @ NOON, August 23rd @ 4:30pm, August 25th @ 7:00pm and Saturday, August 27th @ 4:30pm.

Engaged and expecting their first child, Steve and Katie think they are on the right track. However, when a shocking event happens during Steve's bachelor party, the couple's lives start to veer off course. With Sam Gooley's new dark comedy, The New Collectives strive to open a conversation about consent, monogamy, and societal expectations. As a young company composed of individuals bridging the gap between Generation Y and Millennial, these are relevant issues to our time. This play is a story of our generation's anxieties about sex, maturity, and settling; showcasing a generation standing on the precipice of adulthood and igniting in all of us the question: Am I ready for what comes next?

Featuring Sarah Moore as Katie, Dan Morrison* as Derrick, James E. Smith* as Steve and Mara Gannon as Ariel. Directed by Melissa Firlit, stage maanged by Rebecca Kane and Sound Design by Kevin Novinsky.

* Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Sam Gooley (Playwright) is Los Angeles based playwright whose plays include This One Time In Last Chance (The Attic, 2011 NYC International Fringe Festival), The Game Of Children; A Quick Stop in Sanctuary; Fat Man Tapping (Co-written with Jason Sofge; Laurie Beechman Theatre). His work has been presented or workshopped at such places as The Flea, The Attic Theatre, The Push & Shove Theatre Company and The Amoralists. He has also been featured on the podcast "Theatre on the Radio". He served as the Playwright-in-Residence for the Attic Theatre Company in 2011. He is a graduate from East Carolina University and a proud member of the Dramatist Guild & the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

Melissa Firlit (Director) has been awarded Best Director, Best Dramatic Play and Best Small Ensemble from the Denver Broadway World for her production of RED with Thingamajig Theatre Company at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. She has also been nominated and won various awards for her work across the New York area, with accolades including best direction, best ensemble and best variety show. Melissa's recent credits include: Always...Patsy Cline, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Few Good Men, Moon Over Buffalo, The Pillowman, The Secret Garden, and A Picasso (Thingamajig); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The Princeton Festival); Misterman (Thingamajig, The Dairy Center); BUBBA (FringeNYC, Planet Connections, UnitedSolo Festival, Theatre Tuscaloosa); SIDD (Chicago Fringe Festival); Bunting or Flags (New Light Theater Project); The Death of Evie Avery, A Nasty Story, and The Rise and Fall of Miles and Milo (FringeNYC); and By The Light of the Silvery Moon (Midtown International Theater Festival). Melissa teaches at the renowned McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, helms a Musical Theatre Bootcamp Program at The College of St. Rose and does workshops at colleges around the country. Her additional educational credits include: Trojan Women: A Love Story (Fort Lewis College), Stop Kiss (Wagner College) and Under Construction, Fabulation, Machinal, Solitary, boom, Any Place But Here, Lone Star and Lost Persons (Rutgers University). Melissa's training includes an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and a BA in theater with a minor in music from The University of Hartford and The O'Neill National Theater Institute. She is an associate member SDC. Check out Melissa's website at

The New Collectives is New York based theatre and film collective. We began to take shape in February 2014 while working onThe Witches, a four person adaptation of Macbeth. After a successful workshop production in August 2014, Giverny Petitmermet, Dan Morrison, Sarah Moore and Mara Gannon decided to make their collaboration official and The New Collectives were formed in January 2015. Our mission is to create new, intimate and innovative works drawing inspiration from classic plays, develop contemporary work, and cultivate an environment for educational growth with ourselves and the local community. In July 2015, The New Collectives ran a successful week long Shakespeare summer camp in Brooklyn, forming our education branch, The Young Collectives. Helmed by Education Director Erin Maxon and Education Associate Julia Levine, The Young Collectives has expanded its education programing to include teaching artist workshops, in school workshop and holiday Shakespeare camps, in addition to our Shakespeare summer camps. In October 2015, after reworking the script and expanding the cast to 6, The New Collectives, in association with Wandering BArk Theatre Company, produced a full production of The Witches, at The Access Theatre in NYC. The production was met with rave reviews - "a striking production that tickles the horror-lover in us all." (Theater in the Now) - and full houses. This fall The New Collectives will be producing company member Mara Gannon's one woman show, Buyer's Remorse. We are thrilled to be bringing the world premiere of Sam Gooley's STEVE GOT RAPED. to the Fringe Festival!

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