Elizabeth Canavan, Florencia Lozano and David Zayas Star in LAByrinth Theater Company’s World Premiere of DEVIL OF CHOICE by Maggie Bofill, May 23 – June 9

Florencia Lozano, Elizabeth Canavan and David Zayas

LAByrinth Theater Company (Artistic Director John Ortiz) is presenting the World Premiere of Devil of Choice by LAB Member Maggie Bofill (Winners, Drawn and Quartered). Previews begin Wednesday, May 23, and will run through Saturday, June 9, 2018, at The Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014). Opening night is Monday, May 28, 2018. Tickets are available for $20 each and can be purchased online.

Florencia Lozano, Elizabeth Canavan and David Zayas
Florencia Lozano, Elizabeth Canavan and David Zayas

When Pepper (Canavan) and her husband Salvatore (Zayas) meet Delia (Lozano), a volatile triangle of dark, passionate and comic twists and turns is put in motion. Sal, the hotshot new professor in town teaches Faust: the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil. This cautionary tale begins to play out in their lives the moment Sal insists Delia become friends with his wife, setting off a chain of events that sends all three down a dangerous path. When faced with your demons, what are the choices you’ll make to save yourself?

Devil of Choice is a dark, sexy, and funny tale about the things we choose, the people we covet, and the risks we take to get what we want.

“This play felt like the absolute right choice for LAB in our 25th Season,” says John Ortiz, Artistic Director. “Maggie’s development as a woman of color playwright, as well as the opportunity to offer LAByrinth members rich and challenging roles, really go to the heart of LAB’s mission. During a reading at our annual Barn Series festival last February, Maggie’s potent words, wrapped in a real and smart sobering story, lept off the page, and you could feel the audience on the edge of their seats, from the tension and excitement of the play. Now we can’t wait to take this wickedly fun and dangerous new play to the next level, in a fully staged production.”

Devil of Choice features a powerhouse cast of LAByrinth company members, including Elizabeth Canavan (Between Riverside and Crazy, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Jesus Hopped the A Train), Florencia Lozano (“Narcos,” “One Life to Live,” Where’s My Money?, Dirty Story), and David Zayas (“Dexter,” “Seven Seconds,” “Oz,” Broadway – Anna in the Tropics). Helmed by director Shira-Lee Shalit (finalist director for Steven Spielberg’s Fox/Dreamworks TV show, “On the Lot”), the production will also feature scenic design by Raul Abrego, costume design by Lara de Bruijn, lighting design by Kia Rogers, sound design by Daniel Melnick, and original music by Melisa McGregor.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Maggie Bofill (Playwright) Maggie Diaz Bofill is a founding member of LAByrinth Theater Company, where she began as an actor, and thanks to the company – started writing. New York City Productions include: Winners, Ensemble Studio Theater (Dir. Pam Berlin, Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Season of New Work), Drawn and Quartered, INTAR, Dir. Lou Morenol (NY Times Critics pick) Face Cream and El Grande (EST One Act Marathon), Me Monste (Dir. Cusi Cram, Dirty Blondes Resistor Project), plus short play festivals, including the Sticky Theater Series, NYMadness Series, and One Minute Play Festivals. Maggie is a member of the Actor’s Studio Playwright Director’s Unit, the Dramatist Guild, and Dorset Theater Festival’s Woman Artist Writers (WAW). Upcoming this spring, Swipe, a musical, book, music and lyrics by Maggie. Dir. Lori Kee, a BMCC commission, will be performed at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

SHIRA-LEE SHALIT (Director) Recent productions include Daniel Talbott’s Nick and Zoe (IRT Theatre), Fault Lines by Stephen Belber (TBG Theatre), Girls Will Be Girls by Jolie London Glickman (NYFringe Festival- *Fringe Favorite), The Women of Padilla by Tony Meneses (AADA) and many more workshops and staged readings at LAByrinth Theater Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, EST, The Actors Studio, The Lark, Dixon Place, Nylon Fusion, Barefoot Theatre Company (Associate Artistic Director 2015-17), NYMadness, Hi-Arts, Jewish Plays Project, HERE and WGA East. FILM: A-List- starring Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland, Audience Award- Milan International Film Festival, Best Comedy- Worldfest; Full Cycle- Finalist- Student Academy Awards; Open Air- Best Short- Mexico International Film Fest, NJFilm Fest, Acefest. Shira-Lee was chosen by Steven Spielberg for his FOX/DreamWorks directing show, “On the Lot.” A Presidential Scholar of the Arts Awardee, Shira-Lee is a proud member of Rising Phoenix Rep, NYWIFT and The Actors Studio Playwright/Director Unit. She is on faculty at NYU and Columbia University.

Elizabeth Canavan (Actor) Member of LAByrinth Theater Company since 1993. She originated the role of Detective Audrey O’Connor in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Between Riverside and Crazy (Atlantic Theater and 2nd Stage) by Stephen Adly Guirgis, dir. Austin Pendleton, also Little Flower of East Orange (The Public Theatre), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Public Theatre), Our Lady of 121st Street (Union Square Theater), Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (East 13th Street Theatre, Edinburgh Festival (Fringe First Award), The Donmar Wharehouse (London) and The Arts Theatre (London West End) all by Stephen Adly Guirgis and dir. Philip Seymour Hoffman. Other theater credits include : Pipeline (by Dominiqu Morisseau, Lincoln Center,) Black Lace (by John Patrick Shanley, The New Ohio Theater), Seven (Bovard Theater at USC), Love Sick (Theater for a New City), Thinner Than Water (Cherry Pit Theater) Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (by Jose Rivera, The Public Theater), Film credits: 1 Mile to You Television credits: “Younger,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order SVU,” “Sex And The City.” Liz has written and starred in two short films, Father’s Day (Tribeca Film Festival 2016) and Sleeping with Sharks. She is also a member of the Actor’s Studio.

Florencia Lozano (Actor) is an actor, writer and performance artist. Theatre credits include: And She Would Stand Like This (Movement Theatre Co), Winners (EST), ‘Lady Macduff’ in Macbeth (Shakespeare in the Park), Placebo (Playwrights’ Horizons), Privilege ( Second Stage), Last Easter (MCC), Where’s My Money? (MTC/LAB), Dirty Story (LAB), Right You Are… (National Actors’ Theatre), Mimesophobia (SPF). TV credits include: “Gossip Girl,” “Blue Bloods,” “Ugly Betty,” “Law & Order SVU” and “CI,”, “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Madam Secretary,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “The Blacklist,” and the upcoming NBC pilot, “Enemy Within.” She played ‘Claudia Messina’ in Netflix’s “Narcos” and ‘Tea Delgado’ on ABC’s “One Life to Live.” Films include Amy Makes Three, Faraway Eyes, The Ministers, Perfect Strangers, and Veronika Decides to Die. Florencia is one of the original members of the LAByrinth Theater Company and currently serves as LAB’s Literary Manager. As a playwright, Florencia has written underneathmybed, produced at the Rattlestick Playwrights’ Theatre and winner of HOLA’s (Hispanic Organization of Latino Actors) Best New Play Award in 2010; Busted, produced by Rising Phoenix at CINO nights, and her new play, girl in window, is currently in development. Florencia attended NYU’s Graduate Acting Program on a full scholarship, where she received her MFA. Her BA is from Brown University where she studied Comparative Literature.

David Zayas (Actor ) is best known for his role as Angel Batista on the Golden Globe-nominated psychological drama “Dexter.” David was recently seen as “Sal Maroni” on the Fox series “Gotham,” ‘Sherrif Aguirre’ on the Netflix Series “Bloodline” and ‘Eduardo Magana’ on the Hulu series “Shut Eye.” His other recent television credits include “Saint George” (FX), “Seven Seconds” (Netflix), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), and “The Guest Book” (TBS). While working on the crime drama “The Beat,” Zayas met Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer Tom Fontana, who went on to create the role of ‘Enrique Morales’ on HBO’s “Oz” especially for him. David currently stars as ‘Sgt. Machado’ in the upcoming ABC pilot, “Staties.” On film, he has starred in The Expendables, Skyline, 13, Michael Clayton, Sixteen Blocks, The Savages, Bringing Out the Dead, The Yards, Undefeated, Wit, Angel, and The Interpreter. David recently starred opposite Helen Hunt in the indie feature Ride, starred opposite Ellen Page and Allison Janney in the feature Tallulah, and appeared in the film remake of the 1982 movie musical Annie opposite Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. David stars in the upcoming feature Shine, which will be released this August. A former New York police officer, Zayas began his acting career with LAByrinth Theater Company in 1992. He has starred in more than thirty theater productions, most with LAByrinth Theater Company, including: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Our Lady of 121 St., and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics on Broadway.

John Ortiz (Artistic Director ) is honored to be returning as LAB’s Artistic Director during its 25th season, after having served as Co-Artistic Director with Philip Seymour Hoffman for eight seasons (2002-2009). A few of the many highlights in the 25 year span for John include directing David Deblinger in LAB’s 1992 inaugural production of Nobody’s Home, helping create new play development process, beginning with an annual Summer Intensive, acting in the ensemble created piece Dreaming in Tounges, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped the A Train (in NY and London), Brett C Leonard’s Guinea Pig Solo, Bob Glaudini’s Jack Goes Boating, and the opportunity to collaborate with so many amazing artists from all walks of life. John is also a co-founder of LAB.

Raul Abrego (Scenic Designer )Set designer for Opera, Theater and Television and has designed for the Juilliard Opera Center, The Spoleto Opera Festival in Italy, The Manhattan School of Music, Rattlestick and 2nd Stage Uptown. Noted Projects: The Brobot Johnson Experience by Darian Dauchan, The Block by Dan Hoyle directed by Tamilla Woodard, Fidelis by Christina Gorman, Directed by Leah Gardiner, for The Public Studio. Insurgents by Lucy Thurber, Directed by Jackson Gay for Labyrinth Theater, La Barberia (New World Stages), Underneathmybed by Florencia Lozano directed by Pedro Pascal. Art Director for the television pilot of “Falling Water.”

Lara de Bruijn (Costume Design) is excited to be a part of this team! Recent and upcoming projects include: Party Face (City Center),  (Little Shubert Theatre), The Two Character Play (New World Stages), The Good Catholic and the upcoming Ms White Light (Pigasus Pictures), Ndebele Funeral (59E59), Julian Po (Signature Theatre), Half ‘n Half ‘n Half (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Christopher and Black Dolphin, (Project 44), Onegin, Alcina,and The Rake’s Progress (Boston Conservatory), Scalia/Ginsberg and Don Giovanni (Castleton Opera Festival), Blasted (the BCA), The Electric Lighthouse (The Flea Theatre). See more at laradawndesign.com

Kia Rogers (Lighting Designer) Recent designs at: BAM Fisher, 3LD Art & Technology Center, The Gym at Judson. International credits: Associate Lighting Designer for Slutforart/98.6 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Muna Tseng. West coast designs: El Portal’s Monroe Forum Theatre, Los Angeles and Z Space, San Francisco. Awards: Outstanding Lighting Design for Jane The Plain with the NYITA, 2014 and nominated in 2016 for Rizing. Outstanding Lighting Design for Mr. Toole, MITF 2016. Kia is a member of Rising Phoenix Repertory and also a creative partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble. – www.krogersld.com

Daniel Melnick (Sound Designer) Credits include The Siblings Play, The House of Von Macrame, Zelda at the Oasis, and Love Trapezoid.

MELISA MCGREGOR (Composer/Musician)Canadian-born composer, violinist, and Sundance Institute Music & Sound Design Lab Composer Fellow. She has been collaborating on music design and composition with LAByrinth Theater Company since 2006 on various plays, and the Annual Charades Benefit show. Over the last 8 years, Melisa has worked with several Hollywood composers including Danny Elfman on many diverse film scores – from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010) to Joss Whedon’s Justice League (2017), and the upcoming The Grinch for Universal Studios (2018). In 2017, Melisa composed the score for the short film Cut in Half directed by Susan Sidelman, and she is currently working on string arrangements and performing weekly in Los Angeles with the singer-songwriter Jae-Mi, in addition to scoring the upcoming feature documentary Made in Boise for director Beth Aala. She is also the creator and producer of The Library Series concert hosted by composers Christopher Lennertz and Tim Wynn at Sonic Fuel Studios, which benefits music education charities such as Education through Music (ETMLA) and Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

ABOUT LAByrinth Theater Company

LAByrinth Theater Company, founded in 1992 as The Latino Actors Base, was created to deliberately interrupt the racial status quo by giving voice to artists of color and reflecting a world where color is the norm and not the exception. LAByrinth Theater Company is a diverse, impassioned, tightly knit ensemble of multicultural artists that empowers individuals and builds community by creating member driven, incendiary, new works of theater.

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Florencia Lozano, Elizabeth Canavan and David Zayas Star in LAByrinth Theater Company’s World Premiere of DEVIL OF CHOICE by Maggie Bofill, May 23 – June 9

Florencia Lozano, Elizabeth Canavan and David Zayas

LAByrinth Theater Company (Artistic Director John Ortiz) is presenting the World Premiere of Devil of Choice by LAB Member Maggie Bofill (Winners, Drawn and Quartered). Previews begin Wednesday, May 23, and will run through Saturday, June 9, 2018, at The Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014). Opening night is Monday, May 28, 2018. Tickets are available for $20 each and can be purchased online.

Florencia Lozano, Elizabeth Canavan and David Zayas
Florencia Lozano, Elizabeth Canavan and David Zayas

When Pepper (Canavan) and her husband Salvatore (Zayas) meet Delia (Lozano), a volatile triangle of dark, passionate and comic twists and turns is put in motion. Sal, the hotshot new professor in town teaches Faust: the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil. This cautionary tale begins to play out in their lives the moment Sal insists Delia become friends with his wife, setting off a chain of events that sends all three down a dangerous path. When faced with your demons, what are the choices you’ll make to save yourself?

Devil of Choice is a dark, sexy, and funny tale about the things we choose, the people we covet, and the risks we take to get what we want.

“This play felt like the absolute right choice for LAB in our 25th Season,” says John Ortiz, Artistic Director. “Maggie’s development as a woman of color playwright, as well as the opportunity to offer LAByrinth members rich and challenging roles, really go to the heart of LAB’s mission. During a reading at our annual Barn Series festival last February, Maggie’s potent words, wrapped in a real and smart sobering story, lept off the page, and you could feel the audience on the edge of their seats, from the tension and excitement of the play. Now we can’t wait to take this wickedly fun and dangerous new play to the next level, in a fully staged production.”

Devil of Choice features a powerhouse cast of LAByrinth company members, including Elizabeth Canavan (Between Riverside and Crazy, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Jesus Hopped the A Train), Florencia Lozano (“Narcos,” “One Life to Live,” Where’s My Money?, Dirty Story), and David Zayas (“Dexter,” “Seven Seconds,” “Oz,” Broadway – Anna in the Tropics). Helmed by director Shira-Lee Shalit (finalist director for Steven Spielberg’s Fox/Dreamworks TV show, “On the Lot”), the production will also feature scenic design by Raul Abrego, costume design by Lara de Bruijn, lighting design by Kia Rogers, sound design by Daniel Melnick, and original music by Melisa McGregor.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Maggie Bofill (Playwright) Maggie Diaz Bofill is a founding member of LAByrinth Theater Company, where she began as an actor, and thanks to the company – started writing. New York City Productions include: Winners, Ensemble Studio Theater (Dir. Pam Berlin, Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Season of New Work), Drawn and Quartered, INTAR, Dir. Lou Morenol (NY Times Critics pick) Face Cream and El Grande (EST One Act Marathon), Me Monste (Dir. Cusi Cram, Dirty Blondes Resistor Project), plus short play festivals, including the Sticky Theater Series, NYMadness Series, and One Minute Play Festivals. Maggie is a member of the Actor’s Studio Playwright Director’s Unit, the Dramatist Guild, and Dorset Theater Festival’s Woman Artist Writers (WAW). Upcoming this spring, Swipe, a musical, book, music and lyrics by Maggie. Dir. Lori Kee, a BMCC commission, will be performed at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

SHIRA-LEE SHALIT (Director) Recent productions include Daniel Talbott’s Nick and Zoe (IRT Theatre), Fault Lines by Stephen Belber (TBG Theatre), Girls Will Be Girls by Jolie London Glickman (NYFringe Festival- *Fringe Favorite), The Women of Padilla by Tony Meneses (AADA) and many more workshops and staged readings at LAByrinth Theater Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, EST, The Actors Studio, The Lark, Dixon Place, Nylon Fusion, Barefoot Theatre Company (Associate Artistic Director 2015-17), NYMadness, Hi-Arts, Jewish Plays Project, HERE and WGA East. FILM: A-List- starring Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland, Audience Award- Milan International Film Festival, Best Comedy- Worldfest; Full Cycle- Finalist- Student Academy Awards; Open Air- Best Short- Mexico International Film Fest, NJFilm Fest, Acefest. Shira-Lee was chosen by Steven Spielberg for his FOX/DreamWorks directing show, “On the Lot.” A Presidential Scholar of the Arts Awardee, Shira-Lee is a proud member of Rising Phoenix Rep, NYWIFT and The Actors Studio Playwright/Director Unit. She is on faculty at NYU and Columbia University.

Elizabeth Canavan (Actor) Member of LAByrinth Theater Company since 1993. She originated the role of Detective Audrey O’Connor in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Between Riverside and Crazy (Atlantic Theater and 2nd Stage) by Stephen Adly Guirgis, dir. Austin Pendleton, also Little Flower of East Orange (The Public Theatre), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Public Theatre), Our Lady of 121st Street (Union Square Theater), Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (East 13th Street Theatre, Edinburgh Festival (Fringe First Award), The Donmar Wharehouse (London) and The Arts Theatre (London West End) all by Stephen Adly Guirgis and dir. Philip Seymour Hoffman. Other theater credits include : Pipeline (by Dominiqu Morisseau, Lincoln Center,) Black Lace (by John Patrick Shanley, The New Ohio Theater), Seven (Bovard Theater at USC), Love Sick (Theater for a New City), Thinner Than Water (Cherry Pit Theater) Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (by Jose Rivera, The Public Theater), Film credits: 1 Mile to You Television credits: “Younger,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order SVU,” “Sex And The City.” Liz has written and starred in two short films, Father’s Day (Tribeca Film Festival 2016) and Sleeping with Sharks. She is also a member of the Actor’s Studio.

Florencia Lozano (Actor) is an actor, writer and performance artist. Theatre credits include: And She Would Stand Like This (Movement Theatre Co), Winners (EST), ‘Lady Macduff’ in Macbeth (Shakespeare in the Park), Placebo (Playwrights’ Horizons), Privilege ( Second Stage), Last Easter (MCC), Where’s My Money? (MTC/LAB), Dirty Story (LAB), Right You Are… (National Actors’ Theatre), Mimesophobia (SPF). TV credits include: “Gossip Girl,” “Blue Bloods,” “Ugly Betty,” “Law & Order SVU” and “CI,”, “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Madam Secretary,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “The Blacklist,” and the upcoming NBC pilot, “Enemy Within.” She played ‘Claudia Messina’ in Netflix’s “Narcos” and ‘Tea Delgado’ on ABC’s “One Life to Live.” Films include Amy Makes Three, Faraway Eyes, The Ministers, Perfect Strangers, and Veronika Decides to Die. Florencia is one of the original members of the LAByrinth Theater Company and currently serves as LAB’s Literary Manager. As a playwright, Florencia has written underneathmybed, produced at the Rattlestick Playwrights’ Theatre and winner of HOLA’s (Hispanic Organization of Latino Actors) Best New Play Award in 2010; Busted, produced by Rising Phoenix at CINO nights, and her new play, girl in window, is currently in development. Florencia attended NYU’s Graduate Acting Program on a full scholarship, where she received her MFA. Her BA is from Brown University where she studied Comparative Literature.

David Zayas (Actor ) is best known for his role as Angel Batista on the Golden Globe-nominated psychological drama “Dexter.” David was recently seen as “Sal Maroni” on the Fox series “Gotham,” ‘Sherrif Aguirre’ on the Netflix Series “Bloodline” and ‘Eduardo Magana’ on the Hulu series “Shut Eye.” His other recent television credits include “Saint George” (FX), “Seven Seconds” (Netflix), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), and “The Guest Book” (TBS). While working on the crime drama “The Beat,” Zayas met Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer Tom Fontana, who went on to create the role of ‘Enrique Morales’ on HBO’s “Oz” especially for him. David currently stars as ‘Sgt. Machado’ in the upcoming ABC pilot, “Staties.” On film, he has starred in The Expendables, Skyline, 13, Michael Clayton, Sixteen Blocks, The Savages, Bringing Out the Dead, The Yards, Undefeated, Wit, Angel, and The Interpreter. David recently starred opposite Helen Hunt in the indie feature Ride, starred opposite Ellen Page and Allison Janney in the feature Tallulah, and appeared in the film remake of the 1982 movie musical Annie opposite Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. David stars in the upcoming feature Shine, which will be released this August. A former New York police officer, Zayas began his acting career with LAByrinth Theater Company in 1992. He has starred in more than thirty theater productions, most with LAByrinth Theater Company, including: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Our Lady of 121 St., and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics on Broadway.

John Ortiz (Artistic Director ) is honored to be returning as LAB’s Artistic Director during its 25th season, after having served as Co-Artistic Director with Philip Seymour Hoffman for eight seasons (2002-2009). A few of the many highlights in the 25 year span for John include directing David Deblinger in LAB’s 1992 inaugural production of Nobody’s Home, helping create new play development process, beginning with an annual Summer Intensive, acting in the ensemble created piece Dreaming in Tounges, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped the A Train (in NY and London), Brett C Leonard’s Guinea Pig Solo, Bob Glaudini’s Jack Goes Boating, and the opportunity to collaborate with so many amazing artists from all walks of life. John is also a co-founder of LAB.

Raul Abrego (Scenic Designer )Set designer for Opera, Theater and Television and has designed for the Juilliard Opera Center, The Spoleto Opera Festival in Italy, The Manhattan School of Music, Rattlestick and 2nd Stage Uptown. Noted Projects: The Brobot Johnson Experience by Darian Dauchan, The Block by Dan Hoyle directed by Tamilla Woodard, Fidelis by Christina Gorman, Directed by Leah Gardiner, for The Public Studio. Insurgents by Lucy Thurber, Directed by Jackson Gay for Labyrinth Theater, La Barberia (New World Stages), Underneathmybed by Florencia Lozano directed by Pedro Pascal. Art Director for the television pilot of “Falling Water.”

Lara de Bruijn (Costume Design) is excited to be a part of this team! Recent and upcoming projects include: Party Face (City Center),  (Little Shubert Theatre), The Two Character Play (New World Stages), The Good Catholic and the upcoming Ms White Light (Pigasus Pictures), Ndebele Funeral (59E59), Julian Po (Signature Theatre), Half ‘n Half ‘n Half (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Christopher and Black Dolphin, (Project 44), Onegin, Alcina,and The Rake’s Progress (Boston Conservatory), Scalia/Ginsberg and Don Giovanni (Castleton Opera Festival), Blasted (the BCA), The Electric Lighthouse (The Flea Theatre). See more at laradawndesign.com

Kia Rogers (Lighting Designer) Recent designs at: BAM Fisher, 3LD Art & Technology Center, The Gym at Judson. International credits: Associate Lighting Designer for Slutforart/98.6 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Muna Tseng. West coast designs: El Portal’s Monroe Forum Theatre, Los Angeles and Z Space, San Francisco. Awards: Outstanding Lighting Design for Jane The Plain with the NYITA, 2014 and nominated in 2016 for Rizing. Outstanding Lighting Design for Mr. Toole, MITF 2016. Kia is a member of Rising Phoenix Repertory and also a creative partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble. – www.krogersld.com

Daniel Melnick (Sound Designer) Credits include The Siblings Play, The House of Von Macrame, Zelda at the Oasis, and Love Trapezoid.

MELISA MCGREGOR (Composer/Musician)Canadian-born composer, violinist, and Sundance Institute Music & Sound Design Lab Composer Fellow. She has been collaborating on music design and composition with LAByrinth Theater Company since 2006 on various plays, and the Annual Charades Benefit show. Over the last 8 years, Melisa has worked with several Hollywood composers including Danny Elfman on many diverse film scores – from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010) to Joss Whedon’s Justice League (2017), and the upcoming The Grinch for Universal Studios (2018). In 2017, Melisa composed the score for the short film Cut in Half directed by Susan Sidelman, and she is currently working on string arrangements and performing weekly in Los Angeles with the singer-songwriter Jae-Mi, in addition to scoring the upcoming feature documentary Made in Boise for director Beth Aala. She is also the creator and producer of The Library Series concert hosted by composers Christopher Lennertz and Tim Wynn at Sonic Fuel Studios, which benefits music education charities such as Education through Music (ETMLA) and Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

ABOUT LAByrinth Theater Company

LAByrinth Theater Company, founded in 1992 as The Latino Actors Base, was created to deliberately interrupt the racial status quo by giving voice to artists of color and reflecting a world where color is the norm and not the exception. LAByrinth Theater Company is a diverse, impassioned, tightly knit ensemble of multicultural artists that empowers individuals and builds community by creating member driven, incendiary, new works of theater.

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Sharon Washington’s FEEDING THE DRAGON Nominated for Outer Critics Circle Award in the category of Outstanding Solo Performance

Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Sharon Washington, who is currently performing in her self-penned show FEEDING THE DRAGON, presented by Primary Stages and directed by Maria Mileaf at the Cherry Lane Theatre, has been nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award in the category of Outstanding Solo Performance. FEEDING THE DRAGON, a co-production with Hartford Stage, began previews on March 21 and runs through April 27th.

Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Award-winning actress Sharon Washington, beloved by audiences for her performances in Primary Stages’ productions of While I Yet Live and String of Pearls, as well as The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway, returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story with the New York premiere of Feeding the Dragon. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon’s story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.

FEEDING THE DRAGON will feature scenic design by Tony Ferrieri, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Ann Wrightson, and sound design by Lindsay Jones.

The performance schedule for FEEDING THE DRAGON is as follows: Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Exceptions: there will be no performances on Sunday, April 1; Wednesday, April 4; Tuesday, April 10; or Tuesday, April 17. There will be additional performances on Saturday, March 31 at 2pm; Monday, April 2 at 8pm; and Wednesday, April 25 at 2pm.

Single tickets for FEEDING THE DRAGON are priced starting at $70. All tickets are available at PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101. Group tickets are available for $45 per ticket ($35 for student groups) by contacting 212-840-9705. Subscriptions for the Primary Stages 2017/18 Season are on sale now starting at $90 and include tickets to either the final two or all three remaining mainstage productions for the 2017/18 season. All subscription packages can also be purchased by visiting PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101.

Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com

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Primary Stages Presents Talkback with Colman Domingo at Sharon Washington’s FEEDING THE DRAGON on April 15

Colman Domingo. Photo by Lia Chang

Primary Stages (Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Shane D. Hudson, Executive Director; Casey Childs, Founder) is presenting a special talkback for FEEDING THE DRAGON with guest Colman Domingo following the performance on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Sharon Washington. Photo by Lia Chang
Sharon Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

FEEDING THE DRAGON is written and performed by Sharon Washington (While I Yet Live), directed by Maria Mileaf (A Body of Water), and presented in a co-production with Hartford Stage. FEEDING THE DRAGON, began performances on March 21, 2018 at the Cherry Lane Theatre, opened on Tuesday, April 3, and runs through April 27, 2018.

Colman Domingo. Photo by Lia Chang
Colman Domingo. Photo by Lia Chang

Colman Domingo is an Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League Award, NAACP Award nominated, OBIE and Lucille Lortel Award winning actor, playwright and director. He currently stars on AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead” as Victor Strand. He stars in Barry Jenkins new film If Beale Street Could Talk, Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation and the Netflix recent hit First Match. He is currently represented on Broadway as the co-book writer of the new musical SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical.

Award-winning actress Sharon Washington, beloved by audiences for her performances in Primary Stages’ productions of While I Yet Live and String of Pearls, as well as The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway, returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story with the New York premiere of FEEDING THE DRAGON. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon’s story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.

FEEDING THE DRAGON features scenic design by Tony Ferrieri, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Ann Wrightson, and sound design by Lindsay Jones.

The performance schedule for FEEDING THE DRAGON is as follows: Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Exceptions: there will be no performances on Tuesday, April 17. There will be an additional performance on Wednesday, April 25 at 2pm.

Single tickets for FEEDING THE DRAGON are priced starting at $70. All tickets are available at PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101. Group tickets are available for $45 per ticket ($35 for student groups) by contacting 212-840-9705.

Primary Stages Presents FEEDING THE DRAGON, written and performed by Sharon Washington, at Cherry Lane Theatre, March 21 – April 27

Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Primary Stages is presenting FEEDING THE DRAGON, written and performed by Sharon Washington and directed by Maria Mileaf, at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St.). FEEDING THE DRAGON, a co-production with Hartford Stage, begins previews on March 21 and runs through April 27th. Opening night is set for April 3rd.

Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Award-winning actress Sharon Washington, beloved by audiences for her performances in Primary Stages’ productions of While I Yet Live and String of Pearls, as well as The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway, returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story with the New York premiere of Feeding the Dragon. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon’s story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.

FEEDING THE DRAGON will feature scenic design by Tony Ferrieri, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Ann Wrightson, and sound design by Lindsay Jones.

The performance schedule for FEEDING THE DRAGON is as follows: Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Exceptions: there will be no performances on Sunday, April 1; Wednesday, April 4; Tuesday, April 10; or Tuesday, April 17. There will be additional performances on Saturday, March 31 at 2pm; Monday, April 2 at 8pm; and Wednesday, April 25 at 2pm.

Single tickets for FEEDING THE DRAGON are priced starting at $70. All tickets are available at PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101. Group tickets are available for $45 per ticket ($35 for student groups) by contacting 212-840-9705. Subscriptions for the Primary Stages 2017/18 Season are on sale now starting at $90 and include tickets to either the final two or all three remaining mainstage productions for the 2017/18 season. All subscription packages can also be purchased by visiting PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101.

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com

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TONGUES Reading Series presents a Staged Reading of AFTERMATH to Benefit INDESTRUCTIBLE Campaign for Hurricane Maria relief efforts on December 17

TONGUES Reading Series presents a Staged Reading of AFTERMATH, a play created through the #Pages4PuertoRico collaboration to benefit the INDESTRUCTIBLE Campaign for Hurricane Maria relief efforts on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 6:00PM at Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street in New York.

In September, writer/producer Lawrence Feeney’s home was damaged by Hurricane Irma. While trying to navigate the waters of insurance, contractors and FEMA, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. He was navigating his own nightmare from the effects of Irma, but fixated on the news and some of his friends’ posts – one friend in particular – director Lainie Sakakura. Sakakura and her husband, Alex Sanchez could not locate their family members for two weeks. Mr. Feeney tried to imagine the pain and suffering of those hit so much harder in Puerto Rico, and couldn’t. He wanted to do something.

In October, Mr. Feeney started #Pages4PuertoRico by enlisting the help of 29 other writers, each one of them contributing 3 pages each to build a full-length play. AFTERMATH, is the result. It is the story of the Bonilla family’s struggle to connect and survive following the devastation and distress brought on by Hurricane Maria.

AFTERMATH is written by Lawrence Feeney, Craig Pospisil, David Hilder, Ashlie Atkinson, Tony Pennino, Robin Rothstein, Joanna Parson, Ryan Duncan, Katharine Clark Gray, Tanya Perez, Renee Flemings, Jonathan Marc Sherman, P. Seth Bauer, Jonathan Tipton Meyers, Maria Deasy, Liz Duffy Adams, Jessica Fleitman, Migdalia Cruz, Candido Tirado, Carmen Rivera Tirado, Ana Maria Jomolca, Adriana Santos, Marco Antonio Rodriguez, Analisa Velez, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Jorge Perez, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Andrew Rincón, Angelo Parra, and Raquel Almazan.

Starring Tony Chiroldes and Elise Santora. Featuring Berto Colόn, Jason Liebman, Sol Marina, Tanya Perez, Edwin Polanco, Justin Rodriguez, Alex Sanchez, Adriana Santos, Kyle Sherman, Summerisa Bell Stevens.

The creative team includes Director Lainie Sakakura, Dramaturg Alex Sanchez, Musical Director Alexander Rovang and Stage Manager Debora Porazzi.

All proceeds go to Puerto Rico hurricane relief through Cherry Lane Theatre Co-Artistic Director Janio Marrero’s ongoing campaign INDESTRUCTIBLE.

This reading is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT.  Then, click CHECKOUT to add your donation.

For more information, click here.

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TONGUES Reading Series presents a Staged Reading of AFTERMATH to Benefit INDESTRUCTIBLE Campaign for Hurricane Maria relief efforts on December 17

TONGUES Reading Series presents a Staged Reading of AFTERMATH, a play created through the #Pages4PuertoRico collaboration to benefit the INDESTRUCTIBLE Campaign for Hurricane Maria relief efforts on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 6:00PM at Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street in New York.

Last month, #Pages4PuertoRico enlisted the help of 30 writers, who contributed 3 pages each to building a full-length play titled AFTERMATH, helmed by Lainie Sakakura with dramaturg Alex Sanchez.

Written by Lawrence Feeney, Craig Pospisil, David Hilder, Ashlie Atkinson, Tony Pennino, Robin Rothstein, Joanna Parson, Ryan Duncan, Katharine Clark Gray, Tanya Perez, Renee Flemings, Jonathan Marc Sherman, P. Seth Bauer, Jonathan Tipton Meyers, Maria Deasy, Liz Duffy Adams, Jessica Fleitman, Migdalia Cruz, Candido Tirado, Carmen Rivera Tirado, Ana Maria Jomolca, Adriana Santos, Marco Antonio Rodriguez, Analisa Velez, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Jorge Perez, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Andrew Rincón, Angelo Parra, and Raquel Almazan.

All proceeds go to Puerto Rico hurricane relief through Co-Artistic Director Janio Marrero’s ongoing campaign INDESTRUCTIBLE.

This reading is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT.  Then, click CHECKOUT to add your donation.

For more information, click here.