The Ten Minute Play Soirée
Thank you for joining us for our sixth Ten Minute Play Soirée! This show was originally slated for April 2020, and we are thrilled to be able to bring this production back after the pandemic.
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27,000 Steps by Scott Mullen- Directed by Emma Shafer
Featuring Roan Shea (Ethan) and Rachel Gatewood (Juliet)
Three Catholics Eat Lasagna with the Atheist by James Meneses directed by Sean Walsh
Featuring Keegan McDonald (George) and Michelle Principi (Lucia)
Virgins by Scott Sickles directed by Paula D’Alessandris
Featuring Shay Wisniewski (Bonnie) and Emma C. Squared (Savannah)
Childish Things by Arthur M Jolly directed by Matt O’Shea
Featuring Charlie Anderson (Jerry), Lexie Tamar (Teddy), Amanda Figueiredo (Bunny) and Alida Rose Delaney (Rachel)
The Trouble with Cashews by David MacGregor directed by Joey Rotter
Featuring Joey D’Amore (Paul) and Isabelle Courtney (Tara)
Closing Doors by John Minigan directed by Hazen Cuyler
Featuring Tova Hopemark (Valerie) and Reanna Armellino (Sandra)
Garden Piece by Matt Gulley directed by Hazen Cuyler
Featuring Elizabeth Baker (Judy), Leah Barker (Carla) and Shay Wisniewski (Judge)
Charles Anderson is an actor, writer, and director. A few prepandemic roles include Friar Lawrence in “Romeo and Juliet” at the Greenhouse Ensemble, Marmeladov in “Crime and Punishment”, Behemoth the Cat in “The Master and Margarita,” with The Russian Arts Theater and Studio. Since Covid, he has focused his creativity joyfully to writing. He has a BFA in Theatre from Sam Houston State University.
Reanna Armellino is thrilled to be producing her sixth Soirée and performing in Closing Doors. Since selecting the play in 2019, she has been waiting to share this piece. Reanna is the Managing Director of the Greenhouse Ensemble, producing and performing in theater, film and art events. www.reannaarmellino.com @theoriginalreanna
Leah Barker is an actor and playwright. Her selected acting credits include AS YOU LIKE IT (Theater 2020), THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Centenary Stage Company), A PRESENTATION BY THE PEOPLE OF LAKE VICTORY FOR OUR LEADER (the Gym at Judson), and SUGAR! (Atlantic City Cinefest Award for Best Supporting Actress). Her work as a playwright has been developed or performed by Hartford Stage, Troy Foundry Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Dixon Place, Spark Creative Works, Mount St. Mary’s University, and Exquisite Corpse Company (2018–21 playwright in residence). Most recently, she co-wrote ZOETROPE, a New York Times Critic’s Pick, and created and edited the collection TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: PLAYS FOR ONLINE THEATRE, which is published by Dramatists Play Service. Leah is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. www.LeahBarker.com
Paula D’Alessandris (Director, Virgins) is the Artistic Director/Founder of Mind The Gap Theatre (www.mindthegaptheatre.com) and has been a longtime collaborator and friend of playwright Scott Sickles. She’s excited to be working with Greenhouse Ensemble in such a beautiful space!
Joey D’Amore Recently earning his BFA from Ithaca College, Joey D’Amore has made the move to NYC this past October and is thrilled to be a part of The Greenhouse Ensemble’s 6th 10-Minute Play Soirée. Joey is thankful for his past involvement in productions at the Cherry Arts Space, and is passionate about creating new works and telling important stories.
Alida Rose Delaney (she/her/hers) is an award winning interdisciplinary artists and native New Yorker. She is the founding producer of KALIDASCOPES Media – a collective that lends itself to stories that inspire new perspectives on ourselves, on others, and the world(s) unknown. Alida received the NY Web Festival Producers Award for her work on The Rehearsal – written/directed by indie darling, Jaclyn Bethany. The pilot took home the 2020 Daytime Emmy for Tina Benko’s performance, including seven Indie Series Award nominations. She has performed or developed work in part with the 92Y, American Irish Historical Society, Beth Morrison Projects, Broadway Bound Festival, Dixon Place, Hylton Performing Arts Center, MoMA PS1, NYPL, New Ohio (Ice Factory), New York Deaf Theatre, Queens Museum, SoHo Playhouse (Fringe Festival), and The Muse Brooklyn. Alida recently starred in Quique by “Madrids Young Talent” filmmaker Pedro Tamames. With the Invulnerable Nothing’s company, she starred in Sophie Dushko’s Galatea 2.0 in residence at Wanderwood in Maine and the Mercury Store in Brooklyn. In August, Alida is hosting SUMMER OF RAGE – a performance slam and fundraising event in support of The National Network of Abortion Funds. She is currently in preproduction for Matt McGill’s U.S. premiere of The Green Zone slated for the fall. Alida is a graduate from Marymount Manhattan College and is repped by KMR. Follow along @kalidascopes.
Amanda Figueiredo is performing in her third production with The Greenhouse Ensemble. Her previous credits include Romeo and Juliet and the improv based show The Great Divide. Amanda has a heavy comedic background and performs improv and sketch comedy regularly in NYC. Amanda is excited to be a part of this show and overjoyed about the opportunity to bring some playfulness to the stage. She thanks the Greenhouse Ensemble for their open environment allowing her to be creative and her friends and family who are coming to support the show!
Rachel Gatewood is a Texas actor currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Past credits include Gumbo from A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes and Lena in We’re Going to be Okay. Rachel is a resident artist with Brooklyn based theatre company, One Year Lease. She recently traveled with them to Greece where they devised a new play, in partnership with SITI Company, called WAKE. Rachel has a BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase and is thrilled to be working with Greenhouse Ensemble. Thank you to Emma, Roan, Sophia, Ashley, and Gracie. Instagram: @rgatewood
Tova Hopemark is so grateful to be back on stage after spending many years as a theatre scholar, educator, and dramaturg. She recently appeared in The History of Now (staged reading) and the student films Rat Alley and Like A Boss. Tova holds a BA from Carleton College and a PhD from Northwestern University. She trains at The Barrow Group.
Matt O’Shea is a New York based storyteller specializing in directing, acting and composing. He graduated with a BA from Baldwin Wallace University. Matt has been a member of the Greenhouse Ensemble since 2019. He’s thrilled to return to direct for the Soirée after having directed two plays the previous year. Matt recently completed a short documentary titled REVIVAL and is working on several other film projects with Greenhouse and his company Alternative MO Productions. www.mrmattoshea.com Instagram: @mr.mattoshea
Michelle Principi is thrilled to be part of “Three Catholics”. She has recently performed in the New York Theater Festival (Interrogation of Love), and has been seen in a variety of on-camera shows (Evil Lives Here, Homicide City), commercials (SplitIt, ZipCar, Kino, Dascena Labs) and short films (Where the Horizon Lies, Six Weeks to Twelve Years, Will You?). When not performing, Michelle loves baking far too many desserts and annoying her neighbors’ cats. She’d like to thank Sean and Keegan for making this a truly wonderful experience!
Joey Rotter is a director, writer and actor and as of the recent apocalypse, a puppeteer. He is the Director of Programming here at The Greenhouse Ensemble, where he has acted in several theater and film productions such as The Unspeakable Passion of Mitch Devoe, Cross From Rome, Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. His superhero satire piece Captain Placeholder and the Adventures of We’ll Figure it Out Later was produced with Greenhouse this past May and will be back in its final form next year. He wants to thank his hilarious and dedicated cast for their hard work. Check out his stuff at JoeyRotter.com or connect on IG at @amidoingthisrighttho
EMMA SHAFER (she/her) is a New York based director, actor, and writer. She received her BA in Theatre from Butler University. She has also trained with SITI Company and the Moscow Art Theatre School. Her most rewarding work stems from collaborating with fellow artists and utilizing theatre to create community among senior citizens. A collection of Emma’s poems will be published in tandem with a music EP titled “Fading Hues” by Josa Glück. The collaboration will be coming out in fall 2022! Theatre credits included: SecondStory Rep, Over Due Theatre Company, REBATEnsemble, Play Your Part, and Marisol Makes. Emma is delighted to be making her NYC directing debut through Greenhouse with 27,000 Steps and this incredible ensemble. Find her at: www.
Roan Shea is a Brooklyn based actor, writer, and director. Since arriving in New York during the pandemic, he has trained with SITI Company and worked towards the release of his new poetry collection, The Labors of Speaking. Roan is thrilled to be with Greenhouse Ensemble for his NYC theatre premiere!
Emma C. Squared (Savannah) is thrilled to be a part of this production. You can also find her in the monthly live soap opera It’s Getting Tired Mildred and doing plays in other downtown venues.
Lexie Tamar plays Teddy in Childish Things, she recently moved to New York in May after graduating from Central Michigan University with her BFA in acting and directing. This is her first project in New York and is excited to show you all the work we have done.
Shay Wisniewski is an ensemble member of Greenhouse and was last seen in their production of Twelfth Night (Viola) right here in the West Side Community Garden. Shay is thrilled to finally be performing a live Soirée, with the last one being produced entirely over Zoom over the course of many weeks. Shay is headed to Oregon soon to work the wine harvest, so see what she is up to on @Shaylikethebutter or www.ShayWisniewski.com