Playwright – Heidi Schreck
Grand Concourse by Heidi Schreck
Called to a life of service, Shelley is the devoted manager of a Bronx soup kitchen, but lately her heart’s not in it. Enter Emma: an idealistic but confused young volunteer, whose recklessness pushes Shelley to the breaking point. With keen humor and startling compassion, Schreck’s play navigates the mystery of faith, the limits of forgiveness, and the pursuit of happiness. WAM Theatre is pleased to share a play which was a nominee for the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award and a finalist for the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.Buy Tickets
MACONNIA CHESSER* (Shelly) WAM Theatre: Debut! Elsewhere: Tennessee Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III; Totem Pole Playhouse: The Sunshine Boys, 45 Seconds from Broadway, Proposals; Kennedy Center: Locomotion; Ensemble Studio Theatre: Cell, Palmetto; York Shakespeare: Macbeth, Richard II; NJ Repertory (company member): The Rant, And Her Hair Went with Her; Theater Alliance: Insurrection; African Continuum Theatre: The Story, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Amen Corner. Film & TV: The Wire, Nothing But the Truth, cigarettes for breakfast, Ghosts of Hamilton Street, Diseasels. Training: Shakespeare & Company, National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Alcorn State University. Awards: Helen Hayes nomination – Outstanding Ensemble (Insurrection).
MAIZY SCARPA (Emma) WAM Theatre: Fresh Takes: The Tall Girls (Almeda), 24 Hour Theatre Project: Cirque Du Dismay (playwright). Elsewhere: Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park (The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Hubbard Hall (Ondine, King Lear, Of Mice and Men), Barrington Stage (To Kill a Mockingbird), Rogue Angel Theatre (The Lift), emergent ensemble (director/producer: The Aliens). Co-creator/performer of WAYWARD HOME: A Musical Folktale (Hubbard Hall, Stella Adler Studio). Training: BFA NYU/Tisch (ETW, Stella Ader), Shakespeare & Company. Online: maizyscarpa.com and @maizyscarpa
WALTON WILSON* (Frog) WAM Theatre: Debut. New York: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Culture Project, La Mama, Lincoln Center Theatre, PS 122, Public Theatre/NYSF, Vineyard Theatre, &c. Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, Dallas Theatre Center, The Empty Space, Shakespeare & Company, Shakespeare Festivals of Dallas, Houston, Santa Fe, and St. Louis, Stages Repertory Theatre, Swine Palace Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, &c. Faculty: Yale School of Drama.
* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association
SHEILA SIRAGUSA (Director) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Is co-founder and director of The August Company, directing first folio Shakespeare with Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing ,Twelfth Night and As You Like It. Other credits with August Company: OnWords: Gone, OnWords: Chekhov and Santacide Chester Theatre Company: Mercy of a Storm, Memory House, Blackbird, An Iliad and the New England premiere of Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus’s adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Abingdon Theatre Company: Personals. New Century Theatre: Sunset Limited and The How and the Why. She worked on Harley Erdman and Eric Sawyer’s original opera The Garden of Martyrs and directed Opera: On the Air at the University of Massachusetts. Sheila is a founding member of the KO Festival of Performance, at which she acted, directed, wrote and composed in several productions. Awards: Received the Social Justice Theatre award from The Kennedy Centerl for her original play Water, a movement/theatre piece about privatization of natural resources.
HEIDI SCHRECK (Playwright) WAM Theatre: Debut. Plays: Her first play Creature was produced in New York in by New Georges and Page 73 in a well-received production directed by Leigh Silverman; her second There Are No More Big Secrets, directed by Kip Fagan, premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, and was a New York Magazine and Time Out New York’s Critic’s pick. Most recently, The Long Wharf produced her dark recession-era comedy, The Consultant, which was developed at Playwrights and also directed by Fagan. Et Cetera: A former Page 73 Playwriting Fellow and Sundance artist, Heidi is currently working on commissions for South Coast Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club/Sloan Foundation, and True Love Productions. Grand Concourse marks her return to Playwrights Horizons after appearing as an actor in Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation (Theatre World Award) in 2010. She is also a two-time Obie Award-winning actor and has also performed extensively at theaters such as The Public (Shakespeare in the Park), Manhattan Theatre Club, Two-Headed Calf, The Foundry, Clubbed Thumb, The Women’s Project, The Roundabout, Williamstown, Berkeley Rep and Center Theatre Group. On television, Heidi has appeared on The Good Wife, SVU, and Showtimes’ Nurse Jackie, where she has also worked as a writer. Heidi is Playwrights Horizons’ first Tow Foundation playwright in residence.