Playwright – Bekah Brunstetter
The Oregon Trail by Bekah Brunstetter
A tale of two young women, both named Jane. One is an awkward middle schooler with body odor and epic skills for The Oregon Trail computer game. The other Jane is the woman in the game, living through the hardships of trail life with her family. Looking at the impact of memory and the legacy of sadness across generations, the play weaves parallel stories of survival, and asks the age-old question – do you want to ford the river? WAM is proud to present Brunstetter’s funny, imaginative and poignant play, which had it’s world premiere at the 2015 Women’s Voices Theatre Festival in Washington D.C.Buy Tickets
KALEIGH CERQUA (Then Jane) WAM Theatre: Debut! Elsewhere: For the past four years Kaleigh has been an active participant at the Theatre Institute at Sage in Troy, NY as both a director and actress. Favorite roles include: The Trojan Women (Cassandra), The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch), In the Next Room (Mrs. Daldry), and Romeo and Juliet (Lady Montague). Film/TV: “The Highway Men” Webseries. Training: B.A. Theatre, Russell Sage College ’16. Et cetera: Much love and thanks to Mom, Dad, and friends for their unwavering support and humor.
CALEB JOHN CUSHING (Billy) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Jim O’Connor/The Glass Menagerie (Classics @ the Point), Howard/Moon Over Buffalo, Edmund/Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced (The Theater Barn), Alan Strang/Equus, Orpheus/Polaroid Stories, Brodie/The Real Thing (Ithaca College). Film/TV: Jimmy in Broken Toys (Webseries), Extra in Kingdom, Grey’s Anatomy, The Mindy Project. Training: Ithaca College, The National Theater Institute. Current: Actors Studio Drama School. Et cetera: Honored and thrilled to participate in the Fresh Takes festival for the first time. Grateful for the opportunity to help bring this story to life.
ZOE LAIZ (Jane) WAM Theatre: Thrilled to return for the Fresh Takes Series, where she has previously read for Water By The Spoonful (Orangutan) and Waxworks (Ensemble). Elsewhere: She will be performing this summer at Shakespeare & Company in Twelfth Night (Olivia) and Emperor of the Moon (Bellemante). Training: Zoë is a graduate from the Stella Adler Studio in New York City, where her credits included Top Girls (Angie) and All’s Well That Ends Well (Lavatch).
JOHN ROMEO* (Clancy) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: London-West End, Off-Broadway, Moscow, Jordan, Italy, Sweden, Willy Loman: Death Of A Salesman, Lenny: Of Mice And Men, Common Man: A Man For All Seasons, American Enterprise directed by Patricia Birch, Fiorello LaGuardia: Fiorello!, Grumio:Taming Of The Shrew, Friar Laurence: Romeo And Juliet , Harry Brock: Born Yesterday, Kris Kringle: Miracle On 34th St. Clarence: A Wonderful Life. Saratoga Shakespeare-A Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Macbeth. Film: Fighting For Freedom (w/Bruce Dern), A Tale Of Cinderella, Ice Queen, The Neighborhood That Disappeared (co-director), Breakfast Of Champions (DP/Editor). Voice over actor for film trailers, TV and Radio. Metroland’s Best Local Actor. Member of Actor’s Equity, SAG-AFTRA.
KATE WASHINGTON (Mary Ann) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Shakespeare and Company costume shop technician, wardrobe, asst. shop manager (2012-2015). Fall Festival of Shakespeare (costumer, 2013-2014; Director 2015). Asst. director, costume designer and The Fool in King Lear (Theater 37 production at The Austen Riggs Center with Director Kevin G. Coleman). Training: Magna cum laude in acting at Temple University, Acting Intensive at Shakespeare and Company. Et cetera: Kate writes and performs stand up regionally.
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Associaton
ESTEFANÍA FADUL (Director) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Directing includes The House of the Spirits (SUNY Purchase, guest director), Cell (Drama League DirectorFest), Well (Pleiades Productions), so go the ghosts of méxico and El Laurel de Apolo (Repertorio Español), Underneath (Around the Block/5D), A Streetcar Named Desire (Vassar College). Assistant directing includes: Public Theatre, MCC, Classic Stage Company, OSF, The Flea, PlayMakers. Training: BA Vassar College, Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab. Awards: Drama League Directors Project Fellowship, Repertorio Español Van Lier Fellowship, Kazan Prize for Theatre (Vassar). Website: www.estefaniafadul.com.
BEKAH BRUNSTETTER (Playwright) WAM Theatre: Debut. Plays: Oohrah! (Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater) Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Lark Playwrights Week) To Nineveh (NY Innovative Theater Award for Best New Full-length Play); Sick (Winner, Sam French Short Play Festival); Green (Finalist, Alliance Theater’s Kendeda Competition; National Finalist, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival; Semi-finalst, O’Neill); Space (Semi-finalist, Princess Grace Award); I Used To Write On Walls; Fat Kids On Fire; You May Go Now: A Marriage Play; Arms; Le Fou; Happy Birthday / I’m Dead (Finalist, Samuel French Short Play Festival). Venues: Her plays have been read and produced by New York Stage and Film, Luna Stage, the Babel Theatre Project, The Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater, the Ohio Theater (Think Tank), New Georges, NYU, Centenary Stage, NC New Voices, The New School for Drama, Working Man’s Clothes, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Phare Play Productions, Old Vic/New Voices, Boston Theatre Works, Manhattan Theatre Source, SPF, The Alliance Theater, and The Atlantic. Et Cetera: She was the 2009 playwright in residence at Ars Nova. She is currently working a commission for the Roundabout Underground and Naked Angels, and the Williamstown Theater Festival. Training: BA from UNC Chapel Hill and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the New School for Drama.