Playwright – Quiara Alegría Hudes
Sunday, August 16 at 3pm
No. Six Depot Roastery and Café
6 Depot Street, West Stockbridge, MA
Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace, birth families splinter and online families collide. A winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, WAM Theatre invites the Berkshire audience to partake in this artful and heartfelt meditation on life on the brink of redemption.
Stage Manager: Kristiana Cowcer
GIDEON BAUTISTA (Elliot Ortiz) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Kenny, Company One); Quixote in Kabul (Private Sanchez, Boston University); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom) & Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio, It’s a Fiasco Productions); Handicapping (Terry) Boston Theatre Marathon, Mad Dash Festivals I & II (Fresh Ink); and Peter Pansy (Gold Dust Orphans). Training: Emerson College (BA Acting & Theater Education). Online: @gydjn Et cetera: Finishing his first full-length play, How I Became A Saxophone, a Filipino-American adaptation of the Orpheus myth. He performs in, co-founded and co-directs Comedycazi, which plays monthly at Comicazi in Somerville, MA.
BARBY CARDILLO (Odessa Ortiz) WAM Theatre: The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls, 10×10 on 10, 24 Hour Theatre Project, Measure for Measure reading, Education Associate and Teaching Artist/Director: Girls INC, Girls Ensemble. Elsewhere: Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Boston Playwright’s Theatre, Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, Mixed Company, New Stage, Whitney Arts Center, Berkshire Fringe Festival. Training: Shakespeare & Company, North Shore Music Theatre. Et cetera: Founding member and player of Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe and The Majesters Improv Troupe, Artistic Director, Leave It to Beaver Improv troupe Co-creator Shrimp on the Barby- a slightly naughty Cabaret. Education Artist for Community Access to the Arts, Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage.
KEVIN GARDNER* (Fountainhead) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: The Outgoing Tide, One Slight Hitch, Dracula, Uncle Vanya, 33 Variations with Bob Stillman as Beethoven, A Tuna Christmas, Driving Miss Daisy, Chicago, Mame, Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Wonderful Town starring Lucie Arnaz, Peter Pan at the Moscow Musical Theater for Children, Russia. TV: “Roseanne”, “Cybill”, “Tracey Takes On… Movies”. Training: American Academy of Dramatic Arts (LA), HB Studios (NY). Online: www.kevingardner.net Et cetera: Kevin recently directed a production of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead and has also been an Equity stage manager for 20 years.
WARREN JACKSON* (Chutes&Ladders) WAM Theatre: In Darfur. National Tour: Macbeth (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Romeo & Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Regional: Shoes (Victory Gardens Theater); Cymbeline/Pericles (Court Theater); Tempest (North Carolina Shakepeare Festival); Fences (Clarence Brown Theater); Talking to Westfield (Premier Stages); Railroad Bill (Chester Theater Co.). Off-Off Broadway: Romeo & Juliet (American Globe Theater), King Lear (Inwood Shakspeare Festival), Henry V (Classical Theater of Harlem), Merry Wives of Windsor (Brave New World), Coriolanus (Harlem Shakespeare Festival). TV: Green Screen Adventures. Training: MFA, University of Arizona.
ZOE LAIZ (Orangutan) WAM Theatre: Waxworks (Fresh Takes Series). Elsewhere: Zoë is a Berkshire native and a recent graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC, where her roles included Lavatch in All’s Well That Ends Well and Gret/Angie in Top Girls. Other credits include Richard III, King Lear and, most recently, Shakespeare & The Language That Shaped A World at Shakespeare & Company.
DANIELA MALAVE* (Yasmin) WAM Theater: 24hr Berkshire/Capital Region Project. NY Theater: The Awesome 80’s Prom (Webster Hall) Bollywood Wedding (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), Strawberry One Act Festival (Hudson Guild). Berkshire Theater: Made in the Berkshire Theater Festival (Unicorn Theater) When The Sky Falls (Unicorn Theater). Regional Theater: Next Act! New Play Summit 3 (Capital Repertory) Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Finnegan’s Farewell (Proctor’s Theater). Film: Damsel, Little Bi Peep, Carpe Vita. Web: Yahoo News en Espanol, Super Knocked Up. TV: Unfaithful (OWN Network) Act Up (Dish Network). Training: The Barrow Group (NYC). Online: www.danielamalave.com Et cetera: Daniela is a bilingual actress with extensive experience in theater, tv, film, vo, commercial and print work. Thank you WAM for the lovely opportunity.
TONY PALLONE (A Ghost/Professor Aman) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Tony has worked extensively in both the Albany and Western Mass.-area theater scene, including Barrington Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Capital Rep, Curtain Call, Hubbard Hall, NYSTI, Russell Sage College, Smith College, Theater Barn, Union College and many more. He also appeared in the 24hr Berkshires/Capital Region Theatre Project co-produced by WAM and Mopco (2012). Awards: TANYS awards for directing (Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2014) and acting (Macbeth, 2010; The Tempest, 2006). Et cetera: Love to Colleen…and thanks to all the wonderful people of WAM for this terrific opportunity!
KRISTIANA COWCER (Stage Manager) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Assistant to the General Manager at Shakespeare and Company, Stage Managed four tours with ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, Assistant Touring Production Manager for Starry Night Theater Company, PA for Lord of the Flies and SM for Beauty and the Beast at Barrington Stage Company, Assistant Company Manager at Two River Theater, ASM at Olney Theater Center, ASM at Barrington Stage Company’s Stage II, and SM for several seasons at Busch Gardens. Training: BA in Design and Technical Theater at Christopher Newport University. Et Cetera: Would like to thank my family for their love and support!
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association
MOLLY CLANCY (Director) WAM Theatre: Artistic Associate, Fresh Takes Play Reading Series Curator, Assistant Director for In Darfur, How The World Began and Seven Homeless Mammoth Wander New England. Regional Theatre: Molly currently works at Shakespeare & Company as the Publicity & Playbill Director and previously worked at Florida Studio Theatre (Sarasota, FL) and Home Made Theatre (Saratoga Springs, NY). Additional Directing: Charlotte’s Web and The Wizard of Oz (Forest Lake Theatre) and The Rwandans’ Visit (Lougheed Festival of the Arts at SUNY Potsdam). Training: SUNY Potsdam (BA in Theatre and English).
QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES (Playwright) WAM Theatre debut. NYC Theatre: Hudes has authored musicals, most notably the book for the Broadway musical In the Heights, which received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical, and was a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Plays/Musicals: Barrio Grrrl!; The Elliot Plays; Water by the Spoonful; The Happiest Song Plays Last; 26 Mileswhich; Yemaya’s Belly. Venues: Hartford Stage Company, Goodman Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Alliance Theatre, Portland Stage Company, London’s Southwark Playhouse, Puerto Rico’s Centro Bellas Artes, LA’s Pantages, Tokyo’s International Forum, and Atlantis Productions in the Phillippines. Awards: Water by the Spoonful won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. For the original Off-Broadway incarnation In of Heights, Hudes won the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical. Yemaya’s Belly, Hudes’ first play which premiered at Portland Stage Company, received The Clauder Prize. Training: B.A. in Music from Yale University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University, where she studied with Paula Vogel. Et Cetera: Hudes’s honors include the United States Artists Fontanals Fellowship, the Joyce Fellowship at the Goodman Theatre, the Aetna New Voices Fellowship at Hartford Stage, the Roe Green Award at the Cleveland Playhouse, fellowships at Sundance Theater Institute and the O’Neill Theater Center, and a residency at New Dramatists. March 16, 2014 was named “Quiara Alegría Hudes Day” in the City of Philadelphia and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel declared April 27, 2013 “Quiara Hudes Day” in Chicago. She was recently inducted into the Central High School Hall of Fame–in the first group of women to receive this honor since the school’s founding in 1836. Hudes is on the board of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, which produced her first play in the tenth grade. She now lives in New York with her husband and children.