MARCY ARLIN (Director) is an original member of Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, Women’s Project Directors Forum, NYU First Look Directors Co., a New Georges Classic Play Roaring Girl, Core Member of Theatre Without Borders and a 2005 Fulbright Senior Specialist Candidate. With ITP she won the 2003 OBIE for Innovative Theatre. Directing (productions/readings) venues: Soho Rep, LaMama, HERE, Vineyard, EST, Cherry Lane Alternative, Public Theatre, 6 Figures, NY Theatre Workshop, Henry St. Settlement, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Repertorio Espanol, BAX, Tenement Theatre, and Collective Unsconscious (THAW). Regional: Agassiz Theatre, Harvard; Performing Arts of Woodstock; Yiddish Book Center, Amherst. Recent projects: Name Day by Jovanka Bach, New Indigenous Voices: Australian Aboriginal Plays (w/ Australian Aboriginal Theatre Initiative), 100 Years of Theatre/Elizabeth Inchbald (Juggernaut), Journey Theatre (w/ Victor Maog/Ruth Margraff) – theatre project developed w/ victims of war and torture, Little Pitfall, by Marketa Blahova; A Taste of Freedom, by Aurorae Khoo (Ellis Island Museum). Marcy was featured in the April 2002 American Theatre for her direction of Cracking Mud is Pinching Me as part of ITP’s 2002 Festival of plays by women influenced by Muslim culture. She curates and directs the Czech Plays in Translation series (NY Theatre Workshop / Public Theatre) and Dis-Location & Re-Invention series w/ The New Group at the Martin Segal Theatre. She spoke at the 2003 Prague Quadrennial on Multicultural Theatre in the US, and teaches Theatre at Laguardia-CUNY. Marcy has lectured on “Immigrant Theatre” at the Univ. of Chicago, Brown Univ., NYU, Smith College and CUNY-Graduate Center; she conducted panels on International Theatre Artists (Vineyard Salon), Latino Playwrights (Queens Library), “Playwrights on the Edge” (LaGuardia Community College). www.immigrantstheat.org
PETER FISH (Composer, Lyricist) Peter Fish’s talents as a composer/arranger/producer span feature films, Top 10 singles and network television series. He composed Abel Ferrara’s Warner Bros. Film Bodysnatchers, while co-producing the score. His most recent film score is for A Tale of Two Pizzas. He also scored the feature documentary Tie-Died and scenes of Samuel Goldwyn Co feature Wigstock the Movie (both premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film festival); Sony’s interactive film Ride For Your Life; the much acclaimed documentary feature Painting the Town; and HBO critically acclaimed Dead Blue, Panic, The Vampire Murders, Suicide and Crank, all directed by Eames Yates. He was nominated for the Emmy for music score for his work on Panic. He also co-composed the score of Ferrara’s Dangerous Game and he scored the 1999 Emmy-Award winning Voices of the Children (Best Television Documentary) by Zuzana Justman, as well as her film A Trial in Prague. In the 2004 campaign, Peter has scored all of John Kerry’s campaign commercials to great acclaim. Among his many honors are the 2002 and 2003 Emmys for Best Original music for a Daytime Drama, ASCAP’s award for “Most Performed Themes” for three consecutive years, 1999, 2000 and 2001, inclusion in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Who’s Who in Composing”. ASCAP Special Awards for thirteen consecutive years, a Monitor Award, New York Festivals Awards and 6 Emmy Awards and 15 Emmy nominations.
ZUZANA JUSTMAN (Adapter,Translator, Lyricist) is a director, writer and producer of documentaries. Her most recent film, the critically acclaimed A Trial in Prague, played in New York City at the Quad Cinema. Among her documentaries are two films about Terezin: Terezin Diary which was screened in New York City at the Public Theater and the Village East Cinema and the Emmy Award-winning Voices of the Children which was shown on PBS. All of her films were broadcast internationally. Zuzana Justman spent two years in Terezin as a child. She is the sister of J.R.Pick, the writer of The Unlucky Man in the Yellow Cap.
LAURIE VAZQUEZ (Stage manager) is a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. This is her first Fringe show and she is quite happy to be included in such a diverse and spirited mix of people. Previous credits include: Dick ‘N’ Spooner, Swimming in the Ocean, and The Patriots (Looking Glass Theatre); Overexposed – as playwright (Veer West Productions); Waxing West (First Look Theater Company).
MAXINE KERN (Dramaturg) is a freelance dramaturg. She also teaches American Drama and Theater History at SUNY Stonybrook University. Her dramaturgy most recently includes: Marsh Light by Marthe Gold as]t the Four C’s Cape Cod Community College, Three Seconds in the Key by Deb Margolin at The Baruch Performing Arts Center, Twained by Joseph Ritz at The Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, NY, Little Pitfalls by Marketa Blahova at The Immigrant Theatre Company, The Last One Hundred Years by Joanna Baillie at The Juggernaut Theater, dramaturg for The Heart of Prague at the Prague Quadrennial 2003, Czech Republic. She has been an Artistic Director for Company One Theater in Hartford CT, a Literary Manager for New Georges Theater, New York City, the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswich, New Jersey, and Producing Associate for the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey. She is presently on the Executive Board of LMDA, on the advisory board of The Judith Shakespeare Company, a member of The League of Professional Woman in Theatre, and a nominator for the 2004-2005 Drama League Award.
ART ROTCH (Set designer) is a set and lighting designer based in New York City and Juneau, Alaska. Art spent 14 seasons at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau where he designed dozens of productions. Regional work: Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Foothill Theatre Company, The People’s Light and Theatre Company, M Gorky Drama Theatre of Vladivostok, Russia, ActorsExpress and Trinity Repertory Company. New York: PENNSYLTUCKY (World Premiere, Epiphany Theater), RIDERS TO THE SEA/ THE DINNER ENGAGMENT, Manhattan Schol of Music, ARABIAN NIGHTS (Gerald W Lynch Theatre). He will return to U Maine Orono to design the School of Performaing Arts productions this fall. Art studied Russian intellectual history at Harvard, writing on Soviet dissident thought. Art has an MFA from NYU.
LUCAS BENJAMIN KRECH (Lighting Designer) NY: Sake with the Haiku Geisha (Perry Street); Cupid and Psyche (Themantics Group); Heliantha (PS 122); Fourth World (Ontological/Hysteric); The Dust Project (HERE); Think Hard Darling Creatures (Culture Project); Hitting the Wall (Clurman). Regional: House of Lucky (The Magic); Young Zombies in Love (Emerald Rain Productions); and numerous productions with Impact Theatre. Site specific: The Seven Deadly Sins: A Fire Opera (Oakland, CA); Medea (San Juan, PR); and Foucault’s Pendulum (Nevada Desert). Dance: Force/Quit (Niccolo Fonte); More Eather, Extra Instinct (Sean Curran); Mother Goose! (Keith Michaels); and Blueprint (Johannes Wieland). MFA from New York University. Website: LucasKrech.com.
RAMONA PONCE (Costumes) started her design career at the Ridiculous Theatrical Company. She has long-time associations with Immigrants Theatre Project, The T.W.E.E.D. Theater Group, LaMama E.T.C. and film director Virginie Danglades, among others. Her drag work can be seen worldwide on a variety of big pretty ladies. She has designed gowns worn by brides, prom-goers and award recipients around the world. Drinkology: EATS, which she co-authored with the urbane, witty James Waller, is due out in November. She never met a rhinestone she didn’t like.
CHISATO UNO (Assistant set designer) originally hails from Tokyo, Japan. She most recently designed projectLIMB’s premiere of Surface, a dance theatre piece. Chisato has worked in a variety of theaters in Northern California and New England. She is the recipient of the Leigh Rand Scholarship from NYU’s Graduate Design Department, as well as the Eisner Award for Creative Achievement from UC Berkeley. She is currently working in the Art Department on Wong Kar Wai’s first English language film, My Blueberry Nights. Chisato has an MFA from NYU.
ALEX ZUCKER (Translator/Lyricist) is the translator of Jachym Topol’s novel City Sister Silver (2000) and Topol’s novella Trip to the Train Station (1995) and the novel More Than One Life by Miloslava Holubová (1999). He lived in Prague for several years, translating and copy editing, and his translations have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. He grew up in Michigan and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
DAVID BOROFF (Assistant producer) is thrilled to be working with such a talented group of people as he dives into the theater world for the first time professionally. David is a career journalist and theater-loving New York native who is grateful for the love and support of his family and friends.