The Happy Garden of Life

THE HAPPY GARDEN OF LIFE
By Anna Jastrzembski
Directed by Jenna Hoffmann

Set in a near-future utopia enforced by population control, The Happy Garden of Life follows the lives of various citizens caught up in a system of government-encouraged suicide. Through multiple storylines that converge in a hospital waiting room where a woman is about to give birth to triplets, The Happy Garden of Life considers how one person's worth can be qualified over another's — Would you like to live in such a world?

The Happy Garden of Life is a new play inspired by a short story by Kurt Vonnegut.

Creative Team:
Emily Erickson, Composer/Music Director; Matthew Imhoff, Scenic Designer; Christina Tang, Lighting Designer; Jacob K. Robinson, Sound Designer; Halla Tryggvadottir, Producer; Yannik Encarnação, Assistant Director; Cara Cincione, Production Stage Manager

Cast:
Briana Archer, Elizabeth Chappel, Nicolette Ellis, Heather Holmes, Lizzy Jarrett, Thomas Morris, Erin Noll, Uma Paranjpe, Joe Rivera, and Brian Sanchez

Friday, 10/18 @ 7:30 pm - Opening Night
Saturday, 10/19 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, 10/20 @ 7:30 pm
Monday, 10/21 @ 7:30 pm
Tuesday, 10/22 @ 7:30 pm
Wednesday, 10/23 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday, 10/24 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, 10/25 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, 10/26 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, 10/27 @ 2 pm - Final Performance

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The Gap at the Tank

The Gap follows a cheerleading team in a small town in the South, newly given the opportunity to redeem themselves at State. At Gilbert High, the cheerleaders are not the highest on the food chain. Most live in trailers and have after school jobs to pay for things they actually need or need to survive high school (a phone, rainbow flip flops). When the co-captain of the team makes it her mission to get the racist school mascot removed, her peers challenge the value of symbolic progress and her commitment to “change.”

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Twelfth Night with Shakespeare in the 'Burg

I am so excited to be joining the cast of Twelfth Night helmed by Dan Hasse at Shakespeare in the ‘Burg in Middleburg, VA. Featuring Peter Arnt, Lizzy Jarrett, Mahayla Laurence, Melissa Mahoney, Malena Pennycook, Dominic Russo, Nic Sanchez, Will Sarratt, and Patrick Sweeney

Shakespeare in the 'Burg 2019 presents:

Twelfth Night

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Hill School

130 S. Madison Street

Middleburg, VA

Producer of SHE Creates Feb 19th-24th

MAKE/SHIFT, IN ASSOCIATE WITH AKIN, PRESENTS

SHE CREATES 2K19

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A week-long, all-inclusive celebration of womanhood and gender nonconformity featuring the work of dozens of female and genderqueer artists.

A TICKET TO SHE CREATES 2K19 WILL INCLUDE:

OPENING ACTS

Short performances from a variety of female-identified and gender queer artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF

THE CLARK DOLL
written by LIZ MORGAN
directed by TYLER THOMAS

Three black women find themselves confined to a space; the kind that doesn't allow visitors. It isn't the first time but hopefully, it will be the last. Natasha wants to escape for good; Judi wants to sleep; and Sophia just doesn't want to end up left alone. Meanwhile, this trio of "sistas" will do what they can to survive their circumstances and each other.

Stage Managed by Madison Burnes
Starring Shelley Fort*, Marion Grey, and TanyaMaria
Designed by Isabel Le (Scenic), Rashidah Nelson (Costumes),
Attilio Rigotti (LX/Projections), and Christopher Stevenson (Sound).
*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

AN ART GALLERY

Featuring dozens of emerging, female-identifying and gender queer visual artists to be announced in coming weeks!

AND A PARTY!
Hosted by This is AKIN

February 19-24, 2019
at the New Ohio Theatre 

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"WE THREE" short film coming soon

Witchcraft and Politics collide when a coven of three teenagers take justice into their own hands... 

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The film is directed by Chelsea B. Lockie, DOP Michael Lamarra, written by Julia Maldonado. Featuring Shelby Wong, Lizzy Jarrett, Yessi Rivas, and Peter Ferraiolo.

Friday the 13th Reading with Theatre East!

Come join me and Theatre East for some Halloween fun as we read Friday the 13th!

What: Theatre East presents a reading of the cult classic FRIDAY THE 13TH! That's right! Written by Victor Miller and adapted by Judson Jones & Kire Tosevski The original horror classic that started it all...performed LIVE! AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION, ROLES TO BE RAFFLED, PHOTO BOOTH, & MORE!!!

When: October 29th at 7pm; cocktail hour from 6-7pm

Where: O'Lunney's Times Square Pub
45th Street btwn 6th & 7th/Broadway

Click here for more info.

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Tickets on sale for "Holy Ghosts" and Playbill Article!

Casting is complete for Theatre East's upcoming production of Romulus Linney's Holy Ghosts. The play, which kicks off the tenth season of the Off-Broadway company, has not been seen in New York for four decades.

Helmed by Theatre East Artistic Director Judson Jones, performances will begin September 21 at Urban Stages, 259 W. 30th St., and continue through October 6.

The cast features Lizzy Jarrett as Nancy Shedman, Oliver Palmer as Coleman Shedman, James Anthony McBride as Obediah Buckhorn, Sr, John Cannon as Obediah Buckhorn, Jr. with Tom Green as Rogers Canfield, Brandon Fox as Howard Rudd, Corey Whelihan as Orin Hart, Lori Fischer as Bonnie Bridge, Debra Wassum as Mrs. Wall, Matthew Napoli as Carl Specter, Tiffani Stone as Lorena Cosburg, Jon Kovach as Billy Boggs, Kelsey Sheppard as Muriel Boggs, Alston Slatton as Virgil Tides, and Jerry Colpittsas as Cancer Man.

Set in present-day rural Tennessee, Holy Ghosts concerns a group of broken, Pentecostal outcasts who find solace, understanding, and strength in one another as they wrestle with their own serpents and discover their divinity.

The creative team also includes production manager Libby Jensen, scenic designer Steven Brenman, lighting designer Zach Murphy, costume designer Sherry Martinez, sound designer Margaret Montagna, production stage manager Julia Rae Maldonado, and assistant director Christa Kimlicko Jones.

Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit TheatreEast.org.

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A Reading of The New Colossus by E.J. Meehan

I'll be in a public reading of A New Colossus by E.J. Meehan on

September 15, 2018, 7p
at The Baumann
41 Varick Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Directed by Irene Lazaridis

$5 suggested donation at the door. RSVP here!

About The New Colossus

A deconstruction of modern American mythology, The New Colossus follows four storylines, each orbiting around the figure of Superman. It weaves together a mourning brother and sister, a superhero and his alter ego, a barren wasteland where the past doesn't seem to exist, a national uprising, an atomic bomb, and the construction of a new statue. As the storylines interweave, the collective fiction that binds our world together starts to come into conflict with reality, threatening to destroy the whole structure. But how far are those on top willing to go to retain their authority, and will anything be left behind?

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SAINT VINCENT'S PROJECT: NOVENAS FOR A LOST HOSPITAL at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

I will be an ensemble member in this workshop performance this June 12-15th and 17th at 7pm with this wonderful team of artists!

By Cusi Cram
With Dramaturgy by Guy Lancaster
Directed by Daniella Topol
With additional collaboration by Kevin Hourigan, Scott JohnsonJames Scruggs, and Lannyl Stephens
Choreographed by Irving Amigon

Starring Kathleen Chalfant and actors Ken Barnett, Oscar A. L. Cabrera, Craig Grant, Mahira Kakkar, Kelly McAndrew, and Lucas Steele
Haitian singing by Goussy Celestin

For more info and tickets, please visit their website.

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Fault Line Theatre Reading!

I will be a stage directions reader as well as the SM/PA for this project with this great company Fault Line Theatre.  They have been doing excellent readings through the Irons in the Fire series! Come check it out! More info here.

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"Still Breathing" Staged Reading

I'm so excited to be working with my good friend Jeff Athey on a staged reading of his feature length screenplay "Still Breathing". 

"This is the coming of age story of a young, gay teenager who has been recently diagnosed with cancer. Peter tends to wear the persona of someone who is strong and independent to avoid worrying those around him. However, there is more holding him back than he wants to admit. "

When: Saturday, January 27th @ 7pm

Where: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting at 31 west 27th street, 3rd Floor in Studio 1

GET TICKETS HERE

The Cherry Orchard

Catch me December 15-17th playing Varya in The Cherry Orchard directed by Mark Barford, an MFA Directing candidate at Columbia.  

December 15th & 16th @8pm, December 17th @3pm

The Schapiro Theatre 506 W. 115th Street, New York

GET TICKETS HERE

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