• Wednesday, October 22 at 8pm
  • The Drilling Company @ 236 W 78th Street, NYC
  • Just $10!
  • Seating is limited. Reserve tickets in advance (recommended!), email us at

3 Voices Theatre, in association with The Drilling Company, presents SHOCKTOBER: 3V Staged Readings. October means cooler temperatures, longer nights, and all things spooky, scary, creepy and most of all, shocking. 3V invites you to SHOCKTOBER!

We’re telling shocking tales of all kinds – gross, gory, creepy, funny, tragic, bizarre, horrific come get into the spirit of the season and get shocked!

The featured plays in SHOCKTOBER are:

By Toccara Castleman, Directed by Laura Hirschberg
CAST: Alexandra Hiotakis, Brian Kilday, Allanda “Al” Lattin, Rachel Pfennigwerth & Duncan Pflaster

By Susan Burns, Directed by Robert A. K. Gonyo
CAST: Elizabeth Carey, Chris Cornwell, Robert Getz & Lucy Spain

By Jason S. Grossman, Directed by Aliza Shane
CAST: Amanda Marikar & Jill Wurzburg

By Nancy Gall-Clayton, Directed by Allanda “Al” Lattin
CAST: Rebecca Lopkin & Mary Regan

By Jenn Tufaro, Directed by Ria T. DiLullo
CAST: Suzanna Chmielarz, Ashley Lovell Judy Molner & Alexander Kushi-Willis

By Laura Hirschberg, Directed by Heesuk Chae
CAST: Jennifer Apple, Toccara Castleman, Vicki Oceguera & Jenn Tufaro

By Duncan Pflaster, Directed by Aliza Shane
CAST: Suzanna Chmielarz & Robert Getz



Toccara Castleman


Toccara Castleman (Playwright/3V Company Member) is a writer/actress/human being originally from Chicago, Illinois. I’ve appeared in a variety of staged readings, 10-minute plays and children’s theater across NYC. The SHOCKTOBER staged readings marks my umpteenth collaboration with the women of 3V and the pleasure is still all mine. In addition to appearing in the SHOCKTOBER play Echoes I also wrote a piece that will appear in the series, entitled 6-6-6 and it’s kind of a big deal. Get more info on my work and internet life at




Laura Hirschberg (Director) is a director/playwright/stage manager based in NYC. She is a proud 3V company member. Previous directing credits include Swallow It, Clean, Fire Thief and Azaleas at Looking Glass Theatre, The Strongest at The WorkShop Theater, Hook Ups at the Capital Fringe Festival, and several others. Laura’s plays have been produced at Looking Glass, WorkShop, and 9BC Performance Series, and her play Verona Walls will be produced as a staged reading at the WorkShop November 20-22.



Alexandra Hiotakis


Alexandra Hiotakis (Jamie) is proud to be in her 3rd reading series with 3V Theatre. She spent over 10 years traveling and performing only to come back to her love, New York City. She recently finished filming the short “Only Child” as Mary. Favorite theater roles include Andie in Get the Gig!, Julie in Never Have I, Facilitator in Monstrous Love, Ms. K in Pedestrian Casualty and 2011 V-Day, The Vagina Monologues. She currently working on building her film and TV resume. Thanks to 3V Theatre for giving her the opportunity to explore many different characters. Thanks to all of her friends and amazing family for the love and support. Peace and Love


Brian Kilday (Rick) would like to thank Laura for the opportunity to experience such a truly wonderful process. He would also like to thank the amazingly talented cast and crew for their prowess in and passion for storytelling. He would also like to thank you, the Audience, for coming out tonight and supporting A Life in Art. Thanks. Enjoy the Show.



Allanda “Al” Lattin (Cathy) is very excited to be making her NYC directing (AND acting!) debut with 3V’s SHOCKTOBER evening! An aspiring stage director, Al originally hails from Montana, and is VERY happy to finally be in New York City (and nothing can stop her from staying here forever). She is extremely appreciative of 3 Voices Theatre for being her creative outlet and helping her begin her directing career. She’d also like to thank her parents, sister, nephew, Shane, Czyz, Brandon, and New York City for all being so awesome and supportive!


Rachel Pfennigwerth HS

Rachel Pfennigwerth (Ned/MTA Voice/Random Passenger) is exceptionally happy to be working with 3V after her induction in to the company. Recent 3V productions include the smash hit Mein Uncle, written and directed by 3V’s own Aliza Shane. Favorite Halloween costumes include: nudist on strike, Nintendo controller, Cruella De Vil, and headless man. Rachel would like to thank the producers of Halloween series for her irrational fear of the butcher knife and the creative team of the Last House on the Left remake for giving a whole new meaning to the term ‘director’s cut’. Rachel is currently represented by Andreadis Talent Agency.


Duncan Pflaster

Duncan Pflaster (Mike) — Plays that have won awards: Messin’ With the Kid, 1460 Sketches of Your Left Hand, The Empress of Sex, The Taint of Equality, Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants, The Thyme of the Season, The Starship Astrov, Sweeter Dreams, The Wastes of Time, Dark Night of the Russet Rascal, Eternity: Time Without End,The Tragedy of Dandelion, and Say Something Shocking (The Spit-Take Play). Others include Suckers, Admit Impediments, Sleeping in Tomorrow, and Ore, or Or. Eight plays published online at Pocket Universe is published in Smith & Kraus’ The Best New Ten Minute Plays 2013. My Perfect Life is published in The LIC One-Act Play Festival 2013. A monologue from …Taint… in Smith & Kraus’ The Best Male Monologues 2013, and two monologues from 1460 Sketches… in The Best Male Monologues 2014 and in Applause Theatre & Cinema Books’ Best Contemporary Monologues for Men 18-35. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild.





Susan Burns (Playwright) is a writer/actor from Seattle, WA. She had a great time at 3V’s Say Uncle! reading series and is excited to be back for more. Her plays and sketch comedy have been performed in New York and Los Angeles. Her short films have screened at the Seattle International Film Festival and Palm Springs Short Film Festival. She just finished her giant squid Halloween costume and has extra googly eyes, if anyone wants some.



Robert A. K. Gonyo (Director)  is a theatre director, actor, and musician. He is a Director with Co-Op Theatre East, company member with EndTimes Productions, and the producer of Go See a Show!, the off-off-Broadway podcast.




Elizabeth Carey (Lulu) – Undergrad theater major Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Macbeth, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. NYC: Atys, Brooklyn Academy of Music; The Happenings at Sogmush River, Sogmush Collective.




Chris Cornwell (Nico) hails originally from Austin, Texas and holds a B.F.A. in acting from Texas State University.  A few notable theatre credits include John Lennon in Manson: The Musical! (End Times Productions), Narrator in Rick Hardon: Private Dick (Aporia Theatre Company), and as u/s Col. Craven in The Philanderer (The Pearl Theatre Company). He recently directed an episode of the web series “VSBK,” which is set to premiere next month. He also plays in the bluegrass rock ‘n’ roll band, The Rusty Guns, which released their debut album last year.  Aside from playing in and around New York City, their music has been featured in various films and projects.




Robert Getz (Clive) is excited to once again join 3V after participating in their spring Caged readings.  He was recently seen in Dying Alone (Manhattan Rep.) and Bromance of the Exes (Robert Moss).  He has been seen performing at various other theatres around the city, and while running around to said theatres, his nose is usually deep into his phone feeding into his  addiction to 2048.  A few favorite past credits include Hero in Forum, Norman in Norman! Is that You?, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet.





Lucy Spain (Justine) is a writer, producer, actor who has been lucky enough to work with the ladies from 3V for over five years. Being involved with this group that prioritizes the dynamic, complex, and humanistic depiction of women in theatre has been integral to her development as an artist. Her latest female driven short film ‘non-dicktion’ is currently making waves in the festival circuit. Non-Dicktion




Jason S. Grossman (Playwright) — Writer/Producer/Actor. Artistic Director of Funny…Sheesh Productions. Writer: The Ballad of Rodrigo; King of the Mountains; Doubles Crossed; Assholes & Idiots; Love Me (winner, Outstanding Playwriting for a New Script in Planet Connections Festivity; play published in NYTE’s 2011); How to Fold a Map?; You Happy Now? Since 2000 he has performed the critically-acclaimed It’s a Wonderful One-Man-Show Life! throughout the Northeast, Washington and British Columbia. He has also taught improv, comedy writing and The Art of Socializing and Networking at several NYC Colleges. He has written for Amios, Mind the Gap, the Shortened Attention Span Festival and TV Land’s Ultimate Fan Search. His new plays Blood on the Pages and Keep It To Yourself are coming in 2015. His plays are available online at



Aliza Shane (Director) is a director, playwright and producer. Aliza most recently wrote and directed Mein Uncle, An absurdist fairytale about the seeds of inhumanity, produced by 3V Theatre. Past credits include: writing/directing Are You There Zeus? It’s Me, Electra (PC Award for Outstanding Direction), The Imaginary Invalid: By Prescription Only (PC Award for Overall Production), The Spanish Wives: A Groovy Tale of Peace, Love and Restoration, and The Three Sillies (NYIT Award for Outstanding Short Script). Aliza is the co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of 3 Voices Theatre.


Amanda Marikar HS

Amanda Marikar – Thrilled to be a new member of 3V! Selected credits: Mein Uncle (3 Voices Theatre), Cadence: Home (co-writer, NYC and Straz Center in Tampa, FL), At War: American Playwrights Respond to Iraq (Bleecker St. Theater), Everything’s Whispered (For Now) (co-writer, Culture Project), Quake (UK Premiere, Finborough Theatre), readings at MCC Theater, Rattlestick, terraNOVA, ESPA, and a number of short films. Training: Maggie Flanigan Studio, Moscow Art Theatre, Chautauqua, and BADA. B.A. Barnard College. Member of FRESH PRODUCE’d Theater Co., TE’A Project, and 3V.




Jill Wurzburg is excited to be back at 3V! She’s an NYC-based actor from California passionate about new play development and storytelling. She spends most of her time acting, taking acting classes, and might as well live in the Drama Book Shop. She’s a company member of Snorks and Piñs Productions and her favorite roles have included L’il Bit in How I Learned to Drive, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, The Mute in The Fantasticks, and Kathryn in Splendour.






Nancy Gall-Clayton (Playwright) was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewanee Writers Conference and a Visiting Artist at Ohio State University. Her plays have been on stages on three continents and in 23 states. She is published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, Motes Books, and others. Nancy is a member of the International Centre for Women Playwrights and serves as Kentucky’s representative to the Dramatists Guild.




Allanda “Al” Lattin (Director) — SEE ABOVE.






Rebecca Lopkin





Mary Regan Credits include Tumor Brainiowicz and The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great at La Mama ETC., The Murders at Argos in Fringe NYC, Ask Someone Else God at Looking Glass Theatre, Men at Manhattan Repertory Theatre and The Russian Room at Perchance to Dream Theatre, as well as various improv and comedy shows at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The People’s Improv Theater and The Magnet Theater. She also draws a comic for Rebeat Magazine called The Adventures of Mr. Schneider as well as her own comic, Sainted.




Jenn Tufaro (Playwright) – Originally from North Dakota, Jenn has worked as an actor, director, playwright, stage manager, production manager, board op, designer and producer. Whew. Alongside Aliza and Chanda, she is thrilled to provide a creative environment for all artists at 3V as Co-Artistic Director. As a writer: I Heart Uncle Jesse, Triplet$, Caged and Goodnight, Charlie. As an actor: Just A Reading, Baal, Helix 999 (Looking Glass Theatre) The Ghost Dancers (Stone Soup/June Havoc Theatre, MITF Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play), A Chicken Goes to Broadway (Samuel French Short Play Festival, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre), Young Jean Lee’s Church (The Public Theater) and Always Family (The Kirk Theater on Theatre Row). She has also produced/participated in five V-Day events in NYC/NJ. Jenn is the former Co-Artistic Director / Managing Director of Looking Glass Theatre and the former Managing Director of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. And, she’s wife to the amazing Greg and mommy to the sweetest little boy in the world, Jake.



Ria T. DiLullo (Director) is the co-founder and artistic director of Marrow’s Edge, a resident director at the Flea Theater, and a New York City native. Recent credits include: Cutthroat Series – Gore at the Flea Theater, The Salon Series, presented by Marrow’s Edge, We Are Samurai at the 133rd Street Arts Center, and Tinerete at GONG Teatru (Sibiu, Romania). Ria’s current training includes lessons in Alexander Technique, workshops at the Movement Theater Studio in puppetry and neutral mask, and Pilates Instructor Training. Ria was happy to be a part of 3V’s Caged and is delighted to be back for Shocktober!


Suzanna Chmielarz



Suzanna Chmielarz (Lettie)






Alexander Kushi-Willis (Matt) – Hailing from the green and pleasant land of rural England, I grew up a Macrobiotic Waldorf child, thriving on seaweed, umeboshi and Eurythmy. Over six years ago I came to New York to train at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and since graduating I’ve been training with the Movement Theater Studio and performing both on stage and film.  I’m currently a member of The Flea Theater in Tribeca.


Ashley Lovell


Ashley Lovell (Sarah) is a NYC native, all-around creative, & seeker of adventures of all kinds who dislikes speaking in the 3rd person. I am fortunate enough to play / work / study with amazing colleagues / students / teachers on stage & in all forms of media. It’s always fun &, often enough, results in celebrated & award-winning productions. Some bright lights in my world moved to the next place recently which has made me more determined to brighten my own & others’ to fill their void. Grateful for 3V for fostering my light & many more. Lovelovelove! Enjoy your days!


Judy Molner (Margaret) is delighted to be part of Shocktober with 3 Voices Theatre, after having such a magnificent  experience working on Mein Uncle this past Spring! Judy is a recent transplant to New York City, from Rochester, NY. She received her MFA from Trinity Rep Conservatory, in Providence, Rhode Island. Favorite roles include, Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Ella in Curse of the Starving Class, Grace in Faith Healer and Portia in Merchant of Venice.






Laura Hirschberg (Playwright) – SEE ABOVE.



Heesuk Chae (Director) is excited to work again with 3V! She is a New York-based director/playwright, originally from South Korea. She graduated from Hunter College with B.A. in Theatre. She wrote and directed Come Out (The Riant Theatre) and won the Best Director of a Play at 2012 Strawberry One-Act Festival. Her directing credits are assistant directing Mein Uncle (3 Voices Theatre), Obsession (York Theatre) and A Month of Sundays (Midtown Madness Festival).



Jennifer Apple (Jackie) is truly excited to be a part of this evening! She was recently seen in new readings of Factory Girls at the Musical Theatre Factory and Damascus Square at the Davanport Theatre. Some favorite credits include: Monty Python’s Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel – Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival; Hodel – Cape Fear Regional Theatre [dir: Gary John LaRosa, Tevye: Bill Nolte]), Something Funny’s Going On (54 Below – dir/chor: Martin Charnin, Lee Roy Reams), Grease (Rizzo), Oliver! (Nancy), Les Miserables (Eponine), and [title of show] (Susan). Check out more at!


Toccara Castleman


Toccara Castleman (Alex) — SEE ABOVE.




VickiOcegueraVicki Oceguera (Erin) is so excited to be working with 3V Theatre and would like to thank them for making her a part of this reading series! Favorite credits include: several staged readings at The Looking Glass, Tour: The Jack Sprat Low-Fat World Tour (Gloria Sprat); Off-Broadway: Treasure Island (Mrs. Hawkins), Honestly Abe (Sally Lincoln), Pageant Princess: The Musical (Donna Lou). Favorite Regional Theatre: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Grease (Jan), Oliver! (Nancy).




Jenn Tufaro (Sam) — SEE ABOVE.





Duncan Pflaster



Duncan Pflaster (Playwright) – SEE ABOVE.




Aliza Shane (Director) – SEE ABOVE.



Suzanna Chmielarz



Suzanna Chmielarz (Lucinda) – SEE ABOVE.




Robert Getz (Cholmondeley) – SEE ABOVE.