V-Day New York City, 3V Theatre 2015
Presents A Benefit Reading of
A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls
BENEFITING GIRL BE HEARD
Sheila Burkert*, Erin Healani Chung, Alexandra Hiotakis, Erica Jensen, Ashley Lovell, Aliza Shane, Lucy Spain, Meghan Rose Tonery, Jenn Tufaro and Jill Wurzburg
WITH DIRECTION BY
Jen Browne, Casey Cleverly, Rose Ginsberg, Robert A.K. Gonyo, Anais Koivisto, Allanda “Al” Lattin, Carly Robins, Aliza Shane and Jenn Tufaro
* Actors’ Equity Association
Join Us as we RISE, RELEASE, and DANCE to Demand Justice for Women and Girl Survivors of Violence
Friday, February 20 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 21 @ 4 p.m.
Saturday, February 21 @ 8 p.m.
The TAI Group, 150 West 30th Street, 14th Floor, NYC
All proceeds will benefit Girl Be Heard, a non-profit theatre company that brings global issues affecting girls center stage empowering young women to tell their stories.
A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls, is a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle and commissioned by V-Day for the first V-Day: UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS festival, which took place June 2006 in New York City. Proceeds from the book benefit V-Day.
These writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic, and beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of how violence against women affects every one of us. The book includes information on how to organize V-Day events and readings of the book. A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, And A Prayer is a call to the world to demand an end to violence against women.
This special benefit performance is presented this year as part of V-Day’s campaign ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE.
We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS
AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.
V-Day New York City, 3V Theatre is a local effort within the worldwide context of the 2015 V-Day Campaign.
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JEN BROWNE is an actor and a playwright. She is a company member with Deconstructive Theatre Project appearing in The Orpheus Variations (Under the Radar 2015, HERE Arts Center 2013), A Christmas Carol, and new project Searching for Sebald. She’s also a member of playwright collective Lather, Rinse, Repeat. Her work has been produced with Caps Lock Theatre, New York Fringe Festival, Houston Fringe Festival, Unfringed Festival in Limerick Ireland, ESPA/Primary Stages and 3V Theatre. Her short plays A Game of [Sugar] Thrones and Chicago Style Hot Dog can be found on Indie Theatre Now. Visit jenbrowne.com for more!
SHEILA BURKERT * graduated from Princeton University where she was Vice President of the Triangle Club. Her training continued with Bill Esper and then at BADA. Sheila first supported herself with 26 national commercials and a role on “Search for Tomorrow.” Later credits include recurring roles on “All My Children,” “Guiding Light,” “Another World,” “As the World Turns,” Eleanor in the PBS film Love & Other Sorrows, and Sheebs in Black & White… as well as roles in many plays up, down and all around Broadway. Thank you to my loving and supportive Randy, Rene and Evan!
ERIN HEALANI CHUNG is a Hawai’i born and raised actor currently based in New York City and is excited to be working with 3V. Her background is in contemporary theatre, movement, theatre for youth, devised works, Asian theatre, and Classical text. Some of her favorite projects include Hamlet (Ophelia), Jinxed (Meatloaf), and The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia (director). erinhealanichung.com
CASEY CLEVERLY is a director and co-founder of Co-Op Theater East. Most recently she directed a sold out immersive production of Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance. She holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, and studied script development at both The College of William and Mary, and Cambridge University. She is a member of the Chicago Director’s Lab, SDCF Observership Program, and Old Vic, New Voices. caseycleverly.com
ROSE GINSBERG is thrilled to join Aliza, Jenn, and the 3V family for her sixth V-Day production. Working with incredible communities of women on The Vagina Monologues and A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer has been a hugely important part of her life and has inspired her with a passion for using theater in the service of social justice. She is now a graduate student in the Applied Theatre M.A. program at CUNY, learning more about how to do just that. Rose’s favorite directing credits include Maid of Honor at the American Globe Theatre, Two Chairs at the Chain Theatre, and Antigone at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, as well as productions at Primary Stages ESPA, Jimmy’s No. 43, Looking Glass Theatre, the Flea Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Purple Threads Ensemble, Dixon Place, the Brooklyn Public Library, and ArtHouse Jersey City. Thanks and love as always to Ben, Hannah, and the Mothership.
ROBERT A.K. GONYO is a theatre director, actor, sound designer, voiceover artist, and musician residing in Queens. He is a Founder & Director of Co-Op Theatre East, the producer of Go See a Show!, the off-off-Broadway podcast, and a member of The Best Thing Ever, a directors collective. robertgonyo.com
ALEXANDRA HIOTAKIS is proud to be a part of 3V’s V-Day event. She spent over 10 years traveling and performing only to come back to her love, New York City. Recently finished filming a short “Only Child” as Mary. Her favorite theater roles include Julie in Never Have I, Facilitator in Monstrous Love, Ms. K in Pedestrian Casualty and The Vagina Monologues (2011 V-Day). She is currently working on building her film and TV resume. Thanks to all of her friends and amazing family for the love and support. Peace and Love! “I do this for those who have ever been in a position of fear, terror or violence.” alexandrahiotakis.com
ERICA JENSEN is very excited to work with 3V again! She has performed in several staged readings and plays for various theatre festivals all over the city, including the NYC Fringe Festival. As always, Erica thanks all her friends and family for their love and support, especially Poo.
ANAÏS KOIVISTO is a New York-based freelance director with an interest in new works and heightened-language classics. Current production: Heart of Oak (FRIGID New York). Previous credits include The Turn of the Screw at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, A Map to Somewhere Else (133rd Street Arts Center Lab), Something Wicked (a Hangover encore selection in last year’s FRIGID Festival), Briar Rose & the Thirteenth Fairy (The Jan Hus Playhouse), and multiple short plays and readings with Everyday Inferno, 3V, the Looking Glass Forum, and the Core Artists’ Ensemble. Anaïs is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Everyday Inferno Theatre Company, holds a BFA from Boston University and has studied at LAMDA and ACT, is a New York Affiliate member of Seiche Productions, and has served as a member of (Re:) Directions Theatre Company and the Theatre Artists’ Conspiracy.
ALLANDA “AL” LATTIN is VERY excited to be a part of this V-day event. This is a cause that is very close to home and she can’t believe she gets to do theatre AND support it at the same time! She is originally from Montana, has been in NYC for over a year now (WOO!), has been part of 3V for a majority of that time and loves it. She hopes you had a very fun Valentine’s day…and a safe and happy V-Day.
ASHLEY LOVELL is an NYC native, all-around creative and seeker of adventures of all kinds who dislikes speaking in the third person. I am fortunate enough to play / work / study with amazing colleagues / students / teachers on stage and in all forms of media. It’s always fun and, often enough, results in celebrated and award-winning productions. Grateful for all those who foster my light and many more. Lovelovelove! Enjoy your days! More at ashleylovell.net.
CARLY ROBINS is so proud of 3V Theatre and being a part of V-Day. Stopping violence toward women and girls and identifying as a feminist are all traits she values. She is an actress, VO artist, and narrator.
ALIZA SHANE is a director and playwright as well as the Co-Artistic Director of 3 Voices Theatre. Most recently, she wrote and directed Mein Uncle, an absurdist fairytale about the seeds of inhumanity. In addition, 3V has produced four staged reading events – Threesomes, Say Uncle!, Caged, and Shocktober – in which Aliza both wrote and directed. Aliza wrote & directed Are You There Zeus? It’s Me, Electra (multiple PCTF Awards), The Imaginary Invalid: By Prescription Only (multiple PCTF Awards), The Spanish Wives: A Groovy Tale of Peace, Love and Restoration, and The Three Sillies (NYIT Award). This is her first time acting in quite a while and she is grateful to all for the opportunity and encouragement.
LUCY SPAIN – I am a professional actress and amateur human being currently calling New York City home. This city not only serves as home, but as my muse. I am constantly inspired by the diversity, spontaneity, and rawness of the strong people that live here. The unique qualities that make up this city and its inhabitants are also the ones I strive to achieve in acting. As an actor I believe un-censored truth is the most powerful tool, and performing these very real stories with 3V is truly an honor. I recently co-wrote, produced, and starred in ‘non-dicktion’, a female driven comedic short film that will be hitting the festival circuit in 2015. Thank you for being an advocate of women in the arts, and an avid proponent of ending violence against women and girls everywhere.
MEGHAN ROSE TONERY
JENN TUFARO, originally from North Dakota, has worked in NYC as an actor, director, playwright, stage manager, production manager, board op, designer and producer. This marks her sixth year as a producer or performer for V-Day in NYC/NJ. The Co-Artistic Director of 3V Theatre, Jenn has written, directed or acted in all four of 3V’s staged reading events – Threesomes (playwright), Say Uncle! (playwright, director), Caged (playwright, director) and Shocktober (playwright, actor). Other acting credits include: Just A Reading, Baal, Helix 999 (Looking Glass Theatre), What Happens to Women Here (Stone Soup/Richmond Shepard Theatre), The Maguffin (Stone Soup/Philadelphia Fringe Festival), The Ghost Dancers (Stone Soup/June Havoc Theatre, Midtown International Theatre Festival 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). Much love to her amazing hubby Greg, her sweet boy Jake and baby boy #2 arriving May 2015.
JILL WURZBURG, a California transplant, is thrilled to perform again with 3V, about issues very close to her heart. Jill has worked out and about New York City as well as in the Bay Area, and has trained at LAMDA, The Studio/New York, and Stanford University. For Kay.