OBI ABILI (Ethan) is a stage, film and television actor who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London (RADA) and was named as a 'Star of Tomorrow' by Screen International in 2010 and 'an actor to watch' by IndieWire in the same year. He is coming off a supporting role in the upcoming feature film 21 Bridges, opposite Chadwick Boseman and JK Simmons as well as the feature London Fields, opposite Amber Heard and Billy Bob Thornton. He also had a leading role in the feature film Tula: The Revolt opposite Danny Glover and was also seen opposite Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz in Gambit. He recurred on Showtime's “Billions” and guest starred on Cinemax's “Strike Back”, and NBC's “Blindspot”. Obi recently starred in the Irish Rep's production of The Emperor Jones. He also starred opposite Juliette Binoche in Ivo van Hove's production of Antigone at BAM. He has worked with Zach Grenier, David Straithairn, Josh Hamilton, Amy Ryan, Harris Uhlen, Chad Coleman and Chris Noth, to name a few, for 10 weeks in Antigone in Ferguson.
ENRICO COLANTONI (Phil) graduated from the Yale School of Drama…some time ago. His theatre credits include the premiere of Neil LaBute’s The Distance from Here at the Almeida Theatre in London, The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Arabian Nights at the Manhattan Theatre Club, The Triumph of Love at the Guthrie and most recently, An Enemy of the People at the Yale Rep. TV Credits include, “Just Shoot Me”, “Veronica Mars”, “Flashpoint” and more “Veronica Mars”. Film Credits include, “Galaxy Quest”, “Contagion”, “Kill Chain” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” which will be released in November. He’s very much afraid of this play. But fear never stopped him before.
ALEXANDER GARFIN (Jamie) is thrilled to be working with Cherry Lane Theatre for his Off-Broadway debut. His first Equity production was On Borrowed Time directed by Joel Grey at Two River Theater. Alex voiced Linus in The Peanuts Movie and was nominated for an Annie Award for his performance. He thanks JGD, Nouveaux Talent Management, his teachers and friends at LaGuardia High School and his family for allowing him to pursue a life framed by his passions.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
MATT WILLIAMS (Playwright) has worked in theatre, film and television as a writer, director and producer. Theatre: Actually, We’re F*cked; Bruce Lee Is Dead and I’m Not Feeling Too Good Either; Jason and the Nun; and Between Daylight and Boonville; Open Heart (directed); Camping With Henry and Tom (produced); and The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (produced). Television: “Roseanne,” “Home Improvement,” “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World,” “The Conners,” “Soul Man,” “Costello,” “Carol & Company,” “Buddies,” “Thunder Alley” and “Ready, Jet, Go!” Film: Where the Heart Is, What Women Want, What Men Want, The Keeping Room, Bernie, Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken, Walker Payne, Firelight and As Cool As I Am. Matt is currently an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program and lives in New York with his wife, actress Angelina Fiordellisi. Matt and Angelina are the proud parents of Matisse and Fredrick.
TEA ALAGIĆ (Director) is an internationally acclaimed, multilingual director whose work has been seen Off-Broadway, regionally and internationally. She holds a BFA in acting from Charles University in Prague and an MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama, where she received the Julian Milton Kaufman Prize in Directing. Tea is presently the head of the MFA and BFA directing department at The New School for Drama. Selected credits include Tarell McCraney’s The Brothers Size (The Public Theater, Studio Theatre Washington DC, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Old Globe San Diego and Abbey Theatre in Dublin); North American premiere of Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek’s Jackie starring Tina Benko (NY City Center, multiple Lortel Award nominations); Charise Smith’s Washeteria (Soho Rep); Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet starring Elizabeth Olsen and Julian Cihi (CSC); Passing Strange by Stew and Heidi Rodewald (Wilma Theater, nominated for nine Barrymore Awards, winner of Best Musical Direction); Daniel Alexander Jones’ Black Light (Greenwich House) and The Book of Daniel (UT Austin); Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s Lidless (Page 73); and Emma Stanton’s No Candy (Portland Playhouse). Other theatres include Goodman, National Theatre (London), Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Kitchen, The Carlotta Festival, Asolo Rep, Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque), ZKM (Croatia), 4+4 Festival (Prague) and BAC (London). Tea is Croatian and was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After fleeing in 1992, she made her way to NYC by way of Germany, Czech Republic, England and Canada. www.teaalagic.com Facebook:@TeaAlagic
ANDREW BOYCE (Set Design). NYC: Lincoln Center, Roundabout, Atlantic, Primary Stages, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Realm, Rattlestick, etc. Upcoming: Dana H (Vineyard). Regional: A.C.T., Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alliance, Baltimore Center Stage, Berkeley Rep, Center Theatre Group, Dallas Theater Center, Goodman, Geffen, Huntington, Long Wharf, Milwaukee Rep, Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, Williamstown and Yale Rep, among many others. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Assistant professor of design at Northwestern. www.andrewboycedesign.com
OANA BOTEZ (Costume Design). U.S.: BAM Next Wave, LCT3, Soho Rep, The Kitchen, P.S.122, The Joyce Theater, BRIC Arts Media, Classic Stage Company, The Public Theater, Peak Performances (Montclair), Wilma Theater, The Old Globe. Internationally: Bucharest National Theater (Romania), Old Vic (London), Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris), Les Subsistances (Lyon), Budapest National Theater, The International Festival of Contemporary Theater (Adana, Turkey), Le Quartz (Brest, France), La Filature (Mulhousse, France), Exit Festival/Maison des Arts Creteil (Paris, France). Ms. Botez is teaching at Yale School of Drama.
D.M. WOOD (Lighting Design). Recent credits include Madama Butterfly (Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier), 4.48 Psychosis (Opéra national du Rhin), Berenice (Royal Opera House), The Twilight Zone (Ambassadors Theatre, London West End), Les enfants terribles (Opera Omaha), James Bond Symphony (Orchestre National de Lyon), Star Wars en Concert (Orchestre National Montpellier) and The Niceties (Geffen Playhouse, McCarter, MTC and Huntington Theatre Company). Upcoming designs include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Deutsche Oper Berlin), La favorite (Houston Grand Opera) and Sweat (Huntington Theatre Company).
JANE SHAW (Sound Designer). With Tea Alagić: Jackie (Women’s Project), Pass Over (Cherry Lane Mentor Project). Off-Broadway: Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Theatre for a New Audience, Mint, National Black Theatre, Repertorio Español, New York Theatre Workshop, COOP. Regional (selected): Hartford Stage, Cleveland Play House, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Two River Theater. Recognition: Drama Desk, Connecticut Critics Circle, Henry Award, Bessie Award, Meet the Composer Grant. Member: USA 829, TSDCA. Training: Harvard University, Yale School of Drama.
J. DAVID BRIMMER (Fight Director), Fight Master SAFD, has choreographed some stuff (selected Broadway: Be More Chill, Spring Awakening, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Grace, Speed-the-Plow, Thérèse Raquin, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, NY premieres: Socrates, Fairview, Pass Over, Hangmen, Is God Is, Yen, Gloria, An Octoroon, The Whipping Man, We Are Proud to Present, Blasted, Bethany, Blackbird, Bug, Killer Joe). “Walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.”—G. Fox