salamander

by lisa villamil

directed by lauren m. shover

 

featuring

girl: zoe feldman
lady: ronni
woman: ginger agnew
male: blake alvey
jane: sol madariaga
john: christopher david roché

assistant director: latrice smith

staged

reading

production 

September 5-9, 2018

Philadelphia Fringe Festival

about 

the play

Women are turning “other,” as the Barbie Virus rips through America, leaving its victims blank – sexless, emotionless, colorless. Amidst the backdrop of a present-day college town, Girl, Lady and Woman navigate the ups and downs of modern womanhood, in a world that seems increasingly violent towards females.  Such violence comes to a head, when Girl is attacked on a night out.  The three lives intersect,  and the women’s worlds turn upside down, as the virus begins to take hold of them as well.  Salamander is about being a woman, and being in pain.  It is about becoming a monster, and losing control.

the

cast

zoe feldman (girl)

Zoe Nebraska Feldman (Girl) [she/her] will graduate in 2019 from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Acting. (so close!) Her obsessions of short films and new work began in her home-home of Baltimore during a production of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Colleen/Marge) at The Park School. Credits at UArts include: Sonnets for an Old Century (Svetlana Efremova), Whatever Happens (Devising Ensemble), dayh-cot-l-EED-n (Co-Writer, Equinox New Play Festival '17), Eat and You Belong to Us by MJ Kaufman (Karen), and The Elementary Spacetime Show (Player/Mom, Philly Fringe '16 and Playwrights Horizons). Last summer, she toured Prague and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals as Nikola Tesla with Edison, a truly wild play about the extraordinary life and failed legacy of Tesla at the hands of Thomas Edison. She reeeeally wants to go back. You can catch her this December as Clytemnestra in O(rest)eia, a curation of the play cycle by Aeschylus, directed by Em Wanamaker at UArts. Please send all book/poetry/music/film recommendations to zoe.nebraska.feldman@gmail.com.

ronni (lady)

Ronni (Lady) was born and in raised in Schenecady NY. At a young age her Grandmother placed her into vocal lessons when she noticed Ronni’s interest in singing and her vocal potential. She received her vocal training from Dan Dobeck’s Key Board Studio. She enjoys singing, drama and comedy. Her performing influences include Martian Lawrence, Sarah Vaughn and Angela Basset. Her interest in acting started in highschool and was largely influenced by her acting teacher. After college Ronni relocated to Philadelphia because she enjoys the culture and the city’s focus on preforming arts. She has worked in stage productions with independent playwrights, and directors including web-series. Lastly her favorite quote is by motivational speaker Les brown “you don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.

ginger agnew (woman)

Ginger Agnew, M.Ed. (Woman) is delighted to be involved with this production. Ginger is a director, teaching artist, writer, actress, photographer, and reviewer who has been involved in many aspects of theater since the 1970’s. In 1998 Ginger founded OFF Book Productions as director, theater educator, and producer of her own original plays. Ginger’s theater education work extends to private coaching, headshot photography, and youth programs at Venice Island Performing Arts Center in Manayunk, Princeton University, Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, Doane Academy, and Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership. Ginger appears in Philadelphia The Great Experiment on ABC, and is one of the many local extras in Creed 2. Favorite roles include Fiddler on the Roof (Golde), The Pajama Game (Mabel), Pippin (Berthe), Pirates of Penzance (Ruth), The Secret Garden (Mrs. Sowerby), Working (Ruth), A Stoop on Orchard Street (Bubie), and Mother Goose.

blake alvey (male)

Blake Alvey (Male) is excited to be a part of this new production. He graduated from IU with a BA in theater in 2016. Some of his previous roles include: Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra at Garfield Shakespeare Company, Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, Lloyd in Noises Off at Indiana University, and Lee in True West.

sol madariaga (jane)

Sol Madariaga (Jane) is a recent graduate of The University of The Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Credits include: Two Gentlemen of Verona (EgoPo Classic Theatre), Blood Wedding (Philly Fringe), Twelfth Night (Ignoble Shakespeare Company), Azul (The Drake Theatre), Normativity (Polyphone Musical Theatre Festival) A Chorus Line (The Merriam Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Caplan Studio Theatre), A 2,50 La Cuba Libre (Tierra Colombiana), Alouette (Plays & Players). Follow www.solmadariaga.com for updates!

christopher david roché (john)

Christopher David Roché (John) is an actor, singer, stage manager, director, teaching artist, and social activist throughout the tri-state area. In addition, he serves the Reading Theater Project, a company dedicated towards original and new works, as their managing director and company member. He is also a company member of Metamorphosis Performing Company, an interactive and improvisation troupe dedicated towards social diversity issues. Roché graduated from Albright College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in theater and history, where he studied voice under award winning and Grammy nominated tenor, Jeffrey Lentz. He has worked on more than 50 productions and films, serving many sides of the process. To stay in the know visit his website, ChristopherDavidRoche.com, for updates and sporadic blogs entries on artistry in the rust-belt of America.

the

creative team

lisa villamil (playwright)

Lisa VillaMil (Playwright) holds a Master’s in “Classical and Contemporary Text (Acting)” from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Her writings include plays, short plays, a cabaret, and one-acts. Lisa is a co-founder of the TransAtlantic company Now What Theatre, which took her original, award-winning play, Kara Sevda, on tour in North America in spring and summer 2017, as well as to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Other notable works include: Wilds, a one act, which received its premiere in Glasgow, July 2017 and is receiving further development in Orlando, Florida in June 2018; Le Coup de Foudre, a full-length cabaret, which received its premiere in Edinburgh, May 2017, through Adjust Productions; September 18th, a ten minute play, which won the June 2017 4x6 Fest in Tampa, Florida; Breadcrumbs, a ten minute play, which premiered through Philadelphia’s Revamp Collective in February, 2018.

Lisa has lived and worked in theatre all over – from New York to Scotland to Florida. Everywhere she goes she learns a little (or a lot) more, meets new people, experiences new perspectives and has new ideas. Most recently, she lived and worked at Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, PA, as a resident acting company member. Everything is inspiration.

To find out more about Now What Theatre, please visit www.nowwhattheatre.com.

lauren m. shover (director)

Lauren M. Shover (Director) began her work in Philadelphia at Brat Productions working as the Assistant Director to Director, John Clancy, on their production of The Last Plot in Revenge.  Lauren has also worked with Simpatico Theatre Company as Assistant Producer on their Second Stage Series as well as Bucket List Productions as Associate Producer running their ongoing interactive theatre show, Trapped in a Room with a Zombie. In New York City, Lauren has worked with the Artful Conspirators as Assistant Director for their workshop of Bad Husbandwritten by Dano Madden as well as the 92nd St. Y Resident Artists as Director of their workshop of First Snow written by Christopher G. Ulloth.  In 2014, Lauren co-founded the development and workshopping company, Elephant Room Productions.  Elephant Room Productions has workshopped new pieces such as Foothills Park and Beautiful American Soldier by Dano Madden, Whispers by Phil Czekner, Captive by Lauren M. Shover, Pis Allers by Titus O’Neill and Ventilator Blues by Bob Kerr. In 2017, Lauren directed Suicide Stories: Gallery of the Untold as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, which was quoted by the Broad Street Review as “dizzying and exhilarating” and by the Phindie as “a surprising reminder of how good it is just to be alive.”. Lauren currently works as a Prevention Specialist for Shalom Inc. educating todays youth about bullying, drugs, alcohol and violence.

latrice smith (assistant director)

Latrice Smith (Assistant Director) is a Philadelphia native who earned her B.A. in Theatre and Strategic Communication from The University of Scranton. She has recently stage managed Elephant Room Productions 2017 Fringe Festival project, Suicide Stories.

christopher g. ulloth (producer)

Christopher G. Ulloth (Producer) is a New York City based playwright and producer.  B.A.: Bloomsburg University.

Plays: FIRST SNOW (Semi-finalist for the 2015 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference); "Sex Robot"  (TechnoPlays, Project Y Theatre, published by Indie Theater Now); "Bi-Cycle" (Landmarks & TRANSformations, Project Y Theatre, 2017 Innovative Theatre Award Nominee);   "Bisexual BBQ" (Voice Recognition Plays, Bloomsburg University); COUCH SURFING (Queer Plays Reading Series, Project Y Theatre); "Museum Bar" (Suicide Stories, Elephant Room Productions, Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2017).

Producing: Women in Theatre Festival (Project Y Theatre Company 2016-2018); Suicide Stories: Gallery of the Untold (Elephant Room Productions, Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2017); VENTILATOR BLUES by Robert Kerr (Staged Reading, Elephant Room Productions, 2017); BEAUTIFUL AMERICAN SOLDIER by Dano Madden (Staged Reading, Elephant Room Productions, 2016); WHISPERS by Phil Czeckner and CAPTIVE by Lauren M. Shover (Staged Readings, Elephant Room Productions, 2015); FOOTHILLS PARK by Dano Madden (Staged Reading, Elephant Room Productions, 2014).