Our Lady of 121st Street

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About This Project

Our Lady of 121st Street

by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Directed by Kelly O’Donnell

Cast of Characters:

Victor ••••• Jamie Taylor-Mills
Balthazar ••••• Chris Cimperman
Father Lux ••••• Patrick Leddy
Rooftop ••••• Stephen McFarlane
Gale ••••• Edan Heymann
Flip ••••• Jason LaPenta
Inez ••••• Raiane Cantisano
Norca ••••• Andrea Pimentel
Edwin ••••• Daniel Napolitano
Pinky ••••• Jake Laurence
Marcia ••••• Tate Kenney
Sonya ••••• Freya Lund

Artistic Team:

Directed By Kelly O’Donnell
Scenic Design By Mitchell Ost
Lighting Design By Zach Pizza
Costume Design By Sarah Thea

Technical Team:

Production Manager: Karen Loftus
Technical Director: Jen Medina-Gray
Stage Manager: Ashley Nelson
Assistant Stage Manager: Dale Robertson
House Managers: Marc Smith, Dori Sullivan

The Artistic Team

Kelly O’Donnell is a co-founder of the critically-acclaimed Flux Theatre Ensemble where she directed their productions of Hearts Like Fists by Adam Szymkowicz, Dog Act by Liz Duffy Adams, Jane the Plain, Riding the Bull, and Honey Fist by August Schulenburg. Other directing credits include Colchester by Adam Szymkowicz (Portland Center Stage, JAW), 3Christs(Peculiar Works Project) Tartuffe (Lafayette College), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet (Stages on the Sound). She has been nominated twice for Outstanding Director by the NY Innovative Theatre Awards. Kelly is currently a member of the 2015-2016 Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Observership class. www.kellyod.com

Mitchell Ost (Set Designer) is very excited to be back at Strasberg. A Chicago native, he is now a New York City based set and lighting designer with credits on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific. Some favorite designs include Black Angels Over Tuskegee (St. Luke’s Theater and first national tour), Future Honey (59E59), Burq Off! (Soho Rep), Kings of Harlem (National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, NC), Rhapsody in Swing (National Theater of Beijing). He is a resident designer for Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Wingspan Arts Conservatory, and Tiny Starr Theater. www.mitchellost.com

Zach Pizza (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be joining this great group of talented people!! Selected credits… Off-Broadway: On the Head of a Pin (59E59). New York: Coming of Age, Two-Month Rule (NYMF), Kallie (CAP21), Dream Babies (St. Clements Theater), Macbeth (Lehman Stages). Regional: Sister Play, Electric Baby, 100 Years, The Other Place (Dreamcatcher Rep), Janey Miller’s World Tour (Art House Productions), Next to Normal, Red -NJACT Perry Award, Altar Boyz (Porchlight Prod). Assistant LD: What I Did Last Summer (Signature Theater). Assistant to LD: Rock of Ages (Helen Hayes Theater). Thanks always to all of my friends and families. Purchase College alum. www.zachpizzalighting.com

Sarah Thea (Costume Designer) lives and works in NYC. As the Resident Costume Designer for New Chamber Ballet, her costumes have been seen around the world including: Cologne, Germany, 2013, Bramante’s Tempietto in Rome, Italy, 2016 (presented by the American Academy), and Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City, Guatemala 2016. Sarah has designed over fifty theatre, modern ballet, and dance productions in New York City– From Off-Broadway (Urban Stages’ Honky, 2013) to downtown dance (Gibney Dance’s Works By Women, 2015), to new works in Hell’s Kitchen (Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Dido of Idaho, 2015. Also an artist and photographer, Sarah’s dance photography was published in the March 2015 issue of Dance Magazine. website: flark.it/sarahthea

Ashley Nelson (Stage Manager) graduated from Auburn University with a B.F.A in Technical Theater with a concentration in Stage Management. She has been working professionally for 8 years in both Chicago and New York. She is thrilled to be working with another talented group here at LSTI after stage managing Balm in Gilead in the Fall and Wild Party earlier this year. Big thank you to the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute and Kelly.

The Cast

Raiane Cantisano (Inez) is really humbled to share the stage with such an amazing group of humans. She came from Brazil with an acting degree and is currently a Conservatory student in the Institute. Recent credits include featured ensemble in musical The Wild Party, directed by Rob Heller and Maria in the short film La Quinceañera, by David Merino for Brooklyn College. She’d like to thank Kelly for this wonderful opportunity and her incredible family, teachers and friends for all the love and endless support.

Chris Cimperman (Balthazar) Born and raised in New York City, a graduate from Saint of Joseph’s University, with a background in Film and International Relations. Currently trains at the Strasberg: Theatre and Film Institute, and has been cast and starred in a host of student and independent films. Some of his favorite and most comprehensive projects to date include: The Recipe, directed by Billy Kearney, and Reality’s Expectations, directed by DJ Ecal. This being his first Theatre Production, he is very excited for the opportunity to work and collaborate with such a great cast, crew, and director.

Edan Heymann (Gail) Edan is thrilled to be making his stage debut in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Our Lady Of 121st Street. He’s currently in his third semester at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film institute. Edan is very excited to be working with such a wonderful cast and would like to thank the director, Kelly O’Donnell, for the incredible opportunity as well as her dedication and positivity. Also would like to thank Dale and Ashley for their hard work and dedication. Edan would also like to thank his mom and two dogs, Chucky and Andy for their support and hard work.

Tate Kenney (Marcia) is finishing her second year in the Two Year Conservatory Program at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and is the 2015 Recipient of the Vincent D’Onofrio Scholarship Award. Recent credits include Darlene in Jenna Worsham’s production of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead and Flirt Conroy in Lee Kasper’s production of William Inge’s The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs. She previously received her Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. Tate is honoured to be working with such a talented group of individuals and incredibly thankful to Kelly for providing her with this opportunity. Always for Mufasa, Ma & Bear.

Jason LaPenta (Flip) is from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and is finishing his second year in the Two Year Conservatory Program at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. He has previously worked with Jenna Worsham in Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead as Xavier as well as the feature film Miles with Missi Pyle, Molly Shannon and Paul Reiser. Before attending this Institute, he graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Studies and a Minor in Performance Studies. He is forever grateful for attending the Lee Strasberg Institute and will be staying in New York City to pursue acting.

Jake Laurence (Pinky) is excited to be making his stage debut at Strasberg. After studying at various acting institutions in his home city of New York as a young actor, Jake first landed at LSTFI as an intern. He is now about to complete his first year in the Institute’s conservatory program. He would like to express his gratitude towards the cast and crew for their dedicated work on this production. He would also like to thank his teachers at Strasberg who have guided him along the way, as well as the incredible staff that make the Institute feel like a home. Jake extends his love to his family who have supported and inspired him through the years.

Patrick Leddy (Father Lux) is in his second year of the conservatory program at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, and will be graduating this June! Previously seen in Jenna Worsham’s production of Landford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead he is excited to be on Strasberg’s stage once again with such a talented cast. Prior to moving to New York, he attended Tulane University and has been in productions with Thayer Academy and the College Light Opera Company. Patrick would like to thank Kelly and the rest of the production team for putting together such a great show; as always LYM Mum, Dad, and Tiers & this one’s for Coach.

Freya Lund (Sonia) feels truly honored to be making her New York stage debut with such an extraordinarily talented cast and crew. She is currently in her second year of the Two-Year Conservatory Program at LSTFI. Prior to coming to the USA Freya trained in and around the UK, participating in the Shakespeare in the City festival as well as performing at the Royal Exchange and the Lowry Theatre in Manchester. She would like to express her love and thanks to her incredible loving family for their support throughout her journey.

Stephen McFarlane (Rooftop) Hailing from the island of Jamaica, Stephen is a New York based actor currently enrolled as a two-year conservatory student at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and film institute. He stared as Rubin Flood in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs directed by Lee Kasper, He played Rake in Balm in Gilead directed by Jenna Worsham. Stephen starred as Abu Ala in the play Fourteen Days in July directed by Barry Fienstein, a review in the Baltimore City paper called his performance “Superb”. His film credits include numerous indie films as well as H.B.O and Netflix’s productions. Stephen McFarlane’s unwavering love for acting and his commitment to producing positive art is atestament to his love of art. Stephen is honored to be apart of the cast of “Our Lady of 121st street” and to be working with such talented and creative individuals. A special thanks to Kelly and the institute for this incredible opportunity.

Daniel Napolitano (Edwin) was last seen as Featured Ensemble and Fight Captain in Wild Party. Other LSTFI credits include Tig in Balm in Gilead. Punky Givens in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. Aside from being a graduate of the Young Actors program, Daniel has been a martial artist for over 10 years. He holds two world championships as a black belt, with stunt credits in the Film and Television industry from age 15. Since then, his online videos have generated over a half-million views.

Andrea Sofía Pimentel (Norca) was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic and raised in Puerto Rico. At the age of 16 she became an award winning writer. This is a really exciting year for Andrea since she will be graduating in June 2016 from LSTFI and completing the Two-Year Conservatory Program. She was last seen on this very stage as Judy in Balm in Gilead by Lanford Wilson. Andrea is thankful to Kelly and to LSTFI for giving her the opportunity to work with such a talented group of artistic individuals. She feels very thankful towards her family who have been of great support since the very beginning.

Jamie Taylor-Mills (Victor) Born and raised in Hertfordshire in England, Jamie began taking acting lessons in London in 2013 before moving to New York last September to study at the LSTFI. Some of his favourite projects he has worked on in that time include Sweet Bird of Youth, Orphans, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and The Motherf**ker with the Hat. His time in London also saw him work with David Schwimmer on Mike Bartlett’s An Intervention which he describes as ‘un-f**king-forgettable.’ He would like to give a special thanks to his father for whom he feels has been a big support in his acting career.

Photos by Bailey Carr