18 May Ugly Little Sister

The Clifford Odets Ensemble Playwriting Project | Spring 2016

Ugly Little Sister

by Charlotte Miller

Directed by Daniel Talbott

Cast of Characters:

Chloe ••••• Kenzie Caplan
Athena ••••• Samantha Furst
Kate ••••• Scot Dalbery
Honey ••••• Katharine Nedder
Medusa ••••• Caitlin Hammond
Rob ••••• Chapman Hyatt
Poseidon ••••• Hudson Oznowicz
Coco ••••• Alice Verderber
Marni ••••• Erica Pappas
Stella ••••• Gloria Zingales
Chorus 1 ••••• Vienna Valerino
Chorus 2 ••••• Alex Levy

Artistic Team:

Playwright:Charlotte Miller
Director: Daniel Talbott
Fight Director: David Anzuelo
Choreographer: Caroline Fermin
Scenic Designer: John McDermott
Lighting Designer: Joel Moritz
Costume Designer: Tristan Raines
Sound Designer: Daniel Melnick
Assistant Directors: Anamari Mesa, Alessandra Mesa

Technical Team:

Production Manager: Karen Loftus
Technical Director: Chris Orenstein
Stage Manager: Emily Roth
Assistant Stage Manager: Luzmyrna Crespo
Production Assistant: Chelsea Barker
Front of House: Marc Adam Smith, Dori Sullivan

The Playwright

Charlotte Miller is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Her plays include Thieves (Rising Phoenix Rep/Weathervane/Rattlestick Playwrights theater), Barn (Rising Phoenix Rep), Rocks (The Tank), Worst Year Ever (NY International Fringe Festival), Fur (Longstocking Productions), among others. Her plays have been workshopped by Rattlestick, Labyrinth Theater Company, the Flea, Iama Theater Company, Hudson Stages, Playpenn, Inkwell, and Peoples Light Theater. She is a proud member of Rising Phoenix Rep and the PD unit at the Actors Studio.

The Director

Daniel Talbott is an actor, director, writer, an artistic associate of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, associate artistic director of {Your Name Here}, and the artistic director of the Lucille Lortel and NYIT Award-winning Rising Phoenix Rep. Recent directing work includes First Born at The Actors Studio, Afghanistgan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait at Rattlestick, Thieves at Weathervane/RPR/Rattlestick, and Scarcity, and Slipping at Rattlestick. He is a graduate of Juilliard and a proud member of Lesser America and The Actors Studio.

The Artistic Team

John McDermott (Scenic Design) Off-Broadway: Sense and Sensibility, The Seagull, Hamlet, Saint Joan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Bedlam. 25 plays for Rattlestick, 6 for the Flea, More than 100 plays, mostly world premiers including The Revisionist, Asuncion,The Singing Forest, Prayer for My Enemy, The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, Dry Land, Lady, The Belle of Belfast, There Are No More Big Secrets, For The Last Time, Everything is Ours, Saved or Destroyed, American Sligo, Kaspar Hauser, Girls in Trouble.

Tristan Raines (Costume Design): OFF BROADWAY/NEW YORK: Would You Still Love Me If (New World Stages), Soul Doctor(Actor’s Temple) Stalking the Bogeyman (New World Stages), Bare (New World Stages), Tribes(Barrow Street Theatre/CTG-LA/La Jolla Playhouse), Murder in the First (59E59), Falling (Minetta Lane), AZAK, A Fable, Yosemite, Scarcity (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), The Bilbao Effect (Center for Architecture), Body of Words (Theater For A New City), Heartbroken, Goldor and Mythyka (New Georges Theatre). Henry Hewes Design Award and IT Award Nominee 2013 for House of Von Macramé. www.tristanraines.com

Daniel Melnick (Sound Design) is a director, composer, and designer. Recent design credits include First Born (The Actors Studio), F* It Club Spring Fling ‘16 (IRT), The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer (The Connolly Theater), Now That We’re Men (Dixon Place), SLUT (Gym@Judson and National Tour), Singles in Agriculture (The Brick), F*It Club’s Spring Fling 2015 (IRT), and Uncool: The Party (Musical Theatre Factory). Recent directing credits include Halfway, Nebraska (Winner Best New Play, NYC International Fringe Festival 2014), Sunset (The Secret Theatre), With Apologies for Formating (|the claque|), Shida (Ars Nova, assisting director Andy Sandberg), and Women the War Within (Baryshnikov Arts Center, Associate director under director Paul Warner). He is the associate director of the upcoming musical Damascus Square. Daniel is also a proud member of the producing teams behind Running Interference, winner of Fringe NYC’s Overall Excellence Award for 2015 and the upcoming film Reclaiming Eden.

Joel Moritz (Lighting Designer) Recent: AZAK (Rattlestick), Macbeth (Chicago Shakespeare). New York/ Off Broadway: Cosi Fan Tutte for (Manhattan School of Music), Undeniable Sound of Right Now, A Fable, Scarcity, Yosemite, and Post No Bills with Rattlestick. Slipping and Too Much Memory with Rising Phoenix Repertory. Blue Man Group: the production and lighting design for the BMG show at Universal Studios and the BMG National Tour, as well as Tokyo, Berlin, Oberhausen, Amsterdam, Zurich and Sydney. Joel has worked extensively in regional theatre and internationally with productions in Edinburgh, Buenos Aires, Lima, Hong Kong, Paris, Prague, and Cairo.

Emily Roth (Stage Manager) is full-time stage manager and production manager currently based in New York City. Recent credits include The Improbable Fall, Rise & Fall of John Law (Dreamscape Theatre), Macbeth (Foxwolf Productions), Debates (Theater In Asylum), Maybe Tomorrow (FringeNYC), and In Fields Where They Lay (Dreamscape Theatre). This is her first production with the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Thanks to Daniel, Charlotte, Karen, and the incredible cast, crew, & design team.

The Cast

Kenzie Caplan(Chloe) is a senior in Tisch, double majoring in Drama and Psychology, and will graduate this May. Through NYU, she has studied at Strasberg, The Classical Studio, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. At Strasberg, she was last seen in the title role in Emilie La Marquise du Chatalet Defends Her Life Tonight. At Tisch, she has also appeared as Hector in Troilus and Cressida, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Denise Apcar in Execution of Justice, She is so excited to be a part of this special production as her last show at NYU, and would like to thank Daniel, Charlotte, the incredible Practicum cast and crew, as well as her family and friends for all of their support.

Scot Dalbery (Kate) is honored to be making his Practicum debut in Ugly Little Sister to mark the completion of his training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Past credits include: The Mouse That Roared (Tully), Aladdin (Aladdin), City, Town, and Country (Loyal), and the NYU Tisch StageWorks premiere of Blue Stockings (Edwards). Scot would like to thank his friends and family for their undying support, NYU for opening a world of opportunities to him, and Kris Jenner for inspiring him to pursue his artistic career.

Sam Furst (Athena) Sam cannot think of a better way to say goodbye than with this zany production. Sam is a Senior Drama major with a double minor in Applied Theater and Judaic Studies. She spent her primary training at Strasberg and split her junior abroad in London studying Shakespeare at RADA, and NYU Tel Aviv working with refugees and eating falafel. Sam wants to thank her family and friends for their unconditional love and everyone who made this piece exactly what it is.

Caitlin Hammond (Medusa) couldn’t think of a better way to end three years at Strasberg than by taking part in this insane roller coaster of a play brought to you from the brilliant minds of Charlotte Miller and Daniel Talbott. Caitlin was seen recently at Strasberg in Bachelorette (Regan) and Downtown (Saskia). She would like to thank the teachers she has had and the friends she has made here for changing her life for the better. And of course, thank you Mom and Dad for your constant love and support; without which, she would not be where she is today. “There’s more pressure to be famous for being yourself than if you’re being a character” – Kim Kardashian”

Alex Levy (Chorus 2) is currently in his third year at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, and will be receiving his BFA in Acting from Tisch School of the Arts in December. Recent credits: Say You Love Satan (Golden Nugget Theatrical); The City, Town, and Country (The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute); A Triptych… (Playright’s Horizons Theatre School); Punk Rock (Zeitgeist Stage Company, Elliot Norton Winner & IRNE Nominee); Reflections of a Rock Lobster (Boston Children’s Theatre, Elliot Norton Nominee & IRNE Winner); various short films. Much love to Strasberg for being a second home.

Katharine Nedder (Honey) is an actress/singer/pre school soccer coach graduating in May and is thrilled to make Ugly Little Sister her last NYU production. She most recently appeared in the Venus Adonis Festival’s When Johnny Comes Marching Home as Masha and as Madam in Strasberg’s third year production of Emilie.

Hudson Oznowicz (Poseidon) has been playing in this space and thinking in these seats for the past three years. He hopes you’ll find the seats, and the play, to be as enjoyable and thought provoking as he has. He extends endless thanks to Daniel, Charlotte, the crew, all faculty, actors, and you, for all the magic and memories. This Fall Hudson will be joining The Yale School of Drama’s M.F.A. Acting program. He dedicates Poseidon to Boppa, who lived on the ocean with his wife, Amee, for over forty years before passing away on the land.

Erica Pappas (Marni) is one semester away from graduating from NYU Tisch, where she did all her training here at the Lee Strasberg Institute. She is jazzed to be playing Marni in Ugly Little Sister surrounded by her best friends. Recent projects include original productions of SHATTER (Venus/Adonis Festival), The Roof Play (The Secret Theater), and The Lincoln Center Originals (CRY HAVOC at Lincoln Center). So much love to Daniel, Charlotte, and the whole cast and crew, along with the family, friends, and those special strangers I’ve met only once — your energy landed on me more than you’ll ever know. “It’s scary to think how fast everything is rolling, and you can’t stop it.” -Kendall Jenner. www.ericapappas.com

Vienna Valerino (Chorus 1) is so excited to be a part of Ugly Little Sister. This is her fourth year and final semester at NYU and Strasberg. She would like to thank her family and her husband, Robert, for their continued love and support. She would also like to thank Charlotte, Daniel, and the rest of the cast and crew for this incredible experience. Ugly Little Sister has truly been an amazing ending to her time at NYU.

Alice Verderber (Coco) is a senior at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and thrilled to be performing on the Strasberg stage in Ugly Little Sister. Alice has studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute for the past three years and has spent her time in New York acting in student projects, stage managing for Golden Nugget Theatrical, and writing her own work. She recently started working as a freelance casting director and is excited to continue after graduation. Many thanks the cast and crew for their incredible creativity and making her last semester unforgettable.

Chapman Wyatt (Rob) has had a very positive experience working on this show. He enjoys acting and he gets to do that a good amount here at acting school. He’d like to thank Daniel, Charlotte, Emily and Co. for teaching him acting isn’t all about saying words good. He’d also like to thank you guys, the audience, for coming. That was really cool. He hopes that you all enjoy the show a lot and see other shows in the future because theatre is dope.

Sincerely this is a very special show. I’m gonna miss you guys so much and I wish you all nothing but the best.

Gloria Zingales (Stella) makes her debut on the Lee Strasberg stage with Ugly Little Sister. She is a junior and recent transfer from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. She is also the Co-founder of FemmeCare – an arts events based initiative seeking to provide homeless women with feminine hygiene products and break the menstruation taboo. She is currently working on writing/directing a short animation film on living organ donation for the Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. www.gloriazingales.com

Photos by Hunter Canning