Vineyard's DO YOU FEEL ANGER completes casting - New Opening Night - April 2
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:07 am EST 03/05/19







Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce that casting of the New York premiere of Mara Nelson-Greenberg’s DO YOU FEEL ANGER?, directed by Margot Bordelon, is now complete with Jeanne Sakata (HOLD THESE TRUTHS). Performances will begin at Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) on Wednesday, March 13 with opening night moved to April 2.

Jeanne Sakata (HOLD THESE TRUTHS) joins the previously announced cast including Tom Aulino (ON THE TOWN), Ugo Chukwu (WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN), Megan Hill (EDDIE AND DAVE), Greg Keller (Vineyard’s THE AMATEURS), Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard), and Tiffany Villarin (“The Blacklist”).

The design team includes scenic design by Laura Jellinek (OKLAHOMA! at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Broadway), costume design by Emilio Sosa (THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS), lighting design by Marie Yokoyama (DAYBREAK), and sound design by Palmer Hefferan (SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS).

In Mara Nelson-Greenberg's dazzling dark comedy, Sofia (Villarin) is hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency -- and clearly, she has her work cut out for her. These employees can barely identify what an emotion is, much less practice deep, radical compassion for others. As they painstakingly stumble towards enlightenment, someone keeps mugging Eva (Hill) in the kitchen, and ​the unspoken dynamics of ​their seemingly blithe workplace culture become increasingly unsettling. This absurdly funny ​and potent ​new play, directed by Margot Bordelon, reminds us that change is not always easy, and may come with unexpected costs.

Tickets for DO YOU FEEL ANGER? can be purchased online at vineyardtheatre.org, by phone at 212-353-0303, or in person at 108 East 15th Street.

DO YOU FEEL ANGER? received its world premiere at the 2018 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Vineyard Theatre (Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern, Artistic Directors; Suzanne Appel, Managing Director) is one of the country's preeminent centers for the creation and production of new plays and musicals. The Vineyard is committed to creating an artistic home for daring and diverse artists, to nurturing their unique voices, and to engaging audiences in work that challenges all of us to see ourselves and our world in new ways, and that pushes the boundaries of what theatre can be and do. The Vineyard has consistently premiered provocative, groundbreaking works by both emerging and renowned artists. The 2018-19 Season launched with the New York premiere of Ngozi Anwanywu’s GOOD GRIEF, a New York Times Critic's Pick, directed by Awoye Timpo. Notable productions developed and premiered by The Vineyard include the world-premiere of David Cale’s HARRY CLARKE, directed by Leigh Silverman and starring Billy Crudup (2018 Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel, Off Broadway Alliance and Outer Critics Circle awards); Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman’s INDECENT, which transferred to Broadway, winning two 2016 Tony Awards; two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, Paula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE and Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Pulitzer Prize finalist GLORIA; Nicky Silver's THE LYONS; Marx, Lopez and Whitty's Tony Award-winning musical AVENUE Q; Kander and Ebb's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (12 Tony Award nominations); Bell and Bowen's Obie Award-winning [title of show], Lanie Robertson’s LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, Tarell Alvin McCraney's WIG OUT!; Becky Mode’s FULLY COMMITTED; Jenny Schwartz’ GOD'S EAR; Will Eno's MIDDLETOWN; Colman Domingo's DOT; Michael Mayer and Peter Lerman’s BROOKLYNITE, Jordan Harrison’s THE AMATEURS, THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE by John Kander and David Thompson and directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, and many more. The Vineyard is proud to have been honored with special Drama Desk, Obie and Lucille Lortel awards for artistic excellence.

The Vineyard's 2018-19 Season continues with the world-premiere of Jeremy O. Harris’ “Daddy,” directed by Danya Taymor, a co-production with The New Group, currently playing through March 31 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street).

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Tom Aulino (Old Man). New York credits include the Broadway (George C. Wolfe) revival of ON THE TOWN as well as UP AGAINST IT!, THE CHANG FRAGMENTS, MEASURE FOR MEASURE and HENRY VIII (The Public), MARVIN’S ROOM (Playwrights Horizons) as well as Second Stage, Theatre for a New Audience, York Theatre and Theatre-In-Limbo. Chicago credits include CANDIDE, THE WINTER’S TALE, SHE ALWAYS SAID, PABLO (Goodman), THE DRESSER, VALPARAISO (Steppenwolf) and TAKE ME OUT (Joseph Jefferson Award) (Steppenwolf/About Face). Other credits include Kansas City Rep., Huntington (Boston), Indiana Rep., Kennedy Center, Washington Shakespeare Theatre and, of course, “Law and Order.”

Ugo Chukwu (Jordan) is an actor and teaching artist from the Bronx. Recent credits: Aleshea Harris’s WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN with The Movement Theater Company, LUNCH BUNCH with Clubbed Thumb and THE DANGER: AN HOMAGE TO STRANGE FRUIT at Jack. Other credits: [PORTO] with WP Theater and The Bushwick Starr, TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY with P73, Minor Character: SIX TRANSLATIONS OF UNCLE VANYA... with New Saloon. Regional: RIPCORD with Huntington Theater and ADVENTURE QUEST at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. TV: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “The Path.” BFA at Brooklyn College. www.ugochukwuactor.com.

Megan Hill (Eva) is delighted to join The Vineyard production of DO YOU FEEL ANGER? after originating the role of Eva at the Humana Festival. Megan has originated roles in the World Premieres of: EDDIE AND DAVE (The Atlantic); KENTUCKY (P73/EST), HAND TO GOD (EST), to name a few. As an actor and writer, her play THE LAST CLASS: A JAZZERCIZE PLAY (created with Amy Staats and Margot Bordelon) has enjoyed sold out runs in New York, DC, and Seattle. She has also worked with Bushwick Starr, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm, NACL, Soho Rep Lab, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, The Lark, HERE, Morgan Gould & Friends, New Dramatists, NYTW, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Labyrinth Lab, Target Margin, Ma-Yi, Pittsburgh Public, Target Margin, Stein/Holum, Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theater/Speeltheatre Holland, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, The Guggenheim, among others. BFA: Acting/Original Works, Cornish College of the Arts. MFA: ART/MXAT IATT at Harvard University.

Greg Keller (Jon) has been lucky to act in new plays by Ayad Akhtar, Amy Herzog, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Jordan Harrison, Julia Cho, Sarah Ruhl, Richard Greenberg, Jenny Schwartz, Daniel Goldfarb, Sheila Callaghan, Melissa Ross, Rachel Bonds, Zayd Dohrn, Molly Smith Metzler, Moises Kauffman, Theresa Rebeck, Robert O’Hara, Rachel Axler, Larissa Fasthorse, Claire Lizzimore, Deb Laufer, Rachel Axler, and Sam Marks, to name a few. Greg was a Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and has an MFA in Acting from NYU. His play DUTCH MASTERS was nominated for Best New Play of 2018 by the Off Broadway Theater Alliance.

Justin Long (Howie) Justin will next be seen in the BBC / Netflix drama “Giri/Haji,” created and written by BAFTA nominee Joe Barton and directed by BAFTA-winner and Emmy nominee Julian Farino. Other recent TV work includes: “Portlandia,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “New Girl,” “Mom,” “The Conners,” and Netflix’s “F Is for Family” (series regular).

He got his start with movie roles in Galaxy Quest and Jeepers Creepers. He then shifted to the small screen on the NBC series “Ed” and enjoyed his first box-office success in the offbeat comedy, Dodgeball. Other comedic roles include Universal’s Accepted, Strange Wilderness both with Jonah Hill, The Break Up (opposite Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston), Waiting with Ryan Reynolds, Mike Judge’s Idiocracy, Miguel Arteta’s Youth In Revolt and Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make A Porno. Other credits include Live Free Or Die Hard opposite Bruce Willis, the ensemble cast of He's Just Not That Into You, including Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, and Scarlett Johansson, and in Robert Redford’s The Conspirator. More lead roles followed including opposite Drew Barrymore in Going The Distance, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell, Kevin Smith’s Tusk, and Sam Esmail’s Comet opposite Emmy Rossum.

Justin starred in, wrote, and produced the 2013 feature film, A Case Of You, alongside Vince Vaughn, Sam Rockwell and Evan Rachel Wood, and voiced Alvin in all four Alvin And The Chipmunks movies. Recent film roles include Frank and Lola opposite Michael Shannon, And Then I Go, alongside Melanie Lynskey and Tony Hale, and co-starred opposite Cobie Smulders in Literally, Right Before Aaron.

Jeanne Sakata (Janie/Sophia’s Mother). Jeanne’s acting and writing talents span across theater, film and television, with multiple productions of her acclaimed solo play HOLD THESE TRUTHS (2013 Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance; 2019 Theatre Bay Awards, Outstanding Production, Direction and Principal Performance) recently produced at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Arena Stage, Hang A Tale, Lyric Stage Company, Pasadena Playhouse, the Guthrie, ACT Seattle, Portland Center Stage, Perseverance Theatre, and PlayMakers Repertory Company, among others. Premiering with the East West Players in Los Angeles, and then Off-Broadway with the Epic Theatre Ensemble, the play is inspired by the true story of Japanese American civil rights giant Gordon Hirabayashi, to whom President Obama posthumously awarded in 2012 a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Called a “local treasure” by The Los Angeles Times, Jeanne’s screen credits include Jennifer Phang’s internationally acclaimed indie sci-fi film, Advantageous; on TV, guest/recurring roles on "Big Hero 6," "Dr. Ken," Bravo’s "True Fiction," "NCIS Angeles," "NUMB3RS," Tyler Perry’s "Meet the Browns," "Desperate Housewives," "Presidio Med," "ER," "Threat Matrix," "Line of Fire," "American Family," John Ridley’s "I Got You," "Hiroshima," and "Sex and Marriage," a Justin Lin YOMYOMF YouTube webseries. Onstage, Jeanne has performed with the Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Intiman Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Portland Center Stage, People’s Light, Syracuse Stage and the Arizona Theatre Company. Special honors: LA Ovation Award for Outstanding Lead Actress, Chay Yew’s RED, East West Players; 2016 Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Los Angeles Theatre Community, Playwrights’ Arena; Outstanding Artist Award, Los Angeles’ Pacific American Friends of Theatre. (www.jeannesakata.com; www.holdthesetruths.info)

Tiffany Villarin (Sophia) originated roles in TEENAGE DICK (Public Theatre/Ma-Yi), DO YOU FEEL ANGER? and THE GROWN UP (Actors Theatre), PEERLESS (Cherry Lane/ Yale Rep/ Marin Theatre- SFBATCC Best Principal Actress Award, TBA Outstanding Actress Nomination), HOUSE RULES (Ma-Yi), DISNEY AND FUJIKAWA (EST), FIGARO (The Pearl), RESURRECTION (Diverse City), and GHOSTWRITTEN (Goodman). Other theatre credits include Nina in the vaudeville-inspired version of THE SEAGULL (NAATCO), THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE (Bristol Riverside), CONCERNING STRANGE DEVICES FROM THE DISTANT WEST (Timeline Theatre), GOLDEN CHILD (Silk Road Rising). TV/FILM: “Law & Order:SVU,: “Elementary,” “Instinct,” “Bull,” “The Blacklist,” “Gotham,” Certainty, and Shadow. Additional credits: Sundance Theatre Lab - GHOSTWRITTEN/HAVE YOU SEEN STEVE STEVEN?. Ms. Villarin has a BFA from The Theatre School of DePaul University and is a member of The Actors Center.

Mara Nelson-Greenberg (Playwright)’s work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Dixon Place, among others. She is a member of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theater and an alumnus of Clubbed Thumb's Early Career Writers Group. Her play DO YOU FEEL ANGER? premiered at the 2018 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and her play HAMLET by Mia Fefferman was a finalist for the 2017 Relentless Award. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY and received her BA from Princeton University. She is currently pursuing her MFA at UC-San Diego under Naomi Iizuka.

Margot Bordelon (Director) is a Brooklyn-based director who specializes in new work. Upcoming: EDDIE AND DAVE by Amy Staats at Atlantic Theater Company. Recent projects: PLOT POINTS IN OUR SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT by Miranda Rose Hall at LCT3; WILDER GONE by Angela Hanks for Clubbed Thumb (NYT's Critics’ Pick); DO YOU FEEL ANGER? by Mara Nelson-Greenberg at ATL’s Humana Festival, THE LAST CLASS: A JAZZERCIZE PLAY by Megan Hill at ATC in Seattle, TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET by Jireh Breon Holder at the Roundabout Underground and the Alliance, THE PEN by Julianne Wick Davis and Dan Collins for Premieres NYC (NYT’s Critics’ Pick), PEERLESS by Jiehae Park at Marin Theatre Company and Yale Rep, A DELICATE SHIP by Anna Ziegler for Playwrights Realm (NYT's Critics’ Pick), and OKAY, BYE by Joshua Conkel at Steppenwolf Theater. Her work has been seen at Ars Nova, American Theater Co., Berkeley Rep, Cherry Lane, Clubbed Thumb, Dodo, Juilliard, The Lark, NYTW, P73, Perry Mansfield, Play Penn, Portland Center Stage, Primary Stages, The Public, PWC, Rattlestick, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Steppenwolf, the Wilma, and Woolly Mammoth, among others. Margot moved east after spending six years in Chicago working as a director, writer and performer. She is a founding member of Theatre Seven of Chicago, and spent four seasons working on the artistic staff of Lookingglass Theatre. BFA: Cornish College of the Arts. MFA: Yale School of Drama. www.margotbordelon.comelected a template, you'll define the layout of your email and give your content a place to live by adding, rearranging, and deleting content blocks.

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