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Alex Riad's The Wild Parrots of Campbell to premiere @ Cherry Lane Studio Theatre 12/4-12/21
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:49 am EDT 10/10/19

THE NOW COLLECTIVE & MICHAEL DIMINO
PRESENT

THE WILD PARROTS OF CAMPBELL

WRITTEN BY ALEX RIAD
DIRECTED BY PADRAIC LILLIS

WORLD PREMIERE
PREVIEWS DECEMBER 6, 7 & 8
OPENING TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
DECEMBER 4-21 @ CHERRY LANE STUDIO THEATRE

The NOW Collective and Michael DiMino will present the World Premiere of The Wild Parrots of Campbell, written by Alex Riad (The Floor is Lava at La MaMa/Best Play at the 2017 Planet Connections Festival) and directed by Padraic Lillis (NYIT Outstanding Director Award for Lindsay Joy’s play Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen) at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre (38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014), December 4-21. Performances will be on Wednesday, December 4 at 7pm, Thursday, December 5 at 7pm, Friday, December 6 at 7pm, Saturday, December 7 at 7pm, Sunday December 8 at 2pm, Tuesday, December 10 at 7pm, Wednesday, December 11 at 7pm, Thursday, December 12 at 7pm, Friday, December 13 at 7pm, Saturday, December 14 at 7pm, Sunday, December 15 at 2pm, Tuesday, December 17 at 7pm, Wednesday December 18 at 7pm, Thursday, December 19 at 7pm, Friday, December 20 at 7pm, and Saturday, December 21 at 7pm. Tickets ($30) are available for advance purchase at www.cherrylanetheatre.org. The performance will run approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission.

In a rundown house of a California suburb, a group of loser twenty-something roommates find their slacker existence threatened when one of the friends invites a girl he met online to move in, igniting tensions and digging up the home’s past familial trauma.

The cast will feature Adrian Burke (Word Play at NYTW; host of La Mezcla podcast), John DiMino (The Floor is Lava at La MaMa/Planet Connections; Lured at Theater for the New City), Domenica Feraud* (Rinse, Repeat at Pershing Square Signature Center; Law & Order: SVU), Evan Hall (Orange is the New Black on Netflix; Mars on National Geographic), and Kasey Lee Huizinga (Riot Antigone at La MaMa; All The Other Kids Ran Away with The Shelter) with Lighting Design by Katy Atwell (Assistant Designer for Moulin Rouge! on Broadway; In the Event of My Death with Stable Cable Lab Co.), Set Design by Sean Gorski, and Costume Design by Natalie Loveland (Holiday House with Mason Holdings; Stowaway at Classic Stage Company/Trusty Sidekick). The Production Stage Manager will be Emma Hogan.
*Actor appearing courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association

Alex Riad (Playwright) is a New York based writer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He's the Literary Fellow at The Farm Theater, member of The Actor's Studio Playwright Unit, and part of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Juilliard. Theatre Credits: The Floor is Lava (La MaMa; Best Play at the 2017 Planet Connections Festival), If You Ever Come By Here (The Tank), When You Go (The Tank), Standbys (Thespis Festival), and Where She Hangs (Rondo Theatre). Film Credits: Scenes from the Underground (Feature Film, expected 2020). TV Credits: Co-Creator and Showrunner for the web series What Am I Doing Here? Streaming on Youtube. www.alexriad.com

Padraic Lillis (Director) is the Founding Artistic Director of The Farm Theater. This past fall he was The Humana Visiting Scholar and Artist in Residence at Centre College. His plays are published with Dramatists Play Services and his solo show Hope You Get To Eleven or What are we going to do about Sally? was awarded Outstanding Solo show at the Planet Connections Festival. Other awards include: NYIT Outstanding Director Award for Lindsay Joy’s play Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen, NY International Fringe Festival’s Overall Excellence in directing for Lee Kaplan’s Bully, and Best Short film at the Milan International Film Festival for his film Hand Over Hand which he wrote and directed. Padraic co-hosts The Farm Theater’s Bullpen Sessions, a podcast, that talks with working theater artists for early career artists or anyone interested about building a career in the arts. He has taught with NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing, is the resident dramaturg for Compass Needle, and a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company. www.thefarmtheater.org

The NOW Collective is a New York based theatre company providing a collaborative environment for artists to develop and share new stories. As a company focused on development The NOW Collective has produced 9 staged readings of new plays (including The Wild Parrots of Campbell) and the World Premiere of Apartment Complex (January, 2017), a play written collaboratively by 5 writers. www.nowcollective.org
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