|Ars Nova Announces Cast & Creative Team for P.S. | Oct 7-23 in person, Oct 25 - Nov 20 online|
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|ARS NOVA ANNOUNCES CAST & CREATIVE TEAM FOR ARS NOVA EXPERIENCE P.S. CREATED BY TEDDY BERGMAN, SAM CHANSE & AMINA HENRY
P.S. Features Alexis Floyd, Lee Hubilla, and Rubio Qian
October 7-23 in person | October 25 - November 20 online
Ars Nova , "a company known for pop-culture-savvy experimentation, with a hipness that sets it apart" (New York Times), under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Jason Eagan and Producing Executive Director Renee Blinkwolt, is thrilled to announce casting and creative team details for the in-person culmination of P.S., created collaboratively by director Teddy Bergman (KPOP) and playwrights Sam Chanse and Amina Henry. P.S. is a unique theatrical event that begins at home and culminates October 7-23 in-person at Ars Nova. Audiences who missed the durational, epistolary experience can download podcasts of the correspondence prior to attending the culminating event. P.S. will also be available to stream on Ars Nova Supra from October 25-November 20.
Since November 2020, P.S. has delivered intimate storytelling directly into the hands of audiences, as they've received letters between two characters corresponding in real-time as the world changed all around us. Now, Ona and Bea's story concludes in a unique multimedia theatrical event that begins in your home and ends on our stage.
The cast for P.S. includes Alexis Floyd, Lee Hubilla, and Rubio Qian.
The creative team for P.S. includes letters materials & scenic design by dots, costume design by Devario D. Simmons, lighting design by Reza Behjat, sound design by Christopher Darbassie, movement consulting by Sunny Hitt, stage management by Devin Fletcher, assistant stage management by Kalen Sierra Hughes and casting by The Telsey Office/ Destiny Lily CSA.
Founding Artistic Director Jason Eagan said, "From the moment P.S. began as episodic storytelling told through letters, we have been anticipating coming back together for a related in-person experience shared on our stage. The talented artists involved, who are expanding on what P.S. has been to letter readers for the past year, have crafted an experience that welcomes audiences back to Ars Nova as we all reenter theaters in a changing world, where reflection and connection are more important than ever before. Oh, thank you, dear artists and theater lovers, for filling Ars Nova with creativity and spirit again. We can't wait to see you all!"
In-person performances of P.S. will take place October 7-23 at the Ars Nova, located at 511 West 54th Street in Manhattan. Critics are welcome as of Tuesday, October 12 which also serves as the official opening. Performances take place Monday-Saturday at 7pm and 8:30 PM with additional performances on Saturdays at 2pm & 3:30pm.
Tickets to P.S. are currently on sale at arsnovanyc.com and by calling 212-352-3101. Audiences can experience the show in-person for $15 or stream it online on Ars Nova Supra beginning October 25 for $10. Become a subscriber to Supra for $15 a month and gain access to Ars Nova's Supra library, with dozens of shows from the last season available to stream.
Ars Nova will require proof of full-vaccination for all artists, staff, and audience members for all in-person performances and events through the end of 2021. Masks and/or CDC-recommended face coverings will be required for audiences and employees inside the theater at all times. For more information on Ars Nova's Covid-19 health and safety policies, please visit arsnovanyc.com/FAQ
About the Artists
Alexis Floyd Film/TV: Inventing Anna (created by Shonda Rhimes, Netflix, series regular, 2022), The Bold Type (Freeform, recurring), Life's Poison (dir. Malcolm D. Lee). Off-Broadway: If Sand Were Stone (Theatre Row, dir. Tyler Thomas); Mitad Del Mundo (LaMama Theatre, dir. Danya Taymor). Education: BFA in Musical Theater from Carnegie Mellon University; Rhodolphi International Theatre Lab in Bulgaria; Cleveland Institute of Music; Cleveland School of Ballet. Original music available on all streaming platforms. Ife. @alexisgfloyd
Lee Hubilla Recent credits include FBI: Most Wanted, Law & Order: SVU and Dash & Lily. She's grateful for the guidance of her teachers, especially Heidi Marshall and Katie Flahive. Lee's also a screenwriter currently in the inaugural class of the Giant Leap Accelerator Program.
Rubio Qian Credits include Becky Nurse of Salem (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Fucking A (Signature Theatre), Bull in a China Shop (LCT3), The Great Leap (American Conservatory Theatre), Tiger Style! (Alliance Theatre, Huntington Theatre) and Water by the Spoonful (The Old Globe). Film and television credits include Black Mirror, Manchester By the Sea, Mozart in the Jungle, EVIL, New Amsterdam, Broad City, The Good Fight. MFA NYU Graduate Acting Program. BFA Boston University's College of Fine Arts. ruiboqian.com
Teddy Bergman (Creator/Director) is a Drama Desk-nominated director, producer and actor. With Woodshed Collective, he co-conceived and directed productions including the critically acclaimed Empire Travel Agency and the Broadway bound musical KPOP (Lortel for Outstanding Musical). Directing includes work at The Public, NYTW, MTC, Ars Nova, Ma-Yi, Williamstown, NYSF and more. He is currently developing new work for Emursive and recently directed pop duo's Tegan and Sara's last tour. Acting work includes the Tony-winning play Peter And The Starcatcher (OBC)), the Amazon series Good Girls Revolt and more.
Sam Chanse's (Creator/Playwright) plays include Monument, or Four Sisters (A Sloth Play); Trigger; Fruiting Bodies; and What You Are Now. Her work has been developed and/or produced with the Lark, the Civilians, Magic Theatre, Ma-Yi, Cherry Lane, Leviathan Lab, Ars Nova and Ensemble Studio Theater/Sloan Project, and is published by Kaya Press (Lydia's Funeral Video) and TCG (The Kilroys List). She is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a Lark Venturous Fellow (for Trigger), and was a fellow with Cherry Lane Mentor Project (The Opportunities of Extinction) and Playwrights Realm (The Other Instinct). She has also received residencies at MacDowell, Sundance Theatre Institute, Djerassi and SPACE at Ryder Farm. She is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and an alum of Ars Nova's Play Group, Civilians R&D Group and the Lark's New York Stage & Film Vassar Retreat. She has taught writing and playwriting courses at Columbia University, NYU, University of Rochester and elsewhere. For some years, she served as artistic director of Kearny Street Workshop. She is currently based in Brooklyn.
Amina Henry's (Creator/Playwright) recent productions include The Animals, Ducklings, Hunter John and Jane and The Johnsons at JACK (Brooklyn, NY), Bully (SUNY Purchase, Clubbed Thumb WinterWorks, and elsewhere), The Great Novel (New Light Theater) and Troy (HERO Theatre). Her work has been produced, presented at, and/or developed by: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The New Group, Ars Nova, Page 73, The Flea, National Black Theatre, HERO Theater, Project Y Theatre, Dixon Place and other venues. She is a New Georges Affiliate Artist and 2018-2019 Audrey grant recipient. She is a recipient of the 2020 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Sarah Verdone Award for her play The Great Novel.
Christopher Darbassie (Sound Design) is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist. Select Sound Credits: Fly Away (Petzel Gallery), Chicken & Biscuits (Queens Theater), Black Exhibition (The Bushwick Starr), MTA Radio Plays (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), The Hole (New Ohio Theater), Neptune (Dixon Place, Brooklyn Museum). Chris has also served as assistant to designers Twi McCallum, Dan Kluger and Lee Kinney at Playwrights Horizons, Theater for a New Audience, The Atlantic and Long Wharf. Wingspace 2019-2020 Sound Design Fellow. darbassiedesign.com
Devario D. Simmons (Costume Designer) Broadway: Thoughts of a Colored Man; Off-Broadway: TUMACHO, Between the Bars and P.S. Additionally, Simmons has had the pleasure of working regionally at: The Long Wharf Theatre, Jean's Playhouse, Syracuse Stage and Baltimore Center Stage. Other credits include three seasons of AMC's television show TURN, the 2nd National Touring production of In the Heights and two seasons of PBS television series Mercy Street. @devariosimmonsdesigns
dots (Letters Material Design & Scenic Design) is a design collective basedin New York City specializing in designing environments for narratives, experiences and performances. Hailing from Colombia, South Africa and Japan, we are Santiago Orjuela-Laverde, Andrew Moerdyk & Kimie Nishikawa. We approach every project with diversity of thought and burning curiosity and, above all, we believe in the value of the whole being greater than the sum of its individual parts. Designbydots.com
Reza Behjat (Lighting Design) is a visual storyteller with a primary focus on lighting design for theater, dance, and installation projects. When he is not in a theater, you will probably find him doing street photography on the streets of New York where he thinks of it as another stage to find unique characters with dramatic stories to be told. His works have been shown on off-Broadway and regional theaters across the United States such as the Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Atlantic Theater (2022), Playwrights Horizons (2022), Art New York Theaters, NYLA, The Guthrie Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Playmakers Rep., Alabama Shakespeare, long wharf theater, Geva Theater Center, etc. Reza is the winner of the prestigious award of The Knight of Illumination for Nina Simone: Four Women in 2019. Reza resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Sunny Hitt (Movement Consultant) is a choreographer, movement director, performer and teacher. She serves as Associate Director/Choreographer for UNTITLED DANCESHOWPARTYTHING (Virgin Voyages), co-choreographer for SOFT POWER by David Henry Hwang, and has appeared in THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Actors Theatre of Louisville), THE TEMPEST (The Public Theater) and JUNE RITES!!, a dance theater piece by Lee Sunday Evans (Governors Island). Sunny currently teaches at The New School. sunnyhitt.com
Devin Fletcher (Production Stage Manager) is a stage manager, producer and administrator based in New York City and the coast of Maine. Her last show in the city as the pandemic began was with Ars Nova, and it feels like home to finally be back. Credits include Lincoln Center Education, Joe's Pub at The Public, La MaMa ETC, Two River Theater, American Repertory Theater, The Assembly, Trusty Sidekick, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wildrence, Camden International Film Festival. Education: Emerson College.
Kalen Sierra Hughes (Assistant Stage Manager) (she/her) is a director and stage manager based in NYC. Kalen holds a degree in Directing and Stage Management from Marymount Manhattan College. Recent stage management credits include The Who's Tommy (MMC) and Witch, Please (the PIT). Recent directing credits include Green Day's American Idiot (MMC) and The Jellyfish Play (The Queerantine Readings). Kalen hopes to continue work in genre-bending pieces of theatre and projects motivated by intersectionality and social justice.
About Ars Nova
Ars Nova exists to discover, develop, and launch singular theater, music and comedy artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Our dynamic slate of programs supports outside-the-box thinking and encourages innovative, genre-bending new work. Dubbed by The New York Times as a "fertile incubator of offbeat theater," Ars Nova blurs genres and subverts the status quo. With our feverish bounty of programming, we are the stomping ground and launching pad for visionary, adventurous artists of all stripes. By providing a protective environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of diverse artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.
Ars Nova has been honored with an Obie Award and a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics' Circle for sustained quality and commitment to the development and production of new work. Notable past productions include: The New York Times critic's pick Dr. Ride's American Beach House by Liza Birkenmeier, directed by Katie Brook; "Outstanding Musical" Lortel Award-winner and The New York Times' "Best of 2018," Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future, created by Andrew R. Butler and directed by Jordan Fein; "Outstanding Musical" Lortel Award-winner KPOP, created by Jason Kim, Max Vernon, Helen Park, and Woodshed Collective, directed by Teddy Bergman; "Best New American Theatre Work," Obie Award-winner and "one of the best new plays in the last 25 years" (The New York Times), Underground Railroad Game by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard, directed by Taibi Magar (now on international tour); "Outstanding Musical" Lortel Award-winner FUTURITY, by César Alvarez with The Lisps, directed by Sarah Benson; The New York Times' and New York Post's "Best of 2015," Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, directed by Rachel Chavkin; Time Out New York's "Best of 2014," JACUZZI by The Debate Society, directed by Oliver Butler; the Tony Award-winning smash-hit Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy, directed by Rachel Chavkin; Jollyship the Whiz-Bang by Nick Jones and Raja Azar, directed by Sam Gold; the world premiere of the 2009 season's most-produced play boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, directed by Alex Timbers; the show that put Bridget Everett on the map, At Least It's Pink by Everett, Michael Patrick King, and Kenny Mellman, directed by King; and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail's first New York production, Freestyle Love Supreme by Anthony Veneziale and Miranda, directed by Thomas Kail (Broadway 2019). www.arsnovanyc.com
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