A Descent Stretch by Mark Snyder
directed by Maryna Harrison
April 28th and 29th @ 7:00
Sasha Briar transforms herself into a self-help guru to battle the lost ladies who lunch in a suburban Indianapolis mall. A new comedy about lipo, power circles, and the delicious thrill of victimhood.
Mark Snyder’s (playwright) play As Wide As I Can See just completed a run at HERE in a production by At Hand Theatre in New York. His other plays include Lila Cante, Corsets, Wipe Away, The Beanbag Game, Lilith on Today, and The Sounds of Ice. For three summers, he hosted and performed in Red Light Nights at New York’s The Slipper Room (Firecracker Productions). His plays have been produced and developed in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Portland. His interviews and essays have appeared in Paste, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Rail, The New Gay, Queerty, ThePeeq, and at Maud Newton.com, and he has read new work at Pete’s Candy Store (courtesy of the2ndHand.com) and throughout downtown NYC. BA, Otterbein College. MFA, Ohio University. Mark was born in Warren, Ohio and lives in Brooklyn. Mark would like to thank Christine Collins for her assistance with the development of A Decent Stretch.
Maryna Harrison (director) was a founding Artistic Director of Red Stage Theater Company in Burlington, VT: Jonathan Franzen’s translation of Spring Awakening, Adam Bock’sFive Flights, Archibald MacLeish’s J.B., Josh Levine’sGame Over. She earned her MFA in directing from Rutgers: Pinter’s Betrayal, Jose Rivera’s Marisol, Marsha Norman’s Getting Out, John Kolvenbach’s Love Song, Horton Foote’s Blind Date. New work at HERE, Vital Theatre, manhattantheatresource, Soho Thinktank at the Ohio, New Georges and First Look at NYU. International Virginia Woolf Conference: The Waves. Lincoln Center Directors Lab: The Snowstorm by Marina Tsvetaeva. 2010-2011 Artistic Resident at Long Wharf Theatre: Mac Wellman’s musical tigertigertiger. Assisted: Gordon Edelstein, Eric Ting, Amy Saltz, Darko Tresnjak and Anne Kaufman. Current: Resident Director at Ensemble Studio Theatre, an unconventional adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s The Great God Brown. Recently: Aaron Jafferis’ Stories of a New America, for Collective Consciousness and George Brant’s Salvage for Theatre 4. She is a slavophile who studied at the Moscow Art Theater. She has a degree in Russian and Theater from Smith College and a small box of pine needles she gathered from Chekhov’s grave.
Natalya Krimgold (Lori): Off and Off-Off Broadway: I Only Sleep with Stupid Whores (Manhattan Rep), Sin Pais (HERE Arts Center), A Collection of Scenes (Theatre Row). Regional Theatre: Importance of Being Earnest (Wellesly Theatre), Threepenny Opera (Bryn Mawr Theatre). Film: Very Bad Things, Through the Window, Missed Connections.
Nana Mensah (Enid): Selected Credits Include: The Bacchae (NYSF/Joanne Akalaitis, dir.), Mother Courage and Her Children (NYSF/George C. Wolfe, dir.), Inked Baby (Playwrights Horizons/Kate Whoriskey, dir.), The Tempest (CSC/Brian Kulick, dir.), A Question of Impeachment (Culture Project), myriad readings and projects in development. TV/Film/Web: The Walker (starring Carrie Mulligan, Gabourey Sidibe, and Rightor Doyle), The Madam (written by Rachel Axelrod), Behold the Swelling Scene (A Comedy) (April McCants,dir.), Film You Did Not See (Jordan Schachter, dir.), Gracie (Davis Guggenheim, dir.). Training: The Actors Center, Public Theater Shakespeare Lab.
Socorro Santiago (Monan) Broadway: The BACCHAE (Circle in the Square). Off-Broadway: SUMMER SHORTS 5 (59E59st Theatre), THE PROMISE by Jose Rivera (Ensemble Studio Theatre), L’ILLUSION adapted by Tony Kushner ( New York Theatre Workshop, DE DONDE, WOMEN WITHOUT MEN, POETS FROM THE INSIDE (PublicTheatre), TAKE II by Wendy Wasserstein (Naked Angels), DANCING WITH THE DEAD co-written and produced by Socorro Santiago (Intar). Regional Credits include: LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE (Sundance), World Premiere 26 MILES by Quiara Alegria Hudes (2011 Pulitzer ) at the Alliance Theatre, BOLEROS FOR THE DISENCHANTED by Jose Rivera at the Huntington Theatre (IRNE actress nomination). Film Credits: soon to be released Order of Redemption, Happiness, Music of the Heart, Night Falls on Manhattan, Devil’s Advocate, All Good Things. TV Credits include: Unforgettable, Kings , Bored To Death, The Cosby Mysteries, Third Watch and All My Children for which she received the ALMA award for her work as Isabella Santos.
Sarah Sirota (Bea): Two September (Flea Theater), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Vital Theater), The Revenants (Cherry Lane), Play Without a Title (Collective Unconscious), Love of the Nightingale (78th St.Theater Lab), Three Sisters (Shapiro Theater), Hellcab, Good Enough (UNDER St. Marks), Odyssey Project (O’Neill Theater Center), Two Noble Kinsmen (Hudson Shakespeare Co.), The Laramie Project (MHS), As You Like It, Speech & Debate, Fen, Dog Sees God, Lady of Fadima, Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Rutgers Theater Co.), among others. Training: MFA, Rutgers University
Ann Talman (Shasha Briar): Broadway: The Women, Some Americans Abroad, The House of Blue Leaves, The Little Foxes. West End: The Little Foxes. Film: Archaeology of a Woman, Limitless, Serendipity, Wall Street, Bob Roberts. Member: EST, Founding Member EST/LA and New Group.