Noble/Birth by Braden LuBell

 


Noble/Birth by Braden LuBell

directed by Isaac Klein

April 20th @ 9:30 and April 22th @ 7:00

Noble/Birth is a romantic and family drama that follows a young man named Bix as he attempts to introduce the girl he loves into his secretive family.  Set on a wealthy estate in Connecticut, ghosts weave their way through the proceedings, begging the question: Should we hold fast to our vision of the lives we want, or allow life to take its own course?

Braden LuBell (playwright, Noble/Birth)  is Artistic Director of The Rogoff Theatre Co., with whom he directed the NY premiere of his (coincidentally titled) play Quick & Dirty, which received additional acclaimed productions in Chicago with Apple Tree Theatre, and in L.A. with The Racket Collective, the latter having commissioned and produced his play (Jack &) Penny. Other Chicago writing/directing credits include the world premieres of Days of Late (Viaduct Theatre), Open (Bailiwick Rep), and Down the Road (Strawdog), as well as a staged reading of Noble/Birth (Gift Theatre). Further directing credits include: Closer and The American Plan (Society Hill Playhouse) in Philadelphia, HereToThere (San Francisco Fringe), and Boston productions of One Flea Spare, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, and his own adaptations of The Glass Menagerie and the novel Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. He is the author of a new adaptation of Hedda Gabler, and an accomplished poet. Braden works as an acting coach, and as a freelance casting director (Telsey + Co.), and is currently developing his first screenplay. www.bradenlubell.com

Isaac Klein (Director) assistant directed the recent Broadway revivals of West Side Story and GYPSY, both for his late mentor, Arthur Laurents. He is an artistic associate at SPACE on Ryder Farm and a company member at Exit, Pursued By A Bear.  Isaac is the director of the online series This Just In (thisjustintheseries.com) and Pzazz101 (pzazz101.com). Directing for the stage:  Assembly Required [DC Fringe]; Mr. Sasquatch Goes to Washington [9Thirty];   HOT CRIPPLE [NYC Fringe, Winner: Outstanding Performance]; Actors With Day Jobs [Where Eagles Dare]. Writing/Directing credits: the prophecy of isaiah and dreamscape [MUDasMAN]; Dream Machines [Open Dream Ensemble]. Other assistant/associate credits: Equus with Alec Baldwin [Guild Hall];  Camp Wanatachi [LaMaMa]; Sondheim: The Birthday Concert and Camelot with the New York Philharmonic. Isaac wrote the book and lyrics for the new musical Legend of the Word, which will be in development this summer at the National Music Theatre Conference at the O’Neill.

Ren Croney (Lilah) made her theatrical debut on Carnegie Hall.  She has since appeared in several National commercials including L’Oreal,  Maybelline, Macys, Comcast,  and 3 Musketeers and recently shot Mr. Popper’s Penguins with Jim Carrey.  Ren has also been featured in print campaigns for Target, Soft and Beautiful, Crystal Light,  and Lens Crafters. She is represented by Don Buchwald & Associates.

JulieAnn Dulude (Hubbard) studied acting at Emerson College and here in NYC with Cay Michael Patten. She studied improv at the People’s Improv Theater (the PIT) where she performed with House team The Wilhelm for many years including at the Del Close Marathon, the Boston, Providence and Chicago Improv Festivals, and with whom she helped originate the form IN THE DARK: An Improvised Film Noir.  Her One-Woman show BLESS THIS MESS, which she wrote and produced about growing up in a Catholic family, received ample praise and enjoyed an extended run at the PIT in 2011.  Most recently her work can be seen in numerous commercials, in the improvised short ‘Pimp on a Segway’ with JB Smoove from Curb Your Enthusiasm, in comedic shorts with the group PERIODS (periodsfilms.com) and in a featured role in the new show BUNK, which airs on IFC this June!  JulieAnn currently resides in Brooklyn.”

Alison Edwards (Madeleine): National Tour; Wit (Standby for Judith Light), New York; King John, Memory Play (NYSF), Twelfth Night (Riverside Shakespeare Festival), Regional; Doubt, Whoʼs Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Vermont Stage), The Sisters Rosensweig (TheatreWorks/Palo Alto), The Lion in Winter (Fulton Opera House), One Flew Over the Cuckooʼs Nest (Pioneer Theatre), The Royal Family, Wit (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Copenhagen (Portland Stage), Film; Whispers of White, Television; Legwork, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Another World

David J Goldberg (Bix) is a New York based actor and a graduate of Emerson College.He recently completed his first national tour with Theatreworks USA performing for young audiences as John Davis in The Color of Justice. Other recent NYC stage credits include Population:8 (SoHo Playhouse); Romeo & Juliet (Wings Theater); Dubstep Hamlet (Webster Hall); The Average Sized Mermaid at this year’s Fringe, Pangs of the Messiah (The LABA Theater at The 14th St. Y); and Underground (The Wild Project).  He is thrilled to be working with this group and is a proud new member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Edward Gregory Jones (Leland) was recently seen in the lead role as The Rabbi in “The Voice of God” at Primary Stages/ESPA New Playwrights Showcase. Last year he played Pop in Sam Shepard’s play “Fourteen Hundred Thousand” at the 45th Street Theater. He just finished a recurring gig as a detective on the CBS TV show “Unforgettable” and is back for a third season on Boardwalk Empire as a featured gangster/thug. He has had principal roles on The Onion News playing Bush and Obama agency chiefs and spokesmen. If you want a chuckle Google “FDA Pot Pies.” Jones currently studies with Sam Schacht formerly Director of the Actors Studio School, and with Daniel Talbot, Artistic Director of Rising Phoenix Rep. He wishes to thank all the kind, generous and talented people that have helped him. And yes, Dolores, thinking does make it so. With much love.

Lauren Shannon (Maddy) NY Stage credits: The Time of Your Life (Attic) , Quick and Dirty (Rogoff), The Dwarfs, Our Town (Columbia University) The Director (Flea).  Film: Northeast, The Unidentified, and the short Israeli film Night Ships.  Training: Emerson College. www.laurenshannon.org.  Thank you to Braden and The Claque for making space for this to exist.

Jacob A. Ware (Lee) – Off-Broadway: Bound (Spleen Theatre/NYTW) Off-Off-Broadway: Mic (Manhattan Theatre Source), Complete Works of the Brothers Grimm (MCT) Chicago: We Three (ATC), Hey! Dancin’! (Factory Theater). This summer: Cliff in Cabaret at Park Playhouse in Albany. TV: “Blue Bloods,” “Gossip Girl,” “Recall.” Jacob is co-creator/writer of the award-winning sketch series, Steel Drum in Space. More at steeldruminspace.com and jacobaware.com

Yvonne Hartung (Production Stage Manager) hails from the land of the Gators and is very happy to be returning to the QuaDs! Previous New York credits are “Trifles” and “Hughie” (Cart Before Horse Productions), Special (Apt. 929 Productions), Medea (American Thymele Theatre), and Rhinoceros (UglyRhino).