Unpleasant Men by Alex Borinsky


Unpleasant Men by Alex Borinsky
directed by Nick Leavens
May 18th and 20th @ 7:00
It’s 1877, cusp of the modern world. Everything’s new. Two brothers and their dad lose everything and head to New York. Men are rich in this city, gin is smooth, mansions are fucking big, and there might be a revolution happening. There are also some quietly broken hearts. A play about manliness, graft, and ambition for three badass women.

Alexander Borinsky (playwright) is a playwright, director, and performer. His plays include GOING OUT AND COMING BACK, LONGING (OH WELL), and THE POLISH EGG MAN. He makes work with American Centaur, a seriously silly crowd of guys interested in old texts and new ideas, and has worked on Chekhov and Shakespeare in bars, backyards, bedrooms, parks, and theaters. He’s a member of Youngblood, and grew up in Baltimore.

Nick Leavens (director)  is a director, producer and writer with a focus on new works.  His directing credits include: NEW YORK: Lieutenant of Inishmore (assistant director, Broadway/off-Broadway), Research: a novel for performance (|theclaque|), OkayNo Bueno (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Wipe Away (Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival), Meanwhile in BaghdadApocalypse: Book One (New York International Fringe Festival), Be True to Your School (At Hand Theatre), Speaking in Stomachs (SITEfest 2010) Family BondingLove MatchThe Arab and the Restless (New York Arab-American Comedy Festival), Wishing Time (Vital Theater), DJ Jesus (The Funny) as well as countless readings.

Sarita Lou (movement choreographer) is a dancer, choreographer, yogini and playwright.  Her ideal day includes sharing health and happiness through movement and telling stories through the body. Sarita has been teaching movement for over ten years.  She is faculty for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting where she is training young actors to breathe, move and find their “voice” through the body.  She is both a teacher and a performer. Having worked in both film and theater, she continually seeks ways to share her love of movement with the world. Sarita’s theatrical work includes choreographing for Trickster at the Gate and My Future Husband is Dead both produced by At Hand Theatre Company and Dance Picnic produced by Play Movement Theatre.  As a dancer Sarita has been featured in numerous works including Trickster at the Gate, My Future Husband is Dead, Flip Flop & Platforms, Revelries & Reveries, Dance Picnic, and Sightlines, Pick-Up Lines & Other Clichés.

Megan Hill (1) Recent and favorite credits include: Crystal Skillman’s CUT (The Management); Robert Wilson’s Watermill Quintet (Guggenheim Works and Process); The Sluts of Sutton Drive (EST/Youngblood Unfiltered); Lonesome Winter (co-written with Joshua Conkel, The Management); Thirst(Y) (Little Lord/Incubator Arts); Fissures at the Humana Festival (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville); Little Dog Laughed (Intiman Theatre); Sin (Bohemian Archaeology); Stupid Kids (Empty Space Theatre); Cherry Cherry Lemon and Plants and Animals (CAFF). Megan has also worked with The Lark, New Dramatists, Studio 42, The Arden, Theater Seven of Chicago, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Book-It Rep, among others.  Megan holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and an MFA from American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre IATT at Harvard University. She is a company member of EST, The Management Theater Company and a Lad with Little Lord. Upcoming Projects include: the premiere of Larry Kunofsky’s Your Boyfriend May Be Imaginary (The Management), the web series “Me Plus You” (which she also co-wrote), and a new collaboration with Joshua Conkel. More at www.meganhill.net

Jessica Howell (3) is honored to be here with such a phenomenal group of theatre makers!  Credits include: Regional: Two Gentlemen of Verona, as Julia (Colonial Theatre), Scooby-Doo Live in Stagefright, as Velma (USA National Tour), Li’l Abner, as Moonbeam McSwine(Crystal Playhouse Theatre). Fav NYC credits: Come Here (IT Award- Outstanding Original Script, by Isaac Oliver), 12 Incompetent Men(and Women!)(Soho Playhouse), Dark of the Moon(Chashamas 42nd St Space), What May Fall & The Martian Chronicles (Both at The Fordham Alumni Company). She has been in various films including, “Tix Pix,” “Things Behind the Sun,” and “To Tie a Yellow Ribbon.”  She is currently writing/directing/co-starring in a strange and wonderful web series called “Unker and Physia.”  www.jessicahowell.com

Samira Wiley (2) is delighted to be making her debut with |the claque| in the “Quick and Dirties.” She hails from Washington, DC where she first began acting in Howard University’s Children’s Theatre Summer Program and fell in love with performing. Recent Credits include Theater: Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Public, Film: “The Sitter,” “Being Flynn,” TV: “Person of Interest” and recurring on “Unforgettable.” Training: The Juilliard School.

Daniel Melnick (assistant director/sound designer) – is a freelance director and sound designer, and a member artist at |The Claque|. Directing: Big Tex (Assistant, Ensemble Studio Theatre) Revolution Bunny (Santa Barbara Cynics Theater Festival); Nebraska by Noon (UCSB Studio Theater); The American Dream (UCSB Studio Theater); Paralysis/Embaralysis (UCSB Monologue Festival). Composing/Sound Design: Billy Witch (Studio 42) Asking for Trouble 2011 (Ensemble Studio Theatre); YoungBlood Brunches 2011/2012 (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Twelfth Night (Naked Shakes); Kingdom City (UCSB Mainstage); The House of Bernarda Alba (UCSB Mainstage); My Last Day (Santa Barbara International Film Festival); BA: UCSB; Theater – Directing.