Drunk Art Love by Crystal Skillman



Drunk Art Love by Crystal Skillman


directed by Nick Leavens

April 19 and April 21 @7pm

It’s Sidney Tallen’s last night in art school, but as her final crit looms, she has just one chance left to find her place in the art world and prove her brilliance. Can she find it among the hostile Art Mafia, acid-tripping roommates, obsessive mothers, pudgy professors, hobbit-like illustrators, frat boys, angry guest artists? Is Sidney truly falling in love? Losing her mind? Or is she finally discovering the truth of art and love? They might be one and the same … and one night can truly be brilliant.

Crystal Skillman (playwright) is the author of GEEK (produced this spring by Obie Award Winning Vampire Cowboys, NY Times & TONY Critics Pick); CUT (The Management, Apollinaire Theatre,  Boston); THE VIGIL (ITG/Brick, director; 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-Length Script); BIRTHDAY & NOBODY (Rising Phoenix Rep in NYC; U.K Premiere with Kibo Productions; Chicago at The Side Project), FOLLOW (Balancin’ Productions) and WILD (Kid Brooklyn Productions, Chicago).  WILD will have an upcoming production with Kibo Productions in London this summer. Crystal is a member of the MCC Theater Playwrights’ Coalition, Amoralists Lab, Rising Phoenix, a Women’s Project Lab as well as Soho Rep Lab alumni. Upcoming projects include THE CONCRETE JUNGLE, a new musical with composer/writer Bobby Cronin; her new play ANOTHER KIND OF LOVE and the screenplay RUN (in development with director Michael Melamedoff). Plays are available from Sam French, Smith & Kraus, Applause Books, as well as indietheaternow.com. Crystal is represented by Amy Wagner and Ron Gwiazda at the Abrams Artists Agency. She would like to thank Nick, their awesome team, and |the claque| for commissioning this play and inviting her to play in this year’s awesome QuaDs!


Nick Leavens (director, founder/artistic director of |the claque|) is a director, producer and writer with a focus on new works. Selected directing credits include: Lieutenant of Inishmore (assistant director, Broadway/off-Broadway), The House of Von Macrame (The Management), Research: a novel for performance, Unpleasant Men (|the claque|), Moonbase (The Flea Theater), Army Navy, Okay, No Bueno (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Wipe Away (Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival), Meanwhile in Baghdad, Apocalypse: Book One (New York International Fringe Festival).  Nick has also directed with The Active Theater, At Hand Theatre, Ugly Rhino, SITEfest, the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, Vital Theater. Nick was a resident director at Ensemble Studio Theatre, is a founding member of Brooklyn based performance and writers collective BOOMSLANG, was the Artistic Director/Producer of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival in 2010 and the Producer of The Funny 2004, 2005.


Adam Blodgett (Troy, JR, Greg, Frat Guy) Upcoming: Young Jean Lee’s Pee Pee Poo Poo Pa Pa Face at Dixon Place. Recent: Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Life and Times, Soho Rep/Under the Radar/The Public Theater. New York: Miss Lilly Gets Boned, ICE Factory Festival. My Body/This Body, Brooklyn Arts Exchange. 2013 Unproducible Smackdown, Studio 42. Never Sleep Alone, Joe’s Pub. Regional: Macbeth, Allentown Shakespeare in the Park. Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Interlochen Shakespeare Festival. Film/TV: HBO’s Masterclass series; The Sealed Orders of Liv Ullmann. www.adamblodgett.com


Aimée Cucchiaro* (Skullten, Rox, Tina, Liza, art student) Aimée is THRILLED to be working with |the claque| and on this hilarious, powerful piece!! She was last seen as Victims/Pixie in the acclaimed “The House of Von Macramé” at the Bushwick Starr, and is lucky to be working with the talented Nick Leavens for a third time!  Thank you Ethan and Crystal for this daring adventure!  youmakemydreamscometrue.com


Brett Epstein (Drawing Weasel, Frat Guy, Kurt, Kalib, art student) studied at Providence College [BA- Theatre] and is now a New York actor/writer/comedian.  Brett is a member of the Bats, the Flea Theatre’s resident acting company.  Brett acts and writes for #serials@theflea, a late night episodic theatre competition.  Brett received Advanced Study improv training at UCB.  Favorite: Romeo & Juliet (Nurse– The Flea); I Loved Sam Stone (Ben– The Tank); Love, Sex & the IRS (Floyd– Millbrook Playhouse); The Mousetrap (Chris Wren– Millbrook Playhouse).  www.ItsBrett.net


Layla Khosnoudi (Sidney) is extremely pleased to be pumping up plays with these hotshots. She would like you to know that she featured in Luis Enrique Ortiz Monasterio’s I Hate Fucking Mexicans at the Flea Theater, and was recently in Job by Thomas Bradshaw. She is reuniting with Nick Leavens after they worked together in the Flea’s late-night theater program #serials, and working with Crystal Skillman, as well as much of the cast for the first time, which thrills her to the very core. Long Live |the claque|.


Jeff Ronan (Blondie, art student) is an actor/writer living in Brooklyn. Recent shows include Henry V (Two River), These Seven Sicknesses (Flea Theater), and Red (ReVision). He can be seen in web series Stunods and Astro-Cons, and in Chiller TV original film Dead Souls. Member of The Flea Theater’s Obie award-winning resident acting company, The Bats.


Ann Talman* (Lily, art student) This is Ann’s second Quick and Dirty with |the claque|, last year performing in Mark Snyder’s A Decent Stretch. Broadway: (The Little Foxes, The House of Blue Leaves, Some Americans Abroad, The Women). Television: Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Law and Order, Special Victim’s Unit. Ellen, Whoopi, The Education Of Max Bickford, Love & War, Kate and Allie, HBO’s Breast Men, and Nurse Rebecca Chase on General Hospital (currently in Witness Protection). A regular on The Street, which starred Stanley Tucci and Michael Beach. Film: Wall Street, Suffering Bastards, Serendipity, Limitless, Archaeology of a Woman starring Sally Kirkland. Currently creating a solo show in Matt Hoverman’s Create Your Own Solo Show Workshop. It is titled Woody’s Order! and is best described as “the other side of My Left Foot.”

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