Far From the Trees by Christina Gorman
directed by Jason Bruffy
April 26 and April 28 @7pm
Leighton’s simple life is upended when he learns his beloved forest of petrified trees, which he has spent years painstakingly unearthing, is priceless. His nephew, a prodigy in particle physics, has just been expelled for “academic sabotage” and the university is demanding its six-digit scholarship money back. Leighton can save his family from bottomless debt if only he will sell. Why then can’t he let go?
Christina Gorman (playwright) Plays produced at Summer Play Festival, Hangar Theatre, Prospect Theatre Company; Samuel French Short Play Festival, Stageworks/Hudson, Stella Adler Studios, American Blues Theater (upcoming 2014). Plays developed/presented at The Public Theater, New Harmony Project, Lark Play Development Center, hotInk International Festival, Luna Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, Squeaky Bicycle Productions. Affiliations/awards: Samuel French Short Play Festival winner; New York Foundation for the Arts fellow; Ensemble Studio Theater New Voices fellow; The Public Theater inaugural Emerging Writers Group; Women’s Project Playwrights Lab; Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence.
Jason Bruffy (director) is a Director and Producer based in New York. He has over 30 production credits as a director and twice as many as a producer. Most recently he completed shooting for three web series: AmericanMD, CaucAsian and Josey & Nat (due out in 2013). Jason has worked Off-Broadway as Associate Producer for Soho Rep (Obie Award winning Born Bad) and Resident Director and Associate Producer for Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regionally he has served as Associate Artist of Florida Studio Theatre and Producing Artistic Director of both Salt Lake Acting Company and Know Theatre of Cincinnati. He has directed for numerous companies including: The Flea (NYC), |the claque| (NYC), 45th St Theatre (NYC), Interact Theatre (PA), Orlando Shakespeare Theatre (FL), Spoleto Festival USA (SC), Cincinnati Opera (OH), Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (OH), and Wayside Theatre (VA). Jason is also the founding producer of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, now entering into its tenth season and is the largest performing arts festival in Ohio.
Ramsey Faragallah * (Leighton) Theater: The Kennedy Center, Manhattan Theater Club, The Public Theater, New York Stage and Film, Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, The Old Vic (London), Culture Project, Williamstown and Lincoln Center Lab. Films of Woody Allen, Sidney Pollack, Tony Gilroy and Sidney Lumet among others. Recent television: The Big C, The Good Wife, 30 Rock, Blue Bloods, Flight of the Conchords, NYC 22, the Law & Order canon and has had recurring roles on Homeland, Person of Interest, Law & Order SVU, One Life to Live and The Late Show with David Letterman.
Natalie Kim * (Paloma) has performed in Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, written and directed by Obie Award-winning director, Young Jean Lee. Other credits also include HBO’s Bored to Death, independent film West 32nd Street, and Law and Order: CI. She also completed a successful run of her comedic solo show, YO GIRL! Off-Broadway at 59e59 Street Theater as well as The International Edinburgh Fringe Festival. www.NatalieKim.com
Seth Moore (Garret) is an actor/writer living here in New York City and is excited to be a part of this, his first experience with |the claque|. Seth recieved a BFA in acting from the University of Michigan, where he also studied playwriting. He was last seen in Greater Angels by Jason Williamson with Exit Pursued By a Bear and Restoration Comedy by Amy Freed, at the Flea theater; Other stage credits include These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney; and The Electric Lighthouse by Ed Hime (all at the Flea), Rat in the Skull (1st Irish theater festival), Our Lady of 121st street (U of M mainstage). Sethmoore.com
Steven Rishard’s * (Man) New York credits include Oliver in Luz at La Mama, The Gunslinger in P.S. Jones and the Frozen City at Terra Nova Collective, the Herdsman in The Bacchae for Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, The Pagans at Abingdon Theater, A Heartbeat to Baghdad at The Flea Theater, In the Penal Colony at CSC. With the Theater company Divison13 Productions; Act Without Words 1, at the Brooklyn Can Factory. Cascado, and Journeys Among the Dead, at HERE. Regional credits include Big Love at The Wilma Theater, Quartet at The Court Theater, and The Rainmaker at Triad Stage. TV credits include Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Kings, Unforgettable, and Treme. Film credits include Shelter (6 Souls) w/Julianne Moore, and Hal Hartley’s latest film Meanwhile. Steven works regularly with the Lark Play Development Center.