HIStory by Frank Paiva



HIStory by Frank Paiva

directed by Jason Bruffy

May 17th and May 19th @7pm

Yesterday David saw “The Book of Mormon.” Tomorrow he’s seeing Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall. A romantic comedy for the Grindr set about gay identity past and present, “HIStory” shows that anything is possible if you look on the other side of the glory hole.

Frank Paiva (playwright) writes about movies for MSN.com. His work has also appeared in the NY Times, the Seattle Weekly, and the Not for Tourists NY guide. This is his first play to be seriously developed anywhere. It’s a nice feeling. As an actor, Frank has performed at HERE Arts Center, the Bushwick Starr, the Flea Theater, La MaMa, Magic Futurebox, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bryant Park and Theater for the New City. @FrankPaiva206. FrankPaiva.net.


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.


Tara Bruno *(Woman of many faces) is honored to be a part of Frank Paiva’s play after working alongside him in THE HOUSE OF VON MACRAME as Chevette at THE BUSHWICK STARR.  Favorite roles: Amneris in AIDA, Ulla in THE PRODUCERS, Norma in VICTOR/VICTORIA, Crissy in HAIR, and Judy in ACL.  Other credits: National Tour/OCR of BARBIE, TAMING OF THE SHREW (Bianca), PAL JOEY (Barrymore nom.), and EUROPEAN CABARET (world premiere).  TV: Deadly Sins (Dawn) Equality is a human right.


Jimmy Dailey (Paul) is a resident actor with both The Dirty Blondes and The Flea Theater, where he is a member of The Bats. He sings too. Training: Georgetown University, BADA Midsummer at Oxford. www.jimmydailey.com


Sarah Elmaleh (Velma) is an actor/voiceover artist based in Brooklyn. NYC theater: GORMANZEE & Other Stories (Flea), Arok of Java (Exit, Pursued by a Bear), GOODBAR (video accompaniment, Waterwell), Rock, Paper, Scissors (Brick), A Midsummer Night’s Dream(Truffle Theatre Company), many live-theater radio dramas with Gotham Radio Theatre, and a fondly remembered QuaDs reading of Anna Moench’s Great Eastern. Proud member Game Audio Network Guild Voice Actor’s Coalition. Training: British American Drama Academy, Wesleyan University. www.sarahelmaleh.com


Sade Namei (Michelle) Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature (Signature Theatre).  The Flying Latke (Flea Theater), KNEAD (PS 122), Leaves of Grass (The Cell), Mika (United Nations), In Medias Res, her one-woman show (theBrick Theater). Sade performed weekly in #Serials@TheFlea. Films include The Elegant Clockwork of the Universe.  Training: JMU,  SITI Company and Shakespeare & Company. www.sadenamei.com


Kunal Prasad (Arthur) is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where he studied Drama at San Francisco State University. He received his MFA from American Repertory Theater at Harvard University and studied Improv at Upright Citizens Brigade. Kunal loves emcee-ing “Phaedra’s Cabaret” produced by Flux Industries and investigating the origins of human existence with his long-form improv team, “Dr. Jones.”


Mark Snyder‘s (Man of many face) plays include A Decent Stretch (The QuaDs, 2012), As Wide As I Can See (At Hand Theatre @ HERE, 2012), Lila Cante (At Hand Theatre, 2009), Corsets (2010), Wipe Away (Samuel French OOB Festival, 2010), The Beanbag Game, Lilith on Today, and The Sounds of Ice.  His solo show I Am A Complicated Person will premiere at Judson Memorial Church in June.  A core collaborator with |the claque|, Mark lives in Brooklyn.  BA, Otterbein College. MFA, Ohio University.


Nate Washburn (David) is thrilled to be a part of HIStory. A Connecticut native, he was recently seen in ‘The Odyssey Experience’ with the McCarter, ‘American Song’ at the Flea Theater where he is a member of the Bats, and ‘Henry V’ at Arkansas Rep.  His next project is ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ with the Shakespeare Forum in June.  He wishes his friends and family all the best and thanks Frank for his lovely work.

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