Nights in Late December by Willie Orbison



Nights in Late December by Willie Orbison

directed by Sue Lawless

May 3rd @7pm and May 5th @5pm

Some people hate the holidays. For Liana, it usually means making the cross-country pilgrimage back to her childhood apartment to deal with her reclusive mother’s latest issues and her little brother’s depressing descent into internet-obsessed madness. But this year is going to be different, dammit. This year, she’s going to take a stand. Even if it means reaching out to her estranged, domineering father — this year, she’s going to take a stand.

Willie Orbison (playwright) was born and raised in New York City.  His work has been seen at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea Theater, Labyrinth Theater Company, Ars Nova, PTP/NYC, the NY Fringe Festival, and NY Madness.  He is a graduate of Middlebury College and a member of Youngblood, the OBIE award-winning playwrights group at Ensemble Studio Theatre.


Sue Lawless (co-director) has successfully pursued a career in the theatre as director (13 years on the SDC Executive Board), one of the first women to direct a musical on Broadway,  actress (yes, the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson), Guest Director at prestigious Universities, including Penn State where she met Nick Leavens and now pleased to be a part of |the claque|.


Audrey Alford (co-director) is always happy to work with the wonderful Sue Lawless. Over the last year, Audrey has directed in many of the short play festivals around the city. Prior to moving to New York, she directed Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of “Jekyll and Hyde” at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina, and “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove” by Jane Chambers in Seattle, Washington, among others. Next, she will direct “Black Ice,” a new play by Lezlie Revelle, in the Midtown International Theatre Festival and “Like Poetry,” a new play by Kristian O’Hare, in the New York International Fringe Festival.


Chris Ceraso (Samuel)


Alison Edwards (Ruth) National Tour; Wit (Standby for Judith Light), New York; King John, Memory Play (NYSF), Into the Woods (Nightwind Prods),Twelfth Night (Riverside Shakespeare Festival), Regional; 33 Variations (Festival Stage of Winston-Salem), Witness for the Prosecution,The Lion in Winter (Fulton Theatre), Doubt, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Vermont Stage), The Sisters Rosensweig (TheatreWorks/Palo Alto), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, King Lear, Ten Little Indians (Pioneer Theatre), The Royal Family, Wit (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis),Arcadia, Moon over Buffalo (Theatre Virginia), Copenhagen (Portland Stage), Film; Whispers of White, Television; Legwork as well as numerous soap operas and commercials.


David Gelles (Thurman) is excited to be working with |the claque| for the first time! He can also currently be seen portraying Aaron Clover on NBC’s “Deception”. Theatre: Graceland (Lincoln Center Theater); Romeo and Juliet (Romeo, Shakespeare & Company); Microcrisis (Ma-Yi Theatre Co.); White People, Photograph 51, Close Ties, Both (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Edgewise (Cherry Lane Studio); Post Office (New Ohio Theatre); The Dumb Waiter (Under St. Marks); Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Communicable Arts), As You Like It (Oval House, London). TV/Film: Deception, Law & Order: SVU, Mercy (NBC); Killing the Dog (Six Part Productions); Amateurs (Reformed Pickpocket, Inc.); Someone Else’s Heart; Sundays; This Is It.


Lauren Shannon (Liana) NYC Theater: Incubator Arts, Attic Theater, Flea Theater, Columbia Stages.  Feature Films: Northeast, The Unidentified.  Assistant Creative Director at Camp Stanley for the Performing Arts and on staff at MT College Prep.  Lauren is currently working on a Shakespeare Salon production of Twelfth Night in the role of Viola.  B.F.A. Emerson College.  She is grateful to return for round two of The QuaDs!

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