Wrench by Rob Askins



Wrench by Rob Askins

directed by Danya Taymor

May 3rd @ 9:39pm and May 5th @7pm

An adopted boy goes looking for where he comes from. He finds sex violence and a wrench. The question is will he find a way out?

Robert Askins (playwright) was born in Cypress Texas in 1980. He moved to New York in 2005. In 2009 his play Princes of Waco was produced by EST/Youngblood. His one act play Matthew and the Pastor’s Wife was a part of Marathon 2010 at EST and The Love Song of the Albanian Sous Chefwon a Dallas Outer Circle Critics award in 2011. Most recently Rob’s Obie award wining play Hand to God enjoyed three sold out runs at EST in 2011-12. Mr. Askins is proud to be an alumnus of I-73, Youngblood, and a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre. Rob has received two E.S.T./Sloan grants, an Arch and Bruce Davis Award and is one of the 2012 recipients of the Helen Merrill Award for emerging playwrights.


Danya Taymor (director) Directing credits include I Hate Fucking Mexicans (co-translator), #serials@theFlea, The Honest Whore, and Romeo and Juliet. She is a recipient of The Van Lier Directing Grant, The Sudler Prize, Benenson Award and a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. She is a Resident Director at the Flea, and co-created The Shakes, the Flea’s late-night classical theater series. She is a member of the 2013 Lincoln Center Directors Lab.


Owen Campbell (Joseph) is honored as all hell to be part of this year’s season of Quick and Dirties. This is Owens first work with |the claque|, he has been in a few plays and a few movies, and is currently filming for Boardwalk Empire season 4.


Geneva Carr *(Joyce) New York Theater: Trevor (Lesser America), Hand to God (EST), Just Sex (StageFarm), Rose’s Dilemma (MTC), Betty’s Summer Vacation (Playwrights Horizons). Regional Theater: North American Tour of The Vagina Monologues, Rabbit Hole (Huntington Theater), Time of My Life (Westport Country Playhouse). TV: “Elementary”, “Person of Interest”, “Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell”, “Blue Bloods”, “The Onion News Network”, “The Good Wife”, Rescue Me”. Film: It’s Complicated, Love and Other Drugs, College Road Trip, Alter Egos


Alex Grubbs (John) has been a bat at The Flea for almost two years now, debuting in the Drama Desk Award nominated These Seven Sicknesses directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, and staying busy as producer/host of the hit late night show #serials@theflea, while also acting in nearly a dozen plays written by Chris Dimond, Krista Knight, Willie Orbison, Chris Sullivan, Eric Dufault and Tommy Smith. NY credits include : Passing Through: Room 603 with The Dirty Blondes, Acedia at Theaterlab NYC, and Tea Party with Columbia University’s MFA directing program. He’s participated in readings at The Flea Theater Cherry Lane, Culture Project NYC and Exit Pursued by a Bear. Regional credits include: Ajax, Philoctetes and Women of Trachis with Theater of War, Rum and Vodka with Outside the Wire, The 39 Steps and Barefoot in the Park with Heritage Theater Festival, and The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado about Nothing with Oxford Shakespeare Festival. M.F.A in Acting from the University of Virginia.


Layla Khoshnoudi (Rachel) studied acting at Brooklyn College, where she received her MFA in 2012. She played Angel in Jose Rivera’s Marisol and a character “somewhere between 80 years old and 20 years dead” in Tony Kushner’s Bright Room Called Day. She also played Sabrina Daldry in Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, a role that required her to have 6 onstage orgasms. She more recently appeared in Job and I Hate Fucking Mexicans at the Flea, where she is a resident company member. Her experience in the QuaDs series, she says with a satisfied sigh, is simply unparalleled.


Scott Sowers *(Ricky) is a lifetime member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre.


Ellen Goldberg (Stage Manager) Ellen’s New York credits include: Wild Boar (reading) at Signature Theatre, Triassic Parq (reading), The Rubber Room at FringeNYC, Boomers: A Musical of a Generation at MITF, First Kids (reading), and Friends Don’t Let Friends with Less Than Rent Theatre.  Her regional credits include: The Blue Deep, A Month in the Country, One Day When We Were Young (reading) at Williamstown Theatre Festival.


Stage directions read by Bobby Moreno

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