American Girls by Eric Dufault


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American Girls by Eric Dufault

directed by John Giampietro

May 29th @ 8:00 and May 31st @ 8:00

Jenny and Arlenis, two self-destructive teenage girls, attempt to smuggle drugs over the border into Canada. Tip Stillman, an ailing, elderly hoarder, vies to complete her coveted doll collection. Taylor Ann, a nineteenth century twelve-year-old girl, is on a grand covered-wagon voyage to California. Taylor Ann is a doll. Taylor Ann is filled with cocaine. And everything intersects. And everything goes off the rails. American Girls is a boisterous, sad story about girls growing up in America.


Eric Dufault (playwright) is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. His plays include “Year of the Rooster” (New York Time’s Critics’ Pick, Critics’ Outer Circle Award), “The Tomb of King Tot”, “American Girls”, and “The Last Great Telemarketer”. His plays have been performed at the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Youngblood as part of their “34th Annual Marathon of One Act Plays” and Mainstage series. Additionally, his work has been performed at the Flea Theatre, the Marin Theatre, the 52nd Street Project, the Magnet Theatre, the Theater for the New City, the Lark Play Development Center, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference. He is the recipient of the 2014 Playwrights of New York Fellowship, a 2013 Sloan Commission, the 2013 David Colicchio Emerging Playwright Award, the 2010 Lipkin Playwriting Award, and the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Harle Adair Damann Playwriting Award. His work is included in the “Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2014” and “Best New Plays of 2014” anthologies. He is a member of the Obie award-winning Youngblood Playwriting Group and the New Dramatists.

John Giampietro (director) is a Brooklyn-based director of opera and theatre. Recent productions include Year of the Rooster at Ensemble Studio Theatre and Le Nozze di Figaro at The Juilliard School. His productions have been seen at The Accidental Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville, Vermont Shakespeare, Phoenix Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, and the Chautauqua Institution. John is a frequent director for Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Obie award-winning playwright’s program Youngblood. John is a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre and a faculty member of The Chautauqua Institution School of Music and The Juilliard School. Upcoming projects include Werther at Chautauqua Institution and Il Turco in Italia at The Juilliard School.

Ann Talman (Tip Stillman) Returning for her third Quick and Dirty with the Quad. Broadway: The Little Foxes, The House of Blue Leaves, Some Americans Abroad, The Women. Regional, O-Broadway: Vineyard, Primary Stages, Second Stage, The Flea, New Group, Long Wharf, Huntington, Geffen, Centre Stage, Williamstown, St. Louis, Hartford. Cast Albums: Yours, Anne, Hannah 1939, TV: Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Law and Order, SVU, Ellen, Whoopi, Education Of Max Bickford, Love & War, Kate and Allie, HBO’s Breast Men, General Hospital. Film: Serendipity, Limitless, Archaeology of a Woman, Wall Street. Member Ensemble Studio Theater, New Group. Radio: Tales From The South-PRX, Naked Radio-Naked Angels. Solo Show: Woody’s Order! Returning to United Solo Theatre Festival 2014 ENCORE Group Monday, September 29th @9pm @ Theatre Row

Katherine Folk-Sullivan (Joy Stillman) World premieres at the Flea: My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (Brian Watkins), Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love (Mallery Avidon), Antigone in These Seven Sicknesses (Sean Graney), Office Hours (A.R. Gurney), as well as the world premieres of short plays by Will Eno, Nick Jones, Eric Dufault and many others. She has participated in readings and workshops at New Georges, EST, Exit Pursued By a Bear, The Attic, The Assembly and others.

Molly Carden (Jenny Donadelle) New York credits: Cherry Smoke (Working Theater), Downtown Race Riot (NYSF/Powerhouse Theater),Emotional Creature (Signature Theatre), Everthing Is Ours (HERE Arts/Colt Coeur) in addition to many readings and workshops at Ensemble Studio Theatre where she is a member. Regional: Emotional Creature (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Great Immensity, (co-production with The Civilians at Kansas City Repertory Theatre) Proof (Temple Theatre in North Carolina). Molly trained at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Layla Khoshnoudi (Arlenis Carter) was recently in My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer at the Flea Theater and can currently be seen in Women (The PIT, Hollywood Fringe) as well as on ControlTopTV’s My Ex is Trending. She is thrilled to be working with the brilliant people of QuaDs for the second time!

Lucy DeVito (Taylor Ann) Theater: The Electric Baby (Two River Theater, dir. May Adrales), Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore (off b’way NY and LA), The Shoemaker (off b’way), The Bureau of Missing Persons (4th Street Theater), Lucy, Something Fine, and The Bird and the Two Ton Weight (all at EST), Any Given Monday(DTC), Miracle At Naples (Huntington, dir. Peter DuBois), The Diary of Anne Frank (Intiman). Currently she can be seen in on Hulu’s original show “Deadbeat”. Other Film/TV include Sleepwalk With Me (dir. Mike Birbiglia), Leaves of Grass (dir. Tim Blake Nelson), A Quiet Little Marriage, Beware The Gonzo “The Mysteries of Laura”, “Girls”, Melissa and Joey”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a graduate of Brown University.

Emma Galvin (Mallory) Off B’way]Our Town, (Barrow Street), Lidless (P73), Blood Play[Under the Radar Festival and Williamstown], Stage Kiss (Playwrights Horizons) [Film/TV]Max and Grace, Twitch, The Big Bad Swim. Veep, Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods. Over 50 audio book recordings.[Awards] 2011 Audie Award for Winters Bone,Best Voice in Young Adult and Fantasy for the series Divergent, 2012 Earphone Award forThe Probability of Miracles. [Edu] SITI Company, BADA, Moscow Art Theatre School, CMU School of Drama

Niki Armato (Stage Manager) is happy to be working with The Claque on another Quick and Dirty! Credits include, Lies We Tell Ourselves at the 2013 Fringe Festival, Dylan at City Tech, The House of Von Macramé at The Bushwick Starr, and Closer Than Ever (ASM) at The York Theatre Company. She can also be found making a side-ways-facing bus talk, on The Ride. Niki received her BFA in Stage Management from Point Park University and is a member of Actor’s Equity.