Fall 2020 Virtual Reading Series
Rob Urbinati, Director of New Play Development
By Ofem Ajah
Directed by Kimille Howard
Premiering November 18, 2020 at 8:15 PM
Available through November 22, 2020
( * indicates member of Actors Equity Association)
Danté Jeanfelix *
DeAnna Supplee *
Technical Production and Video Editing by Jay Rogers
Ofem Ajah, MD, was born and raised in Nigeria. After graduating from medical school, he practiced for a few years in Nigeria before relocating to the US. He is currently a practicing gastroenterologist with New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.
Dr. Ajah has published several works, including his first novel Dream Comes True (Vantage Press, 1997) and his first play Warren, Oh Warren! (Lulu Publishing services, 2015). He has also written several plays which are listed in his New Play Exchange profile.
Dirty Linen was produced at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Sept-Oct., 2019.
Kimille Howard is a New York based director, deviser, writer and filmmaker. She is an Assistant Stage Director at the Metropolitan Opera and recently worked on the new James Robinson production of Porgy and Bess. Select directing credits include: $#!thole Country Clapback by Pascale Armand (Loading Dock Theatre), The Fellowship Plays (Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation), A Light Staggering by Jeesun Choi (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Tidwell: or the Plantation Play by Rodney Witherspoon II (Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival - winner), Low Power by Jon Kern (EST), BLACK GIRLS ARE FROM OUTER SPACE by Emana Rachelle (National Black Theatre), Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau (TheatreSquared) and TRIGGERED by Gabriel Jason Dean (Cherry Lane Theatre). Her work has also been seen at The Circle in the Square Theatre Circle Series, The Flea, The Lark, JAGFest, NYU, Sea Dog Theater, and Atlantic Acting School among others. Broadway: Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations (Assistant Director). She has worked with Des McAnuff, Rebecca Frecknall, Ruben Santiago Hudson, Emily Mann, Stephen Wadsworth, Lorca Peress and more. Recent Fellowships: New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship and the Manhattan Theatre Club Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship. Currently a Resident Director at The Flea Theater.
Vanessa Guadiana is a New York based actor originally from Texas. She is a proud graduate from St. Edward’s University. Some of her performance credits include: The Fellowship Plays (Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation), Whoracle Play (New York Fringe Festival), Serials (The Flea), and The Velveteen Rabbit (Florida Studio Theatre). She also co-created a web series called “Conversations with the Monster Under Your Bed.” She would like to thank Kimille for the wonderful opportunity!
Danté Jeanfelix is a New York based actor, writer, voice-over artist and connoisseur of Black Boy Joy. He has been seen Off-Broadway and regionally. Some of his credits include The Tempest (CTH), BALLS (59E59), Playing Hot (Ars Nova), Love and Spumoni (Seven Angels Theatre) and various other shows regionally. He is a member of AEA.
Marcus Jones is a New York based actor. Their theatre work in NYC includes Soft by Donja R. Love at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Fre by Taylor Mac, many other plays at the The Flea Theater and Virtual Cheap Dates with Society Theatre Company. You can also catch them in Online Theatre Company’s new web series Long Pig Kitchen on YouTube.
DeAnna Supplee is a Philadelphia-born, New York City-trained actress. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA, Theatre Arts & English), she has also studied at the British American Drama Academy at the University of Oxford and the Actors Studio Drama School (MFA, Acting). NYC Theater credits: On Strivers Row (Metropolitan Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (New York Shakespeare Exchange), The Trojan Women (The Flea Theater), Fires in the Mirror, Laundry & Bourbon, Platanos Y Collard Greens, and Romeo & Juliet (Occupy Verona). Regional Theater: Skeleton Crew (TheatreSquared). International Theater: Look/Alive (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). DeAnna is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. www.deannasupplee.com
We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS
AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.
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National Endowment for the Arts - Cares
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
New York State Council on the Arts
The Shubert Foundation
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Rob Urbinati, Director of New Play Development
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