New Episode Thursday!

Queens Theatre At Home presents Gifted: A socially distant holiday comedy in three episodes written and directed by Topher Payne (The Hallmark Channel).

Matteo and Becca are spending their first Christmas together… in quarantine. Trying to make the best of a most unusual holiday, they reach out to each other’s families in hopes of preserving a few traditions. It doesn’t take long before the people they’re talking to start talking to each other, and things get a little complicated. This world-premiere comedy proves that when it comes to your loved ones at the holidays, some things will never change- no matter the distance between you.

Gifted Ornament


YouTube Premiere

December 3, 2020, 7:00 PM

Episode 1: There's a Story There

Quarantined in their apartment for the holidays, Matteo and Becca each go on a search for the perfect Christmas gift… which proves more challenging than expected.

YouTube Premiere

December 10, 2020, 7:00 PM

Episode 2: The Missing Ingredient

Becca's search for Matteo's gift leads her to mediating a fight between exes, while Matteo's project creates a new friendship.

YouTube Premiere

December 17, 2020, 7:00 PM

Episode 3: The Elusive Sparkly Yam

Matteo’s thoughts turn to romance, unexpectedly inspiring others to do the same. With only days left until Christmas, Becca encounters a major obstacle.


December 21, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Join us for a special presentation of all three episodes, followed by a LIVE Zoom Party with the cast and crew, discussing the work with a little sprinkling of holiday fun, games, and magic.


Zabryna Guevara

An actress working in film, television and theatre, Zabryna Guevara most recently played the starring role of 'Dr. Abby Fraser' on ABC’s EMERGENCE. Previously fans enjoyed her work as ‘Dora’ on Season 1 of NBC’s “New Amsterdam.” Other credits include “Tell Me a Story,” “Twilight Zone,” “Gotham,” “The Get Down” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Burn Notice,” “Elementary,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Irreplaceable You,” “The Incredible Jessica James,” and the recent Tribeca Film Festival premiere of “Swallow.”

Guevara’s roots lie in theatre, and she has originated roles and co-starred in many off-Broadway shows, including the Pulitzer Prize winning “Water by the Spoonful,” “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue,” “The Cook,” “Chimichangas and Zoloft,” “Sonia Flew,” “El Paso Blue,” “Santa Concepción,” “Tight Embrace,” “Now and Then” and “Bulrusher.”

A native of New York City, Guevara graduated with a BFA from Fordham University at Lincoln Center.

Nicole Aiken

Nicole Aiken is thrilled to be a part of Gifted! She has an M.F.A. in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College.  Theatre credits include readings and productions at the Lark, New Dramatists, Labyrinth Theater Company, The Actors Studio, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, New Ohio Theatre and Keen Company. 

Nicole has done readings of new works by playwrights such as Emily Bohannon, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Amy Evans, Chisa Hutchinson, Dominique Morisseau and Matthew Paul Olmos. She has also appeared in several independent films. 

Much love and thanks to the entire cast and crew of Gifted! Special thanks to Dominic D’Andrea, Topher Payne and Queens Theatre for the opportunity! 

Carey Cox

Carey Cox is a disabled actor and playwright based in NYC.  She has previously appeared at Queens Theater as Corie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, and has participated in Queens Theater’s Theatre for All short play readings and Theatre for All training program for actors with disabilities.  She made her Broadway debut understudying Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie in 2017 and has worked regionally at the Guthrie Theater, Nashville Children’s Theater, and PlayMakers Repertory Company.  Carey has an MFA in Acting from UNC Chapel Hill and a BFA in musical theatre from Santa Fe University of Art and Design.  Carey also serves on the volunteer board of the inclusive dance company Born Dancing.  She writes plays featuring disabled characters and is a visual artist in her spare time.  Carey has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder, and uses mobility aids on and off stage.

Michael Frederic

National Tour:  The Great Divorce.  New York:  After (59E59), The New Morality, The Lucky One (The Mint), Bill W and Dr Bob (Soho Playhouse), The Eyes of Others (New Ohio), Summer and Smoke (Theatre Row), Night Over Taos (INTAR – dir. Estelle Parsons).  Regional:  Dorset Theatre Festival, Penguin Rep, Premiere Stages (Best Actor,, Hudson Stage Company, Fulton Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Florida Studio Theatre, Two River Theatre, Round House Theatre, Public Theatre of Maine, Stageworks/Hudson.  TV:  Bull, The Blacklist, Odd Mom Out, Royal Pains, The Men Who Built America.  And a strange and funny Zoom play with my wife called Rice Water at  Big thanks to Dominic, Topher, and Queens Theatre for this delightful project.  MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Oscar Cabrera

Oscar A. L. Cabrera is a New York based Actor/playwright born and bred in the panhandle of Texas. Some acting credits include: Wolf at the Door by Marisela Trevino Orta (NJRep); Marfa Lights by Octavio Solis (INTAR); St. Vincent (Rattlestick). He was an EWG playwright at The Public Theater, SWR residency at the Flea Theater, company member of INTAR’s Unit52, and Co-Artistic Director of the NYC Latinx Playwright Circle.

Andres Nicolas Chaves

Andres Nicolas Chaves is a Colombian born actor, writer, and musician. He is known for HBO's "La Piel de Ayer," Ari Shapiro's "Haven" and will soon star in Director Daniel Armando's upcoming feature "A Boy Like That" alongside Jaime Zevallos (Marvel's Cloak and Dagger). NYC: Cherry Lane, INTAR, Latinx Playwrights Circle, Primary Stages. Regional: Humana Festival, ATL, The Guthrie, Mile Square Theatre. Training: University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program, Actors Theatre of Louisville Professional Training Company, Unit 52. Awards: Best Actor, 2018 Miami International Film Festival.

Writer / Director

Topher Payne

Topher Payne is a playwright and screenwriter based in Atlanta, who has written more than twenty works for the stage. He was a Lambda Literary Award nominee for Perfect Arrangement, which was also awarded the M. Elizabeth Osborn Award by the American Theatre Critics Association. Perfect Arrangement had its Off-Broadway premiere in 2015, produced by Primary Stages. He has written five films for The Hallmark Channel, including the popular A Gift to Remember and its sequel. Topher was the 2018 inductee into the Georgia Theatre Hall of Fame. He is a proud member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America, and the Writer’s Guilds of both America and Canada.