Joel Reuben Ganz *
(“Tommy”) is excited by the challenge of this new play. Broadway: War Horse at Lincoln Center Theater. Regional: The Book Club Play(Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park),Measure for Pleasure(Woolly Mammoth), Pangs of the Messiah, Honey Brown Eyes(Theater J), The Death of Meyerhold, Take Me Out(The Studio Theatre), The Picture of Dorian Gray(Round House Theatre), Shear Maddness, The Lisbon Traviata(Kennedy Center),Othello(Shakespeare Theatre), and The Dybukk, Host&Guest(Synetic Theatre). Television: "Unforgettable." He has performed internationally in Scotland, France, and Corsica. A graduate of the International Theatre School of Jacques Lecoq in Paris, he holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Emory University.
(“Nancy”) is a clown and comedian. She lives in Brooklyn but she was born in South Carolina and raised in Georgia. She performs monthly on the Arty Need Show in Williamsburg and regularly with her improv group, My Friend Paul. She has two web series: Good Vibes and Who Invited That Girl?! You may recognize her as one the duo James and JF who performed their show Channel One all over the continent and they created a pilot tv show We're Not Here. She absolutely loves being in this Clown Play and reckons she'll be in some more of them sometime soon. Like in October at IRT Theater. Thank you very much if you did not boo her off the stage.
Marissa Molnar *
(“Elisa”) is delighted to be playing with these clowns between ongoing performances of The Screwtape Letters National Tour, a two-hander in which she plays a demon-gargoyle creature that speaks only in gibberish. She is also a company member with Broken Box Mime Theater and will be in their upcoming show at Dixon Place November 7-23. Regional work includes Synetic Theater (Helen Hayes Ensemble Awards: wordless Romeo and Juliet, wordless A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Two River Theatre Co, Folger Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Co, and Round House Theatre. In NYC, Marissa has directed/choreographed original pieces for Vacant Lot Theatre, New Perspectives Theater Co, and Potomac Theater Project’s After Dark Series. She can also be seen in White Reindeer, which premiered at SXSW and screened at BAMCinemaFest. Her physical training was 5 years as a company member with Synetic Theater in DC, and she has a B.A. in Music from American University. marissamolnar.com
Carol Lee Sirugo *
(“Maria”) is a physical comedienne/clown, actress and writer. She recently performed at Dixon Place in the Panto show, Dick Whittington and in the Cirque Off Festival at Triskelion Arts. She is a veteran of the Canadian Fringe Festival Circuit, having toured with her dark comedies, which included The Hysteric (Best of Fest Winner) and This Town (Media Choice Award). In New York, she has appeared in many plays, including 29th St. Rep.’s Off-Broadway production of High Priest of California, which received rave reviews in The New York Times, The New Yorker and Time Out. As a physical comedienne/clown, she has performed in the Commedia dell’Arte play Rat Bastards (Dixon Place), and in numerous physical comedy acts at the New York International Clown Festival (The Brick Theater), the New York Downtown Clown Revue (The Kraine Theater, Dixon Place), Bindlestiff Cirkus’ Variety Night (Galapagos, Dixon Place), Laugh Out Loud Clown Festival (Emerging Artists Theatre), Comedy in Dance Festival (Triskelion Arts) and at MOVE IT! Physical Theater Festival (HERE Arts Center). Carol is thrilled to be part of the Clown Play family. Thank you, Paul and Rob!
(Director) is the 2012-13 William R. Kenan, Jr. Directing Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center. During the fellowship he assisted directors at Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, and Theatre J. Some directing credits include: Big Shoes, Open Dream Ensemble; The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Threshold Repertory; The Sunset Limited, 3M Productions; Time Stands Still, Collaborative Arts; and Two Buildings One Heart, Burning Coal Theatre. He has worked on plays in development at the Kennedy Center, The O’Neill Theatre Center, Burning Coal Theatre, The Hub Theatre, The Rensing Center, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (line producer). He founded A Step Ahead, a young actor training program in Charlotte, NC. He has assisted directors that include: Michael Kahn, Lisa Peterson, David Muse, Gerald Freedman, Sarah Benson, Liesl Tommy, Aaron Posner, John Langs, Johanna Gruenhut, and Ryan Rilette. He is a graduate of the directing program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts school of Drama.
(Sound Design) is a theatre and cinema sound designer with an ear for unusual sounds. Soulographie (La MaMa), In the Summer Pavilion (59e59),Trouble (NYMF), Crazy, Just Like Me (NYMF), Barcode: The Musical (Fringe), Prophet in Pink (Fringe), Parade (Gallery Players), A Man of No Importance (Gallery Players), Two Intimate (Abingdon Theater), The Golden Year (WorkShop Theater), The Rescignos (Araca Group), Odyssey: The Epic Musical (Araca Group), Little Shop of Horrors (St. Bart’s Players), #nyc (Ugly Rhino Productions). Julian earned his BA in Music Production from Carnegie Mellon University. www.julianevans.info
(Costume Design) has been creating costumes for seven years, and this is the third show to feature her designs. Currently working towards a BA in Costume for Performance at London College of Fashion, she has recently finished work placements with KOOZÅ by Cirque du Soleil and Singin' in the Rain at the Palace Theatre. Having been a fan of the circus and clowns for years, she is thrilled to be working on Clown Play.
(Lighting Design) is a Drama Desk Award nominated lighting designer who holds an MFA from Ohio University. Off Broadway: Mayday Mayday (St. Ann's Warehouse), Adaptations For The Stage (The Director’s Company), The Monkey Show (Labyrinth Theatre Company). Off-Off Broadway: The Man Who Laughs (Stolen Chair Theater Company), Tick Parade (Dixon Place), King John and Island (NY Shakespeare Exchange), 8 Track: B-sides And Mash-ups (Creative Destruction), Waiting For Lefty (Portmanteau Theatre Company), Impossible Country (Mud/Bone Collective). Regional: To Kill A Mockingbird, Enron and Jude The Obscure (Burning Coal Theater Company), Sleeping Beauty, Bald Soprano, and Seussical (Garage Theatre Company). Opera: Rusalka (Opera Slavica). Educational: Sverginata (Sarah Lawrence College). Daniel is co-founder of Burnside Design Studio. www.burnsidestudio.com
Bethany Ellen Clark *
(Stage Manager) is a NYC stage manager, graduated from SUNY Purchase College as of May 2012, with a BFA in stage management from the Design Technology program within the Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Bethany is excited for the opening of Clown Play and happy to be working again with Paul David Young, Ryan Barry, and Julian Evans. Past credits include: Harbor Lights Theatre Company's Oliver!(Staten Island, NY), LAVA Dance Company's The Rocks (Fisher Space, BAM), F*It Club’s Third Annual Spring Fling: The Morning After (The Medicine Show), Mother Eve’s Secret Garden...(NYC Fringe), In the Summer Pavilion (59 E. 59th St), MDSMMR NITES TXT (NYU/Tisch NSB). Past events include: “the Social Good Summit 2012” (92nd St. Y), and Young People’s Choir of NYC Annual Gala (Carnegie Hall).