Monday, August 5, 2019

Ezra Barnes directing 'Heloise' at Broadway Bound Festival

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Broadway Bound Theatre Festival
Written by Michael Shenefelt
Directed by Ezra Barnes
Sophia Blum, William Brenner, Sean Edward Evans, Anthony Michael Martinez, Michael Sean McGuinness, Lauren Pisano, Marika Proctor, Jay William Thomas, Damani Varnado

Music & Sound Design: Emily Duncan, Lighting Design: Joyce Liao, Casting Director: Jessi Blue Gormezano, Production Manager: Montgomery Mauro, Costume Design: Lisa Renee Jordon, Set Design: Jen Varbalow, Publicity & Marketing: S.Mattingly/SM Communications, Production Stage Manager: Elliott Karliner*

Wednesday, August 7 @ 5 PM
Friday, August 9 @ 8 PM
Saturday, August 10 @ 2 PM
The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, 42nd & 9th Avenue

Heloise is everything a young woman living in 12th-century France is not supposed to be. She is curious, intellectually gifted, with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. She is living with her uncle Fulbert, a canon of the Cathedral of Notre Damewhen she meets Peter Abelard the most famous philosopher of the time in France. He is shrewd, ambitious,and politically threatening to the Church. When Abelard becomes her teacher, it is hard for either to resist the fascination that draws them together intellectually, spiritually and physically despite the strict moral code of the time - and her family exacts a terrible revenge. The tale of Heloise and Abelard is one of the worlds great love stories, but it is also the philosophical story of two lovers who press a crucial question with great force against the Church: the proper relation of reason to faith.

About the Company
MICHAEL SHENEFELT (Playwright) teaches philosophy at Liberal Studies, New York University and is the author of The Questions of Moral Philosophy (Prometheus) and co-author of If A, Then B: How the World Discovered Logic (Columbia). An earlier version of HELOISE was a semifinalist at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.
EZRA BARNES (Director) Ezra Barnes is a New York actor, the Founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare on the Sound for thirteen seasons, and the 2018 winner of the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director (The Diary of Anne Frank). In addition, his production of Fraser Grace’s Breakfast with Mugabe, which he also acted in, was nominated for Best New Play by the Off-Broadway Alliance and was a Critic’s Pick for the NY Times and Time Out. He is director of the Young Actors Workshop Brooklyn.
SOPHIA BLUM* (Heloise): Off Broadway: Vilna (Theatre at St Clement’s), understudy in Public Enemy (The Pearl Theater Co) Regional: The Bungler, Henry IV Part I Shakespeare LIVE! (The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey); Antony and Cleopatra (Orlando Shakespeare Theater); King Lear, CSC2’s Romeo and Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Theater).
SEAN EDWARD EVANS* (Abelard): recent stage work includes “Conrad” in Aaron Posner’s Stupid Fucking Bird, “Camillo” in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and “Cohen” in Steve Martin’s The Underpants where he was nominated for a Broadway World Regional Award for Best Actor.

WILLIAM BRENNER (William of Champeaux) Off-Broadway: Incident at Vichy (Jewish Rep); David Edgar’s Mary Barnes (New York premiere).
ANTHONY MICHAEL MARTINEZ* (Alberic) Off-Broadway: Romeo & Juliet (Classic Stage Co.), I’ll Be Damned (Vineyard Theatre), Restoration Comedy (Flea Theater).
MICHAEL SEAN MCGUINNESS* (Fulbert): Theatre: The Stage Manager in A Wilder Christmas at Peccadillo Theatre; Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest at The Pearl Theatre; U. S. Grant in Grant and Twain at PS21.
LAUREN PISANO (Novitiate/ Prostitute) NY: Juliet + Romeo (Pocket Universe), Regional: Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet (Vermont Shakespeare Festival), Orson Welles/Shylock (Redhouse Arts Center).
MARIKA PROCTOR* (Sister Gertrude/ Prostitute) is a Brooklyn- based actor and writer. Most recently, she appeared in As You Like It at the Guthrie Theater.
JAY WILLIAM THOMAS (Bernard) resides in New York, NY and has worked on stage, in film, & television. He is best known for his work in “Dementia 13” a remake of Francis Ford Coppola’s cult classic produced by NBC Universal.
DAMANI VARNADO (Bishop of Paris/ Pope/ Workman) received scholarships from Irene Ryan and Robin Williams to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied Theatre, Film and Movement.
EMILY DUNCAN (Music & Sound Design) Flutist and sound designer. Previous sound design credits include Outlet Ensemble’s Brilliant Traces and The Here We Go Festival, where she also performed flute live.
JESSI BLUE GORMEZANO (Casting Director) has cast numerous Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, Regional, and International plays.
LISA RENEE JORDON (Costume Design) Selected design credits include: Fetes de la Nuit (Ohio Theatre);* Drama Desk Nomination – Outstanding Theatrical Experience; Shesh Yak (Rattlestick).
ELLIOTT KARLINER (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be
working Heloise. Some credits include Sleep No More, Everyday Inferno Theatre, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, and Astoria Performing Arts Center.
JOYCE LIAO (Light Design) won an Peggy Ezekiel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design. Her lighting design helped Soul of Shaolingarner, garner a Tony nomination.
MONTGOMERY MAURO (Production Manager) is an Actor, Director, Producer and the Co-Founder of No2Mauro Productions.
JEN VARBALOW (Set Design): Past credits include designs for New York Deaf Theater, NYMF, MultiStages, The Workshop Theater, Bryant Park, Drilling Company/Shakespeare in the Parking Lot.
HEIDI WHITE (Co-Producer) has a doctorate in philosophy from the New School for Social Research. She teaches philosophy and intellectual history at Liberal Studies, New York University. She is co-author of If A, Then B: How the World Discovered Logic (Columbia), and she is a recipient of the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer.

192 Hi-Res Color
photo by Tom Bloom
I'm delighted to be part of this fine company.
I hope you can join us.
Wednesday, August 7 @ 5 PM
Friday, August 9 @ 8 PM
Saturday, August 10 @ 2 PM
The Lion in Theatre Row, 42nd & 9th Avenue
See you at the theater.

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