Ars Nova presents
A world premiere of a commissioned play

Dr. Ride’s
American Beach House 

by LIZA BIRKENMEIER 
Directed by KATIE BROOK

 

OCTOBER 21 – NOVEMBER 23, 2019

 

 

ARS NOVA AT GREENWICH HOUSE
27 BARROW STREET

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

It’s 1983, the evening before Dr. Sally Ride’s historic space flight. Hundreds of miles from the launch, three women with passionate opinions and no opportunities sit on a sweltering St. Louis rooftop watching life pass them by. Their uncharted desires bump up against American norms of sex and power in this intimate snapshot of queer anti-heroines.

 

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Ars Nova presents
A world premiere of a commissioned play

Dr. Ride’s
American Beach House 

by LIZA BIRKENMEIER 
Directed by KATIE BROOK

 

OCTOBER 21 – NOVEMBER 23, 2019

 

ARS NOVA AT GREENWICH HOUSE
27 BARROW STREET

Scenic Design KIMIE NISHIKAWA
Costume Design MELISSA NG
Lighting Design OONA CURLEY
Sound Design BEN WILLIAMS
Production Stage Manager ALEX HAJJAR

 

Featuring SUSAN BLOMMAERT, MARGA GOMEZERIN MARKEY, KRISTEN SIEH 

 

ABOUT THE TEAM

 

LIZA BIRKENMEIER (Playwright) is a recent alum of Play Group at Ars Nova. Her work has been developed at Dixon Place, University Settlement, Playwrights Realm, The Public Theater, CATCH, City Theatre, NYSAF and elsewhere. Her newest collaboration with director Katherine Brook, ISLANDER, will premiere at NYTW Next Door in 2020. She is a MacDowell Colony and Yaddo Fellow. MFA Carnegie Mellon.

 

SUSAN BLOMMAERT (Norma) NYC: Grease (Broadway), The Metal Children, Mary Rose, Phaedra (Vineyard Theatre), Measure For Pleasure, Fucking A (Public Theatre), Reckless, Blue Window (Production Company). Regional: 4000 Miles (A.C.T.), Phaedra Backwards (McCarter Theatre), The Year of Magical Thinking (Weston Playhouse), Black Snow, Ubu Rex (Yale Rep), Under Milk Wood, Street Scene (Williamstown Theatre). Film: The Kitchen, John Wick 3, Doubt, United 93, Kinsey, Pet Sematary, Edward Scissorhands. TV: The Blacklist, Elementary, Louie, Mozart in the Jungle, The Good Wife, The Sopranos, The X-Files.

 

KATIE BROOK (Director) is a theater director focused on collaborations with living playwrights, designers and composers. The work she creates with her company, Televiolet, has been presented at venues in New York City and beyond, including The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, Boom Arts and Abrons Arts Center. Islander, her new devised work in collaboration with Liza Birkenmeier, will be presented at NYTW’s Next Door in 2020, supported by New Georges.

 

OONA CURLEY (Lighting Design) is a lighting and scenic designer. Recent credits in NYC at BAM, Vineyard, Ars Nova, The Atlantic, Public/UTR, The Flea, NYTW Next Door, La MaMa, JACK, The Cherry Lane. Recent regional credits at Long Wharf, Guthrie, Trinity Rep, Arden Theatre, Opera Philadelphia, Curtis Opera, Cosmo of Las Vegas. Nominee: Princess Grace Award. Recipient: Lotos Foundation Prize, J.S. Seidman Award for Design Excellence, Weston Award for Design, Zonta Award for Theatre Arts. MFA NYU/Tisch. oonacurley.com

 

MARGA GOMEZ (Meg) is the writer/performer of thirteen solo plays including Latin Standards (Under The Radar Festival, Public Theater) Pound (Dixon Place) Lovebirds (LaMama ETC.) Los Big Names (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.) Her acting credits include The Vagina Monologues with Rita Moreno and Vicki Lawrence, and a guest role on Sense8 (Netflix.) She’s often not remembered in Guiding Light (CBS) as prisoner number three, shortly before it got cancelled. Her website is margagomez.com.

 

ALEX H. HAJJAR (Production Stage Manager) Broadway/Tour: blast! Japan 2019, Les Miserables, The Realistic Joneses, After Midnight Off-Broadway:  Head of Passes (The Public), Aubergine (Playwrights Horizons),  Mother Courage (CSC), Relevance, Georgia McBride, YEN, The End of Longing (MCC), Big Love (Signature), This American Life (BAM), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TFANA), Belleville (NYTW), We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… (SoHo Rep) Melancholy Play (13P) Regional: Frost / Nixon (Bay Street Theater), Ether Dome (Hartford Stage),The Roommate,February House, My Name is Asher Lev, The Train Driver(LWT), Little Shop of Horrors, 2 Pianos 4 Hands (Peterborough Players)

 

ERIN MARKEY (Matilda) is a “hilariously sociopathic” (NYT) Brooklyn-based actor, musician and writer/creator of live performance works. Markey’s most recent music/theater works include Singlet (2018), Boner Killer (2017) and A Ride On The Irish Cream (2016). Markey is a company member of Half Straddle and performed and composed music for Ghost Rings (2016). Catch Erin on the most recent seasons of HBO’s High Maintenance and TruTV’s At Home with Amy Sedaris.

 

MELISSA NG (Costume Design) is a New York-based Costume Designer. NYC: The Bitter Game (UTR, The Public), three girls never learnt the way home (Cherry Lane), King Philip’s Head (Clubbed Thumb). Regional: The Carpenter (Alley Theatre), The Chinese Lady (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), The Cake (Asolo Rep), Lettie (Victory Gardens), The Burn (Steppenwolf). She teaches Theatre Design at the NYU-Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Proud member of USA829, Wingspace Theatrical Design. BA: University of Chicago, MFA: UC-San Diego

 

KIMIE NISHIKAWA (Scenic Design) is a Japanese scenic designer based in NYC. Recent credits include: Ain’t No Mo (The Public Theater); The Light (MCC); Mobile Unit: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Public Theater); Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth and The Revolving Cycles Truly And Steadily Roll’d (The Playwrights Realm); Tin Cat Shoes (Clubbed Thumb); Henry VI (NAATCO). Regionally, her work has been seen at Kansas City Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre, Marin Theatre Company. MFA: NYU Tisch. kimienishikawa-design.com

 

KRISTEN SIEH (Harriet) is a founding member of The TEAM, with whom she has co-written and performed in 5 new plays including RoosevElvis (The Royal Court, A.R.T., etc.).  Other credits include: The Band’s Visit (original Broadway cast), The Public (Fortress of Solitude, February House), Playwrights Horizons (Men on Boats), CSC (Iphigenia in Aulis), Pig Iron (Twelfth Night), ERS, Half Straddle, The Foundry, Banana, Bag & Bodice, etc. TV: HBO’s upcoming The Plot Against America, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Boardwalk Empire, etc.

 

BEN WILLIAMS (Sound Design) is an actor, sound designer and director. He has worked with Elevator Repair Service for 15 years and is a founding member of minor theater with Julia Jarcho. Other frequent collaborators include Christina Masciotti, Lily Whitsitt, Suzanne Bocanegra, Kate Benson, Sibyl Kempson, Julie Atlas Muz, The Wooster Group and NYC Players. Awards for sound design: OBIE, Lortel, LADCC. benwilliamsdotcom.com