Thank You Ryan for a Clean Microwave

Written & Directed by James Caverly & Andrew Morrill

June 16 @ 7PM
Ars Nova | 511 W 54 St
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Three Deaf baristas, Otto, Thomas, and Marianna, who have discovered that the nefariously filthy microwave in the storage room has suddenly been suspiciously wiped clean overnight. The only remaining clue is the conspicuous note inside with the inscription “Fuck off Ryan.”

Led and created by Deaf artists, this show will be primarily performed in American Sign Language, with captioning available for non-signing audience members.

Featuring Joshua M. Castille, Pamela Decker-Wright, Jamil Haque, Amelia Hensley & Siena Rafter
Music by Noel Rochford
Produced by Kayleigh Marshall
Stage Management Mickey McVann

James Caverly is known for playing Theo Dimas on Only Murders In The Building. Broadway: Studio 54 Children Of A Lesser God. Regional Theatre: Olney Theatre Center- The Music Man; Huntington Theatre Company- I Was Most Alive With You; Studio Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company, and SpeakEasy Theatre Company- Tribes. He is also a former member of the prestigious National Theatre of the Deaf. Director: Noises Off, Dr. Faustus, and Cloud 9 (assistant) at Gallaudet University; Romeo and Juliet at Community College of Baltimore County at Catonsville; Every Brilliant Thing and Romantic Fools at New York Deaf Theatre. Playwright: A Better Place (short), Surprise Guest (short), See/Hear/Speak No Beast, A Zoom Christmas Carol, Trash (co-writer). His work as a Director of ASL spans across more than 20 different performances in Washington DC, Baltimore, New York City, and Philadelphia.

Andrew Morrill (he/him) is a Brooklyn-based theatremaker and actor. Direction of ASL credits: Grey House (Broadway), Dark Disabled Stories (The Public Theater), Hamlet (Deaf West & Fiasco Theater), Oedipus (Deaf West), The Moment (Prospect Theater Company), Titus Andronicus (Apothetae), Hit the Wall (Illinois Theatre), Candide (Gallaudet Theatre). Playwright: Trash (co-writer) at JACK NY and IRT Theatre’s 3B Development Series. Regional: The Music Man (Olney Theatre Center), Oedipus (Deaf West & Getty Villa), The Christians (Phamaly Theatre), and The Vanderburgs’ Dancing Gril (sheNYCArts) He received a Helen-Hayes nomination for Oustanding Supporting Performer in Musical for his portrayal of Mayor Shinn in The Music Man (Olney Theater Center).He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Joshua Castille (Otto) is a Deaf performance artist based in Los Angeles. Favorite Credits: Spring Awakening (Ernst, Broadway), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo, 5th Ave), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo, ACT Theatre). Recently seen in the Fox anthology series Accused. Josh strives to form meaningful collaborations that explore the boundaries of art. He has worked on various projects in different roles including ASL master, director, actor, set designer, and more. Amidst the adrenaline rushes, he harbors the humility of knowing that no matter how you communicate, you have a voice to be heard. Joshua is repped by KMR & Associates.

Pamela Decker-Wright (Marianna) is excited about debuting in New York! Previous credits: ACTING ‘Night, Mother (Jessie), Glass Menagerie (Amanda), Othello (Emilia) for which she won an Irene Ryan Nomination. DIRECTING: Romeo and Juliet (Arizona, Minnesota), All the Way (Original Play, Denver), Chava’s Latke Party (Original Film, Minnesota) MindDive (physical theater troupe). DASL: Arizona Theater Company, Transformation Theater, Inc. EDUCATION: National Theater of the Deaf, Gallaudet University.

Iftekhar “Jamil” Haque (Thomas) is a Bangladeshi-American educator and ASL artist based in Queens. Losing his hearing and being raised as a profoundly Deaf person, ASL became his everything. He regularly performs at ASL Slam at Nurocyian Cafe. He also serves as an ASL teacher at Sign Language Center. As an ASL performer, he made several appearances in various places including Whitney Museum. He will make an appearance in Riz Ahmed-led film, Relay, directed by David Mackenzie . He holds a BS degree in Business Marketing from Baruch College. 

Amelia Hensley (Heart) is a Deaf artist, and actor, widely well-known for her role as Thea in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening on Broadway. She recently made appearances on Station 19 (ABC/Hulu) and Sesame Street (YouTube). Her selected credits: I Was Most Alive With You (Playwrights Horizons), Beethoven’s Fidelio (LA Philharmonic), Meredith Willson’s The Music Man (Olney Theatre Center), Oedipus (Getty Villa / Deaf West), Orphee (Deaf West), and Into the Woods (Lincoln Center). Her upcoming project is Laramie’s Project with Deaf Austin Theatre and Hypernovas Productions.  She’s also currently writing a new musical, Soldiers Without Guns, at IRT Theatre.

Siena Rafter (Voice) is a proud graduate of LaGuardia High School’s Drama program and Brown University’s Theater Arts class of 2020. Broadway: Sam Gold’s King Lear starring Glenda Jackson (ASL team), Children of a Lesser God (Assistant Director to Kenny Leon). As an actor: Off-Broadway/ Lincoln Center: Liz Swados’ Runaways (City Center’s Encores, Off-Center), Deep Blue Sea (Bill T Jones at the Park Avenue Armory), The Division (directed by SRDA), American SongBook Series. The Public Theater/Delacorte: Twelfth Night (written by Shaina Taub), Runaways, For the Love of Vinyl (Joe’s Pub), From Hair to Hamilton…Gala ’17. TV/Webseries: HBO’s Crashing. Siena’s play, T , premiered at the Tank last year and plans to have another life in New York very soon! Keep an eye out…

Kayleigh Marshall (Producer) they/them. is a queer and Deaf producer. They is honored to be producing their first independent production with Andrew and Joey. They served as General Manager at New York Deaf theatre and produced multiple productions including Every Brilliant Thing, Sylvia, Romantic Fools, and A Zoom Christmas Carol. They used to serve as a Board Member of the ASL Slam. Showcasing Deaf stories is the core value to their artistry. 

Mickey McVann (Stage Manager) they/them.  is ecstatic to work with Joey, and Andrew again! Previously they were the production stage manager for all three iterations of Trash at JACK, JACK’s Radical Acts series, and IRT. Mickey has also production managed for Notes from Now (Prospect Theatre Company), Oscar Micheaux (Prospect Theatre Company), Jump (Astoria Performing Arts Center), and Associate Production Manager for Einstein’s Dreams (Prospect Theatre Company), Production Manager for Mary Stuart (Olney Theatre Company). They currently work as a Project Manager for American Christmas who design and install famous New York City Christmas Decorations including Macy’s, Saks on Fifth, Radio City, and Rockefeller Center. Mickey personally project managed four square blocks of Water Street Tampa. Mickey thanks Joey and Andrew for all the opportunities they have given to keep learning sign language and be involved with the amazing theatre they write.

Noel Rochford (Music) he/him. is a composer, singer, & multi-instrumentalist based in St. Petersburg, FL. Raised in the theatre world, he began performing at a young age and developed a fascination with sound. His curiosity led to teaching himself how to play several instruments during his teen years, and a desire to better understand music theory led to formal instruction at St. Petersburg College. While studying at SPC he founded a band called UNRB with fellow music majors. The band developed a loyal following and toured for seven years, releasing two albums in that span. Some of their performance highlights include Summerfest (Milwaukee), SunFest (Miami), & Musikfest (Bethlehem PA). Noel performs with various groups throughout the Tampa Bay Area, primarily singing lead vocals and playing the ukulele & trombone. His favorite song is “In My Life” by The Beatles.