Everyone’s a critic. Come be ours.
What makes a piece of theater a success?The Great American Drama is a living, ever-changing theatrical experiment to test the validity of the American Dream; that anyone, regardless of their given circumstance, can achieve prosperity and success through hard work and determination. Through interviews & surveys, you’ll tell us how you like your theater and what would make you buy a ticket, and four Neo-Futurists will strive to deliver everything demanded of them. The cast will even invite the audience to review them each night and change the show accordingly in their pursuit of its success…that is, until their run at A.R.T./New York ends on February 5th.
Please take five minutes to fill out this survey about how you like your theatre!
January 17 – February 5, 2017
Opening night is Sunday, January 22, 2017
Show Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday @ 7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday @ 2:30pm
A.R.T./NY Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre
502 W 53rd Street New York, NY 10019
“The Neo-Futurists are at it again in an instant audience favorite.”
“A ticket is a guaranteed new, fun experience.”
“The actors, all Neo-Futurist veterans, are dynamic, resourceful, and apparently tireless, equally adept with the comedy and tragedy that emerge.”
“Unlike anything you’ve seen before..”, “A work of passion.”, “Sampson bears his soul.”
“A performance from four smart and talented actors as well as beautiful music from artist Lijie that understood that an audience wants to laugh, wants to cry, wants to think, and wants to be moved, sometimes all at the same time.”
“The Great American Drama is a success.”
Connor Sampson (Creator, Co-director, Writer, Performer) is a twenty-five-year-old writer-performer based in Brooklyn, NY. An ensemble member with the NY Neo-Futurists, he can regularly be seen writing and performing in their hit show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. He is a two-time national champion of performance poetry and the 2016 recipient of the Jeffrey Melnick New Playwright Award (Primary Stages). His most recent play Parading the Noose (an almost summer’s beginning brings a party) was selected as a Goldberg Play Prize Finalist by playwrights David Henry Hwang, Anne Washburn, and Kia Corthron. Other plays include: Capture My Heart (Cherry Lane Theatre), Boy Meets Girl (Suffolk University), Along the Side of the Road (Look Ma! Prod.), and The Art of Cannibalism (NYU), among others. Connor holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Nicole Hill (Writer, Performer) is a classically trained actress with over 30 years of professional experience working on either side of the curtain both on and off-Broadway. She has toured regionally and internationally, most notably in Savion Glover’s Bring in Da Noise Bring in Da Funk. Her work abroad has spanned from Europe to Africa, where she performed in From the Mississippi Delta as part of the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, premiered her one-woman show All Up in a White Woman’s Closet, sang for the Cresta Hotel Group, and worked with local NGO’s like the Rockefeller Foundation’s Communication for Social Change to formulate workshops around HIV/AIDS. She is the recipient of a NY Innovative Theatre Award for Unique Theatrical Design for her puppetry work in the NY Neo-Futurists’ primetime Mute and was most recently a finalist for the Drama League’s Beatrice Terry fellowship for her show-in-progress “The Misadventures of Clown ZerO.” A founding member of the performance art group Human Bent and a proud ensemble member with the NY Neo-Futurists since 2010, she can regularly be seen writing and performing in their hit show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
Daniel McCoy (Writer, Performer) is a playwright and performer whose plays include Perfect Teeth, Nothing Beyond the Light Matters, Cleave, Epimythium, and Dick Pix. His work has been produced and developed recently with Primary Stages, Theaterlab, Dutch Kills Theatre, and Simple Machine Theatre. He is currently a member of the Project Y Playwrights Group and the Cimentos Play Development Program at IATI Theatre. As an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, Daniel can be seen writing and performing regularly in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) at the Kraine Theatre. Other productions with the Neo-Futurists include Mute (New York Innovative Theatre Award winner) and (un)afraid (NYIT Award nominee). He recently toured to India with the Neos, performing in The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Vol. 1: Early Plays/Lost Plays. Daniel is a graduate of the MFA Playwriting Program at Hunter College, where he studied with playwrights Tina Howe and Arthur Kopit and dramaturg Mark Bly. He directs regularly for the Writopia Lab Worldwide Plays Festival, a showcase for the work of young playwrights.
Katy-May Hudson (Writer, Performer) is an actor-writer for Film, TV, Theater, and Commercials. Her work has been featured across Australia, Japan and the United States; most notably: My Crazy Love (Oxygen Network), Marilyn (as Marilyn Monroe, Abingdon Theatre), Love’s Fire (Atlantic Theatre Company: Stage Two), Hunny-Bun and Baby Doll (Dixon Place), and Home and Away (Channel 7). She’s been nominated for Best Actress in an Off Broadway play for Marilyn (MITF Awards), Runner Up in the Australian Creative Community Challenge for Her Short Film, Rack Off or What’s Who’s Home?, Best Ensemble for Silver Screen Parade (Unchained Theatre Festival), Nominated for Best Narrative Short in The Five Ants that Live in my Apartment (Chain Film Festival & Big Mini Media Festival), and was Runner-up for Best duologue for Australia’s National Shakespeare Festival. Katy-May has a proud ensemble member with the NY Neo-Futurists since 2014 and can regularly be seen writing and performing their hit show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
Greg Taubman (Co-director, Dramaturg) helps stories find their form and storytellers hone their craft—primarily as the Co-Founder of FORGE, a service and support organization for independent artists and small companies (www.forgenyc.org). He is proud to shape and share in the New York Neo-Futurists’ Great American Drama. As a freelance director and dramaturg, Greg has worked with regional and national institutions including The Public Theater, Classic Stage Company, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Outside The Wire/Theater of War, and The Shakespeare Society. Greg has taught and directed students at Stanford University, Columbia University, and LIU Post. He holds a BA in Classics from Princeton and MFA in Directing from Columbia. Projects in development include Farewell, King for FORGE and his book Such Stuff: The Essential Value of Art & Dreams.
Chie Morita (General Manager) seeks creative solutions to everyday debacles —primarily as the Co-Founder of FORGE, a service and support organization for independent artists and small companies (www.forgenyc.org). Most recently, Chie served as the Managing Director of the New York Neo-Futurists, and she is happy to be overseeing The Great American Drama. She is also a proud board member for The Musical Theater Factory. In New York, Chie has worked with Broadway Producer Joey Parnes (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, End of the Rainbow), the Off-Broadway institutions The Public Theater and Ars Nova, and such independent artists and ensembles as Heather Christian and the Arbornauts, Extant Arts Company, UglyRhino, Panicked Productions, Fresh Ground Pepper, and art.party.theater.company. She has cast films for Sal Bardo, Emilie McDonald, Sarah Jenkins and Ashley Alexander.
Andrew J. Hanley (composer) is a composer and lyricist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His works include Paris Girls (with Anderson John Heinz),Look (with Jessica Bedford), and The First Six. Andrew’s music has been heard at Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, LA’s A Little New Music, Musical Theatre Factory, and NYMF, and more. He is a member of the writers group at Musical Theatre Factory, a resident company of Playwrights Horizons. Andrew is on the Artist Board at New York City Center Encores! Off-Center, under the leadership of Jeanine Tesori and Michael Friedman, and has worked as a music assistant for Powerhouse Theater, New York Stage and Film, Disney Theatrical, Ambassador Theatre Group, and more.
Lijie (Live Musician) Born in China and raised in the U.S., Lijie began singing into a make-shift microphone (a marker) and writing little melodies as a little girl. With two albums now under her belt (Roam and the Music Maker), Lijie’s music can be found on Pandora, Spotify, and iTunes. She is currently living in Brooklyn and writing and recording new songs! She loves people watching, great live shows, and random conversations. iamLijie.com
“so i roam
these open roads
in search of better
in search of home
and i roam”
Ross Jernigan (Production Designer) is making his debut in the NYC theatre community starting with “The Great American Drama”. He most recently got done working in the production department on the fourth season of “Unforgettable” on A&E, and is now currently working on producing his fourth solo album as a singer-songwriter. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Production Design. Feel free to check out his website for more of his work: www.sixtwonine.net. He is currently living in Chicago, IL as a recording artist and working as a visual designer full time.
Justin Cornell (Technical Director) is the technical director for the NY Neo-Futurists. He has been a technical collaborator for the weekly show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind since 2014. Outside of his work with the Neos, he has stage managed, designed and produced plays at the NY Fringe Festival, the Midtown Festival, the Incubator Arts performance space, and all across the East Coast. Justin has also written two shows: Nothing’s Going To Happen (Gene Frankel Theater, 2013), which he also directed, and Getting Away With It: 12 Short Plays (Paradise Factory, 2014), directed by Christina Balkovic. For the latter, he won the “Planet Connections award for Outstanding Playwriting (Short Form).” Most recently, he directed a staged reading of medea & medea/for medea, a play written by Peter Campbell and Sylvia Bofill, at Ramapo College in November 2016.
Hadley Todoran (Stage Manager) has been with the New York Neo-Futurists for the past three years, starting as an intern in 2014 and becoming a Technical Collaborator in the summer of 2015. Their other recent stage management credits include Hysterical! at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival and Rising Sun Performance Company’s Sprucehaven B. While an intern with the New York Neo-Futurists, they were the production assistant for Dylan Marron’s Drama Desk Award nominated The Human Symphony. This February, Hadley will be appearing in Love is a Many-Splintered Thing, a cabaret inspired by the 1930s queer bar The Howdy Club. Hadley is also a part-time librarian and graduated from NYU this past spring with a degree in linguistics.
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