Week Five Programming
what she found
written by Megan Bandelt
directed by Nj Agwuna
with Megan Bandelt, Ashleigh Herndon+ & Jacobella Luongo
in the midst of recovering from a depressive episode, fiona unearths a lost gift left by her deceased godmother and dares to explore a frightening world that tests her ability to walk through dissociation unharmed.
what she found nods gently to lewis carroll's Through the Looking-Glass and aims to delve into the scathing implications of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, dissociation and living with the stigma of seeking psychiatric treatment.
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Megan Bandelt (Playwright/Fiona) is a theater-maker, often found as a dramaturg and writer and has worked with Horse Trade Theater Group, FRIGID Festival, Art House Productions and the New York Int’ Fringe Festival. Recent writing credits include GARBAGE (PortFringe Theater Festival, UNDER St. Marks) and her thesis. Megan is a candidate in Brooklyn College’s M.A. Theater History & Criticism program, where much of her research has focused on her love for Greek, postdramatic and interdisciplinary theatre. Megan also enjoys gluten-free cookies. Find more at meganbandelt.com.
Nj Agwuna (Director) Hailing from the ‘burb’s of central Maryland, NJ is a freelance theater and film director and thrilled to be directing this show. She is currently an MFA Directing Candidate at Columbia University. In 2009 she pursued her passion for theatre, at Binghamton University, where she majored in Theatre Directing and Cinema. NJ’s credits include GARBAGE (Director), True Therapy (Director), When Irish Eyes Are Flirting (Director), My Penny(Director), Dracula (Director), Then She Fell (ASM), Roadside Attraction (SM) Amazing Spider-Man 2, Ice Age (Asst Director),Alondra was Here (Stage Manager), Bodega Bay (Asst. Stage Manager), Alice In Wonderland (White Rabbit/ Writer/ Choreographer),Today’s Special, Boardwalk Empire, Elementary, The Following, Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More (Stage Management Sub), and Redhead Randy; Anti-Bullying film. Find her at njagwuna.com.
Jacobella Luongo (Teacher, Doctor #2) Jacobella is a New York native thrilled to be a part of "What She Found". She graduated from Binghamton University with a BFA in acting and has worked in film and theatre throughout NYC and The Bay Area ever since. Currently bicoastal, Jacobella is very excited to be in this production on her home turf after working on independent films in California for the past few months. She is beyond grateful to have had the privilege to work with the cast and crew on this production. Many thanks to her castmates and director for their unique and priceless talent.
Ashleigh Herndon (Shadow, Student, Gardner, Doctor #1) Currently, Ashleigh is the resident choreographer with Rising Sun Performance Company (Speakeasy, Stripper Lesbians, Crapshoot) and Psittacus Productions (Cyclops: A Rock Opera (NYMF and workshop) and A True History (workshop-Vineyard Theatre). She also choreographed the stage debut of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog in Las Vegas, Nevada. Last summer, Ashleigh was a guest choreographer for the Gotham Girls Roller Derby's Jeerleaders half time show. Past projects include four original productions and assistant choreographing Ghost Train for Tweetsie Railroad. She also has choreographed several children's productions, including Annie Jr, High School Musical 2 Jr, and Hairspray Jr. In addition, Ashleigh has taught ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and hip hop to pre-school through high school level students.
+ Denotes Ensemble Member
The Lake Play
written/performed by Ellie Mae Miller +
with Owen O'Leary
directed by Nick O'Leary
dramaturgy & stage directions Helena Pennington
35-45 minutes , A Staged Reading
End of summer, 1972, a remote lake at dusk. A young man sits, near the end of a hitchhiking tour across the United States, collecting his thoughts and settling into camp for the night. Suddenly from the water emerges a figure, a woman, around his age with no idea who she is or where she came from. They quickly form a bond over the strangeness of the situation as they decide who they are and what to do, in measures both small and immediate, and large and subsequent.
Ellie Mae Miller (Woman) is a theater, film & TV actor, writer, plus size model, voiceover artist, and proud member of Rising Sun Performance Company. She holds a BFA in Theater Performance from Ohio University. She most recently produced her one woman self-written and performed show ELIZABETHS at Manhattan Repertory Theater and performed in AlphaNYC’s Thalia Festival. Upcoming distribution: Film, A MURDER PARTY, a dark Victorian comedy. Ellie has also been modeling continuously for artists in sketching, painting, and sculpture. Currently: writing new works to be explored in poetry, theater, film, and novel formats. More: www.elliemaeacts.weebly.com @elliemaeacts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
Owen O’Leary (Allen) is an actor and performer from New Hampshire. He is the creator of a solo piece entitled Will This Shirt Make My Grandmother Die?. Previous credits include Mamma Mia and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Northern Stage), Chicago, Circle Mirror Transformation, Urinetown, and a developmental reading of Everything Falls Apart (Dartmouth College).
Nick O’Leary (Director) is a New York City based director of theater and live events. Born and raised in New England, Nick has worked with companies like Actors Theatre of Louisville, The American Repertory Theater, Exquisite Corpse Company, and The Hypocrites. Recent projects include Brendan Pelsue’s immersive promenade play Lost Weekend, Me Prometheus by Simon Rikers and Emerson Sieverts, and The Peabody Family Puppet Theater Troupe Presents by Jess Honovich as part of The 24 Hour Plays: The Nationals. More information at: www.nickoleary.com
Helena Pennington is a dramaturg and literary administrator hailing from Portland, Oregon. Helena has worked with companies including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, and Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble. A recent NYC transplant, Helena is currently serving as a literary fellow at Playwrights Horizons.
+ Denotes Ensemble Member