LABORATORIUM WEEK FOUR ARTISTS
Tips of the Icebergs
by Duncan Pflaster
Directed by Chris Goodrich
With Logan Keeler, Jameson Lisak, David Littleton, Neysa Lozano, Jessica Pappalardo, and Gerardo Pelati.
Saturday, September 2nd @ Noon
Sunday, September 3rd @ 2pm
An epic character piece about connection and secrets between 7 diverse people in New York City Diners, Bedrooms, and Book Clubs.
Creative Team Bios
Gerardo Pelati (Umar Malik) is an actor from Miami, FL now living in NYC, with a BFA in Theatre from New World School of the Arts. His recent credits include Chino in West Side Story, The Monkey King in  Gone, and Flotsom in The Little Mermaid. Be sure to follow him on Instagram @gerardo_pelati_
Neysa Lozano (Claudia Garcia) is very excited to be in this reading of Tips of the Icebergs here at Govener’s Island - one of her favorite places in NY. She has just returned from Idaho where she appeared as Sonia in Life Sucks with the Company of Fools. Previous to this she had done numerous performances in NY including Blanca in Fourteen Hundred and Sixty Sketches of Your Left Hand by Duncan Pflaster. She is an alumna of NYU and current student of life. Feel free to check her out at www.neysalozano.com
Jessica Pappalardo (Olive Dunbar) is a Brooklyn based actor, raised in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She studied acting at Nazareth College of Rochester, NY and shortly after graduation moved to NYC to pursue method classes at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Jes dedicates herself to illuminate the human condition specially through new works on both stage and screen."
David H. Littleton (Steven Goldberg) is thrilled to be working with Rising Sun this summer and thanks the staff, production team and his fellow castmates. Recent work includes JULIUS CAESAR at The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park and THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH at Theatre for a New Audience. Up next, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE for the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey.
Jameson Lisak (Tod Westfall) is an actor, writer, and proud B.A. graduate of Swarthmore College. His one act, Of Home, was recently staged as part of the Rhapsody Collective’s Cycle V at The Tank. A new NYC resident, he was previously seen on the stages of Plays and Players, BrainSpunk Theater, and Painted Bride Arts, in Philadelphia.
by Eva Meiling Pollitt
directed by Andrew Gonzales+
Raiane Cantisano+ as Clerese
William Serri + as Jeunehomme
Ita Korenzecher as Magdith
Lauren French as Madame
Monica Sharma as Aaral
Ronald Kitts+ as Grandhomme
Madeline Barr as Renee
Jacob Steward as Allard
Erika Yesenia as Christiane
ÉLÉPHANT follows the story of Clerese, a young girl who grows up in a Parisian brothel in the late 19th century. Her mother works as a prostitute in the brothel and continually clashes with the other workers over keeping her daughter there, safe from the clutches of her husband Allard. When a young man visits the brothel with his master, Clerese is smitten and discovers in him her first love. Her belly soon starts to grow, and she is convinced she will give birth to one of the elephants the young man told her of…
ÉLÉPHANT was written by Eva Meiling Pollitt (BFA Theater Studies 2015, Southern Methodist University), and was inspired by an amalgamation of fever dreams, works by Henri de Toulous-Lautrec, the fascinating documentaries “Born in a Brothel” and Netflix’s “Whore’s Glory”, and her travels to France.
+ Denotes Ensemble Member of Rising Sun Performance Company
Creative Team Bios
Raiane Cantisano (Clerese) was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and after many years of studies she came to NYC to further her education at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Recent credits include Mariana in the nominated "Dead Wives Dance el Mambo", Cindy in the NYC premiere of "Child's Play", Sissy in "Unity 1918" directed by Kareem Fahmy, Inez in "Our Lady of 121st Street", featured ensemble in musical "The Wild Party", Maria Teresa Mirabal in the short film "Mujeres" and Maria in "La Quinceañera". She'd like to thank her incredible family, teachers and friends for all the love and endless support in this journey. Without you it wouldn't have been possible.
Ita Korenzecher (Magdith) feels very honored and is thrilled to be a part of this beautiful play. She would like to give special thanks to Akia Squiteri, Andrew Gonzales and the whole Rising Sun Performance Team for this wonderful opportunity. Recent Theatre credits include The Dawn, Undertow, at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, LOL (Cry Quietly), Unity (1918) and Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party and the original play Love Letters To My Children She has just been awarded the NYC Indie Film Bronze Award for best Leading Actress as well as an award of Merit by the Best Shorts Film Festival for her work in the short film Count It Out. Last but not least, Ita would like to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support.
Monica Sharma (Aaral) was born and raised in Chandigarh, a beautiful green city in North India. She came to the United States to acquire a Bachelor in Social work. Subsequently, she worked with a South Asian domestic violence organization, where she had the opportunity to utilize drama therapy with survivors of domestic violence. She has always been involved in Theatre and performing arts. Her motto is to affect people with her art and bring a change. Most recently, she performed in a play “The Music in my Blood” at Victoria J Mastrobuono Theater- Rutgers University, which is an original play written by Shubhra Parkash and Sonalee Hardikar. Monica also has an extensive experience in modeling; she has posed for Nike, Jordan, Ratnani & Sahil Sachdeva- and is working on other projects simultaneously. In addition, she also has a background in commercial acting. She has worked with companies like JUS broadcasting. JUS broadcasting Corp. is a leader in the South Asian TV Entertainment industry in North America. Her commercials have been telecast in Australia, Canada, U.K., United States and New Zealand. Monica loves to sing, write poems, make people laugh and learn about the paradox of life. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to study with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, who are co- artistic directors of The Barrow Group.
William Serri (Jeunehomme) is a Brooklynite who mainly acts, but also produces, writes, sings, and plays guitar. His previous theatre credits have been with Blue Glaze production company, the Flea Theatre, and the Planet Connections Theatre Festival. He is grateful to be given the opportunity to do what he loves for a meaningful production. He recently started a not-for-profit theatre company called The Nubie Theatre Co which just finished its first theatre production, donating 40% of its proceeds to the environmental ally GrowNYC. Also, he is currently seeking representation. If you like his work, be sure to check his website out for future performances, comedy sketches, and/or projects at www.williamserri.com. Also feel free to follow him.. on twitter and instagram.. not in that strange in-person kind of way.. because.. well you know.. digital following is so much better. His twitter/instagram handles are his name. In all seriousness, he thanks you for coming, and he hopes you enjoy the show.
Madeline Barr (Renee) is an actor, director, and playwright who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2015. Acting credits include Richard Schechner's "Imagining 'O'", Tony Kushner's "Stella" which was workshopped at The Public, Lorraine Portman's new film, "Falling South" which is currently playing at various international film festivals. Writing/devising credits include "Three", a play she co-wrote, which won the New York Society Library's grant for emerging female playwrights and "Night Witches", a new play which will have its second tour this fall in D.C. and NYC. Directing credits include: "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train" at The Black Actors Guild, and "Greenland" at Dixon Place.
Ronald Truman Kitts (Grandhomme) is an Actor, Dancer, and Producer. He specializes in physical theater and performance with training in Clowning, Commedia, Afro-Fusion Dance, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Viewpoints, and Improvisation. He has a passion for new play development with most of his work focused around emerging playwrights. He currently works as the marketing associate for WP Theater, a major Off-Broadway Organisation devoted to developing, producing and promoting the work of female-identified and gender non-conforming artists at all stages of their careers. Drew University CLA '16.
Jacob Stewart (Jacques) recently moved from Dallas, TX, where recent credits include Clybourne Park (Dallas Theatre Center), Richard III (Shakespeare Dallas), and Marisol (SMU). He holds a BFA in theatre from SMU. He is now based out of Brooklyn.
Madeline Barr (Renee)) is an actor, director, and playwright who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2015. Acting credits include Richard Schechner's "Imagining 'O'", Tony Kushner's "Stella" which was workshopped at The Public, Lorraine Portman's new film, "Falling South" which is currently playing at various international film festivals. Writing/devising credits include "Three", a play she co-wrote, which won the New York Society Library's grant for emerging female playwrights and "Night Witches", a new play which will have its second tour this fall in D.C. and NYC. Directing credits include: "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train" at The Black Actors Guild, and "Greenland" at Dixon Place.
Erika Yesenia (Christiane ) is very thrilled to be making her Governors Island debut. You may have recently seen her as Echo in Eleemosynary or Blanca in ‘From The Desk Of’, a night of one acts. She has appeared in several short ﬁlms, including Eyes and Insecurity. Erika has studied at The Barrow Group, as well as HB Studio. She would like to thank everyone involved in this weekend’s festival for their support and enthusiasm.
Andrew Gonzales (director) grew up in Lubbock, TX where he first got into acting through school skits for chapel. He performed and then assistant directed in junior musicals as well as teaching classes later in high school. He then attended Southern Methodist University where he studied acting, directing, and playwriting. He is an ensemble member with Rising Sun and recently played Roger in their production of Child’s Play. Other NY credits include Isaac in The Woolgatherer’s Genesis 22 and The Ugly Duckling in Sleeping Ugly. He directed a student production of Fault Lines by Stephen Belber. This is his NYC directorial debut.
Eva MeiLing Pollitt (playwright) is a Colorado-Born, Brooklyn Based writer/director. Her first film, Tenny, recently was an honourable mention in the Oasis Short Film Screening Series. Her playwriting work has been produced with House Party Theatre (Dallas), SoundPlay.Media, and Southern Methodist University Theatre. She is a Robert Mayer Research Fellow, Engaged Learning Fellow, and Meadows Exploration Award Recipient for her research in Moscow, Avignon, and Edinburgh on International Theatre. She also writes songs and poems and works as a teaching artist with Main Street Theatre and Dance. BFA Theatre/BA World Languages, SMU.
by Lia Romeo
Directed by Ally Benko
Jenna – Tallie Gabriel*
Kate – Ellie Gossage
Kevin – David Littleton
Derek – Robby Clater*
Benny – Enrique Huili
Saturday September 2nd @ 2PM
Sunday September 3rd @ 4PM
Jenna and Kate are best friends . . . until one drunken night, Kate ends up in the bathroom with Derek, the guy Jenna has a crush on. Afterwards, Kate says she was raped, while Derek claims it was consensual. What Happened examines sexual violence, rape culture, and the unclear boundaries that come with being a teenager . . . or just with being a human being.
*Appears Courtesy of Actors Equity Association
Creative Team Bios
Tallie Gabriel is a Las Vegas native and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at the Meisner Studio and International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam. She is a company member of InViolet Theater Co. Credits include InViolet’s One Night Stand, First Witch in Macbeth at Oxford Shakespeare Company, and Juliet in the Future of Storytelling Festival via BEDLAM Theatre. Tallie is an aspiring YA novelist, avid traveler, and cellist. www.talliegabriel.com
Ellie Gossage is a recent NYU graduate. While there she performed in Hamlet (Hamlet), As You Like It (Celia), and Top Girls (Isabella Bird/Nel). She also performed in Sparkler (Carol), at The Planet Connections Theater Festivity, and in Robin Hood (Will Scarlet) with What Dreams May Co. Ellie is thrilled to be a part of this production!
David H. Littleton (Kevin) is thrilled to be working with Rising Sun this summer and thanks the staff, production team and his fellow castmates. Recent work includes JULIUS CAESAR at The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park and THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH at Theatre for a New Audience. Up next, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE for the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey.
Robby Clater is thrilled to work alongside this spectacular group of people. He has been featured performing across the U.S. as well as internationally in countries such as China, Canada, and Taiwan. A few of his favorite credits include "Connected" by Lia Romeo (Jeremy), "Smokey Joe's Cafe" (Adrian), "Dreamgirls" w/ Jennifer Holliday (Band), "Grease" Carol Culver- director (Kenickie). As well as original works and workshops including "The Time Of Nick" (Nick Claus), "First Kids" (Charles Francis Adams), and "The Steven Schwartz Project" where he worked with the legendary Steven Schwartz.
Enrique Huili (Benny) his stage credits are: Mogadishu Ghost Story, The Glass Menagerie, Oedipus Rex, Boleros for the Disenchanted, Salome, The Tempest, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Macbeth, The Seagull. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Dracula, Mercury Fur, and Medea. In 2012 he was nominated for Best Actor in the Midtown International Theater Festival for Mogadishu Ghost Story.
Allison Benko (Director) is a theatre director based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work as a director includes A Doll’s House: A New Opera (Central Square Theatre & The Tank – also developer and co-lyricist), Secret Death of Puppets (New York Public Library & Standard ToyKraft), Every Christmas Story Ever Told (Gloucester Stage Company), The Arthur Miller Centennial (also conceiver and leader writer), Twelfth Night (Powderhouse Park), and She Loves Me (Tufts University). Notable assistant direction includes Oslo at Lincoln Center Theater (dir. Bartlett Sher, Tony & Obie Awards for Best Play) and an upcoming physical theatre piece on Jeju Island in South Korea (dir. Shi-Zheng Chen). An avid puppetry enthusiast, Benko has studied ritualistic shadow puppetry at the Tholpavakoothu Centre in Kerala, India. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and holds a B.A. in Drama from Tufts University.
Lia Romeo (Playwright) has had plays produced at 59E59, Project Y Theatre Company, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, Stillwater Theatre, Renegade Theatre Experiment, Forward Flux Productions, New Origins Theatre Company, Jersey City Theater Center, Porch Light Productions, and Xpressions Performing Arts Network, and have been developed at the Lark, San Francisco Playhouse, Abingdon Theatre, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Orlando Shakes, New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the American Theatre Critics’ Association’s Steinberg Award for best new play, the New York Innovative Theatre Award for outstanding full-length play, the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She has been recognized by the O’Neill (finalist), the Heideman Award (finalist), and the Kilroys List (honorable mention). She was the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright-in- Residence at Writers Theatre of New Jersey, and she is currently a member of the Project Y Playwrights Group and a company member at InViolet Theater. She is also the associate artistic director at Project Y Theatre Company and the new play coordinator at Jersey City Theater Center. She is the author of a novel, Dating the Devil (BelleBooks), which was an Amazon bestseller and was optioned by ABC Family, and a humor book, 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About (Abrams Image), which has sold over 35,000 copies worldwide. Her plays are published by Playscripts and Smith and Kraus. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers/MGSA, and she teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.