SEASONS I & II

Lewis D. Wheeler

We want to thank our talented and dedicated artists and crew for giving of their time, dedication and passion to our 2010 Season.  Thank you also, to the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre for lending us the use of their theater space. And Finally, we’d like to thank everyone who came out to attend our first ever event,  An Evening in Two Parts, all the way through Out Of the Cold Into the Cool. The success of our events exceeded our expectations, in attendance, support and enthusiasm.  Thanks to everyone who was a part of it.

Check back for news of what’s coming soon: We’re always cooking something up in the lab!

An Evening In Two Parts, October 19, 2009

Director’s Note

On my way home from our final rehearsal I was struck by the beauty of watching artists do their thing. I thought to myself “that’s what I’m talking about!”…and I thought, “this is it! This is what I want to see; this is what I want to hear”.

Though we didn’t set out to make this showcase about the disregard and exploitation of women by people they trust most or modern day
slave trafficking or child molestation, these are the stories that presented themselves during the process.  These are some of the themes reflected tonight alongside themes of love, longing, regret and hope. The show is what the show is supposed to be.  We hope to stay true to our mission tonight and for future productions to come.  We also want to continue reach across genres to show and respect different points of view all the while realizing we’re all human with beating hearts, pumping blood and stories to tell.

The NUTLab has been so blessed to be able to present such an array of talent.  I have been personally blessed to have such amazing friends who showed up to give their time, talent, sweat and tears to put this showcase together freely and willingly.  I am humbled.

Jackie Davis

The Casts:

Running the Bulls

Karimah Williams (Jade, Running the Bulls) received her BFA in Theatre Arts at Salem State College. She recently was featured in the History Channel’s feature presentation, Aftershock. Karimah’s most recent project The New African Company’s production of Working Things Out presented in Boston and Maine.  Theatre Credits include title character in Ed Bullins’ Clara’s Ole Man, “For Colored Girls .. . “, The Miracle Worker, Trojan Woman, and August Wilson ‘s The Piano Lesson at the Huntington Theater. Her voice is featured on “The Chumbies” a series of audio books for children. She is a featured dancer and extra on the upcoming summer hit “Furry Vengeance”.Karimah is currently a Dance Education and Mathematics teacher for the Boston Public Schools.

Jade Guerra  went to  Ithaca College graduated with a BFA in acting.  Her recent projects include Uprising on King Street/Nine Who Dared, Crisis at Little Rock and  Ann Putnam as an understudy for Theatre Espresso.  She played Frieda in The Bluest Eye at the Providence Black Repertory Co.  She was also a part of the Student film Fried Chicken and the Boss at Emerson College. Jade is from Boston and very happy to be taking part in this reading of Cell Phone Blues.

Naheem Allah began his professional career with Boston Youth Theatre and has continued to act, direct and teach with local theatre companies such as: The Huntington Theatre Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, The Citi Wang Center, First Night Boston, Moakley Public Speaking Program at the Kennedy Library to name a few. He has appeared on local, national television and motion pictures.

Mugisha Feruzzi (Brother Real)                               Rik Engermann (Rawlings)

Srey Neang Cast

Bernice Liuson Sim (Playwright and title character, Srey Neang) For Bernice, combining both her love for writing and drama is a true joy and privilege.  Her acting experience ranges from professional educational theater for school kids to the very weird and wacky.  Her craziest and best performances, though, have (thankfully!) been only witnessed by her darling three boys and her wonderful husband without whom she would have empty pockets and a stone heart.  She also thanks the real Srey Neang for her courage and her spirit.

   Mariko Kanto (Tevy/Mama/Old Woman) is an actor, model and producer. Her recent works include Boston Fashion Week, Improv Boston Outreach and as Mu-Man in “Off-Duty Disney Princesses.” Earlier this year, she’s produced and acted in a sold-out performance of “Life Lines” for Actors Refuge Repertory Theatre (arrters.org). She’s also a founder of Japanese Actors Association in New England (JAANE) and a writer for Asian Boston Magazine. For more info, please visit MarikoKanto.com

Lou Lim (Chuan/Boy) Lou Lim joins the cast from Everett, MA. Moving to the metro Boston area from Orlando, FL he is very excited to be a part of this production. Local credits include Fenton (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas…a new musical with Lesley University), Evan (Dan in the Lion’s Den with Theatre@First), and Lou Reed (Ellis Roe and Changing Woman with Boston Playwright’s Theatre). Other credits include Malcolm (Macbeth), EJ Lofgren (Harvey), First Bottle Dancer/Chorus (Fiddler on the Roof), Horrid the Dog/Chorus (Camelot), and Chief Running Deer (Annie Get Your Gun).

Bond Hsu is a guy who lives in Somerville. He was a member of the University of Rochester Drama House. His credits include Inspector Hound (The Real Inspector Hound) and the Young Man (The Sandbox)”

Music & Words

Seth Peterson is a teacher who moonlights as an amateur musician.  Currently the bassist in local act Capital 6, Seth has spent over a decade in the dive bars and dimly lit corners of the Boston Music Scene, carousing with The Gone Boys, John Haydon, The Hayseed Prophets, the SomervilleBillies, and the Bathtub Saints.  He is honored to be included in the padded confines of the NUTLab and, as always, is inspired by his theatrical wife, Susan.

Pamela Ramirez is a budding, new young author. This is her first public reading of one of her works, and she’s very excited to be able to collaborate with the New Urban Theater Laboratory

Production Rehearsal Photos:

Srey Neang Cast: Bernice Louison Sim, Lou Lim, Bond Hsu (not shown, Mariko Kanto)

Running the Bulls-Karimah & Mugisha, and Jade as Caller #3

Music & Words

Pamela reviewing Words     Seth, reviewing Music                                                      Lou & Pamela rehearse

Jackie and Rik make sure the fight scene with Lou and Bernice is safe…

Step Out of the Cold, Into the Cool

FEATURING

Latrice Yvonne Browder (Production Stage Manager) is a student at Harvard University, majoring in Journalism and Communication; after graduating Latrice plans to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism. Recent Stage Managing includes NUTLab’s “Evening In Two Parts”, Gone, by Ed Bullins, at Boston Theater Marathon XI and Running the Bulls by Cliff Odle at SLAM Boston. When she is not in school or working, she enjoys writing poetry, music, and watching basketball.

AmandaAmanda Collins (Say Yes)– Recent productions include Island of Slaves for Orfeo Group, Speech and Debate and The Bald Soprano at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT), where she also performed in Shortstack, What Then, and ‘WHAT for Kids’ Daisy Crockett – Frontiersperson; No Exit (Payomet Center in Truro); The Life of Galileo (Underground Railway Theater); The Time of Your Life (Fort Point Theatre Channel); The Woman in Black (Gloucester Stage); Plays on Tap (CentaStage). Other theatres include Boston Theatre Works and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company(American Voices series). Amanda is a company member of Theatre Espresso, performing interactive, historical dramas for students across New England. She just completed a television pilot for ABC, Boston’s Finest. Amanda received a BA in History and Theatre from Regis College.

JackieJackie Davis is the artistic director of New Urban Theatre Laboratory and has been performing Boston for over ten years.  She is a member of Theatre Espresso, Dramatic Results and an Affiliate Artist of the Providence Black Repertory Theatre Company. Directing Credits include: Black Arts Drama Showcase( Boston and New Jersey) featuring works by Ed Bullins, Sonia Sanchez, Marvin X and Amiri Baraka;  “BIRTH” for Bold On Labor Day, “An American Kaleidoscope” for The Streetfeet Women, and “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues. Jackie has participated as both an actor and director for Boston Playwright’s Theatre’s annual Boston Theatre Marathon.  She has also directed in the last two rounds of Company One’s SLAM Boston.  She’s a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has appeared in both television and film.  She is currently directing “Truce” as part of the tickle, Tickle, TICKLE festival in April. She can be seen as Queen Gertrude in Ganemeed Theatre Company’s upcoming all female production of Hamlet.

Jonathan Louis Dent Jonathan Louis Dent (Playwright & Featured actor, Mr. Glass/Story In Harlem Slang) is a Brown University 2009 graduate where  he received a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies and Theater Arts.  During his time in Providence,  he performed in three shows at the Providence Black Repertory Company: Done, The Etymology of Bird, and A Time of Fire. Some of his Brown titles include: Death and the King’s Horseman, The Funnyhouse of a Negro, and Peer Gynt. Most recently, he performed in Company One’s Boston premiere of The Good Negro and Roxbury Repertory’s production of Anne & Emmett. He has also created a solo show piece entitled ‘Mr. Glass’, which he is currently still performing. He would like to thank his friends, family, and always that EastsidE for their love and support. We are fighting for change and art is our weapon.

DariaDaria Johnson (Slugger) has been performing for over 15 years in and around Boston. She has toured with the second largest children’s theatre company in the US (Theatre IV). She has performed with the Footlight Club, Urban Daughters, Animus Ensemble, and others. You may have seen her in For Colored Girls…, A Raisin in the Sun, and more recently in Etymology of Bird.  She enjoys performing and is glad to help New Urban Theatre Laboratory  with their fundraiser

Molly KimmerlingMolly Kimmerling (Slugger). This is Molly’s first encounter with the LAB. Acting credits include Mary Magdalene in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Boochie in Den of Thieves, Jackie-O in The House of Yes, The Dove in The Conference of the Birds and Poppy in Noises Off. She was also seen in The Superheroine Monologes.  Molly is a founding company member of The National Theatre of Allston where she was seen in Shouting Theatre in a Crowded Fire, Waters Rising and Shut Up! Slow Down! I Can Handle This! Molly is a graduate of the Cornerstone Theater Institute where she studied under the direction Bill Rauch in Lost Hills CA.

Cedric LillyCedric Lilly (Story in Harlem Slang) is happy to be invovled with Nutlab’s fundraiser.  Cedric is from Providence, RI and attended the University of The Arts in Philadelphia where he recieved a BFA in acting and is co- founder of Thinktank Theater Co.  He was last seen in the Good Negro as Bill Rutherford with Company One. Cedric would like to thank Cliff and Jackie for including him in their first endeavor and wishes them nothing but success in the future.

Terry JohnsonTerry Johnson After having traveled many crooked miles, Terry arrived in Boston in late 2003. Originally f rom Syracuse, NY, Terry is committed to bringing diverse voices to the Stage and screen, voices that tap into all the candor, comedy, tragedy, empathy, hypocrisy and humility of life’s rich pageant. He aspires to inspire. His screenplays, stage plays and short films have been presented at Coolidge Corner Theatre, Maine Media Workshops and Lesley University. Terry earned an MFA at Lesley University in Creative Writing, concentration on Writing for Stage & Screen.  He lives in Somerville, MA.

Keith Mascoll (Story In Harlem Slang) Kem’s passion for acting began at the age of 5, according to his late mother Connie. Kem is an Affiliated ArtiKem st with the Providence Black Repertory Company, and has a B.A in Theatre from UMass Boston. He was last seen in Boston as The Butcher in the World Premiere of The Sing Song Show. His credits i nclude The Bluest Eye, The Colored Museum, (Providence Black Rep), The Dutchman (Theater Co-op), Hamartia Blues (Theater Offensive), Six Rounds Six Lessons(Company One), Break it down (Boston Theatre Marathon). Other favorite roles include King Duncan in Macbeth with New Rep On Tour, and Xavier in The Huntington Theatre Company’s Stages: Hinges Keep a City. He was nominated for two IRNE awards and won the Best Actor Award in L.A. for John Adekoje’s powerful one man play, Love Jones, at the Strawberry One Act Play Festival. Keith also received a New York Critics Choice award for The Test by Paula Caplan at the Samuel L. French Festival in NYC. Keith has been on HGTV’s Freestyle and in numerous commercials and film projects. Look for Keith’s Head in the upcoming movies Grown Ups, and The Zookeeper this summer. He dedicates this performance to his late mother Connie, and his beautiful wife, Roxann.

Marvelyn McFarlaneMarvelyn McFarlane is very excited to work with some of her favorite people in NUTLAB. She has most recently worked with Company One as Claudette in THE GOOD NEGRO. Other roles played in Company One productions include: herself in ARTICULATION, Saartjie in VOYEURS DE VENUS (2008 IRNE nomination, Best Supporting actress) and Freida/Darlaene in THE BLUEST EYE (2007 IRNE nomination, Best Supporting actress). Other regional productions include the Defense Attorney in Roxbury Crossroad’s THE TRIAL…., various roles in the 2008 and 2009 African American Theatre festival, Ti Moune in ENC’s production of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and understudying the role of Hannah in The Huntington’s A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS. She is a proud member of Our Place Theatre Project, an actor/educator with Deana’s Educational TheatreHer next theatre project will be playing Luna in Wheelock Family Theatre’s THE LITTLE MERMAID. She hopes that you will continue to support NUTLAB and enjoy the show!

Lewis D. WheelerDerek Stone Nelson, AEA, AFTRA (Playwright, Director and Narrator, Say Yes) is one of the ‘founding fantastic four’ of the NUTLab.  His most recent appearance onstage was in Private Lives at Wellesley Summer Theatre (WST), where he has appeared in over 12 productions.  Other Boston area credits include:  How Many Miles To Basra?, The Grapes of Wrath, and Rope at Stoneham Theatre; Racing Demon, K2, The Weir and Boy Gets Girl at Merrimack Rep; Freedom of the City and Happy Days (Director) at Sugan Theatre; As You Like It at the Publick Theatre; King Lear at New Rep. He won the 2008 IRNE award for Best Actor in Much Ado About Nothing at WST.  A graduate of  Amherst College and Trinity Rep Conservatory, Derek is the Managing Director of Theatre Espresso, an educational theatre company based in Boston, and the Director of Arts All Day, a summer arts program in Cambridge

Lewis D. WheelerLewis D. Wheeler * – Lewis has appeared in Pinter’s No Man’s Land (American Repertory Theater); Doubt (Gloucester Stage); Playboy of the Western World as Christy (Wellesley Summer Theatre);Brecht’s The Life of Galileo (Underground Railway/Central Square); Importance of Being Earnest, A Number, Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage); Arcadia , Comedy of Errors, Troilus and Cressida (Publick Theatre); Silence, Cyrano (New Rep); Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.); Butley (Huntington Theatre); Julius Caesar, title roles in Hamlet and Macbeth (Shakespeare Now); A Perfect Ganesh (Vineyard Playhouse). He has performed at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) in The Bald Soprano, Last Train to Nibroc, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, What the Butler Saw. Lewis is a member of Theatre Espresso, performing educational, historical dramas for students. Film and television: The Company Men, Underdog, Pink Panther 2, Laddie in Louisa May Alcott (PBS/American Masters), Brotherhood (Showtime). Lewis studied theatre and film at Cornell University and received his MFA from the American Film Institute (AFI).

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