Stripped Scripts® Presents the
NYC Premiere of
Tomorrow in the Battle
by Kieron Barry,
An Ars Nova Fling
Allison Threadgold: (Jennifer & Producer) joined the alumni ranks of the Atlantic Theater School in 2006 where she had the pleasure of tasting David Mamet’s imaginary popcorn as he critiqued her performance of Arkadna in The Seagull. Her screen highlights include Jude in Subprime, Karen, alongside Jay O. Sanders, in Vice and coming soon, the lead in a new short called Seconds. On stage performances in NYC include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Anna in a touring musical of Pope John Paul II’s The Jeweler’s Shop, and the premiere's of The Summerhouse & George Cameron Grant's Gratitude. West Coast favorites include leading roles in two of Kieron Barry's plays: Anna in Tomorrow in the Battle and a wickedly delightful role of Rachel in Why Are We In Afghanistan. Allison is thrilled to be digging back in to Kieron’s work now in the role of Jennifer. She is the founder of a bi-coastal theater company called Stripped Scripts®. Allison would like to thank her family for their endless support in all forms and Beckham for his delicate push to leap off the cliff full footedly into this dream. allisonthreadgold.com
Patrick Hamilton: (Simon) an actor and playwright living in New York City. Born in Bethesda, he moved to NYC to attend Fordham University at Rose Hill and has lived here ever since. He taught sciences at Xavier High School for six years before leaving to pursue acting and writing full-time. He has had two original plays produced, These Little Ones Perish and Before the Fall. He is incredibly excited to be working on Tomorrow in the Battle. patrickhamilton.me
Ruth Sullivan: (Anna) from Massachusetts and is an art school drop out. With some time she found her path and graduated Cum Laude from The City College of New York with a degree in English and Theater. In 2016 she completed a two year acting conservatory at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio. Ruth has appeared in a number of feature and short films that showed in festivals like TriBeCa, Nantucket, New Hampshire and Boston just to name a few. She has also appeared in many theatrical productions including an adaptation of Medea, Angels in America and Fool for Love. She most recently performed in the This is Normal Festival at the Brick Theater and is thrilled to be in the NYC premiere of Tomorrow in the Battle (Stripped Scripts, An Ars Nova Fling). Favorite television credits include a pilot called The Celebrant and portraying Lizzie Borden in a documentary for RIPBS. Thanks to her family, her husband and her dog Dolly for keeping life interesting.
Tana Sirois: (Director) graduated with a BA in Acting from The Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts, where she was able to work on immersive theatre with Slung Low Theatre Company at The Everyman, assistant direct a scene for the Wanamaker Competition at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, and receive directors training from the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2010, she co-founded Dirt [contained] Theatre Company, which focuses on making provocative, socially conscious theatre with an absurd twist. The company now holds credits in the UK and USA. Tana's directing credits include Alice In Wonderland (The Players’ Ring), The Yellow Wallpaper (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Easy Laughter (LIPA), The Last Eden (The Kazimier, with Dirt [contained]), A Slight Ache (Jimmy’s No. 43), The Elbisnopsers (The Jewel Theatre), co-director on The Chairs (The Players' Ring, Dirt [contained]), and Seascape With Sharks And Dancer (CAP 21), and AD on A Clockwork Orange (LIPA). Most recently, Dirt [contained] produced an immersive production of Fernando Arrabal's Garden Of Delights at The Plaxall Gallery, where Tana played the role of Lais. Tana is a current cast member of Katie Goodman's Broad Comedy (The SoHo Playhouse). More information at tanasirois.com and dirtcontained.com
Kieron Barry: (Playwright) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. Sixteen of his plays have been produced in the UK, US, Canada and South Africa. These include the verbatim drama Stockwell, which enjoyed two sell-out runs in London and was described by The Times in its five-star review as ‘more gripping than anything else to be seen in the London theatre.’ His adultery drama Tomorrow In The Battle (‘a solemn erotic lyricism I haven’t seen since Damage’ Ben Brantley, New York Times) was published by Samuel French earlier this year. He is also the author of the one-act comedy Numbers which has received over 20 productions and was described as ‘sharp and funny, terrifying and inspiring’ in Lucy Kerbel’s book 100 Great Plays For Women where it appeared alongside plays by Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams and Euripides. His other plays include Black Soap, Cumquats, The Problem Of Sex, Or: Why Are We In Afghanistan? and Lord Beckington (90) Reads From His Award-Winning Romantic Memoirs.
Greg Schaffert: (Executive Producer) a Tony Award winning producer with 40 years of experience working in every facet of the theatre. Greg lead the production of Rick Elice’s PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER, based on the Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson best-selling novel, with co-directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. The play received nine Tony Award nominations, the most ever for an American play, winning five Tony Awards, making it the only play ever to win Tony Awards for the complete design team. As original producer of ALL SHOOK UP and BURN THE FLOOR, Greg also supported the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical NEXT TO NORMAL. He is currently on the producing team, bringing the revival of BAT BOY to Broadway with Alex Timbers directing. Greg was a producer of both off-Broadway award-winning musicals, BAT BOY and STRIKING 12 and SHEAR MADNESS, the longest running American play in history. He has produced more than 20 off-Broadway and regional productions, mostly new works. In development, four new musicals: Matthew Lee Robinson and Ken Cerniglia’s ATLANTIS with Christopher Gattelli directing; SOMETHING IN THE GAME, based on Knute Rockne with director, writer, lyricist David H. Bell and composer Michael Mahler; Cait Doyle’s HOT MESS IN MANHATTAN, featuring 12 original songs by 12 separate composers and William Donnelly’s and Michael Mahler’s PAINTED ALICE. Greg is a proud member of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre (Festival selection and membership committees).
Jonathan Sanford: (Composer) born in Baltimore, Maryland and started piano lessons at Unseld’s School at the age of six. He moved on to violin before deciding on the saxophone at age nine. Jonathan went on to study classical saxophone, under the tutelage of Dr. Frederick Hemke at Northwestern University, where he was also a member of the 1996 Big Ten Championship Football Team. While in school, he wrote an original musical as well as an experimental musical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. He was a member of Chicago funk mainstay acts, Sweet Sweet Candy and Fly Williams, as a saxophonist and rapper, releasing albums with both bands. On the coattails of an appearance on General Hospital, Sanford made the move to Los Angeles, where he currently resides. He continued playing saxophones in local acts until he made the switch to electronic music and composition, writing and performing with the eclectic Mr. Tiny’s Electric Toy Band. Jonathan was a founding member of the new music group Collide, along with Third Coast Percussion member David Skidmore and concert pianist Jade Simmons. The group served as artist in residence at Georgia Tech, worked with a musical performing robot at Yale, and debuted a work from Princeton professor Dmitri Tymoczko. In addition to his work with bands, Jonathan has shared the stage with legendary artists, Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Perez, and Bobby McFerrin. Sanford’s new joy is composing and producing music for film and advertisements, as well as producing records with independent pop artists.
Chika Shimzu: (Set Designer) a scenic designer, living passionately for theatre, opera, dance, and music. Born in Japan and raised in her family of embroidery factory, a love for stories inspired her in becoming a scenic designer. Chika is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton (B.A. in Theatre Arts, Design and Technical Production) and the Yale School of Drama (M.F.A in Design). Her scenic design credits include Buyer and Cellar (Bucks County Playhouse, PA), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Yale Rep, CT Critics Circle Award Nom.), Assistance (Joust Theater Company); Twelfth Night; Or, What You Will, The Visit (Yale School of Drama), and Don't Be Too Surprised, MuZeum (Yale Cabaret); Ordinary Days (Imagined Life Theatre); Ching Chong Chinaman (Artists At Play); Romeo and Juliet, Tartuffe, and a number of dance theatre pieces (Cal State Fullerton). Chika is a recipient of Donald and Zorca Oenslager Fellowship Award in Design (Yale), Donald R. Henry Award, and Todd Muffatti Scholarship (CSUF).
David Shocket: (Lighting Designer) favorite productions include: The Maids (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Beauty and the Beast (for Gaston Day School, NC); Look Back in Anger, The Pajama Game, and The Light in the Piazza, directed by Victoria Clark (for Pace University). Associate lighting design: Tick, Tick, Boom! (Keen Company, nom. Lucille Lortel Best Musical); Disenchanted (Times Square Prod., nom. Lucille Lortel Best Musical); John and Jen, When It's You (Keen Company). Enjoys mentoring high school and college students in stage craft and design, to teach the importance of theatre as an outlet for creativity. Future projects: Actually (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Ethel Merman's Broadway (New World Stages). dshocketdesigns.com
Jihee Choi: (Stage Manager) JiHee J. Choi is delighted to be a part of this production of Tomorrow in the Battle and excited to work with this talented cast. While JiHee is a Speech-Language Pathologist by day, she’s been an ardent fan of theatre arts and frequently stage manages during her off-hours. She’s grateful for the opportunity to work with Tana again (previously stage managed for productions through Dirt:contained) and is thankful for her initial beginnings through a fledgling theatre company, A Festival of Fools. JiHee thanks her ever-supportive friends and family who always share her enthusiasm for thoughtful and eloquent works in the performing arts.
Romy Threadgold: (Assistant Stage Manager) Romy Threadgold lives in West Sussex, England. Romy studied the University of the Arts London Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media, where she specialised in Fine Art and Textiles. She has recently has gone into event management, working on events such as the Brighton Yoga Festival. She is so excited to have this opportunity to work with Stripped Scripts!
Emily Owens: (PR)Since founding the company in 2007, Emily's clients have been nominated for Drama Desk Awards (The Navigator in 2012; The Man Who Laughs in 2013), won Obie Awards (Kate Benson and Lee Sunday Evans in 2015 for A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes; Horse Trade Theater Group in 2015 for The Fire This Time Festival), and New York Innovative Theatre Awards, and received rave reviews and Critics Picks in The New York Times, Time Out NY, New York Magazine, Village Voice, Wall Street Journal, NY Post, NY Daily News, and The New Yorker.
Emily has worked on New York and World Premiere productions by playwrights Johnna Adams, Liz Duffy Adams, Eddie Antar, Robert Attenweiler, Max Baker, Kate Benson, Susan Bernfield, J.Stephen Brantley, Erin Browne, James Carter, Clay McLeod Chapman, Carla Ching, James Comtois, Joshua Conkel, Kara Lee Corthron, Lawrence Dial, Kevin Doyle, Gracie Gardner, Sean Gill, Lucy Gillespie, Jonathan Goldberg, Anna Greenfield, Paul Cameron Hardy, Trish Harnetiaux, Nick Jones, Lindsay Joy, Lucas Kavner, Kimberlea Kressal, Larry Kunofsky, Mariah MacCarthy, Wendy MacLeod, Adam Scott Mazer, Ellen McLaughlin, Kyoung H. Park, Ming Peiffer, James Presson, Mac Rogers, Lynn Rosen, Eric Sanders, August Schulenburg, Crystal Skillman, Octavio Solis, Adam Szymkowitz, Lucy Thurber, and Brian Watkins.
Emily has also repped a number of festivals including the FRIGID New York Festival (2008-present), The Fire This Time Festival (2010-present), the soloNOVA Arts Festival (2009-2011), the undergroundzero festival (2009-2012), Ars Nova’s ANT Fest (2009), EstroGenius (2014) and the Fight, Game Play, Comic Book, Antidepressant, Too Soon, Democracy, Iran, Sound Scape, and New York Clown Theater Festival’s at The Brick.