I LOVE NEW YORK: a found text american dream
I Love New York explores modern anxiety and the quest for external validation by juxtaposing material from TripAdvisor.com and Ellis Island immigrant interviews. Laughs are followed by questions: Am I that revealing online? Is my anxiety that high? Is the fact that Ive forgotten the question and am questioning my anxiety proof I have anxiety? I Love New York gives Americans from all over the country and immigrants from all around the world the opportunity to tell you what The American Dream looks like for them.
Written by Will Bonfiglio and Jessica Owens
Directed by Matthew Russell
Sound Design & Original Music by Aidan Carr
Produced by The Varsity Theatre Company
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Will Bonfiglio (Playwright) is an actor, playwright, and producer from St. Louis, where he is the Executive Director of Equally Represented Arts (ERA). He has also worked with a variety of regional theatre companies including Max & Louie Productions, Mustard Seed Theatre, The New Jewish Theatre, SATE Ensemble Theatre, and Variety Childrens Theatre. He recently won the St. Louis Theatre Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy for his performance in Stray Dog Theatres production of Buyer & Cellar.
Jessica Owens (Playwright & Dramaturg) has worked for institutions such as Creative Artists Agency, The Public Theater, The New York Philharmonic and currently works with Roundabout Theatre Company. Recent dramaturgical credits include The Pitchforks (The Drama League), Macbeth (Columbia Stages), Northern Lights (ATHE Development Workshop), Ascent, and MAY: A New Musical Fable. She is a script reader for Roundabout, The Public, Jewish Plays Project, and various directors and competitions. Jessica is the co-founder of the Initiative for Millennial Theatre Artists and holds degrees in Theatre and English & History (Vanderbilt University) and an MA in Text and Performance (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art).
Matthew Russell (Director) Recent acting credits include Hand to God (Studio Theatre), Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Much Ado About Nothing (The Public), Cymbeline (The Here & Now), The Grapes of Wrath (Trinity Rep), and the films Some Freaks and The Spine of Night. Directing: inaugural workshop of Aidan Carrs musical May and the premiere of Traffic Jam: A New Musical. He contributed arrangements and performed as a musician for STCs Shrew and Trinity Reps The Grapes of Wrath, The Skin of Our Teeth, and Jedermann. He has taught at Brown University, MCC, Trinity Rep, and Citadel Theatre. AEA and SAG-AFTRA. MFA: Brown/Trinity Rep.
The Varsity Theatre Company is a Brooklyn based collaboration formed with the intent of creating work that stimulates the modern audience through detailed exploration of characters and their humanity. Believing that the political is personal and that philosophies are often defined by social interactions, The Varsity seeks to engage with the large, sweeping questions of our society from the ground up through developing new work and generating new interpretations of existing texts. Central to The Varsitys mission is its focus on experimenting with and pushing the boundaries of how theatre uses visceral elements - sound, movement, duration, etc. - to replicate human emotion and the human experience.
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