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Secondary Pitch
The Bridge Theatre
New York, NY
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Secondary Pitch
There's no 'I' in team. But there is in family. Stephen and Paul Dowd were two of the most highly touted prospects in baseball. Stephen lived up to the hype with an amazing career in the Big Leagues. His bother Paul...never got off the plate. Now, after retiring from the game with an injury, Stephen is divorced, broke, and forced to consider a lucrative offer to film a Reality TV show about his life. But the Producers don't just want Stephen; they want Paul and their fame-seeking younger brother Kevin as well. Secondary Pitch is a biting new play about brothers, rivalry and staying on top of the game.

"I've always been curious what it must feel like to fail at something you love, only to watch someone close to you, with little to no effort, flourish at it," said playwright Larry Phillips. "Secondary Pitch is my look at what jealousy and pride can do to someone who's forced to face it on a daily basis."

From Director Matthew J. Nichols:

The three Dowd brothers, despite their past successes and failures, are all grasping for a second chance, and the stakes have never been higher. Any one of them could emerge victorious or fall hopelessly in the dirt. Our goal in this intimate production is to draw the audience into the players' struggles and let them decide for themselves who are the real winners and losers.

Secondary Pitch plays for 14 performances from October 9-25, 2014. Performances are Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm; Sundays @ 3pm; plus - Tuesday, October 14th at 7pm.

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The run time for Secondary Pitch is 90 minutes, with no intermission.

Secondary Pitch is presented by Randomly Specific Theatre. Set Designer: Jason Bolen; Lighting Designer: Mark Hankla; Publicist: Paul Siebold/Off Off PR.

Larry Phillips (playwright/performer) has a BFA from Montclair State University. He is an actor, playwright, and founding member of Randomly Specific Theatre. Larry recently appeared in The Why Overhead for Zootopia Theater Company, Farewell to Sanity for Original Binding Productions, and Hellcab and Ice Age for Rising Sun Performance Company. Other past roles include; Louie in Lost in Yonkers, Norman in The Boys Next Door, Ken in Rumors, Joshua/Cathy in Cloud 9, The Bellhop in Lend Me a Tenor, and Father Dan in Jeffrey. In LA, Larry took part in training programs with both The Groundlings and Second Ci ty. Larry has several other plays including Learning to Skip, Arbuckle Syndrome and Last Chance for Mama, currently in development for Randomly Specific Theatre.

Matthew J. Nichols (director) - His most recent directorial work was seen in Adam Szymkowicz's office comedy The Why Overhead, which was presented at the Access Theater. Matthew also was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for his direction of Still the River Runs, a southern gothic by Barton Bishop. Other favorites include the sci-fi play Eminene by Barton Bishop, produced with the New York International Fringe Festival, The House of Blue Leaves, and Of Mice and Men. Matthew co-founded Zootopia Theatre Company, which has prided itself on presenting new works by emerging writers and has produced many of the aforementioned plays. Matthew is an actor as well (Brandeis MFA) and has worked with such companies as the New Repertory Theatre and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and many others.

Randomly Specific Theatre is a New York City based independent theatre company founded in 2014. Our mission is to produce new plays with an emphasis on excellence in writing and script development and high quality production aesthetic. We do not subscribe to any single method of training or rehearsal technique. We believe that each aspect of a production, both onstage and behind the scenes, is as integral to the production as any other. Above all else we are story tellers. The play's the thing. Spinning a good yarn for the entertainment of an audience is our number one goal.

Meet The Cast

Ryan Dusek received his BFA in Acting from The University of Mississippi before moving Dennison, TX to New York to get his MFA at The New School for Drama. Ryan has spent several summers in Mississippi participating in The Oxford Shakespeare Festival and is credited with roles of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Hotspur in Henry IV, Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night and Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice. His New York credits include Eddie in A Fool for Love and Coffee and Cigarettes in Goodnight Lovin' Trail (Rising Sun Performance Co.), Sid in Waiting for Lefty (The Cell Theatre) and Jason in Medea (The New School). The New York Innovative Theatre Awards nominated Ryan for Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role for his portrayal of Eddie in A Fool for Love. Ryan is a founding member of Randomly Specific Theatre and an enthusiastic Cowboys fan.

Phoebe Leonard was born in Sydney, Australia. She is an actor, writer and founding member of Randomly Specific Theatre. Theatrical credits include Telling Tales, The First Stone Thrown, A Line In The Dust, Love, Death and A Little Madness and A History Of World Theatre and Love Death & Madness for Hayes Gordon Repertory, Angry Young Woman In Low Rise Jeans With High Class Issues for Stella Green Productions, Girl Interrupted, Morning Sacrifice, Ladies at The Alamo and Road for Ensemble Studios, and Stairwell for Operating Theatre. Film and Television credits include 'Home and Away' (Seven Network), 'Housos' and 'Swift and Shift Couriers' (SBS), '2010', 'Game On', 'The Other Woman' and 'The Ex-Factor'. Since relocating to New York Phoebe has appeared in Ice Age for Rising Sun Performance Company, Othello: The Panther and Salome: Da Voodoo Princess of Nawlins for Rebel Theatre. Phoebe is a graduate of the Ensemble Studios, Australia and the New York Film Academy Screenwriters Program.

Peter Buck Dettmann was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He studied English and Theater Studies at Yale University, earning his BA in 2005. Since then, he has worked as an actor on stage, film and radio in Sydney and New York, and has trained with NIDA in Sydney and the Stella Adler Studios in Manhattan.  He has appeared in Othello at the American Theater of Actors, Merchant of Venice with the Oxford Shakespeare Company, Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues at the Theater for the New City, MacB3th at NIDA, Traitors, A Clockwork Orange, The Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and Don Juan in Soho with the New Theatre, Romeo and Juliet with the Globe Shakespeare Centre Australia, and References to Salvador DalĂ­ Make Me Hot at the Tap Galleries. He also originated the title role in The Hideous Demise of Detective Jericho Slate at the CRACK Theatre Festival and the Sydney Fringe Festival, as well as in a five part radio adaptation for FBI Radio. Peter is a founding member of Randomly Specific Theatre.



The Bridge Theatre (View)
244 W. 54th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10019
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