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Acts of Fate

Introducing the Cast of ‘Acts of Fate’

Thrown Stone is pleased to announce the cast of Acts of Fate, premiering on zoom Friday, June 5 at 7pm EST.

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In our call for submissions, we asked writers:

What was the moment in your life that changed everything?

We received dozens of fascinating pieces from Ridgefield and around the country. For this version of Acts of Fate, we are pleased to present a collection of memoir, performance, and poetry from the following contributors:

Tracy Brigden

Altoids for Onions

Tracy Brigden is a native New Yorker and a recent Fairfielder. She ran City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh for 16 years where she produced, developed and directed a lot of new plays. In the last two years, she also somehow managed to get her MFA in Dramatic Writing in between freelance directing gigs. These days she is enjoying classic films and board games with her two teenage stepchildren, working on writing a fictional podcast with her husband, and trying to teach manners to her recently-adopted rescue dog.

Mark Evan Chimsky

Stan Block

Mark Evan Chimsky is the head of his own editorial consulting business, markchimskyeditorial.com. He has led imprints at top publishing companies and edited a number of best-selling books, including Johnny Cash’s memoir, Cash. In addition, he has taught at NYU and he currently teaches at Emerson College in Boston. Mark has written the book and lyrics for the musical, The Pledge, with music by Zev Burrows, which was given a staged reading last year at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts in Harrisonburg, Virginia, as part of James Madison University’s Madison New Works Lab.

Barbara Distinti

The Moment that Changed Everything

Barbara Distinti is a mom, theater artist, teacher and special education advocate. She is the Associate Artistic Director of the New Paradigm Theatre Company and the President of Special Education Equity for Kids of Connecticut. She is lucky to have a wonderful husband and son who support her numerous projects on stage and off, because she’s always volunteering them to help. She is thrilled to be a part of Acts of Fate with Thrown Stone.

Roxanne Fay

Down to the River to Pray

Roxanne Fay is an actor, playwright and Artistic Director of Circle in The Water. Roxanne was awarded the 2016 Hawthornden Writers’ Fellowship (artist in residence, Hawthornden Castle, Scotland) and the 2017 Creative Pinellas Individual Artist Fellowship. Her play, Thrice To Mine, was created at Hawthornden and premiered in New York in 2019. Roxanne’s first film, Breton And The Muse: A Midnight In Paris, opened in November 2019 as part of the Dali Museum’s acclaimed exhibition coordinated with Le Centre Pompidou (Paris).

Anna Hicks

A True Story

Anna Hicks is a 26-year-old executive for a small consulting company and lover of all things theatre. She has recently performed as Whatsername in American Idiot at Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, Mary Jane in Big River at Curtain Call in Stamford, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde at White Rabbit Theatre in New Britain. Though she has always loved to write, this is her first publicly performed piece since an essay contest she won in sixth grade. She currently lives in New Haven with her beloved husband Alex and their four-year-old mutt Noodle.

Barb Jennes

Before Hovenweep

Recently named the inaugural Poet Laureate of Ridgefield, poet-educator Barb Jennes has led creative-writing workshops for children, teens, and adults for decades. Jennes introduced thousands of Ridgefield Public School students to performance poetry, including in workshops led by Taylor Mali, before retiring in 2017. Today, Jennes hosts poetry-writing groups at Ridgefield Library and develops poetry programming for the Aldrich Museum, where she serves as an educator. She shared her spoken-word invitation for others to join the (fictional) Association of Loser Mothers at Thrown Stone’s Expressing Motherhood performance in 2019. Her lifelong mantra: “Poetry helps us heal and grow.”

Kate Katcher

And Then the Phone Rang

After several decades, Kate Katcher recently added an MFA from WCSU, concentrating on playwriting, to her BFA from Boston University. Actor, writer, director, Kate runs the Stray Kats Theatre Company, curators of Still Crazy After All These Years, a festival that celebrates senior citizens. She debuted on Broadway with Zero Mostel and later played Tzeitel in Jerome Robbins’ revival of Fiddler on the Roof with Herschel Bernardi. More recently she appeared Off-Broadway in the comedy Daddy Issues.  She teaches theater at WestConn, University of Bridgeport and will hopefully renew her childrens’ program, Stray Kittens at Newtown Community Center this summer.

Randye Kaye

Who Is My Family?

Randye Kaye makes her living as an actress – if you stretch to include radio (STAR 99.9, NPR/WSHU), voiceovers, writing, podcasts and public speaking. Still, theatre was her first love, and every once in a while a fix must be arranged. (Thanks, Thrown Stone!) Some favorites: Broadway Bound (Kate), Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Marjorie), Nunsense 1 and 3 (directed by Danny Goggin), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife). Author: Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope, nominated for a Listen Up! Award for the audiobook version. SAG/AFTRA/AEA. www.randyekaye.com

Aidan Meachem

Swimmer

Aidan Meachem is a composer and songwriter studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He writes indie music under the name Moth to the Moonlight, and his first album under this name will be released on June 19th. He also writes musical theatre and has worked as the music director for Boston University’s recent productions of Mamma Mia and Chicago. Aidan would like to thank his poetry professor, Pat Pattison, for inspiring him to write poetry and for teaching him countless compositional techniques that will serve him in writing music as well as poetry.

Brian James Polak

That One Time I Was In Prison

Brian James Polak is a New Hampshire playwright, living in Chicago. His plays include The Patient (The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award), Last to Die for a Lost Cause (The Kennedy Center’s John Cauble Award, semi-finalist for Humanitas Playwriting Prize), News for the Deaf Man, The Gravediggers Union, and others. Welcome to Keene, NH will be receiving its world premiere with Chicago’s Strawdog Theatre in 2020. Several of his short plays published in Smith & Kraus anthologies, as well as by Commonplace Books. He is currently writing Nashua, a play about a family that never was, and Here Rests the Heart, a play about genealogy and political unrest in Poland and the U.S. Brian received his MFA from The University of Southern California, School of Dramatic Arts. He is the Host and Producer of American Theatre Magazine’s The Subtext,” a podcast by/for/about playwrights and playwriting.

G. William Zorn

Walls

G. Willliam Zorn’s plays include: Sick Day, Metropolis Has No Superman, The Speed of Falling Objects, and Sand Man. His work has been produced and/or developed by Theatre Babylon, City 3 Theatre, Fancy Pants Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory and Pride Films and Plays. Awards include: Mark Twain Prize from the Kennedy Center and two-time winner of the Gwen Frostic Playwriting Award. He earned a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University in English and Playwriting and a Master’s Degree from Ohio University in Playwriting. He currently has a new collection of monologues available on Amazon, entitled Overheard Conversations. His piece will be performed by Thrown Stone Artistic Associate Gina Pulice.

Amanda Curtin

Director

Amanda Curtin directed Thrown Stone’s Connecticut premiere of Expressing Motherhood last summer. Past work has taken her as far afield as Dublin, Ireland, where she directed a production of John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo; and Los Angeles, where she was the assistant director on a production of Hot Property starring Nick Offerman. She has a BFA in Theater from Ohio University and MPW from Chatham University.

Acts of Fate [Update]

[Updated] Seeking Submissions for “Acts of Fate”

UPDATE:

Way back in March (remember March?) we asked you to submit stories about “moments that changed everything.” Little did we know that we were already in the middle of just such a moment. Now that our 2020 season is postponed, we need to find a way to come together and share those moments. So we’re going virtual, and there are a few important adjustments you need to be aware of:

  1. The submission deadline is still May 22nd at midnight
  2. We’ve moved the performance date up to June 5th at 7pm
  3. Selected performers must be available for a virtual rehearsal and run-through on Friday, May 29th at 6pm
  4. This round of “Acts of Fate” will be limited to solo performances only
  5. Performers must have their own internet-enabled device with a camera

We hope this is an opportunity for you to reflect and express some essential truths about your experience of this moment. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Read more

2020 Season Postponed to 2021

2020 Season Postponed

After consulting with our Board, staff, and partners, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 season due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The health and wellbeing of our audience and the community comes first.

The good news is that it’s only a delay.

We will tentatively open Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven by Reina Hardy on July 9, 2021 and The Phlebotomist by Ella Road on July 16, 2021, with tickets going on sale about this time next year. We thank our partners for making this change possible.

At this challenging time, our hearts are with the sick, the healthcare workers, and those who have lost loved ones. We hope the prospect of a 2021 season will be a light at the end of the tunnel, and in the meantime urge you to observe the latest guidance from the CDC and the State of Connecticut. Governor Lamont has recently issued a call for volunteers, which you may register for here.

We wish you all the best until theatre brings us together again.

Repertory in American Theatre

Repertory in American Theatre Discussion June 5th

Mark your calendar for June 5th at 6:30 pm, when American Theatre Editor-In-Chief Rob Weinert-Kendt will speak and lead a panel discussion at the Ridgefield Library.

Sponsored by Thrown Stone and The Ridgefield Library in association with Theatre Communications Group, this free community event will feature prominent repertory theatre artists from around Connecticut, including Melody Libonati, Artistic Director of Summer Theatre of New Canaan; Michael Bradford, Artistic Director and Dale Rose, Associate Artistic Director of Connecticut Rep; Jason Peck and Jonathan Winn, Co-Artistic Directors of Thrown Stone; and scenic designer Fufan Zhang, an alum of the Yale School of Drama.

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Announcing the cast of “Where All Good Rabbits Go”

Thrown Stone is pleased to announce casting for the east coast premiere of Where All Good Rabbits Go by Karina Cochran.

Alexandra Bazan returns to Thrown Stone as Julia. The BroadwayWorld Award-winning actress helped launch Thrown Stone with her turn as Daisy in the staged reading of Blink, by Kate Moira Ryan and Steph in the U.S. Premiere of Milk by Ross Dunsmore.

Co-Artistic Director Jason Peck makes his Thrown Stone acting debut as Walter. In addition to his accomplishments as a director and educator, Jason’s acting has earned acclaim and awards from coast to coast.

Mike Boland joins the Thrown Stone family as Dorn.  Mike has performed on Broadway, across the country, and on nearly every stage in Connecticut, where he is well known as the mastermind behind multiple productions of Twelve Angry Men.

Where All Good Rabbits Go is a beautiful meditation on illness, grief, personal transformation, and the frank realities of turning into a rabbit. Thrown Stone’s east coast premiere opens July 20, 2018 at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, directed by Cyrus Newitt. The limited run, in repertory with the New England premiere of Jacqueline Goldfinger’s The Arsonists closes on August 4th. Tickets are available at thrownstone.org/events.

Cast of The Arsonists

Announcing the Cast of “The Arsonists”

Thrown Stone is pleased to announce casting for the New England premiere of The Arsonists by Jacqueline Goldfinger.

Emma Factor will play the role of M.  Originally from Wilkesboro, North Carolina, Emma is a recent graduate of UNC School of the Arts, and was most recently seen in the role of Lucinda on CBS’ Madam Secretary.

Nick Plakias will play the role of H. As an actor and musician, he has performed on stages all over the country and on television. He wrote music and lyrics for the western musical Buffalo Gals, and was most recently seen in the New York Musical Festival production of The Goree All-Girl String Band. 

Inspired by the Greek tragedy Electra, The Arsonists is a contemporary American play with music that explores the relationship between parent and child. Thrown Stone’s New England premiere opens July 13, 2018 at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, directed by Jonathan Winn. The limited run, in repertory with the East Coast premiere of Karina Cochran’s Where All Good Rabbits Go, closes on July 29th. Tickets are available at thrownstone.org/events.