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24 Hour Play Festival 2013

Meet the writers!

Brandon M. Crose's plays have appeared at various theatre festivals all over the world. Most notably, his social media comedy Going Viral was awarded "best play" at the 2014 Long Island City One Act Festival and was an official selection at Short+Sweet Queensland and Hobart. Brandon holds degrees from Emerson College and Trinity College, Dublin, is the author of several nonfiction books, and can be found lurking online at www.brandoncrose.com.

 

Patrick Cleary is a Boston-area playwright and director who has been writing plays since 1994. His works have been produced around the country and are published by Baker's Plays and JAC Publishing. Patrick has participated in the Boston Theater Marathon, Hovey Summer Shorts, ACME Winter New Works Festival, the 10X10 in the Triangle, and other short play festivals. He produces and directs the Suburban Holidays festival each year with Quannapowitt Players in Reading, MA.

Barbara Danser is a sculptor and painter, working in steel, bronze and clay, and in oil, pastel and water media. Her art focuses on the joyful energy of life and nature and on the continuum of time: beginnings and endings, rejuvenation, connections between Earth and the universe and mystery of spirit. Her one-act play, The Carousel was presented in the Concord City Auditorium in 2012. She enjoys writing and also directing plays.

Paul Goodwin’s plays have been performed throughout New England. His show, Women & Love: 5 Short Plays, had a successful run at the Players’ Ring, Portsmouth, NH, August 2012. The plays were semi-finalists in 2013 in the Minnesota Shorts Play Festival and the 10 By 10 in the Triangle Festival, NC. The Smallest Room in the House first appeared at the Players’ Ring, July 2013. Paul was also the head writer for the soap opera Central Square (which aired on nationally award-winning Cambridge Community Television). He’s written a web series entitled Prodigal Daughters and spec scripts for Desperate Housewives and Rules of Engagement.

Jasmine Roth is an actor and playwright who grew up in Manchester, NH. She is a recent graduate from Union College where she studied theater and dance intensively, approaching her craft onstage and behind the scenes, and eventually graduating with honors. She also trained as an actor with the Powerhouse Apprentice Program and Saratoga Shakespeare Company. During her college years, she studied abroad in Vietnam where she learned Vietnamese Opera at the National Theater of Vietnam in Hanoi, and wrote her first play in her free time. Jasmine just finished working as a stage manager for Momentum Theatre Troupe’s summer tour, and will be teaching several theater and dance courses at the Majestic Theatre this fall.

Meet the Directors

Brett Billings has been directing for seven years.  He was one of five inaugural fellows of the Maggin Family Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship at Lafayette College where he studied, lectured in, wrote, and directed radio theater as his emphasis.  He currently works for the Mayhew Program, an independent nonprofit that works with under-served New Hampshire boys, ages 10-17.

 

Jamileh A. Jemison is a creative artist with eclectic passions. Proud to be new and emerging in the Greater Boston theatre scene, her work this year has included stage and commercial acting, directing, writing, and producing. Jamileh’s short play “What I Think About While I Talk About My Hair” was a finalist for the first DISQUIET Lisbon Short Play Contest. She is a producer for Solas Nua in Boston, a new theatre company focusing on contemporary and emerging Irish writing. Jamileh’s local directorial debut was with Solas Nua in Boston. She staged two one act plays by Dublin writer Philip St. John, produced in Somerville on September 22, 2014. Jamileh loves to create within restrictions, and is delighted to be directing in the 24 Hour Play Festival with theatre KAPOW.

Debera-Ann Lund is a native of the Pacific Northwest where she was active in professional theatre, from Seattle to San Diego, since 1986. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. She has directed professional and community theatre for a variety of companies on both coasts. Some of Debera's most memorable productions includeRashomon for Theatre Vertigo (Portland, OR), Animal Crackers for Mt. Hood Repertory Theatre (Gresham, OR), The Odd Couple for Northshore Players (Danvers, MA), Oliver!for Windham Actors Guild, and The Philadelphia Story for Winchester Players (Winchester, MA).  Debera finds inspiration in the desire of the audience to be entertained and the compulsion of the "theatrician" to entertain them.

Dan Pelletier was born and raised in Auburn, and he has been actively involved in the New Hampshire theatre scene since 2005. A 2013 graduate of the UNH Department of Theatre and Dance, Dan has been involved in over 40 productions as an actor, director, writer, and designer. Some of his favorite on-stage roles include Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q, Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof, and Armand in Once on This Island. Now primarily focusing on directing, Dan recently produced a night of original one-act plays through Cue Zero Theatre Company, including his own piece, Future Endeavors, which was met with great critical acclaim. He is currently in rehearsals for the Windham Actors' Guild's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and hopes to a major player in theatre in New Hampshire for years to come. For more information on Dan, please check out his website, Dan-Pelletier.com.

Deb ShawDeborah Shaw is extremely involved in NH theatre as a director, actor, set designer, and producer.  She has been recognized as a finalist many times by the NH Theatre Awards, winning individual awards for her directing and acting, as well as being the director and set designer of the best productions of 2008 and 2009. Some of the shows that Ms. Shaw has directed are Crimes of the Heart, Last of the Red  Hot Lovers, Little Women the musical, Enchanted April, All My Sons, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Crossing Delancey, Almost, Maine, Art of Murder, and Company. She began by directing one act plays and continues to direct one acts, monologue productions, and staged readings.

The Actors
Ben Bagley
Lauren Bamford
Chad Boutin
Deirdre Bridge
Olivia Dodd
Sarah Dunn
Mitch Fortier
Brian Foulkes
Donna Goldfarb
Deniz Khateri
Kelly Litt
Jackie Marcoux
Jacob Randlett
Jasmine Roth
Finley Smith
Michael Stailey

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