Absolute Clarity
Written by Sophia Romma
Directed by Yuri Joffe

Steve Greenstein plays the judge; Inbal Samuel plays the attorney's wife in "Absolute Clarity."

 

January 31 to February 25, 2007
Preview performances Jan. 31 & Feb. 1at 7:30 pm.
Opens 7:30 pm Feb. 2.
Players Theater, 115 Macdougal Street, Manhattan
Presented by ArtVoice and Cinema Anastasia Productions
Wed-Sun at 7:30 PM, Sat and Sun at 2:00 PM.
Tickets $45; Theater Mania 212-352-3101, 866-811-4111.

CAST AND CREATIVE STAFF

The cast features Cara Francis as Clare, Victoria Guthrie as her mother, Mark Light-Orr as the attorney, Alexandra Bosquet as the lounge singer, Inbal Samuel as the attorney's wife, Steve Greenstein as the judge and Patrick Knighton as the leader of the pickpocket band. The musicians are played by Alexander Elisa, Jason Yachanin and Brianne Berkson.

Sound Design is by Zachary Williamson. Set Design is by Anastasia Glebova. Costume Design is by Anastasia Glebova. Lighting Design is by Russel Drapkin. Scenic Design is by Gregg Bellon. Costume realization, makeup and hair are by Robert Eggers. Stage manager is Sergio Cruz.

Biographies

Alexandra Bosquet (LaBelle Watson) is a Quebec native and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has played a wide range of roles, from British prisoner "Nance in Female" Transport to Billy Holiday in "Bitter Fruit" at Henry Street Settlement. Alexandra has toured the US with Theatreworks/USA as Regina in the musical "Corduroy." This summer she appeared in "Blue Balls" at the Flea for The NY Intl. Fringe Festival, playing the drag queen Random Missouri including 14 other characters. She recently finished a workshop production of Fela Kuti with Bill T. Jones. Alexandra is honored to be working with the notable director Yuri Joffe. She is a proud member of Equity. Maman, merci pour tous les sacrifices!

Brianne Berkson (Tita Marie Ache) marks her Off-Broadway debut and is thrilled to be working with such an amazing creative team. Since graduating Columbia University last year, she has starred in several works including shows at the Cherry Lane, SI Shakespearean, & Michael Weller Theatres; and a show at Manhattan Theatre Club directed by Jerry Zaks. She has 19 film credits, 2 TV pilots, several commercials and Guiding Light under her belt. She'd like to thank her incredible coaches Harold Guskin and Adrienne Angel; her supportive friends and family around the city esp. Mom, Dad, Al&M, Henke, R&F; and of course the Absolute Clarity family. She believes that through positive thought and energy, anything is possible.

Cara Francis (Clare Kline) hails from Nashville, Tennessee. Her New York acting credits include Promised Land at the Stella Adler Studio, 24 Hours of Darkness at The House of Tribes, The Connection at the West End Theatre and 'Twas the Night Before at The Flea Theatre. Regional/touring credits include: The Wizard of Oz, The Life of Mozart, The Hobbit and Shakespeare: the Bard. As a playwright, her works have been produced at Galapagos Art Space, The House of Tribes, The Arthur Seelen Theatre, The Stella Adler Studio and as part of AUR's Project 30.

Mark Light-Orr (Daniel Weitz) has NY credits including Herbert Weinberg in the Off-Broadway run of Counsellor At Law starring John Rubinstein (Lucille Lortel Award—Best Revival), Antony in Antony and Cleopatra at Expanded Arts, All for Love for the Boomerang Theatre Company, Flyers and Other Tales for the Midtown International Theatre Festival, the NY International Fringe Festival, and workshops at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, ASCAP, and the Women's Project & Production Directors Lab. National tours include Susan Stroman's revival of The Music Man (Charlie Cowell/Harold Hill cover). Regional credits include several seasons at the Utah and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals, lead roles at the Fulton Opera House (Capt. Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol), Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Beauty and the Beast at the Pioneer Theatre Company and Jason in Wit for South Carolina Repertory Co., and various readings at New Jersey Repertory Theatre. Mark has also appeared in several independent films, including the upcoming The Yellow Wallpaper and Some Mournful Bird.

Steve Greenstein (Roberto Capria, Sr.) is upcoming in director Gina Kim's Film "Never Forever" at the Sundance film festival this January with Vera Farmiga, and is soon to be seen in "Noise" with Tim Robbins. Stage credits include "Liberation of Little Lulu" "Secret Agent" and "Code Orange on the M15" at Theatre for the New City, and "A Touch of Spring" at the Garage Theatre in New Jersey. His solo play, "Voices from the Holy... and Not so Holy land," was seen at the Henry Street Playwrights Project and has toured in many venues including San Diego Rep and the Admiral Theatre in Seattle. His other solo show "From Bubby to Bat Yam" was presented by the United States Holocaust Museum, Soho Theatre Company in London, Faakeltheater in Belgium and the Beersheba Theatre in Israel. Television credits include: this fall season on "Law and Order Special Victims Unit", Seinfeld, Growing Pains, Airwolf, Radio Fever on Israeli Television and many others. Film credits include Mindbender, Chain of Command, Tough Guys and the Bear. Mr. Greenstein has been very active in Arts Education and has been an instructor in the Newark Public Schools the past five years.

Victoria Guthrie (Patricia Kline) New York Theater: The Beauty Part, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Bad Habits, Reeling in 30, Quantum Trek Deep Space Leap. Film: When, Burn, Nick and Jane Television: Baby's Day Out.

Jason Yachanin (Moses) stars in the upcoming horror/comedy film, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (directed by Lloyd Kaufman). Other recent credits include: The Sandman (Manhattan Theatre Source), The Screw Tape Letters (The MintTheatre), Kid Fitness (PBS) and Court TV's Forensic Files. Thanks to my family and Katy!!!

Patrick Knighton (Joey De Jazz) is marking his Off-Broadway debut. He graduated in May '06 from Yale University with a Theater Studies degree. Favorite Yale credits include: True West, Arcadia, This Is Our Youth, Proof, Much Ado About Nothing, and City of Angels. Theatre: Misgivings (Six Figures), O'Neill Readings (Playwrights Theater), Romeo and Juliet (Charleston Stage Company). Thanks to Milton Justice, Toni Dorfman, and Murray Biggs for their support and encouragement.

Inbal Samuel (Sylvie Weitz) performed for two years with the critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway hit show Mono, which concluded its four year run last year at Theatre Row. Other stage credits include the Columbia Film Festival award-winning stage production of Godless; a New Federal Theater production of The Vanishing Literary Club; improv with Endangered Improv; as well as various productions with Creative Stages Company at the Abingdon and Linhart Theatres. Film credits include the lead in Straight Flush (Audience Award, The Valley Film Festival); Tuesday Night (Official Selection, The NY Film Festival); Time Collapse, premiering at The Montreal Film Festival; and Blind Date, which opened The Philadelphia Film Festival. Inbal's next film project is the feature film Tweak the Heat, scheduled to start shooting in Las-Vegas, spring 2007. She has a B.A. in Theater from Fairleigh Dickinson University. www.InbalSamuel.com.

Alexander Elisa (The Duke) is a New York City native who earned a Psychology and an African American Studies degree from Oberlin College (2000). Regional credits include: Disney's Beauty & the Beast; (Beast), Othello; (Othello), West Side Story: (Bernardo) in Smokey Joe's Café; (The student) and in The Prince; (Lucas). Earlier this year, Alexander was 2nd Yeoman in Yeoman of the Guard at City Center and has toured Germany with Queen Esther Marrow's; the Walk Tall Tour as a soloist and choir member.

Robert Eggers (Costumes, Makeup, Hair) is a founding member and artistic director of Palehorse Productions. The company's debut production, OTHELLO at the Kraine Theater, which he directed and designed, won an Innovative Theatre Award for his costumes. With Palehorse, Eggers wrote, directed, and designed a silent film short of Hansel & Gretel and this fall, a commedia dell'arte circus adaptation of Faust that literally played all over the streets and parks of the city.

Sergio Cruz (Stage Manager) has worked extensively throughout the New York City theater scene for the past seventeen years. He's done a little of this, a little of that, and a whole lot of the other thing. He is happy to be working on "Absolute Clarity."

Russel Phillip Drapkin (Lighting Designer) New York: The Porch (Altered Stages), A Yiddish Vaudeville, Pirates of Penzance, On Second Avenue, A Novel Romance (Assistant) for National Yiddish Theatre. Dance with Me: The David Marquez Project at the Duke, The Trojan Women, L'hotel de Deux Mondes, and Don Juan for The Chekhov Theatre; Defenses of Prague at La Mama. Regional: The Prince Music Theater, Albany's Park Playhouse, Georgetown Theatre Company, Main Street Theatre, Playhouse on the Square, Speaking Ring Theatre; Walt Disney Entertainment (Assistant), and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Dance: R(evolution), Portraits, Tapaholics, Rhapsodize, Out of Water (International Dance Festival), NYIBC, Shifting Landscapes and Quest of Theseus for The Clinard Dance Theatre. Upcoming: Israel Non-Stop, On Second Avenue, Pirates of Penzance, Bar Kokhba. Mr. Drapkin is a member of United Scenic Artists and an alumnus of The Theatre School at DePaul University.