Please join us for The Theater Collective's third and final reading of our premiere season: The Wise Women by Nelson Clark. (The creative team will be announced soon!)
Following the reading there will be a 20-30 minute talkback.
Doors open at 7:00PM and the reading will begin promptly at 7:30!
About the play:
Three days before New Year’s Eve, Lin (Starhawk) Wise makes a surprise visit to her daughter (Billy Wise) and granddaughter (Omie Wise) in New York City after not seeing them for over two years. She’s there on a mission that throws everyone into a state of chaos – as is her way.
Omie Wise, a talented young singer, might get to experience a once in a life-time event: to sing in a small club where Beyonce is scheduled to stop by. It all depends on her new ‘business manager’ – if he can pull it off. And if she can keep a secret until after the performance.
Her mother, Billy Wise, has been floating along in disappointment about her life and musical career for so long that she is in denial of a burgeoning dependency on prescription pain pills.
Three generations of Wise women know all the stories, know how to push all the buttons, but still have secrets that make every revelation have dire consequences for each other. Question is: Will they do things the way they always have, or will they find a way to rise above the scars of their pasts?
About the Director: Olivia Ragan
Olivia is a New York based Theatre Director committed to sharing stories that challenge social constructs and expectations, especially those regarding women. Previously, she’s worked as an assistant director at Barrington Stage on Company by Stephen Sondheim and Speech and Debate by Stephen Karam. She also co-directed their Musical Theater Conservatory in the summer of 2017. Olivia is currently the Artistic Education Intern at The Drama League of New York. She holds a Bachelors in Theater Arts from Marymount Manhattan College.
About the Writer: Nelson Clark
Nelson Clark has written novels (‘The Woman Pope’ and ‘The God Killer’), award winning screenplays (‘Boy With Vista’ ‘The Woman Pope’), and awarding-winning plays. His short play, COWBOY CUT, had a three week run as part of the Schreiber Shorts Festival at the T. Schreiber Theatre in New York City in February, 2017. The short play THE GREYSON SCALE was performed in April in Northport, NY. The science fiction version, THE GREYSON VARIATIONS, was produced as a radio play by the Petaluma Radio Players. And his short play CHAPEL OF BONES will debut next month in Phoenix, AZ.
Mr. Clark, his wife, Virginia, and their faithful dog, Wyatt Earp Clark, currently live in Portugal, recent refugees from Phoenix, Arizona seeking asylum from the Donald Trump regime. In his travel blog, Raging Traveler, he resists all attempts to write about himself in the third person, knowing it fools no one.
A graduate from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Johanna Nchekwube (Billy Wise) is thrilled to be apart of the cast and crew of "The Wise Women" at The Theater Collective. Her previous notable productions include "A Sketch of New York" at The Producers Club NYC, "Memphis the Musical" at Theatre Three, and “Milk like Sugar” at StageWorks. A huge thanks goes to all who brought this courageous piece of Art together and she looks forward to working on her debut film opposite of Viola Davis!
Lorvensky Petit (Yanni Albert) has always had a passion for the entertainment industry. From plays to short films, commercials and modeling. Whatever it was, he wanted to participate in it. His passion for the industry continued as he moved to New York City to study at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy to pursue his career goals and further his knowledge. Lorvensky has also appeared in numerous short films.
Monica Howe (Lydia) is proud to put her Southern upbringing to good use in the role of Lydia! Monica’s theater highlights include Alison in FUN HOME, Mrs. Banks in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, Lefty Liberal in 3/FIFTHS, Joanne in COMPANY, and Red in ORANGE IS THE NEW MUSICAL. She can also be seen in the upcoming web series 161 FEET UNDER.
Samanthia Nixon (Omie Wise) is a recent graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York. She has been in several commercials, print ads and educational videos. Her most recent work includes Breathe: The Online Story, where she plays the Narrator, the NYU short film The Holloway Picture, and The Will to Fight: Women in Shakespeare showcase where she played Isabella from Measure for Measure and Lady Macbeth. Samanthia is also an aspiring filmmaker and has written and directed the short film “A Day in the Park” that was featured at the Jersey City International Television and Film Festival. She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her as she continues to pursue her dreams.
Nicole Kafka (Lin) is a stage, film, and television actor and singer. 2017/18 acting projects have included the films "L'Highm," "Appointed," and "Insomnia," as well as the play "sand in a memphis glass/or, the grace of a good woman" at the Hudson Guild Theater and The Tank, and "Chekhov Tribute" at The Nuyorican Poets' Cafe" with On The Road Repertory Company. www.nicolekafka.com
Jason Ballew (John) is a New York based actor, writer and producer. He is a graduate from NYU and thrilled to be working with The Theater Collective for the first time. Favorite credits include Crime and Punishment with the Russian Arts Theater and Primer for a Failed Superpower (dir. Rachel Chavkin). The web series he co-wrote and co-produced, Better Than We Are, can be found on YouTube.