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Refraction of Light

  • Alchemical Studios 104 West 14th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

On the day World War II ends, another war begins. Joe Taylor, an African-American veteran decides he wants to marry Nettie French, a childhood sweetheart, and buy the house belonging to Rose Beauchamp, a white teacher who has befriended both Nettie, daughter of Rose’s deceased best friend, and Joe and encouraged their friendship and academic aspirations. Rose’s prejudice rears its head and her reluctance to sell her house to Joe sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to destroy all their futures. Harry Rosen, a Jewish immigrant from Nazi Germany, enters their lives and helps them find their way home.

The setting is the living room of a graceful old home in Berkley, Virginia. A stained glass window made by Nettie’s mother, Lily, as a gift to Rose, is a designer’s delight. Lily combined pieces of glass from baby bottles, eye-glasses, plates, and jewelry to create a symbol of the play’s multi-cultural mix. Through this window, Rose, Nettie, Joe, and Harry find comfort, joy, pain, redemption; and, finally, the reality of their own prejudices.

Tickets can be purchased online for $10. They are $15 at the door. 


About The Writer: Jean Klein

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Jean Klein – Jean Klein has been a semi-finalist in the O’Neill competition; A one-act play Snapshots was a winner in the Kernodle Play competition at the University of.  Her play Lifeswap was produced at The Venue on 35th in Norfolk, Virginia in 2012 and at The Edge Theater in Belle Haven, Virginia.  The Pinch Hitter was produced by The Barn Theater in New Jersey and numerous other short plays (Heritage; Planned Parenthood; In and Out; Finals; NightSide Out)  have been produced at theaters across the country. She holds an MA in English and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Iowa,  

Klein is the owner and founder of HaveScripts / Blue Moon Plays (www.bluemoonplays.com) aimed at providing plays for schools, community theater, and regional theater, as well as  introducing new works and new forms of theaters to the public . She has studied and taught playwriting and fiction at Carnegie-Mellon University, Old Dominion University, and The University of Iowa.  She currently teaches playwriting in the Creative Writing MA and MFA program at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA.


About the Director: Nancy Pop

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Nancy Pop is a multifaceted performer, producer, and writer originally from Romania, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. She spent her formative years between Erie, PA and Romania, eventually moving to Arkansas with her family because life is weird like that. It was in the good ol' South where she developed a love for writing, theater, and performance as a coping mechanism against the suffocating college football craze. 

After three years of expanding her student loan collection, Pop graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in Spring 2016 with her B.A. in Theater Performance and Playwriting. She hosts "SHEbang", a monthly variety show in New York City featuring an all-female line up of comedians and poets. She also hosts "In Cold Read", a monthly playwriting workshop at Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers. Her most recent directorial work was at the "Sex: Short Play & Musical Festival" at the Player's Theatre, directing "Eggshells" by J.C. Hopkins starring Eric Goss and Lucille Hansen. 


ABOUT THE CAST:

  Jordan Cobb (Nettie)  is a New York based actress and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied in the Experimental Theatre Wing, Classical and Stonestreet Studios. Recent credits include  Henry VI Parts 1 - 3  and  Robin Hood  with Queen's Shakespeare,  On This Mountain  with Articulate Theatre Company, and  t r e a d  at the Providence Fringe Festival. She also wrote and stars in the sci-fi action/adventure audio drama  Here Be Dragons , now available on iTunes, SoundCloud and wherever podcasts are streaming.

Jordan Cobb (Nettie) is a New York based actress and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied in the Experimental Theatre Wing, Classical and Stonestreet Studios. Recent credits include Henry VI Parts 1 - 3 and Robin Hood with Queen's Shakespeare, On This Mountain with Articulate Theatre Company, and t r e a d at the Providence Fringe Festival. She also wrote and stars in the sci-fi action/adventure audio drama Here Be Dragons, now available on iTunes, SoundCloud and wherever podcasts are streaming.

  Elly-Anne Ehrman (Rose)  - Elly-Anne Ehrman last appeared as the Wife in Brecht’s one-act, The Informer at St. Jean’s Players. Among her favorite roles: Lucy Stark in the Heights Players ‘ production of All The King’s  Men, Renee Rudin in a reinterpretation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, These Mistakes Columbia MFA Program), and Bernice Roth in the Amateur Comedy Club’s production of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.  Thank you for the honor of allowing me to read such a beautiful and significant play.   www.elly-anneehrman.com

Elly-Anne Ehrman (Rose) - Elly-Anne Ehrman last appeared as the Wife in Brecht’s one-act, The Informer at St. Jean’s Players. Among her favorite roles: Lucy Stark in the Heights Players ‘ production of All The King’s  Men, Renee Rudin in a reinterpretation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, These Mistakes Columbia MFA Program), and Bernice Roth in the Amateur Comedy Club’s production of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.

Thank you for the honor of allowing me to read such a beautiful and significant play.

www.elly-anneehrman.com

  Martine Baruch (Harry)  is a Brooklyn based actor, voice over artist and comedian. He is grateful for the opportunity to help bring this new work to life.

Martine Baruch (Harry) is a Brooklyn based actor, voice over artist and comedian. He is grateful for the opportunity to help bring this new work to life.

  Roland Lane (Joe)  is film and theatre actor that has been trained at the Wynn Handman Studios. Born in Philadelphia, Roland has been blessed to work on many different productions in the Tri State area. Credits include,   Film/TV   :  BET's web original Brooklyn. Blue. Sky. by Rhavynn Drummer. Iris by Diana Rodriguez,Tough Love (2017 Daytime Emmy nominee) by Caleb Davis.    Theatre  : Fill x 7 directed by Marina McClure. On Strivers's Row directed by Timothey Johnson. Chokehold directed by Tim Cusack. To see more of his work visit  www.RolandLaneacting.com .

Roland Lane (Joe) is film and theatre actor that has been trained at the Wynn Handman Studios. Born in Philadelphia, Roland has been blessed to work on many different productions in the Tri State area. Credits include, Film/TVBET's web original Brooklyn. Blue. Sky. by Rhavynn Drummer. Iris by Diana Rodriguez,Tough Love (2017 Daytime Emmy nominee) by Caleb Davis.  Theatre: Fill x 7 directed by Marina McClure. On Strivers's Row directed by Timothey Johnson. Chokehold directed by Tim Cusack. To see more of his work visit www.RolandLaneacting.com.

  Ruby Green (Stage Directions) -  A recent graduate from NYU Tisch, Ruby has studied at the Atlantic Acting School and the Experimental Theater Wing. Recent credits include "Roké Cupid" with the Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble and "They'll Be Callin Us Witches" at the Radioactive Theater Festival. 

Ruby Green (Stage Directions) - A recent graduate from NYU Tisch, Ruby has studied at the Atlantic Acting School and the Experimental Theater Wing. Recent credits include "Roké Cupid" with the Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble and "They'll Be Callin Us Witches" at the Radioactive Theater Festival. 


AUDIO ENGINEER/RADIO ANNOUNCER VOICE: James Scully

 
  James Scully  is a native Brooklynite and a complete ham. He grew up in a house with three generations of family members in Bensonhurst. Think of it like  Saturday Night Fever  meets Woody Allen's  Radio Days . Hey, how you doin'? Today he produces Breaking Walls, a podcast on the history of American radio broadcasting. It’s available on iTunes, everywhere you get your podcasts, or at TheWallBreakers.com.

James Scully is a native Brooklynite and a complete ham. He grew up in a house with three generations of family members in Bensonhurst. Think of it like Saturday Night Fever meets Woody Allen's Radio Days. Hey, how you doin'? Today he produces Breaking Walls, a podcast on the history of American radio broadcasting. It’s available on iTunes, everywhere you get your podcasts, or at TheWallBreakers.com.

 
Earlier Event: March 3
Auditions for Refraction of Light
Later Event: March 19
In Cold Read #5