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There's a Light on Yonder Mountain

There's a Light on Yonder Mountain follows the journey of an unlikely group of misfits on a mysterious mission to change the world. This new play, created by four emerging playwrights and a literary director, is inspired by Joseph Campbell's work on the Hero's Journey.

Under St. Marks
94 St. Marks Place (btw. 1st Ave./Ave. A)

Thursday through Saturday

May 23, 24, 25
30, 31
June             1
6,    7,   8

All shows @ 8:00pm

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Meet the Writing Team

Stacy Davidowitz (Writer) is a playwright and actor whose work has been workshopped and/or produced by OVNV TS Eliot US/UK Exchange at the Old Vic in London (The Rubber Room), NYMF (Camp Rolling Hills; Stage 4: Jeopardy!), Down Payment Productions (PINK!), Rag and Bone (Sacred Water; Hank & Gretchen), Flea Theater (Talk to Moi, Amer-i-cah!; Real Housewives of Sector Seven), Sam French (Run. Run. Stop.), NY Madness (Until He Comes), Amios (multiple Shotz!), Exquisite Corpse (my first). Published by Broadway Play Publishing, Indie Theater Now, YouthPLAYS. Lark Finalist / NYIT Nominee (PINK!). Graduate of BADA; BS, Tufts University; MFA in Acting, Columbia University. www.StacyDavidowitz.com
Kate MacCluggage (Literary Director) is a proud member of Amios! Her play Whatever Happened to Baby Ngozi? was part of Arrivals and Departures with Amios two years ago. She has written and directed many Shotz plays with the company. As an actress, her credits include The Farnsworth Invention on Broadway; The 39 Steps Off-Broadway; Much Ado About Nothing and The Merchant of Venice (Elliot Norton Award) with TFANA; Three Sisters with The Assembly; and various regional productions. She is currently playing Viola in Twelfth Night at Hartford Stage.
Lindsay Joy Murphy (Writer) is a Brooklyn based playwright. She is the Artistic Director of the LabRats Theater Company in New York City.(www.thelabratsnyc.com) The Rats are producing her new full length play, The Rise and Fall of a Teenaged Cyberqueen in the spring of 2013. She frequently works with Amios for their monthly short play bonanza, SHOTZ, at the Theatre Under St. Marks. Her short pieces have been seen all over the country - from the Bowery Poetry Club to the Boston Playwright's Theater. Her full length play, Severance was produced by the Barracudas in the spring of 2010. Her collaborative piece The Apartment: a Play with Four Sides was featured in the 2011 NY International Fringe Festival. In 2001, Lindsay won the award for best short play at the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival for her piece Life, Love and a 7-11. She is a proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire.
David Rosen (Writer) has written 12 pieces for Amios; this one makes it a baker's dozen. Perhaps not coincidentally, he also enjoys baking, and playing the dozens. In his spare time, he manages credit risk. David would like to thank all of the talented people with whom he's been lucky enough to work, especially Justin Yorio, who gave him the chance to write for Shotz.
David L. Williams (Writer) is a graduate of the theatre department of Cornell University, where he was a four time award recipient in the Heerman’s-McCalmon Playwriting contest. Since then, he has written more than twenty-five plays and musicals. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild and has won the Riverside Stage Company’s Founder’s Award and the EBE Ensemble’s “You Fill In The Blank” festival. Additionally he has been named a finalist in Inkwell Theatre’s Inkubator Festival (Washington, D.C.) and a two-time finalist in (and one-time winner of) HotCity Theatre’s GreenHouse New Play Festival (St. Louis). His career highlights include having four of his plays and musicals selected for the New York International Fringe Festival. His work has also been produced in Illinois, California, Massachusetts, Florida, and Washington, D.C. He recently moved to Bellefonte, PA with his wonderful wife Kathleen.

Meet the Cast

Lauren Berst(Genevieve)* Amios productions: IN THE MEANTIME, NYCYCLES 2-4, LONGSHOTZ and numerous SHOTZ. Other NY credits: SACRED WATER with Rag and Bone, ST. CRISPIN’S DAY at Rattlestick, DOWN THE ROAD with Carbin Lane. An accomplished voiceover artist, Berst can be heard on numerous commercials and promos including Cheerios, Verizon, Fancy Feast, Discovery Channel, Sho, HBO, A&E and Bravo. BFA from the University of Evansville and MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory. www.laurenberst.com
Helen Coxe (Mama/Officer/Edie)* Last Good People @ Pittsburgh Public. BROADWAY: SIDE MAN. Off-Broadway IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, , THE SHANGHAI GESTURE, BEAUTY ON THE VINE, BUG, AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN , LOVE,JANIS, WORLD OF MIRTH . Other’s include MARION JEAN; ANCHORS; TRAINING WISTERIA; THE DEW POINT; I COULDA BEEN A KENNEDY; MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS ;{wish}; BETTY’S SUMMER VACATION. TV/film: ELEMENTARY; THE NEWSROOM, MADE IN JERSEY, PERSON OF INTEREST, Law & Order’s; 30 Rock; Third Watch; JULIE and JULIA, THE REBOUND, SHERRYBABY, BACKSEAT, THE HOUSETAURANT. M. F. A. A.C.T. Member EST
Tiffany Nichole Greene (Scratch)* has been living it up in NYC for a year and a half now, however she is originally from Houston, TX. She earned a BA in Liberal Arts at The University of Texas At Austin and an MFA in Acting at Brown University/Trinity Rep. Favorite roles include AVENUE Q- Gary Coleman; THE SYRINGA TREE- Moliseng, Loeska, Iris, Peter, etc; VIEUX CARRE- Mrs. Wire; THREEPENNY OPERA- Lucy Brown; HAIR- Leatta; MIDSUMMER- Titania.
Zac Hoogendyk (Adam)*has previously worked with Amios in numerous incarnations of their monthly short play series, Shotz! Other New York credits include Island and The Life and Death of King John (New York Shakespeare Exchange), Reckless, Dancing at Lughnasa, and What the Butler Saw (The Gallery Players), Critical Mass and Thirds (Heiress Productions). Regional Credits: In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, Inherit the Wind, Emma, and A Soldier’s Tale (The Cleveland Play House), Macbeth, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Beauty and the Beast (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Uncle Vanya and Shakespeare’s R and J (This Bridge Theatre Company). B.A. Pepperdine University. MFA Case Western Reserve University. Proud Member Actors' Equity.
Bob Jaffe (Mentor/Thom/Noll)* Performer and adapter of ...and then you go on. An Anthology of the Works of SAMUEL BECKETT at the cell in NYC, Off-Broadway, on tour. Solo play about hunger, But for the Grace... Other Stage: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, La MaMa E.T.C., NY Fringe Festival, Trinity Repertory, Providence Black Repertory and Perishable Theatre, others. Film/TV: Showtime’s Brotherhood, Law & Order: SVU, many independent films. Artist Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Artist-in-Residence at the cell, founding Co-Artistic Director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab.
Paul Kite (Steve)* is excited to be working with Amios again. Selected credits include: Williamstown Theatre Festival (The Exonerated, Sweet Bird of Youth); Red Stage Theatre Company ( J.B.); The Kennedy Center (The Comedy of Errors); Rutgers Theatre Company (Betrayal, Love Song, Big Love); The Pearl Theatre Company (The Misanthrope);. He has also worked with the Second Stage Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, The Working Theatre, and New Harmony Project. BS University of Evansville. MFA Rutgers University.
Kristy Powers (Opal) is a proud member of Amios where her credits include Long Shotz, One Step Beyond, and a whole bunch of Shotz! Other NYC credits include Verse Chorus Verse at Cherry Lane Theater and The Dr. and the Devils with Rag and Bone, with whom she is a founding member. She received a B.A. from American University and The British American Drama Academy in London. She wouldn't be here without love and support of her friends and family. In particular her Gramma, who's simply the best.

Meet the Directors

Rachel Dart (Director) received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her directing work has been featured at companies such as The Culture Project, The 52nd Street Project, Amios, Emerging Artists Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Oberon Theatre Ensemble, and Prospect Theater Company. She has also directed in various festivals, such as the Estrogenius Festival, the West Village Musical Theatre Festival, and the Manhattan Shakespeare Project’s Emerging Female Voices Playwrights Fest. She has been a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow and an SDCF Observer.
Jenna Panther (Director) is an actor, director and Co-Artistic Director of Amios. She is a mighty proud graduate of the National Theatre Conservatory where she earned her MFA while swinging on the trapeze and performing extensively with the Denver Center Theatre Company. She also attended the University of Evansville and is a native of Louisville, KY - “home of the most exciting two minutes in sports”. Recently Jenna’s been working with the Group Lab, another artistic and incubator for new work.

Meet the Production Team

Nick Abeel (Sound) is delighted to design sound for this incredible show. Nick is an actor by trade and since moving to New York, he's developed work with Manhattan Theatre Club, Lark Play Development Center, EST Youngblood and performed regionally at the Denver Center, Kennedy Center, and the Indiana Rep. Nick developed an interest in sound design out of necessity as a writer and director for Amios' monthly show, Shotz! He then designed sound for Amios' full-length show IN THE MEANTIME, along with several Amios videos this year. Other sound-related ventures include learning to play the piano and guitar and listening to NPR. Nick is a proud graduate of the University of Evansville.
R. S. Buck (Lights) is a freelance lighting designer, electrician, and stage manager who has recently moved to NYC. Since moving to the city, she has designed for the Estrogenius Festival, Puppet Divas, and Foxy Films. Favorite design credits include: NOCTURNE (Mortalle Coile) MOLLY SWEENEY, THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Delta Boys); GOODNIGHT MOON, IS VERY GOOD STORY..., THE DISPUTE, ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Hangar Theatre); DERKLOWNSCHPANKENEFFECT, ¡ANARCHIST! (Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern); LIMBO (Josh Benjamin Productions). www.rsbuckdesigns.com
Hannah Hollis (Scenic/Props) is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. Originally from Texas, she moved here 3 years ago to pursue her dreams of working on theatre in New York City. She is very excited to be designing with such a great company of people. Design credits include props master for The Good Soul of Szechuan and Ruined at Marymount, as well as props master for the Off Broadway musical Cuff Me: The 50 Shades of Grey music parody.
Marina Lelchuk (Costumes) Following a successful tenure in fashion industry specializing in high-end couture and product development, Marina Lelchuk shifted her career path to pursue her true love of designing and creating costumes for theatre. Marina has participated in major theatrical, film, and TV production alongside well reputed directors and writers in the arts and entertainment industry.
Kristine Schlachter (Production Stage Manager)* Recent productions include: Fireflies the musical (DR2 Theatre), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Waterwell Drama Program at PPAS), Bumbug the musical (LAUGHistan Productions), Billy Witch, The Secret Garden(Astoria Performing Arts Center), Suds, The 39 Steps, Nunsense Jamboree, Greater Tuna, Church Basement Ladies (Mountain Playhouse), Le 66/Trial By Jury (Opera at Saratoga). BFA: Stage Management, Syracuse University. Special thanks to my family for all your support.

*Indicates Appearing courtesy of AEA