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THE RANT by Andrew Case
Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm
October 2 - October 26, 2008
Sunday at 1 pm. Additional Sunday 5:30 pm on October 12 & 19.
National New Play Network World Premiere
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Directed by Ricky J. Martinez*
Scenic Designer: Jesus Casimiro
Lighting Designer: Travis Neff
Sound Designer: Ozzie Quintana
Costumes: K. Blair Brown
Production Stage Manager: Betsy Paull-Rick*
Stage Manager: Clint Hooper*
Assistant Stage Manager: Jessa Thomas
Set Construction: Rey Bode
Photography: Eileen Suarez* (marketing & publicity) and
Dr. Norman Gorback (lobby display)
Exhibiting Lobby Artist: Alexis Rivero
DENISE REEVES - Patrice DeGraff-Arenas*
CHARLES SIMMONS - Reiss Gaspard
LILA MAHNAZ - Pilar Uribe*
ALEXANDER STERN - Ricky Waugh*
* members of Actors' Equity Association
One crime, four points of view; the truth itself is a kind of bias. A New York City Police
Officer shoots and kills an unarmed sixteen year-old boy. The investigator assigned to the case must
wade through prejudice, deceit, and a volley of anonymous threats to find out where culpability
Notes from the Playwright
For eight years, I worked at New York City's official agency for investiga-ting police misconduct. I began as an investigator, looking into allegations as minor as casual rudeness and as serious as death in custody, and eventually served as the agency's communications director and chief spokesman. I learned a great deal about human behavior there, and I never wrote a play without thinking about those lessons - but I resisted writing specifically about police abuse. As much as I had learned, the subject seemed too much in flux to capture - no matter what I wrote or thought about the NYPD, the opposite, I knew, was also probably true.
In September of 2006, as I was telling a theatre colleague about some petty police abuse we had uncovered, he looked at me and said, "You know, you really have to write about your job." Eight weeks later, I finished the first scattered draft of The Rant. The next morning, a reporter called me at the break of dawn to ask what I knew about an unarmed man who had been shot by the police a few hours before as he left his bachelor party. I have answered more times than I can remember that the Sean Bell shooting was not the source material for this play. Of course, there were a dozen or more other shootings from which I borrowed details or drew inspiration. Most of these events were not major news stories, appearing somewhere in the thick middle pages of a newspaper if they were covered at all. I will never forget the true and deep human suffering that surrounds every police shooting, and hope that I have not trivialized these tragedies by using them as the basis for a play.
Andrew Case's (Playwright) play Pacific was produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, directed by Molly Regan. New York productions include produced at The Salon for the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and Historic Times, produced at the 78th Street Theatre Lab. Regional credits include Other plays include Wives, produced at Theatre AUM, After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness?, Sonora at the Fritz Theatre in San Diego, and Universal Grammar, produced at the Festival-of-Firsts in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Andrew's work has been developed at the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Atlantic
Theatre, Primary Stages, PlayPenn, and the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. He
is a member of the New American Writers Group at Primary Stages and the PEN
America Center, and was awarded the Samuel Goldwyn Award for screenwriting
while he was an MFA student at UC San Diego.
Other writing includes limericks featured on NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell
Me! and a number of internet hoaxes, including Thomas Pynchon is the
Unabomber (1995) and the parody blog The Right Honorable Samuel A. Alito,
From 2001 until 2008, Andrew worked at the Civilian Complaint Review Board,
the official New York City agency to investigate misconduct by NYPD
officers. He investigated dozens of misconduct cases, including death in
custody, and served as the Communications Director and chief spokesman from
Patrice DeGraff-Arenas (Denise Reeves) hails from Miami, Florida where she currently teaches Theatre in the Dade County Public School System. Her passion for theatre began early and was fostered by her mother. PAVAC, (alma mater) which is now New World School of the Arts provided a environment for creativity. Film, TV, and Regional theatre credits include performances from New York City to Los Angeles. Favorite stage performances include: Tartuffe, Yemaya in Shango De Ima, Tribe in Hair and the Cleaning Woman in Working. I am thankful to God for this opportunity, my family, friends and the A.S H. Players who encourage me to go further. I love you!
Reiss Gaspard (Charles Simmonds) couldn't be more excited to be cast in New Theatre's production of The Rant. This is Reiss' first appearance on this respected stage and hopes to someday work again with those that put the effort and hard work to make this production successful. Reiss Gaspard would like to thank his cast mates and director Ricky J. Martinez for leading us toward the light. Betsy and Eileen thank you for your hard work. To my Ground up and Rising family, here's to a thought provoking season and a constant new Beginning. To my immediate family, thank you for your support and patience (God knows it's not easy.) Babycakes, Ba-by Cakes, Babycakes? BABYCAKES. I love you dearly.
Pilar Uribe (Lila Mahnaz) a native New Yorker, is making her debut performance at New Theatre. Her previous plays include: Some Girl(s) at Mad Cat Theatre, The Little Dog Laughed at Gablestage, 9 Parts of Desire at Mosaic Theatre (Carbonell Nomination for Best Actress, Broward New Times Best of 2008 Best Actress), Winnie the Pooh at Actors Playhouse and The Constant Wife at Coconut Grove Playhouse and Walnut Street Theatre. In nine years in Bogota, Colombia Pilar appeared in the following telenovelas: Yo Soy Betty La Fea (The original Ugly Betty), Pobre Pablo, A Donde Va Soledad, No Renuncies Salome, La Madre, La Elegida, Perfume de Agonia, Copas Amargas, Guajira, and Eternamente Manuela. Pilar appears in various commercials and independent films and enjoys performing her own cabaret and bolero songs. Special thanks to Ricky J. Martinez for this opportunity and to friends and family for their love and support.
Ricky Waugh (Alexander Stern) is a proud member of AEA and the New Theatre family. Mr. Waugh last appeared on this stage in Jules Tasca's The Mission, for which he received the Silver Palm Award for Outstanding Performance during the 2008 South Florida Theatre Festival. Ricky also received the Silver Palm for his performance in The Promethean Theatre's production of Two Sisters and A Piano, as part of the same festival. In 2003, Mr. Waugh made his South Florida Theatre debut in The M Ensemble's Medal of Honor Rag. And between 2005 and 2007, he was a permanent company member of The PlayGround Theatre for Young Audiences in Miami Shores. You may have recently seen Ricky Waugh this past summer at GableStage; appearing as Ian in Shining City and Bill Prescott in Betrayed. Finally, Ricky would like to thank the other Ricky for this great opportunity.
Betsy Paull-Rick (Production Stage Manager) is pleased to return to New Theatre for her third season after having served as Production Manager and Properties Designer for City Theatre's Summer Shorts short play festival. While serving as PSM at the Mosaic Theatre she was honored with a Curtain Up! Award nomination for Best Choreography for A New Brain, the Musical. Recent directing and choreography credits include Summer Brave, Hair, Forever Plaid, and Fanny & Sadie. Next up she will join the National Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Many thanks to Ricky, Eileen, and the rest of this wonderful company. Much love to Rob. Deep gratitude, for everything, to Michael, Jon and Scott.