Nina Belenitskaya (Playwright) is a playwright and screenwriter born in 1981 in Moscow. She is a member of the Lubimovka Young Playwrights Festival Collective and a co-founder of the independent theater company Joseph Beuys Theater. Nina is a winner of the international drama competitions Free Theater, Eurasia, and the Russian drama contest Characters. Her plays have been produced in multiple international theater festivals. Her work has been published in Russia, and translated into English, French and Polish.
Language: English/With Russian Subtitles
by Nina Belenitskaya
Directed by Madeline Sayet
with Cloteal L. Horne, Frank Henry Kaash Katasse
Virtual Media Design: Andrés Poch
Sound Design: Rory Stitt
Director of Virtual Media Design: Jared Mezzocchi
Production Manager: Cindy Wade
Translated from the Russian by Jessica Mroz
Madeline Sayet (Director) is a theater maker who believes the stories we pass down inform our collective possible futures. For her work as a director, writer, and performer she has been honored as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment, TED Fellow, MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, National Directing Fellow, Drama League Director-In-Residence, NCAIED Native American 40 Under 40, and a recipient of The White House Champion of Change Award from President Obama. She is a member of the Mohegan Tribe, serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (YIPAP), and is known throughout the field for her work promoting indigenous voices and decolonizing systems. Recent directing work includes: Staged at Home: A Virtual Benefit Concert (Long Wharf Theatre), Midsummer Night’s Dream (South Dakota Shakespeare), Henry IV (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Whale Song (Perseverance Theatre), She Kills Monsters (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), As You Like It (Delaware Shakespeare), The Winter’s Tale (Amerinda/HERE Arts), Poppea (Krannert Center, Illinois), The Magic Flute (Glimmerglass), Macbeth (NYC Parks), and Miss Lead (59e59). www.madelinesayet.com
Cloteal L. Horne (Client) is a dynamic actress and theater-maker. Born-and-bred in San Diego, California. Her theatre credits include: Off-Broadway: The Steadfast (Slant Theatre Project) and Dirty Blood (Billie Holiday Theatre). Regional: Two Gents., Merchant of Venice, Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Christmas At Pemberley (Shakespeare & Company); She A Gem (NYTW); Black Odyssey (Trinity Rep); Comedia De Equivocaciones (Brown/Trinity); Venus North East: Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, (Lyric Stage, Elliot Norton Nominee); To Kill a Mockingbird (Weston Playhouse); Funny Thing Happened… (Barn Stormers); The Clothesline Muse (Aion Productions); How We Got On (Company One, Elliot Norton Nominee); Gift Horse and Romeo & Juliet (New Rep.); Othello (ASP); BlueShift (Huntington). She holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University and an MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity. I am a product of my grandmother’s prayers and my ancestors’ wildest dreams. www.cloteallhorne.com
Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Courier) is an Alaska Native Tlingít from the Tsaagweidí clan. Frank is an actor, author, director, producer, improviser, educator, and playwright. Frank received his bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from the University of Hawaii: Mānoa. Frank moved back home to Alaska in 2008 where he has been fortunate enough to work as an artist in countless projects on the stage, in film, in books, as a public speaker, and throughout his community. He is passionate about developing new Alaskan plays for the stage. Frank now lives and works in Douglas, Alaska with his wife and two children.
Rory Stitt (Sound Design) Composer and performer by night, sound designer by day. His solo work has been seen at Joe’s Pub (the Public Theatre) and the Living Room in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles. His first opera premiered in his hometown of Juneau, AK. He has arranged for Tony winners Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis, writers of Urinetown, and composed original music for Marcus Gardley’s work the road weeps, the well runs dry. He is currently developing a new musical with Chicago-based playwright Rachel Tusler and arranging 80’s b-sides for a rock orchestra in Portland, OR. Find more at www.rorystitt.com