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May 18, 2019 , The Helen

2019 Roe Green Award Reading

Christina

an irreverent passion

by Alexis Scheer

First, there was Carrie. Then there was Heathers. And now, there’s Christina. Christina Alvarez is the charismatic leader of the Hillsong Prep Girls’ Choir, a college-bound honors student, and an all-around Good Girl. While her choir-mates revel and raise hell on an overnight trip, Christina dares to embrace the “bad.” Backs will be stabbed, hearts will be broken, truths will surface, and nothing will ever be the same again. Combining humor, horror, and just a bit of camp, Christina is a bold and darkly satirical coming-of-age story.

Content advisory: This play contains mature themes, imagery, and language; recommended for ages 17+.

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Comfort Dolo

Comfort Dolo

(Mayor) was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and raised in friendly Fridley, Minnesota. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN with double majors in Honors Theatre and Communication Studies. Since graduating, she has been performing around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Favorite credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird (The more(Mayor) was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and raised in friendly Fridley, Minnesota. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN with double majors in Honors Theatre and Communication Studies. Since graduating, she has been performing around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Favorite credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird (The Guthrie Theatre), TOUCH, a remake of the 1984 Emmy Award winning film project (Illusion Theatre), and various commercials ranging from the Minnesota State Lottery to hand modeling for KeyBank. Recent credits include: Sorel Bliss in Hay Fever and Sorin in The Seagull (CWRU/CPH), Naomi in Sugar (Phoenix Theatre), Carlos Sirah’s The Utterances (The Playwright’s Center), and Shirley in Fifth of July (CWRU/CPH debut). She is a big fan of theatre for social justice, the German language, and gummy bears!

Stephanie Machado

Stephanie Machado

(Christina) is a Brazilian-American actress. Her recent credits include: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (McCarter Theater), An Enemy of the People (Yale Repertory Theater), and Inside the Wild Heart (Group.BR). She holds an MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama and is a proud member of AEA. more(Christina) is a Brazilian-American actress. Her recent credits include: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (McCarter Theater), An Enemy of the People (Yale Repertory Theater), and Inside the Wild Heart (Group.BR). She holds an MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama and is a proud member of AEA.

Tatiana Pandiani

Tatiana Pandiani

(Director)

is an Argentine born, NYC based director and choreographer who works in English and Spanish. She currently serves as the Associate Director for What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck and directed by Oliver Butler on Broadway (Helen Hayes Theatre). Recent work includes Dike by Hannah

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is an Argentine born, NYC based director and choreographer who works in English and Spanish. She currently serves as the Associate Director for What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck and directed by Oliver Butler on Broadway (Helen Hayes Theatre). Recent work includes Dike by Hannah Benitez (Urbanite Theatre); Friends with Guns by Stephanie Alison Walker (NYTW, reading); Nanas by Leonardo Gonzales (LATEA/LaMicro Theatre); Sensitive to Bite by Eljon Wardally (Primary Stages, workshop); Nicky Park Memorial Park by Deepali Gupta (Hypokrit/New Georges, workshop); Field, Awakening by Melis Aker (Signature Theatre/Corkscrew Festival); and the international tour of Le Negrophilie (Collymore Hall, Barbados; Ubumuntu Festival, Rwanda; Kampala Theater Festival, Uganda). Tatiana has served as director-choreographer and dramaturg for the ongoing development on the bilingual musical, Azul, Otra Vez (Blue, Revisited) at Tofte Lake Center, New York Theatre Workshop, BRIC, The Drama League. Other new play development includes projects with NYTW, Westport Country Playhouse, Pipeline Theatre Co., WalkUp Arts, Timucua Arts Center, PlayXPlay, Lanesboro Arts, IATI Theatre. Upcoming: Losing You, Which Is Enough by Mallory Weiss as part of the Cherry Lane Playwrights Festival. Tatiana is a Teaching Artist at the Atlantic Theatre Company, an adjunct professor at Hofstra University, and an Associate Artist at Miami New Drama. She was a NYTW Directing Fellow and is a recipient of the 2018/2019 National Directors Fellowship from the O'Neill Center and Kennedy Center. Representation: Paradigm. MFA: Columbia. tatianapandiani.com

Raven Perez

Raven Perez

(Grace) is proud to give a voice to Grace. She is a Cuban-American actress raised in Miami, now living in Los Angeles. Raven received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University and is a proud New World School of the Arts alum. Thank you to Cleveland Play House, and more(Grace) is proud to give a voice to Grace. She is a Cuban-American actress raised in Miami, now living in Los Angeles. Raven received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University and is a proud New World School of the Arts alum. Thank you to Cleveland Play House, and to Alexis Scheer for keeping it real since 2003, L’Chaim! Off Broadway: The Black Book (American Theatre of Actors) Regional: Peter Pan (Anchorage Concert Assoc.), Hairspray (Syracuse Stage) Film: Maricruz (Sundance, YouTube New Voices Lab) Instaland (Dreamworks, Act One Digital) This is Our Time (Florian Picasso, Spinnin’ Records) IG: @shakethatraven

Emma Ramos

Emma Ramos

(Yoda) recently appeared Off-Broadway in the world premiere Frontieres Sans Frontieres at the Bushwick Starr. Other theater credits include: Scenes from a Marriage directed by Ivo Van Hove at NTW (Off-Broadway Alliance Best Unique Theatrical Experience Award), Neruda's Romeo and Juliet at Public Theater Mobile Unit, Peerless at Cherry Lane more(Yoda) recently appeared Off-Broadway in the world premiere Frontieres Sans Frontieres at the Bushwick Starr. Other theater credits include: Scenes from a Marriage directed by Ivo Van Hove at NTW (Off-Broadway Alliance Best Unique Theatrical Experience Award), Neruda's Romeo and Juliet at Public Theater Mobile Unit, Peerless at Cherry Lane Theatre, Luna Gale with Actors Theatre of Louisville, Water by the Spoonful at Premiere Stages, and Comfort of Numbers at Signature Theatre Company. She received the Award for Best Comedy at the NBC ShortFilm Festival and was nominated twice for the Imagen Awards. Member of the Acting Company for Sundance Theater Lab 2017. Official selection for 2018 HBO New York Latino Film Festival. Recipient of the Ruth and Harold Newman Scholarship for excellence in acting. Member of The Actors Center. Film Credits include: Marisol, Exeunt, 3rd Street Blackout, Sun Belt Express, and El cielo es azul. Television credits include: New Amsterdam, Law and Order, Unforgettable for CBS, B.U.T.S. for Hulu, and Valentina for HBO.

Courtney Stennett

Courtney Stennett

(Jailbait) is a native of Eagle, Idaho. She graduated with her BFA in Performance from Baylor University. Prior to making the move to Cleveland, Courtney enjoyed living and performing in Chicago. She most recently appeared onstage in the CWRU/CPH productions of Hay Fever as Judith Bliss and The Seagull as more(Jailbait) is a native of Eagle, Idaho. She graduated with her BFA in Performance from Baylor University. Prior to making the move to Cleveland, Courtney enjoyed living and performing in Chicago. She most recently appeared onstage in the CWRU/CPH productions of Hay Fever as Judith Bliss and The Seagull as Masha. Last spring she appeared in Fifth of July as Sally Friedman, and summer 2018, internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Call of the Void. Favorite recent professional credits include Agnes of God (Aleatoric Theatre), A Little Princess (Windy City Music Theatre), and Seminar (Spartan Theatre Company). Courtney is delighted and humbled to be working toward her MFA in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting program and thrilled to be part of this ensemble!

Elisabeth Yancey

Elisabeth Yancey

(Julie Andrews) was most recently seen onstage as Myra Arundell in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program production of Hay Fever. Other CWRU/CPH credits include Nina in The Seagull and Gwen in Fifth of July. Internationally, Elisabeth has performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the world premiere of Call of more(Julie Andrews) was most recently seen onstage as Myra Arundell in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program production of Hay Fever. Other CWRU/CPH credits include Nina in The Seagull and Gwen in Fifth of July. Internationally, Elisabeth has performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the world premiere of Call of the Void. Other favorite credits include the New Ground Theatre Festival as Marina in Cicada, Oberlin Summer Theater Festival as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and work with Wellesley Repertory Theatre. Elisabeth holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Wellesley College, a certificate of classical acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and a certificate of literature from Cambridge University.

Roe Green

(Honorary Producer) is an arts patron, community activist, and chief executive officer of the Roe Green Foundation. With a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Communications from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in Theatre from Kent State University, her experience in stage and business management includes Cain more(Honorary Producer) is an arts patron, community activist, and chief executive officer of the Roe Green Foundation. With a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Communications from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in Theatre from Kent State University, her experience in stage and business management includes Cain Park, Cleveland Opera, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Today she is president emeritus of CAVORT, Inc., the Conference About Volunteers of Regional Theatres and serves on the Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance advisory board, the foundation board of Kent State University, the board of Porthouse Theatre, the board of Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, FL, and the board of Cleveland Play House. She is responsible for the Roe Green Visiting Director Series for the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State and the University of Colorado. Ms. Green has received numerous awards for her support of the arts and new play development including the 2009 State of Ohio Governor’s Award for Arts Patron, the Dramatist Guild’s Patron of the Arts Award (2013), the Muse Award (2014) from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and the Theatre Forward Chairman’s Award (2017). In 2013, she received the CPH Centennial Star Award that recognizes select individuals who have made special and important contributions to CPH’s rich legacy of artistic and educational programming. She is the first recipient of the CPH Super Nova Award (2015) in recognition of her leadership and generosity which has been instrumental in elevating CPH’s presentation of new works through New Ground Theatre Festival. 2019 marks the eighth year of the Roe Green Award at CPH which recognizes a playwright and the development of a new work.

Rachel Lerner-Ley

(CPH Dramaturg) is in her sixth season at Cleveland Play House, where she is the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg. Dramaturgy at CPH includes: Cicada, Tiny Houses, Minton’s Place, Ghost Party, The Chinese Lady, The Nolan Williams Project, CARE monologues, The Good Peaches, FEED, Little Row Boat, Ken Ludwig’s A more(CPH Dramaturg) is in her sixth season at Cleveland Play House, where she is the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg. Dramaturgy at CPH includes: Cicada, Tiny Houses, Minton’s Place, Ghost Party, The Chinese Lady, The Nolan Williams Project, CARE monologues, The Good Peaches, FEED, Little Row Boat, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, and the Violins of Hope concert with the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program and The Cleveland Orchestra. Additional dramaturgy credits: Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Civilians, Actors Theatre of Louisville, WildWind Performance Lab at Texas Tech University, Girl Be Heard. Graduate of Smith College. Member LMDA.

Alexis Scheer

Alexis Scheer

(Playwright) was named Rising Theatre Star by the Improper Bostonian in the 2018 Boston’s Best Issue. She is the playwright behind Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Off the Grid, and McCarter Theatre Center; featured finalist at HowlRound’s LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work, Relentless Award more(Playwright) was named Rising Theatre Star by the Improper Bostonian in the 2018 Boston’s Best Issue. She is the playwright behind Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Off the Grid, and McCarter Theatre Center; featured finalist at HowlRound’s LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work, Relentless Award semi-finalist, and Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist); and Laughs in Spanish (Boston Playwrights' Theatre). She is a proud Miami native and New World School of the Arts alum, and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Alexis is in her final year of the MFA Playwriting program at Boston University, and moonlights as the Producing Artistic Director of the award-winning fringe company, Off the Grid Theatre.

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