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April 15, 2021 , A Virtual Event

Theatre Thursday: Apr. 15

Hosted by Adam Kern and Mekala Sridhar

Run time: 90 minutes
Advisory: The plays presented contain mature language, adult situations, and suggestive adult themes.

April’s Theatre Thursday: Let's Get Physical!, will be an evening of stories about living inside the wonderful, unique and sometimes surprising shell that we call a “body.” Featuring three comedic pieces, it’ll be a celebration of body positivity and a thoughtful—and funny!—exploration of body image, self-esteem, and more. Featuring work by C Julian Jiménez, Kate Huffman and Ken Kaissar.

In preparation for this Theatre Thursday: Let's Get Physical! event, see how you can share your story!

Artists

Oge Agulué

Oge Agulué

(Guest) most recently appeared alongside Bebe Neuwirth in an exquisite play called A Small Fire. National Tour: The Book of Mormon. Off Broadway: Love’s Labour’s Lost. Regional: Bay Street Theater, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, B Street Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Atlanta Shakespeare more(Guest) most recently appeared alongside Bebe Neuwirth in an exquisite play called A Small Fire. National Tour: The Book of Mormon. Off Broadway: Love’s Labour’s Lost. Regional: Bay Street Theater, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, B Street Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Atlanta Shakespeare Company. TV: CBS, Showtime, Apple TV+, Netflix. MFA: University of California, Irvine. @iamoge

Annie Fang

Annie Fang

(Guest) is an actor, singer, and aspiring dumpling-pleating expert based in Philadelphia. Most recently, she appeared virtually in This Is the Week That Is (1812 Productions). Pre-pandemic, Annie made her professional debut in Man of God (InterAct Theatre), followed by SHIP (Azuka Theatre). She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania more(Guest) is an actor, singer, and aspiring dumpling-pleating expert based in Philadelphia. Most recently, she appeared virtually in This Is the Week That Is (1812 Productions). Pre-pandemic, Annie made her professional debut in Man of God (InterAct Theatre), followed by SHIP (Azuka Theatre). She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 with a BA in Economics.

Teri Gamble

Teri Gamble

(Guest) is an international performing artist and drama coach who has performed on international stages from Los Angeles to Moscow, Boston and New York. She has appeared on the hit TV series Superstore, Modern Family and ER and has appeared in numerous theater productions and commercials. Teri is the co-host more(Guest) is an international performing artist and drama coach who has performed on international stages from Los Angeles to Moscow, Boston and New York. She has appeared on the hit TV series Superstore, Modern Family and ER and has appeared in numerous theater productions and commercials. Teri is the co-host of Horror Movie Survival Guide – a horror movie podcast you can stream anywhere you listen to podcasts. She is also an avid D&D – tabletop roleplay gamer – and can be found on various podcasts and streaming channels on Twitch & YouTube (Saving Throw Show). She is a member of the Diversity Higher Comedy sketch comedy team and Ripley Improv! She has an MFA, MBA and BA... because she loves school.

Kate Huffman

Kate Huffman

(Guest) is an award-winning actor/playwright and a certified body image coach. Her work in film, TV, and theatre (Fresh Off the Boat, Castle) has won her an LA Weekly Theatre Award, Encore Producers Award, Indy Fringe Award, and several LADCC and Valley Theatre Award nominations. She was a series regular more(Guest) is an award-winning actor/playwright and a certified body image coach. Her work in film, TV, and theatre (Fresh Off the Boat, Castle) has won her an LA Weekly Theatre Award, Encore Producers Award, Indy Fringe Award, and several LADCC and Valley Theatre Award nominations. She was a series regular in the Emmy-nominated series The New 30, for which she was also nominated for an Indie Series Award. She’s written, performed, and directed sketch comedy at UCB, Second City, iO Chicago, and countless other venues. On stage, she has worked at the Geffen Playhouse, was a long-time member of the Elephant Theatre company, and is currently a member of The Road Theatre Company. Her world-travelled, award-winning solo show I’M TOO FAT FOR THIS SHOW tells her story of twenty years of eating disorders, OCD, and chronic pain. The experience of seeing how universal her story was drove her to find answers to these issues. Now as a certified life and body image coach, she helps people who have long struggled with body hatred to reclaim the time, energy, and money wasted on this war with their bodies so they can live in greater alignment with their purpose. KateHuffman.com

C. Julian Jiménez

C. Julian Jiménez

(Guest) (formerly known as J. Julian Christopher) is a Queer, Puerto Rican and Dominican playwright. He holds an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. Playwriting awards include: New Dramatist Residency (Class of 2025), 2019/2020 Rita Goldberg Playwrights' Workshop Fellow at The Lark, 2017 & 2018 Pipeline Theatre more(Guest) (formerly known as J. Julian Christopher) is a Queer, Puerto Rican and Dominican playwright. He holds an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. Playwriting awards include: New Dramatist Residency (Class of 2025), 2019/2020 Rita Goldberg Playwrights' Workshop Fellow at The Lark, 2017 & 2018 Pipeline Theatre Company PlayLab, 2018 LaGuardia Community College’s LGBTQ History Project Grant, 2015 Queens Arts Council Grant, 2009 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, and 2014 Best New Work Motif Award. Productions include: Man Boobs (Pride Films & Plays, 2011), Nico was a Fashion Model (Counter-Productions, 2013), Animals Commit Suicide (First Floor Theater, 2015), Locusts Have No King (INTAR, 2016), Bundle of Sticks (INTAR, 2020), and Alligator Mouth, Tadpole Ass (Theatre Rhinoceros, 2020). He wrote the book for LatinXoxo at Joe's Pub in 2019. Other plays include anOTHER, ¡OSO FABULOSO! & The Bear Backs, Julio Down by the Schoolyard, and Bruise & Thorn (2018 PlayPenn Conference). He is a co-producer and co-writer of the hit web series, Bulk, and an Associate Professor of Theatre at Queensborough Community College.

Amy Kaissar

Amy Kaissar

(Guest) is the Co-Producing Director of Bristol Riverside Theatre. Directing credits include: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Driving Miss Daisy (Bristol Riverside Theatre), the world premieres of Pennsyltucky and Another Round (Epiphany Theater), A Modest Suggestion (on tour), Crossing Over (Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Searching for St. Anthony (Abingdon more(Guest) is the Co-Producing Director of Bristol Riverside Theatre. Directing credits include: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Driving Miss Daisy (Bristol Riverside Theatre), the world premieres of Pennsyltucky and Another Round (Epiphany Theater), A Modest Suggestion (on tour), Crossing Over (Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Searching for St. Anthony (Abingdon Theatre), and What Happens to Women Here (Stone Soup Productions). Kaissar is also a producer and was twice nominated for the Drama Desk Award for her New York productions, Shake and Bake: Love's Labour's Lost and Midsummer: A Banquet. For The Foundry Theatre she produced Telephone (“Inspired and utterly original” – Ben Brantley, New York Times). She was a Co-Producer of The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway (starring Elisabeth Moss, Jason Biggs, and Bryce Pinkham), helped to finance the Broadway and National Tours of Fun Home (winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical), the Broadway production of Shuffle Along (nominated for 10 Tony Awards) and the Off Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, in Yiddish (winner Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards). BFA Directing Carnegie Mellon University. MFA Producing Columbia University.

Ken Kaissar

Ken Kaissar

(Guest) plays have been performed or developed by the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre Company, Fusion Theatre Company, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Urban Stages and Passage Theatre. His play THE VICTIMS OR WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT (published by McFarland & Company, Inc.) was more(Guest) plays have been performed or developed by the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre Company, Fusion Theatre Company, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Urban Stages and Passage Theatre. His play THE VICTIMS OR WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT (published by McFarland & Company, Inc.) was developed by Golden Thread Productions and Silk Road Rising. His adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s THE CANTERBURY TALES was commissioned by Columbia University. His other plays include A MODEST SUGGESTION (available on Amazon), FAT MUSLIM GIRLS and A LEG UP. He holds a BFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University. Ken is a co-producing director at the Bristol Riverside Theatre (brtstage.org), and the host of the podcast The Audition Helper available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Daniel Patrick Smith

Daniel Patrick Smith

(Guest) is thrilled to be making his Cleveland Play House debut in this exciting virtual event. Other credits include Buddy the Elf in the national tour of Elf the Musical, Ferdinand in The Tempest (New York Classical Theater), Father Flynn in Doubt (Skyline Theater), Gaston in Beauty and the Beast more(Guest) is thrilled to be making his Cleveland Play House debut in this exciting virtual event. Other credits include Buddy the Elf in the national tour of Elf the Musical, Ferdinand in The Tempest (New York Classical Theater), Father Flynn in Doubt (Skyline Theater), Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (Sharon Playhouse), and will play the Sheriff in Desperate Measures (The Good Theater) once it is deemed safe to produce. Dan has also performed in cabarets and developmental workshops throughout NYC, including at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Ensemble Studio Theater, and Lincoln Center. Training: BFA from NYU's Tisch. Instagram: @danielpatricksmith_ danielpatricksmith.com

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