Everyday Edna Mae

Everyday Edna Mae Written by Robin Rice Lichtig Young Edna Mae wants to be an artist, but gets sidetracked by an obsession with her weight. Then marriage, children, and an apple-pie life send her far off course. Edna Mae is a victim, not a victor. She finally takes drastic action, losing the life she had but regaining her dream. Elderly Edna Mae pays it forward.

 

 

Heather McAllister - AEA, sag-aftra- Edna Mae

 In 2014 Heather gathered rave reviews, starring as the Norse Goddess of fate in her genius brother Kelly McAllister's metaphysical love story APRIL'S FOOL. (Winner nyfringe 2014 Best Director)

 

"Heather McAllister is wonderfully mysterious and charismatic as the Norn, embodying deep spirituality and a spookily raw savagery as this omnipotent, omnipresent being." - Martin Denton, nytheatre.com

 

"Heather McAllister is superb." - K Aiken @brewgirl

 

"A strong comedic performance from Heather McAllister... she belts out each clever quip with perfect timing and delivery." - Adrienne Urbanski, Theasy.com

 

Off B-way, Heather starred in the American premiere of Shakespeare's rediscovered EDWARD III, "Compelling, delicately nuanced" - The New Yorker

as well as in cult hits THE HEAD, OUR OWN MARGUERITE, and BELLE FOURCHE.  Heather sang and danced as a drunken Queen Elizabeth in DIE, DIE, DIANA!, and also starred in classics JULIUS CAESAR, COMEDY OF ERRORS, KING LEAR, THREE SISTERS, and CHERRY ORCHARD for NY's indie theater elite.

Heather is a founding member of the play reading group The Congregation, reading alongside such luminaries as sag/aftra Chair Anita Hollander, voice over star Vinnie Penna,  and indie favorite Alisha Speilmann, performing a play a month for the past 7 years, including: Rhoda in THE BAD SEED, Titus in TITUS ANDRONICUS, Anabella in TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE, Frankenfurter in ROCKY HORROR and Peter in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. Also! Heather is Lead Puppeteer and voice over artist (Pink Yoshi, Bee Domo, Captain Kirk, etc) for her son Clayton Girard's web-series "Extreme Mario Plushies" currently in it's second season for The High School of Art and Design's film program. YouTube Heathermacism- Twitter Heathermacism

 

Annie McGovern- Sally

Annie has performed extensively in New York theater. Credits include the Off Broadway Productions of Constellations, The Unwrapping of Christmas, Golden Ladder and the long-running hit, Six Goumbas and a Wannabe. Her work has been featured in the independent feature films: Leaving on Arrival, The Stand In, The Look and the award winning short, Choose. Television work includes Guiding Light and the PBS special The Letter. Annie has served as a guest teacher at the TWG Acting Studio, she also coaches acting and vocal technique privately and has taught at the NY School for Film and Television’s Summer Acting Program. A founding member and Co Artistic Director of the award winning 3Graces Theater Co. Some highlights of her work, both as a performer and producer, with 3Graces include the NYC Premier of Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel & Dimed, the 10th anniversary production of Arlene Hutton's As It Is In Heaven, and World Premieres of, company member, Sharyn Rothstein's A Good Farmer and Robin Rice Lichtig's The Power of Birds. For more info visit www.threegracesthearer.org. A proud member of the band Old Kid, Annie can be seen singing all around NYC! B.A. Theater Rutgers, member AEA, SAG, LPTW. Thrilled to be working with Robin again & of course all of these lovely gals!

 

Alison Saltz-Eddi

Alison has participated in over nine NYC theater festivals, and is excited to add another one to the list.  Favorite work includes I Love You, Petty, and Favre (Winner: NYC Fringe Festival, Audience Favorite) and Clubland; Aurora Leigh and RUR at Ensemble Studio Theatre Octoberfest; Punch and Judy Redux at HERE's American Living Room Festival; 5x3 at the Midtown International Theater Festival (Winner: Best Outstanding Overall Production of a New Short Play); Frenzy for Two or More at The Ionesco Festival; and When Cherry Blossoms Bloom at The Strawberry One-Act Festival for which she was a best actress nominee.  This is Alison’s second time working with Robin and Bricken and is thrilled to be reprising the role of Eddi after performing Everyday Edna Mae at Emerging Artists Theatre. Favorite television work includes Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central. You can also catch Alison on the Syfy and bio. channel. Recent feature-length films include Redemption, closing night selection at the 2014 Coney Island Film Festival and featured at the 2014 NYC Independent Film Festival; and The Kids Are Up to Something, which will be hitting the festival circuit in 2015.  

 

Jenny Vallancourt-Koko

Jenny is an Equity actor based in New York City. Recent credits include Eve in Since Africa with The Red Fern Theatre Company, Brandy in Prince at the Gene Frankel Theatre, and Kerry in the world-premiere of Release Point with the New Jersey Repertory Company. She'll return to NJ Rep this April for The Realization of Emily Linder. Jenny is also a Founding Member of The Brewing Department (TBD), a nonprofit theater collective dedicated to fostering a supportive creative community and giving artists a substantive development process in the creation of their work. TBD presented her play The Living Room as part of the 2013 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, and she also appeared as Hilda Wangel in TBD's production of Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea. Most recently, Jenny read the role of Desdemona in Othello as part of TBD's Fall 2014 program, and you'll be able to see her reprise that role in a full production this fall. For more information and updates on future projects, please visit jennyvallancourt.com

 

 

 

About Robin Rice Lichtig

Robin writes play that: create new worlds -Soar with imagination; Burrow for forgotten feelings, bounce with laughter, surprise with twisty juxtapositions; Magic carpets whizzing back and forth in time.Touching down on the real, unreal, and super-real.

 

Previous reviews:

 

"Robin's writing is innately musical."   - Maria Irene Fornes

 

"Robin's work limns those delicate and dangerous places between love and hate, freedom and obligation, reality and surreality, comfort and fear." -Stuart Spencer, playwright (author "The Playwright's Guidebook") 

 

"The truth and vivid wonder in all life's moments were thrilling to bring to life." - E.E. Moe, actor, THE POWER OF BIRDS, Phoenix Theatre (AZ)

 

"An incredible balance of humor and depth." 

- Elisa Whiteman, actor in PURITY AND THE PRINCE (OH)

 

"Funny, heartfelt, pointed, FEATHERS FLY is an insightful comment on American environmentalism, the press, the power of celebrities. What makes it most poignant is that it is based on actual events. I loved directing (a reading of) this gem!" 

- Daedra Kaehler, director (NYC)

 

"Lichtig's language shimmers with humanity."    

         - Hamilton Clancy, Artistic Director, The Drilling Company (NYC)

 

"Ms. Lichtig nails the 'ah-ha' moment that audiences love. The balancing act she's perfected between outrageous humor and tender sentiment is an art form meant to be seen on stage again and again."  - Maureen Brady Johnson, educator, playwright (Ohio)

                      

"Robin is absolutely terrific to work with. She's smart, motivated, passionate, and we were gratified by how thoughtful she was to every individual involved in the collaborative process."   

  - Jennie Webb, Dev. Director, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum (CA)            

 

"Beautiful. Poetry. Robin has a way of building suspense within the plot while allowing the characters to just be themselves. She creates the exact kind of work that I look for both as an artist and as an audience member."                       - Bryan Kenneth, director and actor (NYC)

 

" Robin's plays are imaginative and exciting -- statues come to life, tugboats fall in love, grandmothers slowly change into birds, an ancient civilization emerges from the forests of New Jersey -- and written to be both seen and heard. Movement and environment are crucial elements in her work. The complexity of the relationships in her plays, the richness of her metaphors, and her facility with language make for challenging and rewarding theater."   - Michele Travis, director (NYC)

 

 

"...I was quite taken by (Robin's) ear for dialogue and the breadth and control of her narrative."                                                                                   - Adrien-Alice Hansel, (as former) literary manager, Actors Theatre of Louisville

 

 

"There is never a dull moment in WOMEN w/o WALLS. It is an unusual look at four people trapped together against their will. The characters are richly layered and textured. A play with four excellent roles for women isn't easy to find! The play is also a good creative challenge for an imaginative director, designer and technical crew."                                                                                                        - Jennifer Winegardner, producer

 

 

"We need more of playwrights like Robin who are willing to take chances and put out other stuff that isn't the norm per se -- but real art that is accessible to everyone."

                                                    -  Joyia Bradley, New York City director

 

From playwright Babs Lindsay: "You da bomb!"

 

Bricken Sparacino-Director-

Bricken is an award winning/nominated performer, writer and director. She was one of nytheatre.com’s People of the Year ’08 and has recently been inducted in the Indie Theater Hall of Fame. http://www.indietheaterhalloffame.com/PeopleOfTheYear.

 

You might recognize Bricken work from many a Frigid including  “audience choice award winner” Death: it happens. A girls guide to death and last years Oscar, Tango, Bravo, which was recently published. Other directorial nominated/winning shows include, 36 Hours (Hold Over winner Frigid '13), The Terrible Manpain of Umberto McDougal (Audience Choice winner and hold over winner Frigid '12), Those Whistling Lads (Planet Connections and MITF),Pizza Man (MITF).  Under her direction Chris Harcum’s American Badass (Frigid ’08) was selected to be in a collection of “Best of Plays and Playwrights” and is now published. Recently, she co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in Sisters Grimm: fables of the stage which was publish on indietehaternow.com. Other highlights include: the two person show, MEDICATION for the NYC Fringe Festival which was selected by BACKSTAGE as a highlight for the theatre season. Bricken can be seen on the internet as part of the Key Of Awesome and AMCTV.com’s Sci-fi department. She is proud to be a part of the Frigid again this year! Go to www.bricken.org to read more.

 

Bricken and Birch Productions

As a comedy producing powerhouse since 1999, Bricken and Michael have produced, and directed numerous original works including All About The Comedy (1 &2), Alien Sympathizer Henry Platt Is Missing, Medication for the NY Fringe Festival (Back Stage’s “Theatre Gem” of the year), American Treacle for the Midtown Theater Festival as well as the wildly successful 10:17 Comedy Night, which ran every Saturday night for 3 years at the Gershwin Hotel. At Under St. Marks they have also produced I’m Not Sure I Like the Way You Licked Me and Michael Birch’s One Man Hamlet which currently is touring America. They produced Death it happens: a girls guide to death, which won the festivals “audience choice” award and Sisters Grimm for the Frigid. 

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