Heart of Oak

Heart of Oak Presented by Everyday Inferno Theatre Company – New York, NY Written by Laura Hirschberg, Directed by Anais Koivisto Fleeing arranged marriage, Princess Alvida commandeers a pirate vessel and assembles an unlikely crew of serving women. As she struggles with opposing roles – pirate and princess – her betrothed finds himself falling for a woman he's barely met. Shanties and swordfights frame this theatrical tale of love on the high seas...

Kasey Brown (Heart of Oak -Eva) is so excited to be involved in this exciting play and company! She is an actor, singer, director, and voiceover artist who loves to explore the city. Her recent credits include Edward II (Mercury Glass Theatre Company) and an all-female production of Romeo and Juliet (Manhattan Shakespeare Project). This past summer, Kasey assistant directed Life Without Parole (WAT Project) at the New York Fringe International Festival. Thanks to the cast, crew, and company for this awesome experience. http://ksybrwn.wix.com/kasey-brown


Sam Bruce (Heart of Oak - Sibyll) is delighted to be back in the FRIGID festival this year playing Sibyll in her fourth Everyday Inferno production! Last Season she played Third Witch in the Festival's Hangover (encore) selection Something Wicked, and most recently she was the ever present Henry in The Splendid Adventurers Club, Miranda in The Tempest (Inwood Shakespeare festival) and got all her nautical knowledge from appearing in six productions at the Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea! www.sambruceactor.com


Dax Dupuy (Heart of Oak - Hanna) is jazzed to return to the stage after a year of hiding in her bedroom writing musicals! She is a proud Louisiana native and will happily make a gumbo for you in exchange for swing dancing lessons. Dax has been acting and composing in the regional theatre world (Barter Theatre, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Duke City Repertory Theatre) since college and is excited to now serve the audiences of New York! She'd like to thank her immensely wonderful friends for all of the love and encouragement and scotch.


Mariah Freda (Heart of Oak - Johanna) is an actor, writer and creator. She holds an M.F.A in acting from The New School for Drama. She has worked as a collaborative artist with The Anthropologists making exploratory, socially conscious theater. Some NYC and NSD credits include: Mahalla (Oni), The Lecture/TheBlackout (Karma/Marion), Atalanta K.O. (Atalanta), The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Nanny), Henry VI (Bolingbrooke), and Uncle Vanya (Yelena). Her first full-length play, Little Piece of You, took stage at The New York International Fringe Festival and her solo show, Jesus H, premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.


Leslie Gauthier (Heart of Oak - Alvida) is thrilled to be working with her friends at Everyday Inferno again. Past EITC Credits: Briar Rose & the Thirteenth Fairy (Briar Rose) & Turn of the Screw (Flora). Other notable credits: Stop the Virgens (St. Anne's Warehouse), Turn of the Screw (reading, Lincoln Center), 23 Year Old Myth (Playwright/Lead), The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Pace), Madame de Sade (Madame de Sade). She’s also performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival as well as with Target Margin and Clubbed Thumb. Film: ‘I’m Sticking with You’; Webseries: ‘What Next’ with Little Fish Productions (www.youtube.com/user/LittleFishNYC). Many thanks to Katherine, Anais, EITC & badass princesses everywhere.


Tsebiyah Mishael (Heart of Oak - Liv) is ecstatic to be participating in the Frigid Festival and working with Everyday Inferno Theatre Company. A New York native, she is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the British American Drama Academy in London. Tsebiyah has been enjoying collaborating with friends on short films, writing for the website For Harriet, and living the wonderfully hectic life of an NYC actress. Notable roles include Lady Macbeth, Othello's Emilia, and Helen Stonor in Red Monkey Theater Group's adaptation of Sherlock Holmes: Adventures of the Speckled Band. She'd like to thank all of her friends and family for their undying support, and Horse Trade Theater Company for hosting such an amazing platform for artists to display their talents. If you'd like to keep up with Tsebiyah and see more of her work, you can find her on twitter and Instagram @Tsmish, or check out her website www.tsebiyah.com!


Jacob Owen (Heart of Oak - Alfred) is proud to announce that he is making his New York City debut with Everyday Inferno Theatre Company in their production of Heart of Oak. Jacob is a recent graduate from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts 14'. He would like to thank his parents, teachers, and friends for all their love and support.


Cristina M. Ramos (Heart of Oak - Rona) is stoked to be a member of this swashbuckling crew (*slash* cast… see what I did there?). Alumna of Columbia University and The Lee Strasberg Institute, Cristina is an acting, singing, dancing, directing, fight enthusiast who also writes plays in her "spare" time. Performance credits include: Tales of the Perpetually Single But Eternally Optimistic, Real | Crazy (with Everyday Inferno!), and Neil Simon's Plaza Suite, as well as dance-theater pieces at Latino Night at Madison Square Garden and The Latin Billboard Awards. She is certified in unarmed and sword & shield stage combat with the SAFD (recommended passes), and is currently working on three original plays and an adaptation of a Spanish play. She's also a Company Collaborator with Everyday Inferno! Heartfelt thanks and love to all those who always support Cristina's crazy endeavors – you know who you are! Find out more at www.cristinamramos.com.


Laura Hirschberg (Heart of Oak - Playwright) is a NYC-based playwright/director/stage manager, delighted to be collaborating again with Everyday Inferno.  Laura's works have been developed and produced by Harvard University, Looking Glass Theatre, WorkShop Theater, 3V Theatre, Caps Lock Theatre, and the 9BC Performance Series.  She is a proud member of the WorkShop Theater Company and 3V Theatre.  Following Heart of Oak, Laura's new short play, Fish Food will be featured as part of a festival of food plays at the WorkShop Theater in April.


Anais Koivisto (Heart of Oak - Director) is an award-winning New York based freelance director with an interest in new works and heightened-language classics. Previous credits include The Turn of the Screw at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, A Map to Somewhere Else (133rd Street Arts Center Lab), Something Wicked (a Hangover encore selection in last year's FRIGID Festival), Briar Rose & the Thirteenth Fairy (The Jan Hus Playhouse), and multiple short plays and readings with Everyday Inferno, 3V, the Looking Glass Theater Forum, and the Core Artists' Ensemble. Anaïs is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Everyday Inferno Theatre Company, holds a BFA from Boston University and has studied at LAMDA and ACT, is a New York Affiliate member of Seiche Productions, and has served as a member of (Re:) Directions Theatre Company and the Theatre Artists' Conspiracy. www.anaiskoivisto.com


Jon Meyer (Heart of Oak - Stage Combat) Jon is an Actor, Fight Choreographer, and Company Collaborator with Everyday Inferno from the greater Cincinnati area. He is incredibly grateful to yet again work with such a gifted set of artists on another spectacular production. Along with spending years under the tutelage of Fight Master, Mark Guinn, Jon is also a member of Rat Pack Productions (a stage combat and stunt company) and has choreographed moments of violence in Everyday Inferno's A Map to Somewhere Else and The Turn of the Screw. He has also choreographed for productions at Columbia University, the most recent of which was Three Sisters


Katherine Sommer (Heart of Oak - Producer) is a producer and director working primarily in the tri-state area.  She is a Skidmore College graduate and a current board member of the North Jersey-based theatre company Tomfoolery Theatre, where she has co-produced Godspell and Zombie Prom.  She has directed productions in four consecutive Writer/Director Forums at the Looking Glass Theater (NY).  She is proud to be a founding member of the innovative and wonderful Everyday Inferno Theatre Company where she now serves as Producing Director.  With Everyday Inferno, Katherine was the producer of The Turn of the Screw at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, A Map to Somewhere Else, Something Wicked (a Hangover encore selection in last year's FRIGID Festival), and Briar Rose & the Thirteenth Fairy as well as the director of By Sun and Candlelight, Dog and Human as part of The Golden Hour and Stella Starlight: Queen of Space and The Policy as part of If on a Winter's Night...  She is excited to be a part of this year's FRIGID festival and is, as always, eternally grateful to her incredibly supportive parents and friends.

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