Laid to Rest

Life after college is hard. Dead-end jobs. Lousy housing. A crushing sense of futility. Your dead friend casually haunting your apartment. Join us for a reading of this brand-new comedy as we explore what can be found in the space between this world and the next.



Two years ago, a group of haggard college students looked at their writer/co-director and wondered why anyone would voluntarily write their senior show about so much death, betrayal, and desperation. They demanded that the next time around, there would be fun, laughter, and joy — they wanted a comedy.

They’re getting Laid to Rest. There’s still death, but there’s also sex, romance, and the little trials of life. Sure, it isn’t amusing when someone dies at twenty-four for no good reason, but put it in a novelty hat and death can become a funny part of life.





MORGAN DOELP (Ashley) is ecstatic to be a part of Laid to Rest. She hails from Ventnor City, NJ, but currently resides in Manhattan. Morgan attended AMDA NY for Musical Theatre. Laid to Rest will be her second time performing on a New York stage. Her first appearance was being featured in The Great Forgotten, a part of FringeNYC. Morgan would like to thank her cast mates and production team for such a fun experience. She would also like to thank her parents for their endless support. 



JUSTIN JOHNSON (Don) is a recent graduate from Hampshire College, with a Liberal Arts degree in Theatrical Sound Design and Computer Science. He has designed 14 shows over the last two years, with much of his work at Hampshire being focused around creating immersive sound designs in full collaboration with the director and design team, to create a compelling world for the audience. His thesis focused on pushing the boundaries of sound-interactive technology in theatre. While his current focus is in audio, much of Justin's background is in acting, and he is excited to be back on stage with Laid to Rest!



ANDREW JONES (Guy) is a New York-based theater artist and a graduate of the SUNY Purchase theater program. He would like to thank his family, friends, and colleagues as he makes his final appearance on stage before ascending into The Neverrealm. Fight forever, make stuff yourself, destroy society from the inside, love everyone who isn't hurtful.




QUINLAN SPARKS (Dave) is a recent graduate from Hampshire College, where he studied creative writing and fell sort of sideways into performance. Recent credits include a host of original student work and Jesus Hopped the A Train (D’Amico). He dreams of being a professional hermit when he grows up, but in the meantime he’ll settle for acting and writing a book or two.



ARDEN WINANT (Terri): Selected/Regional: Eurydice (dir. Rachel Dickstein), Much Ado About Nothing (Barefoot Shakespeare), Measure for Measure (Mercury Glass Theatre Co.), 4.48 Psychosis (Wirehead Collective), The House of Bernarda Alba (Theatre of WAR), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Illustrious Theatre Co.), Immigrants in America (@ Ellis Island). Film/TV: The Family Fong (dir. Jason Bateman), Adventureland, Bee Season, A View From the Top, “Girls”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Blue Bloods”, “Elementary”. Training: Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Purchase College,  SUNY; Linda Benanti Voice Studio; The King Centre For the Performing Arts. Member of SAG/AFTRA.



JIMMY LOVETT (Writer/Director) is a recent graduate of Hampshire College where they studied playwriting and directing and premiered three shows. While their favorite writing topics include ghosts and death, they also enjoy high (and low) fantasy and cat pictures. Jimmy would like to dedicate this script to the 2014 Complacency team, who said that next time they had to write a comedy. Follow them on twitter @jimmy_lovett.



JALANA SLOATMAN (Stage Manager) is a graduate of Hampshire College where she studied lighting and scenic design. She then picked up the heavy mantle of stage management as an intern stage manager at Florida Studio Theatre. Since moving to New York, she has delved into her primary interest of immersive and interactive theater through Sleep No More (Guest Relations),The Illuminati Ball (Stage Manager) Zigfield's Midnight Frolic (ASM, PM). Jalana is thrilled to be theatrically reunited with Jimmy.



ARIANNA MAYER (Producer/Graphic Designer) is a carpenter, painter, props artisan, graphic designer, and general tech person - though for this show, she mostly filled the role of "mysterious benefactor." Hailing from Upstate and graduating from Hampshire College, she is glad to be back in the Northeast after bouncing around the country working for theatres such as Florida Studio Theatre and Weathervane Playhouse. She currently works at Horse Trade as the operations assistant and graphic designer, and as a carpenter at The McKittrick Hotel (Sleep No More). When not making theatre, she puts her biology degree to good use dispensing amateur medical advice consisting almost entirely of the phrase, "Get off WebMD and call a doctor."

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