Unearthly Visitants

A NEW PLAY

Based on Ghost Stories Written by Edith Wharton

ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY KEVIN RAY

Do you believe in ghosts?

DEVISED IN COLLABORATION WITH:

Augustus W. Cook II, Jon DeGaetano, Vasile Flutur,

Alyssa Korol, Ian McNally, Monica Mendez,

Henry Menestrier, Jimmy Morgan, Uki Pavlovic,

Matenin Sangare, Rachel Rhea Shannon,

John Teresi & Yang Yu

Wharton's Ghosts Arrive October 2021

A fierce social critic and the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize (The Age of Innocence, 1920) Edith Wharton's chilling short stories are the beating heart of this devised play probing the confinement of social norms and the price the living pay for ignoring the past.

PERFORMANCES

Friday, October 22, 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 23, 2:00 PM*
Saturday, October 23, 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 24, 2:00 PM

Venue

Triskelion Arts | 106 Calyer Street | Brooklyn, NY 11222

* Following 2:00 PM performance on Saturday, October 23, director Kevin Ray will host a free, interactive talk-back with audience members.

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    Jon DeGaetano • Lighting & Projection Design

    Jon DeGaetano is a scenographer and maker who enjoys working in many different mediums for theatre, dance, and performance striving to build environments that encourage genuine human interaction.  He collaborated with Kevin Ray on Mark Ravenhill’s Scenes from Family Life (set and lighting) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (lighting). Most recently his work includes Love’s Labour's Lost, set and lighting (Atlantic Stage2/NYU) Ludwig and Bertie, set and projection (Theater for the New City), If Then Else, lighting (MITU580), and EXHAUSTED, creator, designer, performer (The Tank). EXHAUSTED is a developing piece using entirely green energy generated and performed from a bicycle.  Explorations in experimental work like EXHAUSTED often lead to new methods in his theatrical collaborations. Brooklyn College MFA. jondegaetano.com


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    Alyssa Korol • Costume Design

    Alyssa Korol is a theatre and film costume designer, wardrobe manager, and crafts artisan, who enjoys creating thought provoking works that challenge societal expectations and invite audiences to consider topics from different perspectives. She grew up in northern Vermont and is now based in the New York City area. Past works include The Passion According to GH (Fractured Atlas, an operatic adaptation of Clarice Lispector’s 1964 novella of the same name), Joan of Arc (43 Pieces, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I), and the film pilot of The Rehearsal (BKE Productions). Boston University MFA in Costume Design, 2018. alyssakorol.com


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    Ian McNally • Sound Design & Original Music

    Ian McNally is a composer, performer, and producer based in Queens. Studying under David Fulmer and Shafer Mahoney, he has had pieces performed by The Talea Ensemble, Mazumal, and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. His work centers around the atmospheres of places as told through the multitude of sounds an instrument can create. Aside from his classical work, Ian has produced a number of Brooklyn and Queens based bands at Huntsville Road Recording Studio and performs around the city with acts such as Demeter and Moon Hound. Thanks to Kevin and the whole cast and crew for this opportunity!


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    Henry Menestrier • Production Stage Manager

    Henry Menestrier is a NYC-based stage manger, pursuing his undergraduate degree in Technical Theatre and Design at Brooklyn College. Recent Stage Management credits include Little Women (The Gallery Players), Gloria, The Winter’s Tale, and The Moors (Brooklyn College).


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    Kevin Ray • Producer & Director

    Kevin Ray is a Generative Theater Artist, producing & directing original works in collaboration with actors & designers. He has also directed productions of Jeniffer Haley's Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, Mark Ravenhill's Scene from Family Life and David Harrower's adaptation of John Wyndam's speculative fication novel The Chrysalids. Kevin has directed productions of the musicals The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Monty Python's Spamelot, and A Year with Frog and Toad in addition to Menotti's opera The Telephone. He has received grants to support his work from Brooklyn Arts Council and The Puffin Foundation. Kevin is an Associate Member of SDC and holds an MFA in Theater Directing from Brooklyn College. kevinrayworks.com


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    Yang Yu • Scenic Design

    Yang Yu is a lighting and set designer for performing arts. Her design focus is to use light, space, and time to create emotionally charged environments and experiences. She is also interested in exploring the connection between visual arts and music. Productions include lighting design for Prometheus Bound (The Tank), The Shes (Weasel Festival 2019, The Public Theater), set and lighting design for St. Vincent’s Project (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). She holds an MFA degree in Design & Technical Theater from Brooklyn College and am MA degree in Fashion Design from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. yangyudesign.com

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    Augustus W. Cook II

    Augustus W. Cook II is an NYC based Theater Maker, Cultural Producer, and Marketing Professional. He graduated from The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in 2013. He then went on to co-teach in Stella Adler’s Outreach Division where he worked with students throughout the 5 boroughs. Augustus studied across CUNY campuses to earn both a BA in Investigative Theatre and Mass Media Production and Marketing. He has worked on the press and marketing teams of The Public Theater, AFROPUNK, Bulova, and more.  


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    Vasile Flutur

    Film: Snakeeater, Zoom With Me, Varlet, Delenda, Hell House 2, Kidnapping of A Fish, The Naked Woman, Dominant Species (Slamdance selection) TV: WeCrashed (Apple TV+), For Life (ABC), The Deuce (HBO), The Blacklist (NBC) Theatre: Off-Broadway: Tamburlaine (TFANA), Jericho (Attic Theatre); with Piper Theatre: Island of Dr. Moreau, Splitfoot, The Lincoln Dress MFA Brooklyn College. vasileflutur.com

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    Monica Mendez

    Monica is a New York City based actor. Most recently, she played #7 in The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, Mother in Scenes from Family Life, and Logainne in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee directed by Kevin Ray. She has been nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship from KCACTF, written her own short film, “Before”, and is now a collaborator on several new writing projects including a new play about two first generation teenagers navigating through their adolescent life while dealing with the hurdles of society. Monica’s goal is to tell as many stories that not only touch audiences, but have them thinking about their life and role in society. When she’s not auditioning, you can find her taking more acting classes or in the kickboxing studio working on her punches and kicks! Monica received her BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College.


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    JIMMY MORGAN

    Jimmy Morgan is an actor and musician working in theater and film. Most recently he was seen portraying Benedick in the Stone Church Player’s production of Much Ado About Nothing this past June. He has also been seen on stage at The Public Theater in the annual Bring A Weasel and A Pint of Your Own Blood Festival, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade, Improv Asylum, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, The Tank, and The Secret Theater. He has worked on several short films and web series in recent years and can also be seen playing around NYC and the northeast with his band, Amoeba Earhart. He holds an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and a BA in Theater from Muhlenberg College.


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    Uki Pavlovic

    Uki Pavlovic is an actor, director, and a producer, for both film and stage. His screen work includes recently released series "The Highlands Inn", a dramedy about actors, their pipe dream, and the chosen family, which he wrote, directed, and acted in. His short film, "The Black Mallow", about the struggles of a young immigrant in America, is currently available on Amazon. His most recent stage work includes directing "Moony's Kid Don't Cry" which premiered at DipFe Festival and Gwangju International Theater Festival in South Korea.


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    Matenin Sangare

    Matenin Sangare is a first generation NYC based actor and writer. She received her BFA Acting degree from Brooklyn College in 2019. She was recently seen in Eclipsed, playing the role of The Girl/Wife #4 at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She recently wrapped filming an indie sci-fi film, which will be making its festival run (keep a look out). Some of her other work includes working with Gi60 one minute play festival, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom directed by Kevin Ray, Lear, and La Folie. mateninsangare.com


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    Rachel Rhea Shannon

    Rachel is thrilled to be a part of UNEARTHLY VISITANTS! She is an actor, singer, and voice-over artist and a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. You may have seen her as Debra in The Zenosyne Hotel, heard her as Winlee in the Multiclass Theatre Podcast, or seen her on the UTC Theatre Company stage in Silent Sky (Margaret), Oklahoma! (Laurey), and Hay Fever (Myra). She is grateful to be making art again and would like to thank her beautiful family, friends, and teachers for their everflowing love and support.


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    JOHN TERESI

    New York: All of A Sudden,* Elysium (The Farm/MWEntGroup), Decimal* (New York Theater Festival), QUILTBAG, Animus Anima//Anima Animus, Woe is Me (The Public/Weasel Festival); Regional: Hegemony (Music on the Edge), Sweeney Todd (Pittsburgh Festival Opera), Modern Houses in the Lush Green Savannah that Lies in the Shadow of the Volcano (12 Peers Theater), Woyzeck, Baby Wants Candy: The Improvised Musical, A Reception for Time Travelers, Orpheus in the Berkshires (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Mercy Train (Microscopic Opera); Educational: Porch Play, LEAR, A Map of Virtue (Brooklyn College), The Beggar’s Opera, L’étoile, The Tenderland (CMU); BFA: Carnegie Mellon University; MFA: Brooklyn College. johnmteresi.com

CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUNDRAISER

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the fundraiser! The project would not be possible without the support of these generous contributors:
PHANTASMIC BENEFACTORS
Sherry Teitelbaum
DONORS FROM THE BEYOND
Jutta Gsoels-Lorensen, Jennifer Lavonier, Jennifer Windsor
HAUNTED BESTOWERS
Maria Baratta, Rose Bonczek, Sarah Cafiero, Cheryl Harnest
SPECTRAL SUPPORTERS
Jill Dolan, Amy and Steve Green-Gorelick, Joshua Morgan
If you would like have your name added to the list of supporters, make a contribution on INDIEGOGO.

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UNEARTHLY VISITANTS is performed by permission of the Estate of Edith Wharton and the Watkins/Loomis Agency.

UNEARTHLY VISITANTS is a fiscally sponsored project of Brooklyn Arts Council.

UNEARTHLY VISITANTS is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council. Funding has also been made possible by The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.

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