To celebrate the launch of Volume 3 of The Collective:10 Play Anthology, we premiered two short comedic plays: ODD MAN OUT by C:10 2015 writer Daniel Kennedy and THE FLAMES by David A. Miller (published in Volume One). PLUS we presented encores of three more of your favorite short comedies from past Collective:10 productions. And we kicked off each night with a surprise STAND-UP from Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer."
The selected C:10 comedies in this program were:
DEAD MONKEY by Mark Borkowski
directed by Richard Masur
featuring Booker Garrett and Marc Menchaca
ODD MAN OUT by Daniel Kennedy
directed by Sayra Player & Maggie Champagne
featuring John Dornellas, Sat Charn Fox, Joan Porter*, JB Roté, Brandon T. Snider, Tony White
THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA by William Fowkes
directed by Emma Canalese
featuring Karen Chamberlain and Robert Z Grant*
THE FLAMES by David A. Miller
directed by Richard Masur
featuring Khan Paul Baykal and Kevin Kane*
NO SUGAR by Philip W. Hall
directed by Karen Giordano
featuring Maggie Champagne* and John Norwell
*These actors appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association. C:10 COMEDY is an Equity-Approved Showcase.
**Beer, wine or water. Must show valid ID.
SPONSORED IN PART BY
KHAN BAYKAL (Bill, THE FLAMES) Khan Baykal was born and raised in New Jersey. Film: The Drop; Wild Canaries; Duplicity; The Happy House; Heights; and N.Y.C. Underground. Upcoming films include Crooked & Narrow; and Always Shine with Caitlin FitzGerald. TV: "Third Watch," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "The Black Donnellys," "Kidnapped," and "Blue Bloods."
MARK BORKOWSKI (Playwright, DEAD MONKEY) Mark’s plays have won critical acclaim from coast to coast. Most recently, THE HEAD HUNTER (The Producers Club) and SHADOW SAINT (The Collective NY). Other NYC productions include: A GRAVEDIGGER’S TALE (The Hudson Guild), THE DAUGHTERS OF EVE (The Cherry Lane Studio Theatre), THE MUTILATION OF ST. BARBARA (Gene Frankel Theatre), TWILIGHT’S CHILD (Playwright’s Horizons), WITHIN THE SKINS OF SAINTS (The Common Basis Theatre), THE RUDE MAN (The Kraine Theatre), THE GODLING, and THE SHADOW KEEPER (Tribeca Lab), as well as many others. Outside New York: SUICIDE, INC. at The Walnut St. Theatre in Philadelphia. In Los Angeles, his LONELY VIGIL FOR A STRANGER ran at The Burbage Theatre where LA Times heralded it, “Fireworks and Poetry.” Publications include: A GRAVEDIGGER’S TALE (Smith & Krauss) "Best of 2009" and DON’T LISTEN TO WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE (Smith & Krauss) "Best One Acts of 2007" and SHADOW SAINT (Collective NY). He is the winner of the Playwrights Fellowship Award from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and The Rod Serling Award for “The Godling.”
Mark is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio and The Dramatists Guild. Wish to thank my friends at The Collective NY for their passion, talent and generosity.
EMMA CANALESE (Director, THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA) Selected directorial and choreographic work include EINSTEIN AND MILEVA (Theatre Row, NY), HOLLYWOOD, HOLLYWOOD (MITF, nominated for Best Direction and Best Choreography), YELLOWPANTS (SOLOCOM at The Pit, NY), AMERICA (Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, winner of Best Audience Award), THE TEMPEST: REMIXED (Teatro Heckscher, NY), A SENSE OF PURPOSE ON SUNDAYS (UNSW, Aust) and PAR AMNESIA (One Extra Dance, Aust). Graduate of The Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts and The Neighborhood Playhouse, NY.
KAREN CHAMBERLAIN (Janine, THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA) Karen holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University where she studied with William Esper and Maggie Flanigan. After graduation, she trained to teach The Meisner Technique under William Esper and taught at his studio for nine years, as well as for The BFA Professional Actor Training program at Rutgers University. Karen was the first On-Site Resident Director for The Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare's Globe. Currently, she is on the faculty of both NYU and The Maggie Flanigan Studio. Other university credits include The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. This year's Collective:10 2015 is Karen's fifth production with The Collective. FILM/TV: "Inside Amy Schumer," "TRAINWRECK," "Blink" (formerly titled "Tiger Lily Road"), "Gabi On The Roof In July."
MARGARET CHAMPAGNE* (Debbie, NO SUGAR; Co-Director, ODD MAN OUT; Executive Producer) Margaret Champagne is an actor-writer-comedian. Recently she originated the roles of Florence in Eagle projects "BROKEN HEARTLAND," and starred in the the feature film "DIANE" in the role of Detective Phillips. She also worked in the cult classic "Bikini Blood Bath Trilogy," "Mark of the Beast," and "Merminators From Outer Space.' She just wrapped the web-series pilot for "Quarter Life Crisis" and is currently appearing on "Inside Amy Schumer." She is an Ensemble Member of The Collective, and creator of the brand new series "Lipstick Garage." SAG-AFTRA, AEA.
CHRIS D'ANGELO (Lighting Designer)
JOHN DORNELLAS (Derrick, ODD MAN OUT) John is a graduate of The William Esper Studio where the wonderful Suzanne Esper turned his world upside down and Per Brahe added to the insanity with the help of Balinese mask study, Michael Chekhov and mind bending narcotics. In addition to The Collective, John is a proud member of Peta, Unicef and The Vegan Society.
WILLIAM FOWKES (Playwright, THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA)
SAT CHARN FOX (Brianna, ODD MAN OUT)
BOOKER GARRETT (Zena, DEAD MONKEY) Booker Garrett hails from Arkansas, studied with the Upright Citizens Brigade and graduated from Smith College and the William Esper Studio. She operates as an actor, director, art director and producer and is a grateful permanent ensemble member of The Collective NY. She is a recurring cast member on "Inside Amy Schumer" on Comedy Central and has most recently shot for the following films: "TRAINWRECK," "Uncle Silas," "The Room Rental," "Open Roads." In her spare time she's a collector of doll parts, involved in LGBTQ community outreach and mostly concerned with sparkles and magic. www.bookergarrett.com
KAREN GIORDANO (Director, NO SUGAR) Karen Giordano is an actor/director and a native of New York City. Her theatre directing credits include "The Great Nebulous of Orion" by Lanford Wilson, "Rosemary and Ginger" by Edward Allen Baker as well as others. Her work on "Face Divided" by Edward Allen Baker earned her a nomination for Best Director by Planet Connections Theater Festival. Also an actress of stage, film and television, she was recently nominated for Best Lead Actress at the Milan Film Festival for her work in "Subterranean Love." Karen is also an internationally known acting coach, teacher and co-founder of Urban Angels Acting Workshop in New York City.
ROBERT Z GRANT* (Mark, THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA; Co-Artistic Director) Robert is an actor and improviser. He is a Founding Member of The Collective and a current Co-Artistic Director. With The Collective: Ionesco's THE LESSON, THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA (C:10 2013), CAFE D'AUTOMATIQUE (C:10 2014), SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME (NYIT nomination for Outstanding Direction), ME EQUALS THIS. Beyond The Collective, Robert tours the country with BROADWAY'S NEXT HIT MUSICAL, an award-winning improvised musical comedy. TV/FILM: "Inside Amy Schumer" (Comedy Central), "42 Seconds of Happiness." Robert is a graduate of the William Esper Studio where he studied with Bill Esper. He also studied dance at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, clown with Christopher Bayes at Juilliard, and improvisation with Ralph Buckley. Robert is probably best known for his anonymity.
PHILIP W. HALL (Playwright, NO SUGAR)
KEVIN KANE (Cameron, THE FLAMES; Co-Artistic Director) Kevin is a founding member and co-artistic director of The Collective NY where he has acted in and directed numerous productions since its inception. He was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor (NYIT) for his performance in the revival of SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME at NYTW. He served as special on-set consultant to Judd Apatow during the making of Trainwreck. Kevin is nominated for a 2015 Emmy along with fellow Collective founder Amy Schumer for "Best Sketch Show" for Inside Amy Schumer. Film: Trainwreck, Uncle Silas, I'm Not Me, TV: Inside Amy Schumer, SVU, White Collar, Blue Bloods.
DANIEL KENNEDY (Playwright, ODD MAN OUT) Daniel is an actor and writer who lives in Seoul, South Korea. He has written and produced dozens of short and full-length plays for the stage and has performed in many more. He is currently performing as Gaston in the Korean television drama, "Ice Pick." This is his first time working with The Collective, and he is honored and excited by the opportunity.
LAURA MALSEED* (Stage Manager, Sound/Projection Design) Credits include: Off Broadway’s How 2 B A New Yorker, Unmentionables (Theatre 54), The Mutilated (New Ohio – Drama League Nomination), Blank Canvas (HERE Arts Center), A Dance for Rylie (dir. Bob Cline). Production Manager for Nylon Fusion Theatre Company. Graduate of Pace University. Member of AEA. www.LauraMalseed.com
RICHARD MASUR (Director, DEAD MONKEY; Director, THE FLAMES) Actor and director Richard Masur has been well known to film and television audiences for over 40 years.
Masur has starred in more than 50 feature films, including "Who’ll Stop the Rain", "Risky Business", "My Girl", "Heaven’s Gate", "Forget Paris", "Heartburn", "Under Fire", the soon to be released "Tumbledown", and he has just finished shooting "Don’t Think Twice".
He has appeared in over 45 television films, four of which—"Adam", "Fallen Angel", "The Burning Bed" and "When The Bough Breaks"—are among the top-ten rated TV movies of all time. Masur received an Emmy nomination for his performance in "The Burning Bed". Other television movie credits include roles in HBO’s much-heralded "And The Band Played On", Showtime’s "Hiroshima", and HBO’s "61*". Masur has also starred in numerous popular TV series, including "The Hot l Baltimore", "One Day at a Time", "Rhoda", "Empire", "Picket Fences", and has been seen on countless TV comedy and drama series, including most recently HBO’s "Bored To Death", and "Girls", CBS’ "The Good Wife", Netflix’ "Orange is the New Black", and soon Amazon’s "Red Oaks" and "Transparent".
He has appeared on Broadway in the Tony nominated productions of David Storey’s THE CHANGING ROOM, Nora Ephron’s LUCKY GUY, and Michael Frayne’s DEMOCRACY; and Off-Broadway in the Culture Project’s production of THE EXONERATED; MTC’s world premiere of SARAH, SARAH, by Daniel Goldfarb; The Public Theatre’s production of Rinne Groff’s THE RUBY SUNRISE; Playwrights Horizon’s world premiere of A FEMININE ENDING by Sarah Treem; the New Group’s production of Mike Leigh’s 2000 YEARS; MAKE ME, by Leslie Ayvazian at the Atlantic, Roger Rosenblatt’s THE OLDSMOBILES at The Flea, Charles Busch’s OLIVE AND THE BITTER HERBS at Primary Stages, and FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN by Will Power at the McCarter and the NY Theater Workshop.
Masur is a past National President of Screen Actors Guild. First elected to the SAG Board in 1989, he then served as SAG 3rd National Vice President, SAG President and again on the National Board until April 2012. He worked for over 20 years to help effect the merger of SAG and AFTRA, and is proud to have also been a National Board member of SAG-AFTRA, a position from which he has recently retired.
Masur has been active as a director as well. His film first project, "Love Struck", a 23-minute film that he both wrote and directed, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. His next effort, "Torn Between Two Fathers", an Afterschool Special, earned him a nomination for the Directors Guild of America Award. He has directed episodes of TV’s "The Wonder Years" and "Picket Fences". And he has directed several productions for LA Theater Works / The Play’s the Thing, including: AFTER THE FALL, INCIDENT AT VICHY, and THE RIDE DOWN MT. MORGAN, by Arthur Miller and the Steppenwolf adaptation of THE GRAPES OF WRATH, as well as numerous workshops and showcases here in NY, many by Mark Borkowski.
Masur is a Founding Member of the Motion Picture & Television Fund Corporation and also served for 6 years on the California Film Commission. He is currently a member of the National Film Preservation Board, advising the Librarian of Congress.
He is married to actress and former NY Screen Actors Guild President Eileen Henry.
MARC MENCHACA (Wolf, DEAD MONKEY) TV/FILM: "Chicago PD", "Homeland," "Blue Bloods," "L&O: SVU/CI," "Sleepy Hollow," "Inside Amy Schumer," "Generation Kill," "This Is Where We Live" (writer/director), "She's Lost Control," "Reparation." Theatre: FOOL FOR LOVE, JUST ABOUT CURED.
DAVID A. MILLER (Playwright, THE FLAMES)
JOHN NORWELL (Barry, NO SUGAR) Studied at the MFA Actors Studio Program. Would like to thank my teachers, Barbara Poitier, Julie Garfield and John Strasberg.
SAYRA PLAYER* (Co-Director, ODD MAN OUT; Executive Producer) Sayra is a member of the Actors Studio and The Collective. She just finished filming UNCLE SILAS, a short adaptation of a play she wrote last year for C:10. Sayra has extensive downtown theatre credits, and worked in Italy and Poland with the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards. Sayra has appeared in two seasons of "Inside Amy Schumer." She starred in Joe Maggio's "Paper Covers Rock"(IFC/ SXSW) & "Euphoria". Other credits include: "Americana", "A Little Closer", "Turnabout", "Duane Hopwood" (Sundance), "Law and Order" and "A Song Still Inside."
JOAN PORTER* (Leslie, ODD MAN OUT)
JB ROTE (Kathy, ODD MAN OUT) JB Roté first fell in love with the theatre in Vermont while playing the role of a snowflake at age 7. Training: Brandeis, BADA, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Theatre: CRAWL FOR IT, DONNIE AND THE MONSTERS, IT COMES FROM BEYOND! (Horse Trade Theater), BALCONY SCENE 2010 (MoMA PS1), SAD CLOWN AND THE GIPPER (Perishable Theatre), AUNT SYLVIA IS DEAD (The Collective). Thanks and Love to The Collective. More at: jbrote.tumblr.com
BRANDON T. SNIDER (Mave, ODD MAN OUT) Brandon T. Snider has authored the award-winning Dark Knight Manual, as seen in Entertainment Weekly, Time, Forbes, and Wired as well as the best-selling DC Comics Ultimate Character Guide. Additionally, he's written books featuring Cartoon Network favorites such as Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Uncle Grandpa, as well as pop culture icons like Superman, Transformers, and The Muppets. Brandon has also written for and appeared on Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer. As an actor he's appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Law & Order: SVU, as well as various commercials, stage productions and short films. Brandon lives in New York City, where he's a member of the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA. More information can be found at www.cootiekid.com.
NAOMI WARNER (Executive Producer) Most recently seen in Season 3 of "Inside Amy Schumer", Naomi is a graduate of the William Esper Studio, and a member of the Collective's Permanent Ensemble. She is also a Veterinary Technician. Collective credits include: TURTLEFACE, 360, I.E.D READINGS & ONE-ACTS, and AUNT SYLVIA IS DEAD. Other theater credits include: TROJAN WOMEN at Foundation Theater, HAPPY HOUR at the 45th Street Theater, THE TEMPEST and TWELFTH NIGHT with Westwind Repertory, and RIGHT AS RON at the Bank Street Theater. Film & T.V. credits include: "Inside Amy Schumer", the film adaptation of "Turtleface", and a "Brew Of The Dead P.S.A." Love to C.M.B.
TONY WHITE (Jacob, ODD MAN OUT) Tony White has appeared on "The Jim Gaffigan Show," "Difficult People," "Unforgettable," "Broad City," The Onion News Network, "As the World Turns," "Law and Order SVU," "Convictions," "NYC 22," "Rescue Me," "The Leftovers" and "Orange is the New Black." Feature Films: "Chasing Banksy," "Run All Night" and "Before We Go." He is Represented by Carson Kohlker and Avanti Talent. Produced: "Four Dogs and a Bone," "Where’s My Money," The Cherry Orchard, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Uncommon Women, Titus Adronicus, and Lysistrata.