Following sold-out performances at The PIT and Dixon Place,
THE MOTHER LINE STORY PROJECT
is coming to the Abingdon Theatre Company's Dorothy Strelsin Theatre (312 West 36th Street) for a one-night-only engagement on Friday, December 2 at 7pm.
THE MOTHER LINE STORY PROJECT is a storytelling platform specifically designed to bring together generations of women to tell the stories of their maternal ancestors through the creation of new, self-devised work—think The Moth Radio Hour meets ancestry.com.
During a series of workshops, an ever-expanding cast of storytellers works with guest directors and designers to curate one-of-a-kind performances, in which the triumphs and traumas of the women who came before can be spoken, heard, and celebrated. Universal appeal meets personal power in this show by women, about women, for everyone.
Abingdon Theatre Company is dedicated to developing and producing new American work by emerging and established artists. Under the artistic direction of Tony Speciale, the company provides a safe home where playwrights, directors and actors can collaborate within a supportive and nurturing environment.
THE MOTHER LINE STORY PROJECT runs Friday, December 2 at 7:00 PM at Abingdon Theatre Company's Dorothy Strelsin Theatre (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Tickets are $17-$20 and available at abingdontheatre.org or by calling 212-352-3101.
MEET THE DIRECTOR AND CAST...
Director Kel Haney has recently directed The Elephant in Every Room I Enter (La MaMa, created by Gardiner Comfort & Kel Haney); Vickie Ramirez'sGlenburn 12WP (59E59); Jonathan Caren's The Recommendation (The Flea); Gardiner Comfort's You're Not Tough (HERE, Dixon Place); Jordan Jaffess Crude(Black Lab Theatre/Theater 511 @ Ars Nova); Neil LaBute's The Way We Get By (American Theater Group, regional premiere); Deborah Brevoort's My Lord, What a Night, Kate Cortesi's Great Kills, Quiara Alegria Hudes's Water by the Spoonful (all at Premiere Stages). She has directed/developed new work with The Amoralists, Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, Cherry Lane, Keen Company, Labyrinth, The Lark, Ma-Yi, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, New Georges, Partial Comfort, Playwrights Realm, Rattlestick, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, & Williamstown. Also: MTC Directing Fellow, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Mabou Mines Residency, Old Vic/New Voices Exchange and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Nandita is a New York-based actor-playwright who enjoys hearing an audience laugh. Her most recent play,Washer/Dryer premiered at East West Players in Los Angeles and was subsequently produced in Chicago by Rasaka Theater and Off-Broadway in New York by Ma-Yi Theater Company where she also played the leading role of Sonya. Her first play, Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature, was produced by theHegira in Washington, DC. Nandita is the winner of the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting for her commissioned one-act, Safe Haven. Other one-acts, Marrying Nandini, By Popular Demand, Rules of Engagement, and A More Perfect Date, have been produced in New York City and regionally. Notable acting credits include World Premiers of Eric Pfeffinger’s Some Other Kind of Person and Richard Dresser’s Trouble Cometh as well as a season at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the Dramatists Guild, and Actors Equity. Nandita holds a BA in English literature from Yale University.
Cleo Gray was a member of The Flea Theater’s resident acting company, The Bats, and co-producer of the hit late night series #serials@theflea. The Flea: World premieres of The Place We Built by Sarah Gancher, directed by Danya Taymor, a cautionary tailby christopher oscar peña, Thomas Bradshaw’s JOB (dir. Benjamin Kamine); NYC premieres These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney and Amy Freed’s Restoration Comedy (dir. Ed Sylvanus Iskandar) as well as 50+ short plays for #serials. Other NYC credits include Mayi’s Solider X by Rehana Lew Mirza, directed by Lucie Tiberghien, DONKEY PUNCH by Micheline Auger (Soho Playhouse), Youngblood’s Asking For Trouble ’12-’16 (The Ensemble Studio Theatre).
Déa is thrilled to join the Mother Line Story Project! Favorite credits include: West Side Story 1st Nat’l Tour (Rosalia / dir. Arthur Laurents/David Saint). New York: STET (Abingdon Theatre/Tony Speciale), Intimacy (The New Group/Scott Elliott), Lawnpeople (Cherry Lane/Elena Araoz), Abraham’s Daughters and The Seven Little Foys (Fringe NYC), Suzan Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays (Public Theater). Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus. Film: Fan Girl, Cut In Half, Public Speaking. Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women. www.deajulien.com
Ngozi Anyanwu is an overall Renaissance Woman. Education: University of California San Diego's (MFA acting) Point Park University (B.A) Acting :The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Barrington Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and The Mark Taper Forum. TV credits: Limitless, Deadbeat, The Affair Law and Order SVU and Mysteries of Laura and the upcoming show The Deuce. Producer: 1st Generation Nigerian Project, Co-Producer and Director of New Play Development of Now Africa's Playwrights Festival. Director: She Gon Learn, by Lisa Strum for the Emerging Arts Festival, United Solo Festival, National Black Theater; Black Love. Playwrighting Good Grief, Victory is Ours and The Homecoming Queen. Good Grief was presented as part of the Rising Circle Collective’s 6th annual Ink Tank and the play also received a workshop production at INTAR Theatre. Most recently Good Grief won the Inaugural CTG/Humanitas Award and will have a reading at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Victory is Ours was recently presented as part of the National Black Theatre’s Keep Soul Alive Monday Reading Series. An excerpt of The Homecoming Queen will be presented as part of The Fire This Time's Inaugural's Writers group. Anyanwu is also a recipient of the Djerassi Artist Residency.
Lauren Nordvig is most decidedly Scandinavian, but let’s not forget the Irish on her mother’s side...she’s also a Gator Grad, a Shakespeare Society Ambassador, a Strangemen & Co Artistic Associate, a company member at The Hippodrome State Theatre and has worked with The Pearl, HVSF2, Epic Theatre Ensemble and was last seen in The Woodsman Off- Bway. She’s also honored to be in the company of these ladies - thank you for supporting women’s voices and new work.
Ms. Guevara is excited to be a part of the "Motherline Project". She was last seen in the New Jersey premier of "Water by the Spoonful" (directed by Kel Haney) at Kean University and previous credits include Columbia Stages productions of "La Paloma Prisoner" and "The Hour of The Star", the world premier of "Seven Spots on the Sun" at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Working Theatre's production of "La Ruta" and the rep group of Houses on the Moons production of "De Novo" which will be performing in different venues around the 5 boroughs throughout the spring. Other New York stage credits include, "Quail" at the Ohio Theatre for Clubbed Thumb; Intars "Animus", part of their New Plays festival, performed at Playwrights Horizons and "Shi*hole" for DUTF. Previous film/TV credits include "Sonia's Choice" for the #imhere campaign, "Rope Art", "Legend of the 13 Suns" for Kraft as well as "Law and Order". She has appeared on the CBS pilot "Limitless" and most recently worked on "Gotham-The Red Queen".
Amanda A. Lederer is an NYC-based actor, most recently seen in Strangemen & Co.'s The Woodsman at New World Stages. She's an Associate Artistic & Producing Director of Strangemen & Co., Co-Producer of The Mother Line Story Project, the Social Media Manager for both, and the Director of the Mother Line International Initiative. Off-Broadway: The Woodsman (59E59, Ars Nova), Shlemiel the First (TFANA). NY: St. Anne's Warehouse, NYMF, Gallery Players. Select regional performances include The Divine Sister (Stageworks-Hudson), Make Sure It’s Me (BTF), Streetcar..., Uncle Vanya, and Guys&Dolls (NHT-Indiana). Film: That Awkward Moment (Treehouse Pictures). Amanda is a graduate of Catawba College and proud member of Actors Equity & Fair Wage On Stage.
Aizzah Fatima’s solo play Dirty Paki Lingerie has been produced in NYC, London, Toronto, Turkmenistan, Pakistan (US State Dept. sponsored four city tour), The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and recently a 15 city tour in the UK. She was nominated for an Outstanding Solo Performance award (NYIT 2014), and for Best Play on Broadwayworld Awards in 2016. Her second solo play Google, It's Complicated has had readings and workshops at The Lark and Pan Asian Rep. Select acting theatre credits: Romeo & Juliet (Access Theatre), Half Hearted (Cherry Lane Theatre), #serials@theflea (The Flea Theater), Play by Play Rendezvous (Stageworks Hudson), Circumcaedere (LABrynth Ensemble), Seven (Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Hostos Cultural Arts Center). TV credits: High Maintenance (HBO), The Good Wife (CBS), Patrice O’Neil’s Guide to White People (Comedy Central), and Mata-e-jaan (HUM TV). She has performed at Upright Citizen's Brigade, and in sketches for collegehumor.com. Her short film Stuff in which she starred along with Annette O’Toole won the best comedy award (Asians on Film). She is currently working on a feature film based on characters from Dirty Paki Lingerie with Emmy award winning director Iman Zawahry.
Eliza Simpson - was most recently seen Off-Broadway in The Woodsman at New World Stages, other performances include The Woodsman (59E59 Theaters), The Mysteries (The Flea Theater dir. by Ed Iskander), and Kapowi GoGo (The PIT). Film work includes Ricki and The Flash (TriStar Pictures), and Rachel Getting Married (Sony Pictures Classic). She is a graduate of Rutgers University, an artistic associate of Strangemen and Co., and the founder and Co-producer of The Mother Line Story Project. www.elizasimpson.com