PWTF 2017 Festival Staged Readings
The Elvis Administration
by Stephanie Walters
A whimsical look at love and where we belong through the eyes of Elvis, Kim Jong-Il, Crab Girl and Turtle Man. This teenage girl’s Tumblr page meets Korean drama is a playful way of examining new landscapes of the heart.
Stephanie N. Walters has recently started her journey as Philadelphia’s first Asian American playwright. She currently studies with Philadelphia’s new play development laboratory, PlayPenn. Her short play, All Girl, was seen at Philadelphia’s Future is Female Festival. Stephanie is also a proud member of Actor’s Equity Associate and a teaching artist with many theatres in town. She is a graduate of Bucknell University, the London Dramatic Academy, and CAP21. www.stephanienwalters.com
Meet the Cast
Jahzeer Terrell (Turtle Man)
is an Actor, Teaching Artist, VO Artist, and Musician and has been involved in many projects in and around the Philadelphia area. Recent credits include: Paris/Balthazar in Romeo and Juliet
with Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company, Lewis in King Joh
n with Revolution Shakespeare, and Roe in Local Girls
with Azuka Theatre.
Anita Holland (Wedding Planner) is an artist, based in Philadelphia. You may have seen her work with theatre, and dance companies such as Quintessence, Interact, Flashpoint, Orbiter 3, Headlong, Swim Pony, The Painted Bride, and more. Anita enjoys looking for patterns in the world, digging deep into the layers of language (verbal and non-verbal) and finding pockets of beautiful imperfection to bring to the surface.
Twoey Truong (The Lover)
is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist originally from Salina, KS. She is an MFA graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. Previous credits include Motion Capture
with ReVamp Collective, The Comedy of Errors
with Delaware Shakespeare Festival, and last year’s Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival reading of Satisfaction
. Thank you to Val Dunn, Stephanie Walters, and PWTF for this opportunity.
Daniel Park (Kim Jong Il)
is a theatre and performance artist whose work explores the intersection between games and live performance, in order to explore the meaning of agency. Recent pieces include Go To Sleep
(Obvious Agency), The Diamond Eye Conspiracy
commissioned by Temple University (Obvious Agency), and You Are the Hero
(self). Most recently Daniel performed in Peaceable Kingdom
by Mary Tuomanen (Orbiter 3) and will be appearing in Destiny Estimate
by MJ Kaufman. www.danielpark.squarespace.com
Amy Boehly (Crab Girl)
is a rising senior acting major at Rider University. Her previous credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
(Marcy), Miss Saigon
(Yvette), and Ubu Roi
. She has also served as the head writer for Live From Lawrenceville, It’s Saturday Night!
, a student-run sketch show with original material. She thanks her loving mother and grandparents for their continued support. Her next performance will be Follow Me Through the Gates
, presented through the Philly Fringe Festival next month!
Out of the Wake
by Megan Diehl
Kelly recovers from a devastating loss as she navigates her way into the scene of a great tragedy. Her family torn apart, her career suspended, her world shaken – a chance partnership with her daughter’s teacher, Quinn, reignites her passion for justice in the complicated battles of the education system. Can she reconcile her daughter’s future with the price she must pay for a painful past?
Megan Diehl has served in artistic, administrative, and production roles within the Philadelphia theatre community for ten years. She has worked with organizations such as Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Theater Horizon, Walnut Street Theater, Lantern Theatre Company, and many more, including as an adjunct faculty position at Temple University. An alumnus of DeSales University, she has obtained an M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Along with collaborator Peter Danelski, she has co-adapted the Capek brothers’ Adam the Creator and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen for the stage. She currently serves as Development Associate for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, freelance staff writer for DCMetro Theater Arts, and Artistic Associate for Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival.
Meet the Cast
Monroe Barrick (Leary)
, a Philadelphia based actor is excited to participate in the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival. He has appeared at a variety of venues throughout the region. Some of his prior roles include Doc Gibbs in Our Town
, Emmitt Tate in Zooman and the Sign
, The King in The Cave Dwellers
, Elder Joseph Barlow in Radio Golf
, Juror No. 10 in 12 Angry Men
, Charley in Death of a Salesman
and Lafeu in All’s Well That Ends Well
. Much thanks to all those involved in the staged reading of Out of the Wake
Alex Bechtel (Quinn)
is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist. He is a graduate of The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training and The University of the Arts, where he now teaches Freshman Acting. Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Music Direction for his work on The Walnut Street Theatre’s production of My Way
and Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical for his performance in Theatre Horizon’s Into the Woods
. Bechtel has been awarded an Independence Fellowship in the Arts and was twice a finalist for the F. Otto Haas Award. He was the composer/lyricist of Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto
for People’s Light and Theatre Company, composer/original cast member of The Light Princess
at The Arden Theatre Company, and creator/composer of The West
, Philadelphia Nocturne
, and Cheer Up, Dostoevsky
Caileigh Idel (Samantha)
feels extremely fortunate to be a part of this year’s festival. She just recently graduated from DeSales University in May and spent the first half of the summer at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in their production of Evita
. All the thanks to the family, friends, Jessica, and Meg.
Lara Notarianni (Allison)
s a new alum of DeSales University where she received her BA in Theatre. Recent credits include Shakespeare for Kids: As You Like It
(Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Charley’s Aunt
and Young Frankenstein
(DeSales University). Thank you to Meg and Jessica for the opportunity to explore Out of the Wake
and the ideas it brings into conversation and to PWTF for fostering women in theatre!
Megan Bellwoar (Kelly)
is a grateful, long-time member of the Philadelphia theatre community. Credits include Arden Theatre Company, Lantern Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Inis Nua, People’s Light & Theatre, PA Shakespeare Festival, and 1812 Productions. Her work in Lantern’s Beauty Queen OF Leenane
was cited as one of 2013’s best performances by the Philadelphia Weekly. She’s received media and Barrymore nominations for Translations
(Arden), Collected Stories
(WST), The Weir
(Arden) and Dublin by Lamplight
(Inis Nua), and shares a Best Ensemble award for Dublin by Lamplight
in NYC’s First Irish Theatre Festival, 2011. Megan is a company member of Tongue & Groove (creating spontaneous theatre every second Friday at the Playground), and teaches and directs for Abington Friends School.
by Robin Rodriguez
Crystal needs to get a life. Fortunately, she’s found an agency that will provide instant friends and family-for a fee. It’s just, was making her world a workplace really a good idea? She’s the boss, in control: why does it never feel that way? And where’s the agency that sold her this thing? In this comic fable about giving and getting, a hospital vigil for a loved one draws out the truth of what human connection can cost versus what one is willing to pay.
Robin Rodriguez is a Philadelphia-based playwright. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild and was a 2012-13 Emerging Artist in Residence under the PDC @ Plays & Players program. Her play, Touchston, was a semi-finalist for the nuVoices Play Festival of Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. She has enjoyed productions/readings with Long Beach Playhouse, NY Artists Unlimited and Potluck Productions, plus locally with Philly Primary Stages, the Spark Showcase, the Philly Fringe, Philadelphia Theatre Workshop’s PlayShop Festival, Walking Fish Theatre, Luna Theater, and Curio Theatre Company.
Meet the Cast
Hannah Hammel (Amber)
is a Philadelphia based actress. She is the Marketing and PR Director and co-founder of Spicy Witch Productions, a feminist theater company based in New York City. Select past credits include Tricia in Dog Sees God
(Truth Be Told Productions, PA), Fair Witch in Dark of the Moon
(Ritz Theatre Company, NJ), Lady Dainty Fidget in The Country Wife
(Spicy Witch Productions, NYC), Bianca in both Othello
and Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief
(Spicy Witch Productions, NYC), and multiple productions with Family Stages, a children’s theater company based in suburban Philadelphia. She will next be appearing as Rosalind in As You Like It
with Ignoble Shakespeare Company from September 1-3 at the Barclay Farmstead in New Jersey. Hannahacts.com
Campbell O’Hare (Crystal)
Philadelphia credits: Romeo and Juliet
(Commonwealth Classic Theatre Co.), Adapt
, An Octoroon
, Rapture, Blister, Burn
(The Wilma Theater), The Whale
(Theatre Exile), Equivocation
(Arden Theatre Co.), The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning
(Inis Nua Theatre Co.), Mauritius
(Act II Playhouse), Spookfish
, Birdie’s Pit Stop
(Fringe Festival). Campbell is a proud member of the Wilma Hothouse Company. Upcoming: Blood Wedding
(The Wilma Theater). www.campbellohare.com