Light, space, air, time. Faith.
This is what we need to make our play "MESSAGES."
MESSAGES is about how we talk and touch, lie and listen, to one another. It is a play about relationships. Or more specifically: it is a play about the impossibility of relationships.
- In 2015, the first two developmental drafts of Messages were successfully staged in Brooklyn and Manhattan respectively.
- In 2016: three sold-out nights of the next draft of the play were successfully presented at a converted loft in Bushwick.
- In 2018: we want to extend to the next draft, and the next iteration of the cast, and the directorial version of the play, into a longer run. Two weeks, 8 nights, at the TornPage Art Space in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. FEBRUARY 22nd - 25th and MARCH 1st -4th
Alida Rose Delaney is an interdisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, NY. Her twenty-plus years training as a dancer, laid the groundwork for her career as a performer, photographer, producer, & designer.
Alida is currently Co-Producer & actor in the new play, Night Witches. Still in development, Night Witches held consistent 5-star workshop performances in the surrounding area of D.C. & in New York. Selected theater credits include: Night Witches (Phase II) Fall Tour (Kathleen Anne Hefferon); world-premiere of Charles Mee's Soot and Spit (Kim Weild, New Ohio Theatre); The Fall (Jane Arnfield- Fringe Encores, SoHo Playhouse); & the world-premiere of Ouroboros Trilogy (Michael Counts- Beth Morrison Projects, Cutler Majestic Theater). In Film & TV: The Red Feather, In A Sentimental Mood, Devour Me, The Knick, & Vinyl.
Alida has collaborated with internationally recognized visual artists: Alvin Booth, Paul B. Goode, Daniel Murtagh, & Jorge Tacla. As part of the 2016 NYS Pavilion New Ideas Competition, Alida & architect Cesar Juarez designed Pavilion Park, which was named the Queens Borough Winner. Her artwork has been featured in Constellation Magazine, the Queens Museum, the Hewitt Gallery of Art, & the George Billis Gallery in New York. She received her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College, & was a recipient of the Dr. Rene Fortin & the George Farber awards. www.alidarosedelaney.com.
Born in Tehran and based in New York City, Babak Mehrabi Parsiyan is an actor, writer, director, and composer. He started his professional writing career in 2006 by publishing his first novel Call of the Devil ( as Babak Parsiyan) when he was 15 years old. After years of writing, directing and acting in school theater productions, he finally began his professional career in film in 2010 by acting in the short film Zero for Conduct. It was a short dark comedy about the suppression in the school system of Iran written by him and directed by Siavash Shahabi. The film became the official selection of Schnit Film Festival, Switzerland. Furthermore, his collaboration with Shahabi resulted in the production of 4 shorts and a feature film and all of them were well received in international film festivals such as Schnit (Switzerland) and Berlin (Germany). Mostly recent, Babak appeared in Matthew Gasda's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream as Bottom.
Eliza Vann is a NY-based actor originally from upstate New York. She earned a BFA in Acting from Fredonia State University. Eliza has toured nationally with Chamber Theatre Productions. Most recently, she appeared as Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, also under the direction of Matthew Gasda. She is thrilled to work again with Gasda and this small-but-mighty company of theatre artists. Special thanks to The Vann Family, and to Gus for constant inspiration.
Vincent Santvoord is an actor, writer, and producer. He is co-founder of Brooklyn-based theater company Built for Collapse (current recipients of the Archive Residency), and Motel Room Studios. He is currently creating content for @theatreisdead -- an organization committed to putting theater online, and de-mystifying the business of play-making. Other upcoming projects include performing in Matthew Gasda's production of "Hamlet," and Jaclyn Bethany's "Delta Girl."
Matthew Gasda graduated from Syracuse University in 2011 with a BA in Philosophy. He obtained a Master's in English from Lehigh University in 2016. He has published two novels, Moon on Water and Sonata for Piano and Violin, has a book of poetry, Orchid Elegy. His first play, Messages, was staged in early 2015 as a workshop production by Gorilla Rep NYC and appeared in 2015 at the Midtown International Theater Festival in New York City, (dir. Christopher Carter Sanderson). His adaptation of Euripides The Bacchae was commissioned by SUNY Oswego for premier in the fall of 2015 and was invited to the 48th Annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. In April 2016 Matthew directed Messages at The Moore Street Lofts in Brooklyn. Matthew's second play Denmark appeared at Access Theater in New York in June 2016 (dir. Vanessa Kopel). He directed Howard Brenton's 1983 drama, Bloody Poetry at the Brooklyn Art Library in August of 2016 and at the Sekrit Theater in Austin, TX in April 2017. Matthew's original play, Ardor, premiered at St. Mary Magdalene Church in November 2016. His directed his own play, By Morning, in March 2017 at Rockwall Studios in Brooklyn, as well as a workshop of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Seed Farm in Emmaus, PA in August 2017. His most recent play, Minotaur, was staged at Arts On Site in Manhattan in September 2017.
Risks and challenges
This production of MESSAGES is special: it is the crystallization of a long gestating show. In 2018, we want to extend and exploit the aesthetic insights of previous productions of this play. 2018 is about coming-to-fruition; maturation.
Theater is always at risk. We cannot control weather or illness or human beings. Receiving funding for the basic needs of our production does, however, go a very long way towards helping us protect ourselves from the worst gales of fate.
This would be the 6th production of a play by Matthew Gasda funded on Kickstarter. The previous 5 were successful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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