Who are we?
We are Night Lights Theatre, committed to producing dynamic, innovative work. Our debut project is TAPE by Stephen Belber. It deals with the unresolved issues between three friends who have known each other since high school. On the day of the play, ten years later, they are forced to confront an event they thought was long buried. TAPE is explosive, funny, twisted and touching. It's a story that asks to be told, and we are here to tell it.
We are united by a deep passion for the creative process and a desire to give everything we have to our work. We are inspired by our trust in each other and the freedom that gives us as artists. We are driven to bring great stories to life, and we hope our audiences live through each moment as fully as we do.
TAPE runs April 10-14 at The Abingdon Theatre in Manhattan.
Where is the Money Going?
Your generosity will enable us to bring this play to life! Donations will pay for everything from the theatre rental to the programs we hand out opening night. Any profits we make in the end will go toward the development of our next exciting project!
Omar Cruz (Producer/Vince) began his artistic training and career in Puerto Rico. He trained as a dancer for many years in School for the Performing Arts and Ballet Concierto. He also obtained a BFA in Theater & Psychology from Universidad de Sagrado Corazon. He moved to Las Vegas to perform as a dancer in the show Fuego Raw Talent at the Sahara Hotel. Then he moved to New York City to pursue acting. Omar has trained with teachers and acting coaches such as Maggie Flanigan, Tim Phillips, Lenard Petit, Kimberly Vaughn, Craig Bacon, and many more.
Julia Hochner (Producer/Amy) was most recently seen in Phases by Rachel Carey, which was chosen as a finalist in the 2012 Thespis Theatre Festival. Other favorite credits include Mister Nobody at Point Blank Range (Black Moniker Theatre), Cab Drivers: A Love Story (NYU 10-Minute Play Festival), Romeo & Juliet and Beautiful Child (Cathartic Theatre Project) and readings of Sympathetic Dissonance (Bank Street Theatre) and Meat Puppet (Black Moniker). She has studied with LAByrinth Theatre and is a graduate of Maggie Flanigan Studio.
Marcin Mesa (Producer/Jon) most recently was a part of Twelfth Night as Sebastian at the Secret Theatre. Before that he played Robby in the production of Animals and Himself in an Avant Garde dance piece called The Art of Being Human. He earned his B.F.A. in Acting at Ithaca College in 2010, and in 2012 he became another proud graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio. Currently, Marcin is interning at Paul Michael's the Network and helping as a monitor and reader for actors.
Joshua Warr (Director) is thrilled to be making his directorial debut with Stephen Belber's Tape. Warr was most recently seen playing ten roles in the All Out Arts: Fresh Fruit Festival’s presentation of Pride River Crossing (Fruitie Award - Best Acting Ensemble). NY credits: Joshing Around (4 BroadwayWorld Award nominations); The Strip Show; Side Show; The Knight of the Burning Pestle; Raft of the Medusa; SING NO EVIL (MAC Award nomination); Servant of Two Masters; The Revival; Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens; Alice in Wonderland. Other credits: The Accused - Providence Room at the Tropicana. Film: Outliers; All That Glitters; PX This: the series; Behind Closed Door; Sketchbook. He is a graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio and earned a B.A. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Timothy Meola (Scenic Design) NYC: The Last White Family on Dorchester Road, Southern Baptist Sissies. Other designs include: The Producers, Modern Orthodox, The Man Who Came to Dinner. Various lighting designs in and around New York City. Timothy serves as the Lighting Director for the a cappella group, Rockapella, designing in various venues across the country. www.timothymeola.com
Risks and challenges
Every play has its own set of obstacles, from creating an authentic set to building the tension at the play's climax. We love these challenges -- the joy we find in tackling them is why we want to make theatre. In that spirit, here is one of our favorite quotes:
"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it."
- (23 days)