SEA DOG THEATER IN ASSOCIATION WITH OLMSTED SALON
'THE RARE BIOSPHERE'
BY CHRIS CRAGIN-DAY
when: May 2019
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Sophie, a bright Honduran-American teenager, comes home from high school to find that her parents have been deported. She immediately goes into bunker-down survival mode, trying to care for her younger siblings without raising suspicion and considering her next move. Her plan is complicated by a well-meaning high school friend who, in a series of attempts to ask her out, discovers her secret.
CHRIS CRAGIN-DAY (Playwright) is an alumna of The Public’s EWG (The River Nun, 2009 Spotlight Series) and O’Neill NMTC (Son of a Gun, co-writer Don and Lori Chaffer). Her play, Martin Luther on Trial, developed with Max McLean, had an Off-Broadway run in 2017, a National Tour in 2017 and is currently on its second national tour. Her play, A Woman, was part of 59E59th’s Summer Shorts 2017 and just received a reading of the full-length version at The Sheen Center. Her play, Foster Mom, won Premiere Stage’s New Play Award and received a production there September 2017. Her musical, The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby, (co-written with Don Chaffer), played in the 2016 NYC Fringe, had a mid-west tour by River and Rail Theater in 2017, and has another tour in the works for 2018. Her play, The Rare Biosphere, was part of Luna Stage’s 2017 New Moon Series. Her play, Tornado, was part of Luna Stage’s 2018 Lab Series. Chris is an Associate Professor of English and Theater at The King's College NYC. www.chriscragin-day.com
CHRISTOPHER DOMIG (Director) is an actor and Artistic Director of Sea Dog Theater in New York City. Recent acting credits include: The Waste Land: A Performance/Installation at FringeNYC, English World Premiere of Dirt in New York (59E59, 4th Street Theater), Edinburgh (Gilded Balloon), Vancouver (Pacific Theatre), Berlin (ETB), and London (Arcola Theatre). Recent TV: Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, Black List, Law & Order: SVU and Blindspot. BFA: Wheaton College, MFA: Southern Methodist University. www.christopherdomig.com
JANELLE GARCIA DOMIG (Producer) is a theater producer and co-founder of Sea Dog Theater. Last year, she produced “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” by John Patrick Shanley and received seven NY Innovative Theater Award Nominations. She produced the World Premieres of “Dirt” by Robert Schneider (NYC, London, Berlin and Vancouver) and “The Waste Land: A Performance/Installation” (NYC). She previously worked as a producer's assistant for Rabbit Bandini Productions, where she coordinated festival runs for films at the Berlinale, Cannes, SXSW, and Tribeca Film Festivals. Janelle is Mexican-American and was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She studied Film at Baylor University and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids.
NATALIA PLAZA (Sophie) Off Broadway: Othello (Emilia), Dorothy in Oz (Miss Gates). Off Off Broadway: Detained, The School for Husbands, Uncommon Women and Others, Hotel Paradiso. Film:Execution, "Before the Court", ACTION!!! and Psycho Chicks Anonymous. Natalia won 3rd place in the NBC/Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Diversity Scholarship Showcase in 2015 and is a proud graduate of the William Esper Studio where she trained under Suzanne Esper. Natalia is beyond thrilled to be originating the role of Sophie Cabrerra and gives her deepest thanks to Chris, Chris and Sea Dog Theater. Follow Natalia on Instagram @nataliaiplaza www.nataliaplaza.com
ZAC OWENS (Steven) is a recent college graduate from The King’s College. There he was John Merrick in The Elephant Man, John Proctor in The Crucible, The Nasty Interesting Man/Child, Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice and was Artistic Director for their 2017/2018 season. He has also played Benjamin, Micah and Naphtali in Theater 315’s production of The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby by Chris Cragin Day, and got his play A Time Traveler’s Conversations with His Shrink produced at Shetler Studios with the help of Firebone Theater, Chris Cragin Day and the brilliant director Bryan Hunt. He is thrilled to be a part of this production and as a world traveler himself knows how important it is to discuss the flaws and issues with immigration firsthand.
JENNIFER HIBBS (Artistic Associate) is indigenous to Portland, Maine. She traded in her accent for a B.F.A. in Acting at Marymount Manhattan College. She spent many years in the improv and sketch comedy world and continued her acting studies at Michael Howard Studios. For the last few years, she has studied photography and painting. Last spring you may have seen her in Sea Dog Theater's reading of Middletown. She is so excited and so grateful to be joining the core team at Sea Dog Theater as their artistic "Gal Friday" and to be the assistant director and stage manager of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.
WHITNEY BAHR (Audience Development) is a graduate from the University of Florida where she studied Family, Youth, and Community Science and Theater. She is a trained vocalist, writer, and actor, her writing including music pieces, lyrics, and stage productions. She has performed across the nation, including Disney and Carnegie Hall, always entering into her work with a desire to deeply understand people and connect them to the most beautiful parts of life. Whitney has worked in several nonprofits, specializing in donor communications, event coordinating, and publicity. She was the Founder and Director of Art in Motion Theater Camp in Florida and the Director of the Man Up, Speak Up Camp with The Women’s Center - where she worked to co-create several Public Service Announcements that premiered on MTV, city billboards, and YouTube. Whitney’s passion is to use the arts as a way of uncovering truth, both the beautiful and the brutal.
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SEA DOG THEATER’s mission is to tell stories that address questions of alienation and reconciliation. We believe that great theater offers us opportunities in paying attention and cultivating compassion. With an emphasis on hospitality, our mission is to build a community of artists and theater-goers that join in the conversation of how reconciliation can take place in our daily lives. Over the last twelve months we have produced 2 full productions, 9 successful reading events, 2 play development readings, collaborated with over 100 artists, and welcomed over 1,200 audience members.
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