Limited Engagement through February 16th

About

When temporarily homeless Robin hitchhikes her way to an eco-village seen online, all she wants is a warm meal, a place to sleep, and some new friends. Instead, she finds a parallel universe, where survival skills and New Age optimism collide with sexual competition. When Robin falls for Jake, a brilliant but tormented handyman, their connection sets off a series of events that reveal the limits of human connection and the costs of utopia.

Tickets

Limited Engagement through February 16th

venue

The Theatre at St. Clement’s
423 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036

Meet the team

Cast

Lily Davis (Sammi) hails from Mercer Island, WA by way of LA, and Pittsburgh, PA. She was last seen down the street at St. Luke's Theatre in Wicked Frozen as Glindanna (yes, Glinda and Anna COMBINED) in NYC. You may also catch her on an episode of Happy! on the SYFY network with Chris Meloni, or on an episode of Bull on CBS. Other credits include: Estella in Great Expectations, Witch 2 in Macbeth, Ariel in Footloose, Polly in Crazy For You, Cassie in A Chorus Line, Lady Teazle in The School For Scandal, among others. Lily holds her BFA from Point Park, is an avid yogi, a dedicated Freeman Studio member, and the youngest of 4 goofy Davis sisters. Thank you Dtidter Frenz, Mom and Dad, JL, and Bloc!!! "Your own kingdom of fulfillment is within."

Michael Oloyede (Jean-Lerois) is a London born, Atlanta raised, New York City based actor. Off Broadway: SCRAPS, Inanimate (The Flea Theater), Black Angels Over Tuskegee (St. Luke’s Theater), Bella Napoli (Gallery Players), Chokehold (14 St. Y), Master Harold And The Boys, Their Eyes Were Watching God (Wow Theater). Film and TV: Silent Morning, Curtis (SundanceNow), and Brooklyn Blue Sky (BET).Oloyede received training from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. Visit www.michael-oloyede.com for more.

Pearl Rhein (Ursula) Broadway: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. NYC: Taming of the Shrew (The Public/Shakespeare in the Park), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova). Regional: Such Things As Vampires (People’s Light), Ah, Wilderness! (Arena Stage), Cowgirls! (Alabama Shakes), Memphis! (La Jolla Playhouse). TV: HBO's Succession. Film: Troma’s Gutboy: A Badtime Story. MFA: UC San Diego, BA: Ball State University. Singer-songwriter & composer of TYA solo show about women in S.T.E.M. Proud member Actors Equity & Local 802. pearlrhein.com. @pearlrhein

Gregory Isaac Stone (Jake) is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Regional: Jack in Lord of the Flies (The Denver Center), Spike in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (The Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre, and Cape Cod Playhouse). Film: Write When You Get Work (Wegs). Thanks to DGRW, DBA, family and friends. Grateful to be making an off-broadway debut in such good company; cast, crew, and YOU!

Arianna Williams (Robin) is a Junior at NYU Tisch. She studied at the Strasberg Institute and the Stonestreet Film Studio. She is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut in Eco Village. Favorite credits: Juror #8 in 12 Angry Men, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Susan Hendrix in Wait Until Dark, and Grace Fryer in Radium Girls. Her recent film, Cookie Heart, won Best Cinematography at the International Filmmaker Festival of New York..

Zoe Wilson (Casey) is an actress/singer/songwriter & winner of 2017 NYMF Outstanding Individual Performance Award. Off Broadway/Regional: Play Like A Winner (Playwrights Horizons), Three Days to See (Transport Group at NYTW), Peter Pan (The Signature) The Pill (LaMaMa), The Opera is Always on the Table (The New Ohio Theatre). Film/TV: Orange is the New Black (White Effie), My Dinner With Schwartzey and The Shallow End. Zoe is represented by Lauren Singer Talent and Innovative Artists. Follow @zoeferdie

Creative

Chloe Treat (Director)
is a New York based director and choreographer. Born and raised in the great, if not occasionally problematic state of Texas; she directs and choreographs musicals, plays, operas, outdoor dance rituals and feminist westerns. Chloe recently directed productions of Cabaret, James Joyce’s The Dead, a new musical The Wave and Spring Awakening. Next she will be directing and choreographing Street Scene at Mannes School of Music

Phoebe Nir (Playwright/Producer) was received by President Obama at the White House as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts in Writing. She is currently developing a graphic novel, Diana & Navy & The Golden Tooth, with illustrator Steve Buccelatto, as well as a musical by the same name, which has been seen at LaMaMa, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Blackbox Theater, and John Jay University. Her short film, Marcus’s Sweater, directed by Chidi Ozieh, was an official selection of the Philadelphia International Film Festival. As a singer/songwriter, she was selected as an official showcase artist at SXSW 2017, where she opened for James Chance & The Contortions and The Modern English. She graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Writing for Performance, and is currently enrolled at NYU, where she is earning a Master’s degree in Drama Therapy. Phoebe is honored to hold space as a yoga teacher and doula, and gratefully thanks her family for their support.

Meredith Ries (Scenic Designer) Scenic Design (selected): Sweeney Todd (Curtis Opera), Heartland (Geva Theater Center), Lost Laughs (Merrimack Repertory Theater), Cute Activist (The Bushwick Starr), Once the Musical (Weston Playhouse), The Temple Bombing (The Alliance Theater), Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band (Ma-Yi Theater Company/ ARTNY), The Universe is a Small Hat (written and composed by Cesar Alvarez), Hamlet (Yale Repertory Theater).  Associate design with David Zinn The SpongeBob Musical (Broadway), The Waverly Gallery (Broadway, 2018), Amelie the Musical (Broadway, 2014-2017), Soft Power (Center Theater Group, 2018). Meredith is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama  and the University of Chicago.

Oliver Wason (Lighting Designer) designs lighting for theater, opera, dance, music, or anything in between. New York work includes The Chinese Lady, Among the Dead, House Rules (Ma-Yi); Don Giovanni, Fidelio (Heartbeat Opera); Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO); Wonderland (Atlantic Theater Co. for Kids); Agrippina (Juilliard Opera). Regional credits include Yale Rep, Barrington Stage, Berkeley Rep, Berkshire Theater Festival, Playmakers Rep, Triad Stage, and the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center. Faculty: Northeastern University. MFA Yale.

Josh Samuels (Sound Designer) is an NYC based sound designer. Recent theatre credits include: As a Designer: The Glow Overhead, Tiny Houses (Chautauqua Theatre Company) I and You (Kitchen Theatre Company), Peter and the Starcatcher, When in Carthage, Red (Cider Mill Playhouse). As an Associate: Network (Broadway), Torch Song (Broadway), The Age of Innocence (McCarter Theatre Center), Three Tall Women (Broadway), The Stone Witch (WestSide Theatre Upstairs), Dirty Dancing (National Tour). He is a member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and omposers Association and has a degree in theatrical design from Ithaca College. http://jsamuelsdesign.com/

Blair Bauerschmidt (Costume Designer) is an artist who's creative designs adorn and enhance performers across all platforms. After graduating from FIT with a degree in accessory design she started her graffiti line of clothing which was sold at Barney's, NY. She has a reputation for being the go-to girl for customization, and Janet Jackson, Weezer, Alicia Keys, and Demi Lovato have all sported her gear. She recently designed a custom installation for Beck to promote his new album Colors at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, and she is currently designing theater sets for the Harlem School of the Arts. In February 2019 she is relaunching her new website, stay tuned!

Matt Franta (Violence Designer) Off-Broadway: We Are The Tigers, The Video Games. Other credits include work with the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, Long Beach Playhouse, Four Clowns, and the National Theatre for Children. Matt holds a BA in Drama/Speech from Clarke University in Dubuque, IA, and is a graduate of the International Stunt School in Seattle. He currently teaches stage combat at the American Musical and Dramatics Academy in Los Angeles. www.MattFranta.com

Megan Garner (Properties Designer) holds a BFA from Purchase College in NY. Over the past ten years she has worked all over the country from Utah Shakespeare Festival to Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Megan’s most recent design credits include Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Suor Angelica. Megan would like to thank her partner James for supporting and encouraging her, as well as her family and friends. She is currently the resident Properties Designer at Manhattan School of Music.

Kate Lumpkin, CSA (Casting Director) NY Theatre: We Are Here, We Are The Tigers, Afterglow, Cleopatra, The Bad Years, EcoVillage, Unraveled, Single Rider, Diaspora, The Other Side of Paradise, Counting Sheep, The Excavation of Mary Anning, Agent 355, Emma: A New Musical, Love In Hate Nation, Sitting Bull's Last Waltz, Five Points, Hart Island, Eastbound, Interstate, Honey Dipped Apocalypse Girls, Fefu and Her Friends. Regional: Endlings (A.R.T), West Side Story (Kennedy Center), Evocation to Visible Appearance + A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Reunion (Newman Center). US/Canadian Casting team for Celebrity Cruises. Head of Education at The Broadway Collective. kate-lumpkin.com @katelumpkin

Mike Ross (Dramaturg) is a New York-based dramaturg, librettist/lyricist, and author for young readers. Recent theatrical credits include Groundhog Day (Broadway, dir. Matthew Warchus), His Name’s Not Indian Joe (dir. Don Scardino), Afterglow (dir. S. Asher Gelman) and The Bad Years (dir. Stephen Brackett). His first book will be published in spring 2019. @mcrossisnotapun.

Jessi Cotter (Stage Manager) NYC credits: Black Light, Mile Long Opera, Cruel Intentions: The Musical, Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage Company), An Astronaut’s Tale (Encompass Opera/BAM), Must, “Master Harold”…(Signature-PA), Hamilton (PA), Kid Victory (Vineyard Theatre-PA). Event stage manager across the five boroughs. Oregon credits: production manager for Ballet Fantastique, Shedd Institute; Stage Manager for Oregon Contemporary Theatre; Quartermaster for Pickathon Music Festival. MFA, Columbia University.

R. Christopher Maxwell (Assistant Stage Manager) hails from the bustling metropolis of Little Rock, Arkansas where he earned a B.A. in Theater Arts-Dance and Sociology at The University of Arkansas. Christopher is receiving an M.F.A. in Stage Management at Columbia University in May 2019. This will be Christopher's first Off-Broadway contract for which he will be receiving his Equity Card. He is thrilled to be working with such a wonderful management team. Enjoy the show!

Mati Gelman (Photographer) Mati Gelman is a commercial and a fine art photographer. Though a scientist by education, earning a Bachelors in Science in Biochemistry from the Technion - The Israeli Institute of Technology in Haifa and a Masters in Science in Chemistry from The Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Gelman turned to photography after moving to New York City in 2016. Mostly self-taught, Mati continued his education at The International Center for Photography and Pratt Institute. Mati recently won the ViewPoint Gallery International Photography competition for his piece, “Flight” and won first place in the 2018 Chromatic Awards for his piece “Entangled”.  Off Broadway credits include creating imagery for Afterglow, Diaspora, Counting Sheep, EcoVillage, and the upcoming Medusa and safeword.  Mati’s work can be seen on his website at matigelman.com or on Instagram @matigelman.

Evan Bernardin Productions (General and Production Management) NY Theatre: Afterglow, The Bad Years, We Are The Tigers (NY & LA), Must, Diaspora,EcoVillage, The Navigator (NYT Critics Pick). Tours: Million Dollar Quartet, Charlie Brown Christmas, Counting Sheep(Int’l tour). EBP has worked with the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Fringe (NY & LA); collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Harvard Club, Cornell University, Georgetown’s Gaston Hall, The Culture Project, The Ohio Theatre, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. www.evanbernardinproductions.com

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OUTBUZZ | February 2018 | by STEVEN ROSS

It’s a thoughtful and compelling dissertation on the redefining of romantic coupledom in gay New York City by writer and director S. Asher Gelman, a first time playwright. He clearly understands gay culture and the way twenty and thirty year old New York homosexuals speak to one another and think about their world.

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