By Jack Karp
Directed by Melanie Moyer Williams
Cast including Josh Doucette*, Jordan Kaplan*, Amelia Mathews*, Dan Odell, Laura Pruden*, and Hugh Sinclair*
Robert Oppenheimer and his brother Frank are desperately racing to beat the Nazis to the world’s first nuclear bomb in the throes of World War II, but when they finally see the power of their new weapon, the two men are torn apart in a battle between conscience and ambition.
IRREVERSIBLE was performed March 12-29, 2015, at The Theater at the 14th Street Y located at 344 East 14th Street between First and Second Avenues.
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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
IRREVERSIBLE is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
New York State Council on the Arts
IRREVERSIBLE is made possible by generous grants from the following foundations:
The Dramatists Guild Fund
The Nancy Quinn Foundation
Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Puffin Foundation
For this production, the RFTC has chosen to partner with Iridescent.
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Josh Doucette*, Frank Oppenheimer
Josh is making his debut with The Red Fern Theatre Co. He has worked regionally with Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, The Pearl Theatre, Nebraska Shakespeare, and The Blue Barn Theatre, among others. He holds an MFA in Acting from The Chicago College of Performing Arts and a BFA from Creighton University. Josh is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. www.joshdoucette.com
Jordan Kaplan*, Robert Oppenheimer
Previously with The Red Fern Theatre Company: +30NYC. Jordan has performed with many NYC companies including Guerrilla Shakespeare Project, Hunger & Thirst Theatre Collective, Prospect Theater Company, and Astoria Performing Arts Center. Regional: American Conservatory Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Trinity Repertory Company, and Stanford Summer Theater. Proud graduate of Stanford University and Brown/Trinity Rep. He'd like to thank his friends and family for their unyielding support. www.jordankaplan.net
Amelia Mathews*, Jean Tatlock
Amelia has spent the last 10 years working in American repertory theaters, Off-Off-Broadway, and independent film. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of Tennessee, and has also trained with master teachers in Bali, Italy, Serbia and Japan.
Favorite projects include Masha in Chekov's Three Sisters, Constanza Mozart in Amadeus (co-production of Clarence Brown Theater and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra), the Woman in Will Eno's The Flu Season, Solange in Jean Genet's The Maids, and Sally Bowles in Cabaret, among others. Her first cinematic effort, So Far, was accepted into the Short Film Corner at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival. Upcoming films include Kurt Vonnegut's Long Walk to Forever, R.S.V.P, and her first independent feature Yesterday last year. Check out more projects! Visit www.welldrawndog.com.
Dan Odell, Niels Bohr
Dan is positively thrilled to again be working with The Red Fern Theatre Company. Dan has appeared in numerous Off-Off Broadway and regional productions, including RFT’s production of An Ideal Husband as well as #nyc. Splendid Misery, Look Back in Anger, Straight On ‘Til Morning, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Moon Over Buffalo. Films include On a Country Road, Winter, Monkfish and Off Season. He is credited with television appearances in The Perfect Murder, The Men Who Built America, Celebrity Ghost Stories and Mysteries of the Museum.
Laura Pruden*, Kitty Oppenheimer
Laura played Mary in “Incendiary Agents” at the New Ohio and is delighted to be working with Jack Karp again! An actress, storyteller and mother of two who makes her home in Manhattan, Laura considers herself fortunate to have recently performed new plays ( The 2014 Samuel French Short Play Festival, Metropolitan Playhouse’s “East Village Chronicles,” repeatedly as a Nylon Fusion company member, and in readings/stints/workshops at Cherry Lane, Lucille Lortel, The Lark, Electric Pear, Dutch Kills, and others), Brecht (Riverside Theatre), Beckett (undergroundzero), Chekhov, Havel… and her original stories at Symphony Space, Dixon Place, The Neighborhood Playhouse, A Collection of Shiny Objects, and in the Estrogneius and New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Bootstrap Festivals. In May, she returns to The Bughouse Spin with a brand new yarn (ask her, she’ll tell you ALL about it). Screen includes the forthcoming 42 Seconds of Happiness, Law & Order: SVU, Onion News Network, The Daily Show, and Rob Brink’s award winning short, Insecurity. Laura studied acting at Northwestern (BS) and CalArts (MFA), taught at Second City, and received a NYFA scholarship for her storytelling.
Hugh Sinclair*, General Leslie Groves
Recent New York credits: Worship (by Eduardo Machado), The Boat in the Tiger Suit (The Brick), The Capables (by Jay Stull), Oh My God I Am So THIRST(y) with Little Lord, A Theatre Company (IT Award nominee), The Myths We Need, Or How to Begin (by Larry Kunofsky), Sexual Healing (Jon. Leaf, dir.,) Ghost Light (59E59, Jose Zayas, dir.,) Chuck Chuck Chuck (Immediate Medium,) Southern Promises (PS 122,) The Wasps (Target Margin Lab,) The Confidence Man (Woodshed Collective,) Orestes 2.0 (Immediate Theatre.), Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist (Immediate Theatre.) Regional credits include A Christmas Carol (Epiphany Theatre) The Foreigner (Pennsylvania Stage Company) Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming Of The Shrew (Tennessee Repertory Theatre) Two Gentlemen of Verona (Clarence Brown Theatre.) Film credits include Running Mates, and Ernest Goes To Camp. TV: The Impressionists (A&E,) Dear Home (History Channel.)
Jack Karp, Playwright
Jack has had plays produced in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and across the country as well as in Canada. His play, Incendiary Agents, completed a successful run at the New Ohio Theatre in New York City in 2013. His newest play, Irreversible, has had staged readings at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Ashland New Plays Festival, Red Fern Theatre, and The Tank in New York, where it won the Theatre SLAM competition. Jack’s plays have also appeared in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival, and the New York International Fringe Festival, for which he helped conceive and write the interactive technology-driven show, The Photo Album, with his immersive theatre company, The Story Gym. Jack has also won the David Mamet Playwrighting Competition at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Best Play at MadLab Theatre’s Divide & Conquer Festival, and Best Play at the Long Island City One Act Festival, among other awards. Jack has an M.F.A. in creative writing from American University, is a founding member of Crosstown Playwrights, the Nylon Fusion Writer’s Collective, and The Story Gym, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Melanie Moyer Williams, Director
Melanie is also Founder and Executive Artistic Director of the Red Fern Theatre Company. Her credits for RFTC include the New York Premiere of Shirley Lauro's THE RADIANT and ALL THROUGH NIGHT, the world premieres of WE IN SILENCE HEAR A WHISPER by Jon Kern and A SHOT AWAY: Personal Accounts of Military Trauma by Donna Fiumano-Farley, MISS EVERS' BOYS (production received NYIT and AUDELCO Nominations), AN IDEAL HUSBAND, A PIECE OF MY HEART, WHO WILL CARRY THE WORD?, THE EXONERATED, THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME, FOUND A PEANUT, TWO ROOMS, and PATIENT A. Melanie has also directed a staged version of Handel's MESSIAH for Pocket Opera NY. Melanie has also enjoyed developing plays with numerous playwrights including John Attanas, Donna Fiumano-Farley, Ashlin Halfnight, Jon Kern, Shirley Lauro, Anna Moench, Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, and Luanne Aronen Rosenfeld. Internationally, she has directed A TRIBUTE TO ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of El Salvador with Wanderlust Theatre Company. Prior to moving to New York, Melanie was also a founder and Managing Director of the Camden Shakespeare Company in Camden, Maine. AB Duke University, cum laude.
Sandra Twumasi Bonsu, Assistant Stage Manager
Originally born and raised in West Africa, Ghana; she moved to the US in 2007. She is a recent graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick. In Fall of 2013 and Spring of 2014, she interned at the Tony Award winning, Crossroads Theater with Marshall Jones III, Artistic Director. Productions she worked on include Lift by Walter Mosley, Kansas City Swing by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan and Holiday Jubilee. She received a Bachelor's degree in Theater Arts and Public Health in May 2014.
Andy Evan Cohen, Sound Design
Andy Evan Cohen (Sound Design) has worked with numerous indie theatre organizations, including recent shows with White Horse Theatre (Eyes for Consuela), The Shelter (Lily & Kosmo Live!; Triptych at the Cherry Lane), Nylon Fusion (Incendiary Agents; A Snowfall in Berlin; The Big Funk), and T. Schreiber Studio (Philadelphia, Here I Come!; Natural Life) where he is the resident designer. Other recent credits include Ay Carmela! at Repertorio Español, Mahalla at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and the national tour of The Hungry Hungry Games. www.andycomusic.com
Deb Gouette, Properties
Deb has been designing and fabricating props for Off- Broadway and Broadway for several years. Recent credits include: Off-Broadway:Handle with Care at the Westside Theater; Wife To James Whelan, What the Public Wants, The Glass Cage, Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, Is Life Worth Living?, So Help Me God!and Dr. Knock, for The Mint Theatre, In Fields Where They Lay for Dreamscape Theater , Rocky Horror Picture Show at Bucks County Playhouse; as the props supervisor at Fordham University: Way of the World, Wedding Band, Swoony Planet, Anoy(mous), Marriage of Figaro, For a Barbarian Woman, Bulrusher, Good Person of Schezuin, Ruined, Not all Thieves Come to Harm You, What of the Night, Language Archive, Centaur Battle of San Jacinto, Ugly Lies the Bone, Phoebe in Winter, Labryinth of Desire, We Present, and Measure for Measure; Sleeping Rough and You Got Older for Page 73 and numerous workshops around the city.
Andrew Mannion, Scenic Design
Andrew Mannion (Scenic Design) is returning briefly to New York having spent a year working in North Carolina at Western Carolina University. His past designs in New York include the world premier of Greasemonkey written by Miranda Jonte, Proof at The Bridge Theatre, and Three Sisters, Factory Girls and The Archarnians at the Stella Adler School of Acting. He has worked as a design assistant on and off Broadway with designers John Lee Beatty, Anna Louizos and David Zinn. www.andrewmannion.com
Josh Stillman, Assistant Stage Manager
Josh is from Cary, North Carolina and graduated from Duke University with a degree in English and a certificate in Documentary Studies. Following a stint as a writer for Entertainment Weekly and other publications, he taught English in Quito, Ecuador for a year. Now that he's back in New York, he has helped stage manage the Whitelisted Theatre Company's production of The Hurtling Stillness. He is thrilled to be a part of Irreversible and the Red Fern team.
Rebecca L. Welles, Costume Designer
Rebecca received her MFA in theatre design from Yale School of Drama in 2012. Her recent design credits include, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Chenerentola, and Iolanta for Yale Opera. Awake and Sing! for The Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT. Recent New York Credits include, The Taming of the Shrew, Baruch Performing Arts Center; Blank Canvas, Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, Two Gentlemen of Verona, for Shrunken Shakespeare; Marie Christine, Columbia University. Upcoming work includes Fools, For ECA as well as Yale Opera’s Spring scenes.
Sammee Wortham, Production Stage Manager
Sammee studied theatre at Idaho State University and recently moved to New York. She has stage managed shows such as Dr. Faustus (ISU), The Laramie Project (OTAS) as well as original work like Alone (Rabbithole Enesemble). Sammee is no stranger to Red Fern Theatre Company having stage managed the New York Premieres of Shirley Lauro’s The Radiant and Mia McCullough’s Since Africa along with our week of development.
Marie Yokoyama, Lighting Designer
Marie is set and lighting designer based in NYC. Her recent lighting design credits include: March, We in Silence Hear a Whisper (Red Fern), Film Chinois,Three Trees (Pan Asian Rep), A Man of No Importance, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Red House), Faust (Curtis Institute of Music), and Compulsion (Yale Rep). Her set design credits include: Fantasticks, Merry Widow, Ariadne Auf Naxos(Opera Theater Pittsburgh), Bum Phillips, After an Earlier Incident (La Mama ETC, Monk Parrot), and TALA (PBC).