Rage Play

Flux Theatre Ensemble presents
the World Premiere of

by Nandita Shenoy
directed by Lori Elizabeth Parquet

PREVIEWS MARCH 28 & 29 | OPENING NIGHT MARCH 30 | CLOSES APRIL 11

Experimental Theater, Abrons Arts Center | 466 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002

LIVING TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

The Story

Three women stand over the man they’ve killed, struggling to understand how it happened and why he keeps coming back to life. Again and again and again. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, Nandita Shenoy’s outrageous black comedy Rage Play explores the cost women face in fighting back against misogyny and patriarchy, and how they might be complicit in these systems. Through their purgatory, the women aim for liberation…and maybe even a little sweet revenge.


What’s a Living Ticket? This production continues our Living Ticket initiative, which makes Flux’s shows free for all to attend. Well, not exactly free: it costs a lot to create these productions, and we want to provide our team a living wage. So while you don’t have to pay anything, we encourage you to support Flux with a donation when you reserve your Living Ticket. To learn what it would take for us to pay a living wage, check out our Open Book program, our Current, Minimum, and Living wage budget and giving levels, and then reserve your Living Ticket and give at the rate that makes sense for you. The Current level is $26, the Minimum wage level is $70, and the Living wage level is $91.

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CAST

Leila Ben-Abdallah, Bea, (she/her/hers) is a Tunisian-American comedian, actor, and puppeteer. A graduate of the William Esper Studio, Leila has performed with The People’s Improv Theater, The Flea, ScaryMommy.com, CollegeHumor.com, and the NY Arab-American Comedy Festival. Leila served as associate producer for The Box Show and she’s a Resident Artist with New Light Theater Project. Leila is a twin so you’d think she’d be great at sharing, but instead she’s written four solo shows and performed them at the SOLOCOM Fest, NY Fringe Fest, The People’s Improv Theater, and in her living room for her two cats Sophocles and Gloria Steinem. www.leilaben-abdallah.com

Alexandra Curran, CeCe, (she/her/hers) is thrilled to be returning to Flux after performing in their Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood at The New Ohio. Other NY Theater includes: Wolf in the River (Adam Rapp/The Flea), Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Joel Schumacher/The Flea), My Dead Friend’s Porn (NYTF), Look Me In The Eyes (ARTC), Student Body (The Flea). She made her international debut in Pool Play at the Theater Festival of Kerala, India.

TV: Maniac (Netflix), Hawaii 5-0 (CBS). Excited to rage with this fantastic team of humans. www.alexandracurran.com

Chris Wight, Man, (he/him/his) is thrilled to be returning to Flux, especially to work with Lori Elizabeth Parquet, his traveling companion from their inaugural Flux production: Liz Duffy Adams’ Dog Act. He is an Artist Member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre and ‘Friend’ of Flux; there and elsewhere he has appeared in premiers of plays by Tennessee Williams (in the premier of Spring Storm with Peter Sarsgaard), Cassandra Medley, Cherie Vogelstein (36DD with Judy Gold), Sheri Wilner, Olivia Dufault, Arthur Giron, David Zelnick, Adam Szymkowicz, Cheryl L. Davis, Julie Selbo, Joshua Conkel, Amanda Keating, Christina Quintana, J. Holtham, John Augustine, Robert Simonson, Michael Louis Wells, Ryan Dowler, Maria McCarthy and many other acclaimed writers. He most recently appeared in Everyday Inferno’s production of Quicksand by Regina Robbins and Deya Danielle Drake’s Escape for FringeNYC. www.chriswight.net

Yolanda K. Wilkinson, aka Yeauxlanda Kay, Ay, (she/her/hers) has been dubbed ” one of the country’s most respected and talented spoken word artists” by Playbill, “charismatic and funny” by Dan Bacalzo of Theatremania and “Brilliant” by Inside New York. She appeared in the New York Neo-Futurists’ production of LOCKER #4173b, winner of the 2011 NYIT Award and called “smart” by The New York Times. She has performed at The Public Theatre, Lincoln Center, Cherry Lane, Manhattan Theatre Club, Classical Theatre of Harlem, The National Black Theatre Festival 2001 & 2005, and The New Black Theatre Festival with Suzan Lori Parks and Lynn Nottage in 2010. https://lovefibonaccisyste.wixsite.com/yeauxlandakay


CREATIVE TEAM

NANDITA SHENOY (Playwright) (she/her/hers) is a New York-based writer-actor who loves to hear an audience laugh. She returns to Flux as a playwright after performing in their Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood. Her play Washer/Dryer has been produced multiple times across the country after its world premiere in Los Angeles at East West Players and an Off-Broadway production in which she also starred. Her first full-length, Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature, was produced by theHegira in Washington, DC, and more recently, her play Satisfaction completed a developmental run at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her one-acts, Marrying Nandini, By Popular Demand, Rules of Engagement, You Are Here, and A More Perfect Date, have been produced in New York City and regionally. Currently, she is developing her play Baby Camp. Nandita has acted in world premieres of new plays by Richard Dresser, Madhuri Shekar, Chelsea Marcantel, Adam Szymkowicz, and Eric Pfeffinger as well as a season at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Nandita is the winner of the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting for her commissioned one-act, Safe Haven, and a 2018 Mellon Creative Research Fellowship at the University of Washington School of Drama in partnership with Ma-Yi Theater Company. She is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and the Dramatists Guild. Nandita holds a BA in English literature from Yale University. nanditashenoy.com

LORI ELIZABETH PARQUET (Director) (she/her/hers) is an actor, director, and playwright from New Orleans, Louisiana with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Cornell University. Her New York City stage credits include Macbeth, Dispatches From (A)mended America (Off-Broadway, Epic Theatre Ensemble), The Providence of Neighboring Bodies (Dutch Kills Theater/Ars Nova), The Honeycomb Trilogy: Sovereign (Gideon Productions), Medea (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble), Dog Act, Ajax in Iraq, Honey Fist, Operating Systems (Flux Theatre Ensemble), and Republic, Baal, Murder In the Cathedral (JACK/Hoi Polloi). She made her international debut performing in Pillars of Society at Teater Ibsen in Skien, Norway. She also performed in The Providence of Neighboring Bodies at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018. In 2019 she was nominated and won the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role for her performance in Operating Systems. As a director, Lori has directed Topdog/Underdog at Princeton Summer Theater and assistant directed The Public Theater’s most recent Shakespeare in the Park productions of As You Like It, and Twelfth Night.  She was also an acting coach on Disney’s Hercules, a Public Works production.  Lori just served as Associate Director of New York City Center’s Encores: Off-center production of Maria Irene Fornes’ Promenade and has directed many readings and workshops with Public Works, Flux Theatre Ensemble, The Brooklyn Generator, and other theatre companies across New York City.  As a playwright, Lori was selected as one of six featured playwrights for Season Five of The Fire This Time Festival, which produced a reading of her full-length play In Communion. Her short plays Sir and Blood Money have been produced through Flux Theatre Ensemble and New York Madness respectively.

Jodi M. Witherell, Production Stage Manager, (she/her/hers), was most recently seen as PSM for Flux’s Operating Systems and Adam Szymkowiz’s Rare Birds (Red Fern). Favorite credits include: miscellaneous work on The Miracle Worker (Queens Theatre) and Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots and The Honeycomb Trilogy (Gideon Productions); That Which Isn’t (Theater Accident), All Systems Go: Mission 4 (Mission to (dit)Mars); Moby Dick (Fireboat Productions); AM I DEAD? Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood, Rizing, Salvage, Once Upon a Bride…, Jane the Plain, Hearts Like Fists, Deinde, Ajax in Iraq and many others with Flux; as well as shows with The Gallery Players; Avalon Studios; The St. Bart’s Players; Working Man’s Clothes; Pembi Players; Playwright’s Company; Audax Theatre Group; Streetlight Productions and The American Globe Theatre. NYIT Award Winner: Outstanding Stage Manager 2016.

Rocio Mendez, Fight and Intimacy Director, (she/they) is an actor/fight director/teacher from Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. Fight | Intimacy | Movement Direction credits include: The Wolves (Actor’s Theater of Louisville), Love in Hate Nation (Two River Theater), The Secret life of Bees (Atlantic), Leap and The Net Will Appear (New Georges), The Royale (Geva Theater | The Kitchen), Southern Promises, Good Friday (The Flea Theater), Marian; and The True tale of Robin Hood, Hearts like Fists (Flux Theatre Ensemble). Film credits include Bad Writing, Clandestiny, Tied Up, Hurt filling. Nominee for two New York Innovative Theater Arts Award – Outstanding Choreography and Movement, Winner for Artemis “Women In Action” Film Festival. Rocio is a Team Member of Unkle Dave’s Fight House. www.rociomendez.com

Will Lowry, Scenic Designer, (he/him/his) is a multidisciplinary designer with an MFA from UNC Greensboro, and he has been a Creative Partner with Flux since 2011. This is his eighteenth Flux production, the most recent being World Builders (NY & LA). He has completed over 110 scenic, costume, and lighting designs ranging between New York, regional, and academic theatre, and he has worked as an assistant on eleven Broadway productions. He serves as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Lehigh University. Love to B&P. will-lowry.com

Kia Rogers, LightingDesigner, (she/her/hers) has had her work seen at BAM Fisher, 3LD Art & Technology Center, The Gym at Judson, The SoHo Playhouse, Theatre at St. Clement’s, Danspace, St. Luke’s and the 4th Street Theatre. Regional: Thieves by Charlotte Miller in LA. Selkie by Sarah Shaefer in San Francisco. International credits: Associate Lighting Designer for Slutforart/98.6 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Muna Tseng. Tours: The God Box Project with Mary Lou Quinlan, and Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca. Awards: Outstanding Lighting Design for Jane The Plain with the NYITA, 2014 and nominated in 2016 for Rizing. www.krogersld.com.

Karen Boyer (Costume Designer) bio coming soon!

Rena Anakwe (Sound Designeris an interdisciplinary artist and performer working primarily with sound, visuals, and scent. Exploring intersections between traditional healing practices, spirituality and performance, she creates works focused on sensory-based, experiential interactions using creative technology. She is based in Brooklyn, New York by way of Nigeria and Canada. Rena is a graduate of: the Interactive Telecommunications Program (iTP) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (MPS), The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University (MFA) and New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business (BS.)

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