WINNERS 2015 WINTERFEST

 

 WINNER  

 

OF THE

 

WINTERFEST 2015 

 

 

Baby in a Corner

 

 Baby In A Corner

 

by Mustafa Gatollari

 

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Two heartbroken strangers form an unlikely friendship by bonding

over mutual loss. Their newfound hope is short lived, however,

when a sudden visitor threatens their lives. Baby in a Corner is a

dark comedy that proves the best cure for misery is company.

 

 

Mustafa

     Mustafa Gatollari is a Writer and Actor from Lodi, NJ. He was most                 recently in  the off-broadway comedy My Big Gay Italian Funeral and the       Killer Films web  series Dogme. Mustafa is a big believer in simple                 theater with complex  characters and loves blending genres in his                 writing. He works on his acting  chops with Anthony Abeson and is               currently pursuing an MFA in Creative  Writing with Rutgers University.         Mustafa is thrilled that Baby in a Corner has   won Best Play in the 2015       Winterfest Theater Festival and is looking forward to  developing the play           even further.

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                                           The Cast of  “Baby In The Corner ” From left: 

                                          Rob Byrnes, Justin McManus, Mustafa Gatollari

                                        (nominated as a best Director) DaMond Taylor & 

                                         Ryan Johnson ( both Nominated as Best Actor)

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THE FINALISTS

 

#  2

Zuccotti Park

Zuccotti Park

 

book/lyrics by Catherine Hurd

 

music by Vatrena King

 

After eight years at war, William Cooper takes leave to visit

childhood friend, Kate, in NYC. She is now beautiful, spirited,

and passionate…. about the Occupy Movement. As his feelings

for Kate grow, Cooper also connects with her protester friends,

learns their stories, and takes a good hard look at what it

means to be an American.

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# 3

 

Rope

Rope

 

by Mark Sickman

 

The setting is the Old West in 1895. Respected Federal hangman

William Maledon decides to retire. His wife Mildred, a savvy promoter

who enjoys her notoriety as the “Hangman’s Wife,” resists. They clash.

Maledon’s career is over. So is Mildred’s. He’s at peace.

She’s outraged. Angry and betrayed, Mildred

takes actions that will keep her in the spotlight.

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STUCK

Stuck

 

by Deshja Driggs-Hall

 

It’s Marci and Eric March’s 15th wedding anniversary. It’s

been 2 months since Marci’s last mental breakdown. While the

winter winds howl they enjoy dinner, reminisce, consume

several glasses of wine and avoid what really needs to be said.

Perhaps it was Marci’s spiritually cooky sister or the impending

storm that began it all. Whatever it may be…it comes out tonight.

No looking back.

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Bride of Frankestein

Bride of Frankenstein

 

by Sharon Fogarty

 

The Bride of Frankenstein ~ an experiment in intimacy features Mary,

a woman sewn together from pieces of other humans,

designed to please a scientist obsessed with re-creating

his deceased wife. Though schooled in etiquette and the arts,

Mary remains a monster, abused by her creator who struggles

to find a niche for her extraordinary, mutated sense of self.

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Ain't Life Sweet

Ain’t Life Sweet

 

by Bridget Stinson

 

 

Sisters Maggie and Baker return home for Christmas and things are

 

just like old times: Mom’s drinking, big brother’s in rehab, Dad’s

 

still clueless, and the sisters fight as if they don’t know how to

 

communicate in any other way. Ain’t life sweet unearths the truth

 

about what really happens behind the white picket fence.

 

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Transition

Transition

 

by John Anastasi

“Transition” a story of a committed couple who are forced

to answer the question, “why do we love who we love?” Facing the

life altering choices the modern world offers and examines what

happens when a person’s happiness and sense of self

is pitted against one’s commitment to another.

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Best Original Play

 

 

BEST ORIGINAL PLAY

 

Who is afraid of the moon

 

Who Is Afraid Of The Moon

by Anna Mantovani

 

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Divine Mother sends four Goddesses on Earth.

and every full moon they worship her.
Soon harmony is abundant between all Human beings.
However Evil forces, who feed on feelings of
anger and sadness seduce the Goddesses and
soon Humans forget about the power of the blood
and womb.

 Gudrun

   Singer/Actor/Playwright/Director Member of the HB Studio Acting           Ensemble since 2009 Most Recent Performances and Upcoming               Performances Divine Mother in “Who is afraid of the Moon” February              23rd, 27th and March 1st 2015 Lead in major Off Broadway show “When              Yellow Were the Stars on Earth” Dec, Jan 2014 Lead in Muskego Lake,                Summerfest Festival 2013 Title role in Maid of Orleans, Fringe Festival                         2010 Director/Playwright/Screenwriter Who is afraid of the Moon?          Director/Writer February 2015 Cabrini Women, Movie commissioned by the Mother Cabrini Order, Director 2014 In a Persian Garden, Finalist Winterfests Festival, Director/Writer 2013 Muskego Lake, Director, 2013 Romeo and Juliet the Musical, Third Prize, Summerfest Festival, Director/Writer 2012. Education: Master of Voice, Karlsruhe Musikhochschule Master of Voice, Manhattan School of Music HB studios, Ensemble Member since 2009, Five years full-time acting training

 

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Best Director Luis Salgado

for the Musical  “Zuccotti Park”

 

 

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    In 24 years of commitment and passion to art, and 17 years living from doing what       he loves Luis Salgado has developed a need to make art that matters, Art that serves  a purpose and a real passion for Storytelling. Luis has directed and choreographed musicals and plays, as well as conceived and developed many others. Luis was the  Latin Assistant Choreographer of the Tony Award winning musical In The Heights  and wants to pass all of his experiences in art to potential new projects that serve a  purpose. Salgado, who has been seen on Broadway in  In the Heights, Rocky and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown  won the Best Director Award at the Summerfest Festival for Song of       Solomon. Other directing credits includes Amigo Duende, The Musical (music and lyrics by Joshua Henry, book adaptation by Salgado), Aniversario Sin-Cuenta and Candela Fuerza y Pasión (Lima, Peru), and Zuccotti Park (music by Vatrena King, book and lyrics by Catherine Hurd), Luis is Schedule to direct a Spanish-language production of David Mamet‘s  Speed-the-Plow in August 2015 in San Juan Puerto Rico.

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Some members of the cast of  “Zuccotti Park”  . From left top:

Joshua Coyne, Ashley Brooke, Luis Salgado, Daniel Karp, 

Levin Valayil, Jessica Smith, Megan Tischhauser

Lower in pic: Sarah Sirota, Brian Kinnard, Valeria Cossu

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Best Actress  

Barbara McCulloh

From The Play “Transition”

 

 

Barbara McCulloh

Broadway: Mrs.Darling  in Peter Pan ; Anna in The King and I.  Lincoln Center, The House in Town. National Tours: Brighton Beach Memoirs,South Pacific, Peter Pan. Off Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club,  Jewish Rep, York Theatre. Television/Film: In the Foxhole, Hallmark Movies; A&E’s Peter Pan; Courage the Cowardly Dog; Law and Order, SVU ;  and many roles in many dead soap operas.  Favorite regional theatre roles are in Hamlet; Sylvia; Hay Fever; Skin of Our Teeth; Taming of the Shrew; Blithe Spirit; 110 in the Shade A Little Night Music, and Angels of Music concerts, world wide, raising funds to save the African cheetah from extinction.  Barbara is Phi Beta Kappa, and the voice of nearly 100 audio books.  Visit http://barbaramcculloh.com/ for more information than you could possibly need. Her performance is in honor of Jay Tramel.
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 Barbara with Costar Darcy Wright  

 

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Best Actor

Troy Hall

From the play “Stuck” 

 

 

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Troy  wife and costar Deshja Driggs – Hall  playwright of  “Stuck”

 

 

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PLAY FINALISTS 

 

# 2 

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Zuccotti Park

 

 

book/lyrics by Catherine Hurd

 

music by Vatrena King

 

 

After eight years at war, William Cooper takes leave to visit

childhood friend, Kate, in NYC.  She is now beautiful, spirited,

and passionate…. about the Occupy Movement. As his feelings

for Kate grow, Cooper also connects with her protester friends,

learns their stories, and takes a good hard look at what it

means to be an American.

 

 

Catherine

  CATHERINE HURD, PLAYWRIGHT/LYRICIST  Catherine Hurd graduated    from UCLA with a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting, and  from Florida State                  University with an MFA in Film Production. She received her BFA from Florida            Atlantic University in Theater. Past awards and credits include a literary scholarship    to Exeter College, Oxford University; Honorable Mention in the Eastman Kodak            Movie Competition; and First Place in the Southeastern Poetry Festival – Readers
   Theater Division. Screenwriting awards include the Writer’s Digest              Writing Competition; Stephen N. Gershenson Award for Comedy Writing; Jay            Grossman Comedy Writing Award; Marty Klein Comedy Writing Award;                          Chesterfield Film Company Writing Award; and Moondance Film Festival Writing        Award. Catherine has  optioned three feature length scripts in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FINALISTS

 

 

 

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Ain’t Life Sweet

 

 

by Bridget Stinson

 

 

 

March 4 @ 3:30

 

 

 

Sisters Maggie and Baker return home for Christmas and things are
 
 
just like old times: Mom’s drinking, big brother’s in rehab, Dad’s
 
 
 
still clueless, and the sisters fight as if they don’t know how to
 
 
communicate in any other way. Ain’t life sweet unearths the truth
 
 
 
about what really happens behind the white picket fence.

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Bride of Frankestain

 

Bride of Frankenstein

 

 

by Sharon Fogarty

 

 

March 4 @ 6pm

 

 

The Bride of Frankenstein ~ an experiment in intimacy features Mary,

a woman sewn together from pieces of other humans,

designed to please a scientist obsessed with re-creating

his deceased wife.  Though schooled in etiquette and the arts,

Mary remains a monster, abused by her creator who struggles

to find a niche for her extraordinary, mutated sense of self.

………………………………………………………

 

Zuccotti Park

 

Zuccotti Park

 

 

book/lyrics by Catherine Hurd

 

music by Vatrena King

 

 

 

March 4  @  8:30pm 

 

 

After eight years at war, William Cooper takes leave to visit

childhood friend, Kate, in NYC.  She is now beautiful, spirited,

and passionate…. about the Occupy Movement. As his feelings

for Kate grow, Cooper also connects with her protester friends,

learns their stories, and takes a good hard look at what it

means to be an American.

 ………………………………………………………………….

 

Baby in a Corner

 Baby In A Corner

 

 

by Mustafa Gatollari

 

 

March 5 @ 3:30 

 

 

Two heartbroken strangers form an unlikely friendship by bonding

over mutual loss. Their newfound hope is short lived, however,

when a sudden visitor threatens their lives. Baby in a Corner is a

dark comedy that proves the best cure for misery is company.

 

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Rope

 

by Mark Sickman

 

March 5 @ 6pm

 

The setting is the Old West in 1895. Respected Federal hangman

William Maledon decides to retire. His wife Mildred, a savvy promoter

who enjoys her notoriety as the “Hangman’s Wife,” resists. They clash.

Maledon’s career is over. So is Mildred’s. He’s at peace.

She’s outraged. Angry and betrayed, Mildred

takes actions that will keep her in the spotlight.

 

 

…………………………………………………………………

 

 

STUCK

Stuck

 

by Deshja Driggs-Hall

 

 March 5 @ 8:30

 

It’s Marci and Eric March’s 15th wedding anniversary. It’s

been 2 months since Marci’s last mental breakdown. While the

winter winds howl they enjoy dinner, reminisce, consume

several glasses of wine and avoid what really needs to be said.

Perhaps it was Marci’s spiritually cooky sister or the impending

storm that began it all. Whatever it may be…it comes out tonight.

No looking back. 

 

……………………………………………………………………………

 

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Transition

 

by John Anastasi

 

“Transition”  a story of a committed couple who are forced

to  answer the question, “why do we love who we love?”  Facing the

life altering choices the modern world offers and examines what

happens when a person’s happiness and sense of self

is pitted against one’s commitment to another.