Quake: Ray Abruzzo (The Sopranos) Stars in First Look Festival Drama
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Because the 7/15 performance I saw was a preview I gave the performance a generous 4 stars. The material is promising but is definitely a work in progress.
Ray Abruzzo as Artie was excellent and Marc Aden Gray as Barry was the show's stand out. I believe that the role of Marena was played by understudy Charlotte Chanler. Speaking with an "Armenian" accent, she was not easy to understand; however, her meek and desparate demeanor came across.
Quake, written by D. Tucker Smith and directed by D. Tucker Smith, and Anjali Bhimani tells the story of Artie Ehrlich (Ray Abruzzo), who in the summer of 2005 finds that his world has hit a seismic shift. With everything around him shattering, just staying afloat is serious business.
Abruzzo was seen in the critically acclaimed west coast premiere of Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius at the Pasadena Playhouse and starred in Cannibals at the Zephyr Theater and the world premiere of John Patrick Shanley's Italian-American Reconciliation. His television credits include L.A. LAW, Dynasty, Night Court, The Practice, and most notably as Little Carmine Lupertazzi for four seasons on HBO's groundbreaking, The Sopranos. The cast also includes Marc Aden Gray (Of Mice and Men, Proof) and Open Fist ensemble members Alex Pierce, Maxie Solters, and Stephanie Terronez.
D. Tucker Smith (Playwright/Director) D. has authored several full-length plays including the Broadway-bound The Great Game (premier, Theater Previews at Duke), Quake, and Catalog. Short plays: The Knockout Suit (Finalist, Samuel French Short Play Competition); Overnight Delivery and Patriot Act, (both finalists in the New York City 15-Minute Play Festival). Screenplays: The Rose Quilt, The Eleventh Commandment. Active member of The Playwrights Workshop and New River Dramatists. D is thrilled to be part of the OFTC "First Look" Festival and to once again take the director's chair, especially with such an exceptional cast of actors.
Anjali Bhimani (Co-Director / Producer) Producer/Owner, Ithaka Theatricals. OFTC: The Existents. Broadway: Bombay Dreams, Metamorphoses (Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award for Best Play). Off-Broadway: The American Pilot (Manhattan Theatre Club), Brundibar and But the Giraffe (New Victory Theatre), Pentecost (Barrow Group), Portraits (Union Square Theatre), The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, Metamorphoses (Second Stage). Regional: As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre of D.C.), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Mirror of the Invisible World (The Goodman Theatre), The Great Game (Theatre Previews at Duke), Comedy on the Bridge and Brundibar (Berkeley Rep/Yale Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), The Vagina Monologues (Apollo Theatre), Metamorphoses (Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep), The Odyssey (McCarter Theatre, Seattle Rep, Goodman Theatre), Arabian Nights (Lookingglass, BAM, Steppenwolf), Pentecost (Berkeley Rep).
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