Opposites Attract in Scab at Elephant Space Theatre
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Scab presents both the subtle and honest relationship that evolves between roommates Anima and Christa, and the surreal, expressionistic mindscape that exists within them. When Anima returns to her graduate program at UCLA after her father’s funeral, her world is radically altered by the sudden breakup with her boyfriend Alan and the arrival of her new “lollipop” roommate Christa. The epitome of opposites, Christa’s perky upbeat attitude clashes with Anima’s street smarts and brutal honesty, but the twosome find common ground and form a bond deeper than friendship, with unexpected effects on both women.
Scab, which won the Princess Grace Award, tells a story punctuated by the appearance of an abusive statue of the Virgin Mary, a macabre plant named Susan, a three-headed, chain-smoking co-ed and other fresh elements. Edgy, contemporary playwright Sheila Callaghan gives the audience honest characters with a voice dripping with sass and attitude.
Directed by Mark Wilkinson
Cast: Annunziata Gianzero, J. J. Pyle, Jon Weinberg, Sean Sweeney, Kendra Chell, Dana Peterson and Priscilla Barnes.
Playwright Sheila Callaghan’s plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright’s Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, and Moving Arts, among others. Sheila is the recipient of a 2000 Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a 2001 LA Weekly Award for Best One-Act, a 2001-02 Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, a 2002 Chesley Prize for Lesbian Playwriting, a 2003 Mac Dowell Residency, a 2004 NYFA grant, a 2005 Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellow, and a 2006 NYSCA grant. In 2007 she was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Norway, and the Czech Republic. She has been commissioned by Playwright’s Horizons, South Coast Repertory, and EST/Sloan. Her full-length plays include Scab, The Hunger Waltz, Crawl Fade to White, Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), We Are Not These Hands, Dead City, Lascivious Something, and Kate Crackernuts. Several of her plays are published by Playscripts, Inc. She has taught playwriting at The University of Rochester, Spalding University, The College of New Jersey, and Florida State University. Sheila is a member of the Obie-winning playwright’s organization 13P and resident of New Dramatists.
Director Mark Wilkinson’s recent productions include Three Lefts at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood (Noble Gas Productions), Noël in the 2006 Young Playwrights Festival, and Gin Joint’s first production of Duet for One. He remains active developing new plays with The Blank Theatre Company’s Living Room Series, where he directed _Morris Ball, Teenage Homosexual; __V-E Day;_ Strangers in Paradise and _Heterosexuals. _Wilkinson also maintains an active film career and was described by Los Angeles Times as “a deep-digging and personal filmmaker,” when his feature film debut “Dischord” was released theatrically in 2003 by Artistic License Films. Previously, Mark wrote and directed two award-winning short films which screened at festivals internationally. “The Next Big Thing,” a science-fiction piece about virtual-reality gone awry, won a Saturn Golden Scroll Award from the Science Fiction Academy and has since been declared a “transgressive cinema classic” by British sci-fi fanzine rumourmachine.com. “Sally & Angela,” an action-adventure comedy, garnered multiple directing and comedy awards at festivals around the world and is part of the iFilm Midnight Classics collection (most popular internet movies of all time) and can also be seen on atomfilms.com. Mark’s most recent film, “Biting Personalities,” which he made with his teammates in the 2007 SoCal Cinema Slam 72 Hour Competition, won Best Film, Best Screenplay, Audience Award and several other honors. After Scab, Mark will be directing a regional theatre production of Mojo by Jez Butterworth at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre and then will be taking part in the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab in June.
Annunziata Gianzero (Anima) was chosen as Top Five Actresses in LA for her work on Tom Kempinski’s Duet for One in 2006. She was most recently seen as Betty Dullfeet in the Classical Theatre Lab’s production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo UI.
J.J. Pyle (Christa) most recently played Darlene in The Gangbusters Theatre Company’s LA Weekly award-nominated production of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead at The Met Theatre and Chrissy in TILT Productions’ In The Boom Boom Room by David Rabe.
Priscilla Barnes (Mary-Adrogyne, Mom, Kellee) is best known as Terri in “Three’s Company” and appeared recently in the feature films “The Devil’s Rejects,” “Thr3e” and the upcoming “An American in China.” Priscilla remains active in the Los Angeles theatre community with a recent role in The Lost & Found of Founders Square (NoHo Actors Forum) among others.