by Emily Kitchens
Faith. Home. Kin. This is the slanted tale of two sisters adrift, journeying away from the chaos of modern life. With folksongs, rough rapids, nighttime wonderings, and a yearning for "home", this sparse poetical play feels like a new American folktale. Written by Emily Kitchens and joined in performance by her real life sister, Lisa Kitchens, this tale told is sincere and absurd.
BEN CHARLES (Marketing Coordinator) is a writer, actor, and deviser, living and working in New York City. Ben’s recent immersive adaptation of Romeo and Juliet entitled R+J: Star Cross’d Death Match was received as “Rowdy, Bawdy, Fun…” by Broadway World. As an actor, he has worked with the Lincoln Center Theater, The Pearl Theatre Company, Three Day Hangover, Milwaukee Rep, NY Classical Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse and many others. Ben’s work as an assistant for two NYC interior designers has helped him cultivate a wide range of technical and client relation-based skills that support his work as an artist and collaborator. MFA: PTTP at the University of Delaware. BFA: University of Evansville.
MATTHEW ELLIS MURPHY (Producer) is a multi-faceted theatre artist based in New York City. He is a founding member of The Group Lab: an artistic collective devoted to the incubation of its community’s creative work. As an actor, his credits include work in New York with Sonnet Repertory Theatre, Gallery Players, Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective, Amios, Musical Theatre Factory, the Lark Play Development Center and the International Emmy Awards, and regionally at the Guthrie Theater, Passage Theatre and PlayMakers Repertory Company. Composer/Musical Director credits include work with PlayMakers Rep, the New York International and Capital Fringe Festivals, Examined Man Theatre and One Shot Productions. He also coaches voice and dialects, including for two years as an Instructor of Dramatic Art at UNC-Chapel Hill. MFA: UNC-Chapel Hill. BA/BMus: Lawrence University of Wisconsin.
EMILY KITCHENS (Playwright/Other Sister) has acted in classic to contemporary works at vital American theaters including The American Conservatory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts and California Shakespeare Theater. She is a founding core member of The Group Lab, a tribe of artists in New York City. She has collaborated on many original devised and experimental theatre works in New York City and the Bay Area--highlights include an epic based on the poetry of W.H. Auden and an original piece with her sister, Lisa. MFA: American Conservatory Theater. BFA: University of Evansville.
LISA KITCHENS (Sister) has acted at such places as the Moscow Art Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, American Conservatory Theater, New York International Fringe Festival and others. She has been a part of many developmental workshops, including devised, experimental performance pieces as an actor and director. Other highlights include adapting and directing a seven person Richard II, touring Twelfth Night around Bay Area public schools, creating a solo performance piece and devising an original piece with her sister, Emily, performed in their Georgia home. MFA: American Conservatory Theater. BFA: University of Evansville.
PAUL KITE (P) is a creator, director, actor, deviser, banjo picker, transmitter, etc. living and working in NYC. He has worked on Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater and Off Broadway and regionally at The Pearl Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Working Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Kennedy Center, Three Day Hangover and The New Harmony Project. Paul is a member of the Group Lab, an incubator for creative work, and he is currently working on an adaptation of the Arthurian myth, a concert-based experience entitled Astronaut, an epic based on the poetry of W.H. Auden, and a new play entitled Water. MFA: Rutgers. BS: University of Evansville. Do it for the Fat Lady.
JENNA PANTHER (Director) is a performer, deviser, director and low-flying trapeze-er fighting the good fight in New York City. She's a founding member of The Group Lab, a collective of artists creating theatrical experiments and events, as well as a member of Fight or Flight, an aerial theatre company that makes plays on trapeze. In her time as an Artistic Director of Amios, a funky downtown theatre company, she ran the popular monthly show, Shotz and co-directed the multi-writer epic There's a Light on Yonder Mountain. She has worked at The Denver Center Theater Company, The Kennedy Center, 59E59 Theaters and Ars Nova. She's currently creating a piece about the life and times of Calamity Jane and the Old West. MFA: National Theatre Conservatory. BS: University of Evansville.