Thirst

By Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Clayton Guiltner

Tickets: $18 - Purchase Online or at the door

Grex Group Theatre is excited to announce our summer season celebrating 100 years of Eugene O’Neill plays with our production of Thirst, written in 1913 by one of America’s most prolific writers. O’Neill was born in a hotel in the area now known as Times Square in New York, only blocks away from where we will be showcasing his work at Theatre 54 just off of Broadway!

Thirst is the story of three survivors of a sunken ocean liner who have been stranded on a life raft in the open waters for several days. The dramatic masterpiece showcases the lives of three very different people who possess the same inner-human desire to survive. O’Neill’s words paint a striking story as the sun bears down upon the survivors among the encircling sharks in the crisp blue waters. You won’t want to miss this moving piece of theatre.

July 27-28, 2013
3pm and 7pm

Theatre 54
244 W. 54th Street
(between Broadway and 8th Ave.)
12th Floor
New York, NY

Cast

David Gazzo (The Gentleman) has a theatre degree from Rutgers University, and training from the Matthew Corozine Studios.  Regional theatre credits include: Rope (Charles Granillo), Fools (Leon), Philadelphia Story (Sandy), Ashtrays for Vodka (Peter), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Egeus), and A View from the Bridge (Mike). David has appeared on A&E and the Bio Channel in"I Killed MY BFF" (Tim Rysedoprh) and "The Haunting Of." (James Blades).

Jackie Jacobi (The Dancer) holds degrees from NYU and The New School in New York. FavoriteNY and regional acting credits include: Hamlet (Ophelia), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), Urinetown (Hope), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), Pirates of Penzance (Isabel), Seussical-The Musical(Gertrude)and Godspell among many others. Love and gratitude to family, friends, and her husband, Adam.

Quatis Tarkington (The Sailor) has performed in numerous regional, off-Broadway and touring productions including: Hamlet (Rosencrantz), The Dutchman (Clay), Macbeth (Seyton), A Season in the Congo (Mpolo), My Children My Africa (Thami) and Year of the Child (Oddity). Film and Television credits include: Lady Luck (Body Guard), Salt (Ferry Rider), Shattered (Allen), Deceived (Reverend Kennard), History of Black Achievement; PBS (Langston Hughes), and Mercy; NBC (Patron). Mr. Tarkington has trained at the Primary Stages in Einhorn School of Performing Arts in New York, and with The Barrow Group. quatistarkington.com

Director

Clayton Guiltner (Director) has directed, performed, and produced over seventy productions, and has led workshops and clinics all across the United States in directing, acting, design, and theatre leadership. Most recent directing credits include Ibsen’s Women, Lucky Stiff, Doubt, and Twelfth Night. Clayton holds a Master of Fine Arts in Directing, a Master of Arts in Leadership, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with several professional training credits including master workshops in voice and movement and youth theatre from The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and the ACTER organization based in London. Clayton serves as the Producing Artistic Director for the Grex Group Theatre, and is a proud associate member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and is Director of Theatre and Assistant Professor of Theatre - Acting and Directing for Southern Arkansas University's Department of Theatre and Mass Communication.

Production Team

Tim Wall (Co-Producer) is pleased to be co-producing his second project with the Grex Group. His most recent projects include 9 to 5, The Musical (Poteet Theatre), Ibsen’s Women (Grex Group), and The Wizard of Oz (Poteet Theatre). Tim toured nationally with the Act One Drama Company where he served as an actor and music director for several years. He has written, composed, and directed several theatrical and musical productions and has led many ensembles, choirs, and orchestras throughout his career. Tim has over 30 years of piano experience and holds a Bachelor of Music Theory from Baylor University with an emphasis in Jazz Piano. Currently, Timothy works as Marketing Manager for a globally-recognized web software company.

Robert Woods (Co-Producer) has produced and directed productions in such farflung places as Magnolia, Arkansas and Nanning, China, including Behind the Lie (Grex Group Theatre), Iolanthe (Cimarron Opera Company), Around the World in 80 Days (Soonerstock Theatre Company), Royal Gambit (Southern Arkansas University), Proof (University of Oklahoma), Letters to a Student Revolutionary (Neustadt Festival of International Literature & Culture), and High School Musical (Guangxi University). Robert produced the award-winning TV movie The Miracle of the Cards for Viacom, and the holiday specials The Elf Who Saved Christmas and The Elf and the Magic Key for USA Network. Robert holds an MFA in Theatre Directing and a JD in Law from The University of Oklahoma.

Casey Wright (Dramaturge) served as a consultant on Grex Group Theatre's production of The Pretentious Young Ladies in New York. Other regional dramaturgy credits include (Goodman Theatre, Chicago), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park), Springs Awakening, Circle Mirror Transformation, and The Drunken City (University of Oklahoma). Casey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English Literature from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and a Master of Arts in Dramaturgy from The University of Oklahoma.

Emily Jackson (Assistant Director) is from Dallas, Texas, and recently served as the Artistic Intern for the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY. At KTC: Associate Director: Crooked; Assistant Director and Dramaturge: Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Opus, The Whipping Man, and The Motherf**ker with the Hat. At KTC, she also worked in marketing and development and acted as literary manager for the 2013-14 season selection. Prior to coming to the Northeast, Emily had the pleasure of being invited by renowned Italian playwright, Dacia Maraini, to perform the role of Elizabeth I in Mary Stuart at the first annual international Festival delle due Rocche in Arona, Italy. Currently, Emily is working on adapting a translation of Maraini’s Charlotte Corday. Emily also serves as Artistic Director and Founding Member of 2X4 in Rep., a company that produces plays with current and relevant themes using a collaborative collective of artists. She is a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s School of Drama. Many thanks to Clay and Tim for this opportunity.

Nicole Richards (Production Stage Manager) is a freelance stage manager from Long Island, New York who is thrilled to be working with Grex Group Theatre.  In the fall she will begin her senior year at Binghamton University, where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Design/Tech concentration and a focus in stage management. Recent professional credits include The Unchained Theatre Festival (Variations Theatre Group), The Bad and the Better (Amoralists Theatre Company), and The New York International Fringe Festival.

John Craig Martin (Audience Development Apprentice) Originally from Stroudsburg, PA, John Craig Martin received his Bachelor's Degree in Theatre from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2010. John has worked at The Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre in Snow Camp, NC and Thunder Bay Theatre in Alpena, MI. Currently, John is an Audience Page at The Late Show with David Letterman and is thrilled to be working with the Grex Group Theatre.

Tyler M. Perry (Scenic Designer) holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Production Arts-Design from Ithaca College. Mr. Perry has designed both lighting and scenery for numerous production, including productions for The Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY, Ithaca College, Florida Grand Opera, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Hanger Theatre, Mill City Summer Opera, and The Broadway Theatre Company.  Select theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol, Noises Off, The Light in the Piazza, How I Learned to Drive, Crooked, Oklahoma!, Urinetown, Hairspray

Nick Flinn (Lighting Designer) Recent lighting designs include: The Pretentious Young Ladies (Grex Group Theatre), The Maids – Opening Party (Red Bull Theater, NYC), Student Playwrights Project (Arena Stage), Special Events Series (Maine State Music Theatre), and Idomeneo/Il Combattimento (Univ. of Cincinnati - CCM). Selected assistant designs include: The Assembled Parties (Broadway), Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center Festival for the Bill T. Jones Dance Company, Vineyard Theatre, The Juilliard School, The Kennedy Center, and Arena Stage. Television and charity assistant work include: The 23rd Annual Gypsy of the Year, D.L. Hughley: Reset, and PBS Great Performances: Let Me Down Easy. Film assistant work: Birdman starring Michael Keaton and Ed Norton. International assistant work: La Bohème (Lucca, Italy). Nick is thrilled to be back with Grex Group Theatre. www.nickflinn.com

Erin Guiltner (Costume Designer) has designed and built costumes for numerous productions including The Pretentious Young Ladies (Grex Group Theatre), Into The Woods (Muskogee Little Theatre), The Good Doctor (The University of Oklahoma), The Music Man (Southern Nazarene University), HONK! The Musical, I Hate Hamlet (Gateway High School), Cinderella, Snow White, and Rumpelstiltskin (The Theatre Experience, Celebration, Florida). She has served as a consultant on numerous children's and touring productions, and is excited to be working with the Grex Group Theatre again. 

Anna Winter (Wardrobe Supervisor) is a costume designer and technician, having worked on shows in New York and Regionally. Select credits include: The Zeal of Zealot, A Game Without a Name, Iolanthe, 42nd Street, Rocky Horror Show, White Christmas, Annie Get Your Gun, Book of Morman, Jersey Boys, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Ms. Winter holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre and Communication Studies from South Dakota State University.

Christopher Fitzer (Graphic Designer) is currently Properties Master for the Aspen Opera Theater Center at the Aspen Music Festival and holds a BFA in Drama from the University of Oklahoma. His scene design and properties credits include positions at TheatreWorks (Palo Alto), Flat Rock Playhouse, World Literature Today/Puterbaugh Festival, Oklahoma City Theatre Company, and The University of Oklahoma. As a graphic designer, he has worked with Grex Group Theatre, Sanguine Theatre Company, 2 x 4 Repertory Theatre, and The University of Oklahoma School of Drama. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Producer for 2 x 4 Repertory Theatre.

Nik Robalino (Lighting Design Assistant / Board Op) credits include Master Electrician and Electrician Internships at: Spindrift School of Performing Arts, Pacifica, CA, Main State Music Theatre, Brunswick, ME, San Francisco Arts Education Project. Select design credits include: Seussical, The Music Man, Annie Jr., The Beauty and the Beast, Bye Bye Birdie, Deathtrap, and Sylvia. Mr. Robalino holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from the College Conservatory of Music from the University of Cincinnati.

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