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IRT Presents
Everyday Inferno Theatre Company's

Quicksand
A World Premiere Production

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IRT Theater
154 Christopher Street, #3B, NYC
Running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes with an intermission

Regina Robbins' Quicksand follows the journey of Helga Crane, daughter of a Danish white mother and West Indian black father, as she travels through white- and male-dominated populations of the 1920s in search of a community of her own. In this world-premiere theatrical adaptation, Crane's unique story unfolds in a dynamic staging that illustrates the contant motion and deep unrest that come from trying to find one's place in the world. Infused with jazz, gospel, live music, and dance, this lively production will immerse you in a past eerily similar to our present.

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Tommy Coleman TOMMY COLEMAN (Anderson/Ensemble), a native of Norfolk, Virginia, is happy to return to the New York stage in the world premiere of Quicksand. He is also a voiceover artist and part-time Product Specialist for an international car company. Most recently, Tommy was seen featured alongside Jim Gaffigan in the independent thriller, "American Dreamer" which debuted at the LA Film Festival. Selected UK Credits include: World premiere musical The Lightning Child (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre), Macbeth (Greenwich Playhouse), Topdog/Underdog (Juncture Theatre), Olivier Award-Winning La Bohéme (Opera Up Close). Regional credits: A Christmas Carol and X-Out Bullying (Virginia Stage Company) Look Upon Our Lowliness (The Movement Theater Company) Film/TV credits: Emmy-Winning Guardians of Jamestown: 1619, Emmy -Nominated Souls on Fire: The Abolitionists (PBS), and A Haunting (Destination America). www.tommycoleman.net
Bennie Brown MALLOREE HILL(Aunt Katrina/Ensemble) is a proud Everyday Inferno company collaborator and has previously been seen in EITC's Iphigenia Among the Taurians, The Roaring Girl, If On A Winter's Night..., as well as the first public reading of Quicksand. Additional NYC credits include: Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, The Trojan Women, Romeo and Juliet, And The Tempest. Regionally Malloree has worked with the Utah Shakespeare Festival in their touring production of The Taming of the Shrew. She is originally from Texas and received her BA from The University of Northern Colorado. 
Veronique Jeanmarie VERONIQUE JEANMARIE (Mrs. Hayes-Rore/Ensemble) recently performed in Life is But a Dream and Merrily, Merrily as part of the SWP Spring Repertory Season at the The Flamboyan Theater. Past work with Everyday Inferno includes the developmental workshop of Quicksand, The Dispute, and the If On a Winter's Night... reading series. Other NYC credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Snorks and Pins Co.) and Comedy of Errors (Curious Frog Company). Regional Credits include Measure for Measure (Scranton Shakespeare Festival) and Hamlet (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival tour). She has performed her solo project, Big Red Drum Set, at the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival, Dixon Place, and The One Woman Standing Festival.
Tyler Johnson TYLER JOHNSON (James/Ensemble) hails from Kannapolis, NC and is a proud graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy of New York. His stage credits include: A Sketch of New York (actor) and 'T.I.S.E Best of The Best of The Best Showcase' (writer, actor). His film credits include 'Tethered' (Aaron) and 'Last Party in New York'. When he's not acting he enjoys a good time with friends, working outdoors and He's also very thankful to be working with The Everyday Inferno Theatre Company in his first professional play! Tyler would like to thank the good Lord Jesus, his family, teachers, friends and the city of Kannapolis for their never ending support!
Michael Anthony Jones

MICHAEL ANTHONY JONES* (Green/Ensemble) has performed in plays such as August Wilson's Women (AUDELCO AWARD), Fences (AUDELCO AWARD), Wild Children (written by Vincent Pastore of the HBO series The Sopranos), 365 Plays/365 Days, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Black Girl, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. His films include, Family Matters, with Arthur French, No Tips; No Love, A House with Many Windows, and An Unremarkable Life (with Charles Dutton). His writing credits include the plays, It Takes a Village to Raise…Hell, produced by The Marian Holding Theatre, Family Matters, produced at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, Angela's Justice, produced at Theater for the New City and Josh: The Black Babe Ruth, produced at Woodie King, Jr's New Federal Theatre. Numerous screenplays written and was commissioned to write The Skin I'm In, a play that is touring the N.Y. Public Schools. www.saucemike.webs.com

Gabrielle Laurendine GABRIELLE LAURENDINE (Helga) is an actor and comedian who is so thrilled to be starring in her first show with Everyday Inferno! She's a recent graduate of St. John's University who's so excited to be showing off her professional acting chops. When not rehearsing or auditioning, you can usually find her rewatching Tony's performances or binging bad movies. Recent roles include Lucetta/Sir Eglamour/ Third Outlaw in Two Gentleman of Verona.
Ava Sofia Mattox

AVA SOFIA MATTOX (Margaret/Ensemble) is an actress based in New York City. She was born and raised in San Francisco, CA and has been acting since she was a lil 3rd grader. She recently starred as 3 in a premiere of a new absurdist play, I Have This Many*** at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and was part of the second season of web series First Dates. Not long ago she joined the theater company Primitive Grace and performed with them for the first time this summer in a series of readings. She is excited to be a part of the premiere of Quicksand as she was a part of the developmental stage and is proud to see it come to fruition. For more info about Ava Sofia check out https://avasofia-mattox.squarespace.com/

Ava Sofia Mattox

SYNEAD NICHOLS (Sary/Ensemble) is a New York-born musician, artist & activist who was named one of Teen Vogue's 17 Rising Stars Who Personify Black Excellence During Black History Month. Synead has been honored by the NAACP as a history maker in her crucial role in community organization and has been a keynote speaker at Harvard's Alumni of Color Conference in 2015 in connection to social justice and organizing the Millions March NYC in 2014. Synead started on her performance track as a classically trained dancer studying at The Alvin Ailey School, Harlem School of the Arts, and LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and studied acting at Stella Adler, CAP 21, the William Esper Studio, and abroad at the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts in London. In the last year, she released new music ("Lost In The Wild"; "Zenith") which premiered on Apple Music's Beats 1 with Ebro Darden. She has also had the opportunity to work on several film & television projects ("Mercy Mistress", "Sasquatch") with diverse and vibrant creatives in New York City and abroad.

Sam Ogilvie SAM OGILVIE(Al Jolson/Ensemble) is an NYC-based actor and a Core Member of Everyday Inferno. Select theater: Reigning Women (Spicy Witch), The Fall (FringeNYC), Roaring Girl (Everyday Inferno), A Map to Somewhere Else (Everyday Inferno), Signal Season of Dummy Hoy (NYDT); Workshops: Rape of Lucrece (Shakespeare Exchange), Maybe a Mexican? (Toccara Castleman); TV: Hamilton: Building America (History Channel); Web: Adventures of Hot Head, Adventure Capital. Adventure Capital will be appearing throughout festival circuits around the country. Beyond acting, Sam also moonlights as a professional zombie, appearing in plays, music videos, and commercial events in his brain-eating form. In the writing realm first full-length play, The Music Box, is currently in development with Everyday Inferno. BFA: NYU-Tisch. Website - www.sam-ogilvie.com.
Michael Quattrone

MICHAEL QUATTRONE* (Axel/Ensemble) is proud to be making his Everyday Inferno debut! He has performed regionally and in the New York area. His credits include The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), A Christmas Story (Engeman Theater), Body Awareness (Avram Theater), and John Merrick in The Elephant Man (Broadhollow Theater). He holds a BFA from Hofstra University and is a recent student of The Barrow Group. He is a member of AEA. www.michaelquattroneactor.com

Ryan Mills

MONICA RODRIGUES (Karen/Audrey/Ensemble) is thrilled to be rejoining the NYC theater scene as a member of the Quicksand cast. She was most recently seen originating the role of Deborah Chessler in the East Coast premiere of Soul Harmony: The story of Deborah Chessler and the Orioles in Westchester, PA. Some of her favorite credits include Mimi in Rent and Lulu in Cabaret. A big thank you goes out to all of her friends and family for their constant support and encouragement.

Marissa Stewart MARISSA STEWART*(Anne/Ensemble) is an actor and teaching artist originally from sunny San Antonio, Texas and is beyond thrilled to be in the cast for Quicksand. Upon receiving her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, she made the big move to New York. Some of her favorite credits include playing Horatio in an all-female cast of Taming of the Shrew, Juliet for the School Visit Program at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as performing Thornton Wilder's short plays at the Moscow Art Theater. When she isn't acting, teaching, dancing, or traveling, Marissa can be found riding her super cool bike across the boroughs of NYC.
Ryan Mills

CHRIS WIGHT (Uncle Peter/Uncle Paul/Ensemble) just wrapped Deya Danielle Drake's Escape for FringeNYC. He is a long-time Artist Member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre and 'Friend' of Flux Theatre Ensemble; there and elsewhere he's appeared in new works by David Ives, Lucy Thurber, Liz Duffy Adams, Jen Silverman, Rachel Bonds, Tennessee Williams (in the premier of Spring Storm with Peter Sarsgaard), Cassandra Medley, Cherie Vogelstein (36DD with Judy Gold), David Lindsay Abaire (Crazy Eights opposite Rosie Perez), Sheri Wilner, Olivia Dufault, Jon Marans, Kathleen McGhee-Anderson, Arthur Giron, Jeffrey Sweet, David Zelnick, Adam Szymkowicz, Cheryl L. Davis, Julie Selbo, Joshua Conkel, Amanda Keating, Christina Quintana, J. Holtham, John Augustine, Robert Simonson, Michael Louis Wells, Ryan Dowler, Maria McCarthy and many other acclaimed writers. Recent films include the independent features Dreamelia and The Motion of the Sun, also shorts Character Assassins (opposite June Squibb), Amy Staats' Mary & Louise, etc. www.chriswight.net

SIMONE ALLEN (Music Director) is a songwriter, music director, pianist, and arranger. She has performed at venues such as 54 Below, Joe's Pub, the O’Neill Center, The Green Room 42, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. She has collaborated with artists such as Shaina Taub, Mike Brun, Alex Lacamoire, Dave Malloy, Or Matias, Leigh Silverman, Ellen Winter, Justin Levine, & Bandits on the Run and accompanied performers such as Aaron Tveit, Stephanie J. Block, Karen Olivo, and Joel Perez. She is currently developing a new musical loosely based on the life of Clara Wieck Schumann. Recent theater credits: The Cher Show (Broadway/Chicago), Octet (Signature Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (Lake Lucille Chekhov Project), Ruby & Charlie (O’Neill Center), Twelfth Night (Young Vic London), The Suffragists (Public Theater), Cruel Intentions, Folk Wandering (Pipeline Theatre Co), Moulin Rouge (lab), As You Like It (Public Works). BMI Musical Theatre Workshop (second year composer). BA Music Tufts University 2017.  
DEONTÉ BABB (Assistant Director) recently moved from Florida to New York City to pursue his passion for Directing film and theater productions. Since then he has exercised his directing skills by working on several productions in roles such as Director and Producer including his original Short film "The Tooth Will Set You Free"
ALLISON BELER (Choreographer, Movement Consultant) obtained her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi. She currently holds a company member position with Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC) and has previously worked with Barbie Diewald of TrioDance Collective, Rachel Rizzuto of touche pas dance company, Christy Walsh of Stringdance+media, Edgar Cortes Dance Theater, and Vital Theatre Productions. Choreography highlights include Everyday Inferno Theatre Company's production of Glassheart and Ayvaunn Penn's The Feather Doesn't Fall Far from the Wing. Allison is a Teaching Artist with New York City Ballet and Dancing Classrooms.
DAYVIS FERRERAS (Assistant Stage Manager) Born in the Dominican Republic, grew up in the Bronx. Recently a graduate of The City College of New York with BA in Theater. Thanks Anaïs and Katherine for bringing me into this production.
ELLIOTT KARLINER (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be stage managing Quicksand after completing a ten month apprenticeship at Florida Studio Theatre where he stage managed and assistant stage managed multiple productions. Previous stage management experiences include Sleep No More, Lost Nation Theatre, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Hunger and Thirst Theatre and Summer Theatre of New Canaan. Congratulations to everyone involved in Quicksand. It has been a pleasure working with all of you.

ANAÏS KOIVISTO(Director) is an NY based director interested in new works, heightened language, and musical plays. Previous directing credits include the world premieres of The Turn of the Screw (at the Morris-Jumel Mansion), Bonesetter: A Tragislasher, Heart of Oak, and A Map to Somewhere Else. She has directed for Pipeline Theatre Company, Match:Lit, FringeNYC, the Sam French OOB Festival, Dixon Place, the FRIGID Festival (Hangover Encore selection for the Kraine Theatre in 2014 and 2015), Oppressed in Heels, 3V, Spicy Witch Productions, CORE Artists' Ensemble, and the Looking Glass Theatre. Anaïs is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Everyday Inferno Theatre Company, holds a BFA from Boston University and has studied at LAMDA and ACT, is a New York Affiliate member of Seiche Productions, and has served as a member of (Re:)Directions and the Theatre Artists' Conspiracy. With Everyday Inferno, she was a 2016-18 resident at The Access Theater. www.anaiskoivisto.com

NELLA LARSEN (Author, Quicksand) was a mixed-race American author of the Harlem Renaissance, now known primarily for her two full-length published novels, Quicksand and Passing. Born in Chicago to a white Dutch mother and a black West Indian father at the turn of the century, and raised by a white family in a white immigrant community following her father's death, Larsen's upbringing was extremely unusual for mixed race children of the period. Larsen was educated at Fisk University, and lived for a time in Denmark, before returning to America to enroll in nursing school in New York City. During her varied career, she taught at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, worked as a nurse at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, and for the NYC Bureau of Public Health, married the black Physicist Elmer Ives, and was the first black female graduate of the NYPL Library School, before becoming an established and active writer in the Negro Awakening in Harlem. Larsen struggled with depression for most of her life. In 1933 she was divorced and disappeared from Harlem and public life, eventually returning to nursing.
ASIA-ANANSI MCCALLUM (Costume Designer) has worked in costume design/wardrobe for 3 years, and recently picked up audio and lighting tech/design as a career expansion. Anansi is from Baltimore, MD and moved to the Big Apple in August for a technical theater apprenticeship at New York Live Arts and part-time IATSE Local 1 stagehand work at Manhattan School of Music. Quicksand is Anansi's first costume design role in New York, which is super exciting yet scary. Aside from working at too much, Anansi loves all things related to LGBTQ happiness, Black Lives Matter promotion, mental health support, Chief Keef's music, and going to the movies every week as an escape from her productive life. Anansi can be followed on Instagram @anansi.in.awe. (All gender pronouns applicable)
TEKLA MONSON (Scenic Design) was born and raised on a sled dog kennel in Fairbanks, Alaska. Now living in Brooklyn, she designs sets, props and costumes for performance, along with writing musical theater. Tekla graduated from Wesleyan University (CT) where she studied theater and religion. Recent collaborations include the set design for Reflux at Broadway Bound Theater Festival, Something for the Fish at Center for Performance Research and In the Penal Colony at The Tank and the costume design for Barnum at Skyline Theater Company, Reflux at Broadway Bound Theater Festival, Titus Andronicus at Fairbanks Shakespeare Theater.
GRACE OBERHOFER (Composer, Sound Design) A Tacoma, WA native and a Tufts graduate (B.A. Music, s.c.l.), Grace works as a composer, performer, sound designer, and music director. Since moving to Brooklyn, she has worked in various capacities with the Adirondack Theater Festival, Two-By-For, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Corkscrew Festival, and Project Y, among others. She has performed with theater-makers at spots like The Tank, Jefferson Market Library, The Brick and 54 Below. Grace recently completed her second year with the BMI Musical Theater Workshop, and her compositional projects include the dystopian bunny society musical Hot Cross Buns with playwright Julia Izumi, and a A Doll's House: A New Opera with director Allison Benko. Her work has been showcased throughout New York and Boston, and her choral play tetralogy with director Colette Robert and playwright Helen Banner, ICONS/IDOLS, has garnered support from New Georges, OPERA America, The Tank, and received the New Ohio/IRT Archive Residency. www.graceoberhofer.com
GILBERT "LUCKY" PEARTO (Lighting Design) Some of his recent credits Includes Broadway Dance Lab '2018 Gala'; NFTC- 'Best Of Trou'; Recording Artist- Neycha Albulm Release Party, 'Holy Hell of Hope'; & Lucky's Lighting  'How Do We Love, verse 2'. He typically does whatever he can to get his name out, being the fact he is currently working with over two dozen companies simultaneous. Although, he's mainly a Lighting Designer, he also dables as a Master Electrician, Technical Director, and even a Producer now-a-days as he create events so all Types of artists can emit thier creativity. He is very pleased to be a part of this production and it's success and endeavors.  
REGINA ROBBINS(Playwright) is a writer, director, and native New Yorker. Her produced plays include Red as Blood (Alpha NYC), Not a Dream (Six Figures Theatre), and It's Just the Radio, which won several awards at the Looking Glass Theatre's Spring 2012 Forum, including Best Playwright. She has had readings presented by Identity Theater Company, the Directors Company, and Everyday Inferno. Directing credits include Antony and Cleopatra (Looking Glass Forum) and The Cure for Panacea (Manhattan Theatre Source). Regina's film work has been seen in cities around the U.S, winning awards in New York, San Diego, Cleveland, and Asheville, NC. She is a graduate of Yale, Columbia, and the City University of New York.
KATHERINE SOMMER(Producer) is a New York-based producer and director, a Skidmore College graduate, and the Producing Director of Everyday Inferno Theatre Company. With Everyday Inferno, Katherine’s directing credits include the world premiere of Punk as Fuck, By Sun and Candlelight, and Stella Starlight: Queen of Space and The Policy as a part of If on a Winter’s Night…. Katherine has produced The Turn of the Screw at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, A Map to Somewhere Else, Something Wicked and Heart of Oak (Hangover Encore selections in the 2014 and 2015 FRIGID New York festivals), and Briar Rose & the Thirteenth Fairy. Katherine has served on the board of Tomfoolery Theatre (NJ), and has directed multiple short plays at the Looking Glass Theater (NY).
IRT THEATRE is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village, IRTs mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work. Some of the artists we have supported include Young Jean Lee, Reggie Watts and Mike Daisey. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of ART-NY.
ACCESS THEATRE (Project Residency) has been a home to New York City's leading downtown artists. Its 25-year history is rich with the early works of then-unknown theater artists, including: Stephen Belber, Brian Dykstra, Tom McCarthy, Peter Dinklage, Amy Redford, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Hollinger, David Foley, and Bedlam. Other artists who have worked at Access Theater include Julie Taymor, Robert Woodruff, Moisés Kaufman, Ethan Hawke, Labyrinth, and Allan Ball. Access Theater leadership includes Jacqueline Christy (Executive Director), Taylor Norton (Artistic Director), and Chris Phan (Technical Director). Upcoming: Shakespeare in the Square presents A Midsummer Night's Dream as part of the 2018 Access Association Series, featuring wet pasta, mashed potatoes, and other "very tragical mirth!" until August 19, 2019.
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† Denotes Everyday Inferno company members