CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY will receive its world premiere production
in New York City at the Robert Moss Theater January 30 – February 21, 2016

Written by Rich Orloff
Directed by Lynnette Barkley

Starring:

John E. Brady*
Maribeth Graham*
Richard Kent Green*
Jeffrey C. Wolf*

* Indicates a member of Actors’ Equity.
Chatting with the Tea Party is an AEA Showcase, approval pending.

CREATIVE TEAM:

RICH ORLOFF (playwright) is the author of 15 full-length plays (mostly comedies, mostly award-winning) and the documentary-style play Vietnam 101: The War on Campus, which has had 30 productions across the United States.  His comedy Funny as a Crutch was a New York Times Critic’s Pick, and the Times called his comedy Big Boys “rip-roaringly funny”.  Rich began his writing career as a reporter, and his articles and essays have appeared in such newspapers and magazines as Chicago TribuneLos Angeles Herald-ExaminerThe Dramatist and Cosmopolitan.  www.richorloff.com

LYNNETTE BARKLEY (director) Since working alongside Tommy Tune in the development of the Broadway musical, My One And Only, Lynnette has directed, choreographed and developed a myriad of plays and musicals from Off-Broadway, national tours and regional theater to corporate videos. Off-Broadway credits include Leave It To JaneDinner At EightGifts of the Magi and The Road To Hollywood. Regional theaters include Florida Stage, Gateway Playhouse, American Stage and TheatreFest. Most recently, she directed Les Liaisons Dangereuses and A Little Night Music for Palm Beach DramaWorks. As a freelance writer, Lynnette is currently in development on the original musical, Swing Sisters (with Tony DeSare & Terry Berliner).

CAST:

 John E. Brady, Chatting with the Tea PartyJOHN E. BRADY  (numerous Tea Party members, historical figures and Rich’s liberal friends) has been on Broadway, national tours, more regional theaters than he can count, and more than his share of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway. He was in a popular improv company, seen or heard in about 75 commercials, and a bunch of TV shows and a movie or two. Favorite role? Dad.

maribethgaham_smMARIBETH GRAHAM  (numerous Tea Party members, historical figures and Rich’s liberal friends) is an actor/singer/lyricist, who has appeared Off-Broadway (including Rich Orloff’s Romantic Fools) and in regional theaters around the country. She’s a three-time winner (and six-time nominee) of South Florida’s Carbonell Award given for excellence in the theater. maribethgraham.com

Richard-Kent-Green_99-127RICHARD KENT GREEN (numerous Tea Party members, historical figures and Rich’s liberal friends) played the title role in Einstein (St. Clement’s), Branch Rickey in Play to Win (Promenade/ TheaterWorksUSA Tour) and Father Richard in The Sixth Commandment (Best of FringeNYC). He’s acted in many plays Off-Off Broadway, including the FringeNYC hit Two Girls From Vermont. At The Workshop Theater: Parish Dunkeld, Foreign Affairs, LOL, and new musical adaptations of A Christmas Carol and Life on the Mississippi.  Film: Stanley Cuba, The Fallen, Kitty Bainbridge is Dead; TV: “Sex & the City”, “Saturday Night Live”. Upcoming Web Series: “Off-Off Kilter”. Richard is honored to have been involved with this project since it was Rich’s newest excuse for a road trip.

jeffreywolf_smJEFFREY C. WOLF (Rich) has acted regionally in such plays as Rounding Third (Riverside Theatre), America’s Brightest Star (world premiere at Railroad Playhouse), God and Mr. Smith (world premiere at Kaleidoscope Theatre), and Witness for the ProsecutionArsenic and Old Lace and Boeing Boeing at Arrow Rock Lyceum. Look for him in the upcoming Sci-Fi film, ABYSM. As a director, Jeff has helmed Rich Orloff’s comedies Romantic FoolsIncredible SexSkin Deep and the irreverent and ground-breaking Funny as a Crutch.  www.jeffreycwolf.com

PRODUCTION TEAM:

JENNY AINSWORTH* (production stage manager) Broadway: It’s Only A Play. Off-Broadway: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CSC Young Company); Absolution, Olympics Uber Alles, 702 Punchlines and Pregnant, They Call Me Q (all at St Luke’s Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (NYSF/Public Theater); Inner Voices 3 (Premieres NYC). National tour: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Education: MFA Theatre Arts, Columbia University.

NICK FRANCONE (scenic and lighting design) has designed sets and/or lighting for the Obie Award-winning Vampire Cowboys (Producing Director/Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer), New Georges, The Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Labyrinth Theater Company, Opera Slavica, HERE Arts Center, Ma Yi Theater Company, Second Generation, Roundtable Ensemble, The Flea, Princeton University, Westminster Choir College, and many more.  Recent Associate Design Credits include ten years of collaboration with Eugene Lee including Wicked (all adaptations around the world) and many others.  www.nickfrancone.com

ORLI NATIV (costume design) is a freelance costume designer and mixed-media artist. Selected New York credits include: Cut Throat (Abingdon Theatre Company), Cool Hand Luke and Deliverance (Godlight Theatre Company), The Chocolate Show! (Off B’way), Mrs. Mayfield’s 5th Grade…20-Year Reunion (Caps Lock Theatre), Iyom (Workshop Theater Company), and Othello (New York Shakespeare Exchange). Her work has also been seen in the New York Times and recently at the Prague Quadrennial of Design and Performance.  MFA from UCSD.  www.orlinativ.com

PAUL GIROLAMO (projections design) is president of Paul Girolamo Associates, an award-winning corporate design and production team based in Brooklyn. For over two decades he has created compelling work for a diverse group of clients that include MasterCard, American Express, Pfizer, Intel, Towers Watson and Barkley Kalpak. He is especially proud of his video Voices for the Partnership for the Homeless, which won a 2015 Silver World Medal from the International Television and Film Awards.  www.pgacreative.com

DANIELA HART (sound design) is a freelance director and sound designer based in Manhattan. Recent sound design credits include The Parlour (Soho Rep Walker Space), All That Remained (short film), References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Harvard Radcliffe), Trapper (Shelter NYC), Romeo & Juliet (Vermont Shakespeare), Destination: Oasis (Columbia University), i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it (Spookfish Theatre) and Aokigahara/dontlookforme (Yangtze Repertory). Daniela is also a member of the Literary Wing at the Lark.

PAGE CLEMENTS (dialect coach) is a private vocal/dialects/Shakespeare instructor and faculty member of the T. Schreiber Studio. NYC credits as dialect coach include The Savannah Disputation, Comes a Faery, Louise in Charlestown, After Tartuffe, She Stoops to Conquer, Awake and Sing, Icebound, Summer and Smoke, Philadelphia Here I Come, The Fallen, Bedroom Farce, Doubt, A Taste of Honey, and The Changing Room, plus several productions at Metropolitan Playhouse. Member AEA. www.bestvocalwarmups.com.

AMANDA NELSON (general manager) is a freelance general manager/producer and serves as the general manager of Lesser America, where she most recently worked on The Bachelors at Rattlestick Theatre.  Producing credits: Ripper (Elektra Theater), Here We Dance (Redwood Studios).  She’s also worked in the theater literary department at ICM, for the Broadway general management company, Richards/Climan, Inc., and as a general management associate at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Upcoming: Crude (Black Lab Theatre at Theatre 511 at Ars Nova in May). amandamnelson.com

REBECCA LOVETT (marketing director) is assistant managing director of the theatre company Nora’s Playhouse and was recently general manager for their Off-Broadway production of Rose starring Kathleen Chalfant. She was a producer on the indie television pilot “The Wino Crossing” (soon available online) and also works for The Episcopal Actors’ Guild, a not-for-profit providing financial assistance and career support to New York actors in need. www.rebeccalovett.com

REAL THEATER PRODUCTIONS (producer) is a consortium of theatrical angels who have combined forces to support the development and production of Chatting with the Tea Party.