Written by Diana Sunder, a Winchester resident and member of the Winchester High School class of 2009, directed by Matt Aaron Krinsky, and produced under Krinsky's Mogul Productions banner, "WITH LOVE" will have its Off-Broadway premiere on Saturday, February 15th at 7 pm at the Theater at St. Clement's in New York City.
Ms. Sunder, who is also the co-producer and designer for the production, graduated in May of 2013 from Colby College in Waterville, Maine with Honors and Distinction in her English major, along with a minor in Theater and Dance. With Love will mark her Off-Broadway debut.
With Love tells the story of Jack, played by Francesco Tisch, a young man who is forced to confront his personal issues with homosexuality, religion, bullying, and suicide while stuck in a waiting room. Meanwhile, characters Angelica and Claire struggle in their own pursuit of teenage love and acceptance, leaving the audience pondering: is love worth waiting for?
Featuring the talents of Francesco Tisch (Jack), Thomas René (Fish), Allison Smith (Angelica), and Sarah Elizabeth Mitchell (Claire), the premiere is part of the Riant Theatre's Strawberry One-Act Festival, which is celebrating its 25th season. The premiere marks the Off-Broadway debuts for the Playwright, Director, and Cast.
The Strawberry One-Act Festival is a play competition celebrating its 25th season in New York. Twice a year, hundreds of plays from across the country are submitted, though only a handful are selected for inclusion in the competition. The audience and a panel of judges vote to select the best play of the season. The playwright of the winning play earns the opportunity to have a full-length play developed by the Riant Theatre.
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Diana Sunder (Playwright / Producer) of Winchester, Massachusetts is a recent graduate of Colby College. With Love adds to her playwriting repertoire, which includes Themes and Variations on Obsession. Other writings include the novella Strada di Casa: The Road Home and various published poems. As a costumer and scenographer, credits include The Fantasticks, The Long Christmas Ride Home, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
Matt Aaron Krinsky (Director / Producer) of Peabody, Massachusetts and Los Angeles, California has directed and produced theatre, short films, music videos, and live events since starting Mogul Productions in 2002. Matt studied directing at NYU, Brandeis, and UCLA and acting at the Baron/Brown Studio. Selected directing credits include: Home Free (play), An Eye for an Eye (film), Never Had You (music video), Restaurant Design Awards (event), and Voodoo Love (film). www.mattaaronkrinsky.com.
Francesco Tisch (Jack) of Ithaca, New York originally trained in New York City at the LaGuardia School for Performing Arts and went on to graduate from Colby College with a degree in Theater and Dance. He is now a Boston-based actor. Previous credits include A Streetcar Named Desire (Wax Wing Productions), The Good Person of Setzuan (Fort Point Channel Theater) and The Diary of Anne Frank (Roxbury Repertory Theater).
Thomas René (Fish) of Oxford, Massachusetts is an actor and musical theatre performer who received an M.A. in Voice Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London in London, England, UK. Thomas has worked locally and internationally in plays, musicals, operettas, and operas.
Allison Smith (Angelica) of Dexter, Maine is a recent Theater Graduate of the University of Maine and is now a Boston-based actress. Past credits include Shelly in Buried Child, Kate Monster in Avenue Q and Lil'Bit in How I Learned to Drive.
Sarah Elizabeth Mitchell (Claire) of Dover, Massachusetts is an actor, playwright, and recent graduate of Bard College with a B.A. in Theater and Performing Arts. She trained with the National Theater Institute and The British American Drama Academy. In 2012, she was awarded the Carter Tobin Prize for creativity, versatility, and overall contribution to the Theater program at Bard College. Recent credits include roles in The Bakkhai, The Ovid Project, and Twenty-Somethings: The Musical.