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The Twelfth Labor

By Leegrid Stevens
Directed by Matt Torney
Sets by Carolyn Mraz
Lights by Simon Cleveland
Costumes by Nicole Wee

Production Dates: Sept 19 – Oct 14, 2015, Gene Frankel Theatre, New York

The Twelfth Labor was nominated for 4 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, 2015.
*Outstanding Scene Design – Carolyn Mraz
Outstanding Lighting Design – Simon Cleveland
Outstanding Direction – Matt Torney
Outstanding Premier Production – The Twelfth Labor

*Won Award!

Press Clippings:
“[Erin Treadway’s] Cleo is Leegrid Steven’s greatest and most complex invention.”

Talkin Broadway

“Hits us right in the gut and heart! Stevens’ prowess as a playwright shines through.”
Theatre That Matters

“Nothing short of spectacular!”
Stage Buddy Review

“Enough to raise the hairs on the back of your neck!”
New York Theatre Review

Script available at Indietheatre.com

Production Photos

Using the myth of The Twelve Labors of Hercules to explore the inner workings of a hardscrabble World War II-era family, The Twelfth Labor is a new American epic drama. Following a single day, October 15, 1949, we see the world of an Idaho family through the eyes of the eldest daughter Cleo, a girl with a damaged mind.

Through her fragmented memories, prophetic dreams, and swirling language, we begin to understand the price she and her family have paid for a little dignity. All while they wait for the return of their long absent father, lost in the war half a world away.

Starring: Lynne McCollough, Erin Treadway, Shelby Hightower, Jonathan Draxton, Dennis Gagomiros, Jed Dickson, Amy Bizjak, Cynthia Babak, Michael Huston, Tanis LePore, and Brian White.

The Gene Frankel Theatre 24 Bond St, New York, NY 10012


Cast

babak Cynthia Babak* (Adelpha) is a core member of Hook & Eye Theatre, recently appearing in the premier of The Summoners, a devised work scripted by Gavin Broady. She is also a founding member of Brave New World Rep, a Brooklyn-based company, where she has acted in numerous plays, including The Long Christmas Dinner, As You Like It, The Importance of Being Earnest, and To Kill a Mockingbird. She got blown up as Diane in the Off-Broadway Tupperware comedy, Sealed for Freshness, and floated in the sky as the Woman in White in Robert Wilson’s The Golden Windows at BAM.  Favorite regional credits include Educating Rita, and The Adding Machine at Merrimack Rep. Cynthia performs sketch comedy with Michael Huston as Babes in the Woods, appearing at all sorts of venues in the city as well as colleges around the country. She also directs and writes for the theatre.
bizjak Amy Bizjak* (O’Meggie) was last seen as Young Mary/Mary/Jane in Baby GirL as part of the NYC Fringe Festival.  Selected credits…Sylvia Smothers: Fabulous The Musical, Beth: Elephant Girls, Elizabeth: Les Belles Souers, Theresa: Cooper Savage, Rosie: Better Now,  Ensemble: She Loves Me. Selected Regional: Dabby Bryant: Our Country’s Good, Corine: Triumph of Love.  Commercials: Motorola, NJ Lottery, WETv TV and Web: Dr Oz and Wallflowers on Stage17.tv.  Upcoming this Fall: The Tweflth Labor by Leegrid Stevens at the Gene Fraenkel Theatre.  BA: St.  Edwards University, Austin, TX.  Proud Member AEA.  As always: for my ya’lls.
dixson Jed Dickson* (Forrest) has performed off-Broadway in The Mask and at several venues in and around the city including NY Theater Workshop, the Lark and the Fringe Festival.  Regional credits include Berkeley Rep, Arkansas Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Crossroads Theater, and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.  He has appeared more than two dozen times on the Late Show with David Letterman and has had featured or recurring roles on All My Children and As the World Turns.
draxton Jonathan Draxton (Cruce) is a native of Park City, Utah and a graduate of Williams College.  His solo show Soldier won the award for Outstanding Short Script at the 2013 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, where he was also nominated in the Outstanding Solo Performance category.  Other New York credits include Dog Opera (Tim/Hank), Moby Dick-Rehearsed (Ishmael), and Victor (Waiter). Film credits include A First Date, Exercises 1-4, and Escapism.
gagomiros Dennis Gagomiros* (Don/Abbot) recently played Arthur Duncan in Pterodactyls at Teatro Circulo. He has produced and portrays series regular Derrick in the current web series Off Off created by Stephen Bittrich. He has a long standing relationship with Hamilton Clancy and the rest of the crew as a core member of The Drilling Company, (If you think, you’re a member, you’re a member) and has performed in many of their short and full length productions. Other enjoyable productions include 2 Fringe Festivals, Valerie Shoots Andy at the American Place Theatre (All Hail Wynn Handman,) Taming of the Shrew, Oedipus Rex, True West, and Luv. Film and TV work includes the obligatory Law & Orders (Criminal Intent and plain,) The Sopranos, Also, the recent short films Visible by Max Pham and Aaron Bacon by Nick Gaglia.
hightower Shelby Hightower (Donna) This is Shelby Hightower’s New York City debut! She just graduated with a BFA in Acting from Boston University this past May. She is blessed that this amazing project is her first out of the gates because she so full heartedly believes in it. She would like to thank this awesome cast and crew as well as her family back on the farm for all of the unstoppable love.
huston Michael Huston* (Almittie) Is half of the sketch comedy duo, Babes in the Woods, with actress Cynthia Babak. Founding member of the comedy group Chucklehead. Puppeteer and voiceover talent for Sesame Street. Neighborhood Playhouse, Wynn Handman, Lewis Black. Member of AEA & SAG-AFTRA.
mccollough Lynne McCollough* (Esther) Roles: Barbara in Heidi Schreck’s The Consultant (The Long Wharf Theatre); Carol in Samuel Hunter’s A Permanent Image (Boise Contemporary Theater);Hannah Pitt, Rabbi Chemelwitz, Dr. Henry, Ethel Rosenberg, Bolshevik Aleksii in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (Signature Theatre); 7 women of Cairo, GA in Kate Moira Ryan’s Cavedweller(New York Theatre Workshop); Mary in Adam Bock’s The Thugs (SoHo Repertory Theatre); Jolene Palmer (aka Aileen Wuornos) in Carson Kreitzer’s Self Defense (or Death of Some Salesmen) (New Georges at HERE); Virginia in Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House (GEVA); and others.  Film/Television: The Missing PersonLive Free or DieMusic for People Who Can’t Go Home, “One Life To Live”, “Law and Order SVU”, “Brotherhood”, “Without a Trace”, “Starved”.
treadway Erin Treadway (Cleo) is a Brooklyn-based actress and frequent collaborator with playwright/director Leegrid Stevens. Their most recent project was Spaceman at Incubator Arts in New York. Projects together include:Sun, Stand Thou Still (Spring Theatreworks); Post Oedipus (HERE, One-Arm Red, Spring Theatreworks); Still Life With Runner (HERE, Spring Theatreworks); Theme & Variations (Ontological); Leda’s Swan (Columbia University); 12th Labor (Columbia University, The Lark, Des Moines Social Club, Tutto Theatre Company); The Dudleys! (workshop by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Theatre for the New City, Tutto Theatre Company); The Nine/Twelve Tapes (Theatre for the New City),  all premieres of Stevens’ work. This collaboration has allowed her to play roles ranging from a mentally damaged young woman on a 1950’s Idaho farm to an astronaut on a one-way one-person journey to Mars. Other roles/projects include: Gertrude in Hamlet (LaMama); Ophelia in Poor Jacob’s Hamlet (Spring Theatreworks); Olga in Three Sisters (Columbia University); Eli in Mourning (Columbia University); Mitzi in Franz Xavier Kroetz’s URGE (Spring Theatreworks); among others. Erin can be seen in commercials for A&E and the Biography channel, and in the feature film lbs.
white Brian White (Patrick / Costello) is thrilled to be working on this production. He is a company member at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. NY CREDITS: Flanagan’s Wake (Triad Theatre,) Predestined (Theatre for the New City,) Hold Me Down and Love Me (Theatrelab,) Henry V (American Theatre of Actors.) REGIONAL CREDITS: Great River Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Public Theatre of Maine.
Tanis Rivera LePore (Herk) is 12 years old and she goes to Mark Twain Junior High School where she studies dance. Her favorite subject is Social Studies. Her hobbies are running and yoga. She wants to study Interior Design in college. Her dream is to travel all around the world. She wants to try out for Laguardia Performing Arts High School for acting and is also interested in a high school for interior design.

 

*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.


Matt Torney is a writer and director from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He is the director of programming for Origin Theatre in New York, and an associate director of Rough Magic Theatre Company in Dublin. NY credits include: Stop the Tempo, Tiny Dynamite (Origin Theatre, nominated for a drama desk award), The Dudleys by Leegrid Stevens (Theatre for the New City), The Angel of History (HERE), Sistahs (Collective:Unconscious), The Frankenstein Project (Columbia), And Three Sisters and A Bright Room Called Day (Atlantic Theatre School). Regional credits include: Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre), The New Electric Ballroom and The Walworth Farce (Studio Theatre DC, nominated for 3 Helen Hayes awards), Improbable Frequency (Solas Nua, Nominated for a Helen Hayes award for ‘Best Choreography’). International credits include: Digging For Fire, Plaza Suite (Rough Magic, National Tour), Angola (workshop at the Abbey Theatre), Paisley and Me, Meeting at Menin Gate (Green Shoot, Belfast), Black Milk (Prime Cut, Belfast) The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Making Strange, nominated for an Irish Theatre Award for ‘Best Director’).  Woyzeck (Rough Magic, nominated for ‘Best Production’ at the Dublin Fringe Festival) Matt holds an MFA from Columbia University. For more information visit www.matttorney.com Carolyn Mraz (Set Designer) is a Brooklyn-based designer for theater and live performance, happy to be back with Loading Dock again after SPACEMAN in 2012.  Recent credits include: Charlatan (Ars Nova), The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm), The (*) Inn (Target Margin), Nomads (Incubator Arts), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Society/HPAC), King John (New School),  ThisisitIsthisit [ ]: A Map Of The Known World (Bushwick Starr), We Are Proud to Present… (Interact Theater, Philadelphia), Life Is Happening to Us Again (Host of People, Detroit), and TIME! (and/or progress?) (Ida Nowhere, Berlin, Germany). Carolyn earned her MFA in design from NYU Tisch, and is a proud associated artist of Target Margin Theater. Nicole Wee (Costume Designer) National Tour: The Great Divorce (Fellowship for the Performing Arts). Off-Broadway: Closer Than Ever (Dir. Richard Maltby) and Storyville (York Theatre Co.), The Body Politic (59E59), The Sensational Josephine Baker (Emerging Artists Theatre).  Off-Off Broadway: Tiny Dynamite (Origin Theatre Co.), The Wundelsteipen and Other Difficult Roles for Young People (The Flea), Letters to the End of the World (At Hand Theatre Co.), First Prize (kef Productions). Regional: Crazy For You (Muhlenberg SMT), I Do! I Do! (Peterborough Players), Tosca (Boheme Opera N.J.), Ruined  (regional premiere, Best Costume Design — Best of the Suncoast 2010) (Florida Studio Theatre).  MFA: New York University. www.nicolewee.com