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GPS

 

January 24th - February 4th

at 

The Producers Club

ANDTheatre Company 

Artistic Director

John Lampe

 

Board of Directors

Raphael Badagliacca
Triza Cox

Cheryl Games

Janice L. Goldberg

John Lampe

David Marx

Melody Mokhtarian

Kristine Niven

Jeffrey Sweet
 

Advisory Council

Jim Ewing

Carol Fox Prescott

Michael J. Gellman

Charles Niven

    Michael Rock

Larry Rosen

Wenndy MacKenzie

Scotty Watson
 

Founding Directors

Charles Niven

Kristine Niven

Gene Santarelli
 

AND is grateful for generous contributions and support from everyone in our community who has helped keep us afloat over these last 40 years!

ANDTheatre Company’s Mission

To develop and present new theatrical works in fully staged productions that ignite the theatergoer’s mind, heart and imagination; productions that strike out in artistic new directions; To build and sustain a community of theatre artists and their collaborators; To provide that community with artistic and technical resources from inspiration to production; To explore and expand the possibilities of improvisation as a performing skill and as a means of creating scripted works. 

 

The work presented this evening has benefited from AND’s Development Program.  Through weekly Open Rehearsals (Anything Goes) and Workshops (Improv to Script) as well as regularly scheduled audience performances (like this one!) we provide an opportunity for work on individual projects including fully scripted plays, monologues, improv, songs, musicals, or cabaret. Anything Goes is open to any artist with an idea and a desire for creative expression.  To participate, contact us at ANDTheatreCo@gmail.com.
 

A note from the Artistic Director

My very first involvement with ANDTheatre Company was in the Eclectics Festival in 2015, in Raphael’s “GPS III: the Road to Conflict”. I was trying to navigate my way through a Boston accent when I found out that not only had he written three “GPS” plays already, but that he’d planned to write more! I thought it was a clever idea for a show and something that I’d never seen before; plays based around a GPS and the people interacting with it. What a unique way to set up a story and give insight not only into what makes us human, but how we interact with the non-human things around us.

 

Fast forward now nearly a decade and I’m thrilled that ANDTheatre is producing the full show. This has been, as you can tell, a long time coming. As I reach the end of my tenure as AND’s Artistic Director, I can’t imagine a better and more fitting end to this period. These shows really encapsulate what AND is all about: supporting artists from inception to production and I couldn’t be prouder to have gotten to be a part of it. Thank you for being a part of it, too. Now enjoy the show!

- John Lampe

GPS

 by Raphael Badagliacca, directed by Gene Santarelli, music and lyrics written and performed by Susan Kaessinger. Backing tracks produced by Buddy Grecco.
 

GPS I: Where Are We Going!

Doug: Larry Rosen*

GPS: Maille-Rose Smith

Alice: Jane Marx

 

GPS II: Hit or Miss

Anthony: Brian Anthony Zupan

GPS: Leslie C. Nemet
Vito: Larry Rosen*

 

GPS III: Road to Conflict

Charlie: Amit Barnathan
Marlon: Justin Jager

GPS 1: Mahnaz Damania*
GPS 2: Leslie C. Nemet

 

GPS IV: Two Broads and a Diva

Mary: Jackie Maruschak*
Margie: Deb Maclean
GPS: Mahnaz Damania*

 

GPS V: Homecoming

Bud: Larry Rosen*
Liz: Deb Maclean

 

GPS VI: Back to Normal

Joe: Justin Jager
Terry: Mahnaz Damania*
GPS: Jane Marx

 

GPS VII: Where Are We Going?

Frank: Amit Barnathan
Hope: Maille-Rose Smith

GPS: Jackie Maruschak
AI: Brian Anthony Zupan

 *Equity Member appearing with permission of Actors’ Equity Association without benefit of an Equity contract in this Off-Off Broadway production. 

GPS was developed in ANDTheatre Company’s theatre workshop Anything Goes!

The Company of GPS


Raphael Badagliacca (Playwright) is author of two books: Father’s Day: Encounters with Everyday Life, and The Yogi Poems and Other Celebrations of Local Baseball, both available on Amazon. 16 of his plays have been produced and nearly 100 of his monologues performed. Two stories from Father’s Day feature in this performance. He wrote English subtitles from Italian/Sicilian for the film, Many Beautiful Things (“Tanti Beddi Cosi"). He worked with Jersey City Ballet as baseball historian to celebrate the first game. An upcoming collaboration will celebrate the Statue of Liberty.His extensive business writings can be found at thewritingfactory.net.  Reach him at raphael@thewritingfactory.net.

Amit Barnathan (Charlie, Frank) is a Brooklyn based actor, model, writer and a pizza lover. TV credits: Lioness (Paramount), Ramy (Hulu). New York Regional Theatre: Bent, Chip, Low Bar, Torn. Amit has written and produced indie short films in the US and Europe. His Novel, Glandilia, was published in 2018. Training: The Lee Strasberg Institute NY. IG: amit_barnathan

 

Mahnaz Damania (GPS 1, GPS, Terry) Theatre: (U.S.A) Life Of Pi on Broadway & at ART. (India) Shikhandi - The Story of the Inbetweens (Nom.Best Actor | Win.Best Ensemble META 2018), 07/07/07 (Win.Best Ensemble META 2016), Naqqaash, Sundays With Chitra and Chaitali, Three Women. TV: New Amsterdam, Inside Edge. Film: The Wandering Earth II, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Tu Hai Mera Sunday. Thank you AND for being part of my creative community.

Linda Elizabeth (Stage Manager) Select acting and production credits include: Off Broadway: Imagining Madoff (Theatre Row); Off-Off Broadway: Antony and Cleopatra (Hudson Classical Theater Company), Something Somewhere Somehow (Shetler Studios), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Gene Frankel Theatre); Regional: Bus Stop (Bristol Riverside Theatre). Film/TV: The Distance Between Us, Gossip Girl, The Perfect Murder, national Super Bowl commercial for Chevrolet, national internet campaign for eBay, and award winning webseries Plant. Training: SUNY Geneseo College; Oxford University; The Barrow Group.  @lindaelizabeth8

Gary Gagliardia (Assistant Stage Manager) is happy to be involved with this production of "GPS". He's new to the world of stage management, but is excited to be working with Gene, Linda, and this cast and crew. 


Justin Jager (Marlon, Joe) is a NY based actor, writer, and director. Recent creative credits include writing, directing, and starring in his original play One Man Screaming, and directing the NY debut of Carly Polistina's Nosebleed. Acting credits include starring in Black Box PAC's Guilty Pleasures (Larry) and The Man Who Had Three Arms (Himself), as well as Connecticut Repertory Theatre's The Curious Incident… (Man With Socks) and Shakespeare in Love (Wessex). His original sitcom pilot, The Startup, is currently in post-production. Keep up with him on his website: justinjager.com

Susan Kaessinger (singer/songwriter). Susan’s musical duo, Misery Loves Company,  has played at Dinosaur BBQ, Branded Saloon, Young Ethel’s, The Atlantic Antic, Artmageddon, Newkirk Community Garden, Flatbush Artists Studio Tour, Park Slope Civic Sweep, et al. Four of her original songs were in the film The Rekindling, which won Best Screenplay at The Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival (2019). For 25+ years, Susan has taught, performed and directed improvisational theater. She currently teaches at Flatbush Community Theater and at Stuyvesant High School.


Deb Maclean (Mary, Liz) has performed with ANDTheatre Co. twice before and is delighted to return. Most recently she appeared at the Black Box PAC in Englewood in a collaborative workshop production of The Lost Years, a new play by John Patrick Shanley; Neil LaBute’s 10x10; and staged readings of Daniel Handler’s Imaginary Comforts and five Edward Albee plays. She is founder, producer/director/performer with Lunatic Fringe, NJ’s top improv comedy group, now in its 27th season. www.lunaticfringeimprov.com
 

Jackie Maruschak (Margie, GPS) is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA/AEA and The Barrow Group/FAB (Theatre FOR, ABOUT and BY women).  Throughout her career she’s written and performed solo shows, done short films, commercials, voiceovers, standup, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway and Where-The-Hell-Is Broadway. She’s grateful to start the new year on the boards traveling with the talented cast of “GPS”.  www.jackiemaruschak.com

Jane Marx (Alice, GPS) wrote autobiographical monologues A Coffin Turning Clockwise, Wearing My Insides Out, and Til My Last Breath, and performed them at Theatre 54. She presented Never Play Dead at the National Arts Club. She read her story Dressing Up at the City Winery. She was Eleanor Roosevelt in Amazons Of Tomorrow at the NYC Short Play Festival at the Players Theatre. She is also in an installation in Kiasma, Helsinki’s modern art gallery. www.janemarx.com

Leslie C. Nemet (GPS, GPS2) performed 15 roles in the Off-Broadway show Olympics Uber Alles. She originated and performed the role of Brenda Buttafucco for over 2 years in Housewives of Secaucus at 54 Below and other NY venues. Nominated for a NY Innovative Theater award for outstanding performance by a Lead Actress. Film and TV work includes: Playing George Clooney's Hairstylist in Money Monster and the Pizzeria Woman on Sesame Street. Dedicated to God's newest Angels, David, Lori and Rosanna. Please watch over us and guide us like a GPS in the sky. 

 

Larry Rosen (Doug, Vito, Bud)has been performing, teaching, and directing theater, storytelling, improvisation, and sketch comedy for more than 30 years through such institutions as AND Theatre Company, Second City, and NYU. His original piece, Love’s In Need Of Love, was featured in AND’s GO SOLO! festival in October 2023. A master storytelling instructor with The Moth, Larry is proud to work regularly with individuals and diverse communities throughout the US and in selected cities worldwide.

Gene Santarelli (Director) Gene’s selected directing credits include NYC: ANDTheatre Company, Theatre Row, Soho Rep, National Arts Club, The Players Theatre, American Jewish Theatre, Airline Theatre Wing, Pretenders Theatre, Italian-American Theatre Company. REGIONAL: New London Barn Theatre (NH), Usdan Center for PA (NY), Showcase Theatre (PA). Gene is forever thankful to Lucille for her enduring patience and encouragement and to ANDTheatre Company for their continuing support and confidence. genesantarelli@gmail.com

Maille-Rose Smith (GPS, Hope) is a Brooklyn-based actor and model with an adoration of Renaissance plays and new works. She has taken the stage most recently in Warrior Princess (SOOP to NUTS Festival), Monstrous Villainy (The Players Theatre), and Dining for One (Zena Group's Cafe Plays). Awards include Best Actress of the Equity Library Theater’s 2022 season and the Pettway Prize in Drama. Recent film/TV credits: Sarah Todd Astor in American Dynasty (FOX NATION), American: What does it mean to be who we are?, Slay the Night, and The Casting Couch on Greenwich Street.

Brian Anthony Zupan (Anthony, AI) – played the role of research scientist across academic, government, and corporate settings for decades before pursuing new adventures in the form of creative writing and acting. Heartfelt gratitude to Gene Santarelli and Raphael Badagliacca for this golden opportunity, great appreciation and admiration to the entire GPS cast and crew, and most sincere thanks to John Lampe and the ANDTheatre Company.

Ongoing ANDTheatre Programs

 

ANYTHING GOES (Wednesdays at 6pm)

Bring your talent and your work (new or old) for a 15-minute presentation before and feedback from a group of theatre professionals who work together for the betterment of themselves, each other, and showbiz in general.

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IMPROV-TO-SCRIPT (Mondays at 6pm)

This workshop is an exciting way to work on writing your play.  We explore the use of improvisation as a tool to create scripted work. Using your written pages, ideas or scenarios we will read and improvise in support of character and story development. Still in the conceptual stage of your play? Learn how improvisation can help flesh out your idea and jumpstart a full scene. Anything is possible. Participants will be actors and improvisors who want to write as well as writers who are open to exploring their work in this way.

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PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN IMPROV WORKSHOPS (Tuesdays at 6pm)

Connected, Actor-based improv steeped in creativity and fun!  Our all-star instructors take turns teaching this workshop. All levels are welcome and our goal is to create a fun and supportive environment.

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