Cheryl La Rosa (Mark Bagby/Puffenstuff) -- A graduate of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts for Drama, Cheryl originated the role of Mark at La MaMa E.T.C.. in March. Other theatre credits include performing in various musical and non-musical reproductions at the St. Mary’s Community Theatre in Woodside, and participating in the LaGuardia Touring Children’s Theatre, which visited several children’s clinics and hospitals in New York City. Film credits include the Medusa Productions short film, "Yes Means No," as the character "Special K." Cheryl also models and is currently attending the Fashion Institute of Technology for Fashion Design.
Jeffrey Lewis (Eric Schramm/Jason) -- Grew up in downtown Manhattan. Primarily a comic book writer/artist and folk singer who performs at The Fort at Sidewalk and The Knitting Factory, Jeff illustrates covers for Anti-Matters and other magazines and ads. His illustrations and comics appear in various forms throughout the East Village. His comic book "Far Out" won best comic collection at the 1998 Royal Fest Self-Publishing Festival. Dizozza note: Jeff’s "Indie Rock Fortune Cookie," is one of the best albums of 1998.
Rick Gray (Narrator/Oskar) -- Has appeared at La MaMa in various roles including King Tartaglia in Carlo Gozzi’s "The Green Bird," directed by Andrei Serban. Rick has also been seen at Soho Rep, Altered States and the Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Shannon K. Foley (Pamela Dennis/Georgie) -- Was last seen filling in at La MaMa’s "Bloodletting," playing the part of Fran. Other credits include a supporting role in "Zeus & Rozanne" and USA Networks’ "Sins of the City."
Samona Shearson (Sharon Heisel/Paulette) -- A native New Yorker, graduated from the New Paltz College Theatre Department in 1996. Last seen at Grove Street Playhouse as the Narrator in "Sleeping Beauty" and as Guinevere in "King Arthur and the Enchanted Sword." Samona is also a former member of the New York Dinner Theatre cast of Sadie Goldberg’s Funeral. You will see Samona on the PAX network in a special called "The Mentalist."
Cinema VII Theatre Club presents
Rick Gray, Cheryl La Rosa, Samona Shearson, Shannon Foley & Jeffrey Lewis
SHIPPING THE SATELLITE
The Eleventh Hour
by Peter Dizozza
Friday April 9th at 8:00 PM
Saturday April 10th at 8:00 P.M.
LA TEA ~ Latin American Theatre Experiment Association -- The Torch!
107 Suffolk Street
(The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center)
New York N.Y. 10002
Peter Dizozza (playwright) -- Opened La MaMa E.T.C.’s Experiments ‘99 with a concert reading of "The Eleventh Hour." Contributions to La MaMa’s New Voices, New Works Series are "Coppelia," "Storm Cloud (part 1)," "Witchfinders," "The Peace Mission," and the musical mystery play "Prepare to Meet Your Maker." Recent solo shows include "Blood of a Poet" and "Sacred Ambivalence." Upcoming live performances at the piano at The Fort at Sidewalk: April 4th & May 2nd.
The Eleventh Hour NOTES: Our feature presentation is inspired, in its entirety, by the Bacharach/David score for the 1973 film, "Lost Horizon." Creative Consultant: Colette Bryce.
SHIPPING THE SATELLITE Notes: This short subject originated at Lach’s Fort @ Sidewalk on April 19, 1997 with Adrian Bewley as Oskar, Steve Espinola as Jason, Lisa Dery as Puffenstuff, Peter Dizozza as Georgie, and Paulette O’Dowd as Paulette.
Thanks to Roberta Massarsky, Kevin Kadish and Faith Palmer-Persen, and to Cheryl, Jeffrey, Rick, Shannon & Nina, of the original cast and Samona for completing the cast tonight on such short notice!
Thank you, George Ferencz, for ongoing theatre inspiration and casting assistance, and Nelson, Carlos and Mateo of LA TEA for making available their beautiful theatre.