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Man Frog and Other People
If you are green, the royals are out to get you.
By Eugene Muzica
Loosely based on Prince Frog by Brothers Grimm
Directed by Irina Abraham
Adapted and presented by Necessary I.T.E.M.S.
Benefiting Actor’s Theatre Workshop: Builders of the New World
Teatro LATEA @ The Clemente
Thursday 7/12 @7:45pm-9:00pm
Saturday 7/14 @1:45pm-3:00pm
Sunday 7/15 @5:45pm-7:00pm
Tuesday 7/17 @7:45pm-9:00pm
Wednesday 7/18 @6pm-7:15pm
Saturday 7/21 @12pm-1:16pm
Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project reinvents the famous fairy tale Frog Prince. What if the Prince is not a frog? What if the Prince is gay? What if the king is dead? What if the yoga instructor is actually a witch? Wait, what? In the best traditions of Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project, there will be dance, music and sheer insanity. And this is a family friendly show! Welcome to our Kingdom!
Irina Abraham (Director) is a director and film and theatre actress who lives and works in New York. Born in Belarus, Irina began studying dance and dramatic arts at the age of 7, at 13 she joined a dance company that toured Europe, and at 15 she became a part of a Youth Dramatic Theater Company in Gomel, Belarus. Once in New York, Irina graduated from HB Studio full-time program in Dramatic Arts. In 2010 Irina directed her first show Playgrounded. It played to full houses at HB Studio and got very positive responses from the faculty. From 2010 to 2014 Irina worked as a choreographer and actor with such companies as the Russian Arts Theater & Studio, Nylon Fusion Theater Company, Yangtze Repertory Theater of America, the Bedlam Ensemble, etc. Irina constantly acts in film and on TV. One of her films According To Her has had an international festival run and is now available on Amazon and iTunes, her most recent film 2050 featuring Dean Cain is due for a theatrical release. In 2015 Irina co-founded Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project Theatre. In 2017 Irina was awarded Best Director at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.
Eugene Muzica (Writer) is a professor of Composition and Literature. He earned his Master’s and PhD in English at the University of Warwick, UK, specializing in tragedy (specifically Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Sophocles’s Oedipus) and psychoanalysis. Eugene published an essay on Thomas Kyd’s “The Spanish Tragedy” in the collection Doing Kyd by Nicoleta Cinpoes. In 2017 he had the world premiere of his first play The (Last) Station at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. The play had seven nominations and won two awards.
Tim Abraham (Set Designer) is a French American artist who is currently living and creating in Jersey City. Born in New York, Tim moved to France at the age of two and came back to the US by the time he was 18. Having moved from city to city in France and Switzerland and then in the US, Tim was able to absorb both European and American culture. Questions of identity and one’s place in the world is a strong source of inspiration in Tim’s work. Tim’s debut as a set designer was with Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project’s Flight Number Love in 2016. In 2017 Tim was awarded Outstanding Scenic Design Award at the Planet Connections Festival for the Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project’s The (Last) Station by Eugene Muzica. He is looking forward to working together again! Find more information at www.timtasticart.com
Georgina Bates (Choreographer) is a NY based actor, dancer, and choreographer/director. She recently choreographed Cloud Kumo, a film surrounding the aftermath of Hiroshima, which won a Student Academy Award, a CINE Golden Eagle Award, City Vision 2016, and Official Selection: Hiroshima Film Festival, NewFilmmakers NY. Other recent choreography credits: Somehow We End Up Here (CollabFest 2016 -Triskelion Arts), ACLU Freedom Concert (Holy Trinity), Crime and Punishment (West End Theatre), R/Evolution (Robert Moss Theater), Swimming at the Ritz (NJ Rep). Upcoming: an evening-length work at HERE Arts Sublet Series. Georgina’s work has also been presented at NYU, IDA Art Gallery, Pianos, Slake, and various world peace festivals at Madison Square Garden, City Center, Town Hall, Lincoln Center. M.F.A: Dance, NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, B.A. Theatre Performance, MMC. Member of the SDCF Observership Class 2016 -2017, League of Professional Theatre Women. www.georginabates.com
Kellen Lopez (Costume Designer) Native of Brazil, Kellen has been working in theatre since 1999, where she started her acting carrier performing on stages and Festivals of her home town Santos. She moved to Sao Paulo in 2004 to study at Theater School Celia Helena, where she graduated from in 2007 with Goldoni’s play Harlequin Servant of Two Masters, playing the role of Harlequin. Kellen moved to NYC the following year to start a full time program at HB Studio; she then joined the Russian Arts Theater and Studio where she was a part of The House of Curiosities by Roald Dahl at The Connelly Theatre. Kellen is one of the founding members of Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project Theatre. She participated in three productions as an actress and did costume design for two of them. In 2017 Kellen was nominated for Outstanding Costume Design at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, for the show The (Last) Station by Eugene Muzica.
Genia Starcev (Serenity The Witch) was born and raised in Russia and has been performing on stage since childhood. Since she emigrated to the US in 2001 she has been working on films, tv shows and stage productions as an actor, director, producer and writer. She has been a part of Bedlam Ensemble and joined Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project as a founding member in 2016. Genia was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress Award at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in 2017.
Natalie Solomon (Princess Sam) is a graduate of HB Studio. She started her acting career at Russian Arts Theatre and Studio working with Aleksey Burago. In 2015 she became a founding member of Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project. Theatre credits: House of Curiosities, The Connelly Theatre, Russian Arts Theatre; Requiem, Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project, The Tank Theatre; Flight Number Love, Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project, The Tank Theatre, The Secret Theatre; The (Last) Station, Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project, Dixon Place, Planet Connections Theatre Festival. Natalie also played in According To Her, a feature film by Estelle Artus, now released on Amazon and iTunes.
Danijela Popovic (The Queen) Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Danijela relocated to NY in 1990 for continued graduate studies at The Juilliard School. After graduating she dedicated eight years to the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem, where she was the Principal Pianist, Piano Teacher, and Head of the Piano Department. Danijela is the Co-Founder and Principal Performer of D’Divaz where she composed, performed, promoted and marketed original music. With D’ Divaz Danijela released a CD in 2000, was a guest performer on Elliot Sharp’s CD State of Mind, was a Storm King Artists in Residence, organized a benefit concert rebuilding the Children’s Hospital in Belgrade, and Co-Stared in the movie Yugo Divas. Danijela has performed over 500 concerts and recitals; has made appearances on ABC, CBS, Fox 5, Studio B, and RTB, and has performed in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. Danijela is a proud member of the HB Studio Ensemble. She studied acting with Ed Morehouse and Austin Pendleton and her recent credits include: Happy Hour directed by Michael Horne, Skaska directed by Alex Gezentsvey, Benefit directed by Ellie Ellsworth, The Circus of Life directed by Lynn Barr, and Lady with a Lapdog With Jokes and Happy Ending directed by Aleksey Burago and The Dome, Prospect Theatre, The Requiem, Flight Number Love and The (Last) Staion by Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project. In 2017 Danijela was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress Award at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.
Michael Donaldson (Historian) Previously with Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project: Requiem, The Tank Theatre; The (Last) Station, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Other theater: Lady with the Lap Dog,Master and Margarita, Three Sisters, Crime and Punishment, My Uncle Chekhov andHouse of Curiosities, all with Russian Arts Theater and Studio. Burnt House, AugustStrindberg Repertory, Three Sisters, Civil Sex, with Hudson Guild Theatre. Online: web series Strange City, Episode Two; Communication. Film: My First Kiss and the People Involved; Murt Ramirez Wants to Kick My Ass; Plague Town. www.MichaelDonaldsonNYC.com
Joey Rotter is an actor, writer and improviser. He studies at HB Studios and UCB, and most recently performed in the Greenhouses Ensemble’s production of Dad’s Dates and Other Disturbances. He is very excited to be a part of this production, and wants to offer a special thanks to Danijela and Irina for this opportunity.
Ronnie Williams (Man Frog) is elated to be a part of Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project. He is a recent transplant from Austin, TX. Recently you may have seen him at the Peoples Improv for SuperSketch Comedy night. Credits include Cages (Brandon/Deechen), South West Theatre, Psycho Beach Party (Chicklet), City Theatre, Mr. Marmalade (Bradley), Two Beards, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (Renee), City Theatre, RENT (Angel), Rice University, HAIR (Hud), Rice University.