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A bit of advice: don’t open with your botched suicide attempt on a first date.

By Mike Poblete | Directed by Daniella Caggiano
Benefiting The Jed Foundation

The Flamboyán @ The Clemente
Friday 7/13 @5:30pm-6:45pm
Sunday 7/15 @6:15pm-7:30pm
Wednesday 7/18 @9:30pm-10:45pm
Wednesday 7/25 @5:30pm-6:45pm
Sunday 7/29 @5:15pm-6:30pm
Friday 8/3 @7:45pm-9:00pm

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Read the press release for SURFACING.

Chelsea has no idea how to take care of her older sister Marissa after her failed suicide attempt, until they each discover the horrors of Tinder. SURFACING is a funny and gut wrenching story about family, sex, life, death and starting over in 2018.


Poblete’s writing is very natural and often times very comical, but with enough intensity at moments to punch the audience in the gut.” – Michael Roderick, Broadwayworld, Aug 20, 2010, review of The New York Monologues.

The play, written by Mike Poblete and directed by Rob Barron, is a moving, frequently funny look at loss, aging, dreams and human connection.” – Deborah Martin,, Aug 5, 2016, review of One Down –


Suzannah Herschkowitz (Marissa) is excited to be part of the cast bringing Surfacing to life. She is currently receiving her MFA at Juilliard and will be graduating next spring. She is thankful for the support from Mike, Daniella, her cast, and her boyfriend’s dog Peekay.


Montana Lampert Hoover (Chelsea) is an actor, singer and puppeteer, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her most recent credits include: Old Names for Wildflowers (The Tank); Revelations (NY Winterfest), Hand to God (Kitchen Theatre Company), Double Falsehood (Letter of Marque), SHE: A Choreoplay (HERE Arts), Hamlet (The Connelly Theatre), Out There! (Bluelaces Theatre Company). Montana is a proud Sarah Lawrence College graduate and had the pleasure of studying at the British American Drama Academy. Some of her favorite roles from college include: Vanda in Venus in Fur, Imogen in Cymbeline, Desdemona in Othello, and Gertie in Vendetta Chrome (directed by Lear DeBessonet). You can also find Montana on the webseries Queer Kid Stuff where she voices and puppeteers Teddy! Follow her @mlamperthoover or on her website,

Joey Donnelly (Atticus) is a musician, director, and actor living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. They are currently devising a theatrical resistance piece using mask, mime, cirque inspired physical theatre, puppets, and some good ole’ Golden Age MT called The American Variety. Favorite credits include Middletown (John Dodge), The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon), BardCore (Mercutio, A.R.T./Oberon) The Collection (Harry), Violet (Father) at A.R.T and Chess (Freddie) Up next- The Conference Room (devised) at the National Theatre of the Netherlands.  Big thanks to Mike and Daniella! M.F.A. A.R.T./Harvard

Jak Watson (Jed) is a New York based actor born and raised in San Francisco.  His passion for Shakespeare and need for storytelling guided him towards a BFA  in acting from UC Santa Barbara and an MFA in acting from The New School for Drama.  He has had the privilege of tackling many of the iconic roles of Shakespeare, his favorites being Iago, Tybalt and Henry Bolingbrook.  He has recently had a string of new plays to work on in theatre and film and is extremely excited to tackle this fresh dark comedy. Instagram: @jakwatson7



Mike Poblete (Writer/Producer) Born in Brooklyn, Mike has had six full length plays and numerous one acts performed in the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and South Korea. In New York his work has been seen at the Lucille Lortel Theater, Cherry Lane, Dixon Place, Theater for the New City, The Brick, The Robert Moss Theater, The Gene Frankel Theater, The Krane, TBG Theater and many more. His plays have been published by Carysfort Press and Smith & Kraus. He has a Playwriting MFA from Trinity College Dublin and works as Director of Script Development at The Foxboro Company, a Broadway, film and television production company.  In August 2018 Mike will move to Honolulu to work on a Theatre Studies PhD at the University of Hawaii, where he will also teach their Introduction to World Theatre course.

Daniella Caggiano (Director) is a freelance director and native New Yorker. She was named one of The Interval’s “Women to Watch” in 2016 and is a current MTC Directing Fellow, the recipient of a 2018 Drama League Residency, and an alum of Labyrinth’s Ensemble Workshop and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She has directed at Joe’s Pub, The Flea, Dixon Place, Ugly Rhino, Musical Theatre Factory, Merkin Concert Hall, The Kraine, Le Poisson Rouge, HERE, FringeNYC, and 54 Below among others. Favorite projects include Next To Normal (benefit concert starring Tony nom. Christiane Noll), Vinegar Tom, and an original adaptation of Macbeth. Recent assisting: Erin Markey’s Rainbow Caverns (dir. Ellie Heyman), (Not) Water (dir. Daniella Topol), Tumacho and All The Ways To Say I Love You (both dir. Leigh Silverman). MFA The New School for Drama, BA Sarah Lawrence College

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