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The Head Hunter
A screenwriter and his mobster cousin are forced to deal with the family issues that tore them apart.
By Mark Borkowski
Directed by David Zayas Jr.
Presented by One Shot Deal Productions
Benefiting St. Jude’s Hospital
Flamboyán Theater @ The Clemente
Saturday 7/21 @2:30pm-4:00pm
Sunday 7/22 @8:30pm-10:00pm
Saturday 7/28 @1:45pm-3:15pm
Monday 7/30 @9:30pm-11:00pm
Friday 8/3 @5:45pm-7:15pm
Sunday 8/5 @12:00pm-1:30pm
Casmir, a screenwriter, has sold the exclusive rights of his screenplay to a sleazy Hollywood producer. He confesses what he has done to his cousin Salvatore, a hit man for the mob. The screenplay, a bio-pic, contains truths about Sal’s father that are more than incriminating. Enraged, Salvatore vows to get the screenplay’s rights back to Casmir even if it means eliminating the producer. The two cousins are forced to deal with issues that tore their family apart and drove them to be who they are: one an artist, the other a ruthless killer.
“…one of the best plays of 2000…Mark Borkowski’s ‘The Head Hunter’ is an intensely inventive and fiercely funny new drama which mixes shades of Shepard and Mamet while painting a horrific yet hilarious portrait of both modern-day mob life and the equally precarious film industry…Borkowski fills his play with wicked twists and turns that catch viewers off-guard each step of the way. He also has an uncanny ear for dialogue, resulting in sly soliloquies and rapid-fire repartee.” – ELIAS STIMAC, BACKSTAGE review
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
Mark Borkowski‘s (Playwright) plays have been staged from coast to coast. Some recent productions include SHADOW SAINT, DEAD MONKEY and SAVAGE INK (Collective NY), THE GODLING (Theatre Camden, UK), THE DAUGHTERS OF EVE (Cherry Lane), TWILIGHT’S CHILD (Playwright’s Horizons) and countless others. His plays have been workshopped at The Actors Studio, The Labyrinth Theatre Company, The Lark, The Barefoot, The Squat Theatre and New Playwrights of Los Angeles. Publications include: “A Gravedigger’s Tale” (Best One Acts of 2009), “Don’t Listen To What It Sounds Like” (“Best One Acts of 2007”), “Shadow Saint”, “Dead Monkey” and “Savage Ink” (Collective NY). As a screenwriter, his award-winning feature “The Perfect Witness” was on SHOWTIME and is available on DVD worldwide. Mark is a loyal member of The Dramatist’s Guild. Recently he is developing “Valentino’s Wing” at The Actors Studio with Ellen Burstyn directing and starring Chazz Palminteri. He’s been Acting on stage, film and TV since his late teens. Off Broadway: “No Exit” (Kraine Theatre), 4 Adults Only (Gene Frankel), “Twilight’s Child” (Playwrights Horizon), “Suicide, Inc” and “Lenny” (Walnut Street Theatre) and many others. TV/FILM: He’s worked in over 40 films, most notably “The Perfect Witness” for which he won Best Actor at the Portugal Film Festival and “Cost of a Soul” for which he won the Arrow Award. On TV, he’s best known as Paul Sagorsky on HBO’s award winning “Boardwalk Empire” and Ted Barnes in “House of Cards”. He’s also appeared on hit shows “Blue Bloods”, “Billions”, “BlindSpot” and many others. Mark is also a lifetime member of The Actors Studio.
Ali Arkane (Salvatore) is an actor based in his native New York City. His most recent work includes playing William in “As You Like It” by William Shakespeare, Adapted and Directed by Jessica Bauman. He originated the lead role of Douglass in a staged reading of “PERP,” by Lyle Kessler, directed by Alec Baldwin at The Actors Studio and played Alfred Hitchcock in the film “Alfred Hitchcock Prepares,” directed by the late great Elizabeth Kemp. He is currently working on “Then and Now,” a film he is writing, starring in and directing. Ali is a finalist at The Actors Studio.
Scott McCord (Casmir) is an award-winning actor, voice actor and musician. Now based in New York, he has been working in theatre, film, television and the independent music scene for 25 years. Recent theatre credits include THE FINAL REEL (Parallel Exit NY), NAKED HAMILTON (HammerTheatre, BEST OF FRINGE NYC) and TRUE (Criminal Theatre). Selected film/TV credits include: CARTER, ROOKIE BLUE, LOST GIRL, HEMLOCK GROVE, SHOOT ‘EM UP and 16 BLOCKS. As voice actor: TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND, PAW PATROL, INSPECTOR GADGET 2.0, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA the Series and THE NUT JOB. He has been nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for theatre, a Gemini Award and received the Canada Screens award for Best Performance in an Animated Series 2015 (JUSTIN TIME). An accomplished musician, Scott was nominated Best New Artist of the Year at the 2010 Maple Blues Awards (Canada) with his band, The Bonafide Truth. Scott was a featured animation guest at Armageddon Expo 2011 in Australia and New Zealand. www.thisisscottymccord.com
David Zayas Jr. (Director) was born in the Bronx. David has been creating art since his early childhood. Being inspired and growing up around the Labyrinth Theater Company, he discovered that he wanted to become a director. He is a professional photographer with a decade of experience. He is a member of The Actors Theater of NYC and directed a 15 episode short film series called THE ELEVATOR. This is his directorial debut in theater.