PLAYBILL: Uncommon Voices, May 6, 2019

En Garde Arts
presents

Flux Theatre Ensemble’s
RAGE PLAY

by Nandita Shenoy
directed by Lori Elizabeth Parquet

Artist Bios

Flux Theatre Ensemble produces transformative theatre that explores and awakens the capacity for change. As an ensemble-artist driven company, we believe that long-term collaboration and rigorous creative development can unite artists and audiences to build a creative home in New York. We commissioned Rage Play as part of our FluxForward program.

Nandita Shenoy

Nandita Shenoy (playwright) is a New York-based actor-playwright who enjoys hearing an audience laugh. After its world premiere in Los Angeles, her play Washer/Dryer received an Off-Broadway production in which she also starred, produced by Ma-Yi Theater Company. More recently, her play Satisfaction completed a developmental run at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her first full-length, Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature, was produced by theHegira in Washington, DC. Her one-acts, Marrying Nandini, By Popular Demand, Rules of Engagement, and A More Perfect Date,have been produced in New York City and regionally. Notable acting credits include World Premiers of Eric Pfeffinger’s Some Other Kind of Person, Richard Dresser’s Trouble Cometh, and Adam Szymkowicz’s Mercy and his Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood (with Flux), as well as a season at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Nandita is the winner of the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting for her commissioned one-act, Safe Haven, and a 2018 Mellon Creative Research Fellow at the University of Washington School of Drama in partnership with Ma-Yi Theater Company. She is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and the Dramatists Guild. Nandita holds a BA in English literature from Yale University. www.nanditashenoy.com

Lori Elizabeth Parquet

Lori Elizabeth Parquet (director) is an actor, playwright, director, and teaching artist from New Orleans, Louisiana. Lori is a Creative Partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble. She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Cornell University. Her New York City credits include Macbeth, Dispatches From (A)mended America (Off-Broadway: Epic Theatre Ensemble), Dog Act, Ajax in Iraq, Honey Fist, Rizing, Am I Dead: The Untrue Narrative of Anatomical Lewis (Flux Theatre Ensemble), The Providence of Neighboring Bodies (Ars Nova), Medea, The Cult Play (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble), and Republic, Baal, and Murder In the Cathedral (Hoi Polloi). She made her international debut performing in Pillars of Society at Teater Ibsen in Skien, Norway and performed in the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, reviving her role in The Providence of Neighboring Bodies. As a playwright, Lori was selected as one of six featured playwrights for season five of the Fire This Time Festival in New York City in 2014. Her most recent play, In Communion, is published with Indie Theater Now and her play, Sir, was staged in 2013 as a part of Flux Theatre Ensemble’s Understand Our Ground—a night of theatre dedicated to the challenging issues surrounding the murder of Trayvon Martin.  As a director Lori has assistant directed The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park productions of As You Like It, and Twelfth Night. As a teaching artist, Lori has taught many aspects of theatre, including acting, playwriting, and directing to various populations across New York City. She has taught with such esteemed organizations as The Public Theater, Stella Adler School of Acting, Epic Theatre Ensemble, and CUNY Creative Arts Team.

Farah Bala

Farah Bala (BEA) Originally from Bombay, India, Farah is an actor, producer & coach based in NY. Barrymore Award Nomination for Outstanding Leading Actress (alongside theatre veteran Anna Deavere Smith). MFA Theater: Sarah Lawrence College; Select Off Bway: The Rug Dealer (WPTheater); Tales From The Tunnel; In The Book Of; 1-woman show-To The Death of My Own Family, Macbeth, Two Gentlemen of Verona. Select Film & TV: High Flying Bird, The War Within, Quantico, OITNB, Broad City, High Maintenance, The Code. www.farahbala.com

Alisha Spielmann

Alisha Spielmann (CECE) NYC theatre credits include: The Sea Concerto, Am I Dead, World Builders (Flux Theatre Ensemble); Blast Radius (Gideon Productions); Dear Ruth, The Desk Set (Retro Productions). Regional theatre credits include: As You Like ItThe Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater). She is a Creative Partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble.  www.alishaspielmann.com

Jennifer Tsay

Jennifer Tsay (AY) Recent theater credits: Mope (Ensemble Studio Theatre), I Am This For You (Ars Nova), 4000 Miles (Baltimore Center Stage), Un-Tamed (National Black Theatre), The Mysteries (The Flea).  TV/Film Credits: The Village, The Blacklist, Bored to Death, One Life to Live, and Deborah Kampmeier’s Split.  Education: The Studio NY. www.jennifertsay.com @jenjentsay

CJ Wilson (MAN)

Broadway:  Bronx Bombers, The Big Knife, Festen, Henry IV, The Best Man. Off Broadway: On the Shore of the Wide World, Hold on to me Darling(Lucille Lortel nom.), Dying for it, Our New Girl, Offices, The Voysey Inheritance (Atlantic Theatre Co.) Medieval Play, The Lady from Dubuque, (Signature);  Happy Now?(Lucille Lortel nom.) (Primary Stages) Film: A Vigilante, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Demolition, The Intern.  Television: The Blacklist, Quantico, Bull, The Sinner, Homeland, www.cj-wilson.com

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