For the second year in a row, George Street Playhouse is participating in Healing Voices: Caregiver Stories with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Submissions of creative prose, poetry, theatrical monologues, and plays that reflect the theme of caregiving or the personal healing experience by New Jersey writers were considered for this project. GSP virtually conducted two writing workshops in May to support the writers’ development of their work.
Funding for Healing Voices: Caregivers Stories on Stage was provided by New Jersey Theatre Alliance as part of their Stages Festival, a state-wide celebration of theatre made possible by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Bank; New Jersey Historical Commission; George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust; and Fund for the New Jersey Blind.
Damian Buzzerio has appeared Regionally at: Premiere Stages, NJ: Father Prosco (BLACK TOM ISLAND), Phil Carter (BY THE WATER), Playhouse on Park, CT: Mushnik (LITTLE SHOP); Reb Saunders (THE CHOSEN); Robert (PROOF), Elm Shakespeare, CT: Cassius (JULIUS CAESAR), Antiochus (PERICLES); Florida Studio Theatre: Don Fermin (BOLEROS FOR THE DISENCHANTED), Shakespeare Theater of NJ: Claudius (ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN), Gremio/Vincentio (SHREW), Des Moines Playhouse: File (RAINMAKER), Mill Mountain Theatre, VA: Borachio (MUCH ADO), Pap Finn (BIG RIVER), PA Shakespeare Festival: Antonio (TWELFTH NIGHT), Lord Montague (ROMEO JULIET), Northern Stage, VT: Herr Schultz (CABARET), Weathervane Playhouse, OH: Fredrik (A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC), Human Race Theatre, OH: Alonso (TEMPEST). La Comedia Dinner Theater, OH: Bruce Ismay (TITANIC).
Gail Winar is an actor, director, and educator. As an actor, she has toured across the U.S., U.K. and Europe, as well as originating leading roles in the premieres of Beyond Gravity for NJ Rep; Missa Solmenis for Shotgun Productions; and several awarding-winning plays at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Gail is a Master Teaching Artist for the Roundabout Theatre Company on Broadway and an Artistic Associate at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch.
Sophia Lucia Parola is honored to be in Healing Voices as both a writer and performer. Sophia wanted to be an actress ever since she was a little girl and discovered that the Arts could help heal, transform, and escape reality. Performing and writing was and always will be a form of therapy for Sophia, a way to connect to herself and to the world. One of her biggest inspirations in her life and career is her mother, Edna. Edna was a strong, beautiful, and extremely creative woman who never gave up, even after suffering from a car accident when Sophia was 9-years-old. Watching her stand tall and keep going even as a paraplegic has shaped Sophia into the artist she is today, and continues to drive her in every way possible. Edna is the reason Sophia submitted to Healing Voices and she owes everything to her. A big thank you to Dusty and Jim for allowing her to share her work, and to everyone else involved who understands both the beauty and pain of taking care of a loved one.
marcus d. harvey: Selected Credits: The Christians (Lean Ensemble) A Raisin in the Sun (Triad Stage), An American Dream (The Old Vic, London), In Darfur (WAM Theatre), Dreamgirls, Fires in the Mirror (Silver Spring Stage), A Bright Room Called Day (Whitman Stage), baba: a black boys cry (TADA! Theatre), Eurydice (New Studio Theatre), Julius Caesar (New Studio Theatre) Training: MFA in Acting, Brooklyn College; MA: Dramatic Writing for Social Change, NYU BA: UNC Chapel Hill marcus is the Head of Acting for Waterwell Drama at Professional Performing Arts School. He is also a faculty member at Montclair State University & New Jersey City University, where he teaches Acting. Learn more at www.themarcusdharvey.com | twitter @marcusdharvey
Stage Manager: Samantha Flint: Previously at George Street Playhouse: Midwives, The Immigrant. Broadway: Venus in Fur (MTC). Off Broadway: Final Follies, HIM (Primary Stages); Measure for Measure, In the Wake, The Winter’s Tale, The Brother/Sister Plays (The Public). Selected Regional: Twelfth Night (Shakespeare on the Sound); Murder on the Orient Express, Disgraced, The Winter’s Tale, The Brother/Sister Plays, Herringbone (McCarter Theatre Center); Murder on the Orient Express, Somewhere (Hartford Stage); Camelot (Two River Theater); June Moon, The Visit (Williamstown); Barefoot in the Park, …Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse); And A Nightingale Sang (Westport Country Playhouse). Education: The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Dustin Ballard is a Teaching Artist, Actor, Director, and Playwright originally from the coast of Mississippi. He was the 2009 Region II Winner and National Finalist of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship, and is also the co-creator of the outdoors podcast Gaze at the National Parks found on iTunes.
Jim Jack: Directing credits include: The Immigrant, Trying, My Name is Asher Lev, Terra Incognita; Our Town Now; Gabi Goes Green!; Austin the Unstoppable; IRL; New Kid; and Peacemaker; The Road; Where is Home?;The Way It Was; K2 (Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Direction); Life and Limb; The Dumb Waiter; and The Zoo Story. Jim is the Director of Education and Community Artistic Programming for George Street Playhouse.
Lee Abromovitz, Seven Bananas
Sophia Baldassari, Edie and Me
Elise Donovan, Celia Unburdened
Anna Evtushenko, Across the Mississippi
Brett Hursey, Toppers
Kathy Kafer, Leaving Evelyn
Frederick Kaimann, Lifeline
Naomi Miller, Bend Down
Sophia Lucia Parola, I Did Not Sign Up for This
Jo Ann Poll, Carry the One
Hara L. Rola, A Daughter Who Cares
Kathleen Schumar, Cafe Mocha Moment
Bette Siler, Deep Sky
Ric Siler, How Do You Say Prostate in Italian
Chris Widney, Old People Clomp
Jeff Lambert Wingfield, Her Mimesis
Natalie Zaman, Surrounded