The New Electric Ballroom

April 16-24, 2015

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Directed by Gil Lazier. Starring Bruce Holmes, Nancy Jeris, Jacqueline Reid and Laurie Thomas.



PLAYWRIGHT

ENDA WALSH is a playwright and screenwriter who shot to fame when he won both the George Devine Award and the Stewart Parker Award in 1997 with his play Disco Pigs. In 2007 and 2008 Enda won Fringe First Awards at two consecutive Edinburgh Festivals for his plays The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom. The former led the Guardian to name him "one of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre." In 2011 Once, Enda's adaptation of the film by John Carney, opened off-broadway. Critically acclaimed, it moved to Broadway in 2012, where it picked up eight Tony Awards, including “Best Book” for Enda. The West End run of Once opened in April 2013. Since his initial success as a playwright, Enda has gone on to write for the screen. His 2008 biopic, Hunger, told the story of the final days of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands and won a host of awards, including the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Heartbeat Award at the Dinard International Film Festival. It was nominated for seven BIFAs (including Best Screenplay), six British Film and Television Awards (including Best Screenplay and Best Independent Film) and BAFTA's Outstanding British Film Award 2009. Enda is currently 'mischievously' adapting The Twits by Roald Dahl for the Royal Court and working on a new musical,Lazarus, with David Bowie, due to open off-Broadway in late 2015.

DIRECTOR

GIL LAZIER: Over 80 productions in the US and abroad including Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures in Russian (10-year run in Moscow). Regional professional and university productions include masterworks by Albee, Brecht, Chekhov, Coward, Ibsen, O'Neill, Pinter, Shakespeare, Sophocles and Williams, and recent plays by Ayckbourn, Blessing, Butterworth, Durang, Letts, McPherson, Reza, Stoppard and others. Premieres: Unrequited (Clifton Campbell), The Conservationist Mark (Wheatley), and Paloma (Anne Garcia-Romero). English-language premieres: The Roof and The Competition (Alexander Galin). Positions include Florida State University Theatre Dean (1982-99), President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (1991-93), Asolo Conservatory Director (2001-2004), Asolo Rep Associate Artistic Director (2001-2004), Banyan Theater Artistic Director (2005-2007), Dean of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre (2007-2008). Honors include: Florida Theatre Conference Distinguished Career Award, American Theatre Fellow, National Theatre Conference Trustee, and the 2010 Career Achievement Award in Academic Theatre from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Previous productions for FUSION: Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike (2013), Other Desert Cities (2012), God of Carnage (2011), August: Osage County (2010), How the Other Half Loves (2009) and Parlour Song (2008). Dr. Lazier is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an independent labor union for professional stage directors and choreographers.

CAST

BRUCE HOLMES* (Patsy) most recently appeared with FUSION as "Vanya" in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. He also appeared in the world premieres of The Mayan Flute, You Can’t Get a Decent Margarita at the North Pole, and Tennessee Williams’ Once in a Lifetime. Previous FUSION roles include: “Felix Humble” in Humble Boy, “Ross/Dan” in Clybourne Park, Michael Novak” in God of Carnage, “Clown 2” in The 39 Steps, “Bill Fordham” in August: Osage County, “Brother Timothy” in The Mandrake, “William Detweiler” in How the Other Half Loves, “Ned” in Parlour Song, “Teddy” in The Homecoming, “Ben” in Death of a Salesman and “Christy” in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. He also appeared in FUSION’s children’s tours of The Invention and The Lost Ending, as well as in Jen Silverman’s award-winning The Education of Macoloco (Samuel French OOB Festival, NYC). Bruce has also directed and acted in several annual productions of FUSION’s The Seven: New Works Festivals. In Seattle, he worked at A.C.T., Center Stage, AHA!, N.W. Shakespeare Ensemble, and The Empty Space Theatre. Bruce has also performed with The Idaho Repertory Theatre and in Washington, D.C. he performed at Arena Stage and with the Washington Shakespeare Theatre. In Virginia, Bruce appeared with The Metro Stage Theatre. Recent film/tv credits include Better Call Saul, Night Shift, In Plain Sight, the feature film Fright Night and the lead in Ultimatum Pictures’ Voiceover. He received his BFA from the University of New Mexico and his MFA from the professional Actor’s Training Program at the University of Washington. Bruce has been a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association since 2005.

NANCY JERIS* (Breda) is performing with FUSION for the second time, having worked in this season's opener, Outside Mullingar. In Albuquerque she has performed at the National Hispanic Cultural Center as "Georgia O'Keeffe" in Still Life. Prior to moving to New Mexico, she worked at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles as "Ninon" in The Devils with Frank Langella and as "Salka Viertel" in Tales From Hollywood with Paul Sorvino. Other Los Angeles productions have included Name Day and Richard III at The Odyssey with Alfred Molina, The Trojan Women at The Getty Museum and Uncle Vanya at The Met and Pacific Resident Theatre. She was an original member of John Houseman's UCLA Theatre Group and played "Goneril" in King Lear opposite Morris Carnovsky, Heartbreak House as "Ariadne" with Carroll O'Connor, and Tis Pity She's a Whore and Peribanez in rep. She toured for six months with Henry Fonda in a production of The Time of Your Life. TV season regular credits include: two seasons on the ABC Children's series, Fudge, and two seasons on Knots Landing. Nancy has extensive TV credits over a 30-year span and most recently completed roles in the New Mexico productions: Transcendence, The Guest, Dirty Weekend and Longmire. She is married to architect, D.A.Williams and is an Associate Broker with The Wingert Team of Coldwell Banker Legacy. Nancy has been a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association since 1963.

JACQUELINE REID* (Ada) is a founding member of FUSION. Acting at FUSION: Annapurna, The Other Place, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Humble Boy, Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Time Stands Still, Once in a Lifetime, God of Carnage, The 39 Steps, August: Osage County, Overruled, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, How the Other Half Loves, The Homecoming, Parlour Song, Suddenly Last Summer, Private Lives, Hedda Gabler, The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Taming of the Shrew, Closer, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Regional: Romeo and Juliet, Agnes of God, Crimes of the Heart, Tribute. Film & Television: Heat Lightning (Best Actress: Bend, Oregon Film Festival), Doc West, Triggerman, In Plain Sight, Unsolved Mysteries, and True Confessions with Adam Arkin. Directing credits include the regional premieres of Outside Mullingar and Doubt, Tribes, Freud’s Last Session, Red, The Mandrake, Happy Days, Death of a Salesman, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Buried Child, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Lie of the Mind, The Unexpected Man, The Long Christmas Ride Home and the world premieres of Mad Hattr and You Can’t Get a Decent Margarita at the North Pole. She is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Jacqueline has been a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association since 1983.

LAURIE THOMAS* (Clara) is a Co-Founder and Artistic Associate of FUSION in addition to her work as an actor, writer and a member of Albuquerque Academy’s Performing Arts Faculty. She has appeared in over forty professional productions with work in the Bay Area, Pacific Northwest, and in New Mexico with such memorable FUSION roles as “Violet Weston” in August: Osage County, “Annette” in God of Carnage, and “Beth” in Tribes. Laurie last directed Sharr White's Annapurna for FUSION and a rewarding production of Horton Foote's Roots in a Parched Ground at Albuquerque Academy. This summer, she will create an original piece for FUSION's annual collaboration with the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History highlighting the special exhibit "Killer Heels" as she focuses on the life and artistry of Ginger Rogers. She is also looking forward to the reincarnation of FUSION's cabaret series making its debut in June - watch for "Casbah 505!" Ms. Thomas trained at The Drama Studio of London, and is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Laurie has been a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association since 1990.





*Member of Actors' Equity Association 
 



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