A PLAY BY ALAN M. BERKS
DIRECTED BY JESSE EDWARD ROSBROW
APRIL 22-MAY 1
@ THE WORKSHOP THEATER
If your world were different, would you be different, too? ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE US shows us four people in different realities, from a totalitarian regime to an evangelical college and a post-apocalyptic war zone, and examines how the world around us shapes who we are and who we will become.
The cast will feature Seth Austin*, Timothy Fannon*, Julie Fitzpatrick*, and Anna O’Donoghue*.
*Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association
The creative team will include Set Design by Elisha Schaefer, Lighting Design by Wilburn Bonnell, Sound Design by Ann Warren, Costume Design by Lauren Gaston, and Props Design by Jesse Louis Hathaway.
The production, presented by Theatre of the Expendable will play at the WorkShop Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue, 4th Floor) April 22-24 and April 27-30 at 8pm and April 25 & May 1 at 3pm. Tickets ($12) are available online at www.theatermania.com or by calling 212-352-3101.
ALAN M. BERKS (Playwright) is the author of nine full-length plays, six one-acts, and numerous short plays and monologues that have been seen in Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Indianapolis, and New York. The solo show Goats, about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, was produced by The Production Company in New York City and nominated for a 2006 New York Innovative Theater Award. The plays 3 Parts Dead, written in collaboration with Burning House Group, and Everywhere Signs Fall, at Gremlin Theatre, were both named in the Minneapolis Star Tribune “Year in Review” as some of the best theater of the year. Other awards include: Minnesota State Arts Board Grant (Ringtone), MacDowell Colony Fellow (They Want), and Jerome Fellow (Mourning Rituals). His one-act play for high school students, Home of the Brave, was commissioned by the Guthrie Theatre, published by Playscripts, Inc., and produced by schools from Minnesota and Iowa to Texas and California. Other work includes: How to Cheat, Fugue, Almost Exactly Like Us, and They Want (based on The Oresteia by Aeschylus). He co-created Thirst Theater, which produced more than 60 new short plays over three years, and is currently the Editor of MinnesotaPlaylist.com.
JESSE EDWARD ROSBROW (Director) Directing credits include: the New York premiere of Vaçlav Havel’s Audience, Unveiling, Protest (John Housman Studio Theater); What Where by Samuel Beckett (The Ensemble Studio Theatre); Mare Cognitum (FringeNYC 2008/Theatre of the Expendable); Mare Cognitum (2009), Three Sisters, Dick 2 (a.k.a. Richard II), and 6:1 (Theatre of the Expendable). Producing credits include: the New York premiere of Cherry Docs (nominated for three New York Innovative Theatre Awards including “Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role”, “Outstanding Director”, and “Outstanding Production of a Play”), TotE’s First Annual New Works Festival, Dick 2 (a.k.a. Richard II), The Tragedy of John, and The Ocean Is Big And The Sky Is Blue (Theatre of the Expendable); Hello, My Name Is… (Living Image Arts, Theatre Row’s Lion Theatre). Acting credits include: Four If By Space (www.fourifbyspace.net). Education credits include: BA from Vassar College, where he studied Drama (mostly directing) and Classics (mostly dead guys). Jesse is TotE’s Artistic Director.
THEATRE OF THE EXPENDABLE develops and produces plays that ask our audience members how people become expendable. Also, since we view no audience member as expendable, we keep our ticket prices low – often lower than, and never higher than, the price of an average movie theatre ticket. Theatre of the Expendable has previously produced Dick 2 (a.k.a. Richard ll), The Tragedy of John, The Ocean is Big and the Sky is Blue, Cherry Docs (nominated for three New York Innovative Theatre Awards including “Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role”, “Outstanding Director”, and “Outstanding Production of a Play”), Three Sisters, and Mare Cognitum (FringeNYC 2008, Get S.O.M. 2009).