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Get to know the actors & directors

Get to know the actors for Sticky 552, the last Sticky of our mini season.

Sticky 552 Beauty Bar, 249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215 Thursday, April 2, 7:30 pm $10 advance, $15 at the door, via www.stickyseries.bpt.me 

Not Again, by Cecilia Copeland, directed by Michele Travis, starring Lisa Hickman & Mark Campbell
nolovelost, by Michael Domitrovich, directed by Ali Ayala, starring Mateo d’Amato, Martina Gordon, and Will Carter
Brandenburg Gate, by Libby Emmons, directed by Michele Travis, starring Tricia Fukuhara and Conor Daniel Bartram
Lipstick, by Amina Henry, directed by Ali Ayala, starring David Marcus and James Pravasilis
Re Ducks, by Libby Emmons, directed by Ali Ayala, starring Libby Emmons and Ali Ayala
Love and Order, by Johnny Blaze Leavitt, directed by Ceren Zorlu, starring Ceren Zorlu, Meriel Day and Ray De Vito
A Sweet Serenade, a mini musical by Mim Granahan, directed by Eliel Lucero, musical direction by Megan Cooper, starring Mary Sheridan and Eliel Lucero, with a quartet of Lydia Jordan, Renée Vera Cafiero, Uji Bluet, & Megan Cooper

Mateo d'Amato, Michael Domitrovich's "nolovelost"

Mateo d’Amato, Michael Domitrovich’s “nolovelost”

Mateo d’Amato is a theatre maker from the New York City Area. He has directed End of Party at 13th st. Repertory Theater and Assistant Directed Eduardo Machado’s Worship at Theater for the New City. Recent acting works include: BACK (The Cell); Mariquitas (Theater for the New City); I See Rainbows (STICKY); One Will Speak/ The Other is Dead (Temporary Distortion); Man’s Best Friend (Manhattan Repertory Theater); The Judith of Shimoda (La Mama Experimental Theater Club); and Our Town with Leon Ingulsrud of the SITI Company. Mateo is certified Reiki Practitioner and a graduate from The New School. mateodamato.com

Martina Gordon, Michael Domitrovich's "nolovelost"

Martina Gordon, Michael Domitrovich’s “nolovelost”

Martina Gordon feels joy to make her Sticky debut!!! A Brooklyn native and recent New School theater grad, Martina’s been working at generally surviving but also developing her solo music project/visual multimedia performance work. Maybe you’ve seen her collaborate with castmate Mateo D’Amato in Temporary Distortion’s Speak/Dead at Teatro Latea, or co-devise Elegant Degradation at Theater for the New City last May. Love & thanks to Michael D. for being #1 sooth sayer and overall just very extraordinary.

Lisa Hickman, Cecilia Copeland's "Not Again..."

Lisa Hickman, Cecilia Copeland’s “Not Again…”

Lisa Hickman is an actor/singer/writer based in NYC. She is 1/3 of the amazing cast & creative team of Lipstick Garage, a comedy series– and thrilled to be working on Sticky with Mark Campbell & Michele Travis! More at http://www.lisahickman.com

Tricia Fukuhara, Libby Emmons' "Brandenburg Gate"

Tricia Fukuhara, Libby Emmons’ “Brandenburg Gate”

Tricia Fukuhara is a recent graduate of NYU, you may have spotted her doing backbends in the library basement, sprinkling pixie dust in parades at Disneyland, defeating the Huns on Disney Cruise Line, or toying with your psyche in Blackout “House.” When not performing, she can often be found harmonizing with the Sirens of Gotham and lindy hopping at your local speakeasy. Come see her in Comfort Women: A New Musical at 54 Below. Or just ask her about her cat.

James Pravasilis, Amina Henry's "Lipstick"

James Pravasilis, Amina Henry’s “Lipstick”

James Pravasilis is always delighted to work with all things STICKY!  Thanks to Ali and Michelle for all the work they do to put this stuff together!

David Marcus, Amina Henry's "Lipstick"

David Marcus, Amina Henry’s “Lipstick”

David Marcus is a senior contributor to the Federalist and the Artistic Director of Blue Box World, a Brooklyn based theater project. His plays have been seen on the stages of Galapagos Arts Space, D Lounge, and Theater Double Rep. A former member of the Bat Acting Company at the Flea Theater he has also performed at the Kennedy Center and Theater for the New City among many others. In addition to his writing for the Federalist his work has appeared in National Review Online, City Journal, PJ Media, Liberty Island and the New York Theater Review.

Conor Daniel Bartram, Libby Emmons' "Brandenburg Gate"

Conor Daniel Bartram, Libby Emmons’ “Brandenburg Gate”

Conor Daniel Bartram is very excited to be a part of Sticky for the first time! He has a degree in theatre performance from Western CT State University with a minor in creative writing. Since moving to NYC he has been working various sound/light jobs at The Mint Theatre and with HorseTrade Theater Group, also he was a venue tech for The Frigid Festival 2014. He is a playwright and enjoys performing improv/comedy. NY acting credits  include The Will of Love (Silvius) The Turtle Shell Theatre, I Love A Piano and Almost Maine (Steve) TBG Theatre. Horsetrade’s DRAFT series. Most recently Conor played Severin in SOYOCO’S production of I am not an Allegory in November.

Will Carter, Michael Domitrovich's "nolovelost"

Will Carter, Michael Domitrovich’s “nolovelost”

Will Carter is a poet, writer and photographer from Portland, Maine living in Brooklyn, New York. A restless traveler he strives to integrate his many experiences abroad with his creative endeavors in an increasingly esoteric fashion. He enjoys plants, free jazz, and Stanley Kubrick films.

Libby Emmons, her own "Re Ducks"

Libby Emmons, her own “Re Ducks”

Libby Emmons performs in plays she writes herself, and writes plays for others to perform. li88yinc.com for more things she writes.

Ali Ayala, Libby Emmons' "Re Ducks"

Ali Ayala, directing Amina Henry’s Lipstick, Michael Domitrovich’s “nolovelost,” and performing in and directing Libby Emmons’ “Re Ducks”

Ali Ayala Sticky Director / Producer 2004-Present. Glad to be back. Not going anywhere.

Ceren Zorlu, Johnny Blaze Leavitt's "Love & Order"

Ceren Zorlu, performing in and directing Johnny Blaze Leavitt’s “Love & Order”

Ceren Zorlu was born in Ankara, Turkey, but has been a New Yorker since she had enough teeth to bite the big apple. Being bilingual has made her a very versatile actress.  She has studied film making at NYU and stumbled into the the world of acting at the insistence of her instructors who saw her as “raw talent”. Since then she has studied the Meisner technique for three years with JoAnna Beckson and completed improvisational comedy training at The Peoples Improv Theater in New York City.

Ray De Vito, Johnny Blaze Leavitt's "Love & Order"

Ray De Vito, Johnny Blaze Leavitt’s “Love & Order”

Ray DeVito performs internationally, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Hosts the show ‘Northern Discomfort’ every other Tuesday at the Stand, and ‘Shoot the Shite!’ every third Saturday at the Creek and the Cave. He’s been featured on Entertainment Tonight, Comedy Central’s AtomTV, and The New York Times. He’s a regular guest on the popular podcast Keith & the Girl. He was in one of the top grossing comedy Bollywood Films of 2012 ‘English Vinglish’ You can also see him in three episodes of The Jim Gaffigan Show on debuting on TV Land & Comedy Central summer of 2015. He currently has a web video series titled Ray’s Original No Pizza, on MTV2′s GuCodeBlog and Mtv.com.

Mark Campbell, Cecilia Copeland's "Not Again..."

Mark Campbell, Cecilia Copeland’s “Not Again…”

Mark Campbell created the role of the Phantom for the 25th Anniversary tour. Mark toured the country in Mamma Mia and Guys and Dolls. Favorite roles: Harold Hill in The Music Man, Higgins in My Fair Lady, Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Michael in Michael Archangel.

Michele Travis, director Cecilia Copeland's "Not Again..." and Libby Emmons' "Brandenburg Gate"

Michele Travis, director Cecilia Copeland’s “Not Again…” and Libby Emmons’ “Brandenburg Gate”

Michele Travis has directed plays in Lower East Side storefronts, Brooklyn basements, Manhattan black boxes, and Boston nightclubs.  She is pleased  to be associated with Sticky, since she is no stranger to directing from a barstool. She is a script reader for the Public Theater, a Lincoln Center Directors Lab alumnus, and a member of the NY Madness company.  MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Mary Sheridan, "A Sweet Serenade"

Mary Sheridan, “A Sweet Serenade”

Mary Sheridan is very pleased to be working with the Sticky gang again!  Her past favorite parts include: Alma in “Summer and Smoke”, Savage in “Savage in Limbo”, Ophelia in “Hamlet” & Ann in “All My Sons.”  Her favorite NYC theatres to work at include: Urban Stages, Theatre Row Theatres, the Culture Project & Bowery Poetry Club.  Mary also sings in the West Village Chorale & is a graduate of Yale University. www.marysheridan.net

Lydia Jordan (quartet, “A Sweet Serenade”) sings Alto 2 in the West Village Chorale and St. George’s Choral Society.

Renée Vera Cafiero, "A Sweet Serenade"

Renée Vera Cafiero, quartet, “A Sweet Serenade”

Renée Vera Cafiero has lived in Park Slope since 1989.  A former member of the Stonewall Chorale, she has sung with the West Village Chorale for about 14 years.  Two very long ago stints in summer stock make up most of her acting experience, although she recently participated in New York Theater Workshop’s The Events.  She is a copyeditor in children’s and young people’s books by day and is also active in Brooklyn politics and her union.

Eliel Lucero, directing and performing "A Sweet Serenade"

Eliel Lucero, directing and performing “A Sweet Serenade”

Meriel Day, Johnny Blaze Leavitt's "Love & Order"

Meriel Day, Johnny Blaze Leavitt’s “Love & Order”

Meriel is a UK actress and makeup artist. Previously working for MAC, she now does makeup freelance for companies such as Bumble and Bumble as well as fashion blog EYEmica. Having studied mostly classical theatre in the Uk, since relocating to New York she has been working towards commercial work, as well as studying improv comedy at The Peoples Improv Theater. Future plans include creating an independent improv team and writing sketch comedy. She is currently a student of Doriane Elliot.

Uji Bluet, singer in "A Sweet Serenade"

Uji Bluet, singer in “A Sweet Serenade”

Uji Bluet is a freelance fashion designer/stylist/maker of things to adorn human body and spirit, and an Opera lover who recently started singing in a choir and enjoys everything musical. Her current (as in since last week) ambition is to be involved in theater works (esp acting), and Voila, what she has manifested! You may see her on stages, directly or indirectly, more often in the future. So I say, you want to look out!

Megan Cooper, musical director and singer in "A Sweet Serenade"

Megan Cooper, musical director and singer in “A Sweet Serenade”

Megan Cooper is excited for this reunion!  She’s returning to Sticky as a performer and music director after having previously directed a few pieces here in NY and performing many moons ago in Sticky’s last show in Philly.  She’s also returning to a piece for which she previously composed and music directed, but this time she also gets to perform!

Get to know the plays & playwrights

Get to know the plays and playwrights for Sticky 552, the last Sticky of our mini season.

Sticky 552 Beauty Bar, 249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215 Thursday, April 2, 7:30 pm $10 advance, $15 at the door, via www.stickyseries.bpt.me 

Not Again, by Cecilia Copeland, directed by Michele Travis

nolovelost, by Michael Domitrovich, directed by Ali Ayala

Brandenburg Gate, by Libby Emmons, directed by Michele Travis

Lipstick, by Amina Henry, directed by Ali Ayala

Re Ducks, by Libby Emmons, directed by Ali Ayala

Love and Order, by Johnny Blaze Leavitt, directed by Ceren Zorlu

On the inspiration for “Not Again… ” Finding myself in a situation that keeps repeating like a bad dream that I can’t wake up from. It’s like being trapped in a nightmare, but I’m not asleep. Every time I think it’s not going to happen, it happens again. I want to wake up.

Cecilia Copeland, writer, Founding Artistic Director of NYMadness, Indie Theatre Hall of Fame and Kilroy’s Nominee. Her plays have been Produced or Presented at the Culture Project, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ensemble Studios Theatre, HERE Arts Center, INTAR Theatre, The Anarchist Theatre Festival of Montreal, Venus Theatre, 13th Street Rep, The Chain Theatre, IRT Theater and IATI Theatre among others. Her Full Length Plays include RCulture, Light of Night (Kilroy’s Nominee), Tiene Duende -It Has Soul (semifinalist for MultiStages New Works Competition), COURTING (semifinalist O’Neill Playwrights Conference and Winner of Best New Play Stage Left Productions), BIOLIFE (semifinalists O’Neill Playwrights Conference and The Emerging Playwrights Prize at The Marin Theatre, Finalist for Mabou Mines Residency), “The Wicked Son” (Top Three Best New Jewish Plays, Jewish Plays Project). Awards include Special Effects Grant Metro Screen Australia for her film Amusement Bomber and the Lennis J. Holm Playwriting Scholarship from University of Iowa Writers Workshop for her Honors Thesis One Woman. She has been published by The International Center for Women Playwrights, Indie Theater Now, NoPassport Press and RAABE-Verlag in Germany. Copeland is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and alumna of New Perspectives play lab, University of Iowa Theatre BA with Honors and a Minor in Dance, Ohio University MFA in Playwriting.

On the inspiration for “nolovelost” I wrote this play to figure out if true love can survive a progressive liberal arts education.

Michael Domitrovich is obsessed with Sticky so he’s done lots of plays with them. Most of them were directed by Ali Ayala. Dirtfag was published in the 2009 New York Theatre Review. Other plays have been performed at Theater for the New City, DR2, 59E59, EST, Galapagos, the Bowery Poetry Club and La Mama etc. as well as the Avenue Theater in Denver, CO. He writes books, articles, recipes and poetry. He also works as a psychic. His website is ediblespirit.com

On the inspiration for “Lipstick” I was inspired by a bit by comedian Bill Burr in which he talks about the crazy pressure men out on each other to be masculine. It’s like this crazy pressure! Also, I’m interested in men who are brave enough to embrace their feminine sides.

Amina Henry is a poet-playwright who creates poetry for the stage. Recent productions include: Happily Ever at Brooklyn College, An American Family Takes a Lover, produced by The Cell: a 21stCentury Salon and presented by Theatre for the New City (New York, NY), Water produced by Drama of Works (Brooklyn, NY) and The Minstrel Show, produced as part of the 2013 Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival 13th Street Theater/CSC. Her work has been developed/presented at: Little Theater at Dixon Place, Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 2013 Black Swan Lab Series (Ashland, OR), Kitchen Dog Theater, The Brick, HERE Arts Center,The Cell: a 21st Century Salon, HERO Theatre, the Hive Theater, Shakespeare’s Sister Company, the Bowery Poetry Club and Brooklyn College. She was a 2012-2013 Core Apprentice playwright at ThePlaywrights Center and a 2013 Finalist for the Leah Ryan FEWW Playwriting Prize for her play Bully. She was a featured playwright at the2013 Black and Latino Playwrights Conference at Texas State University. Publications include Hello, My Name Is Joe in the compilation 24 Gun Control Plays, published by NoPassport Press. Amina Henry is a graduate of Yale University, NYU’s Performance Studies MA program and Brooklyn College’s MFA Playwriting program, lead by head weasels Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney.

On the inspiration for “Re Ducks” Much like Pauline Reage returns to the Château, I felt myself compelled to find out what happened to the ladies of Puff Puff once their dastardly plans have run their course. Could there possibly be a downside renting your womb to your transsexual boss, who only wanted you for an incubation chamber?

On the inspiration for “Brandenburg Gate” Cecilia Copeland asked me to write a short play for and undergrad acting showcase, specifically for two actors just finishing college. This is what I came up with.

Libby Emmons is a playwright and theater maker, whose plays include Puff Puff (Festival of the Offensive, NYC 2014, winner “Most Offensive”), Radio Mara Mara (The Kraine Theater, FringeNYC 2013), Zeropia (Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission 2009), The Girls from Afar (East/West Players, LA, 2010), “Animal/Animal,” (Best Short Plays, 2013, Smith & Krause), “The Worm Turns at the Fort Peck Hotel,” (New York Theater Review 2009), and many more. She is co-founder of 10-minute play series Sticky, Bowery Poetry Club 2007-12, now Beauty Bar, Brooklyn. Libby is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (BA), Columbia University School of the Arts (MFA), and blogs the story of her life at li88yinc.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and a very mean cat.

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On the inspiration for “Love & Order” I had been giving a lot of thought to how we all casually lie, even unintentionally, and how that affects the world around us. And after conversation with a group of friends about dating etiquette in the information age, the script just started to take shape in my mind.

Johnny Blaze Leavitt is an actor, playwright, producer and comedian, Johnny is happy to be part of Sticky, the 10-minute bar play series. His one-act play ‘Acushla’ recently had a successful 2 week run at the American Theatre of Actors and his two-act S&M romantic comedy ‘Hurt So Good’ is currently under consideration
for a movie adaptation. Recent TV/Film/Internet appearances includes ‘MYTH, A Short
Film’ (Loosely Translated Prod.), ‘Remedy’ (The One That Got Away Prod.) and the web
series ‘Hot Mess’ (Amy Kersten, Prod.). Johnny can also be spotted doing stand-up comedy around NYC (including Caroline’s on Broadway) and performing monthly as a zombie Dean Martin in ‘The Rat Pack Undead’ cabaret. Thank you to Joe, Leighton and Alexa for their amazing work and to the American Theater of Actors. SAG-AFTRA/EMC


On her inspiration for “A Strange Serenade” I originally wrote A Strange Serenade for a one-act musical festival. I wanted to submit something, but I don’t write music. So I cheated. I always loved the barbershop quartet in Music Man, and I thought it would be funny to have a quartet act as a Greek chorus. 

 Mim Granahan began writing plays at a very early age, and performing them for her mother with a cast of puppets. More recently, many of her one-act plays have been produced in New York City, including Cougars in the Outfield (published in the Book of Estrogenius 2010), The Tale of the Gaoler and the Witch (Verse Play Winner, Turner Cassity Literary Festival 2014), and Episode (called “the triumph of the evening, a taut and absorbing thriller” by Martin Denton of nytheatre.com). Mim directed her full-length play, Bromance of the Exes, for the 2013 Planet Connections Festivity and her most recent play Making History is currently being produced by Dysfunctional Theatre. As an actor, she has appeared in numerous classical and contemporary plays and several indie films. You can visit Mim’s website at freewebs.com/mimgranahan.

pics from the last show

We had a blast at the last show! Come to the next one:

Sticky 552
Beauty Bar
249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door

It felt like a question about our marriage: talking Sticky with David Marcus

When Dave and I started Sticky in 2000, which you can read about here, we could not have guessed that it would still be happening 15 years later. Not only is this thing we created still happening, it’s happening without our creative involvement. (I mean Dave’s going to host the show Thursday, and Ali’s directing my play Ipsa Domus, but we’re not like deciding things or running around to rehearsals.) So I figured I’d talk to Dave about that.

This is us in 2002 in the space where we produced our last Philly show. I think Dave is showing Libby how to work his Palm Pilot.

This is us in 2002 in the space where we produced our last Philly show. I think Dave is showing Libby how to work his Palm Pilot.

Do you remember when we were doing Sticky at Bar Noir in Philly and Brad Rothbart asked us if we could forsee a Sticky ever happening that did not have us at the helm? Do you remember what we said?

I recall Brad asking if there could be a Blue Box production without us, which I think is a different question. I said no. I don’t recall what you said. A Sticky without us is not the same. Sticky is a form we invented, but one which anybody can use. I remember sensing that Brad’s question was about more than art though, it felt like a question about our marriage, about the way we choose to relate to each other. When we run a show it kind of revolves around us, Everybody else, (though to a lesser extent Scholnick, Matt or Ali, our co producers) seem to be in our orbit. But I think that’s how we wanted it. At least it’s how I wanted it.

I don’t remember what I said either. Alot of our marriage has been about art. There’s always like this external thing that we’re beholden to, and until 5 years ago that main thing has been art projects. It’s interesting because over those past 5 years– since C was born– we’ve worked much more independently, and the blue box designation has faded. I do things under li88y inc, like Puff Puff, or How to Sell Your Gang Rape Baby for Parts (that’s right kids), and you do freelance writing or Spotlight Right. Even Sticky is on this new site. It’s like the new blue box production is our kid. I wonder if we’ll do more big art projects together or if that’s run its course. What do you think?

It’s hard to say. I suspect we will at some point. There is so much to do now that everything is a blur, so it’s the stuff lands that we focus on, not the stuff that needs nurturing. Right now our individual projects are the ones landing, so it’s what we do. When it was just the two of us it was easier to throw spaghetti against the wall. But these things have a way of coming around.

How does it feel to have Sticky happening here in Brooklyn, under the guidance of Ali Ayala, Eliel Lucero, and Michele Travis, and out in Normal, IL, with J. Michael Grey at the helm?

It feels wonderful. These are all accomplished and talented artists. I’m really grateful to see Mike doing it in Illinois and for the producers who we have here at Beauty Bar. I’ve always thought theater has to be faster, drunker and more social, so anytime anyone is moving in that direction I’m happy. And its humbling to have people want to do it with the name Sticky. A lot of times, when there is innovation in any area you see the initial cats who envision the thing eventually overtaken by the ones who can perfect it. I’ve always thought of us, as producers anyway, as the former. We don’t have the patience or desire to run a big theater company, to have a huge impact, we just have fun and try to present good work. It it can spread and grow through the artistry and hard work of others then I think we did what we can do.

Speak for yourself! I still want a venue. I would be a kick ass venue owner. I have it all planned out, even the part where the place doesn’t go broke. Do you think Sticky still has a place in the NYC indie theater scene? There’s loads more bar play shows happening now than there were when we started.

I wasn’t sure if Sticky had a place, but given that there are people here, and in Illinois who won’t let it die I guess there must be. Sticky is the embodiment of my theories on theater. The idea of event over object, the low overhead, the profane rather than sacred nature of it, the whole notion of being in a room together. I’m not sure the other bar series are quite the same, most don’t have quite the same slacker quality. But in general I’m always happy to see theater move off the stages and into more social environments. I have little doubt it is the future of the form, and that’s probably why it’s being propagated so regularly now.

You can come see Sticky this week! It’s on Thursday.
Beauty Bar, 249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215
Thursday, February 5, 7:30 pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door
via www.stickyseries.brownpapertickets.com