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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!

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pics from the last show

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

meet the actors

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

Ali Ayala in Libby Emmons' "Soft Song Like Doves" and in Anthony Noack's "Apple Martini"

Ali Ayala in Libby Emmons’ “Soft Song Like Doves” and in Anthony Noack’s “Apple Martini”

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

Cate Bottiglione in Liam Kuhn's "Kissing Weird"

Cate Bottiglione in Liam Kuhn’s “Kissing Weird”

Actor, director, cat litter connoisseur. resumes.actorsaccess.com/cateb
Tricia Fukuhara in Anthony Noack's "Apple Martini"

Tricia Fukuhara in Anthony Noack’s “Apple Martini” and J. Michael Grey’s “Moment of Truth”

TRICIA FUKUHARA is excited to make her “Sticky” debut. 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.

Amina Henry in Judith Leora's "Where We Ended Up"

Amina Henry in Judith Leora’s “Where We Ended Up”

Amina Henry is a playwright and teaching artist who occasionally moonlights as an actress. As an actress she has worked with the Hangar Theater, Classical Theater of Harlem, Rehabilitation Through the Arts, and Sticky, among others.

Eliel Lucero in Judith Leora's "Where We Ended Up"

Eliel Lucero in Judith Leora’s “Where We Ended Up”

Jimmy Pravasilis in Anthony Noack's "Apple Martini"

Jimmy Pravasilis in Anthony Noack’s “Apple Martini”

An Actor and Musician, Jimmy Has been a Sticky regular for a few years and thanks to all those who cast him and support Sticky for all these years.

 

Jacob Saxton in J. Michael Grey's "Morning of Truth"

Jacob Saxton in J. Michael Grey’s “Morning of Truth”

Jacob Saxton is excited to be working with Sticky again! As he has now for the past few years. Hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, Jacob came to this crazy town 12 years ago to chase the dream. When not acting he likes to be crafty, working as a leathersmith and woodworker. He is single, and you wont find him on tinder so come to the show!

Stephanie Shipp in Judith Leora's "Where We Ended Up"

Stephanie Shipp in Judith Leora’s “Where We Ended Up”

Stephanie Nicole Shipp is thrilled to be performing with Sticky again! She was last seen in Target Margin’s Stein Lab series at the Bushwick Starr. She is a member of East River Commedia and co-producer of The Underground Theater Festival. She has collaborated and performed in Lhotakova & Soukup Company’s production of  “Beethoven Live” in Prague at Divaldo Archa and New York’s PS122. As well as with Obie-award winning Hoi Polloi Co. production “All Hands”. She has performed several seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in “Das Rheingold” and “Parsifal”. More information http://www.stephanieshipp.com

Joel Stigliano in Judith Leora's "Where We Ended Up"

Joel Stigliano in Judith Leora’s “Where We Ended Up”

Joel Stigliano National Tour Elf: The Musical, NY: Daylight Precision,Tooth Fairy Tale Regional: Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),The Full Monty, Sherlock Holmes, The Buddy Holly Story, The Crucible, The Cherry Orchard, and Blithe Spirit among many others. MFA Acting: Ohio University. Proud member of NYMAC. Many thanks to Judith for being a writer, to Michele for being a director, and Marissa for everything else. http://www.joelstigliano.com

Lindsay Torrey in Liam Kuhn's "Kissing Weird"

Lindsay Torrey in Liam Kuhn’s “Kissing Weird”

Lindsay Torrey is an actor and teaching artist living in Brooklyn. Theater credits include NYTW, Clubbed Thumb, Polybe+Seats, Target Margin, Premiere Stages, The Clarence Brown Theater and Project Shaw. TV/film: “Blue Bloods,” “Onion Sportsdome,” “Guiding Light,” First World Problem. BA from Columbia University, MFA from The University of Tennessee. www.lindsaytorrey.com

Eve Udesky in Libby Emmons' "Soft Song Like Doves"

Eve Udesky in Libby Emmons’ “Soft Song Like Doves”

Eve Udesky is THRILLED to be back with Sticky. That’s it.

Ari Vigoda in J. Michael Grey's "Morning of Truth"

Ari Vigoda in J. Michael Grey’s “Morning of Truth”

Ari is excited to get Sticky once again!  It’s been his longest relationship in the city and the one worth keeping, even when she moved to Brooklyn.  Be sure to check out the web-series “Brunch on Sundays,” now playing on Funny or Die.  Thanks for supporting independent theater.  Cheers!  http://www.arivigoda.com

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

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.

Libby
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?

Dave
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.

Libby
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?

Dave
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.

Libby
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?

Dave
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.

Libby
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.

Dave
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

introducing the actors and directors

Sticky 552
Beauty Bar, 249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215
Thursday, February 5, 7:30 pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door
via www.stickyseries.brownpapertickets.com

Ali Ayala, is in and directs J. Michael Grey’s Shamed to the Heart, and directs Libby Emmons’ Ipsa Domus.

Dewey Caddell

Dewey Caddell, in Libby Emmons’ Ipsa Domus

I do lots of things in front of people.  Visit my website at thedewey.com and follow me on Twitter @deweycaddell

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Todd Faulkner, in Hal Corley’s Dolor

Todd Faulkner is deep in revisions on his first novel, and recently wrote a one-act play for Route 66 Rodeo (of which he is a founding member, http://www.route66rodeo.org). As an actor, Todd has appeared in recurring roles in The Americans, The Following, Blue Bloods, Nurse Jackie, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He will also appear in the upcoming gothic horror film Angelica, starring Jena Malone. Onstage, he recently appeared as Sarge/Scarlett in the York Theatre’s critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of Yank! A New Musical. Much love to my amazing co-star (of many years), and our greatest co-production, our son Griffin.

Nicole Greevy, in Hal Corley's Dolor

Nicole Greevy, in Hal Corley’s Dolor

Nicole Greevy is thrilled to be working with Todd Faulkner and Michele Travis.  Together, they last collaborated on a production of Down the Road, and Nicole has worked with Michele on many other projects.  With Todd, she co-created the web series Exorcists Local 667 and Extreme Parenting, and she is also co-creator of the independent pilot Living in Captivity, and appeared in the Bravo series Pregnant in Heels. She can be heard narrating a variety of characters in audiobooks available on audible.com, including FBI Special Agent Constance Mandalay, of In the Bleak Midwinter.  nicolegreevy.com

Travis Hendricks, in David L. William's Sing Your  Song Quickly

Travis Hendricks, in David L. William’s Sing Your Song Quickly

Eliel Lucero, directs David L. William’s Sing Your  Song Quickly

Zoe Metcalfe-Klaw, in Libby Emmons' Ipsa Domus

Zoe Metcalfe-Klaw, in Libby Emmons’ Ipsa Domus

Zoe is super excited to be back with the STICKY crew! She’s been getting sticky with most of these people for years. When she’s not acting, she can be found practicing yoga, eating avocados, or running around the mean streets of Park Slope. www.zoemetcalfeklaw.com

 

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Veronica Newton, in J. Michael Grey’s Shamed to the Heart

Veronica Newton is an actor and writer. She is delighted to be part of Sticky. Prior Sticky manifestations include acting in Libby Emmons’s The Sustainable Future and Jeremy Basescu’s Sensitive Eyes, and writing A Toast with Champale. Follow me on Twitter @veronicanewton

James Pravasilis, in J. Michael Grey's Shamed to the Heart

James Pravasilis, in J. Michael Grey’s Shamed to the Heart

Sarah Sakaan, in Brooke Berman's Quiet Bar

Sarah Sakaan, in Brooke Berman’s Quiet Bar

SARAH SAKAAN is a New York City based Syrian-American theater maker, actress and writer. She is the Associate Artistic Director of the Brooklyn, NY based theater company Polybe + Seats. As a Playwright in Residence at LPAC- LAB for 2014-15 she is writing the new play, The Art of Hijab, Kohl Black and the Right Way to Pray. With Polybe + Seats she recently developed Anna Asli Suriyah (I Come from Syria). Some acting credits include The Corsair and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Columbia University; King Lear with Balloon Heaven Productions; Sybil Kempson’s KurbisGeistNacht at Dixon Place; BlueBox Production’s Stickies, and Connie in Detroit; and Post Mortem, Offending the Audience and Dawn at the Flea. Film credits include “Oh Boy!”, Shot at Sundown and Project NIM. She has a B.F.A. in Acting from Emerson College.

Jacob Saxton, in Brooke Berman's Quiet Bar

Jacob Saxton, in Brooke Berman’s Quiet Bar

Jacob Saxton is excited to be working with Sticky again! As he has now for the past few years. Hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, Jacob came to this crazy town 12 years ago to chase the dream. When not acting he likes to be crafty, working as a leathersmith and woodworker. He is single, and you wont find him on tinder so come to the show!

Michele Travis directs Hal Corley’s Dolor and Brooke Berman’s Quiet Bar

Eve Udesky, in Libby Emmons' Ipsa Domus

Eve Udesky, in Libby Emmons’ Ipsa Domus

Eve Udesky is THRILLED to be back with Sticky.  That’s it.

Ceren Zorlu, in David L. William's Sing Your  Song Quickly

Ceren Zorlu, in David L. William’s Sing Your Song Quickly

Ceren Zorlu was born in Ankara, Turkey, but has been a native 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.

Sticky 552
Beauty Bar, 249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215
Thursday, February 5, 7:30 pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door
via www.stickyseries.brownpapertickets.com

 

I have done terrible things and things I am ashamed of: talking Sticky with Ali Ayala

Ali, Michele, and Libby checking out Grace McLean's set at Lincoln Center last night.

Ali, Michele, and Libby checking out Grace McLean’s set at Lincoln Center last night.

Ali has been with Sticky since 2004, and has been co-producing since 2005 (I think). She is anti social media, but I got her to do the interview anyway. The above blurry picture was the best I could get her to give me.

Libby
What’s your favorite thing about being alive?

Ali
I guess this is a ridiculous answer, but my favorite thing is the act of being alive itself. Being alive is no easy thing. It is heartbreaking and breathtaking, terrifying and beautiful. Your life is the greatest asset that you can own. You get to shape it and plan it, but there is no real road map so it ends up being this huge glorious mess of mistakes and triumphs and you never know where you will end up or what you will end up with, but it is yours whatever it is.

Libby
Are there any you don’t want to own? I have some memories that come upon me unsummoned in which I find myself behaving in a way that is completely humiliating, or perhaps anathema to who I think I am. I’ve known you long enough to guess that you have those too. If you could change those moments, would you? Or do you think a person needs to redefine themselves? Or do we suffer our continuous faults?

Ali
Memories? Experiences? Mistakes? Yeah, there are PLENTY that I don’t want to own! I have done terrible things and things I am ashamed of and things that when I think about my actions I want to weep for that ridiculous person that could not possibly have had anything to do with the person I believe myself to be. But I do own them and I can’t change them. The best I can hope for is that maybe I won’t do that one particular thing again. But, knowing me, I probably will. People constantly redefine themselves and yes, we do suffer our continuous faults. We are all trying to cope with who we are and what we might become. But that is not a unique feeling to me. There is no one without regret. We are all just trying to figure it out.

Libby
What’s your favorite thing about Sticky?

Ali
I have been doing Sticky with you and Dave for I think 11 years now, so obviously I love everything about it from production meetings to rehearsals to performance. Every time we do a Sticky (and we have done a lot) I am as excited and amazed by the show as I was at the first Sticky. And I think it just keeps getting better. If I had to pick what is most important to me about Sticky is the community that it has created. Many of my closest friends have come from the Sticky family in some way. And those that did not show up at every show!

Libby
If you could make Sticky happen anywhere, money and vacation time are no object, where would it be?

Ali
Though I think that Sticky is just tailor made to work best in NYC, when I see people’s reactions to Sticky and when I see what J. Michael is doing with Sticky in the Sticks and how he has had such an outpouring of support from his community there, I know it can work anywhere. That said, for my own personal enjoyment and if money / time / vacation were no problem, I would love for Sticky to be the vacation. Or rather be something of a traveling show. I would love to take a small Sticky team and travel around, spending a few weeks to a month in each city before moving on to the next. Roadtrip Sticky!

Libby
If it was frontier times, would you head out West or stay home?

Ali
If it was frontier times, I think heading West would be the way to go. It would be an adventure. We could do shows, run a bar and try not to get shot. Not so different than our trip to Crete!

Libby
Do you think danger makes things more fun? Like that time in Crete at the monastery with the olive trees and the gun shots? Is danger part of what makes life more enjoyable?

Ali
Danger certainly makes things more exciting and more memorable. If we had gone to that monastery in Crete and been able to go inside and look around and then walked around the hillside, that would have been lovely and enjoyable and we likely would not have discussed it again. But as it was, it was locked despite our best efforts to get in, and your uncle is crazy and wanted to steal an olive tree and then someone shot at us! Now that is a story! I like stories.

Sticky 552
Beauty Bar, 249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215
Thursday, February 5, 7:30 pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door
via www.stickyseries.brownpapertickets.com

Every dialogue is a dance: talking Sticky with Eliel Lucero

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Eliel’s been with Sticky since way back in the Bowery Poetry days. Poet, performer, bartender, Eliel is now jumping into the center ring to co-produce the series, and direct a short play as well.

Libby
What’s your favorite thing about being alive?

Eliel
My Favorite thing about being alive is the not knowing what will happen next.  It’s also what I’m the most afraid of, but the fear is what feeds the excitement in life.  The unknown.  We can plan all we want but shit is just going to be what it wants to be, and all we can do is adjust and keep on rolling.

Libby
What’s your biggest fear? Mine is fire, and in a greater sense, loss.

Eliel
My Biggest fear is becoming nothing, or being a bored mediocre cliché.
I fear being trite.  I’m also really afraid of cars.  Being in them mostly.  I often have dreams where I am driving and everything goes terribly wrong.  In these dreams I am usually trying to drive from the back seat or the passenger side.  I don’t know why I don’t sit in the driver side.  I never want to have a license or a car or ever be a driver.

Libby
What’s your favorite thing about making art?

Eliel
My favorite thing about making art is of any discipline, is the creating of life.  Starting out with something in one state, and breathing yourself into it to make something brand new out of it.  Be it a character or a song or directing a play or writing a poem or painting something, it is all a metamorphosis that could not have been made the same way by anyone else.  If the art is true, the artist has a conversation with art, making sure that they both inform each other.

Libby
How is the conversation different between poetry and theater?

Eliel
I don’t know that there is much difference.  In poetry you use less words, but the careful choice of words is always there in both.  What I love so much about the short play model is that these plays are exactly like poems.  They try to say more with less.   The full play would be more like a novel.  You still have the time to explain and build and set up a narrative.  With the short play and poems you have to be really cautious about every single word and action therein.

Many playwrights have been poets and vice versa.  From Miguel Piñero to Federico Garcîa Lorca, to Langston Hughes to Amiri Baraka aka Leroy Jones.

Every monologue and soliloquy is a poem.  Just like every dialogue is a dance.

Libby
If it was frontier times, would you head out West or stay home?

Eliel
In Frontier times I don’t know what I would do.  It probably depends if I have masters or not.  I personally love the great metropolis.  The hustle of people criss crossing each other while shedding small influences in one another’s lives.  In Jonah Lehrer’s book “Imagine” he calls this the power of Q.  The amount of people that influence other people and take that influence to a group of new people, each of them with their own power of Q.  I would live where the most people live.  But again it depends if I was a free man or a slave.

Libby
Which gives your imagination freer reign?

Eliel
Between Free man or Slave?  I would say Free man.  I would never want to be a slave.  I also have very little interest in traveling back in time.  I’ll only do so as a spectator, or for a get rich quick scheme.  If I had a T.A.R.D.I.S I’d travel to the future and all of space obviously.

Sticky 552
Beauty Bar, 249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215
Thursday, February 5, 7:30 pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door
via www.stickyseries.brownpapertickets.com