This is the story of Cleo and Joe — the meeting of their minds, the entwining of their hearts, and their life-long search for a meaningful point in a universe too random to have one. It’s a journey marked by a missing baby, a forged painting, a house invader, a tidal wave, and frozen pistou. Will they rise above their outrageous fortune? Will they find ecstatic love?
Alan Hruska (Playwright) is the author of several plays, including The Man on Her Mind (Charing Cross Theatre, London, 2013) and New House under Construction (59E59, New York, 2008-09, which he also directed), and Ring Twice for Miranda (soon to be a film directed by Bruce Guthrie). He is a filmmaker who has written and directed or co-directed four films: Nola (2003), The Warrior Class (2006), Reunion (2009), and The Man on Her Mind (2014). As a novelist, his books include Borrowed Time (Doubleday 1985), Wrong Man Running (Severn House and Thomas & Mercer 2011), and Pardon the Ravens (Prospect Park Books 2015). In 2005 he made his New York debut as a stage director with an acclaimed production of Waiting for Godot at Theatre at St. Clements. Among his other professional accomplishments, Hruska was for many years a successful trial lawyer and partner at a distinguished New York-based international law firm, where he is still senior counsel, and was a co-founder of the New York book publishing company, Soho Press, of which he is still Chairman. Hruska is a director of the Lark Play Development Center in New York and a member of the Actors Studio, Playwrights and Directors Unit.
Chris Eigeman (Director) made his debut as a filmmaker with Turn The River (2007), which he wrote and directed. Starring Famke Janssen and Rip Torn, the film premiered at the Museum of Modern Art and was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences. He is in pre-production for his second film, Trinity, which he wrote and will direct, to be filmed starting in November 2015 and released in 2016. As an actor, Eigeman has been seen in the films Metropolitan, Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco. He starred opposite Ian Holm and Famke Janssen in the New York romantic comedy The Treatment. Eigeman has also worked with Wayne Wang in Maid in Manhattan starring Jennifer Lopez, as well as with John Frankenheimer in the HBO feature Path To War. Other films include The Perfect You, The Next Big Thing, Kicking and Screaming, and Mr. Jealousy. Eigeman’s television work includes Peter Mehlman’s sit-com It’s Like…You Know, Malcolm in The Middle, and Gilmore Girls. His stage work includes the Off-Broadway productions of John Kolvenbach’s dark comedy The Gravity of Means and Wendy MacLeod’s The House of Yes.
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Jayce Bartok (Joe) is thrilled to be returning to the stage after writing and directing the just-released film Fall To Rise. Off-Broadway: Made In Poland (The Play Company/59E59), The My House Play (WPA Theater), Dalton’s Back (Circle Rep). Film: Price Check, Cop Out, The Station Agent, Red Doors, Suburbia (Pony), The Fisher King, and the upcoming Catch 22: Based On An Unwritten Story By Seanie Sugrue. TV: The Following, Law & Order, SVU, Criminal Intent, White Collar, OZ, and Andersonville. Jayce wrote, co-produced, and starred in the award-winning film The Cake Eaters, and is currently at work on a documentary about the life of Kevyn Aucoin. Training: HB Studio (Herbert Berghof). Tonight is for Tiff & Jax.
Katya Campbell’s (Cleo) recent theatre credits include Broadway’s Disgraced, Rattlestick Theatre Company’s How To Make Friends and Then Kill Them and Barrington Stage Company’s The Other Place. Other Broadway – The Big Knife and Mauritius. She is a founding member of critically acclaimed Colt Coeur Theatre Company and has been featured in Everything Is Ours, Recall, and Fisheye. Her film and television work includes The Crimsom Mask, Small Outdoors, Crazy Glue, Girl on the Fridge, Archaeology of a Woman, Guiding Light and Law and Order. She holds an MFA from Rutgers. More at www.katyacampbell.com. Thank you, my team at Nicolosi! Thank you, Barden/Schnee!