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Many are still living. From the primary cast...
Marie Wallace (Eve / Jenny Collins)
"Dark Shadows" Actress Marie Wallace Stars in New Camp Comedy
February 26, 2009 - March 7, 2009
Paul Adams, Artistic Director and Derek Jamison, Associate Artistic
Director, present Emerging Artists Theatre's world premiere of THE
CHISELERS by Mark Finley at TADA Theatre, beginning February 26,
featuring Marie Wallace in the role of "Beverley." The production is
directed by EAT member Melissa Attebery.
She's a famous ice sculptress and scion of the Sacramento Carstairs
dynasty and everyone wants to know what really happened the night
Margo Carstairs' husband was stabbed to death in a meat locker. Mark
Finley's sequined, big-haired, padded shouldered comedy points fingers
and names names!
MARIE WALLACE starred on the cult classic gothic soap opera "Dark
Shadows" in not one but three roles: the outrageous Eve,
affectionately known as "the most evil lady who ever lived," crazy red
haired gypsy Jenny Collins (Marie's personal favorite character) and
shopkeeper Megan Todd. Her stage credits include the original
productions of GYPSY and SWEET CHARITY.
Says Attebery, "After speaking with Marie, I had a feeling that she
was going to be a perfect fit for the role of Beverly, so I was
anxious for her to meet Mark. When she left the room, Mark just
smiled, wide-eyed. She was the one. Working with her so far has been a
dream, and we haven't even had our first rehearsal! We feel so lucky
that she decided to join us!" Finley adds, "I was so excited about
Marie coming in to read for Beverly! It was so terrific to meet her
and after her reading Melissa just looked at each other grinning and
nodding as if to say 'Well, that was kinda perfect.'"
The cast of the THE CHISELERS also features Amy Bizjak, Nick Mathews,
Thomas Poarch and Karen Stanion. The design team is Tim McMath (sets),
Jenny Granrud (lighting), Meredith Neal (costumes) and Kristyn Smith
MARK FINLEY is the artistic director of TOSOS and has directed many of
its acclaimed productions including Doric Wilson's A PERFECT
RELATIONSHIP and STREET THEATER and most recently Chris Weikel's PIG
TALE. As a member of Emerging Artists he has directed (most recently
Kathleen Warnock's SOME ARE PEOPLE) and acted (Chris Weikel's LOST
BOYS) but this is his first presentation by EAT as a playwright. His
play THE MERMAID is published by United Stages.
MELISSA ATTEBERY began her career in Los Angeles in television
development and production, holding positions at Paramount, Viacom and
Granada Entertainment. Her New York stage credits include a number of
original works by writers such as Leslie Bramm, Joe Godfrey, Vanda,
Aurin Squire, Carla Ching, Matt Casarino, Phil Schmiedl and Susan
Merson, playing at venues such as The Abingdon, HERE, The American
Globe, Theatre on Five, The Kraine and Westbeth. She has also directed
plays by Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Nicky Silver, Sam Shepard
and Eugene Ionesco. Her regional credits include works by A.R. Gurney,
Lee Blessing, Ken Ludwig, Eric Bentley, Jane Chambers and Doug Wright.
Melissa has assistant-directed for Tina Howe at the 24 HOUR PLAYS on
Broadway, and she directed the award-winning comedy LARRY GETS THE
CALL by Matt Casarino at the 15 Minute Play Festival. She is a
resident director at Emerging Artists Theatre, where she also serves
as the Assistant Company Manager for Directors. Please visit her new
website at www.melissaattebery.com.
EMERGING ARTISTS THEATRE'S mission is to provide a dynamic home for
emerging writers and artists, providing the unique opportunity for
playwrights to collaborate with directors, actors, and designers
throughout the development process--from idea through fully realized
production. EAT's supportive environment continues to nurture a close-
knit group of artists working toward the common goal of creating
dynamic theatre, and its commitment to the development of new works is
integral to the cultural enrichment of New York City. The 2006-2007
season garnered EAT their first Drama Desk Awards nomination for
Capathia Jenkins in (mis)UNDERSTANDING MAMMY: The Hattie McDaniel
Story. In EAT's last season, the company produced more than 20
premiere works, three Off-Broadway shows, and worked with more than
400 emerging NYC–based theatre artists.
THE CHISELERS runs February 26, 2009-March 7, 2009, Thursday through
Saturday at 9:30pm. TADA Theatre is located at 15 West 28th St, 2nd
Floor, between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Closest subway: N, R to 28th
Street. Tickets are $18, available at 866-811-4111 or www.eatheatre.org.