2020 PLAY LAB
WORKSHOP PRODUCTION

SANZARU

Written by Greg A. Smith
Directed by Erik Andrews

A new work of devised theater created in Playwrights Local’s 2020 Play Lab incubator

Featuring Minor Cline, Lauren B. Smith, & Casey Venema

Friday, February 14 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 15 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 16 at 3:00 pm

Special post-show audience response session with Dr. Shane Breaux on Sunday, February 16

Creative Space at Waterloo Arts
397 East 156th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44110

TICKETS

$8 All Seats
General Admission with Accommodations Upon Request
info@playwrightslocal.org | (216) 302-8856


ABOUT THE PLAY

See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil.

Three strangers wake up in an unfamiliar and seemingly inescapable room, with no knowledge of where they are, why they’re there, and–in Morgan’s case–why the hell her eyes have been removed. 

As their ability to communicate with each other becomes more and more fractured, so too do their relationships and–more worryingly–reality itself. 

Sanzaru is a thought-provoking and darkly humorous new collaborative work, created in Playwrights Local’s 2020 Play Lab incubator.


PLAYWRIGHT

Greg A. Smith is a Cleveland-based Playwright, originally from the UK. His debut full-length play Sheltered was produced at the Tabard Theatre, London in Winter 2014 and nominated for “Best New Play” at the Off West End Theatre Awards. Short plays performed in the US and UK include: Fire in the Snow; Still Life; Just Right; Back Into the Wild and Schrödinger’s Gun. Greg works as a writer/editor at American Greetings.

DIRECTOR

Erik Andrews is a theater practitioner who relocated to Cleveland Heights from New York City in 2016. Recent Cleveland Directing credits include Aliens With Extraordinary Skills by Saviana Stanescu: CWRU Eldred Theatre, Cannon Fodder by Stuart Hoffman: Playwright’s Gym Dobama theatre, and multiple staged readings with Playwrights Local. Recent acting credits include playing Harold in Them That Follow starring Olivia Coleman and Walton Goggins.  Erik has directed, performed, and collaborated with several NYC-based companies and with professional regional theatres including the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, NYCFringe, the Cleveland Play House, Washington DC’s Ford’s Theatre, The Olney Theatre for the Performing Arts-Maryland, among others. He was an artistic associate with New York Shakespeare Exchange in NYC where he experimented with devising and collaborative-theatre through ensemble exploration. Erik has taught at Long Island University, Stony Brook University, Manhattanville College, and has led various workshops in NYC and London, UK. MFA-CWRU/Cleveland Play House. BFA–Carnegie Mellon University, Certificate in Acting-Royal National Theatre Studio, London, UK, Teacher Training Certificate of Completion from The Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA). Erik is a member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.


CAST

Minor Cline (Ira) is a wide-eyed babe just trying to make it in this world. They were previously seen at Playwrights Local in the 2018 reading of Sexual Politics. Other local appearances include Near West Theater (Chess, Beauty and the Beast), Rubber City Theater (Romeo and Juliet), Cleveland Shakespeare Festival (Troilus and Cressida), Oberlin Summer Theater Festival (Treasure Island, The Winter’s Tale, The Miracle Worker), Beck Center (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Ohio Shakespeare Festival (The Comedy of Errors), and Theater Ninjas (Broken Codes, Who We Used to Be). Minor was raised in Dallas, Texas, but has made Cleveland Heights their home since graduating in 2015 from Oberlin College. Minor will be studying at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Lauren B. Smith (Keegan) was last seen as her re-occurring character in the Uncle Toots series, Aunt Barb, in the live and improvised show, Uncle Toots’ Pasta Dish, at the Border Light International Theatre and Fringe Festival. Lauren is currently studying Media and Film at Tri-C, and she works as a dog-walker/pet-sitter on a regular basis. Lauren has also performed with Cleveland theaters: Talespinner Children’s Theatre, convergence-continuum, Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland Public Theatre, Theater Ninjas, Dobama, and Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.

Casey Venema (Morgan) is an actress, director, intimacy choreographer, and deviser who graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in Theatre and Film/Media Studies. Recent acting credits include: The Rocky Horror Show (Janet), The Inside Story (Ana), The Comedy of Errors (Antipholus of Syracuse), Crazy For You (Patricia), and Spring Awakening (Thea). Casey is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Nightbloom Theatre Co. and is a proud member of 100th Monkey Theatre Ensemble, a devising company focused on colliding ancient myth with the modern-day news cycle. @caseyvenem8 // caseyvenema.com


CREATIVE TEAM

Tiffany Trapnell (Stage Manager) is an actor, stage manager and director. She is happy to be back at PL!

 


CRITICAL RESPONSE SESSION

Special post-show audience talkback on Sunday, February 16

Shane Breaux (Moderator) is a scholar, teacher, performer, writer, and dramaturg. He has been the Resident Dramaturg for New York Shakespeare Exchange since its inception in 2008. With NYSX, he has dramaturged both new plays, such as The One-Man (Two-Man (not quite)) Hamlet, as well as classical plays such as King John, Titus Andronicus, and many more. With Erik Andrews and NYSX Artistic Director Ross Williams, Shane co-directed the exploratory workshop Sans Hamlet. As a performer, Shane has appeared in NYSX’s ShakesBEER Pub Crawls, staged readings of Comedy of Errors and the wonderfully weirdo play Mucedorus, as well as many improv and scripted comedies, including Keanu Reeves Saves the Universe, with Amnesia Wars. Shane also holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. As a scholar, his research focuses on African, Asian, and Latin-American musical variety comedians and their performances of race and nationality in the early twentieth century. He has taught theatre histories and text analysis at several universities including City College of New York, Brooklyn College, Marymount Manhattan College, and in the Drama Department of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In other words, Shane needs a nice long nap.