Blood is thicker than water. So is bourbon.
Lydia (Michele Pawk) lives by her motto, “leave your baggage at the door, or it will end up on your face.” A decade after fleeing Cleveland for one long night out in Vegas, leaving the family’s apartment building under the management of her daughter Vera (Stephanie DiMaggio), Lydia returns to find a lifetime of “baggage” waiting for her inside.
With a daughter fueled by faith, a mother driven by delusion, and a family secret that sounds the bell between them, 17 Orchard Point is a firecracker of a dark comedy about two generations of women battling to claim their home and history…
The world premiere of 17 Orchard Point, a new play starring Tony Award-winner Michele Pawk, will begin performances on Friday, April 25 for a limited four-week Off-Broadway run at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) through May 24.
Written by Anton Dudley & Stephanie DiMaggio, and directed by Stella Powell-Jones, 17 Orchard Point will have its official opening night on Sunday, May 4 at 7pm.
MEET THE CAST
Broadway: A Free Man Of Color (LCT) Off-Broadway: Exile (Cherry Lane), Love’s Labor’s Lost (NYSF) Regional: All My Sons (Huntington Theatre Co.), Italian American Reconciliation (Long Wharf Theatre) Haroun And The Sea…, Bloody Mary (Williamstown Theater Festival). TV / Film: “The Good Wife”, “Person of Interest”, “Rubicon”, “Cupid”, “Law and Order” and the film Generation Um. As a writer, her first play Spearing The Heavens was developed at The Williamstown Theater Festival, and her first co- authored feature film, Smart Girls, is currently in development with Beech Hill Films. BA: Fordham University at Lincoln Center. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.
Michele’s Broadway credits include: Hairspray, Losing Louie, Mamma Mia, Hollywood Arms (Tony Award), Chicago, Seussical, Cabaret (Drama Desk & Outer Critics’ Circle Award nominations), Triumph Of Love, Crazy For You (Drama Desk nomination), Mail. Off-Broadway she appeared in Giant, A Small Fire (Drama Desk & Lucille Lortel nominations), Mahida’s Extra Key To Heaven, Flyovers, Prayer For My Enemy, The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs, The Paris Letter (Drama Desk nomination), Reefer Madness, After The Fair, Hello Again, Merrily We Roll Along, jon & jen, A Little Night Music. Regional favorites: Bounce (Helen Hayes nomination), Natural History. Television appearances include: “Law & Order” (7x) and some fabulous shows from the 80’s. She can be heard on 14 Original Cast Albums. Michele is a proud faculty member in the Theatre Department at Wagner College.
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
Off-Broadway credits include Substitution (Playwrights Realm featuring Jan Maxwell), Getting Home (Second Stage Theater), Slag Heap (Cherry Lane Theater), and Honor and the River (Theater Row). Regional productions include A Dram of Drummhicit [co-written with Arthur Kopit] (LaJolla Playhouse directed by Christopher Ashley), Cold Hard Cash (Williamstown Theater Festival), Honor and the River (Walnut Street Theater & Luna Stage), Davy & Stu (Ensemble Studio Theater), and The Lake’s End (Adirondack Theater Festival). His work has been commissioned and developed by Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theater Workshop, Signature Theater (directed by Eric Shaeffer), Hangar Theater, Eugene O’Neill Musical Theater Conference (directed by Joe Calarco), City Theater, New York Stage & Film (7 seasons), and MCC Theater, and is published by Sam French, Playscripts, and Vintage. Letters to the End of the World was a Finalist for the 2012 Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Drama.
Recent directing credits include plays by Lauren Morelli, Brian Watkins & Marco Ramirez for Lesser America’s Just Right Just Now, Will Arbery’s Yield Bitch for Communal Spaces Festival, Heidi Schreck’s Hello Ms. for F It Club’s Spring Fling, Tommy Smith’s The True Drug Stories of Jim Simpson for The Flea, Chris Macdonald’s The Eye of the Needle at the Bush Theatre, London. Stella has developed work with The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Realm, Red Bull Theatre Co., Williamstown Theatre Festival, Colt Coeur, Renegade Theatre (London, UK) Painted Filly Theatre Co. (Dublin, UK). Upcoming projects include Wet Glitter by Lucile Scott with music by Julia Weldon and Ted Limpert at IRT & Robin Hood at Williamstown Theater Festival.
As Executive Director of At Hand Theatre Company, Justin produced 9 world premiere productions including I Wanna Destroy You by Joshua Conkel (Beckett Theatre), As Wide as I Can See by Mark Snyder (HERE Arts Center), Dan Horrigan’s The Big “A” (NYC Fringe 2011), The Body Politic by Richard Abrons and Margarett Perry (59E59), and Letters to the End of the World by Anton Dudley (The Studio, Theatre Row). In addition, Justin has produced 25 staged readings of new work and the Broadway Recycled concert series for three years at Joe’s Pub. Justin currently stage manages Rock of Ages, and has also managed the Broadway productions of God of Carnage, The American Plan, A Chorus Line, RENT, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Lennon, Pacific Overtures, Jumpers, Little Shop of Horrors, Nine, and last year’s BAM productions of The Laramie Project Cycle.
Matt served as the Managing Director for At Hand Theatre Company from 2011-2013 and alongside Justin Scribner, produced the world premieres of As Wide As I Can See (HERE Arts Center) and I Wanna Destroy You (Beckett Theatre), countless staged readings and workshops and the concert Broadway Recycled at Joe’s Pub. Matt directed Dan Horrigan’s one-man show, The Big “A” for the 2011 Fringe Festival and staged the current national tour of Rock of Ages (Phoenix Entertainment) in addition to numerous productions at Bucks County Playhouse in PA. As a Production Stage Manager, Matt has worked on Broadway’s Rock of Ages, the Paper Mill Playhouse productions of Honeymoon in Vegas and The Sound of Music and Broadway Backwards 6, 7 & 8. Upcoming: Piece of My Heart off-Broadway and Paper Mill Playhouse’s Can Can.
Laura Kathryne Gomez
Broadway: Jekyll and Hyde (Nederlander Presentations, Inc). Off-Broadway: Architecture of Becoming (Women’s Project Theater); Philip Goes Forth (Mint Theater Company); Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking! (47th Street Theater); Wild With Happy (The Public Theater); Sleep No More (Emursive); American Jornalero (INTAR). Regional: Life Science (Berkshire Playwrights Lab). She would like to thank her family for always believing in her, and Joey for being something awesome.
Assistant Stage Manager
Recent NY credits include Branched, The Preacher and the Shrink, Scrambled Eggs, Lawnpeople, 7th Monarch, The Fartiste, Reading Under the Influence, and Made in Heaven. Also four seasons at The New Group where shows include Rafta Rafta, Two Thousand Years, Things We Want, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Abigail’s Party, and Hurlyburly. Regional: Shakespeare & Company 2013- Heroes. Dorset Theatre Festival 2011- Dial M for Murder – Mauritius and 2010- Fallen Angels – The Novelist. Member AEA.
Recent designs include Hamlet and Saint Joan for Bedlam, The Fable, One Night, Asheville, Where We’re Born, Killers and Other Family, The Revisionist, Asuncion and 3C for Rattlestick, Slipping for Rattlestick in LA, Natural Affection and Lost in Yonkers for TACT, Everything Is Ours, Recall, and Fish Eye for Colt Coeur, The Scene at Dorset Theater Festival, Extremities at Berkshire Theater Festival, The Wild Duck at Bard Summer Scape. Also, The Singing Forest at the Public Theater, Prayer For My Enemy at Playwrights Horizons and This Thing of Darkness at the Atlantic Theater. Visiting Assistant Professor at Adelphi University.
Credits include: Family Album (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), As You Like It, Present Laughter (Two Rivers Theatre Company), Steadfast (Barrow Group), The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova), The How and the Why (Trinity Rep), Twelfth Night (Westport County Playhouse), Caligula (Project Theatre, Dublin). Awards: Balsamo Grant for Emerging Immigrant Artists, Irish Arts Design Award, Irish Times Theatre Award Nomination. Tilly is co-artistic director of London/Parisian Theatre Company ‘SavageCharm’. She received her M.F.A from NYU Tisch and teaches at Brown University’s directing MFA program.
Recent shows include The Witchelor (Atlantic Acting School); The Physicists; Platonov (Columbia University); Phaeton; The Trojan Women (NYU); Redshift (The Wild Project); Ms. Bovary; The Assessment (Augmented Seventh); I Wanna Destroy You (Beckett Theatre); Here Be Sirens (Dixon Place). Associate Design: Himself and Nora (Hamilton Stage; dir. Michael Bush); Entre Mundos (Tour to Mexico; Venezuela). Education: Yale University.
Recent shows include The Architecture of Becoming (Women’s Project); Yentl (Cleveland Playhouse); Love in Afghanistan (Arena Stage); Beneatha’s Place (Centerstage); Elephant and Piggie (The Kennedy Center); We are Proud to Present… (Woolly Mammoth). Her designs and original music have also been heard at Roundhouse Theatre, Studio Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Olney Theatre Center, Virginia Stage Company, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Elisheba was a resident sound designer at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for the 2010 and 2011 National Playwrights Conference, and recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Education: NYU, North Carolina School of the Arts.
Bridget is a New York/New Jersey based scenic and properties artist. Recent projects include: Act One (Vivian Beaumont Theater), Bronx Bombers (Circle in the Square), No Mans Land/Waiting for Godot (Cort Theater), After Midnight (Brooks Atkinson Theater) and All in the Timing (59E59). She would like to thank her parents.
Alison has been working in the industry for 12 years. Broadway credits include The Lion King, Wicked, The Little Mermaid, Leap of Faith and Best Man. Film work includes God’s Pocket and Time Out of Mind. Thanks to her friends and family for their continued support!
Joshua is a New York based theatre and film production manager and technical director. He works with a wide variety of theatre, dance, music, and film companies. Recent collaborators include: IRT, Kid Brooklyn Productions, Mermaid Sand Productions, the Rising Phoenix Repertory Theater, the Chautauqua Theater Company, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), BRICArtsMedia, The Bushwick Starr, the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Six Word Productions and the Sundance Institute. www.joshuashain.com
Richard Kornberg & Associates
Recent work includes: Measure for Measure (New Victory Theater), The Woodsman (59E59), Just Right, Just Now (Theatre for the New City), Zara Notes (HERE Arts Center), Trevor (Theatre for the New City), On the Head of a Pin (59E59), In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel (New World Stages), and the 2012-2013 Actors Studio Repertory Season. BA: Kenyon College. Resident Artist at Studio 42.