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A World Premiere by Andrew Rosendorf
Paralyzed in the car accident that claimed her mother's life, 17-year-old Ellen is determined to experience all her teenage years have to offer. But when the past comes knocking on the door in the form of Ellen's brother, her small family's delicate balance is upended. In a home awash with anger, guilt, and Ellen's raging hormones, Tranquil is a raw exploration of one shattered family striving to be whole again.
Please note, this play contains mature situations and frank sexuality.
Directed by Cheryl Katz
Cast: Tony Knotts, Frank Licato, Brittany Anikka Liu and Brendan McGrady
Production and Design: Christopher and Justin Swader (Set Design), Daisy Long (Lighting Design), Andy Cohen (Sound Design), Deborah Caney (Costume Design), Carlyn Aquiline (Production Dramaturg), Liz Cesario (Production Manager), and Daniel Viola (Assistant Director and Stage Manager)
Running Time: Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes without intermission
Talkback Schedule: April 16th, 23rd and 27th
Meet The Playwright
Andrew Rosendorf: Plays include CANE (Florida Stage), BRILLIANT CORNERS (NNPN National Showcase of New Plays), GOOD NIGHT & GOD BLESS, OR THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN, and THE KID. His play, TRANQUIL, was part of the Lark's Playwrights' Week. His other work has been produced or developed at La Jolla, MCC, the National New Play Network, American Theater Company, City Theatre, Geva Theatre, Luna Stage, Actor's Express, Palm Beach Dramaworks, UglyRhino, and Tofte Lake Center. Andrew is an alum of terraNOVA Collective's Groundbreakers Playwrights Group, NNPN's Playwright-in-Residence program, and has been a VCCA and MacDowell Colony Fellow. He is currently the recipient of a 2015-2016 Jerome Fellowship and a 2016-2017 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at the Playwrights' Center. MFA: The New School for Drama, Playwriting. www.andrewrosendorf.com
Meet The Cast
Tony Knotts (Aaron) past credits include Regional: Master Harold...and The Boys (Hally), Of Mice and Men (Curley), (NYC Theater): Claire Went to France (Johnathon), Night Blooming Jasmine (Ibrahim/Gabe), Film/TV: The Renovation (Joe), Rolling (Ben), SciFi's School Spirits (College Student), The Bar (Rob), La Traviatta (Craig). The Renovation, directed by Brian O'Neill, premiered at Lincoln Center and recently won The Merit Award at The Big Eddy Film Festival. His wits are kept sharp with an incredibly talented group of people at Normal Avenue Productions, a theater company he is a part of building. We seek to recognize, cultivate, and challenge what it means to be "normal". Check us out at normalaveproductions.com. Last, and certainly not least, he is thrilled to be back at Luna Stage which he will always consider a home.
Frank Licato was most recently on stage at the Garage Theatre in the world premiere play "Dreaded Bliss" by Michael Bias. As an actor he has worked with such theatre luminaries as Joseph Chaiken and Peter Brook and he was named best actor in Boston for his performance in the American premiere of "Judgment." His performance in "Deathwatch" by Jean Genet, was called a 'performance on another plane,' by Walter Kerr of the Sunday Times. He has appeared Off-Broadway and Off-off Broadway and regionally at the American Repertory Theatre, the Delaware Theatre Company and the Boston Shakespeare Company. He recently appeared in the film "Modern Houses" with Lili Taylor and he has in many films and TV shows including Sidney Lumet's "100 Centre Street" with Alan Arkin and "First Deadly Sin" with Frank Sinatra. He is Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works a professional Equity theater in Hudson County, NJ.
Brittany Anikka Liu is a 2016 graduate of The College of William & Mary with degrees in Business and Film & Media Studies. Last summer, she played Juliet in Romeo & Juliet at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, marking her third season with VSF. Previous VSF productions include All's Well That Ends Well (Diana, Helena u/s), Antony & Cleopatra (Iris, Charmian u/s), and Julius Caesar (Lucius). Additional credits: Williamstown Theatre Festival (Airborne, Late Night Cabaret), Tongue In Cheek Theater (Rapture, Blister, Burn), and the lead role in the NY staged reading of The Thay Bay Play. Film/TV: The Christmas Experience, Christian Broadcast Network. Brittany is thrilled to be a part of this show and would like to thank her mom, dad, sister, and the late Dr. Fred Epstein.
Brendan McGrady is excited to be making his Luna Stage debut in this beautiful new play! His recent credits include: Orphans (Lake Dillion Theatre Co.); The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Carthaginians (all at Stella Adler Studios); Love's Labour's Lost (DTLA Shakespeare); Grease (Park Avenue Players); Damn Yankees (Gallimaufry Performing Arts); Just So (No Square Theatre). Brendan graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Outstanding Achievement Award). He is also an improviser and impressionist. www.brendanmcgrady.com