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Playwright
Jeff Talbott

Director
Walter Bobbie

Cast
Jonathan Groff (Danny)
Will Rogers (Trevor)
Eddie Kaye Thomas (Pete)
Rutina Wesley (Emilie)

Jeff TalbottJEFF TALBOTT (Playwright) has written four full-length plays and two one-acts.  The Submission was the inaugural recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Award.  The play was a semi-finalist for the 2010 O’Neill Playwrights Conference (under the title Festival Play) and it was in the final round of consideration for the 2010 New Play Summit at the Denver Center.  His other plays are twelve twenty-five and Elliot Yagovich.  He is the co‑author of Critical Moment (with Stephen Kunken), which was a semi-finalist for the New Play Festival at Denver Center Theatre, and a section of which was a finalist for the Heideman Award for best 10-minute play at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  It also has been seen in the reading series for the Hudson Stage Company and in several Manhattan readings.  His one-acts For Nate and Molly and Tender were both given world premiere productions by the Yale Cabaret while he was a student at the Yale School of Drama, where he graduated with honors.  His writing has been informed by his work as a NYC-based actor.  He has appeared both on Broadway (Sly Fox and Fortune’s Fool) and off (Home of the Brave), in regional theatres across the country (David Frost in the regional premiere of Frost/Nixon, Father Flynn in Doubt, etc.) and on television (all three NY-based Law & Orders) and film (Julie & Julia).

Walter BobbieWALTER BOBBIE (Director) directed the international hit Chicago which won him the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and has become the longest-running revival in Broadway history. Other Broadway credits include White Christmas, High Fidelity, Sweet Charity, Twentieth Century, Footloose, and A Grand Night for Singing and the upcoming production of Venus in Fur at Manhattan Theatre Club. Recent productions include David Ives's Venus In Fur at Classic Stage, Evan Smith's The Savannah Disputation at Playwrights Horizons, Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette & Boo at the Roundabout, No No Nanette at Encores, Mr. Ives's New Jerusalem, also at Classic Stage, and Terrence McNally’s Golden Age at the Kennedy Center. Mr. Bobbie has also directed for New York Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Goodspeed Opera House, Sundance, and the O'Neill Center. He was Artistic Director for City Center’s acclaimed Encores, and serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Jonathan GroffJONATHAN GROFF (Danny) Broadway: Spring Awakening (Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League nominations, Theatre World Award), In My Life. Off Broadway: Spring Awakening (Atlantic Theatre Company), Hair (Delacorte), Prayer For My Enemy (Playwrights Horizons) and The Singing Forest (Public Theatre) - Obie Award, The Bacchae (Delacorte). West End: Deathtrap (Noel Coward Theatre). National Tour: The Sound of Music (Rolf). Film: Taking Woodstock, The Conspirator, Twelve Thirty. TV: "Glee," "Pretty/Handsome," "One Live To Live."

Will Rogers
WILL ROGERS (Trevor) Off Broadway: Unnatural Acts (Classic Stage Company), When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center), Chair (Theatre for a New Audience), From Up Here (Manhattan Theatre Club), 100 Saints You Should Know (Playwrights Horizons), Creature (Ohio Theater), Columbinus (New York Theatre Workshop), Green Girl (Summer Play Festival), Nicky Goes Goth (NY Fringe Festival), [sic] (78th St. Theatre Lab). Regional: Our Town, Not Waving (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Vertical Hour (Pioneer Theatre Co.), Dark Play or Stories For Boys (Humana Festival), Mary's Wedding (Actors Theatre of Louisville), This Is Our Youth (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). TV: "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Law & Order: SVU," "Gossip Girl." Upcoming Film: Happy New Year, Nancy Please, Certainty, The Bay (dir. Barry Levinson). Will received his B.F.A. from North Carolina School of the Arts.

Eddie Kaye ThomasEDDIE KAYE THOMAS (Pete) Born and raised in New York City, Eddie Kaye Thomas began his career on stage at age seven, appearing off and off-off Broadway with LaMama, the Brooklyn Shakespeare Company, the Wings Theater Company, Signature Theater, and others. He appeared on Broadway in John Guare's Four Baboons Adoring the Sun and opposite Natalie Portman in The Diary of Anne Frank. Other theater credits include Second Stage's The Bachelorette, New Group's Smelling a Rat, Dog Sees God, and Jack's Precious Moments. Having appeared in over twenty films to date, Thomas will next be seen in the independent feature Petunia opposite Thora Birch and Brittany Snow. He is well-known for creating the role of 'Finch' in the cult-classic American Pie trilogy. Other film credits include Black and White, opposite Brooke Shields and Robert Downey Jr.; Project Greenlight's Stolen Summer with Aidan Quinn; Tom Green's Freddy Got Fingered; Harold and Kumar…1-2; Kettle of Fish; Farewell Bender; Venus and Vegas; Fifty Pills; and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Thomas was also featured in On the Road with Judas which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. Thomas currently stars as David 'Kappo' Kaplan in the HBO original comedy "How to Make it in America." He also currently stars as Barry in the Fox animated series American Dad. Other television credits include "Til Death," "CSI," "Off Centre," and "Law & Order."

Rutina WesleyRUTINA WESLEY (Emilie) Classically trained actress Rutina Wesley always brings a passion and intelligence to her work whether it is on the stage or behind the camera. Has been likened by some to a young Angela Bassett, an actress with true range to make an audience both laugh and cry at the same time. Currently, Rutina is co-starring in the hit HBO series "True Blood." From critically acclaimed producer Alan Ball
comes a series based on the popular series of novels "Southern Vampire," in a world about vampires living amongst humans buying synthetic blood and living in the South. Rutina plays the role of Tara, best friend to Anna Paquin’s Sookie Stackhouse. Rutina, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, made her film debut starring as the lead in the Paramount Vantage/MTV Films, How She Move, from British director Ian Rashid. The film was produced by Sienna Films Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny. Rutina plays the lead role of Raya Green, a young girl who returns home to the inner city after the traumatizing death of her sister and her dismissal from an elite private school her family can no longer afford. She hopes her talent as a step dancer can win her enough money to escape back to the suburban private school life. Through her friends, Raya realizes that the secret to her future happiness lies not in escaping her past but embracing
it. The film most recently had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival where it competed in the World Competition. The film received high praise and Rutina's performance was singled out in numerous publications. She recently completed filming the independent feature, California Winter, about the collapse of the California housing market and its effects on individuals and families within the community. In the short amount of time following her graduation from the Drama Division of the esteemed Juilliard School (May 2005), Rutina has amassed some high quality credits for her resume. She completed a starring run of In
Darfur
at the esteemed NY Public Theatre. Prior to that, Rutina made her Broadway debut playing a role in the high profile production of The Vertical Hour, by acclaimed playwright David Hare. Two time Academy Award Nominee Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy starred. Critically acclaimed director Sam Mendes marked his return to Broadway and Scott Rudin, Robert Fox, and Neal Street Productions produced. Recently, Rutina recorded a staged reading of the iconic play A Raisin in the Sun at the Skirball Center as part of LA Theatreworks's Radio Theatre
Series. Upon graduation from school, Rutina was a part of the pre-Broadway workshop of the Tony nominated musical The Color Purple. While in school at Juilliard, Rutina got her first taste of Hollywood being cast in a small role in the hit film Hitch, starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes. After shooting the film and right before the release, Rutina learned her scene had been cut from the final cut of the movie but still chalked up an impressive learning experience for a young girl still in drama school. In addition to her studies at Juilliard, Rutina also spent a summer studying Shakespeare at the well-known and well respected Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. While in the program, Rutina was able to tackle the highly sought after role of Juliet in a production of Romeo and Juliet directed by Nona Sheppard. While at Juilliard, Rutina was able to take part in various productions ranging from MacBeth (Dir: Rebecca Guy), Richard III (Dir: PJ Paparelli), The Winter's Tale (Dir: Richard Feldman) to The Marriage of Figaro (Dir: Timothy Douglas), Rebel Armies Deep Into Chad (Dir: Reggie Life), In the Blood (Dir: Sam Gold) among many others. Rutina attended the University of Evansville where she received her BFA in Theatre Performance and prior to that she attended the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts. She currently resides in New York and Los Angeles. Rutina is represented by Inspire Entertainment, LLC.

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