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Third Floor: a play by Jason Hall


About the Show

The single girl in apartment 12 seeks a quiet life, alone in her beautiful new lake view apartment. The boisterous guy in apartment 11 has other ideas. As the two forge an awkward friendship, relegated to their shared hallway, they navigate the perks and frustrations of apartment life. Suddenly, an unspeakable event threatens to uproot their fragile bond - and their lives. Brad Root and Abigail Ludrof share the stage in this clever homage to the films of Alfred Hitchcock, written by UK-based playwright Jason Hall & directed by Laura Pittenger. The perfect thriller, just in time for Halloween, this October.

About the Artists

<strong>Abigail Ludrof (Performer)</strong>: Credits include: Rockabye Hamlet (Gertrude), Ghostlight: A New Musical (Molly Cook), Funeral Parlor (Susan). Abigail is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. 

<strong>Laura Pittenger (Director)</strong>: Recently produced/wrote The HVAC Plays, (Or, Adventures in Living Without Basic Necessities, Like Heat and Air Conditioning) which debuted at FringeNYC 2014. Directing credits: Life x 3; Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog; The Last 5 Years; Someone Who'll Watch Over Me. Assistant director to veteran actor Tony Lo Bianco: The Little Flower, a one-man show. Laura mentors student playwrights for Bushwick Starr's ""Big Green Theater Festival." Laura is the literary manager of Turn To Flesh Productions, dedicated to producing new work with "modern themes, classic styles." Originally from Fort Wayne, IN, graduate of Ball State University. <a href="" target="blank"></a>

<strong>Laura Steinroeder (Lighting Designer)</strong>: Laura Steinroeder is a theatre artist with a passion for new play development. In addition to working on The HVAC Plays at FringeNYC, Laura also worked on the following NYC shows this summer: SINS (Director, Strawberry Festival), Pop Up Plays (Director, Rhapsody Collective), Little Mother (Assistant Director, Lust & Liberty / FringeNYC), Blue Djinn(Lighting Designer & Asst. Stage Manager, Fresh Fruit Festival), and Better of Me (Ruddy Productions & Nuance Theatre Company). Attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. SDC Associate Member. <a href="" target="blank"></a>

<strong>Justin & Christopher Swader (Scenic Coordinators)</strong>: Christopher & Justin Swader are New York-based scenic designers and directors.  Past projects include work with Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music, Mabou Mines, HERE Arts Center, Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Theatre for a New Audience, The Tank and Julian Crouch.  Recent NY designs include: Dutchman (National Black Theatre/Classical Theatre of Harlem), Peter Pan the Musical (Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts), Firebird (La Mama), and The Seven (Columbia Stages). National Winner of 2011 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Barbizon Award for Scenic Design (Angels in America).  Graduates of Ball State University. <a href="" target="blank"></a> 

<strong>Adam Cuthbert (composer)</strong>: As a composer and Ableton Live practitioner, Adam Cuthbért is interested in synthesizing sound environments from acoustic and digital instruments. Performances have occurred around the world at places like MASS MoCA, Roulette, (le) poisson rouge, and La MaMa, alongside artists such as Todd Reynolds, Maura Donohue, Daniel Rhode, Max Stoffregen, and Gregory C Brown. Recent and ongoing projects include universe explosion for the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, with a double quartet version in the works for Friction Quartet, zero...sixty, a multimedia dance project at Roulette with inmixedcompany, 7AM: di Mattina with the experimental opera-theatre company Pioneers Go East Collective, and ARTJAM VI, an audio-visual art installation with Johanna Jaeger. As co-founder of the slashsound label with Daniel Rhode, Cuthbért has presented new works and featured musicians, dancers, videographers, actors, and artists in participation.  Under the /s label, Cuthbért released a chamber electronica album, dream world EP, three experimental ambient albums under KuuMA, and a utopian act, the first recording project by abstract electronica duo, &. A co-commission with Rhode, several rooms away from their source, premiered simultaneously in the UK, Netherlands, and US in the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.  With an interest in curation and business, Cuthbért is the Sales Manager for Bang on a Can's Cantaloupe Music. He lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with his wife, Rebecca, and cat.

<strong>Jason Hall (playwright)</strong>: Jason Hall is a Canadian playwright. He was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He attended Queen's University, King's College London, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Eyes Catch Fire, his first full-length play, won Canada's Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition in 2003. It was subsequently produced at the Finborough Theatre, London in 2004 and was selected as a Time Out Critics' Choice. GBS, his second play, was first produced at Toronto's Factory Theatre in 2004 as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Its second production was in 2006 at Theatre 503, London.  Stand Sentry, a short film adapted from his play of the same name, premiered at the Strasbourg International Film Festival on August 31, 2009.  In 2005, he was selected by the Royal Court Theatre Young Writers Programme to attend the World Interplay Festival in Australia. Later that year, he was chosen by the British Council's Visiting Arts programme to spend three months in residence at El Teatro Libre in Bogotá, Colombia. He currently resides in London, England.

<strong>Brad Root (Performer - 11)</strong> is a recent graduate at Ball State University, where he received his BFA in acting. His past credits include Talk Radio (Kent), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Manager), Guys n’ Dolls (Nathan Detroit), and The Wedding Singer (Sammy). Recently, he had the opportunity to work with John Cariani acting in his newest play Love/Sick (Alex, Kevin). Brad would like to thank his wife Mindy for her love, encouragement, and willingness to always be a scene partner.

<strong>Meron Langsner (Fight Director)</strong> has composed violence and movement for over 150 productions, films, and tours.  NYC venues include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Incubator Arts, and CAP21.  Regional venues include ART: The American Repertory Theatre, Merrimack Rep, ArtsEmerson, and New Repertory Theatre (where he was also a National New Play Network Emerging Playwright in Residence).  Educational venues include Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Brandeis, and Tufts University (Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education).  As a playwright, his work has been performed around the country and overseas, most recently at the 2014 NYC International Fringe Festival (OVER HERE), and very soon with TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS.  His publishers include Bloomsbury, Smith & Kraus, Applause, YouthPLAYS, and Indie Theater Now.  He holds an MA in Performance Theory from NYU/Tisch, an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis, and a PhD in Theatre History from Tufts University.  More at <a href="" target="blank"></a>. 

Earlier Event: October 17
Fear Corner: October Edition
Later Event: October 25
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