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“GUIRGIS HAS A TERRIFIC EAR. HE HEIGHTENS THE RHYTHMS OF THE STREET UNTIL THERE IS A BRILLIANT, BUOYANT CACOPHONY.”
- The New York Post
This Time, the Main Attraction: Stephen McKinley Henderson Takes the Lead
- The New York Times
BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY
by STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS
Directed by AUSTIN PENDLETON
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours, with one 15 minute intermission
City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the Landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed — and the Church won’t leave him alone. For ex-cop & recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, when the struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum, it seems the Old Days are dead and gone — after a lifetime living between Riverside and Crazy.
A world premiere from the wildly original author of Broadway’s The Motherf*cker with the Hat, Jesus Hopped the A Train, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
VICTOR ALMANZAR (Oswaldo) is a native of the Dominican Republic, and longtime resident of Queens, New York. He has performed in productions throughout New York City, at venues including Center Stage New York, Repertorio Espanol, Aaron Davis Hall, and as part of LAByrinth Theater Company’s NYNY Festival. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. In the fall, he will be starring in the feature film 11:55 Holyoke.
ELIZABETH CANAVAN (Detective Audrey O’Connor) has appeared in The Little Flower of East Orange (with Ellen Burstyn and Michael Shannon) at the Public Theater, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (with Eric Bogosian and Sam Rockwell) at the Public Theater, Our Lady of 121st Street at the Union Square Theater, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (NY and London), all by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman; Black Lace by John Patrick Shanley at the New Ohio Theater, Love Sick by Kristina Poe, Thinner Than Water by Melissa Ross, Philip Roth in Khartoum by David Bar Katz, Penalties and Interest by Rebecca Cohen, Seven at USC Visions and Voices, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, The 52nd Street Project, Summer Play Festival. TV: “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Sex and the City.” She has appeared in many independent films and has had two short films produced. Liz is a proud member of LAByrinth Theater Company and The Actors Studio.
ROSAL COLÓN (Lulu). Broadway: A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center) directed by George C. Wolfe, The Motherf***er with the Hat directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Off-Broadway: Much Ado about Nothing (The Public) directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, Basilica (Rattlestick at the Cherry Lane) directed by Jerry Ruiz, Ninth and Joanie (LAByrinth Theater Company) directed by Mark Wing-Davey, Dancing in My Cockroach Killers (Pregones/PRTT) directed by Rosalba Rolón. Feature film: The House That Jack Built. TV: “Law and Order: SVU.” She is a proud member of The LAByrinth Theater Company and Pregones Theater. Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. and SUNY Purchase College.
LIZA COLÓN-ZAYAS (Church Lady) has been a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York City 1992 and the Sundance Theater Ensemble 2012. She appeared in Stephen Adly Guirgis plays including In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and The Little Flower of East Orange, all directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. She originated the role of Odessa in the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Hudes, earning an HOLA award for Best Featured Actress at Second Stage New York. Liza toured Europe with director Peter Sellars in Story of a Soldier and later in Othello as Emilia, opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman. She starred in Athol Fugard’s latest play Have You Seen Us? opposite Sam Waterston and received a Connecticut Critics Circle Nomination. She was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for her performance in the NYC premiere of Living Out at Second Stage. Her solo show Sistah Supreme had a summerlong run at the First Hip-Hop Theater Festival, produced by world renowned performance artist Danny Hoch and directed/developed by playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Some screen credits include “Louie” (FX), “Hung” (HBO), “Dexter” (Showtime), “How to Make It in America” (HBO), “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime), “Taking Chance” (HBO), “House” (FOX), “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU” (NBC).
STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON (Pops) was recently in the Tony nominated revival of A Raisin in the Sun. In 2012 he received a Tony Nomination and the Richard Seff Award for his performance as Bono in August Wilson’s Fences. Off-Broadway he was a member of Mr. Wilson’s celebrated Jitney ensemble (2002 Olivier Award for Outstanding Drama). Last year he was Ruben Santiago Hudson’s Associate Artistic Director for WNYC’s audio recordings of Mr. Wilson’s entire Century Cycle. Other theatre credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Public Theater) and Death of a Salesman (Yale Rep). Film and TV credits include Lincoln, Tower Heist, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Red Hook Summer and HBO’s “The Newsroom.” He is a professor for the Department of Theater and Dance, SUNY Buffalo, as well as a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company, the Actor’s Center and a Fox Foundation Fellow.
MICHAEL RISPOLI (Lieutenant Caro). Recent film credits include Rob the Mob opposite Ray Romano and Andy Garcia, Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, The Rum Diary with Johnny Depp, The Taking of Pelham 123, directed by Tony Scott, and Kick-Ass, produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B and directed by Matthew Vaughn. He received a Best Actor Award at the Verona Film Festival for his work in Raymond DeFellitta’s film Two Family House. Upcoming is the starring role in the independent Friends and Romans with Annabella Sciorra, which he also co-wrote and executive produced. On the small screen, Rispoli is best known for his role as Jackie Aprile in the groundbreaking HBO series “The Sopranos.” He was recently seen on “Those Who Kill” for A&E and the STARZ hit series “Magic City.” Some other TV credits include “The Bronx is Burning” (as Jimmy Breslin), “E.R.,” “The Black Donnelly’s,” “Third Watch,” “Person of Interest,” “Blue Bloods,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” and “Law and Order: SVU.” Rispoli began his career on stage performing in the Circle Rep/Steppenwolf revival of Balm in Gilead, directed by John Malkovich. He has since performed regionally and in New York including Magic Hands Freddy, Macbeth, Tartuffe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and O’Neill’s Sea Plays. He is a co-founder of the Willow Cabin Theatre Company, which staged a production of Wilder, Wilder, Wilder – Three by Thornton that moved to off-Broadway and then to Broadway, earning a Tony nomination.
RAY ANTHONY THOMAS (Junior). As a member of the Atlantic Theater Company, Ray has appeared in such productions as Human Error, The Beginning of August, The Lights, Edmond, and Distant Fires. Ray was on Broadway in David Mamet’s Race, and his off-Broadway credits include: The Most Deserving (The Women’s Project), Volunteer Man (for which he received an OBIE for performance at Rattlestick) Kindness (Playwrights Horizons), The Exonerated, Saved or Destroyed, Black Eagles (at MTC), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (at NY Shakespeare Festival/Public). He has worked at many of the major regional theaters across the country, and his favorites include: the original company of Water by the Spoonful (2012 Pulitzer Prize and Connecticut Critics Circle Award for best ensemble) at Hartford Stage, Glengarry Glen Ross (La Jolla), ‘Proctor’ in The Crucible (Syracuse Stage), Master Harold… and the Boys (Westport), Top Dog/Underdog (Pittsburgh), A. M. Sunday (Louisville), Fences (Philadelphia-Barrymore nomination) and To Kill a Mockingbird (Detroit Free Press Award, supporting actor). Ray has worked in seven of August Wilson’s ten-play cycle, and was honored to appear in Fences and Jitney for NPR’s August Wilson’s Century Cycle. TV and Film include: Their Eyes Were Watching God, “Rescue Me,” “The Sopranos,” “Oz,” “Law and Order” (numerous episodes), “I’ll Fly Away” (Emmy Consideration), Trouble with the Curve, Shutter Island, Pariah, Sleepwalk with Me, Manchurian Candidate, and Changing Lanes.