World Premiere Play
Written by ABBY ROSEBROCK
Directed by TAIBI MAGAR
Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street
A progressive high-school teacher with a rage problem retaliates against her unscrupulous boss and is sentenced to six months at a church-sponsored halfway house, where she attends to everyone’s recovery but her own. Set in Southern Appalachia, Blue Ridge is a pitch-dark comedy about heartbreak, hell-raising and healing by Abby Rosebrock (Dido of Idaho, Atlantic Launch commissionee), directed by Obie Award winner Taibi Magar (Is God Is, The Great Leap).
“Abby Rosebrock pushes her comedy into darker-than-dark territory with bold flourishes.”
—Time Out New York
KYLE BELTRAN (Wade). Broadway: The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout), In The Heights (also, first national tour). Off-Broadway: Fire in Dreamland (Public), Tin Cat Shoes (Clubbed Thumb), The Amateurs (Vineyard), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Public Delacorte), Head of Passes (Public), The Flick (Barrow Street), Gloria (Vineyard), The Fortress of Solitude (Public), Choir Boy (MTC), The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova), 10 Things to Do Before I Die (2ST). Regional: Goodman Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Steppenwolf Theatre, Yale Rep, The Old Globe. Film/TV: Equity, “Horace and Pete,” “The Big C,” “Unforgettable” (recurring). BFA in Drama, Carnegie Mellon.
MARIN IRELAND (Alison). Theater credits include reasons to be pretty, for which she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Tony. Her other New York credits include Summer and Smoke at Classic Stage, Ironbound at The Geffen, The Big Knife on Broadway (opposite Bobby Cannavale), Ironbound at Rattlestick, Kill Floor at Lincoln Center, Blasted and Marie Antoinette, both at Soho Rep., Three Sisters at Classic Stage, Cyclone at Studio Dante (Obie Award), and In the Wake at the Public Theatre. Some of her TV and film work includes “Girls,” “Homeland,” “Masters of Sex,” “The Divide,” “The Slap,” Glass Chin (Independent Spirit Nomination, 2016), Sparrows Dance, The Family Fang, 28 Hotel Rooms, In the Radiant City, Hell or High Water, The Empty Man, and FX’s upcoming “Y.” Most recently, she was seen in the Lifetime movie Flint, about the Flint water crisis, playing activist Melissa Mays. She currently appears on the Amazon series “Sneaky Pete.”
PETER MARK KENDALL (Cole) is a series regular in “Strange Angel” CBS All Access. Broadway: Six Degrees of Separation (Tony Nom for “Best Revival”), The Rose Tattoo (The Acting Company: with Patti LuPone & Bobby Cannavale). Off-Broadway: The Harvest (LCT3), Mercury Fur (The New Group), NYTW, Roundabout, MCC, Red Bull Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional: Bay Street Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Trinity Rep., Chautauqua, Gloucester Stage, Baltimore Shakespeare, Studio Theatre (DC), Rep Stage, Kennedy Center. Film: Lost Girls and Love Hotels, Time Out of Mind, Louder Than Bombs, The Ticket (TriBeCa), The Rest of Us, Seven Lovers. Television: “Outpost” (series regular; CBS); “Girls,” “The Americans,” “Chicago Med,” “Eye Candy” (recurring); “The Good Fight;” “Gotham;” “Public Morals;” “Law and Order: SVU;” “The Leftovers;” “Blue Bloods;” “Public Morals.” Upcoming film: The Scottish Play. Education: M.F.A., Brown/Trinity Rep. He co-founded Hickory Collective, which creates music for film, commercials and podcasts.
NICOLE LEWIS (Grace). Broadway: Hair, Rent (Joanne), Lennon. Off-Broadway: Wilder Gone (Clubbed Thumb); Sense and Sensibility (Bedlam); Measure for Measure, Macbeth (Public Mobile Unit); Murder Ballad, Boy Gets Girl (MTC). Regional: Two Trains Running (Seattle Rep/Arena Stage); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Two River Theater); Disgraced (Arizona Theater Co); Good People (Geva/IRT); Race (Philadelphia Theater Co.); All My Sons (Intiman); A Civil War Christmas (Baltimore Center Stage); The Tempest (WTF, ACT I). Special Engagements: Far But Close by/with Daniel Beaty (DTH); Flowers are Sleeping by/with Eisa Davis (Symphony Space). TV: “The Blacklist,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Odd Mom Out,” “Law & Order SVU,” “Blue Bloods.” Film: The Comedian, London Betty, Across the Universe. Voiceover Artist, The Actors Center (Resident Company Member) theactorscenter.org BA, Yale; MFA, A.C.T. NicoleLewisNYC.com
KRISTOLYN LLOYD (Cherie). Stage credits include: Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen; Off-Broadway: Paradise Blue, The Liquid Plain (Signature Theatre); Dear Evan Hansen, Invisible Thread (Second Stage Theatre); Heathers The Musical (New World Stages); Cabin In The Sky (Encores City Center). Regional: Paradise Blue (Williamstown), Witness Uganda (A.R.T.), Heathers The Musical (The Hudson), Hairspray, Rent (Hollywood Bowl), Once on this Island (Reprise Theatre). TV includes: “Random Acts of Flyness” (HBO), “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary” (CBS), “ER” (NBC), and “Lie to Me.” (FOX). Graduate of Carnegie Mellon and Grammy and Emmy winner.
CHRIS STACK (Hern) NYC: Ugly Lies The Bone (Roundabout); Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait (Rattlestick/Rising Phoenix Rep); Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theater); Your Mother’s Copy Of The Kama Sutra (Playwrights Horizons); Marie Antoinette (Soho Rep.); Killers & Other Family (Rattlestick). Regional: What Happened When (Echo Theater L.A.), The Sign In Sidney Brustein’s Window (Goodman Theater), Love In The Wars (Bard Summerscape), Love & Communication (Passage Theater). Film and TV: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Blue Bloods,” “White Collar,” “One Life To Live,” “As The World Turns,” “Damages,” “Third Watch,” “Conviction,” “The Education of Max Bickford,” Evening, The Mini, School of Rock, Roger Dodger, Small Collection, and Juke.
ABBY ROSEBROCK (Playwright) is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer from South Carolina, and author of the plays Dido of Idaho, Blue Ridge, Singles in Agriculture and Different Animals. Her work has been produced or developed at Cherry Lane, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Williamstown, Rattlestick, New York Stage and Film, Labyrinth Theater Company, Drama League, Dixon Place, INTAR, The Brick, IRT, Naked Angels, The Lark and more, as well as regionally in South Carolina, Georgia, Idaho and Montana. Abby has been a member of The Tank NYC’s TV and new media writers’ collective and the Obie Award-winning playwrights’ group EST/Youngblood. She is currently a member of the emerging writers’ group at Clubbed Thumb and the Orchard Project’s NYC Greenhouse, and is thrilled to be working on a Launch Commission for Atlantic.
TAIBI MAGAR (Director) is an Egyptian-American director based in New York, and a graduate of the Brown/Trinity MFA program. Most recently she directed the critically acclaimed Is God Is at Soho Rep. (NYT Critics’ Pick). Upcoming productions this season include: Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap (Atlantic Theater Company), and Underground Railroad Game (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho Theatre). Other recent credits: Master (Foundry Theatre, NYT Critics’ Pick), Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova, NYT Critics’ Pick, Obie Award for Best New American Work, Hamburg Festival), Familiar (The Guthrie and Seattle Repertory Theatre), Dry Powder (The Alley), We Are Proud to Present (The Guthrie). She is currently developing Patrick and Daniel Lazour’s We Live in Cairo (2016 Richard Rodgers Award) with New York Theatre Workshop and American Repertory Theatre. In New York, Taibi has directed and developed work for The Foundry, New York Theater Workshop, Ars Nova, TFANA, WP Theater, Rising Phoenix Rep and INTAR Theatre. She is the recipient of a Stephen Sondheim Fellowship, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival Fellowship, a Public Theater Shakespeare Fellowship, the TFANA Actors and Director Project Fellowship, a Usual Suspect at New York Theater Workshop, and is an alumna of Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Most recently, she received the Kaplan Fellowship for young artists. Taibi has directed and taught at many academic institutions, including Juilliard, Fordham University, Brown University and New York University.