World Premiere Play
EDDIE AND DAVE
Written by and Featuring AMY STAATS
Directed by MARGOT BORDELON
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street
A raucous retelling of the rise and fall of Pasadena’s most groundbreaking 80s rockers told through the foggy lens of a lonely, out of work MTV-VJ. Eddie and Dave is a gender-bending new play by Amy Staats (Miles for Mary, Atlantic’s Tow Playwright-in-Residence) about hubris, friendship, family, fame, musical genius and what happens when the person you need is the one you find most irritating.
Fresh off of her acclaimed run as performer and collaborator in The Mad Ones’ Miles for Mary comes the Off-Broadway playwriting debut of the “impressive” (The Village Voice) Amy Staats!
Eddie and Dave is supported, in part, by generous support from the Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation. Special thanks to The Tow Foundation for its support of a year-long residency for Amy Staats at our theater.
VANESSA ASPILLAGA (MTV DJ). Broadway: Anna in the Tropics Off-Broadway: Amy and the Orphans (Roundabout, Lucille Lortel nom); Daphne’s Dive, Paradise Park (Signature); Domesticated, The Clean House (Lincoln Center); underneathmybed (Rattlestick, Drama League nom, HOLA Award); Chasing Manet (Primary Stages); The Cataract (Women’s Project); As You Like It (NYSF, Delacorte). Film: The Subject, Detours, Alex of Venice, Gun Hill Road, Morning Glory, Love and Other Drugs, Petty Crimes, My Best Friend’s Wife, Pyrite, Stringer, Mr. Wonderful. TV: “Madam Secretary,” “High Maintenance,” Maintenance,” “Search Party,” “Blue Bloods,” “Falling Water,” “Flesh and Bone” (recurring), “The Jim Gaffigan Show” (recurring), “Nurse Jackie,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Rubicon,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order.”
MEGAN HILL (Dave) has originated roles in the World Premieres of: Do You Feel Anger? (Humana Fest), Kentucky (P73/EST), Hand To God (EST), to name a few. Her play The Last Class: A Jazzercize Play (created with Amy Staats and Margot Bordelon) has enjoyed New York, DC, and Seattle runs. She has also worked with Bushwick Starr, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm, NACL, Soho Rep Lab, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, The Lark, HERE, Morgan Gould & Friends, New Dramatists, NYTW, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Labyrinth Lab, Target Margin, Ma-Yi, San Francisco Playhouse, Target Margin, Stein/Holum, Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theater/Speeltheatre Holland, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center; among others. BFA: Acting/Original Works, Cornish College of the Arts. MFA: ART/MXAT IATT at Harvard University.
OMER ABBAS SALEM (Val) is thrilled to be making his New York debut with Atlantic Theater Company. Chicago credits: Linda, Earthquakes in London (Steep Theatre), Little Flower of East Orange (Eclipse Theatre), INVASION!, The Lake Effect (Silk Road Rising), Le Switch (About Face Theatre), and Even Longer and Further Away (The New Colony). Regional credits: A Christmas Carol, You Across From Me (Actors Theatre of Louisville). He is an Actors Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprentice 17/18 and a Core Ensemble Member with The New Colony. More at www.omerabbassalem.com.
AMY STAATS (Playwright, Eddie) is Atlantic Theater Company’s 2017-2018 Tow Playwright in Residence. Select plays include: Eddie and Dave (Developed at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor and Space On Ryder Farm); Hands (Naked Angel’s First Mondays); Throws Of Love (Samuel French Festival, winner); I Hope She’ll Be Okay (Atlantic Theater Launch Commission, developed at Williamstown Theater Festival). Select acting credits include: Miles For Mary (Dir. by Lila Neugebauer, Playwrights Horizons) and The Last Class: A Jazzercize Play (dir. by Margot Bordelon, ACT Seattle); Trevor (dir. by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Lesser America); TV: “Bull” (recurring); Film: Mary and Louise; Monsura is Waiting.
ADINA VERSON (Al). Broadway: Indecent. New York and Regional: Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties (MCC); The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova, Lortel nomination); Christopher Bayes’ The Servant of Two Masters (TFANA, Seattle Rep, Guthrie, ArtsEmerson); Indecent (Vineyard, La Jolla, Yale Rep); Radio Island (NYSAF); As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC); The Winter’s Tale (Yale Rep); 4000 Miles (Cincinnati Playhouse); peerless (Barrington Stage); and Machine Makes Man (OldSoundRoom), which she co-created with Michael McQuilken. TV/Film: “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Strain,” “Wormwood,” The Kitchen. BFA, The Boston Conservatory. MFA, Yale School of Drama.
MARGOT BORDELON (Director) is a Brooklyn-based director who specializes in new work. Recent projects: Plot Points in Our Sexual Development by Miranda Rose Hall at LCT3. Do You Feel Anger? by Mara Nelson-Greenberg at ATL’s Humana Festival, The Last Class: A Jazzercize Play by Megan Hill at ATC in Seattle, Too Heavy For Your Pocket by Jireh Breon Holder at the Roundabout Underground and the Alliance, The Pen by Julianne Wick Davis and Dan Collins for Premieres NYC (New York Times Critic’s Pick), peerless by Jiehae Park at Marin Theatre Company and Yale Rep, A Delicate Ship by Anna Ziegler for The Playwrights Realm (New York Times Critic’s Pick), and Okay, Bye by Joshua Conkel at Steppenwolf Theater. Her work has been seen at Ars Nova, American Theater Co., Berkeley Rep, Cherry Lane, Clubbed Thumb, Dodo, Juilliard, The Lark, NYTW, P73, Perry Mansfield, Play Penn, Portland Center Stage, Primary Stages, The Public, PWC, Rattlestick, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Steppenwolf, the Wilma, and Woolly Mammoth, among others. Margot moved east after spending six years in Chicago working as a director, writer and performer. She is a founding member of Theatre Seven of Chicago, and spent four seasons working on the artistic staff of Lookingglass Theatre. BFA: Cornish College of the Arts. MFA: Yale School of Drama. www.margotbordelon.com