THE ASSISTANT explores what it means to be human in the early 21st century. Only Steve can handle his sister Julie’s emotional ups and downs, but his hardware is starting to show signs of age…
Six Part Productions is proud to present a weekend workshop of The Assistant at the Treehouse Theater in NYC, May 29 through May 31. Written by Ashley Minihan and directed by Kelly Johnston, starring David Bunch, Josh Evans, Jamie Geiger, Gina Trebiani, and Shana Wiersum.
WHERE: The Treehouse Theater
WHEN: 154 W 29TH St., New York, NY 10001
WHEN: Friday, May 29th: 7:30pm
Saturday, May 30th: 7:30pm
Sunday, May 31st: 7:30pm
Ashley Minihan (Playwright) received her MFA in playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts and was a finalist for the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School. Ashley's play "Ophelia" was produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and by Arizona Classical Theatre; other works have been developed with the Lark, the Actors Studio, Columbia Stages, and Six Part Productions. Ashley is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. Heartfelt thanks to Matthew Klein and Six Part Productions for offering this exciting opportunity to re-explore “The Assistant."
Kelly Johnston (Director) is happy to work on The Assistant again. His other work stretches from coast to coast at such venues as the Alley Theatre, GeVa Theatre, the West Coast Ensemble, and the Virginia Arts Festival. He is the former Artistic Director of the Arizona Shakespeare Festival, a co-Artistic Director of Rogue and Peasant Players, and a member of the SDC. He's the proud parent of two daughters and two cats and is married to the coolest gal in the world. He dedicates this show to his mother, who doesn't really understand what he does, but is proud of him anyway. Kelly is extraordinarily fond of pie.
David Bunch (Craig) is appearing on stage for the first time in six years and is thrilled to be a part of "The Assistant". In his former life he appeared at the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Peterborough Players in New Hampshire. David is also an excitable rock drummer who is pleased not to have perished in a freak accident to this point. He lives in Astoria with his lovely wife and daughter.
Josh Evans (Dave) Theatre: Remission (Columbia University); Post Concussive Syndrome (The Abingdon Theatre); Rubber Ducks and Sunsets (Ground Up Productions); Outpost (Gallery Players); Domestic (Midtown International Theatre Festival); The Importance of Being Earnest (Ground UP Productions); The Dumb Waiter (Under St. Marks). Film: Killing the Dog (Six Part Productions); Annabelle (Hideout Hill, Cannes Film Festival). Television: Show Me a Hero (HBO). Graduate - UNC Chapel Hill and Michael Howard Studios. Company Member - Ground UP Productions. Founding Member - Six Part Productions. He would like to dedicate the work his parents and his fiancée. Commercial and Voice Over work at joshlevans.com.
Jamie Geiger (Steve): NYC: Othello, The Barrow Group; The Religion Thing, Project Y; Mickey v Minney, Abingdon Theater Company; Almost Maine, John Doe Theater Company; The Assistant, The Actor's Studio; Prisoner of Love, Variations Theatre. Regional credits include: Awake and Sing!, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, A Catered Affair, The Light in the Piazza, It’s Only Life, The Andrews Brothers, The Taming of the Shrew, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Camelot, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, The Waiting Room, Moon Over Buffalo. Film/TV: My Craigslist Roommate, Weekends, Get Happy. Education: The Barrow Group, Kimball Studios, MM Rice University, BM Mercer University.
Gina Trebiani (Julie) is very excited to be working again with Kelly Johnston and reprise her role as Julie. Her recent theater credits include reprising the role at the Actors Studio in their first annual "Best Plays We've Seen All Year Festival" She was also seen touring NYC parks for the Fringe Festival in Much Ado About Nothing playing four separate characters (Dogberry, Friar, Don Pedro, and Ursula). Nowadays she can be seen performing sketch comedy at UCB, the Duplex, or any place that has four walls and the ability for people to watch her with her sketch group "No Filters Please."
Shana Wiersum (Lynn) Theatre: Lynn in The Assistant at Columbia & The Actors Studio; Books On Tape as Donna Paige-Miller, The Drunken City as Melissa, & Dead White Males as Doris for TIC; Co-produced & played Agnes in Marion Bridge at The Directors Company directed by Laila Robins; Artie in Eleemosynary at Millbrook Playhouse, directed by Patricia McGregor; Carlotta in The Cherry Orchard at Columbia & Tansy in The Nerd at CRT. Film: Silver Tongues, All Your Faults Are in Me (Selection - LA Shorts Festival). Training: BFA, University of Utah; LAMDA, NTC, and The Actors Center. www.shanawiersum.com
Leslie Ann Kent (Stage Manager) received her Bachelors Degree in Stage Management for Theatre from the California Institute of the Arts. In addition to teaching her an astonishing array of marketable skills, her time at CalArts also provided her with the love of her life, to whom she is currently married. Her work on this show is dedicated to the late David Pickett, whose memory lives on for her in his love of theatre and the performances he left behind.
Susannah Baron (Lighting Design): Recent credits include – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014: To Chekov With Love, All Through the Night. Off-Broadway: You, Me, and That Guy (The Araca Project), Trellis Project 2014 (Ivy Theatre Company). Regional: Business of Murder (Winnipesaukee Playhouse). Syracuse University Drama: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Translations, Spring Awakening. Currently works Off-Broadway as a member of the lighting crew at Sleep No More NYC/The McKittrick Hotel. Education: Syracuse University, BFA Theatre Design/Technology. Website: www.shanawiersum.com
Ian Wehrle (Sound and Projection Design) is an active composer, actor and collaborator on various music direction and sound design for theater. He can currently be seen starring as Jackie Mason in "The Jackie Mason Musical" at St. Luke's Theatre and is the founder of SoundAffectsdesign.com. He is credited at the Food Network, MTV, and FOX and recently produced www.gilgameshthemusical.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Wilchak (Directory of Photography) is a photo/video artist living in the Hudson Valley. He works primarily with relational portraiture, natural splendor, and experimental imagery. His work can be seen at wilchak.com