Graphic Design by Sarah Stec

Graphic Design by Sarah Stec

About Raw Pasta

Five men start a week long intensive entitled "Facing Toxic Masculinity." Sam is here because his wife won't return his calls. Also his daughter blocked him on Facebook. It's only day two and now he must interact with a real live woman named Pocket. It's his second child's birthday next week and he’s desperate to figure out how to be less of a douchebag in time.

Keola Simpson and Susan Louise O’Connor, Photo Credit: The Mill

Keola Simpson and Susan Louise O’Connor, Photo Credit: The Mill

THE TEAM

Keola Simpson and Susan Louise O’Connor, Photo Credit: The Mill

Keola Simpson and Susan Louise O’Connor, Photo Credit: The Mill

Written by Maya Macdonald
Directed by Jaclyn Biskup
PSM: Nat Dimario
Scenic: Courtney Kupferschmidt
Lights: Kate Ducey
Costumes: Kristy Hall
Sound: Margaret Montagna

Featuring: A.J. Ditty, Justin Fuller, Kieran Mulcare, Susan Louise O'Connor, Keola Simpson, Marquise Vilsón, and Zach Wegner

CAST

A.J. Ditty, Forest   A.J. Ditty is an actor/writer/slash-mark enthusiast currently living in Brooklyn. NYC:  Puffs... (New World Stages/The Elektra/The PIT),  The Mysteries  (The Flea Theater),  Kapow-i GoGo!!!  (The PIT),   and  B.B.'s Inferno  (The PIT). Outside NYC:  Moon Over Buffalo, Insignificance, Accidental Death of an Anarchist ,  The Foreigner ,  The Importance of Being Earnest ,  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ,  Noises Off! ,  Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure , and  The 39 Steps ( Winnipesaukee Playhouse),  The Farnsworth Invention  (La Jolla Playhouse),  Oliver!  (St. John's Players),  Landscape of the Body  (Exit Stage Left). BFA: NYU. Love to EP. Go to  ajditty.com  for all your  ajditty.com  needs!

A.J. Ditty, Forest

A.J. Ditty is an actor/writer/slash-mark enthusiast currently living in Brooklyn. NYC: Puffs...(New World Stages/The Elektra/The PIT), The Mysteries (The Flea Theater), Kapow-i GoGo!!! (The PIT), and B.B.'s Inferno (The PIT). Outside NYC: Moon Over Buffalo, Insignificance, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Foreigner, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Noises Off!, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, and The 39 Steps (Winnipesaukee Playhouse), The Farnsworth Invention (La Jolla Playhouse), Oliver! (St. John's Players), Landscape of the Body (Exit Stage Left). BFA: NYU. Love to EP. Go to ajditty.com for all your ajditty.com needs!

 
Justin Fuller, Malcom   New York theatre credits include  The Orphans' Home Cycle  at The Signature Theatre (Special Drama Desk Award), Laura Easons stage adaptation of  The   Adventures of Tom Sawyer  at The New Victory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kansas City Rep & The Rep Theatre of St. Louis,  Detroit  &  Not Clown  with Pigeonholed Theatre Company,  Girlfriend Repair  at CAPS LOCK THEATRE and  Collective Noun  at The Paradise Factory with Corkscrew Festival. Regional Credits include many productions at Hartford Stage, Elm Shakespeare Company, The Majestic Theatre, New Century Theatre, Northern Stage & Theatre at The North Hall.

Justin Fuller, Malcom

New York theatre credits include The Orphans' Home Cycle at The Signature Theatre (Special Drama Desk Award), Laura Easons stage adaptation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at The New Victory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kansas City Rep & The Rep Theatre of St. Louis, Detroit & Not Clown with Pigeonholed Theatre Company, Girlfriend Repair at CAPS LOCK THEATRE and Collective Noun at The Paradise Factory with Corkscrew Festival. Regional Credits include many productions at Hartford Stage, Elm Shakespeare Company, The Majestic Theatre, New Century Theatre, Northern Stage & Theatre at The North Hall.

 
Kieran Mulcare, Dorn + Neutral   Theatre: RETREAT (EST); I WANNA DESTROY YOU (At Hand Theatre Co.); EVERYONE, BIG AL (Your Name Here); THE MOUSETRAP (Dorset Theatre Festival); RED LIGHT WINTER (Playhouse on Park); THE RAKES (The Representatives); REVOLUTION (The More Loving Ones); HAMLET (Hudson Valley Shakespeare tour). TV: THE LOUDEST VOICE; JESSICA JONES; GOTHAM; THE BLACKLIST; LAW & ORDER: SVU; BROAD CITY; THE FOLLOWING. FILM: KILLING GUNTHER; OLFACTORY; POP; JEWISH GIRLS ARE EASY; POST; OFF-RAMP. Co-director of upcoming feature CICADA.

Kieran Mulcare, Dorn + Neutral

Theatre: RETREAT (EST); I WANNA DESTROY YOU (At Hand Theatre Co.); EVERYONE, BIG AL (Your Name Here); THE MOUSETRAP (Dorset Theatre Festival); RED LIGHT WINTER (Playhouse on Park); THE RAKES (The Representatives); REVOLUTION (The More Loving Ones); HAMLET (Hudson Valley Shakespeare tour). TV: THE LOUDEST VOICE; JESSICA JONES; GOTHAM; THE BLACKLIST; LAW & ORDER: SVU; BROAD CITY; THE FOLLOWING. FILM: KILLING GUNTHER; OLFACTORY; POP; JEWISH GIRLS ARE EASY; POST; OFF-RAMP. Co-director of upcoming feature CICADA.


Susan Louise O'Connor has appeared on Broadway & in the National Tour of  Blithe Spirit  w/Angela Lansbury, receiving a Theatre World Award, the Dorothy Loudon Fellowship & an Outer Circle Critics Nomination. Her guest star credits include: "Law & Order: SVU & CI", "Orange is the New Black", "Hotel du Loone" & Shapchat's "SOLVE”. Other TV & film credits include: Snaggletooth, Doomsdays, Flying Scissors, Playtime's Over & Wallflowers. Susan has appeared in NYC and regional theaters across the country in productions of  Never Swim Alone ,  Heisenberg ,  God of Carnage  and  Sylvia.  She wrote and stars in the short film Standdown that is currently making the film festival rounds. For more information, check out her website  www.susanlouiseoconnor.com

Susan Louise O'Connor has appeared on Broadway & in the National Tour of Blithe Spirit w/Angela Lansbury, receiving a Theatre World Award, the Dorothy Loudon Fellowship & an Outer Circle Critics Nomination. Her guest star credits include: "Law & Order: SVU & CI", "Orange is the New Black", "Hotel du Loone" & Shapchat's "SOLVE”. Other TV & film credits include: Snaggletooth, Doomsdays, Flying Scissors, Playtime's Over & Wallflowers. Susan has appeared in NYC and regional theaters across the country in productions of Never Swim Alone, Heisenberg, God of Carnage and Sylvia. She wrote and stars in the short film Standdown that is currently making the film festival rounds. For more information, check out her website www.susanlouiseoconnor.com

CREW

Jaclyn Biskup, Director    Jaclyn Biskup  is a director and producer working in theatre, television, and film. She is the recipient of an Emmy and Peabody nomination for her work on the digital series, THE SECRET LIFE OF MUSLIMS and currently works as an associate producer at New Ohio Theatre. She is the assistant to Tony Award winning director Anna Shapiro on the Broadway debut of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (Young Jean Lee) for Second Stage at the Helen Hayes. Her work in the theatre spans nearly two decades. As the founding artistic director of The Mill, she has directed and produced over 20 productions including the Chicago premieres of VENUS (Suzan-Lori Parks) and THE PRIVATE OF LIVES OF ESKIMOS (OR 16 WORDS FOR SNOW) (Ken Urban.) In NYC, work directed includes NICHOLAS, MAEVE, MARIANNE (Matthew Stephen Smith) one of Indie Theatre Now's 20 Best of NYC Fringe, HOT STEAMS (Zach Wegner), and IT’S JUST WEIRD NOW (Halley Feiffer). Her work has been seen at MCC, Rattlestick, Dixon Place, and the NYC International Fringe. She has assisted on productions at Steppenwolf, The Public, and The American Musical Theatre Workshop. She has worked on digital projects for PBS NOVA, Delta Air Lines, Caltech, Harvard, and others and holds a BA in Theater from Northern Illinois University and an MFA in Directing and Theatrical Production from Northwestern University.

Jaclyn Biskup, Director

Jaclyn Biskup is a director and producer working in theatre, television, and film. She is the recipient of an Emmy and Peabody nomination for her work on the digital series, THE SECRET LIFE OF MUSLIMS and currently works as an associate producer at New Ohio Theatre. She is the assistant to Tony Award winning director Anna Shapiro on the Broadway debut of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (Young Jean Lee) for Second Stage at the Helen Hayes. Her work in the theatre spans nearly two decades. As the founding artistic director of The Mill, she has directed and produced over 20 productions including the Chicago premieres of VENUS (Suzan-Lori Parks) and THE PRIVATE OF LIVES OF ESKIMOS (OR 16 WORDS FOR SNOW) (Ken Urban.) In NYC, work directed includes NICHOLAS, MAEVE, MARIANNE (Matthew Stephen Smith) one of Indie Theatre Now's 20 Best of NYC Fringe, HOT STEAMS (Zach Wegner), and IT’S JUST WEIRD NOW (Halley Feiffer). Her work has been seen at MCC, Rattlestick, Dixon Place, and the NYC International Fringe. She has assisted on productions at Steppenwolf, The Public, and The American Musical Theatre Workshop. She has worked on digital projects for PBS NOVA, Delta Air Lines, Caltech, Harvard, and others and holds a BA in Theater from Northern Illinois University and an MFA in Directing and Theatrical Production from Northwestern University.

Keola Simpson, Sam   KEOLA SIMPSON stopped his dying mother-in-law from assassinating the 45th President in  The Fork  (EST); yet he rejected a Chinese student entry into America, only to let her in anyway, but just before asking her to be FB friends in  Holy Crab!  (EST); then he burned down the home of a profanity-laced squirrel in  L.A. Lights Fire  (rskital). He learned how to do this at Fullerton College, CSU Fullerton and The Flea Theater. Keola is currently starting fires at the University of Hawaiʻi. He starts them with his international crew of misfits, ¡好 / Peligro (or Aloha also means goodbye).

Keola Simpson, Sam

KEOLA SIMPSON stopped his dying mother-in-law from assassinating the 45th President in The Fork (EST); yet he rejected a Chinese student entry into America, only to let her in anyway, but just before asking her to be FB friends in Holy Crab! (EST); then he burned down the home of a profanity-laced squirrel in L.A. Lights Fire (rskital). He learned how to do this at Fullerton College, CSU Fullerton and The Flea Theater. Keola is currently starting fires at the University of Hawaiʻi. He starts them with his international crew of misfits, ¡好 / Peligro (or Aloha also means goodbye).

 
Marquise Vilsón, Chad   Marquise Vilsón is an actor, activist and man with trans experience. Marquise was introduced to TV audiences when he guest-starred in a critically-acclaimed episode of "Law & Order: SVU” that addressed the issues faced by transgender military service members (GLAAD Media Award Nomination). He recently appeared on “The Blacklist,” “Bull” and Netflix’s “Tales of the City.” Film credits include  Ben is Back  opposite Lucas Hedges and the upcoming  The Kitchen , starring Melissa McCarthy & Tiffany Haddish He made his New York stage debut Off-Broadway in MCC Theatre's  Charm . Marquise was featured in the documentary  The Aggressives  and is featured in and serves as a producer on the sequel that is currently filming. Marquise is a long-standing member and participant of the underground ballroom scene. A force and well-respected leader in ballroom, he is a member of the House of Balenciaga and recipient of Octavia St. Laurent Trans Activist Award, the Masquerade Blue Print Award and was acknowledged as a Transman ICON.

Marquise Vilsón, Chad

Marquise Vilsón is an actor, activist and man with trans experience. Marquise was introduced to TV audiences when he guest-starred in a critically-acclaimed episode of "Law & Order: SVU” that addressed the issues faced by transgender military service members (GLAAD Media Award Nomination). He recently appeared on “The Blacklist,” “Bull” and Netflix’s “Tales of the City.” Film credits include Ben is Back opposite Lucas Hedges and the upcoming The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy & Tiffany Haddish He made his New York stage debut Off-Broadway in MCC Theatre's Charm. Marquise was featured in the documentary The Aggressives and is featured in and serves as a producer on the sequel that is currently filming. Marquise is a long-standing member and participant of the underground ballroom scene. A force and well-respected leader in ballroom, he is a member of the House of Balenciaga and recipient of Octavia St. Laurent Trans Activist Award, the Masquerade Blue Print Award and was acknowledged as a Transman ICON.

Zach Wegner, Adam   ZACH WEGNER is an actor and playwright who recently appeared in WORSE THAN TIGERS at The New Ohio directed by Jaclyn Biskup, THE GLASS MENAGERIE with The Hypocrites in Chicago and Joe Orton's LOOT at The Westport Country Playhouse. New York: GOD STEELING (Theater 54), HOT STEAMS directed by Jaclyn Biskup (45 Bleecker & NY Fringe), ORGANIC SHRAPNEL (Theater 54) THE OTHER DAY (The Robert Moss), THE DEEP THROAT SEX SCANDAL(45 Bleecker), RICH BOYFRIEND (The New Group), Harold Pinter’s A SLIGHT ACHE and THE LOVER (Cellar Door). Regional: THE OTHER DAY (Pilsen), THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (Bristol Riverside), NEVER THE SINNER (TheatreWorks). Television: "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." A graduate of The School at Steppenwolf, The British American Drama Academy and is often found at HB Studio.

Zach Wegner, Adam

ZACH WEGNER is an actor and playwright who recently appeared in WORSE THAN TIGERS at The New Ohio directed by Jaclyn Biskup, THE GLASS MENAGERIE with The Hypocrites in Chicago and Joe Orton's LOOT at The Westport Country Playhouse. New York: GOD STEELING (Theater 54), HOT STEAMS directed by Jaclyn Biskup (45 Bleecker & NY Fringe), ORGANIC SHRAPNEL (Theater 54) THE OTHER DAY (The Robert Moss), THE DEEP THROAT SEX SCANDAL(45 Bleecker), RICH BOYFRIEND (The New Group), Harold Pinter’s A SLIGHT ACHE and THE LOVER (Cellar Door). Regional: THE OTHER DAY (Pilsen), THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (Bristol Riverside), NEVER THE SINNER (TheatreWorks). Television: "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." A graduate of The School at Steppenwolf, The British American Drama Academy and is often found at HB Studio.

 
 
Maya Macdonald, Playwright   Maya Macdonald is a playwright and native of New York City. Her plays as been seen and heard at The Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The New Ohio, Echo Theater Company, Bushwick Starr, New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, MCC Theater Young Playwrights, Three Legged Dog, The Flea, Rising Phoenix Rep, JACK, Dixon Place, and DePaul University. Her plays include: Brunch, (Honorable Mention 2016 Relentless Award, Semi-Finalist 2018 O'Neil Playwrights Conference, Semi-Finalist 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and Semi-Finalist Theatre503’s Playwriting Award in London), Three Anne Franks (Finalist, Rattlestick Playwrights Commission), Raw Pasta (Semi-Finalist 2019 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Semi-Finalist 2019 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), Leave the Balcony Open (Finalist 2011 Princess Grace Award). Her play Raw Pasta will be presented this summer as a part of ICE Factory at The New Ohio. She received her BA from Bennington College and an MFA from Hunter College under the guidance of Annie Baker, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins & Brigade Mullins where she received the Irv Zarkowr Award for Excellence.

Maya Macdonald, Playwright

Maya Macdonald is a playwright and native of New York City. Her plays as been seen and heard at The Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The New Ohio, Echo Theater Company, Bushwick Starr, New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, MCC Theater Young Playwrights, Three Legged Dog, The Flea, Rising Phoenix Rep, JACK, Dixon Place, and DePaul University. Her plays include: Brunch, (Honorable Mention 2016 Relentless Award, Semi-Finalist 2018 O'Neil Playwrights Conference, Semi-Finalist 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and Semi-Finalist Theatre503’s Playwriting Award in London), Three Anne Franks (Finalist, Rattlestick Playwrights Commission), Raw Pasta (Semi-Finalist 2019 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Semi-Finalist 2019 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), Leave the Balcony Open (Finalist 2011 Princess Grace Award). Her play Raw Pasta will be presented this summer as a part of ICE Factory at The New Ohio. She received her BA from Bennington College and an MFA from Hunter College under the guidance of Annie Baker, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins & Brigade Mullins where she received the Irv Zarkowr Award for Excellence.