Sunday, June 12, 2016

PSYCHIC CAFE by Anthony Fusco. The Creative Team, Cast & Tickets

The Creative Team:

Anthony Fusco (Playwright, PSYCHIC CAFÉ, Director) Anthony is very excited to have his new play PSYCHIC CAFÉ presented as part of the Summer SOAF 2016. He recently had two plays compete in the Thespis Theater Festival Summer 2015, as well as the VENUS ADONIS festival Winter 2016 in NYC. His one act psychological thriller titled FIXATION, was nominated as one of the best four plays, at the Strawberry One Act Winter 2015 festival. He has been writing plays since 2006. He won best director award for his one act drama RUSH HOUR MADNESS, in the Strawberry One Act festival, winter 2013. His other credits include: CROSSING VERRAZANO, CONFESSIONS OF A BAD BOY, SOLEMATES, THE HANDBAG CLICK CLACK GIRLS, STR8 MEN ARE B**CHES TOO. 

Anna Governali (Director) Is a New York based Playwright. She obtained her B.A. in English at Marymount Manhattan College in 2004. Credits include: Farwell King Carter, Farewell (Fresh Fruit Festival, 2015),Thirteen and A Half (Dream Up Festival, 2014), KINGS (Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, 2012 and Nuyorican Poet’s Café, 2013), Confessions of Compulsive Daters (John Chatterton’s Short Play Series, 2011), An Encounter With An Angel on the 42nd Street Platform While Contemplating Suicide (Strawberry Festival, 2011) and The Tupperware Convention  (Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 2010). Governali made her debut directing A Life In Slow Motion. She wants to thank Anthony and the wonderful cast for making this play come to life! 

Gus Ferrari/Julia Genoveva (Lights & Sound) Contact:

The Cast
Ran Levy (Lorenzo Duefacci) A graduate of the “Lee Strasberg Institute”. A NYC based actor who works in Theater (We Won’t Pay; Boy Gets Girl; Three Sisters; Removal; Private Lives; Other Desert Cities), TV (Gotham, Madam Secretary; Limitless) and Commercials (Optimum; The Lift; Jersey Mike Subs). Ran also serves as artistic associate for Brooklyn Repertory Theater. He worked along side terror survivors in Israel while volunteering at a suicide call center. Ran is thrilled to be part of this production and would like to thank all who is involved! You can also see him in The Waitress which is also part of the Strawberry Festival. You can find him @
Ryan Gregorio (Anthony Fontana) Ryan Gregorio is elated to be making his debut in The Strawberry One-Act Festival this year. A recent William Esper Studios graduate, he is currently writing and producing several short films with his brother. Previous roles include "Boo Piercy" in Album, "Timmy Cleary" in The Subject was Roses, and "Andy Price" in Billboard.
Amy Losi (Marianna Napoli, Eleanor Pozzo) Has appeared on stage in lead and supporting roles in 45 comedies, dramas, and readings. Favorite roles: Olivia de Havilland in Livvie and J. De Beau (Manhattan Rep), three comic women in Perfectly Normel People (NY Fringe Encores), the title role in And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little (Regional), Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, ten women in The Dining Room, the abusive Mother Superior in Eclipsed: The Magdalene Laundries, and Gloria’s sidekick in The Gloria Glitter Show (18 months, Broadway Comedy Club). Other credits: commercials, film, web, TV Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations; Celebrity Ghost Stories). Amy is thrilled to be working with Anthony for the third time!
Jessica Carillo (Lisa Burnstein) Is a native New Yorker and continues to call New York home. Jessica has studied acting at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, the Labrynth Theatre group and most recently The Neighborhood Playhouse.  In 2015 Jessica starred in Fade to Black at the Secret Theatre. Jessica also starred in Black Me Out at the Kraine Theatre in the East Village and also at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City in 2015.  In 2014 Jessica had a role in Shakespeare's Coriolanus at the ATA theatre group in NY City. Jessica is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Strawberry Festival and a cast member of Psychic Café.

Sophia Mahmud (Lucinda Toldmeso) Sophia Mahmud is a Consultant Cardiologist, who is currently pursuing her life-long dream of acting. She is being trained by reputable Acting coaches. She has recently received awards for Script writing& Audience Choice award for her play “The Ticking Clock" which was performed at the Watermelon Festival Maryland. She has been in plays, on TV in "Blacklist" in 9 Trailers of feature films & multiple theatre plays. Her Web Series “COOP" won an award for best comedy series earlier this year. She loves her role of “Lucinda" in the play “Psychic Cafe" Written & Directed by Anthony Fusco. She feels honored to be performing in The Strawberry Festival in July of year 2016.
Brian Reilly (Jerome) Brian has performed in numerous off and off-off Broadway plays and is glad to be back on stage in this one. A few favorite roles have been Jason in Medea, Dupereet in Marat/Sade and Lee Finch in Meredith Oakes Faith. You might see him in the next year in some films in certain festivals. He is a graduate of Fordham University, with degrees in Theater Performance and Studio Art.

PSYCHIC CAFÉ By Anthony Fusco
Lorenzo Duefacci, a flamboyant, renowned psychic in NYC, needs to hire an assistant to help draw in new business.  He hires Anthony Fontana as the new weekend tarot card reader.  Anthony has no idea what he’s in for until he meets the most unique clients he has ever read, with the most bizarre over-the-top confessions.  Get the inside look at the most intimate of conversations people have with their psychic.

Thursday, July 14th at 9pm
Saturday, July 16th at 5pm
Sunday, July 17th at 3pm

Thursday, July 14th at 9pm
Playing with:

Directed by James Kim
A couple’s discussion about the arrival of a newly purchased sexual device is complicated by the wife’s accidentally misplacing the instructions.  Their search for the whereabouts leads them into several unanticipated discoveries.

CROCKETT’S LAST STAND By George Cameron Grant
Directed by Joy Kelly
Aqueduct Productions, Inc.
Following his political career-ending speech before the House of Representatives, Colonel David Crockett encounters an escaped slave boy named Joseph, who teaches him that there is more to courage than flowery words, fancy shooting, and overblown legends.

Featuring:  Bryson Bruce & Stephanie Juergens
One man’s journey from child to parent, told through five nights spent on the couch.

Saturday, July 16th at 5pm
Playing with:

A one-act play diving into the emotions of a tormented man that may have murdered his wife.  You will cherish the moments of laughter that relieve you from the raw emotion.

REVOLVER By Paul Trupia
A social commentary involving the reality of guns. The reality of protection.

Who contemplates the questions of love and death in a taxi?  A mosquito.

Sunday, July 17th at 3pm
Playing with:

A romantic comedy with a twist.  It’s a short play about a young single woman Lily rushing to meet her first “normal” date, but her plans come to a screeching halt when she gets stuck in an elevator with a man she wants nothing to do with.  This cute story makes you realize your match might be closer than you think, you just have to pay a little more attention.  

Jacqueline and Frank invite an old friend over for dinner, hoping she will influence Jacqueline’s daughter’s decision about her first teenage love.  The play takes place as they prepare the table for dinner and ends when they are finished.  They come to regret their decision to force the daughter, Becca (a Hebrew name meaning a trapper), to stay engaged in their conversation while she continues to text her lover on the phone (otherwise she will have to put her smartphone away). Having a smartphone at the ready during a conversation of old friends turns out to be a dangerous thing, as the daughter starts researching their stories through the internet.  They come to reveal and to learn more about themselves during the setting of the dinner table than they ever imagined.

Who contemplates the questions of love and death in a taxi?  A mosquito.

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