Monday, July 11, 2016
FAMILY GOOGLING by Mark D. Tjarks
Written by Mark D. Tjarks
Directed by Dennis Gleason
Time: The present. Place: The dining room.
Characters In Order Of Appearance
Frank............................... Preston Fritz Smith
Jacqueline........................ Danielle Adams
Maddie............................ Géraldine Dulex
Becca............................... Ashley R. Brown
DANIELLE ADAMS (Jacqueline) is thrilled to be part of this production. She is a New Jersey native and graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Previous roles include: Commuters (Bag Lady) Manhattan Repertory Theater, NYC Radio Theatre's H.P. Lovecraft festival, All's Well That Ends Well (Helena) Teatro Delle Due Italy, August Osage County (Barbara u/s) Arden Theater, and Dracula (Mina) Tribe of Fools. Twitter: danielle_adamz Insta: daniadamz, www.danielleadams.net.
ASHLEY R. BROWN (Becca) is so excited to be playing Becca in Family Googling! She is an American Academy of Dramatic Arts alumni (2013) and graduated from Saint John's University (2015) with a Bachelor of Science in Dramatic Arts, Television, and Film. Other works include MEN (Gina), Bury the Dead (Joan), Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie), Scenes and Revelations (Millie), Open Loop Tour Bus commercial, and most recently Roach, an independent short film.
GÉRALDINE DULEX (Maddie) has been seen in numerous theater productions in New York and Chicago, including Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Steppenwolf Theatre and the title role in the American Premiere of Howard Barker’s Minna at Trap Door Theatre. She recently played the principal speaking role in the opera The Passenger at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florida Grand Opera, and Detroit Opera House. Géraldine just returned from her native Switzerland where she performed at the Zürich Festspiele with Dada kam vor Voltaire. In New York, Géraldine is a company member with Broken Box Mime Theater, winner IT Award Outstanding Ensemble 2014. B.S. Northwestern University. www.geraldinedulex.com.
PRESTON FRITZ SMITH (Frank). Off-Broadway: Broken Boundaries (June Havoc Theatre); Breaking Rules (June Havoc). Recent New York: The Father (Flying Shapes Productions); Romeo and Juliet (Old Stone House); The Summerhouse (Thespis Festival, Hudson Guild Theatre); Shangri-La (Midtown International Theatre Short Play Lab, Roy Arias Theatre); Many Mansions (Treehouse Theatre). TV and film: Devious Maids, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, True Crime with Aphrodite Jones, Monsters Inside Me, Deadly Devotion, Mysteries at the Museum, Dead Again, Greatest Mysteries, A Crime to Remember, The Sunday Mass, NBC Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Inside Edition, ABC Good Morning America, Lyric Suite, Gray’s Disconnect, Grandpa Ben, Alice in America, It takes a man, The Unknown, New York, Jack of the Red Hearts, and Wait, Wait, Don’t Kill Me. Graduate of Furman University, USC, and Westminster Choir College. NY Training: The Actor’s Project NYC, The Network, TVI Actor’s Studio, Broadway Comedy Club, The Barrow Group (Fall 2016). www.PrestonFritzSmith.com.
MARK D. TJARKS (Playwright) is a professor of English at Hawaii Pacific University, where he teaches scriptwriting, film, and literature. This summer, he has 3 plays being performed in New York. Along with Family Googling in the Strawberry Theatre Festival, he has two plays in the New York International Fringe Festival: The Unsalable Thing and Houseless in Paradise, which won a Po’okela Award for Overall Play in 2014 and was recognized by a State Senate of Hawaii Proclamation. The Unsalable Thing won the judges and audience awards for Best Play in PlayBuilder’s 2015 Festival of Original Plays and First Place in the Best Play Contest in the 2015 William Faulkner Literary Competition. Tjarks is also a recipient of Kumu Kahua Theatre’s Resident Award, a Producer’s Choice and two Best Comedy Awards for his work in Women In Theatre’s Kauai Short Festival, and an Opie for Best Play in Aloha Theatre’s Original Play Festival. He has had 32 productions and staged readings of 15 one act and feature-length plays since 2004.
DENNIS GLEASON (Director) returns to the Strawberry Festival where four of his shows have been Finalists (Goodnite Lovin' Trail, On Top, Forgive Me Brother, Book Wench); last year he was the only director to have two plays running (does so again this season with Early Bird Special and Family Googling) and is proud that one of his cast members was awarded "Best Actor." With an MFA in Directing, 150 directing credits, and numerous "Outstanding Director/Production" awards, he has worked coast to coast including Off Broadway, regional theatre, dinner theatre, community theatre, and college theatre. Recent shows include And Then There Were None, Side Show, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This summer he directs the double bill The Unsalable Thing/Houseless in Paradise in the New York International Fringe Festival.
JAYDE LAILA FUENTES (Stage Manager/Tech) is thrilled to experience the Theatre at St. Clement’s through the eyes of a stage manager. Her most recent work consists of being the Assistant Director of the Off-Broadway production of In My Father’s House and starring in the film Countdown. As a graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts she is using what she learned from teachers like Jay Goldenberg and Alan Rackham.