Wednesday, July 13, 2016

PUTIN AND THE SNOWMAN Program Information, Creative Team and Actors

Directed by Jessica Schechter

Time: The Present.  Place: The locker room of a Moscow hockey rink.

Characters in order of appearance

Edward Snowden                 Ralph Schneider

Vladimir Putin                       David Oscar     

Russian Bodyguard              Damian Bailey

Who’s Who. .

Ralph Schneider (Edward Snowden) has been a student of TGW Acting Studio for the past 3 years, playing the role of Hortensio in their off-Broadway Taming of the Shrew.  You might have seen him in Inspector Descending as part of the UnFringed festival, or in the 13th street Rep's Rapunzarella White. Ralph has also acted in various shows at Baruch College, including Suddenly Last Summer, Rent, and Lysistrata. He recently started work at Theatre Row on the children's show The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Ralph aspires to run his own children's theater. Thank you to family and friends for your support! 

David Oscar (Vladimir Putin) So I have no doubt (how could there be) that Bill said it best: "suit the action to the word, the word to the action.”

Damian Bailey (Russian Bodyguard) has been acting for 25 years in numerous film/TV/theatre productions. His company Glory 2 God Productions has produced 8 plays, 2 short films and 3 feature films. His feature film directorial debut Gang Girl (distributed by Maverick Entertainment) has been nominated for Best Picture in the Soho International Film Festival. Damian is happy to be a part of this play and to be directed by the wonderful Thomas Waites. 

Robert Kerbeck (Playwright) Based on his short stories, Robert was selected for mentorship by the managing editor of Tin House. His non-fiction piece about O.J. Simpson was featured on Narratively, and his personal essay about George Clooney and Yoko Ono can be read on Word Riot. He is the winner of the 2016 upstreet short fiction scholarship for this summer’s VCFA writer’s conference. A member of the Actors Studio, Robert has worked extensively in theater, film, and television, appearing in lead roles and earning several awards, including an L.A. Weekly award and a Drama-Logue award. Thanks to Michael & Holly Gerbino at Archigrafika for our poster!

Jessica Schechter (Director) has an MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School and a Bachelors degree in Educational Theatre from NYU.  She is a certified theater teacher and adjunct professor teaching Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Modern Drama.  Jessica is a freelance theater director and works as a private acting and speech coach in NYC.  She is currently co-producing and acting in the new comedic web series Soon By You.


Edward Snowden has been granted asylum in Russia. He’s also been given a new job that brings a whole new meaning to the term “whistleblower.”

Tuesday, July 19th at 7pm
Wednesday, July 20th at 9pm
Thursday, July 21st at 9pm

At the Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th Street, NYC
The Riant Theatre’s Strawberry One-Act Festival

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