Wednesday, April 4, 2018

FOR A LIFE by Cody Buser - Creative Team

FOR A LIFE Written by Cody Buser
Directed by Phil Setren

Time:  The near future.  Place:  NYC.

Characters in order of appearance

Janet Shelly……………Emma Clare O’Connor

Adam……………………Christopher Sherwood

Billy Strant……………..James C. Meyer

The Doctor……………..Lisa Forrell


Who’s Who . . .

Emma Clare O’Connor (Janet Shelly) is a Manhattan-based actor with a background in classical and contemporary theater. Originally from Portland, OR, she is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. She also studied for a year in London at the British American Drama Academy. Since graduating, she has performed at the Actors’ Temple on 47th Street and in multiple short films and pilot episodes.

Christopher Sherwood (Adam) trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and makes his New York debut in this show. Theatre: Little Revolution (The Almeida), Where Will We Live? (Southwark Playhouse, Camden People's Theatre), Reprehensible Men - Part II (The Tristan Bates), Border Control (Theatre503, Norwich Arts Centre, Camden Roundhouse), Christmas (Theatre N16), Road (The Bridewell Theatre), Foxfinder, The Last of the Haussmans (Theatro Technis), Orpheus in The Underworld (Oxford Playhouse), Salome (Barons Court Theatre). Film: More Strange Than True, Our Little Haven, The Chain, Ergo, Starling Murmuration. TV: Tripped (E4), Conspiracy (Channel 5), Urban Myths (Sky).

James C. Meyer (Billy Strant) Theatre: Conversations with an Average Joe at Davenport Theatre, The Proposal with Love Creek Productions, Houdini at the Secret Theater Festival, A Sketch of New York at the Producer's Club, The General of Hot Desire and Sick at Atlantic Acting School, and The Loop. Film: "White Lies" and "A Husband's Lethal Intentions," TV: "Shadow of Doubt" and "True Crime with Aphrodite Jones." Education: UC Berkeley, UCB, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and alumnus at Atlantic Acting School.

Lisa Forrell (The Doctor) was born in Manhattan but has lived in Europe most of her life. She studied acting as a child at the Stella Adler Theatre Academy and the HB Studios. She then became an ‘aspirant director’ at the Berliner Ensemble and Weimar National Theatre in (East) Germany. Since then, she has directed over 30 productions in London and Paris, as well as written several produced plays. She is a translator of plays and a screenwriter. Her film The Journey Home will be produced by True North (Iceland). She has acted for director Phil Setren in several rehearsed readings and performances and is delighted to be back for the first time, with him, as an actor in her hometown.

Phil Setren (Director) Most recently directed the new play Reprehensible Men (Camden Festival/Tristan Bates Theatre/London). Regional Theatre: Maiden's Prayer (Waterfront Playhouse, Florida), Geography of a Horse Dreamer (Source Theatre, Washington, DC), Lady (Terry Schreiber Studios, NYC), Sleeper Hold (ATA, NYC), Beyond Therapy (Source/International Tour). London credits: Jack the Lad (Soho Theatre/Dublin Festival), Lovers from Hell (Oval House), Julie Johnson (Gate), The Cezanne Syndrome (Old Red Lion). It is Phil's fondest dream to direct new plays in all the small and mid-sized theatres of New York City. (

Cody Buser (Playwright) Plays include For a Life, Let’s Dig Up Dad!, How to be a Successful Super Villain, and Crazy in Love. Cody’s work has been produced at Sebsi Studios in Saugerties NY, as well as the Hudson Guide Theater in Chelsea NY as part of the 2016 and 2017 NY Summerfests, where Let's Dig Up Dad! was nominated for Best Play. In 2017 he founded Second to the Right Productions, in continuation of producing new works. He earned his B.A. in Creative Writing at SUNY New Paltz where his work was published in the Stonesthrow Review Literary Journal.

Caroline Ragland (Stage Manager) is a recent graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre. During her time at school, she took a great interest in stage management and is now pursuing a dual career in acting and stage management. Recent credits: Camelot, 9 to 5 (The Encore Musical Theatre Company); Dogfight, Godspell, Hair (ASM), The 39 Steps (ASM). Caroline moved to New York in September and is excited to be a part of The Strawberry Theatre Festival and For a Life!

Gavin Heaney (Composer/Sound and Projection Design) is a popular music composer and was a member of the bands The Revengers, Ten Kingdoms, November Station and the Rim Shots. He has composed theatre soundtracks for the new plays Red Light Soho and Smooth, as well as has directed pop videos for "Don't be so Serious" and "I am in a Teepee." Songs in progress include "Gemini Four" and "This Side of the World."

Keturah Thorpe (Costume Designer)

FOR A LIFE Written by Cody Buser
Directed by Phil Setren 
In a world where life is the greatest commodity, what can be fabricated and what holds true to being human?  When Adam - an artificial human - beings to question his creation, and what is real versus unreal when it comes to being human, Janet - his Proprietor - struggles to answer his questions while hiding the true motive behind his creation: her mortality.

Performance Dates:
Friday, May 18th at 6pm
Saturday, May 19 at 6pm
Friday, May 25th at 8:30pm
Saturday, May 26th at 5pm

The Strawberry Theatre Festival
At Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios

244 West 44th St, 12 Floor, NYC
Between Broadway & 8th Avenue

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