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Buzzer

Written by Tracey Scott Wilson
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
May 4, 2017 — May 28, 2017

Studio X - 1340 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia PA 19147

Featuring Akeem Davis, Alex Keiper, Matteo Scammell, Jahzeer Terrell, Madison Auch, Frank Nardi, Jr.

Jackson, an upwardly-mobile black attorney, has just bought an apartment in a transitioning neighborhood in Brooklyn. He sees the potential of his old neighborhood, as does his white girlfriend Suzy… at first. When Jackson’s childhood friend Don leaves rehab to crash with them, the trio quickly becomes trapped between the tensions inside their own home and the dangers that may lurk outside.

Akeem Davis (Jackson) Regional: Folger Shakespeare Library: District Merchants; Theatre Exile: Rizzo; People’s Light Theatre Company: All My Sons; Theatre Horizon: Lobby Hero, In the Blood (Barrymore Award nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actor); InterAct Theatre: The Dangerous House of Pretty M’bane; Philadelphia Shakespeare Company: Henry V, Romeo and Juliet; Simpatico Theatre Project: The Brothers Size (Barrymore Award nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor). 2015 F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Philadelphia The-tre Artist.

Alex Keiper (Suzy) Alex is so grateful to be making her Exile debut!! Recent credits: Hand to God (PTC), Lizzie & Field Hockey Hot (11th Hour), Stupid Fucking Bird, Secret Garden & Metamorphoses (The Arden), Moon Over Buffalo (Gulfshore Playhouse). Proud UArts grad (’07) and an Independence Foundation Fellow (’13). Thank you to Pfeiffer, for sharing his love of complicated and amazingly messy plays. Thanks to Akeem and Matteo, for your open hearts and minds and to the crew/creative team for your artistry. Up next: Touchtones at The Arden, fall ’17. Love to M, D, R, M & D. www.alexkeiper.com

Matteo Scammell (Don) seen in last years provocative thriller Smoke, is ecstatic to return to Theatre Exile with this excellent cast and crew. Recent credits include: Philadelphia – The Legend of Georgia McBride (Arden), Hand to God (Philadelphia Theater Co.); New York City – Holden (George & Co.); Touring – Gentleman Volunteers (Pig Iron). Thank you Matt, Deb, Joe, Linda, David, Gayle, Whit, Alex C., Jess, Alex K., Akeem. Love to Mom, Dad, Olivia and Lee. BFA UArts. Next Up: A World Premiere with New Paradise Laboratories featuring the compositions of Bhob Rainey (Fringe 2017) & Blood Wedding (Wilma).

Jahzeer Terrell (Black Neighbor/ Jackson understudy) a Philly native actor, teaching artist, VO artist, and musician and he is super excited to be making his Exile debut! Previous production credits include Revolution Shakespeare, Azuka Theatre, Arden Theatre Co., Commonwealth Classic Theatre Co., and Cliveden House. Love to friends and family!

Frank Nardi Jr. (White Neighbor/Don understudy) is a recent graduate from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Acting. UArts: Servant of Two Masters, Love, too, will ruin us, I Know the Way Home, Ladybug Skins, God’s Ear, Pocatello and The Real Whisper. Off-Broadway: Tony and Tina’s Wedding. National Tour: Tony and Tina’s Wedding. Regional: Love, too, will ruin us (Stage-reading/Simpatico), Brutish (Stage-reading/InterAct). 11 operas with the Philadelphia Opera Company. Films: Hitch, Invincible, Tenderness, Shooter and Of Darkness. Bravo Channel Production Assistant and Cast Wrangler for “Top Chef” and “Work of Art”. One-Man Show, All Day Affair – Philadelphia SoLow Festival
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Madison Auch (White Neighbor/ Suzy Understudy) is an actor, musician, and teaching artist dedicated to telling stories and cultivating enthusiasm. She recently graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and has since worked at theaters such as the Arden Theatre, Society Hill Playhouse, Candlelight Theatre, Theatre Horizon, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and the Walnut Street Theatre. Madison is incredibly excited to be working on this production, and would like to thank the entire production team, her family, friends, and the weirdos she lives with for their continued love and support.

Matt Pfeiffer (Associate Artistic Director/ Director) is a Philly born actor and director who serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Exile. For Exile, he’s directed over 10 productions including the Barrymore Award winning production of The Whale and The Invisible Hand. Recent directing credits; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Arden Theatre) Hand to God (Philadelphia Theatre Company ) and the Los Angels premiere of Completeness (Firefly/VS Theatre). Other credits; Two River Theatre, Walnut St. Theatre, Delaware Theatre Co, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Lantern Theatre, The Gulfshore Playhouse, UArts, and 17 sea-sons with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Matt is a twelve-time Barrymore nominee and winner, for his direction of The Whale and The Invisible Hand (Theatre Exile). He’s also a recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award. Thanks to the entire exile crew and this amazing group of collaborators. Love to Kim and John

Jessica Darling (Stage Manager) Jess is a Philadelphia-based stage and production manager. This is her fourth season in Exile. Jess has also worked with 11th Hour Theatre Company, FringeArts, Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, New Paradise Laboratories, Flashpoint, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Maples Repertory Theatre, and Mauckingbird Theatre Company. Black lives matter. Be a light.

Thom Weaver (Scenic and Lighting Designer) For Theatre Exile: 12 productions including Lost GirlsThe WhaleAnnapurna, and Knives in Hens.  New York and regional credits include: Signature Theatre (NY), Roundabout, NYSF/Public, Primary Stages, Pilobolus, Chicago Shakespeare, Milwaukee Rep, Arden Theatre, New Paradise Laboratories, Wilma Theater, PLTC, Azuka, EgoPo, George St, Shakespeare Theater, Folger, Roundhouse, Huntington, Syracuse Stage, Cal Shakes, Children’s Theatre Company, CenterStage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hangar Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto, Pittsburgh Public, and Yale Rep among others. 3 Barrymores (21 nominations), Jeff Award, 4-time Helen Hayes nominee, and 2 AUDELCO Awards. Education: Carnegie Mellon and Yale.

Flora Vassar (Props Master) is a Philadelphia-based prop maker and stage manager. Recent prop projects include Exile’s Tommy & Me, Guards at the Taj, and Lost Girls, the Lantern’s 36 Views, and He Who Gets Slapped with the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective. In her other life, she is stage manager and lighting supervisor for the physical theater/contemporary circus show Air Play, which has been presented in nine cities on four continents (so far). Flora serves on the board of directors of The Resource Exchange, Philly’s creative reuse center, and helped pilot Pop Up Repair, a theater-based intervention in the cycle of use-and-discard consumer goods. Current: ASM for 1812’s Happy Birthday. Next up: Air Play in Charleston WV and Bethlehem PA; SM for Pig Iron’s A Period of Animate Existence.

Alison Roberts (Costume Designer) Buzzer is Alison Roberts’ 17th show with Theatre Exile- her first show was in 2006. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from Rowan University and an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from Illinois State University. She has been freelance designing in the Greater Philadelphia Area for the last sixteen years. She’s worked with the Arden Theatre Company, The National Constitution Center, Delaware Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre, 1812 Productions, Theatre Horizon and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. For more information check out www.alisonrobertsdesign.com

J. Alex Cordaro (Fight Director) Alex has been studying, performing, and directing Theatrical Violence for the past thirty years. Alex has directed fights for The McCarter, The Actors Theater, The Wilma, Philadelphia Theater Company, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, The Lantern, Theater Exile, Inis Nua, The Arden, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Amaryllis Theater Company, Philadelphia Opera Company, “Forensic Files” on TRU TV, and others. Alex’s choreography has been sailing all across Europe and the Caribbean for the past seven years in Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s productions of Saturday Night Fever, and Columbus, Return to the Caribbean! Alex has directed numerous fights for Philadelphia area dance companies and colleges. Alex is a Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors, a three time Barrymore Award Nominee, and was featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Project Discovery” series: Careers in the Arts; Fight Director.

Larry D. Fowler, Jr. (Sound Designer) is honored to be making a design debut at Theatre Exile. He has been sound designing in Philadelphia and neighboring counties for a number of years. Notable work this season includes Polyphone Festival (Univ. Of the Arts), Notes of a Native Song (Wilma/Fringe Arts), The Elementary Space Time Show (UArts/Fringe Arts), Informed Consent (Lantern Theater), Shitheads (Azuka Theater), White (Theater Horizon), and the upcoming production of How To Use A Knife (Interact). Larry is currently the Master Sound Design Lecturer at The University of the Arts. Thanks to Theater Exile, the entire cast, crew, and production team, and his ladies Maureen, Olivia, and Lupita.

 

Tracey Scott Wilson

Co-producer of “The Americans” on FX. Recent productions include Prep at Pillsbury House Theatre; Buzzer at the Public Theater, Goodman Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, and the Guthrie Theater; and The Good Negro and The Story at the Public Theater as well as the Goodman Theatre. Additional productions: Order My Steps for Cornerstone Theater’s Black Faith/AIDS project in Los Angeles; Exhibit #9, which was produced in New York City by New Perspectives Theatre and Theatre Outrageous; Leader of the People, which was produced at New Georges; two ten-minute plays produced at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis; and a ten-minute play produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Tracey has had readings at the New York Theatre Workshop, Second Stage Theatre, the Public Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Soho Theatre Writers Centre in London. She won the 2014 Joyce Award, two Van Lier Fellowships from the New York Theatre Workshop, a residency at Sundance Ucross and Sundance Theatre Laboratory, the 2001 Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, the 2003 AT&T Onstage Award, the 2004 Whiting Award, the 2004 Kesselring Prize, the 2007 Weissberger Playwriting Award, as well as the 2007 Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship. In 2009, she was the writer-in-residence at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. She has taught and guest lectured at several schools including Brown University, Yale University, Rutgers University, and NYU. The Story and The Good Negro have been published by Dramatists Play Service. Ms. Wilson holds a master’s degree in English Literature from Temple University.