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Lost Girls

Written by John Pollono
Directed by Joe Canuso
February 16, 2017 — March 12, 2017

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

Featuring Catharine Slusar, Molly Ward, Sean Bradley, Amy Frear, Susanne Collins, Trevor William Fayle

When Erica, their sixteen-year-old daughter, goes missing during a winter storm, Maggie and Lou—former high school sweethearts, now divorced—are forced to confront the legacy of their past decisions. Filled with poignant passions and dark humor, Lost Girls is a hard-hitting drama about the women of a blue-collar family struggling to rise above their limited prospects, in a world indifferent to their struggles, to prevent history from repeating itself.

Sean Bradley (Lou) is delighted to make his Theatre Exile debut! Thanks to Joe and Deborah for making it possible, and Clare for the constant love and support. Love to Mom and Dad. Past Credits Include: Metamorphoses, Macbeth, Three Sisters u/s, The History Boys u/s (Arden Theater), The Glass Menagerie (Act II Playhouse), Hansel and Gretel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, Hamlet, She Stoops to Conquer, Antigone, The Merchant of Venice, The Venetian Twins, Apology, Measure for Measure (Quintessence Theatre Group), Five Kings (Revolution Shakespeare), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale (Delaware Shakespeare Festival), Lord of the Flies (Curio Theatre), Hamlet, As You Like It
(Philadelphia Shakespeare), Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Horizon). Training: University College Dublin (MA), The University of the Arts (BFA).

Susanne Collins (Girl) is so excited to be making her Theatre Exile debut! A graduate of the University of the Arts, she is a founding member of the Plant Me Here artist collective, and is one half of the performance duo Miniature Refrigerator Operator alongside Kevin Meehan. Recent credits: The House at the End of the World (Plant Me Here, 2016 Fringe), Nowhere Fast (Sam Tower + Ensemble/BRAT Pro-ductions), Two Walkens (MiniFridgeOp), Swamp Is On (Pig Iron w/ Dr. Dog). Much love and thanks to Joe and Deb, her family, the moms, and of course Kevin.

Trevor William Fayle (Boy) is elated to be making his second showing on the exile stage! Some recent credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare in Clark Park), The Radicalization of Bradley Manning (Inis Nua), Photograph 51 (Lantern Theatre), and The Whale (Theatre Exile). Thanks to Kevin, Drew & the Family. Love, as always, to Campbell.

Amy Frear (Penny) is thrilled to be working with Theatre Exile. A graduate of Temple University, she holds her MFA in Acting from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has performed with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Opera House Arts, Hedgerow, Found Theater, and on various devised experimental projects. www.amyfrear.com

Catherine Slusar (Linda) is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, and has been performing in Philadelphia since arriving in 1995. A native of Connecticut, she stud-ied theater at Yale. In Philadelphia she has performed at Exile: Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Barrymore Best Actress) Emma in Annapurna (Barrymore Nominee), Faye in Iron (Barrymore Nominee); The Arden: all roles in The Syringa Tree (Barrymore Nominee), Gi in Northeast Local, among others. She’s also per-formed at InterAct, Live Arts Festival, Lantern, People’s Light, Act 2, Shake-speare in Clark Park, and Bristol River-side. Outside of Philadelphia, Catharine has acted in NYC, Minneapolis, CT, MI, Russia, and Norway. Catharine is the recipient of The F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Artists, a Barrymore Award, and an Independence Fellowship. She is an Assistant Professor at Bryn Mawr and has taught at Rowan, Yale, Özel Bilgi Lisesi in Turkey, and she has an ongoing partnership with a k-12 school in South Philadelphia, EM Stanton, where she works on Shakespeare.

Molly Ward (Maggie) New York: Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theater, Ma Yi Theater, 59E59 Theaters Soho Rep, NY International Fringe Festival, Woodshed Collective, Brick Theater, HERE, Ohio Theater, Theater for the New City, PS122, Ontological Hysteric Theater, 4th Street Theater. Regional: Ameri-can Repertory Theater, Hartford Stage, Denver Center, Pioneer Theater, Playmaker’s Repertory Theater,
Bard Summerscape, Barrington Stage, Provincetown Theater. International Festivals: Edinburgh International Festival, Festival D’Automne, Theater Der Welt, and more. TV: Jessica Goldberg’s The Path with Aaron Paul (Hulu), Ali LeRoi’s Are We There Yet? (TBS). Short film Creator: The Art of Wooing, The Martha series. Education: MFA Harvard/Moscow Art Theater School, BA Vassar College. Native of Philadelphia making my Philadelphia debut.

Joe Canuso (Director) is the Founding Artistic Director of Theatre Exile and has directed many of their shows including Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Annapurna, A Behanding in Spokane, That Pretty Pretty, Mr. Marmalade, Red Light Winter, The Gin Game, Burkie, and Belmont Avenue Social Club, as well as the world premieres of RIZZO, Last Call, Amputation Nation, Cryptome, Big Blonde, Live at the Apollo Diner, The Frankenharry Plays, and most recently Tommy And Me by Ray Didinger. He was nominated by the Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Direction of a Play three times and was named Best Director in 2009 by The Philadelphia Weekly for Blackbird. He was nominated as Best Director for a Phindie Award for The North Plan in 2013 and won last year for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?. He was part of Exile’s Barrymore Award winning ensemble for Glengarry Glen Ross in 2007. And he has performed internationally in London, Prague and throughout Italy….For all the amazing women in my life especially Trish, who has kept me from losing my way these last thirty years.

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. This show is dedicated to all those whose voices have been silenced.

Colin McIlvaine (Scenic Designer) Most recent design credits include: Rizzo (PTC),The Invisible Hand, Smoke (Theatre Exile), #The Revolution (Interact Theatre). Colin’s recent assistant and associate design credits include: The Little Match Girl (Spoleto), Futurity (Soho Rep/Ars Nova), Dr. Dog: Swamp is On (Pig Iron/Dr. Dog), Sunset o639 (BalletX). In addition to his freelance career, Colin is an adjunct lecturer at The University of the Arts and Temple University. B.A. University of Maryland; MFA Scenic Design Temple University. www.colinmcilvaine.com

Flora Vassar (Props Master) is a Philadelphia-based prop maker and stage manager. Recent favorite prop projects include Exile’s Tommy and Me and Guards at the Taj, the Lantern’s 36 Views and He Who Gets Slapped with the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective. In her other life, she stage manages the physical theater/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. (Look for the RE in the credits of Split!) Next up: Air Play in Dallas and 1812’s Happy Birthday.

Katherine Fritz (Costume Designer) Glad to be back at Exile after Tommy and Me, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Rizzo, The North Plan, and Annapurna (Barrymore Award Nomination, Outstanding Costume Design). Recent designs: Signature Theatre, the Arden, 1812 Productions, InterAct, Inis Nua, New Paradise Labs, Theatre Horizon, Act II Playhouse, the Lantern, Azuka, Quintessence, Pig Iron, and the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, where she is a resident designer. Adjunct faculty at Montgomery County Community College, and teaching residencies at McCarter Theatre and Delaware Theatre Company. Recent publications at American Theatre, the Sondheim Review, Broad Street Review, New York Times, Washington Post, among others.

Elizabeth Atkinson (Sound Designer & Composer) is delighted to be working with Theatre Exile for the first time. Liz is currently based in Philadelphia, after many years in Pittsburgh where she was Resident Sound Designer at the City Theatre Company. Her freelance career includes regional theatre credits at The Wilma, Simpatico Theatre Project, InterAct Theatre, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Quantum Theatre, and Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named her sound designer of the year in 2003, 2006, and 2007. She is a faculty member at Swarthmore College, and previously at Point Park University and Carnegie Mellon University. Liz has also had the honor of exhibiting at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Prague Quadrennials.

Thom Weaver (Lighting Designer) Exile: 11 productions including The WhaleKnives in Hens, and Tommy and Me. Credits include: Arden, Wilma, PTC, Signature, Roundabout, NYSF/Public, Primary Stages, Pilobolus, Chicago Shakespeare, Milwaukee Rep,, Shakespeare Theatre, George St, Huntington, Syracuse Stage, Cal Shakes, Children’s Theatre Company, CenterStage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Lincoln Center Festival Spoleto, Pittsburgh Public, and Yale Rep among others. 3 Barrymores (20 nominations), Jeff Award, 4-time Helen Hayes nominee, and 2 AUDELCO Awards. Education: Carnegie Mellon and Yale.

Peter Schmitz (Dialect Coach) has worked on dialects for the Wilma Theater’s productions of Constellations, When the Rain Stops Falling, The Hard Problem, and Cherokee. He has recently coached dialects for student productions at Swarthmore College (Dublin by Lamplight, Mad Forest) and the University of Pennsylvania (Eumenides). A graduate of Yale College and NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, he has appeared with many local theater companies, including the Arden, Act II Playhouse, InterAct, Philadelphia Theatre Co., the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and the Walnut Street Theatre. Nationally, he has acted with such companies as the Guthrie Theatre and Yale Rep, and appeared on Broadway in My Fair Lady. Peter is a teacher of Theater History at the Ira Brind School of the University of the Arts. Many thanks to Steve Gravelle for his assistance!

Joe Pollono

Joe Pollono is an award-winning writer and actor living in Los Angeles. He wrote and performed in his highly acclaimed play Small Engine Repair, which ran in Los Angeles (Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Gar-land, LA Weekly Award for Best Production) and off-Broadway in the Fall of 2013 (New York Times Critic’s Choice, Top Ten Huffington Post, Daily Beast and OUT Magazine). His award-winning play Lost and Found enjoyed a sold-out, extended run at FringeNYC 2010 and Illuminati won Best Play at the 2010 Network One-Act Festival in New York City. John’s play Lost Girls enjoyed a critically-acclaimed, five-month sold out World Premiere run in Los Angeles. John is a founding member of Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles, where he serves on its Art Board.