Alternative Methods
A new play by Patricia Davis
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Cast - 2010 Capital Fringe and 2010 New York International Fringe

Hend Ayoub Hend Ayoub "Rima Al-Badrani"

Born and raised in the Middle East, Hend moved to the US four years ago and has since co-starred in the Emmy Award-winning film Death of a President, Comedy Central's The Watch List, and most recently in Mark Taper Forum's production of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (U/S), directed by Moises Kaufman. She has also co-starred in the award-winning film Private about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and appears regularly on the Israeli television version of Sesame Street. NY Theatre: the past four New York Arab-American Comedy Festivals, The Lark Theatre's BareBones production of Bengal Tiger, the 2008 NY Fringe Festival's Meanwhile in Baghdad, and Culture Connection Theater's production of Betty Shamieh's play Roar. She has also done voice-overs for NBC's Saturday Night Live. Hend is a graduate of Haifa University with a degree in Acting.

John Greenleaf John Greenleaf "Robert Fulton"

As a four-year member of John Houseman's The Acting Company, John toured to theatres from the Kennedy Center in Washington to the American Place Theatre Off-Broadway, to the Australian Elizabethan Theatre in Sydney. Over the next 10 years John worked with regional theaters across the US, including the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, the South Coast Rep in LA, and PCPA Theatre Fest in Santa Maria, CA. As a four-year member of the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, John appeared in thirteen plays including the first American production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (which toured to the Blackstone Theatre in Chicago in partnership with Second City) and as Christy Mahon in the Emmy-winning Theatre in America, PBS presentation of The Playboy of the Western World. Recently, John played Victor in The Price for the Chester Theatre Center and Mickey in Parking Lot Lonely Heart for The Boomerang Theatre in New York. John also served four years as Artistic Director and Co-founder of Shakespeare on the Hudson in Athens, NY. He recently directed Twelfth Night for the NEA’s “Shakespeare for a New Generation Project” at The Cincinnati Playhouse and The Gravity of Honey by Bruce Rogers for the Chester Theatre Center.

Charlie Kevin Charlie Kevin "Mike Flemming"

Broadway (tour): Take Me Out (Joe Mantello, dir.), Off-Broadway: Feast of the Flying Cow (Rattlestick), Camino Real (The Actor’s Studio), Blue Moon Over Memphis (Here, Lincoln Center Play Festival), Cavemen (Nat’l Black Theatre of Harlem), Where We're Born (Playwright’s Collective). Regional Theatre: Portland Stage Co., Dallas Theatre Center, Seattle Rep., The Old Globe, Denver Center Theatre Co., Missouri Rep., American Stage, Milwaukee Rep., Florida Stage, Playhouse on the Square. Film & Television: Sopranos, Law & Order: SVU, One Life to Live, Outloud, The Night Brings Charlie, Say Yes Quickly.

Julie Kline Julie Kline "Susan Fulton"

Acting Credits include Birthday, Don't Pet the Zookeeper, Fall Forward, Three Sisters, and The Ride (Rising Phoenix Rep), Moment of Zen (Women's Project), Sometimes After Dinner (EST), Crash! and The S(he) Experiment (Roots & Branches Theater), Secret Rendezvous (HERE), AOI! (Japan Society/The South Wing), The Eliots and transFigures (Stillpoint Productions), No Place Like Home (Steppenwolf), and her own solo play, Remedies (Ontological-Hysteric, Theater, Gene Frankel Theatre, and Estrogenius Festival). Readings and workshops with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New Georges, Primary Stages, 3LD, MCC. Web series: "The All-for-Nots" - Michael Eisner/Vuguru Productions; "Help Wanted" - Imua! Theatre and Film Co. Julie is an Artistic Associate of Rising Phoenix Rep and Literary Associate of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Assistant Director: The Rabbi Project, Lady (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Too Much Memory (RPR/Piece by Piece Productions). Producer: Slipping (RPR/Piece by Piece/Rattlestick), Gift, Telling Trilogy, 365 Days/365 Plays, Rules of the Universe (RPR), We Got Issues! (1 + 1+1=ONE/V-Day). BFA in Acting, The Theatre School, DePaul University.

Alok Tewari Alok Tewari "Dr. Mohammed Al-Badrani"

Theatre credits include Masked (Buenos Aires); Inana (Denver Center Theatre); There or Here (Hypothetical Theatre NYC); Rafta, Rafta (The New Group); War (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); The Power of Darkness (Mint Theatre); Betrothed (Ripe Time); Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Lark Play Development Center); India Awaiting (Immediate Vision, NYC); The American Revolution (Inverse Theater); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); and Marco Polo (The Group - Argentina). Television credits include Bored to Death; Fringe; Law & Order; L&O: Criminal Intent; L&O: SVU; Guiding Light. Film credits include Brooklyn's Finest. Training: Public Theatre's Shakespeare Lab; New School University MFA.

Creative Staff

Patricia Davis Patricia Davis Playwright & Producer

Patricia Davis’ play, “Alternative Methods,” has been selected for readings at Urban Stages (New York), Georgia College and State University, and Catholic University, in collaboration with Theater J, and was produced in the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival and the Capital Fringe Festival.  With torture survivor Dianna Ortiz, Patricia co-authored The Blindfold’s Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth (Orbis, 2002), receiving Best First-Time Author and Best History/Biography awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada and a Best Book Award from Spirituality and Health magazine. From 1992 to 1997 she was communications director at the Guatemala Human Rights Commission (GHRC/USA). In 1997 Patricia joined GHRC’s board of directors, and from 2004 to 2006 she served as the organization’s interim executive director.  She has been a featured human rights speaker at the Cleveland City Club, the Committee against Political Assassinations, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Haverford College, Georgetown University, and the University of Texas at Austin. She chairs the board of directors of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International.  Her articles have appeared in The Nation and Hispanic magazines, and her poetry and translations have been published in literary journals such as Tar River Poetry, Poet Lore, New Laurel Review, and Smartish Pace.  She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at American University and her BA in English at Carleton College.

Josh Liveright Josh Liveright Director

Josh Liveright is a writer, director, producer, and actor. In 1989, he graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Theater and Creative Writing and then spent a year as an apprentice at the prestigious Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky. In 1990 he produced Momentary Lapses, a collection of short plays, featuring writers such as Steven Dietz, Neal Bell, and John Glore, garnering praise from both the New York Times and the Village Voice. In 1991 he co-founded Zena Group, a not-for-profit theater and film collective based in TriBeCa. As Zena Group’s artistic director Josh produced New York premieres of plays by Mark O’Donnell, Jose Rivera, Neena Beber, Richard Strand, and Gilbert Girion; several broadcast quality videos including Positive Voices, a documentary featuring interviews with long-term survivors of HIV and AIDS; and original projects such as the Thoughts Modern Festival of New Works and Timsloft, an ongoing late-night series of multi-media performance. As a writer, Josh has written plays, screenplays, short stories, and several comedic one-act plays, many which have been staged at New York Performance Works, One Dream Theater, and the Interart Annex as part of Timsloft. Three of his plays have been featured as part of the Turnip Festival of Fifteen Minute Plays, and another, The Suicide Society, was a finalist at the Actors Theatre of Louisville 2002 Humana Festival of New American Plays. His play, Mississippi Sundown, won best play at the River Play Festival in Beacon New York. His screenplay, Sublet, was optioned by the producer Anne Harrison in collaboration with Jersey Films. In March of 2006, the Development Series presented a workshop production of Josh’s multi-media play, Hades_Pluto Aspect, directed by Sonja Rzepski. Illumination Rounds, a dystopian two-hander, produced in October of 2007, was directed by Paul Smithyman. As a filmmaker, Josh has produced several short films including Let Go, runner-up for best short at the 1997 Hamptons International Film Festival and nominated for best short at the US Comedy Arts Film Festival. In the summer of 2004 he produced the feature film, How You Look To Me, starring Frank Langella, recently released on DVD. Currently he works for the television show Law & Order: Criminal Intent as a production accountant.

Paul Smithyman Scenic Director

Paul is a 15-year veteran of Off-Off-Off Broadway and Broadway. He works as a director, producer, scenic designer and production manager. Some design credits include Ruin Those Pretty Hands, by Carla Sarr; Roadhouse, created by Tim Haskell; Illumination Rounds, by Josh Liveright; 33 to Nothing, by Grant James Varjas; Viva Patshiva, by David Jenness; and Last Life, by Eric Sanders. Paul has been resident designer for Nightmare Haunted House NYC for the past 6 years, created by Tim Haskell. Directing credits include Triggers, by Gerald Cosgrove & Paul Smithyman, The Memory of Love's Refrain, by Brett C. Leonard, Lapis Blue Blood Red, by Cathy Caplan, Illumination Rounds, by Josh Liveright, and Viva Patshiva, by David Jenness. Paul was Co-Artistic Director of The Interart Development Series from 1994-2004, with over 30 productions produced. He has over 100 production credits at Lincoln Center Theater, including South Pacific, Coast of Utopia, and Contact.

Elyse Handleman Scenic Artist

Design credits: Somewhere In Between, Deflowering Waldo (Collaborative Stages); Senior Dance Production (Juilliard); You Never Can Tell, Two By Fassbinder, The Changeling, Assassins (University of Michigan). Prop Design: Long Days Journey...(York Shakespeare); Top Of the Heap (Gallery Players). As Assistant: CenterStage, UrbanStages, Youth at Arts, Edinburgh Fringe, Two River Theatre, Playmakers Rep. BFA, U. of Michigan.

Dante Olivia Smith Lighting Designer

Dante Olivia Smith is a Scenic and Lighting Designer for theatre and dance. New York productions include scenery for Cake Productions Modern Dance For Beginners, lighting for Four, a new musical, and Child of Hungry Times. In Seattle she has worked both as a lighting and scenic designer with notable companies and performers include UMO Ensemble, Mike Daisey, Live Girls, Freehold Theatre Lab, and Velocity Dance Center. Additionally she has worked as an assistant both in lighting and scenery at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, and ACT. She received her BFA in Performance Production from Cornish College of the Arts, also in Seattle. She is currently earning her Masters Degree in Lighting Design from New York Universities Tisch School of the Arts, where she will begin her final year this fall.

David M. Lawson Sound Design

David M. Lawson’s credits, previously with Josh Liveright: Illumination Rounds and Hades Pluto/Aspect (InterArt Theatre, NYC). Recent works include: Christopher Roberts’ Reflections of a Heart (Harold Clurman Theatre); Ionescapes! (Juilliard) dir. Moni Yakim; Rift (NYU) dir. Seret Scott; Inventing Avi (Abingdon Theatre Co.) dir. Mark Waldrop; Hurricane (NYMF) dir. Michael Bush; Not God (Luna Stage) dir. Nancy Robillard; La Casa de Los Espiritus (Repertorio Espanol) dir. Jose Zayas; The First Breeze of Summer (Signature Theatre) dir. Ruben Santiago-Hudson; Southern Promises (PS122) dir. Jose Zayas; several productions with Studio Dante including Sisters, Such Devoted Sisters, directed by Michael Imperioli; Lucy (EST) dir. William Carden; Under Milk Wood, The Cherry Orchard (Juilliard); Scar Tissue (AngelRod Films). Regional: Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Studio Arena, Capital Rep, Alliance Theatre, etc.

Naomi Wolff Costume Design

Naomi Wolff, a native New Yorker, has designed the costumes for over 30 plays and musicals in NYC. She has designed two feature films, Ayiti, Ayiti and Forgetting the Girl, both in post-production. She has also assisted on numerous major motion pictures and television shows. She has her MFA from Brandeis University and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Alex Koch Video Design

Alex Koch leads production and post-production tasks for video installations and short narrative works. Projections design on Broadway: Irena's Vow. Off-Broadway: Langston in Harlem, ReEntry, The Blue Bird, The Oxford Roof Climber's Rebellion (Urban Stages), Pantaleon y Las Visitadoras, The House of the Spirits (Repertorio Espanol), Ghost Light (59e59), #9 (Waterwell), Safe Home, Nobody Suspects a Butterfly (Royal Family Productions), Birdhouse (KNF co.), The Dark Heart of Meteorology (The Assembly), Balaton (Electric Pear). Also design and technical work with New Georges at 3LD, Big Art Group, The Shalimar, and Zena Group. His work was seen at the National Arts Club in 2008.

Judi Lewis Ockler Judi Lewis Ockler Fight Director

Judi Lewis Ockler is a fight director, actor, and stunt performer. Choreography credits: Illumination Rounds (Interart Theatre), Carousel (Count Basie Theatre), Peter Pan (Allentown Symphony Hall), the independent feature The Narrow Gate and Fox TV's “America's Most Wanted." She is an associate artist of the NYC theater companies’ Lady Cavalier Theatre Co, Flying Fig Theatre Co, Kendall Cornell's Clowns EX Machina and has performed/choreographed in over thirty of their productions. NYC/Regional credits include: Barefoot in the Park, Carmen, As You Like It, Peter Pan, Sylvia, The Three Musketeers. Stunt credits include: “Guiding Light,” “Law & Order: CI,” “30 Rock,” and the feature films Across the Universe, Enchanted, The Nanny Diaries, and Tenderness. She also teaches stage combat at NY Conservatory for the Performing Arts/The School for Film & TV, and the American Musical & Dramatic Academy, NYC.

Danielle Teague-Daniels Danielle Teague-Daniels Stage Manager (Capital Fringe)

LAB Debut! Broadway: Production Assistant for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Also National Tour) Off-Broadway: Paradox of the Urban Cliche' (LAByrinth Theater Company) Angela’s Mixtape, God’s Ear (Vineyard and New Georges), Save the World (Roundtable Ensemble), The Green Girl, The Gabriels (SPF) Walls (NY Fringe Festival) The Learned Ladies, The Greeks, Her Majesty the King Regional: BATCH: An American Bachelor/ette Party Spectacle, Nine Parts of Desire, Tuna Christmas, Dracula, Uncle Sam Satiric Spectacular, Ten to Grow On, Moot the Messenger (Actors Theatre Of Louisville), Gee’s Bend (Hartford Stage) Bello is Back (Big Apple Circus) Education:Brooklyn College. Proud member of AEA.

Caskey Hunsader Caskey Hunsader Stage Manager (New York International Fringe Festival)

Caskey Hunsader is excited to be doing his first Fringe show with Alternative Methods. Previous stage management: Whatever Man (NYMF), Love, Janis (natl. tour), If You Give A Pig A Pancake (natl. tour), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC), and Peepshow (Las Vegas). As an actor, he has performed extensively on stage, performs regularly with several groups in New York, and has been a small brown blob in the background of many of your favorite TV shows and movies. Caskey is the creator and star of the comedy series "Fat Guy" (www.fatguyshow.com). Learn more at www.caskeyhunsader.com.

Preeti Nath Assistant Stage Manager

Preeti is originally from Chicago, where she attended The Theatre School at DePaul University. In Chicago she stage managed for Redmoon For Hire, Emerald City Theatre Company, Collision Theatre Company, the Bailiwick Repertory and Theatre-Hikes. She also stage managed for the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY, a Smithnd she has served as production manager for the Route 66 Theatre Company.

Judy Bowman Casting Director

Judy has been casting since 1993. Concentrating on film and theatre, and specializing in ethnic talent, she started her own company in 2003. She casts for New York theater companies, such as the LAByrinth, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Keen Company, and Partial Comfort Productions. She was the New York Casting Director for the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard for several years, also working with Actors Theatre of Louisville and many other great regional theaters.