Michael Joel

Director - Actor - Creator

(732) 245 - 3087

January 15th @ 9PM

January 17th @ 2PM

January 18th @ 7PM

All performances held at Robert Moss Theatre at 440 Studios on 440 Lafayette Street in New York, NY

For tickets email venustheaterfestival@gmail.com with: Youth+Blood+Roses, (your name), (date of show you wish to see)

Tickets are $20 cash at the door

A week after Nick and Sophie's dad comes to town with his younger wife, Yelena, a party is thrown and with the flowing of the wine souls are bared, romances are discovered, and lives are altered forever. This modern adaptation of Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov is an exploration of the twenty-something's desperate need for relevance as an artist.

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Meet the Creative Team:

Jeremy Landes (Adam)- Jeremy is thrilled to be a part of this fantastic new play! NYC/regional credits include: Abducted (reading-Workshop Theater), Eurydice (Princeton Page to Stage), How to Write a Letter (KO Festival), and Insula (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival). University theater credits include: Clybourne Park (Irene Ryan Award nomination), Henry V (Henry), The Glass Menagerie (Tom) and A Streetcar Named Desire. Jeremy has toured high schools across the NJ/NY area with Breaking the Cycle, an anti-bullying theater group and has taught improvisation/acting at Long Lake Camp for the Arts and the Pucci Performing Arts Centre, where he served as the coordinator of the summer drama program. Upcoming: The Winter's Tale (Alexander Kasser Theatre). Education: BFA Acting- Montclair State University. 

Katie Frazer (Mary) -  is an actor, producer, writer based in South Jersey. Most recently, she was seen in Peter Pan is Dead, which was part of Cabrini Repertory Theater’s Thespis Festival this past June. Other credits include Spilling Stuff and Breaking Things (Strangdog Theatre Company), Approaching Silence (chor. By Rebecca Stein), How to Write a Letter (Ko Festival of the Performing Arts), and Spurt of Blood (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center). She received her BA in Theatre Studies from Montclair State University and is also a proud alumnus of the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. Thanks to Michael for this exciting new work and the opportunity to work with some of my dearest friends!

David Acosta (Nick) - a graduate of Montclair State University with a major in Theatre Studies and a minor in Anthropology. He is extremely excited and grateful to be a part of the Venus NY Theatre Festival with his amazing cast and team of YBR. When he isn't acting or working, David is a Hip-Hop musician currently recording his debut album along with many other musical side projects under the stage name Murdock

Aryana Sedarati (Yelena / Makeup & Costume Designer) - is a graduate of Montclair State University with a BFA in Acting. Most recently, Aryana was seen at Hudson Valley Shakespeare festival, appearing in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Panthina), Othello (Senator/Soldier), & A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia/Egeus/Moonshine). Some favorite credits include: Henry V (Archbishop of Canterbury/Mistress Quickly/Constable of France), A Streetcar Named Desire (Inner Blanche), Dracula (Renfield), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa Piretti), Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet), Into the Woods (The Witch). Special thanks to Michael Joel and this amazing cast for their creativity, dedication, focus, and endless supply of laughter.  

Kaitlin Overton (Sophie) -  is thrilled to be playing again alongside this immensely talented ensemble of artists. Kaitlin was last seen in the world premiere of Richard Schechner’s Imagining O at the Alexander Kasser Theatre in Montclair, NJ (East Coast Artists/Peak Performances). THEATRE: Recommended Servings, an original devised work (The Earth Works Project, Genesis Farm, Blairstown, NJ); Windward Hotel (Chester, NJ); You Me Bum Bum Train (dir. Kate Bond, London, UK); Uncivil Wars (dir. David Gordon, Peak Performances); Revolutionary Readings (NJ/NY Tour/TEDx Youth Event, Princeton, NJ). Kaitlin has also interned with the critically acclaimed New York Neo-Futurists (Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, The Kraine Theater). kaitlinoverton.com

Michael Joel (writer/ director) attended Montclair State University as a student of Theatre studies. He most recently directed Peter Pan is Dead for the Thespis Festival at the Cabrini Repertory Theatre, he also assistant directed Basic Help with Strangedog Theatre Company  for the FRIGID Festival in New York.  Other directing credits include, Our Town, Peter/Wendy (assistant director/actor), The Triple Happiness (actor/director), The Glass Menagerie, Savage/Love (director/creator), and  Marat/Sade (director).  Michael has been a member of the how to write a letter residency at the Ko Festival of Performance in Amherst, MA where he has been working with an ensemble of actors, writers, and directors to develop a new ensemble work for the festival. Michael also presented a piece for the devised theatre competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  As an actor Michael has performed in the dance theatre piece we love you get up directed by Chase Brock, Attempts on her Life directed by Debbie Saivetz,  and the role of Captain Hook in Peter/Wendy directed by Jeremy Bloom.

Mike McQuade (Assistant Director) attended Montclair State where he earned a BA in Theatre Studies and graduated with highest honors. Previous directing credits include: No Exit (Montclair State Players); Our Lady of 121st Street, Crumble and his original work Beyond Closed Doors (Montclair State BA Reading Series.) Previous AD credits include: How I Learned to Drive (Montclair State Players); Middletown (Montclair State Department of Theatre and Dance); and a new work Flesh and Blood by Tatiana Suarez-Pico for the KCACTF Directing Intensive in 2013. Mike is making his NY debut.

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