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The Legends (in ten minutes or less) Company

Talbot’s Shadow by Brianna Caraet, directed by Bryant Hernandez
— Featuring Cat Forrest as Flora and David Rolland as Ricky
Offline Daters by David Hogan, directed by Kevin Six
— Featuring Amada O’Ruairc as Janet and David Rolland as Barnett
Suspended by Kurt Kalbfleisch, directed by Kevin Six
— Featuring Erik Cram as Darcy and Don Loper as Dave
The Gospel According to Jess by Jennie Olson Six, directed by Bryant Hernandez
— Featuring Amada O’Ruairc as Jess and Erik Cram as Patrick
The Hunt(s) by Tori Rice, directed by Bryant Hernandez
— Featuring Cat Forrest as Emma and Suzana Norberg as Sami
The Only Real Diner in Town by Tom Steward, directed by Kevin Six
— Featuring Tony Beville as Sam and Don Loper as George
Charles the Great by Thelma Virata de Castro, directed by Bryant Hernandez
— Featuring Suzana Norberg as Charlie and Tony Beville as Charley

Playwright Bios:

Playwright Brianna Caraet, Author of "Talbot's Shadow"Brianna Caraet, Talbot’s Shadow
Brianna is a Human Biology major and Theatre minor at UCSD. The Nomads Theatre Company has produced her work in Evening of One Acts and Variations Play Festivals X, XI, XII, XIII, and XV. She has participated in UCSD 24 Hour Play Festivals and, as Co-Chair for SOAR, wrote and directed four short plays. Brianna is excited to have “Talbot’s Shadow” brought to life by the amazingly talented people of New Play Cafe!

Playwright David Hogan, Author of "Offline Daters"David Hogan, Offline Daters
David Hogan’s stage plays include the NPI award-winning Capital, Fore, and No Sit – No Stand – No Lie, which opened the ‘Resilience of the Spirit’ Human Rights Festival.  His debut novel, The Last Island, published by Betimes Books in Dublin, was an Amazon Bestseller in the U.K. and Australia and a finalist in the 2014 San Diego Book Awards.  You can read more about David on his blog: www.davidhoganwriter.com
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Playwright Kurt Kalbfleisch, Author of "Suspended"Kurt Kalbfleisch, Suspended
Kurt is a freelance writer whose work has been performed in San Diego, West Hollywood, and on college campuses across the U.S. and Canada as part of Derek Dujardin’s The MENding Monologues. He is a 23 year veteran of the United States Navy.
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Playwright Jennie Olson Six, Author of Jennie Olson Six, The Gospel According to Jess
Jennie  helped found New Play Cafe with Lizzie Silverman and her partner in crime and life Kevin Six.  She is grateful to all the talented individuals working on this project.  Her acting credits include: Persuasion – World Premier by Jane Austen, adapted by Jon Jory directed by Carla Nell and produced at On Stage Playhouse. Her writing credits include: Blackout – A new theatre for young audiences play developed by Opehqueh performed through San Diego Junior Theatre; Welcome Home, a full-length play workshopped at New Village Arts through Playwrights Project.
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Playwright Tori Rice, Author of Tori Rice, The Hunt(s)
Tori Rice (King) is honored to be a part of Legends… Plays include The More Men Weigh (Edmonton Fringe Critic’s Favorite), Bottled In, Baby (New Perspective Festival), and personal narrative Yard Sale (SMoCA Lit Lounge), Imperfect (Spark! Powerhouse Theatre), and Magnet & Steel (Scripps Ranch). She is a teaching artist for Playwrights Project, and recently created a site specific piece for Telling Stories: Giving Voice to Foster Youth. Her finest production to date is 7-year-old Sadie, thanks in no small part to her awesome husband, Ron. www.toriking.com

Playwright Tom Steward, Author of

Tom Steward, The Only Real Diner in Town
Tom is a playwright, actor, blogger and educator originally from the UK and now based in San Diego. He is currently shooting a series of horror shorts for Down-the-Block Productions and writing for the TV blog Spoilit.com. Tom has lectured in Film and Television Studies at several UK universities including The University of Warwick and The University of Nottingham. He is the author of the TV blog Watching TV with Americans.

Playwright Thelma Virata de Castro, Author of "Charles the Great"Thelma Virata de Castro, Charles the Great
Thelma wrote # 2 for Hannah Logan’s That 24-Hour Thing in the 2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival. Her full-length Cookies for Prisoners will have a staged reading in Playwrights in Process, Cygnet Theatre’s new play festival, produced in partnership with Playwrights Project, November 7-9, 2014. She founded San Diego Playwrights, an all-volunteer network working to get local writers produced in San Diego. Thanks to New Play Cafe for this fun opportunity!

 Dramaturg Bio:

Jessica Ordon
Jessica is a freelance dramaturg, director, and the literary assistant for Native Voices at the Autry. She recently dramaturged There Is No ‘I’ in NDN by Jenn Bobiwash, for Native Voices, and directed Unplugged by Lizzie Silverman at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Jessica was a dramaturg for the Plays by Young Writers Festival in 2013 and 2014; Todd Goodlett’s Off the Map, for the 2013 Playwrights in Process festival; and was dramaturgy assistant at La Jolla Playhouse for productions Ether Dome, Chasing the Song, Milk Like Sugar and Dram of Drummchicit. She holds a BA in Theatre from Florida State University, and an MA in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University.
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Director Bios:

Bryant HernandezBryant Hernandez: Talbot’s Shadow, The Gospel According to Jess, The Hunt(s), and Charles the Great
Directing credits: NYC: Tricks, Producers Club; Spider Monkeys, John Houseman Studio Theatre. Elsewhere: The Peacock and the Nightingale, San Diego International Fringe Festival; Esperanza Rising, San Diego Junior Theatre; Logan Heights, OnStage Playhouse; Lips Together Teeth Apart, Red Coat, El Jardin, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Bridge to Terabithia, San Diego Junior Theatre, Casa Del Prado Theatre; One Last Mass, 6th@Penn Theatre; On the Corner of Art and Solita Street, AASD Actors Festival/ The Lyceum Theatre; Bachelor Moon (starring Nick Mata and Anne Tran); The Peacemaker, George Street Playhouse Education Tour; Deep Within Our Hearts, PPAC @ GSP; Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical, San Diego Junior Theatre Black Box Performance; The Hobbit, Playhouse Merced; Just Around The Corner, APA Studios; Others: If Men Played Cards as Women Do, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antigone, The Journey of the Skeletons, Line and She’s Leaving Home. Assistant Directed, The Hebrew Bronx School and Sports Book (Starring Dan Lauria and Ralph Macchio), The Blue Heron Theatre, directed by Michael Hillyer. Assistant Directed, The 75th and The Vibrator (Starring Elizabeth Wilson and Tom Aldredge), George Street Playhouse, directed by David Saint; The World Premiere’s The Tortilla Curtain and  Sweet Fifteen, new play by Rick Najera, San Diego Repertory Theatre, both directed by Sam Woodhouse.
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Kevin SixKevin Six: Offline Daters, Suspended, and The Only Real Diner in Town
Kevin has been acting, directing and writing for the stage for over 30 years.  He has appeared at Compass, the Old Globe, Fritz, the Marquis, Swedenborg Hall, Intrepid Shakespeare and Scripps Ranch theatres. Kevin was the 2009-11 Playwright in Residence at Swedenborg Hall.  His play The Art of Love was performed at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in 2013. Read more about Kevin at KevinSix.com.
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Actor Bios:

Tony Beville closeTony Beville: Charley in Charles… and Sam in Diner…
Tony is psyched to part of the New Play Cafe once again, after last year’s bout of time-travel and fighting aliens. Over the years, he’s been seen on stages around San Diego in the various guises of a vampire, a Nazi, a Venetian reprobate, and an absurd English gentleman, among many others. A current resident of Kensington, he most likely rode his bike to this performance.

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sErik CramErik Cram: Patrick in Gospel… and Darcy in Suspended
Erik is a second generation San Diegan who enjoys acting. He is also involved in many other arts, such as drawing, stand up comedy, wilderness survival, among a myriad of other things. Erik thanks all those who have loved and supported him, including Mom, Dad, Kris, Ginnie, and my dearest Bri whose warm shady soft summer love gives me joy and happiness.

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Cat ForrestCat Forrest: Emma in Hunt(s) and Flora in Talbot’s Shadow
Cat will soon be seen in the upcoming independent film south of 8 playing an alcoholic, right-winged mother. Her theatrical background is mostly performing Christmas and Easter plays for a local church and directing female inmates at a minimum security women’s prison. She recently performed in the San Diego Fringe Festival in one of the Breaking Waves short plays. She will now lend her talents to Legends…

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Don LoperDon Loper: Dave in Suspended and George in Diner…
Don has been involved for years in the production of new plays, mostly with the California Young Playwrights Project (and its subsequent iterations,) and most recently with the Out On A Limb series. He has also performed at San Diego Rep’, North Coast Rep’ (directing there as well,) Lamb’s Players, Compass, Moonlight (at the Avo,) Ensemble Arts, and the well missed Bowery Theatre. His most recent role was Marlene in Wet, with the beloved Moxie Theatre.

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Suzana NorbergSuzana Norberg: Sami in Hunt(s) and Charlie in Charles…
Suzana grew up in Wisconsin, the offspring of highly-caffeinated immigrants who encouraged her to pursue a career in nursing. Knowing that her preference would never fly (to her Baltic grandmother, “actress” was synonymous with prostitutka) she chose a career in advertising copywriting. (“Pffffft,” said Grandma.) Eventually, via voiceover and standup, she worked her way over to film (independents, shorts, web series). And she’s thrilled to be making her theater debut with New Play Cafe.

Amada O'RourkeAmada O’Ruairc: Jess in Gospel… and Janet in Offline Daters
Amada loves performance. For almost two years now she has been acting around San Diego County, and hasn’t looked back since. She studies business and advertising alongside acting, and hopes to open her own agency one day in Los Angeles. Theater and camera work intrigue her, and she wishes to grow as a person through the arts. Many thanks to director Kevin Six for his artistic direction, and to David Hogan and Jennie Olson Six for writing such fun pieces. Enjoy the show, by all means.

David RollandDavid Rolland: Barnett in Offline Daters and Ricky in Talbot’s Shadow
Legends marks David’s San Diego stage debut and a return to the theater after a 13-year absence. From age 14, when he starred as Oliver Twist in Oliver!, into his 30s, David performed in academic and community settings, spanning drama, comedy, musicals, Shakespeare and late-night theater. His most recent performance was as Dan in Lee Blessing’s psychological drama Down the Road. In real life, David is the editor of San Diego CityBeat newsweekly.

About

Kevin Six is a co-founder of New Play Cafe. He works as an actor and writer.