A Tale of Two Cities
Cobbled Together by the Brothers Lovejoy

CRAIG FOLS (Playwright/Director) began putting on plays in his grandmother’s basement when he was 5 years old. At 19, he moved to New York to study at Circle in the Square Theatre School, having already acted professionally in summer stock and dinner theater. Early off-Broadway credits included playing Colleen Dewhurst’s son in THE TRIALS OF MRS. SURRATT by Lanie Robertson, and originating the role of Kenneth Halliwell in NASTY LITTLE SECRETS at Primary Stages. At 30, he wrote his first comedy, BUCK SIMPLE, which he played in various downtown venues, including La MaMa, before it was published in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS 1994-95. At 40, he began his association with THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS, originating the role of The Leading Man, and playing it for more than 500 performances (Original Cast Album, Jay Records).  He subsequently directed a reconceived production at the Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia. As a writer, he has received the Berrilla Kerr Award, the BMI Workshop Harrington Award, and several residencies at the Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk.  

EZRA BARNES (Avery) is an actor, producer, director and teacher. His appearances Off-Broadway include the acclaimed New York premiere of Fraser Grace's Breakfast With Mugabe, nominated for Best New Play by the Off-Broadway Alliance and a NY Times and Time Out critics pick. Ezra also produced Breakfast With Mugabe. TV includes the hit YouTube series Group, Orange is the New Black, The Sinner, Jessica Jones and New Amsterdam. Films include Motherless Brooklyn, Noah, Unintended, Joshua, Once More With Feeling. Ezra received the Outstanding Director Award from the Connecticut Critics Circle for his direction of The Diary of Anne Frank at Playhouse on Park. Ezra is the Founding Artistic Director of Connecticut's Shakespeare on the Sound, and lead the company for 13 seasons. Since 2003, Ezra has run Brooklyn’s Young Actors Workshop. EzraBarnes.com.

MICHAEL GABRIEL GOODFRIEND (Bunce) Centenary Stage: Hovstad in “An Enemy of the People”, Ali in “The English Bride”. NEW YORK: 59E59 Theaters, Pearl Theatre, Irondale Ensemble, Pecadillo Theatre, B.H. Barry’s “Treasure Island”. LOS ANGELES: Fountain Theatre, East L.A. Classic Theatre, Met Theatre, Will & Company, A Noise Within, Playwrights Arena. REGIONAL: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (2013-18), Fulton Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Huntington Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Triad Stage, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, Madison Rep, Seven Angels, Yale Rep. INTERNATIONAL: National Theatre of Korea. FILM & TV: First, Jackson, The Commission, The Shrink Is In, Monk, The District, Helter Skelter, Strong Medicine, L.A. Doctors, To Serve and Protect, A Will of Their Own. RADIO: “Left Jab” (Sirius XM),“Edge of Sports” (Sirius XM); “The Majority Report” (Air America). Playwright: Wasted! The History of Public Education in America and How it Got That Way (Irondale), “Dear Father…” A Kafka Cabaret (O’Neill Playwrights Conference Semifinalist). PODCASTS: Next Chapter Podcasts (Head of Scripted Fiction, Executive Producer of Play On Podcasts); Awards: Best Supporting Actor, Intimate Apparel (Pittsburgh Post Gazette), Garland Award, Beast on the Moon (Fountain Theatre), Helen Hayes Award nominee, Measure For Pleasure (Woolly Mammoth Theatre). Training: Yale School of Drama (MFA).

JEN VARBALOW (Set & Prop Design). is a freelance Set Designer in NYC. She is so excited to be working on this wonderful play with old and new collaborators. Past credits include designs for Bryant Park, Drilling Company/Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, MultiStages, JACK, NYMF, Broadway Bound Festival, New York Deaf Theatre, Resonance Ensemble, The Artful Conspirators, The Workshop Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Theatre Garden, City Lights Youth Theater, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, DR2 Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park. During the pandemic she has applied her skills to collaborating on a short film for the Reverb Festival, creating designs for a socially distanced version of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, designing dancing mailboxes for Get Out the Vote campaigns and creating virtual theater with students. Jennifer is a Master Teaching Artist with the Roundabout Theatre Company and an Adjunct Professor at Citytech and Bloomsburg University. She has an MFA from Brandeis and a BFA from Rutgers University. Member of USA local-829

MEGHAN REEVES (Costume Design) is a Assistant Professor of Fashion and Costume at Centenary University. Before coming to Centenary, Professor Reeves worked for 12 years in the K-12 public education system in varied roles from classroom teacher of fashion to district supervisor of the arts. She has also been a freelance costume designer for several years working with many theaters across the state of NJ. Her latest endeavor is a YouTube channel for sewing and fashion tutorials called Meghan Grace DIY.

EDWARD R. F. MATTHEWS (Lighting Designer) Ed is a member of the fulltime staff of the University Performing Arts department at William Paterson University, where earlier this year he directed and designed I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change for the Music Department at WPU. As a professional director, designer, and performer he has worked for a variety of professional companies in around NYC. He is also the producing director of the New Jersey Playwrights Contest, which produces new plays and musicals by N.J, authors. For the NJPC he directed: It’s All About the Kids by Caytha Jentis; Daybreak, by Bobby Cronin; an early version of the Off-Broadway hit Disenchanted! by Dennis Giacino; and most recently: The Grand Tour by Lia Romeo. He has designed the lighting for many shows here at the Sitnick Theater including Mary Poppins; Dracula; and, later this fall, A Christmas Carol Complete, by Stephen Temperly.

EMILY DUNCAN (Sound Design) Musician and sound designer Emily Duncan is an electrifying, theatrical performer redefining what it means to be an artist in today’s musical landscape. As a flutist, Emily has performed with The Ambient Orchestra, The New Juilliard Ensemble, AXIOM, and the New York Summergarden Series. In New York, she has performed in a wide array of venues such as The New York Transit Museum, MoMA, The New York Times Building, The Colony Club, and Alice Tully Hall. Her sound design work has been featured with Outlet Ensemble's “Brilliant Traces,” the Here We Go Festival, Michael Shenefelt's “Heloise” at the 2019 Broadway Bound Festival, and PasticheNYC's Persuasion, which was recorded, mixed, and debuted in quarantine. Emily is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

JACKIE MARIANI (Stage Manager) Some Credits Include: FOODIES with Speranza Theatre Company, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar with Shakespeare Live!, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised], A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tartuffe, Buried Child, The Three Musketeers and As You Like It at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, The George Street Playhouse’s Educational Tour 2015 Season, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a collaboration between the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, The One Minute Play Festival at Luna Stage, and Legally Blonde and Mamma Mia! at Fair Moon Productions.

SAM MATTINGLY (Press) is founder of SMCS & senior consultant. She has a long and distinguished career in publicity and has worked as an entertainment publicist, unit publicist, and as a corporate communication officer with the Harlem Urban Development Corporation, 1-800-Flowers, L’Oréal USA and MasterCard WorldWide. Recognized as a passionate and fiercely committed professional, she brings her unique perspective and wealth of experience to helping address the needs of her clients. She is expert at utilizing a mix of both traditional, digital, and social media to advance outcomes. Sam’s passion for research, storytelling, and her insatiable thirst for continuous development and an understanding of changes influencing her field, informs her strategic approach on every project that she takes on. (www.SMCommunicationsolutions.com)

DOUG BARRON (Graphics & Web Design) This is Doug's 32nd year designing graphics, typesetting and web sites for many Off and Off-Off-Broadway theatres and productions, and for numerous artists and performers including Ezra Barnes, whom he first met on a street in Brooklyn when they were both playing in To Kill a Mockingbird. He also designed graphics and website for the Off-Broadway premiere of Breakfast With Mugabe, also produced by Two Planks Productions. Plazadesktoppublishing.com.

Two Planks & a Passion Productions, LLC, Ezra Barnes, founder: There is an old saying that all you need to make theater are two planks and a passion. While that doesn’t really hold true in the modern world, the spirit still exists. Two Planks is devoted to bringing compelling theater to an engaged audience. Its first production, the New York premiere of Fraser Grace’s Breakfast With Mugabe, ran for 100 performances Off-Broadway in 2013-14, was a critics pick for the New York Times and Time Out and was nominated for Best New Play by the Off-Broadway Alliance. TwoPlanks..

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