A Short Life of Trouble


A Short Life of Trouble: A Play with Appalachian Folk Music
our seventh annual free show in Central Park

EVENT PAGECAST & STAFF

Summit Rock, Central Park
August 9-11, 15-18 at 6:30pm
Preview performance August 8th, 6:30pm

Suggested Donation: $10

Magic is real.

One night, on the edge of an uncertain future, Susan stumbles across a world unlike any she's known and finds a strangely familiar face. Is she what her mother has always said she is: a changeling? Infused with traditional folk music and set in the isolated hills of 1890s Appalachia, A Short Life of Trouble follows the diverging paths of three young women, each seeking an identity, a future, and a home to call their own.

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Helena Anderson HELENA ANDERSON (Fiddler/Ensemble) is excited to have finally escaped into the fairy realm with Everyday Inferno. She got her BFA in Theater at NYU’s Tisch School of the arts through the PHTS, ETW, RADA program, and Stonestreet studios. Her most recent theatrical credits include: Lulu the Broadway Mouse (Lulu) at the 92Y, Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) with the Bradley Beach Arts Council, The Tempest (Ariel) at RADA, The Merchant of Venice (Bassanio) at RADA, Twelfth Night (Viola) at RADA. Thanks so much to Everyday Inferno for letting me be a part of the magick!”
Elizabeth Berkman ELIZABETH BERKMAN (Susie) is thrilled to be working with EITC again! As a Company Collaborator, she was last seen in Bethel Park Falls and their annual If On a Winter's Night. Other NYC readings and productions include Measure for Measure (Isabella), Much Ado About Nothing (Hero), Gabriel (Gabriel), Henry IV  (Hal), and Martyr'd Signs, a Titas Andronicus adaptation (Demetrius). www.elizabethberkman.com, @elizabethberkman
Madeline Brennan MADELINE BRENNAN (Mother) has been performing as an actor/singer for over 40 years. Favorite theater roles include Eva Peron in Evita at Centerstage Theater in Louisville, Nancy in Oliver at Music Theater Louisville; and in NY, Elaine in the original play Five Women at Hudson Guild Theater, Clairee in Steel Magnolias with Gallery Players,  and Mary Gert Conigrave in Holding the Man, a benefit reading for GMHC. Madeline volunteers for Musicians on Call which brings the healing power of music to hospital bedsides. She is also a jazz singer and singer/ songwriter. She is very happy to be joining Everyday Inferno!
Rachael Chau RACHAEL CHAU (Mary/Ensemble) is a fan of folklore and folk music, and is incredibly excited to be working on this new piece! She is a rising senior at NYU Tisch Drama where she studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Rachael also participated in the Disney College Program, and will be attending Stonestreet Studios for Film & Television at NYU this fall. Favorite credits include Sally Bowles (Cabaret), Meg Kincaid (Merrily We Roll Along), and Éponine (Les Misérables).
Amelia Dudley AMELIA DUDLEY (Niamh/Ensemble) is a Brooklyn based actor and proud cat mom. She received her BFA from NYU Tisch and has since trained with The Freeman Studio and Shakespeare and Company. Amelia is no stranger to outdoor theater, having toured the upstate New York with Adirondack Shakespeare, and she made her first appearance at Summit Rock earlier this summer as The Boy in Occupy Verona’s production of Henry V. Amelia previously appeared in Everyday Inferno’s If On A Winter’s Night staged reading showcase earlier this year, and is very excited to be working with the company again. www.amelia-dudley.com
Chelsea Feltman CHELSEA FELTMAN (Sarah/Ensemble) is a soprano, actor, and teaching artist hailing from the unfathomable swamp-forests of South Jersey. Past opera credits:  A Midsummer Night's Dream (Tytania), The Rape of Lucretia (Lucia), The Medium (Monica), Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Carmen (Frasquita). Off Broadway: Lize in The Sorceress with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. She is a co-founding director of the female-driven activist theater company The Shrill Collective, and a member of NYC-based art rock ensemble Ecce Shnak, with whom she tours regularly. She was also on Jeopardy in 2017 but she didn't win so don't ask her about it. Chelsea lives in Brooklyn with her cats Buckley and Clio and her fiancé Tim. When not performing or teaching, she enjoys solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, making cross-stitches with bad words in them, and trying to keep her many plants alive. BM: Juilliard. MM: Mannes.
Malloree Hill

MALLOREE HILL(Benny) She/Hers: Malloree is an actor-photographer-dabbler and Everyday Inferno Company Collaborator. Credits with EITC include: The Roaring Girl, Iphigenia Among the Taurians, Supertopia, and Quicksand. Additional NYC credits: Trial directed by Lori Petty, Pizza Man, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, The Trojan Women, Romeo and Juliet, Henry VI Parts II & III, The Tempest, as well as many readings, festivals, and developmental labs across the city (Fringe NYC, New York Shakespeare Exchange, One Minute Play Festival, EITC, Front Porch Readings). Regionally, Malloree has worked with the Utah Shakespeare Festival in their touring production of The Taming of the Shrew as Kate. Love to all the ones who held my hands while I was walking through the fire, and to anyone who has ever felt like they didn't fit.

  EMILY JOHNSON-ERDAY (Susan) is a Brooklyn-based actor and songwriter who is grateful to have been raised singing in the old-time music tradition in North Carolina. Off-Off Broadway: The Trial of Mrs. Surratt (The Wandering Theater Company). Regional/Touring: Doll House (Triad Stage), Stuart Little (NC Theater for Young People Tour), Quake (Triad Stage Upstage Cabaret). Writing: Contributed original music to Trial By Fire (Columbia Stages) and The Little Prince (UNC School of the Arts), and co-wrote the music and lyrics for Harpies for the Dead (Thin Space Productions) and Welcome to the Doll Den (Electric Eye Ensemble). Emily’s original songs were selections in the Walnut Valley Festival's annual songwriting showcase in 2017 and 2018. In Development: Granny Witches, an Appalachian musical. UNCG: BFA Acting. Instagram: @thebanjowitch. Thank you to my family and my communities for your love and wisdom.
Jasmine Louis JASMINE LOUIS (Queen Letitia) is a Brooklyn-born, black, female actress. She attended St. Joseph High School, where she began her career as an actress and went on to get her B.F.A in Acting. She recently graduated from the University of the Arts and is now back in her hometown, New York. Her recent roles include: Trojan Women (Helen of Troy), Acedia (Esther), Elementary Spacetime Show (Player), and The Strangest Kind of Romance (Landlady). She is extremely excited to join the cast of A Short Life of Trouble, and cannot wait to see where this journey takes her!  
Sarah Murdoch SARAH MURDOCH (Sadbhd/Ensemble) Favorite credits include: i am so, so, so lonely, or, the omegle play (Winner, Best Actress at The Strawberry One-Act Festival), As Sparks Fly Upwards and The Odyssey Project (RedLeaf Theatre), Faulted (The Hive Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (TriArts Playhouse), Icarus (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Wider Than the Sky (The Lark Project), and Swim (Red Flight Pictures). In addition to acting, she is also a singer-songwriter who has performed at Sidewalk, Parkside Lounge, The Knitting Factory, and house concerts across the east coast. A multi-instrumentalist, she can play the guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, bones, and the baritone guitar. You can follow her on Instagram @sarahgmurdoch.
  BENJAMIN PRATT (Simon)
Jeffrey Wright

JEFFREY BUCK WRIGHT JR. (Thomas) comes from The Bronx, New York and is a recent graduate from Fordham University’s Theatre Program, class of 2017! Having a love for performing since he was a toddler, he hopes to grace as many stages and scenes, as well as collaborate with brilliant artists to help send a message and do what he loves. He was fortunate to study at Fordham, as well as studying classical conservatory in London a few years back. He ultimately hopes to perform internationally and have a career in Television and Film in addition to theatre. He is very grateful for his family, all his Acting teachers and the ensemble Essence of Acting, his agencies BMG and Ramona’s Talent Agency, and Everyday Inferno Theatre for giving him a chance! Credits include: Undergrad (The Labyrinth of Desire, The Luck of the Irish, Lies, Scrapmental Scars) Failsafe Festival: Until Proven Guilty.

Joshua Brown

JOSHUA BROWN (Dramaturg) is an American multimedia artist and freelance dramaturg based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work has been featured at home and abroad at the São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival, the Charlotte New Music Festival, the International Computer Music Conference, and at the Pittsburgh Opera. He holds a BHA in Technical Writing & Music Technology and an Advanced Music Studies Certificate in Music Composition from Carnegie Mellon University.

Brandy N. Carie

BRANDY N. CARIE (Playwright) is a playwright, director, and producer currently pursuing an MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a 2019 SPACE on Ryder Farm institutional resident, with past residencies at the Edward Albee Foundation and the National Winter Playwright’s Retreat. Carie is a founding member of Houston’s Collective 48, with whom she produced, co-wrote, and co-directed TWO! SHORT! PLAYS! and the multimedia play SPITSHOW, as well as producing the Future is Female Festival Houston. Productions: Blunt Objects Theatre, Boiling Point Players, Chicago Fringe Festival. Development: Mid-America Theater Conference, Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre, Northlight Theatre, the Kennedy Center. Publication: Smith and Kraus. Awards: Kennedy Center National Student Playwriting Award, Princess Grace finalist, Leah Ryan’s FEWW finalist. Carie is developing a tabletop-opera with arts collective The Off-Book Club, as well as writing a seven-play series about American survivalism and doomsday preppers called The Bunker Cycle. Find her at brandyncarie.com.

KATIE PEDRO (Director) is a Brooklyn based director and theatre maker interested in making female centric work that deals with reclaiming our historical narratives, queer identities, live video and media and magical realism. Katie works as a Creative Director with Michael Counts and Counts Projects. Past credits: Samuel Beckett’s Play (Troy Foundry Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (Dyckman Farmhouse Museum), Fefu and Her Friends (Sarah Lawrence College), Love Stories My Mother Told Me, Twelve Batches to Midnight (Dixon Place), as well as work with Hunger & Thirst Theatre and Exquisite Corpse Company. Apprentice, League of Professional Theatre Women. BS Russell Sage College, MFA Sarah Lawrence College.
KATHERINE SOMMER(Producer) is a New York-based producer and director, a Skidmore College graduate, and the Producing Director of Everyday Inferno Theatre Company. With Everyday Inferno, Katherine’s directing credits include the world premiere of Punk as Fuck, By Sun and Candlelight, and Stella Starlight: Queen of Space and The Policy as a part of If on a Winter’s Night…. Katherine has produced The Turn of the Screw at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, A Map to Somewhere Else, Something Wicked and Heart of Oak (Hangover Encore selections in the 2014 and 2015 FRIGID New York festivals), and Briar Rose & the Thirteenth Fairy. Katherine has served on the board of Tomfoolery Theatre (NJ), and has directed multiple short plays at the Looking Glass Theater (NY).
† Denotes Everyday Inferno company members