Iphigenia Postcard

The Melting Pot
a world premiere production


The Access Theater
380 Broadway, NYC
March 16th-24th, 2018
Tickets: $5-18

…here you stand in your fifty groups, with your fifty languages and histories, and your fifty blood hatreds and rivalries. But you won't be long like that, brothers, for these are the fires of God you've come to—these are the fires of God.

In Carol Lashof's incendiary world premiere play, the blossoming relationship between two recent immigrants stalls at the crossroads between the promises of the future, and horrors of the past. At the turn of a century that feels startlingly familiar, young lovers David Quixano and Vera Revendal enter the American crucible and are re-formed. Through a rich blend of languages, cultures, humor, and music, The Melting Pot weaves text from Israel Zangwill's 1908 smash melodrama of the same name with voices from the early 20th century culture wars, creating an entirely new work that lays bare the wonders and wounds of immigrant America.


Carey Cox JOHN BLAYLOCK* (The Baron/Chorus 2) has appeared on stage in numerous productions in the tri-state area. He was most recently seen as Vernon Tull in the Live Source Theatre Group’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. Other recent roles include Albrecht Muller in the ITA award-winning production of The Temple by Nat Cassidy, Fr. Tommy DiCamillo in Joe Lauinger’s Holy Child, produced by White Fence Productions, Robert in Proof at The Gallery Players, directed by Mark Gallagher, and Disraeli Levering in Both Your Houses at The Metropolitan Playhouse directed by Michael Hardart. Upcoming on-screen credits include Dr. Michael Zimmerman in the soon-to-be-released feature-length thriller, By Dawn. He has also re-created the role of Fr. DiCamillo in the pilot episode of Blood & Gravy, also written by Joe Lauinger and produced by Brooklyn Streets Productions.
Chris Diaz MATT DASILVA* (David Quixano) is excited to make his debut with Everyday Inferno! National Tour: Beauty and the Beast (Lefou). Regional: How to Succeed... (Bud), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Lucas), Les Miserables. Readings and workshops with Playwrights Realm and Musical Theater Factory. Matt also studies improv at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.  Proud Rhode Island native and Harvard grad. Follow me: @mattydasilva
Meghann Garmany TY GAINES (Vera Revendal) is ecstatic to be working with Everyday Inferno. Previous credits: Dorothy in The Wiz (The Whiting), Diana Ross in Motown (McCree Theatre), and Danielle in Bring It On: The Musical (Theatre CA).
Virginia Roncetti MAYA JASMIN (Nurse) is extremely excited to join the Everyday Inferno Theatre Company in The Melting Pot as The Nurse. Maya holds a BA from the Goethe University in Frankfurt (Germany) and relocated to New York City to train at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Now a New York-based actress, Maya is performing on stage, on camera and TV. Her most recent theatre credits include Urinetown: The Musical (dir. Rob Heller), Who I Am and Full Circle at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Warlovers at the Theatre Row Studio Theatre, Unity (1918) directed by Kareem Fahmy, and Bromance-A-Roni, which got chosen as “Best Production” at the Midtown International Theatre Festival 2017.  Maya is also a Voice Over Actress for Japanese, German and Polish commercials and has worked as a radio host in her hometown Ulm (Germany) as well. This year, she made her debut as a director/writer with her first short film Dächer meiner Stadt (English title “Rooftops of my city”) that is announced to be screened at several festivals in New York throughout this year. www.mayajasmin.com (Facebook @MayaJasminActor)
Virginia Roncetti FRANZ JONES* (Mendel Quixano/Chorus 3) is an actor/director/writer currently living in Brooklyn, New York.  As an actor, he has appeared in a variety of venues, and in a number of plays. He was on Broadway in the original production of Roger Miller’s Big River as Bill. Off-Broadway he has appeared at such theatres as Café LaMaMa, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep in Hamlet as The Player King, New Media Repertory in The Seagull as Medvedenko, The Shakespeare Project in Coriolanus as Menenius and the Lion Theatre. He appeared in two premieres, Jumpin’ at the Oval Office as Thomas “Fats” Waller, and the “modern” world premiere of Cardenio as The Stormtrooper. He has worked in a great number of regional theatres as well including The Rep at Delaware in To Kill a Mockingbird as Reverend Sykes, The Folger Theater in Bartholomew Fair as Val Cutting, Tulsa Rep in A Misummer Night’s Dream as Bottom, and Romeo and Juliet as Friar Lawrence, The New Harmony Theatre in Othello as Othello, a role he also played for the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, New Art Theatre in Waiting for Godot as Estragon, Hamptons Shakespeare Festival in The Comedy of Errors as “The Antipholi,” Shadowland Theatre in Art as Serge, Barrington Stage Company in Avenue X as Roscoe and the New York State Theatre Institute in Big River as Jim. He was also the standby narrator for a number of years with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra here he received a Gold Record for The Lost Christmas Eve. Mr. Jones was also resident teaching artist/guest artist at Cornell University, where he played Camilo in The Winters Tale and Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He also taught acting for two years in a program through the New York State Council for the Arts at the Alpha/Omega Theatrical Dance Company. He was a guest artist at The Hampton Institute for the Hampton Players production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as George. Mr. Jones’ writing has been largely confined to the theatre, but since his introduction to writing for blogs, he has been writing about theatre, film and televion on a semi-regular basis for banthenword.com. Mr. Jones attended Texas Christian University, received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware (PTTP), and was the second recipient of a Diana Sands Scholarship from Circle in the Square Theatre School.
Virginia Roncetti ISAAC ALLEN MILLER (Quincy Davenport/Chorus 5) is an actor and playwright based out of New York. He's worked with Underling Productions (Autolycus in Winter's Tale, Ant. of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors) Hamlet Isn't Dead (The Bastard in King John, Hotspur in Henry IV) and toured with Shakespeare on the Sound (Lysander/Flute in Midsummer Night's Dream). Big fan of Everyday Inferno, happy to making his debut with them!
Virginia Roncetti TALIA REICH (Kathleen/Chorus 4) is thrilled to be a part of The Melting Pot! She hails from the small town of Los Angeles and is confronted with the question “then why’d you move HERE?” daily. She graduated with a B.A. in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis where she sang and arranged music for their Jewish a cappella group. Since moving to New York, she has acted in a few short films and various other on-camera roles. She is very excited to have her NYC stage debut with the Everyday Inferno company!
Virginia Roncetti ROCHELLE SLOVIN* (Frau Quixano/Chorus 1) Her love affair with theater began at the age of 8, when she first appeared onstage at the Henry Street Playhouse. 1960s theater credits include Never Tell Isabel, Mitomaru, and The Value of Money at LaMama, and Port at the American Theater for Poets, among others. Recent credits: Paella (New Dramatists); Rapture, Blister, Burn (Tongue In Cheek Theater); The Last Romance (Ivoryton Playhouse); Saint Joan (all female cast); The Accidental Caregiver (Austrian Cultural Forum); Debutante (Bernie Wohl Center); Three Sisters (Gowanus Art and Production); and Uncle Vanya (Russian Arts Theatre). Film, TV, internet: Redrum (Investigation Discovery); Seven Deadly Sins (Showtime); Shakespeare's Sonnet XIV (The Sonnet Project); Meet the Mockwells (Moda Operandi); Edge of Heart (Century Tree Productions). For over 40 years she was a leader in government and the arts. She was Director of The New York City Artists Project, the largest artist employment program since in WPA, and was the Founding Director of Museum of the Moving Image, which she developed and led for 30 years, until returning to acting in 2011.
Virginia Roncetti NIGEL SEMAJ BARNES (Sound Designer) is a Director/Choroegrapher/Sound Designer from Washington D.C. He has an AA in Fine and Performing Arts from Garrett Community College, BA in Directing and Performance from Lycoming College, and is currently pursuing his MFA in Theatre Directing from The New School. Sound design credits include, columbinus, *Hell Is Normal, Almost Maine, as well as other V.O. and Soundscape projects here and there. www.nigelsemaj.com
MATTHEW S. CRANE (Set Designer) is a Brooklyn based scenic designer.  Matthew is a previous scenic design fellow at the Hangar Theatre, and served as a resident scenic designer at the Monomoy Theatre this past summer. His designs have also been seen at Theatre Row, The Gallery Players, Theater for the New City, Axial Theatre, Rutgers University, and Gettysburg College. MFA Mason Gross School of the Arts.
ALI HALL (EITC 2018 Resident Lighting Designer) is a Brooklyn based artist working in the fields of performance art, theatre, and opera. Upcoming and recent designs include the world premiere of the experimental opera Stranger of Paradise (Opera Omaha), the world premiere of Glassheart (Everyday Inferno), Iceman Cometh, Act IV (Target Margin Lab), Material Witness (Spiderwowman Theater), and Now We Start From the Arm (Spotted Deer Productions). In addition to her own designs and performance art work, Ali works as an Architectural Lighting Designer with Reveal Design Group, where she works on luxury hotels, private residences, and high end restaurants. Additionally, Ali was invited to attend the Great Plains Theatre Conference as a member of the Design Wing in 2015 and 2017.
ALEX KEEGAN (Director) Alex Keegan's directing includes Qui Nguyen's She Kills Monsters (Geva Fellowship / SUNY Brockport), Aplomb (The Habitat), Margot Connolly's Tough and Krista Knight's Selkie (Williamstown), Paula Caplan's Shades (Cherry Lane Theatre), Kirby Fields' Lost/Not Found (UP Theatre Co.), Kati Schwartz's The Coward (Winner - NYNW Festival), Gracie Gardner's Primary (Sanguine / IRT), Jessica Dickey's The Amish Project (Circuit Theatre), and new work with The Flea, O'Neill Theater Center YPF, MCC FreshPlay, Judson Memorial Church, UglyRhino, and NYU Tisch. Member/Alum: SDC Associate, NYTW Adelphi Residency, The Drama League's Artist Residency, Williamstown Directing Corps, Geva Theatre Center Directing Fellowship, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Civilians R&D Group, Rattlestick's Middle Voice Company. Assistant Directing includes - Broadway: 24 Hour Plays; Williamstown: Boo Killebrew's Romance Novels for Dummies (dir. Moritz von Stuelpnagel), Sam Hunter's A Great Wilderness (dir. Eric Ting); Woolly Mammoth: Clare Barron's Baby Screams Miracle (dir. Howard Shalwitz). B.A. Brown University.
ANAÏS KOIVISTO(Costume Designer, Co-Producer) is thrilled to be working on the first mainstage show of Everyday Inferno’s 2018 season of "Going Home", and really hopes you will DONATE to support the rest of the season and seasons ahead!  www.anaiskoivisto.com
Virginia Roncetti CAROL S. LASHOF (Playwright) is a playwright, educator, and theater producer. Her work has been broadcast on BET and NPR and staged on five continents from The Magic Theatre of San Francisco to Peking University in Beijing. In addition to The Melting Pot, her recent plays include Disclosure, Just Deserts, and Gap. Notable publications include Medusa’s Tale, originally published in Plays in One Act and now available for licensing from YouthPLAYS, and selections from Gap in the Applause Books anthologies One on One and Duo. Carol holds a PhD from Stanford University and is Professor Emerita at Saint Mary’s College of California where she taught in the Department of English and helped to establish the Creative Writing MFA Program. On International Women’s Day 2014, Carol cofounded Those Women Productions in Berkeley, California, with a mission to explore hidden truths of gender and power. Carol is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Virginia Roncetti CRISTINA "CHA" RAMOS(Dramaturg) is an actor, fighter, writer, and total bookworm based in NYC, and she's thrilled to be back for another If On a Winter's Night...! She's a collaborating member of Everyday Inferno (!), a founding member of Combative Theatre Company, a guest artist with The Navigators Theater, an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and a regular gamer / cast-member at Geeks4Good (phew!). More info available at www.Cristina-Ramos.com.
KATHERINE SOMMER(Co-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 has directed and produced several world premieres, including Supertopia, 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). Katherine has served on the board of Tomfoolery Theatre (NJ), and has directed short plays for the Looking Glass Theater (NY) and The Navigators Theater Company.
TARYN UHE (Production Stage Manager) is a recent graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University where she earned her BFA in Theatre Studies. While at NWU, she stage managed and directed several productions including Constellations, Bad Jews, and Love, Loss and What I Wore. In NYC, she has worked with Dixon Place, the 13th Street Rep, and On the Rocks Films.
* Indicates members of AEA
† Denotes Everyday Inferno company members