Black Lodge Theater and The Players Theatre present

An Exclusive One-Night Event

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 7:30PM


By Barry Gifford

Directed by Alexandra Siladi

Post-reading conversation with Barry Gifford and David Bar Katz

Starring: Sara Antkowiak*, Heleya de Barros*, James Dybas*, 

Marianna Ferrari*,  David Fraioli*, Jon Freda*, Helene Galek, Grant Harrison*,

Tyler Beau Humphries, Cristina Lippolis, Maria Oppedisano, 

Monroe Robertson*, and Rochelle Slovin* as Beatrice

*Appearing courtesy of the Actors' Equity Assocation.

Stage Manager: Alex Vlahov

Lighting Designer: John Wilder

Casting by Carly J. Bauer

Artwork by Matt Tierney

Poster Design by Angel Ortiz

Wine provided by Paul Boyer

Books by Barry Gifford provided to guests by Seven Stories Press


The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre (Black Box)

115 MacDougal Street

Between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets

New York, NY 10012

Third floor loft theatre

A,C,E,B,D,F&M Trains to West 4th Street, Exit at West 3rd and walk one block east to Macdougal Street.

The Theatre and restrooms are not handicapped accessible.


Do the Blind Dream? by Barry Gifford is a play based on his short story of the same title, an “intimate, stylistically daring examination of the darkest secrets in the history of an Italian family” (Seven Stories Press). As the family gathers for the funeral of their matriarch, we become acquainted with their jealousies, rivalries and mysteries. Does anyone, sighted or not, see the truth of daily events? To paraphrase the poet Delmore Schwartz, in dreams reside responsibilities. This exclusive staged reading is presented in advance of the show’s world-premiere with playwright Barry Gifford in person for a Q&A following, moderated by writer and founder of The American Playwriting Foundation, David Bar Katz (The Pest, The History of Invulnerability). All ticket buyers receive copies of Gifford's latest book, Writers.


“I love Do the Blind Dream? -- a wonderful and delightful piece that tastes of Buñuel and Cocteau.” -- Pedro Almodóvar


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Barry Gifford’s fiction, nonfiction and poetry have been published in twenty-eight languages. His novel Night People was awarded the Premio Brancati, established by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Alberto Moravia, in Italy, and he has been the recipient of awards from PEN, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Library Association, the Writers Guild of America, and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. His books Sailor’s Holiday and The Phantom Father were each named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, and his book Wyoming was named a Novel of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. He has written librettos for operas by the composers Toru Takemitsu, Ichiro Nodaira, and Olga Neuwirth. Gifford’s work has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Punch, Esquire, La Nouvelle Revue Francaise, El Pais, La Republica, Rolling Stone, Brick, Film Comment, El Universal, Projections, and the New York Times. His film credits include: Wild at Heart, Perdita Durango, Lost Highway, City of Ghosts, Ball Lightning and The Phantom Father. Barry Gifford’s most recent books are Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels, and Sad Stories of the Death of Kings. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

About David Bar Katz

David Bar Katz is a member of The LAByrinth Theater Company which presented his plays Philip Roth in Khartoum (at The Public Theater) and The Atmosphere of Memory (starring Ellen Burstyn). Katz co-wrote and directed the Broadway show, Freak, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play and Katz was nominated for an Emmy Award for the HBO production. Katz’s play, The History of Invulnerability, premiered at The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where it received the Acclaim Award for Outstanding Play of the Year and won the American Theater Critics Association Citation as one of the top three American plays of 2010. He co-created and was a head writer for FOX TV’s, House of Buggin', the first all-Latino network television show. Katz wrote The Man in the Rockefeller Suit for Fox Searchlight to be directed by Pablo Trapero. Current film writing projects:  FBI Wedding starring and directed by Jason Bateman; 1000 Pounds of Dynamite, a Warner Bros project for Bradley Cooper and Chasing Phil for Robert Downey Jr. also at Warner Bros. Katz is currently creating/writing a series for FX based on the Carl Hiaasen character Skink. Next season Katz’s play Philip Roth in Khartoum will premiere on London’s West End.  Katz is the founder of The American Playwriting Foundation which awards The Relentless Award, the largest cash prize in American theater, bestowed to an unproduced play in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman.



Sara Antkowiak (SANDRA)

Credits include The Metropolitan Opera’s Tales of Hoffmann (Dir. Barlett Sher), Armida (Dir. Mary Zimmerman), Damnation of Faust (Dir. Robert LePage), Manon. Also at Lincoln Center:  Cinderella, Peter and the Wolf.  Favorites:  One Life to Live, film Have You Seen Calvin?, Elsinore County at Theatre Row, Nat’l Tour of Goodspeed’s Pippin, Randi in Pretty Babies, and Snow White plus 30 other Disney characters in Noir and White.  Faculty at NYFA and NYCDA.




Heleya de Barros (GIULIANA)

Demeter in the City, 365 Days/Plays (Cornerstone Theater Co.), The Odyssey, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (The Geffen Playhouse), The Contest (Edinburgh International Fringe and Pacific Resident Theatre, LA), A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Christmas Carol, (Will & Company); New York: Pollywog (New Plays for Young Audiences), Suitcase Stories (University Settlement/The Forum Project), Tongues (Percussive Arts Society); Film/TV: Criminal Minds, We Are With the Band, Who Stole the Electric Car, Quarters, Javatown. Heleya is also a teaching artist for many NYC theatres and a passionate arts education advocate.  She sits on the Teaching Artist Affairs Committee of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable.




James Dybas (THE PRIEST)

James has been featured in eight Broadway Shows, is the recipient of six Los Angeles Drama-Logue awards, has appeared on TV and in films, and most recently has been seen as Bob Ewell in To Kill A Mockingbird at the Dallas Theater Center and opposite Jo Anne Worley as Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone at The Cape Playhouse.




Marianne Ferrari (CAMILLA)

Recently in NY reprieved her solo play, Guido Girl (on the run) at the EAT’s New Works Series and Gravy, a solo play by Dana Tarantino at the Laurie Beechman Theater. Most recent regional theater credits: God of Carnage (Annette), dir. Aimee Turner, at Theater By The Sea. Other theater credits include: Into The Woods (Jack’s Mother) at the Twin Tiers Theater Festival. Off-Broadway: Guido Girl at the Emerging Artist’s Theatre, dir. Troy Miller, and at the Prospect Theater Company, dir. by Gretchen Cryer, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Mrs. Warren) at 78 Street Theatre Lab. Marianne has appeared in numerous productions in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally including the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Most recent film credit: Stage II directed by Lara Gallagher. Most recent TV: Elementary (CBS), Younger (TVland). Thanks Chris for always believing.




David Fraioli (IGNAZIO)

Off Broadway: Trojan Women, Tina Landau dir.;  Other New York theatre: Access Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, Broken Watch Theatre Co., Regional: Ariel in The Pillowman, (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre) Heisenberg in Copenhagen (Northern Stage), Leo in The Vibrator Play (WHAT). Television: Dexter, House, Criminal Minds; MFA University of Washington.




Jon Freda (MASSIMO)

Off-Broadway: his critically acclaimed solo show Imagine Dat! (Jimmy Durante), Wild Children (Carmine), On A Darkling Plain (George), and Foreclosure (Ben). Off-Off Broadway: Dummies (Golub), Loyalties (Ricardo), and A Gathering Of Eagles (Roger). Selected Regional credits: Over The River And Through The Woods (Nunzio), The Miracle Worker (Anagnos), Wait Until Dark (Roat), Born Yesterday (Brock), and The Pink Panther Strikes Again (Clouseau). Recent Film:  Luc Besson’s The Family, Run, Friends & Romans, Crooked & Narrow, and Las Vegas Film Festival award winner L’Accordatore (The Piano Tuner).TV: Law & Order SVU, Nikki & Sara Live, and The Joe Buck Show. Recipient of the Outstanding Actor Award for The Cannes Film Festival entrant Sisyphus’ Supper.




Helene Galek (AUNT ROSA)

Helene recently played a “wild and wet mom” in a short film, Tupperware Party, on the festival circuit. Helene is “whimsical Aunt Carol” in the award winning web series, That Reminds Me and garnered Best Supporting Actress in the Rome Web Series Festival. Helene was a “bemused wife” in Childlike Laptops produced by Artistic New Directions, and did readings with Ivy Theater and Episcopal Actors Guild. Recently, Helene was in a video produced by Heartbeat Ideas on the symptoms of PBA. Helene gives homage to her teachers: acting coach, JoAnna Beckson, and singing teachers, Susan Eichhorn-Young and David Brunetti. Helene also enjoys the other side of the table and works as a freelance casting director as well as producer.



Grant Harrison (MEN)

NY Theater: These Seven Sicknesses (Flea) Job by Thomas Bradshaw (Flea) The Secret Catcher(EST/Youngblood), Regional: Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles (Studio Theater, DC) Portrait of the Artist in Ruins (LATC) Shakespeare by the Sea (Nantucket Summer Stage). NYU MFA candidate Class of 2017. AEA & Proud volunteer @ 52nd St. Project. 


Tyler Beau Humphries (BUDDY)

Tyler is excited to be making his debut with the Black Lodge Theatre. Born and raised in Virginia, he made the move to the city last year with a dream to be a part of new works projects just like this. Favorite past roles include: Laurie, Little Women, Thomas Quinney, William and Judith, Antonio, The Tempest, Giles Ralston, The Mousetrap. Special thanks for Alexandra for this opportunity and to my Ann for all of your love and support.




Cristina Lippolis (CARA)

Cristina is an Italian actress, dancer, model and producer. She studied at the National Academy of Dance in Rome and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. Lippolis began her professional acting career as a New York stage actress and by appearing in Italian, British and American short films and television series. She recently appeared as Salome in Black Lodge Theater’s production of I Am Salome (August 2015).




Maria Oppedisano (CLAUDIA)

Film credits include Heroes Don't Come Home, where she plays Ann, a grieving wife and mother, and the critically acclaimed production, Newyorkland, where she played the disgruntled wife of a NYC cop on the edge. She has also performed in both Off-Broadway and regional theater. Commercially, she can be seen in numerous spots, most notably, she was the voice featured in the Super Bowl 2015 PSA against domestic violence. Maria received her B.A. in Theatre from Purchase College.  She also studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Weist Barron.




Monroe Robertson (ALDO)

Monroe graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and moved to NY where he has lived for almost 8 years. Most recently he appeared in the feature film Adam Green’s Aladdin and Black Lodge Theater’s production of Below The Belt, directed by Michael Sladek. He also owns the shoe store ‘Jeffery-West’ on Christopher Street in the West Village and has appeared in the widely popular “Key of Awesome” YouTube series by Barely Productions.




Rochelle Slovin (BEATRICE)

Rochelle began her stage career at the age of eight, at the Henry Street Playhouse, under the direction of dance and theater artist, Alwin Nikolais. She was active in the 1960s’ New York experimental theater scene, appearing often at LaMaMa and other Off-Off-Broadway stages. Recent theater: George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, The Last Romance (Ivoryton Playhouse), The Accidental Caregiver (Robert Moss Theater and Austrian Cultural Forum), Debutant (Bernie Wohl Center), Uncle Vanya (Russian Arts Theater), Three Sisters (Gowanus Art and Production). Film/TV/Internet: Redrum "At the End of His Rope" (Investigation Discovery), Morgan Spurlock's Seven Deadly Sins, "Lust" (Showtime), The Hyperglot (Michael Urie, director), Sonnet XIV (New York Shakespeare Exchange/The Sonnet Project), Meet the Mockwells (Moda Operandi), music videos for Autre Ne Veut and Mutual Benefit. She was the founder of Museum of the Moving Image, which she led as its Director for 30 years.

Do the Blind Dream? Workshop
Do the Blind Dream? Workshop

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Do the Blind Dream? Workshop
Do the Blind Dream? Workshop

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Do the Blind Dream? Reading, Directed by Alexandra Siladi at Access Theater, October 2013

Starring: Rochelle Slovin, James Dybas, Cristina Lippolis, Tyler McClain, Shane Jensen, Monroe Robertson, Begonya Plaza, Peter Vack, Robert O'Gorman, Alison Edwards. Stage Manager: Job Friestedt