The glowing reviews are rolling in!
DC Theatre Scene calls Tiny House Plays “genius,” “innovative,” and “haunting.”.
The Washington Post calls Tiny House Plays “sweet and funny and sad” and “poetic” from the “bright minds at Pinky Swear Productions.”
Local playwright, Chinita L. Anderson, blogs “This was innovative theatre at it’s best brimming with work from local playwrights and actors exploring a world that looks very much like today (diverse)”
Jay Austin, owner of the Boneyard Studios Matchbox House, doesn’t mind us taking up his space one bit: “quirky, clever plays…were a treat to witness, and totally worth a three-weekend displacement from my home as the show runs its course.”
More to come!
Tiny House Plays
by Thembi Duncan, Ann Fraistat, Shawn Fraistat, Danielle Mohlman, Donna Rachelle, and Laura Zam. Conceived and directed by Jessica Aimone*
Six Playwrights. Five Plays. Three Tiny Houses. One Community. Pinky Swear Productions takes over Boneyard Studios this fall with Tiny House Plays.
Set in and inspired by Boneyard Studios, a charming tiny house community in Washington, DC, the funny, poignant, sometimes provocative Tiny House Plays touch on the important questions: Is there an afterlife? Is gentrification bad? What do you do when the Grim Reaper comes to dinner and just won’t leave?
Our most ambitious project to date, Tiny House Plays is also our most intimate. The plays will be performed concurrently as you travel from house to house, giving you an up-close experience unlike any other. And because these houses are truly tiny, only a handful of guests will be admitted for each performance — so tickets will go fast!
We’re having a party and you’re invited. Come and be part of the neighborhood for 3 weekends, September 27 – October 12. Tickets available now! http://tinyhouseplays.brownpapertickets.com/
With Nathan Alston, Clarissa Barton, Christian Campbell, Alexis Graves, Dexter Hamlett, Allyson Harkey,* Melissa Hmelnicky,* Georgia Mae Lively, Kevin O’Reilly, Lilian Oben, Stephanie Svec, Gray West, and Kimberlee Wolfson
Clarissa Barton (Emma) A Southern California native, Clarissa has performed as a singer and actor throughout SoCal and the Washington, DC, area. She previously worked with Pinky Swear Productions in 2013’s Cabaret XXY: Who Do You Think You Are? You can find Clarissa online at www.clarissabarton.com
Christian Campbell (Cooper)
Nathan Alston (Richard) After attempting to flee from the “bread-less” lifestyle of the actor, Nathan Alston has found his way into his first post-college production. When Nathan is not having tea parties in his beautiful Chevy Chase apartment/château, he enjoys working in the Box Office at Signature Theatre and serving as a Teaching Artist at Round House Theatre.
Alexis Graves (Krista) has held multiple positions in film and theater; onstage to behind the scenes in the Washington DC metropolitan area. After matriculating at various institutions such as the Studio Theater, Duke Ellington School and of the Arts, NY’s Conservatory for Film and Television and receiving a minor in Theater from Clarion University of PA, she has held several roles for plays, theater festivals, short films, web series, PSA’s and commercials. She is continuously working to stay active in theater and film community. She thanks her THP family as well as her family and friends for all their support.
Gray West (Todd) has been preforming in the DC area for over a year. Before living in a tiny apartment he used to live in a tiny house on the coast of Alabama. He is currently pursing his MFA from The School of Hard Knocks and has a BFA from The University of South Alabama.
Days Gone Bye
Dexter Hamlett (Dad)joins Pinky Swear for the first time and is a long time admirer. Chesapeake by Lee Blessing at the Capital Fringe Festival with The Edge of the Universe Productions was his last show. DC Area work includes Peter’s Alley, Factory 449, Force/Collision, Heritage O’Neil African Continuum, Active Cultures, Arena Stage and the Kennedy Center and Signdance Collective London. On the west coast, he worked as a founding member of Sphere Artist, and performed with the Gene Dynarski Theater Company, Circle X, South Coast rep and the Will Geer Theatricum.
Georgia Mae Lively (Lina) is a senior at Robinson Secondary School and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. Recent projects include Bethesda (Hildy) at the DC Fringe Festival and Twelve Angry Men (Juror Eight) at the Burke Summer Theater. She lives with her parents, two brothers, and two guinea pigs, and spends a lot of time doing homework.
Kimberlee Wolfson (Mom) is happy to make her Pinky Swear debut. She is a 3rd year MFA acting candidate at CUA in DC. She was last seen with Source Festival 2014 A Bid To Save The World. Some previous roles include Lady Macbeth, Macbeth (RTA, NY), Sally Bowles, Cabaret (FTW& Actors Playhouse, MS). Young Woman Machinal (CUA, DC) Enjoy the show!
Josie, June, and Death
Allyson Harkey (Josie) is Co-Artistic Director of Pinky Swear Productions. An actor and singer, Allyson has performed in numerous Pinky Swear shows, including Bondage, Killing Women, Carol’s Christmas, Be Here Now, Freakshow, and the audience favorite Cabaret XXX series. She has also worked with Taffety Punk, Factory 449, the Library of Congress, Venus Theatre Company, Rorschach Theatre, Cherry Red Productions, Landless Theatre Company, and Single Carrot Theatre, among others. Originally from Atlanta, Allyson has lived in Washington, DC, since 2000 and thus dreams of a time when she can winter in the Caribbean.
Melissa Marie Hmelnicky (June) has been acting in theatrical productions around DC for tiny houses (and sometimes not so tiny houses) since 2007 but this is her first time performing *IN* a Tiny House. She has been seen on the stages of many local companies including those of Pinky Swear Productions, Forum Theatre, WSC Avant Bard, Keegan Theatre, Wandering Souls, Capital Fringe Festival, and Maryland Shakespeare Festival. Melissa is a proud company member of Pinky Swear Productions and holds a BA in Drama from The Catholic University of America.
Kevin O’Reilly (Death)
Girls and Women
Lilian Oben (Colette) is a DC-based actor most recently seen at Forum Theatre’s (Re)Acts: The (Re)mix, and at 2014 Capital Fringe Festival in Miss Emma’s Match-Making Agency for Literary Characters. Thanks to Pinky Swear Productions and Boneyard Studios, Lilian has a newfound appreciation for tiny spaces, and the collaboration, creativity, and sense of community that they inspire.
Stephanie Svec (Katie) is excited to be performing in the Tiny House Plays with Pinky Swear Productions because now she realizes her condo in DC is not as tiny as she thought. This summer, Stephanie was all over your TV in a commercial for Ocean City, MD. Prior to that, a not-so tiny effort resulted in her writing and performing her one-woman show “I tried to be normal once, it didn’t take” at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival.
Creative Team & Crew
Jessica Aimone is a Pinky Swear company member and most recently directed Cabaret XXX: Everybody Fucking Dies at the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. She will be directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Brave Spirits this fall and lives in her own tiny condo in Northern Virginia.
Toni Rae Salmi has been a Pinky Swear company member since 2010, and was most recently seen fry screaming in Cabaret XXX: Everybody Fucking Dies. She’s been performing in the DC area since 1999, the year after gave away her fabulous bread machine. She wishes she could live in a tiny house but where would her husband put his five chainsaws?
Liz Gossens is thrilled to costume her fourth show with Pinky Swear, though she didn’t learn nearly as much doing the research for Tiny House Plays as she did for Bondage. She fell in love with costuming as a young child when she was taken to the wardrobe storage facility for the Washington Opera. Liz supports her costuming habits by working as a communications professional in the education sector. A native Washingtonian, she’s an avid sailor, sporadic gardener and stubborn DC sports fan. Liz wishes there was more time to play dress up.
Laura Wood is thrilled to work on Tiny House Plays, her first production with Pinky Swear. Previously, she has stage managed for the Source Festival (Perfect Arrangement and The Thrush and the Woodpecker), CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab (Happy Days) and assistant directed the 2013 Christmas Revels. She works as the Community Engagement Associate at Young Playwrights’ Theater and an Assistant House Manager at Lisner Auditorium.
Bobby Hunter is so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Pinky Swear as Production Manager. Previously he served as Stage Manager for Breast in Show’s Captial Fringe 2014 production and as Assistant Stage Manager for VF Dance’s Speechless. He recently finished his Theatre Management apprenticeship at Imagination Stage, and now works as the Production Assistant for the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Executive Producer /Co-Artistic Director
Karen Lange is proud to be an actor, singer, improviser, and producer. Selected acting credits: Happy Days (Flashpoint Theater Lab), The Carolina Layaway Grail (The Welders), Perfect Arrangement (Source Festival), Cabaret XXX: Everybody F*cking Dies, Cabaret XXXY: Who Do You Think You Are?, Bleed, Cabaret XXX: Love the One You’re With, Killing Women, Carol’s Christmas, Cabaret XXX: Les Femmes Fatales, Be Here Now and Freakshow (Pinky Swear Productions), A Killing Game (dog & pony dc).
Assistant Stage Managers
Max Applewhite is a recent graduate of the Drama Department at CUA and is excited to start working for Pinky Swear Productions. While mostly an actor, he has worked on a lot of technical theatre for productions at CUA and Capital Fringe Festival. Most recently, he starred in the short film, Poker Night, and stage managed This Gonna Be on the Test, Miss? at Capital Festival Fringe He would like to thank his friends and family for their constant support and Pinky Swear for giving him the opportunity to work on Tiny House Plays!
Derek A. David is a recent graduate from the Catholic University of America with a degree in Architecture. He is excited to be working with Pinky Swear Productions on Tiny House Plays. Previous experiences include four productions as Stage Manager with Catholic’s CenterStage Theatre Company, Rehearsal Stage Manager for Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea with Source Festival, and Stage Manager for Coriolanas at the Capital Fringe Festival. Derek can be seen next as Stage Manager for Brave Spirits Theatre’s productions of The Two Noble Kinsmen and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Amanda C. Herman is excited to join PSP for Tiny House Plays. She is currently the Artistic Development Intern at Forum Theatre for the 2014 – 15 season. Amanda spent this summer as Assistant to the General Manager at Berkshire Theatre Festival, where she produced four staged readings of early musicals and stage-managed a reading of a new musical starring Richard Chamberlain, among other projects. She also recently completed a season-long Arts Administration apprenticeship at Asolo Repertory Theatre. Amanda grew up in Northern Virginia and holds a BA in Theatre and Dance from James Madison University. www.amandacherman.com
Laura O’Brien is happy to making her ASM debut with Pinky Swear Productions for the Tiny House Plays. She is a recent graduate of Catholic University where she earned her BM in Musical Theatre. She also trained in Shakespeare and stage combat at the London Dramatic Academy. This past year she interned at Imagination Stage where she worked closely with the Access/Inclusion, Marketing, and Education departments. She was last seen in Córiolanas (Cominius), and Everything I Do: The Musical (Violet), as part of the 2014 Capitol Fringe Festival. Upcoming: Morticia in The Addams Family (Kensington Arts Theatre, 10÷31−11÷22).
Christy Sexton is excited to work with Pinky Swear Productions for the first time. She has stage managed for Lean and Hungry Theater, and she has technical directed for William and Mary Theatre, Sinfonicron Light Opera Company, and 7 Ronin Productions.
*Pinky Swear Productions company member