I Was Unbecoming Then

I Was Unbecoming Then follows a competitive high school choir in 2006 and its secrets. Through confessional, pseudo stand-up comedy sets, and original, genre-bending choral music, twelve girls grapple with changing hormones and harmonies.

Text by Lyndsey Bourne
Music by Sam Kaseta
Directed by Ilana Khanin

Featuring:
Serena Berman*, Evie Brandford-Altsher, ChiWen Chang, Sienna D'Addario, Julia Greer, Lizzie Hagstedt*, Lizzy Jarrett, Anna Clare Kerr, Melissa Mahoney, Madison Pollack, Sarah Suzuki, & Dannie Touissant

*Denotes member of Actors Equity Association

June 14th & 15th at 7pm
Penthouse 1 at Shetler Studios
244 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

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CREATIVE TEAM

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LYNDSEY BOURNE (PLAYWRIGHT)

Lyndsey Bourne is a queer, Canadian playwright and doula working with The Doula Project and Planned Parenthood. Her plays have been developed with The Tank, Dixon Place, The Joust Theatre Company, The Barn Arts Collective, Brooklyn College, Playwrights Horizons Downtown and ANT Fest at Ars Nova. Lyndsey is an assistant playwriting teacher at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and is currently an MFA candidate at Brooklyn College where she studies playwriting with Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney.

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ILANA KHANIN (DIRECTOR)

Ilana Khanin. Directing: Ars Nova ANT Fest, Theaterlab, Exquisite Corpse Company/ Governors Island, Joust Theater Company, Samuel French, Center at West Park, Primary Stages, The Brick, The Tank, Dixon Place, Atlantic Stage 2. Associate/ assistant: Lee Sunday Evans, Lila Neugebauer, Annie-B Parson, Daniel Fish, and works for Big Dance Theater. 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence at Montclair State University/ New Works Initiative. MA and BFA: NYU. www.ilanakhanin.com

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CAST

 

SAM KASETA (MUSIC)

Sam Kaseta is a composer and vocalist living and working in New York City. After graduating Princeton cum laude with a BA in Music and certificates in German and Theater, Sam recently obtained her Masters in Music degree from NYU Steinhardt, where she studied concert composition with Caroline Shaw and Joan La Barbara. She has spent the past few years as a freelance composer, music director, and sound designer. Some of the theaters she has worked with include Soho Rep., Ars Nova, The Dramatists’ Guild, New Georges, Everyday Inferno, and Prospect Theater Company. She is also a music curator at The Tank NYC, where she is a frequent contributor to its queer cabaret series Tankaret. Sam also performs as her drag king alter ego Sam Bam Thankyoumaam.


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SERENA BERMAN (JOEY)

Serena Berman is a performer, playwright, and producer. Favorite credits include Diaspora (Gym at Judson), Murder at the Gates (Steven Sater), Set It Up (Netflix), and the voice of Lucy on Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales (ABC). She is a member of Ars Nova's Play Group, and her writing has been produced and developed at Williamstown Theater Festival, Samuel French OOB Festival, Less Than Rent, and more. She is currently Director of Performance at LES gallery Chinatown Soup. BFA: NYU Tisch (CAP21). www.serenaberman.com

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EVIE BRAFORD-ALTSHER (CJ)

Evie Brandford-Altsher is a recent graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at Playwrights Horizons Theater School and Stonestreet Studios. She has helped to develop and devise many new works for both screen and stage. Past roles include Sheila (A Chorus Line), Charlotte (All the Junk in the Whole Wide World and the Kids Who Sort Through It), Peter (Peter and the Wolf). www.evieba.com]

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CHIWEN CHANG (ASHLEY)

ChiWen Chang is a theatre artist based in New York and is so excited to be working on this gem of a show again! The choirgirl dreams are real. BFA: NYU Tisch Playwrights Horizons, Experimental Theatre Wing. Recent credits include: NOISE: A Musical by César Alvarez (NYU), I Was Unbecoming Then (Ars Nova ANT Fest ’18), they told us not to pray by nicHi douglas, 2019 Public Theater Gala (The Delacorte Theater) .  www.chiwenchang.com @chiwen___

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SIENA D’ADDARIO (DAISY)

Siena D’Addario is an NYC-based actor who graduated with a BFA from NYU Tisch (Playwrights Horizons Theater School). She also studied classical acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England. Recent theatre credits include: Sisters on the Ground (World Premiere Production) by Max Posner, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll (Clubbed Thumb), The Seagull as Masha (Access Theater). Film: Spinning Man (Featured), Wellwood (Supporting), Semper Fi (Featured), The Origami Swan (Lead), Seagull (Masha), Between (Lead). @sienadaddario www.sienadaddario.com



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JUIA GREER (LUCILLE)

Julia Greer is an actor and writer. Most recent theater credits include: Baby Cakes (The Hearth/Theaterlab), Athena (The Hearth/JACK), Slow Field (Theaterlab), Tommy’s Girls (Primary Stages/Fordham), The Trojan Women (New Collectives), and For Annie (The Hearth). Film: Lady Liberty (Tribeca Film Festival), Untitled Noah Baumbach Project, Human Capital. She’s also the co-creator of the web series JILL & DILL (Iron Mule Festival, Portland Comedy Film Festival). juliagreer.co

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LIZZIE HAGSTEDT (EMMA)

Lizzie Hagstedt just returned from performing in the world premiere musical August Rush at the Paramount Theatre in Chicago, and will next appear in Annie Get Your Gun at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. Other credits include Sweeney Todd (2nd National Tour and her high school senior show), Southern Comfort (Public Theatre, Barrington Stage, CAP21), and for more check out www.lizziehagstedt.com.  She’s also a composer with various projects in the works. 

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LIZZY JARRETT (LIV)

Lizzy Jarrett peaked in high school when she was the Soprano section leader two years in a row with San Marino Chamber Choir. More recently she was seen in Twelfth Night with Shakespeare in the 'Burg. Selected NY Theatre: Holy Ghosts (Theatre East), St. Vincent’s Project: Novenas for a Lost Hospital (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (Columbia Stages), Jesus (13th Street Rep.), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (EMIT).  She also is a team member of the arts company Make/Shift where she serves as the SHE Creates Producer.  Training: B.F.A. NYU Tisch.  Lizzyjarrett.com

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ANNA CLARE KERR (TABITHA)

Anna Clare Kerr is a NYC based actor & artist. Recent favorite credits include the jersey devil doesn’t exist (Shrill Collective), my parents are here tonight (Three Girls & A Boat) and independent short film Break & Run. She loves nothing more than brave new theater and a good cup of coffee. Proud founding member of The Joust Theatre Company. NYU Tisch BFA '15. www.annaclarekerr.com

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MELISSA MAHONEY (KIM)

Melissa Mahoney is a founding member of Joust.  She has played title roles in three critically acclaimed productions at the Atlantic Theater Company, as well as at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Ars Nova, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, and in theaters across the United States.  She is also a solo performer (Melissa Mahoney is a Robot) and a voice actor for the Night Vale Presents fictional podcast It Makes a Sound.  For more info, visit www.melissamahoney.me.

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SARAH SUZUKI (ANNA)

Sarah Suzuki is a biracial artist and administrator from Littleton, Colorado based in Brooklyn. Past credits include Our House Is Haunted (Dixon Place), The Elephant Is Very Like (Pete's Candy Store), The Poetry Project (Dixon Place), The Triumphant [Parts 3, 4, and 7] (Target Margin Theater Company), Tamra Wasserman: This is Real, This is Me (Slingshot Theater Company), and Cradle Two Grave (Corkscrew Theater Festival). BA Barnard College.