2016 Strawberry One Act Festival

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    Jacqueline and Frank invite an old friend over for dinner, hoping she will influence Jacqueline’s daughter’s decision about her first teenage love. Having a smartphone at the ready during a conversation of old friends turns out to be a dangerous thing, as the daughter starts researching their stories through the internet. They come to reveal and to learn more about themselves during the setting of the dinner table than they ever imagined.

WHEN

  • July 16, 2016, Saturday at 1 PM
  • July 17, 2016, Sunday at 3 PM
  • July 21, 2016, Thursday at 7 PM

WHERE

  • Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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CAST:

  • Danielle Adams (Jacqueline), Preston Fritz Smith (Frank), Ashley R. Brown (Becca), and Géraldine Dulex (Maddie) (left to right)

PRESTON FRITZ SMITH (Frank). Strawberry Festival debut. Off-Broadway: Broken Boundaries (June Havoc Theatre); Breaking Rules (June Havoc). Recent New York: Movin’ on up (FringeNYC Festival, Wow Café Theatre); The Father (Flying Shapes Productions); Romeo and Juliet (Old Stone House); The Summerhouse (Thespis Festival, Hudson Guild Theatre); Shangri-La (Midtown International Theatre Short Play Lab, Roy Arias Theatre); Many Mansions (Treehouse Theatre). TV and film: “The Perfect Murder,” “Devious Maids,” “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” “True Crime with Aphrodite Jones,” “Monsters Inside Me,” “Deadly Devotion,” “Mysteries at the Museum,” “Dead Again,” “Greatest Mysteries,” “A Crime to Remember,” “The Sunday Mass,” “NBC Today Show,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Inside Edition,” “ABC Good Morning America,” Lyric Suite, Gray’s Disconnect, Grandpa Ben, Alice in America, It takes a man, The Unknown, New York, Jack of the Red Hearts, Wait, wait, don’t kill me. Other:national commercials, industrials, promos, music videos. Graduate of Furman University, USC, and Westminster Choir College. NY Training: The Actor’s Project NYC, The Network, TVI Actor’s Studio, Broadway Comedy Club, The Barrow Group (Fall 2016).www.PrestonFritzSmith.com.

ASHLEY R. BROWN (Becca) is so excited to be playing Becca in Family Googling! She is an American Academy of Dramatic Arts alumni (2013) and graduated from Saint John’s University (2015) with a Bachelors of Science in Dramatic Arts, Television, and Film. Other works include MEN (Gina), Bury the Dead (Joan), Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie), Scenes and Revelations (Millie), Open Loop Tour bus Commercial, and Most recently Roach; and independent short film.

GÉRALDINE DULEX (Maddie) recently returned from Switzerland where she performed at the Festspiele Zürich celebrating the centennial of Dada. She played the principal speaking role in the opera The Passenger at Florida Grand Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera and Detroit Opera House. Theatre credits include: Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Steppenwolf), Minna in Minna (Trap Door), A Memory of Two Mondays (Eclipse), Cosmicomics, Garden of Delights (New Stage Theater, NYC), as well as Topography, ABOVE/BELOW with New York’s Broken Box Mime Theater (IT Award Outstanding Ensemble 2014), where she is a company member. B.S. Northwestern University. http://www.geraldinedulex.com.

MARK D. TJARKS (Playwright) is a professor of English at Hawaii Pacific University, where he teaches scriptwriting, film, and literature. This summer, he has 3 plays being performed in New York. Along with Family Googling in the Strawberry Theatre Festival, he has two plays in the New York International Fringe Festival: The Unsalable Thing and Houseless in Paradise, which won a Po’okela Award for Overall Play in 2014 and was recognized by a State Senate of Hawaii Proclamation. The Unsalable Thing won the judges and audience awards for Best Play in PlayBuilder’s 2015 Festival of Original Plays and First Place in the Best Play Contest in the 2015 William Faulkner Literary Competition. Tjarks is also a recipient of Kumu Kahua Theatre’s Resident Award, a Producer’s Choice and two Best Comedy Awards for his work in Women In Theatre’s Kauai Short Festival, and an Opie for Best Play in Aloha Theatre’s Original Play Festival. He has had 32 productions and staged readings of 15 one act and feature-length plays since 2004.

DENNIS GLEASON (Director) returns to the Strawberry Festival where four of his shows have been Finalists (Goodnite Lovin’ Trail, On Top, Forgive Me Brother, Book Wench); last year he was the only director to have two plays running (does so again this season with Early Bird Special and Family Googling) and is proud that one of his cast members was awarded “Best Actor.” With an MFA in Directing, 150 directing credits, and numerous “Outstanding Director/Production” awards, he has worked coast to coast including Off Broadway, regional theatre, dinner theatre, community theatre, and college theatre. Recent shows include And Then There Were None, Side Show, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This summer he directs the double bill The Unsalable Thing/Houseless in Paradise in the New York International Fringe Festival.

JAYDE LAILA FUENTES (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working on this production. Most recently, she was the stage manager, working beside Dennis Gleason for both Family Googling and The Early Bird Special, both being part of The Strawberry Festival. Upcoming shows include Houseless in Paradise and The Unsalable Thing and The Convent of Saint Clare at the Thespis Festival. As a graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, she is utilizing her training from teachers such as Jay Goldenberg and Alan Rackham in this production.

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