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TRUTH IS


A new play by Christopher Heath
Directed by Lindy Rogers

At the Midtown International Theatre Festival in July 2008

A mundane argument leads to a shocking revelation. A stranger questions what we know. A difficult path becomes the only option after a lover’s embrace.

Karen’s desire to make a minor change to their apartment throws her relationship into turmoil. As her husband, Michael, tries to hang on to the life he’s always known, Karen struggles to connect with the life she has. A brief encounter with Jimmy, a political activist, pushes Michael further into his fantasy life while Karen’s best friend, Anne, forces her to seek her own truth. After a night of drinking with Tony, Michael is confounded by his truth and seeks refuge in his self-styled world. Truth Is an exploration and reconciliation of the realities that we create, desire, and deny.
Come explore your truth.

Cast:
Karen……….Sarah Lilley
Michael……..Nick DeSimone
Jimmy………L. Jay Meyer*
Anne………..Lindy Rogers
Tony………...David J Cummins*

*Member, Actor’s Equity Association

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Who’s Who in the Cast
Sarah Lilley (Karen) has participated in several productions of Christopher Heath’s work, including …digressions… and Wally and Jesus. She was most recently seen in Opening Doors Theatre Company’s revival of the musical It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman! in the role of Lois Lane. Regional Theater includes Die! Mommy! Die! at TheatreLab in Houston, and Vincent at Wings Theatre here in New York. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University, and apparently enjoys doing shows that feature exclamation points in their titles.

Nick DeSimone (Michael) just finished playing Natey in Rye n’ Ginger (Theater For The New City). Other NY credits include Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Goodheart Lab); Pontius Pilot in Master and Margarita (HB Ensemble); Lopakhin in Amy Wright’s workshop of The Cherry Orchard; It Happened In The New Marvelous with Judd Hirsch (HB Playwrights); Summerfolk (dir. Austin Pendleton); Caged Visions (HB Playwrights); Bikini (Public Theater); Extreme Unction (Manhattan Theatre Club); Between Two Worlds (EST & HB Playwrights); Cyberlove (dir. Arthur French); The Long Goodbye (HB Ensemble, dir. Amy Wright); Lovers & Other Strangers (Gene Frankel Theater); and Buck Fever; Last month, Nick made his directing debut in Without Tongue (ATB). FILM/TV: Mac The Charm (opp. Larry Pine); Triangle Fire; Rate-Your-Date; Black Ice; Crazy Young Criminals; I Will Avenge You, Iago!; and ABC’s Visions (opp. Giancarlo Esposito). TRAINING: Ron Stetson, Ed Morehouse, Jeanne Kaplan, Sam Groom, John Monteith, and The Neighborhood Playhouse Summer Conservatory. Nick is currently seeking representation.

L. Jay Meyer (Jimmy) was most recently seen in the HomoGenius festival in the title role of Mary Dugan. Prior to that he was seen in his own play, which he co-wrote and performed with David Ian Lee, Liberty & Joe DiMaggio. Other NYC credits include Morning, Noon and Night and Minor Victories (which he wrote) at the John Houseman, Pitched in the NYC Fringe Festival, and the staged soap opera Crescendo Falls. Regional credits include: the title role in Sweeny Todd; Molina in Kiss of the Spiderwoman; Joe Pitt in Angels in America, Millenium Approaches; Mark in Art and Lou in the Regional Premiere of The Life. He received his MFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Arizona. His work there included Bernard in Arcadia, Rev. Hale in The Crucible for which he received an Irene Ryan Nomination and as Francis Lovell in Two Days of Grace at Middleham in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. L. Jay is currently also performing at Manhattan Theatre Source in the premiere of Sleeper and is wrapping filming on Three Girls which will be released world-wide in 2009.

Lindy Rogers (Anne, director) is thrilled to be directing her second project. Her first, The Man Who Came to Dinner, was presented this past January at the FAPC Theater. She has served as assistant director on several projects, including Stage Door (also at FAPC), which gave her the inspiration to take the directors seat. She is very excited to be working on this project with Christopher Heath. This has truly been a theatre experience wherein everyone involved has contributed 100%. Thank you so much to the cast for their challenges and rewards.

David J Cummins (Tony) started acting in commercials, films and on television in the Boston and the New England area with several commercials still running. Having embraced theatre in 2003 he has originated many roles in productions on various stages including Andre in The Grotesque History of Marie Antoinette, Meyerlink in The Pharaoh’s Ring and Larue in The Boys From Lost Nation New Hampshire at the Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, NH. He has also been seen in productions of Lysistrata, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Over the Tavern. David’s NYC work has included commercials and various small roles in such films as Sex and the City, Catch Me If You Can and Mona Lisa Smile as well as on a variety of television shows. Most recently he was seen on All My Children as the U.S. Marshall in charge of arresting Erica Kane. Member, Actor’s Equity Association and AFTRA. This is David’s NYC stage debut. He wants to thank Chris for the opportunity and send thanks to all his friends and family for their continued support. And a smile to LAE…

Jonathan Chang (Voice of Brad) is enthusiastic to lend a voice to this production, in addition to his flourishing entertainment career. His favorite cities include Paris, Taipei, and Tokyo. He thanks everyone in his life for their support and honesty. He is also currently performing in the Strawberry one-act festival. Dare to dream!

Emma Walton (Stage Manager) is a rising Junior and Theater major at Oberlin College. She has performed in seven shows at Oberlin and done costume design and stage management for two. Recent performances include Ellen, The Art of Dining; Fraulein Kost, Cabaret; Crystal, Little Shop of Horrors; and costume designer, The Heidi Chronicles. Emma also plans to attend the British American Drama Academy in London England this Fall.

Christopher Heath (Playwright) received critical acclaim for his plays Four Quarters at the New York International Fringe Festival and Wally and Jesus at Emerging Artists Theatre’s EATFest. Other plays include Big Boy Two Scoop; Delays on the Weekend; ...digressions...; In Stereotype, Where Available; Marshall and JB; Norma; Out and About; and Who Art In. He has also written the screenplays Consistent Inconsistencies (WordsFromHere Top 50), and The Ice Cream Papi. He is currently working on a series of over 100 short plays, entitled Over the Table and Under the Bar. As the artistic director and co-founder of Agony Productions, he has produced Crash Comedy I and II, for which he wrote Soap Dissed, Stalls, and the musical parodies A Corky’s Line, Little Morphine Annie, and The Sound of Mucus. With Agony, he has also facilitated four short screenplay competitions, two roundtable discussions on filmmaking, and the Writers in Agony Workshop Series, which gave writers of all levels the opportunity to learn and utilize techniques and theories of today's leading experts. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, Carl.

Agony Productions (Producer) was founded in February 2000 in New York City. Agony’s mission is to foster a supportive environment for writers, theater producers and filmmakers to learn and improve their craft through workshops, seminars and interactive productions of original works by members. Agony’s goal as a production company is to maintain a support system for writers of theater and film and help their works reach the stage and screen.

Staff for Truth Is
General Management
Carl Zetterstrom

Art Design
Gabriel Bershadscky

Production Photography
Zenith Richards

Press Representative
Margaret Hurley


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