Congresswoman

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from the play by Aristophanes
freely adapted and directed by Stuart Bousel
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, SF
May 3 - May 26, 2018
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Congresswomen is Stuart Bousel’s revamp of Aristophanes’
outrageously cynical sex and politics romp, chronicling one
community’s attempt to overhaul its corrupt power structure and
save itself from ruin. But is such a thing possible when humans are
their own worst enemy? Better known as the author of Lysistrata
and The Frogs, Aristophanes brings us his most caustic social satire
and Bousel brings it into the 21st century while retaining all its
perverse and subversive glory.
congresswoman-laurenLauren Andrei Garcia (Hymenia) is an emerging Bay Area based artist born to a viraginous, Filipina woman and a green-thumbed Mexican man. She is a part time professor of nursing, full time multidisciplinary storyteller. She is a member of Granny Cart Gangstas, an all WOC sketch comedy troupe, and is a resident artist of Bindlestiff Studios. She has performed poetry, comedy, and drama at Temescal Studios, SF Sketchfest, Exit Theatre, East Oakland Arts Alliance and Studio Grand Oakland. Her poetry book Shipwreck Smiles delves into the misery of losing her mixed race underwear and was recently nominated for an Elgin Award.
congresswoman-steven-2Steven Westdahl (Blepyrus)is an Oakland-based actor, writer, artist, and producer. He was last seen on this stage in 'screwmachine/eyecandy' as part of the 2017 SF Fringe Festival and, prior to that, 'Paradise Street'. Previous production partnerships in San Francisco include Custom Made, Un-Scripted, SF Shakespeare Festival, PlayGround, Performers Under Stress, the SF Neo-Futurists, and others. Internationally, Steven has performed improv in Edinburgh, Ionesco in Russia, and bits of the Ramayana in Indonesia. He received BAs in Theatre and Film and English from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is also the 2010 Air Sex World Champion and the 2006 Time Magazine Person of the Year.
congresswoman-brittanyBrittany Nicole Sims (Sostrata) is an actress from San Leandro, CA and received her B.A. in Theater Arts from Sacramento State University. Ms. Sims recent works have been with All Terrain Theater, Inferno Theater, Those Woman Productions, The African American Shakespeare Company, SF Olympians, Playwrights Center of SF and Playwrights Foundation. Brittany would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support and is thrilled to be working with the EXIT Theatre!
congrwesswoman-codyCody Rishell (Graphic Artist/Designer) has been working as a graphic artist in the California Bay Area theatre scene for the last decade, working with theater companies like Atmos Theatre, San Francisco Theater Pub, CentralWorks, Custom Made Theatre Co., PianoFight, EXIT Theatre, and Anton's Well Theater Company. He studied illustration and design at the Academy of Art College and has had work exhibited in Corciano, Italy and San Francisco, California. He's always open to working with new theater companies when he is not playing games, reading art books, and sketching whatever comes into his head.
Stuart Bousel (Adaptor, Director) is the Artistic Director of San Francisco indy theater company, No Nude Men Productions, the Executive Producer (and founder) of the San Francisco Olympians Festival (declared by the Guardian to be “Theater Festival Most Likely to Win A Gold Medal” in 2013), the Hospitality Coordinator for the San Francisco Fringe Festival/EXIT Theatre, and the Director of New Work Development for Custom Made Theatre Company. He was the Executive Director (and co-founder) of the San Francisco Theater Pub (winner of the Guardian’s “Best of Bay” in 2011), the Publicist for DIVAfest, and served as the chair of the Individual Services Committee for TBA. He has directed a number of plays for Custom Made, including M. Butterfly, The Merchant of Venice, Prelude to a Kiss, The Crucible, Grey Gardens, Six Degrees of Separation, The House of Yes, and The Lion in Winter. Other directing credits include Edward II, Phaedra, Love’s Labors Lost, Hamlet, and The Desk Set all with No Nude Men, Measure For Measure, Dick 3, and Taming of the Shrew with SF Theater Pub, the world premiere of Morgan Ludlow’s Ruth and The Sea with Wily West Productions, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, and The Frogs for Atmostheatre/Theatre In the Woods, and Bag of Dickens at Killing My Lobster. He directed the world premieres of Nirmala Nataraj’s The Monk and The Book of Genesis: Re-mixed and Remastered, as well as Susan Sobeloff ’s Merchants and Allison Luterman’s Oasis, all for No Nude Men. As a playwright, his work has been produced in New York, Dublin, Portland, Tucson, Melbourne, Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco. His play Vincent of Gilagmesh was a nominee for the 2001 MAC Award; his play Matthew 33:6 was a finalist for the Sky Cooper Award in 2007; and his play Wild Blue Peaks was a finalist at HUMANA in 2002. He co-wrote the John C. Cosgrove Award winning short film Insomnia in 2000, and his play Everybody Here Says Hello! (produced by Wily West Productions) received the Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding World Premiere in 2014, and was nominated for Best Original Script by the Bay Area Critics Circle in 2015. He has three times had work featured in the Bay One Acts Festival: Housebroken in 2010, Speak Roughly in 2011, and Brainkill in 2012. He adapted the novel Giant Bones, by Peter S. Beagle, in 2010, and the memoir Rat Girl, by Kristin Hersh, in 2014 (also nominated for Outstanding World Premiere, TBA Awards). His play Pastorella was nominated for the 2015 Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding World Premiere and additional works, Adventures in Tech (With Pillow Talk On The Side) and Twins received premiere productions at PianoFight, and Gone Dark at Otherworld Theatre Company. He is the recipient of the SF Weekly’s “Ringmaster Award” in Best of the Bay 2013, and his other work includes penning the online short film Wish U Were Here for Hosteling International, the novel Dry Country, the libretto of the short opera Devil’s Deal for Opera Theatre Unlimited, and co-editing two collections of new work by Bay Area playwrights, Songs of Hestia (2012), and Heavenly Bodies (2014), both published by EXIT Press, each including a full-length play by him: Juno En Victoria and Hyperion To A Satyr, respectively. With Megan Cohen he co-founded the monthly Bay Area writer/actor meet up Saturday Write Fever. His Bay Area acting credits including the Actor's Theatre of San Francisco (Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol), The EXIT Theatre (Confessions of a Catholic Child), The Bay One Acts Festival (Future of the Female) and The Custom Made Theatre Company (Chess). More information about his work can be found at http://www.stuartbousel.com
congresswoman-toniToni Lynn Guidry (Stage Manager) has stage managed her way around San Francisco with New Conservatory Theatre Center (It's Only a Play, Le Switch, Sordid Lives, Daniel's Husband, Mothers and Sons), Custom Made Theatre Company (How I Learned to Drive, Voices of the Quilt), and for the Merola Opera Program. Additionally, she has worked as an actor, administrator, and educator with Custom Made Theatre Company, Cutting Ball Theater, and Bay Area Children's Theatre. Toni is from South Louisiana and received her B.A. in music.
Ryan Lee Short (Sound Designer) is excited to be returning to the EXIT after 2016’s PARADISE STREET. He is a veteran of Stuart Bousel shows, dating back to 2012’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at CMTC. While not designing sound for Stuart, his noises and music can be heard at NCTC, SF Shakes, and every once in a while Off-Broadway. By day he’s building and schlepping sets for Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Thanks to Stuart, Sara, Amanda, and the rest of this wonderful cast and crew! Love to Laura!
Alexia Staniotes (Clinarete) has lived and worked in the Bay Area theater scene her entire life. When she isn’t performing with her sketch group We Did a Thing or light designing for folks such as Left Coast Theatre Company, you can see her work at The Exit either in the cafe or out front house managing, or working box office at Bay Area Musicals. Say hi to her if you see her.
congresswomen-AmandaLee-20061126-33 9Amanda J. Lee (Rhodippe) is a local actor/playwright/dramaturg. Her last gig was with the Ninjaz of Drama where she played a rude mechanical (Robin Starveling/Moon) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other recent credits include acting in a web-based series, Public Access (Strange Prescriptions); writing and acting for Reprorights! New Works Festival (3Girls Theatre); and acting in various roles for Playoffs 2016 (PCSF’s short play festival). Her first play, Waiting for Van Gogh, received its inaugural production with PCSF’s Playoffs 2017 (starring fellow castmate Brittany Nicole Sims). Amanda also works as a local dramaturg with Spare Stage Theater and with individual local playwrights, helping to bring their words from the page to the stage. Recently she entered another theatrical arena, directing Bridgette Dutta Portman’s short play, Mister the Bear (PCSF’s 24-Hr Play Festival). Amanda received her MA in Drama from SFSU and is a member of LMDA (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America). She is grateful to Stuart Bousel for the opportunity to bring Rhodippe, the oldest woman in Athens, to life! Thanks to friends and family for their love and support, and as always, my heart is with my acting teacher, Linda Lowry, and my beloved dog Wiley. I miss you both every day.
congresswomen-nicoleNicole Odell (Praxagora) is pleased to return for her second production at EXIT. Nicole earned her B.A. in Drama from SFSU in 2010, then relocated to Los Angeles, where she trained at the Second City Conservatory. She performed sketch and improv around L.A. and in several festivals. In 2014, she returned to the Bay to work in the theatre and comedy scene. Currently, Nicole is a sketch comedy writer and performer with Killing My Lobster, and she teaches and performs with Leela Improv Training Center. Favorite recent stage credits include Maggie's Riff with Faultline Theatre, Paradise Street with EXIT Theatre, Proof with Pacifica Spindrift Players, and Love Versus The Meteor with Troupe Theatre.
congresswomen-maryMarykerin Naughton is a production designer, who has held many art department roles on a variety of projects in Film and Theater,in both the US and Ireland. Mary graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Fine Art.Previous shows at the Exit Include: Paradise Street by Clive Barker,directed by Stuart Bousel, Kilgallen/Jones by Allison Page,directed by Ellery Schaar A Life On The Ocean Wave by Carson Beker ,Nancy Au, Nara Dahlbacka, and Conrad A. Panganiban,directed by Stuart Bousel. Exit The King By Eugene Ionesco,directed by Stuart Bousel Mary is excited to be working with Exit Theater again and the opportunity to collaborate with another great and talented team! marykerindesign.com