collaborators

Ali Ayala (director) is the resident director of Blue Box World.  Starting work on the group’s Sticky series in 2004, Ali quickly became an integral part of the now three person team.She has directed plays for the long running Sticky series, which was in residence at Bowery Poetry Club from 2007-2012.  In addition to shorts, Ali has directed the company’s longer form work, including I Am Not an Allegory (these are people i know), Bowery Poetry Club, 2011; Connie in Detroit, Bowery Poetry Club and TARTE Festival, 2010; The Sustainable Future, Galapagos Art Space, 2006; all NYC. Ali is thrilled to be collaborating with Libby again and looks forward to many more nights of Thai takeout, champagne, and paper mache.

Havilah Brewster (Performer voice over) lives in quiet, subterranean comfort with Madam President the Havanese. Havilah is currently considering a career as an archaeologist-slash-adventuress who may or may not – from time to time – raid ancient tombs. She is also open to becoming a no-nonsense, secretary-and-sometimes-field-agent for a high level private investigator.

Brief View of the Hudson (Friday I’m in Love cover) Ann Enzminger and Nick Nace are celebrating ten years as folk duo Brief View of the Hudson. Their latest record, Querencia, is available for download via www.abriefview.com and itunes.

Christopher Burris (DJ/Masafumi Yukimoto) TV: Guiding Light, As the World Turns, Damage Control. REGIONAL THEATER: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Idiot’s Delight, The WInter’s Tale, Playboy of the West Indies), North Shore Music Theatre (Romeo and Juliet), La Jolla Playhouse (Blood Wedding, Sheridan), Greenbriar Valley (To Kill a Mockingbird), Shadowland Theatre (Lobby Hero). NEW YORK: The Cell (Baltimore in Black and White), Church of St. Joseph (Murder in the Cathedral), Ensemble Studio Theatre (Jesse), Hampton Theatre Company (Six Degrees of Separation), The Women’s Project (365 Days/365 Plays, The Feign’d Courtesans), FringeNYC (A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People, Bang! Bang! Bang!, Mankynde, Caresses). @misterburris

Kaylin Lee Clinton (Midnight City cover) is an actor and singer/song-writer in NYC.   A member of New Stage Theatre Co. and currently performing regularly with her own vintage-jazz event band, “Blue Opal Jazz,” Kaylin is looking forward to releasing her full debut indie-pop album, “Painted Road” on September 5th.  www.kaylinleeclinton.com

Libby Emmons (playwright, props and sound designer) has been writing plays since her first dress-up adventure in her Gramma’s closet. Radio Mara Mara marks her first playwright/designer adventure on stage, and was written in a fit of anxiety and terror, which eventually subsided when she realized that life is life, and it can go away sometimes, and there’s nothing for it but to live it with joy. Libby’s plays include Zeropia (Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission, NYC), “Animal/Animal,” 2013 Heideman Award Finalist, Girls from Afar (East West Players, LA), “I Miss U” (Acorn Films, LA), “leaving last night” (EBE Ensemble, Teatro Iati), “RU610” (Williamstown Theatre Festival), I Am Not an Allegory (these are people i know) and Connie in Detroit (both Bowery Poetry Club), and many others. Libby curates Blue Box World’s Sticky series, (Bowery Poetry Club 2007-12), and blogs the story of her life at www.li88yinc.com. BA Sarah Lawrence College, MFA Columbia University. Libby lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and their collective dream of a future puppy.

Maile Hamilton (stage manager) is enjoying stage managing her first FringeNYC show. In the past, Maile has acted in the Horace Greeley High School Theatre Company’s productions of Antigone (Antigone), Evita (Ensemble), and The Imaginary Invalid (Toinette), as well as in Little Village Playhouse’s productions of Company (April), Bernarda Alba (Magdalena), and Top Girls (Shona). She has also stage managed Little Village Playhouse’s productions of Pacific Overtures, Steel Magnolias, and Once On This Island. Maile is very good at collecting useful degrees (Written Arts and Gender & Sexuality Studies) at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. She would like to thank Libby Emmons, Ali Ayala, and the cast of Radio Mara Mara for a pleasant first Fringe experience.

Jasme Kelly (Started from the Bottom cover) Jasme’ Kelly is happy to lend her vocal abilities to Radio Mara Mara.  She is currently a resident artist at PapaMojo’s. Ms. Kelly has performed at the Durham Performing Arts Center, Carolina Theatre, Bergan Performing Arts Center, Keswick Theatre, Bitter End, S.O.B.’s. CBGB’s, Apache Café, Cat’s Cradle, Soul Café Bull Durham Blues Festival.  Her opening act credits include B.B. King, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Ledisi, Chrisette Michelle, Maceo Parker, Kem, Boney James, Jonathan Butler and Peter White. Her songwriting credits include the title track of “Holla” by the BahaMen. This song was also featured in the movies “Garfield” and “Kicking and Screaming” as well as the television shows “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Las Vegas.”

Carol London (Leoni Washington Fukiyama voice over) does voice over work in films, commercials and industrials.   As a visual performer, she has done film, stage and television.  Her most recent film role was in “8:46”.  This film was at the Cannes Film  Festival, won the 2012 GI Film ,  Award, and was theatrically released on DVD.  Carol is happy to be working with Libby and Ali again.  She performed in the Sticky Series.

C.B.E. Marcus (Sammy voice over) is three years old, and starting preschool in September. Favorite things include: anything with wheels, chocolate, apple juice, watching a show, and fighting with his shield. Radio Mara Mara marks his indie theater debut. C.B.E. really wants a puppy, and is from Brooklyn.

David Marcus (Reporter voice over) is a Brooklyn based theater maker and co-producer of Blue Box World, a small boutique theater company best known for its long running show Sticky. He is also the author of the blog http://www.Spotlightright.com, which provides a conservative take on the contemporary American stage.

Mayday Radio (Lucky Star cover) “Meaningful Music: Mayday Radio has something to sing.” – The Huffington Post. In today’s complex world of competing political, economic and social agendas, Mayday Radio raises its voice. Using music as a vehicle to drive social progress, singer/songwriter Jeff Ting, takes an honest look at the discrepancies between who we are as people, and who we strive to be. www.maydayradio.com

Grace McLean (Intergalactic cover) Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Sleep No More, La MaMa Cantata (La MaMa New York and Spoleto, Italy; Zagreb, Croatia; Belgrade, Serbia), From The Fire (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, MTM Best New Musical), The Last Goodbye (WTF 2010), Grace McLean Lives in Concert (Flea Theater, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub). EP Make Me Breakfast available on iTunes.

Zoe Metcalfe-Klaw (Archivist/L’Ansashita Mita) is ecstatic to be working and playing with such a talented group of artists. She has been a part of the Blue Box  family for years, and is very excited to explore and share the world of Radio Mara Mara.  She has a B.F.A in drama from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied primarily at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting.  Some of her favorite theater credits include: Cloud 8 (Theatre 80) Pontiac Firebird Variations (The Ohio/Ice Factory Festival), Helpless Doorknobs (New Orleans Fringe Festival), Distant Sex (Trickster Theater/Exit Art), Greendale GP (Eastwind Theatre Co.) and Sins Is In Her Skirts (Sanford Meisner Theatre).

James Pravasilis (composer, guitarist: Song for Calder Square) has been a professional musician for over thirty 30 years. He has performed and recorded with hundreds of artists from Danny Aiello to members of the Wu-tang clan. He is also a working Actor in NYC.

Shawn Randall (E.G. Fukiyama voice over & vocals: Song for Calder Square) is an actor, poet, singer, writer, producer, and freestyle emcee. He is the founder and host of the multi-disciplined music series Symphonics Live. Symphonics Live is a multidisciplinary evening showcases the finest singer-songwriters and poets in NY. Along with elements of dance and improvisation, the show promotes generosity, love, and creativity through the continual exploration of humanity through the performing and visual arts. Symphonics Live has been featured at the Blue Note, Highline Ballroom, Zipper Factory Theater, the Bowery Poetry Club and debuts at Joe’s Pub this Fall in New York. Shawn competed in the National Poetry Slam with Team NYC URBANA of the Bowery Poetry Club, and he has extensive experience in Off-Broadway theater, including working with the acclaimed Blue Man Group, and performances at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre, the Bardavon Opera House, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, La Mama E.T.C., and BAM. His film appearances include Slings and Arrows, an independent that won the award for Best Feature at the Avignon/NY Film Festival. Shawn is on the of Board of Directors of Ensemble Studio Theatre. www.iloveshawnrandall.com

Stacy Rock (Fuck the Police cover) is a musician and actress currently living in LA. She hails originally from Montana, studied at Boston University, and spent many years in New York, where she played many Sticky shows at Bowery Poetry Club with Blue Box World. Her CD One Way Home may be found at www.stacyrock.com, or on itunes.

Imran W. Sheikh (Kenny Ikeda voice over) Theatre: Disconnect (San Jose Rep), Four Different Lives (59E59), The Girl with Her Hands in the Sand (FringeNYC), Parts of Parts & Stitches (MTWorks), Beyond the Horizon (Theater for the New City), and Hit & Match (Planet Connections), and Glass (Downtown Urban Theater Festival). Digital media: Romeo & Juliet: The Webseries (Ready Set Go!) and The Sonnet Project (New York Shakespeare Exchange). Television: Guy Code (MTV, Comedy Central). Much thanks to Libby, Ali, Dave, Mama, Baj, and darling Desi. Follow @ImranSheikhInfo

John Wu (Xian Ping Jackson-Tingsley voice over) is excited to make his voiceover debut in Radio Mara Mara! A graduate of the William Esper Studio, John has made appearances in The Sopranos, Fringe, Mercy, The Onion Sports Network, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He looks forward to more opportunities with The Present Company.

Thank you’s:

Matt Ramer & Digilog Sound, Christopher Davis & Access Talent, Jessica Brater, Brandi Davis, DJ Moose, Eliel Lucero & Beauty Bar, The Paper Collective, Shawn Randall, James Pravasilis, Heather McKinstry, David Marcus, Jonathan Marcus, Duv, Grace Kalambay, Maiysha, Elena Holy & FringeNYC, Horse Trade & The Kraine, Jacquetta Szathmari just for asking, all Libby’s co-workers, the musicians, the performers, the insane arts community of this great City of New York.

The Producers:

blue box world is a theater project dedicated to art for non fascist living, meaning that we seek at every turn to explore with audiences the foundations of out most fundamental beliefs in order that we may rule our ideas and not be ruled by them. Blue Box World is Ali Ayala, Libby Emmons, and David Marcus

li88y inc. is a merging of art and life, where the personal becomes public and the public is inherently personal.

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