Lydia’s just looking for a one-night stand, and so she’s met a cute guy at a bar and brought him back to her apartment. But now things keep getting in the way. Like the fact that they could hardly be more different (she’s forty, he’s twenty-eight; she’s black, he’s white; she’s a New Yorker and he’s from the Midwest). And the fact that he’s still not over his ex. And the fact that her apartment might very well be haunted. A play about ghosts–both literal and otherwise–and the ways we try to move forward.
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Quick note: Had some technical issues with the recording of the interviews at the end of the episode and very unfortunately we failed to capture Karissa. You can still hear her but you'll notice she is noticeably in the background....sorry Karissa! We'll have to get you back on the show soon for a proper interview.
Lia Romeo (Playwright)
Lia Romeo’s plays have been produced at 59E59, Project Y Theatre Company, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, Stillwater Theatre, Renegade Theatre Experiment, Forward Flux Productions, New Origins Theatre Company, Jersey City Theater Center, Porch Light Productions, and Xpressions Performing Arts Network, and have been developed at the Lark, San Francisco Playhouse, Abingdon Theatre, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Orlando Shakes, New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the American Theatre Critics’ Association’s Steinberg Award for best new play, the New York Innovative Theatre Award for outstanding full-length play, the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She has been recognized by the O’Neill (finalist), the Heideman Award (finalist), and the Kilroys List (honorable mention). She was the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright-in-Residence at Writers Theatre of New Jersey, and she is currently a member of the Project Y Playwrights Group and a company member at InViolet Theater. She is also the associate artistic director at Project Y Theatre Company and the new play coordinator at Jersey City Theater Center. She is the author of a novel, Dating the Devil (BelleBooks), which was an Amazon bestseller and was optioned by ABC Family, and a humor book, 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About (Abrams Image), which has sold over 35,000 copies worldwide. Her plays are published by Playscripts and Smith and Kraus. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers/MGSA, and she teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Karissa Harris (Lydia)
Karissa harris is a NYC-based actress residing in Bushwick Brooklyn, NY, with her musician husband Tynan and their little French bulldog, Felony. After moving to "the greatest city in the world" 7 years ago, Karissa has had the wonderful opportunity to perform in numerous regional theatre productions across the country. Originally from Allentown, PA, Karissa received her B.A. in theatre from Muhlenberg College. She also spent time abroad studying physical theatre at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.
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Andrew Mayer (Davis)
Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. Off-B’way/Regional: The 12 - A New Rock Musical(Denver Center Theater), Dying for It (Atlantic Theater Co.), Fiddler on the Roof (Barrington Stage Co.) & (Westchester B’way Theatre), A Night of Carner & Gregor (54 Below), Los Valientes (The Core Ensemble), Fallujah (TPAC-NYC & Kennedy Center), Marina (NYMF). Recent TV/Film: “71st Annual Tony Awards” (Performer), “The Hunted: Encore” (series regular), "III.1 - Romeo's Turn", ”Swing Blues", “20 Feet Close". As a musician, he performs regularly with the top event bands in NYC, the Michael Hart Band. Also a stage combat professional, he performs and choreographs for stage and screen. Training: Boston University School of Theatre (BFA - Acting), Manhattan School of Music (Violin, Voice, Piano), LAMDA (Classical Acting, Stage Combat). Instagram: @AcMusikman - www.andrewCmayer.com
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