Jesus first. Others second. You last.
In a farmhouse kitchen in upstate New York, sisters Joanie and Jessa go to desperate lengths to please their God, their mother and their bodies.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Award-winning theater creator and acting teacher specializing in Method-based technique training. Katie is the writer, director and producer of six plays: Keep Your Eyes Open, Facebook Me, SLUT, A Day in the Life, Now That We’re Men and Her Story, Uncut. Her pieces have been developed in collaboration with young artists, feature teen actors and have been performed at historic venues such as The Cherry Lane Theatre (NY), The Lynn Redgrave Theater (NY), The Warner Theater (DC), The Billy Wilder Theater (LA), The Wong Auditorium (MA) and The United Nations. The plays are available for license and have been produced internationally in Mexico, Australia and Canada. The Feminist Press is the publisher of SLUT and Now That We’re Men, and Katie’s first book, SLUT: A Play and Guidebook for Combatting Sexism and Sexual Violence.
Lauren Bremen (Lighting Designer & Stage Manager)
Lauren is excited to work on Joy, having been involved with Katie's other productions for over a year. Recent Design credits include Slut: the Play (GoodCapp Arts), Now That We're Men (GoodCapp Arts), Rigoletto (Amore Opera), Die Fledermaus (Amore Opera), Song to the Moon, Rime of the Ancient Mariner (VA Arts Festival). Lauren has a BA in Theater Studies from Yale University. www.laurenbremen.net
Rebecca Renner (Actor - Jessa)
Rebecca is a rising sophomore at Beacon High School in Manhattan. She has worked with GoodCapp Arts in various acting classes and productions such as A Day In The Life. She has also participated in many middle and high school plays. She is passionate about using art to spread awareness about different issues. Aside from acting, Rebecca enjoys creative writing and reading.
Mirabella Raschke-Robinson (Actor - Joanie)
Mirabella is excited to perform in her first production of JOY in the role of Joanie. She lives with her family in New York City and attends the prestigious Fiorello Laguardia High School of Performing Arts as a drama major. She appeared in Broadway Artists Connection and in her school’s Spring Sing. She has studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and has worked with professionals Lee Lobenhofer, Todd Susman, and Gary Kingston. She is going into the 12th grade and plans on pursuing her acting career in college. She likes to play guitar and juggle and hopes to be a film actress in the future.
Mike Turner (Actor / Pastor Gregory)*
Mike is a New York-based actor, writer, and comedian. Member of Actor's Equity Association. Recent credits: Night of the Iguana (American Repertory Theater, dir. Michael Wilson), Lucy Thurber’s Orpheus In the Berkshires (Williamstown), Red Light Winter (International ItSelf Festival; recipient of Best Actor in a Lead Role), Heads (Theater Row; dir. Laura Savia), The 13 Clocks (Strangemen & Co.), Have You Been There? (Williamstown; dir. Jenna Worsham), and many more. NYU-Tisch BFA graduate. Mike is currently finishing post-production on co-created comedy series Bumbling as well as a trilogy of urban sci-fi novels. www.MikeTurnerNYC.com
Kea Trevett (Actor / Kristy)* is an actress and theater artist based in New York City. She holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts, is a core member of The Lonely Painter Project, and a Classic Stage Company teaching artist. Theater credits include Othello, directed by Tyne Rafaeli at Classic Stage Company (Desdemona), the world premiere production of Antigone in the World, directed by Gregory Mosher (Ismene), and A Tale Told By An Idiot, an adaptation of Macbeth for young audiences, at Lincoln Center. Recent credits include The Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage), and the world premiere production of Last Night in Inwood, by Alix Sobler (Pershing Square Signature Center). Kea has appeared in over a dozen independent film projects, most recently Coming to Terms, the premiere project of writer-director Kaitlyn Gallagher. Past film credits include Curall, dir. Spencer Harris, Ice Cold, dir. Sekiya Dorsett, The Overnight, dir. Amy Hollis, and Two Birds, dir. Caitlin Stickels, which was an official short film selection at TWIST in Seattle, NewFest in New York City, and was awarded Best Short at ClexaCon in Las Vegas, and best women's North American short at The North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival. Up next, Kea is thrilled to be featured in The Kindergarten Teacher, dir. Sara Colangelo, produced by Maven Pictures. www.keatrevett.com
(*indicates members of AEA)
Managing Artistic Director, Press Liaison
Managing Artistic Director, Graphic Designer, Tech Liaison
Production Director, House Manager
Associate Producer, House Manager
Associate Producer, Social Media Guru
WILL JENNINGS (Tech Director) is a production manager and tech director working in New York. Recent productions include Butterfly (Heartbeat Opera), Carmen (Heartbeat Opera), Hunger Artist (The Tank), Streepshow (The Tank), and Mother of Invention (Abingdon Theatre Company). Will is the Managing Director of Critical Point Theatre and the Assistant Technical Director at Columbia.