28 Seeds - cast
Lisa Dempsey is thrilled to be making her LAB debut in this amazing collaboration with Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys. Select professional credits include A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre), The Sound of Music (Reagle Players), The Seven Year Itch, Summer and Smoke (New Village Arts), and The Great Heathersby Heist (11:11 Theatre Company). Lisa holds a BA in Theater performance from Northeastern University. www.LisaCDempsey.com
Steven L. Emanuelson holds a B.S. in acting from Illinois State University and an M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from The University of Georgia. After graduating with his Master's in 2001, Steve pursued a professional acting and teaching career in Atlanta where he worked for such companies as: The Alliance Theatre (recipient of the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award®) in Shear Madness, Actor's Express Theatre in bothBent and Some Men, Dad's Garage Theatre in Archie's Weird Fantasy, Debbie Does Dallas (The Musical), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Die Mommy! Die! and The Rocky Horror Show to name a few. He has also been seen at The Atlanta Lyric Theatre as Bernardo in West Side Story and has performed with Jewish Theatre of the South in their productions of Miklat and Capture the Moon. Steve is an Equity Membership Candidate with Actor's Equity Association and an Artistic Associate at Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta. For six years, he taught acting classes at Actor's Express Theatre as well as giving individual voice lessons in stage speech. This is Steven's second production in Boston after moving here June 1, 2011. He was in Riverside Theatre Works' production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof this past fall.
Nicole, a singer, actor, and playwright, has a degree in music and theatre from C.W. Post Long Island University. Some of her favorite performances include, 365 Days Plays (New York Public Theatre), Portal of God (Boston Actors Theater), The Last Supper (Rising Sun Performance Company NY), In a Round About Way (Puppetry Arts Theater of Brooklyn) and Blog (Film Gate International Film Festival). Nicole, is also a cast member of the television show I've Got Munchies, which can be viewed on New York City public television and downloaded from I-Tunes. Recently, Nicole's original work Untitled Heart was performed off broadway in New York, and will soon be produced in Boston as well. Please visit www.NicoleLHoward.weebly.com
Matthew Milo Sergi generates performance, poetry, playscripts, and academic research, all inspired by the history and future of words. New to the Boston area, Matt most recently created a performance piece at Mobius; before that, he made and performed in original work throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (CounterPULSE, The Garage, Dance Mission, Kunst-Stoff, Impact Theater); before that, he appeared in the NYCFringe Festival and in other Off-Off-Broadway plays. One of his plays, Glory Glory, received the Fort Mason In Performance Grant for production at San Francisco's Northside Theatre. BFA: NYU/Tisch (Drama and English). Ph.D.: UC Berkeley (English and Medieval Studies). Now an assistant professor at Wellesley College, Matt is writing a new book on medieval religious drama.
Ally Tully was born and raised in a small town just outside of New York City. She studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory and has her BFA in theatre performance. Currently she can be seen in the on-going post apocalyptic web series Jessa Kill as the title character. She is also filming two independent films at the moment; one a romantic dramedy and the other an intricate ghost story. On stage she was most recently seen in the Fort Point Theatre Channel's production of Codes of conduct. She is delighted to be involved in another production with Liars and Believers!
UnAmerika's Sweetheart Karin Webb has been performing and creating theatrical works for the past 20 years using character, dance, burlesque, comedy, drag, puppetry, and storytelling as her mediums of choice. She has a BFA in Acting from BU, a certificate in Ensemble and Physical theater from Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater, and has toured the country as a puppeteer with Das Puppenspeil Puppet Theater. Karin is co-founder of Axe To Ice Productions, an original member of All The Kings Men performance troupe, frequent collaborator with Elephant Tango Ensemble Puppets, and has a blast each winter performing in The Slutcracker. Check her out: www.UnAmerikasSweetheart.com
Creator of 28 Seeds, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals
Walter Sickert was born on the sea and has dedicated his life to, and makes his living from, music and visual art. Walter's art is showcased in museums and private collections world-wide and he routinely collaborates with authors, other visuals artists and musicians. Walter is the founder and impresario of the SteamCRUNK band Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys who have been described as "Musically sophisticated and immensely talented, wildly unusual and diverse in material and presentation, a Dada-esque circus carnival run amuck, and just plain good ‘not-always-so-clean’ fun". Inspired by such things as Hieronymus Bosch, The Tiger Lillies, Érik Satie, Salvador Dalí, Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, Lewis Carroll, Aleister Crowley, Terry Gilliam, and Alan Moore; Walter originally created 28 Seeds as a radio play for the RPM Challenge which was written in a hazy basement over the 28 days of February 2010. @WalterSickert
Writer of 28 Seeds, Guitar, Mando, Uke, Mustache
Born in the greater Boston area and educated in the wilds of New York City, Meff's dedication to all things interesting has taken her from soul-crushing boredom to steamCRUNK superstardom as the guitarist, mandolin player, and moustache in Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys. She is also an accomplished playwright, songwriter, and drag performer, most recently performing her writerly duties as one of the Summer 2011 Artists in Residence at Brandeis University. You can follow her gender-borking dandy-antics on twitter @dasmeff
Producer, Melodica, Piano, Toys
Drums, Kenny Blancwood
Hailing from the crystal meth and pop punk mecca of the USA, native SoCal dude TJ Horn is stepping way out of his comfort zone to be part of this production, and couldn't be "more stoked" to do it. From punk and metal to soul and circus, this performance is one of MANY music and voice acting projects that you can catch him doing around the Boston area. @themurderhorn
It's not a violin. It's a motherf$*%#n' viola! Rachel Jayson spends most of her time playing with the Broken Toys and Jaggery (the 5 piece torture-chamber-pop collective) but has also been spotted playing with What Time is it, Mr. Fox?, HUMANWINE, Bury Me Standing, and Earth, Wind, & Fire (which only happened once, but it sure did make her mom proud). You can find her flexing her MMEd from Boston Conservatory as Orchestra Director at Lexington High School and slinging fancy footwear on the weekends at John Fluevog Shoes. @musykchyk
jojo lazar, the burlesque poetess is your personal wordsmithy and tiny tart of vaudevillian verse. Armed with ukulele, and a poetic license (MFA from Lesley U) she is a creative writing and zine arts workshop leader, visual artist, and an inapproetry-spieling comedienne. Check out her keyring site, jojolazar.com
4/22, 4/29, 5/6
Betty Widerski is an acoustic/electric viola & violin slut who plays any genre with any band with any/no notice, Betty currently appears with Rock/Classical band Ginger Ibex, her solo looping project Reverse Polish Notation, and guests with Irish punks The Gobshites. BettyWiderski.com