Elephant Run District’s hERD Podcast Series
Zelda & Scott
by Bethie Fowler
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at 9:30 p.m.
at The Tank, 151 West 46th Street, 8th floor
Admission is by suggested donation
About the Show
Elephant Run District brings you The hERD Podcast, a platform for audiences to experience work by playwrights and artists performed live in New York City and then streamed around the globe on the internet. The live NYC audience is an important element of this project and we are happy you will join us! ERD continues its New Play Podcast Series at the Tank with Bethie Fowler’s Zelda & Scott, directed by Marc Atkinson.
About the Play
Zelda & Scott is about the Jazz Age literary celebrities F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. It’s a fast-paced and unexpected portrait of a much-studied and biographied pair as they meet, marry, and travel the world together. Scott wanted to be a famous author and rise above his middle-class roots to be part of the wealthy elite. Zelda was the daughter of a wealthy Southern judge and wanted independence and fame, which she hoped to find in Scott. They married young, when his star was on the rise. They spent lavishly and fought viciously. By the end of the 1920s their lifestyle had caught up with them but they stayed together, stubbornly refusing to abandon each other. This story is told with only two actors, and it is a quick but rich timeline of Scott and Zelda’s relationship, from their first meeting to their last.
About the Company
Elephant Run District is an indie theater and film company devoted to challenging expectations, inspiring dialogue in our community and creating long-lasting memories. ERD seeks to entertain its audiences while addressing issues that affect our society. The District is a place where traditions collide and new possibilities are explored in the hunt to create stories that are ultimately human. elephantrundistrict.org.
About the Creative Team
Marc Atkinson (director) is a director and lighting designer from Ireland, the UK and Catalonia. Currently a Shubert Presidential Scholar, he is undertaking an MFA at Columbia University under the mentorship of Anne Bogart. His passion for live performance developed after moving to Limerick, Ireland. There he founded his first theatre company at age sixteen and developed skills that led him to Trinity College Dublin, where he was awarded a Scholarship of the College for theatre. Marc co-founded Sugarglass whose work has toured internationally. Productions include the Irish premiere of Philip Ridley’s Tender Napalm and a performance based on Hesse’s Steppenwolf. Marc has been privileged to work with the Department of Foreign Affairs and President of Ireland in co-creating a production of Beckett shorts for International Human Rights Day in Ireland and Bulgaria. Other projects include Illusion at Science Gallery Dublin and Mercury Fur by Philip Ridley (Best Production & Direction – ISDA). Marc has recently directed a reading of a new play, Zelda & Scott, at Atlantic Theatre Company; been a directing intern for Ivo Van Hove at Toneelgroep Amsterdam; and Assistant Director for No’s Knife at the White Light Festival in Lincoln Center. Future work includes a new play with music exploring mass public grief, a performative adaptation of an Alessandro Baricco novel and an installation exploring beauty in urban space.
Edward Bauer (Scott) is a Brooklyn-based actor and co-founder of downtown theater company The Assembly. The Assembly’s newest play, I Will Look Forward to This Later, will premiere this April as part of the New Ohio and IRT’s Archive Residency. With the company: That Poor Dream (The New Ohio), HOME/SICK (The Living Theater), The Three Sisters (The Cherry Pit). Other favorites: Gormanzee & Other Stories (The Flea), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ten Bones Theater). Edward’s voice can also be heard in several adventure games (Resonance, The Blackwell Deception) produced by the award-winning Wadjet Eye Studios. You can also check him out on the webseries Kid Friendly, at kidfriendlyshow.com.
Bethie Fowler (playwright) is an American playwright who has written for stage and film. She has worked in the education departments of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and the Dublin Shakespeare Festival, as a writer/performer for RTE – Ireland’s national television, and in the literary department of Atlantic Theater Company. Bethie received her BA from Trinity College Dublin and her MFA from SUNY Stony Brook. www.bethiefowler.com.
Mia Jessup (Zelda) is a New York City-based actor, proud Dartmouth College alumna, and Southern California native. Recent NYC performances include productions at Times Square Art Center, Dixon Place, Secret Theater, 4th Street Theater, 3-Legged Dog, and Schapiro Theater at Columbia University. She received a B.A. in Theater and Women’s Studies from Dartmouth College. To see full credits, please visit www.miajessup.com.