meet the Alternating Currents team

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Adam Kraar (Playwright)

Adam Kraar’s work includes a quartet of plays about American families living in Asia, and a play inspired by the Civil Rights Movement’s “Freedom Summer.”

 

His plays have been produced and/or developed at Primary Stages, The Public Theatre, Theater for the New City, Theatreworks U.S.A., The New Group, N.Y. Theatre Workshop, Cherry Lane, LaMama, Geva Theatre, Performance Network and many others.  Fellowships from:  Manhattan Theatre Club, Bogliasco Foundation, Millay Colony, New River Dramatists and Sewanee Writers’ Conference.  Adam’s plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Applause Books (including six BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS anthologies).

 

Recent work includes DANCING ON THE EDGE (Theatre Novi Most); GREEN-WOOD  (Theatre East); EMPIRE OF THE TREES (Wizard Oil Productions at Abingdon Theatre; NY Innovative Theatre Awards’ Outstanding Script Nominee); NEW WORLD RHAPSODY (Manhattan Theatre Club commission; Bloomington Plays Project); WILD TERRAIN (EST Marathon of One-Act Plays) and FREEDOM HIGH (Queens Theatre in the Park).

 

Adam is an Affiliated Writer of The Playwrights’ Center and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.  He was previously a Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center, a Featured Artist at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and was twice a resident playwright at the Inge Center for the Arts.

 

Adam grew up in India, Thailand, Singapore and the U.S.  He earned an M.F.A. at Columbia University, teaches playwriting at Primary Stages’ ESPA, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Karen.

 

 

www.adamkraar.com

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Kareem Fahmy (Director)

Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born director of Egyptian descent who focuses on new play development. He is a 2017-2018 National Directors Fellow with The O’Neill/NNPN/The Kennedy Center/SDC. He has directed and co-conceived a number of world premiere productions including James Scruggs’s 3/Fifths (3LD, New York Times 5 Must-See Shows), Sevan K. Greene’s This Time (Rising Circle, New York Times Critics’ Pick), and Victor Lesniewski’s Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre). Other recent: Rohina Malik’s The Mecca Tales (Voyage Theater Company), Nikkole Salter’s Indian Head (Luna Stage).

 

He’s developed plays with organizations including New York Theatre Workshop, MCC, Second Stage, Soho Rep, New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Sundance Institute Theatre, Partial Comfort Productions, The Civilians, and Berkeley Rep. Kareem is currently a Resident Director at The Flea Theater, and is an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Van Lier Directing Fellowship, and NTYW’s Emerging Artist Fellowship. NYTW Usual Suspect. MFA: Columbia.

 

www.KareemFahmy.com

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Robert Arcaro
(Sal/Others)

Robert Arcaro is a founding member of the Working Theater. He has served on the Board of Directors since 1987 and as artistic director from 1996 until 2004.  Robert has been performing and producing theater for the last 40 years. He has appeared in the first professional New York productions of many original plays with the Working Theater, the Abingdon Theater, the Drilling Company, the Workshop Theater and the Italian American Repertory Theater. This past summer Robert appeared in a production of The Tempestwith The Drilling Company in Bryant Park. On television, he has played roles on Law and Orderand Fringeand recently appeared in a feature film starring Gabriel Byrne written and directed by Lee Wilkof. Robert wishes to thank the staff, the Board and all the supporters of the Working Theater throughout the years who have made this dream a thriving reality.

Jason Bowen

Jason Bowen
(Luke)

Jason Bowen’s previous Off-Broadway credits include My Mañana Comesat Playwright’s Realm. Select regional credits include NativeSonat Yale Rep.; Skeleton Crewat Studio Theatre; Jazzat Baltimore Center Stage; All The Wayat Cleveland Playhouse; As You Like Itand Black Odysseyat Denver Center Theatre Co.; The Lake Effectat TheatreWorks Palo Alto; June Moonat Williamstown Theatre Festival; Ruined at La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, and Berkeley Rep.; A Raisin In The Sun, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (IRNE Award), Prelude To A Kiss,and A Civil War Christmas at Huntington Theatre Co.; Love’s Labours Lost and A Midsummer Night’s Dreamat Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.; Twelfth Night, Othello, and The Tempestat Actors’ Shakespeare Project; It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play at Merrimack Rep. TV/Film credits include “Law & Order: SVU”, “Madam Secretary”, “Elementary”, “Braindead”, What’s Your Number? and Untouchable. Special Awards: Best Actor- Boston Magazine, 2012.

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Rheaume Crenshaw
(Sharonda/Sean/Others)

Rheaume Crenshaw Broadway: Groundhog Day, Amazing Grace. Off-Broadway: Alternating Currents(Working Theater). Regional: Smokey Joe’s Café(FLMTF/MGR), Golem of Havana(Miami New Drama/Barrington Stage/LaMama), Raisin(St. Black Repertory Co.), Black Nativity(Congo Square/Goodman), Ain’t Misbehavin’(Crossroads/NJPAC).  Workshops: The Family Resemblance (Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat), Sundance Theater Lab, Film/TV: Subways (Novonovous Prod.), Insocial (Insta series), Drama Queenz (web series).

LeeAnne Hutchison

LeeAnne Hutchison

(Sherry/Woman in Laundry Room/Others 5/18-5/26)

LeeAnne Hutchison plays Diane on the TV series THE OTHER F-WORD (Amazon), and recurs as Luanne on JESSICA JONES (Netflix, Season 2). Previous Off-Broadway credits include Young Clarissa in the world premiere Ellen McLaughlin’s Septimus and Clarissa (Ripe Time) and Rose in Sam’s Romance (The Actors Temple, premiere). Other selected NYC credits: Euridice in Orpheus (with Taylor Mac at the HERE Arts Center); Pegeen (and others) in The Third Policeman (La Mama, world premiere); Bertha Dorset (and others) in Innocents (Ripe Time at The Ohio Theater); Mrs. Alving in a new adaptation of Ibsen’s Ghosts (directed by Sophie Hunter); Penelope in The Odyssey Project (with The Internationalists); Crystal in Suzanne Bradbeer’s Full Bloom (McGinn Cazale Theater); Yelena in I Want What You Have at The Women’s Project and Cybele in Alas, The Nymphs at BAM. Selected regional: Olivia in Laura Eason’s Sex With Strangers (GEVA and The Kitchen Theater); Barbara in August: Osage County (Arkansas Rep); Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire (West Virginia Public Theater, with Joe Manganiello); Bev in Clybourne Park (Arkansas Rep) and Frankie in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Shaker Bridge Theater, NH). LeeAnne hails from Athens, Georgia, graduated from Smith College, and received the Bowden Award from New Dramatists for her contribution as an actress to the creation of new plays. She is a proud member of The Actors Center Workshop Company, Ripe Time, Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. Thank you to Grant, Mark, Tamilla, Adam, this whole creative team, Jojo, and everyone at Bin 71.

 

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Antoinette LaVecchia

(Sherry/Woman in Laundry Room/Others 4/26-5/17)

Antoinette LaVecchia recently appeared in the world premiere of Karen Hartman’s Project Dawn, Nick Gandiello’s The Blameless at The Old Globe (San Diego) and Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors at McCarter Theatre & Cleveland Play House.  Select NY: The Portuguese Kid (MTC), A View From The Bridge (Broadway), String of Pearls (Primary Stages), The Bottle House (Public Theater), Kimberly Akimbo (MTC), How To Be A Good Italian Daughter [in spite of myself] (Cherry Lane), Magic Hands Freddy (SoHo Playhouse), The Tempest (Lincoln Center Inst.)  Select Regional:  Williamstown, Two River Theatre, Pittsburgh Public, The Wilma and Portland Center Stage. In 2014, premiered her award-winning role in I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti at TheatreWorks Hartford, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Asolo Rep & George Street Playhouse. Select Film/TV: Blindspot, Deliver Us From EvilLaw & Order: SVUBlue BloodsThe SopranosKilling Kennedy.  MFA Tisch/NYU, Moscow Art Theatre and Théâtre de Complicite.  Awards: BroadwayWorld.com’s CT Best Actress Award, CT Critics Circle Award, Fox Fellowship, Drama League Directing Fellowship and the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant.  Member of the Dramatist Guild, LPTW and The Actor’s Center company. www.antoinettelavecchia.com.

BRIAN SGAMBATI

Brian Sgambati
(Jerry)

Brian Sgambati is an actor, director, and teaching artist. Acting credits include The Iceman Cometh starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy at BAM, as well as the Broadway productions of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino, King Lear with Christopher Plummerand The Coast of Utopia. National Tour: Frost/Nixon. Off-Broadway credits include Lucas Hnath’s A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney at Soho Rep, Man and Superman at Irish Rep, Smudge for The Women’s Project, Amazons and Their Men with Clubbed Thumb, The Hasty Heart for Keen Co., and Landscape of the Body at Signature Theatre Company. Selected Regional: Prelude to a Kiss at the Huntington, Passion Play at the Goodman, Antony and Cleopatra at the Old Globe, and Sweet Bird of Youth at La Jolla Playhouse.  Film and Television credits include: Bull, UnforgettableBlue Bloods, Law and Order, and The Word. Associate Artist, The Civilians. Brian is a member of the Adjunct Theatre Faculty at Wagner College, and holds an MFA from the University of California San Diego.

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Liba Vaynberg
(Elena)

Liba Vaynberg: New York: Bekah Brunstetter’s Oregon Trail (Fault Line Theater at the Women’s Project), The Golem of Havana (La MaMa), Black Milk, Macbeth (Classic Stage Company), Novaya Zemlya (HERE), Uncle Vanya (Columbia Stages), As You Like It, Love’s Labor’s Lost (Shakespeare at the Manor), Trayf (Penguin Rep). Regional: Ether Dome (dir. Michael Wilson, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theater), Everything You TouchWe Are Pussy Riot (Contemporary American Theatre Festival), Camp Monster (dir. Kate Pines, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Ground/Work (dir. Michael Leibenluft, Yale), Golem of Havana (Miami New Drama). Film/TV: Madam Secretary (CBS), The Deuce (HBO), Billy & Billie (DirecTV), The Examination (Indie). As a writer: Round Table (Irons In The Fire), Scheiss Book (Theater Row/Dixon Place/Stonewall Inn, *Winner: BACKSTAGE MAGAZINE Audience Choice Award, *Winner: Best One-Woman Show, United Solo 2017), The Russian & The Jew with Emily Perkins (upcoming production at the Tank, Winter 2019). She is bilingual in English and Russian. Education: Yale, BA with Distinction in Molecular Biology & International Studies.