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Nomad Theatrical’s

Butterfly Effect NYC

A Working Theater supported workshop presentation

October 20-22 at 4:30PM & 5:15PM
October 23-24 at 1:45PM, 2:30PM, & 3:15PM

Written By: C.S. Hanson, Ravin Patterson, John Tillotson
Music Composed By: Katie Down
Conceived and Directed By: Grant Neale

Tickets are available by suggested donation, on a sliding scale. To understand what this means and what ticket price you should select, please visit the page on our Sliding Scale Initiative to learn more.

This immersive listening experience takes a deep dive into New York neighborhoods, exploring the varied lives of the people who call it home. Butterfly Effect NYC asks you to stop and listen to your neighbors (and to actually hear what’s going on in their heads!). This fall, join an intimate audience of 8 people and lose yourself in a multi-sensory walking tour of Hell’s Kitchen. Created by Nomad Theatrical Co., Working Theater is pleased to support the development of this newly conceived version of Butterfly Effect NYC, that will make you look at New York in a whole new light.

This event is weather dependent. If we have to cancel due to inclement weather, you will receive an email from us 2 hours before show time. Butterfly Effect NYC runs approximately 45 minutes with no intermission and you will be walking the streets of Hell’s Kitchen during the performance. Please dress accordingly.

Meet the Cast and Crew 

C.S. Hanson (Playwright) is a playwright with Off Broadway and regional credits, including productions in NYC (Cherry Lane, Fringe Festival, TNC, The Brick, Metropolitan Playhouse, Estrogenius); Miami; Washington, D.C.; Pittsburgh; Denver; and Montreal (Fringe Festival). Plays have been developed at The Cell, The Lark, EST, LaMaMa, Naked Angels, and NJ Rep. In 2021, she wrote the theatrical micro-film MY POST-PRODUCTION WORLD for Nomad Theatrical Co. starring Ravin Patterson, directed by Grant Neale; contributed the monologue TV IN MY BONES to “The Gratitude Series” (live production online, All Souls); and her essay WANDERER was published by Penman Review.

Ravin Patterson (Playwright)  is an actor/writer/producer. She co-produced the original comedy series Space Available streaming on Amazon Prime. Nomad Theatrical Company credits include writing the 10-minute play Buddy for the Park Bench Plays and performing in My Post Production World for the MicroFilms series.

John Tillotson (Playwright) is a globe-trotting playwright, director, and actor. He is a recipient of a 2021 City  Artist Corps grant for his play #AChekhovBurlesk: Scenes from Theatrikal Life. Nomad  Theatricals has presented his Park Bench play Mickey & Max, Phoebe Flips the Bird (a micro  film project), a workshop of his play cycle Project: Bairbre and the New York premiere of his  solo piece, Residual Effects, at the Hudson Guild. His play Independence Day: A New Play to  Pay Old Debt was the Michael Warren Powell Memorial Reading at the Dramatist Guild. His  most recent opus, All Men Do It, awaits production(s).

Katie Down (Music) is an award-winning theatre artist, composer, performer and creative arts psychotherapist based in New York. She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Roland Schimmelpfennig’s The Golden Dragon, and received the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for her sound design at Long Wharf Theatre’s production of Aditi Kapil’s Agnes Under the Big Top. Recent theatre works include original sound and music for Sleep with Ripe Time at BAM; Grey Rock with Remote Theatre Project at Under the Radar at the Public Theatre, La MaMa and Melbourne Theatre Festival; Charles Ives Take Me Home – City Theatre, Pittsburgh; Zero Cost House – Pig Iron Theatre at Public Theatre, NY.  Katie is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, bringing a broad range of music and experimental sound to her theatre, dance, and film work as a designer/composer.

Grant Neale (Conceived and Directed) is a New York City based Actor/Director/Theater Maker.  He has performed at many venues throughout the city.  He has also acted or directed outside of NYC in 33 states and 7 countries. This season Grant will reprise his role as The Detective in the Grammy winning Met Opera production of Porgy And Bess.  Pre-pandemic he directed “Tomorrow We Love” a new play by Jeffrey Vause. Favorite acting roles include Creon in ANTIGONE at Baltimore Center Stage, Leontes in WINTERS TALE at Milwaukee Shakes, Johnny in FRANKY AND JOHNNY at Shaker Bridge Theater, and Frosch In DIE FLEDERMAUS at 10 opera companies throughout the U.S.  He founded Nomad Theatrical Company in 1994. Grant is thrilled to be collaborating with The Working Theater! 

Allen Holloway (Actor) has a huge love for the stage and screen been acting for 13 years. Studied at Stella Adler Acting school and with numerous coaches such as Tracey Moore, Heidi Marshall etc. Currently featured in a feature film called See You Yesterday which is produced by Spike Lee and directed by Stefon Bristol which is out on Netflix. Have been featured on tv shows such as Gotham, Boardwalk Empire. Have done stunt work on the hit Netflix series Luke Cage and for BET tv movie Gun Hill. Also have a independent film which I play a supporting character named Kenny the movie is called 72 hours:A Brooklyn Love Story? Streaming on most digital streams such as Amazon Prime, YouTube Red, Google Play, PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles available for rent or purchase. His main goal is to challenge himself every day and just to be the best at his craft.

Josh Tyson (Actor) is pleased to be a part of “Butterfly Effect” and to be collaborating with Nomad Theatrical and The Working Theater. While our theatres were closed he appeared in various virtual productions including Play Your Part Seattle’s Oedipus The King as Oedipus and Passage Theatre Company’s A Twist Of Water as Noah and before that was last seen on stage starring as Ted Hughes in the new play about Sylvia Plath, Lullaby, at the Théâtre Dunois in Paris, France with the Winterreise Compagnie Théâtre. Other credits include Off-Broadway: Amercian Moor (Cherry Lane/Red Bull) Modotti (The Acorn @ Theatre Row), Three Sisters (Classical Theatre of Harlem). Off-Off Broadway: Wolves (59E59 Theatre), An Octopus Love Story (Center Stage), The Blue Martini (The Lion @ Theatre Row) Conference Room A (The Red Room). He is also a long-time player with New York’s Phoenix Theatre Ensemble. Film/Television: No Retreat (Nominated Best Feature Austin Film Fest and available on Amazon Prime), Laura Gets A Cat (Available on Amazon Prime), The First Day (Available on Amazon Prime), Law & Order (NBC).

Kathleen Mary Carthy (Actor) received her MFA from University of California, San Diego and spent 10 years in Los Angeles working in TV and Theater. She received an Ovation Award Nomination for Best Featured Actress in the Wreck of the Unfathomable at Theatre of Note in Hollywood and has numerous Theater, Guest and Recurring credits.

Samina Aslam (Singer) recently debuted the role of Nedda in New Camerata Opera’s production of CAV + PAG to rave reviews. In previous seasons, Ms. Aslam debuted the title role in Holst’s rarely-performed one-act opera SAVITRI with New Camerata Opera. She also joined Opera NEO in her role debut as the fiery title character in Gluck’s masterpiece ARMIDE, and to cover Fiordiligi (COSÌ FAN TUTTE). An exceptionally versatile artist, Ms. Aslam recently completed a two-year residency with Ars Musica, where she was featured as the soprano soloist in a wide variety of works including Handel’s MESSIAH, Rossini’s PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE, Beethoven’s NINTH SYMPHONY, Bach’s B MINOR MASS, and Poulenc’s STABAT MATER. In the summer of 2020, Samina was part of the Chautauqua Opera Young Artist Program as a virtual young artist. Ms. Aslam’s other young artist program credits include Opera North, where she sang Tuptim (THE KING AND I), and the Franco‐American Vocal Academy, where she debuted the title role of Offenbach’s LA BELLE HÉLÈNE. Ms. Aslam completed her graduate studies at the Cincinnati College‐Conservatory of Music, where she sang Donna Elvira (DON GIOVANNI) and performed professionally with Cincinnati area institutions including Cincinnati Opera, NANOWorks Opera and the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Ms. Aslam also made her professional operatic debut as the Second Spirit (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE) with Opéra Louisiane while completing her Bachelor’s degree at Louisiana State University, and took First Prize in the Louisiana NATS Competition.

Butterfly Effect NYC is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.