Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander - October 2021

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The Tank
New York City
October 13, 2021 - October 16, 2021

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander welcomes you into the world of mystical theatre. They end up in a place waiting for something and so do you. Six is from Bayonne and Chris is from Fort Lee. Pat appears to be in charge and then becomes Madame Thérèse Defarge. Alex and Dubbs cling together against some psychic storm. Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy. Unicorns. Whatever you think it is, it's something else. But it probably isn't what you expected or didn't expect.

Chuang Tzu said: "If there is existence, there must have been non-existence. And if there was a time when nothing existed, then there must have been a time before that - when even nothing did not exist." So why does Pizza Rat end up in the middle of everything? Well, at least getting a cameo.

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander was written, directed and produced by Tom Block. Moshe Henderson serves as stage manager and sound designer. Sheila Joon Azim serves as assistant producer and dramaturg. Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander features fight choreography by Victor Vaubaun Junior and voice over work by Emeka Emecheta. The cast includes Grace Chang as Stage Manager/Gaoler, JaneAnne Halter as Alex, Mark Peters as Six, Rachel Halper as Chris, Clara Steeves as Dubbs, Clinton Powell as Bouncer and Te'ena Klein as Pat.

The Tank is a nonprofit off-off-Broadway performance venue and producer in Manhattan, New York. The organization was founded in May 2003 by a group of young artists and has since moved several times, residing on 36th Street as of 2017.

The production of Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander is supported by a City Artists Corps grant, presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre.  The grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Cast 

Curtain Call: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upOBFEMH9LE

Grace Chang (Stage Manager/Gaoler) - is making her NYC theater debut in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. Originally from Boston, she moved to New York to study theater under John Strasberg. She would like to thank whoever the hell wrote and directed Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander for the opportunity.

Clinton Powell* (Bouncer) - is an experimental and Shakespearean actor. Training: Alfred University (BA in Theatre and English). Clinton studied Viewpoints with Synaesthetic Theatre: The Trial of K (Kafka) and Icon (Narcissus). Previous favorites: Dakota Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (Antigonus/3rd Gentleman) and Medicine Show Theatre’s Don Juan In Hell (The Statue).    

Rachel Halper (Chris) - is a New York based actor.  She is thrilled and grateful to be a part of the revitalization of theater and the arts.  Thanks to Jimmy, her family, Tom, Moshe and the cast.  It’s good to be back!

JaneAnne Halter (Alex) - is a New York City-based actor and performance artist. She received her BA in Visual Arts from Fordham University and MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School. JaneAnne most recently portrayed Baya in the NYC Off-Broadway premiere of Alma Baya.

Clara Steeves (Dubbs/Pizza Captain) - Film/TV: Ecology of Being (short). Projects in post-production include Life in USA. Recent actor at Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. 2021 graduate, SUNY Purchase BFA Acting program. Credits include Blood Wedding, Bright Room Called Day, and The Misanthrope. 

Te’ena Klein (Pat) - is an Israeli born, NYC-based actor, trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Recent credits include 40 Nickels (Ethel) and Gabriel No (Marion).

Mark Peters* (Six/Hungarian Dialect Coach) - Actor, singer and musician Mark Peters last stage appearance was in Tom Block’s Duck at IRT two years ago. He was King Lear also at IRT in January 2019. Other NYC and regional roles: DeGuiche – Cyrano with Gabriel Barre; Sharky – The Seafarer; Frank – The Country Girl; Vanya – Uncle Vanya; Doc – Come Back, Little Sheba (musical) opposite Donna McKechnie (cast album Amazon); Emile – South Pacific; Perón – Evita; Ahab – Moby-Dick (Katsaros-St. Germain). Numerous camera performances. MarkPeters.me

*Equity Member appearing with permission of Actors’ Equity Association

 

Crew 

Moshe Henderson (Real Stage Manager/Sound Designer/Assistant Casting Director) - is a Casting Director at HB Studio where he is also studying directing and acting. Most recent directing credits: Spring Awakening, Les Blancs, Something Extraordinary Happens, Guns, and Crazy Meshuge Hurricane Earthquake. He is directing a new play A Foray in Innocence at the New York Theater Festival in November. IG @moshehere 

Victor Vaubaun Junior (Fight Choreographer) - is a former dancer and circus performer in love with the art theater. He's very excited to be part of this great ensemble. Mr. Vauban is also an award-winning playwright who is a constant presence in the off-off-Broadway and the NYC  theater circuits. For contact: victortheplaywright1980@gmail.com

Emeka Emecheta (Voice Over Actor) - Emeka Emecheta is trained multilingual, African voice over talent.  Prior to venturing full time into voice over, Emeka worked as an engineer, with a 20+ year career in the energy sector. He is well travelled, having visited over thirty countries. He has lived in Nigeria, USA and the Netherlands, and currently resides in Mars, Pennsylvania with his lovely Wife and two beautiful Daughters.

Sheila Joon Azim (Dramaturg) - is an actor, yogi and an advocate for change. Her work on stage has been seen Off-Broadway at The Duke Theatre, 59e.59, Primary Stages, TBG, APAC, etc.... On screen, she's appeared internationally.  As a Queer, neuro-divergent, 1st generation Iranian-American— her roles have consistently explored gender, race and politics.