Sub-Basement at IRT, NY - March-April, 2017

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IRT Theater
New York City
March 24, 2017 - April 15, 2017

What is the place of art and imagination in our increasingly Orwellian society? Sub-Basement follows Adrienne, a former poet now Royal Canadian Mounted Police trainee, on an absurdist odyssey to find her true purpose amidst the dark corners of New York City, the depths of the Drama Book Shop, and her muddled past. Her voyage is guided by Gustav (a one-time climatologist) and Arnaud (an erstwhile poet), all while being pursued by Simon, who (unbeknownst to her) is set on becoming her fiancé. Are we ever free of the disappointments of the past, and can we escape the expectation of our parents? Join on a voyage deep into Adrienne’s psyche — and try to discover what life’s really about.

Cast & Creative Team
Tom Block (Playwright) is an artist, writer and activist best known for the development and implementation an activist art theory, “Prophetic Activist Art,” which was published as an art/activist manifesto this year (Centre for Human Ecology, Scotland). Mr. Block has more than two decades of painting/activist work. Recently, Mr. Block has begun writing plays – and utilizing his artwork as part of the set. He has had his multi-media plays produced in Washington D.C. and New York. He received a LABA creative development fellowship for 2013-2014 at the 14th Street Y in New York’s East Village to produce a painting/theater collaboration, and is currently playwright-in-residence at Athena Theatre Company (NY), working toward the production of Sub-Basement.

Hunter Bird (Director): Recent and upcoming projects include The Laodamiad at Signature Theatre and coming to The Getty Villa, developed at Roundabout Theatre Company with dramaturg Oskar Eustis. NYC: The Imaginary Menagerie (The McKittrick Hotel, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub), The Crazy Ones (New Musicals @ 54 Below), Edward II (The Tank), Held Momentarily (NYC Fringe, Fringe Encore Series), Eversion (Ars Nova). Previous AD credits on Broadway and across the country with Des McAnuff, Lynne Meadow, Pam MacKinnon, Doug Hughes, Graciela Daniele, The Debate Society, and The National Theatre of Scotland. Colony Coordinator of the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals from 2014 – 2016, where he worked with over 120 writers of new musicals.  Upcoming projects with Zack Zadek, Kate Douglas, Oliver Houser, Chas LiBretto, Pia & Peter Cincotti, Zoe Sarnak, and Chas LiBretto. Training: BA in Directing & Musical Theatre from UCLA; RADA (Summer Directing Course). SDC Associate Member.

Patrick K. Dooley (Simon) is an actor, director, and improvisor.  His work as a performer has been seen onstage at 59E59, SubCulture, The Annoyance Theatre, and in multiple productions with Less Than Rent Theatre with whom he works as Associate Artistic Director. He also performed Philadelphia, Here I Come! with New York/New Belfast for distinguished guest Liam Neeson.  As a director he has developed several new works including for The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals. He has assisted at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and for New York City Center: Encores. Patrick has a BA in Theatre Performance from Fordham University.

Veronique Ory (Adrienne) Off-Broadway: The Man Under (Jennifer) by Paul Bomba at 59E59 Theaters; In LA: Metamorphoses (Eurydice), Pterodactyls (Emma), Slow Dance on the Killing Ground (Rosie), Wait Until Dark (Susy), A Lie of the Mind (Beth), Proof (Catherine), The Shape of Things (Evelyn), How I Learned to Drive (Li’l Bit), Waiting for Godot (Estragon), Beirut (Blue), Crimes of the 
Heart (Babe) and Birdbath (Velma). Awards: Top Ten Best Actress in Los Angeles by NoHo LA,, Entertainment Today and Metro LA. BA, Theatre from Russell Sage College. Co-Created/Co-stars in the YouTube comedy webseries, “Common Ground.”

Barry Phillips (Arnaud) is pleased to inhabit “Arnaud” in this wonderful new play. A graduate of Indiana University (2006 Distinguished Alumni Award) his New York Stage roles include “Jim” in MARK TWAIN’S BLUES (Daryl Roth 2), “Alec” in WHILE WE’RE YOUNG (Vineyard Theatre), “Gandhi” in GANDHI GOES FISHING (Vital Theatre), and the Samuel French 1-Act Finalist – A DOCTOR’S VISIT as “Moses Maimonides”, and Winner – TELLING THE LEAVES as “Paul”.  Regional work includes “Bo” in HOW TO MAKE A ROPE SWING (Cape May Stage), “Mohammed” in FANNY (Goodspeed Opera House) and lead on-camera work includes ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, 30 ROCK,  ART=LOVE(2) (DYK Films), and 79 PARTS (Brooklyn Films).

Zenon Zeleniuch (Gustav) is delighted to be part of this Production. He has appeared Off-Broadway as Creon in THE MEDEA, Lionel McCauley;PERFECT CRIME, Benjamin Franklin;BEDFELLOWS, Sir Tunbelly Clumsy;THE RELAPSE, Rev. Chasuble; THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Regional Theatre Productions of CORIOLANUS, 42ND STREET, THE IRISH QUESTION. Feature Films include Rico in the upcoming thriller PAULIE & JAKE, Frank Nixon; Dick & Jack, Mr. Geitner in DEAD MEN WORKING, Mr. Deans; PRIME EVIL. Television appearance include THE BLACKLIST on NBC, POWER;STARZ, THE KNICK; CINEMAX, THE AMERICANS; FX networks. He has studied at T.Schreiber Studio, Primary Stages & AADA.

Jonathan Cottle (Set Designer and Properties) – Jonathan is a theatre artist working in multiple capacities. His lighting and scenic design, and original creative work has been seen at: Theatre Row, the Incubator Arts Project, Abrons Arts Center, The Flea Theater, The Irondale, The Cherry Lane, Dixon Place, New York University, Fordham University, Dean College, HERE, and the Bushwick Starr, as well as many many site specific locations around New York City. He has worked with the companies: Foundry Theatre, Object Collection, Live Source, MaYi and Theatre Reconstruction Ensemble. He enjoys building, creating and rehearsing in backyards in the summer, unheated church lofts in the winter and dusty basements and empty warehouses all year round. He is currently developing a number of cool projects.

Antonio Consuegra (Costume Designer) – Antonio is a freelance costume designer. Some credits include TV: CBS 70th Tony Awards (costume design crew) Broadway: Doctor Zhivago (costume design crew) Dames at Sea (costume design Intern) and Allegiance (costume design Intern). Off Broadway : Can Do Duck- The Musical (costume designer), Daddy Issues (costume designer), All Aboard- The Musical (costume designer), 1st National Tour of “The Bodyguard-The Musical (costume design assistant).

Ross Graham (Lighting Designer) – Ross has spent the last 7 years living and working in Australia. Originally from Indianapolis, Ross moved to NYC in 2007 to pursue his design career. Off-Broadway; Beirut and True West (Athena Theatre Company). Australian Credits: I’ll Eat You Last (Melbourne Theatre Company); Boys Will Be Boys & Power Plays (Sydney Theatre Company); Title and Deed & Woyzeck (Belvoir Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet Charity, Rent & Voilet (Hayes Theatre Company); An Index of Metals, Owen Wingrave & Climbing Towards Midnight (Sydney Chamber Opera); L’amant Jaloux (Pinchgut Opera); Edward II (Sport For Jove) ;Nothing Has Changed (Sydney Symphony Orchestra); Creature (Stalker Theatre); (A Steady Rain (Old Fitz Theatre); Gaybies & This House Is Mine (Darlinghurst Theater Company); The Mesh (Red Stitch Actors Theatre); Good People, Cruise Control, Seminar, and Skylight (Ensemble Theatre); Silent Disco, The Sea Project & Return to Earth (Griffin Theatre); (Voices Project (Australian Theatre for Young People); Fearless (Milk Crate Theatre); The Fremantle Candidate (Deck Chair); The Underpants &a The Olympians (NIDA Guest Artist); Cut Snake & Dirtyland (Arthur, a Theatre Company); Bill W and Dr. Bob (Carriage Works). As Associate Lighting Designer: Atomic The Musical (Off-Broadway); Angels in America at (Belvoir Theatre) Orlando (Sydney Theatre Company) In Australia Ross Also taught lighting design at the National Institute for Dramatic Art (NIDA) as well as mentored Student designers.

Patrick Lachance (Sound Designer) – Patrick is a New York City based sound designer. Past work includes Lonely, I’m Not (West of 10th), The Winter’s Tale (Amerinda), Macbeth and [gay] Cymbeline (Theatre Prometheus), The Plantation (Brave New World Rep), The Model American, Okay, and The Coming World (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and The Fantasticks, You Can’t Take It With You, and The 39 Steps (Cider Mill Playhouse). Patrick has also assistant designed a wide range of productions in NYC, most recently The Profane (Playwright’s Horizons) and Present Laughter.

Athena Theatre Company (ATC) was founded in 2002 with the intention of presenting contemporary, off-beat and irreverent psychological dramas and dark comedies. Of the seventeen shows since its inception, ATC has consistently garnered both audience and critical acclaim. Since gaining non-profit status, ATC has produced up to three shows per year. ATC is dedicated to producing first-rate theatre and also spearheaded a regular ongoing play reading series, Athena Reads. Dedicated to exploring original works, the ATC Play Reading Series has presented over 80 new plays in a lab format for the benefit of emerging writers on a monthly basis. In 2005 ATC produced a critically acclaimed production of PROOF by David Auburn; said, “Athena Theatre is more than fulfilling its mission of bringing quality theatre to a desert of mediocrity.” In 2006, ATC brought great storytelling to audiences with SLOW DANCE ON THE KILLING GROUND; “Athena Theatre Company decided to cinch its thespian belt another notch and go for it again.” Since 2004, ATC has received 16 Critics Pick from Los Angeles papers. Nine Actors/Actresses have made the “Top Ten Best Actor/Actress of the year list” from Metro LA and over seven productions. The 2007 production of PTERODACTYLS by Nicky Silver received four Critic’s Choice selections and was extended by popular demand. In 2009, ATC moved to NYC while continuing to produce productions in Los Angeles. The most recent full production was in NYC, a World Premiere Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters called THE MAN UNDER by Paul Bomba, February 2013; this marked ATC’s true transition to producing new works and supporting emerging playwrights. In 2014, Athena Writes, 8-10 playwrights assembled for a one-year exploration of the year’s theme, was created. Each playwright writes a ten-minute play as well as a full-length play while in residence. ATC’s upcoming world premiere production of SUB-BASEMENT by Tom Block was written inspired by ATC’s mission statement, developed through Athena Reads with two exciting productions scheduled for 2017! After opening in New York City at IRT, SUB-BASEMENT will move the same production to Silver Spring, MD. This production is supported by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD. 

IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village, IRT’s mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work. Some of the artists we have supported include Young Jean Lee, Reggie Watts and Mike Daisey.



ADRIENNE: Veronique Ory

SIMON: Patrick K. Dooley  

ARNAUD: Barry Phillips,

GUSTAV: Zenon Zeleniuch.


Directed by Hunter Bird. 
Set Design: Jonathan Cottle.
Lighting Design: Ross Graham. 
Sound Design and Original Composition: Patrick Lachance. 
Costume Design: Antonio Consuegra
Stage Manager: Kateryna Turkalo.
Production Assistant: Anna Schultz
Social Media Intern: Alexa Puppo