Jes Davis (Ramona) is from the Bay Area, California. Her love of performing came at an early age, though she didn't pursue acting with a serious passion until she was in high school. While in school, she attended theatre courses and auditioned for the schools productions. She has been cast in original theatre pieces as well as the classic 'Romeo+Juliet.'
In addition to her theatre work, she is also active in pursuing independent, short and feature film roles. Her first starring role came at age 19 in a film called, 'The Virgin of The Candles'(2009). From there she went on to film such projects as, 'Jefftown,(2017)' 'Taste(2016)' and most recently 'Léa' (2017.) She is currently filming "The Gridlock Theory" a film where she plays a criminally insane assassin. She is also filming the 5th season of Orange is the New Black, as one of the inmates.
Emily Olcott (Lizzie) is an actor, singer, dancer, writer, and performer based in Brooklyn. She was recently seen in productions of Spank Me (Wearing Only Your Yarmulke) at The Kraine and Matches at New York Theatre Barn. Other favorite credits include The Mysteries (The Flea), Thin Mints (Columbia University), Shrek the Musical (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Forever Poppy (NYU's New Plays for Young Audiences), and We Are The Tigers (Musical Theatre Factory). Emily is also an improviser and an ensemble member with Story Pirates. She is co-creator of the web series Garbage Town, coming soon! Northwestern graduate and current student of Caymichael Patten. Thank you to Simi, Kendra, and all involved with Black Star. emilyolcott.com
Christina Neubrand (Sister Sonya) is thrilled to be working on her second Kendra Augustin piece. She holds an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU and currently teaches with Stages on the Sound and Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY She also serves as Creative Director for an emerging non-profit called, The AJ Project, whose mission is to provide support for adult artists trying to make it in New York City. Christina's passion is devised theatre with a focus on community driven social justice pieces. That said, she comes from a musical theatre background and still loves to perform. Most recently Christina has been working with Movement in C a dance based company in New York and has a physical theatre piece being showcased in their upcoming choreographers festival called "Gestalt". Christina has worked with a variety of theatre companies both as an actor and director in NYC and her hometown, Dallas, TX. Top companies include Roundabout Theatre Company, Looking Glass Theatre, Brooklyn Children's Theatre, The Network Festival, American Globe Theatre, Red Thread, Spellbound, Brooklyn Family Theatre, Theatre Britain, MBS Productions, Untitled Theatre Company, and Theatre Three.Type your paragraph here.
Simi Toledano (Director)is a Brooklyn-based performance and theater artist, writer, educator, activist and mystic. She is excited to revive Black Star at the Secret Theater. Simi is also directing David Ives' The Philadelphia at the Producer's Club, November 16 - 20th. Most recent acting credit include Enid in Alice Gerstenberg's "He Said, She Said" in St. Jean's Players one-act play festival. She is a regular performance artist- storyteller at Big Irv's variety show in Brooklyn and can be seen telling stories on stages and in classrooms all around the city. Simi is also a regular presenter on International Women's Artist Salon weekly radio show. Gratitude to God/dess. Reach Simi at Tamar.Toledano@gmail.com
Kendra Augustin (Playwright) is an NYC based actress and playwright. Her short plays have been produced in New York, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, and Waterford, MI. Most recent acting credits include Aphra Behn in Erin Moughon’s Just Say It Three Times and Florence Mills in Barbara Khan’s The Three-Mile Limit. She has also studied improv and sketch at The PIT and UCB. She is a Founding Producing Artistic Director of Leela NYC Theatre Festival. She is also co-producer of Season 3 of Casa de Beverley's reading series One Acts and Snacks.
Black Star is about Ramona, the only black kid and open atheist at an all girls Catholic school, who gets accused of nefarious behavior and witchcraft.
Directed by Simi Toledano
Written by Kendra Augustin
Nov 3rd at 7:30pm
Nov 5th at 5pm
Nov 6th at 2pm
Nov 9th at 7:30pm
Nov 12 at 8pm
The Secret Theater
44-02 23rd St, Long Island City 11101
Tickets are $9 via Goldstar
$20 at the door!