THE MERMAID HOUR
by David Valdes Greenwood
May 2 through May 19

For Pilar and Bird, navigating their tween daughter Violet’s gender transition is tricky as they juggle not only their own opposing parenting styles but her impulsive nature. Vi is just as concerned about her best friend Jacob, who she wishes was her boyfriend, and when nothing is going as she wants, she makes a YouTube video that pushes everyone’s buttons. As her parents wrestle with all of Vi's choices, they confront the gaps between them as a couple--and which they'll have to overcome to see them all through.

Thursday, April 26 @ 7:30 PM - Pay What You Can
Friday, April 27 @ 8:00 PM - Preview
Saturday, April 28 @ 8:00 PM -Preview

Wednesday, May 2 @ 7:30 PM - Opening
Thursday, May 3 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, May 4 @ 8 PM
Saturday, May 5 @ 8 PM
Sunday, May 6 @ 2:30 PM

Wednesday, May 9 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 10 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, May 11 @ 8 PM
Saturday, May 12 @ 8 PM
Sunday, May 13 @ 2:30 PM

Wednesday, May 16 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 17 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, May 18 @ 8:30 PM
Saturday, May 19 @ 8 PM -Closing

CAST

TONI REALI (VI) is thrilled to be making their professional stage debut at Actor’s Theatre. Toni has trained for four years at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and has performed in CTC’s OnStage productions of LORD OF THE FLIES (Simon) and A MIDSUMMER NGHT’S DREAM (Cobweb), as well as in Piedmont Middle School’s SHREK (Peter Pan). Toni is in the 9th grade at East Mecklenburg High School, and can’t wait for another season running cross country in the fall. When not in school, acting, or procrastinating, Toni is writing, reading, or having long-winded conversations. They plan to pursue a degree in the literary arts.

 

Jeremy DeCarlos (BIRD) is a Carolina native with a Theater Performance degree from Winthrop University. He was most recently seen in Actor's Theatre of Charlotte's THE SANTALAND DIARIES (Featured Musician), AMERICAN IDIOT (St. Jimmy), STUPID FUCKING BIRD (Dev), THE TOXIC AVENGER (Toxie), FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS PARTS 1,2, & 3 (Homer), ROCK OF AGES (Dennis), and RED (Ken).

 

Adyana de la Torre-Brucker (PILAR) has lived and performed in NYC with plays like THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (Cunningham) by Stephen Adly Guirgis at T. Schreiber, the bilingual play, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (multiple roles) at Teatro Latea, TICKET 2 ETERNITY (Mom) in The New York International Fringe Festival, GYMNOS (Jiggy) at HERE Arts Center and over 3 dozen plays/new works/readings with her theatre company, Ticket 2 Eternity Productions in NYC where she served as Artistic Director/Producer for 4 years. Regional theater favorites include THE CLEAN HOUSE at ATC,  ORANGE LEMON EGG CANARY and NEON MIRAGE at CAST. She has also produced works in The New York International Fringe Festival and Midtown International Theatre Festival. She had the honor of being chosen as one of the People of the Year by NYTheatre.com in 2012-2013 for her theatre contributions. Her background in the fitness/health industry has led her to have performed in a dozen fitness videos and infomercials as well. She currently serves as Head Coach at Orangetheory Fitness Fort Mill​. Much love to her husband, Nick, her parents, Rebecca and Erin for being the driving force to shine her light bright.​

Alec Celis (JACOB) is from Greensboro, NC and currently goes Central Academy of Technology and Arts. Alec’s most recent work can be seen in CATA’s ON THE TOWN (Ensemble), Theatre Charlotte’s AIDA (Ensemble), and CATA’s Sweeney Todd (Ensemble).

 

 

 

Amy Wada (MIKA) Originally from Florida, Amy has been an actor in the Charlotte area for the past ten years. Favorite works include WHEN YOU COMIN' BACK, RED RYDER? (Angel), THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST (Popeye), and METAMORPHOSES (Multiple roles). Amy was a part of ATC's NuVoices Festival reading of THE MERMAID HOUR in 2016 and is so excited to be portraying Mika again. She is honored to be working with this amazing and talented creative team. Thank you David Valdes Greenwood for being a huge advocate for diversity on stage.

 

Alex Aguilar (Merperson/Crux Dumay) is excited to return to the acting stage after a long hiatus due his studies. He is a recent graduate from UNCC with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Biology. Now that he has completed his degrees, he is following his passion in performing which includes joining the ATC family one more time before touring for a year with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte's Resident Touring Company (RTC). He was last seen at the Charlotte Dance Festival where he presented original choreography, VIBRATIONS, in collaboration with Tamara Williams and danced in ENCORE by David Gwitzman. Other recent stage credits include ALADDIN (Aladdin), CHICAGO (Mary Sunshine), and SHREK (Donkey). He has also been seen on the streets of Uptown Charlotte performing his solo site-specific work, DISPLACED, a performance piece which he created as a commentary to bring focus to the issues of homelessness in the Charlotte area.

PLAYWRIGHT

David Valdes Greenwood is the author of plays which have been staged across the US and abroad. In addition to the National New Play Network “Rolling World Premiere” of The Mermaid Hour, his work has been seen with the Huntington Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Portland Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, the Humana Festival, and others. Recent productions include Full Code, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, and Raggedy And, Pride Films & Plays. His play, The Last Catastrophist was developed by Company One and The Huntington Theatre Company in 2017, and he is currently workshopping Up the Ladder, Down the Slide, a play about parenting one's own parents through decline. He has just launched interviews for Not Just Dreamers, a docutheatre project on narratives of undocumented immigrant youth. Valdes Greenwood is a past Huntington Playwriting Fellow, Brother Thomas Artist Fellow, and a Sloan Commission recipient. His play Brave Navigator is published by Samuel French, and he is the author of four books, including the YA novel Revengers, the Today Show Holiday Pick A Little Fruitcake, and others. A former Boston Globe Magazine columnist, he writes about parenting for the Huffington Post.

 

DIRECTOR

Laley Lippard is committed to championing new work, developing new plays, and creating performances that disrupt injustice. She has directed across the country, helming regional and world premiere productions and development workshops at O'Neill Theater Center, American Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theater, the side project, Killing My Lobster, Playwright's Foundation, Just Theater, Alliance Theatre, Magic Theater, foolsFURY Theater, and Kitchen Dog Theater. She has collaborated with Steppenwolf Theatre, HowlRound and the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Court Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. While obtaining her MFA in Directing from Northwestern University, Laley co-founded and served as the co-executive producer of the Chicago Home Theater Festival (CHTF) for five years. CHTF is a city-wide performance and community-building event centering the stories of LGBTQIA, POC, femmes, immigrants, and refugees. Laley is a proud member of the National Directing Fellowship (a partnership between The O’Neill Theater Center, National New Plays Network, and The Kennedy Center), Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Cleveland Play House Artistic Directing Fellowship, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Thank you to all the ATC artists!