Chris Batstone, has recently transplanted to New York from Los Angeles, where he was thoroughly involved in theatre and co-founded the critically acclaimed Alive Theatre. He moved to New York to expand his knowledge of the art, and has been quickly assimilated into the scene, having helped put up shows from the Ontological to The LAByrinth, and many more. This is Chris’ first show onstage in NY rather than behind the scenes. Chris has been featured in many films, and his TV credits include a recurring role on CSI: Miami.
Felipe Bonilla, was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, where he attended the Karl C. Parrish Elementary Arts school, at age 10 he and his family moved to Bogota, Colombia where he continued his studies at Colegio Nueva Granada. He received an invitation to attend college at the prestigious CESA School of Business where he double majored in Business and Finance, he then received a Masters in Fine Arts [MFA] in both Acting and Directing from Casa del Teatro Nacional, the National Theater Conservatory Program, where he received classical education from Blas Jaramillo and Pilar Acosta. In 2001, he received the Simon Bolivar Award for Extraordinary Acting and Excellence in Theater. In New York he studied with Academy Award Nominee Jill Clayburgh, Laura Esterman and Karen Ludwig. Scheduled for release in March 2011 is the Tribeca and Sundance Award Winning Film Frank in which he played the lead role of a guilt-ridden wealthy drug addict. He also starred in Entre Nos, which was the official selection for the Tribeca Film Festival. He is quadlingual, has been an honorary member of the Arts Council of Colombia as well as a board member of the M.I.J.O Society. He is a member of The Actors Equity Association and The Screen Actors Guild. He enjoys cooking and watching NBA basketball. Many thanks to Sanja and the rest of this wonderful cast and crew.
Tiziana Cosentino was born and raised in Caserta, in the South of Italy. Since she was five years old she attended dancing and music classes and always knew she wanted to be an actress. She started her professional career in Classic Theatre, Commedia dell’Arte and Musicals right after completing her three-year acting program. She performed in Italian national productions as Hermia in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, Clinarete in Aristophanes’ “Ecclesiazusae”, Smeraldina in Goldoni’s “Servant of Two Masters”, Mila di Codra in D’Annunzio’s “The Daughter of Iorio”, Karin in Fassbinder’s “The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant” and Lisetta in Scarpetta’s “A Neapolitan Turk”, to mention a few. While performing, she also managed to get a Master Degree in Italian Language and Literature.
After moving to New York City about nine years ago, she improved her acting skills at the Lee Strasberg Studio and took part to several productions and short movies.
In 2009 she successfully played “The Married One” in Sanja Bestic’s off-Broaway staging of “Painkillers” by Neda Radulovic.
Tiziana is also an accomplished voice-over artist both in English and Italian.
Daniel was born and raised in Westchester County, New York and is thrilled to be making his New York City debut as a part of the Weeping Game!
He began acting at age seven with a local community production. From there on acting has remained an important part of his life.
He attended Ithaca College where he studied Psychology. There he was a part of IC VoiceStream, Ithaca’s only co-ed a cappella group.
After graduating from college, he enrolled at Stella Adler and HB: Studio, but finally found home at the T. Schreiber Studio here in New York where he enrolled in the studio’s conservatory program. There he performed scenes from “Sight Unseen” and “Franny and Zooey”, while studying under Robert Verlaque, Peter Jensen, and Paige Clements.
Local credits include Into the Woods, Footloose, Grease, along with many other musicals. He’s also performed several readings: Two Houses (Hardheaded Films) and Edmund: The Likely (Pharos Productions).
Many thanks to his friends and family for their support!
Nick DeSimone was born and raised in New York and was extremely fortunate to have grown up surrounded by very colorful and charismatic characters, including adept story tellers. Early on, his creativity manifested itself in music, eventually becoming an accomplished drummer, piano player and composer. Later on, feeling compelled to become an actor, Nick began training and has studied at Herbert Berghoff Studio, The Neighborhood Playhouse, and Stetson Studio. After that, he dove right into a professional career and has been working ever since on plays and films. New York credits include: Rye n’ Ginger (Soho Playhouse Huron Club & Theatre For The New City); The FQ (AGT, Outstanding Actor Mention Award); Work Day (dir. Arthur French); Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CG Lab); Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard (dir. Amy Wright); Lovers & Other Strangers (Gene Frankel Theater); Hotel Plays (Abingdon Theatre); The Sleeper Awakens (HB Playwrights Foundation); Summerfolk (HB Playwrights Foundation, dir. Austin Pendleton); The Question House (Kraine Theater); and a zillion readings all over town including The Shaker Chair (dir. Ulu Grosbard, opp. Lois Smith) at EST. FILM/TV: Free Parking (Triboro Pictures); Reverie (Tribeca Cinemas Premiere); Everybody’s Doing It; The Pirate Fort (Gen Art); Mac The Charm (opp. Larry Pine); Triangle Fire; Lunch With Aliens; B.A: The New School. Nick also writes and just completed his first screenplay Tofu Vengeance!
Sheri Graubert, was born in New York and raised in the United Kingdom. Her Theatre in UK and US includes: Cheek by Jowl; Royal National Theatre; English Shakespeare Company; York Theatre Royal (Dir. John Doyle); Theatre Royal, Stratford East; Chichester Festival Theatre (opp. Kathleen Turner); Liverpool Playhouse; Arts Theatre; Globe Bear Gardens; Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Target Margin; Vineyard@Dixon Place (Dir. Trip Cullman); Clubbed Thumb (Dir. Pam MacKinnon) Inverse Theatre (Dir. Emma Griffin). Her Film and TV credits include: Casanova; Gravity (UK Newcomer’s Award; Manhattan Short Film Festival); Grasshopper; Weekend Getaway; Crashlife; Mystic Voices; R.P.M. (opp.David Arquette); An Everyday Matter; Coronation Street; The Bill; London’s Burning.
Ivana Karapandzic is an actress, tennis player, journalist, and poet. She was born in Belgrade, former-Yugoslavia, and was raised in Hawaii. She majored in Theatre Arts at California State University, Long Beach where she studied acting under Hugh O’Gorman, clowning under Orlando Pabotoy, movement under David Bridel, and directing under Anne Desmura. Ivana also played Division 1 tennis for her University, and competed professionally. One summer she was one of twelve students chosen from around the country to study at The Actor’s Center in NY City, and that led her to working with world-renowned Balinese mask teacher Per Brahe.
Most recently Ivana performed in “Who Is Afraid of a Hot Glass Cat Named Desire?” as Maggie ‘the cat’, directed by Per Brahe. Ivana has played roles that range from Andromache in “Trojan Women,” to a child puppet in “Caucasian Chalk Circle,” to Rosalind in “As You Like It.” Ivana is a versatile actress that simply loves to create. She is thrilled to be working on this production. Volim vas Mama, Tata, Tessa, i Djole!
Katarina Radivojevic, an actress, was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia. She started acting at an early age in movies and television series. She went on to study acting at the University of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. Katarina has starred in numerous Serbian movies including the hits The Policeman from The Rooster Hill, Labyrinth, The Robbery of the Third Reich, Die Last, Die Better (a Greek-German co-production, The Happy One, Save Our Souls and Morphine. She starred in the title role of the most-watched movie in the Balkans, Zona Zamfirova. Recently, Katarina starred in Charleston and Vendetta, the most expensive Serbian movie made to date. Katarina’s television credits include Love and Hate, a serial shown in Serbia. Katarina has also starred in numerous theater productions. Her work includes plays in Belgrade at the National Theater, the Cult Theater, and the Maddlenianum Theater. Katarina had starring roles in Comedians, The Two Gentleman of Verona, The Sweet Lips of Youth, The Taming of The Shrew, and The Lady from Maxim. Katarina makes her American debut in Painkillers in 2010.The weeping game is her second off Broadway show.
Adam Stern, is originally from Chicago, having moved to New York after graduating from Indiana University in 2008. He recently completed a conservatory program under world-renowned Mask teacher Per Brahe. Adam has done extensive mask work in New York and Bali, and has also trained in Balinese dance and the Michael Chekhov technique. In addition, he has had an opportunity to work with Miscreant Theatre Company as a production assistant during their production of Yussef El-Guindi’s Hostages, as well as acting and doing foley artist work during their production of The Cherry Orchard. . He will be a member of Miscreant’s inaugural apprentice company beginning in January 2011.
Sharon Wajswol is a a student of HB and The Second City; she has appeared in many one-act festivals in NYC, at the New York Friars Club, Producers Club, ATA, Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre, Irish Arts Theater, Teatro Sea, Michael Chekhov Theatre Company, HB Playwrights Theatre; at 13th Street Repertory, she played Molly in Israel Horowitz’s LINE; she played Sherry in Jay Cristopher’s THE AFFAIR IN 22B at the Vital Theatre Company; she wrote, produced, directed, and starred as Frances Langford, Gracie Allen, and Fanny Brice in RADIO MIRTH & THE THIRD REICH; Sarah Linden in film, HEARTSTRINGS (Palm Beach Int’l Film Festival); wrote, directed and starred as Stephanie in EX*RCISE THIS! at HB Studio, NYC; as playwright, she has written 14 full length plays (mostly comedies), co-written 4; 9 one-acts; member, HB Ensemble and Dramatists Guild.