Dream Up Festival

my name is not actually maria title

- World Premiere


Created by Cucumber Dogs

Facilitated by Allie Marotta
In association with Sitting Shotgun

Cast: Stephanie Orta Vazquez, Lindsey Weiss, Zane Fair

my name is not actually maria is a multidisciplinary devised ensemble piece of theatre that uses Craigslist ‘missed connections’ ads in conjunction with verbatim storytelling as a structure to investigate missed opportunities and the feelings of longing and regret that often accompany them.


Johnson Theater

Sunday - August 26 - 3:30pm
Monday - August 27 - 6:30pm
Wednesday - August 29 - 9pm
Friday - August 31 - 6:30pm
Saturday - September 1 - 3:30pm
Sunday - September 2 - 3:30pm
Monday - September 3 - 9pm
Tuesday - September 11 - 9pm

Running time: my name is not actually maria is 75 Minutes $18.

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CUCUMBER DOGS (Creative Ensemble) is an ensemble that functions like a community; there are no “core”members or artistic directors, but rather project leaders or lead artists. Members disperse and rejoin the ensemble at will, allowing them to pursue other ventures and maintain multiple focuses. We love this because the “time away” is what makes the process. Time away allows for different experiences that help members to bring new and exciting things to the table when reconvened. We like to think this is what helps us create the best work we can. Our mission is to use art as a vehicle to build and maintain a community that emphasizes the importance of creation of any kind, but especially that which is made of, for, and with a specific community. We are very interested in movement, unconventional lighting, and created environments. Much of our work tends to be immersive, relational, or participatory, or sometimes none of the above. Of most importance to us is curiosity and the search to learn more about ourselves and the world around us; all of our projects begin with a question, turn into an investigation, and rarely end with an answer.

ALLIE MAROTTA (Facilitator/Ensemble) is a Brooklyn based collaborative theatre maker and arts educator focused in devised ensemble work. She holds a double degree in BA Acting, BA Directing under the International Performance Ensemble program at Pace School of Performing Arts and earned a MA Contemporary Performance Practices with Merit at Royal Holloway University of London. Allie's academic research is focused in analyzing the hierarchy and democracy of contemporary theater, and her practical work aims to investigate and define immersive and site specific performance. She is a teaching artist for Girl Be Heard, Treasure Trunk Theatre, and Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. www.allie-marotta.com

SITTING SHOTGUN (Production Company) aims to foster a diverse community of emerging artists, prioritizing equitable and intersectional theatre-making. We intend to make space for artists to collaborate, create, share their practice, and expand their network. SITTING SHOTGUN seeks to fill a void in the emerging artist community, providing support and affordable opportunities for artists to pursue their craft and produce new work. www.sitting-shotgun.com

Cast: Stephanie Orta Vazquez, Lindsey Weiss, Zane Fair

Zane Fair (Ensemble) is a fourth year BFA Acting major at Pace University and is excited to be involved in his first show with Sitting Shotgun. NYC Theatre: Lie of the Mind, The Winter’s Tale, and Lysistrata, Pace Performing Arts; Serious Sleep, Animals Performance Group. Theater: Rocky Horror Picture Show, No Square Theater; The Crucible, Artists Theater. Film/TV: Big Dogs, Choice Films; INRI, NYU; What It Costs, JAG Creative Media. Music: Green Shoes, JAG Creative Media; I Want To Be Your Friend, Please, Maggie Metnick; The Winter’s Tale, Pace Performing Arts.

Stephanie Orta-Vázquez (Ensemble) is a New York based actor, theater-maker and collaborator born and raised in Puerto Rico. Her past work includes Polaroid Stories (mainstage at Shaeberle Studio), Warning! Contents May Be Hot! (Theater Row), Dead Man Cellphone (The Producer's Club), In the Tent of the King (The Hive NYC) and Locker Room Talk (Dixon Place), among others. She is currently a part of the improv troupe The Heirs of Hogwarts at the PIT. Follow her on instagram! (@stephanie.mov). "Para mi isla, siempre."

Lindsey Weiss (Ensemble) is a performer from Queens by way of Upstate New York. Before completing their final quarter studying Theatre and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University, they will be performing in Purslane Theater’s AS YOU LIKE IT as Orlando, appear in the short film THE MILKY WAY as Nova, and in the multimedia installation MEDIA//MEDEA. After graduation in December, they will perform in Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME and join the Roaring Epiphany Actor Company. While at Northwestern, they served as Activism Director of Lipstick Theatre, a production company dedicated to performing feminist works, and as a Teaching Artist and Autism Consultant for Seesaw Theatre, which creates immersive, multi-sensory theatre experiences for youth with ASD and other developmental disabilities. lindseyweiss.tumblr.com (because who’s tryna to pay for a domain name tho).


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