Dream Up Festival

The Ones Upstairs title
- World Premiere



Playwright: Jillian Stevens.

Director: Toni Salisbury.

Producer: Jillian Stevens.

Stage Manager: Kaitria Resetar

Costume Designer: Alexandra Fokine


Neil…………………. Chance Gabriel
Elaine………………..Amanda Freeman
Millie…………………Caren Skibell
Bill……………………Gary Kozak
Barbara………………Jacquelyn Claire De Villiers
Jessica/Vanessa……Meagan Stevenson
Fonzie………………..Bill Meoni
Waiter 1 & 2…………Gamal ElSawah

The Ones Upstairs is a comedic, heartwarming New York tale highlighting the connection and whimsical interactions between the living and the dead. The audience follows the life of a young man named Neil who has terrible luck in love. Unbeknownst to Neil, much of his disastrous bad fortune is due to his dead, overbearing mother, Elaine, meddling in his love life. Drama unfolds as Neil seeks to break his unlucky dating streak, while simultaneously helping his father find love again. An endearingly nosy upstairs neighbor, Millie, and her smooth-talking late husband, Fonzie, are among the quirky characters who interfere in Neil's romantic escapades as the story progresses.


Community Theater

Tuesday - August 28 - 9pm
Wednesday - August 29 - 6:30pm
Thursday - August 30 - 9pm
Saturday - September 1 - 2pm
Sunday - September 2 - 8pm

Running time: The Ones Upstairs is 90-100 Minutes $15.

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Playwright: Jillian Stevens, from the venue of her very heart, believes the true experience exists deep within the eyes of a most cherished family member; or dear friend. In a world where a credit read may be a credit soon forgotten, she instead, wishes to thank those who have supported and inspired her path. To look upon them is to know something of where she has been.

Director: Toni Salisbury is an actor, writer, director and the Co-Founding Artistic Director of Fish In Water Productions. Recent New York directing work includes Fish In Water's debut production of Sunday On The Rocks by Theresa Rebeck (Access Theater); Two Girls by Allie Costa, I M = 2 U by Jonathon Ward, A Little Thing by Jordan Henry Davis for The #metoo Plays festival, and A Playwright’s Dream by Jonathon Ward at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Most recent acting credits include ANNA in The What-If Cliff by Jonathon Ward (The Secret Theater) and HER in Life Passing By also by Jonathon Ward (Manhattan Rep). She graduated from The William Esper Studio in New York City, where she studied acting exclusively under Terry Knickerbocker. She’s been honing her theatre administration and production skills for the past five years at the Award-Winning Vineyard Theatre, Culture Project's Lynn Redgrave Theatre, and currently Syracuse University's Tepper Semester - a theatre intensive satellite program in New York City. Toni is honored to direct this unmistakably inspired suspension of disbelief that Jillian has so graciously gifted us. She’d like to thank her dear friend and kicka** Stage Manager Kaitria Resetar for being her, and this beautiful cast!


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