Dream Up Festival

Wild Orchids/Rosary Hill title

- World Premiere


Playwright: Heather J. Violanti.

Director: Jennifer Sandella.

Lighting designer and stage manager: Marsh Shugart

Cast includes Michael Gnat* and Autumn Mirassou, Valerie O’Hara, and Franco Pedicini
*Michael Gnat appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
Wild Orchids/ROsary Hill is an Equity-approved showcase.


This is a double bill of two short plays, Wild Orchids and Rosary Hill. Wild Orchids is a film noir-eque, feminist, and fictional take on 1940’s Hollywood, where a secretary has a chance encounter with William Faulkner that changes both their lives…or maybe not. In Rosary Hill, two gentle nuns tend to their garden in upstate New York, only they may not be all that they seem.


Cabaret Theater

Monday - September 10 - 9pm
Tuesday - September 11 - 6:30pm
Wednesday- September 12 - 9pm
Saturday - September 15 - 2pm
Sunday - September 16 - 5pm

Running time: Wild Orchids/Rosary Hill is 30 Minutes $12.

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Heather J. Violanti (Playwright) is a playwright and dramaturg. Her first play, Aphra, Where Have You Behn? won the Connecticut State division of the Clauder Competition. While living in England, she performed one of her monologues in Stratford Talking, part of the first annual Royal Shakespeare Company New Works Festival. She wrote the book for two original musicals, A Rainbow Journey: The Harold Arlen Story and Victory, both produced at MusicalFare Theatre in Buffalo, New York. Her ten-minute mystery spoof, The Bald Mousetrap, won Grand Prize in the ShowOff! Festival at the Camino Real Playhouse and is published by Brooklyn Publishers. Another short play, Fish Story, was performed at the Radium Girls' Radioactive Festival and is also published by Brooklyn Publishers. Currently, Heather is a member of the Writers' Group at the Greenhouse Ensemble and the BMI Librettists’ Workshop.

Jennifer Sandella (Director): A Brooklyn based theatre artist with a foundation in classical text and performance, Jennifer is the Artistic Director for Random Access Theatre (www.randomaccesstheatre.com) and director of independent projects, including new works and musicals, in New York City. Recent directing projects include Pinwheel! A New Musical (Nomination: NYITA, Outstanding Production of a Musical), Rosmersholm (The Old Stone House/Random Access Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Brooklyn Bridge Park: Shakespeare at Sunset),Save the Robots (West Village Musical Theatre Festival/NYMF), Friends Scream for 2 Days (2014 NYC DADA Festival) Reach (DreamUp Festival, Theater for the New City), Anthem, (Directed/Adapted, Random Access Theatre, NYC), The Shape of Things (Estrana Theatre Co., NYC), Subway Savant, A New Musical (Dramatists Guild, NYC) Highway Blue – A New Play with Music, (world premiere - Manhattan Shakespeare Project, NYC), Nesting, (world premiere - Token Collective, WalkerSpace, NYC). Jennifer is an associate member of the SDC, a 2015 resident artist The Drama League and a member of the Director's Lab West ('14). She holds a BFA from Hofstra University and a Masters degree from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London (Text and Performance/Directing Pathway). www.jennifersandella.com

Cast includes Michael Gnat and Autumn Mirassou, Valerie O’Hara, and Franco Pedicini


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