Future Thinking - PPF
by Eliza Clark
directed by Lila Neugebauer
PACIFIC PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
SEGERSTROM STAGE
April 25, 2014 - April 25, 2014

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Chiara, the spoiled starlet. Peter, her obsessed, middle-aged stalker-fan. Add a stage mother, a bodyguard with a past and a security guard who really wants to be a cop, and fantasies collide—with each other and with reality.

A $75 package to see all four readings and The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois (in the Nicholas Studio) is available online, or by calling the Box Office at (714) 708-5555. This package is available to SCR Super Subscribers for $65—only by phone.

Eliza Clark has had her plays developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre, Page 73 Productions, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Provincetown Playhouse, The New York International Fringe Festival and Yale University. She has received commissions from SCR and the Yale O’Neill Studio. Clark was a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s emerging writers group, Youngblood. She was the 2010 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow. Her play, Edgewise, was co-produced by Page 73 and The Play Company in 2010 and her play, Recall, was produced by Colt Coeur at The Wild Project in 2012. Clark has also written for television, including AMC’s “Rubicon” and “The Killing,” and is currently a writer and co-producer on a new series, “Extant,” which will appear on CBS in the summer of 2014. She earned her BA from Yale University in 2007.

Greg Derelian (Sandy) recently appeared as Bernard in Don’t Dress For Dinner at the International City Theatre. His other credits include, on Broadway in Metamorphoses, directed by Mary Zimmerman; off-Broadway in The Hairy Ape (Irish Repertory Theatre), Oroonoko, Antony and Cleopatra and Oliver Twist (Theatre For A New Audience); As You Like It and Henry V (New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theater); Othello (The Public Theater); Down South (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather (The Players Theatre); Big Trouble in Little Hazzard (SoHo Playhouse); he has appeared regionally in God of Carnage (ICT); Coriolanus and Twelfth Night (The Old Globe); Oliver Twist (American Repertory Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theatre); ten seasons with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (notably, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew and Mark Antony in Julius Caesar); The Blue Demon (Huntington Theatre Company); Lover’s Leap (Fulton Opera House); and The Birds (Yale Repertory Theatre). He also appeared at The American Players Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Elm Shakespeare Festival. His film credits include An Actress, The Umpire, Blur of Insanity, The Pizza Boy and Cinco de Mayo. On television he appeared on “Instant Mom” (Nickelodeon), “Parks And Recreation” (NBC), “Chuck” (NBC), “Order of the Serpentine” (Spike TV), “All My Children,” “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns.” He earned his MFA at the Yale School of Drama.

Enver Gjokaj (Peter) is making his SCR debut. Born in California, Gjokaj studied at UC Berkeley before earning an MFA in acting from NYU. Shortly after graduating, he appeared on stage in Mark Lamos’ production of As You Like It (New York Shakespeare Festival) and in The Cherry Orchard with Kate Burton. Gjokaj’s television work has included two pilots (ABC’ “Murder in Manhattan” and USA’s “Eden”) as well as recurring and guest roles on “Vegas,” “Dexter,” “The Walking Dead,” and the NBC comedy “Community.” His recent films include Would You Rather with Britany Snow and Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.

Arye Gross (Peter) returns to SCR after having appeared most recently in Circle Mirror Transformation. He also appeared here in The Time of Your Life, Wild Oats, and the world premieres of Our Mother’s Brief Affair, Screwball, Let’s Play Two and Brooklyn Boy, a role he reprised on Broadway. His recent Los Angeles-area productions include Parfumerie, the inaugural production at The Wallis in Beverly Hills, and the world premieres of Donald Margulies’ Coney Island Christmas at the Geffen Playhouse, and Above The Fold at the Pasadena Playhouse. He is a member of the ensemble at The Antaeus Company, where he played in Mrs. Warren’s Profession and the world premiere of Chekhov X 4. This summer, he can be seen in the west coast premiere of Stupid Fucking Bird at The Theatre@Boston Court, where he previously performed in Julia Cho’s Winchester House. His film and television credits include Harvest (with Victoria Clark), Grey Gardens, Minority Report, Big Eden, “The Riches” (with Eddie Izzard), the soon-to-be-released Commencement (along side Circle Mirror Transformation castmate Marin Hinkle) and the recurring role of Perlmutter on ABC’s “Castle.” Gross is a 1978 graduate of SCR’s Acting Intensive Program (then called the Professional Actor Training Program).

Linda Gehringer (Crystal) appeared at SCR last season in How to Write a New Book for the Bible, for which she received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nomination. She also appeared in the world premieres of The Parisian Woman, The Language Archive, The Piano Teacher, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Getting Frankie Married–and Afterwards, Hold Please, But Not for Me and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, a role she repeated in its New York premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Other SCR credits include Circle Mirror Transformation, Doubt, Hamlet, The Retreat from Moscow, A Delicate Balance, All My Sons, Relatively Speaking, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Arcadia and Good as New. She has played leading roles in theatres across the country, most recently in the world premiere of How to Write a New Book for the Bible at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Crowd You’re In With at Goodman Theatre (Jeff Awards nomination), Surf Report at La Jolla Playhouse and The Women and Since Africa at The Old Globe. Her recent television credits include recurring roles on “Touch” and “Justified.” Her other television work includes “Raising Hope,” “Weeds,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case,” “Ally McBeal,” “Frasier” and “The West Wing” among many others.

Justine Lupe (Chiara) appeared at SCR previously in the Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of You Are Here. She just wrapped shooting a series regular role on the Fox pilot “Dead Boss” opposite Jane Krakowski, Amy Sedaris, David Cross and Rachel Dratch. She recently appeared in David Chase’s film Not Fade Away and Frances Ha, written and directed by Noah Baumbach, opposite Greta Gerwig. After graduating from Juilliard in 2011, Lupe was a series regular on David E. Kelley’s “Harry’s Law” with Kathy Bates on NBC and shot a guest star spot on the third season of Showtime’s “Shameless.” Last pilot season, she shot a lead role on the CBS pilot “Super Clyde” with Rupert Grint. She has also appeared on “Deadbeat,” “Southland” and “Person of Interest.”

Lynn Gallagher (Stage Directions Reader) is a graduate of SCR’s Acting Intensive Program.