NAKED ANGELS is committed to strengthening a community of artists through the development and production of provocative new work. Over the past twenty six years, the company has played a role in developing hundreds of critically acclaimed new plays including Jon Robin Baitz’s THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE and Warren Leight’s SIDE MAN, and producing the world premieres of Stephen Belber’s TAPE and FAULT LINES, Elizabeth Meriwether’s THE MISTAKES MADELINE MADE, Geoffrey Nauffts’ Tony Award-nominated play NEXT FALL, the U.S. premiere of Chloe Moss’ THIS WIDE NIGHT and most recently, the world premiere of Zayd Dohrn’s OUTSIDE PEOPLE. From New York to LA, the company inspires fresh voices to generate new work through its popular Tuesdays@9 (cold readings of plays, screenplays, stories and music in early development), 1st Mondays (public readings of new full-length plays), and Angels in Progress (weeks long workshops). The company’s newest venture, Naked Radio, brings the work of talented new writers from the stage to the digital airwaves through weekly blogs and podcasts: www.nakedangels.com/nakedradio. The company will proudly world premiere Warren Leight’s newest play, HOME FRONT, later this season.
The Creative Team for EDISON’S GIANT:
NICK DALTON (PLAYWRIGHT)
Nick is an internationally reknowned award winning actor having performed along the likes of Eli Wallach, Sally Struthers, Bill Irwin, Peter Scolari, Harvey Fierstein, and many more in such shows as the European tour of “Hair”, the original Vegas cast of “Hairspray,” the preBroadway run of “The Three Musketeers”, the ice skating musical “Cold As Ice,” and the first national tour of “Legally Blonde: The Musical”for which he also created and maintained the official blog. Nick created and hosted the show “Zoo Sounds” on ABC and PBS, was the face of DirecTV bills nationwide, and is the “voice of god” for the annual Fred Astaire Dance Awards. Nick is also a volunteer teacher for Artists Striving To End Poverty, where he created a devised work of the RAMAYANA with students at SHANTI BHAVAN, a school for social change for Untouchable Children in India, as well as a devised work of self reflecting poems and songs written and performed by Refugee children from over 17 countries as part of the IRC and NYPS summer program, on top of being a published poet. He wrote the TV Show “GLORYus,” chronicling a minister’s family in the late 1980’seach episode corresponding thematically with a day in the book of creation in the BIBLE’s
Genesis. Nick studied under the mask troupe Commedia Zuppa, as well as performed Clown and Puppet Ministry for over 14 years under the mentorship of the clown BUBBLES RUN ( a fellow graduate of Bill Irwin at the Barnum and Bailey Clown College). He has taught acting masterclasses at Iowa State University, Daytona State Community College, and Western Michigan University as well as adjudicated several of the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festivals. www.nickdalton.org
BRENT ARNOLD (CO-COMPOSER)
Brent Arnold is an innovative composer and cellist whose work crosses classical training and form with rock music, jazz improvisation, and influences from North African and Asian musics. He has performed extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia working with dj/Rupture, Eyvind Kang, Wayne Horvitz, Kalup Linzy & James Franco, Death in Vegas, Louis C.K., and the Degenerate Art Ensemble, among dozens more. His chamber works have been performed by ensembles including the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Seattle Experimental Opera, and the Dark Cutters string quartet. He has written for many theater and dance ensembles including The Compound and Theater Simple. Brent’s cello playing and arranging appears on dozens of records ranging from experimental to rock, including Modest Mouse, SleaterKinney, Mark Lanegan, and Project W, for labels including Interscope, Sub Pop, Up, Kill Rock Stars, Jetset, and many others. He also has two solo albums entitled “An Albatross and a Half,” and “Cinema Deep Crush.” www.audiofriction.com
JEFFREY THACHER (CO-COMPOSER)