LESSER AMERICA

Valerie Steinberg (producer): is the New York outpost for the London-based West End and Broadway production company Sonia Friedman Productions, whose shows include The Book of MormonJerusalemArcadiaNice Work If You Can Get It, and The Mountaintop.  Her personal producing credits include Salamander Leviathan (Joe’s Pub), Fourteen Flights (FringeNYC/Soho Playhouse), and Cruelty to Animals (ManhattanRep).  She is also a performer and vocalist.  She is a graduate of Yale College.

Max Baker (Writer and Actor) has most recently appeared on stage in the Broadway production of Jerusalem as well as the Broadway production of Cyrano de Bergerac. New York theater credits include Mother Courage(Public), Howard Katz(Roundabout), Abigail’s Party, Comedians, What the Butler Saw, and Goose-Pimples. He has appeared in many films, including Revolutionary Road, Constantine, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and Life or Something Like It. Television credits include appearances on “3rd Rock,” “Imagine That,” “Mind of the Married Man.” Max Baker comes to Ryder Farm to continue developing his brand new play with Lesser America.

Scott Schwartz is an internationally known artist and director whose work has been seen on and off Broadway, across the U.S., Great Britain, and Asia. Schwartz directed hit off-Broadway musicals including Bat Boy: The Musical at the Union Square Theatre (2001 Drama Desk Award Nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical,), Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick… Boom! at the Jane Street Theatre (2002 Drama Desk Award Nomination), and Rooms: A Rock Romance at New World Stages as well as co-directed the musical Jane Eyre with John Caird at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Judith Light is a Tony and Emmy Award winning American actress. Her television roles include Karen Wolek on the soap opera One Life to Live, Angela Bower on the sitcom Who’s the Boss?, Claire Meade on ABC’s TV series Ugly Betty and Elizabeth “Liz” Donnelly on Law & Order Special Victims Unit. Her most recent acting credit was in Other Desert Cities, for which she won a 2012 Tony award.

John Glover is a Tony Award winning and Emmy-nominated American actor whose film credits include Scrooged, 52 Pick-Up, The Chocolate War, Annie Hall, and Julia. On stage he has portrayed roles in such plays as Love! Valour! Compassion!, (Tony Award), Waiting for Godot (Tony nomination), The Royal Family, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Great God Brown, The Drowsy Chaperone, and, most recently, Ben in the recent revival of Death of a Salesman.

Laura Ramadei is an actress who has acted with Dixon Place, Cherry Lane, The Public Theater, Theater 80, 59E59, The Pearl Theater, The Tank, Rattlestick, HERE Arts Center, Theater for the New City, Rattlestick, and with LAByrinth. In 2006 she helped launch Red Elevator Productions, for which she continues to work as a producer. She’s also a founding member of The Nola Project, and most recently co-founded Lesser America, a young but rapidly burgeoning downtown theater company.

Judith Light, John Glover, and Valerie Steinberg read Max Baker’s new play!

ALEXANDRA COLLIER AND GRETA GERTLER

Alexandra Collier is a playwright from Australia, based in Brooklyn, New York. Her plays have been developed at Sydney Theatre Company, The Women’s Project, New Georges, the Lark and Dixon Place. Her recent work includes Underland (Sydney Theatre Company workshop and Page to Stage, Dixon Place), Willow’s One Night Stand (a mini-musical written with Greta Gertler as part a night of short plays, Foxy Films, Brooklyn), The Red Letterbox (Weasel Festival, East 13th St Theater), Holy Day (Telephone Festival, Overturn Theatre Ensemble), Deathless (finalist in SheWries, Synchronicity Theatre, Atlanta). Upcoming shows: We Play for the Gods (Off-Broadway, Cherry Lane Theatre, created with the Women’s Project) and Underland (produced by Neighborhood Productions). The Will of the Cockroach (The Production Company, New York) was directed by May Adrales as part of the Australia Project. Alexandra performed in the premiere of Still Waiting (La Mama, Melbourne), which subsequently toured to the Adelaide Fringe Festival and was awarded the RE Ross Trust National Australian Playwrights Award, profiled in the Australian Scriptwriting Centre’s collection of the best Australian plays of 2006 and in their Stand Alone monologue audition collection. Awards, fellowships and grants include: MacDowell Fellowship, Ian Potter Cultural Trust travel grant (Australia), the Dame Joan Sutherland Award (New York) and Highly Commended in the Marian Eldridge Women’s Writing Award (Australia). She is an MFA playwriting candidate at Brooklyn College with Mac Wellman and a member of the 2010-2012 Women’s Project Playwrights Lab.

Greta Gertler is a pianist, singer & songwriter originally from Sydney, Australia.  She has twice been featured on NPR’s ‘Song of the Day’. In 2007, she was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts Grant to tour in support of her album, “Edible Restaurant”. She has performed and recorded with a diverse range of artists such as Sufjan Stevens (“All Delighted People” EP), Sarah Blasko, John Wesley Harding, Missy Higgins, Martha Wainwright, Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), Glenn Patscha (Ollabelle), Joan As Policewoman, and Madeleine Peyroux, and was recently cited as one of NYC’s Top 20 Orchestral Pop artists (Deli Magazine).

Allison and Greta drafting their new musical work Willow’s One Night Stand.