Ricochet Collective presents

Gordy Crashes

Written by Sam Byron
Directed by Sherri Eden Barber


Gordy is having a bad week. Super-storm Sandy has driven him out of his apartment and into a dizzying blur of couch surfing, bad takeout, alcohol binges, stories about the horrible destruction in the Rockaways, and aimless wandering between Manhattan and Brooklyn. This eventually lands him, delirious and sleep-deprived, on the doorstep of his estranged ex-girlfriend, Mere.

Over the next three days, Gordy will see the true extent of the storm’s devastation as his declining mental state steers him into a head-on collision with his own fear and anxiety.

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Nominated for 4
2016 NYIT Awards

Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role,
Dave Klasko

Outstanding Lighting Design,
Serena Wong

Outstanding Sound Design,
Mark Van Hare

Outstanding Set Design,
Kate Noll


“...offers up sharp dialog that perfectly captures the insecurity and uncertainty that marks the lives of 20-somethings...Mr. Klasko truly shines as Gordy.”

“Gordy Crashes”
Howard Miller – Talkin’ Broadway,
June 12, 2015

“[An] invigorating and mesmerizing new play...the trio of actors that make up Byron's play are spectacular.”

“Gordy Triumphs“
Michael Block – Theater in the Now,
June 14, 2015

“Byron’s play is well-written and his characters are sharply drawn. Ricochet Collective is off to a great start with Gordy Crashes as their inaugural production.”

“Gordy Crashes”
Jean Tait – ELJNYC



Dave Klasko

Jody Flader*

Ruffin Prentiss

* Equity Approved Showcase. These actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.


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IRT Theater

IRT Theater is located at 154 Christopher Street, on the third floor of the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village, NYC.



All images by Erik Carter




Set Designer: Kate Noll
Costume Designer: Stephanie Levin
Lighting Designer: Serena Wong
Composer & Sound Designer: Mark Van Hare
Projection Designer: Paul Piekarz
Fight Director: Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum
Casting Director: Christine McKenna
Graphic Design: Julian Leon
Publicity: Ron Lasko, Spincycle

Social Media Manager: Tessa Slovis
Assistant Director/Technical Director: Gage Steenhagen
Master Electrician/Associate Lighting Designer: Megan Dallas Estes
Stage Manager: P. Tyler Britt
Assistant Stage Manager: Carolina Arboleda
Producer/Production Manager: Brandon Pape
Associate Producers: Sari Caine and David Rigo


team bios


DAVE KLASKO (Gordy) Theatre: King Lear (Public/Shakespeare in the Park), Much Ado About Nothing (CSC Young Company), Hamlet, Comedy of Errors (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), La Ronde, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Columbia Stages / Essen, Germany). Film: Child Eater. MFA: Columbia University.

JODY FLADER* (Mere) Off-Broadway: The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island (Vineyard Theatre). Select New York Theater: Three Sisters (Glass Bandits), The Bachelors’ Tea Party (Stolen Chair Theatre Company). Regional: Love Song (Marin Theatre Company), American $uicide (Encore Theater Company). TV/Film: “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order,” various short films and national television commercials. As a singer, Jody has performed with acclaimed 5person vocal jazz ensemble West Side 5, and indie band Blue Bottle Collection. Education: BA, Harvard University; MFA, American Conservatory Theater. Thrilled to be a part of this, and grateful to Sherri, Sam, and her family for their unwavering support. www.jodyflader.com

RUFFIN PRENTISS (Job) IRT Debut! Excited to be working with this wonderful cast. Recent theater credits include: Autumn’s Harvest (Lincoln Center Education), Fences (People’s Light and Theatre), Measure for Measure (Epic Theatre Ensemble), Fati’s Last Dance (Billie Holiday Theatre), Twelfth Night (Allentown Shakes), White Lillies (Crossroads Theatre Company), Time Sensitive (Guthrie Theater). Television credits include: “Power,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” and “Madam Secretary.” Education: BA in Theater Arts from the University of Pittsburgh, MFA from Rutgers University.

SAM BYRON (Playwright) Plays include Standard Aptitude (Semifinalist, Eugene O’Neill New Play Conference 2015), Gordy Crashes (finalist, 2014 Stanley Drama Award), Animals (Wide Eyed Productions, winner of the Fringe NYC award for Overall Excellence in Directing, Kristin Skye Hoffmann), Brooklyn Vacancies (finalist, New Works Program at T. Schreiber Studio, New York City), Static (finalist, HotCity Theater’s Greenhouse Festival, St. Louis), and Debt (Horse Trade Theater, New York City, and Dillingham Center for Performing Arts, Ithaca, NY). He was the Resident Playwright for Wide Eyed Productions’ 2013-2014 season and a recipient of the 2012 Steinberg New Playwrights Fellowship. He is currently the 2015 Harold Clurman Playwrigh tin Residence at the Stella Adler Studio in New York. Member, Dramatists Guild of America. MFA, The New School for Drama. www.sambyron.com

SHERRI EDEN BARBER (Director) is a New York-based theatre director and Artistic Associate at Rattlestick Theater. Recent credits: Mr. Landing Takes A Fall (The Flea), Herman Kline’s Midlife Crisis (The Beckett), 24 Hour Plays (American Airlines Theatre), Inadmissible (Canal Park Playhouse), Latrell: Live Tonight! (Joe’s Pub), Bent (New School for Drama), Remission and Happily After Ever (Signature Theatre/Columbia), Moonlight on the Bayou and Pump (Frederick Lowe Theatre/Hunter College), Carthaginians and Angels in America, Perestroika (Stella Adler Conservatory/NYU), Tapefaces (Ars Nova/ANTFest), Dance Lessons (Theatre Row, winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival), Empire of the Trees (Abingdon Theatre), References To Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Hangar Theatre), Only You Can Prevent Wildfires (Culture Project), How To Quit Smoking and Baptism (Atlantic). She has developed new work with Rattlestick, Orchard Project, New York Theatre Workshop, Harlem Stage, Classic Theatre of Harlem, Primary Stages, Flea Theater, Culture Project, 24 Hour Play Company, and Old Vic. Sherri is a Drama League Directing Fellow, recipient of the US/UK Exchange Award, and co-founder/ Artistic Director of Ricochet Collective. MFA: The New School for Drama. www.SherriEdenBarber.com

KATE NOLL (Set Designer) Recent credits: Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Yale Rep/Berkeley Rep), The Fatal Eggs and Ermintrude and Esmeralda, both remounted in New York from their original productions at the Yale Cabaret. She designed the set for Cloud Nine and the costumes for House Beast at the Yale School of Drama, as well as various shows at the Yale Cabaret (2011-2014). Resident Set Designer: Yale Summer Cabaret (2013) and Sundance Directors Lab (2009). Kate has also practiced as a studio artist, stylist, and production designer for television and film. MFA, Yale. BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design.

STEPHANIE LEVIN (Costume Designer) Select Recent: Red Flamboyant (Firebone, Cavalry St George), Midsummer... (Stages on the Sound), Mother Jones… (NYMF), <50% (NYC Fringe Encores), Deepest Man (3LD), Too Many Lenas (Carroll Simmons, ANTFest 2014, Ice Factory 2014), OLÉ (TiA, Prague Fringe), Once Upon a Bride, Jane the Plain, Hearts Like Fists, DEINDE (Flux), Latrell Live Tonight! (Joe’s Pub), Death For Sydney Black, Animals Commit Suicide (terraNOVA), (un)Real (Reckless), White Hot (Flea); Oy Vey (Theater Row). Stephanie has assisted William Ivey Long on It Shoulda Been You (Bway), Little Dancer (JFKC), CABARET (Bway), and Big Fish (Bway). Upcoming: Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Strasberg). designedbylevin.com

SERENA WONG (Lighting Designer) is a Brooklyn-based freelance lighting designer for theater and dance. Her designs have been seen at New York Live Arts, Irondale Arts Center, the New Ohio Theater, and the Brick Theater. She is the resident lighting designer for New York Theatre Ballet. She is a wild fermentation enthusiast.

MARK VAN HARE (Composer and Sound Designer) Recent credits: Icarus (The Dramat, University Theatre), In Fields Where They Lay (New Ohio Theatre), Remission (Ford Studio, Signature Theatre), Daniel Fish’s Eternal (Incubator Arts Project), All God’s Chillun Got Wings (JACK), Look Upon Our Lowliness (Harlem School of the Arts Theatre), and Tar Baby (DR2 Theatre). Mark is a member of Ricochet Collective. markvanhare.com

PAUL PIEKARZ (Projection Designer) is an up-and-coming video designer. Recent work includes Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Atlantic Theater Company), Facing Our Truth (National Black Theater), The Irresistible (Immersive Gallery), Old Paper Houses (Piehole), Asymptote to Zero Gravity and Perchance to Dream (MichMash Productions).

JACOB GRIGOLIA-ROSENBAUM (Fight Director) has worked with Sherri Barber previously on Mr. Landing Takes a Fall and Tapefaces: Legend of a KungFu Master. Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Cyrano de Bergerac, On the Twentieth Century. Other credits include: Peter Pan Live (NBC/Universal), Here Lies Love (Public), Sailor Man (also cocreator, New York International Fringe Festival, winner of Best Play), The Buccaneer (also playwright, The Tank, Fight Fest) and Dark Was the Night (Caliber/Image). When not making art out of violence, he can be found living in Brooklyn with his wife and sons.

CHRISTINE MCKENNA (Casting Director) is currently Casting Associate at Harriet Bass Casting, where she works on union projects for regional theatres. Recent NYC projects: Happily After Ever (Columbia Stages) and Donkey Punch (Soho Playhouse). She loves working with new and emerging playwrights in NYC, and has been the Casting Director for the Hunter College MFA Playwright Festival for three years. She has an ongoing working relationship with La Mancha Films, and worked with Paladino Casting, a commercial and print casting office, before moving into theater and film. She is a graduate from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, and Queens University, Belfast.

JULIAN LEON (Graphic/Web Designer). A graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Julian has worked both as a freelancer and within the in-house and design agency contexts. He now works independently to better focus on design problems/experiments, communication, symbolism, language, and culture; to reach different audiences through both self-initiated and commissioned work. He's excited to be a part of Gordy Crashes, the Ricochet Collective's debut production. www.themissive.info

TESSA SLOVIS (Social Media Manager) is a NYC based actor and social media consultant. Film/TV credits: Law and Order: SVU, Breaking Bad, Actor Seeks Role (2015 IFF Boston Selection). Select Theatre credits: A Class Act (Berkshire Theater Festival/Playwrights Horizons), Spears: The Gospel According To Britney (Foxwoods, NYC), Tommy (Berkshire Theater Festival), The Selfish Giant (Firebone Theatre Company), #Serials (The Flea). Recent social media clients: The Nalini Method fitness boutique, Slightly Altered States, TheMavenMomma.com, Organic Magnetics. Tessa is the Marketing Manager of IRT Theater and a proud member of The Bats the resident acting company at The Flea. tessahopeslovis.com @Tesslovis

GAGE STEENHAGEN (Associate Director/Technical Director) Theatre artist. Technical credits include Second Stage, New World Stages, Rattlestick, The Flea, Theater Row, and West Side Theatre. Notable design credits: Oklahoma! (Story City, IA), The Fantasticks! (Clarke University), Eurydice (Clarke University, Regional Certificate of Merit from the Kennedy Center). Gage has worked as an actor, designer, artist, high school speech coach, and children’s theatre teacher and director (Missoula Children’s Theatre). He has assisted Sherri on multiple productions including Latrell: Live Tonight! (Joe’s Pub), and Mr. Landing Takes a Fall (The Flea). Gage is a member of Ricochet Collective.

MEGAN DALLAS ESTES (Master Electrician/Associate Lighting Designer) is a Brooklyn-based lighting and scenic designer. Design credits include lighting design for Hedda Gabler, Morality Play and Marie Antoinette (The Gamm Theatre, RI), A Star has Burnt my Eye (The Brick), and assistant scenic design at Trinity Rep (RI), The Public Theater (NYC), The Old Globe Theater (CA) and The Dallas Theater Center (TX).

P. TYLER BRITT (Stage Manager) is a theater practitioner (director, actor, dancer/choreographer, singer, stage manager) and teaching artist. He is a graduate with a BA in Theater from Hunter College where he was the recipient of a Robert LoBianco Scholarship for Theater & Tyrone Guthrie Award for directing. Tyler is a member of Ricochet Collective.

CAROLINA ARBOLEDA (Assistant Stage Manager) received her BA in Arts and Sciences from Hunter College. She is the recipient of the Robert LoBianco Award for Stage Management and the Friars Foundation Scholarship. Most recently she worked as Production Stage Manager on Marla and her Prayers (New Perspective Theatre), The Pillowman (FITR Productions), City NonSpecific (La Micro Theater, FringeNYC), KEEPINGABREAST (Manhattan Theatre Mission, FringeNYC) and Bending All The Rules (Midtown International Theatre Festival.). She is delighted to be collaborating with Ricochet Collective’s production of Gordy Crashes.

BRANDON PAPE (Producer/Production Manager) is a NYCbased producer, director, and designer originally from Dubuque, Iowa. Producing credits: Mr. Landing Takes A Fall (Slightly Altered States @ The Flea), Latrell: Live Tonight! (Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub), Make Me Love You: an evolution of love, Look Back In Anger, and The Shape of Things (The Verge). Select directing credits: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Last Five Years, and Big Love. Brandon has worked regionally with Writers’ Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Skylight Opera Theater, Hangar Theater, and Dubuque Art Theater. Brandon is a Drama League Directing Fellow and Executive Director of Ricochet Collective. @midwestrunaway

SARI CAINE (Associate Producer) is a NYC bred actress and chess teacher. Her plays (which include Mr. Landing Takes a Fall, The Chess Lesson, The Thing About Dan, Rabbit on the Landing, The Cafe Plays, Brunch!, Endicott, Needs, and Christmas Island) have been produced at The Flea Theater, IRT, Jimmy’s No. 43, Roy Arias Theater, Dixon Place, The Strawberry Festival, St Clements Theater, Manhattan Repertory Theater, Hell’s Kitchen Festival, read at The Lark, and published on Indie Theater Now. Upcoming short film: Jack The Ripper’s First Time. As an actress, she has appeared on “Orange is the New Black,” “The Knick” (upcoming), “Mr. Destiny,” and lots of off and off-off Broadway theaters. Co-artistic director/cofounder of Slightly Altered States theater company (www.slightlyaltered.org) She is currently studying under Tina Howe and Arthur Kopit at Hunter’s MFA playwriting program. SAG, Equity, Dramatist Guild, NYWIFT, and LIT. www.saricaine.com

DAVID RIGO (Associate Producer) Regional, Off & Off-Off Broadway: Mr. Landing Takes a Fall, The Crucible, Sister’s Rosensweig, Ten Nights in a Barroom, Waiting For Lefty, The Proposal, and The Chess Lesson. He’s performed at Dixon Place, Jimmys No 43, IRT, Arclight, Bank Street Theater, UCB, The Tenement Museum, and The Schoolhouse Theater. Acting: Fred Kareman. Singing: Stephanie Scourby. Very excited to be a part of Gordy and the kickoff production for Ricochet Collective!

RICOCHET COLLECTIVE (Sherri Eden Barber, Artistic Director; Brandon Pape, Executive Director) is a newly formed collection of producers, directors, and designers whose goal is to explore and expand the potential of live art by producing visceral, arresting theater experiences that fully immerse the audience in each storytelling event. To learn more, visit www.RicochetCollective.com

IRT THEATER is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village, IRT’s mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work. Some of the artists we have supported include Young Jean Lee, Reggie Watts, Mike Daisey, New York Live Arts, terraNOVA Collective, Immediate Medium, The Nonsense Company/Rick Burkhardt, CollaborationTown, Rady&Bloom,Thomas Bradshaw, Crystal Skillman,Tommy Smith, May Adrales, Katt Lissard, Erica Fay and many others. For info visit www.irttheater.org. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Office of Councilmember Corey Johnson and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York)

ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 50,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFLCIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org