The Academy’s Main Stage Live Debuts Keelay Gipson's New Play, CRH, Featuring an All-Alumni Cast

The Academy’s Main Stage Live program is premiering its latest workshop production, CRH, this week with an all-Academy alumni cast. The show, which opened to a sold-out theatre on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the New York campus, is written by Keelay Gipson (What I Tell You in the Dark) and directed by Main Stage Live Program Coordinator Adam Fitzgerald (The Awake, Methtacular!), and features Academy graduates from both the New York and Los Angeles campuses.

The cast includes: Gerome Samonte (’13), Jeffrey Marc Alkins (’15), Zania Cummings (’16), Txai Frota (’12), Lauren Anthony (’06) and Jack Gilliat (’15). Academy alumnus Dan Kauss (’16) also assisted with production and direction behind-the-scenes.

Zania Cummings as Zora and Txai Frota as Ross in CRH CRH tells the story of a group of thirty-somethings who reunite after life puts a damper on their social lives…and what happens next may give them a case of indigestion. A semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, this deliciously decadent, dark comedy is a meditation on what it means to be a member of “The Mooching Class” amidst the “Age of Trump,” technology and student loans.

Main Stage Live is an innovative program which connects Academy students and alumni with leading playwrights, directors and established industry professionals to explore original works through script development and workshops. Past Main Stage Live productions have been led by Douglas Carter Beane, Neil LaBute, Sandy Martin, Derek Ahonen, A. Rey Pamatmat and John Cariani, and have opened with world-premieres drawing industry accolades and media attention worldwide.
CRH has three performances remaining of its exclusive limited run, and is truly an event not to be missed. Upcoming shows are on Friday, May 12th at 7:00PM, which includes a special Q&A talkback with the playwright, director and cast, and Saturday, May 13th at 2:00PM and 7:00PM. Performances will be held in the Mary MacArthur Theatre at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts located at 120 Madison Avenue in NYC.

For more information about the new play, CRH, or to reserve seating click here.

Professional Bios

Keelay Gipson is a multi-disciplinary artist including work as an activist, teaching artist, director and award-winning playwright. Keelay Gipson was recently awarded the New Dramatist Van Lier Fellowship (2016-2018) and has been working as a Public Artist in Residence for the City of New York's Department of Cultural Affairs and Administration of Children's Services. His play, What I Tell You in the Dark, was a Premiere Stages Playwriting Festival finalist. His work as a playwright has been seen at the Wild Project, Poetic Theater Productions, HERE Arts Center, 133rd Street Arts Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory, Pace University, Planet Connections Theater Festivity, The University of Houston, The National Black Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, and New York Theatre Workshop. He has been a playwriting fellow with The Amoralists Theatre Company's 'Wright Club, a Lambda Literary Emerging Voices Playwriting Fellow, and a Rising Circle Theater Collective INKtank semi-finalist. As Co-Artistic Director of The Oneness Project he means to explore questions focusing on social injustice through various performance based mediums.

Adam Fitzgerald is a film and theatre director based in New York. His NYC directing credits include, The Good Girl, The Awake (NY Times Critics’ Pick), and Sense of an Ending (all at 59E59), Methtacular! (Time Out NY Critics' Pick), Killing Women, Lyric Is Waiting, It's Only Kickball, Stupid (Advocate’s Best of the Year), A. Rey Pamatmat's The Shotgun Message (workshop at The Academy), Songs For A More Funnier World (NYMF) and Letter From Algeria (GroundUP); and his regional work includes Twelfth Night (Scranton Shakespeare Festival), Defiance (Playhouse West, Critics' Circle nominations for Director and Production), Santaland Diaries (Home Made Theater), and Methtacular! (About Face Theatre, Time Out Chicago Critics’ Pick, Jeff Award nominations). Adam's TV/film work ranges from a PSA for The Ad Council and GLSEN, which won the national Talenthouse competition (judged by Brett Ratner and Tom Ford), to eight episodes of Fifty2&Nine's web series, Conversations W/ My Ex for Gwist TV (director, co-writer), to the short film Occupy Me (director, writer), which was an official selection at Inside Out Toronto, North Carolina LGBT Film Festival, QFlix Philadelphia, InDPanda Hong Kong and the Madrid International Film Festival.