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Tevia Abrams
Playwright

Three new One-Acts–”That Rule of So,” “Being Presidential,” and “How a Nation Changed Its Spots”–by Mr. Abrams were given a staged reading in the NEWS PLAYS READING SERIES for 2007. Mr. Abrams’ recent work, THE VIEW FROM HARRY’S BAR, premiered at TAT during season 2003. This followed TAT’s successful premiere, in season 2001, of his drama, ERICA’S LAST MISSION. Mr. Abrams has also been represented in TAT’s New Plays Reading Series with A SOUNDER SLEEP (an early title for ERICA’S LAST MISSION,) JOSEPH and JOSEPHINE, and AFTER THE PRAGUE SPRING. Educated in Canada, France and the United States, Mr. Abrams has a doctorate degree in theatre and communication. In 1972, he was appointed to the UN Population Fund in New York, and from 1990 through 1994, he served in New Delhi as the organization’s Country Director for India and Bhutan.
A member of the Dramatists Guild, Inc., and Playformers of New York, Mr. Abrams’ other script production credits include: AND NO CEREMONY – award-wining one-act play produced on TV and on the stage in both Canada and the US (the TV productions included CBC, Canada, 1967, and WSJK-TV, Knoxville, 1970); REPORT TO THE COMMITTEE ON PORNOGRAPHY and SERVICE IN TIME OF LOVE – two one-act plays produced by La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club; OUR FATHER IN VENICE, full-length book and lyrics; music by New York composer Richard Fagan, produced by Quebec Drama Festival. A TALE OF THE ONION OF INTELLIGENCE – one-act play adapted for the Western stage from an original full-length play by Marathi writer, Shankar Patil, and produced 1994 in New Delhi; AMOEBA, one-act play, first produced at Michigan State University, 1969, with subsequent productions on TV and on stage in the US and Canada; DEVIL IN THE ICE-BOX produced by Evergreen Players for 1968 Quebec Region National Drama Festival, one-act version produced by New Playwrights’ Theater, Michigan State University; BALLAD FOR A TWO-CAR GARAGE play with songs based on Gay’s The Beggars’ Opera and Brecht’s Threepenny Opera; produced by Georgian Players, Montreal; JOSEPH AND JOSEPHINE – teleplay produced by WMSB-TV, Lansing, Michigan for Central Educational Network, with script awarded Citation of Honor in the Story Magazine College Creative Awards; also produced in translation in Israel by the National Broadcasting Authority; SPANISH BLUE – teleplay produced by CBC, Montreal, 1964.

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Matthew Ackland
Actor

MATTHEW ACKLAND  (ACTOR)–is Clown 1 playing over 50 parts in Tri-State’s comic thriller, THE 39 STEPS. He was Tony in BOY GETS GIRL (Stella Adler Studios); the voice of a UK Borders & Immigration Officer in OUT! (New York Fringe Festival); Hamlet in HAMLET (Dan Mandan); Oswald in Ibsen’s GHOSTS (Random Truth Theatre); Simon/David in HAY FEVER (Workhouse Theatre.) He has appeared in commecials and short films (London Film Academy); on the internet as Mitchell in SAFARI (Internet, R Train Productions); Artsy Guest in VERY MARY-KATE Season 4; and Olivier (Collegel Humor Productions, NYC.)  Feature Films include THE GOSPEL OF TOMAS (Popmorphic Media Productions) and PATIENCE (Irregular FIlms.)

 

 

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Billie Anderson
Actor

AKA/Billie Anderson appeared for the first time at Tri-State in Tennessee Williams’ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE as Blanche DuBois.New York credits include Chrissy in David Rabe’s IN THE BOOM BOOM ROOM, Julie in August Strindberg’s MISS JULIE, Blanche in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. She is a member of Actors Equity Association.  A graduate of Columbia University, Ms Andersson trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and with William Esper. She is a member of Actors Equity Association.

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Ian August
Actor

Ian returned to TAT  in Season 2004 as Jed in the hilarious musical, THE  BIG BANG and as Ian in THE COMPLEAT WORKS OF WLLM SHKSPR, Abridged. Mr. August  made his debut at Tri-State Actors Theater as Crumpet the Elf in SANTALAND DIARIES. New York credits for Mr. August include GLUE (Cherry Lane Theater Alternative Space), PRESUMED RETARDED (Manhattan Theater Club), THE SOUND OF WAVES (Mabou Mimes), 911–THE BOOK OF JOB (LaMama), as well as performances at the Raw Space, New Dramatists, and the BMI Music Theater Workshop.  Regional credits include THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM (12 Miles West), FOREVER PLAID, CRIMES OF THE HEART (Bickford Theater), A WONDERFUL LIFE (Surflight Theater), A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, PAGEANT, PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE (Forum Theater), IMMORTAL INTERLUDE, PANAMA and Ken Wiesinger’s production of RAFT OF THE MEDUSA (New Jersey Repertory Company).  Ian has also had the privilege of performing as a special guest artist for folk singer Christine Lavin during an early incarnation of her show GETTING IN TOUCH WITH MY INNER B*TCH, also at New Jersey Rep.  Recently, Ian revisited the Forum Theater Company’s production of PAGEANT at the Cuillo Center for the Arts, located in West Palm Beach, Florida.  He has also performed at the McCarter Theater and the George Street Playhouse, and is a proud member of the 12 Miles West Theater Company and the New Jersey Repertory Company.

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Jeanne Austin
Actor

Jeanne played Irene in Tri-State’s world premiere of Judylee Oliva’s ON THE SHOWROOM FLOOR during Season 2002.  She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and a valued artist in Tri-State’s professional ensemble. Other roles for Tri-State include the title role of Erica in ERICA’S LAST MISSION, Mary, in ON THE VERGE,  Ruth in  COLLECTED STORIES, Jeanne in ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN, A in Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, THREE TALL WOMEN , Amanda in THE GLASS MENAGERIE , Aunt Ruth in MARVIN’S ROOM and Maggie in DANCING AT LUGHNASA.   She has been a actor-reader many times in TAT’s New Plays Readings Series.  She starred as Miss Daisy in DRIVING MISS DAISY at the African Globe Theatre, and as Mary Thomas in the New York premiere of AMERICAN STORY at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, created the role of Mother in INSOMNIA at Expanded Arts, and originated the role of Louise in BROTHERLY LOVE for Animated Theatreworks in New York City. She has appeared in regional, stock and dinner theaters in roles ranging from Rosalind in AS YOU LIKE IT (Theatre Project Company, St. Louis) to Big Mama in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (Oakland West Dinner Theatre, Ft. Lauderdale); and recently played Gertie in FUDDY MEERS for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival. Also a member of Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, Ms. Austin has made radio and television commercials, was in the TV mini-series WOMEN IN WHITE, and had featured roles in the motion pictures THE FUNHOUSE, STUCKEY’S LAST STAND, and stars in Flying Cloud Films’ MOTHER AND CHILD as a mother whose son is dying of AIDS. For HerStory Productions, she produces and performs one-woman plays based on historic women, including DUTY’S FAITHFUL CHILD; A VISIT WITH LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, CYCLONE IN CALICO: AN INTERVIEW WITH MARY ANN BICKERDYKE, and MARIE ZIMMERMAN: FAITHFUL TO NATURE. She presented WE LIVE BY THE WHISTLE: WOMEN OF THE STERLING HILL MINE, as a Monday Night Special Event for Tri-State in season 2002. For more than ten years, Ms. Austin was director of the One Accord Choir, a vocal group of developmentally disabled adults, and is currently the troupe trainer and performs with an educational puppet troupe(sponsored by SCARC), KIDS ON THE BLOCK that presents educational puppet plays in schools throughout northern New Jersey. Ms. Austin attended Mt. Holyoke College and holds a degree in Fine Arts/Drama from Colorado College.