“SEVEN DEADLY SINS” ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR NEW YORK PREMIERE OF SEXY & ADVENTUROUS THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF
THE TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT & MADISON WELLS LIVE
“SEVEN DEADLY SINS”
THE SEXY & ADVENTUROUS THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE
IN NEW YORK CITY’S MEATPACKING DISTRICT
TRICIA ALEXANDRO, SHAVANNA CALDER, DONNA CARNOW,
SHAMIKA COTTON, BRANDON J. ELLIS, BRAD FLEISCHER,
ANDREW KEENAN-BOLGER, KAHYUN KIM, MORGAN McGHEE,
BIANCA NORWOOD, CAITLIN O’CONNELL, CODY SLOAN, AND ERIC ULLOA
New York, NY (June 1, 2021) – Today, Tectonic Theater Project (Moisés Kaufman, Founder & Artistic Director) and Madison Wells Live announced casting for Seven Deadly Sins, the sexy and adventurous outdoor theatrical experience, coming to New York City’s Meatpacking District.
The cast features a diverse troupe of leading New York theater actors and exciting new comers including Tricia Alexandro (Perp at the Barrow Group), Shavanna Calder (HBO’s “Los Espookys”), nationally ranked pole dancer and movement artist Donna Carnow, Shamika Cotton (HBO’s “The Wire”), Brandon J. Ellis (Bandstand), Brad Fleischer (LCT’s Golden Boy), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Kahyum Kim (STARZ’s “American Gods”), Morgan McGhee (Ain’t Too Proud), Bianca Norwood (New York stage debut), Caitlin O’Connell (The Crucible), Cody Sloan (Off-Broadway debut), and Eric Ulloa (On Your Feet).
Seven Deadly Sins will begin performances on Tuesday, June 22 ahead of a Tuesday, June 29 official opening night. Tickets are available via www.sevendeadlysinsnyc.com or via TodayTix at www.todaytix.com or through the iOS and Android app.
Welcome all sinners and saints! Seven Deadly Sins takes audiences on a tantalizing tour of their inner demons. No subject is taboo as audiences rotate through seven uniquely designed storefronts, exploring the depths of desire, jealousy, rage, and more in a thrilling evening that merges live theater with performance art, dazzling design, and CDC-mandated regulations. Helmed by Moisés Kaufman and Tony Award® winning scenic designer David Rockwell, Seven Deadly Sins is a carnival for the senses, welcoming New Yorkers back to live entertainment.
In a format that was conceived by Michel Hausmann and originally produced by Miami New Drama, audiences will gather and be welcomed with a brief performance at their first stop of the evening, Purgatory. They will then depart on their journey as they divide into small, socially distanced pods, safely exploring the perils and pleasures of each sin’s storefront window, listening through provided sanitized headphones while wearing masks.
This brand-new production features world premiere short works from seven of the country’s most provocative playwrights. These writers have each selected one of the Deadly Sins as the inspiration for their short play: Ngozi Anyanwu (Gluttony), Thomas Bradshaw (Sloth), MJ Kaufman (Pride), Moisés Kaufman (Greed), Jeffrey LaHoste (Envy), Ming Peiffer (Wrath), and Bess Wohl (Lust).
The design team is led by David Rockwell (scenic and environmental design), Dede Ayite (costume design), Yuki Link (lighting design), Tyler Kieffer (sound design), X Casting / Victor Vazquez CSA (casting director), and Amy Marie Seidel (dramaturg). Additional set design for Greed by Christopher & Justin Swader.
Seven Deadly Sins is produced by Tectonic Theater Project and Madison Wells Live, in association with Miami New Drama. The production is presented in partnership with the Meatpacking District’s Business Improvement District and made possible by the support of real estate partners Aurora Capital and William Gottlieb Real Estate.
Final casting and additional details for Seven Deadly Sins will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tricia Alexandro (she/her) is an actor, writer and native New Yorker. She was last seen in the world premiere of Lyle Kessler’s Perp at the Barrow Group Theatre. Other credits include We, the Invisibles (Humana Festival); The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (Cape May Stage); The Unrepeatable Moment (the Barrow Group Theatre); In Darfur (WAM/Shakespeare & Co.); and The Cleaners (Samuel French Play Festival Winner). She has written and performed two solo shows, Snapshots and The Family Jewels, at the Barrow Group Theatre. Her television appearances include recent guest star roles on “Bull” and “Law and Order: SVU.” Alexandro trained under Seth Barrish and Lee Brock at the Barrow Group, under Bob Krakower at Manhattan Film Institute, and at Playhouse West. She is a member of the Labyrinth Theater Company’s Intensive Ensemble and holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. Films include CODA, Drinks and DNA (Big Apple Film Festival), Happy New Year, Stealing Martin Lane, and Kumquat Kelly. She loves creating a sense of compassion and connection through her writing and acting.
Shavanna Calder (she/her) is an actor, anti-racist educator, writer, creative director, stylist, and human. As a performer she recently completed a run of The Legend of Georgia McBride at Milwaukee Rep & Arizona Theatre Company. Other favorite credits include, Caroline, or Change (Emmie); HBO’s “Los Espookys,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Grammy Awards,” Hairspray (National Tour), For Colored Girls… (Lady in Green), CBS “Best of’ Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase.” Additionally, she is the fortunate recipient of UCB’s Diversity Scholarship where she studied improv 101 and 201. Outside of performing she is a Consulting Director of Antiracism Initiatives for TYA/USA and recently co-produced and co-hosted their Listen, Learn, Lead: Antiracism in TYA Series, a nationwide learning program that served nearly 1,000 TYA professionals. She holds a Master’s Degree from NYU and also received her BA from Wellesley College where she studied Sociology & Cinema and Media Studies. She is first generation and still identifies as a sociologist at heart. Member of Actors Equity Association. www.shavannacalder.com. Instagram: @shaviexo
Donna Carnow (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based pole dancer, movement artist, choreographer, teacher, performer, pole champion, and aerialist. Originally from the Chicago-land area, Carnow received her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated as a James Scholar with honors. She now teaches pole dancing full-time at NYC’s largest aerial dance school, Body & Pole, and has showcased her art across the country in concert halls, nightlife spaces, Zoom rooms, and in national pole competitions. She has been recognized and awarded for her experimental integration of her post-modern dance background with pole. She holds the title of Pole Sport Organization Central Pole Champion of 2019 (Chicago) and was ranked in the top 10 women competing in US Nationals (San Mateo, CA) that same year. Carnow regularly performs with the aerial dance companies Pole Speak and AERA in New York City. She has also performed in Pole Expo’s “Pole Classique” at the Hard Rock Hotel (Las Vegas), International Pole Convention (New Orleans), DROM (New York), Pole Play (Brooklyn), Pole Theatre USA (Atlanta), Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME), Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Urbana, IL), Links Hall (Chicago), among others. When not flying through the air, she shares her passion for teaching as a Master Trainer with ElevatED Education Pole + Flexibility Training programs and is the Open Performance Coordinator at Movement Research in NYC.
Shamika Cotton (she/her) is best known for her controversial portrayal of Michael’s drug addicted mother (Raylene Lee) on HBO’s “The Wire.” Off-Broadway: Bullet for Adolf (directed by Woody Harrelson); Ain’t Supposed to Die… (Classical Theatre of Harlem. Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical). Regional: Still Asking For It (Joe’s Pub); world premiere of Citizens Market (City Theatre), The Revolutionists (City Theatre), originating cast of Black Odyssey (Denver Center Theatre); Broke-ology (Kansas City Repertory Theatre). Television and film: “The Equalizer” (CBS); “Prodigal Son” (FOX); “Blue Bloods” (CBS); “New Amsterdam” (NBC); “Elementary” (CBS); “The Good Fight” (Paramount +); “Forever” (ABC); “Gotham” (FOX); “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” & “Law & Order: CI,” The Sun is Also a Star, Pariah, and Frank the Bastard. Training: MTB Studio. www.shamikacotton.com
Brandon J. Ellis (he/him) was most recently seen in the first national tour of The Play That Goes Wrong as Trevor. On Broadway he most recently originated the role of Davy Zlatic in Bandstand. He was also in the original Broadway casts of Once and the 2007 revival of Company. On the West End he played the Bank Manager in Once. Off-Broadway he has been seen in Balls…the musical (writer/actor) and others. On television you can catch him in “The Crew,” “Iron Fist,” “Dietland,” “30 Rock,” and others. Ellis was the spokesperson for Firehouse Subs and Policy Genius and can be seen in several other commercials. UNCG-BFA in acting. He is an amateur power lifter, black belt, and a steak and bacon enthusiast.
Brad Fleischer (he/him). Broadway: Golden Boy, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Coram Boy (Drama League nomination). Off-Broadway: David Rabe’s Streamers (Roundabout). Regional: World premiere of Gruesome Playground Injuries (Alley Theater, Rogue Machine/Edinburgh), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Mark Taper Forum/Kirk Douglas Theater), Pig Farm (South Coast Repertory). Film: Walk Among the Tombstones, The Good Shepherd. Television: “The Walking Dead,” “Blue Bloods,” “Nurse Jackie,” “24,” “The Unit,” “Prison Break,” “Jericho,” “Law and Order,” “Over There. Short: Seany B vs. Sketchy McSwains. Representing UCSD MFA/ Kyle Donnelly. 33.
Andrew Keenan-Bolger (he/him) is an actor, director, author, and filmmaker. He starred as “Jesse Tuck” in Tuck Everlasting on Broadway (Drama League Award nominee). He created the role of “Crutchie” in the original Broadway cast of Newsies (Outer Critics Circle nominee) and in the record-breaking Newsies: The Broadway Musical film. Other Broadway: Mary Poppins, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol. 1st National Tours: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Mary Poppins, and Ragtime. Theater: Family Furniture at The Flea Theater (directed by Thomas Kail), Aladdin at the 5th Avenue Theater (directed by Casey Nicholaw), Ever After at Papermill Playhouse (directed by Kathleen Marshall). Film: “Billy Frazier” in The Rewrite starring Hugh Grant, To Dust, Marci X, and Are You Joking?. Television: “The Undoing” (HBO), “Three Rivers” (2018 ABC Pilot, lead), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon), “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime), “Looking” (HBO), “Naked Brothers Band” (Nickelodeon), and One Life to Live. Podcast: Bobby in Marvel’s Wolverine: The Long Night. B.F.A. from the University of Michigan. His work as a filmmaker has been profiled in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, the Associated Press, and New York Magazine. Director of the award-winning short films Sign and The Ceiling Fan. Along with collaborator, Kate Wetherhead, he is the co-creator the critically acclaimed webseries, “Submissions Only” (www.submissionsonly.com) and co-author of the children’s series Jack & Louisa (Penguin Random House).
Kahyun Kim (she/her). Born and raised in South Korea, Kim moved to the United States and was immediately accepted into Juilliard’s Drama School. She is most known for playing New Media on the hit STARZ series, “American Gods.” She can also be seen in TV shows like “Mr. Mayor” (NBC), “9-1-1” (Fox), “Tommy” (CBS), “Shameless” (Showtime), “Timeless” (NBC), “Adam Ruins Everything” (TruTV), “The Mysteries of Laura” (NBC), “Austin & Ally” (Disney), and “Cassandra French” (Fullscreen); films like Bad Match (Netflix), Spa Night (Sundance Premiere), and the Disney reboot of Freaky Friday. Theater credits include A. R. Gurney’s Love And Money (Signature), starring role in Tracy Letts’ Linda Vista (Steppenwolf), and Jeremy O. Harris’ Daddy (co-produced by Vineyard and New Group Theatre).
Morgan McGhee (she/her) is thrilled to be a part of this innovative and thought-provoking production, and humbled to follow up her Broadway debut in Ain’t Too Proud. Graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and Clark Atlanta University. Huge thank you to the cast, crew, and creatives, and most importantly, my Creator. Holding all artists in my heart during these times of uncertainty.
Bianca Norwood (they/them) is a gender fluid human, actor, and mover from Fresno, California. They graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in 2017 and will graduate from the Juilliard School in June 2021. This is Bianca’s Off-Broadway debut. They have served as an acting teacher for young kids in the states and abroad and are a proud speech and debate coach. They hope to be an active part of imagining new worlds and queering old ones. The absence of binaries most inspires their work.
Caitlin O’Connell (she/her). Broadway: The Crucible, The Heiress, Mothers and Sons, 33 Variations. Off-Broadway: Greater Clements, Ugly Lies the Bone, Stuff Happens, Boy, Baby Screams Miracle. Regional: Watch on the Rhine (Guthrie Theatre and Berkeley Rep); Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Playboy of the Western World, (Guthrie Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, (Shakespeare Theatre); The Matchmaker, Winters Tale, Othello, Oh, Pioneers! (Center Stage Baltimore); Third, The Clean House, The Little Foxes (Denver Center Theatre); Doubt (Cincinnati Playhouse and Actors Theatre of Louisville), Fireflies (White Heron Theater) and the Public Theatre, Williamstown, Barrington Stage, the Alliance, the Old Globe, Dallas Theater Center, South Coast Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Intiman. Film: Oppenheimer Strategies, Automatic Hate, Fizzle. Television: “The First Ladies,” “Bull,” “Unforgettable,” “Law and Order,” “Whoopi,” and “Homicide.”
Cody Sloan (he/him) is an Los Angeles-based actor and teacher. He’s very excited to make his Tectonic Theater Project debut alongside all these amazing artists! Select theatrical credits: Pick Me Last (La Jolla Playhouse), Trainers (Diversionary Theatre), the Boston premiere of Men On Boats (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Nurse Play (IRNE Award Nomination – Best Actor, Exiled Theatre), Mozart in Amadeus (Moonbox Productions), Love! Valour! Compassion! (Zeitgeist Stage), and The Extraordinary Fall of the Four-Legged Woman (NY Fringe Festival). He recently appeared in Amazon’s Selah and the Spades, directed by Tayarisha Poe (Sundance Film Festival 2019). He received his MFA in Acting for UC San Diego, where he appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Patricia McGregor, Letters From Cuba, Orestes 2.0, Man in Love directed by Stephen Buescher, Dave Harris’ Incendiary, Shame Spiral (WNPF ‘19), and The Misanthrope. He has studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, the American Conservatory Theater, and received his BA from Boston University. www.codydsloan.com
Eric Ulloa (he/him) is a 2020 American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant finalist and a 2020 Kleban Prize Award finalist. Ulloa is the author of 26 Pebbles, which had its world premiere at the Human Race Theatre Company. The play was featured in American Theatre Magazine, the New York Times, and won the Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Award for 2017. 26 Pebbles was named one of the Top Ten Plays of 2017 by Samuel French and one of the top produced plays nationally of 2018. He is the librettist of the musical, Passing Through, which had its world premiere at Goodspeed Musicals in summer of 2019. Ulloa is the writing assistant to Oscar Winner Alex Dinelaris on his upcoming screen adaptation of Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse’s Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical. He wrote the “Viva Broadway: Hear Our Voices” special, writing for such luminaries as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera, and many more. Ulloa is the author of the play Reindeer Sessions. He Eric is the co-creator of “Meet the Alpha Beats” for Nickelodeon Noggin. On the other side of the footlights, he was in the original Broadway company of On Your Feet: The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan and appeared on the 2016 Tony Awards, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and A Capital Fourth.
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