“The Rufus Equation” Extends Into 2013 Fringe Encore Series
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NERD + MATH / SEX = HIT x 2!
“ T H E R U F U S E Q U A T I O N ”
A NEW COMEDY BY TED CUBBIN
DIRECTED BY TOM RIDGELY
2013 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL
FRINGE ENCORE SERIES
PLAYWRIGHT TED CUBBIN ANNOUNCED
AS WINNER OF 2013 FRINGENYC
OVERALL EXCELLENCE IN PLAYWRITING AWARD
FIVE PERFORMANCES ADDED
SEPTEMBER 8, 10, & 15, 2013
NEW YORK, NY – Ted Cubbin’s new comedy The Rufus Equation, which had its world premiere at the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival, has been extended into the Fringe Encore Series, with five performances added for Sunday, September 8 at 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Tuesday September 10 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday. September 15 at 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. at The Players Theater (115 MacDougal Street, NYC). Tickets for these added performances are available through www.TheRufusEquation.com.
The Rufus Equation, under the direction of Tom Ridgely, played to sold-out houses during the 2013 Fringe Festival and emerged as one of this year’s break-out hits. In addition, Playwright Ted Cubbin was awarded the 2013 FringeNYC “Overall Excellence in Playwriting Award” in a ceremony held Sunday, August 25, 2013.
Geoffrey Arend leads the cast of The Rufus Equation as Professor Bert Rufus. Arend’s film and television credits include Garden State, Supertroopers, (500) Days of Summer, Save the Date, Beach Pillows, Devil, The Ringer, “The Closer” (TNT), “Law & Order” (NBC), “Trust Me” (TNT) and “Body of Proof” (ABC). The cast also features Hanna Cheek, Joy Farmer-Clary, Pierre Epstein, Chris Kipiniak, and Dave Quay.
What’s love got to do with quantum physics? Professor Bert Rufus is awkward with women – especially with the alluring physicist Alys Smith. Bert invents a secret device that will shock the world…and might even get him laid. In The Rufus Equation, Nerd + Math = Sex.
Author Ted Cubbin grew up with a passion for physics, which he studied at Princeton University and went on to practice at NASA and elsewhere. While a graduate student at Princeton, he was the last student of Professor Robert Jahn, who pioneered the scientific pursuit for experimental evidence of a “sixth sense.” The Rufus Equation is his first play.
Director Tom Ridgely is a co-founder of the theatre company Waterwell, for which he has directed or co-directed GOODBAR, #9, The|King|Operetta, Marco Millions (based on lies) and The Persians, among others. His work has also been seen at the Public Theater, Ars Nova, 59E59, Symphony Space, The Barrow Street Theater, NYU/Tisch, Theatre Row, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
For more information visit www.TheRufusEquation.com.
Geoffrey Arend (Bert). New York: The American Pilot (MTC), Mother Courage and Her Children (Public). Elsewhere: The Scene (Dorset Theater Festival), Reunion (South Coast Rep Playwright Festival). Film: Garden State, Supertroopers, (500) Days of Summer, Save the Date, Beach Pillows, Devil, The Ringer. TV: “The Closer” (TNT), “Law & Order” (NBC), “Trust Me” (TNT), “Body of Proof” (ABC). YouTube: geoffreyarend, starh0le. Graduate of LaGuardia HS of Music and Art and the Performing Arts and visitor of Carnegie Mellon, NYU Tisch, and RADA.
Pierre Epstein (Ed). Public Theatre: The Singing Forest (Freud), Little Black Sheep, Soapy Smith, Museum, others. Delacorte: Comedy of Errors, Henry V. Broadway: Filumena (director: Laurence Olivier), Plenty, Thieves, Fun City, Black Comedy, Enter Laughing, Shot in the Dark, others. Off: SIN, Threepenny Opera, Room Service, Promenade, Second City, etc. Films: She’s Lost Control (2013), Gigantic, Indecent Proposal, LA Story, Splash, Love and Death (Woody), others. TV: “ER,” “LA Law,” “Lonesome Dove,” “Frasier,” “Law and Order,” “Sex and the City” (Rabbi Minsch). OBIE (1970), DRAMALOGUE (LA 1991), SAG Comedy ensemble award (2003), Nominated for FRINGE FIRST (Edinburgh 1989). Author: The Forgotten Father of Social Security, U. of Missouri Press, 2007.
Hanna Cheek (Alys). Off-Broadway: Happy Birthday (TACT, Beckett); with Waterwell (member 2003): GOODBAR (The Public), The Persians… (Perry Street), The King Operetta (Barrow Street), #9 (59e59), Marco Millions (Theatre Row). With Pumpkin Pie Show (member 2001): Hostage Song (Belt), Junta High (PS122), Commencement (Kraine). Other NYC: Sovereign (Secret Theatre), Artifacts of Consequence (Wild Project). TV/Film: “The West Wing,” Titus, Ugly Americans, All Roads Lead. Cheek was named one of TONY’s “Future Legends of NYC Theatre” in 2013.
Joy Farmer-Clary (Eve). New York: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Hamlet with Lincoln Center Institute; The Classroom and Folly of Crowds with Slant Theatre; Rising Returns at NY Stage & Film; several readings with Theatre East and Epic Theatre Ensemble;Regional: Double Indemnity, A Christmas Carol, and Blackbird at Cincinnati Playhouse; Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and at The Austin Shakespeare Festival (Best Actress award); Isabella in Measure for Measure at Quintessence Theatre; Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Sea of Tranquility at The Old Globe. Education: MFA from The Old Globe/USD. www.JoyFarmerClary.com.
Chris Kipiniak (Rand). Broadway: Metamorphoses, Macbeth (with Alan Cumming). Off-Broadway: Kit Marlowe (Public Theater), Nora (Marvell Repertory), Charles Winn Speaks… (Living Image Arts). London: How To Act Around Cops (Soho Theatre, New York and Edinburgh International Fringe Festivals). Film/TV: Delocated, “The Good Wife,” the feature The Poker Club, the shorts Deal Travis In and Trying (also writer/director), and the web series, “Real Actors Read…”. Playwriting: Stalled (Horse Trade Theater Group and Hangar Theatre Lab), Save the World (Roundtable Ensemble), Change the Be and IIIINSAAAAAAAANE!!!! (Horse Trade Theater Group). Other writing: Nightcrawler, Amazing Fantasy and Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man for Marvel Comics.
Dave Quay (Freddie). Originally from the mountains of New Hampshire, Dave Quay is a NY-based actor and filmmaker, who is very happy to be making his Fringe debut with this excellent team! On stage, Dave has appeared in NY and regionally. He has worked on TV/film as an actor (“Drop Dead Diva,” “The Adventure”) and a director (Night on the Lam). Also, he worked with Big Apple Circus Clown Care. His original play, Until Next Time, a narrative clown piece, will be staged live at the NY Clown Festival in September. MFA, NYU Grad Acting.
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