Rising Sun Performance Company

Goodnight Lovin’ Trail


Sunday, March 13 7:00pm

Tickets: $10-$12
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“Goodnight Lovin’ Trail” is a subtle and touching drama that takes place at a truck stop diner in West Texas, where two desperate and lonely strangers find redemption in each other's eyes while discussing a stolen guitar. The play explores raw human emotions and consequences while these two desperate characters navigate and come to terms with the choices they've made on the road of life.

Coming off their 5 Month hit run of the NYC premiere of “The Last Supper”, the critically acclaimed Rising Sun Performance Company is pleased to present "Goodnight Lovin' Trail" at the 2011 FRIGID Festival.
Originally developed and produced at the world renowned Actors Studio School for Drama, this is Rising Sun’s fourth production of the play, with performances in 2004 at the 78th Street Theater Lab and as part of the Riant Theatre’s 2009 Colors of Life, One Act Festival at the Producer’s Club, both in NYC.  Goodnight Lovin’ Trail was also a part of the Inaugural Wilmington FRINGE Festival, one of only 25 productions selected out of applicants from around the country.

The play features the acting of Nic Mevoli, best known for his critically acclaimed portrayal of “Top” in Esther Bell’s feature film “Exist” and as the Cab Driver in Will Kern’s Hellcab which ran for 13 weeks in New York City; and Rising Sun new comer Olivia Rorick, whose touching portrayal of Lee, elicits a truly emotional response from audiences.  Director, Akia is a well known director and producer in the Off & Off-Off Broadway scene, a recipient of the New York Innovative Theatre Awards “Founders Award” this past July and most recently received rave reviews for her direction of the New York City premiere of “The Last Supper”.

Olivia Rorick (performer) graduated with a BA from Rutgers University and an MA from The University of Chicago in Literature. She is a graduate of William Esper Studio Two-Year Conservatory and has enjoyed scene study classes at T. Schreiber Studio. Olivia has made numerous appearances in multiple independent and student films, and various theater productions at the Public Theater, Interborough Repertory Theatre, and the Wild Project Theater. Most recently, she performed in a 9 week sold out production of Balm in Gilead at T. Schreiber's Gloria Maddox Theater and toured the United States with the JENA Company's production of America Amerique. She is thrilled to be a part of the Fringe Festival! www.oliviarorick.com

Joe Beaudin (performer) was last seen in Rising Sun's critically acclaimed "The Last Supper" this past summer at the Red Room. He also recently performed in the Harvest One Act Festival play competition where his show "Welcome Back Lloyd" finished in 2nd place (dang it!). Favorite roles in NYC include: Sir Andrew in "Twelfth Night", Young Pappy in "The Tinkelpack Patrol", and his 5 year stint with the sketch comedy group Mini Red Satan. CT Repertory credits: "The Grapes of Wrath", "Boys Next Door," and "Hair." Joe loves his wife and loves to play guitar.

Nic Mevoli (Coffee and Cigarettes) Nic has been working with Rising Sun since 2003, and has appeared in many of their productions including: the World Premiere of “A Royal Toil”, The Off Broadway Revival of “An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein”, “The Crucible”, "Amerikan Mine" and RSP’s 2004 & 2009 Productions of “Goodnight Lovin' Trail”; most notably he received rave reviews as the Cab Driver in RSP’s hit production of “Hellcab”, which ran for 13 Weeks at Under St Marks Theater 2005-06. He co-wrote and starred in the acclaimed feature film “Exist” directed by Esther Bell and has also been seen on the Chappelle Show on Comedy Central.

John Patrick Bray (Playwright, "Goodnight Lovin' Trail) is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Theatre Studies at Louisiana State University, having earned an MFA in Playwriting at The New School (Actors Studio Drama School). He has written plays under grants from the NEA, Acadiana Center for the Arts, and Acadiana C.A.R.E.S.; and has earned commissions from The Dancing Project in Lafayette, Louisiana; The Louisiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission; Brooke Point Players in Virginia; and the New York Indie Theatre troupes, the (re):Directions Theatre Company and Rachel Klein Productions. He has been a finalist for a playwriting residency at The Hangar Theatre, and has been a member of the Actors Studio's Playwrights/Directors Workshop, a Visiting Artist with Epic Rep. Theatre and O'Neill Studios; and currently serves as the Literary Manager with The Rising Sun Performance Company. His plays Hound and Trickster at the Gate have been published with Next Stage Press; a monologue from Liner Notes will be included in The Best Women's Stage Monologues and Scenes 2010 (Smith and Kraus); and "Goodnight Lovin' Trail" and "On Top" are published in The Best Plays from the Strawberry One-Act Festivalanthologies. John is Equity Membership Candidate, and he is also a member of TCG, ATHE, ASTR, ATDS, and The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. He teaches part time at SUNY New Paltz.

Akia Squitieri (director) is an active member of the flourishing Off-Off/Indie & Off Broadway theatre communities having produced, directed, and performed with numerous NYC companies since 1997. Akia is the Company Manager for the international sensation, The Blue Man Group at the Astor Place Theater. Proudly, she is the Founding Artistic Director of the Rising Sun Performance Company, now in entering its tenth season, and has been involved on all levels with each of its 35+ productions. She is a Board Member of The Paul Butterfield Fund & Society, and Company Manager for The New York Innovative Theatre Awards & Foundation, where she serves on their honorary awards committee as Sub-Committee Chairman and as an At-Large Judge. Past notable credits include working on staff at Horse Trade Theatre Group, serving as General Manager for FRIGID New York’s inaugural year, and returning as Volunteer Coordinator in 2009; she also served as Production Coordinator for nationally acclaimed Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, overseeing the playwrights unit and INSIGHT 13 production series. Akia directed both remounts of “Goodnight Lovin’ Trail” at the Best of Strawberry Fest and the Inaugural Wilmington FRINGE festival. This past summer she was the recipient of the New York Innovative Theatre Awards “Founders Award” for her contributions to the organization. Her most recent production, the critically acclaimed NYC premiere of the Film to Stage Adaptation “The Last Supper” ran for 18 weeks.

Lindsay Beecher (stage manager/swing) This is Lindsay's 3rd Production of Goodnight Lovin' Trail with Rising Sun. Lindsay has been with RSP since 2009, she is on Staff with them as their Production Manager and as an ensemble member. Recently you may have seen her on stage in The Last Supper as Paulie. She was also on stage with RSP in the Twisted One-Acts Series. Lindsay is orginally from Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Adelphi University with a BFA. She would like to thank her cast and crew for always keeping her on her toes and laughing. Lots of love to her family and friends both in NYC and Baltimore.

"A perfect gem found along a dusty trail; Goodnight Lovin’ Trail will leave you remembering the things you’ve lost along that road that stretches out behind you."

"A lot can be said for brevity, though when it comes to writing a play, it’s hard to create a fully developed plot and characters in a short time. John Patrick Bray doesn’t seem to suffer this problem in his 35-minute two-hander called Goodnight Lovin’ Trail...."

"[John Patrick Bray's] characters teeter fluently between casual dialog and lyrical whimsy and feel both earnest and engaging."


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