Lauren Rayner Productions



Friday, March 11 8:30pm

Tickets:$15, students $10
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After moving from readings in Los Angeles to a workshop in New York, the next step in the evolution of this
 multi-­‐media  solo  show  is  the  world  premier  production  in  the  FRIGID  New  York  Festival  2011.  Written   and  directed  by  Lauren  Rayner,  MENDACITY  takes  you  deep  inside  the  mind  of  a  splintering  personality,   peppered  with  dark  humor  and  wrought  with  self-­‐loathing  and  denial  over  sexual  assault.  Join  us  in  a   rebellious  journey  of  fragmented  transcendence  and  the  offering  of  hope.  
“MENDACITY  is  a  kaleidoscope  of  vibrant  voices  with  reflections  constantly  revolving  and   morphing  around  the  issue  sexual  assault.  For  someone  to  take  something  so  personal  and   heartbreaking  and  transform  it  into  something  so  transcendent  and  gut-­‐wrenchingly   honest  is  magnificent,  awe-­‐inspiring  and  inspirational.”  
 -­‐Ashley  Steed  (Writer,  LA  Stage  Times)

  The  premier  production  of  MENDACITY  brings  together  a  team  of  15  creative  collaborators  and  will   integrate  dynamic  multi-­‐media  techniques,  including  mind-­‐blowing  video  projections  by  Jay  Kilachand,  an   original  soundscape  designed  by  Jake  Hull  (of  the  band  Momentary  Prophets)  with  precise  choreography   by  Shiloh  Goodin  and  a  vibrant  lighting  design  by  Tony  Lepore.  The  piece  will  be  performed  by  Ali  Kresch.  

  According  to  the  Rape,  Abuse  &  Incest  National  Network  (RAINN),  about  80%  of  rape  cases  in  the  United   States  are  women  aged  24  and  under,  and  that  statistic  becomes  even  more  staggering  when  we  realize   that  most  sexual  assaults  of  young  women  go  unreported  out  of  fear,  disgust,  shame,  and  denial.  This  is   strictly  a  not-­‐for-­‐profit  production.  Box  office  proceeds  will  directly  benefit  RAINN.


Ali Kresch (performer) Ali is thrilled to be working on this lively and important piece. Favorite NYC shows:
Hearting Linds (Bonnie; Manhattan Theatre Club, dir. Alex Bisker); State of the Union
(Norah/Grace; JCity Theater, dir. Sandy Cockrell); The Mask of Medusa (Medusa;
Roots & Wings Theatrical, dir. Lauren Rayner), Love/Money: a Recession Rock
Musical (Sarah; NYC Fringe 2009, dir. Aaron Gensler), The Girls Play (Laurie; EndTimes
Productions Award for Best Actress, dir. Sydney Galla). Favorite Regional Roles: Noises
Off (Brooke), Rumors (Cassie), Triumph of Love (Corine), How to Succeed (Smitty),
Playing for Time (Marianne), As You Like It (Phebe). BFA Acting / BA English from
the University of Michigan.


Lauren Rayner is a New York and Los Angeles based producer, director, and playwright. Recent producing/directing credits include, OFF-OFF-BROADWAY: Jesse Zaritt’s BINDING (as Producing Associate, prod. Theatre C / terraNOVA Collective; Winner of 3 NY Innovative Theatre Awards), One Arm and A Leg (dir. Calla Videt; HERE Arts Center & Theater for the New City); Sleeping with Strangers (prod. Nylon Fusion Collective); The Mask of Medusa (in Central Park; ‘Thumbs Up Pick’ on TheaterOnline); No Nursery Rhymes Please, Don’t Eat the Yellow Picasso, and What is Gained : a muse on consequence (prod. Roots and Wings Theatrical); The Last Good Moment of Lily Baker (NY premier, Bridge Theatre; dir. Brooke Speelman); LOS ANGELES: Beirut, King Lear (an all female production), One for the Road/A Kind of Alaska/Ashes to Ashes/New World Order, Catholic School Girls, Mitzi's Abortion; ORIGINAL PLAYS: Mendacity (prod. Roots and Wings Theatrical, NYC; Women’s Theatre Organization, LA), Level 14, Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously (reading at Lark Play Development Center), and Disembodied Voices all mounted in LA. Currently, she is a Producing Associate and General Manager of Theatre C, a new company led by Carlos Armesto and an Associate Producer with VoiceChair Productions/Erich Jungwirth. She has worked at the Cherry Lane Theatre, The Play Company, the Women’s Expressive Theatre, the Lark Play Development Center, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, and at Center Theatre Group in the Executive Offices under Artistic Director, Michael Ritchie. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California (BA, Theatre and Education). Lauren is proud to be a fiscally sponsored artist of Fractured Atlas. See the entire creative team for MENDACITY at


Shiloh Goodin (choreographer) is a NYC-based artist, focusing on choreography, performance, and using art to work with kids in need. Shiloh spent the summer in Southern India, where she taught leadership through dance to leprosy-affected youth. Upon returning she created a pas de duex about the relationship between the American and Indian cultures, contrasting and blending both styles of dance, presented at St Lukes Theatre. One of her favorite dance projects this year was leading 200 professional dancers in a live “spontaneous” dance event in Times Square called Poetic Social Mission, sponsored by Guy La Liberte. This year, Shiloh also created a pas de duex for singer/songwriter Natekid for his concert “Jafunk Live.” As a performer, she spent last year in Japan working as an aerialist, and has performed all over the country in theatre, most noteably in the national tour of Camelot. With a broad range of experiences in several mediums on both coasts, she is enjoying creating her own work in collaboration with directors and other creatives. Shiloh’s upcoming work will be choreographing and collaborating on a dynamic multimedia solo show for the FRIGID Festival NYC. She earned her Bachelors in Theatre at University of Southern California. Member AEA.


Rachel Kerry (producer) is an up-and-coming stage director, writer, actor, and multimedia designer. Last fall she staged a 175 person dance in Times Square for Guy Laliberte’s Moving Stars and Earth for Water Benefit Concert. She worked closely with Choreographer Sean Roschman, Cirque du Soleil Creative Director Fernand Rainville and Los Angeles-based production company Control Room to create a performance that was covered by the Associated Press and seen globally. For her work with the multimedia theatre project, Seven Fragments, she received over $12,000 in academic awards as well as the highest accolade given to undergraduates by the institution, the USC Discovery Scholarship Award. She has also she studied at New York University’s Playwrights Horizon Theatre School and The National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia. Kerry graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in theatre and recognition as a Multimedia Literacy Scholar.


Benjamin Mack (producer) is a creative consultant specializing in music, film, and video production based out of New York. Some of his recent music production credits include “A2 + B2 = C2”, “PwNiN Halo”, “Let Me Take A Pikachu”, “Entourage Dreamin” (Killa Dem Softly by Jay Kila). “Sellout”, “Private School Anthem”, “Wonder Emporium”, “BHC”, and “Nintendo” (Kila Bros. Vol. 1 by KilaBros). Recent video productions include, “Bad Lunetenant: Port of Call Yosemite” and “Dragonball G”, (RedLabelFilms dir by RedLabelFilms), “Mexican Party Wrestling Night” (sourpatchKID dir. Tarun Hansen) and “Friday Night Frights” (dir. by sourpatchKID). Since 2007 he has been a co-producer for RedLabelFilms production company based in Palo Alto. Currently, he is working in finance while majoring in Media Studies at Hunter College in New York.

"Compassion, passion, vulnerability, openness, and intensity: here, Mendacity takes its cue. "

"...the language feels like strong slam poetry, connecting on a rhythmic level as much as in its content, and really takes you inside a mind frightened by its own excesses and perseverations."


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"I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a solid production with great movement."


"Courageous and tight!"

"Amazing. Ali Kresch is hilarious, and a special talent. Literally, one of a kind."