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Blowout is an evolving theatrical community dedicated to fostering new works, enriching and entertaining its audience through quality productions, and continuing artistic conversations beyond the curtain. Founded by alumni of the College of William and Mary, Blowout Theatre seeks to create work that is grounded in the moment, creating a unique experience through the use of a collaborative ensemble.

Kerry Kastin
Producing Artistic Director

Kerry Kastin, Blowout Theatre Producing Artistic Director and Co-Founder

Producing Artistic Director, Co-Founder

Kerry Kastin attended The College of William and Mary where she majored in theatre and minored in Francophone cultural studies. After graduating she worked as an Artist-in-Residence with the Berkshire Theatre Festival where she taught playwriting and acting in several elementary schools and toured in a children’s show. A founding member of Blowout, Kerry directed its first full-length production, boom.

 

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Emmy Frank
Resident Director

Emmy Frank

Resident Director

Emmy Frank  has directed Children’s Theatre and All Collections for Blowout. She has also served as Assistant Director for James Lapine on Act One (Vineyard Arts Project), Merrily We Roll Along (Encores!/NY City Center), Little Miss Sunshine (La Jolla Playhouse), and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing (Lincoln Center). Emmy made her Broadway debut as a PA on Sondheim on Sondheim (Roundabout Theatre Company). Other favorite directing credits include GHOSTS (Classic Play Reading Series), How I Learned to Drive (Strasberg Institute), and Seussical (Cape Rep Theatre). Emmy received her BFA in Directing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Playwrights Horizons Theater School.

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Matt Lenzi
Co-Founder

Matt LenziCo-Founder

Originally from Long Island, NY, Matt went to the College of William and Mary where he double majored in Math and Theatre. Upon graduating he moved to New York to attend conservatory and has been acting, directing, and writing in NY ever since. His parents are very proud of him, so take him while you can, ladies!

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Peter Andre
Co-Founder

Co-Founder

Peter Andre is a writer living in the Bronx, NY, and a co-founder of Blowout Theatre. His plays have been produced in Chicago and New York City. He recently published his first book of personal essays, Be a Man: How I Spent One Year Drinking, Shaving, Farming, and Fathering My Way Toward Masculinity. @PeterJAndre on Twitter.

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Alice Johnson
Performer

Alice Johnson

Performer

Alice studied English Literature and Theater at Fordham University and The London Dramatic Academy. Since graduating she has continued to study with Primary Stages while performing with various independent theater companies throughout New York City. Recent work has included Storytelling events such as TELL-A-THON with Blowout Theater Company, and new works such as Hope (Alice) and 4Play (Abbie) with Trip. She currently resides in Brooklyn and continues to spend her time in the pursuit of roles that fall somewhere on the spectrum between sparking her curiosity and completely terrifying her.

For more information about Alice, or to contact her, check out her page here.

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Aaron Matteson
Performer

Aaron Matteson

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Aaron is an actor and writer. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence’s Theatre Program as well as an alum of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprenticeship, recently he has performed in Brooklyn Labyrinth as The Minotaur and Richard II as Bolingbroke, as well as in the web series The Outs.

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Allison Haglund
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Allison HaglundPerformer

Allison is thrilled to be working on Invasive Species! An alumna of Florida State University, Allison made her NYC stage debut in “Parked” (Manhattan Rep Theatre) and recently returned to New York after spending her summer as an acting apprentice at Williamstown Theatre Festival. She would like to thank her support system, both near and far, for keeping her sane.

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Anthony Perullo
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Anthony PerulloPerformer

Anthony Perullo is a NYC actor. He recently returned from Los Angeles and is just happy to be working with a terrific creative team on a new play.

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Aamira Martinez
Performer

Aamira MartinezPerformer

Theatre: Be a Good Little Widow (The Wild Project): Glockenspiel (reading at Atlantic Stage 2); DREAMers (The Civilians); Glowing Women, Shayleigh in a Bottle, & Under Ground (Modern-Day Griot Theater Company); Bombs (World Premiere at Manhattan Repertory Theatre); Zapata! Tiger of Morelos (Inwood Shakespeare Festival), Magdalena’s Crossing (Negro Ensemble); Arms and the Man, This is Our Youth (Arena Repertory).

Film/TV: Bettor’s Remorse; Siodmak; S.E.A.L.S.: Domestic Warfare; Dates from Hell: A Kiss Before Dying (guest star).

Graduate of the William Esper Studio Two Year Acting Program. www.aamiramartinez.com.

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Aaron Ethan Green has designed scenery for Target Margin Theater, the 2013 and 2014 Columbia University MFA Playwriting Theses, The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, HERE Arts, La MaMa, The Bushwick Starr, and the Flea Theater, among others. Aaron is a lead artist in the 2015 Target Margin Lab, which will consist entirely of work by Gertrude Stein. www.aaronethangreen.com

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Adam Wade
Performer

Adam Wade

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Adam Wade is originally from New Hampshire. He’s an 18-time StorySLAM winner and 2-time GrandSLAM Champion at The Moth. He’s been featured in the New York Times and Time Out New York; and he has had been heard on the radio telling stories on The Moth Radio Hour and All Things Considered. For the past year, Adam has been working on an original series of animated shorts called Kittycats as People. The first one, Gonzo, was featured on NYMAG.COM. He’s currently a web producer at UNICEF. You can find him online at adamwade.com.

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Alex Decaneas
Production

Alex Decaneas

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Alex Decaneas has directed a number of works for both film and the stage, ranging from sketch comedy to classical theater. He is a current improvisation instructor at Gotham City Improv, as well as a member of many of their house teams, including the award winning Off the Top of Our Heads. He also coaches improv and sketch teams. His work has been highlighted at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and Boston Improv Festival, and can be seen regularly throughout NYC. Some performance credits include: Twelfth Night, The Tempest (at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Hard Times, Bus Stop, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For more, follow him on Twitter, @thedeek or check out his website.

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Andrew Whitmire
Performer

Andrew Whitmire

Performer

Andrew is a Philadelphia-based storyteller who has performed in the Tell Me a Story series as well as Fibber. During the day, Andrew works for an extraordinary non-profit called Destination Imagination, where he gets to develop K-12 curriculum based in creativity, teamwork, and problem solving. Andrew has also performed in various improvisational comedy groups include The College of William and Mary’s own Improvisational Theatre.

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Andy Ingalls
Performer

Andy IngallsPerformer

Andy Ingalls is excited to perform in his first Winter Follies! New York: John Honeyman in A Walk in the Woods (dir. Austin Pendleton), Universal Man in Keeping Abreast (dir. Sharone Halevy), Narrator in Alien Sex Comedy (dir. Bryan Hunt), Joe in Mangia! (dir. Elana McKelahan). Regional: Michael in Rum and Vodka(Houston Premiere; Houston Theatre Award),Hairspray and Seussical (dir. Kevin Cahoon),Coast of Utopia (Main Street Theater, 2nd US Production), Farragut North (Regional Premiere) and Hanschen in Spring Awakening(Regional Premiere). Andy would like to thank his parents, sisters and brothers for their immeasurable support.

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Austin Elmore
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Austin ElmorePerformer

Austin Elmore is a longtime actor and occasional javelinier. His third foot was once charged with regicide, but was acquitted due to testimony from his guardian clown. He is currently working on the technology to replace his ocular fluid with Oreo cream filling.

In a parallel universe, Austin Elmore double majored in theatre and biology at the College of William and Mary, and escaped with a BA in theatre. He greatly enjoys any opportunity to work with Blowout Theatre, and would love it if you checked out the podcast Cartoon Schmartoon (available soon for the ears).

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Becca Bernard
Performer

Becca Bernard

Performer

Becca is a professsional idiot who delights in the styles of physical comedy. She is a hospital clown with the organization Lev Leytzan, a teaching artist for TDF and performs with the Pittsburgh based circus the Zany Umbrella Circus. She has a BFA and MFA in theatre performance and pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and has studied Commedia Dell’ Arte, mask performance and clown at the Accademia Dell’ Arte In Italy.

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Blayze Teicher
Production

Blayze TeicherProduction

Blayze is a New York based director and producer specializing in new work development. Favorite directing credits include the world premiere of Alexander Sage Oyen’s A Night Like This, Sean Patrick Monahan’s Camp Fire Story, and is developing new work by Andrew Rincon. She directed upcoming webseries projects Abstract Poverty (Digiranch) and So Ya Wanna Be a Broadway Star? (BroadwayWorld.com) both debuting this fall. She has collaborated with The Public Theater, Primary Stages, The Drama League, Classic Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre, and currently works at Hello Entertainment (A Gentleman’s Guide). Graduate of Florida State University (Theatre/Creative Writing). Many thanks to David, Kerry, and her talented cast!

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Brad Lawrence
Performer

Brad Lawrence

Performer

Brad Lawrence is the host of Best In Show and has also hosted for The Moth and And I Am Not Lying. He has performed to sold out houses everywhere from South By Southwest to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and can regularly be seen contributing to storytelling, stand-up, variety, and burlesque shows throughout New York. He is a also long standing member of The BTK Band, the world’s only improvised storytelling rock band, Bring The Kids. Follow him on twitter.

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Brittney Walker
Co-Founder

bwalker300Co-Founder

Brittney Walker graduated from Eugene Lang: The New School for Liberal Arts after studying at the College of William and Mary. By day, she works at an Innovation Consulting firm and by night, she explores the city looking for new art and new thrills. As an actor she has performed in Mother Courage and her Children (Kattrin), The Tempest (Miranda), The White Devil(Lodovico)and her self-written thesis show, Moonmarked.

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Chet Siegel
Performer

Chet Siegel

Peformer

Chet Siegel is a West Virginia native currently living in Chinatown. She is recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where there are technically no majors, but if there were, she would have a B.A. in Theater and Literature.

She always knew she wanted to be a comedian. Or a ballerina. She studied improvisation with Armando Diaz, Rachel Hamilton, James Eason, Bill Arnett, Piero Procaccini, Joe Wengert, Christian Capozzoli, Joe Bill, and Mark Sutton to name a few. If you just can’t get enough of her with The Boss, you can see her perform with her sketch group, Good Morning, Ladies! or with her other, weirder improv groups,Lizards & Snakes and Lights Out, Shirley!

Chet has also improvised all over NYC and the great country of Canada with the ladies of Elsie Jay and the retired Megawatt team, CRUSH as part of ArsNova’s ANT Fest, Vancouver International Improv Festival, and Toronto’s ProjectProject Combustion Festival.

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Daniel Sherrier
Playwright

Daniel SherrierPlaywright

Daniel Sherrier is a writer based in central Virginia. His short play, Sweet Dreams appeared in Blowout Theatre’s inaugural Night of One-Acts, and his full-length play Super! was produced in Chicago’s Gorilla Tango Theatre. A College of William & Mary graduate with several years of community newspaper experience, Sherrier won the 2006 Chameleon Theatre Circle’s New Play Contest (theatre for youth category), and his screenwriting earned him a slot in the 2011 Taliesin Nexus filmmakers workshop in Los Angeles. He recently launched his e-book series, Earths in Space, which is available at Amazon and other online bookstores. Follow the writer on Facebook and and his blog.

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Christina Pinnell
Production

Christina Pinnell

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Christina is a teaching artist, clown, community organizer and world traveler fighting for women’s rights and the eradication of sex slavery . . . using THEATRE! She recently completed a 15-month fellowship with the human rights agency, International Justice Mission (IJM) in Manila, the Philippines, where she created an advocacy program to help church, civil and government leaders join together to combat human trafficking. Ms. Pinnell also piloted a series of theatre and storytelling workshops for rescued survivors of sex trafficking, training survivors to use their personal experiences to advocate for the nearly 2 million children enslaved by the commercial sex industry worldwide. Previously, she worked with Bond Street Theatre Coalition to establish theatre based programming for victims of sexual abuse in Haiti and Guatemala. She has B.A. in Theatre from the College of William and Mary and is an alumna of the Academia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.

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Christine Gentry
Performer

Christine Gentry

Performer

Christine Gentry joins BBQ on the short list of good things to come out of Texas. A high school English teacher at heart, she is currently a Ph.D. candidate and adjunct instructor at Columbia University. In what little spare time she has, Christine likes to write short stories and perform at oral storytelling shows around the city. Her work has been published in Word Riot, Flashquake, and Printer’s Devil Review magazines, and her oral stories have been featured on the Story Collider, RISK, and This American Life podcasts. She is currently working on a memoir project about her family. You can find her online at www.christinegentry.net.

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Christopher Norwood
Performer

Christopher NorwoodPerformer

Christopher Norwood graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has spent the past 8 years working in NYC’s indie theater community and co-founded the classical theater company Tale Told Productions in 2012. Favorite roles include Cassius in Julius Caesar and Henry Harry in Brilliant Traces. Chris is also a singer/songwriter with his first professional album slated to debut late this year.

Special thank you to Maddy and Nastasia. You know why.

Check out his website at christophernorwood.net

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Claudia Toth
Performer

Claudia TothPerformer

Claudia Toth received a degree in Psychology from Fairfield University, so of course, she is now working as a stage manager. Previous stage management credits include: Nuts (Ridgefield Theater Barn), The Underpants (Town Players of Newtown), and Radiance (Axial Theatre). Previous lighting design credits include:Trio(Fairfield University), I, Nixon (Ridgefield Theater Barn), All My Sons (Ridgefield Theater Barn) and The Little Dog Laughed (Town Players of Newtown).

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Cliff Miller
Performer

Cliff Miller

Performer

Cliff Miller most recently appeared in Allan Knee’s The Last Seder at the WorkShop Theater where he is member. He has worked regionally at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Henry IV, Part One); the Dallas Theater Center (The Tempest, Henry IV, Death of a Salesman); Stageworks/Hudson (Play by Play); the Austin Playhouse (A Texas Romance, House and Garden) and with the Gage Players in NYC. He received his MFA from SMU in Dallas, TX.

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David Haan
Playwright

David HaanPlaywright

Bio: David Haan is a gargantuan quasi-Canadian playwright and competitive speller. His plays range from one line (“Quickly! To The Dirigible!”, first performed at Spoke The Hub in 2010) to 42-part sagas (“The President Plays”, first performed in Ars Nova’s ANT Fest 2013) and are all epic regardless of size. He is a regular contributor to Amios Theater Company’s monthly new play program, “SHOTZ”, where you can often find him on the first Monday of the month. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University (2006), and the most difficult word he has spelled in competition is “uintjie” (2012).

Website: tothedirigible.com

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David Lawson
Playwright

David LawsonPlaywright

David Lawson’s plays have been produced at the Theater for the New City, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, The Brick Theater, IRT Theatre, UNDER St. Marks Theatre, the Downtown Urban Theater Festival, the Fourth Arts Block Festival @ La Mama ETC, Love Creek Theatre, Blowout Theatre Company, Hyper Aware Theatre Company, The Seoul Players (South Korea), Alive Theatre (CA), n.u.f.a.n. ensemble (Chicago), Secret Room Theatre (Philly), SoLow Festival (Philly), Stratford Summer Theatre Festival (CT) and Boca Raton Theatre Guild (FL) among others. Lawson holds a Bachelor of Arts Theatre from Emerson College (MA) and studied at the O’Neill National Theater Institute (CT). Check out David’s website.

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Diana Spechler
Performer

Diana Spechler

Performer

Diana Spechler is the author of two novels, Who by Fire and Skinny, and of stories in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, GQ,Esquire, New York magazine, and elsewhere. She is also a six-time Moth StorySLAM winner who has been featured on the Moth podcast and NPR. Learn more at www.dianaspechler.com.

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Debby Brand
Performer

Debby BrandPerformer

Theater credits: SAFE (Bleecker Street Theater) Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (Theater 54), Play Nice (59E59), One Man’s Journal (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), Funeral! (Times Square Performing Arts Center), Brownstone Breakdown (Theater for the New City), Green River (The New School). TV Credits: My Weird School (PBS Pilot), The Non-Adventures of Safety Queen (Nickelodeon); The Outward Bound Series (Discovery Kids), Saturday Night Live (NBC). Books on Tape: The Magic School Bus Series.

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Dianne Diep
Performer

Dianne DiepPerformer

Dianne is a character actress and enjoys playing the mad comedies called life. She is the lonely mother aching for her soulmate. She is the funny single woman extricating herself from an awkward first date. She is a the best friend with a painfully awful opinion. She is the mother cooly assessing the disaster before her.

Professionally trained and a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse, Dianne enjoys collaborating with directors, fellow actors and writers from humble grassroots theatre to a film and television shoot. To see the various roles she has played, please visit her website:

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E.J. An
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E.J. AnPerformer

Theatre credits include In Transit with Modern Day Griot; The Working Dead and Cereal with New Perspectives Theatre; Silencing Ning at Emerging Artist Theatre; The Dueling Princess at Estrogenius Festival; and Edward II with The Queens Company. Some TV/Film credits include Law & Order: SVU and The Last Piece, which recently won the “Trailblazer” Award at the Second Annual Crystal Ship Film Maker 2014 Mini Indie Fest. www.ejanonline.com

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In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm (Helen, 2014)

 

Ed Gavagan
Performer

Ed Gavagan

Performer

Ed Gavagan has been telling stories on-stage since 2009, performing for the Moth in StorySlams, MainStage events, the Moth Story Hour on NPR and the Moth podcast. By day, he is the owner of PraxisNYC a design/build firm creating homes and furniture for fancy people and humble folk the world over. Ed gave a TED talk at TEDMed2012 in Washington, DC. He lives in NYC with his wife and daughter.

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Elaine Stenson
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Elaine StensonPerformer

Elaine is an NYC based actor. A graduate from the University of Dallas with a BA in Drama (2011) as well as an alumna from the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Acting Apprenticeship Program (2011). She recently appeared as Pam in the staged reading of The Beast In My Pants. Other credits include: Playboy of the Western World and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Richard II (Richard) and Taming of the Shrew with The Gage Players, Jean in the staged reading of David’s Redhaired Death, Knights Of the Square Table (American Theater of Actors), Manhattan Skyline (Manhattan Repertory Theater), and As You Like It (Portsmouth Music and Arts Center)

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Eli Thacker Taylor
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Eli Thacker Taylor

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Eli Taylor is a director/educator currently residing in Brooklyn. Having directed a staged reading of Jona Tarlin‘s, Do You Have a Backup?, last fall, he is excited to be able to collaborate with Tarlin for a second time. He is also in the process of directing Charlie Gershman’s one-act, Shooting Abe, for the Frigid Festival having directed Gershman’s full-length, Milk for Mrs. Stone, for the NYC Fringe Festival this past summer. Previous directing projects include: Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Moliere’s A Doctor in Spite of Himself in Prospect Park, and The Private Ear Radio Hour, which performed live radio plays at the Brooklyn Lyceum. He has assisted directors at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Profile Theatre (Portland, OR). He is currently a member of The Gage Players, guitarist/vocalist for the acoustic folk-rock band, Ibex and is a proud alumnus of Sarah Lawrence College.

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Gennie Neuman is a set designer and fine artist based in the NY/NJ area. She graduated with a BFA in Painting from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She graduated from Mason Gross School or the Arts in 2012 with an MFA in set design where you may have seen her designs for Fen, Marat/Sade, or Much ado About Nothing. Recently, she designed Oliver! And Way Out West for Berkshire Theatre Group.

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Harry Barandes
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Harry BarandesPerformer

Harry is a New York-born actor, director, and teacher. A former child actor, you might remember him as the scrawny little kid looking at his reflection in the “Milk: It does a body good” ad campaign.

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Heather Meagher
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Heather MeagherPerformer

Heather Meagher was thrilled to work on Blowout Theatre’s production of boom (Barbara. Other favorite roles include Megan in Forbidden Office (Turnstyle Theatre), Sister James in Doubt (A Small Company in America), Susan in Praying Small (Love Creek), Susan in Company (Parkside Players), Catherine in Proof (Rockaway Theatre Company), Anne in A Little Night Music (St. Jean’s Players and Paper Moon Players), Raina in Arms and the Man (Foolish Mortals Productions). Heather is a member of the Annie Sailer Dance Company and is also an aerialist trained in Corde Lisse and Silks. Heather is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Atlantic Theatre Company School. You can check out more of Heather’s work at her website.

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  • boom (Barbara, 2011)

Ivy Elrod
Performer

Ivy ElrodPerformer

Ivy Elrod is an actress, dancer, writer, mother. She is a founding member of the NYC theater company PARTIAL COMFORT PRODUCTIONS. She holds a BA from Columbia University in English Literature and Playwriting, and is the author of the full length plays Mestiza and The Sham, in addition to several one-acts. She is also a published poet and essayist. Training: Alvin Ailey, William Esper Studio, Maggie Flanigan, Public Theater Shakespeare Lab. Ivy was once a Radio City Rockette and hopes you’ll read the book she’s writing about it. She currently dances with The Stanley Love Performance Group, and recently starred in the feature film Wallabout due out in 2013.

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J.V. Nable
Information Tech Manager

J.V. NableInformation Technology Manager

J.V. attended the University of Virginia, where he majored in engineering. He has managed multiple websites and is absolutely thrilled to be involved with Blowout!

Jillian Jacobs
Performer

Jillian JacobsPerformer

Jillian Jacobs is thrilled to be a part of the Blowout Theatre company. She originated the role of Tara in “Reunion” as a part of Blowout’s inaugural performance.She’s been involved with FACT’s Instant Theatre performances as well as performing in their last year’s season finally production of “Treasures” as Rufus MaCaw. She thanks her lovely family, friends and the wonderful people she’s had the opportunity of working with and last, but definitely not least, she thanks her husband for being her favorite audience member of all time.

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J. Robert Coppola
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J. Robert CoppolaProduction

J. Robert Coppola is a recognized Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, a teaching assistant at NYUTisch, and Founder and Captain of Big Damn Heroes Fight Studio here in NYC. He has arranged and choreographed fights with many groups all over New York City, including The Amoralists and the 95 Runagates, and is the resident fight director of the Blood Brothers presents series at The Brick Theater as well as a freelance technician and stage manager. Previous Roles include The Orderly (Blood Brothers presents: Bedlam Nightmares), Peter (Romeo & Juliet), Brother Dementus, Sir Walter Raleigh, Master Robert Cecil and Sir Francis Drake (NY Renaissance Faire), The Headless Horseman/Fight Choreography (Horseman’s Hollow), Matt (The Fantasticks), Noodler/Fight Choreographer (Peter Pan), Demetrius (Titus Andronicus).

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John Lavigne
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John LavigneProduction

John has been studying and practicing theatre for nearly 20 years and has loved every minute of it. During his time in the theatre, he has had the fortune of playing both on the stage and behind it and over the last few years has honed and focused on his skills as a designer and carpenter and technician. John moved to New York City in the spring of 2007 with the hopes of continuing his education. In the fall of that year, he enrolled in classes at Borough of Manhattan Community College and by the spring of 2012, had earned an M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University. He hopes to one day share his passion for theatre arts with students in his own classroom. Past scenic and lighting design credits include: Proof, Rumors, Polaroid Stories, Beyond Therapy, Guys and Dolls, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Jona Tarlin
Playwright

Jona Tarlin

Playwright

Jona Tarlin was raised in Silicon Valley. His newest play, Do You Have a Backup? was read as part of the Theatre for the New Economy’s Three Dollar Bill reading series. His play, In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm was read as part of Lunar Energy Productions MOONSHINE reading series. His play, Offal was a semi-finalist for ESPA* Drills at Primary Stages. His monologue Chocolate Lava Cake was performed as part of the Soul Food Monologue series for Forward Theatre Co. in Madison, WI. His short play Beer with Bigfoot was performed at the Magnet Theater’s You Heard It Here First festival and Pace University’s Fall Directing Festival, 2010. His short play I Can Has Play was performed at the inaugural ESPA* Detention at Jimmys no. 43. His play Mamas, Don’t Let Your CFOs Grow Up To Be Cowboys was performed at Sarah Lawrence College, where he graduated with a BA in Theater and the Lipkin Prize for Playwriting.

Check out Jona’s website!

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Julia Kosanovich
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Julia KosanovichProduction

Julia graduated from Florida State University with an MFA in costume design in 2011. Her most recent design credits include Pinocchio at the Berkshire Theatre Group in Massachusetts as well as Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machineand The Emperor’s New Clothes at Seaside Repertory Theatre in Florida. Currently she works at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey as the Assistant Costume Shop Manager. To see any of her work please visit her website.

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Julia Steele Allen
Performer

Julia Steele Allen

Performer

Julia Steele Allen is a writer, actor, and musician born and raised in NYC. She has written and performed 7 different one-woman shows, all featuring original songs, and has performed them in theaters and festivals acrossthe country. Her rock-theater show A Boy Called Noise won the “Best Short Play Award” at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival in NYC in 2009, and she won the “Best New Performer Award” (2006) and the “Best Experimental Performance Award” (2010) at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. She is part of the two-person queer country band: My Gay Banjo, and is currently completing a science fiction trilogy and producing a documentary film.
More info at:
www.juliasteeleallen.com
www.mygaybanjo.com
www.decadeoffire.com

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Justin Mohr
Performer

Justin MohrPerformer

Justin is thrilled to be making his New York debut with Blowout Theater. He graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Theater Arts. Justin’s favorite productions include: Lend me a Tenor (Max), Leading Ladies(Jack Gable), Noises Off (Gary Lejeune),Barefoot in the Park (Paul Bratter), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare(Abridged) (Himself), and The House of Yes(Marty). He has worked on a few films in the Pittsburgh area. Most notably, Justin was Jake Gyllenhaal’s stand-in and body double for Love and Other Drugs. Sadly, only he can tell you what scenes he was in. Justin can also be seen on the webseries: The Baristas as Chase. He would like to thank the very talented cast and crew for all of their hard work. Special thanks to friends and family for all their support.

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Kate Greathead
Performer

Kate Greathead

Performer

Kate Greathead’s illustrious life in the spotlight began in first grade, when she was chosen as a subject in Michael Apted’s documentary, The Up Series in America, which profiles the lives of 7-year-olds, and revisits them every seven years for the rest of their lives. The series was cancelled due to poor ratings, but Kate has continued to share her life story with the public through a variety of forums, including The Moth. She lives in Park Slope with 5 roommates where she is at work on a novel.

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Katelin Lee
Co-Founder

Katelin LeeCo-Founder

Katelin Lee has a masters degree from NYU in Costume History. Her most recent design work includes boom for Blowout Theatre, The Bobbed-Haired Bandit at the N.Y. Fringe Festival, Santa’s Helper at the D.C. Fringe Festival and The Secret Garden with Sinfonicron Light Opera Company. She is also a stage makeup designer, having worked on productions of All’s Well That Ends Well, The Seagull, Mother Courage and Her Children, and Pirates of Penzance.

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Kathryn McConnell
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Kathryn McConnellProduction

Kathryn McConnell is a director, dramaturg, producer, and a great big Blowout fan! All-time favorite credits include: Pop Dies in Vegas, The Tragedie of Cardenio, Feedback, Récit, Cary’s Chainstore Massacre, The God Particle, For Better or Worse, The Last Five Years, The Crucible, and A Beautiful Circle of Love and Acceptance. She is a co-founder of Squeaky Bicycle Productions. Check her out at kathrynamcconnell.com.

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Kristine Schlachter
Production

Kristine SchlachterProduction

Recent Productions: Behind Closed Doors (NYFRINGE 2014), The Magic Flute (Opera Saratoga), Allegro, Billy Witch, The Secret Garden (APAC), Within Arm’s Reach (Going to Tahiti Productions), Philosophy for Gangsters (Rotten Apple Productions), It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Harbor Lights Theatre Company), Cyrano De Bergerac, Caucasian Chalk Circle (Waterwell Drama Program at PPAS), The Great Society (York Shakespeare Compnay), Swiss Family Robinson (NYMF 2013), Bumbug, Bumbug Unplugged (LAUGHistan), The 39 Steps (Mountain Playhouse). BFA Syracuse University. Special thanks to my family for all your support.

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Leah Dietrich
Performer

Leah DietrichPerformer

Leah Dietrich: Reunion and Break, Revisit, Revise (Blowout Theatre) NY credits include: One Minute Play Festival (Primary Stages, dir. Jackson Gay), The Forgotten (Emursive/McKittrick Hotel) Taming of the Shrew (The Secret Theatre), Utah (Gene Frankel Theatre), Third (Kraine). Regional: The Sugar Syndrome, Wasp, The War in the Garden (Williamstown); Cinderella (Windy City Players. Studied at Circle in the Square Theater, ESPA at Primary Stages, and Florida State University.

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Kyle Metzger

Kyle MetzgerProduction

Kyle is a director and actor, the Artistic Director of The Glass Eye, and a teaching artist. He primarily develops and directs new plays, and devised work. From Dec 2012 to Jan 2014, Kyle served as Producing Artistic Director of FRESH PRODUCE’d NYC, a monthly new play workshop.

Recent directing projects include work at the Signature, terraNOVA Collective, Culture Project, Tenement Street Workshop, Theatre Row, New Georges, Ugly Rhino, Flying Carpet, Caps Lock Theatre, Perchance to Dream, and Play on Words Productions.

Kyle has performed onstage with FringeNYC, terraNOVA Collective, Gallery Players, Theatre Row, Hartford Stage, Goodspeed, and Ivoryton Playhouse.

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Lindsey Austen
Performer

Lindsey AustenPerformer

Recent performances include Encounters: The La Ronde Project with Kid Brooklyn Productions; Ruth and Naomi with Columbia Stages, director Kyle Metzger; FullStop Collective’s Foreplays 2013, Foreplays 2011 and Outfoxed; Caps Lock Theatre’s Mrs. Mayfield’s 5th Grade Class of ’93 Twenty-Year Reunion, Magic Trick (2012 NY Fringe) and The Foreplay Play (NYIT 2012 Outstanding Original Script/Premiere Production Nominee) by playwright/producer Mariah MacCarthy. Graduate of National Theater Institute and Duke University. Lindsey will appear in a remounted site-specific production of Mrs. Mayfield this January.

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Lisa Bernier
Playwright, Performer

Lisa BernierPlaywright, Performer

Lisa Bernier is a playwright and freelance blogger living and working in NYC. She has had short plays produced by John Chatterton, the American Globe Theater, and Gi360 at Brooklyn College. She has a background in comedy, having trained at Gotham City Improv as an improviser. She regularly plays with the GCI house team, and is a writer and actor in their house sketch team, Don’t Trust the Dog. She also blogs for various websites, including Den of Geek, The Huffington Post Blog, and Sparklife and The MindHut. You can also find her scribbling non sequiturs on the blog she runs, wordygeekgirls.com.

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Liz Blessing
Production

Liz BlessingProduction

Liz is the Technical Director at the Flea Theater in downtown Manhattan. She occasionally makes scene, light and sound designs for her friends.

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Marla Yost
Performer

Marla Yost

Performer

Marla Yost: select New York theater credits: The Love Talker (New York Fringe Festival), Flat Tire Moon (Wings Theater, with Ken Jennings), We Declare You A Terrorist (Here Arts Café), A Comedy of Errors (One Shot Productions), One-Minute Play Fest (The Brick), Amazons in Chains (Todo con Nada), Plan 9 From Outer Space (Gemini CollisionWorks), Bitch Macbeth (DMT at the Kraine Theatre); PlayMakers Repertory Company: The Front Page, Caesar & Cleopatra, Richard II. MFA: PlayMakers Repertory Company/UNC-Chapel Hill, BA: Vassar College. www.marlayostnyc.com

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Meaghan Cross
Production

Meaghan CrossProduction

A New York based actor and designer, Meaghan is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and a founding member of The Bent Quill Players.  She is an accomplished singer, actor and costume designer with extensive training and experience. Meaghan just completed the costume design for Wombat Theatre Co’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This past May, Meaghan graduated from NYU-Steinhardt with her Masters Degree in Educational Theatre. She is currently working as an educator with The Leadership Program, which empowers urban youth through the arts. This is Meaghan’s first time working with Blowout and is honored to be able to work with such a talented and hardworking group of people!

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Melissa Navia
Performer

Melissa NaviaPerformer

Melissa’s acting career began when she was unexpectedly cast as Jesus in her middle school’s presentation of the Passion Play. She knew then she was in for an interesting ride and eclectic resume. For the past three years, Melissa has pursued film and on-camera work, while studying at T. Schreiber, Penny Templeton Studio, The Actor’s Green Room, and The PIT. She is excited—heck, she’s downright giddy!—to return to the stage in Blowout Theatre’s production of All Collections. Also a writer (of many things), extreme race enthusiast, and sometimes banjo player, Melissa is always game for a challenge, especially if it arms her with a story worth telling. For more about what she does and why she does it, check out her website.

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Michael Ryan Neely
Performer

Michael Ryan Neely

Performer

Michael Ryan Neely is originally from Austin, Tx. Most recently he was seen playing Mr. Darcy in Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s Pride and Prejudice where he was lauded as being an ‘exceptionally talented actor’ (DC Metro Arts), ‘multi-faceted’ (Baltimore Sun) and ‘spectacular’ (Bay Weekly). Other credits include Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night (Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe, London), House For Sale (Directed by Daniel Fish), Scarecrow (Directed by Kevin Kittle) and more. He can also be seen on the Travel Channel’s Monumental Mysteries, as well as occasionally directing his own work, most recently a devised production of Dante’s Inferno. In his spare time he goes by the name Ryan.

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Molly Gray
Performer

Molly Gray

Performer

Molly Gray is a Manhattan-based film and theatre actor originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Past credits include: Everywhere Theatre Group’s Flying Snakes in D! at the Brick Theatre and at the New Ohio Theatre as part of their IceBreakers FestivalMedea at the Ancient Drama FestivalLife is Short at the 45th Street Theatre, and part of the touring cast of Tony ‘N Tina’s Wedding. Recently she starred in an episode of Fatal Encounters for Discover Channel I.D. and was featured in an episode of the HBO series Girls.

Check out Molly’s website!

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Nick Giedris
Performer, Playwright

Nick Giedris

Performer, Playwright

Nick has previously worked with Blowout Theatre Company productions, both on stage and as a playwright. Last year Nick was a semi-finalist for Juilliard’s Playwrights Program, and has six full-length plays (including two musical comedy books) currently looking for a home. He lives in New York City.

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Nuah Ozryel
Performer

Nuah OzryelPerformer

Past credits include: Harry Harrington in Shadowlands (Robert Moss Theatre). Dogberry in Mucho Ado Abou Nothing (Sargent Theatre) at the American Theatre of Actors, Jules in boom (Algonquin Seaport Theatre) for the Blowout Theatre Company, Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet (Shell Theatre) for the Isle of Shoals Productions Inc. Jimmy/Paulie in Home (Theatre for the New City), Professor Caccavone/The Ringmaster in Cho H Cho (PS 122) and CSV Flamboyan Theatre for Mabou Mines and One-Eighth Theatre Co., Armado in Love’s Labor’s Lost (Columbia University), Tuzenbach in Three Sisters (Columbia University), Comic Boy inI Heart Future at the Piccolo Teatro (Milan), Hermann in The Robbers (Toronto), Soldier in Blasted (CBC) and Mr Korrick in Moments Before (Lithium Productions). Holds a BA in Theatre from The Univeristy of Toronto and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University.

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  • boom (Jules, 2011)

Production

Production

Patience Haskell is very excited to be working with Blowout Theatre Company and their great team. Lighting Design credits include Linus and Alora, for The Single Carrot Theatre Company, Oliver, for the Berkshire Theatre Festival. She has served as an electrician for theatres including Center Stage, Baltimore, MD, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA, and The Adirondack Theatre Festival, Glens Falls, NY. In 2007 Patience was the lighting design intern for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where she assisted many talented lighting designers. Patience holds a B.A. in technical theatre from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY.

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Priscilla McEver
Performer

Priscilla McEverPerformer

Priscilla is an actor living in Brooklyn, NY, working primarily in film and web. Her starring roles have included the feature films Waterhole Cove, Video Diary of a Lost Girl, and Calvary! Parade! Recently, she produced, directed, and starred in a short parody of the BBC series Sherlock, now available on YouTube “Herlock: A Sherlock Parody.”

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Quinton Loder
Performer

Quinton LoderPerformer

Quinton Loder has been performing improvised theater for 18 years, the last 6 years with The Boss at The Magnet Theater. His hiatus from scripted work comes to an end with this show and he is very excited to work with friends Jona, Kerry, and Chet. Quinton has done many shows in his hometown of Topeka, Kansas. Favorite shows being The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Oleanna, andHow To Succeed... Quinton invites you to see more of them (and him) at The Magnet Theater!

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Robert Nagy
Performer

Robert Nagy

Performer

As a Canadian who grew up in the South and went to college in Chicago, Robert is a mixed-bag of North American regionalism, perfect for the zaniness of NYC. He is super excited to be a part of the Blowout Theatre Company. A stage/film actor and improviser, Robert has trained at The Magnet Theater, UCB, HB Studio and The Barrow Group.  Outside of acting, in his spare time, Robert likes to nerd-it-up and tinker with skyscraper design. He currently lives in a small Manhattan 6th-floor-walk-up with his cat (who is annoying) and his lovely wife (who is not annoying…most of the time).

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Veronique Hurley
Performer

Veronique HurleyPerformer

Veronique Hurley is thrilled to be working with Blowout Theatre Company. She was recently seen this summer in Cape May Stages Moon Over Buffalo. Off Off Broadway Theatre Credits include: Hunthing and Gathering (The Glass Eye), One Eye Gone (Vacant Lot Theatre), Pilgrims of the Night (Night Wind Productions), Regional Credits Include: Noises Off, To Kill A Mockingbird, Christmas Carol, (The Hartford Stage Company) Romantic Fools, The Straight Marriage Plays, (Cape May Stage), Around the World in 80 Days (won best ensemble, Broadwayworld.com), Charlottes Web (Playhouse on Park). Veronique would like to thank Kerry Kastin and Kyle Metzger for this opportunity. Check out Veronieuqe’s website.

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Zachary Zimbler
Performer

Zachary ZimblerPerformer

Zachary Zimbler is a native New Yorker and has been performing on stage and screen since 2003. A founding member of the sketch comedy group Boy Friends!, Zack writes, directs and performs original live and digital content and is currently developing several long form concepts. Later this spring Zack can be seen in the comedy web series 9 Planets from Outer Space in which he plays the British, Moon-faced butler to the leader of the galaxy. Recent New York theater credits include Herald in The Zeal of the Zealot (A Festival of Fools) and Paul in The Ash Girl (Pipeline Theater Company). He holds degrees in Theater and Linguistics from New York University.

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In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm by Jona Tarlin

OuterStage reviews Antarctica

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In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm by Jona Tarlin

NY Theater Now reviews Antarctica

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Excuse Me by Jona Tarlin

Blowout recognized at the Spoke's Winter Follies

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I CAN HAS PLAY by Jona Tarlin

Blowout wins 1st place at the Brick's Winter 10 Minute festival.

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All Collections by Paul Cohen

Audiences rave and give video praise

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Podcast Workshop

Arlington Catholic Herald reviews a Blowout workshop for high school students

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boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

A Play a Day blog reviews boom

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It's Not That Weird blog reviews boom

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