Haybarn Summer Theatre Ensemble (HaSTE) presents: A Staged Reading of BODY POLITIC by Jessica Goldberg. This inaugural production of HaSTE is co-created by USC's David Warshofsky and his wife, Kristina Lear.
BODY POLITIC, is the surprising and poignant story of what can happen when people with deep commitments and beliefs come to recognize each other’s humanity. Discussion immediately following.
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About the play:
Wendy Hoffman is a screenwriter determined to gain access to Ward 57 of Walter Reed Hospital, the ward where soldiers who have suffered cataclysmic injuries in Iraq recover. Captain Gray Whitlock is the Army captain in charge who denies her access. Private Small is a patient on the ward who wants to die. And the studio executive, Eric, just wants a screenplay. What occurs between all of them, in Jessica Goldberg’s BODY POLITIC, is the surprising and poignant story of what can happen when people with deep commitments and beliefs come to recognize each other’s humanity.
David Warshofsky – Actor, Director, HaSTE co-founder
David Warshofsky is a graduate of the MFA program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (1984). He has been working as an actor in in regional theatre, on and off Broadway, in film and television since. film, television, on Broadway and in theatre since 1989.
David can currently be seen around the world in the hit “Now You See Me”, and in the fall 2013 in “Captain Philips” directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks. On television he is recurring on FX’s Sons of Anarchy. Other recent film credits include Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Miranda July’s The Future, Tony Scott’s Unstoppable starring Denzel Washington and Fair Game directed by Doug Liman. (Cannes Competition 2010). Among his other feature film credits are There Will Be Blood, Public Enemies, The Best Thief in the World (Sundance 2004), Personal Velocity (Sundance Best Film 2002), Welcome To Collinwood (Cannes 2002), Last Exit to Brooklyn, Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July, and Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane.
On Broadway, David has appeared in Biloxi Blues, Carousel and On the Waterfront. Other stage credits include Henry V at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Blue Window at Manhattan Theatre Club, Romance Language at Playwright’s Horizons, and the national tours of Biloxi Blues and South Pacific. He originated the role of Swetts in the world premiere of Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day directed by Oskar Eustis at the Eureka Theatre.
In the fall of 2012 David became the head MFA acting teacher at USC’s School of Dramatic Arts.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kristina Lear, their daughter Helen Rose, and his son, Macgee.
Kristina Lear – Actor, Producer, HaSTE co-founder
Kristina began working as an actress with the renowned Circle Repertory Company, dedicated primarily to developing new plays. Often working on projects from first reading through to production Kristina originated roles in works by Paula Vogel, David Mamet, Joan Ackerman and others. She is a graduate of Sanford Meisner’s Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.
As a writer and filmmaker, Kristina was awarded a grant and fellowship to the prestigious Directing Workshop for Women at the American Film Institute, with her first original screenplay, COUGH DROP. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, has received best film and honorable mention awards, sold in several markets and continues to receive screening requests from around the world.
Also dedicated to the development of new work, Kristina has served as Associate Artistic Director of the Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles, where she has originated roles in works by Sara Ruhl, Kate Robin, and Wendy in Jessica Goldberg’s Body Politic. With the Echo, Kristina also developed and taught ACTOUT, an ongoing writing and acting program for incarcerated teens in the California Youth Authority system.
Kristina’s first feature length screenplay, HER FATHER’S DAUGHTER, was a finalist at the 2013 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. She is currently working on a pilot for Principal Entertainment about the foster care system.
Kristina was born and raised in central Vermont, her parents met at Goddard College, and the Haybarn Theatre is where she saw her first play.
MICHAEL CHERNUS - Actor
Off-Broadway: Close Up Space, In the Wake (OBIE award, Lortel nomination), The Aliens, Hunting and Gathering, The Poor Itch, Rag and Bone, American Sligo, Mr. Marmalade, Essential Self-Defense, Finer Noble Gases, Living Room in Africa, St. Scarlet. Regional: Williamstown, Guthrie, Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, The O'Neill. Film: Men In Black 3, The Bourne Legacy, Love and Other Drugs, Higher Ground, The Messenger, Lovely By Surprise, Jack and Diane, Feed the Fish, NoNAMES, Coach, The Rebound, Winter Passing, He's Way More Famous Than You, Mutual Friends. Upcoming films: Captain Phillips, Glass Chin, Goodbye To All That. TV: "Nurse Jackie," "Royal Pains," "The New Normal," "The Big C," “Mercy,” "Law and Order: SVU," “Bored to Death,” “Damages" and the upcoming Netflix original series "Orange Is The New Black." Training: Juilliard.
Chernus can be seen nationwide this October in Captain Phillips, a Paul Greengrass film chronicling the highjacking of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship by Somali pirates, for Sony Pictures. He plays Chief-Mate "Shane Murphy" to Tom Hanks' "Captain Richard Phillips."
In the summer of 2012, Mr. Chernus was seen in movie theaters across the country as "Jeffrey Price" in Barry Sonnenfeld's Men In Black 3 and as "Dr. Arthur Ingram" in Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy. His other recent film credits include Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga's directorial debut Higher Ground (2011 Sundance, Sony Pictures Classics), Bradley Rust Gray's Jack and Diane, Coach starring Hugh Dancy and directed by Will Frears, Ed Zwick's Love and Other Drugs starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, and the indie comedy Feed the Fish starring Ross Partridge and Tony Shaloub. He can also be seen in the Oren Moverman drama The Messenger (winner Silver Bear best screenplay award Berlin Film Festival, Oscar nominee for Best Screenplay) playing opposite Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, and Jena Malone, as well as in Bart Freundlich's comedy The Rebound which stars Catherine Zeta-Jones. In Kirt Gunn's award- winning feature Lovely By Surprise (2007 Special Jury Prize Seattle Film Festival), Mr. Chernus plays the lead role of "Humkin" alongside an exceptionally talented cast that includes Dallas Roberts, Reg Rogers, Austin Pendleton, Carrie Preston, and Kate Burton.
Upcoming film projects include Goodbye To All That, which stars Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, Heather Graham, and is written and directed by Angus MacLachlan (Junebug) and the indie comedy He's Way More Famous Than You, directed by Michael Urie and starring all kinds of fancy people.
Also an accomplished stage actor, Michael won a 2011 OBIE Award and received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for his performance in Lisa Kron's In the Wake at The Public Theater in New York City. He most recently co-starred with David Hyde Pierce in the Manhattan Theater Club production of Close Up Space at New York City Center. Other New York credits include such theaters as Playwrights Horizons, the Roundabout Theatre Company, Primary Stages, New York Theater Workshop, The Atlantic Theater Company, and many productions at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (where he played the lead role of "KJ" in Annie Baker's play The Aliens, which Charles Isherwood, of the New York Times, named the best play of 2010).
His credits in regional theater include productions at the Williamstown Theater Festival, The Yale Repertory Theatre, and the Guthrie Theater, among others. Internationally, he appeared in Adam Rapp's Finer Noble Gases at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Fringe First Award) and in London at the Bush Theatre. Michael is a graduate of the Juilliard School's Drama Division
On television, he appeared notably in the Season One finale of HBO's Bored To Death as Zach Galifianakis' nemesis, but he is probably most recognizable for his recurring role as "Ryan Flanagan" on the NBC hospital drama Mercy. He also had a recurring role on Season 4 of Damages, and had a multi-episode arc as "Pastor Rick" in the third season of Showtime's The Big C. Most recently, he was seen seducing Ellen Barkin on NBC's The New Normal, and he will play "Cal Chapman" on the new upcoming Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black.
JERED HOBBS - Actor
Born Jered Scott Hobbs in Tulare, California, where he was also raised. His father is a former pastor and small business owner, and his mother is a high school English teacher. Growing up, his mother would write skits, songs, and choreograph dances that he and his siblings would perform in different venues. His first show was a musical that his mother wrote when he was 11. He says, “Acting kept me from dropping out of high school. I was a horrible student and I didn’t have much of a will to live back then. I found a haven in drugs, but the irony was that the very thing that liberated me simultaneously enslaved me.” After a couple of failed attempts to make it in Hollywood, Hobbs gave away all of his possessions and set out on a journey towards self-discovery which lasted five years. He bounced around the continent and moved over 50 times before landing back in Los Angeles. He is a recent graduate of the MFA Acting program at the University of Southern California.
PIA SHAH – Actor
Pia is a recent graduate of the MFA in Acting program at USC. She was most recently seen on stage in a reading of “A Nice Indian Boy” by Madhuri Shekhar, directed by Robert Egan. FILM credits (selected): Grant St. Shaving Co; Pretty to Think So; Canada; 8 X 10 (Tasveer). TV credits: The Wonderful Maladys (unreleased pilot for HBO); Mercy (NBC); PIA (PBS). Pia has funded indie filmmakers at the Center for Asian American Media in San Francisco and been involved with several film festivals around the country. Education: The Johns Hopkins University, BA International Studies and the William Esper Studio, NY (graduate of the two-year Meisner training program).
JESSICA GOLDBERG - Playwright
Jessica’s plays include: "Body Politic," "Get What You Need," "Sex Parasite," "Good Thing," and "Refuge," which won the 1999 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and "The Hologram Theory," and "Stuck."
She recently directed her first feature film, "Refuge," based on her play, which was an official selection of The Hamptons and Woodstock film festivals. She is a writer/Producer on NBC’s Parenthood. Other TV credits include: NBC’s Deception, and upcoming show Camp starring Rachel Griffiths. She is currently writing the film adaptation on the novel Goodbye For Now by Laurie Frankel.
Jessica is a graduate of NYU’s Dramatic Writing Program and The Juilliard School. She was a Tennessee Williams Fellow at The University of the South, a recipient of The Le Compte de Nouy stipend, the first annual Helen Merrill Award, and a 2,000 Berrilla Kerr Foundation Award. She has been a resident at The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, New River Dramatists, The Missoula Colony, The New Harmony Project and is a member of The Dramatist Guild and PEN American Center.