THE PET PLAY
WHO: Dramatic Question Theatre
WHAT: THE PET PLAY, a new comedy by Noemi de la Puente and directed by David Davila
WHERE: Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th Street, NYC
WHEN: June 14th-24th
WHY: Because it’s literally our mission to produce talented playwrights like Ms. de la Puente!
THE PET PLAY: A SYNOPSIS
Jenny is in love with Peanut, her cat. Naturally, then, Taylor, her husband leaves. Now, Jenny wants Taylor back, only he’s found someone else, Porkie, his new dog. What’s Jenny to do? Hilarious and heartfelt, Ms. de la Puente writes with insight about obsessive pet owners and the search for unconditional love.
THE PET PLAY: PLAYWRIGHT
Ms. de la Puente earned her MFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa, her MSE from Princeton University, and her BSE from the California Institute of Technology. She is the librettist and lyricist of the musical comedy MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY (Winner, 2014 NYMF Developmental Reading Series Award; Winner, 2015 New York Music Festival’s Special Award for Social Relevance and Impact, Nominated, 2015 New York Music Festival’s Best Musical Award; Finalist, 2016 O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference). Her ten minute musical, LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE, was premiered by the DQT at the Huron Club of the Soho Playhouse; and, subsequently, produced by the Microteatro-SEA in Caracas Venezuela. Ms. de la Puente’s GENERIC HISPANIC (Finalist, 2012 MultiStages New Works Contest) was produced by the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre Company. Her solo show FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH was premiered by the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival and received subsequent productions by the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and the DQT at Theatre 3. From 2004 to 2012, Ms. de la Puente was a member of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre’s Professional Playwrights Unit. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a founding member of the Dramatic Question Theatre
THE PET PLAY: DIRECTOR
Mr. Davila studied vocal performance and theatre at the University of North Texas and arts administration at the University of Texas, before becoming thefounding artistic director of the Lone Star Theatre. He’s the author of a series of plays about life along Texas/Mexico border that include MEN OF GOD, ADAN Y JULIO, WINE & THE WAY WE EMBRACE, CREDO, AZTEC PIRATES & THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE ON MARS, and ANIMAL HUSBANDRY. Mr. Davila’s musical, VOX POP, received a 4x15 workshop by the Musical Theatre Factory and was presented in concert form, at 54 Below. As a song-writer, Mr. Davila created the song cycle, TALES FROM HIGHWAY 281, for the INTAR Hispanic American Theatre. Additionally, he self-initiated the project #52SONGS wherein he composed one song a week for an entire year. This artistic endeavor yielded material for a sold-out mini-tour across New York City with stops at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Triad, the Underground, and The West End Lounge. Mr. Davila is a member of the Musical Theatre Factory and a Primary Stages Rockwell Scholar.
Zakiya Iman Markland (Jennifer)
Zakiya Iman Markland (AEA) is a New York-based actor and singer hailing from Florida by way of Jamaica by way of somewhere in Africa. She is a proud Pan-Africanist. Zakiya holds an MFA in Acting from UC San Diego, BFA from Florida International University, and is very proud to be an underdog. She recently made her Off-Broadway debut at 59E59 Theaters in Balls (Marilyn Barnett)! Regional Theater credits include La Jolla Playhouse: Junk (Jackie Blount), Up Here (Lindsay's Therapist); Stages Repertory Theatre: Balls (Marilyn Barnett). Other NY credits: Columbia University: A Nina Simone Project (Nina Simone), Antigone (Antigone); Teatro SEA: N**** in Paris (Josephine Baker). Currently, Zakiya is working on a world tour of her solo-play, La Négrophilie: A Story Based on The Life of Josephine Baker, with director Tatiana Pandiani. Continued thanks to her amazing family, friends, and colleagues! Love and light. Asé.
Nikaury Rodriguez (Peanut)
Frankie LaPace (Taylor)
Frankie is one half of the digital sketch duo, RosaBaby. Frankie's sketches have been featured on Huffington Post, Funny or Die, Logo's NewNowNext, Elizabeth Banks's Who HaHa, and GO! Magazine. Frankie's sketch, Be Sexy, won the Audience Choice Award at Out Web Fest 2017 and the Iron Mule Short Comedy Festival 2018 and Pick a Pie, his sketch parodying the undecided voter in the 2016 election, won first place in the Give 'Em Hill Short Film Contest judged by James Franco and writer/producer of Sex and the City, Jenny Bicks. Frankie has appeared in a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award digital commercial, viral videos for The Daily Dot, and freelanced with PandaPanther as an animation actor for video games. You can view all of Frankie's work at www.FrankieLaPace.com
Tanya Perez (Porkie)
Emma C. Olson (Stage Manager)
Emma C. Olson is a New York-based AEA stage manager who studied technical theatre and design at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She has worked in theatres across the country and just recently settled in New York. Selected credits include Bright Colors and Bold Patterns (Form Theatricals), A Patron of the Arts (Cherry Lane Theatre), In a Little Room (Ten Bones Theatre Company), Murder on the Orient Express (McCarter Theatre Center), BEDLAM’s Hamlet/Saint Joan (McCarter Theatre Center), Bedbound (University College Dublin & ISDA), Our Lady of Kibeho (Smith College), and Orlando (Smith College).
Zachary Heffner (Lighting Designer)
Zachary Heffner is a New York City based Lighting Designer. Prior credits include: The Sorceress (National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene),Female Role Model Project (The Clemente), The Rimers of Eldritch (The Secret Theatre), The Pirates of Penzance (Muhlenberg). www.zacharyheffnerdesign.com
Sharon Mejia (Costume Designer)
Sharon Mejia is a native New Yorker, from queens. She studied at Queens College. Where she majored in Drama and Theatre, with a concentration in costume design. As a graduate she has returned to Queens College to design for the Student Choreography Showcases. She hopes to further her career as a designer for dance. She has previously designed for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as Don Giovanni. Sharon is looking forward to working with The Dramatic Question Theatre on The Pet Play.
Kurt Cruz (Sound Designer)
Kurt Cruz is thrilled to work with The Dramatic Question Theatre! Thirteen o'Clock Theater: Zoot Suit, Macbeth (front of house engineer). Chappell Players Theatre Group: The Library (composer & sound designer) In the Heights (assistant sound design). Matt Murphy Productions: Sex Tips for a Straight Woman from a Gay Man (sound operator). Also, producer talent, and editor of comedy improv podcast, There Goes My Hero! Kurtcruz.com. Theregoesmyheropodcast.com.
TzuChing Cheng (Set Designer)
TzuChing Cheng (Scenic Designer) is excited to work with DQT's new production, "The Pet Play." TzuChing graduated from UMKC’s MFA program in Scenic Design, and her work was presented in Young Designers Exhibition, USITT, 2017. TzuChing’s recent works including scenic designer for "Columbinus" at The Secret Theatre, "GONZO" at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, " How I Married Myself" at Schapiro Theatre, "Title of Show" at The Secret Theatre, "Scoop" at 777 Theatre, "Magic The Play" at Theatre Row in New York (2018), and YIPTE in Taiwan (2017.)
Anatar Marmol-Gagne (Puppet Designer-Builder)
Anatar Marmol-Gagne is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut, and has as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English-Creative Writing from Hunter College, NY. Her strong background in art, dance, writing, fiber and fabrication all come together seamlessly with her love for puppetry.
As a puppeteer, Anatar has trained at the National Puppetry Conference at the O'Neill Theater Center, taught children's puppet workshops, performed at Dixon Place, Lyric Hall, The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, puppet slams and festivals as well as curated and founded the Pinned & Sewtured Puppet Slam in New Haven, CT. For a full portfolio of design, fabrication and future performances and tour dates please visit www.pinnedandsewtured.com
THE DRAMATIC QUESTION THEATRE (DQT)
DQT develops and produces plays written by playwrights of color, female playwrights; and plays that deal with race, culture, and class in ways that are dynamic and different. Concurrently, DQT builds a diverse audience from the Latino and African American communities it serves.