In a society where a chasm has opened up between rich and poor — one Black girl has fallen into the abyss. As a result, GIRL embarks on a cross-country roadtrip in a converted Van: by day she’s lifestyle blogging as a #VanLife influencer, and by night she’s shooting down Amazon delivery drones to loot the contents — desperate to claw her way into American prosperity. But when she shoots down something she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to reckon with the cost of her ambition. She may be able to run from society, but she can’t escape the systems that are ingrained within her.
CRISTINA ANGELES (Director) (she/her) is an Afrolatina director, writer, and theater maker, whose mission is to create empathy and conversation by directing new plays and musicals, as well as socially conscious adaptations of classics that place women of color at the forefront. Her work challenges the preconceived notions of what the American Theater can be, while confronting the intersections between our public, private, and political selves. Cristina holds a BA in Theatre from Barnard College at Columbia University and was the 2019-20 Roundabout Directing Fellow. She has worked in the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corps, the SDCF Observership Program, and as an assistant director at The New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, and on Broadway. Today, Cristina is an Associate Artist at Roundabout Theatre Company, a 2020-21 Drama League Directing Fellow, and the Founding Artistic Director of Checkmark Productions, an NYC based company dedicated to BIPOC artists and the telling of their stories in theater and film. Checkmark most recently produced Eliana Pipes’s DREAM HOU$E (2019 Leah Ryan Prize, 2019 O’Neill Finalist) at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest directed by Cristina, and is currently developing “TONI,” a new series inspired by the life of Marie Antoinette written and directed by Cristina.
ELIANA PIPES (Playwright) (she/her) Eliana recently completed her MFA in Playwriting from Boston University and holds a BA in English from Columbia University. She is currently writing a romantic comedy feature for Foton Pictures and Naim Media Group. Previously, Eliana received the Academy Gold Fellowship and was a finalist for the 2019 Humanitas Angell Comedy Prize for her feature “FAUXRICUA.” Her play DREAM HOU$E, which won the National Latinx Playwriting Awards at Arizona Theatre Company, was produced at Ars Nova ANT Fest and won the Leah Ryan Fund Prize. Eliana is two-time O'Neill Conference finalist and a member of the 2020-2021 Class of Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows.
Girl Aleca Piper
Stage Manager Kacey Gritters
Casting Director X Casting/Victor Vazquez, CSA
Camera Operators Michael Mueller, JC Quiroz Vizhnay, Zack Schaefer
Additional Voiceovers provided by Ali Skye Bennet
ALECA PIPER (Girl) (she/her) is passionate about creating new works and paying homage to the classics, and is thrilled to be working on Unfuckwithable! She is a part of The Story Pirates and the Boogie Manja Collective, and has a BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase. Previous work: Veranka in Anna Karenina: a riff, Maria in Twelfth Night, Calianax in Maid’s Tragedy, Official Lady of Missing You in Made To Dance In Burning Buildings, Nurse in Romeo & Juliet, Speed in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Antipholus of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors, Bertha Holly in Joe Turner's Come & Gone.
KACEY GRITTERS (Stage Manager) (she/her) Off Broadway: Paris (Atlantic Theater Company), NASSIM (Barrow Street Theatricals), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shake & Bake), Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street Theatricals), Lonely Planet (Keen Company), Dot (Vineyard Theatre), The Pavilion (The Barrow Group). Regional: Working: A Musical (Berkshire Theatre Group), Other Desert Cities, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Bucks County Playhouse & The Kimmel Center). International Tours: NASSIM (Nassim Soleimanpour Productions). National Tours: Henry & Mudge, Seussical, Skippyjon Jones; Snow What?! (TheaterworksUSA). Educational: Songs for a New World (Long Island University), Watson the Musical (King’s Players). Special thanks to Karie and Hank.
VICTOR VAZQUEZ, CSA (Casting Director) (he/him/his) is the founder of X Casting NYC (XCastingNYC.com), a member of the Casting Society of America, and a 2020 Theater Communications Group (TCG) Rising Leader of Color.
Photo Credit: DJ Potts. Portrait above by Justin Teodoro.
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