The Artists

Oscar Wilde

Author

Oscar Wilde was born in 1854. He started being recognized for his literary abilities at an early age – earning awards and scholarships to prestigious universities. During his studies at Oxford University, Wilde won acclaim for his poem «Ravenna» and after graduating, published his first book of poetry, titled Poems. Soon after, he embarked on a tour of the United States, conducting poetry readings and lectures while meeting with some of the great literary American thinkers of his time. Wilde's most prolific literary period began around 1888 and lasted approximately seven years. During this time he published two collections of children's stories, The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888), and The House of Pomegranates (1892), his first and only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), and all of his plays, including: Salome (1891), Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), which firmly established Oscar Wilde as a critically acclaimed playwright. Unfortunately, Wilde's period of creativity ended abruptly when he was tried and convicted for homosexuality. The Picture of Dorian Gray was used heavily as evidence against Wilde. After serving his two-year hard labor sentence, Wilde wrote «The Ballad of Reading Gaol» (1898) but never quite recovered from the hardships of his imprisonment. He died in 1900 of meningitis leaving behind him a brilliant body of work and a legacy that continues to inspire poets, playwrights and other storytellers to this day.

Michael Abourizk

Performer

Mr. Abourizk is an Arab-American actor who began his training under the tutelage of Tobi Silver. He is distinctly humbled to work with Darya Gerasimenko again after the initial run of The Picture of Dorian Gray at the WOW Café Theatre and appearing as Madame in her bilingual production of Jean Genet's The Maids. He is a proud company member of Nicu's Spoon Theater, where he most recently appeared as Ste in their production of Beautiful Thing and in the staged reading of Handicapping (Ant). Other Off/Off-Off Broadway: Wit (ensemble, u/s Jason), Bad Seed (Mr. Daigle, u/performed Colonel Penmark), Butch Mamas (originated the role of Shay), The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Cupid), Troilus and Cressida (Troilus) with Instant Shakespeare, The First Cigarette at the Provincetown Playhouse, and Snowy Night (Paul, NY Avant Garde Theatre Festival). He is a Milo Award-recipient for the Park Road Playhouse's The Lion in Winter (John) and has performed in numerous one-act play festivals and voice-overs. Mr. Abourizk holds a BA in Dramatic Literature and French from New York University. www.michaelabourizk.com

Darya Gauthier

Playwright/Director/Set Designer

Darya is a director and set designer who has worn many hats throughout her career so far, and hopes to continue expanding her skill set with every new theatrical venture. She holds a B.A. in Dramatic Literature from NYU and is planning to add an M.F.A. in Directing to her résumé soon. This one man show adaptation of Oscar Wilde's amazing novel marks her first writing credit, though hopefully not her last and she is thrilled to yet again be collaborating with Michael Abourizk. Her recent directing and design credits include: Snowy Night (director,) Edward II (set design,) Happy Days (set design,) The Maids (original bilingual production,) The Picture of Dorian Gray (world premiere at WOW Café Theatre.)

Ilya Gerasimenko

Graphic/Web/Projection designer

Ilya is glad to be a part of the show after an extended period of thespian abstinence. This time he gets to do what he does for living, but have much more fun. Former achievements include (but not limited to): Valiant (projection design), Here. This. Now. (graphic design), The Maids (music, sax), JAZ (music, sax), and others. www.gerasimenko.com

Festival Staff

Allison Lemel

Stage Manager

Allison has stage managed several productions including Shiksappeal: Getting the Chose to Choose Me (Fringe 2012), Books on Tape (FringeNYC 2011), The Drunken City, Proof, Humans Anonymous and the Plus 1 Solo Show Festival (Tongue In Cheek Theater). Other New York credits: Call Me/Swamp Girl (Midtown Festival), Dances in Funny (FringeNYC 2009), Love, Oil & Pizza (Red Room Theatre), and Against Her Better Judgment at the Drilling Company Theatre. She has also worked as Assistant Electrician on the Off-Broadway production of How to be a Good Italian Daughter (In Spite of Myself).

Michael Lounsbery

Lighting Design

Michael is a Lighting and Sound and Sometime Set Designer and holds an MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Memphis. Over the course of his career he has had the privilege to design at multiple theatres in the northeast. He has designed Sound for OTMA and History of American Film at Atlantic Theatre, The Big Random and Midwives at Vermont Stage, Equus and Piece of My Heart at Smith College, Emma at The University of Vermont and Three Days of Rain and Inherit the Wind at Northern Stage. Light Designs include A Streetcar Named Desire at Vermont Stage, Arms and the Man and Sylvia at Pioneer Valley Summer Theatre, Lobby Hero at New Century Theatre, and All Fall Down at The Tank in NYC. He has designed sets for The Real Inspector Hound and The Odd Couple at St. Michael's College and Juana La Loca, Julius Caesar and The Winter's Tale at Manhattanville College. In 2009 he began a Production company called Bingo Pajamas Productions and staged the New York City Premiere of Against Her Better Judgment, a collection of works by Dorothy Parker. You can see more of his work at www.threeyeti.com