STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS – PLAYWRIGHT
Stephen Adly Guirgis is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company. His award winning plays include: Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, the Pulitzer Prize Winning, Between Riverside & Crazy, The Motherf**ker With The Hat, The Little Flower of East Orange, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, Jesus Hopped The A Train, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, Den Of Thieves, and Dominica The Fat Ugly Ho. He also wrote, produced, and co-created the Netflix series The Get Down. As an actor he can currently be seen in Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklyn, Jason Chaet's Seneca, Russian Doll on Netflix, and Adam McKay's upcoming Untitled Lakers Project on HBO.
AUSTIN PENDLETON – DIRECTOR
Austin Pendleton has just now been seen on Broadway in The Minutes, by Tracy Letts, a play that will hopefully re-open in the not-too-distant future. Other Broadway appearances have been in Choir Boy (MTC), The Diary of Anne Frank (with Natalie Portman and Linda Lavin), Mike Nichols’ revival of The Little Foxes, Hail Scrawdyke (for which, under the direction of Alan Arkin, he won the Clarence Derwent Award) and Fiddler on the Roof (in the original cast, as Motel, the Tailor). He has acted extensively off-Broadway too: The Last Sweet Days of Isaac (by Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, the musical for which he won an Obie and a Drama Desk Award), Up from Paradise (the musical by Arthur Miller and Stanley Silverman), and many other shows, and off-off-Broadway, where he has played, for instance, “King Lear,” “Richard the Third,” and “Hamlet.” He has acted in over 300 movies, and on TV in recurring roles in Oz, Homicide, and Law and Order. As a director, he has worked on Broadway (Tony nomination for directing The Little Foxes, starring Elizabeth Taylor), off-Broadway (several recent productions of Chekhov at CSC, including Three Sisters, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, for which he won an Obie, as well as Hamlet, starring Mr. Sarsgaard), and extensively in regional theaters, including the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, where he is a member of the Ensemble. He has written three plays (Orson’s Shadow, Uncle Bob, Booth), all produced off-Broadway as well as extensively in regional theater and in Europe, as well as the libretto for A Minster’s Wife, adapted from Shaw’s play Candida and produced at Lincoln Center at the Newhouse Theater, as well as regionally. He teaches acting at HB Studio in New York City.