Fact Theatre Company is concluding its third season with their annual PAGE 2 STAGE repertoire. FACT focuses on developing new work and the two shows being presented were developed during their playwright's forums.
AN UMBRELLA IN THE SNOW by Jack Dyville is a full length play which has had an evolution from short play to full length. The story explores the friendship of two of the most unlikely acquaintances, Edith Loveland, (LUCY SORLUCCO) a former 76 year old Broadway chorus girl and Edgar (GUS FERRARI), a 40-something father of three, New York City fry-cook. Once successful, Ms. Lovely now lives alone in a flea-bag residence hotel in midtown Manhattan where Edgar owns the coffee shop. The two establish a bond of friendship and understanding, as Edgar, who is going through a separation from his wife of sixteen years, learns some valuable lessons from his new friend. Each becomes sympathetic to one another as they discover life is about making choices and accepting differences. An extraordinary duo on a sentimental journey; poignantly told with honesty, and lots of heart and soul.
UMBRELLAS IN THE SNOW has already received considerable acclaim. “An Umbrella in the Snow” which began as a 7 minute play at Manhattan Theatre Sources “Spontaneous Combustion” in 2003 went on to be selected for countless readings and was named a Semi-Finalist at the 2005 Strawberry Festival and at the 2011 Ronald Duncan Playwriting Competition in England. This year, Dyville along with actors Lucy Sorlucco and Gus Ferrari and dramaturg Lynn Manuell have developed the play into a full 90 minute piece.
LUCY SORLUCCO who is featured as Miss Lovely has performed in international tours as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret and Madame Giry inThe Phantom of the Opera in New York City at Primary Stages, La Mama E.T.C., Encompass Music Theatre, BMI, American Place Theatre, Actor’s Outlet Theatre and Soho Rep and in stock and regional theater including Foothills Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Theatre by the Sea, Seaview Players and Aradia Theatre, and on radio and television. She has performed in concert at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, Wave Hill, Riverdale, NY and Greenwich House Music School. She is a Charter Member of F.A.C.T.
GUS FERRARI (Edgar) is a graduate of the Moscow Theatre’s “Stanislawsky Method Seminar”, Gus, also attended HB Studios and has numerous stage and film credits. He has traveled the country performing with “Murder to Go” Interactive Mystery Theatre and Winceyco Inc. educational theatre. He was, also, a founding member of the I.N.T.A.R 53 Latino Actors Workshop (1997-2000) and is currently a board member and technical-coordinator at F.A.C.T.
Jack Dyville who is the director and playwright is a member of the Dramatists Guild, SDC, AEA, SAG and is Co-Founder, Producer/ Artistic Director. of F.A.C.T. He has 4 scripts Published with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING’S IE CLARK Series, He was produced at NY Fringe (‘04 & ‘09), Strawberry Festival, Wonderland NYC Fest, The Duplex, Playwright’s Horizons Invitational Forum. He is also a performer/choreographer with credits on Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours, Summer Stock, Dinner Theatre. He has also taught theatre and dance for 25 years. Dyville has been co-producer-director of a summer theatre, Youth Education On Stage in Williston North Dakota for the past 25 years. He taught dance for 20 years and is a certified Adjudicator with International Dance Challenge.
Stemming from the win of Katie Labhan's play Treasure at the 2011 Summer Shorts Festival in North Dakota, it was decided that resident playwrights would add to that theme to find their own meaning to the word "treasure" and the result, TREASURES, is a collection of four 20 minute plays: Inscriptions by Mark-Eugene Garcia, Reluctant Savior by Marjorie Conn, Elaine by Julia Genoveva and Treasure by Labhan. Weaving these plays together will feature the poem, Discovery, by Christine Emmert. Directed by Rodrigo E. Bolaños, the production will explore and discover "the treasures in all us."