Aporia is pleased to announce that it will be co-producing Ex Machina with Monster Down! Theatre Company at FRINGE NYC this August!
Two Smartphone factory drones must learn to coexist while under threat from fascist anti-union politics, drunk guards, and a sexy anarchist unfettered by the laws of physics. A dystopian dark comedy about dancing, Nekko Wafers, and the thrill of rebellion.
Ex Machina Artist Bios
David Jacobi (Playwright) David’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S. and in Beijing, China. His work has been presented or developed at such places as Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Clemson Brooks Center, Penghao Theater, 798 Dashanzi Art District, WordBRIDGE, and Great Plains Theatre Conference. His plays include The Monster Below, Widower, Mai Dang Lao, Battlecruiser Aristotle and Ex Machina. He received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from Purchase College, and is currently a 2015 MFA Candidate at UC San Diego under Naomi Iizuka. David is co-founder of Monster Down! Theatre Company, a collaborative theatre group in Beijing, China.
Sarah Wansley (Director) is a New York-based director and producer, currently pursuing her MFA in Directing at UCSD. Upcoming projects include Ex Machina at the New York International Fringe Festival and Drums in the Night by Brecht at UCSD. Directing credits with Aporia include Woyzeck, Follow Me Down, Passion in the Park, Bare Naked Drama, The Disappearance of Jonah, Moonlight, The Real Inspector Hound, No Exit, and The Real Thing. As a Directing and Producing Assistant at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ, Sarah had the opportunity to assist such inspiring directors as Tina Landau, Emily Mann, and Roger Rees. Other directing credits include Here Comes Tomorrow (Youngblood / EST), #serials@theflea (The Flea Theater), The Suitcase (Looking Glass Theatre Writer/Director Forum) and What the Future Awaits (McCarter Theatre Center Youth Ink Festival). Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University and worked as the Company Manager at The Flea Theater. Sarah is a member of the 2011 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.
Danvir Singh Grewal (Mason) is a second-year MFA candidate in Acting at UCSD. UC San Diego Credits: Mason – Ex-Machina; Bassianus/Emilius – Titus Andronicus; Burghley, Adelantado – Elizabeth I; Amad – Santa Barbarians. Regional Credits: Clerk, Aide, Mujahid – Blood & Gifts (La Jolla Playhouse); Horatio – Hamlet (Spotlight Theatre); Oberon, Theseus – Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rabobank Arena). CSU Bakersfield Credits: Che – Evita; Pablo Picasso – Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Palomo – Anna in the Tropics. He has taken workshops with Cornerstone Theater Company & Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He has also studied at the Moscow Art Theatre in Moscow, Russia. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts and a BS in Marketing from California State University, Bakersfield.
Tommy Crawford (Loomis) is an actor and musician based in NYC. At The Flea Theater: Heresy by A.R. Gurney (Jim Simpson dir.); Office Hours by A.R. Gurney; These Seven Sicknesses (Ed Iskandar dir.); The Wündelsteipen by Nick Jones; The Great Recession by Sheila Callaghan (Kip Fagan dir.). Other NYC highlights include Take Her To See the Maco Lights by Bekah Brunstetter (SUPERWOLF/The Lark/Invisible Dog Art Center), Youngblood/EST (Patrick Link), La Bohème Spoken (Jeremy Bloom), and Aporia Theater, among others. In 2012, Tommy founded a folk-rock band with a group of Bats called The Lobbyists. They released an EP this year and play at a wide variety of venues across NYC and Brooklyn. Check us out at thelobbyists.bandcamp.com. Also www.tommycrawford.com. Tommy graduated from Yale in 2009.
Kim Blanck (Iris) is a second year MFA candidate in Acting at UC San Diego. New York writing and performing credits include First Ladies Project (The Cookery Festival), The Most Inspiring and Magnificent Tale of Alfridge von Waddlegrave (Brooklyn Lyceum, Underground Arts in Philadelphia), Folk Wandering (Fresh Ground Pepper), as well as a short play, Luncheon on the Grass, and an even shorter solo piece, Champion. An NYU graduate, she is also a company member, writer, and performer for Political Subversities, a musical-sketch comedy show that roasts politics, pop culture, personhood and everything in between. Huge thanks to Sarah, David and the UCSD team for the opportunity to remount this beautiful play. Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.
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