EMOTIVE FRUITION is a lively performance series where actors bring to life new page poetry for the stage. In addition to fostering a vibrant collective of poets and actors in New York, Emotive Fruition looks forward to bringing together audiences and artists across the country.
Founding Artistic Director, Thomas Dooley wants to change the way audiences experience live poetry. In addition to his work as a theatre artist, Thomas is the author of Trespass, a winner of the National Poetry Series. If you would like to bring Emotive Fruition to your community, please contact Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joniece Abbott-Pratt New York Theatre: The Good Negro (Public Theatre), Alondra Was Here by Chisa Hutchinson (The Wild Project) Regional: The Mountaintop (Geva Theatre), Seven Guitars (No Rules Theatre Company), The House that will not Stand (Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Yale Repertory), Stick Fly (Arden Theatre), A Raisin in the Sun (Palm Beach Dramaworks), Slippery as Sin (Passage Theatre), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Huntington Theatre Company), Gem of the Ocean (Hartford Stage), The Piano Lesson (Yale Rep and Delaware Theatre Company), The Good Negro (Dallas Theatre Center), Mama’s Gonna Buy You (William Inge Theatre Festival), Dirt Rich (NY Summer Stage), Stick Fly and The Overwhelming (Contemporary American Theatre Festival), False Creeds (Alliance Theatre Company), Breath, Boom (Synchronicity Performance Group), and The Doll Play’s (Actor’s Express) Upcoming: Seven Guitars (Actors Theatre of Louisville) Training: Clark Atlanta University, MFA-University of Iowa.
Sam Breslin Wright Broadway: Macbeth; Selected theater: Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play (Playwrights Horizons), The Temperamentals (Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble) Paris Commune (Public Theatre, B.A.M./ The Civilians), The Three Sisters (Yale Rep., Berkeley Rep.), Vendetta Chrome, Clown Bar, A Solitary Man, Two seasons at the Old Globe, Nine seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Film & Television: Diary of a Teenage Jesus Jerk, Black Box, The Beaver, Disposal, Dead Birds, Happy Hour, Law and Order, Law & Order SVU, Rescue Me, Out of Order. M.F.A. U.C.S.D, Certificate L.A.M.D.A. Associate artist of The Civilians.
Ramsey Faragallah Theater (selects): The Kennedy Center, The Public Theater, The Old Vic (London), Manhattan Theater Club, Williamstown, Culture Project, New York Stage and Film, Yale University, Hartford Stage, Lincoln Center Lab, Red Bull, and Sundance. Films of Woody Allen, Sidney Pollack, and Sidney Lumet among others. Television (favorites): Madam Secretary, The Black List, The Big C, The Good Wife, State of Affairs, The Sopranos, 30 Rock, all the Law & Orders, Blue Bloods, Flight of the Conchords, NYC 22, and recurring roles on Homeland, Person of Interest, Law & Order SVU, One Life to Live and 13 seasons with The Late Show with David Letterman.
Lameece Issaq is an actor and writer, and Founding Artistic Director of Noor Theatre, a company dedicated to the work of artists of Middle Eastern descent. As an actor she has appeared in several regional and off-Broadway productions, including: When The Lights Went Out (New York Stage and Film); Food and Fadwa (New York Theatre Workshop [NYTW]); The Fever Chart (The Public Theatre); The Black Eyed (NYTW); Girl Blog From Iraq: Baghdad Burning (Barrow Street Theater/Edinburgh Fringe Festival [Stage Theater Award Nomination, Outstanding Ensemble]); Stuff Happens (Public Theater [Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble]) and others. As a playwright, she’s written various short pieces for The New York Arab-American Comedy Festival; Nooha’s List, part of Motherhood Outloud (Hartford Stage, The Geffen and Primary Stages); and Food and Fadwa, 2011 recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award (Noor Theatre and NYTW co-production, Spring 2012) and recently published in Four Arab-American Plays, McFarland, 2013. She is a member of the Actors Center Workshop Company, League of Professional Theatre Women, The Dramatists Guild, AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Pearl Sun Credits include: Bernstein’s Mass with the Philadelphia Orchestra – upcoming, Broadway: If/Then, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Next to Normal (standby for Alice Ripley/First National). Lincoln Center Theater: Happiness. Off-Broadway/Regional: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse), Merrily We Roll Along (City Center Encores!), tick, tick… Boom! (Westport Country Playhouse), Walmartopia (Minetta Lane), The Seven (La Jolla Playhouse/NYTW), Long Story Short (59e59 Theatres, City Theatre Pittsburgh/TheatreWorks Palo Alto), Hello, Dolly! (Hangar Theatre). TV: Gotham (FOX), The Good Wife (CBS). Special thanks to Thomas, KMR, and Johannes.
Lucas Hall Off-Broadway credits include Tales from Red Vienna (Manhattan Theater Club); Beyond the Horizon (Irish Rep); The Merchant of Venice, Othello and All’s Well That Ends Well(Theater For a New Audience); Edward the Second (Red Bull Theater); and The Hasty Heart (Keen Company). Regionally, he has performed at The McCarter, Arena Stage, The Goodman, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Westport Country Playhouse, among others. TV credits include Elementary and the upcoming untitled Steve McQueen pilot for HBO.
Heléne Yorke has performed on Broadway in Bullets Over Broadway (written by Woody Allen and directed by Susan Stroman) and in Grease. She plays the role of Jane in Masters of Sex on Showtime. Other TV credits include I Just Want My Pants Back (MTV), A Gifted Man (CBS), 30 Rock (NBC), Person of Interest (CBS) and in the fan favorite and critically acclaimed High Maintenance as one of the “assholes.” She has also done various voices for American Dad (Fox), Family Guy (Fox), and Bojack Horseman (Netflix). Pearl Sun (the chick sitting to her right) was one of her first NYC friends when they did Walmartopia at the Minetta Lane theatre together almost 8 years ago. She thinks she’s a pretty special lady.
Michael Potts recently starred opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as Detective Maynard Gilbough in the critically acclaimed HBO drama True Detective.Previously, Michael starred in the memorable recurring role, of Brother Mouzone in The Wire. He was seen in recurring roles on Damages and The Jury. Guest spots include Person of Interest, Matador, Blue Bloods, Bored to Death, Flight of the Conchords, Law & Order:SVU among many others. Film credits include Diggers, The Peacemaker, Stonewall and The Conspiracy Theory. On Broadway, Potts’ originated the role of Mafala Hatimbi in The Book of Mormon, and he was in the original companies of Grey Gardens and Lennon. Michael originated the role of Paul Pierce in Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at the Guthrie Theatre, and Benny in Rent at New York Theatre Workshop. Other New York stage appearances include The Tempest, Richard III (Falstaff Award), The Persians, Twelfth Night, Arms and the Man and The American Play (Obie Award). He can be seen in the upcoming HBO Miniseries, Show Me A Hero. Potts is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Luke Forbes will perform in The George Street Playhouse’s production of The Whipping Man this winter. He is thrilled to be working with Director Seret Scott! Recently, Luke performed in the New York premiere of Chiori Miyagawa’s This Lingering Life at HERE Arts Center and wrapped shooting episodes of ABC’s Forever and FOX’s Gotham in Co- and Guest Star roles. Stay tuned for the airing of Gotham(‘Harvey Dent’) and episodes from the hit Vimeo web-series High Maintenance (‘Geiger’ ) featuring Luke in a guest role, and MTV’s One Bad Choice (‘Michelle Gopaul’) in which Luke plays the role of Leonard–(Male Lead). Luke has also been featured in several films. Most recently Luke played a support role in Clutter, starring Carol Kane and Orange Is The New Black’s Natasha Lyonne.
Komal Kapoor NYC credits include Parts of Parts and Stitches, The House of Bernarda Alba, Everett Beekin, Something Outrageous. Philadelphia credits: Recent Tragic Events, Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Film credits: Egress, Yaatra, The Box Office. Komal is a graduate of Boston University and Stella Adler Studio for Acting.