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THE GENIUS PROJECT

As if sexism weren't enough, seven female literary geniuses, including Emily Dickinson, Ayn Rand and Zora Neale Hurston, struggle with the stupidity of those around them.

"The Genius Project" is a darkly comic look at the struggles of having great talent in a sexist world. In a series of short plays, the Bronte Sisters finally reveal their identities as famous authors to their hapless brother, Emily Dickinson turns away a dirty old man who once refused to publish her poetry, Mary Shelley procrastinates on writing Frankenstein by trying to seduce Lord Byron, JK Rowling discovers Harry because of her desperate circumstances, Ayn Rand seduces a doe-eyed young acolyte, Zora Neale Hurston’s pro-segregation speech comes with a twist, and Gertrude Stein's partner, Alice Toklas, is sick and tired of being "the woman" in the relationship.

 
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RACHEL CAREY

Writer

Rachel Carey is a writer, playwright and filmmaker based in the New York City area. Her first feature film as writer/director, Ask for Jane, starring Cody Horn, Sarah Steele, Sarah Ramos, Ben Rappaport, and Alison Wright, premiered at the 2018 Hamptons International Film Festival and has since been accepted to over 10 film festivals during its festival run. As a playwright, her first full-length play, Phases, was nominated for Best Play and two acting awards at the 2012 Thespis Festival, and she has had numerous plays produced by the NYC theater company The Shelter, including co-writing Cul-de-Sac, which premiered at the studio at the Cherry Lane Theater in 2014. Her 2013 debut novel Debt was published by Silver Birch Press and later optioned to be turned into a tv series for ABC by Calamity Jane, Ellen Pompeo's production company. Other recent projects include writing and directing the 1-hour dramatic tv pilot Takers, which screened at several festivals including Seriesfest in 2016 (where it won an award for Best Actress in a drama) and the 2017 Hoboken Film Festival (where it was nominated for Best Pilot.) She has an M.Ed from Harvard and an MFA in Film Directing from NYU, and has taught at several colleges and universities including Yale University.

 

THIRDWING LTD THEATER

This is the premiere theater project for Thirdwing LTD, and our theater company will be unlike anything you've seen before. Our subscription is monthly instead of yearly, and comes with an exclusive streaming platform with plays written directly for streaming, programs about the process, and interviews with top theater artists working today. Subscription includes invitations to open rehearsals and experimental tapings in NYC.


Our original series are inspired by the great teleplays of the 50s and 60s. Each original series is tied directly or indirectly to our live productions. "The Genius Project" is a series of episodes around a theme, presented in web series episodic format on our platform, and as a fun 60-minute evening of live theater, bridging long-form and short-form content in a single project.

 

CAMERON BOSSERT

Director

Cameron Bossert (founding member of Thirdwing) is a playwright, director, and composer. His latest feature, JEWTAH is now in exclusive engagements in New York. His musical compositions have been performed by the American Symphony and Brooklyn Symphony orchestras, as well as the Da Capo Chamber Players and the JACK Quartet (as part of the renowned "Meet the Composer" series, under commission from the Utah Symphony). He has had staged readings of a number of plays including at the Riverspace Arts Center in Nyack and BAM's Fisher Center in Brooklyn. He has produced numerous web series and short films, including A CHICK CALLED WANDA (dir. Arielle Apfel), EVERYTHING'S OK (dir. Ace Salisbury, Streamy nomination for best indie series).

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CAST

in alphabetical order

STACEY LINNARTZ

Upcoming: LIFE SUCKS (Wheelhouse) Off Broadway: STRANGE BARE FACTS (Signature), AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE (Wheelhouse), , GOD OF VENGEANCE (Barrow Group), SNAKE AND FALCON (La Mama), MODOTTI (Theatre Row), GHOSTING (The Public Theatre). Regional: SHIPWRECKED! (Capital Rep), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, UNCLE VANYA (New Harmony), ECLECTIC SOCIETY (Walnut Street), AS YOU LIKE IT (Smoky Mountain Shakespeare). London: SIROCCO (Royal Court). Film: SALES PITCH, THE LAST 48, THE WEEKEND. Television: GOSSIP GIRL, AS THE WORLD TURNS, RESCUE ME. Web: FIRST WORLD PROBLEM, DINNER WITH MOM. Partner in the production company Thirdwing LTD and Founder/Artistic Director of Kids Creative Collective Inc. MFA, NYU Graduate Acting Program. staceylinnartz.com

JEREMY RISHE

Jeremy is co-founding producer of Thirdwing LTD - for which he also acts, writes and occasionally directs. He holds an MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program. Select acting credits: TV/Film: JEWTAH, HARD CANDY KID, THE BLACK BOX, ELEMENTARY, THE GOOD WIFE, LAW&ORDER: SVU, BLUE BLOODS, LAW&ORDER, 3 BACKYARDS, THE WEEKEND (co-writing and acting credit), TWO NIGHT STAND. Select Off-Broadway credits: THE MEGILE OF ITZIK MANGER, SEX ON SUNDAY, STARRY MESSENGER, JEWTOPIA. Select Regional credits: SCHOOL FOR LIES (Arkansas Rep),  OVER THE TAVERN (Alabama Shakes), THE CHOSEN (Cleveland Playhouse), THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Pioneer Theatre Company), THE TEMPEST, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, STREET SCENE, and THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (Chautauqua Theatre Company)

AMY LYNN STEWART

Amy Lynn Stewart NY: Lincoln Center (upcoming), Cherry Lane, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Project Y, Flux Theatre, NYC Fringe (Best Performance). Regional: Humana Festival, Two River Theatre, Dorset Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, Indiana Rep, Florida Studio Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse. Select TV/Film: “House of Cards”, “Shades of Blue”, “Unforgettable”, "Jewtah", "Sisterhood of Night”. MFA: UCSD

TIMOTHY THOMAS

Timothy Thomas has a day job in global health communications and policy advocacy. Credits include the original Broadway production of Sondheim & Lapine’s Into the Woods, Mike Nichols’ film Wolf,  off-Broadway Irish Repertory Theatre company member, and gigs with a broad range of regional theater and opera companies. MFA-NYU. Proud member of Actors Equity since 1983. www.timothythomas.net.

KRYSTEN WAGNER

Krysten Wagner recently graduated from the Acting for Film, TV, Voice-Overs and Commercials program at Pace University in May 2018. She's worked in mostly (you guessed it) film, television and commercials since then! Recent credits include "The President Show" (Comedy Central), "New Bla Bla York" (Frankly Films) and "Ashes" (Dir. Tijuana Ricks). Krysten is a proud member of SAG and AEA.

MAJA WAMPUSZYC

Maja Wampuszyc The Immigrant by James Gray (Cannes & NY Film Festival) opposite Marion Cotillard, produced by Oscar winners Anthony Katagus & Greg Shapiro; Guest Star on The Knick d/Steven Soderbergh & Madam Secretary d/Robert Greenlea (credited as M. Grace Sutton); Mona Lisa Smile by M. Newell & Going Shopping by H. Jaglom. Broadway: Irena’s Vow; Off-Broadway & regionally: Lady Macbeth & Her Lover by R. Vetere (Directors Company); pool (no water) & An Oak Tree (Barrow Street), No More Writers (NJ Rep), The House of Connelly (ReGroup); Foggy Bottom (Abingdon); Rewriting Her Life, d/Tony winner Trazana Beverly; Precious Stones (Silk Road Theater). Represented by Bret Adams, Ltd. 

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KATHLEEN WISE

Kathleen Wise is an actress, writer, director, and visual artist.  She has performed in plays all over the country, including Grounded (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati), Indecent (Palm Beach Dramaworks), Oslo, The Humans, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, The Winslow Boy (Rep Theatre of St. Louis), Talley’s Folly (Merrimack Rep), The After-Dinner Joke, Vinegar Tom, Pity in History (PTP/NYC), Dancing Lessons(Penguin Rep), Julius Caesar (Acting Company/Guthrie Theater), A Christmas Carol (Cincinnati Playhouse), Diary of Anne Frank(Pioneer/Indiana Rep), Murder on the Nile (Dorset Theater Festival), and Burn This (NYU Grad Acting).  She has played leading roles in the independent feature films Ironwood, Historias del Canal, Antidote, and 4 Nights in the Hamptons.  Other film and TV credits include: Hulu’s The Path, Unforgettable, She’s Lost Control, SPLiT, Palimpsest (Sundance Film Festival), and several web series including Wildcats!, F to 7th, and First World Problems.  Her directorial film debut Sanctuary, premiered at the Montana Film Festival and her feature screenplay, A Round Tuit, was short listed for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.  She has an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting program and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.  http://kathleenwise.squarespace.com

 
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JENNA ROSCOE

Production

Jenna is a filmmaker from Brooklyn, NY and an RIT film school alumni. Her first narrative short, “Cleopatra” won the 2017 best Western NY Short at the Buffalo International Film Festival. Recent works include short comedy “Cha Boi Mikey” and short drama “I See Everything, I See Nothing At All,” featured in festivals like BIFF and the High Falls Film Festival.