WHO WE ARE – CO-ARTISTS

BIOS of ABRAHAM contributors to date. The feature film has no attachments.

PHIL LEE, AUDIO PLAY PRODUCER

Executive Producer and Chief Engineer of FULL HOUSE PRODUCTIONS, which he founded in 1981 after being recording engineer at the Electric Lady for artists such as Kiss, James Taylor, Blood Sweat and Tears, Stevie Wonder, producing documentaries for NY broadcast, having a United Nations career as radio engineer and film sound recordist in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Mexico, producing radio commercials for films such as MANHATTAN, APOCALYPSE NOW, FAME, RAGING BULL and being engineer for the internationally broadcast radio program “Anything Goes.”  Full House, created in 1981, has evolved into an audio post production full service facility with twenty audio engineers, sound designers, film editors, artists, and business professionals, serving the broadcast, industrial, publishing, film and theater communities, being accessible to a diverse clientele, merging its experience with a changing technology, and maintaining long-term relationships with clients such as Thirteen/WNET (New York City PBS), Ken & Ric Burns, Estee Lauder, The BBC, Scholastic, Fox Sports, CBS, ESPN and IBM. When Phil offered to recreate HOW HIS BRIDE CAME TO ABRAHAM in audio format as an audio play at Full House, Karen Sunde adapted the script and the actors recorded it, with Phil as director, designer, and engineer, and with a score by Darryl Gregory.  More at www.cityvoxny.com/staff/


YUVAL SUSSLER, DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER

Born in Argentina, raised in Venezuela and Israel, and currently living in the United States, Yuval is familiar with interfaith conflicts and cross-cultural clashes, not the least of which is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is for this reason that Yuval is working with co-director Yahel Herzog on PLAYING PEACE, a documentary film about the collaboration between Israeli actor Amir Babayoff and Palestinian actress Maya Serhan. Yuval hopes that the story of their collaboration, in light of the similarities between their own personal background and that of the characters they portray in HOW HIS BRIDE CAME TO ABRAHAM, will be an inspiration for everyone.   Yuval has been involved in theater, television and filmmaking since 1986. He has worn many different artistic hats, and is grateful for the opportunity he has had to work with amazing theater artists and filmmakers in 18 countries and four continents.


RICHARD LEVINE, ACTOR / PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE

Richard Levine is a quintuple-threat.  He has acted, produced, directed, written, and artistic directed in New York at such venues as Present Company, HERE, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Expanded Arts, Circle in the Square, and the Stella Adler Conservatory, Circle in the Square, Babaloo’s, Expanded Arts’ Shakespeare in the Park(ing Lot), playing roles like Antonio in THE TEMPEST, Smirnov in THE BEAR, Gideon in GIDEON.  For Access Theatre’s CHEKHOV NOW Festival, Levine produced and played the solo role of Anton Chekhov in Karen Sunde’s ANTON, HIMSELF, and he then founded the Table & Chair Handmade Theatre, and opened it with Sunde’s 14-character romp - PLEASE GOD, NO WEDDING OR SHOOTING AT THE END.  Levine, a Southern California native, holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and studied acting at Circle in the Square Theatre School.  Since he first saw it five years ago, he has been inextricably entwined with ABRAHAM.


IAN MARSHALL, FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER

Ian Marshall is a theater/opera director and film & stage combat and movement specialist.  He was Fight Captain and Assistant to the Fight Director at the Metropolitan Opera of New York for seven years.  His directing credits include: HAMLET, KING JOHN, COSÌ FAN TUTTE, SUOR ANGELICA and the NY premiere of A.R. Gurney’s THE GUEST LECTURER (among many others). Movement, choreography and fight direction:  HB Playwrights Foundation, Ensemble Studio Theater, Atlantic Theater, National Shakespeare Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Bronx Opera Company, Chelsea Opera, Pulse Ensemble Theater, 13th Street Rep, CBS’ The Learning Channel, Sing Sing Maximum Security Prison, music videos, commercials, Independent Films. Teaching: Yale University (graduate acting and opera departments), NYC, Circle in the Square, Weist-Barron, The New York Film Academy and The Classical Studio.  Ian is also co-founder of United Stages, the audience-building resource for small theater, opera and all New York performance. More at www.unitedstages.com


DARRYL GREGORY, COMPOSER

A composer-musician and founding member of SaReel Project, he has produced numerous CDs, is owner and operator of Blue Cave Studios, and a founding member of World in One Pan Arts Collaborative.  Darryl’s instruments run the gamut from world flutes, harmonica & musical saw to voice and percussion.  He received his BME from Baldwin-Wallace College and a MM in performance from the University of Akron in Ohio.  He has composed in every style of music for pre-school through professional ensembles as well as for dance companies and theater.  

Darryl has been an enthusiastic champion of ABRAHAM since Praxis Theatre Project asked him to compose a score for the production that brought the actors, directors, and fight choreographer together for the first time.  He believes this story aligns perfectly with his World In One ideal. Subsequently, Darryl composed new tracks for ABRAHAM’s trailer, and selections from his entire collection of ABRAHAM music have been incorporated in Phil Lee’s Audio Play production of ABRAHAM.   More at www.darrylgregory.com and www.sareel.com


SALVATORE TAGLIARINO, DESIGNER, Abraham bird

“Sal” the artist is a set designer for film, Broadway, Off Broadway, opera, dance, television, industry, as well as being faculty in the Design Department of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and on the Board of Governors of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Among his myriad credits is work with Alvin Ailey, New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, New York Shakespeare Festival, Houston Grand Opera, New York Lyric Opera, Frank Sinatra, Lou Rawls, Neil Diamond, Liza Minelli, Natalie Cole, and his industrial work runs the gamut from Merrill-Lynch, Revlon, and Ford to World Class Wrestling. www.salvatoretagliarino.com


PRAXIS THEATRE PROJECT

An Off-Off Broadway company called “a force to be reckoned with” and “one of the most consistently excellent” theatres in NY by NYTheatre.com, is led by Matt Bray, Kelley Perlstein, Courtney Mitchell and Kirstin Kreuger, who were the first producers of HOW HIS BRIDE CAME TO ABRAHAM in New York City, bringing its writer, actors, composer, and photographer together.  Praxis creates and presents topical new plays and reinvigorates lost classics through rigorous investigation of the text.