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The Brownstone

The Brownstone

Playwright: Rachel White

Director:  Tad Chitwood

Stage Manager:  Jillian Cypress



Elliott: Tony Pike

Bo: Corey Long

Bunny: Maren Schikler

Cop: Corey Music

Special thanks to Patrick White for sculpture design and creation


Three squatters occupy an abandoned brownstone in an anonymous corner of Brooklyn:  Bo, an artist, Bunny, a runaway, and Elliott, a beat poet.  Then, a mysterious cop appears on the street and the sordid histories and motivations of the occupants are slowly revealed.

Tony Pike (Elliot)

Corey Long (Bo)

Corey Long is a graduate from Indiana University Southeast and has worked with several local companies including Pandora Productions, The Alley Theatre and Finnigan Productions, where he's performed in several Festivals of Funky Fresh Fun.

Maren Schikler (Bunny)

Maren Schikler is delighted to be performing in The Brownstone in Derby City Playwright's first new play festival. She is a theatre major at the University of Louisville working day and night in different aspects of theatre to graduate within the next year. She has been involved in productions such as Melancholy Play, Polaroid Stories, Topdog Underdog, and Vagina Monologues. Maren would like to thank everyone involved with this production for their hard work and dedication, her parents for supporting her, and would like to tell her friends "sorry I have rehearsal". 

Corey Musc (Cop)

Corey Music is thrilled to be a part of the first Derby City Playwrights New Play Festival.  Corey is a current law student at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, as well as a local actor and playwright in town.  He's helped pen and produce plays such as Hell's Awesome, and some favorite roles include Carter in The Kings of Christmas (2015), and Claudius in the parody Omelet: The Prince of Denny's (2013).  There's also a good chance that you have seen Corey downstairs as a server (the handsome man may have even been your waiter).  Be assured: upstairs is much more fun.

Jillian Cypress (Stage Manager)

Jillian Cypress is honored to be stage managing The Brownstone in the Derby City Playwright's first new play festival.  She is a Louisville native and received a bachelor's degree in theater from the University of Louisville. Some of her favorite stage managing credits include: Evil Dead the Musical, and Christmas on Mars.  

Tad Chitwood (Director)

Tad Chitwood has been part of the Louisville theatre scene for many years as actor, director, producer, and artistic director, but is a relative newcomer to playwriting. His short piece, Independence, was staged by Pet Fish Productions. Premieres at the annual Finnigan Festival of Funky Fresh Fun: Anastasia Remoulade, CosMology--A Series of Drunken Revelations, Status, Love's Light Wings--10 Monologues About Loss of Innocence, AutoFill, Fair Trade, Double Helix (also published in The Louisville Review) and Toast. His plays Bendy Straw and AutoFill wer part of Actors Theatre of Louisville's Late Seating. He was commission by Actors Theatre to adapt and direct a Jonathan Letham short story, The Mad Brooklynite. He created a new translation and adaptation of Ionesco's The Bald Soprano for Savage Rose Classical Theatre Co, which he also directed. He studied playwriting with Horton Foote at a symposium in NYC and studied English, History and Rhetorical Theory at Centre College, Duke University, University of Louisville, Queen's College, Vanderbilt University, The National Humanities Center and Cambridge University.

Rachel White (Playwright)

Rachel White is a playwright and screenwriter from Louisville, Kentucky. She received her MFA in playwriting from the New School for Drama and her BA in English and Dramatic Arts from Centre College. Recent Louisville area works include Ludlow Quinn Presents: Dante the Magician with Theatre 502, American Goddess with Derby City Playwrights, a reading of A Bird to the Mountain with Derby City Playwrights, Ludlow Quinn Presents: The Man Who Knows with Theatre 502, Blizzard of ’92 with Marrow Street Theater, and The Gardeners with Marrow Street Theater. New York City credits include: Broken Wing at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Gravity at the American Globe Theatre, Blank at the Strawberry One Act Festival, Green River at the New School for Drama, and Traditions at the New School for Drama. She has had workshops and productions at Tangent Theatre Company, Moving Arts Productions, The Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA, and The Last Frontier Theatre Conference. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and playwright emeritus with The Playwrights Gallery Workshop in New York. She is playwright and co-founder of Marrow Street Theater, a Louisville based non-profit theater company dedicated to the 45-60 minute one act play.

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