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SEPTEMBER 4th-16th
Tuesdays-Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 2 pm

The ACCESS THEATER,
380 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Ever since Alexis moved in with her boyfriend, her pet parrot has developed a problem. What’s worse, the girl she’s been illicitly flirting with just showed up uninvited to their dinner party. And she might have bedbugs. And a secret past. PLUCKER is an old-school farce about a new generation dealing with the anxieties of commitment and co-habitation.

Directed by Company of Fools Artistic Director Cameron Clarke, PLUCKER combines a close examination of millennial angst and the woes of sex and relationships with elements of farce and bedroom comedy. The result of that marriage? A pointed, powerful, and visceral dark comedy that will make you laugh and question your life choices in equal measure. 

[PLUCKER is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.]

Cast and Creative team

  Calaine Schafer (Alexis)   Calaine is thrilled to be rejoining Company of Fools for Plucker. Recent theatre credits include: Hot L Baltimore (Harold Clurman Lab Theatre Company), Broken City Wall Street (PopUp Theatrics), Crisis: Ocean Planet (Gallery Players), Patronage (Random Access Theatre), The Tragedy of Dandelion (Urban Stages Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Accidental Shakespeare at the Pearl), Holy Crab! (Ensemble Studio Theatre), A Long Distance Affair (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Calaine is also the co-creator/ producer/star of the award winning web-series BE Bettina & Elaine ( www.betheseries.com) . She is an NYU Tisch graduate, where she studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and RADA.  www.calaineschafer.com .

Calaine Schafer (Alexis)

Calaine is thrilled to be rejoining Company of Fools for Plucker. Recent theatre credits include: Hot L Baltimore (Harold Clurman Lab Theatre Company), Broken City Wall Street (PopUp Theatrics), Crisis: Ocean Planet (Gallery Players), Patronage (Random Access Theatre), The Tragedy of Dandelion (Urban Stages Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Accidental Shakespeare at the Pearl), Holy Crab! (Ensemble Studio Theatre), A Long Distance Affair (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Calaine is also the co-creator/ producer/star of the award winning web-series BE Bettina & Elaine (www.betheseries.com). She is an NYU Tisch graduate, where she studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and RADA. www.calaineschafer.com.

  Ben Kaufman (Louis)   Ben is a New York City based Actor. Most recently seen at Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre in Continuing the Conversation, as Admetos in The Briefly Dead at 59E59, and as Billy in Bickford Theaters production of Clever Little Lies; Ben works steadily in off off productions and has managed to involve himself in a handful of independent films; The most recent of which, About A Donkey is currently making its way around several festivals through the country. Ben grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and holds a BFA in Theater Performance from Ohio University.  TheBenKaufman.com  for all things Ben Kaufman.   

Ben Kaufman (Louis)

Ben is a New York City based Actor. Most recently seen at Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre in Continuing the Conversation, as Admetos in The Briefly Dead at 59E59, and as Billy in Bickford Theaters production of Clever Little Lies; Ben works steadily in off off productions and has managed to involve himself in a handful of independent films; The most recent of which, About A Donkey is currently making its way around several festivals through the country. Ben grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and holds a BFA in Theater Performance from Ohio University. TheBenKaufman.com for all things Ben Kaufman.   

  Madelyn Murphy (Lee)   Madelyn is an actress, improviser, production associate with Waterwell, and founding member of High Stakes Productions. Theaters include The Second City, iO, The Annoyance, Pride Arts Center, as well as several short films and web series. She has studied at Stella Adler NYC and Black Box Acting Chicago. A recent transplant from Chicago, this is her first play in NYC, and she is thrilled to do it with this incredible cast. Thanks go to Cameron and crew for this awesome opportunity.  

Madelyn Murphy (Lee)

Madelyn is an actress, improviser, production associate with Waterwell, and founding member of High Stakes Productions. Theaters include The Second City, iO, The Annoyance, Pride Arts Center, as well as several short films and web series. She has studied at Stella Adler NYC and Black Box Acting Chicago. A recent transplant from Chicago, this is her first play in NYC, and she is thrilled to do it with this incredible cast. Thanks go to Cameron and crew for this awesome opportunity.  

  Marlena Holman (Thomasina)   Marlena was born in Arizona and is a graduate of NYU TIsch (Meisner, Classical, ITW, ETW). Favorite credits include Oberon/Theseus in Midsummer (Classical Theatre Collective), Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Lake George Theatre Lab), Daughters of Leda (Dixon Place) and The Possibilities, directed by Tim Carroll. Proud member of The No Name Collective. Marlena is always down for a bike ride and a beer.

Marlena Holman (Thomasina)

Marlena was born in Arizona and is a graduate of NYU TIsch (Meisner, Classical, ITW, ETW). Favorite credits include Oberon/Theseus in Midsummer (Classical Theatre Collective), Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Lake George Theatre Lab), Daughters of Leda (Dixon Place) and The Possibilities, directed by Tim Carroll. Proud member of The No Name Collective. Marlena is always down for a bike ride and a beer.

  Tyler Riley (Julian)   Tyler is thrilled to be a part of  Plucker  in his debut with Company of Fools. Tyler was last seen Off-Off Broadway in Dunvegan Productions'  The Promised Land . Most recent roles include, Ajax ( Ajax ), Sebastian ( The Tempest ), Antonio ( Much Ado About Nothing ), and Arthur ( The Veritas Times ). Tyler would also like to thank his colleagues at TDF for their continued support of his artistic endeavors, as well as a HUGE thank you to all the members of this production. 

Tyler Riley (Julian)

Tyler is thrilled to be a part of Plucker in his debut with Company of Fools. Tyler was last seen Off-Off Broadway in Dunvegan Productions' The Promised Land. Most recent roles include, Ajax (Ajax), Sebastian (The Tempest), Antonio (Much Ado About Nothing), and Arthur (The Veritas Times). Tyler would also like to thank his colleagues at TDF for their continued support of his artistic endeavors, as well as a HUGE thank you to all the members of this production. 

  Cristina "Cha" Ramos (Intimacy Director)   is a movement designer, dramaturg, performer, and total bookworm. She has created scenes of intimacy and violence ranging from a delicate kiss between old lovers to a sci-fi superhero face-off. Cha is a founding member of Combative Theatre Co., collaborating member of Everyday Inferno Theatre Company, guest artist with The Navigators Theater, and Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Dramaturgy at Columbia University, and is absolutely thrilled to be working on  Plucker ! More info at  www.Cristina-Ramos.com .

Cristina "Cha" Ramos (Intimacy Director)

is a movement designer, dramaturg, performer, and total bookworm. She has created scenes of intimacy and violence ranging from a delicate kiss between old lovers to a sci-fi superhero face-off. Cha is a founding member of Combative Theatre Co., collaborating member of Everyday Inferno Theatre Company, guest artist with The Navigators Theater, and Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Dramaturgy at Columbia University, and is absolutely thrilled to be working on Plucker! More info at www.Cristina-Ramos.com.

  Cameron Clarke (Director)   Cameron is an actor, writer, director, magician, clown, and founding Artistic Director of Company of Fools. Film: the bumbling and goofy Rich in  Stray  (YouTube). Recent theatre credits, as an actor, include: ensemble member in  Julius Caesar  (The Public Theater) and Benedick in  Much Ado  (Fools & Kings Project). Cameron also directed CoF’s inaugural reading of  The Pillowman  and full production of  True West . Big thanks to the greatest partner and dearest friend in the world, Collin Blackard. Love and thanks to the inimitable Clarke Clan.

Cameron Clarke (Director)

Cameron is an actor, writer, director, magician, clown, and founding Artistic Director of Company of Fools. Film: the bumbling and goofy Rich in Stray (YouTube). Recent theatre credits, as an actor, include: ensemble member in Julius Caesar (The Public Theater) and Benedick in Much Ado (Fools & Kings Project). Cameron also directed CoF’s inaugural reading of The Pillowman and full production of True West. Big thanks to the greatest partner and dearest friend in the world, Collin Blackard. Love and thanks to the inimitable Clarke Clan.

  Collin Blackard (Asst. Director)   Collin received a degree in Theatre from Oklahoma Baptist University.  He graduated from the Second City Conservatory and iO Chicago, and attended UCB, The Lee Strasberg Institute for Film and Theatre, and the New York Theatre Academy.  Collin is the Managing Director of Company of Fools and is proud to assistant direct and present Alena Smith’s  Plucker . 

Collin Blackard (Asst. Director)

Collin received a degree in Theatre from Oklahoma Baptist University.  He graduated from the Second City Conservatory and iO Chicago, and attended UCB, The Lee Strasberg Institute for Film and Theatre, and the New York Theatre Academy.  Collin is the Managing Director of Company of Fools and is proud to assistant direct and present Alena Smith’s Plucker

  Tom Blushi (Stage Manager)   Tom is so excited to be part of this production with this amazingly talented cast and making his debut with Company of Fools! Many thanks to Cameron for the opportunity to be part of the Plucker crew! He is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, where he earned a degree in Stage Management.  He recently returned to NYC, after working in Entertainment at Walt Disney World in Orlando. 

Tom Blushi (Stage Manager)

Tom is so excited to be part of this production with this amazingly talented cast and making his debut with Company of Fools! Many thanks to Cameron for the opportunity to be part of the Plucker crew! He is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, where he earned a degree in Stage Management.  He recently returned to NYC, after working in Entertainment at Walt Disney World in Orlando. 

COMPANY OF FOOLS™ 2017