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 Nobody chooses one’s family.  Especially 14-year old Kaylee.  In this explicit story of the average family next door, a man does anything for love, including getting his girlfriend the daughter of her dreams.  Even if it means taking somebody else’s.

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Stock Home will premiere in the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival, August 10-26. 

Contains mature subject matter.  Not recommended for young audiences.

Written by Alex Goldberg

Directed by Seth Soloway

Starring Lauren Cook, Megan Tusing and Mather Zickel*

The exact performance dates are as follows:

  • Friday, August 10 – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 15 – 5:15pm
  • Thursday, August 16 – 3:00pm
  • Monday, August 20 – 9:45pm
  • Saturday, August 25 – 2:15pm

The New School for Drama Theater

151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor

(between Washington Street and the West Side Highway)

A, C, E, L to 14th St/8th Ave.  Please allow time to walk to the theatre as there is no late seating!

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased HERE

or by calling 212-279-4488 in New York or 1-888-FringeNYC from outside New York.  Please visit www.fringenyc.org for more details.

Wikipedia

Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in an abducted hostage, in which the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker, regardless of the danger (or at least risk) in which the hostage has been placed. The syndrome is named after the Norrmalmstorg robbery of Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg, Stockholm, Sweden, in which the bank robbers held bank employees hostage from August 23 to August 28 in 1973. In this case, the victims became emotionally attached to their victimizers, and even defended their captors after they were freed from their six-day ordeal. The term Stockholm Syndrome was coined by the criminologist and psychiatrist Nils Bejerot, who assisted the police during the robbery, and referred to the syndrome in a news broadcast.

Famous Stockholm syndrome cases from Wikipedia

1.      Colleen Stan, a.k.a. Carol Smith was held captive from 1977 until 1984 by Cameron and Janice Hooker in locked wooden boxes. She slept in a coffin-like box under the Hookers’ bed. During her imprisonment Colleen was consistently tortured and sexually assaulted to the point of complete mental and physical subservience. Yet through it all, she stayed, even when it seemed she could escape. In the end, it would be left to a jury to answer the question: Was Colleen Stan brainwashed and forced to endure years of sexual degradation and mental torture as she and Janice Hooker contended, or a willing partner in her own enslavement, and as Cameron Hooker maintained, in a consensual “love” relationship? For an in-depth synopsis of the case, see The Case of the Seven Year Sex Slave and Perfect Victim: The True Story of “The Girl in the Box” by the D.A. That Prosecuted Her Captor.

2.       Millionaire heiress Patty Hearst who was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. After two months in captivity, she actively took part in a robbery they were orchestrating. Her unsuccessful legal defense was that she suffered from Stockholm syndrome and was coerced into aiding the SLA. She was convicted and imprisoned for her actions in the robbery, though her sentence was commuted in February 1979 by President Jimmy Carter, and she received a Presidential pardon from Bill Clinton.

3.       Natascha Kampusch, a 10-year old Austrian girl who was kidnapped by Wolfgang Priklopil before escaping at the age of 18 in 2006, showing signs of having suffered from Stockholm syndrome, as evidenced by her grieving after her captor’s suicide.

4.       Steven Stayner, a boy from Merced, California, USA kidnapped at age 7 and held captive for a little over 7 years from late 1972 to early 1980. His ordeal was turned into a made-for-TV movie.

5.       Sano Fusako, a woman in Japan kidnapped at age 10 and held captive for 9 years from 1990 to 2000.

6.       Tanya Kach, a woman in Pennsylvania held at the home of Thomas Hose from 1996 to 2006.

7.       Lena Simakhina, 17 and Katya Martynova, 14 abducted by factory worker Viktor Mokhov, 53. He kept the teenagers as sex slaves in the underground cellar for 3.5 years from 2000 until 2004.

8.       A 27-year-old Hungarian woman in Budapest was held captive for 13 years in her home by her father and regularly raped and beaten.

9.    Shawn Hornbeck was kidnapped at age 11 in 2003 and held for four years by Michael J. Devlin in Missouri. Shawn Hornbeck started using Devlin’s last name and despite talking to police on two separate occasions about other unrelated matters Shawn Hornbeck did not seek the assistance of law enforcement. There have been many questions raised in the media reports surrounding his rescue in January 2007 about why he did not speak out earlier leading to reported speculation that he suffered from the Stockholm Syndrome. However, there are many, including other victims of sexual abuse, and others who have been victims of kidnappings, who have expressed their understanding and support Shawn’s decisions not to make an attempt to escape. If he had not made the decisions he made, he might not be living today. Shawn told Oprah off camera, that the reason he did not try to escape was because he was “terrified” – rejecting accusations of Stockholm Syndrome.

10.    Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her home by Brian David Mitchell. She was raped and kept hidden in holes in Emigration Canyon. Yet later, Elizabeth was covered in a veil, taken into public places, and even photographed with the veil, but she did not attempt to contact others to tell them that she had been kidnapped.

CAST and CREATIVE TEAM: 

Lauren Cook (Tammy) graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a BA in Theatre. She studied at the Moscow Art Summer Academy and performed in the Cherry Orchard Players Off-Broadway Production of The Seagull 2288.  She has studied at and performed in shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Magnet Theater and the Peoples Improv Theater, as a part of the sketch comedy group “Quiet Library.” She performed in the comedic short, In Your Head, an official selection of the New York Independent International Film and Video Festival. Most recently, Lauren was a principal in Phoebeworks Productions’ Floaters, a broadband sitcom that was called “groundbreaking … funny and charming” by Frazier Moore of the AP and “the sitcom’s future” in the NY Times. She was also a principal writer on the series (www.phoebeworks.com).

Megan Tusing (Kaylee) Credits include Happy Girl with the Samuel French Festival, Spitting Distance at the Looking Glass Theatre, Dana in The Sweetest Swing In Baseball, Hannah in Angels in America (Parts I & II), Lily in The Skriker, Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well, Desdemona in Othello, Prospero in The Tempest.  Nominated for Irene Ryan 2006.  Megan is a graduate of James Madison University.

Mather Zickel* (Conrad) is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  He studied acting at Circle in the Square and the Shakespeare Lab at The Public Theatre.  He has performed at many New York theatres including LaMama, The Old Vineyard, The Ohio, Town Hall, and The Culture Project as well as regional venues such as Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Mill Mountain Theatre.  He began writing and performing sketch comedy with his group Scary Monkey Productions, booking shows at Caroline’s, Gotham Comedy Club, and Stand-Up NY.  While working in sketch he was cast as Bill Murray on ABC’s The Gilda Radner Story.  This lead to further television appearances on Arrested Development, Comedy Central’s Reno: 911! and the lead in the USA movie Underfunded.  He is featured in the upcoming films The Ten, Balls of Fury, Diggers, and The Pleasure of Your Company, as well as ESPN’s new mini-series The Bronx is Burning as Yankee outfielder Lou Piniella.  His writing experience in sketch and short film resulted in collaboration on a feature-length comedy Crazy Train for 20th Century Fox.

Seth Soloway (Director) currently serves as the Artistic Director of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts.  He was a founding member of NeoPack, where he served as Managing Director, as well as resident Director/ Designer, and he currently serves on the board of directors for Electric Pear Productions.  Previous directing credits include Two Rooms(Blessing), No Mercy(Congdon), Twelfth Night, God(Allen), After Wednesday (New Play by Louise Schwarz), Antigone, Macbeth, the New York premiere of Survival  by Jeremy Basescu (Columbia MFA Playwright), an evening of Alan Bowne’s work which included Sharon and Billy and Beirut as well as the premiere reading/workshop of Cocaine and Underpants by Alan Bowne.  Most recently, Seth directed Sweet on the Donor by Ashlin Halfnight in the 2007 Battle of the Bards (Partial Comfort Productions).  He has also spent three summers directing and teaching acting, playwrighting, directing and design at the Appel Farm Arts and Music Center in Elmer, NJ.  Previously, Seth held a position at Marc Routh Productions (Frankel, Routh, Viertel, Baruch Group) where he worked directly with Mr. Routh whose many producing projects include Sweeney Todd, The Producers, Hairspray, Stomp, The Fantastiks and Company.  Seth simultaneously served as the Lortel Administrator for the Off Broadway League where he oversaw the Lortel Awards and worked directly with the League President on various projects.  He holds a BFA in Directing from Marymount Manhattan College and an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College.

Jen McArdle (Producer) is currently the Chief Financial & Operating Officer at Off Broadway Booking, a commercial touring agency in New York dedicated to the promotion and awareness of Off Broadway as a brand of excellence in theater to audiences outside of New York. She received her MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College in May 2007. During the graduate program, Jen worked as an arts management consultant with Webb Management Services and completed management internships at Roundabout Theatre Company and Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Before moving to New York for grad school, Jen was the production manager at the Vittum Theater in Chicago, where she managed a season of the three education-based productions. Jen also served as the production manager for Simple Theater Company on The Enchanted at the Athenaeum Studio Theater and was the assistant production manager on Nickel and Dimed at the Steppenwolf Studio Theater. She has freelanced as a stagehand at Governor’s State University, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the original Goodman Theatre and many other venues in Chicago. Jen received her BFA in Theater Technology from the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. 

Set Design: Martin Andrew; Costume Design: David Moyer; Lighting Design: Mike Durst; Sound Designer: Matt O’Hare; Production Stage Manager: Amanda Cynkin; Assistant Stage Managers: Jenny Lando and Tara Mary Schmitt

Casting by Charles Rosen & Scott Wojcik

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

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