DAVID'S REDHAIRED DEATH" is the second play in the BGT's summer project to encourage young trainee performers. It follows the success of last years's "WOLVES ARE COMING FOR YOU". It is scheduled to play at the ISL Studio on September 10th, 11th & 12th, depending on current COVID 19 restrictions having been lifted by September. More details should be available in early July.
In 2019 BGT English Theatre Company piloted a summer project in which young Luxembourg-based performers, who are either studying the performing arts, or are planning to do so, are given a contract to work intensively on a piece to be performed at the beginning of the autumn. This will help them to gain experience and contribute to their CVs in a way that will boost their chances to work in the performing arts field. Of the young performers in last year's group, Céline Planata began studying Acting at AMDA (the American Musical and Dramatic Academy) in New York in October 2019
Cindy graduated from the Lycée Michel Rodange in 2015. While at school she studied Acting (in German and French) at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg and from 2009 acted every year in the LMRL musical. She also took part in the English Drama Group for 2 years and in 2014 appeared in the BGT’s production of LITTLE WOMEN (as Young Meg) at the Abbaye de Nemunster. From 2015-2018 she did her Bachelor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in German and Theatre Studies. In this time she played in several shows including FIGHT CLUB, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and TWELFTH NIGHT. In 2018 she began her Master’s Degree in German Literature and since then has performed in NICHTS (as Sophie) and WOYZECK REQUIEM (as Marie) for the Studiobühne der Theaterwissenschaft, München and DES BETTLERS OPER (as Lucy) for the Dramatische Gestalten e.V. She was also scheduled to direct ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD in May 2020, but this was sadly cancelled due to the COVID crisis.
In 2019 she did an internship at Theaterstückverlag Brigitte Korn-Wimmer & Franz Wimmer (GbR), proofreading plays, writing advertising texts, researching and liaising with theatres.
DAVID’S REDHAIRED DEATH is a welcome return for her to the Luxembourg stage.
Lina Peller is a Luxembourgish student who is currently studying drama at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Her interest in theatre found its beginning during her first drama lessons, led by Tony Kingston. Soon after, she applied for the Conservatoire de Luxembourg, where she took part in acting, improvisation and diction classes.
Notable spoken theatre and film performances include:
WITCH HUNT by Stuart Arden and SELFIE by Bradley Hayward directed by Tony Kingston; LADY WINDERMERE'S PHONE at the Theatre National du Luxembourg, DIE PLANETEN at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and her film work in LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS (Dividante Films).
Alongside her acting experience, Lina was able to gain operating and design experience during her internship in the Münchner Kammerspiele, where she assisted in the costume design for both TIEFER SCHWEB by Christoph Marthaler and MITTELREICH by Anta Helena Recke. In 2019 she designed the first BGT summer project, WOLVES ARE COMING FOR YOU which was her first commission as the sole costume designer for a show.
DAVID'S REDHAIRED DEATH is a return to stage acting before applying for drama school.
Born and raised in Luxembourg, Tiara was very young when she first fell in love with the Performing Arts. At the age of three, she had already begun her dance training, and she spent the majority of her childhood in leotards and ballet shoes. At eleven, she took her first acting class, and quickly developed a passion for the stage. Throughout her high school years, Tiara only dove deeper into the world of theatre. Whether she was on stage, starring in musicals such as FOOTLOOSE and LES MISERABLES, choreographing dance numbers for GREASE and WEST SIDE STORY, operating sound for WOLVES ARE COMING FOR YOU, directing AlLMOST MAINE and SEVEN DEADLY SINS, or creating her own show, IT'S ALL SMOKE AND MIRRORS she was always spending her days in rehearsals. Her passion for the art form only grew stronger, notably through her IB Theatre Class at the International School of Luxembourg, and through summer programs at Boston Children’s Theatre. Even in her final she made time to appear in the BGT’s CHARLES DICKENS: THE BEST OF MEN, THE WORST OF MEN at the Abbaye de Neumünster in January 2020.
Over the next four years, she will be pursuing a Directing BFA at the University of Michigan. She hopes to make a career out of her passion, and looks forward to further exploring this field in her classes and future productions.
Having grown up in a traditional southern Italian family it was just natural for me to take sewing lessons as a child.
After a long break to focus on school and theater and the Lycée Michel Rodange - where I played in several English-language theatre productions - I started a small upcycling business at 19 to help people give their clothes a second life instead of throwing them away and contributing to environmental pollution. A year later, the BGT saw potential in my skills and were kind enough to give me the opportunity to design and make the costumes for “David’s Redhaired Death"
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Sherry Kramer's work is often about the American Dream. She has written about America’s role in destabilizing the Middle East over oil (When Something Wonderful Ends), the rise of a populist media demagogue in America (Ivanhoe, MO), the power of the press to distort the shape of a nation’s soul (The Ruling Passion), and two plays about America’s relationship with money and philanthropy (How Water Behaves and The Bay of Fundy--An Adaptation of One Line From the Mayor of Casterbridge). These plays invite their audiences to find new ways to understand who Americans are as a nation, and how they might find their way back to being the generous, fair-minded people they believe themselves to be.
Kramer is the recipient of an NEA, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a McKnight National Fellowship, and commissions from the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theatre Project and the Moscow Art Theatre/UI International Writers Program. Her plays have been produced here and abroad and include productions at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Second Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Soho Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Seattle’s Annex Theatre, InterAct Theatre, the Theatre of the First Amendment, the Tokyo International Arts Festival, and RedThen/Rude Fusion Rude Mechs.
Other plays include: David’s RedHaired Death (The Jane Chambers Award), The Wall of Water (LA Women in Theatre Award), Three Quarter Inches of Sky, What A Man Weighs (Weissberger Playwriting Award, New York Drama League, Marvin Taylor Playwriting Award).
She holds an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, teaches playwriting at Bennington College, and regularly in the MFA programs of The Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin, and the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, where she was previously head of the workshop. She was the first national member of New Dramatists. Her book about playwriting is called A Play Takes Place in the Audience.