by Nora Sørena Casey, developed in collaboration with the cast and creative team
directed by Jenny Reed
Produced by The Pack (Co-Artistic Directors Jenny reed and Samantha sheppard), in association with Alexandra Pinel
Following news of their brilliant but estranged father’s stroke, Mychal reluctantly returns to their childhood home in Oxford, Mississippi. Upon arrival, they are confronted by a community grappling with death, love, scientific legacy, identity, and a few old ghosts. False Stars is a darkly humorous modern take on the Southern Gothic drama—in which strained relationships, covert queer love triangles, and notebooks of mysterious origin lurk around every corner.
CAST: Felipe Bonilla*, Marissa Carpio, Jules Forsberg-Lary, Jonathan Iglesias*, ryan molloy, and Ashton Muñiz*
creative team: Elizabeth Mak (Lighting), Kate marvin (Sound), Chika Shimizu (Set, Props and CostumeS), and abraham marlett (stage manager)
*These actors are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.
Nora Sørena Casey is a
new york city-based playwright and lyricist.
Her full-length plays include Take the Car (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Dreams of Malinche (Everyday Inferno), and Not Afraid (PowerOut). A frequent collaborator with The Motor Company, her free, site-specific plays include Derek and the Sheep, Intimate Bar Plays, and Absolutely Somewhere. Nora is the 2016 and 2017 Playwright-In-Residence with Athena Theatre Company and a member of Project Y’s playwriting group.
Jenny Reed is a director and co-Artistic Director of The Pack.
Recent projects include Trapper (4th Street Theater/The Shelter Theater), Future Honey (59E59, Edinburgh Fringe Festival/The Pack), Houseworld (New York Magazine Critics Pick), Broken Bone Bathtub (Best Solo Performance, NY Innovation Theater Awards), Death of A Salesman (RTA). As an assistant director she has worked for Aya Ogawa, Connie Grappo, and Lee Sunday Evans. She is an associate for Young Jean Lee.
Photo Credit: Sammy Tunis
Samantha Sheppard is a multidisciplinary theatre-maker and co-Artistic Director of The Pack.
As an educator, she develops, coordinates and facilitates theater and nonviolence curriculum in NYC public schools. Projects include BABY FAT: Act 1 (La MaMa), Future Honey (The Pack–59E59, Edinburgh Fringe), Empire Travel Agency (Woodshed Collective), Uncle Vanya (Medicine Show Theatre), Houseworld (NY Mag Critics’ Pick), and To Protect, Serve, and Understand (Irondale Center), a project with NYPD officers and community members.
The Pack is a Brooklyn-based and female-led collective of theater artists and designers,
dedicated to developing highly collaborative and innovative new plays.