Orbiter 3

presents the world premiere of

I Am Not My Motherland

JULY 14 - 31, 2016



Emily Acker


Hannah Gold, Isabella Sazak & Brian Anthony Wilson*


Set & lighting design

Masha Tsimring

Sound Design

Adriano Shaplin


Jamie Grace-Duff


Flora Vassar

Set & Lighting Design Assistant

Michael Lambui


Ben Levan



Nicole Labadie-Bartz


Rebecca Wright

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Cast of Characters

Hannah Gold . . . . . . . . Dr. Jessica Rosel

Isabella Sazak . . . . . . . . Dr. Amina Leroy

Brian Anthony Wilson . . . Mr. Irving Miller


Who's Who



Emily Acker


Emily Acker's plays include The Matter of Nadiyah Hassan (development: Azuka Theatre & Northwestern University), Kill Me Softly, Lower Merion (development: InterAct Theatre Company & The Foundry) and I Am Not My Motherland (2016 Finalist O’Neill Playwrights Conference). She also contributed to the final season of All My Children on Hulu+. Emily is a Core Playwright at InterAct Theatre Company (2015-2017), the literary manager for Philadelphia Young Playwrights Paula Vogel Mentors Project and an Artistic Associate at Azuka Theatre. She received her B.S. from Northwestern University.



Rebecca Wright


Rebecca Wright is a director, creator of new work, and the artistic director of Applied Mechanics, with whom she has created nine immersive productions. Recent directing credits include St. Joan with Quintessence Theater Group, We Are Bandits with Applied Mechanics, and Sarah Flood in Salem Mass at The Flea. Rebecca is the recipient of an Independence Fellowship and her production of Jacqueline Goldfinger’s Slip/Shot won the 2012 Brown Martin/Philadelphia Award. Upcoming: FEED with Applied Mechanics at the 2016 FringeArts Festival and Marcus/Emma by Mary Tuomanen at InterAct in January 2017.

Christopher Kaddish

Christopher Kaddish

Hannah Gold

Dr. Jessica Rosel

Hannah Gold is thrilled to be collaborating with Orbiter 3! Hannah has performed locally with the Wilma (The Real Thing and Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq), Shakespeare in Clark Park (The Tempest), InterAct Theatre (Microcrisis) and others. She graduated with a BA in English from Vassar College and is currently pursuing her MFA in acting at Temple University. Many thanks to Becky, Emily, Nicole and all the exceptional folks at Orbiter 3! Love to my family and friends. For Dad, always. hannah-gold.com


Isabella Sazak

Dr. amina leroy

Isabella Sazak's recent performance credits include We Are Bandits and VAINGLORIOUS (Applied Mechanics); Big Green Theater '16 (The Bushwick Starr, NY); CAENIS (Pace Gallery, NY); Take Care (The Flea Theater, NY); Sarah Flood in Salem Mass (The Flea Theater, NY); and Poor Sailor (The Brick, NY). She is an Associate Artist of Applied Mechanics Theater Company, and a Core Collaborator of Superhero Clubhouse.


Brian Anthony Wilson

Mr. irving Miller

Orbiter 3 debut! Recent theater: A Fierce Kind of Love (Christ Church Theatre), Driving Miss Daisy (Act II Playhouse), All My Sons (People's Light), The Last Jimmy (Grand Performances, L.A.). Film/TV credits include: Creed, The Benefactor, Crooked & Narrow, When The Moon Was Twice As Big, They Are Strangers, Jersey Justice, Limitless, Safe / The Jim Gaffigan Show, Blue Bloods, Broad City, Unforgettable, Do No Harm, Law & Order: S.V.U., The Sopranos and The Wire. For my Family. In Loving Memory of my Pop, Tim Wilson.


Masha Tsimring

Set & Lighting Designer

Masha is a Philly & NYC-based lighting designer for performance. Recently: In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) (Chautauqua Theatre Co.); Minor Character (New Saloon/Invisible Dog); Heart of Darkness (BAC); Invisible Hand (Theatre Exile); The Place We Built, Wolf in the River (The Flea); Polyphone Festival (UArts); The Bachelors, Wyoming (Lesser America); Hand, Foot, Fizzle, Face (Piehole/JACK); Agua Furiosa (CONTRA-TIEMPO); The Universe is A Small Hat (Babycastles/Sarah Lawrence), So Long Willy, Let’s Go Home (I AM A BOYS CHOIR); Cat on A Hot Tin Roof (Triad Stage); The Way West (Marin Theatre Co); American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose (Yale Repertory Theatre); 4000 Miles (Hangar Theatre). Masha is an Assistant Professor of Lighting at the University of the Arts. MFA - Yale School of Drama. www.mashald.com

Jamie Grace-Duff

Costume Designer

Jamie Grace-Duff loves to help characters and stories emerge from fabric. She recently created costumes for the world premieres of Muddled by Josh Piven and Local Girls by Emma Goidel. Coming up in the fronge, she will be designing Animal Farm to Table for Renegade Company. Previously she has worked with Revolution Shakespeare, The Renegade Company, BRAT Productions, EgoPo Theater, Swine Palace (Louisiana), and others. Jamie is the costume shop supervisor at Rowan University. She holds an MFA in costume design and technology from Temple University and a degree in Fashion Design from Drexel University.

Adriano Shaplin

Sound Designer

Adriano Shaplin is a playwright, performer, and sound designer. Recent designs include Saint Joan (Quintessence Theatre Group), Sarah Flood in Salem Mass (University of the Arts), It’s So Learning (Berserker Residents), Hello! Sadness! (Mary Tuomanen), The Metamorphosis (Quintessence Theatre Group), Lovertits (Annie Wilson), Bortle 8 (Chris Davis), We Are Bandits (Applied Mechanics), My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (The Flea), Sophie Gets the Horns (The Riot Group). Upcoming: Breathe Smoke (Orbiter 3), At Home with the Humorless Bastard (Annie Wilson), Marcus/Emma (InterAct Theatre Company).

Flora Vassar

Props Designer

Flora Vassar is a freelance stage manager and prop designer based in Philadelphia. Recent credits include props for 36 Views at the Lantern and the PAC's He Who Gets Slapped. She stage manages the contemporary circus show Air Play, which will next appear at London's Southbank Centre in August. She is a board member at The Resource Exchange, Philadelphia's creative reuse center, and helped to pilot Pop Up Repair, an itinerant repair service created by theater artisans. Next up: props for Theatre Exile and the Lantern, and ASM for 1812's 16/17 season.

Nicole Labadie-Bartz

Stage Manager

Nicole Labadie-Bartz is a recent graduate from the Directing, Playwriting, and Production program at The University of the Arts. Regional: Me First: An Autobiographical Comedy About Dying (Philly FringeArts Festival), Planet Claire, Nothing But Light (Cursed Church), Dear Diary, Bye. (Ellie Brown), Circle Mirror Transformation (Civic Theatre). UArts: Chronotope Rough Draft, Mad Forest, Self:Same (SM); Into the Clear Blue Sky, The Tryangle (PSM); Spring Awakening, Blackface: A Minstrel Myth (ASM). They would like to thank the IANMM team and their stellar family!

Ben Levan

Production Manager

Ben Levan freelances as a Master Electrician and Production Manager. He is pleased to be working with Orbiter 3 for the first time. Recent PM credits include: Brewers Fayre (Tiny Dynamite) and Local Girls (Azuka Theatre). ME: 36 Views (Lantern Theater Company), Invisible Hand (Theatre Exile). He is also a recent member of The Foundry, a Philadelphia Playwrights Lab.

Rajiv Shah

Resident Technical Director

Rajiv Shah is a graduate of Temple University and full-time Technical Director at Villanova University. He is excited to be working on his third show with Orbiter 3, and to help bring a new play to life. From 2002 to 2009, Raj toured internationally and domestically as Production Manager for the Gershwins' opera, Porgy & Bess. He served as Head Carpenter for the national tour of The Martha Graham Dance Company, Avenue Q, and international tour of 'Ain't Misbehavin. Locally, Raj has created scenery for PIFA, Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental, Pig Iron Theatre Co, the Lantern Theater, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Inis Nua Theatre Company, The Berserker Residents, Swim Pony Performing Arts, Amaryllis Theatre Company, and Burlington County College.

Maura Krause

Producer / Orbiter 3 Artistic Director

Maura Krause is a new work director, dramaturg and producer. She is a former National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence with InterAct Theatre Company, and an Associated Artist with Applied Mechanics. Maura has also worked with the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, the Source Festival DC, EMP Collective, PlayPenn New Play Development Conference, Philadelphia New Play Initiative, The Apocalypse Club, Foxwife City, and the SoLow Festival, among others. Recent projects include Lost in the Meadow (PearlDamour), Pink Punch (Forearmed Productions), Midway (Arcadia University), Beowulf/Grendel (The Renegade Company), and Red Ash Mosaic (Cleveland Public Theatre).

Erin Washburn

Resident Producing Associate

Erin Washburn is a freelance dramaturg and producer. In addition to her position with Orbiter 3, she is the Literary, Marketing & Development Assistant at InterAct Theatre Company and Company Dramaturg for The Renegade Company. She has also worked with Tiny Dynamite, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Theatre Exile, PlayPenn, and Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. Erin recently produced Philly Plays @ The Drake, a six-month collaborative reading series showcasing local playwrights in Philly's new home for new plays. She is an alumna of InterAct's apprenticeship program and a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.

Shira Berger

Assistant Stage Manager

Shira Berger is a Philadelphia-based theatre-maker and a recent graduate of the University of the Arts with a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, and Production and a directing concentration. Regional: Estuary (The Public, The Kimmel Center), Better Than Abnormal (Philadelphia Young Playwrights), The Adults (New Paradise Laboratories). UArts: God's Ear, Places Of Pilgrimmage (an original, devised project with Heather Raffo), Trojan Women, O' Beautiful. She would like to thank Orbiter 3, the IANMM team, and the incredible SM for this experience!

Michael Lambui

Set & Lighting Design Assistant

Michael Lambui is a freelance lighting and set designer in Philadelphia. He is thrilled to be working on his first show with Orbiter 3. Recent works in Philadelphia include God’s Ear, This Beautiful Stupidity, and Twelfth Night at UArts; The Pirates of Penzance with the Savoy Company; and Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Michael holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of the Arts. To see more of his work visit michaellambui.com

Lucas Nguyen

Resident Master Electrician

Lucas Nguyen is a West Philadelphian theatre artisan. He has worked with such companies as InterAct Theatre Company, 1812 Productions, Azuka Theatre, and the Wilma Theater. Here's to the Pancake People.

Zachary McKenna

Projections Tech

Zachary McKenna is a graduate of Arcadia University and a native of Philadelphia, where he is a freelance sound designer, stagehand, composer and video engineer. His previous work includes Alive! at Arcadia University (which won national 2nd place in Sound Design at KCACTF), Speech and Debate with Azuka Theatre Company, Underneath the Lintel with the Lantern Theatre, and The Radicalization of Bradley Manning with Inis Nua. Friends, incredible coworkers and family make his life spectacular. The outdoors make him happy. So special thanks to all that.



Maureen & Michael Acker, Mark Andrews, The Bearded Ladies, Ilana Caplan, Amanda Coffin, Joe Daniels, Danielle Ferguson, Jacqueline Goldfinger, Nick Hussong, Daniel Ison, Cynthia Janzen Rose, Charles McMahon, Henry Merck, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Phindie, Seth Schmitt-Hall, Anne Shuff, and Gayle Smith

I Am Not My Motherland workshop cast:
Lillian Rozin, Matteo Scammel, Anna Zaida Szapiro, and Brian Anthony Wilson


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Up Next: Orbiter 3 presents

Breathe Smoke

a new play by Douglas Williams
directed by Maura Krause


Makoto Hirano
Anita Marie Holland
C.W. Kennedy  
Jaime Maseda

A controversial musician begins planning a final show that merges the boundaries between his art and his own mortality. With text and movement generated through devised workshops and an experimental writing process, Breathe Smoke moves like a pieces of music and roars like a raucous concert.



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