CAST BIOS BUBBLE
 

Wind Klaison (Zoe/Chloe/Mother) Wind's association with the New Cockpit Ensemble began when she portrayed the title character in About Christine. She also appeared as The Mutant in Godforsaken and Godforsaken Pink. Wind originated the role of Zoe in The Bubble's first incarnation as a one-act.

Marie Lazzaro (Alice/Callas/Sister) This is Marie’s third production with the New Cockpit Ensemble (Turbulence & T2). She recently completed the two year program at Circle in the Square Theatre School. Prior to that, she studied at Emerson College in Boston, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and the University of Houston. Favorite roles include Suzanne in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Ann in All My Sons, Chris Gorman in Rumors as well as Lady Macbeth.

Guenia Lemos (Fernanda/Fred/Nonna)
was last seen as Matilde in the Woolly Mammoth Theatre production of The Clean House, in Washington, D.C. She has appeared in New York off-off-Broadway as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Miriam in Lexy (with NCE), Maria in The Male Creature, Georgie in Spike Heels, and Prudencia in The House of Bernarda Alba. Guenia's television credits include “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (NBC), a contract role on “As the World Turns” (CBS), and a recurring role on “One Life to Live” (ABC). She has done various lead roles in films such as Father Son Holy Ghost, If It Wasn't for the Money, Pretty, The Killers, Re Trato and Cupid. Guenia has also performed numerous plays on the Brazilian stage, including a one-woman show called Waltz #6, by Nelson Rodrigues.

Tom Patterson (Lorenzo/Lawrence/Brother) is a very recent graduate of New York University - Tisch School of the Arts where he performed in many plays. He is originally from South Bend, Indiana. He has previously appeared in Streamers for the Parrhesia Theater Company.

Joe Pistone (Phil) THE BUBBLE marks the second time Joe has worked with writer/director Frank J. Avella and The New Cockpit Ensemble. His previous outing was in last fall's production of Turbulence 2, where he played Matt in Spumoni to Go, Tory in Cafe Boyz: Part Deux and Phil in the original one-act version of The Bubble. This past spring Joe had the opportunity to work with writer-director-actor Ed Burns (The Brothers McMullen, Sidewalks of New York) on his upcoming film The Groomsmen. The films stars Burns, John Leguizamo, Matthew Lillard, Donal Logue, Jay Mohr and Brittany Murphy and will be released February 2006. In the past year Joe had the good fortune to work with writer-director-producer Bobby Moresco twice: as a Day Player in his upcoming film 10th & Wolf (starring Giovanni Ribisi & James Marsden) and on The Way of the Wiseguy, a one-man show starring Leo Rossi opening in Chicago this fall. Mr. Moresco is best known for co-writing and co-directing the recent indie sensation Crash and as co-producer of the Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby.

Joe’s NYC theatre credits include: The Tempest (Ferdinand); Macbeth (Macduff); Scotch & Poison (Jimmy) and An Evening of Alan Ball One-Acts (Hunter) Regional credits include Born Yesterday (Harry Brock), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Joe Farkas), Psycho Beach Party (Star Cat), Proposals (Vinnie Bavasi), Machinal (Prosecutor), A Few Good Men (Corporal Howard). Joe is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (B.A. in Theatre) and currently studies in NYC with acting coach Suzanne Shepherd. He is an active member of the Screen Actors Guild and is represented by Henry Ravelo of Ravelo Artists Management (212.695.9101). For more info check out: www.joepistone.com or www.ramtalent.com.

Justin D Quackenbush (Steve/Adam/Cousin Steven) is thrilled to be showcasing his multiple personalities in THE BUBBLE. New Cockpit Favorites include: Andrew Thayer in Unhinging, Tory Sherman in M4M4NOW. Other New York credits include: FJA’s Turbulence, and Carson Jones’ Rebecca’s Caffeinated Romance in the Key of Molly Ringwald. Regionally: Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show, Harry in Chicago: The Musical, and J. Cumberland Spendrill in Singin’ in the Rain.

Brian Townes (Quentin/Xavier/Father) first bowed with the New Cockpit Ensemble in 2001 in Michael's #1 Fan, and has since participated in the development of several NCE projects, including the workshop productions of About Christine and Turbulence I & II, the company's ongoing showcase of one act plays. Other NYC credits include work with the NY Fringe Fest, Playwright's Horizons, Blue Roses, and on ABC's All My Children. Regionally, he has worked with Luna Stage, NJ, The Forum Theatre, NJ, and the Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival. He can also be seen in December Ends, an independent feature due out Spring 2006.

Jody C. Ratti (Set/Lighting Design) is a graduate of Lock Haven University with degrees in Technical Theatre and Literature. A NJ native, THE BUBBLE is his fourth New Cockpit production (About Christine & Turbulence & T2). Design work includes: Crazy for You, The Music Man, Romeo and Juliet, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Annie, Same Time, Next Year, and Catch Me if You Can. Many thanks to his family, friends and such.

Joe Morse (Original Music) A graduate of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, Joe came to New York City to be a rock star. He has performed music with Waterwell Productions in Sweetness & Light and The Persians, in addition to handling bass duties in his band Astronaut Down. He has also produced and engineered his own recordings, as well as various other projects. For music, comics, and a keen insight into what life is like for a robot, check out www.ultrajoebot.com.

Frank J. Avella (Author/Director) THE BUBBLE marks Frank’s tenth full length play. His sexual taboo-shattering stage farce, IRIS, was produced by the Know Theatre Tribe in Cincinnati, Ohio this past Spring to great acclaim. Frank has been commissioned to write the 2006-07 season main-stage production for the group.

NY Stage, wrote & directed: TURBULENCE & TURBULENCE 2 in June 2004 & November 2004, respectively; ABOUT CHRISTINE, workshopped at the Ground Floor Theatre in December 2002; LEXY which ran five weeks in early 2002 and MICHAEL’S #1 FAN which bowed in Winter 2000.

In the 90’s, Frank wrote and directed 3 CAINS which debuted at the Bank Street Theatre. His first stage play, UNHINGING, opened along theatre row at the Judith Anderson Theatre. A modernized version has been successfully workshopped recently. His stage plays also include: GREENER; M4M and the Hollywood satire SCREW THE COW.

Frank has completed three screenplays, UNHINGING and SCREW THE COW both adapted from his plays and 3 of 10. He is currently working on LANDSLIDE, a dark road movie. A film and theatre critic for NewYorkCool.com, Frank received his M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University.