Patrick Allen (Lon/Bon) is taking the stage for the first time in NYC and in a NCE production. Patrick has been seen onstage in such plays as The Laramie Project, The Devil’s Disciple, The Crucible, Tartuffe, The Odd Couple and Detective Story. He has also recently been involved in The Baker from Madrigal and Out of the Fire, both world premieres. Patrick holds a BA in Theater from Westminster College and is a current MFA acting candidate at the New School for Drama.

Lisa Marie Gargione (Sherri) is happy to join the New Cockpit Ensemble! She is a graduate of Wagner College with a BA in Theatre Performance. Her most recent, favorite role includes Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance at Wagner College and, later, at Bucks County Playhouse PA. While studying in London she had the opportunity to perform in an original play titled Circus, in Paris France. This year, in her spare time, she decked the halls with the Definitely Dickens Carolers of NYC. Many thanks to her Mom and Dad, family, friends and Danny for all of their hugs and kisses of support.

Wind Klaison (Elizabeth) Wind Klaison (Elizabeth) Greener marks Wind's fifth Cockpit production. Her association with the group began when she was cast as Jeanetta in About Christine. She appeared as The Mutant in Godforsaken and Godforsaken Pink, and portrayed three characters in 2005's The Bubble.

Nicholas Lazzaro (Dead Boys) is enchanted to be working on the New Cockpit Ensemble production of Greener. This is his second NCE production, with high hopes that many more will follow. An active stage dreamer, Nick journeyed from Texas where he majored in theatre studies at the University of Houston to New York City where he now enjoys blissfull starvation. After working with the amazing cast of T2, he now embarks on yet another chance to master his craft, keeping with him always the people and experiences that helped him believe in this crazy life. Nick is hopeful that some sense will be knocked into him along the way.

Nick Matthews (Kal) is extremely excited to be making his debut with the New Cockpit Ensemble in Greener. Some of his credits include speaking roles on both “As The World Turns” and “Guiding Light.” He also starred in one feature length film, Exhibit A. His stage credits include a prisoner in Caryl Churchill's Far Away at the New York Theater Workshop, 24 hour theater at Wings, Kiss at Arthur Seelen Theater, and Antarctica at the Belt. He would like to thank his friends and family, especially his mom for all of her support. Nick is a graduate of the William Esper Acting Studio..

Jennifer Nehila (Avalee) Jennifer is happy to be a part of such a great cast and such an innovative, original show. She recently moved to New York from the Philadelphia area, and it has been a wild ride so far. Most recently, she had fun playing the role(s) of Desdemona; Mercutio in a Philadelphia-area production of Goodnight Desdemona, Goodmorning Juliet. She would like to thank Frank for this opportunity. Big Love and thanks to all of my family for your continued love and earnest support and encouragement. Miss you Nana and Dad. Here's to a stellar 2006!

Joe Pistone (Mitchell) Greener marks the third time Joe has worked with both writer/director Frank J. Avella and The New Cockpit Ensemble. His previous outing was in last fall's production of The Bubble. This past November Joe had the opportunity to work with writer-director-actor Ed Burns (The Brothers McMullen, Sidewalks of New York) in his upcoming film Purple Violets, starring Selma Blair, Patrick Wilson, Debra Messing and Burns. This is Joe's second outing with Marlboro Road Gang Productions. He also had a supporting role in The Groomsmen (Burns, John Leguizamo, Matthew Lillard, Donal Logue, Jay Mohr and Brittany Murphy). Both films will be released this year.

Joe had the good fortune to work with writer-director-producer Bobby Moresco twice in 2005. First in the upcoming film 10th & Wolf (Giovanni Ribisi & James Marsden) and The Way of the Wiseguy, a one-man show starring Leo Rossi opening in Chicago next month. Moresco is best known for co-writing and co-directing the critically acclaimed film Crash and co-producing last year’s Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby.

Joe's New York City theatre credits include productions of The Bubble (Phil) at The Bank Street Theatre, The Tempest (Ferdinand) at The Looking Glass Theatre, Macbeth (Macduff) at The Pantheon Theatre, Turbulence 2 (Matt/Tory/Phil) at Where Eagles Dare Theatre, Scotch & Poision (Jimmy) for 2 Cities Productions and An Evening of Alan Ball One-Acts (Hunter) at The Sanford Meisner Theatre. Joe's 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. An active member of the Screen Actors Guild, Joe is represented by Henry Ravelo of Ravelo Artists Management (212.695.9101). For more information, check out or

Justin D. Quackenbush (Pietro) has appeared in three other New Cockpit Productions, and has played in the workshops of several other Ensemble projects. He feels truely honored to be surrounded by such a passionate group of artists, and is excited to be bowing in Greener. Justin wishes to thank Frank for having the courage to consistantly display provocative new art, and daring to challenge the troubling paradigms of contemporary American culture. He also wishes to thank those who survive, those who dream and he dedicates his performance to the memory of S.G.T.

Jody C. Ratti (Set/Lighting Design) is a graduate of Lock Haven University with degreess in Technical Theatre and Literature. A NJ native, Greener is his fifth New Cockpit production (The Bubble, 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

Frank J. Avella (Author/Director)  Frank wrote and directed The Bubble last September at the Bank Street Theatre. His sexual taboo-shattering stage farce, Iris, was produced by the Know Theatre Tribe in Cincinnati, Ohio last Spring to great acclaim. Frank has been commissioned to write the 2006-07 season mainstage 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: the provocative 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 and the screen version of Greener which NCE will produce later in the year.

A film and theatre critic for, Frank received his M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University. Frank feels blessed that the stars have finally aligned for Greener and is incredibly proud of his hard working, kick-ass talented and devoted ensemble.