scenes from The Day My Brother Was Wed
by Kyle James Johnson
Directed by Ella Jane New (director of Chain Theatre Playwriting Lab)
Saturday, February 16
Sunday, February 17
Bride meets Groom, Brother of the Groom has to attend wedding. Amid drunkenness, happiness, loneliness, and family illness, this twenty-something gay man learns his new place within the family’s dynamic.
Kyle James Johnson: A playwright and actor. He moved to New York from Reno, Nevada to pursue a career in performance, but soon found his love for writing. While in Nevada, he performed in many plays and musicals including Cabaret, Dog Sees God, RENT, The Buddy Holly Story, Sweeney Todd, Sordid Lives, among others. He also dabbled choreographer and director with the North Valleys Theatre and the Utility Players for a handful of original projects. In the city, Kyle has been an active member with FACT and Tres Artis, performing in various productions with both groups. Only two years ago has he become active almost exclusively in writing, participating in several 24-hour play festivals with New World Stages, and writing various shorts (Jackie+Jillian, Cuarenta y Nueve Luces, The Incrimination Game, et al). Scenes From The Day My Brother Was Wed is his first full-length play and is very excited to share it with the Chain Theatre through this development process.
Ella Jane New: A theatre and film maker based in NYC, she was born in Barbados and raised in Uganda, Kenya and England. Ella received her MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she wrote and directed award-winning show Banquet of Chestnuts. She has since directed original and award-winning shows in NYC, Neil Simon's Last Hit (Workshop Theatre), Falling In Love With Mr Dellamort (The Slipper Room) and Broken Pieces (Planet Connections). Ella has been awarded a WOMEN MAKE MOVIES Fellowship, which supported her documentary feature film, THE GLOBAL VILLAGE PROJECT, following the lives of refugee teenage girls resettled in Atlanta. The documentary was distributed via BBC Worldwide, Al Jazeera & Globostat Brazil. Ella has written and directed short films, EARTH BENEATH MY FEET and SOFIE, which were nominated for "Best Short" and "Best Script" at festivals including, San Francisco Film Festival, Milan Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Sydney World Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festival. Her short film, BLIND DATE was nominated for "Best Screenplay" and "Best Short Film" at the New Classic Cinema Film Festival, and distributed via DirecTV. In January 2018 Ella was chosen for Creative Minds in association with Sundance Institute, where she developed her short film CAR BATTERY. Ella is excited to be working with Chain Theatre.