Shows & Events

An Abduction


Nov 4, 2021

7:00 pm



Program Description

Something has happened to Beth and Benjamin Hill. They were driving home from a party when suddenly they woke up on the side of the road, way out of their way, with hours missing from the clock. Beth wants to get to the bottom of it, but Ben just wants to go to sleep. When a pair of interlopers arrive, claiming to be with the United States Government, the two soon discover secrets about themselves and the world around them that will fundamentally alter their lives forever.

Written by
Eddie Chase (he/they)

Directed by
abigail jean-baptiste (she/her/any)

“Elizabeth Hill” read by
Briana Bellinger-Dawson (she/her)

“Benjamin Hill” read by
Jhulenty Delossantos (he/him)

“East” read by
Piper Goodeve (she/her)

“West” read by
Griffin Kulp (he/him)

Stage Directed by
Stephanie Everett (she/her)

Josh Campbell (he/him)

Edited by
Katerina Pagsolingan (she/her)

Line Produced by
Samuel Morreale (they/them)

Premieres Thursday, November 4 at 7PM EST

The Play Writers Festival was made possible by the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Show Credits

Eddie Chase grew up in a haunted house in Seymour, CT and has been telling ghost stories ever since. While he was attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia he wrote, directed, and produced a fairy tale about suicide titled Ethereal. Since graduating, his work has been featured in several Halloween Play Festivals at the John Desotelle Acting Studio in New York. He regularly streams on Twitch and creates horror analysis content on YouTube under the moniker Paranormal PlaywrightHe currently serves as the Patron Services and Accessibility Coordinator at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

abigail jean-baptiste is a theater maker, director and writer born & based in New York. Her work intersects with critical race theory, disrupts conditioned rules of behavior, and reimagines understandings of the past. She’s particularly interested in activating the ways live performance and theater are as essential to our humanity as eating food. abigail is currently a Soho Rep. Project Number One Artist and is part of the Roundabout Director’s Group, The Bushwick Starr Reading Series, Classic Stage Company Associate Board and The New Georges Jam. In 2020, she was named one of the “Powerhouse Women Directors Theatre Fans and Industry Pros Alike Need to Know” by Playbill. Most recently, she directed THE STORY OF A CIRCLE by David Ryan Smith (Soho Rep.) and a reading of A CASE FOR BLACK GIRLS SETTING CENTAL PARK ON FIRE by Kori Alston (Clubbed Thumb). A Proud Lilly Award Winner and New Georges Affiliated Artist. B.A. Princeton University.

Briana Bellinger-Dawson is excited to be apart of the Play Writer’s Festival at Long Wharf Theatre. Her recent credits include Gabriella in Boeing Boeing at Center Stage Theatre and Beth in An Abduction Table Read with Eddie Chase. Briana studied Performing Arts: Music Theatre at AMDA. Briana is the Dance and Dramatic Arts teacher at Nathan Hale School and Dance Teacher at Neighborhood Music School, both in New Haven. She is a teaching artist for Elm Shakespeare Company in New Haven, CT and Playhouse on Park in Hartford, CT.

Her recent directorial and choreography credits include In the Heights and Rent at Cooperative Arts High School as well as Moana Jr. and Aladdin Jr. at Nathan Hale Summer Musical Program. Briana has a great passion for arts education. After an 8 year hiatus from acting, she is very excited to be back onstage/ on camera performing.

Jhulenty Delossantos is an NY/CT based actor. He is currently signed under Alexander MGMT in New York City. Jhulenty has worked in many theatres in CT such as Long Wharf Theatre, Collective Consciousness Theatre, Legacy Theatre, Capital Classics Theatre and many others.

Piper Goodeve’s credits include: New York/Off Broadway: Anne in Anne of Green Gables (Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance; Original Cast Recording); Laura in Blue Roses (York Theatre Co, directed by Austin Pendleton), Joe’s Pub, The Duke on 42nd, NY Fringe Festival, numerous readings/workshops. Selected regional credits include: Rose in Caroline or Change (Syracuse Stage), Fan in A Christmas Carol (McCarter), Cathleen in Long Day’s Journey into Night (Oldcastle Theatre Co. and the Weston Playhouse), Shelia in Hair (Hangar Theatre, Syracuse Area Live Theater Award nomination for Best Actress), and Brooke in Other Desert Cities (Hangar). Piper is also an Audie Award and Earphones Award winning audiobook narrator of over 250 titles for publishers such as Audible Studios, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Harper Collins, and more. MFA from Brown University/Trinity Rep.

Griffin Kulp is an actor and creative currently located in New Haven County. Past acting credits include: Pass Over (at Collective Consciousness Theatre); The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged (at Castle Craig Players); and The Chosen (at Long Wharf Theatre).

Stephanie Everett is an actor, writer, and entrepreneur based in NYC and DC. Since graduating from Dartmouth College in 2019, some of her favorite credits have included her award-winning one-woman show, IT’S FINE, I’M FINE (United Solo Festival, Northern Stage), CITRUS (Northern Stage), and RACHEL (Roundabout). Steph is a Co-Founder of The Sappho Project, a theater development nonprofit for new musicals by women, transgender, and gender non-conforming writers. She is also the Founder and CEO of The Monaco Collective, a rotating marketplace of slow-made goods by Black and brown artisans.

Josh A Campbell is an award-winning multidisciplinary teaching artist, and arts administrator who has worked for various organizations including Young Audiences New Jersey, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and McCarter Theater.As a teaching artist and facilitator, he has recently finished facilitating an 8 workshop series exploring the intersection of race equity, performing arts, and education with Dr. Yolanda Sealey Ruiz. As an playwright, his work has been showcased at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Painted Bride, and Simpatico Theater. His awards include: 2020 finalist for Many Voices Fellowship, 2016 finalist for the Many Voices Fellowship and Jerome Fellowship, and a 2015 BAU Institute Otranto Arts and Culture Fellow. He was the recipient of 2018 Curtain Call Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education by the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts, where he received the 2014 Excellence in Playwriting Award

Katerina Pagsolingan

she/her Editor

Sam Morreale (they/them) is an Artistic Producer, Director, and Facilitator who approaches work with a dramaturgical lens rooted in anti-racism and anti-oppression. They are an avid supporter of art for social change and gravitate towards stories and people that uplift the lives of those who have been caught in the margins of society. Sam works to reckon with and readjust the theatrical cannon by re-centering QTBIPOC voices as a space-making advocate for these communities, particularly from within predominantly and historically white institutions. After receiving a BA from Wesleyan University in Theater and Science Studies, Sam moved on to work with New York Stage and Film at Vassar College, Penumbra Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, and the Theatre Communications Group. Sam understands their career path as one which continues to push institutions to spaces of deep listening in order to ensure that their actions align with social justice and the movement for progressive change. Sam sends deep gratitude to the community of Long Wharf Theatre for bringing them into this process, and to the artists for trusting them with their work.