“One of the most powerful antiwar plays ever penned” Plays International
HOW HIS BRIDE CAME TO ABRAHAM
“…summons the inspiration for a dandy film” VARIETY
ABRAHAM contributors to date. The feature film has no attachments.
KAREN SUNDE, WRITER / TRAILER CO-DIRECTOR
Sunde’s first screenplay, UNDERCOVER PATRIOT, was a finalist at Sundance. She has since written for producers including Adam Leipzig, Pres, National Geographic Films, Dace Direction, London, Passport Films, New York, THE FASTEST WOMAN ALIVE for Howard S. Shulman Productions. Her IN A KINGDOM BY THE SEA (also set in Lebanon) won the Gold Prize at Hollywood Screenplay Contest. Sunde was Actor and Asso. Director of CSC Repertory, NYC. Her plays were produced Off-Broadway, in regional theatres, on a USA tour, and abroad, in eleven countries and seven languages. She is published by Broadway Play Publishing and Dramatic Publishing Company, with excerpts in “Best Play” books of Meriwether, and Smith and Kraus. Sunde’s works have won three Villager Awards, two JEFF Awards, a Best Play nomination by Outer Critics Circle. She performed many leading roles OffBroadway. More at www.karensunde.com.
YAHEL HERZOG, CINEMATOGRAPHER / TRAILER CO-DIRECTOR
President of Open Windows Productions, a New York-based production company, involved with both Israeli and American film industries, specializes in documentary storytelling. Among his clients are PBS (News Hour), CBS (60 Minutes), NBC, ABC, Fox, Comedy Central (The Daily Show), Lifetime, Fox Family, TBS, the Weinstein Company and studios such as Disney, Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers. He has worked on FRIENDLY FIRE, “The Making Of” films for—THE GREEN ZONE, BROOKLYN’S FINEST, JULIE AND JULIA, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, UNITED 93, THE INTERPRETER. A member of the Israeli Film Academy and the International Cinematographer’s Guild (IATSE), Herzog’s documentary film PLAYING PEACE, about the progress of HOW HIS BRIDE CAME TO ABRAHAM, is a labor of love in the interest of peace. More at www.yahelherzog.com.
THOMAS HOOVER, TRAILER PRODUCER
A renaissance figure, Hoover authored ten books ranging from Far Eastern culture and art to best-selling historical novels and thrillers. With his PhD in physical sciences, he managed multi-million dollar projects as Senior VP of a New York engineering firm. Hoover produced the Trailer for ABRAHAM on time and under budget. More at www.thomashoover.com
NATALIA VERGARA, TRAILER PRODUCTION MANAGER
is an Argentinian native with a film degree from Penn State, an NYU MBA, a career in still photography who was Vice President at Bayerishce Hypo-und Vereinsbank, New York. All her skills were tapped for Abraham from the Trailer shoot to making the screenplay’s breakdown.
RICHARD LEVINE, TRAILER ACTOR / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Richard has acted, produced, directed, written, and artistic directed in New York at Present Company, HERE, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Expanded Arts, Circle in the Square and founded the Table & Chair Handmade Theatre. Since he first saw it, he has been inextricably entwined with ABRAHAM.
YUVAL SUSSLER, TRAILER SOUND / DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER
Born in Argentina, raised in Venezuela and Israel, Yuval has worked in theater, TV and films in 18 countries on four continents, seeing cross-cultural conflicts, and so is happy to help make PLAYING PEACE, a film about our Trailer actors’ collaboration.
IAN MARSHALL, TRAILER FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER
A theater/opera director, film & stage combat specialist at the Metropolitan Opera, Ensemble Studio Theater, Atlantic Theater, National Shakespeare Company, CBS’ The Learning Channels among many others; co-founder of United Stages audience-resource. More at www.unitedstages.com
DARRYL GREGORY, TRAILER & AUDIO CD COMPOSER
A composer-musician, owner/operator-Blue Cave Studios, founding member of SaReel Project & of World in One Pan Arts Collaborative, has produced multiple CDs. His instruments range from world flutes, harmonica & musical saw to voice & percussion. More at www.darrylgregory.com
AMIR BABYAYOFF, TRAILER ACTOR
Amir is Israeli/American, served in Israeli Defense Forces, played a lead pilot Israeli TV mini-series “WINGS,” and graduated from Circle in the Square, NY. Also in Open Windows documentary, PLAYING PEACE, Amir says playing Abraham lets him express all he feels about the conflict. (even to the UN’s Palestinian Cultural Attaché).
MAYA SERHAN, TRAILER ACTRESS
is a Palestinian/American whose grandparents are refugees from Gaza; her great-uncle Dr. Abdel Shafi, diplomat, peace negotiator. Maya is in films such as DEAR J, TOGETHER, SUMMERTIME, LIARS AND LUNATICS, TANGO VOLTO. PLAYING PEACE she views as a vital expression of the conflict in the hearts of the Palestinian and Israeli people.
HOWARD SHULMAN, PRODUCER
Pres, Howard S. Shulman Productions licensed and syndicated over 120 hours of TV programming such as SINGING POSITIVE, a documentary HBO submitted for an Academy Award; KATIE & EILISH: SIAMESE TWINS, broke a 10-year Rating & Share record for 20/20 ABC News, and Emmy-award winning AMERICA REMEMBERS JFK. Watching ABRAHAM’S impact on audiences, Howard witnessed “a miracle,” so immediately promoted a film and produced the play. More at www.howardshulman.com
PHIL LEE, AUDIO PLAY PRODUCER
President & CEO of CityVox NY, after his Full House Productions, which he founded in 1981 after being recording engineer at the Electric Lady for artists such as Kiss, James Taylor, Blood Sweat and Tears, Stevie Wonder. When Phil offered to recreate HOW HIS BRIDE CAME TO ABRAHAM as an audio play. More at www.cityvoxny.com/staff/
SALVATORE TAGLIARINO, DESIGNER
Abraham bird is a set designer for film, Broadway, Off Broadway, opera, dance, television, and is faculty at Design at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. More at www.salvatoretagliarino.com
RONEN RUBINSTEIN – LEADING ACTOR ON DECK – ABRAHAM
Born to Russian emigres in Israel, actor and filmmaker Ronen had made DETACHMENT and SOMETHING IN THE WAY when IT FELT LIKE LOVE gave him raves–
—“Truer than life.” “Ronen Rubinstein balances sympathetic and menacing on a razor’s edge.” “Talent to watch”
—“stunning performances by newcomer actors”
Then came SOME KIND OF HATE, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and DEAD OF SUMMER and — SCRIPT MAG interviewed Ronen with “Young Talent, World Premieres and Industry Darlings”