PICKED chronicles the story of a young actor named Kevin, who gets “picked” by a legendary director to have the role of his dreams in a new, big-budget Hollywood film, only to find out that the movie the director wants to create is one based on the authentic emotions, fears and hopes of its leading man. In order to allow the director to achieve his vision, Kevin subjects himself to extremely in-depth interviews, neuroimaging and the best technology in the business in exchange for the part of a lifetime—a process that affects him in ways he never could have expected.
April 6 - May 15, 2011
Written by Christopher Shinn
Directed by Michael Wilson
With Mark Blum, Donna Hanover, Tom Lipinski, Michael Stahl-David, Liz Stauber
(Casting) Vineyard Theatre: THE AMATEURS, HARRY CLARKE, THE LYONS (and Broadway), GLORIA (and Goodman), DOT, THE LANDING, CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?, KID VICTORY (and Signature DC), TOO MUCH SUN, BILLY & RAY, SOMEWHERE FUN, THE NORTH POOL, ARLINGTON, OUTSIDE PEOPLE, CHECKERS, PICKED, MIDDLETOWN, THE METAL CHILDREN, WIG OUT!. Other theater: KPOP, SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, NATASHA, PIERRE, & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812; THE WILDNESS (Ars Nova). Sundance Theatre Lab: 5 seasons. Television: US Casting for “Black Mirror,” HBO's “Succession,” Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” with Douglas Aibel, and USA’s “The Sinner” with Stephanie Holbrook. Film: Saturday Church, It Felt Like Love, Easy Living; with Douglas Aibel – Grandma, Love After Love, How to Talk to Girls at Parties; with Allison Estrin – Spider-Man: Homecoming (NY Casting). Also: HOMECOMING The Podcast S1-2.<><><><><><>READ MORE
(John) Broadway: TWELVE ANGRY MEN, THE GRADUATE, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN, LOST IN YONKERS, MY THING OF LOVE, THE MERCHANT. Off Broadway: PICKED, AFTER THE REVOLUTION, THE OVERWHELMING, THE WAVERLY GALLERY, THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME, THE MUSIC TEACHER, THE SEAGULL, MIZLANSKY/ZILINSkY, GUS AND AL (Obie), IT’S ONLY A PLAY, LITTLE FOOTSTEPS, KEY EXCHANGE, TABLE SETTINGS, SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE. Regional: Long Wharf, Huntington, Old Globe. Film: I Don’t Know How She Does It, The Green, Step Up 3-D, Desperately Seeking Susan, Crocodile Dundee, Shattered Glass,The Presidio, Blind Date, Worth Winning, Getting to Know You, You Can Thank Me Later, Miami Rhapsody, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, The Defenders, Just Between Friends, Lovesick. TV: “The Good Wife,” “Fringe,” “Jesse Stone,” “The Sopranos,” “The West Wing,” “NYPD Blue,” ”CSI: Miami,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order:Criminal Intent,” “Frasier,” “Ed,” “The Practice,” “Wings,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Capitol News,” and Steve Martini’s “The Judge.” He is on the faculty of Brooklyn College and HB Studio.READ MORE
(Lighting Design) Current and recent projects: PICKED, TIMON OF ATHENS (The Public Theater), THE GRAND MANNER (Lincoln Center Theater). Broadway: IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY, Julia Sweeney’s GOD SAID “HA!”. NYC: Manhattan Theater Club, 2nd Stage, New York Stage & Film. Regional: ACT, Berkeley Rep, The Mark Taper Forum, Wilma Theatre. Thanks J + J. PEACE.READ MORE
(Casting Director/TV Personality) Off-Broadway: PICKED, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, HILLBILLY WOMEN. Film: The People vs. Larry Flynt, Keeping the Faith, Someone Like You, Superstar, Just the Ticket, The Dream Team, Series 7: The Contenders, Ransom, Celebrity, Turk 182. TV: “Louie”, “Rescue Me”, “Law & Order”, “Sex and the City”, “The Practice”, “Jenifer”, “Ally McBeal”. Donna is also an author, broadcast journalist—currently at CUNY TV, and Former First Lady of New York City. She graduated from Stanford university and The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia university. She sends love to Ed, Andrew, Caroline, Mom, Dad, Ellen, Sondra, and Sue!<><>READ MORE
(Set Design) Vineyard: PICKED, A BOY AND HIS SOUL, WHERE DO WE LIVE, THE FOURTH SISTER. Recent NY: GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE (Playwright’s Horizons); THIS WIDE NIGHT (Naked Angels); ORANGE, HAT AND GRACE (SoHo Rep); CREATuRE (Page 73/New Georges); ETHEL:TRUCKSTOP (BAM Next Wave); BEEBO BRINKER Ä(37 Arts), CATARACT (Womens Project). Recent Regional: AN ILIAD (McCarter). Resident scenic designer for the O’Neill Playwrights Festival since 2005.READ MORE
(Nick) Made his Vineyard debut in PICKED. As a member of the Flea Theatre he has performed in numerous plays including A.R. Gurney’s LIGHT LUNCH directed by Jim Simpson. He recently filmed Certainty written by Mike O’Malley and directed by Peter Askin playing the lead role of ‘Dom’. His TV credits include Mildred Pierce, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "Law & Order", and "The Wonderful Malady’s". He is currently recurring on the upcoming USA Network’s "A Legal Mind" produced by Doug Liman and David Bartis. Tom is a graduate of Brown university.<><>READ MORE
(Playwright) PICKED marks the return of Mr.Shinn to the Vineyard Theatre, which presented the U.S. premiere of his play WHERE DO WE LIVE (Obie, 2004). His other plays include NOW OR LATER (shortlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play), DYING CITY (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), ON THE MOUNTAIN, WHAT DIDN’T HAPPEN, THE COMING WORLD, OTHER PEOPLE, and FOuR. Most recently he adapted HEDDA GABLER for the Roundabout. He teaches playwriting at the New School for Drama. www.christophershinn.comREAD MORE
(Kevin) Michael Stahl-David is best known for his starring role in producer J.J. Abram’s monster-thriller, Cloverfield. Stahl-David starred in 2007’s critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway show THE OVERWHELMING about an American family abroad during the Rwandan genocide. Other theater credits include PICKED, and THE HAPPY SAD at The Public Theatre’s Summer Play Festival with Eddie Kaye Thomas and Ari Graynor. He also starred in the indie film-drama, The Project, which premiered at the 2008 SlamDance Festival. Other film credits include Uncle Nino and Newport South. TV: starring roles in ABC’s “My Generation” and “The Black Donnellys”. Guest-starring roles on “kings”, “Mercy”, “Numb3rs” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. He is also the creator of the critically-acclaimed self-created web series “Michael Stahl-David: Behind The Star”, distributed by Sony Television on Crackle.com. A native of Chicago, Stahl-David currently resides in New York.<><><><><><>READ MORE
(Jen) Liz is thrilled to be back at The Vineyard in PICKED after appearing in the U.S. premiere of Christopher Shinn’s WHERE DO WE LIVE. Other theatre credits include: THE TEMPEST (Shakespeare Festival LA), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, MACBETH, GOD’S PICTURES, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Indiana Repertory Theatre). Film credits include: All Good Things, 3 Kings, Almost Famous, White Oleander, The Village.<><><><><><><><><><>READ MORE
(Costume Design) Off-Broadway: PICKED (Vineyard Theatre), THE STARRY MESSENGER (The New Group), THE PRIDE (MCC), FAULT LINES (Naked Angels), FROM UP HERE (Manhattan Theater Club), LIBERTY CITY (NY Theater Workshop), SLUG BEARERS OF KAYROL ISLAND (Vineyard), THINGS WE WANT (The New Group), ELECTION DAY (Second Stage), JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL ....(The Zipper), 9 PARTS OF DESIRE (MET), PEOPLE ARE WRONG! (Vineyard), BADDATES (Playwrights Horizons), JOHN FERGUSON (The Mint), WHERE DO WE LIVE (Vineyard), MASSACRE (LAByrinth), THE MYSTERIES (Classic Stage Company), ROAR (New Group), WHAT THE BUTLER SAW (The New Group). Regional: Cincinnati Playhouse in The Park, Goodspeed Musicals, Florida Stage, Huntington Theatre Co., Dallas Theater Center, Delaware Theater Co., Madison Rep., New York Stage and Film. OPERA: Washington National Opera (upcoming), Norwegian National Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Germany), Opera Ireland, Bard Summerscape, Opera Colorado, FILM: Year of the Fish (Sundance 2007), Sovereignty and Shoplifting Chanel. Mattie was awarded the European Opera Prize in 2006.READ MORE
(Director) The Vineyard: PICKED. Other Off- Broadway: Christopher Shinn’s WHAT DIDN’T HAPPEN (Playwrights Horizons); Horton Foote’s THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Director), THE CARPETBAGGER’S CHILDREN (Lincoln Center Theatre) and THE DAY EMILY MARRIED (Primary Stages); Jane Anderson’s DEFYING GRAVITY; Eve Ensler’s NECESSARY TARGETS; Tina Howe’s CHASING MANET; Tennessee Williams’ THE MILK TRAIN DOESN’T STOP HERE ANYMORE (Roundabout Theatre Company) and THE RED DEVIL BATTERY SIGN. Broadway: Foote’s DIVIDING THE ESTATE and Matthew Barber’s ENCHANTED APRIL (Outer Critics Circle nom), OLD ACQUAINTANCE. International: Tony Kushner’s ANGELS IN AMERICA, PARTS 1 & 2 (Venice Biennale). In June, Wilson completes his final season as Artistic Director of Hartford Stage.READ MORE
(Sound Designer) Vineyard: OUTSIDE PEOPLE, PICKED, MIDDLETOWN, THE FOURTH SISTER, WE LIVE HERE, AMERICAN FIESTA. Broadway: OTHER DESERT CITIES, GOOD PEOPLE, THE CONSTANT WIFE, THE GOOD BODY, BILL MAHER: VICTORY... Off-Broadway includes Atlantic, MTC, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, The Public, Second Stage, NYTW, WP, New Georges, Flea, Cherry Lane, Signature, Clubbed Thumb (Affiliate Artist), The New Group. Regional: Bay Street, La Jolla, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Portland Stage, Long Wharf, The Alley, NYS&F, Humana, Williamstown, ATF. Radio: Studio 360. Nominations: Drama Desk, Henry Hewes. Awards; Ruth Morley Design Award, 2011 Obie for Sustained Excellence. Adjunct Professor at Sarah Lawrence College. Love to Adam.READ MORE
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“INTRIGUING, SLEEK, HANDSOME AND WELL-ACTED!
Michael Stahl-David gives a brilliantly natural performance.”
-Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News
“A HEADY, WELL-WRITTEN NEW PLAY!
Director Michael Wilson does an exemplary job. Great performances!”
-Oscar E. Moore, Talk Entertainment.com
“SHINN’S FINEST STAGE DRAMA TO DATE!
Genuine and honest. Illuminates humanity’s hunger for acceptance and perfection with artisan-level accuracy.”
-Matthew Murray, Talkin’ Broadway
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Mark Blum, Michael Stahl-David, Donna Hanover, Tom Lipinski and Liz Stauber will comprise the cast of Christopher Shinn's play PICKED -- being given its world-premiere production by the Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15 St.), with previews starting April 6 prior to its official opening night on April 20 -- itREAD MORE