Five strangers get on a bus, but only four testimonials are heard, in a radio play that challenges the way we interact on public transit. Beat Drop explores the personal bubble that is put up during commutes, and what can happen when it bursts.
Beat Drop was written by Luke Reece, directed by Ethan Resendes, performed by (in order of appearance) Andrew Markowiak, Leighton Williams, Rachel Kennedy and Aidan Gutman, with sound editing by Ross Hammond.
Luke is a 21 year old Theatre Major and Creative Writing Minor at York University. He is a playwright, director, performer, and the Artistic Director of Little Black Afro Theatre Company. He loves engaging with other emerging Canadian artists, and is always seeking new collaborative work.
Ethan Resendes is a Toronto based multi-disciplinary theatre and filmmaker. He's a graduate of York University's Devised theatre program, as well as completed the Improvisation Program at The Second City Toronto. Most recently, Ethan co-directed "Victims of of Influence" for the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland this past august. Other past credits include being a collective dramaturge for "All the Best People Are..." (afterimage Collective), performed in PrideCab 2012 (Buddies and Bad Times). Ethan is currently working on various short films as well as currently playing George in Orangeville Musical Theatre's "The Wedding Singer". Ethan is thrilled to be in collaboration with House of Rebels for such a unique project.
Andrew Markowiak is a Toronto based actor, writer, director, and deviser. He was most recently seen on stage as Darren in the Canadian Premiere of Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur, produced by Seven Siblings Theatre. Andrew has appeared in several national television spots, including commercials for Rogers and GameStop, as well as Last Seen Alive on Investigation Discovery, and The Science Channel’s Close Encounters. He is a graduate of York University, where he trained in Playwriting, Directing, and Devised Theatre. Andrew is also a member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada.
Leighton Alexander Williams is a Toronto based actor who is a recent graduate from the York University Acting Conservatory. He has done work in both film and theatre, past credits include: Love In Secret (Film), Tachycardia (Fringe 2014), A Drum Major Instinct(Obsidian Theatre), Independence Cha Cha (Film), and Road (Theatre at York), to name a few. Leighton is excited to be apart of Luke Reece's radio play Beat Drops, directed by Ethan Resendes. He hopes the viewers enjoy this story as much as he did.
Rachel is a member of the Playwright's Guild of Canada and a recent graduate from York University where she specialized in directing, playwriting and devised theatre. Internationally, Rachel acted as volunteer coordinator for World Stage Design / Scenofest 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. Fresh into the working world, Rachel has been testing the waters as a director, actor and playwright in various spaces around Toronto.
Aidan Gutman is a Toronto-based emerging artist who is currently completing her final year of Theatre Studies at York University. She has had a passion for the arts ever since she was a little girl and is so thankful to be able to start bringing that passion to life. This is Aidan's first experience with voice acting and she is very thankful for the House of Rebels' invitation into their brilliant world.
Once graduated, she hopes to venture out into film and work on honing her craft. Outside of the theatrical world, Aidan enjoys reading, playing piano, travelling, Netflix, and belting out Christina Aguilera songs when no one is home.
Written by: Luke Reese
Performed by: Andrew Markowiak (Jamie), Rachel Kennedy (Marissa), Leighton Williams (Darrel) and Aidan Gutman (Ashley)
Directed by: Ethan Resendes
Edited by: Ross Hammond
© House of Rebels Theatre, 2014.
Additional sounds downloaded from Freesound.org. Sounds were procured and altered legally under the Creative Commons License.
Additional music; Devil's Promenade by KSBeats