a contemporary coming-of-age comedy
by Lindsay Joelle
a new england premiere
Best friends Zalmy and Shmuel spend their days as the Rebbe’s loyal foot soldiers, driving their “Mitzvah Tank” through 1990s Manhattan, performing good deeds. The two young men soon find themselves at odds, as a newcomer wishing to learn more about their Chasidic ways creates discord between them. Juxtaposing the secular and the sacred, the familiar and the unknown, the accepted and the forbidden, Zalmy and Shmuel are forced to reexamine the core of their faith and their relationship. Rich in humor, emerging playwright Lindsay Joelle’s Trayf is a moving new play that explores identity, assimilation, and friendship.
TRAYF is produced in partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative.
Kimberley Gaughan makes her New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Trayf. Regional acting credits include Judith in Equivocation at Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Mary Warren in The Crucible at Theatre South Carolina; and Sophie in Flight at the Center for Performance Experiment. Other credits include upcoming direction of King John at Praxis Stage, and serving as the Assistant Director for Romeo & Juliet at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Stage 2. Gaughan holds an MFA in Acting from University of South Carolina, and a BA in Theatre from University of Notre Dame. Gaughan teaches at Massasoit Community College, and is a company member of Theatre Nohgaku, an international performance ensemble dedicated to Noh. Originally from Scituate, MA, she currently resides in Somerville, MA.
NILE HAWVER* makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Boston credits include Edward II (Actor’s Shakespeare Project); Carmen and Greek (Boston Lyric Opera); Violet and Mothers and Sons (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Finish Line (Boston Theater Company); The Edge of Peace (Central Square Theater), Etherdome (Huntington Theatre Company); Twelfth Night (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); and many more. Regional credits include work with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Ocean State Theatre Company. Nile received his BFA in acting from the University of Rhode Island and an MFA in acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Born in Connecticut and raised in Rhode Island, Nile currently resides in Somerville. Upcoming projects include The Irish and How They Got That Way (Greater Boston Stage Company).
David Picariello makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2018-2019 Classic Repertory Company tour. He graduated in 2017 from Salem State University 2017 with a BFA in Theatre Performance, and minors in both Film Studies and Dramatic Literature. He spent the summer after graduation with Speak About It, a performance-based education consent program that travels to high schools and colleges across the country. SSU credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster), The Seagull (Konstantin), and The Grapes of Wrath (Noah Joad). Other recent credits include Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Apollinaire Theatre Company) and William Morris Barfee in The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Theatre Company of Saugus). David is most excited to work with such a small and talented ensemble, bringing Shakespeare and classic literature to life. He currently lives in Wakefield, MA.
BEN SWIMMER* (Zalmy) makes his New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Trayf. Regional credits include Bobby in The Honey Trap at Boston Playwrights Theatre; Swing in Camelot at Goodspeed Opera House, Beowulf in Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage, Jeff in Lobby Hero, George Gibbs in Our Town, Bobby in The Honey Trap at Boston Playwrights Theatre, Swing in Camelot at Goodspeed Opera House; and Jacob in Morning by Simon Stephens at Ab Ovo Company. Swimmer holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University (Beowulf in Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage, Jeff in Lobby Hero, George Gibbs in Our Town). Originally from Madison, CT, he now resides in New York City.
Grace Laubacher makes her New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Trayf. Regional credits
include La Bohème at Santa Fe Opera; Four Woke Baes in Edinburgh Fringe; Dido and Aeneas at Juilliard/Opera Royal, Versailles; Enemies, A Love Story at Kentucky Opera; and Guards at the Taj at Central Square Theater. Laubacher holds an MA in Performance Design from Central Saint Martins in London, as well
as a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard. Originally from Cambridge, MA, she currently resides in New York, NY.
Marcella Barbeau makes her New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Trayf. Regional
credits include Native Gardens, The Lifespan of a Fact, and Barefoot in the Park at Gloucester
Stage Company; and Dolores Claiborne, Pelleas et Melisande, and Cabaret at Boston University’s Opera Institute. She has worked as an assistant designer at the English National Opera, National Theatre Munich, and National Theatre Mannheim. Barbeau holds an MFA in Lighting Design from Boston University. Born in Tongling, China and raised in St. Louis, MO, she currently resides in New York City.
Aubrey Dube makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Previous credits include Vinegar Tom, Monster, Serious Money, Pentecost (PTP/NYC); Big Love, The Imaginary Invalid, In the Next Room, and Man of La Mancha (Middlebury College); A Taste of Honey (Boston Center for American Performance); and Delirium, Daddy Issues, and The Hothouse (Boston University).
Production Stage Manager
Jenna Worden makes her New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of Trayf. Regional credits include Ben Butler, Barefoot in the Park, The Agitators, and To Kill a Mockingbird at Gloucester Stage Company; Birdy, Universe Rushing Apart, Death and the Maiden, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with WGBH and Our American Hamlet at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Worden holds a BA in Theatre Studies and BSEd History from Northern Arizona University. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, she currently resides in Malden, MA.
Voice & Dialect Coach
Lee Nishri-Howitt is thrilled to work with New Rep on this exciting new season. Lee has coached at the
American Repertory Theater, Hunting Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Wheelock Family Theater, and others; and has taught at Harvard University, The Moscow Art Theatre School’s American Studio, and the Ludwig Solski School of Dramatic Arts in Poland. Lee is a graduate of the Masters program for voice and speech at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard. Originally from Israel, he now resides in Boston. LNHvoice.com
Associate Costume Designer
* member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
◊ member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
º member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829
“Picariello, as Shmuel…is first-rate.”
“Joelle has an ear for comedic rhythm.”
“In a world where anti-Semitism is again on the rise, where synagogues are targeted by vandals and terrorists, Trayf is a bulwark against the ignorance that contributes to such acts.”
“Thanks to the gifted quartet of (live) actors, the characters ring true and are continually engaging…”
“These two incredible actors captivate when they are together on stage.”
“The playlet succeeds as an amusing conflation of conflicting priorities…”
“Picariello and Swimmer bring a chemistry and effortlessness to their roles that is helped by Joelle’s character development and dialogue.”