Congratulations to Phillip Gerson – Playwright
of The Big No
Week Three Winner of
The BIg No was directed by Jill Rousseau. The talented cast starred: Jim Anderson and Courtney Stallings
About the Play:
In this play, a husband must overcome fears of erotic jargon to fulfill his wife’s fantasy.
About the Cast and Creative Team:
Phillip Gerson (playwright) Phillip is a writer, sound designer, and teaching artist living in Brooklyn. Some recent happenings… His piece THE LAST TWO BOXES was produced in a Phoenix short play festival, his sound design was featured in Target Margin Theater’s UNSEEN O’NEILL PLAYS series, and his adapted one-act IN TIME FOR THE POSTMAN was commissioned by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In NYC, his work has been presented at Abrons Art Center, Playwrights Horizons, Theatre Row, Anthology Film Archives, and many more. After earning his MFA in Playwriting at The New School for Drama, he began teaching the craft at Project FIND and producing Brooklyn Public Media.
Jill Rousseau (director) Jill is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist living in Brooklyn, whose movement-based work is funny, feminist, and unpredictable. Her solo The Best Time I Broke My Arm, created soon after she really did break her arm, was called one of the highlights of the 2014 Performance Mix Festival at HERE Arts Center by the NY Theatre Wire. Jill’s artistic home is the Tank, where as the dance curator she created the unique series xyz nyc, presents evening-length work by a wide range of emerging artists, performs her own choreography, directed the world premiere of Phillip Gerson’s play Changing the Sheets, and is a member of the Board of Directors. Jill has danced, choreographed, and/or created costumes for many independent artists and productions in NYC, including Emmy-award winner Moira Demos, Reverend Billy, Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance, Leyya Tawil/Dance Elixer, The Whitest Kids U’Know, Bond St Theatre, Deb Silver, and The Move Shop. Jill is a member of the New Dance Alliance Board of Directors and the 2014 Artist Advisory Panel. She earned a BA in Theater and Dance from Trinity College and attended the Trinity/La MaMa program.
Courtney Stallings ( WOMAN): Courtney Renee Stallings is an actor, writer, and filmmaker in NYC. Latest work includes her short film “Cocked” (actor/co-writer/director). B.F.A., USF/Performing Arts and Social Justice. M.F.A., New School for Drama/Acting. Courtneyreneestallings.com
Jim Anderson ( MAN): Jim Anderson graduated from the New School for Drama in 2013 and is a founding member of New Dance Theatre and Hazard Rep. Jim will appear in Asylum by New Dance Theatre this July. Other credits include Henry in Mud, Friar Laurence in R&J: The Web-Series, Pericles in Pericles, Claudius in Hamlet and Tupolski in The Pillowman.