About the Show

joes & co. presents

open heart

Chris Bresky (Actor) is proud to be a part of FringeNYC and the open heart cast. NY and Regional Credits include: Taming of the Shrew (Capital Rep.), History Boys, Peter Pan (Arden Theatre), The Fifth of July, An Absolute Turkey, Restoration Comedy, Much Ado, Titus Andronicus and Hamlet (The Globe). He graduated from The Globe MFA Program and is currently cast in Alan Brown’s new film McKinley. Chris was most recently seen on Numbers



Stephen Donovan (Actor) is a 2009 graduate of the ensemble training program at The School at Steppenwolf in Chicago. He is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston and a proud member of The Screen Actors Guild and Actors’ Equity Association. He is thrilled to be a part of open heart.




Daryl Embry (Actor) is happy to be back in the Fringe Festival working with wonderfully talented and dedicated collaborators. Selected New York credits: The Awesome 80s Prom (Davenport Theatrical), III (FringeNYC Winner, Outstanding Play 2008), Fools in Love (BAM, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre), readings and workshops at the Zipper Factory, Manhattan Theatre ClubBlue Man ProductionsTouring/Regional credits include: Greater Tuna, Almost, Maine, Perfect Wedding, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Numerous short films and television spots. Member of Actor’s Equity.

Nick Lewis (Actor) is very excited to be working on Open Heart again after participating in the original workshop last year.  He was most recently seen in Song for a Future Generation with the Management.  Before moving to New York from Chicago Nick worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers’ Theatre, the side project, and WBEZ, among many others.  Since the move Nick has been seen in Never/Cracked (Outstanding Production of a Special Event, MITF) with the Intentional Theatre Group and has starred in the short films Solstice 21 and The Reformation.  Every week Nick can be seen as one of the Haven brothers in the online web soap opera Empire at www.empiretheseries.com or on iTunes.  Thanks, as always, to Adam.


Karl O’Brian Williams (Actor) Off-Off Broadway: Pecong, The Exonerated, Alphabet City II, Fashion. Film: One Love, On The Rocks, Betta Mus Come. Jamaica: Private Lives, Moses (Actor Boy Award - Best Supporting Actor) Guys & Dolls, After Mrs. Rochester. Williams has a certificate in Acting Shakespeare from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and holds an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU. He is a multiple award winning actor, playwright and educator heavily involved in arts education and theatre for social justice. He has done volunteer work with Rehabilitation Through The Arts at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility and has been involved in the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival for the past two years. He currently teaches in the Speech, Communications and Theatre Department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, writes plays for adults and young audiences and directs projects focused on youth development and humanitarian issues. He continues to be excited by the prospects of open heart and its evolution.

Joe Salvatore (Playwright / Director) Original plays and performance pieces include You Know“someone’s in the kitchen with dinah”Homage to Edvard Munchnsatransfigured (with Julie Marie Myatt), That’s Not How You Do It,full of grace. . . (James Baldwin Playwriting Award) emptyfag/hag (FringeNYC 2000), and At Wit’s End: You Are Here.  His play III received the 2008 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Play and will be published in Best American Short Plays 2008-2009 (Applause, 2010).  Recent directing projects include The Class Project, What Can’t Be SeenMedea ReduxThe TempestTwelfth Night, and Polaroid Stories. Additional directing work has been seen at the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, LAByrinth Theater Company’s Barn Series, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, New WORLD Theater, the Del Corazon Festival, INROADS: The Americas, Jump-Start Performance Space, Santa Fe Stages, NYU, and UMASS. Joe teaches in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University. MFA in Theater (Dramaturgy/Directing), University of Massachusetts at Amherst; BA in History, University of Delaware; Member, Lincoln Center Directors Lab. For more information, visit  www.joesalvatore.com 

Sharon Counts (Assistant Director) is a director, actor and educator and has worked for several arts and entertainment organizations in many capacities.  Her roles have included producer, marketing director, artistic directorial associate, theater manager and talent coordinator. She has worked for organizations such as Blue Man Group, GAle GAtes et al., and The Improv. Sharon has taught at several schools in NYC and has also worked as a teaching artist.  For the past five years, Sharon has been the Upper School Drama teacher at Village Community School.  Currently, Sharon can be seen in a new work created by artist Phil Soltanoff titled Sit, Stand, Walk, Lie Down… as a part of the River to River Festival on Governor’s Island at the end of July.  Sharon is a graduate of the Master’s program in Educational Theatre at NYU and holds a BFA in Acting from Emerson College. 

Robert Keith (Stage Manager) is a multidisciplinary artist from Akron, Ohio. Some of his past credits include Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (Firestone Theatre), various roles in Eugene Ionesco’s The Man with Bags (University of Akron), and Henry in The Red Badge of Courage (Magical Theatre Company). Robert is currently a junior at New York University, and proud to be part of the Educational Theatre program.  Robert has participated in a number of  Educational Theatre productions including Joe Salvatore’s The Class Project, Woyzeck, as well as the most recent New Plays for Young Audiences series. He is honored to be part of this year’s Fringe festival. 

Blake McCarty (Sound and Projection Design) is a theatre and multimedia educator and artist.  He has had the fortune and honor of working not only in the United States, but also Argentina, Ireland, and Uganda.  Previous collaborations with Joe Salvatore include Story Park, The Class Project, Polaroid Stories, The Tempest, Measure for Measure and transfigured. Recent designs include Macbeth, Sonia Flew, The Laramie Project, Woyzeck, The Giver, Chatroom, Dead Man Walking, and The Little Princess.  As an educator, he has collaborated with Invisible Children, The New Victory Theater, New Museum, Children’s Musuem of Manhattan, youngARTS/New York, and numerous schools throughout the tri-state area. Blake holds a BFA in Film Production and an MA in Educational Theatre, both from New York University.

Allyn Bard Rathus (Company Manager) is a recent graduate of the Masters Program in Educational Theatre at NYU-Steinhardt. Recent credits include Perez Hilton Saves The Universe! (Producer, rat house productions, The Bleecker Street Theatre, NYC) You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Producer, The Century Center for the Performing Arts, NYC), Broadway: August: Osage County (Richards/Climan, Inc.), The Threepenny Opera & Assassins (The Roundabout Theatre Company), Acting: Woyzeck (NYU-Steinhardt), All My Children (ABC),Guiding Light (CBS), As The World Turns (CBS), national commercials and campaigns including Microsoft, Time Warner, Dick’s Sporting Goods, L’Oreal, Cingular. 

Márion Talán (Costume Designer) is currently the Wardrobe Supervisor at The Juilliard School.  Recent work includes coordinating costumes for Jerome Robbins’ N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz (2010) and From MAX and THREE by Ohad Naharin at The Juilliard School (2009).  Designed L’histoire du soldat at Ravinia Festival (2009); Tracks that Loop and Record by Michelle Mola at The Yard (2009); Smoke Signals by Adam Weinert at the Danse Contemporaine Tangente (2008); Choreographers and Composers as well as Senior Production with The Juilliard School Dance Division (2005-2010); The Class Project, Polaroid Stories and Eumenides (2006-2009) at NYU Steinhardt School.

Tickets go on sale on July 23 at FringeNYC! See the performance schedule by clicking here.

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