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A play in phone transmissions

We Can’t Wait

ON DEMAND from March 14th to 27th
Delivered via the telephone
FREE event; suggested donation $15


By Paige Zubel
Directed by Damien Figueras
Featuring Daio Floyd, Kaitlin Healy, CJ Higgins, Donovan Lockett, Claris Park, Emmie Parker, and Malynne Smith
A WORLD PREMIERE, commissioned by Tiny Dynamite

It’s been so long since we’ve come back together that we’ve forgotten how. Static, a far-off voice; it is a long distance call—Jae, reaching you from the other end of the universe. Jae has a series of intergalactic transmissions to share, from different pockets of the galaxy: the experiences of lives and cultures in a time of isolation. And Jae has a challenge for you: can you make a beacon to bring us all back together?

We Can’t Wait is a pre-recorded phone adventure for one audience member. It’s an experience that’s perfect for teens and pre-teens, fans of fantasy and sci-fi, crafty types and folks looking to flex their creativity at home, and anyone who likes to curl up on a cold afternoon and let fiction transport you to another world. You’ll choose the order in which you experience the story, while following guidelines to craft a unique artifact all your own.

Run time: 25 min+, depending on participant’s time doing each activity

Thank you for supporting A Play, a Pie, and a Pint In Place. We look forward to bringing you new stories in new ways until it’s safe to gather in person!

Meet the creators

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Paige Zubel

Paige Zubel (she/they) is a Philadelphia-based playwright, dramaturg, and producer. Their plays have been developed and produced by 50+ theatre companies internationally, including Berridge Conservatory (AMOS AND THE STARS, France), Normal Ave (DEAD MEAT, NYC), and What If? Productions (A STRING BETWEEN MAN AND THE WORLD, NC). Her plays and prose have been published by houses including Smith & Krause, One Act Play Depot, and Hashtag Queer. They are the Associate Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Clark Park, Resident Dramaturg of Paper Doll Ensemble, and were the former National New Play Network Producer in Residence at InterAct Theatre Company. Writer’s groups: The Foundry Class of 2020; InterAct Core Playwright Class of 2021. More of her work is available to read on The New Play Exchange. 

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Director and Sound Designer

Damien Figueras

Damien Figueras is a Cuban-American composer, director, music director, and sound designer based in Philadelphia. He is a two-time Barrymore Award nominee (for his work on Moth at Azuka Theatre and for Antihero at Tribe of Fools). He made his Off-Broadway design debut in 2018 with the play Party Face produced at NY City Center. Other design credits include companies such as Walnut Street Theatre, Lantern Theater Company, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Resident Theatre Company, Curio Theatre, and more. Damien is a proud member of the Theatrical Sound Designer and Composer Association (TSDCA) and is a resident member of Apartment 20 Theatre. As always, he would like to dedicate his work to the memory of his mother.

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Performer – A/F

Daio Floyd

Daio Fumilayo is excited to be a part of this new & interesting piece! This is her very first audio show! She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Previous credits include Sister Act (Deloris VanCartier), RENT (MimiMarquez), Legally Blonde (Paulette ), and Company (Joanne).

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Performer – C

Kaitlin Healy

Kaitlin Healy is a Philadelphia based actor. Previous credits include The Buried Life (Apartment 20 Theatre), Alice (You Can’t Take it With You, Allen’s Lane Theater), Abby McAllister (The Manor, Colonial Playhouse), Mayella Ewell (To Kill a Mockingbird, Ritz Theatre Company). She is also a proud member of the Ritz Kidz Troupe and is on the Young Friends board of the Historical Society of Philadelphia. Thank you to Damien, KC, and Paige for this opportunity and their work!

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Performer – B/E

CJ Higgins

CJ Higgins (they/them) is a theatre artist who specializes in devising, music, and doing whatever a production needs at a given moment because that’s Philly for ya. During the pandemic they’ve co-created the digital #Knightlife Renaissance Faire and performed in digital productions including Revolution Shakespeare’s 154 Revisited, Coffee & A Play’s Lawrence’s Law of Pawn Shops, and Going Viral Festival’s Cookie Crumbles. Favorite offline roles have included Dr. Jake Gyllenhaal in The Lizard of Oz, Pearl in Ghost Quartet, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Irina in Three Sisters, and a slew of devised works. They are an original company member of The Hum’n’bards Theater Troupe and co-host of the queer interview podcast My Gay Agenda. Many thanks to Tiny Dynamite and Tim!

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Performer – H

Donovan Lockett

DONOVAN LOCKETT is an actor-writer-educator who proudly hails from New Orleans but has made Philly her artistic home! Selected credits: The Wolves (PTC); Significant Other (Mauckingbird Theatre Co); All’s Well That Ends Well (PAC); Troilus & Cressida (Revolution Shakespeare); Measure for Measure (Scranton Shakespeare); White (Theatre Horizon); A Christmas Carol (Walnut Street Theatre); Oedipus (Hangar Theatre); Trigger Warning (Prime Theatre Syndicate). She is the co-founder of the alumni activist collective ICTA BIPOC and the co-creator of the podcast Black Light the Spotlight, which tackles representation and inclusion in the arts. Up next: Diamond Peak Studio Sessions (The Strides Collective). BFA: Ithaca College.

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Performer – Jae

Claris Park

Claris Park is a writer and Barrymore-nominated actor. She is currently based in Korea and is very excited to be reaching you from the other side of the world! They were part of the 2018 inaugural cohort of the Philadelphia Asian Performing Artist (PAPA) and Asian Arts Initiative’s (AAI) Mini-Residency Program, and a part of the 2019 inaugural cohort of PAPA’s Playwright Project. Select acting credits include Man of God (InterAct Theatre Company), The Wolves (Boise Contemporary Theatre), Among the Dead (Theatre Exile), and The Monster In The Hall (Inis Nua Theatre). They are currently a student at Georgetown Law.

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Performer – G

Emmie Parker

Emmie is an actor, theatre artist, and educator. Previously, she worked as the Wardrobe Supervisor for Delaware Theatre Company (Hound of the Baskervilles, One November Yankee, A Christmas Carol, Outside Mullingar), served as ASM with Azuka Theatre (Ship!), and stage-managed Wings of Paper’s production of All This Intimacy. As an actor, Emmie also performed in Apartment 20’s 24 Hour Devising Festival, a reading of Dead Meat by Paige Zubel, and is featured on an episode of The Upstage Podcast (10 minute plays by Amber Palmer). Currently, she is working with students as an Instructional Assistant and learning to appreciate the socially distant life. Emmie graduated with a BFA in Acting from Arcadia University.

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Performer – D/I

Malynne Smith

Malynne Smith is super psyched to continue her journey in virtual performance with We Can’t Wait! A recent graduate of the University of the Arts, Malynne is optimistic about the metamorphosis of theatre. She hopes to contribute to making theatrical experiences more accessible to people of every background. Keep an eye out for her as a guest artist in the UArts Polyphone Festival’s Lilith and Her Demons (April 20-22).


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