Vested Interests reading

Around The Block/Al Doblar La Esquina

Monday June 5, 2023 6:00 pm
at the Dramatists Guild

presents a reading of
Vested Interests
Carlos Jerome #
with inspiration from Los intereses creados by Jacinto Benavente
and nods to El caballero de Illescas by Lope de Vega
directed by
Gloria Zelaya*

Cast of Characters
Character played by
Arliqueen Captain) Darlene Tejeiro*
Tyrone Henderson Vincent Bagnall
Chris Pine (Crisp) Sean Phillips*
Andrew León (Leo) Marcus Lorenzo
Irene Blake Donna Roesel*
Peter Polichinel Hezekiah James Toft
Silvia Polichinel Alexandra Acosta*
Vincent V. Vincent Mike Jankowitz*
Anthony Phillips Vincent Bagnall
Stage directions are read by Mardi Strand

* member, Actors Equity Association # member, Dramatists Guild
• Scene 2 of Prologue: Lewisburg Pennsylvania
• Rest of play: Manhattan

This event is made possible in part with funds from
Charles Schwab

Cast and Crew

Mike Jankowitz* (Vincent J. Vincent)
Mike trained with famed acting teacher Stella Adler. He has appeared in numerous professional productions by playwrights ranging from Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Gogol to Arthur Miller, Murray Schisgal, and Ray Bradbury; as well as occasional forays into film and television. He is also a playwright, and is presently working on the second of a trilogy of plays revolving around the murder of Canadian prisoners-of-war by the Waffen SS in June 1944. Member AEA, SAG/AFTRA.

Sean Phillips* (Crisp)
Sean is a graduate of AMDA. Theatre credits: Network ( Florida Studio Theatre), Mother Courage with Meryl Streep, Knock Me A Kiss with Andre De Shields. TV credits: Evil, Prodigal Son, Madam Secretary, Difficult People, Law & Order. AEA member

Mardi Strand (Stage directions)
Has loved theater since she started putting on shows in the family garage in Williston, ND.

Darlene Tejeiro* (Arliqueen)
Darlene studied at City University Of New York, The Lee Strasberg Institute and she's a lifetime member of “The Actor's Studio.”
Darlene has amassed a great body of w ork over her career. She has made over 15 Guest Star appearances in such favorites as “Power”, “Criminal Minds”, Bones and “How I Met your Mother” just to name a few. Her fans remember her for originating the contract character of “Anita Santos” in the ABC Daytime Drama “All My Children”.
Some of Darlene's film credits include “Starsky & Hutch” directed by Todd Phillips, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” directed by Dennis Dugan, “Star Trek” under the direction of J.J. Abrams. And the up coming biopic on Milli Vanilli “Girl You Know It’s True.
Darlene recently worked on “John Patrick Shanley’s” new play “Candlelight” at “The Ohio Theater”. Originating the role of “Collette”

Hezekiah Toft (Peter Polichinel)
Originally from Colorado, Kiah moved to the East Coast after serving in the Air Force. He earned his BFA from UConn and then his MFA from Sarah Lawerence College. He has worked at the Dorset Theater Festival and the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival along with several other productions in the Tri-state area. Currently Kiah lives in Connecticut with his long suffering girlfriend, Alex, and two cats, Milo and Ziti.

Gloria Zelaya (Director)
She has directed (two Summer Tours) and taught acting at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. She has collaborated with several other companies, including Intar, La MaMa ETC, Mass Transit, The Women’s Project, Theater for the New City, New World Theater, Duo Theater, Urban Youth Theater (International Fringe Festival) She has presented at: TeatroStageFest (The Golden Cacao Bean), the Samuel Becket Theater as part of the Evening Shades festival in NYC. The Talia Spanish Theater; and the Samuel French Festival. Directed seven Stage Readings for the Actor's Studio P.D.U (Playwrights and Directors Unit, at The Metropolitan Playhouse Theater and Around the Block Inc.
As a writer her plays have been produced at SEA MicroTheater/Felt Inc. Production: “Subway Story” and "Life of a Painter” inspired on the life of the painter Frida Kahlo.Ms. Zelaya has co produced two films: “I Am Julia,” Mexico International Film Festival, Golden Palm Award. She also participated in the casting for the film, and “Walking with Angels”, she is also one of the future characters of that film. Her latest work is the short film “Hope Garden “ She's the writer, director and co-producer of the film.
As an actress she has appeared in the films On The Outs, Toronto and Berlin Festival. Lobo, Hadas Production, Havana film festival, the film won Best Supernatural Suspense Film at the Miami International Sci Fi Film Festival. Educating Diego., Costa Rock Production, presented at the Film Forum. Home is Struggle – Independent Video San Antonio Film Festival, Award winner: “CrossOver Dreams” Max Mambru Productions and Make America Again. Chelsea Film Festival.
She is a member of the Actors Fund. The Performing Legacy Program.

Carlos Jerome# (playwright)
Carlos' plays have been produced by various theaters and have won several awards around the country. A Lower East Side boy, Carlos studied acting with Anne Allen, playwriting with Mark O'Donnell, Stewart Spencer and Allen Davis III. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre Playwrights, Harlem Playwrights 21, Times Square Playwrights, SLC Playwrights. He has taught playwriting for Around The Block, Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and for Latin American Theatre Ensemble at the Museo del Barrio. He was on the editorial team for the Simon & Schuster International English-Spanish Spanish-English Dictionary. His The Pain Inside and Counting Pedestals were published in, respectively, The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2017 and The Best 10-Minute Plays, 2021 (Smith & Kraus). Cada Loco has been published in the 2021-2022 Journal of the Pirandello Society of America.