Eliana Pipes’s “DREAM HOU$E”
a 29-hour workshop
Checkmark has been a fan of Eliana since our founding, and we couldn’t be more excited to have the pleasure of developing her newest play, from the first draft to the first public presentation. Thanks to the support of WP Theater and INTAR Theatre, Checkmark will be facilitating a 29-Hour workshop of DREAM HOU$E,” this December. The workshop will serve as an opportunity to bring actors and a director into the room for 4 days to rehearse, revise, and provide space for Eliana’s newest play to reach its fullest potential.
A bit about the play:
Two Latinx sisters on an HGTV-style show are selling their family home, hoping to capitalize on the gentrification in the “changing neighborhood.” In the process they discover details of the family’s past and the potential for their future, forcing them to grapple with what’s lost and gained in the quest for upward mobility.
Amanda Borges is a New York based actor and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she earned her BFA in Drama. Since graduating, she has been fortunate to work on the short film 3 Richards and the miniseries Somewhere in Bushwick as well as Too Much. Amanda is very much interested in pursuing projects that explore the relationship between art and activism, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Checkmark’s 29-hour workshop.
A native New Yorker and proud graduate of LaGuardia Arts. Most Recent credits include: Our Town(Olney Theater/Dir. Aaron Posner); Storm Still (Drama League); Dearly Departed (West Coast Black Theatre Troupe); Stupid Fucking Bird ( Arden Theater); Joe Turners Come and Gone (American Stage); And the upcoming film: Killroy Was Here ( Dir. Kevin Smith). Cindy-DeLaCruz.com
Serena Berman is a performer, playwright, and producer. Favorite acting credits include Diaspora (NY Premiere - Gym at Judson), Murder at the Gates (Steven Sater), Set It Up (Netflix), and the voice of Lucy on Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales (ABC). As a playwright, her work has been produced and developed at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Samuel French OOB Festival, Less Than Rent, Absolu Théâtre (Montréal), The Players Theatre, and more. She is currently the co-Director of Performance at art gallery/performance space Chinatown Soup, where she produces theater and activism events. BFA: NYU Tisch (CAP21). www.serenaberman.com