Cast & Crew
LISA HAAS (Jane)
LISA HAAS (Jane) is an actor and comedy writer; she most recently starred in Laura Terruso’s short film “Dyke Dollar.” She has performed in numerous plays by Madeleine Olnek. She received a Jerome Foundation Fellowship to develop her solo comedy “Crown Hill Cemetery,” performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and Fringe Festivals in Orlando, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. She is the co-author of the sketch comedy “Rita & Inez: The True Queens of Femininity” and as a playwright, her twisted-queer comedies have been seen in NYC, nationally and internationally, including “In Heat”, “I Sit in the Café” and “Stacked: A Deviant Doctoral Dissertation”.
SUSAN ZIEGLER (Zoinx)
SUSAN ZIEGLER (Zoinx) is an actor with extensive Off and Off-Off Broadway credits; she starred in Madeleine Olnek’s “Oona and Lurleen” at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, “Angel City,” “Suicide in B Flat,” “Hamlet,” and “The Duchess of Malfi.” LA theatre includes the critically acclaimed “Cheyenne” by Sex & The City writer Liz Tuccillo, “What Went Wrong With The King and Queen of America” by Stephen McFeely, and the world premiere of “Sister Cities” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Film and TV credits include “The West Wing” and “Days Of Our Lives.” She is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing.
JACKIE MONAHAN (Zylar)
JACKIE MONAHAN (Zylar) is a local favorite at Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline’s on Broadway, The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store. Jackie has taken her “Delightfully Inappropriate” show on the road and is part of the Curiously Strong Comedy National Tour produced by Andrea Meyerson. She performs on Olivia Cruises and at Upright Citizen’s Brigade and hosts a “One Night Stand Up” special for LOGO and a hit podcast “Girls on Girls” for the HERE! Network. Jackie is winner of Time Out New York’s Joke of the Year 2008, and was nominated for ECNY’s Best Female Stand Up comedian.
CYNTHIA KAPLAN (Barr)
CYNTHIA KAPLAN (Barr) has appeared in many plays and some movies, including Rachel Reichman’s “Work” and John Walsh’s “Ed’s Next Move” and “Pipe Dream,” which she co- wrote. She has worked extensively with Madeleine Olnek, appearing in the short “Hold Up” at Sundance in 2006. She is the author of two widely acclaimed books, “Why I’m Like This: True Stories” and “Leave the Building Quickly,” and her comic essays have been published in many newspapers, magazines, journals, and anthologies. She has performed in rock clubs throughout the U.S. and just released FANGRY, her debut album of comedy rock songs, with her band, The Cynthia Kaplan Ordeal.
DENNIS DAVIS (Senior Agent)
DENNIS DAVIS (Man in Black #1 has appeared in three short films by Madeleine Olnek: “Hold Up,” “Make Room for Phyllis,” and “Countertransference.” His theatre credits include Madeleine Olnek’s “Wild Nights with Emily”; Carl Hancock Rux’s “Pipe”; Lizzie Olesker’s “Love Lake”; Susan Sherman’s “Fourteen Clowns and a Xylophone”; and original productions of Mac Wellman’s “Bad Penny” and “Albanian Softshoe.” Dennis’s short play “Oedipus Retched!” is published in the anthology “Not So Sweet, 16 Plays from SOHO Rep’s 10-Minute Play Festival.”
ALEX KARPOVSKY (Rookie Agent)
ALEX KARPOVSKY completed his first feature-length film, “The Hole Story,” in 2006. The existential black comedy earned Alex a slot in Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Alex’s award-winning follow- up, “Woodpecker,” premiered at the 2008 South by Southwest Film Festival. Alex’s most recent film, “Trust Us, This Is All Made Up,” premiered at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival. As an actor, Karpovsky was featured in “Beeswax,” “Grand Theft Auto IV,” “Harmony and Me,” “Lovers of Hate,” “Bass Ackwards,” “Tiny Furniture,” (2010 South by Southwest Film Festival – Narrative Jury Prize for Best Feature Film); and “The Grownups.”
RAE C WRIGHT (Therapist)
RAE C WRIGHT, Therapist is an OBIE-Award winning writer/performer, a 2010 Fulbright Fellow, and a Professor in NYU’s Film & Television Department. She’s both performed and directed at The Public Theater, appeared in countless obscure independent films — including “Borders” with Steve Buscemi and “Joe’s Apartment.” She is currently in “Goodbye NY Goodbye Heart” at HEREArts in New York, and she recently played Bernie Madoff at PS122, “Mum in Family” at Ontologic Hysteric Theater, and Taylor Mac’s “The Lily’s Revenge.” She’s author of “The Moon in Vain” (a ‘fifth act’ to “The Seagull”); “She’s Just Away!” (a comedy about grieving); “Animal Instincts! Tales of Flesh and Tales of Blood” and “Vicki Weaver & I…a comedy about hate.”
Madeleine Olnek, Writer/Director
Madeleine Olnek is a filmmaker, director and playwright. Her work was described by New York Newsday as “Uproarious Neurotic Comedy.” She has put up over 20 plays– all comedies– in downtown New York City venues that have frequently enjoyed sell out runs. She is one of the authors of “A Practical Handbook for the Actor” (foreword by David Mamet), a widely used acting textbook. She received the William Goldman Screenwriting Fellowship and the Adrienne Shelley grant/award for best female director at Columbia University Graduate Film School. Her first film, the award-winning short “Hold Up” showed at Sundance in 2006, and her short “Countertransference” showed at Sundance and SXSW in 2009, and won jury prizes at The Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, LA’s Outfest and NYC’s Newfest, as well as being chosen by Sundance to both tour theatrically with the Sundance art house project, and to be one of five shorts on the 2010 Sundance iphone app. “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same” is her first feature film.
Laura Terruso, Producer
Laura Terruso is currently earning her MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film Program. She is the recipient of a 2007 “Culture and Heritage” grant from the National Italian American Foundation for her short documentary “The Last Butcher in Little Italy,” broadcast on the New York PBS affiliate Channel 13 and distributed online through IFC.com. She has worked in different capacities producing, directing, and writing short films which have appeared at many festivals including Sundance, SXSW and Rooftop Films. She holds a B.A. from NYU in Broadcast Journalism and an MA in Media, Culture and History.
Cynthia Fredette, Co-Producer
Cynthia is a writer/director based in New York City. She holds an MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University and is currently in pre-production on her first feature film, to shoot in NYC in early 2011. She also holds an MA in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex, U.K. and was formerly an exhibitions curator at The International Center of Photography, New York.
Curtis Grout, Editor
Curtis grew up in the foothills of northern California and has a passion for editing and telling stories. In the last year, he has conquered a massive challenge, witnessed something awesome, and achieved a dream; he completed a marathon, watched the San Francisco Giants win the World Series, and edited a film premiering at Sundance. He enjoys working on both narrative and non-fiction projects and has edited everything from feature length and short films to web series and corporate promos.
Nathaniel Bouman, Director of Photography
Nat Bouman is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at SUNY College at Oneonta, where he teaches writing, filmmaking and documentary studies. He holds an MFA in film from Columbia University. He is also a filmmaker, writer and director of photography. His previous work as a DP includes Madeleine Olnek’s award-winning short, “Hold Up.” When Bouman isn’t teaching, writing, or shooting a project he can be found at his farmhouse in Pennsylvania—usually chopping firewood.
Linda Gui, Costume Designer
Linda Gui never met a sequin she didn’t like! Before designing intergalactic outfits for lesbian space aliens, Linda costumed Madeleine Olnek’s “Countertransference.” This official selection at 2009 Sundance won a Silver Rabbit Award in Sao Paolo. Linda also designed costumes for Yvonne Rainer’s seventh feature film,“MURDER and Murder.” Funded by a MacArthur genius award, this independent film won a Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Besides film, Linda has worked for over a decade in downtown NYC theater, designing costumes for playwrights such as Madeleine Olnek, Deb Margolin, Carolin Brown, Sally Sockwell, and Lexa Rosean for productions at venues such as P.S. 122, Dixon Place, La Mama, Here, WOW Café, Kraine, Women’s Interart Center, and Theater for the New City.
Melissa Finell, Associate Producer/Script Supervisor
Melissa is a filmmaker based in New York City. She wrote and directed the short film “No Direction,” currently in post-production. Melissa has worked on productions such as “Sex and the City 2,” “Gossip Girl,” “The Son of No One,” HBO’s “How to Make It in America,” as well as Madeleine Olnek’s short film “Countertransference.” She studied Women’s Studies at Smith College.
Rebecca Conroy, Production Designer
Rebecca is a filmmaker/artist from New York, whose many creative interests include a passion for interior and production design. Her love for this work began as an antique furniture refinisher, and continued in her work at Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren in their Home Design divisions. Moving eventually into film production, she decided to attend Columbia University for her MFA in film directing. Her adoration for decorating has stuck with her and flourished on every set she works on.
Bryan Heyboer, Spaceship Design and Construction
Bryan is an artist whose design works have appeared in films and on stage. Recent credits include Laura Terruso’s “Dyke Dollar,” Erin Markey’s “The Curse,” and Holly Hughes’ “Let Them Eat Cake.” Bryan lives in New York City but is currently in Poland.
Julie Langer, Costume Designer
Julie Langer grew up in Morris County, New Jersey. After graduating from New School University with a degree in film and theater, she attended the Make-Up Designory in NYC. She’s been working as a freelance make-up artist ever since.
Lee Eaton, Colorist
When not riding his bicycle across the continent, Lee is found in tiny, dark rooms, drinking coffee and working as both freelance colorist and staff video editor at non-profit City Lore in NYC.
The Galaxy’s Finest Honorary Codependent Lesbian Space Aliens
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