BLOODSHOT: The Call welcomes you into the hodgepodge of a threadbare mind and invites the recalibration of the relationship between reality, life, and death. What truths lie in the gap between the beginning and the end?
BLOODSHOT: The Call
Written by Elinor T Vanderburg
Directed by Sanaz Ghajar
Fedly Daniel, Marianna Hoitt-Lange, Ben Holbrook, Kat Norton, Ray Johnson, Morgan McGuire, Cristina Pitter, Cashton Tate Rehklau, Soren Stockman, and Grace Traynor
Music by The Mombs
"It's been a year since the Bloodshot plague took over The City, causing denizens to spontaneously burst and plunging a long-sleepless city deeper into its woe. I'm on the case and accustomed to the worst-and-then-some, and have tracked the bloody aftermath of exploded bodies across every depopulated borough – but lately, something's been tracking me. Or. . . becoming me? It's hard to say – but when the phone rings, the voice on the other sounds a little too much like home to be anything but trouble."
Special thanks to Michael Bernstein, Vincent LaManna, and Dave Tennent
Cast + Crew Bios
Fedly Daniel is a Haitian-American actor, writer, and artist based in New York City. His works in the theater include Diffractions Theatre's "The Bald Soprano", The WhiteListed Theatre Company's "Lost in Space", as well as Concrete Timbre's "Un Lieu de Vie", "Keys", and "Voyage de Ouf". It is his absolute pleasure to bring Reaver to life once again in Bloodshot!
Sanaz Ghajar is an Iranian-American writer, director, and DJ whose work has been described as “ambitiously subversive” and “unapologetically experimental” (Time Out NY). She has developed work nationally and internationally with Prague Film & Theater Center, BRIC Arts | Media House, Bushwick Starr, New York Theatre Workshop, New Georges, and others. // @call_me_sanaz
Marianna Hoitt-Lange (she/they) is a queer theatre-maker, writer, and violist recently graduated from NYU Tisch Drama. Favorite works include mɔːnɪŋ (HERE RAW), Bloodshot (Exponential Festival), The Infinite Hotel (Prototype Festival), and Crave (Cati Kalinoski). Working to unlearn their own racism in the theatre and, well, life. // @hoittlange
Ben Holbrook (he/him) is a playwright, filmmaker, actor, and storyteller who’s thrilled to once again join the “Bloodshot!” team! Always in the process of experimenting with theatrical forms and developing new pieces, you can find more info at http://holbrook.nyc and @baholbrook
Ray Johnson (they/he) is an actor, musician, songwriter, visual artist, and clown who practices daily Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and meditation. BA in devised theatre and acting from Pace University. Favorite works include the creation of a song cycle featuring empowering representations of mental illnesses, scoring “Mad Dog Blues,” “Angels in America" (Hannah Pitt track), Willowdell's performance at Arlene’s Grocery, and a Very large watercolor whale. // rayjohnsonartist.com // @raymariej
Morgan McGuire (she/her) is an actor and playwright originally from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. She now calls the county of Kings home. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. For credits and other somewhat useless information you can find her at www.morganamcguire.com.
Cristina Pitter (she/they) is a queer afro-latinx fat babe artist who wants to burn it all down and plant new seeds in the fertile soil. Founder of The Ashe Collective - an ancestral storytelling and community outreach group, Community Director of Pipeline Theatre Company, and company member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. She also has the best laugh ever. SERIOUSLY. You may have seen her work at JACK, Target Margin Theatre, Abrons Art Center, The Metropolitan Opera, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mabou Mines, 59E59, Ars Nova, Classic Stage, New Ohio Theatre, Joe’s Pub, The PIT, The Tank, The Flea Theatre, or three separate but specific bathtubs. BFA Acting Brooklyn College. Follow her antics at cristinapitter.com, including her solo show, “decolonizing my vagina”.
Soren Stockman’s poems have appeared in Bennington Review, The Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Narrative, the PEN Poetry Series, and Tin House. Performance credits include “Joseph Merrick” in The Elephant Man and “Victor Pistachio” in Bloodshot. Elephant, his debut collection of poems, is forthcoming in fall 2022 from Four Way Books.
Cashton Tate Rehklau is an actor/choreographer and a recent graduate at NYU Tisch Drama. His personal devised performance and movement work includes ^v^v^v, a piece that isolates discomfort for both the performer and audience, and Repeat Performance #5, a solo piece that questions the nature of live performance, presented at the Allouche Gallery. Recently, he also fight choreographed for “TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever” at JACK. You can find Cashton playing ‘Dustin’ in the upcoming film, POP POP, directed by Dylan Levers. // @tatesexy
Grace Traynor (she/they) is an actor, writer, and deviser from Pittsburgh, PA. She recently earned her BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch through Playwrights Horizons. They are also a teaching artist for Kids Creative Collective. She is currently developing FRANK, a pirate radio play with original sea shanties. // gracetraynor.com // @alias___grace
Drew Vanderburg (he/him) craves stagecrafting with this bombastic community of brilliants alongside his underlordly love, Elinor. He designs, he writes, he produces, he saxophones...he does whatever needs doing to unfurl the flags of compassion and social justice through all forms of art! @thepoemroom
Elinor T Vanderburg is a Black-American writer born in Washington, D.C. She is a Co-Creative Director of Fresh Ground Pepper, a writer-in-residence with Exquisite Corpse Company and The Shelter, the Art Director of SheNYC, and half of the illusory theater company, underlords. She LOVES her BLOODSHOT BBS. // @raisehelinor