spit&vigor's staged reading of THE EXECUTION OF MRS. COTTON premieres at Standard Toykraft, presented by the Tank New play features the haunting music by C.W.K. played live.
THE EXECUTION OF MRS COTTON, loosely based on a willful misunderstanding of the historical context outlined in "Mary Ann Cotton: Britain's First Serial Killer" by David Wilson, is the story of the life and times of Elva Zona Heaster Cotton, a serial killer in the late 1800s. Serial killers prey on the most vulnerable victims accessible to them. This play deals with themes concerning the value of women's work, their art, and their voices, and explores how several working-class men could become vulnerable to a female serial killer, an artist in her own right, while the world around them rapidly industrializes.
From NYIT-award winning company members that produced IN VESTMENTS, acclaimed by the NYTimes as "wrenching and visually eloquent", is a ghost story about the strange life of an artist with the grotesque and macabre art form of serial murder by arsenic poisoning. Live musicians sing lyrics by Sara Fellini with musical arrangement by C.W.K.
Adam Belvo (Executive Producer, Actor). Recent New York work includes Father Nathan Shourd in the NYIT Award winning IN VESTMENTS, K.Bus in BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME, Jack in OVER, Georges in Hazard a Little Death (Planet Connections Festival: Best Actor Award Winner), Jaques in As You Like It, El Spectro in Color TVs in Tijuana, and Vanya in Uncle Vanya. Regionally, Adam has performed as K.Bus in BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME (Cincinnati Fringe Festival 2013, New Orleans Fringe Festival 2013, Out-of-the-Loop Festival 2014). He is a member of the Brooklyn based theater company spit&vigor (www.spitnvigor.com), and a proud inhabitant of Brooklyn.
Sara Fellini (Playwright, Actress, Artistic Director) Recent NYC credits include Belinda in NOISES OFF!, Tzeitel in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and Josef Stalin in LENIN’S EMBALMERS a the Davenport Theatre. Sara has toured as Nannerl Mozart in THE OTHER MOZART to New Orleans, Beaumont, TX, and Kingston, NY, and the Players’ Theatre in NYC. Most recently, she wrote, co-produced, and starred in the critically acclaimed and NYIT award-winning IN VESTMENTS, praised by the NYTimes as “wrenching and visually eloquent". This Fall her theater company spit&vigor is producing a staged reading of her most recent play, THE EXECUTION OF MRS. COTTON, and she will be playing Roberta in John Patrick Shanley’s DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at Under St. Mark’s. www.saraflorencefellini.com