the Healthy Oysters present
I never had
by Eric Marlin
directed by Erica Wray
assistant director & director of photography
Claire Breger-Belsky & Brillian Qi-Bell
CRISTINA GOYENECHE (Olga; she/her) received her BA in Psychology and Theatre Arts from California State University, Bakersfield and immediately began her graduate journey at the University of Iowa where she received her MFA in Theatre Arts. She is currently adjunct faculty at both CSUB and Bakersfield College, where she can continue to impassion others’ dreams while continuing to pursue her own. Past favorite roles include Pargeia in Welcome to Thebes, Rosalind in As You Like It, & Henry V in Henry V.
JUSTIN HARNER (Not Chekhov; he/him) is a Chicago-based actor, music director, and musician. Past roles include Ellen Hamilton Latzen (Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy, Bloomington Playwrights Project), Dad/Mr. Reyes (Be More Chill, Stage Door Fine Arts), Pianosaurus (Triassic Parq, Circle Theatre Chicago), and Third Man (The Baltimore Waltz, Brown Paper Box Co.). Half of our theatre organizations no longer exist, so please continue to support your local performance venues in any way you can.
ANNIE HOEG (Irina; she/her) is a theater maker living in Brooklyn. Select performance credits include: We Need Your Listening (Ice Factory); What A World! What A World! and I Was Unbecoming Then (ANT Fest); Slow Field (Theaterlab); Ancient Greek Corn (HERE); ANTRABAVA (The Brick); Gobstopper (The Tank) and The Loon (Abrons/JACK). Wardrobe credits include Playwrights Horizons, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Public, Clubbed Thumb, Classic Stage Company and The Transport Group. BFA: NYU
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VICTORIA N. (Masha; she/her) Victoria's previous work was seen at The Kennedy Center, American Players Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Great River Shakespeare Festival, TheatreSquared, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, New York Classical Theatre, Playhouse Square, The Arts Center at NYUAD, FringeArts, and more. When we can all hug again, she'll return to an international tour of CARTOGRAPHY, a piece about migration close to her Lebanese-American heart. Thanks to her family for their wifi connection and infinite love.
ERIC MARLIN (Playwright; he/him) has been produced and presented by the Public Theater, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Dixon Place, Samuel French, HOT! Festival, Exquisite Corpse Company, PTP/NYC, Tennessee Williams Festival, Play Date @ Pete's & Wildclaw Theatre. Winner of the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival. Shortlisted for the Berliner Festspiele Stuckemarkt. Finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, SPACE at Ryder Farm & the Jewish Plays Project. Former Resident Artist at Montclair's New Works Initiative. Co-founder of the Healthy Oyster Collective. MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop.
ERICA WRAY (Director; she/her) is a new play director. She creates work that is highly kinetic, physically expressive, and makes the impossible possible. Specializing in directing new plays by feminist and queer writers that explore relationships, loneliness, and the need for human connection, she is fascinated by shifting energy between people onstage and attempts to harness this energy to tell stories. Director: Gender Breakdown, Last Meal Man (Collaboraction/Chicago); Shoe, Polaris (a tragedy expansion pack) (Iowa New Play Festival); Twilight Bowl (Big Ten Theatre Consortium). SDC Associate, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Chicago Directors Lab, MFA: University of Iowa. ericawray.com
KARI BARCLAY (Assistant Director & Director of Photography; they/them or he/him) is a queer writer, director, and educator who tells big stories of intimacy and freedom. They are the author of Stonewallin’ (MirrorBox, So.Queer Playwriting Festival) and Can I Hold You (San Francisco Mime Troupe Studios, Teddy’s Brooklyn). When we aren’t six feet apart, Kari works as an intimacy director and researches consent-based approaches to staging scenes of sexuality. They live in Berkeley, CA and teach at St. Mary’s College of California. PhD Stanford University ’21. kari-barclay.com
CLAIRE BREGER-BELSKY (Stage Manager; they/them) graduated from Stanford University this past June with a BA in theater and performance studies and a minor in translation studies. Recent shows include Beyond the Wound Is a Portal (Associate SM), Everybody (SM), REVIVAL: Millenial reMembering in the Afro NOW (PSM), and Cabaret (SM) at Stanford, Greater Good (SM Intern) at Company One Theatre, and Stonewallin’ (SM) with the So. Queer Playwriting Festival.
BRILLIAN QI-BELL (Stage Manager; she/her) is a fourth-year theatre arts major at UIowa focusing in stage management and arts entrepreneurship. Previous SM/ASM work includes: Global Express, Twilight Bowl, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Cat Found God, Pastoral Play, The Wolves, Laterality, Polaris, Monument, AirSpace, Perils of the Flowerbed, Hit the Wall, Colic, & A Plant. Special thanks to Erica & Eric for letting her hang out with them while they make beautiful theatre 💗.
The ideas and tools used to create three sisters I never had were developed, in part, through the Orchard Project Liveness Lab and Movement Church.