WINTER'SEND

Winter's End is an Absurdist Retelling of the Persephone Story written by J.S. Puller. This play leads you down a Greek mythology adventure (with a modern twist) about choice, relationships, and moving furniture. For more information about the cast, and production team please check out our digital program below.

J. S. PULLER

J. S. Puller (Playwright) (she/her/hers) is a playwright and author from the Windy City, Chicago. She has a master's degree in elementary education and a bachelor's degree in theatre from Northwestern University. She is an award-winning member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and is actively involved in researching the social-emotional benefits of arts education with the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. When not writing, she can usually be found in the theatre. Her debut novel, CAPTAIN SUPERLATIVE, was published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She also has several published plays, including: WOMEN WHO WEAVE (Playscripts, Inc.), PERSEUS & MEDUSA; OR, IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME (Lazybee Scripts), and THE DEATH OF ROBIN HOOD (Stage Rights, forthcoming). Website: pullerwrites.wordpress.com 

SOPHIE FOLDVARI

Sophie Foldvari (Butler) (she/her/hers) is excited to be working with Wayward Sisters, especially a new play! Some of her favorite Chicago credits include: Lefty and Crabbe (Underscore Theatre), We Found A Hat (Lifeline Theatre), and Boeing Boeing (Metropolis). You can also catch her performing cabarets at Davenports Piano Bar! Much thanks to Emily, Maggie and Ashley for this opportunity to connect and create during this insanely unprecedented times.

GARDY GILBERT

Gardy Gilbert (Husband) is thrilled to be returning to Wayward Sisters Theatre Ensemble to participate in their 2nd Annual Workshopping Women's Voices event in the reading of Winter's End! Gardy is a Chicago-based actor that recently completed his BFA Acting training at Ball State University. Some of his favorite recent credits include "Try to Be" with La Vuelta Ensemble (Ensemble Member), "Scary Stories: Are You Afraid" with Random Acts Chicago (Quinn, Various Roles), and behind the scenes as the Assistant Director of "1 2 3" with Wayward Sisters. He's super pumped to dive into this next project with the company!

CARINA LASTIMOSA

Carina Lastimosa (Wife) is a San Francisco Bay Area native, currently residing in Chicago; where she was in the world premiere of Poison (The Plagiarists) by Dusty Wilson. Selected SF/Bay Area theatre credits include: Sisters Matsumoto (Center REPertory Company), A Dreamplay (Cutting Ball Theater), Dogeaters (Magic Theatre), Peter Pan and Hairspray (Berkeley Playhouse), The Day The Crayons Quit (Bay Area Children's Theatre), Slaughterhouse-Five and Top Girls (Custom Made Theatre Co.), Marat/Sade (Thrillpeddlers), The Crazed (Central Works), A Kind of Sad Love Story (Bindlestiff Studio) and as a performer/educator for Kaiser’s Educational Theatre. Carina is a recipient of the Theatre Bay Area TITAN Award and a graduate of Indiana University. Carina is represented by Lily’s Talent Agency. www.carinalastimosa.com.

ANASTACIA YAYA MUNOZ

Anastacia Yaya Muñoz (Cassie) (she/her/hers) is stoked to be apart of the reading of Winter’s End for the Wayward Sisters Theatre Ensemble's 2nd Annual Workshopping Women's Voices. She is a California native and senior at Long Island University Post receiving a BFA in Musical Theatre. Her previous credits include Molly Mattie (St. Francis), Isabella (Measure for Measure) and Antonio (Abridged Twelfth Night). Regional credits include multiple roles with Sierra Repertory Theatre and Improv with The Armory at The Tank in NYC. She would like to thank the creative team and the rest of the cast for their willingness to collaborate and her friends and family for all their love and support.

PLAYWRIGHT

CAST

WHITNEY PIPES

Whitney Pipes (Mother) is a Chicago Actress, Director, and Filmmaker. She is extremely excited to be a part of this amazing Staged Reading. She’s currently taking classes at Sarantos Studios for Acting. Her recent theatre credits include: Sunday Evening (Rose Valley Theatre), Porch Play (Theatre Momentum), and Rezoned (Corn Productions).

DANE VALERIO

Dane Valerio (Jared) is a Mexican-American actor and filmmaker originally from Texas. Recently he appeared in the Showtime original show Work in Progress along with the 2019 film Bleed American. Dane has worked on over a dozen short films and can be seen in the upcoming 2020 film Into the Devil’s Reach. He attributes a large part of his artistry to his indigenous heritage and queer identity.

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