New York’s Piney Fork Press Theater


“The Bermuda Curse”

A comedy by Johnny Culver

April 14th AND April 21st 2012 @1:00PM

New York Public Library - Grand Central Branch
135 E. 46th St. - bet. Lexington & Third Aves.

Charles Baran
Kristin Cantwell
Jaime Lubin
Evelyn Tineo

Welcome! Thanks to Charles, Evelyn, Jaime and Kristin (all current students at HB Studios); you are in for a real treat. The rehearsal process for this play has been the most fun I have ever had directing. One hour from now, you’ll understand why.


The setting is the customer service office of a small New York publishing company on a rainy spring morning in the early 1970’s.


“The Bermuda Curse” began as the first in a series of stories called “East Astoria”. These tales circled around goofy Jimmy Sweeney, fresh off the bus from Ohio, his annoying co-worker, Wendy, and their misadventures in 1970’s New York City. The first reading was at the Abrons Art Center in 2004, and has been performed around town by members of Piney Fork Press Theater ever since. This is the first full staged production ever. The props, the costumes, the lights…ok not really the lights…


You can read more about “East Astoria” and my past and present projects at Enjoy the show!


PS: Unless your cell phone has a rotary dial, please turn it off. Thanks!


Johnny Culver


Use of library space by Piney Fork Press Theater for this program does not indicate endorsement by The New York Public Library.

About Us:


CHARLES BARAN (Jimmy Sweeney) is thrilled to be working with Johnny Culver and a great cast in this terrific comedy. Recent: Pins and Needles at Theatre 80 St. Marks with Downtown Music Productions and the Howl Festival. Larry Foreman in last year's production of The Cradle Will Rock Again at Theatre 80 St. Marks. Oliver Westhollow in Grandpa Was A Bachelor at the 45th Street Theater. Clyde Tolson in The File on J. Edgar Hoover at Manhattan Rep and Mr. Young in Columbia Stages production of Walkabout Yeolha. A student of Austin Pendleton and Donna McKechnie at HB Studio.


KRISTIN CANTWELL (Wendy) has performed in New York at Manhattan Theater Source, 45th Street Theatre, and with ArtEffects Theater Company among others. In Washington, DC, Kristin worked at The Studio Theater, Theatre Alliance, Washington Shakespeare Company, and Tapestry Theatre among others. She has also worked on film, most recently filming for the second season of the web series, The Shorts Show, and Ugly Love, a new web series submitted to the 2012 Comedy Central Pilot Competition. She has studied acting with Austin Pendleton at HB Studio and improv with Gary Austin (The Groundlings) and at The Magnet Theater and The PIT. In addition to acting, Kristin is also a writer. As a writer/performer/producer, both of her one-woman shows, Confessions of an Invisible Woman and Butter:  Love Story, played to sold-out audiences at the DC Fringe Festival. She also writes and performs with and is co-founder of the sketch comedy group, Curvy by Nature. Kristin has a BA in Theatre from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.

EVELYN TINEO (Miss Rivas) is a mother of four and grandmother of three. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York City, where she works as a legal assistant (acting lessons come in handy). She has been studying acting/singing at HB Studios under the supervision of Joe Daly and Dan Manjovi for the last three years. She has appeared on stage in the play “Sleeping with Substances” written by Georgina Enders and directed by Amos Posner. She has also appeared in “Sunday Morning Coming Down” a film written and directed by Zachary Borst and produced by Tara Parian. Evelyn is an excellent Karaoke singer and avid traveler, both while enjoying a Grey Goose cocktail. She would like to thank God, first and foremost; and her family and friends for their support and for coming to see this show. Please form a line outside her dressing room (also known as the Ladies Room) after final curtain.

JAIME LUBIN (Speaker Box) has been acting since age nine. She is a graduate of Barnard College and currently studies with Austin Pendleton at HB Studio. Jaime's stage work in New York has included productions at Columbia University, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater at St. Marks, and Thirteenth Street Repertory among others. A few favorites: Yellow Electras, Inside Voices, Degas C'est Moi, As You Like It, and the worldwide premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days/365 Plays. Film: "Social Studies," "Chinaman Buffet," "Halloween" (CU student thesis project), "No Soliciting." In 2009 Jaime appeared in a commercial to raise awareness for the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA); the spot aired on Live! With Regis and Kelly and featured her memorable line "Bulimia!"


JOHNNY CULVER is a playwright and managing director of Manhattan’s Piney Fork Press Theater, a talented troupe of actors who perform his works in diverse venues throughout New York City. His acting credits include Wayne Seabury in Amateurs, Mr. Jackson in Talking Pictures, and Heck Tate in To Kill a Mockingbird. His plays have been produced at The Secret Theater, The Puzzle @ Marble Collegiate Church, 55th and Bleecker(all in New York City) and at the Walking Fish Theater in Philadelphia. He has also directed the works of other playwrights at the Strawberry One Act Festival, Love Creek Productions and at the Manhattan Repertory Theater. For more information about Johnny and his writing, please visit Thanks Emily!