True Believer

True Believer

Dates/Time: 06/28/14
10:00 pm

Space: Theaterlab | Theater

Category: Independent Production

Violet’s Umbrella proudly presents Asa Merritt’s one-woman show about the allure of fanaticism.

A struggling poet’s quest for meaning leads her into the underworld of radical politics.  True Believer explores the price of justice and the undeniable passion of youth. “If you’re not mad, you’re not paying attention.”

June 26 & 27, 8pm
June 28, 7:30p & 10:00p
June 29, 7:30p  
June 30th, 7:30p

Tickets: $15 at

Creative Team:

Asa Merritt (playwright) is the first writer in a family of soldiers and cowboys. Notable projects include: plays staged at LaMama, the Cherry Pit, and Center Stage; Night on the Lam, a short film, which premiered at the the Macon Film Festival; and First Blood, an anthology of pre-1900 vampire literature published by Phoenix Press. In the fall Asa will be studying International Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Kersti Bryan,*  New York: Mr. Bengt’s Wife (August Strindberg Rep). The Seagull, The Rover (New York Classical Theatre). As You Like It (Player’s Club); The Box Man (Dixon Place/SITI Company); Drowning Girls (Theatre Row), The Frontier, As Told By the Frontier (NYTW); Regional/International: Riverside Drive (Moscow Art Theatre *TCG Award) All’s Well That Ends Well (Commonwealth Shakespeare *Nominated Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress); Pride & Prejudice, Misanthrope (Shakespeare Theatre of New NJ); Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); All My Sons (Palm Beach Dramaworks *Carbonell Award) TV/WEB: “Elementary”;  “Golden Boy”; “Drop Dead Diva”; “Law & Order”; “Small Miracles”; DFuze TV’s “Chamomile Honeywell”; Film: “Hell’s Heart” (Third Star Films) and others. Carnegie-Mellon *Performing with special permission of Actors Equity Association

Joshua Kahan Brody  (Director) is a director, actor, and producer based in San Diego and New York. He been a guest director at UC – San Diego (The Sign In Sidney Brustein’s Window) where he also received his MFA in directing. His work there included Titus Andronicus and The Dybbuk and the first workshop productions of Lauren Yee’s A Man, His Wife, and His Hat (now titled The Hatmaker’s Wife) and Jeff Augustin’s Little Children Dream of God. In the fall, he will direct Pericles for the MFA program at UMKC. He won the award for Excellence in Directing at the 2011 NY Fringe Festival for Fourteen Flights. As an actor, he originated the role of ‘Boy’ in the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s The Distance from Here at the Almeida Theatre, London and appeared in the filmsChasing Liberty and Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London. As an assistant director, he worked on the world premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s The Who and The What and is continuing with the production at Lincoln Center, as well as continued work with Akhtar on other plays. A dual US-UK citizen, he received his BA from Yale University and now splits his time between New York and San Diego where he is a lecturer in undergraduate acting at UCSD.