BroadwayWorld: “CHAGRIN Plays Fringe NYC” – Opens August 12 with Actors Studio Drama School MFA Grads

Recent graduates of The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA program come together to perform “Chagrin,” a humorous and heartbreaking story of failed friendship at the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival.

Outside Inside was founded in 2011 by graduates of The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University to produce new plays written, directed, and performed according to the tenets of the influential Stanislavsky “System,” and the philosophies of the world-renowned Actors Studio

Outside Inside’s inaugural production will be Chagrin by Michael Ross Albert, debuting at the largest multi-arts festival in North America, the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival.

Chagrin takes place outside of a small town hospital, where four estranged friends are unexpectedly reunited. Fifteen years ago, these child geniuses rose to mega-stardom on a popular TV game show. Now, brought together by a tragic accident, they must grapple with their collective past in the place where it all began – Chagrin Falls. 

Adam Levi directs this world premiere production which stars Marco Agnolucci, Heath Carr, Suzy Kimball, and Melissa Rosenberger. Kaitlyn Samuel serves as Associate Producer/Assistant Director.

Performance schedule for Chagrin @ LaMaMa’s First Floor Theater (74A East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery): 

  • FRIDAY 8/12 @ 7:15-8:15 pm (Opening Night!)
  • SUNDAY 8/14 @ 4:15-5:15 pm
  • WEDNESDAY 8/17 @ 10:00-11:00 pm
  • THURSDAY 8/18 @ 4:00-5:00 pm
  • SATURDAY 8/20 @ NOON-1:00 pm

The Telegraph-Journal: “Inside the actors studio”

Saint John (New Brunswick, Canada) actress Suzy Kimball wraps up her MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City with two Off Broadway productions – starring in Eugene Ionesco’s “The Bald Soprano” (Wednesday through Saturday, May 7) and in scenes from “Frozen” (May 11-14) by British playwright Bryony Lavery at The Theater of Dance New Amsterdam.

Suzy Kimball was working for the family business, alongside her father and brothers, when she decided she needed to change course.

“‘I really didn’t want to do insurance for the rest of my life,” Kimball recalls in an interview with her hometown newspaper, The Telegraph-Journal.

For almost three years, Kimball’s days have been filled with classes (in movement, voice, theory, scene study and many other areas), research and auditions. Now, approaching graduation, the 39-year-old has learned acting requires her “to be continually open and curious.”

“During our auditions, we are looking for ‘the potential’ in our candidates. We are trying to see if there is a spark, a flame in them that through our three years of training we can transform into a fire,” said Andreas Manolikakis, director of the Actors Studio Drama School MFA program at Pace University. “This potential was obvious during Suzy’s audition. Over her three years of studies, we have observed her progress and growth as an actor and that potential has become a strong artistic individual expression that can be applied in many different styles of theatre.”