The 20/21 Season: November Digital Theatre Festival

2020 Finalist Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competiton


by Sheri Wilner
directed by Susan Drozd

Dot has changed. Sheltered in place during the early days of Covid, her Laughter Yoga Studio has moved classes online. What begins as an online dating event turns into a free-for-all and a glimpse into the lives of her Yoga students. Funny and heartwarming.

Currents: 716 and Alleyway's Digital Theatre Festival are made possible through the generous support of the Venturous Theatre Fund of the Tides Foundation

About the Artists

Sheri Wilner

SHERI WILNER’s plays include Kingdom City, Relative Strangers, Bake Off, Father Joy, A Tall Order, The End, Joan of Arkansas, and Hunger and have been presented at the La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Signature Theatre(DC), Williamstown Theatre Festival, the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, and many others.

Her plays have been published in more than a dozen anthologies, which has led to over four hundred productions of her plays worldwide.  

Playwriting awards include a Bush Artist Fellowship, two Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships, and two Heideman Awards, granted by the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Also an established playwriting teacher, she has taught at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Boston College, Vanderbilt University, and for the Playwrights Center, PlayPenn and the Dramatists Guild Institute.  

Susan Drozd

Like a phoenix, theatre will rise again. Our civilization cannot exist without story tellers, weavers, listeners & viewers.    Susan is thrilled to be making theatre during this time in our lives and she is happy to be doing it with such a great group of people. Thank you Alleyway for keeping the (virtual) ghost light ablaze and for allowing her to play in it's light.

Susan wears many hats in her field all of which allow her to create in wonderful ways.

She is a director and proudly directed Fun Home (Artie Nominated for Direction), Violet (Artie Nominated for Direction), Master Class, My Fair Lady (2011 ARTIE Award winner for Outstanding Direction of a Musical) Anton in Showbusiness (Niagara University).

She is an actor and has happily appeared at Alleyway, Irish Classical Theatre, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Road Less Traveled,  Theatre of Youth and Musicalfare at 710 Main.

She is a designer and is the Resident Hair, Wigs & Make Up Designer for Musicalfare and Irish Classical Theatre. Her work has also been seen in many theatre & dance companies, colleges and high schools around the area.  

Susan is the proud theatre teacher for Buffalo Seminary, now 11 years and 20 productions in; a member of the Buffalo Soundpainting Ensemble and Co-Founder of Rogue Repertory #roguerep. Next Season:  All is Calm at Musicalfare (Director) Education: Niagara University/DePaul University, Lincoln Center

Much gratitude for the the love and support given to her.  Mad respect to all those she works with.  Love & Light.  

Marta Aracelis

MARTA ARACELIS is so honored to be a part of Alleyways "LOL-OL." It is a new and fresh experience that she can not wait to be a part of. 

Marta’s credits include Ujima Theater's Green Pastures (various characters), Do you see what I'm saying? (Himilce) and  Belle (Stage Manager), MusicalFare’s In the Heights (Camilla), Raíces Theatre Co's The Happiest Song Plays Last (Yaz), Mariella in the Desert (Stage manager) and the second installment of Desde ElPuente and Desde El Puente; Christmas Edition.

Marta would like to take the time to thank her close friends, her amazing children and her sister Marissa for all of their love and support. Especially to Melvin  "I couldn't possibly be as free to be me without the constant love, understanding anddevotion I have from my husband. He is the real MVP."

Bethany Burrows

BETHANY BURROWS is excited to be making her virtual debut with Alleway! 

She was last seen on the Shea’s Smith stage with Second Generation Theatre in THE TOXIC AVENGER (Sarah – Artie Nominated Outstanding Actress in a Musical).  She also appeared in NINE (Ens.), BIG FISH (Mermaid) & CRIMES OF THE HEART (Babe) with SGT, AFTER THE FALL (Maggie –Artie Nom. Actress in a Play, Buffalo Spree Best of WNY Winner) with PostIndustrial, STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Shelby) at Desiderio’s, URINETOWN (Little Sally –Artie Nom.) at Subversive, TOMMY (Sally Simpson) and ADRIFT IN MACAO (Ens.) at MusicalFare, LEGALLY BLONDE (Margot) at The Palace.  ARTA Member. Thanks to Chris & Susan for this opportunity. Love to Jeff & Gray.

Matt Gilbert

MATT GILBERT graduated fromNiagara University in 2015 with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a minor in Theatre Design and Technology concentrating in costuming.

Since graduation he has appeared onstage with Road Less Traveled Productions (Safe), O’Connell& Company (Dear World & Young Frankenstein), TOY (Fancy Nancy) and Shakespeare In Delaware Park (Twelfth Night).

Matt has costume designed productions for Opera Sacra, Second Generation Theatre, and Buffalo Academy Of The Sacred Heart. Special thanks to his fiancé Michael for his unending loveand support. 

Jake Hayes

JAKE HAYES. Favorite credits include; RLTP: BUFFALO STORIES – THURMAN THOMAS (ensemble); ICTC: HAMLET (Guildenstern); Curtain Up Productions: BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Beast), SHREK (Donkey); MusicalFare: RAGTIME (Ensemble), EVITA (Ensemble); O'Connell & Company: ACT OF GOD (Michael), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Audrey II - Artie Nominee); Artpark:The ODYSSEY: THE MUSICAL (Telemachus); Buffalo Boys Productions: ONCE IN MY LIFETIME (Ty);  Raices Theatre Company: BARCELO ON THE ROCKS (Jaston). Jake wants to thank his family and friends for their support. Love you Gma.

Sara Jo Kukulka

SARA JO KUKULKA is excited to bemaking her Alleyway debut.

Favorite roles:  Samuel Chase in 1776 (O'Connell & Company) Artie winner Ensemble of a Musical, Soupy Sue in URINETOWN THEMUSICAL (Subversive) Artie winner Production of a Musical, Marina Gulino inTONY 'N TINA'S WEDDING (Shea's/National Tour) and Madame Thenardier in LESMISERABLES (TITM).

Bob Mazierski

BOB MAZIERSKI is excited to be making his Alleyway debut! 

He has appeared in many shows at MusicalFare including In The Heights (Piragua Guy), Once(Svec), Ring of Fire (also at Shea’s 710 Main), and Elf (Mr.Greenway). 

Other local performance highlights include appearances at the Kavinoky Theatre (Sweeney Todd), O’Connell and Company (Songs For A New World), and Rocking Horse Productions (Godspell (Jesus), Les Miserables (Valjean), and Jekyll and Hyde (John Utterson)). 

Eternal thanks to Chris and Susan for the opportunity; eternal love to Carolyn,Katie, Zach, and Will.

Debbie Pappas Sham

DEBBIE PAPPAS SHAM last appeared in INDECENT at the Kavinoky Theatre, before it was able to completeits run, having to close down, due to the pandemic. Debbie is grateful for the inventiveness and fortitude of the performing arts community these days and so glad to be a part of it. Favorite past roles include Donna in MAMMA MIA (Kavinoky Theatre), Margaret in LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Second Generation Theatre), Amalia in SHE LOVES ME (Kavinoky Theater), Trina in Falsettos (MusicalFare Theatre), Mrs. Banksin MARY POPPINS (Artpark), and Greta in THE DEAD (Irish Classical Theatre) among others. Debbie was in the original cast of MusicalFare’s 2003 productionof STORIES OF LIFE.  She is a three-time recipient of the Artie Awards and is married to Norman Sham, her favorite partner, on and off the stage.  

Mike Starzynski

MIKE STARZYNSKI is a Buffalo school teacher who has appeared on stage for ART of WNY, Alleyway Theatre, Aurora Players, O’Connell and Company, and Subversive Theatre over the past 25 years.  

Selected past credits include: The Underpants, Sherlock In Love, Dial M For Murder, Nuncrackers and Urinetown - The Musical! (2017 ARTIE winning Best Production of a Musical.) He is a fourteen-season veteran of Alleyway's Buffalo Quickies.

Alexandria Watts

ALEXANDRIA WATTS is so excited to be working virtually with Alleyway again! She graduated from University at Buffalo’s Theatre Performance program in 2016.

Favorite regional credits include: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Mary Bennet),Elf (Deb), Big Fish (Ensemble), Ragtime (Sarah’s Friend), Stellaluna (Owl/Pip),and Pete the Cat (Mom /others).

She thanks her family and friends for their onstant love and support, her cast for allowing her to play, and for Robyn and Chris for their dedication to the theatre in these troubling times.