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Wendy Hammond, Scenes from Suzy, Psychopath



Actors Patricia Randell, Rosalind Rita, and Geneva Carr read scenes from Wendy Hammond's Suzy, Psychopath.

Wendy Hammond’s plays have been produced in New York City, at regional theatres and in London, Tel Aviv, Milan and Rome. Her play Absence was nominated by the American Theatre Critics Association for best new American play (as The Hole), and was recently published in Plays from New River 1. Her play Julie Johnson, published by Dramatists Play Service and in an anthology by Smith & Kraus, was also filmed (starring Lili Taylor, Courtney Love and Spalding Gray), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and played in film festivals all over the world, winning many awards including Best Feature in the Barcelona Film Festival and an Audience Award in Berlin. She wrote the screenplay for A Beautiful Life, produced by Calla productions, and wrote and directed the short film, Lehi’s Wife, through AFI’s Directors Workshop for Women. Ms. Hammond is a recipient of an NEA grant, an NYFA grant, a McKnight Fellowship and a Drama League Award. She holds an MFA from New York University’s Dramatic Writing Program, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and has taught playwriting and screenwriting courses at several universities including Brown University, Connecticut College, the University of Michigan and, currently, at NYU in Singapore (Tisch Asia). She has also taught at the Sewannee Writers Conference, the Writers at Work Conference, and in the prison ward of Bellevue Hospital.

Patricia Randell plays the role of FDIC chairwoman Sheila Bair in the 2011 HBO film Too Big to Fail, directed by Oscar Winner Curtis Hanson and starring a cast of luminaries including Paul Giamatti, Billy Crudup, William Hurt, Cynthia Nixon, Ed Asner and many others which has been nominated for eleven Emmy Awards. She has garnered five raves in The New York Times for her portrayals of characters as diverse as the gregarious lesbian in Christopher Durang's wild parody of The Glass Menagerie to her portrayal of Greer Garson in Random Harvest, a performance singled out for praise by all 16 critical forums in NY that covered it. Ms. Randell’s Off-Broadway credits are numerous and varied, and regionally she has appeared at many of the top theatres across the country. Her film work includes features Islander with Philip Baker Hall and Approaching Union Square, which debuted on The Sundance Channel in 2008. On TV she has appeared on many soaps, the original Law & Order and a sitcom pilot, The Match. A member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, she has been a teaching artist at Brooklyn College, EST, The William Inge Center, and privately coaches professional actors as well as students who have subsequently been accepted into Juilliard, BU, and other major theater programs.

Geneva Carr is a stage, television and film actress living in Manhattan.

Rosalind Rita has appeared Off-Broadway, regionally, in London and a national tour. She performs in numerous productions at the Metropolitan Opera in non-singing Featured Character Roles, Commedia dell’Arte, and Stage Combat - Stunt capacity. She can be seen in many Met broadcasts on HD and PBS.

 

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