The Theatre Group

Abigail Gampel
is a native New Yorker. Born into a family of actors, she grew up with a love of theatre which she expresses through a variety of performing and directing endeavors. Her previous show, “The Kabaret on War,” performed at The Ensemble Studio Theatre & The Women’s Project Theatre, involved a diverse group of activists & performers who explored themes about war. Abby has created numerous solo shows centered around “The Underground Goddess,” a character through which she explores sexuality and power. Shows have been performed at The Public Theater, Here, The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, and other venues. She enjoys working with students and performers, helping them develop original theatre pieces.

Carolyn Baeumler’s most recent credits include The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Self Defense, and Big Love. This summer she appeared in the Westport County Playhouse’s production of All My Sons. She came to this project looking for ways theater can play a part in everyday life, in processing big and small events – and for the opportunity to work with Abby again.

Chad Coleman thanks the universe for allowing him to be here, participating in the preservation of life and mankind as opposed to the destruction of it, with people who are brave enough to do the same.

Chris Cuomo is a regenade philosopher artist whose recent book, The Philosopher Queen: Feminist Essays on War, Love, and Knowledge, brings together her creative, scholarly, and political interests. She was delighted to be part of Abigail’s Kabaret on War, and is honored to have worked with such a talented and compassionate creative team on this project.

Christine Farrell is honored to be working on a project that explores the effects of 9/11 on New York's community. She is a professional actress and Professor at New York University, TISCH School of the Arts.

Jennifer Odishoo is thrilled and extremely honored to be a part of this process. Being a native New Yorker, she feels the voices heard, expressed and represented are essential to the city growing as one community. Jennifer thanks her families of loved ones for being veins of inspiration always, and the men and women who gave their time and voices to be interviewed for this project. It is through their grace and profound eloquence that we found one voice through which to speak. Rock on!

Esther Perel is on the faculty of The International Trauma Studies Program at New York University. She performed with Theater Arts Against Political Violence. Esther is a resident of lower Manhattan. Her two boys attend P.S.234.

Kirsten Poznanski has been excited and inspired by this very unique process of making a play, and would like to thank Abby for this opportunity and all of the interviewees for their priceless contributions.

Steven Rattazzi recently appeared in Shakespeare in the Park’s Henry V, and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer at the Cincinnati Playhouse. He won a 2003 Obie for his performance in the Talking Band’s Painted Snake in a Painted Chair.

Steven Reisner is a co-founder of Theater Arts Against Political Violence. He was a member of Joseph Chaikin's Winter Project from 1979-1983, and again from 1992-1995 for which he shared an Obie award. He is also a practicing psychoanalyst and teaches at the International Trauma Studies Program at NYU, the Program in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, and at the Psychoanalytic Institute of the New York University Medical School.

Jack Saul, producer is the co-founder of Theater Arts Against Political Violence, and the executive director of the Downtown Community Resource Center and the International Trauma Studies Program at NYU.

Peter Wareing’s work has been screened in the U.S. and abroad. He has won awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival and The Columbus International Film and Video Festival. He won the Dover Film Festival award for best documentary works as a videographer and editor.


A Special Thank You to those Interviewed

And thanks to: all those who those who auditioned, Kate Valk of The Wooster Group, LaMama Theater; Hali Breindel, and Marcy Arlin of Immigrant Theater Project.