ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS
U.S. PREMIERE OF
Thurs–Sat at 7:30pm | Sun at 6:00pm
at Astoria Performing Arts Center
44-02 23rd Street, LIC
Josh Azouz’s American Debut
Featuring Erin Neufer, Rana Roy, and Hadi Tabbal with Jeffrey Brabant and Zack Segel
Buggy Baby is a surreal horror comedy about trying to build a normal life when nothing about life is normal.
Jaden (Hadi Tabbal) and Nur (Rana Roy) have escaped another country and ended up in a rotting room in London with Baby Aya (Erin Neufer). While Nur is at college, Jaden chews leaves and has visions of giant rabbits with burning red eyes. He thinks Aya is someone else, someone dangerous. But she’s just a baby. Isn’t she?
Stage Manager: Paulina Tobar
Scenic Design: Brendan Gonzales Boston
Lighting Design: Stacey Derosier
Costume Design: Avery Reed
Sound Design: Brian Hickey
Line Producer: Audrey Rush
Assistant Director: Dario Ladani Sanchez
Produced in association with Dutch Kills Warehouse and Lawryn LaCroix
Running time is approximately 90-minutes.
*Due to the mature content in this production, it is recommended for ages 14+.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Josh Azouz (Playwright) is an award-winning writer from London. Plays include: Once Upon A Time In Nazi Occupied Tunisia (Almeida Theatre) The Mikvah Project (Orange Tree Theatre / Yard Theatre/ BBC Radio 4); Buggy Baby (Yard Theatre); Victoria’s Knickers (National Youth Theatre / Soho Theatre) 10,000 Smarties (Three Streets Productions / Oxford Festival Of the Arts) Television credits include: The Night After (BBC/ Century Films/ Headlong) & The Box (NENT Group). Azouz is currently under commission to the National Theatre, the Almeida & BBC Radio 3 for new plays as well as developing tv shows with Big Talk & Babka films. Theatre directing credits include: Come in! Sit Down! (Tricycle Theatre/Muslim Jewish Theatre Company) & The Man Who Almost Killed Himself (Summerhall, Edinburgh/ Odeon cinemas/ BBC iPlayer). Before embarking on a career in theatre, Azouz studied anthropology at Manchester University, trained at Ecole Philippe Gaulier & worked as a teacher.
Rory McGregor (Director) is a British director based in New York. Recent directing credits include the world premiere of Interior by Nick Payne (59E59 Theaters), Ransom (Arts on Site), Vigil, Conway (Both theaterlab), Building Pain (Origin Theatre), Macbeth (Connelly Theatre) and the world premiere of Alix Sobler's The Great Divide (Finborough Theatre). He has served as associate director to the world’s leading theatre directors including Sam Mendes on The Lehman Trilogy, Julie Taymor on the Broadway revival of M. Butterfly, Rupert Goold on the Broadway transfer of Ink and Carrie Cracknell on the Public Theater & Broadway productions of Sea Wall/A Life. Rory has taught at Columbia University, guest directed for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Bucks County Playhouse Youth Company, and mentored undergraduate directing students at NYU/Playwright's Horizons Theatre School. He was previously a Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club, a script reader at Roundabout Theatre Company, the Artistic Associate of Classic Stage Company, an Artistic Apprentice at Roundabout and is currently the Artistic Representative on the Young Partners Board at the Public Theater. Rory holds an undergraduate degree in History from the University of York and graduated from the MFA Directing Program at Columbia University, under the tutelage of Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick.
Rana Roy (Nur): London born, Dubai bred, New York based, with Egyptian/Nubian/Indian/Spanish blood, Rana Roy began her 22 year career in the arts as a professional dancer in the Middle-East, leading to an album deal with Universal Records in the U.K, and making her way to the U.S.A, acting for film, television and Broadway. Credits include: Upcoming on Ramy S3 (Hulu-A24), Gossip Girl reboot (HBO Max), The Blacklist (NBC), Harlem (Amazon), Queens (ABC), Queen America (FBWatch), Underground (WGN), The Night Shift (NBC), Britannia High (ITV), Broadway – Ink (MTC). She has been selected as a 2022-2024 AFI Directing Fellow and is excited to take this next step to help create more nuanced storytelling in diverse representation.
Hadi Tabbal (Jaden) is a New York based actor and writer, born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. Tabbal can be currently seen in the lead role of The Vagrant Trilogy at The Public Theater through May 15th, following his appearance in English at The Atlantic Theater (NY Times Critic’s Pick). Regional credits include The Vagrant Trilogy (Mosaic Theater, DC) and The Hour of Feeling (Humana Festival, KY). Film credits include Rosa (HBO) and Circumstance (Sundance Audience Award). Tabbal starred as Amir Al-Raisani in NBC’s drama The Brave. He has also had several other TV guest appearances including Law & Order SVU (NBC), Bull (CBS), and F.B.I (CBS), among others. Tabbal holds an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. His plays have been developed at The Lark, The Atlantic, and Berkeley Rep, among others. He is the recipient of Noor Theater's Artists Advancing Cultural Change Commission. Tabbal is a past artistic associate for The Sundance Theater Institute and recipient of a Fulbright Grant. He is represented by A3 Artists Agency and The Kravitz Company.
Erin Neufer (Baby Aya) spent her formative years in Tokyo, Japan before moving to Indiana and then New York, where she currently resides. She earned her MFA at the NYU Graduate Acting Program. Neufer has appeared on Broadway in Ink, at CSC in Nathan the Wise with F. Murray Abraham, has worked in many regional theatres including The Guthrie and Baltimore Center Stage and has developed work with The Public, New Dramatists and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Her television credits include Julia (HBO MAX), Blue Bloods (CBS), Gypsy (Netflix) and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (Hulu). Neufer also makes very silly things with her clowning group Soul Potato.
Jeffrey Brabant (Rabbit) is a New York-based actor and an NYU Tisch graduate. While at NYU, Jeffrey attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and has since recently appeared Off-Broadway in Ransom at Arts on Site, Benvolio in Smith Street Stage’s Romeo and Juliet and in Quest Players’ All is Fair Pts. I & II. His film and TV credits include guest roles on ABC’s For Life and Netflix’s The Punisher. Brabant will also be guest-starring this year in the upcoming series City on Fire on Apple TV+.
Zack Segel (Rabbit) is an actor, producer, and musician based in New York City. He produced and starred in the indie feature film Datsche (currently streaming on Amazon Prime), which played at a dozen festivals around the world and was released in theatres across Germany in the fall of 2019. Other onscreen credits include VHYES (Hulu), Hunters (Amazon), First Wives Club (BET+), and Search Party (HBO Max). Zack worked closely with Obie-award-winning playwright Young Jean Lee to develop the script of Straight White Men, which premiered at the Public Theater and then opened on Broadway in the summer of 2018. He’s performed onstage at BAM, the New Group, Ars Nova, the Flea, the Rattlestick, and La MaMa E.T.C., among other venues in NYC. Zack also composes music for film and plays drums in the Pow Pow Family Band.