MEET THE LEVELING UP TEAM
Tavish Forsyth, Chuck
Tavish Forsyth hails from southern New Hampshire, but has called Maryland his home since 2011, studying at Stevenson University majoring in Film, Video & Theatre, minoring in English. Tavish spent the summer as an acting apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and is presently improvising in Baltimore with Temple of Improv, Baltimore Improv Group’s The Caucus, and Charm City Comedy Project’s Uncle Awesome. He also coaches an improv troupe (presently untitled) in Owings Mills. After graduation Tavish hopes to move to DC or Chicago to pursue improv and screenwriting. Recent theatre credits include Washington in The Canterville Ghost, Ellard in The Foreigner, Marcus in The Sadness of Small Cakes, Michael in Two Rooms, Simon Stimson in Our Town, Hades, Eros and Phaeton in Metamorphoses and Daniel Singer in The Cmplt Wrks of Wllm Shkspr [abridged]. Tavish is especially excited to be collaborating with Interrobang, admiring their commitment to contemporary work and appreciation for modern issues. Leveling Up strikes a special chord with Tavish, who is friends with many gamers and was once a gamer himself. He has a deep curiosity and skepticism for how technology has – and continues – to affect the American social experience.

MEET THE LEVELING UP TEAM

Tavish Forsyth, Chuck

Tavish Forsyth hails from southern New Hampshire, but has called Maryland his home since 2011, studying at Stevenson University majoring in Film, Video & Theatre, minoring in English. Tavish spent the summer as an acting apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and is presently improvising in Baltimore with Temple of Improv, Baltimore Improv Group’s The Caucus, and Charm City Comedy Project’s Uncle Awesome. He also coaches an improv troupe (presently untitled) in Owings Mills. After graduation Tavish hopes to move to DC or Chicago to pursue improv and screenwriting. Recent theatre credits include Washington in The Canterville Ghost, Ellard in The Foreigner, Marcus in The Sadness of Small Cakes, Michael in Two Rooms, Simon Stimson in Our Town, Hades, Eros and Phaeton in Metamorphoses and Daniel Singer in The Cmplt Wrks of Wllm Shkspr [abridged]. Tavish is especially excited to be collaborating with Interrobang, admiring their commitment to contemporary work and appreciation for modern issues. Leveling Up strikes a special chord with Tavish, who is friends with many gamers and was once a gamer himself. He has a deep curiosity and skepticism for how technology has – and continues – to affect the American social experience.

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Jessie Poole, Jeannie
Jessie Poole is an actor, founding member, and business director of the Interrobang Theatre Company. She was last seen in Interrobang’s inaugural production of Scab by Sheila Callaghan. Jessie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). During her time there, she received three Irene Ryan Acting Nominations and performed at both the regional and national levels of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in UMBC’s production of Las Meninas, by Lynn Nottage. Jessie has worked with many theatre and arts organizations throughout the Baltimore/Washington area, including Rep Stage, Black Cherry Puppet Theatre, Rhymes with Opera, New Playwright’s Theatre, Center Stage, and Everyman Theatre. She is also an actor and on the production team of the Baltimore-based web series B.F.A. Jessie is an Equity Membership Candidate.

MEET THE LEVELING UP TEAM

Jessie Poole, Jeannie

Jessie Poole is an actor, founding member, and business director of the Interrobang Theatre Company. She was last seen in Interrobang’s inaugural production of Scab by Sheila Callaghan. Jessie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). During her time there, she received three Irene Ryan Acting Nominations and performed at both the regional and national levels of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in UMBC’s production of Las Meninas, by Lynn Nottage. Jessie has worked with many theatre and arts organizations throughout the Baltimore/Washington area, including Rep Stage, Black Cherry Puppet Theatre, Rhymes with Opera, New Playwright’s Theatre, Center Stage, and Everyman Theatre. She is also an actor and on the production team of the Baltimore-based web series B.F.A. Jessie is an Equity Membership Candidate.

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Tim German, Ian
Tim German is a comedian and actor living in Annapolis, Maryland. After getting tired of college (University of Maryland, College Park), Tim moved halfway across the country to study improv at The Second City in Chicago. He is now back and hopes he can be the best actor/son/boyfriend he can be. Recent Credits include: Cord in Spark (Adventure Stage Chicago), Jim Griffin in Mark Twain’s Riverboat Extravaganza (Pointless Theatre), and Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird (Compass Rose) among many others. He hopes you enjoy the show.
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MEET THE LEVELING UP TEAM

Tim German, Ian

Tim German is a comedian and actor living in Annapolis, Maryland. After getting tired of college (University of Maryland, College Park), Tim moved halfway across the country to study improv at The Second City in Chicago. He is now back and hopes he can be the best actor/son/boyfriend he can be. Recent Credits include: Cord in Spark (Adventure Stage Chicago), Jim Griffin in Mark Twain’s Riverboat Extravaganza (Pointless Theatre), and Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird (Compass Rose) among many others. He hopes you enjoy the show.

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Sarah Scafidi, Director
Based in DC, Sarah’s local credits include: director of [title of show] with Purple Light Theatre Company in Baltimore, assistant director for Spring Awakening with Steve Cosson at Olney Theatre Center and Fool for Love at Round House Theatre, stage manager for Recovery at Capital Fringe ‘13, and a venue manager for Cap Fringe ‘14. Sarah just returned from a stint in Los Angeles as the assistant director with Michael Wilson on the remount of the Broadway production of Trip to Bountiful at Center Theatre Group (through the SDCF Observership program). Her other directing credits include: The Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers, Mr. Bundy, and The Best Laid Plans. Sarah has interned at Clubbed Thumb, Kitchen Theatre Company, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, and Olney. Currently, Sarah is the first-ever Artistic Apprentice at Round House Theatre and will serve as the assistant director and dramaturg for The Nutcracker and NSFW. She is an alumnus of Messiah College and the National Theater Institute.

MEET THE LEVELING UP TEAM

Sarah Scafidi, Director

Based in DC, Sarah’s local credits include: director of [title of show] with Purple Light Theatre Company in Baltimore, assistant director for Spring Awakening with Steve Cosson at Olney Theatre Center and Fool for Love at Round House Theatre, stage manager for Recovery at Capital Fringe ‘13, and a venue manager for Cap Fringe ‘14. Sarah just returned from a stint in Los Angeles as the assistant director with Michael Wilson on the remount of the Broadway production of Trip to Bountiful at Center Theatre Group (through the SDCF Observership program). Her other directing credits include: The Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers, Mr. Bundy, and The Best Laid Plans. Sarah has interned at Clubbed Thumb, Kitchen Theatre Company, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, and Olney. Currently, Sarah is the first-ever Artistic Apprentice at Round House Theatre and will serve as the assistant director and dramaturg for The Nutcracker and NSFW. She is an alumnus of Messiah College and the National Theater Institute.

Leveling Up explores the connection between video games and real time warfare, a topic filmmaker Tonje Hessen Schei explores in her new documentary, Drone.

"Well, most young people today are gamers. Not all drone pilots are gamers, but a lot of young people are gamers, and a lot of drone pilots are quite young. The US Army has used virtual reality and video games as a recruiting tool for a long time. They’ve been testing out different games and strategies, and they actually created their own video game, America’s Army, which is very much a recruiting tool. You enter your user information before you begin playing the game. They use real sounds and try to create a realistic feeling of being in a battle."

Read more: Documenting the Next Generation of Drone Pilots By Tom Breakwell Oct 6 2014 for Vice

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Leveling Up

By Deborah Zoe Laufer, Directed by Sarah Scafidi

Playing in reality. Living in fantasy.

Twenty-something roommates Ian, Chuck, and Zander spend every day locked away in their Las Vegas basement playing video games along with Zander’s girlfriend, Jeannie. Ian is a video game master making his living by helping amateur gamers to “level up”. When he is approached by the National Security Agency to turn his virtual talents into real time warfare, the line between fantasy and reality blurs. Deborah Zoe Laufer’s new, coming-of-age play asks what it really means to connect in a world ruled by screens.

Wednesday, November 5 @ 8:30pm*
Friday, November 7 @ 9pm* (Opening Night)
Saturday, November 8 @ 9pm*
Sunday, November 9 @ 5pm*

Tuesday, November 11 @ 8pm (PWYC)
Wednesday, November 12 @ 8pm
Thursday, November 13 @ 8pm
Friday, November 14 @ 8pm
Saturday, November 15 @ 8pm
Sunday, November 16 @ 2pm

*Charm City Fringe Performance

See you there!