UPCOMING SHOWS: April 21st at 8:00pm, Swarthmore College *** May 8th at 7:00pm, The Magnet Theater
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Marina Tempelsman, a New York based writer and performer, has co-written three original pilots and a feature screenplay with fellow Disappointment Niccolo Aeed. In the summer of 2010 Marina was a Guest Artist at the Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive, where she studied with Theresa Rebeck, Marsha Norman, David Ives, Jason Robert Brown, Gary Garrison, and Heather McDonald, among others. After completing the program, she spent a year in France teaching high school English and studying French improvisation. Recent work in television and theater includes internships at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Second Stage Theatre, and The Working Theater. She currently works at Lion Television, the production company behind the hit show Cash Cab.
Niccolo Aeed is a director and writer based in New York. He has co-written three original pilots and a feature screenplay with fellow Disappointment, Marina Tempelsman. Recent directing credits include The ToyMaker at the West Village Musical Theater Festival, The Value of Empty Boxes (Roy Arias Studios), and Abraham's Daughters (2010 NYC Fringe Festival). He currently writes games and curriculum for an educational software company.
Alex Friedman graduated from Swarthmore College in 2009, from whence he moved to NY to make it big in the Movie business! Since then, he's driven a 18 ft truck, lugged 50 lb cables through the woods in the rain, and been shown the knife with which an angry New Yorker was going to stab him for being asked to cross the street during the next take. More recently, his fortunes have significantly improved, as he filled the much needed, recurring role of "body in body bag" for several episodes of ABC's new true-crime show Final Witness. He continues to produce film and television big and small throughout the city, and looks forward uneasily to his 26th birthday when he'll be forced to remove himself from his father's health insurance plan.
Jesse Gottschalk lives in Philadelphia, where he works with youth, trains to be a ninja, and runs communications for the community organizing movement Our City - Our Schools. In addition to acting in numerous productions, Jesse has taught theatre to young people, and has worked with students to write educational plays on topics ranging from samurai curses to cheese-making. He is originally from Charlottesville, VA, where he once had a llama.
Fletcher Wortmann was born and raised in Winchester, MA. A graduate of Swarthmore College, he has been variously employed as a "Party Associate," SAT Tutor, record store clerk, farm-stand hand, and college Writing Instructor. Fletcher is the author of "Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder," available from Thomas Dunn/St. Martin's Press. He lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA and is working toward his MFA in Creative Writing at Temple University. He remains cautiously optimistic.
The Disappointments perform at a wide range of venues...check out these reviews from our recent corporate tour!
"We were really nervous about a class action lawsuit, since we were paying our employees a fraction of state minimum wage. But the welcome distraction of The Disappointments bought us at least another week to lawyer up."
CEO, Industrial Plastics
"The severance package wasn't what I hoped it would be, but boy was that cat sketch funny!"
Sales Associate, Hitachi Systems
"When 938 days without an accident turned into 0 days without an accident, The Disappointments helped us pick up the pieces!"
Vice President, Alfari Trucking Supplies
"When we had to cut our Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage, The Disappointments helped remind our employees that sometimes laughter is the best health plan!"
Managing Director, Jovanovic Paints
"The Disappointments cure what ails you. Not the lead poisoning, but anything else!"
Mixer, Jovanovic Paints
"Finding out at the corporate retreat that 50 of us were about to be laid off was pretty rough. But The Disappointments' show on Saturday night was so good I guess it kinda made up for it! I mean, I loved that cat sketch."
Junior Accountant, Cisco Systems
"After doubling the speed on the meat processing conveyor belt, we never thought we'd regain morale. Aching muscles aside, it takes a toll to watch that many animals die in one day. But The Disappointments really helped turn things around. Since they started doing a regular show, we've been able to turn up the speed 10% each week without a single complaint. Well worth the sausage sandwiches we paid them in."
Killing Floor Foreman, Hernwyle Cattle Ranch and Processing Facility
"Our cleaning staff used to complain about being locked in our stores overnight. But since The Disappointments started doing a midnight show, the complaint rate has dropped 15%!"
Regional Manager, Shop and Save Wholesalers
"Aparte de ser más difíciles de limpiar, era mejor que estar solo. Me gusta el bosquejo del gato."
Employee, Feldman's Janitorial Services
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Congratulations to Fletch on the release of his first book!!
You can find Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
online and in stores now.