Eagle Project with Double Down Productions presents

Uncle Abram: A Reconstructed Uncle Vanya

by Anton Chekhov

Based on the translation by Marian Fell

Set Designer by Mitch Ost

Costume Designer by Li Murillo

Adapted and Directed by Ryan "Little Eagle" Pierce


Meet the cast


Kelly Anne

Kelly lost track of Anton after college and is grateful to be reconnecting with him via The Eagle Project. Recent credits include Venus in Fur (Bootless Stageworks) and the world premiere of 'Twas the Night (Long Island Theatre Collective). She is also a writer and comedian who has performed stand-up all over the city and several regional festivals, as well as on the web series The Residuals, which was featured on BroadwayWorld.com.


Emilie Bonsant

Emilie Bonsant is a New York based actor who has worked with the Director & Actor Ryan Victor Pierce & lead actor Tony White in previous productions:  “Romeo & Juliet,”  “As You Like It” “TUG” and “Rope” to name a few, and is very happy to be reunited with both talents and this wonderful cast in “Uncle Abram - A Reconstructed Uncle Vanya .”  Upcoming projects for Ms. Bonsant include a new documentary called “Vibes-Superhero’s of Sound” about the cognitive benefits of Jazz improvisation, and a film short “Wonderful,” for Mflow Productions (written & directed by Emilie Bonsant).   Thank you very much in advance to our audience for supporting independent theater and the Eagle Project for this wonderful opportunity and the creatively compelling works and spirit you consistently bring to the community at large.
Contact:  Emilie at ebonsant[at]yahoo.com


Mike Callahan

Mike Callahan is a native New Yorker. In 2010, happily doing voiceover in retirement,
and having never been on stage, He was offered the role of Roger White in the
CO-OPTheater East production of “Decadent Acts”. Well, he thought, how hard can it
Duh! He has been working on that issue, at The Einhorn School of Performing Arts At
Primary Stages. Some favorite roles include Carmine in “Staten Island Fairy Tale”, the
Zombie Dad in the staged reading of Nat Cassidyʼs “Any Day Now” at the Duke, and
alcoholic John Riley, in “Good Friday”, by Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson at Planet
Connections. Recent film work includes “The Death Of A Memory”, “Sundays”, and
“Obsidiana”. A full length audio drama, “C Rex”, is in post production.


Brenda Crawley

Brenda is thrilled to be working with the cast of Uncle Vanya and the Eagle Project. Recent theatre credits include: La Madrecita in Camino Real for Columbia Stages, Denise in Waiting for Columbia Stages, Ms. Mitchell in Breaking 100, Gene Frankel Theatre, Mrs. O’Neil in The Sunshine Boys, Amateur Comedy Club, Belinda in The Messiah Complex, National Black Theatre, Luanne in First Time, Aching Dogs Theatre, Angela in The Names, The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre and Mrs. Muller in Doubt, The Gloria Maddox Theatre, T. Schreiber. Film credits include: short film The Visit and Cannes Short Film Corner nominated film Sisyphus Supper.

Special thanks to director Ryan Victor ”Little Eagle" Pierce and the great cast of Uncle Vanya for their support and a wonderful working experience.


Kahlil Garcia

Kahlil is thrilled to be part of this production. Regional Theatre: "Pride and Prejudice" (Bingley), "MacBeth" (MacBeth), "As You Like It" (Oliver)  New York Theatre: "The Tempest" (Caliban), "Hard Times" (Blackpool) Film/TV: The Newsroom, The Goodwife, The BlackList. MFA: UNC Chapel Hill.


Omar Gonzalez

Omar Gonzalez is privileged to be part of this adaptation.  He last appeared in a Double Down production of Harold Pinter's "The Celebration," and is slated to direct one of four Tennessee Williams one-act plays in a July production.  He also plays the recurring in "Justice Woman" at JusticeWoman.com.


Jackie Torres

Jackie Torres is a poet, performer, writer, Afro Boricua, and mal’criada whose work seeks to utilize storytelling as a method for personal healing while simultaneously demanding societal accountability, transparency, and reconstruction. She is one third of the production company CRACKED BINDING, which seeks to create a platform for people of color to use personal storytelling for truth, reconciliation, and human rights education. She is also the author and a co-collaborator of IN THEORY: Notes on Home, Love, Diaspora, and Failing Adulthood, a dance and spoken word fusion about converting the pain of our past into the resistance of our future. She has written multiple pieces on Afro-Latinx identity for The Kinfolk Kollective, Voix Noire, and Simone Digital. Jackie will be attending Baruch College in the fall to study Journalism and Creative Writing as well as Pan-African Studies, and hopes to cultivate a collective artists’ space some day in the future. Subscribe to her podcast, IN THEORY: Unpacking the Politics of Petty on Soundcloud, and follow her on Instagram (@jackieines) for updates on new projects and pieces.


Tony White

Tony White (Director) From classics to original works, he has enjoyed appearing and directing in a variety of off-off Broadway venues. Directing projects have included Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Uncommon Women, Titus Adronicus, and Lysistrata. Some of his favorite roles include Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Pompey in Measure for Measure, Dumain in Alls Well That Ends Well, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Duke Senior in As You Like It (twice), and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet. He has enjoyed playing Rupert in Rope, Edward in Spike Heels, Deacon Crow-for-a-day in Tambourines to Glory (nominated best supporting actor 2003 Tiffany Awards), and Reverend Drum in Gods Trombones (nominated best actor 2004 Tiffany Awards).  Represented by Carson Kolker Innovative, & Avanti Talent.


Abby Ybarra

Albert “Abby” Ybarra, L.A. Touring Company “We tell Stories”, L.A. Musical “Forgotten Hollywood”. “Manahatta”, Public Theater NYC. "Sliver of a Full Moon”, Washington DC, “Wood Bones”, Abingdon Theater NYC, “Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers”, Rasmussan Theater DC, and "Beyond Eden”, Arena Theater DC. Abby stared on “Mr. Belvedere, recurring rolls in “Santa Barbara”, General Hospital”, “Days of Our Lives”, and “Generations”. Emmy nominated “Nicaragua Under Siege”, CBS Affiliate Sacramento CA.

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Press Release:

For Immediate Release:
New York, NY
April 6th, 2017

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Eagle Project and Double Down Productions presents

Uncle Abram: A Reconstructed Uncle Vanya

by Anton Chekhov • Based on the translation by Marian Fell

Uncle Abram - A Reconstructed Uncle Vanya is an American retelling of the Russian classic set in the Reconstruction South. Placed in a former plantation in south-central Missouri, this adaptation combines Native American and African American influences that both heighten and intensify the original Chekhovian text.

The backdrop being one of the most progressive periods in American history instills a hope of what is possible, along with the awareness of the delicacy of social progress.  

Uncle Abram - A Reconstructed Uncle Vanya awakens our spirit for a better tomorrow, and tests our fortitude by begging the question, "What are you willing to sacrifice to change the world?"

(in alphabetical order)

Kelly Anne as Hannah
Emilie Bonant as Mme. Voorhees
Mike Callahan as Professor Jonathan Morrison
Brenda Crawley as Almira
Kahlil Garcia as Dr. Joseph "Red Elk" Hamilton
Omar Gonzalez as Jim
Jackie Torres as Esther
Tony White as Abraham 'Abram' Voorhees
Abby Ybarra as Jean "Red Dog" Vieux or 'Waffles'

Adapted and Directed by
Ryan Victor ”Little Eagle" Pierce

Set Designer
Mitch Ost

Costume Designer
Li Murillo

Matthew Champagne

New Perspectives Theatre
456 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018
between 9th and 10th Avenues

Thursday, April 27th @ 8pm
Friday, April 28th @ 8pm
Saturday, April 29th @ 3pm
Saturday, April 29th @ 8pm
Sunday, April 30th @ 7pm
Wednesday, May 3rd @ 8pm
Thursday, May 4th @ 8pm
Friday, May 5th @ 8pm
Saturday, May 6th @ 3pm
Saturday, May 6th @ 8pm
Sunday, May 7th @ 7pm