A Breakup Is Swift

Rated "Best of the 2016 Capital Fringe" by DC Metro Theater Arts

The conceptual art work by Clint Bagwell takes the form of a series of live performances: A real life breakup conversation provided by a friend is re-created in excruciating detail. Names were changed and gender roles were allowed to reverse. Each performance features a naturalistic, yet cringe-worthy interpretation by a different combination of male and female actors.

A Breakup Is Swift will follow up its successul run at the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival with a series of performances in California, 2017. Performances feature Lily Richards, Keenan Reilly, Sarah Elizabeth Doerner, and Miles Hartfelder.

A Breakup Is Swift

Rated "Best of the 2016 Capital Fringe" by DC Metro Theater Arts

The conceptual art work by Clint Bagwell takes the form of a series of live performances: A real life breakup conversation provided by a friend is re-created in excruciating detail. Names were changed and gender roles were allowed to reverse. Each performance features a naturalistic, yet cringe-worthy interpretation by a different combination of male and female actors.

A Breakup Is Swift will follow up its successul run at the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival with a series of performances in California, 2017. Performances feature Lily Richards, Keenan Reilly, Sarah Elizabeth Doerner, and Miles Hartfelder.

Upcoming Shows

Los Angeles, California: March 9-11, 2017

Thursday Mar. 9, 8:00pm at Complex Theatres

Show #6: Featuring Lily Richards and Sarah Doerner. Doors open at 7:40pm

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Friday Mar. 10, 8:00pm at The Sherry Theatre

Show #7: Featuring Miles Hartfelder and Keenan Reilly. Doors open at 7:40pm

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Saturday Mar. 11, 6:00pm at Sacred Fools

Show #8: Featuring Lily Richards and Keenan Reilly. Doors open at 5:40pm

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Saturday Mar. 11, 8:00pm at Sacred Fools

Show #9: Featuring Miles Hartfelder and Sarah Doerner. Doors open at 7:40pm

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Reviews

What people are saying about A Breakup Is Swift:

"A Breakup Is Swift is quickly relatable, and funnier than I expected. By enjoying the awkwardness, the audience finds solace that, yes, we’ve all been there before."
--Alan Zilberman, Washington City Paper
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"Artist Clint Bagwell has lifted the virtual messages of an ending relationship, into a heightened theatrical piece that is memorably gender-defied."
--Benjamin Dennis, DC Metro Theater Arts
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"Much of the dialogue feels like something I've said or heard from someone while falling out of love."
--Amanda Erickson, Washington Post
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"Shows a real breakup conversation, in all its unsparing hilarity... It makes for riveting theater because so much of relationships are performance anyway."
--Rachel Kurzius, DCist
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"In an age where relationships begin with a swipe to the right how do you really know you’ve gotten to know the real person behind the digital façade? These are the questions asked in Clint Bagwell’s new play A Breakup is Swift."
--Sarah Scafidi, DC Theater Scene
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Interviews

Read an interview with Clint Bagwell, Ben Kleymeyer, and Gabby Jones by Capital Fringe in July, 2016

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Downloads

Info Packet (PDF)

This PDF document contains a project description, cast bios, and printable copies of review articles.

High Resolution Images (JPG)

This zip file contains high resolution images for use in press articles.

Cast

Lily Richards (Dale)

Lily Richards is a Los Angeles based actress and writer. She recently graduated with Acting and Marketing degrees from Emerson College where she starred in over 15 productions including the world premieres of "We Are Pussy Riot," "The Listener," and "On My Honor" with EmersonStage. Additional Boston credits include "All This Intimacy" and "Hot N' Throbbing" with Rareworks Theatre Company, "The Velveteen Rabbit" and "Charlottes Webb" with Kidding Around Theatre Company, and "Mad Cow" at Boston Playwrights Theatre. Recent Los Angeles credits include Dasha in Thee Oh See's music video "The Axis," The Consultant in LACMA and Gabe Barcia-Colombo's collaboration "The Hereafter Institute," and the role of Victoria in the science fiction podcast "Paradoxica."

Keenan Reilly (Cameron)

Keenan Harpham Reilly is an LA based actor and writer. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Acting in 2015, and is currently featured in the comedic Facebook series "Couchtalk TV w/ Ian & Keenan." Keenan considers himself "an entertainer with a lot of heart whose work speaks for itself."

Sarah Doerner (Cameron)

Sarah Elizabeth Doerner recently moved from Denver, Colorado to California to pursue her BFA in Acting for Film and Television at the Relativity School in Los Angeles. Some of her recent credits include Makenzie in That Poor Girl and How He Killed Her at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Hunyak in Chicago and Lucy in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Breckenridge Backstage Theatre. She has also had the incredible opportunity to perform at Lincoln Center twice for "Parade" as a member of the chorus and for the English Speaking Union’s Shakespeare Competition.

Miles Hartfelder (Dale)

Miles Hartfelder is an actor and singer based in Los Angeles. He recently graduated from California Institute of the Arts and is a member of The Silver Lake Chorus. Past credits include an appearance on VEEP and several indie films. You can also catch Miles singing along to a Bill Withers tune in a recent Google commercial.

Director/Producer

Clint Bagwell

Clint is an artist who utilizes public space, technology, and collaboration to explore the notion of reality as a social construct. His conceptual work has been exhibited at Southern Exposure Gallery in CA, Impakt Audiovisual Arts Festival in the Netherlands, Collective Unconscious in NY, and University of Mary Washington in VA. Clint Bagwell received an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Mary Washington, NOVA Community College, and Howard Community College.

Previous Cast

Gabby Jones (Dale)

Gabby has worked with the NYS Theatre Institute (including a staged reading of King Alfred's Jewels directed by Adrian Mitchell) and the Rising Action Theatre Company in their production of Burning Blue. Gabby Jones wrote, edited and directed Voices in the Aftermath, which showcased reactions of various artists in the days following 9/11. Gabby was also the stage manager of the Capital Fringe production.

Maggie Murphy (Cameron)

Maggie received her BA in theatre from the University of Mary Washington. Her past roles include Dorine in Moliere's Tartufe, Poppy Norton-Taylor in Michael Fryan’s Noises Off, and Eurydice in Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. She is unbelievably grateful for the love and support of her family and friends.

Nick Duckworth (Cameron)

Nick lives and works in Washington, DC. His most recent credits include At Sea, Staring Up at the DC Arts Center; Shelter at Arena Stage; as well as Safe as Houses and Abarat performed with Pinky Swear Productions at the Kennedy Center. He has also appeared in the films Thirst and Uncle George, plus Investigative Discovery’s Evil Kin. Nick studied Linguistics and Theatre at UC San Diego and has trained at DC’s Studio Conservatory.

Nycole Bell (Dale)

Nycole is a graduate from Christopher Newport University with a concentration in Psychology. She has worked with The Little Theatre of Alexandria most recently being nominated for her role as Helen in To Kill A Mockingbird. She is children's fitness instructor and local high school cheerleading coach. Nycole would like to thank the cast and crew of A Break Up Is Swift for welcoming her along this journey of Awkwardness. And last, but not least, Nycole would like to thank all of her friends and family for their support throughout this project.

Elle Marie Sullivan (Cameron)

Elle is a Washington DC based actor, director, and teaching artist who received her degree from the University of Central Florida. She is an associate artist with InterAct Story Theatre and recently directed The Goddess Diaries at George Mason University. Her professional acting credits include Joe's Movement Emporium (The Ghost of Strasburg), InterAct Story Theatre (One Gold Coin--una moneda de oro, The Legend of Pufferfish Pat), Stillpointe Theatre (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead), On the Road Theatre (Marriage and Beer). Elle is excited to be making her West Coast debut.

Ben Kleymeyer (Dale)

Ben is a theatre artist and director in the DMV area. He recently graduated from the University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance studies. While at UMD he worked as the artistic director of the Maryland Shakespeare Players where he directed A Queer Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth. Ben recently joined the Kennedy Center Directing Intensive Program as an assistant director.

Previous Shows

Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC: July, 2016
At Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library: A:3
901 G Street NW, in Washington, DC

Saturday, July 9th 2016

This performance featured Nick Duckworth and Ben Kleymeyer.

Tuesday, July 12th 2016

This performance featured Elle Sullivan and Ben Kleymeyer.

Tuesday, July 19th 2016

This performance featured Nick Duckworth and Gabby Jones.

Saturday, July 23rd 2016

This performance featured Maggie Murphy and Gabby Jones.

Sunday, July 24th 2016

This performance featured Elle Sullivan and Gabby Jones.

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