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 join the 2018 Providence Fringe Festival following up its successul 2017 run in LA and the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival. Performances feature Nycole Bell, Alex Beveridge, Angie Menendez, Richard Johnson.

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 join the 2018 Providence Fringe Festival following up its successul 2017 run in LA and the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival. Performances feature Nycole Bell, Alex Beveridge, Angie Menendez, Richard Johnson.

Upcoming Shows

Providence Fringe Festival: July-August, 2018
At Yellow Peril Gallery
60 Valley St #5
Providence, RI 02909
(917) 655-1497

Tuesday July 31, 7:15pm

Show #10: Featuring Nycole Bell and Alex Beveridge. Doors open at 7:00pm

Wednesday August 1, 7:15pm

Show #11: Featuring Richard Johnson and Alex Beveridge. Doors open at 7:00pm

Saturday August 4, 2:15pm

Show #12: Featuring Richard Johnson and Angie Menendez. Doors open at 2:00pm

About the festival

FRINGE​PVD: The Providence Fringe Festival was started in 2014 and is open to anyone who wants to produce their own show. For some artists, it's a once-a-year opportunity to create a show; for others it can be an opportunity to try something new. Audiences are encouraged to take full advantage of the variety of performing & visual artists participating in the fringe. Attend performances that you wouldn't normally attend, see things you wouldn’t otherwise see. ​Keep an open mind, and have fun. ​FRINGE​​PVD: The Providence Fringe Festival is presented by The Wilbury Theatre Group, ​in collaboration with WaterFire Providence.

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

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.

Alex Beveridge (Cameron)

Alex Beveridge is a DC based actor and musician. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelors in theatre. Select previous credits include Eurydice (father), The Schooling of Bento Bonchev (Bento), Avenue Q (Brian), and various touring children's productions.

Angie Menendez (Cameron)

Angie is a graduate from Christopher Newport University with a BS in Environmental Biology. After graduating she realized her passion for theater and acting. Since then she has taken courses at the Little Theater of Alexandria and more recently, has been studying at the Cheryl Felicia Rhoads Northern VA Acting school. Angie is happy to be making her acting debut with A Break Up is Swift, whom she wants to thank for giving her this opportunity to start an exciting new journey!

Richard Johnson (Dale)

Richard Johnson is an actor based out of Maryland. His credits include various indie projects and most recently: Just That Sort of Day and Bridge and Tunnel at 10 X 10 X Infinity Short Play Festival, as well as Ghosts at 2018 Capital Fringe Festival. Being able to make his New England debut, he is thankful for all the support of his family and to work with an excellent cast.

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

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.

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.

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

Los Angeles, California: March 9-11, 2017

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

This performance featured Lily Richards and Sarah Doerner.

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

This performance featured Miles Hartfelder and Keenan Reilly.

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

This performance featured Lily Richards and Keenan Reilly. Doors open at 5:40pm

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

This performance featured Miles Hartfelder and Sarah Doerner.


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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