Name: Callie Prendiville
What is your current project?
Blamed: An Established Fiction is a new play that combines text with live music and dance to examine the girls and women throughout mythology, history, and literature who have been blamed for the ills of the world. Each culture seems to have one thing in common: A well-known tale in which a girl does something horrible, or is the victim of something horrible, and she ruins everything and everyone around her. From Eve and Pandora to Lilith and La Llorona, Blamed brings the women to life in an intoxicating mix of live music, dance, and story.
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?
We are performing on the main stage at the Soho Playhouse (15 Vandam St, New York, NY 10013). It’s the perfect fit for us because we were invited by their producer, who saw us perform at the Hollywood Fringe. The Soho Playhouse hosts the Fringe Encore Series, where shows from Fringe Festivals around the world are handpicked to bring their productions to New York City. We are so thrilled to be a part of this festival, both to get to perform for a New York audience and to see the other shows from other countries as well.
What’s next for you?
I am based in Southern California. Blamed: An Established Fiction was originally written for my husband’s high school drama program, the La Habra Theater Guild. I will continue to direct shows there with him. I am also the Associate Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre in San Diego, and this is my first season in that role.
What is the name of the last show you saw?
In CA: Once at South Coast Repertory. In NYC: The Woodsman in 2016. Although Blamed is very different from both of these shows, the live music and puppetry aesthetic from each show is present in our show.
Any advice for your peers?
Always show up! Someone told me in my time in undergrad that showing up is 80% of staying in the business of theatre, and that really stuck with me. I try to always show up, even when opportunities seem scary or unlikely. Taking a 16 person show with instruments, puppets, and props from California to New York City was certainly one of those times.
Callie Prendiville is an actress, writer, educator, and the Associate Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre. Callie has performed at South Coast Repertory, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Los Angeles Opera, North Coast Repertory, the Long Beach Playhouse, Lyric Opera San Diego, Downey Civic Light Opera, and the Playwrights’ Project at the Lyceum. Callie’s play The Plummer Project: An Immersive Experience, an interactive play presented by the La Habra Theater Guild about the history of North Orange County, received a California Stories Grant from the California Humanities Association. Her other play, Blamed: An Established Fiction, about the women blamed for the ills of the world in folk tales and mythology, and won Best Drama at the San Diego International Fringe Festival in 2015 (where it was performed in Tijuana, B.C. and San Diego) and won the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival Scholarship, funded by the National Endowment of the Arts. In September, Blamed will be performed Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse. Callie has taught at the University of San Diego, Concordia University Irvine, the Orange County School of the Arts, BRIDGE Theatre Project, La Habra Theater Guild, Christian Youth Theatre, and Gary Spatz’s The Playground.
Dates: 9/16 5pm, 9/17 1pm, 9/18 7pm, 9/19 7pm, 9/20 7pm
Venue: Soho Playhouse (15 Vandam St, New York, NY 10013)