Pizza and Whine is about a heart wrenching loss that reunites four cousins to share one crazy night with a few evil and welcoming spirits, and song, forcing walls to come down. On the eve of their Grandmother’s wake, they re discover their love for music and each other through a “sleepover” necessitated by their Grandfather’s request to sing at the funeral. Over one night, at Millie’s west side apartment above the .99 cent Pizza Parlor and Discounted Wine Shop, the four girls share life – changing secrets and struggles to become autonomous and kind women in a world while challenging every virtue and tradition that is the foundation to their upbringing. They are reminded of where they came from while discovering hope for their future.
Raffaela Capp and Veronica Kelly co-wrote this piece as well as are starring in it. Raffaela, is an award winning writer and performance artist for film, music and music videos. Her short film Taking A Chance on Love and music videos, Hurricane (featuring Chris Redd from SNL) and So What have been favorites at Dances With Films, Rahway International, The Hollywood and Vine and The International Family Film Festival. Raffaela has formal training with the Berkshire Theatre Group and the CAP 21 acting conservatory. She graduated from the Long Island Performing Arts and Technical High School and attended Sarah Lawrence College. Raffaela can be seen in the upcoming film, Reach, along with two of her songs, “I Love Me” and “Enemy” featured in the score. She is thrilled to share the stage with family on her latest baby, Pizza and Whine. Thanks to my family for their never-ending support. I am forever in your debt. “To Grandma!”
Veronica Kelly is thrilled to be returning to the Winterfest Theater Festival. It is a dream to have the opportunity to tell this story with her beautiful and talented cousins and Aunt Maria. This is her first experience working in the creative process as a writer. She is a graduate of NYU Tisch and finished her first national tour this past December.
Making this truly a family affair Maria Capp is directing the piece. She has been actively involved in entertainment and the arts for over 20 years. Her multi-disciplinary expertise includes work as a director, producer, entrepreneur, and acting coach. She has served as an advocate, speaker, committee and board member for such organizations as the Youth Biz Alliance, NYSTEA, EdTA, BOCES – Arts in Education, and Kids for Kids Productions.
In 2012 Maria formed Cappricielli Inc., a multi-faceted production company that creates a wide array of entertaining and socially conscious film, video, web, and music content. As CEO of Cappricielli Productions, she has co-produced the award-winning music video, “So What” (International Family Film Festival, Dances With Films, Rahway Film Festival and The Hollywood and Vine Film Festival) and the feature film “The Bandit Hound”, starring Lou Ferrigno, Cathryn Bell and Judd Nelson; written her own web-series, “And Brother Makes Three”; and directed and produced the short film, “Taking A Chance On Love”, which was accepted into the esteemed Dances With Films festival. She produced the award-winning music video “Hurricane” performed by artist Raffaela. “Hurricane” won for Best Music Video Award and Grand Jury Award for an Artist Performance in the 2016 Hollywood & Vine Film Festival.
Maria currently has several projects in various stages of development, including the award-winning feature, “Reach”, awarded Best Feature Screenplay in The Hollywood & Vine Film Festival. She is currently in post-production for “Reach”, starring Garrett Clayton (Hairspray: Live), Jordan Doww, and Joey Bragg (Liv & Maddie). She is near completion on the documentary film, Find An Identity which she has written and directed. Find An Identity was the winner at The Hollywood & Vine Film Festival for best sizzle reel and script.
In the cast are Emily Rose Attridge graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Past credits include Les Miserables (Cosette), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), and Fiddler on the Roof (Chava).
Natasha Capp graduated from the Art of Acting / the Stella Adler Acting Studio, studied Shakespeare at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and currently hones her improv and stand up skills at The Groundlings. Natasha completed the feature film, “Reach”, opposite Garrett Clayton, Joey Bragg, and Jordan Doww. You can catch her doing stand up comedy at various clubs around Los Angeles, including the Ice House, the Hollywood Improv, the Ha Ha Club, the Comedy Store, and Flapper’s in Burbank.
is a Greensboro, North Carolina native, Gogo is a Nigerian-American performer who graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Professional Theater. Gogo can be seen in television shows such as Swamp Murders, Acing the Undergrad, and CBS’s Zoo. Gogo has performed in several theater productions including Grease, Sweet Charity, and A Streetcar Named Desire.
Fabio Lo Fria was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. He is the son of two Sicilian immigrant parents. Fabio grew up in a traditional Italian home spending most of his time with his family around the dinner table. Fabio is the youngest of two older brothers, and the first in the Lo Fria history to pursue a career as an Actor.
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Pizza and Whine: Winterfest, Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th St. Feb. 12th @ 6:15PM, Feb. 16 @ 9PM and Feb. 18 @ 3:30PM also at The Hollywood Fringe Festival June 2018.
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