Bill DeMeritt is an orphan, an actor, a putz and maybe even a superhero. Now he makes his playwriting debut with Origin Story, an expansive theatrical memoir that explores how we incorporate loss and weave the seemingly discordant elements of life into a harmonious glow. Old Sound Room’s latest production is a crowded stage of one in which Bill (Billy, William) tours us through space and time, painting a self portrait through the lens of the motley crew who shaped him into the man he is today.
658 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn NY 11238
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, C to Franklin Ave
(all performances at 8:30 PM)
7/27 (opening), 7/29, 7/30, 7/31, 8/1, 8/3, 8/5, and 8/6
Meet the ORIGIN STORY creative team:
William/Bill/Billy DeMeritt // conceiver, co-creator, performer)
Bill is a life-long New Yorker. Raised in the Bronx, reared in Manhattan, and later refined in New Haven. As Billy, he attended the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Riverdale (a part of the Bronx so affluent, they had to give it another name), while living on the other side of the tracks in the South Bronx, under the shadow of Jankee Estadium. Bill attended Marymount Manhattan College, where he received a BFA in Drama. Later, he received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama. After graduation, Bill, Elia, and ten other YSDers would found Old Sound Room. William has appeared in numerous film, tv, and theatrical productions. His most well-known to date being HBO's award winning adaptation of the award-winning play, The Normal Heart (you may recognize him as 'purple speedo guy' or 'that guy running down the street carrying the dying guy'). Currently William can be seen in Vimeo's original series, Adam Goldman's, 'The Outs,' or heard in the recently released audiobooks 'The Wild Ones' (that's for the kiddos), and 'Underground Airlines' (featured on the New York Times summer reading list). William is also an audition coach, speech and dialect coach, and personal trainer, in addition to being a member of the faculty at Circle in the Square Theater conservatory here in New York, where he teaches speech and dialect to the second-year students.
Elia Monte-Brown // co-creator
Elia is an actor, a public school teacher, a founding member of Old Sound Room, the author of one play “The Defendant”, and the founder of the Yale School of Drama Women’s Coalition. Theatre credits include “Between Riverside and Crazy” (ACT Geary Theatre); "The Pits" and "Loving v Virginia" (Williamstown Theatre Festival); "Sonnets for an Old Century" (Bank Street Theatre); "As You Like It", "Hedda Gabler", "Richard II" and "Vieux Carré" (Yale School of Drama) and “Fragile Things”, "Old Sound Room Lear" (Old Sound Room). Film and TV credits include “The Following”, “Elementary”, “The Affair”, “Person of Interest”, “Madame Secretary” "Law and Order: SVU" and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent", “Fort Tilden", "Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn", “Little Men ” “Collateral Beauty (2017)” (Yale School of Drama, MFA) www.eliamontebrown.com
Anne Cecelia Haney // director
Anne is a Brooklyn-based director, translator, and musician. She is currently a Resident Director at the Flea Theater, under the mentorship of Niegel Smith. Favorite credits include: Rug/Hydrangea (Rising Circle Director’s Jam), Crush (IRT), September Gurls (Columbia University), The Salty Part of the Animal (Samuel French OOB Festival), A List of Some Shit I Killed (Columbia University), If I Told Him/Erik Satie/If I Told Him (co-director, Target Margin Theater at the Bushwick Starr), and Persephone (Random Row). Assistant directing credits include The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois (Atlantic Theater Company), Wolf in the River (The Flea), Angel’s Bone (Prototype Festival), and Epiphany (BAM Next Wave Festival). Up next: Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women at The Flea. www.annececeliahaney.com