A Shared Name is my individual encounter with the duende that drives and terrifies me-the multiple people that live inside each of us and yet seem completely incompatible. This piece battles with the different roles women play and how often the internal spirit does not match the external perception. It is brought to life by a group of four passionately different woman who embrace what it means to live and lead in this world of misleading flesh and conflicting inner spirits.
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Laura makes her exclusive directorial debut with A Shared Name. She cannot imagine a more human or relatable piece to begin this newest endeavor. Primarily a performer, Laura has found new knowledge and inspiration through this process. She would like to thank Samantha for trusting her with her child and Emily and Christiana for lending their talents.
Meet Christiana Blain (First Woman)
While her beauty is stunning don't let it fool you, there is much going on beneath her skin. A ferocious talent, Christiana commits to and embodies any role she undertakes. She can intimidate or welcome with one look. If you are brave enough to take in her presence you will discover a complex woman, both confident and vulnerable.
Christiana Blain is a NY Actress of Theatre, Film, and TV, and Singer in the Exotik Robotz band. She is thrilled to be a part of A Shared Name. She'd like to thank Samantha, Laura, and Emily for being a part of this fantastic work! Thank you everyone for coming out!
Emily is thrilled to be working with such lovely ladies for this emotional original work. She moved to New York this past fall after graduating from American University. She hopes to continue doing such fulfilling work in her craft.
Meet Samantha Keogh (Writer and Second Woman)
The creative powerhouse behind A Shared Name, Samantha takes on many roles in this project. First, but not foremost, she is the author of this powerful, poetic piece of theatre. Simultaneously she has gone above and beyond bringing life and honesty to her performance. She encourages the audience to follow their dreams while exposing her own doubts. She will bring you peace and happiness, and then break your heart.
Samantha is a dedicated artist, who believes in versatility, commitment, honesty, and the spirituality of creating art. She is a singer, actor, dramaturg, and model, and also enjoys writing, painting, and her job at The Lower East Side Tenement Museum. She is currently the Resident Dramaturg for THEATER IN ASYLUM and working on a variety of new works with the company. She would like to thank Laura, Christiana, and Emily for embracing her work and "expanding it's existence." Feel free to contact her with any questions regarding A Shared Name or The DUENDE Project.