Brief and Distorted Encounters with Argentine Wildlife ~PLUS~ Seven Devils And a French Nun Sophie Weisskoff ~PLUS~ Carine Montbertrand

About The Show

Brief and Distorted Encounters with Argentine Wildlife
Created by Sophie Weisskoff, with Blaze Ferrer, Jared Sigler, Monica Lerch & Sara Miller

Drawn from the true tales of a romantic trip to a sun-dried tomato farm gone awry, Brief and Distorted Encounters with Argentine Wildlife is a multidisciplinary travel narrative, complete with insights on impromptu llama herding.


Seven Devils And a French Nun
Co-Created by Carine Montbertrand & Ron Bashford

This solo show is based on the true story of Jeanne des Anges, the egomaniacal, sex-starved nun who accuses an ambitious, attractive priest of possessing her with seven devils. As a bouffon clown, Carine Montbertrand portrays Jeanne & each of the devils who possessed her. Multiple exorcisms, a burning & a major miracle later, Jeanne becomes a living saint, captivating all of France like a rock superstar.


Sophie Weisskoff is a Brooklyn-based director, performer & educator. Recent credits include Vanishing Point at FringeNYC (Director), The Touch/Like Mother Like Salome/Someplace that Shows at Dixon Place (Director), Spirits to Enforce at Cleveland Public Theater (Diana Blake), & Handle with Care at Lookingglass (Assistant Director). She graduated from Oberlin College where she directed Death and the Maiden & an original adaptation of ‘‘Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?’’

Anne Ciarlone is a New York City based theatre director, producer, stage manager & arts administrator. Since being in NY, Anne has worked with companies such as Theatre for a New Audience, Soho Rep, Fiasco Theater, the cell, The Vineyard Theatre, Transport Group & The Drama League. Anne is a co-founder of The Pantry: a new reading series for young artists. Anne is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College.

Monica Lerch is a performer, puppeteer & thing-maker. Recent projects include The Deconstructive Theatre Project’s Venice Double Feature at HERE Arts Center & Discrepancies, Mediation 1 at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Previous work has been seen at St. Ann’s Warehouse, La Mama ETC, Dixon Place, Incubator Arts, American Dance Institute, The New York International Fringe Festiva & accompanying The New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in the Lincoln Center. Currently co-developing original puppet piece Juniper Tree for Puppet Blok at Dixon Place in September, and puppet direction for an untitled devised project by Electric Eye Ensemble.

Blaze Ferrer is a Brooklyn-based performance maker. Blaze has directed & choreographed pieces for Theater For The New City’s Dream Up Festival, The Shed Space, The Circle Theater of New York, AUNTS, Exquisite Corpse Company & Fresh Ground Pepper. Recent assisting credits include Julia Jarcho’s OBIE award-winning Grimly Handsome (JACK), Zoë Geltman’s Sea Fraud (The Brick), indie operas created by Mallery Avidon & Jeff Aaron Bryant (Prelude 2014, Target Margin Theater, Cloud City), Jessica Lewis’ Man and Coconut (iRT Theater) & numerous workshops at New Dramatists

Jared Siegler’s recent credits include Gen Y (A.R.T. Oberon), The Spotted Man (Group IV), Three Sisters, Footloose, The Arsonists, Oh the Humanity (MMC).  Film credits include Enlightenment (Sparrow 3-Minute Film Festival) & Saturday.  Graduate of Marymount Manhattan College.

Sara Miller is an illustrator interested in making children’s books, advertisements & licensing work.  She is from the Boston area & currently lives in Philadelphia. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in spring of 2014 with a BFA in illustration.

Carine Montbertrand is a classically trained actress with a special interest in physical theatre. She studied mask at the Conservatoire National in Paris & in the 90s premiered her first Commedia based solo show at Dixon Place. She later returned to Paris to study Bouffon with Philippe Gaulier. Her many regional credits include Hartford Stage, The Alley Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse & Actors Theatre of Louisville. NYC credits include The Acting Company, The Flying Machine at Soho Rep & Classical Theatre of Harlem. She recently directed & created an original Commedia piece with students at the Stella Adler Studio.

Ron Bashford’s recent work includes Shakespeare’s Pericles for North Carolina Stage Company, pride@prejudice for Capital Rep & Much Ado About Nothing for Independent Shakespeare Company, nominated by the LA Times as a Critic’s Choice.  Regional credits include Syracuse Stage, Vermont Stage Company, Two River Theater Company, Immediate Theater Project, NC Shakespeare Festival & Hangar Theater, including plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Caryl Churchill, Yasmina Resa & Joe Orton.   In NYC, multimedia projects at Joyce Soho, Merkin Hall, Joe’s Pub & Carnegie Hall. Ron is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab & teaches at Amherst College.

Monday, Apr. 18 at 7:30pm

General Admission

$15 in advance
$18 at the door

students/seniors/id NYC

Estimated Runtime
80 minutes

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Brief and Distorted Encounters with Argentine Wildlife
Written & directed by
Sophie Weisskoff

Choreographer & Associate Director
Blaze Ferrer

Anne Ciarlone

Sara Miller

Mask design by
Monica Lerch

Sophie Weisskoff
Blaze Ferrer
Monica Lerch
Jared Sigler

Seven Devils And a French Nun
Co-Created by
Carine Montbertrand & Ron Bashford

Directed by
Ron Bashford

Carine Montbertrand*
* Actor appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Photo Credit
Non Goldin (Carine Montbertand-left)