Theater Resources Unlimited announces the cast of Tiny Empty Nest

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Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces that the first play in the TRU Voices Series, Tiny Empty Nest, will star Jade Anderson, Haneen Arafat Murphy, Raeanna Peacock and Mark Quiles on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 3pm. Tiny Empty Nest is part of the 22nd annual TRU Voices New Plays Virtual Reading, new plays by TRU writers produced by TRU producers, presented with generous support from The StoryLine Project. Tickets for the series are available at


"This is particularly exciting for TRU," declares TRU executive director Bob Ost, "since all four actors were discovered by the production team at our recent Audition Weekend. Of course we are proud to help develop new plays, but it is also true to our mission to bring talent together and create opportunities for artists to work and grow together."


The "Dollars and Sense" talkback panel for Tiny Empty Nest will include Patrick Blake, producer (The 39 Steps revival, Bedlam Theater's Hamlet/St. Joan, Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum), founding artistic director Rhymes Over Beats; Charlotte Cohn, producer (Church and State, Handle with Care, Rated P!); R.K. Greene, executive director of The Storyline Project, producer (Farinelli and the King, Peter and the Starcatcher, A Time to KillThe Lightning Thieftour; off-Broadway Terms of Endearment, Cougar the musical; upcoming Beau the musical); Jennifer Isaacson, producer (Moulin Rouge!, An American in ParisHedwig and the Angry Inch starring Neil Patrick Harris, Of Mice and MenANN starring Holland Taylor, Tony for The Norman Conquests); Janel Scarborough, producer/script developer (Single Black Female, Welcome to America, Fotos), founding member of Backdoor Films.


"We were so heartened to see that the shutdown did not shut down our talented community of writers," says TRU literary manager Cate Cammarata. "We got an inspiring influx of new work submitted to the series, and we're proud to present three of the most intriguing. Also pleased to announce that all three are directed by women (and two have women producing them)."


Sunday June 20th, 2021, 3:00pm EDT

Iben Cenholt/LIVEtheatrical and Evan Bernardin Productions present

Tiny Empty Nest

by David Beardsley

directed by Jesica Garrou


"You are cordially invited to attend the Bookers' midlife meltdown. Hard hat required." With their only child in college, it's becoming clear that Ben and Claire Booker's relationship needs a jump start. When Ben proposes auditioning for Tiny Empty Nest, a reality TV show that chronicles empty nesters living in tiny houses, Claire is skeptical but goes along. Audition day arrives and, with nowhere to hide and a tiny house to build, Ben and Claire search for the emotional stamina and honesty they need to stay together. Tickets and details at


David Beardsley (playwright) is a playwright from Boston, Massachusetts. His work has been performed throughout the U.S., in Europe, and in Australia. His play, Holy and Unruly, was a 2019 finalist for the Ashland New Plays Festival and a semi-finalist for the 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Cursetownis currently in development in Moonbox Productions' 2021 Boston New Works Project.


Haneen Arafat Murphy (Claire Booker) has spent most of her career as a performer behind the microphone, as a radio host in NYC and internationally, and as a commercial voice over actor--with clients including Ford, Pringles, Delta Air Lines, Wal-Mart and others. Haneen is thrilled to be a part of Tiny Empty Nest in the 2021 TRU Voices Reading Series, and appears onstage next in Twelfth Night with Chester Theater Group.


Mark J. Quiles (Ben Booker) – was recently seen as Secretary of Beth Midrash (Recurring) on the TV Series The Chosen (2021).  During the recent quarantine, he also has performed in two Shakespeare Radio Drama's (Richard II and Julius Caesar) with Keith Hamilton Cobb, Jamie Bellard, and Patrick Page.  Before the world closed down, he played Juror 11 in 12 Angry Men ( Company Theater Group) and the Ghost/ 1st Player/ Gravedigger in @Shakespeare's inaugural production of Hamlet.  New York: Salesman in Ah Wilderness and Harry, Milt and Melvin in The Fight (Storm Theatre/Sheen Center); Zeno, the Isaurian in Romulus The Great (Yangtze Repertory Company). Regional: Scrooge in Menken's Christmas Carol (Bergen PAC and Wyckoff Family YMCA); Theo Maske in The Underpants (The Company Theatre Group); Aryeh Lev/ Jacob Kahn  in My Name is Asher Lev (Palisades Players); Henry II in Lion in Winter (12 Mile West Theater); and Gmork in The Neverending Story (Growing Stage). Film/TV: The Joke (2021); Il Ritorno (2019); The Game (2019); Emigré (2019); Annie's World (2017- C Squared Pictures); Red Stars of Brighton (2018 - Truth Artists Productions). Training: Anthony Robert Grasso/ Natalie Roy/ Susan G. Cohen/ Melinda Hall. Grateful for every Kairos moment and the support of his wife and family. Proud member of Actors Equity, AGVA and SAG-AFTRA! Instagram @markjquiles


Raeanna Peacock (Susan/Phoebe) is very excited to make her acting debut in Tiny Empty Nest. She has been involved in performances through high school, college and community theatre and has studied vocal performance for 11 years. She graduated from Fort Hays State University, with a Bachelor's of Music Performance, in the winter of 2019. Raeanna's accomplishments include performing Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living at Carnegie Hall, NYC and W.A. Mozart's Requiem at the Dom Cathedral in Salzburg, Austria (along with performing in the Melk Abbey in Melk, Austria and St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria). She was a finalist in the 2018 Rondelli Vocal Competition and every year through 2014-2018 in the West Central Regionals of the National Associations for Teachers of Singing Competition.


Jade Anderson (Chloe/Dean Evans/Radio voice) is absolutely thrilled to be a part of Tiny Empty Nest. She studied acting at Circle in the Square and Stella Adler Theatre Conservatories. Currently, she hosts the webseries RetroCirque on Youtube and will soon release a short film she stars in, co-wrote and produced with ReelEyez Productions. "So much love and thanks to TRU, Jesica and the phenomenal cast that put Tiny Empty Nest together! You guys ROCK! Xoxo". Follow Jade Anderson on YouTube or


Iben Cenholt (producer), after 20+yrs of IT project directing and video creation, took her never ending love for visual storytelling, theatre & movies and created a unique company LIVEtheatricals that produces (TRU Speak benefit:- A Woman's Perspective & Out of Order), creates (Triangle Theatre

Company: People Will Talk, | Create TheatreDASH), makes, helps, innovates and designs Virtual Experiences & Enhancements, all centered in Theatre Performance Art.


Evan Bernardin (producer) of Evan Bernardin Productions is a General Manager and Producer. Evan has worked with the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), Fringe (NY & LA), The Workshop Theatre Company, The Broadway Youth Ensemble (BYE), and The Make A Wish Foundation.


Jesica Garrou (director) is located in Maine but working all over the country. Her early career as an Online Instructional Designer combined nicely with her theatre background when the pandemic forced Virtual Theatre into the limelight. Prior projects include Virtual Happy Hour as part of TRUSpeak ...Hear Our Voices benefit in February 2021,and Alice! An Original Musical.



Sunday June 27th, 2021, 3:00pm EDT

Golden Wings

by Coolidge Harris II

directed by Rain Pryor


"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free." Golden Wings explores the complexities of love, loyalty, and the sanctity of marriage. When the line is crossed in the Pinkens family, it is revealed that the truth can bring you out of the darkness and into a whole new light. Tickets and details at


Sunday, July 11th, 2021, 3:00pm EDT

Stephanie Pope Lofgren presents

No One Cries for the Blacksmith

by Lloyd Khaner

directed by Tonya Pinkins


"There's light at the end of every tunnel." No One Cries for the Blacksmith follows a hope-filled New York City taxi cab driver and his confident marketing executive passenger on the best, the worst and possibly the last day of their lives. Based on true events, this intense drama infused with humor will take you on a journey wondering if these strangers turned friends will make it out alive. Tickets and details at


Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-eight-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies. TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents monthly panels as well as the new weekly Community Gatherings; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program taught by prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop business skills. TRU serves writers through the TRU Voices Play Reading Series, Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab. Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by the Montage Foundation, The Storyline Project and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation. For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit

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