SPF 11: Cam Baby

Thursday, August 13th @ 9 PM ET, 6 PM PT
Written By Jessica Moss
Directed By Michelle Bossy

24hr Replay of Thursday’s Broadcast (Expires Friday, 6pm PT/9pm ET)
*Replay of the Talkback will be included at a later date*

‘Cam Baby’ is a contemporary comedy. Matabang and Joseph secretly web-cam girls who rent a room in Joseph’s apartment, and share the footage with the Brobonic Union, their secret society of friends. Joseph’s having moral misgivings, but can’t bring himself to possibly lose the friendship of Matabang, or to mess things up with Natalie, the girl he has loved for forever. When they rent a room to Clara, who fails to live up to their beauty standards, the operation is in jeopardy: until Clara starts dating Tim and suddenly everyone wants to watch. Touching on issues of privacy, consent, identity, lookism, and the value of women, ‘Cam Baby’ is a fast-paced ensemble comedy about the selves we create and the stories we watch.

Development
Productions:
Production, Chimera Ensemble, Chicago IL, February, 2018
Workshop Production, Theatre Mischief at Toronto Fringe, July, 2016
Readings/Workshops (selected):
Reading, West of 10th Theatre, New York, August, 2017 (Directed by Molly Rose Clifford).
Reading, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Dallas TX, July, 2017 (Directed by Emily Ernst)
Reading, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Omaha NE, June, 2017 (Directed by Kip Fagan)
Reading, Premiere Stages Spring Reading Festival, NJ, March, 2017
Reading, The Juilliard School, New York, February, 2016
Reading, Roundabout Theatre, New York,  February, 2016 (Directed by Margot Bordelon).

Awards:
Honorable Mention, Top 10  – Herman Voaden National Playwriting Contest, 2017
Finalist – Leah Ryans FEWW, 2017
Semi-Finalist – O’Neill Conference, 2017
Semi-Finalist – PlayPenn, 2017
Finalist – Weissberger Award, 2017
Finalist – Premiere Stages Spring Reading Festival, 2017
Best New Play – Toronto Fringe, 2016
Finalist – Cayle Chernin Award, 2016
Named Best New Play, Best Ensemble by NOW Magazine

Developed at Juilliard with the assistance of Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang.

 

 

Jessica Moss is a performer, writer, and producer. She is the creator/performer of solo shows Modern Love, and Polly Polly. Her full-length plays include Next to Him, I Will Miss You When You’re Gone, Cam Baby, A Girl Lives Alone and others. Her work has been developed or presented at Great Plains Theatre Conference, Roundabout Theatre, Premiere Stages, Kitchen Dog Theatre, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Canadian Stage Festival of New Ideas and Creation, among others. As an actor, she has appeared in shows with Necessary Angel/Luminato, Tarragon Theatre, SummerWorks, Sudbury Theatre Centre, the NAC, and many times at the Toronto Fringe. She went to Juilliard.

Michelle Bossy is a bicoastal Mexican-American film, television, and theater director.   Recent films Michelle has directed include Under the Lantern Lit Sky (feature), Chance of Showers (Dances with Films, Burbank International Film Festival) by Julie Craig and Alex Ellis, The Trespassed (Santa Fe Film Festival) by Raul Garza, Miracle Baby by Steven Fechter, Friendly Neighborhood Coven (DUMBO Film Festival, Golden State Film Festival) by Caroline V McGraw, Ladies Lounge (Winner: Los Angeles Cinefest, Oaxaca Film Festival) written by Caroline V. McGraw, 18 (world premiere, Austin Film Festival), written by Courtney Baron, She Grinds Her Own Coffee (St. Louis International Film Festival, New York Short Film Festival), written by Cheri Magid; and The New 35 (St. Louis International Film Festival, Atlanta Shortsfest, Nevada Women In Film Festival, Burbank International Film Festival, LA Comedy Festival, among others), written by Leslie Korein.  Michelle collaborated with Maria Alexandria Beech on TeleMAMAS, a pilot.  Michelle directed the web series There’s a Special Place in Hell for Fashion Bloggers, written by Amelia Alvarez. She has directed music videos for the band Yassou, and the singer/songwriter Brooke Josephson.

Theater projects Michelle has directed include Lady MacBeth and Her Lover by Richard Vetere, Sex with Strangers by Laura Eason, Every Good Girl Deserves Fun by Heidi Armbruster, Sex of the Baby by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Cloven Tongues by Victor Lesniewski, Un Plugged In by Brian Pracht, South Beach Rapture by David Caudle, and Sarajevo’s Child by Katie Simon, amongst many other new plays. She directed the world premiere of Little Monsters by Maria Alexandria Beech, and created the musical High School Confidential for Primary Stages with writers Janet Reed, Dan Ahearn, Sara Wordsworth and Russ Kaplan.  Some developmental readings she has directed include The Peterson Show by Janine Nabers (CTG, Echo Theater Company), Smile by Melissa Jane Osborne (IAMA), EL by Raul Garza (at Two River Theater), Miller, Mississippi by Boo Killebrew, The Infinity Pond by Maria Alexandria Beech and Eat Your Heart Out by Courtney Baron (all at Perry Mansfield New Works Festival), Bicycle Girl by Rogelio Martinez (at Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Gloria by Maria Alexandria Beech (EST), Mercy by Adam Szymkowicz, and May Day by Molly Smith Metzler.

Michelle was the Associate Artistic Director of the off-Broadway theater company Primary Stages, where she worked for thirteen years.  While there, she ran the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, where she worked with over twenty-five emerging writers on the creation of new plays. Michelle holds the first undergraduate directing degree from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. She teaches acting and playwriting for the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), playwriting and acting for NYU, and directing for Syracuse University’s Tepper Semester. Michelle is the recipient of the Denham Fellowship awarded by the Society of Directors and Choreographers for her work on There and Back in San Miguel de Allende, MX, and Los Angeles, CA. Michelle was a semifinalist for the HBO Access Program, and a finalist for the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women.   Member: Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and SDC.

“CAM BABY”

Joseph Blair – Melvin Ward*
Damien Matabang – Rodney To
Clara Mellin-Varley – Jennifer Finch*
Tim Pearson – Samuel Martin Lewis*
Ezra – Brian Ibsen*
Natalie Irving – Krishna Smitha*
Stage Directions – Kathy Bell Denton*

*Road Company Member