“Three Bites” by Summer Dawn Hortillosa is a dramatic one-act play for two principles and one supporting actress.
The show follows the rise and fall of a relationship over the course of three meals. With each bite, Drew (Vaughn Pole) and Adrienne (director Summer Dawn Hortillosa) struggle to get to know each other, and themselves. Assistant Director Liliane Wolf also stars as Bettie, a waitress at a retro diner.
A scene from “Three Bites” was part of the inaugural Tachair One-Act Play Festival at Tachair Bookshoppe in Jersey City in February 2014 and the play made its successful debut at STAGEfest at the Loew’s, also in Jersey City, at the historic Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre in March 2014. For more on the original productions, which starred Rafael Cruz as Drew Flores, click here.
It was last featured as part of Manhattan Repertory Theatre‘s 10th Anniversary Event on Saturday, July 11 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at the theater, 303 W. 42nd St. (at Eighth Avenue) in New York City.
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Meet the Cast
Summer Dawn Hortillosa (Adrienne/Co-Director) is a New Jersey-based playwright and a winner of N.J. Governor’s Award in Arts Education and Permanent Career Award in Literature from the National Society of Arts and Letters-NJ. Previous works by her theater company, 68 Productions, include “Secrets; Love” at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival in SoHo and her acclaimed one-woman show “Kookspeak,” which was most recently featured at TEDxJerseyCity; and “In Full Color” at Art House Productions, featuring 13 women of color sharing their stories. See more of her theater work here.
Liliane Wolf (Bettie Sage/Co-Director) has performed in various productions throughout NY/ NJ. She is an alumna of the Jersey City Arts High School and the Governor’s School of the Arts. She made her Off-Broadway debut with Keen Company’s Things Fall (Meanwhile) (Emily “Pi” Piper) and Conspicuous (Jinsoo). She has previously worked with 68 Productions for Before, After and Always (Assistant Director), Secrets; Love (Assistant Director/ Luz Salem), Tempest Productions for Oh, Freedom (Yarineth) and I see a Star (Grandmother/ Ensemble); The Park Players for Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette/ Mrs. Luce); The Rudesby Algorithm for Twelfth Night (Viola). Other credits include: Los Vendidos (Director/ Secretary); Twelve Angry Jurors (Juror #8); Words, Words, Words (Swift). In her free time, she enjoys dressing up for anime/ comic conventions! She thanks Summer for another opportunity to work together!
Vaughn Pole (Drew Flores): It was during his senior year in high school when Pole caught the acting bug. His first role was Borachio in the school production of Much Ado About Nothing directed by the Aquila Theatre Company. Since then, Pole has gone on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in theatre from SUNY Buffalo. His next step will be attending the Actor’s Studio Drama School at Pace University this upcoming fall.
Special Thanks and Credits
Special thanks to Ken Wolf, Jennifer Pierro and Manhattan Repertory Theatre; Behnam Torrei, BGT Enterprises and the Brunswick Center.
Photography: David Gazzo (Hortillosa and Wolf headshots)
Selected Wardrobe: Very Vintage
Lights/Sound: Peter Schmidt