Sweetened Water
Patricia Neal Stage

Sweetened Water

August 21 - September 12, 2015
A Vineyard house is the setting for this play about Cynthia, a recent widow dealing with her sorrow and an uncertain future; and Richard, a priest who has just lost his mother. At the suggestion of their mutual friend, Sara, Richard moves into Cynthia's house for a quiet retreat. Themes of grief, faith, intimacy and secrets abound.


Director: Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo
Writer: The Premiere of a new play by Edward L. Beck
Stage Manager: Stage Manager: Timothy Toothman
Lighting Design: Resident Lighting Designer: Jeffrey E. Salzberg
Scenic Design: Scenic Design: Lisa Pegnato
Sound Design: Sound Design: Benjamin Emerson
Costume Design: Resident Costume Designer: Cynthia Bermudes

Sweetened Water


Edward L. Beck (Playwright)
Edward is a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Passionist Congregation who currently resides in New York City. He is the national and international Religion Commentator for CNN broadcasting. He is also the Host and Executive Producer of The Sunday Mass on the ABC Family Channel and on affiliate broadcast channels throughout the United States. In addition to his present exclusive broadcast contract with CNN, Beck has been an on-air Media Contributor on matters of Faith, Ethics, Morality and Religion for ABC NEWS, CBS NEWS, FOX NEWS, HLN and MSNBC. He also co-hosted a weekly show, Focus On Faith, with Chris Cuomo (now of CNN) for ABC NEWS. He is the author of three bestselling books, all published by Doubleday: God Underneath, Unlikely Ways Home and Soul Provider. Beck is also a writer and developer of mainstream television, theater and film projects. SWEETENED WATER is his first play.
Cristi Andrews (Angela)
Recent NY Theater: TRANSFIGURED NIGHT (Carnegie Hall), MERCY(HB Theatre).TV: Nickelodeon's Bet The House (Host), The Late Show with David Letterman (Various Sketches), Law & Order (Guest Star), MTV's Human Giant (Co-star). FILM: Princess Diaries II, Snoozyland, Fast Boy. Cristi lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Joyce Cohen (Cynthia)
Joyce has appeared on and off-Broadway, and on Regional Theatre stages for over 40 years. Most recently: BENEDICTION at the Denver Center Theatre (Henry Award nominee), OTHER DESERT CITIES at Pioneer Theatre Co., 4000 MILES at Salt Lake Acting Co. (City Weekly nominee), GRANITE STATE at Peterborough Players (NH Theatre Award nominee). Film/TV credits include: Granite Flats (recurring role), Independence Day, SLC Punk!, Christmas Under Wraps, High School Musical, Pixel Perfect, My Dumb Diary, Touched By An Angel. Other credits: Commercials, Cleveland Playhouse New Ground Theatre Festival, CO New Play Summit, Sundance Institute Film and Theatre Labs.
Chris Kipiniak (Richard)
Broadway: METAMORPHOSES, MACBETH (with Alan Cumming); off-Broadway: KIT MARLOWE (Public Theater), CHARLES WINN SPEAKS... (Living Image Arts), NORA (Marvell Repertory). Regional: Huntington Theater, Lookingglass Theater, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theater. Film/TV/Web: Love Life (also writer), Deal Travis In; the web series Real Actors Read... Playwright: Save the World (Roundtable Ensemble), Iiiinsaaaaaaaane!, Change the Be, Stalled (Horse Trade Theater Group); Comics Writing: Nightcrawler, Amazing Fantasy and Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man for Marvel comics, Behemoth from MonkeyBrain comics. www.monkeybraincomics.com/titles/behemoth/
Mark Krawczyk (Jimmy)
Mark is thrilled to be making his Martha's Vineyard Playhouse debut as Jimmy. A proud member of Actors Equity Association His regional acting credits include: (BALTIMORE / WASHINGTON DC) HAMLET, THE WINTER'S TALE, & HENRY IV, PART 1 at Folger Theatre; OUR CLASS and THE SEAGULL ON 16TH STREET at Theater J; ARMS & THE MAN and THE THREE SISTERS at Constellation Theatre Company; SCAPIN!,THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at Baltimore Shakespeare Festival; MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Everyman Theatre;OXYGEN and THE CAR PLAYS at Taffety Punk; LOST & FOUNDLING at Imagination Stage; TITUS ANDRONICUS (Swing) & HAMLET (Understudy) at The Shakespeare Theatre Company. Other regional credits include HAMLET, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, & ROOM SERVICE at The Utah Shakespearean Festival. Mark has also appeared internationally in 15 MINUTES, a collaboration with the Edinbugh Fringe First Award winning company Highway Diner at The Traverse Theatre in Scotland. He also toured parts of Poland, Slovakia, and England with the Without Gas Theatre Company. TV:House of Cards. Mark has a MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University and a BS in Theatre from Towson University.
Danielle Slavick (Sara)
Broadway: THE OTHER PLACE u/s (Joe Mantello/Manhattan Theatre Club). Off-Broadway includes: THROUGH THE YELLOW HOUR (Adam Rapp/Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), BRIGHT NEW BOISE (Davis McCallum/Partial Comfort), THAT PRETTY PRETTY OR THE RAPE PLAY (Kip Fagan/Rattlestick), BLIND (Lucie Tiberghien/Rattlestick), LOVE SONG OF AN ALBANIAN SOUS CHEF (Moritz von Stuelpnagel/Ensemble Studio Theatre) and the cover for all women in original productions of Annie Baker's CIRCLE, MIRROR, TRANSFORMATION and THE FLICK (Sam Gold/Playwrights Horizons and Barrow Street Theatre). TV/Film: While We're Young, Adult Beginners, recurring on Hostages and Guiding Light; Unforgettable. Originally from Timberlake, Ohio, Danielle lives in Brooklyn.