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My Love Letter To Godzilla


Playwright/Actor - Vinny Granata
Director - Joey Taylor
Dramaturg/Lighting Designer/Production Manager - Vanessa Baer
Costume Designer/Projections Operator - Richard Cintron
Lightning Operator/Assistant Lighting Designer - Emily Dziak
Projections Designer - Marshall Peace
Sound Designer/Operator - WillIiam Keener
Stage Manager - Robert Cazares
Crew - Seth Thompson, Matthew Lazzarino, Jahnae Pitter, and Nathaniel Gotbaum

Content Advisory

Content Notice: Strobe lights and the sounds of explosions and gunfire

Director’s Note

Playwright’s Note:

I never thought I would write a play, let alone a play about Godzilla! As you could probably imagine, I love Godzilla. He’s been with me as far back as I can remember, without that franchise, I don’t think I would be the person I am today. With all of this There are many iterations of the play, but none of them did justice to Godzilla or myself. In Summer 2021, I workshopped and researched daily. By the end of September, I had a play that I felt would honor the history of Godzilla and my history with the franchise. I am incredibly grateful for the theatre makers, artists, and friends that have participated in the production process of My Love Letter to Godzilla.

Creative Team Profiles

VINNY GRANATA - Vinny is a performing artist (actor, director, singer, and now playwright) in his senior year at SUNY Purchase. He is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to step out of his comfort zone and write a play and perform it himself! His past acting credits: EXIT LAUGHING (Bobby Grayson), JERRY FINNEGAN’S SISTER (Brian Dowd), VISITING DAD (Mike Trabulo), and HAIR (Steve/Ensemble). Vinny received an AS in Performing Arts at Dutchess Community College.

JOEY TAYLOR - Joey is a director. His favorite Godzilla movie is Destroy All Monsters. He’d like to thank his dad for buying him the DVD that one time from Media Play, without which, he would not be the Godzilla fan he is today.

VANESSA BAER - Vanessa Baer has specialized in all aspects of theatrical production in her past five years of study. She is the administrative coordinator/production assistant at the Ancram Opera House. Past dramaturgy credits: SWEAT at Western Connecticut State University, AN ILIAD at Ancram Opera House. Upcoming dramaturgy credits: SHE KILLS MONSTERS at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. Vanessa received her BA in Theatre Arts from Western Connecticut State University, and an AS in Performing Arts from Dutchess Community College.

RICHARD CINTRON - Richard has been a property and costume designer for almost two years and is excited to show his newest creation, the Godzilla suit! Graduating from Manhattanville College, Richard started his own prop and costume design business allowing him to contract work for a variety of people, performances and companies! With this costume being his first ever Godzilla suit, he is excited for you to see it in action.

EMILY (LEE) DZIAK - Emily Dziak is a third year double major in Theatre & Performance and Arts Management. Being as she normally specializes in performance, this is her first production working as a Light Op and Assistant Light Designer. She has been having a blast learning from her peers and picking up different skills during the rehearsal process and hopes to gain more experience in design and tech in the future.

MARSHALL PEACE - Marshall Peace is thrilled to work for the first time on a production at SUNY Purchase. A recent transfer, he has loved diving into the vibrant cultural scene on campus, including designing projections for Godzilla. Despite falling ill to covid-19 and missing out on the end of the rehearsal process, he had a great time and learned a lot working on the show. Enjoy!

WILLIAM KEENER - William Keener is an aspiring Lighting Designer. He is currently a third year student in the Design and Theater Technology Conservatory at SUNY Purchase College who plans to graduate in the spring of 2023 with a BFA and a Focus in Lighting Design. 

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+ BFA Actor Training. The BFA is an intensive professional training program offered to a highly select and diverse group of students. The professional training is anchored in four years of study in acting, voice, speech, and movement, complemented by offerings in dramatic literature and analysis, history of the theatre, stage combat, improvisation, mask work, acting for the camera, and the business of acting. As one of five schools in the Consortium of Professional Theatre Training Programs, Purchase is one of a handful of colleges in the world capable of training artists at this level—and of drawing a faculty from the ranks of professional theatre

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