Director Melisa Annis has cast the show beautifully, navigating able actors through waves of humor and pathos… We see Charlotte and Jonny physically mature; a tribute to two fine actors. Ballenger brinks perkiness, passion, and fierce fervor to her role… [Kathy] McCafferty and Ballenger as mother and daughter are spot-on and share some stunning scene work.
- Aisle Seat by Lori Schneider
I was honored to play Sophie Scholl in NJ Rep's reading of David Meyers' WE WILL NOT BE SILENT
We Will Not Be Silent tells the true story of The White Rose and Sophie Scholl, a German college student who led the only act of public resistance to the Nazis during the Second World War. The play is not about the Holocaust, but examines the role that ordinary Germans played in the rise of Hitler. At a time when fascism is resurgent in Europe and across the world, We Will Not Be Silent examines the moral strength and clarity that led a group of German students to risk their lives for a righteous, but hopeless, cause.
I'm utterly thrilled to share that Pussy Sludge, the play I helped develop with Less Than Rent and playwright Gracie Gardner and performed at HERE in February 2017, has won the 2018 Relentless Award presented by the American Playwriting Foundation.
For the prize, established in honor of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman after his death in 2014, Ms. Gardner will receive $45,000, and her play will be produced in a reading series across the United States and in Britain. “You read so many plays that are versions of things you’ve read before. This play is unique and fearless. And the undeniability of that struck all the judges,” Mr. Katz said. The prize seeks to promote new American plays, and Pussy Sludge was chosen from over 1,000 submissions and judged blindly by a group of playwrights and theater professionals. According to the foundation’s announcement, the piece is “a tender exploration of questioning authority, suspending shame through intimacy, and very bad advice.”
- New York Times
Village of the Damned
"Dryden's Dark Soul" on Tuesday, December 12 at 10/9c
"The Final Fall, Part 1" on Tuesday, December 19 at 10/9c
Learn more about the story and the episodes here.
Reading the lead role of Reggie in Gracie Gardner's newest play,
On a floor of the Sloan Kettering Outpatient Pavilion, a group of people are waiting to be called into a room one by one. Some of them have skin cancer, some of them are there to give support, but none of them want to be called into the room.
A play about doctors, and medicine, and the space in between the two.
It's always a joy to return to NJ Rep, especially when I get to play a precocious teenager with attitude.
New Jersey Rep Monday Night Salon Reading
Monday, July 17 @ 7pm
with Edward O'Blenis, Becca Ballenger, Michael Pollard, and Jared Delaney
I'm playing the supporting role of Ana in Paige Campbell's debut feature, Friday Afternoon.
The film is fantastically well-written, and centers around something one in three women experience in their lifetimes: abortion. I was thrilled to work with such a smart, funny, female-helmed team to bring this story to life.
Find more info here.
Back at HERE Arts Center for the second time this year!
Strange, America. It's a funny, heartfelt, and occasionally spooky tale about being human in a world of monsters. Also a jackalope. Thanks a million to Primary Stages and the Fordham MFA Playwriting Program for the chance to get in on the ground floor with Edward. See you at HERE!