Queens Short Play Festival Production of SON OF ANARCHY, a Short Play by E.A. Melino

Son of Anarchy takes place on Christmas Eve 2009, the second year of the Great Recession. A father and son are having a difficult conversation at a bar at a one of those overpriced restaurants in Midtown Manhattan. The old man just left his wife, the mother of his son, for a woman younger than his 25 year-old son. The son thinks they’re meeting to straighten things out over drinks when his father poses a very problematic request.

Son of Anarchy will be featured in Festival performances at The Secret Theatre (38-02 61st Street, Queens, NY). Evening Festival performances begin at 7:30pm on Wed., Feb. 22; Tues., Feb 28; Sun., Mar. 5. The matinee Festival performance begins at 3:00pm on Sun., Mar. 12.

To purchase tickets, click the Ticket Source link: Queens Short Play Festival Program B.

The Cast

Kelly Dean Cooper *, as Frank, the Father.

Frank, the father ran an Italian restaurant that he “bootstrapped” from nothing. Now it is going under as a result of the Great Recession. Strong willed, hot headed and ambitious, he is a maverick sort of fellow who just left his wife, mother of his son, for a woman younger than his 25 year-old son. Now he needs something from his boy.

KELLY DEAN COOPER has performed at Metropolitan Playhouse, Classics in Color, Abingdon Theatre Co., Pulse Ensemble, Primary Stages, Circus Warehouse, and J. City Theatre. He acted for several years in Chicago-area theaters. He holds a BFA from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, and two MFAs (in Acting and Classical Acting).”

Alexander Chilton as Francis, the Son

Francis, the son is a corporate ladder climber with an MBA, a young man very much unlike his maverick entrepreneur father. He works as a commercial P&C insurance underwriter (newly promoted to senior underwriter) for a multinational commercial property- casualty company headquartered in Midtown, not far from the restaurant bar where he and his father are meeting.

ALEXANDER CHILTON has performed at The Cherry Lane Theatre, The Atlantic Theater Company, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, and The American Theatre of Actors. Most recently, Chilton played Vanek in @Vanek.Cz (NY Theatre Festival Best Actor Nomination). On screen, Chilton can be seen playing J.P. Morgan in the streaming series American Dynasty (episode: “The Morgans”).

Instagram: @alexander_chilton

Frank Bowman, Actor

Frank Bowman* as the Bartender

A pro who knows how to be discreet, he doesn’t say much but he knows exactly what’s going on in his bar. As soon as these last two show up before closing on Christmas Eve and start talking, he knows he’s in for quite a story. And in this story, he has the last word.

FRANK BOWMAN last appeared in Tennessee Williams’ one-act, The Last of My Solid Gold Watches. Other stage credits include National Tours of Jammin’ With Pops and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Summer Stock in KY, Driving Miss Daisy, Big River and The Wizard of Oz. In TV/Film, Frank has had recurring roles in Billions (Showtime), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) and 100 Center St. (A&E).


The Director

Desirée Baxter, Director

DESIRÉE BAXTER (Director) is an actor, singer and director based in the Bronx. She has directed for d’Arte Opera Ensemble, Bronx Opera and Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre. As an actor and singer, she has performed with El Barrio Shakespeare Festival, Hedgepig Ensemble, Theater2020, Refracted Theatre, New York City Opera and Saint Andrew Music Society, as well as regionally and in Europe.



DDesirée Baxter, Director, Actor, Singer

*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Eugene A. Melino (Producer) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Actors’ Equity Association (“Equity”), founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers. Equity fosters the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors’ Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.

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