Hot Metal

Arts Collective

CROSS, A New Play by Jesse Cramer, makes its debut on Friday, March 11th and Saturday, March 12th at 124 Bank Street Theatre (next to HB Studio) in Greenwich Village.


Show Dates

Friday, March 11th, 2016 - 8:00pm

Saturday, March 12th, 2016 - 8:00pm

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CROSS, A Drama in One Act, is a wickedly interesting and layered examination of desire, power, violence, and sex. A young man returns to his former camp leader to question what they shared one summer seven years ago. As the past is re-examined, the true nature of their relationship is laid bare. What happened between them? Who was the instigator and who was the victim? And how do we listen to both?


Jesse Cramer is a writer and director living in Los Angeles. After receiving his English BA from Penn State University, he moved to Atlanta to pursue writing and theater. While there, his play The Strange Attractor received its world premiere at Act3 Productions and was subsequently nominated for a Suzi Bass Award for playwriting. Additionally, he has worked on a number of film and television productions, including Sundance premiere A.C.O.D. as well as shows Extant, Battle Creek, and Maron. Most recently, his short film Circles - featuring characters and actors on the Autism Spectrum - received its world premiere at the AS Film Festival in Rome, Italy,

You can read his fiction online at Word RiotOblong Magazine, and the rookery. He is repped by Paul Young at Principato-Young Entertainment in Los Angeles. 



Johnna Scrabis is a director raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently living in New York. She obtained her BA from Penn State University and while there directed three shows, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  Johnna works as a performer and improvisation teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and has directed numerous shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre as well as various internet series, including episodes of the upcoming web series Seppuwa Falls. Johnna is repped commercially by Stewart Talent.


Rachel Christiansen is a creative producer born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her collaborations on new work have been seen at The 4th Street Theatre, The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Invisible Dog Art Center, and HERE Arts Center. She has worked alongside, and learned from, producers at New York Theatre Workshop, Seattle Repertory Theatre, New York Stage & Film, BRIC Arts Media, PS 122's COIL Festival, The Segal Center's Prelude Festival, and HERE's Sublet Series. Rachel is currently procrastinating work on her Arts Management thesis, which explores how the failures of large opera companies have impacted the business and development models of new mid-to-small opera companies. She thanks the creative team of CROSS for their help in this endeavor. 


Matt Davidson (SIMON)  is a data analyst working in social justice who is presently making his off-off Broadway debut. He is a writer and performer with Everyone's Favorite Game Show at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater and is the co-writer of the comedy The New Clinton Administration where he played the role of Bill Clinton. Before moving to New York, Matt performed in Pittsburgh productions of Proof (Hal) and The Laramie Project (Matt Galloway and various roles) and for the past 5 years has been a writer and voice over artist for the "Marvel Super Heroes: What the--?!" series. Matt is from Pittsburgh and has a BA in Media Studies from Penn State University where he performed in over 25 productions. He met Sam, Johnna and Jesse while he presided over Penn State's No Refund Theater club and would like you to remember that he was in charge of them once. He is a founding member of Hot Metal Arts Collective. Without the support of his family and friends he wouldn't have thought to do any of this.

Sam Horvath (JAMES) is an illustrator and designer making his off-off Broadway debut. Since moving to New York, Sam has performed with Ibish Comedy, Everyone's Favorite Game Show, Kaleidoscope, and the Heights Players. Originally from Central Pennsylvania, Sam has a BA in finance from Penn State, where he performed in over 20 productions in his four years. He was president of Penn State's No Refund Theater club, where he met Matt, Johnna, and Jesse. Sam works as the Marketing Manager of the Mint Theater Company and previously worked at Atlantic Theater Company and the Roundabout. He is a founding member of Hot Metal Arts Collective. Thanks to family and friends for making me.