Art of Warr



by Cindy Lou Johnson

The Workshop THeater, New York

February 15th - March 4th, 2018

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February 15th - March 4th, 2018 @ the Workshop Theater NY


Blake Merriman

As Henry Harry

Alyssa May Gold

As Rosannah DeLuce

The Story:

As a blizzard rages outside his remote Alaskan cabin, a man lies deep in slumber under a heap of blankets. Suddenly, he is awakened by the desperate knocks of an unexpected visitor, a distraught young woman, who bursts into his cabin dressed in full bridal regalia. Strung-out and exhausted, she throws herself on the man’s mercy, but after sleeping for two days straight, her vigor—and combativeness—return. Both characters, it turns out, have been wounded and embittered by life, and both are refugees from civilization. Thrown together in this snowbound cabin, they alternately repel and attract each other as they explore the pain of the past and confront the old griefs and bitter feelings that haunt their lives…

New York IT Awards
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About us

Our Story

Art of Warr Productions is a New York City based theatrical and film production company. Founded on the principle of taking the power back and creating independent work, we strive for authenticity in telling stories we want to see represented on stage and in film.

Joshua Warr, Founding Producer

Joshua Warr, Founding Producer

Joshua Warr (Director) - Orion (Theatre Row/Studio Theatre); Lady Gay: All of Me (Feinstein's/54 Below);The Blue Djinn (The Wild Project); An Infinite Ache (Access Theatre); Tape (Abingdon Theatre/Dorothy Strelsin). Joshua is also the Associate Artistic Director and the Director-in-Residence of Ruddy Productions and founder of Art of Warr Productions.

Blake Merriman, Founding Producer

Blake Merriman, Founding Producer

Blake Merriman (HENRY HARRY) - NYC theatre credits include Matthew McLachlan’s ORION (Theater Row) and Anthony P. Pennino’s A Thousand Deaths (FringeNYC). Films include Drinking Games and The Graduates. Blake trained at Northwestern University, the School at Steppenwolf, and the Maggie Flanigan studio. For more visit


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Our Team


Matthew S. Crane (Scenic Design)

is a Brooklyn based scenic designer. Most recently, he assisted on Adam Rigg on The Mad Ones. Matthew is a previous scenic design fellow at the Hangar Theatre, and served as a resident scenic designer at the Monomoy Theatre. His designs have also been seen at Theatre Row, The Gallery Players, Theater for the New City, Axial Theatre, Rutgers University, and Gettysburg College. MFA Mason Gross School of the Arts.

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Kirk Koczanowski (Producer)

is an NYC based theatre & film actor. He trained at Nebraska Wesleyan University & is a graduate of the 2-year Meisner Technique Program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio. He is a self proclaimed lover of puns & Dad jokes. To check out some of his original videos go to or YouTube.

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Grace Merriman (Producer)

is a NYC based theatre- and filmmaker. She graduated from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Drama. She is the Artistic Producing Director of Equal Truth Productions. She also volunteers as a part-time Assistant Managing Director with Zara Aina, a non-profit to help at-risk children in Madagascar expand their capacity for achievement through theatrical performance and storytelling. For more visit

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Paul T. Kennedy (Lighting Designer)

is a freelance lighting designer and programmer based in Brooklyn, NY. He has designed multiple productions for The Secret Theatre in Long Island City along with various other off-off Broadway theatres including Theatre Row, The Davenport Theatre, and The Workshop Theatre. In Mississippi, Paul also designed multiple productions for Ole Miss Theatre, Ole Miss Opera Theatre, Mississippi: The Dance Company, and Ghostlight Rep, while working on his BFA in Theatrical Design and Technology at The University of Mississippi. Paul’s designs have won multiple awards from the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, including the Excellence in Lighting Design Award.


Dylan Adams (Producer)

is a NYC based theatre producer. He produced #TheNonExisitentDatingLifeOfDylanAdams at the Metropolitan Room and The Duplex. He is currently a student at the MFS in the Professional Artist Training Program.

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Todd Trosclair (Costume Designer)

is a New Orleans native fashion and costume designer. In NYC, he has designed for fashion brands Maggie Norris Couture, Ruffian, Yigal Azrouel, and Amsale’s Kenneth Pool Bridal Collection. Todd is the costume designer for New Orleans’ very own The Big Easy Boys, designing their latest productions Let the Good Times Roll  and So Happy Together. He dressed the incomparable Stormy Weartherz for her special guest appearance in Love & Warr at Feinstein’s / 54 Below. Other notable works include: Astoria (short film) and Queens and Kingship’s music video for GOLD. He is a graduate from The Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Fashion Design. Thank you and congratulations to the cast, crew, and Art of Warr Productions. Instagram: @toddtbbot


Katelyn Nichols (Producer)

is a NYC based theatre producer. She graduated from The University of Memphis with a BFA in Theatre Performance and went on to graduate from the Maggie Flanigan Studio in NYC. She is the CEO and manager of K. Nichols Studio, a theatre education and professional training program for kids and teens.

I just became very interested in how people rise, what is the phoenix - how do you come out of those traumas.
— Cindy Lou Johnson on her inspiration for writing Brilliant Traces
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