After a scandal rocks her reputation, twenty-something actress Anne is poised for her comeback role in a buzzy NYC production of Miss Julie. With a largely female cast and crew, The Rehearsal paints a nuanced portrait of a complex young woman's psychological breakdown.
Inclusion StatementWith four women at the helm of this project and a complex, deeply written female protagonist, The Rehearsal is embedded in—and a product of—the women in film movement. We're ready to tell our own stories and fight for meaningful representation on both sides of the camera.
About The Project
The Rehearsal is a glimpse in to the fictional rehearsal of a new Off-Broadway production of Strindberg’s Miss Julie.
The story follows Anne, a twenty-something actress, in her “comeback” role following a scandal which affected both her personal life and her public persona as an emerging actor in the New York City theatre scene. Populated with an ensemble of eccentric yet alarmingly realistic characters; the circumstances of the play begin to merge with Anne’s own life as she becomes increasingly paranoid, fueled by her manipulative surroundings. Ultimately, Anne is torn between two different but equally dangerous worlds — her married, controlled yet tempestuous home life, and her all consuming career in the unpredictable and competitive world of the theatre.
The Rehearsal is the newest project from writer-director-actress Jaclyn Bethany, fresh off the heels of her first full-length feature shoot Indigo Valley in August 2018. In addition to penning the film's screenplay, she will also direct and star as Anne, our troubled protagonist. Joining Jaclyn on the producing side is Jaclyn's fellow AFI graduate Ashley Hall, designer Suze Myers, and interdisciplinary artist Alida Rose Delaney.
Additional crew includes Logan Lanier (Assistant Director), Nick Peciaro (Casting), Kit Sheridan (Production Designer), Alec Martin (Key Production Assistant), and Dalal Bruchmann (Composer).
To read more about the talented crew behind this project, click on the "Team" tab above!
The Rehearsal is a longer short film that will be presented as a pilot with the potential to develop into a series.
The Rehearsal will be shot on location in New York in mid-November 2018, with many cast and crew members who hold tight connections to the area. The city at the moody end of autumn will serve as the perfect backdrop for Anne's psychological drama.
New York is home to the ultra-competitive, fickle theatre world that Anne finds herself enmeshed in. It is amongst this endemic backdrop—not of glitzy Broadway theaters, but of dingy rehearsal studios and cramped apartments—that reality and fiction begin to merge.
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About This Team
Jaclyn Bethany (Writer, Director, "Anne")
Billed by Variety as “fast rising and one to watch” Jaclyn Bethany is an actress and filmmaker, a recent graduate of the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory with an M.F.A. in Directing. She is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. With her company BKE Productions she has produced numerous short films including Olivia Martha Ilse starring James Frain and Emmy Award-winner Tammy Blanchard, Between Departures, Sunday Tide starring Sorcha Groundsell, The Last Birthday featuring Anna Popplewell and Gus Barry, among many others. As an actor she has appeared in the feature films Miles, I Saw The Light, IFC horror flick The Devil’s Dolls and several festival favorite short films. Her first feature Indigo Valley in which she directs and stars opposite Rosie Day and Brandon Sklenar is currently in post-production. Her work has screened at festivals and venues worldwide.
In addition to AFI, Ms. Bethany holds a B.A. in Acting from Fordham University, an M.A. in Screenwriting from The London Film School. Her AFI thesis film, The Delta Girl set in 1964 Mississippi stars Isabelle Fuhrman, Caitlin Carver and Ashley Bell and is currently on the festival circuit after premiering at the Oscar qualifying Holly Shorts.
Her theatre credits include a touring production A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner, a workshop of Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter, A Map of Virtue directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon and a rehearsed reading of Anna Karenina at The Arcola Theatre in London. She is also the co-editor of online female arts driven publication Constellation, where she curates an ongoing female filmmaker portfolio.
Suze Myers is a graphic designer and filmmaker based in New York.She received her BA in Art History from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City, and went on to gain a postgraduate degree in design from the acclaimed University of the Arts London in the UK. Alongside Jaclyn and editor-publicist Olivia Aylmer, she co-founded and currently serves as the art director and designer of Constellation, an online magazine highlighting emerging women and non-binary creatives, particularly in the film industry.
Though she has several years of art department working with industry filmmakers, she made her producing debut in 2018 with Jetty, a short film written and directed by her close friend Logan Lanier.
As an artist, Suze’s goal is to use her creativity to foster a sense of community amongst people, especially other young women. She is excited to oversee a talented cast and crew for The Rehearsal, and hopes to promote diversity in the independent film industry in new and progressive ways.
Alida Rose Delaney
Alida Rose is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist & native New Yorker. She received her BFA in Dance, along with concentrations in Costume Design & Photography from Marymount Manhattan College.
A riff on her first name, she launched her production company KALIDASCOPE Media—headlining with the podcast Kalidascopes, & the films: The Mohawk Trail & Speak in Colour both in the developmental stages.
Alida made her producing debut with Night Witches on its first Off-Broadway tour in NY & D.C. area. Earlier this year, Alida served as Consultant Producer to Suze & Logan’s Jetty, sharing her own experience as a hard-of-hearing woman.
Her selected Off-Broadway credits as an actor include Broadway Bound Theatre Festivals Long Lost John, Charles Mee’s world-premiere of Soot and Spit directed by Drama-desk nominee Kim Weild (NYT Critic’s Pick), Michael Counts world-premiere of Ouroboros Trilogy (Beth Morrison Projects), Night Witches, and Fringe Encores The Fall directed by Jane Arnfield.
An ongoing contributor for Constellation, Alida has photographed the editorials of Ani Simon-Kennedy, Millicent Simmonds, Sonejuhi Sinha, & Elizabeth Wood to name a few. Her artwork has been featured in the Hewitt Gallery of Art & the George Billis Gallery here in NY. As part of the 2016 New York State Pavilion New Ideas Competition, Alida & architect Cesar Juarez received the Queens Borough award for their “Pavilion Park”. Their design was exhibited at the Queens Museum, & featured in the WSJ as well as numerous architectural publications. She continues to collaborate with internationally recognized visual artists’ Paul B. Goode, Daniel Murtagh, & Jorge Tacla on selected gallery exhibitions.
As an artist, Alida is an advocate for promoting inclusivity for those with dis(abilities) in the work/creative space. She is excited to be collaborating with an exceptionally driven team of artists.
Winter Dunn is an actress, director and producer from Gary, IN and earned her degree in Theatre from Fordham University. After moving to Los Angeles, Winter regeared her focus from stage to screen. She was picked up by internet sensation Black&SexyTV to direct the hit series Broke&Sexy which focuses on the struggle of trying to live and thrive in Los Angeles when you’re unemployed. While at Black&SexyTV Winter harnessed her voice and began to step out on her own. Since then she has directed two short films, another web series and is currently in pre-production from a short film filming early 2019.
In the 2019 season, Winter has produced feature film Jezebel directed by Numa Perrier co-creator Black&SexyTV which screened at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and will continue its festival run in 2019.
As an actress, Winter can be seen on Netflix, HBO, BuzzFeed and NYLON. She was recently awarded a comedy scholarship from the United Citizens Brigade and continues to direct content with the company members. Her web series Platonic, premieres October 7th.
Irene Gomez Emilsson, Cinemetographer
Irene is a London based filmmaker born and raised in Mexico with an Icelandic background. After a BA in film studies in Paris (2006- 2009) she enrolled in the London Film School in 2011, at the LFS she specialized in cinematography and directing. She has lensed over fifteen short films including six pieces by Jaclyn Bethany. She recently shot Jaclyn's first feature Indigo Valley. She is passionate about cinematography as a way of portraying thoughts and emotions.
Additional Cast & Crew
Nick Peciaro — Casting
Kit Sheridan — Production Designer
Alyssa Korol -- Costume Designer
Ashley Hall -- Associate Producer
Alec Martin — 2nd AD/Key Production Assistant
Dalal Bruchmann - Composer
Hammad Hassan -- Editor