Mónica O’Malley is a New York City based actor with her degree in Theater with an Acting Focus from Washington University in St. Louis.
After graduation, she worked with the award-winning CLIMB Theatre in Minnesota where her love of theatre, children, and creativity all collided. After her work there, the native East Coaster headed back home and has since been seen around NYC in some of her favorite roles: Judy in Better Places to Go, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Martirio in The House of Bernarda Alba, Linda Rotunda in Savage in Limbo, Viola in Twelfth Night, and as the title character in Miss Julie.
She has also been entertaining even the youngest of theater-goers in such children’s classics as Alice in Wonderland where she played the Duchess and the Dormouse, as Green Dog in Dr. Seuss’s Go, Dog, Go! and most recently as the Snake Queen in Looking Glass Theatre’s Calamity Jane Battles the Horrible Hoopsnakes.
Mónica is also an avid dancer, dog-lover and a self-proclaimed dork who adores board games and scavenger hunts. No, really. She loves them. A lot. But not as much as her darling tortolito, hilarious sisters, inspiring parents, Mr. Bojangles, her creative ‘twin’ Rick, and her ever supportive friends and family. The TRUF is a dream come true for Mónica and she thanks you from the bottom of her heart for being a part of it.
Rick Cekovsky journeyed to New York to try his hand at acting, a craft in which he holds a degree from NYU Tisch via the Atlantic Theater Company. He then accidentally-on-purpose fell into the craft of producing, having co-founded the student group SCAN - Students for the Collaborative Arts at NYU - with whom he produced the SCAN-48, Hairy Pot(ter...) The Musical, and a development staging of the musical Unlock’d.
Since then, he’s worked on virtually every aspect of theater projects, from stage managing Cynthia Silver's Bridezilla Strikes Back and the Drama Desk Awards to producing Shel Silverstein's The Devil and Billy Markham. He's been busy performing, too, as Michael in The Christmas Guest, Ben in Captain Moonbeam and Lynchpin, and Antigonus/Florizel in The Winter's Tale. He's been incredibly fortunate to have worked on numerous other new and awesome plays with emerging playwrights, directors, and actors who have all become great friends.
Beyond the world of theater, Rick is a soccer enthusiast and coach with Super Soccer Stars. He works tirelessly with young kids to instill a love of the world’s game in NYC’s youngest strikers and defenders. Somehow, he manages to entertain toddlers week after week with the same jokes that they always seem to find belly-laugh-inducing hilarious.
Rick instinctively knew Monica would be the perfect producing partner after meeting when cast together in the NYC premiere of The Footshooters. It turns out they are both avid dancers, lovers of dogs, and huge dorks. He knows he couldn’t be making this dream come true without the love, support and guidance of so many friends, family and colleagues. As always, much love to the home.
Jacquelyn Honeybourne (director) is a graduate of Washington University in Saint Louis with a BA in Theatre and Biology. She is a director of reimagined classics and new works in New York City. Some of her most recent directing credits include: Calamity Jane Battles the Horrible Hoopsnakes, Casina (Adaptor/Director), Phaedra (Adaptor/Director), Paradise, Li’l Heroes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Paradise: A One Woman Show (UK), and The War Zone is My Bed: A One Woman Show (UK).
Justin Lauro (director/actor) is a classically trained actor, having studied at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and International Theater Workshop in Amsterdam. He served as assistant director to acclaimed Dutch director and Brecht scholar Paul Binnerts for NYU's Main Stage production of Bertolt Brecht's Man is Man, later performing in a revival of the production at the HERE Arts Center in downtown New York. Justin adapted Carol Churchill's teleplay The After-Dinner Joke for the stage and directed its US premiere at the Barrow Group Theater. A certified actor-combatant with the SAFD, Justin has worked as an assistant fight director at the Atlantic Theater Company and fight choreographer at New York Renaissance Faire and Fort Tryon Park Medieval Festival. Other acting credits include Twelfth Night, Our Country's Good, and 15-Minute Hamlet. He attended New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated with a B.F.A. in theater.
Inspired by the TRUFFULA Trees of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax...
The TRUF is Theatre that Reflects an Unbridled Fascination
for the Facts and Fables Upon which we base our Lives and Actions.
We chronicle a peoples’ story, a country’s story. We share stories we don’t often hear -- the sides of stories we never knew.
By pairing multigenerational pieces, we intertwine themes relevant to young and old and blur the line that divides the two. For every show we produce, there is a children’s theatre counterpart.
By presenting a pair of shows, we integrate adult and children’s theatre to foster discussion between the ages that will continue long after the curtain has dropped.
Our work is not just for adults. It’s not just children’s theatre. Our work sows a seed of TRUF in the minds of our audience and nurtures an environment where it can flourish.