JILLIAN TO PLAY OPHELIA IN "KILL HAMLET"

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In May, Jillian will play Ophelia in the workshop production of Nako Adodoadji's “Kill Hamlet”.  The play is directed by Carl Hancock Rux and will premiere at New York's prestigious Signature Theatre.  

In a twist of meta-theatrical fate, a mid-career playwright named Alexandra comes face to face with her creation, a young heroine named Ophelia, who has been tasked with killing her former lover, Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. Unwittingly, Alexandra switches places with Ophelia and is forced into a world in which she has little to no control. At its core, "Kill Hamlet" probes the role of identity, loss and free will when you think you are in control of your own story and discover you're not.

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JILLIAN JOINS THE CAST OF "PLAY"

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Jillian is thrilled to join the cast of “Play”, the first feature film from award-winning director Jay Palmieri Jr. 

"Play" is an original idea that Jay started developing back in early 2016. It's a complex and controversial story that today's audience can resonate with. It shines a light on issues usually swept under the rug, such as sexual abuse, bdsm, depression, loss, and toxic masculinity. 

Jay's work always pushes the envelope, exploring queer narratives and the darker side of the human condition. “Play” promises to be no different. 

JILLIAN CAST AS LEAD IN "SWEETIE"

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In February, Jillian worked on “Sweetie”, a short film from SVA Masters Program director Miaosi Li. The film tells the story of a recent new mother working under the scrutinizing thumb of her boss, in a male-dominated office where he threatens her employment. Jillian plays the lead role of Samantha in the challenging and topical piece. 

The film was written by a female screenwriter and had a strong female crew behind the lens.

"HOLY DAY" STAGED READING

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In November, Jillian's theatre company The New Natives produced a staged reading of “Holy Day” written by acclaimed Australian playwright Andrew Bovell at Theater Lab in New York City. The reading was directed by Barbara Rubin.

“Holy Day” is a powerful piece full of darkness and mystery, it is set on the white frontier in mid-nineteenth century Australia and tells the story of four women and their men. Delving into Australia's complex and difficult history, the play deals with themes of race and justice and explores the conflict between new beginnings and stolen pasts. This award-winning work resonates across international borders and remains extremely relevant in our current political and cultural climate. 

The playwright attended the reading and Jillian, as both producer and actor, was thrilled to once again work with Andrew in the room, bringing the play one step closer to a full production in 2019. 

JILLIAN PLAYS 'ISABELLA' IN ALL FEMALE "MEASURE FOR MEASURE"

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Jillian has been cast as Isabella in an all female production of Shakespeare's “Measure for Measure”. 

The play will be directed by Maura Malloy and will be a part of the Scranton Shakespeare Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania. 

The cast also includes Jazmine Alexandria, Danielle Cohn, Jillian Geurts, Jenna Hokanson, Veronique Jeanmarie, Sarah Keyes, Donovan Lockett, Camille Reinecke, Maddison Ridley, Tamara Sevunts, Olivia Stevenson, and Constance Wookey.

July 6, 7, 8, 21 at 8pm, July 9 at 3pm @ Scranton Prep

"ALGEBRA OF NEED" AT FILM FESTIVALS

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"Algebra of Need" announced as the "Local Centerpiece" at this years' Buffalo International Film Festival.

Other festival achievements include:

Winner, Silver Award - 2017 Los Angeles Film Review Independent Film Awards

Best Narrative Feature Film - Martinique International Film Festival

Jury Prize Winner - The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards

Honourable Mention - LA Underground Film Forum 2016

Finalist - Chicago Amarcord Arthouse TV & Video Fest Awards 2016

JILLIAN BEGINS FILMING ON "THE GEOMETRIES OF DESIRE"

Jillian has begun shooting the second film in the Buffalo Monogatari Trilogy with director David Williams. The first film was "The Algebra of Need" which is currently at festivals.

Director David Williams on the film:

"The Geometry of Desire" does not explore relationships but rather our perspective of relationships. We all experience events differently. This is because what we experience is colored by our own flaws, our own fears, our own belief systems, and by our identities. We see not only the event filtered through these lenses but at the same time we see a reflection/projection of our own thoughts. Layer on the passage of time and what we remember is not what happened, but what we experienced, regardless of how far from the truth that experience may be.

Jillian is also reunited "Algebra of Need" cast member Alexander S. McBryde.

The film is due to hit festivals later this year. Stay tuned for more info!

"CAMEL" CLOSES SELL OUT RUN WITH STRONG REVIEWS

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Jillian's theatre company The New Natives just closed their second New York production, "Camel" at Under St Marks Theatre. The show was written by the company's co-founder Charly Clive and directed by Michael Bradshaw Flynn. Jillian produced and acted alongside Anthony Severance, Karan Johal and Joel Brady.

The production played to sell-out audiences and received strong reviews. The Huffington post called it 'a mysterious yet deeply funny take on friendship, lost love, memory and marijuana'.

Popdust said 'the cast are strong, the writing is funny, the direction is excellent, and the final product an edible delight...Geurts is a marvelous memory'. 

Read more on the Press page.

JILLIAN TO STAR IN "THE COLLECTOR" @ 59E59 THEATER

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Directed by Lisa Milinazzo, and adapted by Mark Healy from the explosive novel by literary giant John Fowles, "The Collector" is an enthralling psychological thriller:
When lonely and repressed introvert Frederick Clegg wins a fortune in the lottery, he uses his winnings to purchase a large remote country house. Fueled by his obsession with a beautiful and privileged art student Miranda Grey, Clegg's behavior soon takes a sinister turn as he abducts Grey, imprisoning her in his cellar amid his butterfly collection. He soon finds reality is far from his fantasy, and a tense sequence of events unfolds leading to a devastating climax.

"TAUT THRILLER UPDATED WITH MODERN FEAR." 
-Financial Times

"The Collector" runs from Oct 26 - Nov 13 at 59E59 Theater. (BOOK TICKETS)

JILLIAN PRODUCES & LEADS "THE FIRST MAN"

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Last week, Jillian's theatre company The New Natives produced their inaugural New York production, "The First Man" at Under St Marks Theatre. The show was written by newcomer Wil Hart and directed by Michael Bradshaw Flynn. Jillian produced and acted alongside Dash Barber and Dan Newsome.

"The First Man" dives into the lives of three people at three different moments in time, as their world’s collide, shatter and get pieced back together. It examines cycles of the human experience, wrestling with themes of power, love, sex, religion and the not-knowing. 

It was a bold and exciting production and was performed to sellout audiences. Jillian looks forward to The New Natives' next adventure! 

JILLIAN TO PLAY 'YOUNG HILDIE' IN FEATURE FILM "ABNORMAL ATTRACTION"

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A fantasy-comedy from Fuzz on the Lens Productions, starring Malcolm McDowell and Leslie Easterbrook. Jillian will be playing the younger version of Leslie Easterbrook's character 'Hildie'. 

The Film: 
In a world where mythical creatures are real, monsters and humans are forced to coexist; and as prejudice and insecurity pulls everyone apart, three separate storylines manage to come together.