Meet the playwrights
Julia Karis and Emily Rekstis
These best friends think “playwrights” might be too generous a title to refer to themselves. They’re much more comfortable with “bored roommates that decided to do something productive with the unhealthy amount of time they spent together.” As a freelance writer and side-job hustling actor, Emily and Julia respectively found themselves with a lot of spare time and the need to do something creative. Serving as a two person comedy duo for mostly themselves over the past eight years, they indulged in the most self-praising task someone can take on — writing a comedy about their relationship. For their first ever play-writing endeavor, they could never have imagined Codependent would become what it has! From selling-out shows to winning Best Comedy at the Capital Fringe Festival, they are touched that so many people of all ages were able to relate to their fictionalized selves and even more excited that people also found their jokes funny.
Meet the Actors
Julia Karis is a New York City based actor originally from San Diego California. She graduated from Wagner College in 2014 with a BA in Theater. Some of her favorite credits include Speech and Debate, Dog sees God, Edna the Stomper, and The Three Penny Opera. In September Julia will be performing with Elizabeth Streb’s extreme action company in a collaboration with the SITI Company. In addition she is a member of the Streb Espana flying trapeze team and performs with them at the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics in Willamsburg. Julia has also worked as a director and producer on several projects including A Little Room an original play that was part of New York Theater Festival’s winter fest and Songs for Fred, a cabaret that raised money and awareness for Huntington’s Disease. Julia is excited to be performing in D.C. for the first time and is so grateful that Capital Fringe has welcomed the Codependent team into their festival!
Kelly could not be more thrilled to be a part of the D.C. Fringe, surrounded by her friends and family. Kelly has been living and working in NYC after graduating Wagner College with Julia and Emily. She has also performed across the country in Jackson, WY where she met and became BFFs with Alex. She is thrilled to have two of her favorite worlds colliding to create this personal and ridiculously fun piece. Kelly would like to thank her family for their unwavering support and her friends for trusting her with this new and exciting adventure.
Meet the Director
Elizabeth is a New York based Director, actor, and comedian. She received a dual degree in Theater and English from The University of Vermont and has also trained at The studio Theater, The Peoples Improv Theater, and The Magnet Theater. Most recently she directed the new play, “Late Night at the Serpent” for The New York City Fringe Festival, and co-produced and co-wrote the sketch variety show “AmericaLand!” at the PIT. Elizabeth is also a teacher and works with children in Manhattan and Brooklyn to devise theater, and direct productions. She is thrilled to be working with this all-female team to bring “Codependent” to life!
Meet the producer
Hailing from beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Alex began her love affair with the performing arts at her local Western dinner theater. After progressing from showgirl to stage manager, she ventured east to pursue a Theatre degree from the University of Vermont. Now, having dabbled in film, toured nationally and expanded her technical skills to include light and sound design, Alex finds herself living that freelance life in the big apple. Recently, Alex has moved into the role of producer for independent theater works, developing a world premiere full-scale production over the summer and contributing to an original piece as part of the NYC Fringe Festival last fall. She is thrilled to partner with the Codependent team and work alongside some of her dearest friends to continue her career of working with women-led artistic endeavors.