The Sketchy Eastern European Show, a new play by Naren Weiss. The piece, directed by Vas Eli (formerly Vasile Flutur) will run for 3 weeks in March at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St.

MAR 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 @7pm MAR 10, 17, 24 @3pm

The piece, developed by Weiss during a residency at The Players Theatre, follows a Romanian comedian as he attempts to find his footing in an American industry that has seemingly forgotten all about “people like him.”

VAS ELI (Kal/Corneliu Caliniuc) is an award-winning actor based in NYC. A multidisciplinary artist, he is also a director, writer, producer, educator and painter. He is the founder of BETTERFLY Productions (Zoom With Me, Far, Lemonking, The Sketchy Eastern European Show).

Theater: Tamburlaine (TFANA), Jericho (Attic Theatre), Unearthly Visitants (Triskelion Arts), Island of Dr. Moreau (Piper Theatre), Splitfoot (Edinburgh Fringe), Lincoln Dress (Albany NY, Bucharest).

TV: The Endgame, For Life, WeCrashed, The Deuce, The Blacklist.

Film: Snakeeater, Varlet, Delenda, Hell House 2, Kidnapping of A Fish, The Naked Woman, Dominant Species, Far From Here.


PERRI YANIV (John/Ion Breivik) is a New York native with over 40 theater production credits locally, regionally, and internationally. Recent Off-Broadway credits include taking over the role of Captain Brice for extension performances in Bedlam's hit revival of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, spit&vigor's NYC-premiere production of Kelleen Conway's Blood Countess, and Marvell Repertory's revivals of The Dybbuk and Blood Wedding. Premiered new works by John Patrick Shanley, Erik Ehn, Glory Kadigan, and Owen Panettieri. Film/TV credits include "The Blacklist" (NBC), "BEDLAM: The Series," "White Peacock," "Purity," "Delivery Hour" among others. Upcoming: Leviathan Lab's world premiere production of Marianas Trench.

LEXIE SHOAIBI (Becky) is so excited to be returning to the stage and putting her BFA to good use!

Recent film/TV credits include: Dr. Medusasaurus in Disney’s Hamster & Gretel, Zoe in CBS’s The Good Fight, and Leah in the sci-fi thriller Atom.

Theater credits from her time at NYU include: Antigone in Playwrights Horizons’ Antigonick and Miranda in Stella Adler Studio’s The Tempest.

She wants to give a huge thank you to the techies and the Beckys of the world who make dream-chasing possible!


NAREN WEISS (Playwright) is a South Asian, Indigenous (Kodava), and white American playwright. He is the only known living Kodava playwright, with plays produced throughout India, Singapore, South Africa and the United States. He is currently in the cast of the Obie Award-winning production of Grief Hotel at The Public (March/April). As a playwright, his next piece The Snake Charmer's Demise will premiere at The Tank (May/June).

“I’ve always been interested in the concept of divide-and-conquer under white supremacy. To me, the great tragedy is that it has succeeded to a point where communities paint other communities that would-be-friends into enemies. Having grown up in a certain level of poverty that most Americans would simply not be able to comprehend, I’ve found that there are other developing countries that outwardly appear to have privilege, but who intrinsically understand the depths of poverty that all members of the Global South can relate to. Ultimately, I’m standing with fellow oppressed communities and am actively looking for allies - not enemies.”