H Street Housewives

Cast and Crew


(Playwright and Producer) Jenny Splitter is a storyteller and playwright who is thrilled to bring her play H Street Housewives to the Capital Fringe Festival. She is excited to be working with Kristy Simmons, director extraordinaire, and the amazing cast. Her past plays include She’s A Mess (ten minute play, Playwrights’ Slam, Kennedy Center) and Fetus Problems (ten minute play, Election Day Plays, Busboys and Poets). She has told stories at SpeakeasyDC and Story League and blogs at mamaliciousinthecity.com.

(Director) Kristy Simmons is a DC playwright, visual artist and director. She couldn’t be more excited to direct Jenny Splitter’s play H Street Housewives for this year’s Capital Fringe Fest. Her previous director credits include plays for DC SWAN Day at the National Museum for Women in the Arts, as well as her video-performance piece for doris-mae gallery. Assistant director credits include: Reckless and Kafka on the Shore (Spooky Action Theater) and playwright credits include Greg’s Anatomy (Calliope Theatre), Filter (Source Theater) and her video piece for doris-mae gallery. She is also New Works Manager for Spooky Action Theater for developmental readings for DC playwrights. You can learn more about Kristy at kristysimmonsart.com.

Cast (in order of appearance)

(Lorraine) Jessi Baden-Campbell, mezzo-soprano “a voice to reckon with” (Toronto Star), is a native of Washington, DC. Jessi made her professional debut in the Fall of 2002, as a studio artist with Anchorage Opera.  Since then, she has sung with many regional and local companies, including: Des Moines Metro Opera, Cabaret Players of Toronto, Players Theatre of Montreal, Opera Iowa, the Studio Theatre and Nevada Opera. In the 2012 DC Fringe Festival, Ms. Baden-Campbell had the honor of singing the role of Laurie in Andrew Simpson’s Outcasts of Poker Flat. She is thrilled to be embracing her inner bitch with the H Street Housewives and looks forward to a summer’s worth of snark!

(Suze) Molly Woods Murchie is an improviser, writer, and actor. With Washington Improv Theater, she has performed with: Jackie; Bitchwood (co-creator/director); Washington Improv Radio Theater (co-creator/director); Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (2010 FIST winners); Neutrino Video Project; and Doctor Fantastic. She has also appeared in WITfilm’s award-winning 48 Hour Film Projects. She has performed in scripted work in London, England; Waco, Texas; and other less exciting places. Her writing has been seen on paper (Gravity DancersWashingtonian), online (McSweeney’s), and on stage (Source Ten-Minute Play Festival). A former real H Street housewife, she now lives in Mt. Rainier, MD, with the Handsome Gentlemen’s Club.

(Francine) Anika Harden most recently appeared in Butterfly with Wanderlust Theater Lab.  Other credits include Breaking Up with ED: Survivors Speak Out on Eating Disorders at the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival and Zalmoxis – A Pagan Mystery by Romanian poet Lucian Blaga.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from New York University and studied acting technique at The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory.

(Gina) Peter J. Orvetti made his scripted stage debut at Fringe one year ago and has since appeared in productions with the Actors’ Center, Arcturus Theater Company, Elden Street Players, the Rude Mechanicals, Silver Spring Stage, and Thunderous Productions. He has appeared in two films with 4 & 9 Productions and is a member of the improv troupe Imaginary Numbers. This is the first time since college that he has appeared in public wearing women’s clothing, though he did play a giant penis in a show last fall.

(Tag) Dubbed the Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is an African, Cuban Native American Trans performance artist, teacher tea oracle and a founding member of Force Collision. A native of Baltimore, Maryland and growing up singing jazz under the tutelage of his Aunt Liz Figueroa, Ruby Glover & Mark Cook) and gospel; Lady Dane began to study music formally at The Baltimore School for the Arts and Catholic University.

​An actor, singer, dancer, writer and teacher; Lady Dane made her cabaret at the age of 17 and in 2011 made her New York debut at Don’t Tell Mamas in New York. After beginning to study the dancers of her ancestors; Lady Dane began combining African, Latin and Native American rhythms into her shows.
Although primarily known for her explosive cabaret, Lady Dane is a passionate actor and has worked at such theaters as Round House Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Theatre for the New City, Adventure Theatre, Atlas Theater, Spooky Action Theater and LaMama, where Lady Dane was privileged to originate the role of and play the vaudeville diva Cordelia McClain. www.ladydanefe.com
An alumnus of New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kevin worked behind the scenes on films by John Sayles, Ange Lee and Claire Denis’.  He is a freelance Associate Producer, Wardrobe stylist, and Set Dresser and most recently performed in two staged readings for The Playwright’s Forum. This is Kevin’s first Fringe Festival.