By Adam Hahn

The Story

By Adam Hahn, critically acclaimed author of prior productions including “Kong: A Goddam 30-Foot Gorilla” and“ The Mermaid Wars.”More, OVERLAY is a one act play set in a dystopian future where the horrifying realities of war have been replaced with adorable video games. But no matter how remote the act of killing has become, can we ever be far from the burden of guilt below the surface?The play is set in an unnamed country sometime in the near future, a country perpetually at war. But new technology has been developed to insulate soldiers from the horrible reality of their actions, However, nothing is perfect.

Meet the Cast and Crew


Drew McCabe - Director

Drew (director) - an multiple Artie Award nominee for both directing and writing, over the past 13 seasons he has directed 49 productions across WNY. A 2007 graduate of the University at Buffalo where he studied Japanese and Theater, Drew is happy to be returning to First Look where he previously directed COPS AND FRIENDS OF COPS. Other favorite regional productions under his directorial eye include IT'S ONLY A PLAY, SHE KILLS MONSTERS, THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, THE PRIDE, CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL and ORGAZMO. It is widely speculated that Drew has one of the largest retro videogames collections in WNY, in fact, when he’s not directing, he is religiously practicing on his Dig-Dug arcade machine for high scores. He would like to thank his cast and crew for their hard work, his wife Jenny for her love and support, and his emotional support soccer team, the New York Red Bulls. 

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Steven Maiseke - Actor

Steven  is a classically trained actor. Some of Steven’s favorite roles have been Corey Maxson in FENCES by August Wilson, Provoloney in PSYCHO BEACH PARTY by Charles Busch and Creon in ANTIGONE by Sophocles.

 He received a Theater minor from SUNY College at Buffalo and continues his training under Bob Rusch. He enjoys working with the student film community and most recently completed a series of four short films which are making their rounds in local and international film festivals. One of his other most notable achievements was being selected to take part in the 2021 Shaw Festival Monologue slam.

 When he is not on stage (or in front of a camera), he works as an IT specialist. He is excited to be a member of First Look Buffalo and looks forward to participating in the seasons to come.

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Madeline Allard-Dugan

Marilyn is so excited to be making her First Look debut in RESET and OVERLAY. Born and raised in rural Corning, NY, Madeline grew up performing in Church, School, and Community Theater plays. She came to Buffalo after High School to study Television Film Arts and Dance at SUNY Buffalo State. Since her graduation in 2018, she has worked very intently with the Dance, Theater, and Film Community in Buffalo. Theater credits include the following. For Paul Robeson Theater; NATIVE SON (Mary Dalton), and THE SIDEWALK STAGEPLAY (Becky/White Woman). For Aurora Players; DEARLY DEPARTED (Lucille), MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (Doris Walker), and AMATEURS (Mona). For Alleyway; FACTORY FOR MURDERERS (Hadassah). For 1666 Productions;  THE RAVEN (Lenore/Raven/Choreographer) and THE BLIND AUDITION (Jane). Madeline also was cast in the pro-roster of Comedy Sportz this year. For Film, she has been in a few commercials and was the main actress's stand-in for the independent film, CABRINI, last summer. When she's not on set or stage, she works as a baker for Kaylena Marie's. She would like to thank Drew, Bob, John, and Mike for this amazing opportunity. "Thank you Mom, Dad, Linda and Mike Dugan for your continued support. And thank you to my wonderful husband, Trevor. I would be nothing without you. Enjoy the show!"


Kathleen Rooney:  Actor

Kathleen  most recently played the four nasty Fraus in the Brazen-Faced Varlets’ production of ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT. Other roles include Donna/Shura in THE ANASTASIA TRIALS IN THE COURT OF WOMEN, also with the Varlets; Lucy/Lucille in SCOTCH AND MADNESS at Alleyway Theatre; Mother in Post-Industrial Productions’ AFTER THE FALL; Helga ten Dorp in the Lancaster Opera House production of DEATHTRAP; Edna in THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE with the Carriage House Players; and the title role in GRANDMA SPOKE TO ME OF SIDHE with Writers’ Theater Festival. At the New Phoenix Theatre, Kathleen played Eve in IN THE BEGINNING and Sarah in WAY BACK WHEN. She has also appeared in commercials and has done voiceover work. Training includes The Neighborhood Playhouse and HB Studio.

Set Designer:   Matt Myers


Lighting Designer:  Kurt Schniderman


Graphic Designer:  Jason Yates


Video Designer/Editor;  Anthony J Grande


Web Design/Editor:  Michael Audet/Jack Audet  

Weston Young - Stage combat coordinator

Weston Young received his BFA in Acting from SUNY Fredonia. He is originally from Jefferson County, NY and he now resides in Buffalo, NY where he pursues his career in acting. Weston works in Film, Theatre, Stage Combat, and Social Media. Weston can be found on TikTok, Instagram, and other socials: @the_westonyoung. Weston’s film projects include Goldenrod, My Neck, Bloodfly, Paladin: the Brotherhood, and Turn up the Night. 

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