Suffering Contestants

Celeste Shuman is an NYC-based alcoholic, bartender, writer and amateur stripper who is occasionally sober for more than ten minutes. Her fiancé recently screwed her ex-friend Lissa in the bathroom of the bar where Celeste works. Celeste is desperate to find out what it means to suffer better.

Celeste Shuman
Jolly Bean

Jolly is a homeless man who primarily resides on the corner of 27th Street and 9th Ave in Manhattan. He was born somewhere in the south. His hobbies include beanies, rhyming, kitty food, and imagining himself as two people.

Marla the Maid
Edith Shlivovitz
Amando
Kevin

Marla is a maid. Her mother was a maid. Her mother’s mother was a maid. She’s been cleaning since she was a babe; it’s all she’s ever known. She resides in an ironing room in Washington Heights and was born in a broom closet in Harlem. Her hobbies include fantasizing about activities that are not cleaning.  

Edith is an 87-year-old Manhattan native. Her husband Winston died in a bar fight in the mid ’70s. After spending some time with a meth addict in Kansas, Edith moved in with her best friend Franny. Eventually Franny moved to New Orleans during a fourth quarter life crisis, leaving Edith devastated. Edith is a fan of leopard print, musical theater, and making love.

Marla is a maid. Her mother was a maid. Her mother’s mother was a maid. She’s been cleaning since she was a babe; it’s all she’s ever known. She resides in an ironing room in Washington Heights and was born in a broom closet in Harlem. Her hobbies include fantasizing about activities that are not cleaning.  

Amando is a circus clown who resides in a converted hallway in Bushwick. She was born during a trapeze act in which she fell from her mother’s womb and landed on the back of an elephant. Her interests include eye contact, massage therapy, and getting thrown a frickin’ bone.

Fifteen-year-old Kevin was sent to Camp Smile Power, an anger management camp, on a plea bargain with the Brooklyn Justice system. His crime? Throwing a rock at Donald Trump’s head. Can Kevin share what he's learned about anger management at camp without cracking? Can you? Come find out!

Promotional Images

Photos by Lorin Taylor
Photos by Doug Berndt

Production Shots

Photos by Will Ireland

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