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Sarah Elisabeth Brown: What They Did For Love

Sarah Elisabeth Brown: What They Did For Love

July 8, 2019

Let's not forget when things were forbidden.

Lovebird Jamboree, by Sarah Elisabeth Brown, a featured event of the special Stonewall50 Fresh Fruit Festival, at The WILD Project 195 East 3rd Street (between Aves. A & B) New York City will run Tuesday 7/9 @ 8:30 pm; Friday 7/12 @ 9:00 pm; Saturday 7/13 @ 2:00 pm and tells the stories of LGBTQ individuals validating their existence and expressing their love ... before the new millennium.

As the recent century turned, gay marriage was still a dream and there were those out there fighting for equality and simply the right to love. Author Sarah Elisabeth Brown met with more than 30 individuals doing just that. These are a composite of their stories. Based on a series of interviews from people in the LGBTQI community, eight very different characters present their defining love stories. Gym junkies, sex workers, academics, softball jocks, and wannabe Jell-O salad aficionados - all get their say in this heartfelt, funny set of monologues. Supported by a story-collecting grant from the Santa Fe Community Foundation, the work premiered at Theaterwork in New Mexico in 2000. Lovebird Jamboree bring this powerful depiction of a moment in recent history and shows us how far we've come and far we still have yet to go. The play asks the questions, "how do you find love when the traditional pathways aren't open to you" or "how does a person reinvent love under those circumstances? Staring us in the face is another question: "What is family, and how can I create one that fits for me?"

Amanda and No Peeking gets their SHIT together and heads for L.A.

Amanda and No Peeking gets their SHIT together and heads for L.A.

July 8, 2019

NO PEEKING THEATRE is planning its biggest event ... ever. "The Shit Show" By Leelee Jackson is an immersive restructuring of the theatrical experience. Feeling the show NOT seeing it.

NO PEEKING restructures its productions to create a sightless theatre experience. What's left??? You might ask.

A world of feelings, olfactory and audible storytelling, tangible and taste-able moments. Blindfolded, the audience is told the story with the help of rain, wind, sound, smells, taste and so much more. "We couple the audience's imagination with literal 3D effects to create a sensory, immersive, and stimulating experience," says Amanda Levie, artistic director of NO PEEKING. "We are planning on being bi-coastal and non-profit, but we need help!" she exclaimed.

This summer, NO PEEKING plans on taking its acclaimed sensory theatre to Los Angeles where a production will be hosted by the playwright herself, Leelee Jackson. NO PEEKING has plans to bring theatre to visually impaired individuals and so many others who - for physical reasons and difficult locations - are deprived of quality live theatre experiences. NO PEEKING will enable sighted and impaired persons to enjoy an engrossing live theatre experience together. NO PEEKING - through its board of directors and repertory of actors and other artists - has formulated a massive nation-wide funding search. Thanks to generous donations and other offers of assistance, No Peeking will be able to bring its entire cast and crew down to a theatre in Los Angeles this summer. All they need left is $9,000.

NO PEEKING is actively seeking donors and - if monetary gifts cannot be made - individuals willing to spread the word about No peeking, the Shit Show, and the L.A. Campaign. For more information on how you can help, visit 

Maya Avisar gives the globe a spotlight!

Maya Avisar gives the globe a spotlight!

July 8, 2019

The American Dream: a Story of Two Crazy Broke Asians is a musical revue, following the journey of two young women, in a search for happiness - and for themselves. Yanzi, a hopeless romantic, is following her love from Taiwan to New York City, where she reconnects with her old friend Grace, who is struggling with life in the big Apple as she tries to tough it out on her own. Featuring songs from Disney, Kiss me Kate, Wicked, Cabaret, City of Angels, Annie Get Your Gun and more! Follow our heroes in their search of happiness, purpose, and donuts. Will they live The American Dream?

The American Dream: A Story of Two Crazy Broke Asians is produced by Maya Avisar Productions and supported by the Alliance of Alien Artists, an organization founded to empower and support international performers in the pursuit of their career in the Unites States.

Leading the show are Yanzi Ding (Taiwan) and Grace Shih (Malaysia) and it is directed by Kui-Fang Tseng (Taiwan). Appearing as a special guest is Leo Chang (Taiwan), who's currently performing in the off-Broadway musical Revelation.

The American Dream performed at The Duplex on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2019 at 7pm (doors open 6:30).

Maya Avisar is a performer/producer originally from Israel. She is the founder of the Alliance of Alien Artists and dedicated big parts of her work to empower International Artists like herself. Maya is a proud member of The Lambs®. www.mayaavisar.com

The Alliance of Alien Artists is an organization founded to empower and support international performers in the pursuit of their career in the United States. Donations to the organization are tax-deductible, and help the Alliance create more opportunities for international performers in any stage of their career. Read more on www.AllianceofAlienArtists.org

Crazy Talented Asians! Maya Avisar presents The American Dream at the Duplex

Crazy Talented Asians! Maya Avisar presents The American Dream at the Duplex

July 2, 2019

We chatted with Yanzi Ding & Grace Shih on their new show chronicling what it means to be an immigrant artist in NYC

https://www.instagram.com/theamericandreammusical/

""The American Dream: A Story of Two Crazy Broke Asians is a musical revue, following the journey of two young women, in a search for happiness – and for themselves. Yanzi, a hopeless romantic, is following her love from Taiwan to New York City, where she reconnects with her old friend Grace, who is struggling with life in the big Apple as she tries to tough it out on her own. Featuring songs from some of Broadway’s finest, American dream will premiere at one of NYC’s most historic clubs – The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street. Wednesday, July 3 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $15 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre; $18 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre.

Follow our heroes in their search of happiness, purpose, and donuts. Will they live The American Dream’

The American Dream: a Story of Two Crazy Broke Asians is produced by Maya Avisar, an ambitious and multi-talented artist/entrepreneur emerging on to New York’s indie scene. The production is also supported by the Alliance of Alien Artists, an organization founded to empower and support international performers in the pursuit of their career in the Unites States.

Featured in the cast:

Yanzi Ding comes from music background as a harpist and composer in Taiwan. As she always tries to experiment with different art forms to convey the essence of story, she became an inter-disciplinary performer on stage as an actor, singer, musical theatre performer, and playwright. In order to pursue the best theatre craft in the world, Yanzi moved to New York and recently graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), and is featured in the film ‘One More Photo Please’ , Off-Broadway Musical ‘War Lovers’ in Theatre Row 42nd and Off-Broadway Play ‘Flying Tigers Flying Away’ in York Theatre. In April 2019, she presented a one-woman play ‘Rushi: Three reincarnations of a Chinese Woman’ in the Playroom Theatre as a solo performer, playwright and composer, produced by Bagela4Art Production.

Grace Shih is originally from Penang, Malaysia. She holds a BFA in music from National Taiwan Normal University and studied musical theatre in AMDA. She has performed in multiple music productions across Taiwan including a Solo Recital. She relocated to NYC to pursue her career as a performer, and is looking forward to the opportunities to collaborate with other artists in the industry.

https://www.purplepass.com/#187767/The_Duplex-The_American_Dream:_a_Story_of_Two_Crazy_Broke_Asians-The_Duplex_Cabaret_Theatre-July-03-2019.html

 

A sitcom on a dot-com: Ps in a Pod - a new Web-TV-Show

A sitcom on a dot-com: Ps in a Pod - a new Web-TV-Show

June 13, 2019

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Ps in a Pod, a new web series, created by and starring Alex Pires, co-starring Stephanie Windland and executive produced by Richard Wingert starts on a blind date between Pete (Pires) and Polly (Windland) at a bar in Brooklyn. At first, they seem to be “two peas in a [neurotic] pod” but something is off. After a ton of awkward fumbling – including an uproarious attempt at sex – they simultaneously realize they are perfect as friends.

As luck would have it, Polly is looking for a room and Pete needs a room-mate. A best friendship is born! “Pod follows how funny and real it is to have a close, platonic friendship between a man and a woman,” says executive producer, Richard Wingert.

“By eliminating the “Will they? Won’t they?” dynamic we make room for a ton of very funny and very touching situations that audiences have been deprived of in an episodic sitcom format,” creator and star, Alex Pires, exuberantly exclaimed; while co-star, Stephanie Windland chimed in with “The world is going through a paradigm shift in terms of the roles men and women play separately – this series shows how they come together under this new way of thinking,” she said regarding the evolving friendship the series depicts.

Pod follows the characters through semi-story lined episodes “a day in the life” style. We see them struggle – both comedically and realistically  – with germaphobia, stereotypes, cultural-diversity, identity, romanticizing the past, relationships, depression and so much more.

We learn something new about the Ps – Pete & Polly – every episode. Things that we know or will learn about ourselves as well. It seems the stronger their friendship, the wilder things get. They just want to be happy and healthy but between self-sabotage and the universe who knows what will happen!

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HERE’S THE LINK TO THE PILOT:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb1nHikriIQ

 

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The Multi-Talented, Multi-Personas of ROBERT HOFMANN

The Multi-Talented, Multi-Personas of ROBERT HOFMANN

June 13, 2019

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Celebrate Stonewall50 in style at St John’s in the heart of the West Village with the American premiere of
WHAT THE FANDANGO?!
A musical-comedy cabaret featuring international performance artist, Robert Hofmann,
brilliantly embodying four powerful personas in his stunning blend of comic genius and musical versatility
creating a wild multi-gendered romp that has already taken Australia by storm.

What the Fandango?! brings visual humor, spicy stand-up, and poignant performances peppered with musical genius. Australian singing celeb, Robert Hofmann and New York-based piano accordionist Will Holshouser will present this tour-de-force for two nights only on Tuesday June 25 at 7:30pm and Saturday on the eve of World Pride New York, Saturday June 29 at 7:30pm at Revelation Gallery, 224 Waverly Place (between W11th ST and 7th Ave.) Proceeds will be donated to Ads-Up (Australian Ex-pats Supporting Refugees.)

Hofmann splits into four distinct personalities to present a cavalcade of musical entertainment:
The feisty Helmut Wunderlicher who turns standard love songs into same-sex serenades;
Dr Gaye Thyme, a glam goddess with magnificent maracas;
The outspoken Sister Virgillious who risks being shut down by the church by presenting …
Susan “I know someone just like her” Higgins. the deluded guitar-playing hymn singer.

Hofmann has sung many roles with West Australian Opera including Koko in The Mikado and Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love. He has sung with Opera Australia and performed in two cabarets with DivaLicious at the Sydney Opera House. His award-winning cabaret, Desperately Young at Heart played in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Edinburgh Fringes to rave reviews. Playing the piano accordion is the brilliant New York based Will Holshouser who has played with Ute Lemper, David Krakauer, Antony and The Johnsons, Martha Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright, Andy Statman, Phillip Johnston, Matt Munisteri & Brock Mumford, the Raymond Scott (tribute) Orchestrette, Roberto Rodriguez, Mark Morris Dance, New York City Ballet, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others including Ron Horton (trumpet) and David Phillips (bass) in the Will Holshouser Trio.

With decades of dazzling performance experience spanning the globe, Robert and Will unite to create an enthralling hour of musical comedy with quick-change costumes by legendary designer Cherie Hewson. Directed by the internationally renowned Australian opera and music theatre director Stuart Maunder, What the Fandango?! takes adult audiences on a wild ride into high energy cabaret.

Order tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-the-fandango-tickets-61358797816

Watch trailer at: https://youtu.be/0oVzsQtMlu4

“Hofmann is a singer and female impersonator without compare.” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Arts Hub 2019

“Genders range from male to female to the delicious any-man’s-or-woman’s land in between. And it’s all delivered with a luxurious flair for costume, a devout sense of character, and a classically trained operatic voice”. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fourth Wall Media 2018

“…the pair blow all your cares away with their WTF celebration of being non-conformist”
★ ★ ★ ★ Out in Perth 2018

“hilarious, poignant cabaret” ★ ★ ★ ★ The West Australian 2017

Watch trailer at: https://youtu.be/0oVzsQtMlu4

THIS Baron makes his Marc as a Shepherd and a Screenwriter

THIS Baron makes his Marc as a Shepherd and a Screenwriter

June 3, 2019

MARC BARON is a President ("Shepherd" as they are called) of the venerable LAMBS. (SEE BELOW). He is also a respected and decorated Screenwriter. 

Marc first began performing in grade school, and in high school began writing and directing many school projects. He continued acting, singing and directing in Pace University, NYC, where the department head took Marc on as a protégé. Marc was titled the ‘Most likely to succeed’ by the college theatre club.

After service in naval intelligence, Marc continued his studies at Pace, and at NY’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts and H. B. Studios. Fred Kelly, director, choreographer, and brother of Gene Kelly, became Marc’s friend and muse, mentoring him in the early stages of his career. Fred, a well known director of early television, brought Marc into The Lambs, America’s first professional theatrical club, more than 30 years ago. Marc began acting, singing, writing, directing and managing productions for The Lambs; Marc directed the new play, The Gershwin Factor, which sold-out; directed and acted in The President’s Mother, and he now serves as The Lambs’ 35th Shepherd (President). Marc is a multi-term member of the NY Board of SAG-AFTRA. In the summer of 2006 Marc directed two episodes of the California-based cable talk show, Talking Over Coffee, and directed Bookstore – a reading of a new musical for Manhattan’s prestigious York Theater. Marc recently served on the Council of the Episcopal Actors Guild, a charity for actors.

Professionally, some films Marc has appeared in include Mortal ThoughtsBigThe Believer and Bullets Over Broadway. He is known as the stand-in and photo-double to the stars; while on the set of Mickey Blue Eyes Hugh Grant nicknamed him the ‘Lon Chaney of stand-ins’ for his ability to physically imitate numerous actors. He has worked with actors including Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Sean Connery…with directors Sidney Lumet, Andrew Bergman, Woody Allen and Henry Beam…and with cinematographers Carlo DiPalma, Don Thorin, Bill Fraker, Laslo Kovacs and Zhao Fei; each offered filmmaking insights only found by working on a real film set.

It was Matthew Broderick and Dustin Hoffman who first encouraged Marc to write projects, while working together on the set of Family Business. As a writer, Marc has co-authored both the stage musical and screenplay version of Love of a Lifetime; wrote the comedy western screenplay, Don’t Call Me Cisco; co-wrote the police action-drama Blue Shirts; and co-wrote Hot Properties, a romantic comedy screenplay based on a play Marc directed. and wrote the comedy MegaBall$. Marc has had several articles published in local newspapers, and in the Journal of Medical Education. Marc has been a guest judge for the NY Filmmakers’ Festival for three years, and in 2016 will be a guest judge for the GI Film Festival in Washington DC.. Marc is also researching material for Brothers in Stone,  a biography with accompanying documentary and blog on his grandfather and his brother, the Viennese sculptors, Josef Josephu and Florian Josephu-Drouot.

www.MarcBaron.com

HISTORY OF THE LAMBS

HISTORY OF THE LAMBS

The history of The Lambs ® extends back to early 19th Century England when a group of lively folk of theater and arts frequently visited their friends, Charles Lamb and his sister Mary, for dining salons discussing the arts. In the spring of 1869, thirty years after the death of Charles Lamb, a men’s theatrical and dining club was formed in London and named in their honor.

Christmas week of 1874 a companion club was formed in New York by one of the London Lambs and its third Shepherd, English actor Henry J. Montague, who became our first Shepherd. The first meeting was at the original Delmonico’s Blue Room on 14th Street. (To see what 1874 was like, click here.) The Lambs incorporated in 1877 in the State of New York and its journey continues today.

The motto of the Club is Floreant Agni — “May The Lambs Flourish” — which, with many ups and downs, the Club has done for more than 140 years. Changing times in the early 1970’s led to the sale of its landmark building on West 44th Street, now the Chatwal Hotel. Since then, the Fold has been pleasantly situated at 3 West. Originally restricted to gentlemen only, today’s club is attuned to modern sensibilities and has emerged and thrived as a society for both ladies and gentlemen.

The roster of past and living Lambs reads like a Who’s’ Who and include: Fred Astaire, Gene Autry, Red Barber, Maurice Barrymore, and his sons John and Lionel, Ed Begley, David Belasco, Ralph Bellamy, Edgar Bergman, Irving Berlin, Joe E. Brown, Earl Carroll, Howard Chandler Christy, George M. Cohan, Cecil B. DeMille, Dwight David Eisenhower, Douglas Fairbanks, James Montgomery Flagg, Eddie Foy (Sr. & Jr.), Sir Cedric Hardwicke, William S. Hart, Victor Herbert, Ed Herlihy, Bert Lahr, Ring Lardner, Alan J. Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Alan Mowbray, Conrad Nagel, Elliot Nugent, Pat O’Brien, Will Rogers, Charlie Ruggles, Otis Skinner, John Philip Sousa, Fred Waring, David Warfield, Bert Wheeler and Hon. Robert Wagner. A searchable listing of past members is available by selecting the Membership Roster.

The Lambs®, commonly known as The Lambs Club, is proud of its theatrical legacy, and of its continuing contributions to charitable causes which The Lambs Foundation administers and funds. J. Lester Wallack, an early Shepherd of The Lambs, was a leader in the founding of The Actors’ Fund of America; a close association between the Fund and The Lambs continues today. Numerous Lambs have served as Trustees of the Fund. Lambs were also instrumental in the founding of ASCAPScreen Actors Guild and Actors’ Equity Association (see more below).

 

An Open-Discussion where Anthony J. Piccione Opens-Up about his Open-End Run

An Open-Discussion where Anthony J. Piccione Opens-Up about his Open-End Run

May 17, 2019
After a successful premiere at the Hudson Guild Theatre this past January as part of the New York Theatre Festival’s 2019 NYWinterfest, A Therapy Session with Myself – Anthony J. Piccione’s controversial, semi-autobiographical drama about living with mental illness and Asperger’s syndrome – returns this May for an ongoing series of monthly afternoon performances at the legendary Kraine Theater.
 
Performances are scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of each month at 2pm beginning May 18th. Tickets cost $25 dollars and can be purchased by visiting atswm.brownpapertickets.com.
 
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A Therapy Session with Myself tells the story of Alex Grayson, a young college student and aspiring writer living with severe social anxiety, depression, and Asperger’s syndrome. During the summer before his senior year, he receives a mysterious visit from “himself”, a human incarnation of his inner consciousness. As they interact, Alex is forced to reflect on his own flaws and personality quirks, as well as some of the darkest and most painful memories of his adolescence, while also pondering the question of whether or not he can overcome his inner demons, and ultimately build a brighter future for himself.
 
Mr. Piccione described his inspiration for the play in an interview with Five-Star Arts Journals last December. “[It’s] a semi-autobiographical play that’s mainly inspired by real-life events that occurred from my first year of high school up to my last year of college, [and] I’d say the actual story itself is about 80 to 90 percent the truth, with only some minor changes,” according to Piccione, who went on to say that “[w]hen people come see the show, it’ll likely feel more like a stream of consciousness, rather than a traditional story with a beginning, middle, and end, so I imagine it’ll raise at least as many questions as answers. But still, my hope for this play is that it leaves people thinking about issues of social anxiety, depression, and Asperger’s syndrome [in] a different way than perhaps they used to.”
 
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Returning to direct is award-winning director Holly Payne-Strange, who last year was named Best Director for her work on Opposites and Contradictions at the NYC Theatre Festival and Showcase at Theatre 80. St Marks, while acclaimed actor/director/songwriter Andres Gallardo Bustillo returns in the dual roles of assistant director and stage manager.
 
Returning actors include Nick Roy, Shane Zimmerman, Nathan Cusson, Emma Romeo, Louise Heller, Tony Bozanich, Travis Martin, Rosie Coursey, and Lizzy Moreno, with additional casting announcements to be made in the coming weeks.
 
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Anthony J. Piccione is an award-winning playwright and producer based in New York City. His full-length drama A Therapy Session with Myself premiered in January 2019 at the Hudson Guild Theatre before transferring to the Kraine Theater for an ongoing series of monthly performances. Additionally, his eclectic canon of one-acts have previously been presented in NYC at the Hudson Guild Theatre, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Manhattan Repertory Theatre, as well as at regional venues such as Playhouse on Park, Hole in the Wall Theatre, the Windsor Art Center, and Windham Theatre Guild. His short drama What I Left Behind was named the NYWinterfest’s Best Short Play of 2018, and he was also nominated for Planet Connections Theatre Festivity’s Outstanding Playwright award for his avant-garde one-act 4 $tages. His work as a playwright has been published at JAC Publishing and Promotions, Heuer Publishing & Off The Wall Plays, and his articles and reviews are frequently published at OnStage Blog. He received his BA in Theatre from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2016 and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. 
 
For more information, please visit www.anthonyjpiccione.com/atherapysessionwithmyself.
WEDNESDAY REPERTORY COMPANY gets their CARCASS on stage!

WEDNESDAY REPERTORY COMPANY gets their CARCASS on stage!

May 8, 2019

I've known company member, Dan Lane Williams, for some time now but I only recently made the acquaintance of Bruce Ornstein, celebrated auteur and artistic director of this intense theatre company and playwright Eddie Vernovsky. Their newest work - CARCASS - is revealing and fascinating. 

Wednesday Repertory Company (WedRepCo) presents “Carcass”.  A story about boys, blood, and a buffalo, “Carcass”, is the World Premiere of a full length play by Eddie Vernovsky.  

“Carcass” was developed in concert with Wednesday Repertory Company (WedRepCo), led by Artistic Director Bruce Ornstein.  It represents the second full-length play produced and developed by WedRepCo, and a worthy successor to Abby Rosebrock’s “Different Animals” which premiered at the Cherry Lane.

Shetler Studios 244 W 54 St, New York City

Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10 @ 7:00 pm;
Saturday, May 11 @ 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm;
Sunday May 12 @ 5:00 pm;

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, May 15, 16 & 17 @ 7:00 pm;
Saturday May 18 @ 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm;
Sunday, May 19 @ 5:00 pm.

$20.00 at www.carcass.bpt.me or 212-726-2324.

 

Barnaby Edwards and Regeneration Theatre and a rare ARTHUR MILLER play

Barnaby Edwards and Regeneration Theatre and a rare ARTHUR MILLER play

May 8, 2019

My esteemed colleague, Barnaby Edwards, is artistic director of Regeneration Theatre - a company that unearths plays rare or rarely done works and breaths new life into them. They've struck gold this time. AN ARTHUR MILLER PLAY THAT HAS NEVER BEEN PERFORMED IN NYC ... UNTIL NOW. 

The Archbishop's Ceiling by Arthur Miller. Regeneration Theatre presents a rare Arthur Miller play never seen in New York City. Performing at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, NYC
May 9 - 19 (Thursday - Saturday @ 7:00 p.m. and Sunday @ 2;00 p.m. with a special Monday showing (May 13) @ 7:00 p.m.) Regeneration.BrownPaperTickets.com.

Four old friends - writers, lovers, activists, celebrities - gather in a 16th century palace on one evening in a country where power is all, and nothing can be trusted. Is someone listening to them? Can any of them speak freely? Can they resist the powerful that surround them and still maintain their art?

Arthur Miller's prescient 1978 play, never seen in New York City, forces us to confront politics as theatre, where blending the truth with lies is all part of the game. Cast includes: Kristen GehlingLevi MorgerJon Spano, Michael Meth, Jessica Carollo; with Set Design by Ryan Godd; Lighting Design by Domino Mannheim; Stage Manager-Allison Hohman; Assistant Director-Marcus Gualberto. Production produced and directed by Barnaby Edwards.

Tickets and info: http://regeneration.brownpapertickets.comor at http://regenerationtheatre.org

IMPROVISATIONAL REPERTORY THEATRE ENSEMBLE - funny and full-steam ahead!

IMPROVISATIONAL REPERTORY THEATRE ENSEMBLE - funny and full-steam ahead!

May 8, 2019

My buddies at the IRTE are just passing midpoint of a GREAT Season 8. Evil Clowns Have Feelings Too has one more weekend and the sequel to HAPPY BIRTHDAY STUPID KID is already in development. 

I chatted with Nannette Deasy and Robert Baumgartner about the stamina needed to keep'em rolling in the aisles night-after-night!

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Evil Clowns Have Feelings, Too

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS May 3, 4, 10 & 11, 8:00pm

Tickets $15 Online / $17 at the Door

The Producers Club

358 West 44th Street

New York, NY 10036

Conceived by Izzy Church

With Special Guest Improvisers TBA

 

When their car breaks down in the woods, the Poolander’s family vacation comes to a screeching halt, forcing them to seek refuge in an old cabin in the woods until help arrives. Little do they know, that a bunch of evil clowns own the cabin and are having a really, really bad day. 

 

Join the IRTE jesters, fools and jokers in this improvised and totally terrifying family comedy.

 

Featuring Musical Guests TBA

Go to Sleep, Stupid Kids!

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS May 31, June 1, 7 & 8, 8:00pm

Tickets $15 Online / $17 at the Door

The Producers Club

358 West 44th Street

New York, NY 10036

Original Concept by Nannette Deasy

Directed by Robert Baumgardner

With Special Guest Improvisers TBA

 

Jamie’s been twelve for THREE WHOLE MONTHS and has NEVER had a “big kid” slumber party. That’s all going to change in this improvised sequel to IRTE’s hit comedy “Happy Birthday, Stupid Kid!” Grab your sleeping bag and your best PJs and hope that Jamie’s dysfunctional family doesn’t embarrass him in front of the cool kids!

 

Featuring Musical Guests TBA

Allison Wick sheds new light on Arthur Miller’s THE CRUCIBLE

Allison Wick sheds new light on Arthur Miller’s THE CRUCIBLE

April 29, 2019

Hunger Theatre, an NYC-based theatre company, self-described as "small but relentless in our pursuit of excellent storytelling," will honor one the 20th Century's greatest storytellers, Arthur Miller, with a new production of The Crucible. Performing at Access Theatre Gallery, 380 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York City. Opening May 2; Running Thursday-Sunday @ 8pm through May 18. Special matinee performance, Saturday, May 11 @ 3pm. "Scrappy, weird, hungry theatre-makers" (www.hungertheatre.com/thecrucible)

Allison Wick, co-founder of Hunger Theatre, will direct and appear in The Crucible. The cast, like the company itself, is non-traditional and unique, with a third of the actors in the ensemble playing multiple roles. "I want to combine the emotion and urgency of the piece with the opportunity for experimentation that smaller ensemble and pared-down production affords." Ms. Wick further remarked, "This play is a masterpiece. It doesn't need to be 'reimagined' to make it compelling or relevant. That being said, our production won't be stuffy or strictly by-the-book."

The Crucible cast includes:

Brian Vestal* (John Proctor)
Samantha Wendorf (Elizabeth Proctor)
Allison Wick (Abigail Williams)
Joseph Cordaro (Reverend Hale)
Madeline Adelle Phillips* (Mary Warren)
Stan Buturla* (Deputy-Governor Danforth)
Zuri Washington* (Tituba/Martha Corey)
Arshia Panicker (Ann Putnam/Susanna Walcott/Sarah Good)
Alex Orthwein (Thomas Putnam/John Willard)
Richard Wayne* (Judge Hathorne/Francis Nurse)
Jim Staudt* (Reverend Parris/Ezekiel Cheever)
Nancy Fox* (Rebecca Nurse)
Luke Wehner* (Giles Corey)
Emily Suuberg (Mercy Lewis)
Sharon Romano (Betty Parris)
Kelly McCready* (Abigail Williams u/s)

*Member of Actors' Equity Association

The Crucible is a 1953 play by legendary American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized (and partially fictionalized) story of the Salem witch trials of 1692-93. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism - the anti-communist witch hunt against trade unionists, artists, and leftist activists which was in full swing at time of his writing the play.

Hunger Theatre's mission: "To produce great plays, new and old, with simplicity, playfulness, and daring. To conduct emotional electricity. To serve the human truth of each story above all else." Co-founded by Ms. Wick and Luke Wehner, alumni of Circle in the Square Theatre School and students of prominent acting coach, Ken Schatz, Hunger Theatre began in 2016 with a series of new one-act plays and later, a showcase production of Mark Schultz' Everything Will Be Different. Show-Score gave this production a plethora of accolades, including "First off, the entire cast deserves a standing ovation for their performance. Allison Wick (Charlotte) laid it all on the stage and it was magnificent. Ms. Wick handles the emotional weight brilliantly." "The lead actress is so brilliant that it's worth seeing just for that... The story is powerful, well written and leaves you truly impacted. This is the kind of theater that makes me love living in New York."

 

Scott Bullock and the awe and mystery that is … U V X

Scott Bullock and the awe and mystery that is … U V X

April 22, 2019

They’re Back! UVX presents

The Most Dangerous Man

an interactive adventure that needs your phone and your imagination! UVX, which took ComicCon by storm in 2017, returns with another interactive adventure film putting you in the action.

 

In the style of Netflix’ Black Mirror episode, Bandersnatch, UVX’s “The Most Dangerous Man,” part of the FUTUREPROOF film series, is a send up of action/adventure/fantasy film of the 80s, was shot over 80 different ways to create an unlimited world of possibilities for the viewer.

 

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN: mostdangerousmanmovie.com.

April showings: April 10, 17, and 24 @7:30 p.m. at the opulent Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W 23rd St, New York City. Tickets: $45-$55 (discounts available)  

 

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The UVX is an interactive film being screened in NYC. In it, attendees will be able to make multiple votes on their phones that change not only the look, feel, and action of the film, but the circumstances in the theatre, which will be populated by actors playing the director and production staff of the film. Each vote stacks on to the last, leading to a wild and unexpected  climax. The whole event takes place in a fictional, 80s-themed universe as a part of a story that’s been going on for more than two years.

Visit the interactive futureproof.site and explore the FutureProof Universe with their new Knowledge Base.

 

Around the World with Jessie & Joshua

Around the World with Jessie & Joshua

April 18, 2019

There is a proverb…”He who saves the life of one man saves the world entire.” Join us during the holiday season and help save the entire world… one song at a time!

earth cabaret

Ripple Effect Artists invite you to a special Earth Day celebration at the opulent Triad Theater on Easter night: EARTH DAY CABARET! Special event, Sunday evening, April 21, 2019 @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm at The Triad, 158 W 72nd St, New York City.

Special performances by notates from on and off Broadway: Dylan Adams, Jessie Fahay, Rance W Wright, and interfaith minister and artist, Sandra Bargman.

This show will be raising awareness and funds to end CO2 emissions and climate change. Tickets available at http://www.triadnyc.com/buy-tickets. Ask about our student discounts. As with all cabaret theaters, there will be a two-drink minimum.

Ripple Effect Artists believes that theater can inspire an audience to make a difference. All Ripple Effect productions donates a significant portion of Box Office Proceeds towards Human Rights Organizations/Initiatives. REA also believes in fostering the next generation of artists and leaders thus inspiring students and emerging artists to create their own “Ripple Effect.”

 

Film and play maker Joshua Crone returns to New York with a stage/film hybrid that pushes the envelope.

WASHED IN THE BLOOD

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The story of a school shooter and some unlikely targets – presented directly after Easter at the NuBox Theater. Based on eyewitness accounts of the shooting at Umpqua Community College, Crone’s dark parable won an Encore Producer’s Award at the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival. “A tightly-wound piece that packs considerable emotion into its brief run time.” – Kurt Gardner, ArtsBeatLA.

The NuBox Theater at John DeSotelle Studio

754 9th Ave, New York City

ONE WEEK ONLY:

Friday, April 26 @ 8 pm, Saturday, April 27 @ 3 & 8 pm, and Sunday, April 28 @ 3 & 8 pm – Tickets: $25/$15 (https://washedtheplay.brownpapertickets.com/)

A school shooter who singles out believers enters the lives of a teenage evangelist, a juvenile delinquent, and a youth pastor with a shady past in Joshua Crone’s dark parable. Presented after the Easter holiday, WASHED IN THE BLOOD explores a perpetrator of one of the 21st century’s most shocking and now-prevalent crimes. Based on fact and eye-witness accounts, Crone’s play offers audiences a tour through the mind of a victim-turned-shooter.

Joshua Crone leads a fascinating life. He took up playwriting as a Marine in Southern California and spent the next decade supporting his habit with jobs as a carpenter, programmer, fisherman, teacher, before settling on a career in Polish and German translation. Along the way, he produced plays in Krakow, Berlin and London, earned a Masters in philosophy from the Jagiellonian University and studied directing at the Polish National Film School in Lodz. Then he moved to Los Angeles, where he crewed on half a dozen films at AFI, produced several plays and shot his first feature. He currently lives in New York.

This is Crone’s second transfer. Squatters, a two-hander about a couple in an abandoned building days after 911, received standing ovations last year.

Debra Cook and the her journey with “Jilted”

Debra Cook and the her journey with “Jilted”

April 12, 2019
JILTED TO PERFECTION, a short musical romance, written and starring acclaimed opera singer, Debra Cook, after a joyous and celebrated run last summer on Theatre Row, returns for a special showing at The Triad, the posh NYC cabaret, on Saturday afternoon, April 13 @ 3:00 p.m., 158 West 72nd Street (between Amsterdam & Columbus aves) with tickets available at www.triadnyc.com. Two drink minimum, light fare available.
 
Debra, a shamed and divorced Mormon mother, recounts her botched and consequential Metropolitan Opera audition, and introduces her first sight of a strange and older man, Fred, who seems to know her already. Both working as extras in an opera, Fred claims that Debra is his “true wife,” and pursues her despite her fears, her missed dates, and her biases. He steals a kiss that is like no other, and Debra’s passion fights with practicality. Jilted, he reacts with a vow to celibacy in a Scientology order and moves to LA  ,as Debra, uninformed, proclaims her love. After getting routed out of the Sea Org by his third wife’s protestations, Fred writes Debra, and the long distance affair leads to marriage. Time passes and Debra is overcome by the set-backs & hardships of “living the dream,” and by Fred’s declining health and demeanor. They continue to re-boot their family and career in moves to LA and Utah, where Debra’s son, Aaron, is at the effect of their calamitous search to make their “Mission” as artists viable.  She cannot identify the underpinning that keeps her in the relationship, but Fred’s gravity as a seeker wins out. He becomes a healthy & cherished mentor, father educator, and philosopher. Their love matures and deepens, yet Fred passes unexpectedly while Debra is away. She questions if she can grow through the adversity of loosing her soul-mate, but is comforted by her own mother’s unique perspective of Fred’s perfection. 5 year old Granddaughter McKinslee sings an Alleluia celebrating Grandpa Fred’s searching questions.
 
This story really happened. It is based on the 23 year challenging love affair of two artists, Fred and Debra Cook, and their unlikely pairing. Debra is a shamed and recently divorced Mormon mother of two children fleeing from Utah to New York, without alimony nor child support, hoping to expand upon a career as an opera singer. Fred much older, an almost destitute actor/director,just finishing his 4th marriage, with 4 children, and a high-ranking Scientologist. After Debra flubbs a rare Metropolitan Opera Audition, they meet at New York City Opera as “Supernumeraries.” Fred was there because an actress quit one of his plays for more money to act in Carmen, and Fred was fascinated by the novelty of being in an opera. Debra deigned to be an “actor” in the production because her son had a paid position in the Children’s’ Chorus. So, Fred was cast as the Priest and Debra as the Nun. She had been admonished by clergy to date only Mormons, and well-to-do ones at that. Yet, Fred’s immediate proclamation that Debra was his “true wife” precipitated her reaction to repel him, albeit there was an inexplicable gravity pulling her towards him. He said, “Well, if I can’t be with my true wife, then I’ll be an ascetic and join the Sea Org.” Their recruiters promised him a post making movies for the Church. His time in the Sea Org was a debacle, and his third wife, also a Sea Org Scientologist, got him routed out, and Fred was soon writing Cyrano-esque letters to Debra from across the country. His unflappable spirit and inspirations led the family through a series of misadventures, including an unpopular marriage, Hollywood rip-off artists, 4 of 6 kids with addiction issues, failed business schemes, and a move to Park City, where a fledgling music store and school eventually became a local legacy. When Fred suddenly passed away, even the funeral director said his service was the greatest show he had ever seen, and Fred’s professed love story with Debra, his heuristic teaching and philosophy, and his unconditional love for everyone, became part of the local folklore. Fred was the unseen consultant in the 4 years that Debra worked on the Sleepy Hollow Musical’s creative team, and he became not only her mentor and greatest fan, but the reason that she and her family press on as artist/educators in a sea of disillusioned cynics. He left them a legacy to build upon as they celebrate taking risks and learning from their experience.
Towering Troubadours: Mario Claudio and George Dixon of Granny’s Blue-Mers

Towering Troubadours: Mario Claudio and George Dixon of Granny’s Blue-Mers

March 31, 2019

TICKETS: http://www.pangeanyc.com/show/im-sooo-high-rev-marys-reefer-revue-930pm/

 

Granny’s back in I’m SOOO High: Rev. Mary’s Reefer Revue
April 6 @ 9:30 at Pangea, 172 Second Avenue, NYC

Join us for some more wild and woolly word-play from back-in-the-day. This time, it’s not sexy banter but smoky phrasing! 

Song-stylists of the roaring 20s and 30s supplied the crowds of the speakeasies with terrific tunes and merry melodies more than mentioning MARIJUANA!

With nicknames like Blue sage, Catnip, Dope, Grass, Jive, Jay, Gauge, Tea, Vibe, Mary-Jane, and Jazz Cabbage – not to mention the standard reefer, pot, and weed … expect a wild night at Pangea that you’ll never forget … then again, what’s that about short term memory?

Rev. Mary has since taken the cabaret world by storm with her All-Man Band of Dan Furman on piano with Mario Claudio and George Dixon as back-up, with a host of guest musicians. She brought down the house at the Duplex with Granny’s Blue-Mers: The Meat Show and Down In the Alley. Both acts having toured clubs such as Pianos, Freddy’s Bar and Backroom, Otto’s, West End Lounge, and a return engagement at the Duplex. She presented her powerful one-woman exploration in The Lady in Black at Don’t Tell Mama on two occasions collecting scores of resounding reviews; and scored kudos as part of the Augusta Heritage Blues and Swing festival in West Virginia.  She also produced Sing-ular Sensations at Don’t Tell Mama, spotlighting three cabaret artists’ one-person shows.

Tickets are now on sale. For further information contact Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment at 347-497-4814 or jay.michaels.theatricals@gmail.com.

Cat and the Dogs of War! The Art of Protest

Cat and the Dogs of War! The Art of Protest

March 31, 2019

Art is more than imitating life – as the expression goes – it facilities; it communicates, it combats it. Articulate Theatre Company explores the role of the artist’s role in activism with the Art of Protest.

Articulating The Arts: The Art of Protest: April 3 – 6 (April 3 – 5 @ 8pm; April 6 @ 7pm) at TADA Theatre 15 W. 28th St, NYC, 2nd Floor. Tkts: http://www.articulatetheatre.com/ata-5-the-art-of-protest.html

Visual artists – as an ad or a picket sign – create images that stick in our collective minds and allow their visual to visualize change. Articulate will team playwrights with visual artists to create Articulating the Arts, Articulate Theatre Company’s signature benefit event examining other art forms through the lens of theatre. It brings together the ATC ensemble and guest artists with unique works of art to use as a springboard and source of inspiration for new theatre works. For past sessions, we’ve responded to classic paintings, folk music, children’s folklore, and more.

Today’s world has challenged us to look at how artists impact change in the world through protest images, as our playwrights create new theatre works in response to the art created to invoke change in our society and beyond: The Art of Protest!

Participating Playwrights: J. B. Alexander, Jaisey Bates, Thomas C. Dunn, Jeff Dunne, Elizabeth Gordon, Liv Matthews, Robin Rice, Scott C. Sickles, Judd Lear Silverman, and Bara Swain

Participating Directors: Janet Bentley, Tekla GaughanMichael HaginsKatrin Hilbe, Brock Hill, Joan KaneBrian Gillespie, Cat Parker, and Catherine Vargas

Participating Actors: Sarah Babb,* Grant Bowen,* David Palmer Brown,* J. Dolan Byrnes,* Laurence Cantor,* Joanne Dorian,* Arianna Ennis, Brad Fryman,* Michael Gnat,* Kylie Kelder, David Lamberton,* Sarah Okada, Denise Pence,* Eric Percival,* Briana Sakamoto,* Sharon Talbot,* Valerie Terranova,* Brittney Venable, and William Franke*

Participating Designer: George Allison (Scenic Design); Janet Bentley (Sound Design); Morry Campbell (Sound Consultant)

Articulate Theatre Company is committed to challenging and connecting audiences and artists with clearly structured work that is intelligent, thought-provoking, visually striking and timeless.

Articulate produces “mythical” theatre that is based around the three definitions of ‘articulate:’ clarity, structure and connectivity: challenging and connecting audiences and artists with clearly structured work that is intelligent, thought-provoking and visually striking.

Getting High With Mary

Getting High With Mary

March 16, 2019

 

Granny’s back in I’m SOOO High: Rev. Mary’s Reefer Revue 

April 6 @ 9:30 at Pangea, 172 Second Avenue, NYC

Rev. Mary and her All-Man Band have made “Granny’s
Blue-Mers” the go-to group for wild and woolly wordplay from back-in-the-day.

Specializing in salacious tunes that found unique lyrics to beat the sensors, Rev. Mary recently came across a host of songs that crowded the speakeasies more than mentioning MARIJUANA! 

With nicknames like Blue Sage, Catnip, Dope, Grass, Jive, Jay, Gauge, Tea, Vibe, Mary-Jane, and Jazz Cabbage - not to mention the standard reefer, pot, and weed ... expect a wild night of daring ditties at NYC’s premier downtown hotspot: Pangea. 

The night promises to be unforgettable ... then again, what's that about short-term memory?

Rev. Mary has since taken the cabaret world by storm with
her All-Man Band of Dan Furman on piano with Mario Claudio and George Dixon as back-up, with a host of guest musicians - including plans to have powerhouse Jontavious Willis joining her band for her next foray in the recording studio.

Rev. Mary brought down the house at the Duplex with Granny's
Blue-Mers: The Meat Show and Down In the Alley. Both acts having toured clubs such as Pianos, Freddy's Bar and Backroom, Otto's, West End Lounge, and a return engagement at the Duplex. She presented her compelling one-woman exploration in The Lady in Black at Don't Tell Mama on two occasions collecting scores of resounding reviews; and scored kudos as part of the Augusta Heritage Blues and Swing festival in West Virginia, where she first met Willis. She also produced Sing-ular Sensations at Don't Tell Mama, spotlighting three cabaret artists' one-person shows.

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CAN'T MAKE THE SHOW ... 

 

GIVE TO THE GRANNY PROJECT

Remembering singers who went unsung with new recordings of daring songs about hot-button topics and female empowerment.

“In 2013, I was asked to perform at a club that caters to the more “adventurous” in NYC. They loved my voice and asked if I knew of any racy tunes. I was kind of dumbfounded, but it piqued my curiosity, I started to research and there they were … albums of them! While many were written for and by men, there was a gold mine full of songs written and sung by women as well.  This opened a door for me to explore, which I did. Each of these “dirty” songs was extremely funny and very rich in double entendre and poetry. Then I found an equal cache of songs about marijuana and other taboo topics. They all came from 1910-1950. I was hooked."

Rev. Mary Elizabeth Micari, founder of The Granny Project

Now it’s time to take this further.

It’s time to commit these songs to modernized audio … and video … recording for a new generation. 

The Granny Project is planning to create a music video and audio recording of the ground-breaking tune, My Daddy Rocks Me. This is the first song ever recorded that mention the then-unheard term … Rock and Roll. This will be the first song but certainly not the last. We want to create excitement ... and interest. 

Rev. Mary and her company have chosen Freddy’s Bar & Backroom. This club is a replica of the original speakeasy by the same name in the heart of Brooklyn.

Rev. Mary is in negotiation with guitarist, Jontavious Willis, to join the company.  

"That's my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind," says Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, better known as American blues musician, Taj Mahal, "He's a great new voice of the twenty-first century in the acoustic blues. I just love the way he plays," he concluded. “Only a few like him emerge every decade or so, when even the most hard core blues fans realize immediately that this is the real deal," writes Frank Matheis in Living Blues Magazine.

Who better than Willis to back-up Rev. Mary and help keep the torch lit for this kind of music and for helping memorialize these great old tunes and the musicians that created them?

Sounds great … but the project is millions of miles away in terms of budget.

What We Need & What You Get

My Daddy – the recording and the video needs:

  • A cinematographer
  • A director
  • Costumes
  • Make-up
  • Lighting
  • Sound and sound editing
  • Location expenses
  • Various fees and stipends
  • Licenses, permits, and insurance
  • Contract creation
  • Transportation
  • Performance and video rights
  • Marketing and public relations
  • And so much more.

Contributors will receive rewards such as free tickets to all live Granny’s Blue-Mers shows; autographed music and photos with the company; a free concert at the event of your choice (birthdays, weddings, holiday parties, etc.), and even being an extra in the video itself according to the contribution amount.

The Impact

"As my research went further, I’d discovered that many of the female artists who sang these tunes were brave to do so at that time. The sad part was that – now – so few of these songs were ever published or notated and a really heartbreaking amount of the singers were never even given credit at all.

I had a mission … yes, this was for entertainment but also for enlightenment … and education as well as fun. After all, these songs are celebratory and make people laugh and smile.  They were created at a time when that was sometimes hard to come by, very similar to now."

Mary Elizabeth Micari

Risks & Challenges

To stand in a club or bar and sing these songs and mention Trixie Smith, L'il Johnson, Bessie Smith, Julia Lewis, Sophie Tucker, and Ida Cox, is great. The audience loves it and everyone laughs and dances and just forgets their cares for a short time.  However, to be able to commit these songs to freshly video and recording using updated modern digitized equipment and using the internet with its reach to so many on social media will open the ears of so many more to this 100 plus year old music that is not only fun but historic and quite interesting. 

Professional video equipment and the individuals trained to use them costs money.  We also need to secure rights and proper insurance. We have the passion, we have trained and talented singers willing to donate time and energy; we have the music and have spent many hours notating them - some from scratchy records from as much as 100 plus years ago. NOW, we need the nuts & bolts! 

Other Ways You Can Help

Know someone with professional equipment looking for a tax-write-off? Know someone with sound editing equipment? How about video lighting ... or a costume collection ... or a lawyer needing pro bono work ... or...

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-granny-project/x/20513385#/

Price: $20 - $25 
$20 food/drink minimum

Tickets: Buy Tickets

 

 

William Considine INTERVIEW for Moral Support

William Considine INTERVIEW for Moral Support

February 27, 2019

Join us for MORAL SUPPORT, William Considine’s intense study of survival in a dysfunctional family. FINAL WEEKEND:

 

 “…this play will get you thinking …”

“… strong performances by Cynthia Shaw (the mother) and David A.P. Brown (the father).”

“This play isn't easy to watch, it might make you cry, but it resonates deeply.

Show Score

 

“Moral Support is a gentle memory play; nostalgic and autobiographical. William Considine has written a bittersweet tale about an estranged mother’s cry for help and her son’s lifelong struggle to believe her. It’s a slice of life, well written and acted with skill; a personal cri de coeur that resonates long after the final curtain.”

Jan Ewing, Hi Drama (Spectrum Cable)

 

LISTEN TO HIS INTERVIEW with WILLIAM CONSIDINE on PASSIONPIT

 

 

Henry & the Improv’rs (IRTE)

Henry & the Improv’rs (IRTE)

February 10, 2019

IRTE 2019: Fasten your seat belts!!!


Tammy’s Bachelorette

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS March 8, 9, 15 & 16, 8:00pm

Tickets $15 Online / $17 at the Door

The Producers Club

358 West 44th Street

New York, NY 10036

Conceived by Nannette Deasy

Directed by Robert Baumgardner 

With Special Guest Improvisers and Musical Guests!

Blonde, beautiful Tammy Tucker is getting married, and you’re invited! She’s reunited all her besties, one male stripper and an ex-boyfriend or two to say goodbye to single life in this improvised and interactive Bachelorette Party of the CENTURY!

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Quisqueya Productions presents a limited showing of a re-imagined version of Shakespeare’s HENRY V. Shakespeare’s definitive parable of war and warriors will directed by Broadway veteran, Mary Lou Rosato, at the legendary American Theatre of Actors – one of the last great theaters of the famed off-off Broadway movement – for a special limited run, February 21 – 24 (Thursday – Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. with special matinees on Saturday & Sunday @ 2:00 p.m. – Invited previews start Feb 18) The ATA is located at 314 W 54th St, New York City. Tickets available at https://www.smarttix.com/Event/hen393

Presented in contemporary dress with allusions to period style, Quisqueya Productions hopes to show – in this stunning new production – the duality of mankind; the eternal battle between modern thinking and warlike desires. Producer/performer, Laris Macario, who appears as Henry was quoted as saying “Henry gets caught up in his own legend … as we all do,” Macario has accepted the challenge of playing several of Shakespeare’s men of conviction, who see their missions as a way to justify a place on the throne and, in many respects, come closer to God. Others in his canon are Marc Antony in Julius Caesar and Lucius in Titus Andronicus leading the pack. “In these uncertain times, the story of a valiant soul leading the common man to victory is that much more necessary,” he concluded.

Broadway luminary, Roger Rathburnappears in the production as the Archbishop of Canterbury and the King of France. Rathburn was seen on Broadway in No, No, Nanette, Five O’Clock Girl; OB: Children of Adam; Las Vegas: Mame; among others. His own canon of appearances in Shakespeare include The Tempest (Gonzalo and Prospero), Henry IV, Hamlet, As You Like It (Corin, Adam).

Helming the production is another Broadway notable: Mary Lou Rosato with credentials including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet and Henry V; with non-Bardian Broadway works including Salome in the first Broadway production of The Robber Bridegroom; Once Upon A Mattress, The School For Scandal, The Suicide, The Inspector General, The Three Sisters, The Time Of Your Life, Edward II, and The Beggar’s Opera.

The ensemble cast includes, Sylvain Panet-Raymond, Sam Tilles, Julian EvansMegan Smith, Kaitlyn Farley, Joe Penczak, Jared Kirby, Patrick Hamilton, Yosef Podolski, Diego Tapia, Mark Guerette, Suzanne Kennedy, and Tom Kalnas.

Coast to Coast with Power-Players: Opplaud in NY and Joel Eisenberg in California

Coast to Coast with Power-Players: Opplaud in NY and Joel Eisenberg in California

February 10, 2019

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Joel Eisenberg is a writer-producer, whose current eight-book fantasy saga with co-author Steve HillardThe Chronicles of Ara, was sold to Ovation TV for an eight-hour miniseries. The deal was unique for a network in that the series was published by the independent Incorgnito Press, and was printed digitally on-demand. He is represented by CAA.

In 2001, Eisenberg co-wrote Out of the Black with Karl Kozak, an independent feature that won 17 national film festival awards. The film starred Tyler ChristopherJason WidenerDee Wallace StoneSally Struthers and Sally Kirkland.

In 2004, Eisenberg, an avid book collector, was hired by a private party to identify, organize and archive a substantial lot of unidentified handwritten materials. These materials were soon verified as original John Steinbeck writings considered “lost” to history, and have been since referred to by a noted historian as “one of the most important literary discoveries of the century.”

In 2005, he wrote the non-fiction inspirational tome, How to Survive a Day Job, which featured contributions from established public figures as to how they survived the day job experience, en route to working professionally within the arts. Contributors included Clive BarkerStephen J. Cannell, director Robert Wise (in his final interview), Brad MeltzerLaurell HamiltonLarry Hagman and others. Later that year, he co-founded All Cities Media with partner Eric Shaw, an entertainment-centric networking group hosted by Paramount StudiosWarner Brothers StudiosSunset-Gower Studios and more. The goal of ACM was to level the playing field between filmmakers and finance. Eisenberg concluded his participation in the group in 2014.

April Showers was a critically acclaimed feature film executive produced by Eisenberg, and released in 2009. Based on the Columbine School Shootings tragedy, April Showers was written and directed by Columbine survivor Andrew Robinson, and was awarded a special citation by the U.S. House of Representatives for its co-star Tom Arnold and his fight for the continuance of school safety standards.

He is developing several film projects, including the Alzheimer's-themed January Rain as co-writer and producer, and Louis vs Schmeling, a boxing biopic co-written with Gilbert Adler (producer of Superman ReturnsValkyrieConstantineTales from the Crypt) to be directed by Bill Duke. Eisenberg is also Executive Producing Then Again with Herbie J Pilato, an Inside the Actor's Studio-type talkfest focused on classic television, for Decades Network, a CBS and Weigel Broadcasting station, and Shadow Show with Vincent Price, based on the bestselling anthology edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle, and the subsequent IDW Comics adaptation.

For other networks, Eisenberg continues to develop several projects based on various pop-culture brands. Letters from a Drugstore Cowboy, based on the unpublished writings of James Fogle - the inspiration for the film, Drugstore Cowboy - was optioned to FOX Studios in 2013.

Since 2014, he has been penning the eight-volume The Chronicles of Ara fantasy novel series with Steve Hillard, a continuation of Hillard's book, Mirkwood: A Novel About J.R.R. Tolkien. Eisenberg and Hillard formed Mirkwood Partners, LLC in 2015, a feature film and television development company. In 2017, the company was renamed Council Tree Productions. Co-Production deals set up through Council Tree Productions include the reality-based “Race For Space” with Roddenberry Entertainment“Farway Canyon” based on the independent comic book of the same name with Buffalo 8, and “Terror Talk” with the Roku station Terror TV.

Eisenberg has been writing professionally since 1986 in varied media, starting as a columnist for a series of national professional wrestling and martial arts periodicals. He has successfully marketed various projects to Public Television supporters for national and local program funding, including California’s Gold with Huell HowserAmerican PlayhouseMasterpiece and The Puzzle Place.

Eisenberg supports Special Education programs and worked as a teacher for at-risk youth, including gang members, drug abusers and victims of physical abuse, in such avenues as Creative Writing. He is an in-demand speaker who offers his seminars, "How to Network Your Book into a Film or TV Deal" and "Catching the Muse: How to Claim Your Artistic Spirit" to conferences nationwide, including those for Writer's Digest.

All Write! Doug DeVita & Christopher Struck

All Write! Doug DeVita & Christopher Struck

February 10, 2019

https://www.dougdevitaplays.com

A member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Doug’s play Phillie's Trilogy (AKA The Phillie Trilogy,) was recently named a Semi-Finalist in Barrington Stage Company's first ever competition for the Burman New Play Award, placing in the top 60 out of over 450 submissions. It also won Scrap Mettle Arts Inaugural Emerging Playwrights Program competition, was chosen to inaugurate Great Griffon’s “Seeking The Queer Voice” reading series in January 2017, and was produced as part of the 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival, where it recieved a Fresh Fruit Award of Distinction for Outstanding Production. Other work includes The Fierce Urgency Of Now, also produced at the 2016 Fresh Fruit festival, where it won four Fresh Fruit Awards of Distinction, including Outstanding Play, and Outstanding Production; Upper Division, recently named a Semi-Finalist for Normal Avenue's New American Play Series; NELL DASH, The Gruesomely Merry Adventures Of An Irrepressibly Sensible Capitalist With A Vengeance; and Just A Rumor (co-written with Gary Lyons) which was a Semi-Finalist at the Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference and has had readings at New York’s Abingdon Theatre Company and London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. His ten-minute play, Checking The Basement for Leaks (the first play in Phillie's Trilogy) has been performed at the Gallery Players Black Box Festival in New York, The Driftwood Players Short Works Festival in Seattle, Ramapo College in New Jersey, and The Warner International Playwrights Festival in Connecticut. He has also collaborated with actress Lane Bradbury (the original Dainty June in Gypsy, starring Ethel Merman) on her one-woman show Let Me Entertain You, Again, which was performed at the Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles, as well as Feinstein’s/54 Below, and Don’t Tell Mama in New York. 
Doug belongs to both Rogelio's Rogues, and The 36th Street Writers Block (formerly Abingdon Theatre Playwrights Group 1) in Manhattan, and has studied with Karen Hartman, Rogelio Martinez, and Eric Webb.
He has also worked as an Art director/Copywriter for such advertising agencies as Grey Global Group, J. Walter Thompson, and N.W. Ayer, and was the marketing director for Abingdon Theatre Company for four years. He was also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Advertising Design Department at F.I.T. in New York. All of the above, along with a Catholic school education and his mother, have given him an unbelievable amount of material. 

 

https://www.struckchris.com/about

Contemporary Novelist, Christopher M. Struck (Chris Struck, C. M. Struck) will make his debut with Kennig and Gold, to be released with BHC Press this coming June.

Prior to living his childhood dream as a New York writer, Chris received 6 degrees, traveled to 19 countries, taught at 3 universities, and studied 2 foreign languages.

Today, he can be found reviewing for Cabaret Scenes magazine, helping out at the Museum of Interesting Things, or attending NYU's Posthuman Philosophy summits. His early reviews of New York theater have helped inspire and inform his later work.

Official Author Page at BHC Press

Cabaret Critiques at Cabaret Scenes Magazine

Theater Reviews Posted to ShowScore

Organizers on getting ORGANIZED

Organizers on getting ORGANIZED

February 10, 2019

Bob Ost, founder of the Leading Network for Developing Theater Professionals

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and best navigate the business of theater. Our membership roster includes self-producing artists as well as career producers. If you are a theater professional, take this opportunity to become a part of the leading professional development, mentorship and networking organization in the industry!

https://truonline.org/

 

Marcina Zaccaria is a writer, director, and arts administrator.  She has directed readings and plays in venues that include New Dramatists, TheaterLab, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, Soho Rep, Dance Theater Workshop, and the Ohio Theater.  She curated a Salon at Dixon Place.  This one day event featured visual artists, spoken word artists, dancers, filmmakers, and theater artists. 
She is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and is a reader for the New York Musical Theatre Festival.  Arts administration experience includes providing support for the Executive Director/ Contemporary Programming at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.  She has worked in ticket sales at the Roundabout Theatre Company and Manhattan Theater Club.  
She has written monologues, published in InterJACtions:  Monologues from the Heart of Human Nature (Vol. II), available on Amazon.  She is published in the New Crit section of Howl Round, and her clips can be found on Twitter.  She has an MFA from Columbia University.
 
 
Addiss & Kierstead give their regards to off … off … Broadway!

Addiss & Kierstead give their regards to off … off … Broadway!

February 10, 2019
Pat Flicker Addiss is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Finch College NYC. She created a Promotional company Pat Addiss Enterprises to support 3 children as a single Mom. After 30 years, she gave the business to her daughter Wendy(who still runs it in Va) so she could Produce on Broadway.Starting with LITTLE WOMEN in2005 Pat has produced over 18 plays on and Off Broadway such as CHITA RIVERA: THE DANCER’S LIFE, BRIDGE AND TUNNEL, SPRING AWAKENING, PASSING STRANGE, 39 STEPS, A CHRISTMAS STORY,THE MUSICAL, VANYA SONIA MASHA AND SPIKE, ECLIPSED, BECOMING DR RUTH, DINNER WITH THE BOYS, BUYER AND CELLAR and many more. Pat also produces events The current favorite is Oral History for the League of Professional Theatre Women with Lincoln Center Performing Arts. Pat is an advocate for Women’s Equality and often speaks at events. She Co hosts with Magda Katz YAYA Dinners to empower and network women. She is on the Boards : League of Professional Theatre Women, and NJ REP.
 
Jim Kierstead is a two-time 2013 Tony® Award-winning producer of the Broadway, touring, Toronto, and London productions of Kinky Boots and the revival of Pippin.  He also is involved with the international hit musical Matilda on Broadway and on tour and is a co-producer of the 2016 Broadway musicals Waitress andNatasha & Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 starring Josh Groban.  He has been a co-producer of the Broadway productions of The Visit (Tony nominated), You Can’t Take It With You (Tony nominated), Side Show, It Shoulda Been You, and Rocky.  Jim has worked in New York theatre since 2000 investing and raising money for shows including Something Rotten, The Glass Menagerie, the revival of Hair (Best Revival), American IdiotThe Addams FamilyCatch Me If You Can, among others.
Jim began his career by developing and producing the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere of Thrill Me – The Leopold & Loeb Story (nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical in 2005) and produced its original New York production in 2003.  He founded his production company Kierstead Productions, Inc. in 2004.  In 2010, he produced the Off-Broadway premiere of Yank! – A World War II Love Story.  Jim has been an Executive Producer on the films Between Love and GoodbyeKiss Me, Kill Me, and the upcoming Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. Currently, Jim is developing a new musical entitled Unexpected Joy with book & lyrics by Bill Russell (two-time Tony® nominated for Side Show), a play entitled Cover by Bill McMahon, and a play entitled The Dodgers by Diana Amsterdam about the draft dodgers during the Vietnam War which had its World Premiere production at The Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles.  Jim is on the Board of Directors of The York Theatre Company and The New York Theatre Barn.
Robert Viagas IS the Theater!

Robert Viagas IS the Theater!

February 10, 2019

Robert Viagas is an author, editor, journalist, critic, librettist and project manager with more than twenty years' experience working on Broadway, most of it with Playbill Inc. and the Tony Awards. 

Viagas was founding editor (1994) of the first and still biggest theatre site on the web, Playbill.com. He has published 19 books on performing arts, plus one on golf. He is founding editor of the annual Playbill Broadway Yearbook series, recently took over writing and editing the "At This Theatre" column from Louis Botto, hosted the Tony Awards webcasts from 2002 to 2008, and edited the special Tony Awards Playbill from 2002 to 2010. He enjoys the rare honor of serving on the nominating committee for the Tonys (2012-2014). 

The New York Times’ CyberTimes described him as “encyclopedic” in his knowledge of Broadway. 

Among his other books, he was chosen by the original cast of A Chorus Line to tell their story in On the Line: The Creation of "A Chorus Line" (Morrow) and by the creators of the original The Fantasticks to tell their story in The Amazing Story of "The Fantasticks" (Citadel). 

In The Alchemy of Theatre (Applause Books) he worked with the likes of Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, Hal Prince, Chita Rivera and others to codify how one collaborates in the world of theatre. The roll-out book-signing event sold out the 92nd Street Y in 2006. 

Viagas pioneered Playbill Radio (which introduced theatre to Sirius satellite radio) in 2002 with a show he hosted for six years, Playbill Books (including the “Playbill Broadway Yearbook” series), and PlaybillEDU.com, a search tool for college arts programs across North America. 

Viagas' 2009 book "I’m the Greatest Star!" (Applause) contained biographies of 40 brilliant stars of Broadway musical history. It was adapted as a stage musical and premiered at Hofstra University. He has written three other librettos for musicals.

Available as freelance writer, book co-author, book editor or librettist.

Laurie Rae Waugh

Laurie Rae Waugh

January 31, 2019

Laurie Rae Waugh was interviewed for passionpit on Podbean. Look for her with one of our future scheduled broadcasts. In the meantime, we wanted to give you a sneak peak as her show, The Bare Truth ends its run this weekend.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2010141509040810/

 

In this table-turning comedy, a retired South Florida couple needs to get their children off their backs! Fearing that the totally independent couple are unable to tend to themselves, the children won’t leave them alone. So the couple-- with the help of their neighbors-- devise a plan to detract the children. They have announced they are nudists! Their plan succeeds but not in the way they wanted!

$20*
*Save 15% when you purchase early!
Use code NUDE at checkout before 1/15 midnight: https://www.smarttix.com/Event/bar161

Laurie Waugh directs H.G. Brown's new play.

With: Ken Coughlin, Francesca De Vito, Mike Durell, Johnny Blaze Leavitt, Amy Losi, Autumn Mirassou, Manny Rey, and Rooki Tiwari.

Perri Yaniv & Jan Ewing: Two Arts Journeymen!

Perri Yaniv & Jan Ewing: Two Arts Journeymen!

January 12, 2019

Planet Connections Theater Festivity in partnership with The Theater at the 14th Street Y present a powerful new play written by Glory Kadigan and directed by Broadway veteran, Tonya Pinkins:

A granddaughter bonds with her grandfather as she helps him confront the regrets of his youth in Glory Kadigan‘s riveting play featuring David L. Carson as Robert, a former surgeon having served in Guadalcanal during World War 2. Through magical realism, Kadigan’s work explores the regrets of his youth and how his granddaughter helped him confront them. Broadway veteran, Tonya Pinkins, helms this premiere at the Theatre at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, New York City.  

The production features Perri Yaniv,*

Mehret Marsh,* June Ballinger,* Perri Yaniv,* David L. Carson,* Mary Monahan, and Gina Lemoine

Running January 11-26. Tickets available at https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S36000007OsctEAC.

 

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After months of preparation, Jan Ewing's new play,
NURSERY RHYMES
will premiere at the NYWinterFest 2019 Play Competition in New York City on January 14th & 16th @ 9:00pm, and January 19th @ 6:00pm. The venue is the lovely Hudson Guild Theater at 441 West 26th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues) in Chelsea. Click here for TICKETS.

A romp into the concerns of 21st-Century parenting. For months, 30-somethings Irene and Chip Mangus have argued about having a late child. She wants one, he doesn’t. Looking for help, Irene invites Frank and Marge Stevens to an arm-twisting party.  Marge gave birth at thirty-eight. Her son is now twelve, so Irene expects support. But, Chip is prepared, Marge is menopausal, and it’s always dangerous to assume anything.
 
Starring Colleen White as Irene, Patrick Hamilton as Chip, Ashley Formento as Marge, and J. Michael Baran as Frank, NURSERY RHYMES is a funny look into a subject that is more relevant every day. It’s stylish, thought-provoking, and moving. Won’t you join us for our premier and help us move on to the next level.
Tonya Pinkins, Anthony J. Piccione, and Max Berry start 2019!

Tonya Pinkins, Anthony J. Piccione, and Max Berry start 2019!

January 5, 2019

Planet Connections Theater Festivity in partnership with The Theater at the 14th Street Y present a powerful new play written by Glory Kadigan and directed by Broadway veteran, Tonya Pinkins:

A granddaughter bonds with her grandfather as she helps him confront the regrets of his youth in Glory Kadigan‘s riveting play featuring David L. Carson as Robert, a former surgeon having served in Guadalcanal during World War 2. Through magical realism, Kadigan’s work explores the regrets of his youth and how his granddaughter helped him confront them. Broadway veteran, Tonya Pinkins, helms this premiere at the Theatre at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, New York City.  

The production features Mehret Marsh,* June Ballinger,* Perri Yaniv,* David L. Carson,* Mary Monahan, and Gina Lemoine

Running January 11-26. Tickets available at https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S36000007OsctEAC.

Glory Kadigan ( Playwright) founded Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and served as The Producing Artistic Director for six seasons. Her work as a playwright has been presented in Singapore, London, and New Zealand. Her plays have received staged readings at La MaMa, The Actors Studio, TADA, and Dixon Place. She is also a director who recently directed Vivian’s Music 1969 at 59E59, Clover by Erik Ehn at La MaMa, Bank by Lucy Thurber, Mean Girls by Lyle Kessler (World Premiere), Biting The Bullet by Regina Taylor ( World Premiere). Ms. Kadigan is a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women which looks to promote the viability of women in the arts.

Tonya Pinkins directed Paul Robeson: The Opera at TRILOGY OPERA Company in 2018. BRING IT ON at Black Spectrum Theater in 2018. Tonya’s short film “WHAT CAME AFTER which she produced, directed and adapted with Christopher Oscar Pena‘s from his play by the same name at the 2016 at Eclectic Festival. Tonya Directed EXIT: An Illusion by Marita Bonner in American Bard Theater’s “Visionary Voices” She directed “Miss Roj” from THE COLORED MUSEUM for Project One Voice at The Kimble Theater.She directed A Visit Home by Jeffrey Sweet in 2013. Tonya co-directed by EASY TO LOVE by Larry Powell in the Fire This Time Festival.FOR COLORED BOYS by Jesse Alick in 48 Hours in Harlem. She has been developing Blaine Teamer’s # BoxSeats at NYTW and in National Black Theater’s Monday Night Reading series. She has directed V-Day the Vagina Monologues at The World Health Ministry Conference in Mexico. The Klucking of Hens by Carol Lockwood at New Professional Theater, Camille Darby‘s LORD’S RESISTANCE at The National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem. DEAD PEOPLE’s THINGS by Patricia Ione Lloyd at Red Circle Rising. Tonya is a Tony, Obie Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lortel Award winning actor, She teaches privately.. Tonya is the author of Get OVER YOURSELF : How to Drop The Drama and ClaimThe Life You Deserve (Hyperion Books), Tonya is the Producer, Director and a Co-writer of the TRUTH and RECONCILIATION OF WOMYN Plays which will be presented at The Commons in Brooklyn on February 4, 2019 and excerpted on WBAI Radio produced by EnGarde Arts, #HealMeTooFestival March 28-April 14, 2019 at IRT Theaters and at The 14th Street Y in July 2019. To make donations to this empowering social justice project by and about womyn visit https://thefield.org/sa/620277.

 

SCHEDULE
Friday, January 11th 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 12th 1:00 PM
Wednesday, January 16th 7:00 PM
Thursday, January 17th 7:00 PM
Friday, January 18th 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 19th 1:00 PM
Wednesday, January 23rd 7:00 PM
Thursday, January 24th 7:00 PM
Friday, January 25th 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 26th 1:00 PM

General Admission: $35
VIP Tickets: $50
Includes premium seating, and other extras
Running Time: 2 hours
There will be one Intermission
*This production contains adult content*

 

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A Therapy Session with Myself, a full-length, semi-autobiographical drama by Anthony J. Piccione about the inner struggles of living with mental illness and Asperger’s syndrome, premieres January 2019 at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 W 26th Street, as part of the New York Theatre Festival’s 2019 NYWinterfest.

Performance schedule is Tuesday, January 15 @ 9pm, Wednesday, January 16 @ 6:15pm and Saturday, January 19 @ 3:30pm. Tickets cost $23 and can be purchased at the door or by visiting www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3798842.

https://anthonyjpiccione.com/

A Therapy Session with Myself tells the story of Alex Grayson, a young college student and aspiring writer suffering from severe social anxiety, depression and Asperger’s syndrome. During the summer before his senior year, he receives a mysterious visit from “himself”, a human incarnation of his inner consciousness. As they interact, Alex is forced to reflect on his own flaws and personality quirks, as well as some of the darkest and most painful memories of his adolescence, while also pondering the question of whether or not he can overcome his inner demons, and ultimately build a brighter future for himself.

As Piccione describes his play: “It’s a semi-autobiographical play, so while it’s not an exact retelling of my life, it comes extremely close, and I hope it helps fuel a significant conversation about issues of mental illness and autism awareness, and that maybe it will leave people thinking about them, in new ways. I also hope it leaves anyone who has been through dark times with the reminder that life can get better, as long as you’re willing to go out there and give people a chance…”

The play received a staged reading at the Dramatists Guild Foundation in October 2017, and marks its official world premiere with this production. It is directed by acclaimed director and World Ocean Arts’s Stand Out Artist of 2017 Holly Payne-Strange, who previously collaborated with Mr. Piccione on the innovative children’s play An Energy Tale at the 2017 Midtown International Theatre Festival, and assistant directed by Andres Gallardo Bustillo, who is known for his work as an actor in Piccione’s award-winning short drama What I Left Behind at last year’s NYWinterfest.

The production stars Nick Roy as Alex; Shane Zimmerman as “you”, the human incarnation of Alex’s inner consciousness; and Bryant Jager as “me”, Alex’s younger self who appears in flashbacks. The cast is rounded out by Emma Romeo (Kelly), Louise Heller (Kate), Tony Bozanich (Ray/Professor Collins), Travis Martin (Henry/Ensemble), Ramona Messina (Ms. Appleton/Beth/Ensemble), Nathan Cusson(Tim/Ensemble), Aaron Algren (Philip/Ensemble), Rosie Coursey (Ensemble) and Lizzy Moreno (Ensemble).

Anthony J. Piccione is an award-winning playwright whose eclectic canon of plays have previously been presented in NYC at the Hudson Guild Theatre, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Manhattan Repertory Theatre, as well as at regional venues such as Playhouse on Park, Hole in the Wall Theatre, the Windsor Art Center, and Windham Theatre Guild. His short drama What I Left Behind was named the NYWinterfest’s Best Short Play of 2018, and he was also nominated for Planet Connections Theatre Festivity’s Outstanding Playwright award for his avant-garde one-act 4 $tages. His work as a playwright has been published at JAC Publishing and Promotions, Heuer Publishing & Off The Wall Plays, and his articles and reviews are frequently published at OnStage Blog. He received his BA in Theatre from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2016 and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

 

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Reliving old memories and defining moments in a

Treehouse of Dreams

 

Max Berry’s parable of friendship and confronting powerful feelings.

 

Part of NYWinterFest at the Hudson Guild theater

441 W 26th St, New York, New York 10001

January 7th at 6:15pm

January 11th at 9pm

January 13th at 3:30pm

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3742113

 

The sudden passing of an ex-boyfriend (Benjamin Cardona) forces Scout (Emily Sullivan) to return to her hometown and confront her feelings for Winnie (Rachel Schmeling) and the moments they shared together in an old treehouse in Max berry’s deep exploration of even deeper feelings in Treehouse of Dreams – part of the 2019 NYWinterFest at the Hudson Guild Theater, 441 West 20th street in NYC.

 

Reliving their memories and the emotions they evoke and looking their affection for each other right in the eye.

Treehouse of Dreams the story of three best friends, Winnie, Scout, and Mark as they navigate grief, loss, and drastic change at the cusp of young adulthood.

 

Treehouse of dreams, a play by Max Berry, features Rachel Schmeling, Emily Sullivan, Benjamin Cardona. Production directed by Brooke Viegut.

 

Stage Manager: Lauren Jackson

Associate Producer/Set Designer/Props: Brice Corder

Costume Designer: Emma Glick

 

FIND OUT ABOUT THESE AND OTHER PLAYS, FILMS, AND BOOKS AT

www.JayMichaelsArts.com 

 

 

TWO INDIE PRODUCER-ACTORS: Sunflower Duran & Michael Hagins

TWO INDIE PRODUCER-ACTORS: Sunflower Duran & Michael Hagins

December 21, 2018

Pink Arts Peace Productions, Inc. presents the revival of the compelling play by Mario Lantigua

Two Faces One Mirror

Showcased in 2013 at the Manhattan Repertory Theater, Mario Lantigua’s powerful drama will be revived at the landmark American Theater of Actors, 314 W 54th Street New York City, for a limited run, December 28 – 30.

Tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/pink-arts-peace-productions-inc-18255837545

Making her debut as a producer, Off-Broadway performer, Sunflower Duran, portrays Emily, a young mother experiences the joys and sacrifices of single motherhood. YouTube sensation EmilyAnne Jolie Garcia makes her independent theater debut as Layla, her selfish, ungrateful teen daughter. Lantigua also directs this play about the transformations experienced by mother and daughter. The journey of a young single mother and her blind-to-reality daughter serve as a parable of love and sacrifice.

Featured with Sunflower Duran and EmilyAnne Garcia are Lindsay Kennedy, Jillian Eckland, Daniel Collins, and Juan Roman Jr. Bob Lindabury serves as executive producer.

Ms. Duran just completed a successful run in Fort Dicks, the musical, also at the American Theatre of Actors. The production, written and directed by Jeffrey Milstein enjoys accolades and sold-out house.

 

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C.A.G.E. Theatre Company presents:

The Long Rail North

After a successful run in the New York International Fringe Festival, C.A.G.E. Theatre Company is proud to encore The Long Rail North, written by award-winning playwright, Michael Hagins, and directed by Planet Connections’ former Artistic Director, Brock H. Hill.  The riveting play about a Black Union soldier and a young White Southern girl, will be at the Soho Playhouse, for a special three-performance run.

The Long Rail North opens Friday, December 28th at 7 pm, and runs on Saturday, December 29th at 7 pm and closes Sunday, December 30th at 3 pm at the Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street.

Tickets: $39. For tickets visit www.thelongrailnorth.com or http://www.fringeencores.org

The Long Rail North is the story of Private Thomas Morgan, a Black Union soldier, who must escape via train with a young Southern White girl named Molly Barnes that he rescued from a plantation fire of a nearby Civil War battle.  Exhausted with limited resources and even fewer allies, Thomas continues traveling north in the near-empty boxcar, hoping to get Molly to safety despite her ignorant and preconceived opinions of him and his race, all while both Union and Confederate forces pursue them.  He will do whatever he can to protect her…at all costs.

The show stars Xavier Rodney, Jordyn Morgan, Rich Wisneski, Anna M. Hogan, and Michael J. Whitten.  The stage manager is Liza Penney.  The tech director is Melissa Farinelli, who has tech directed Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Swashbuckling Comedy! and A 1940’s Comedy of Errors.  The costume designer is Janet Mervin, award-winning costume designer of The Troubador Struck By Lightning, Basement and Chaplin.

The C.A.G.E. (Classical Avant-Garde Experimental) Theatre of New York City was started in 2004 by Michael Hagins, and has been a company dedicated to bringing classical works to a modern audience.  C.A.G.E. Theatre Company has produced previous FringeNYC productions of Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Swashbuckling Comedy! and A 1940’s Comedy of Errors.

Interview with Patrick Hickey & Gary Morgenstein and news from Mary Elizabeth Micari

Interview with Patrick Hickey & Gary Morgenstein and news from Mary Elizabeth Micari

December 5, 2018

The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers by Patrick Hickey
Featuring interviews with the creators of 36 popular video games—including Deus Ex, Night Trap, Mortal Kombat, Wasteland and NBA Jam—this book gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some of the most influential and iconic (and sometimes forgotten) games of all time. Recounting endless hours of painstaking development, the challenges of working with mega publishers and the uncertainties of public reception, the interviewees reveal the creative processes that produced some of gaming’s classic titles.

 

 

“From arcade rats to indie developers, Hickey gives an intimate look at the personalities behind gaming with the passion of a fanboy and the attention of a scholar.” —Cesar R. Bustamante, Jr., New York Daily News

 

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Gary Morgenstein wrote the critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock musical The Anthem, as well as Mad Mel Saves the World, and his dramatic works range from A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx to Right on TargetPonzi Manand Saving Stan. Morgenstein’s literary works include the upcoming science fiction-baseball novel A Mound Over Hell, set in 2098 following America’s defeat in World War Three. The first book in The Dark Depths trilogy, A Mound Over Hell will be published by BHC Press in March 2018. His other novels include Jesse’s GirlLoving Rabbi Thalia KleinmanTake Me Out to the Ballgame and The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees.

NOVEL

A Mound over Hell (March 2018, BHC Press) – Baseball, a sport now identified with terrorism and treason, begins its final season in 2098 following America’s loss to a radical enemy in World War Three. Revitalized by the miraculous appearance of great players from the past fueling one last hurrah, baseball becomes a pawn between those who want peace and those who want another war.

This first novel in THE DARK DEPTHS trilogy. http://www.bhcpress.com/Books_Morgenstein_A_Mound_Over_Hell.html

 

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News from Mary Elizabeth Micari about her new musical event: "I'm So High!" 

 

https://grannysbluemers.com/

 

 

 

David Sabella and Mary E. micari

David Sabella and Mary E. micari

November 24, 2018

The Cabaret Episode!

Mary Elizabeth Micari: "I am an opera singer…yes….studied and performed in Operatic work for 14 years. HOWEVER, I began my life in a band doing Jefferson Starship and spent many years doing musicals. I specialized for a time in Pop, have studied Jazz and improv, can scat and now am kicking ass in Blues. I like blues because to me Opera is only Italian blues…sung long. I also love making my own healing music using traditional instruments, harp, drums, bowls and tuning forks as well as my voice. Now writing songs too. For a long time my “day job” was doing make up and hair in live theater and film. I also ran and still run Genesis Repertory Ensemble where I have directed and performed in numerous works. I am a healer too. Got into that to heal myself. Now using it for others as well. Reiki, Herbalism, Homeopathy, Acupressure, Sound Healing and more. I am also an ordained Minister. Did that so I can be available for hospital visits for those that need my healing work. I can marry you too! I am also a Pagan and work with Magick and other things that are cool like Tarot and Astrology and Magickal work. I create magick and healing products made for my clients as well. That’s me!" 

https://marelizabethmicari.life/singer/

 

And David Sabella & Cabaret Hotspot!

CHS grew out of a void left by the unfortunate passing of Mr. Stu Hamstra, who was the Editor-in-Cheif of Cabaret Hotline Online. For nearly 30 years Cabaret Hotline (which started out as a newsletter, pre-computers) was devoted to promoting the art of cabaret, not only in NYC, but also across the country. The Hotline “Online” website later became the “TV Guide” of Cabaret, where one could see all the daily listings of shows, in every venue in NYC, and other cabaret cities, in addition to news and reviews. A mainstay at almost every club (one wondered how he had the time to be everywhere, all at once), Stu was a beloved figure in the cabaret community and an esteemed reviewer. A favorable review from Stu Hamstra could go a long way in getting a new performer noticed.

I was one of those lucky young performers and remember Stu Hamstra well. Always optimistic for the future of cabaret, and enjoying (most of) the performances he attended, Stu was, for many, a bright light on 46th Street, (where he one time resided).

Realizing that Cabaret Hotline Online had fallen into demise with Stu’s passing, I decided to pick up the baton and create Cabaret Hotspot! And, it is my hope to not only pick up where Stu left off, but to exceed his wildest expectations as a supporter (and educator) of cabaret and small venue performance. With my colleague, Sue Matsuki, and an ever growing roster of contributing bloggers across the country, Cabaret Hotspot will strive to cover all things cabaret in NYC, across the country and, eventually, across the globe! And, with Cab U, we hope to inspire and educate the next generation(s) of cabaret performers.

Thank you Stu, for your many years of dedication to the world of Cabaret. We got this!

Sincerely, David Sabella, Editor in Chief, Cabaret HotSpot!

https://www.cabarethotspot.com/

Susan Merson and Mary Elizabeth Micari

Susan Merson and Mary Elizabeth Micari

November 24, 2018

Ms. Merson has a long history of supporting and developing new plays and playwrights as the Founder/Producing Artistic Director of New York Theatre Intensives (NYTI) and through her work at such theatres as New Dramatists, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lion Theatre (which she co founded) and the O’Neill Theatre Center. 

Her mentoring skills have been polished through significant time on Broadway, in regional theatre and in the Off-Off Broadway developmental world. 

Appearing as an actress in the Broadway productions of Zefirelli’s SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY and CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, she also co created and appeared in the original production of VANITIES, Off Broadway, in which she performed over 800 times. Her first play REFLECTIONS OF A CHINA DOLL was produced Off Broadway at the Ensemble Studio Theatre which seeded her ongoing relationship as an active artist and board member of EST on both coasts.

Moving to Los Angeles, Susan co-founded and served as moderator for the Los Angeles Writers Bloc with writer Jane Anderson, which has supported the work of such writers as Donald Margulies, (Pulitzer), Noni White and Bob Tzudike (Tony for Newsies), Irene Mecchi (Lion King), Janet Fitch (White Oleanders) and countless others since the 1980’s.

 

She has served in LA as Artistic Director of the Streisand Festival for New Plays, Associate Producer at the Fountain and Mark Taper Forum, Resident Playwright for the Jewish Women’s Theatre Project, Literary Manager of the Ensemble Studio Theatre/ LA and has worked as a reader for Fogwood Films, TNT, and Polygram and many others.

Her many plays have been seen at theatres across the US and Canada.  DAMN EVERYTHING BUT THE CIRCUS: 2 short plays About the Circus  at the FOUNTAIN THEATRE in Los Angeles and Ensemble Studio Theatre/NYC in readings. BETWEEN PRETTY PLACES, a play with music written by Shellen Lubin, premiered at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles and as part of the HERE ARTS Sublet Series in Manhattan, full production 13th Street Rep. NYC has also seen WHITE BIRCHES at the Avant Garde Arts Festival, CARLA TELLS US WHAT HAPPENED IN THE BLUE BEDROOM at Berkshire Playwrights Lab, I BELIEVE IN MARRIAGE at the League of Professional Theatre Women’s One Act Festival and WHEN THEY GO AND YOU DO NOT at both the EstroGenius Festival and EST/6th Floor/NY and the Fountain Theatre in LA. HAIR: A REMINISCENCE a Heideman Award finalist at Louisville; and BOUNTY OF LACE a Religion and Theatre Award recipient. Plays continue to be done across country. 
Screenplay nods have gone to SWIMMING UPSTREAM and DEATH IN VIENNA, both developed with Jimola Productions. As a fiction writer, her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. Her novel DREAMING IN DAYLIGHT and a recent collection of plays and memoir WHEN THEY GO AND YOU DO NOT: Writing on Transition are available on Amazon along with her book on solo performance, YOUR NAME HERE: An Actor Writers Guide to Solo Performance. Audible.com now features the AUDIOBOOK version of DREAMING IN DAYLIGHTOH GOOD NOW THIS, her second novel, is finished and preparing for publication as of 2018.

She currently leads the programs of New York Theatre Intensives. She remains a long time member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the League of Professional Theatre Women and is the founder and moderator of the NY Writers Bloc.

http://www.susanmerson.com/

 

Plus a special interview with MARY ELIZABETH MICARI

"I am an opera singer…yes….studied and performed in Operatic work for 14 years. HOWEVER, I began my life in a band doing Jefferson Starship and spent many years doing musicals. I specialized for a time in Pop, have studied Jazz and improv, can scat and now am kicking ass in Blues. I like blues because to me Opera is only Italian blues…sung long. I also love making my own healing music using traditional instruments, harp, drums, bowls and tuning forks as well as my voice. Now writing songs too. For a long time my “day job” was doing make up and hair in live theater and film. I also ran and still run Genesis Repertory Ensemble where I have directed and performed in numerous works. I am a healer too. Got into that to heal myself. Now using it for others as well. Reiki, Herbalism, Homeopathy, Acupressure, Sound Healing and more. I am also an ordained Minister. Did that so I can be available for hospital visits for those that need my healing work. I can marry you too! I am also a Pagan and work with Magick and other things that are cool like Tarot and Astrology and Magickal work. I create magick and healing products made for my clients as well. That’s me!"

https://marelizabethmicari.life/singer/

 

Opening Song: Humanwire Rivolta Silenziosa

Brittany Church (Hansel & Gretel), Carrie Issacman (As You Like It) Connie Hoy (Free Range)

Brittany Church (Hansel & Gretel), Carrie Issacman (As You Like It) Connie Hoy (Free Range)

November 24, 2018

Children of all ages … please join F.A.C.T. (Friends Always Creating Theatre) in celebrating their 10th anniversary season with a special showing of their 2013 highly acclaimed production of “Hansel & Gretel Christmas” By Jack Dyville

Join This Famous Brother & Sister @ During the Holiday Season in 21st Century New York City!

EVERY SUNDAY in NOVEMBER (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) @ 1:00pm
SUNDAYS in December (2nd, 9th, 16th) @ 1:00pm
MANHATTAN REPERTORY THEATRE, NYC - 17 West 45th Street, Elevators to 3rd Floor
This special production is dedicated to Co-Founder/Producer, DAVID GILLAM FULLER

What’ll they think of Macys??!!

Celebrated author and producer, Jack Dyville, revives his widely popular children’s story with a modern twist as a special dedication to F.A.C.T.’s co-founder/producer, David Gilliam Fuller. Together, they created one of the most visible and respected children’s theatres in New York featuring new and engaging works to both entertain and enlighten. “Hansel & Gretel Christmas” leads the list as the two wandering waifs end up in NYC at Christmas. Aside from uproarious humor and clever dialogue, the piece talks of love and family; understanding and encouragement; and is a perfect vehicle to share with the whole family.

TICKETS: Go to Brownpapertickets.com or TDF

 

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Carrie Edel Isaacman and her company, Shakespeare Sports, will bring a fascinating new production of Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT to New York for the upcoming holiday season starting November 30 at downtown’s historic Players Theater, 115 MacDougal Street, between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets, in NYC.

As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. Ms. Issacman is setting her version in the Midwest in 1968, where we meet a recently homeless Orlando and Rosalind. Living in the woods out of necessity, they meet a merry band of “hippies” heralding the change that is in the air for all of them … and our country.

“This production shows us America’s most pivotal time through the eyes of a group of homeless. When you have nothing, it’s amazing what you see” says Isaacman, a stage director and indie filmmaker.

The cast includes Giordano Cruz, Melanie Gretchen, Michael Hagins, James Jagiello Sterling A. Johnson, Jr, Kasper Kuzmicki, Charles Lear, Basil Rodericks, Sabrina Seidner, Stephanay Slade, and Roger Stude as Jaques, uttering Shakespeare’s national anthem “All the Worlds a Stage.”

 

For more information, visit www.shakespearesportstheatrecompany.com

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FREE RANGE, The Movie

Johnny B. Dunn’s FREE RANGE is back in the saddle.

Earlier this season Frank Calo and All Out Arts in conjunction with The Wild Project presented an LGBT Film Event as part of the Fresh Fruit Festival: a reading of Johnny B. Dunn’s new screenplay, FREE RANGE.

It’s a bullying story with a few new twists. National rodeo champion and local hero, Chad Raines, returns home to his father’s ranch after a bull-riding accident to contemplate the end of his career. Father & son are tormented by the loss of Chad’s mother and his brother, whose cries for help went unanswered … until it was too late. Unable to reconcile with his guilt, Chad turns to drugs and liquor.

Here is where Dunn’s tome becomes even more topical and unusual at the same time. The heterosexual rodeo champion – plagued by memories of past actions – seeks redemption by coaching a group of bullied LGBTQ high school students in his state’s rodeo competition. Chad agrees to coach the local high school Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) to prepare them for a rodeo. Meanwhile, this rodeo would be pitting another brother against brother. Toby, president of the local GSA will compete against Mark, the president of the Rodeo club. They, like Chad and his deceased brother, don’t see eye-to-eye … to say the least, with Toby battling for respect and Mark, emerging as one of the harassers of the GSA. With the seminal event (the Rodeo) impending and haunted by the memory of his brother, who – because of bullying – committed suicide, Chad must decide – like his father and the entire town – what side he’s on.

 

Interest in turning the screenplay into an independent film has grown greatly in the last few months with producer, Connie Hoy, joining the team.

 

 

To learn more, contact Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment at 646-338-5472 or JMAE.events@gmail.com.

A PASSIONPIT-STOP: Irina Dvorovenko: From Ballet to Broadway … and Beyond!

A PASSIONPIT-STOP: Irina Dvorovenko: From Ballet to Broadway … and Beyond!

November 18, 2018

IRINA DVOROVENKO 

former principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre joins 

A POWERHOUSE CAST for

SHADOWS: A DANCE MUSICAL

November 29 – December 15

The Connelly Theater 

220 E 4th St, New York City

www.ShadowsDanceMusical.com

Tickets: shadowsmusical.brownpapertickets.com

 

Two-time TONY Award nominee, JOEY McKNEELY, directs and choreographs.

 

It’s Twyla Tharp meets Stephen King!

 

This gothic and ghostly love story whispers of forbidden love … in this world and the next. And leading that “next” world is former principal dancer for 

American Ballet Theatre, Irina Dvorovenko as the mysterious "Woman in Red."

 

Ms. Dvorovenko began her career with the National Opera Ballet of Kiev in 1990 and joined American Ballet Theatre in 1996, where she thrilled audiences in every major classical role as a principal dancer from 2000-2014. Her career took her straight to Broadway, where she received critical acclaim in Encores’ On Your Toes and as fading ballerina Elizaveta Grushinskaya in Grand Hotel. Television appearances include leading cast of the TV series Flesh and Bone (Starz), and guest appearances on Forever (ABC) and The Blacklist (NBC), as well as multiple appearances in Power (Starz) and The Americans (FX). 

 

Shadows follows the secret romance of Claire (Janine Divita, who appeared on Broadway in Grease, Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Anything Goes plus on National Tour in Finding Neverland, If/Then, Young Frankenstein) and Alex (John Arthur Greene, who will be appearing in Tootsie on Broadway, with previous Broadway credits of School of Rock, West Side Story, Matilda, and on NBC in Peter Pan Live).

 

There is another romance – on the ethereal plane, uniquely explored through dance, led by Ms. Dvorovenko, featuring Waldemar Quinone-Villanueva (Broadway: West Side Story; former member of Ballet Hispanico); Nickemil Concepcion (Broadway: Cinderella; Off-Broadway in George C Wolfe's On The Town and a former member of Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech and Cedar Lake Dance Company); Naomi Kakuk (Broadway: Encores’ Crazy for You; Chess; The Producers); Kyreed Jordon (Indie film: Are You Holding Me, Or Am I Holding Myself?) and Omar Nieves (principle dancer, Virginal Ballet) 

 

SCHEDULE:

November 29 & 30 @ 8:00 p.m.  ٠  December 1 @ 3:00 & 8:00 p.m.

December 4 – 7 @ 8:00 p.m.  ٠  December 8 @ 3:00 & 8:00 p.m.

December 11 – 14 @ 8:00 p.m.  ٠  December 15 @ 3:00 & 8:00 p.m.

 

Shadows is a mesmerizing new dance musical directed and choreographed by Broadway notable, Joey McKneely, haunting melodies by mini orchestra, Edison Woods; composer, Maxim Moston; and British singer/songwriter, Karen Bishko, enfold around an eerie and erotic story by Randall David Cook, whose been scoring kudos Off-Broadway.

SHADOWS was born between a collaboration of playwright and choreographer, using dance as an equal form of narrative to the book. The dances either tell of past encounters, reveal parallel emotions with the main characters, or foreshadow events. In addition, we have two main female composer/lyricists who give this musical a unique voice by alternating from hauntingly poetic, alternative dance music to emotional, character driven songs. Along with our third composer, the score creates a modern complexity by using music to set the mood of the characters inner selves. Also, we use Kabuki style staging to create the world of the supernatural. It's a six-character musical, 2 actors and 4 dancers, with 2 crew/dancers to be the Kabuki presence. 

 

Joey McKneely talks about SHADOWS - a dance musical

Joey McKneely talks about SHADOWS - a dance musical

November 17, 2018

A POWERHOUSE CAST
joins two-time TONY Award nominee, Joey McKneely, and his team:
award-winning playwright, Randall David Cook and musicians Edison Woods, Maxim Moston, and Karen Bishko 
for SHADOWS: A DANCE MUSICAL

November 29 – December 15
The Connelly Theater
220 E 4th St, New York City
www.ShadowsDanceMusical.com 
Tickets: shadowsmusical.brownpapertickets.com

It’s Twyla Tharp meets Stephen King!

In Shadows, a mesmerizing new dance musical directed and choreographed by Broadway notable, Joey McKneely, haunting melodies by mini orchestra, Edison Woods; composer, Maxim Moston; and British singer/songwriter, Karen Bishko, enfold around an eerie and erotic story by Randall David Cook, who scored kudos, Off-Broadway, with the premiere of Sake with the Haiku Geisha and Fate’s Imagination. This gothic and ghostly love story whispers of forbidden love … in this world and the next.  Shadows follow the secret romance of Claire (Janine Divita, who appeared on Broadway in Grease, Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Anything Goes plus on National Tour in Finding Neverland, If/Then, Young Frankenstein) and Alex (John Arthur Greene, who will be appearing in Tootsie on Broadway with previous Broadway credits of School of Rock, Chicago, West Side Story, Matilda, and on NBC in Peter Pan Live).

Well, secret to those on this plane. In the afterworld, behind the chiming clock and shuddered windows, another romance between Woman in Red (Special appearance by Irina Dvorovenko; a Soloist with the American Ballet Theatre as well as having made Broadway star-turns in Encores! productions of On Your Toes and Grand Hotel) weave gracefully with Man in Blue (Waldemar Quinone-Villanueva (Broadway: West Side Story) between the passions of Claire and her young lover.

The other spirits, Man in Black and Woman in Silver, unhappy about this affair, torment the lovers. It isn’t until the last few minutes of this stirring piece that we see how the lovers of this world are the salvation for the ones beyond the grave. Nickemil Concepcion (Broadway: Cinderella; Off-Broadway in George C Wolfe’s On The Town and a member of Ballet Tech for seven years); Naomi Kakuk (Broadway: Encores!’ Crazy for YouChess; The Producers) plus Kyreed Jordon (Indie film: Are you holding me, or am I holding myself?) and Omar Nieves (principle dancer, Virginal Ballet) completely the spectral company.

SCHEDULE:

November 29 & 30 @ 8:00 p.m.  ٠  December 1 @ 3:00 & 8:00 p.m.
December 4 – 7 @ 8:00 p.m.  ٠  December 8 @ 3:00 & 8:00 p.m.
December 11 – 14 @ 8:00 p.m.  ٠  December 15 @ 3:00 & 8:00 p.m.

Stage and film professional, Joey McKneely, is a two-time Tony Nominated Broadway Choreographer (Smokey Joe’s Cafe and in 1997 for The Life) and the international Director and Choreographer of West Side Story. Other Broadway credentials include Twelfth Night, The Wild Party, The Boy From OZ and the West Side Story revival. He directed/choreographed the U.S. National Tours of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie Get Your Gun, Crazy For You and Smokey Joe’s Café. Internationally, he directed/choreographed the world premieres of Love U Theresa, Ah, Kuling! and Jiu Gan Tang Mai Wu in China; The Beautiful Game, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story in Japan; Evita and Dusty in London. On film, McKneely is known for his work on ZoolanderThe In Crowd, and Far East.

Playwright Randall David Cook is a New York-based playwright who originally hails from South Carolina. Two of his plays premiered Off-Broadway: Sake with the Haiku Geisha andFate’s Imagination. Regional: Southern DiscomfortThird Finger, Left HandPomp & CircumstanceKappa Kappa Scream. Works in development include an adaptation of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman (New York Theatre Workshop with Len Cariou, Roberta Maxwell and Laura Esterman); In A Town Near Faith (Players Club with Barbara Barrie and Colin Hanlon); and Hanky Panky. His one-act play Sushi and Scones was broadcast by the BBC and won the award for Best Play at the Southeastern Playwrights Conference. He is a two-time Duke Endowment recipient and member of the Dramatists Guild.

 

Composer Edison Woods/Julia Frodahl. Described as “a beautiful cross between the sounds of Elysian Fields and the sentiments of David Lynch,” Edison Woods is a mini-orchestra of seven that has been haunting stages from New York to Madrid since 2001. The project is led by Julia Frodahl, who is a self-taught composer, writer, pianist, and vocalist. Julia was the recipient of the first annual Studio 42 “Starving Artist Award,” a grant from The Foundation For Contemporary Art and a Mac Dowell Colony Fellowship. She has composed for and collaborated with many artists across a range of genre, including Simon Raymond (Cocteau Twins), Italian sculptor Mimmo Paladino, and dancer/choreographer, Katie Workum. More information on the Edison Woods project can be found at edisonwoodsmusic.com.

 

Composer Maxim Moston is a multi-faceted musician working in New York City. He has performed around the world as violinist and music director for Antony and the Johnsons. He worked extensively with Edison Woods and has appeared with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Belle and Sebastian, Mary J Blige, and Jay-Z among others.  His arrangements/orchestrations can be heard on numerous albums including worldwide releases from Antony and the Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright, Keren Ann and Josh Groban.  Performances of his orchestral re-imaginings of William Basinski’s seminal Disintegration Loops 1 and 2 have been warmly received on three continents. More information can be found at maximmoston.com

 

Composer Karen Bishko was originally a portrait painter, but began pursuing song writing in 2005, In 2007, she opened for Take That on their Beautiful World tour at London’s O2 Arena and Manchester MEN Arena. Her first album Singles for Singles, was substantially turned into the show Therapy Rocks. It premiered at the Urban Stages Theater as part of the NYMF. A concert of the songs, entitled Singles, was performed at 54 Below and also at Soho House NY. She has worked with music producers Gary Kemp and Jess Bailey (Spandau Ballet), Yoad Nevo (Jem, Golfrapp) and Steven Loroni (Jon Bon Jovi, Hansen). She recently wrote the English lyrics for Neapolitan-Austrian, multi-million album selling singer, Patrizio Buanne.

 

SHADOWS was born between a collaboration of playwright and choreographer, using dance as an equal form of narrative to the book. The dances either tell of past encounters, reveal parallel emotions with the main characters, or foreshadow events. In addition, we have two main female composer/lyricists who give this musical a unique voice by alternating from hauntingly poetic, alternative dance music to emotional, character driven songs. Along with our third composer, the score creates a modern complexity by using music to set the mood of the characters inner selves. Also, we use Kabuki style staging to create the world of the supernatural. It’s a six-character musical, 2 actors and 4 dancers, with 2 crew/dancers to be the Kabuki presence.

Adam Belvo discusses THE BRUTES

Adam Belvo discusses THE BRUTES

November 17, 2018

spit&vigor brings THE BRUTES to The New Ohio Theatre

critically-acclaimed and nominated for seven Planet Awards, spit&vigor presents this story of three brothers – Junius, Edwin and John Wilkes Booth

New York City — spit&vigor announces the return of THE BRUTES, written by Casey Wimpee (2x Samuel French Short Play Finalist and NYIT Outstanding Original Short Script nominee). After a powerful run at Planet Connections 2018 Theatre Festivity, the production moves to the New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher Street. Sara Fellini (2018 Planet Award Outstanding Direction nominee) returns as director. Performances are November 23 — December 9 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm). Tickets are $30. For advance reservations, please visit https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/999133.

 

Casey Wimpee’s takes you backstage of an historic performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar featuring the renowned Booth theatrical family – brothers, Edwin, Junius Jr. and John Wilkes, Booth. This was the first and only time that the three brothers shared a stage together. The backstage drama becomes the focus of this portrait of their tempestuous relationship fraught with political conflict ending in an American tragedy. THE BRUTES is a deeply intimate portrait of a family divided. The piece is staged In-the-Round with a minimalist set pieces that can transfoerm into a theatre, a dinner table, and a nation on the brink of sweeping change. Civil strife, family devolution, and a country sharply divided – today or 150 years ago, the parable of this drama remains strong.

 

The cast features Adam Belvo, Chris Cornwell, Sara Fellini, Colt W. Keeney, Morgan Zipf-Meister, Eamon Murphy, Becca Musser, Pete Oliver, Xandra Leigh Parker, Harlan Short, Nicholas Thomas, and Perri Yaniv.

 

Lighting by Chelsie McPhilimy and Ms Fellini handling costume design.

 

For more information please visit www.spitnvigor.com/the-brutes.

Jonathan Judge Russo Interview: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

Jonathan Judge Russo Interview: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

November 17, 2018

Animus continues its fourth full theatrical season with the New York Revival of

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness

November 15 – December 9 (Thursday – Saturday @ 7 and Sunday at 2)

(No performances on November 22; but a special matinee on November 24 @ 2)

Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street between Barrow and Bedford Streets, New York City.

Visit http://animustheatre.org/ for more info. Tickets can be purchased directly at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1001209.

Animus Theatre Company (Jonathan Judge-Russo, Founding Artistic Director), an ensemble of young, dynamic artists exploring the resilience of the human spirit through new and under-represented works, continues their fourth full season with Frank McGuinness’ gripping drama about ideologies held hostage, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, directed by the acclaimed theatre professional, Alan Langdon.

An American doctor, an Irish journalist, and an English academic are being held captive abroad, but their captors aren’t the only reason for tension.  The cramped confines of their cell intensify their national biases and prejudices, fostering internal resentments and recriminations. They must band together and build a world of fantasy to help keep their sanity… and focus their fight.

Earlier this season, Animus mounted the New York premiere of Leslye Headland’s Surfer Girl at the Foley Gallery as well as their 12-Hour Beth Henley Festival at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre.

Past Animus productions have included: at the famed Cherry Lane Theatre, Bob Glaudini’s Dutch Heart of Man (directed by Company Member Alan

Langdon); Collected Shorts by Theresa Rebeck (directed by Pamela Adlon); and John Patrick Shanley’s Where’s My Money?; Other Animus Productions have included Collected Shorts by Tennessee Williams at Theatre Row (directed by Company Member Matthew Lillard); Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre at Walkerspace (directed by Edward Berkeley); at Broadway’s Circle in the Square: John Patrick Shanley’s 12-Hour Reading Marathon, and Leslye Headland’s Sin Cycle Festival.  Committed to promoting new plays as well as lesser known works by established writers, Animus has had the pleasure of collaborating with the following artists: Nnamdi Asomugha, Alexis Bledel, Lynn Cohen, James Badge Dale, Cote de Pablo, Trieste Dunn, Ben Foster, Jared Gilman, Grace Gummer, Jill Hennessey, Andre Holland, Carol Kane, Virginia Kull, Christine Lahti, Margarita Levieva, Andrew Lippa, Natasha Lyonne, Keith Nobbs, Joe Pantoliano, Stephen Pasquale, Piper Perabo, Vincent Piazza, Bill Pullman, Michael Rispoli, Paul Schneider, Margo Seibert, Alia Shawcat, Sarah Steele, Aida Turturro, and many others.

JONATHAN JUDGE-RUSSO is a Helen Hayes Nominated actor from Brooklyn, New York and a graduate of Circle in the Square.  He recently completed filming Woody Allen’s 2018 Feature A Rainy Day in New York with Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, and Jude Law, as well as a return to “Law & Order: SVU”.  Other select acting credits include: Off-Broadway: Drama Desk Nominated Falling (Minetta Lane); Beyond the Horizon (Irish Rep); Somewhere with You (Signature); Treasure Island (Irondale); Ask/Tell (LAByrinth Barn – directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman); Snapshot (LAB Barn); La Fanciulla del West (Lincoln Center); Wozzeck (Lincoln Center); The Christmas Revels (Symphony Space); The Enlightenment of Mr. Mole (Sheen) as well as Collected Shorts by Theresa Rebeck (Cherry Lane – directed by Pamela Adlon); Where’s My Money? (Cherry Lane); The Irish Play (directed by Theodore Mann); Nesting (SoHo Rep); A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and The Seagull (directed by Alan Langdon).  First National Tour: Echoes of Ireland. Select regional work includes Music City (CFRT); Jumpers for Goalposts (Studio Theatre); Downtown Race Riot (NYS&F); Smile (Deane); Othello (BSF); and with the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: Troilus and Cressida (GBTA Award); Comedy of Errors; A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In London, Mr. Judge-Russo appeared in The Philanderer and Twelfth Night.  Other select TV and Film credits include: Jeremy in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”; “Law & Order: SVU”; “Elementary”; “White Collar”; “Black Box”; Eat Me; A Slice and A Sandwich; The Aftershock; and the upcoming feature, Chess.  Jonathan is also a producing partner with Noble Heart Films.

Mike is a freelance director, scenic designer, and arts administrator. He has been the Managing Director of Animus Theatre Company since 2017. He received his BFA in Directing and Scenic Design with a minor in Art History from Columbia College Chicago. He was an ensemble member and managing director of Strawdog Theatre in Chicago, from 2011-2017.  Mike has had to pleasure to work with Steppenwolf Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Steep Theatre, Sideshow, Trap Door Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Red Tape Theatre, The Artistic Home, and Interrobang Theatre. www.mikemroch.com

 

Passion Pit Episode 1: Premiere

Passion Pit Episode 1: Premiere

September 7, 2018

The opening episdode of Jay Michaels & Mary Elizabeth Micari's indie arts exploration. discussions, editorials, interviews, and reviews of off-off Broadway, indie cinema, and other artisan works. 

Mentioned on this program: Granville Burgess; Debra Cook; Elizabeth Wine; Regan Van Batuello; Ronny Dutra; Ego Actus; Mary Micari; Nicoletta Mandriotti; and Richard Skipper.

All info found on www.jaymichaelsarts.com

 

 

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