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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

WHISTLEBLOWER SERIES @ SEEING PLACE THEATER

The Seeing Place Theater



The Seeing Place Theater presents The Whistleblower Series, three plays in rep: The People VS. Antigone, I Am My Own Wife, and My Name is Rachel Corrie from April 21 - May 13, 2018 at the Paradise Factory, 64 E. 4th Street, NYC. Tickets to each show are $20 general admission ($30 Premium Seating, $10 5@50%) and are available at http://www.TheSeeingPlace.com, including discounted ticket packages to all three plays for $45.



The Seeing Theater's eighth Season has focused on bringing together stories that challenge the ways in which we relate to our fellow man. The season concludes with a triple-header: THE PEOPLE VS ANTIGONE, a world premiere adaptation by Brandon Walker, running in rep with two searing one-person shows: I AM MY OWN WIFE, the Tony Award winning play by Doug Wright and MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE by Katharine Viner and Alan Rickman from the writings of Rachel Corrie.



Each play in the Whistleblower Series explores the female protagonist as anti-hero. Each has mysteries around their actions with the public vilifying them and diluting their intended message. Additionally, all three plays explore international themes: Antigone is set in Greece, I Am My Own Wife is set in Germany but also has Americans, Russians and even the Japanese represented. And My Name Is Rachel Corrie has an American girl going to Israel/Palestine.



With THE WHISTLEBLOWER SERIES, The Seeing Place examines the fallout when someone in our society calls out tyranny. "Society likes to romanticize the whistleblower, but when an activist stands up and says 'NO' there is often more backlash than support," said The Seeing Place's Managing Director, Erin Cronican. "We see abuse victims shamed and activists killed, and yet most people believe in the tenets these whistleblowers have put forth. So, what explains this gap? Our ensemble is using these three challenging and polarizing plays to expose that gap and ignite a conversation - with the hope that empathy and deeper understanding will emerge."



Even though the plays of The Seeing Theater's 8th Season span a hundred years and countless generations of storytelling, the subjects broached, and lessons learned are achingly relevant today. TSP chose these plays to open up a dialogue with an audience about the world. How can we build on what we've learned from the people who've come before us?



THE PEOPLE VS ANTIGONE
An adaptation by Brandon Walker from the play by Sophocles
Directed by Brandon Walker



The Seeing Place presents a world premiere adaptation of Sophocles tragic story - THE PEOPLE VS ANTIGONE. A modern take on the classic myth, this new play explores a rebel daughter taking on the patriarchy: will she lose her life when she breaks Theban law by burying her dead brother's body against decree?



I AM MY OWN WIFE
by Doug Wright
Directed by Erin Cronican



Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, I AM MY OWN WIFE tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Tony Award.



MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE
by Katharine Viner and Alan Rickman from the writings of Rachel Corrie
Directed by Brandon Walker



On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a twenty-three-year-old American, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. In the three sold-out London runs since its Royal Court premiere, the piece has been surrounded by both controversy and impassioned proponents, and it has raised an unprecedented call to support political work and the difficult discourse it creates.


Schedule of Performances:



Saturday, April 21
5pm - I Am My Own Wife (preview)
8pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie (preview)



Sunday, April 22
2pm - The People VS. Antigone (preview)
4:30pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie (preview)
7pm - I Am My Own Wife (preview)



Monday, April 23
7pm - The People VS. Antigone (preview)



Tuesday, April 24
7pm - The People VS. Antigone (opening night)

Saturday, February 03, 2018

BROOKE DAVIS 'LATE TO PARTY' @ LAURIE BEECHMAN

Brooke Davis




New York, NY – Late to the Party, a rollicking cabaret show starring wickedly funny singer-comedian Brooke Davis, comes to the intimate Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York’s West Bank Café, 407 West 42nd Street at 9th Avenue, Saturday, Feb. 24, Sunday, Feb. 25 and Thursday, March 1. Performances are at 7:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. respectively.



Late to the Party is about a big life that refuses to shut off the lights and close the door. The show, directed by Barbara Grecki, chronicles Ms. Davis’ hilarious journey as she chases her passion to become a performer in the Big Apple. It’s about learning the ropes once she arrives in New York, coping with big city agents and auditions as well as humorous upheavals in family relationships. Ms. Davis also re-lives the ups-and-downs of her journey to the Big Apple --- from a fairy tale childhood in Arizona filled with horseback riding and choir singing to becoming a suburban soccer mom, to spending a lifetime in the arts.



With Musical Director/Arranger/Pianist Darren R. Cohen, Ms. Davis takes audiences on a marvelous adventure that features songs by Stephen Sondheim, Billy Joel, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Randy Newman, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and many more. She immediately impresses audiences with her stage presence, incredible vocal range and comedic timing. Noted one critic: Ms. Davis has a “unique combination of wicked wit, sweet vulnerability and boisterous humor.”



A performer, producer, educator and advocate, Ms. Davis created and produced children’s theatre with her own Arizona Stage Company as well as with Music Theatre Arizona, a professional theatre in Tucson which she founded while continuing to perform close to her home in the desert southwest.



But Ms. Davis’ desire to expand her professional career and perform in New York simmered quietly on the back burner while happily running carpools, bake sales and preparing dinner for her husband and two children. Then, in 2006, her dream of a post-suburban acting career took off. She landed a role in the hit show, Menopause the Musical. She performed as Earth Mother in several of its productions, including long runs in St. Louis, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, New York and Providence. The St. Louis Dispatch called her “absolutely hilarious” as Earth Mother with “a terrific voice.”



Ms. Davis has since performed in numerous plays and musicals in repertory and regional theatres. In addition to Earth Mother, her favorite roles include Charon in Anger Box, Mama in Chicago and Charlotte in Beyond Therapy. TV credits include Orange Is the New Black, Law & Order, One Life to Live and The Onion News Network and the film Movie 43 with Emma Stone.



Late to the Party marks Ms. Davis’ return to the Beechman. Her first cabaret show, I’m So Sorry...For Everything, played there in 2013. It also was featured at New York’s Metropolitan Room.





Photo Courtesy Of: Katz PR


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

"OR CURRENT RESIDENT" @ THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY

Krystle Adams With Betty Hudson And Curry Whitmire



NEW YORK -- Part of our shared experience as Americans today is how we strain under the weight of the tech sector. Millionaires are made overnight and we endure the distortions of social media while gentrification pushes us out of our homes. When that happens, it rips us away from our history as if we never mattered. That's the idea behind "Or Current Resident," a new play by Joan Bigwood, which will be performed by Squeaky Bicycle Productions from February 3 to 25 at Theater for the New City, where it is a resident company. Brandi Varnell, Artistic Director of Squeaky Bicycle, directs.




ABOUT THE SHOW



The play is set in a Silicon Valley bungalow, from which three generations of the Finch family are in constant fear of being uprooted. The family patriarch, an engineer, has passed on, and the resilient matriarch, Mimi, holds the household together in cramped and rambunctious harmony. Everyone pools their earnings to rent month-by-month from a landlord who is yielding to the tech-driven real estate market: she is "making other plans for the property," meaning she will sell the house to a Facebook millionaire. Ironically, the tech sector both suppresses and sustains the Finches, since their primary breadwinners--Mimi's two daughters--make their livings off it. Lynn, an aspiring realtor, white-knuckles a marginal living based on housing turnover. Jill, an agoraphobic technical writer, earns meager fees writing user manuals from home. Jill has twin 16 year-olds: Mason, a budding film maker bewitched by war movies, and Molly, an addict to social media. Both teens are being bullied in school. This crowded household becomes explosive when Ted, Mimi's ex-con son, is released from prison and tries to fit himself back into the family unit.


While Mimi uses her optimistic disposition to steer her family through hardships, she may finally be overmatched. The fragility of the family's finances challenges the earning power of Lynn and Jill. There is great personal drama in the struggles of Mason, Molly and Ted. The teens are outsiders, ostracised from their peer groups. Crisis ensues for Molly when she is ambushed on social media. Ted is straining to reintegrate into society and clings desperately to the life lessons in serenity that he learned in prison. He struggles to defend Molly in her Facebook fracas but fumbles awkwardly in his attempts to help her. Mason, fighting for his own self-image, attempts to stage a backyard combat scene for a video project that could gain him some respect. He uses prop weapons that attract a police raid. Of all the Finches, Jill provides the most formidable challenge to her family. She is battling mental illness and struggling to reclaim ownership of her circumstances. Who will have the resources to take care of her when Mimi is gone?


The dramedy reveals a family in crisis as it lies shivering in the cold glare of untenable revelations. Silicon Valley, which they can no longer afford, has first sustained but ultimately expelled their family together with its history, as if it never mattered. The play's themes carry very real stakes, but its characters are endearing and drawn with wit. The piece was inspired by stories and events of playwright Joan Bigwood's earlier life in Palo Alto and her friendship with a fellow writer, now deceased, who went to prison for a crime he didn't commit. The play was developed as part of Squeaky Bicycle's 2016 Reading Lab under the guidance of the Company’s resident dramaturg, Kathryn McConnell.


Director Brandi Varnell has cast the nuclear family non-traditionally, as the experiences of the Finch family are universal. She explains, "The issues this family face--finances, gentrification, mental illness, criminality, school bullying--are common to all of us. As soon as you say they are somebody else's problem, they will affect you too. The more you look at the commonality of these issues, the more empathetic you will be."


The very realistic set by Meg McGuigan will highlight the family's history in the home and their relationship to technology in all its forms.

HANNA AND THE MOONLIT DRESS @ 14TH STREET Y

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress




The Theater at the 14th Street Y presents Hanna and the Moonlit Dress at 344 E. 14th Street, NYC from January 20-February 11, 2018 at 7:30pm. Performances: Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 1pm. Tickets are $40 and are available at www.14streety.org/hanna. For more information, visit www.themoonlitdress.com.



Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is back in NYC to kick off the New Year following the first North American tour, making stops in Houston, Baltimore, Toronto and Detroit.



Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is an interactive musical revealing the magic of a good deed, based on the classic Israeli tale "Hanna's Sabbath Dress" by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el, adapted for the stage by Yoav Gal and Ronit Muszkatblit.



Overjoyed with her new dress, Hanna runs to show it to her friends: Zuzi the dog and Edna the cow. Little does she know what a meaningful adventure awaits her...



"Based on Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el's classic tale, this interactive musical tells the story of a young girl who helps a coal miner and ends up with black spots all over her new Shabbat dress (a gift from her mother). Little does she know she'll be rewarded for her kindness." - Time Out New York



Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is a delightful musical revealing the mysterious power of good deeds. Developed at the 14th Street Y and LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, Hanna's story brings new Jewish / Israeli culture to life.



This magical interactive journey with beautiful special effects, live music, and set created by the audience transports children into Hanna's enchanted world. Recommended for ages 2-8. (15 minute workshop and 40 minutes show with no intermission)



The cast features Case Watson, Kate Mullberry, Matt Webster, Hannah Seusy, and Jordan Silver. Directed by Ronit Muszkatblit, with musical direction by Emily Erikson; music by Rafi Ben-Moshe and Yoav Gal; music arrangement by Uri Scharlin; book adaptation, translation and lyrics by Gina Bonati and Ronit Muszkatblit; set and costumes by Yoav Gal; and Lighting Design by Josh Benghiat and Kryssy Wright.



LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue and study.


JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA @ THE GUGGENHEIM

James Edstrom With Old Pal Jerry Springer




Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents The New Group: Jerry Springer-The Opera on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:30pm.



Prior to the Off-Broadway premiere of Jerry Springer-The Opera, co-creator Richard Thomas (Music, Book, Lyrics; Book & Additional Lyrics by Stewart Lee) and director John Rando discuss the process behind this gleefully profane musical that outrageously celebrates the ritual of public humiliation and redemption. Cast members perform highlights, illuminating the chaos and unrestrained id of our times.




TICKETS & VENUE



$45, $40 Guggenheim Members and Friends of Works & Process
Box Office (212) 423-3575 or worksandprocess.org
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Rotunda
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York




Works & Process at the Guggenheim



Described by The New York Times as "an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process," for over 33 years and in over 500 productions, New Yorkers have been able to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in an intimate setting unlike any other. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers. Most performances take place in the Guggenheim's intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. In 2017, Works & Process established a new residency and commissioning program, inviting artists to create new works, made in and for the iconic Guggenheim rotunda.
 

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

BLACK MOON THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS 'BLISS'

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Bliss




Black Moon Theatre Company presents BLISS based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead with performances on September 8-25, 2016, at 7pm with 3pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at The Flea Theater, 41 White Street New York, NY 10013. Tickets are $20-$30 and can be found at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/961264. Performances: Tuesdays-Sundays at 7pm, Saturday and Sundays at 3pm (no 3pm performance on 9/11).


BLISS follows the journey of consciousness after death, during the interval between death and rebirth (bardo), and serves as an allegorical guide for the living. In this new multi-disciplinary production, Artistic Director René Migliaccio's staging is a visual and poetic dance/theatre odyssey within the mind of an individual striving to awaken to a Higher Consciousness. The journey is theatrically of double nature: the actor living the text of the Bardo and a Butoh dancer manifesting as his supra consciousness on the path of liberation. Original music features a fusion of ambient and accents of sounds and voices from the world, journeying on a wide spectrum from dark to ethereal moods. Projections create the pictorial environment for the journeyer on his path to liberation, immersing the audience in the symbolic dimension of dreams.


The Creative Team


Directed by Rene Migliaccio
Text adaptation by Alessio Bordoni
Performed by Alessio Bordoni
Art work by Estella Dupree
Original Music by Amaury Groc
Choreographer Consultant: Eric Pettigrew
Assistant Director of Production: Isabella Schiller


Rene Migliaccio (Director): French-Italian born Rene Migliaccio is an award-winning director and the artistic director of Black Moon Theatre Company (New York), and founder of La Compagnie de la Lettre 5 (Montreal). An accomplished director and adaptor, Migliaccio's work has been performed at notable theaters and festivals across the globe. He began his career in the "expressionistic realism" style and went on to direct a wide range of plays for the Drama Theater Company, among them: Deathwatch by Jean Genet, and Awake and Sing by Clifford Odets. - In 1990, Migliaccio founded Black Moon Productions and directed Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (1996, Los Angeles Playhouse), Nosferatu, and Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni (1997, Los Angeles Playhouse), among others. In 2000 Migliaccio's adaptation of Nosferatu performed in Paris, at the Here Arts Center in New York, and travelled to Telluride, Colorado and the Prithvi International Theatre Festival in Mumbai, India in November 2000. - Migliaccio established the non-profit organization Black Moon Theatre Company with Lori Vincent in Brooklyn, NY in 2001. Black Moon brings together multi-disciplinary works. The company launched with a production of The Bakkhai (2001, The Here Arts Center, NYC) and has continued to produce to critical acclaim, nationally and internationally, notably the Kafka Series- The Metamorphosis and The Trial, Fragments (2009), Dante's Divina Commedia - Inferno (2010), Oscar Wilde's Salome (2011), and Ponzi, A Dollar and a Scheme by Alessio Bordoni (2012). Rene Migliaccio's directing work has been published in the Sixth edition on Directing by Francis Hodge and Michael McLain, published by Allyn and Bacon, 2005; and The Electronic Version (eBook) in Perspectives, Pearson Education, 2016.


Alessio Bordoni (Performer) Alessio Bordoni is an Italian-born American actor who has performed in numerous productions throughout Europe as well as in NYC, where he resides. He was trained in Germany by Zygmunt Molik, in NYC at HB studio and at the American Mime Theatre under Paul Curtis. Alessio made his stage debut solo, in his own adaptation of Gargantua and Pantagruel by Rabelais (Teatro Tordinona Rome). He then embarked on a two-year tour of Paolo Poli's staging of Jacques the Fatalist by Diderot, playing Marquis des Arcis. He subsequently portrayed Jean and Schlome, in French and Yiddish, in Primo Levi's If This is a Man (tour), starred in Dostoevsky's Demons (Teatro Sala Uno Rome), played solo in Dante's Divina Commedia - Inferno (New York Fringe Festival/Prague Fringe Festival), performed King Herod in Oscar Wilde's Salome (BMTC/Flea Theater) and again solo in his first play Charles Ponzi - A Dollar and a Scheme (United Solo Theatre Festival). BLISS is his second work as a playwright and he is thrilled to be presenting it at the Flea. Alessio is also a passionate reader of Dante's Divine Comedy which he recites regularly at CUNY/NYU. He is a member of Actors' Equity Association and the Dramatists Guild of America. Alessio's work has been positively received. (For details check www.alessiobordoni.com)



Amaury Groc (Composer) is a French composer who over the last 20 years has composed original music for 7 shows with Rene Migliaccio. He also collaborated with dancer / choreographer Richard Siegal on some of his creations. His compositions are classical, electronic and world music inspired. Amaury has also worked as a sound engineer for recording studios and radios for fifteen years. Amaury is a developer and programmer at Ableton Live, a composition and performance software company.


Eric Pettigrew (choreographer) began performing in Québec, Canada, as a dancer and later as an actor exploring stage work, film and television. In order to follow his passion for discovering new ways of expressions of life through the human body, Eric spent several months in Japan studying Butoh dance under Butoh founders Kazuo Ono and Min Tanaka. He has been collaborating with Blackmoon Theatre Company since 2005.



ABOUT BLACK MOON THEATRE COMPANY



New York City's Black Moon Theatre Company was founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Rene Migliaccio and Lori Vincent. Black Moon's New York productions include Oscar Wilde's Salome, Dante's Divina Commedia - Inferno (FringeNYC, Prague Festival Praha), Kafka's The Metamorphosis (FringeNYC, Philly Fringe, La MaMa, Prague Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe), Carlo Goldini's The Servant of Two Masters (Lincoln Center, Meet The Artist Series), Euripides' The Bakkhai (HERE), and Internationally, the company has been seen in Germany, the UK, Canada, Norway, and the Czech Republic.


ABOUT THE FLEA THEATER 


Non-institutional and resolutely noncommercial, The Flea embodies the spirit of adventure and experiment that has defined Off-Off-Broadway since its inception. We are one of the only professional theaters in the city that maintains an open-door policy for artists-a policy that we believe is crucial to keeping New York theater vital. Part playground, part laboratory, part training ground, The Flea has been home to established artists taking new risks, emerging artists developing their ideas, and mid-career artists building sustained audiences and identities. Each year The Flea presents and produces dozens of new works in an environment that is professional, welcoming, and intimate. As a testament to our success, Flea artists have been honored with two OBIE Awards, an Otto Award and, in May 2004, The Flea was given a Drama Desk Award for Distinguished Achievement commending our dedication to adventurous theater. With the continued participation of our founders and an ever-growing community of diverse and creative talents, The Flea strives to represent the wide range of what is possible Off-Off-Broadway.

Monday, June 01, 2015

GAY SINCE 1935 'A GAY GEEZERS MUSICAL ODYSSEY'

Ira Lee Collings



Singer IRA LEE COLLINGS returns to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC with his new show “Gay Since 1935 - A Gay Geezer’s Musical Odyssey” on Wednesday, June 17th and Monday, June 22nd at 7 PM. He will be joined by Musical Director Woody Regan on piano and Ritt Henn on bass.



Born in a very small town in Indiana, the youngest of 8 children, Ira Lee began singing on the radio with his sister when they were kids. After studying at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, he moved to New York where he appeared off-Broadway and in regional theatre, and even opened for the great Dawn Hampton in the ‘60s. After many years of performing, he took a 25-year hiatus from show business, re-appearing a few years ago with several successful cabaret appearances in NYC. Now 79, Ira Lee shares his life-time of experience with humor and joy. Kevin Scott Hall, BistroAwards.com, said: “Collings gives the impression of a life well-lived, with his heart smack-dab in the right place. He gives a self-assured performance, but he offers more than that. It’s a celebration of life itself.”






There is a $20 cover and 2 drink minimum for Ira Lee Collings at Don’t Tell Mama with a $15 cover for MAC members. No credit cards accepted. Reservations suggested: (212) 757-0788.



MUSIC/CABARET LISTINGS


79-year old singer IRA LEE COLLINGS brings “Gay Since 1935-A Gay Geezer’s Musical Odyssey” to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC, on June 17th and 22nd at 7 PM. $20 cover/2 drink minimum. MAC members/$15 cover Reservations recommended: (212) 757-0788 or Visit Don't Tell Mama.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"BOTOX ANGELS" FOR GAY PRIDE WEEKEND IN NEW YORK

Botox Angels



NEW YORK -- From Dood Paard ("Dead Horse") Theatre in Amsterdam comes "Botox Angels," a play about militant female sexuality which is abundant in sultry dialogue, jealousy and emotional violence. Three clownish lesbian characters, named Swift, Cocky and Deedee, negotiate shifting power relationships, juggle dildos and fake breasts, play dress-up games and cross swords about men, breast reductions, philosphy versus banality and emotion versus rationality. Written by Rob de Graaf, translated into English by Paul Evans, it is performed by Ellen Goemans, Janneke Remmers and Manja Topper, all from Holland. La MaMa presents the work's American premiere June 25 to 28, coinciding with Gay Pride Weekend.




"Botox Angels" gets a unique style from the rough mind games among its three protagonists and a tactical/emotional directness that is characteristic of the Dutch. Its characters are women for whom being lesbian is, at least partially, a political choice. They don't want to hide their beauty or their sexuality and they want to be seen as attractive adult girls. The title appropriates the name of a cosmetic surgery drug to suggest women's longing to inspire desire perpetually. For Swift, Cocky and Deedee, for whom sex is a very aggressive game, Botox might also be a warrior's creed: even if they are dykes, they still can be as beautiful and attractive as a magazine cover model. Imagine "Mean Girls" on steroids with middle-aged lesbian clowns.




The play opens with a three-way orgy in which Deedee, the outsider, complains to Cocky, the Queen Bee and Swift, the Wannabe, of being excluded. The scene pivots into a mock interview in which their urges are intellectualized into thoughtful dialogues about social forces, giant emotions, philosophical constructs and feminism with a great big "F." Throughout the rest of the play, the cast alternates between playing Swift, Cocky and Deedee and playing a trio of more realistic characters bearing the actresses' own names. This adds a certain transparency to the performance. Manja, Ellen and Janneke may be real people, but their so-called "real questions" are just as fake as any dialogue between two clowns, so the person being interviewed probably resembles her clown character more than anything she is like in real life. The dikes are breaking for these dykes and a tide of feminism is going to wash over all of us. As they wrangle about the place of women in society, and how to escape it, we learn that semen is poison to Cocky and Deedee, but Swift misses a man between her legs once in a while. Their trenchant discussions on female sexuality bring us up front and personal with just about everything about these Botox Angels, who are very tough women, as is their comedy.




Along the way, the actresses re-enact some famous performances by feminist performers: "Semiotics of the Kitchen" by Martha Rosler, "Artist must be Beautiful" by Marina Abramovic and "Cut Piece" by Yoko Ono.




Monday, May 04, 2015

100TH PERFORMANCE OF OFF BROADWAY'S CHURCHILL

Ronald Keaton



The Off-Broadway hit, CHURCHILL, will celebrate its 100th performance tonight, May 4th at New World Stages. CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, opened on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by Joan Hamburg of ABC Radio who declared, “Ronald Keaton IS Churchill. Treat yourself to one of the great figures in world history!” Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century.



Experience the man who famously proclaimed, "I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter." Winston Churchill made his mark in history as a Nobel Prize winner, respected politician and one of the greatest leaders the world has seen. But in March of 1946, he has just shockingly been defeated for re-election as Prime Minister, is in forced retirement and everything he has fought for is threatening to slip through his fingers. When he receives an invitation from United States President Harry S. Truman to speak in Fulton, Missouri, he rediscovers his strength in a speech that impacts the world forever.



In this highly charged new play, Churchill discusses his failures and his successes; his love of art, liquor and women; and the bravery of Britain's finest hour.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

PECCADILLO THEATER PRESENTS 'A LOSS OF ROSES'

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Patricia Hodges




The OBIE, Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Award-winning Peccadillo Theater Company, in association with La Femme Theatre Productions, has announced the full cast for the play’s first NY revival as well as the New York City premiere of the published version of William Inge’s A Loss of Roses. Performances begin May 8th (not May 7th as previously announced) at Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th Street, NYC, and continuing through June 7th, 2014. The play opens officially on May 12th at 7 PM.



Under Dan Wackerman’s direction, A Loss Of Roses will feature Deborah Hedwall as Helen Baird, Patricia Hodges as Mme. Olga St. Valentine, Ben Kahre as Kenny Baird, Jean Lichty as Lila Green, Gregory Perri as ‘Jelly’ Beamis, Fina Strazza as Sandra, Jonathan Stewart as Ricky Powers, Kristen Sweeney as Mrs. Mulvaney, Marty Thomas as Ronny Cavendish, with Randy Lawson as Production Stage Manager and Joshua Quinn as Assistant Stage Manager.



Deborah Hedwall (Helen Baird) created roles in the original NY productions of Savage in Limbo, Extremities, Why We Have a Body, Amulets Against the Dragon Forces, Fall to Earth and Sight Unseen (OBIE and Drama Desk Nomination). Film and Television include: The West Wing, The Big C, Delocated, Law and Order, You Don’t Know Jack, starring Al Pacino and Higher Ground starring Vera Farmiga.



Jean Lichty (Lila) has appeared in several William Inge plays including playing ‘Cherie’ in Austin Pendleton’s acclaimed revival of Bus Stop at the Olney Theatre Center and the Arkansas Rep’s revival of A Loss of Roses. Other NYC credits include the premieres of Bro with Kevin Bacon and Ethan Hawke, directed by Ulu Grosbard; Diane Amsterdam's Letting Billy and The Girl's Last Big Mistake; The Moth's Muses, Mentors, and Monsters; ‘Lorna’ in Golden Boy; ‘Maggie’ in After the Fall, and ‘Titania’ in A Midsummer Night's Dream. She was ‘Wanda’ in the film of Christopher Durang's Wanda's Visit and the female lead in the Sundance finalist, Close Call.



Monday, December 16, 2013

'ILUMINATE' COMES TO NEW WORLD STAGES IN 2014

iLuminate




iLuminate Productions proudly announces the opening of their new 2014 live show at New World Stages, 240 West 50th Street. iLUMINATE (formerly titled Artist of Light) is in performances now with the official Opening Night set for Monday, January 27th. iLuminate wowed the nation with their groundbreaking light suits and innovative dance moves on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” where the dance-in-the-dark sensation was selected as one of the hit show’s top finalists.



Music, art, dance, and the technological magic of iLuminate brings this family-friendly spectacle to the New York stage, combining mythical elements with adventure and romance, told through dance styles which include contemporary, hip-hop, Latin, and breaking, all using the power of light.



iLUMINATE follows the fantastical journey of Jacob, a talented young artist who struggles to connect with the real world. He takes comfort in his magical paintbrush, which grants him the power to turn the characters of his imagination into living, breathing creatures. When a jealous townsperson steals the paintbrush and turns his endearing creations into horrifying monsters, Jacob must face this danger without the help of his miraculous instrument. He fights to save his town and friends, even as he knows that the paintbrush which brought him so much joy is now a weapon in the hands of a malevolent villain bent on destruction.



The creative team for iLUMINATE includes Miral Kotb (Director, Choreographer, Author), Athena Sunga (Co-Author), Justin “Kanobby” Keitt (Composer/Musical Director), Christopher Tignor (Composer), John “JRock” Nelson (Choreographer, Scenic & Costume Designer), Dario Mejia (Choreographer), Marcus Allan Cobb (Choreographer, Costume Designer), and Franzblau Media, Inc. (Executive Producer).


Monday, August 27, 2012

CHERRY LANE HAS 10 EXTRAODINARY ARTISTS

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2012 ALL FOR ONE THEATER FESTIVAL

BEGINS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 AT CHERRY LANE
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John Leguizamo




Whoopi Goldberg
THE 2012 ALL FOR ONE THEATER FESTIVAL begins Friday, September 14th at The Cherry Lane Theatre/Mainstage, 38 Commerce Street, NYC, with 10 solo plays and musicals written and performed by 10 extraordinary artists. This second AFO season, which continues through September 30, features the World Premieres of Alice Eve Cohen’s “WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW” based on her bestselling memoir, and “THE PURPOSE PROJECT” by Elizabeth Van Meter; and the NY Premiere of Emmy-winner and theatre favorite Leslie Jordan’s new solo piece “FRUIT FLY.” AFO Festival directors include Lynne Taylor-Corbett, BD Wong and Colman Domingo. With solo icons Whoopi Goldberg, John Leguizamo and Lily Tomlin on its Advisory Board, the AFO Theater Festival’s mission is to present the next generation of solo voices. The Festival offers two performances of each of the 10 plays plus 8 solo workshops with Advisory Board members Nilaja Sun, Gretchen Cryer, Matt Hoverman, Deb Margolin and Lynne Taylor-Corbett among others; a special master class with Leslie Jordan, AFO Advisor and 2012 AFO performer; and panels covering topics such as entering festivals, marketing, producing, and contracting for solo shows. The AFO Theater Festival will also present. works in development and talk-back audience sessions after every performance. Nilaja Sun will lead a special Mentoring Program for high school students.



The 2012 AFO Theater Festival performance schedule September 14 through 30 is: Wednesday-Sundays at 7 PM; Saturdays & Sundays at 2 PM and 4:30 PM. All performances, panels and workshops in the 2012 AFO Theater Festival will be at The CHERRY LANE THEATRE, 38 Commerce Street, NYC.



Regular Seats: $25, Student Rush: $15, Senior Citizen: $20, Group Discount (10+): $15, Festival Pass (1 ticket to a performance of each show): $200



Buy tickets online at www.afofest.org/tickets or call Ovation Tix at (212) 352-3101. Tickets for all performances will also available for purchase at The Cherry Lane Box Office, 38 Commerce Street, one hour prior to performance.



The 10 solo plays and musicals written and performed by the authors in the

 2012 ALL FOR ONE THEATER FESTIVAL




 Jennifer S. Jones



APPEARANCE OF LIFE by Jennifer S. Jones A riveting thriller set in Buenos Aires in 1976 about an upper class woman who becomes radicalized when her daughter is ‘disappeared’ by the Argentine junta. Directed by Jessica Lefkow

Saturday, Sept. 15 @ 7pm & Sunday, Sept. 23 @ 4:30pm



ASKING FOR IT by Joanna Rush If you had a strict Catholic upbringing, ran off to pursue a dancing career in NYC, and were sexually assaulted by a ‘helpful stranger’ you meet at Port Authority Bus Terminal…were you just ‘asking for it’?

Directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett

Friday, September 14 @ 7pm & Saturday, September 22 @ 2pm




 Aizzah Fatima



DIRTY PAKI LINGERIE by Aizzah Fatima Sex, politics and religion collide as six Pakistani-American women air their dirty lingerie.

Directed by Erica Gould

Saturday, Sept. 22 @ 4:30pm & Thursday, Sept. 27 @ 7pm



FRUIT FLY by Leslie Jordan Emmy-winner and theatre favorite Leslie Jordan asks, “Do gay men become their mothers?”

Directed by David Galligan NEW YORK PREMIERE

Thursday, Sept. 20 @ 7pm & Saturday, Sept. 22 @ 7pm




 Carlo D'Amore



NO PAROLE by Carlo D’Amore From Peru to the streets of NY, the struggle between a con-artist Mother and her trusting son who tries to save her from her self-destructive habits of lying and stealing.

Directed by Colman Domingo

Sunday, Sept. 16 @ 7pm & Saturday, Sept. 29 @ 4:30pm



THE PURPOSE PROJECT: THAO’S LIBRARY by Elizabeth Van Meter Video and live performance combine to tell the story of a woman who finds meaning building a library in rural Vietnam.

Directed by Joe Ricci WORLD PREMIERE

Sunday, Sept. 23 @ 2pm & Saturday, Sept. 29 @ 7pm




Cindy Cheung 


SPEAK UP CONNIE by Cindy Cheung “Nice Chinese girl" Cindy learns to speak up - as an Asian American, an actor and a daughter in this ukulele musical.

Directed by BD Wong

Saturday, Sept. 15 @ 2pm & Sunday, Sept. 23 @ 7pm



WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW by Alice Eve Cohen Alice has an emergency CAT scan for an abdominal tumor, but is stunned to learn the bulge in her belly is not a tumor at all - she is 6 months pregnant!

Directed by Elizabeth Margid WORLD PREMIERE

Saturday, Sept. 15 @ 4:30pm & Friday, Sept. 28 @ 7pm




Debra Barsha 


A WOMB WITH A VIEW Award-winning composer Debra Barsha’s rollicking musical about a Lesbian couple’s quest for a baby

Directed by Frank Ventura

Sunday, September 16 @ 2pm & Friday, September 21 @ 7pm



YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT?! by Mary Lou Shriber An original musical about an actress who never intended to be a nurse.

Directed by Joe Ricci

Wednesday, Sept. 19 @ 7pm & Saturday, Sept. 29 @ 2pm



The AFO Workshops, with a fee of $85 each, are:

Jump Starting Your Personal Narrative/Jennifer S. Jones

Wednesday, September 19 2:30-5:45pm



Tell Your Story: The Art of the Autobiographical Solo Show

Matt Hoverman Thursday, Sept 20 11am-2:15pm



Using Music in Your Solo Piece/Debra Barsha

Thursday, September 20 2:30-5:45pm



Tapping the Source: Creative Writing for Any Reason at All/Deb Margolin Friday, September 21 11am-2:15pm



Leslie Jordan



The Director/Performer Collaboration ($35.)/Leslie Jordan & David Galligan Friday, September 21 2:30-5:45pm




Alice Eve Cohen


Creating Characters From Your Life Stories/Alice Eve Cohen Thursday, September 27 11am-2:15pm



Writing for Solo Performance/Gretchen Cryer 


Thursday, September 27 2:30-5:45pm




 Joanna Rush


Making It Move: Using Movement in Your Solo Piece/Lynne Taylor-Corbett & Joanna Rush Friday, September 28 11am-2:15pm



Moment by Moment: Perfecting Your Solo Show/Nilaja Sun
Saturday, Sept. 15 11:30-1pm & Sunday, Sept. 16 11:30-1pm



The AFO Panels ($5 suggested donation) are:


Behind The Scenes of a Solo Show Sat., Sept. 22 @ 12 noon

Shannon Romines, Matt Hoverman, Cindy Cheung



Marketing your Solo Show Sun., Sept. 23 @ 12 noon
Gioia De Cari, Matt Hoverman, Rock Wilk



Festivals and You Saturday, September 29 @ 12 noon
Elena Holy,Paul Adams, Jennifer Conley Darling, Cheryl King



Producing and Contracting for your Solo show
Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 12 noon

Peter Breger, Peter Ligeti, Jenni Wolfson


Michael Wolk is Executive Producer of the AFO Theatre Festival

Associate Producer Megan Kolb, and Town Square Productions as General Managers. The Advisory Board of the All for One Theater Festival includes: Daniel Beaty, Gretchen Cryer, Mike Daisey, Tovah Feldshuh, Carrie Fisher, Whoopi Goldberg, Jackie Hoffman, Matt Hoverman, Leslie Jordan, John Leguizamo, Deb Margolin, Jackie Mason, Dael Orlandersmith, Eva Price, Mark Rylance, Patrick Stewart, Nilaja Sun, Lily Tomlin and BD Wong.



All performances, panel and workshops in the 2012 AFO Theater Festival will be at The CHERRY LANE THEATRE, 38 Commerce Street, NYC (west of 7th Avenue South, 3 blocks south of Christopher Street), and accessible via the A, B, C, D, F and M trains to West 4th Street or the #1 to Christopher Street. 


Off Broadway Photos By: Carol Rosegg