FOR THE NEW CITY'S FIFTH DREAM UP FESTIVAL
LIST OF PRODUCTIONS WITH ARTIST INFO
Information as of August 12, 2014
All performances at: Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., NYC
(corner of E. 10th Street, East Village)
Box office: (212) 254-1109.
Online ticketing available at: www.theaterforthenewcity.net
Festival Website: www.dreamupfestival.org
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"Abortion: A Race Redux"
"Daughter of the Waves"
"Daughters of Leda"
"Devil Lay Me Down"
"Hits The Fan"
"In the Ring"
"The Ironworks Hayride" (Musical)
"La Bestia: Sweet Mother"
"Life in the ER"
"Messages From A Mental Institution"
"Pageant Tales and Beauty Fails"
"Ravishing Medusa" (Dance Theater)
"Simple as Life and Death"
"Summer Blue" (Multidisciplinary)
"Tales of the Perpetually Single but Eternally Optimistic"
"Thirteen & A Half"
"Tomorrow's Dawn (Demain l’Aurore)" (Musical)
"When I'm Alone At Night"
Adapted by Taryn Wisky and Heather Lanza from a short play by Eugene O'Neill. Directed by Heather Lanza. World premiere. Cabaret Theater. 8/17 5:00 PM, 8/18 6:30 PM, 8/20 9:00 PM, 8/23 2:00 PM, 8/24 8:00 PM. Running time: 90 minutes. $15.
In American culture, when race comes up, it is often danced around or awkwardly skirted even though it is often at the center of our societal issues. "Abortion: A Race Redux" is an original theater piece that aims to put race in the forefront and start a society-wide conversation. Through the adaptation of a Eugene O'Neill text, "Abortion: A Race Redux" explores the way we view race and what our responsibility is to how race is perceived on stage. With Daniel Carlton, Philip Cruise, Jim Dadosky, Clint Hromsco, Yvonne Roen, Alison Scaramella, Molly Stoller and Damon Trammell.
Heather Lanza is a director whose NYC directing credits include: "Skin Deep" (Emerging Artists Theater), "Journey into the World of Playwriting" (Leviathan Lab), "Cinderella" (The Players Theatre), "Adapting" (Bleeker Street Theatre), "Where Were We?" (TCG Shinsai Brooklyn), "Brooklyn Bets Alexi" (Hudson Guild Theatre), "Blue Sky Somewhere" (Manhattan Repertory Theatre).
Taryn A. Wisky is a producer, actor and C.E.O. Of Making It Happen Productions. Her acting credits include "Raisin In the Sun" as Beneatha, "For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" as Lady in Blue and the one woman show, "Up& Up: The Mae Jemison Story" (Urban Stages). Her production credits include: the World Premier of "Brooklyn Bets Alexi" by Elizabeth Irwin (Hudson Guild Theatre), Michael Hilton's "Blue Sky Somewhere" (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), and pilots for Marvel/ Pow productions. She received a BA in Theater from Binghamton University.
Written and produced by Michael A. Jones. Directed by Mary Hodges. Music
by Michael A. Jones. World Premiere. Johnson Theater. 8/17 5:00 PM, 8/19 6:30
PM, 8/20 9:00 PM, 8/23 5:00 PM, 8/24 8:00 PM. Running time: 80 minutes. $15.
"Angela's Justice" is set in a fictitious place in1970. It is an adaption of Sophocles' "Antigone" and an homage to Angela Davis, wherein Angela is determined, by any means necessary, to get her brother properly buried. The piece takes a play that was written over 2000 years ago and melds it into a modern culture by melding the spirit of Antigone and Angela.
Performed by Arthur French, Tiffany Nichole Greene, M. Drue Williams, Michael A. Jones, Andrew Spieker, John Dewberry, Norman Smalls, Kara Green, Danea Robinson, Torre Reigns, Trevania Campbell, Cherie Daniels, Danea Robinson, Torre Reigns, Trevania Campbell, Cherie Daniels and Kele Mogotsi. Stage managed by David Brooks and assisted by Patricia Fields.
Michael Jones (playwright) is an actor, writer and teacher. He has performed in plays such as August Wilson’s "Women," "365 Plays/365 Days," "Two Gentleman of Verona," "Black Girl" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." His films include, "No Tips; No Love," "A House with Many Windows" and "An Unremarkable Life" (with Charles Dutton). His writing credits include the plays, "It Takes a Village to Raise…Hell," "Soiled Wings," "Blood," "Family Matters: A Play about Prostate Cancer," "One Love," and "Josh: The Black Babe Ruth," which was produced at Woodie King, Junior’s New Federal Theatre. He has written the screenplays, "Making Copies in Harlem," "Where’s the Beef?" and "Love and Bondage: Sex and Genocide." He was commissioned to write, "The Skin I’m In" a play that is touring the New York Public Schools. He is a founding member of the Uptown Playwrights’ Workshop
Mary Hodges (director) recently staged a short play written by a student from New Federal Theatre's Playwriting Showcase at The Castillo Theatre. She has directed several new works for playwright in residence, Cesi Davidson at The Countee Cullen Library theatre. She has directed for The Bad Theatre Festival, Estrogenius Festival, Urban Theatre Festival, Eclectic Theatre Festival, Chester Horn Theatre Festival, and many independent projects including screenwriters.
"Daughter of the Waves"
Written, directed, and designed by Eileen Connolly. Dance and aerial choreography by Sean Roschman. World premiere. Johnson Theater. 8/31 5:00 PM, 9/1 6:30 PM, 9/3 6:30 PM, 9/5 6:30 PM, 9/6 2:00 PM. Running time: 120 min. with a 15-min. intermission. $20.
"Daughter of the Waves" is a romantic drama about a traveling theater troupe and a ragtag band of damaged souls from Europe camping on an Irish beach during WWII. While fearing an imminent Nazi invasion, they discover that while the casualties of war and the sorrows of life can crush you, only love can save you. The play is based on the true story of Jewish refugees smuggled into neutral Ireland during WWII, where many joined the country's circuses and traveling shows and changed the art form forever. Cast of 13 includes Andhy Mendez (who last appeared at TNC in "Sotto Voce" by Nilo Cruz), aerealist Megan Hornaday and noted Irish actress Gina Costigan.
Eileen Connolly is Founder and Artistic Director of Wallis Knot Theatre. She has directed and designed at HERE Arts, Hudson Guild, New Actors Workshop, New York International Fringe Festival, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and American Theatre of Actors. She has written or adapted "Between Two Worlds," "CSI: Hamlet," "Duchess of Malfi," "Macbeth: Let It Be," "The Birds," "Daughter of the Waves," and a young adult novel, "Dublin Detective." As an actress, she has appeared at The York Theatre, Meadow Brook, Birmingham Theatre, Royal George, Walnut Street Theatre and Painted Bride Art Center. She has designed costumes for Wilma Theatre, Caravan Children’s Theatre Philadelphia, Wallis Knot Theater and New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. (www.WallisKnot.org, www.EileenConnollyWriter.com)
Sean Roschman is currently the Artistic Director/Founder of Roschman Dance. His choreography has been seen as part of Cirque du Soleil’s Times Square Anniversary happening, which was televised globally, and he was the choreographer for Lady Gaga's 2013 launch party in NYC. He is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Roschman began his dance training at age 11. He studied Ballet at the Joel Hall Dance Center of Chicago and Modern Technique at various studios across New York City and Chicago. He has also studied under Deborah Damast, Master Teacher for New York University's Graduate Dance Program. Upon graduation, he performed with Damast and Dancers in the retrospect "City Life" presented at the Alvin Ailey Theater. Following that he spent 6 months at an apprentice to AMEBA Acrobatic and Aerial Dance, where he fell deeply and madly in love with the trapeze. He was the resident choreographer for the Hammer Theater Collective and was the founding artistic director of hammerDANCE. He has acted and danced in Wallis Knot's adaptation of "Hamlet" (at NYCDA) and "Between Two Worlds" (at HERE/Spring Artists Lodge). He has choreographed Wallis Knot’s theater productions of "Macbeth," "The Duchess of Malfi" and "Between Two Worlds." (www.roschmandance.com)
"Daughters of Leda"
Written and Directed by Madeline Sayet. World premiere. Community Theater. 8/26 6:30 PM, 8/28 6:30 PM, 9/2 6:30 PM, 9/3 9:00 PM, 9/4 6:30 PM. Running time: 60 min. $15.
As the seasons change, Persephone returns to the underworld. But, this time she is not alone. A young mortal girl, Eva shows up at the same time, and starts asking questions that turn ancient history upside down. She forces Leda, Helen, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia, Chrysothemis, and Electra to finally contend with each other as a family, uncovering the notorious rumors that tore their family apart so long ago. In this modern look at women and myth, Persephone and The Fates stage an all out war on Hades for the control of history that has been manipulated for far too long.
Madeline Sayet is the resident artistic director at Amerinda (American Indian Artists) Inc., the artistic director of the Mad & Merry Theatre Company, a Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage Theatre and a National Arts Strategies' Creative Community Theater Fellow. Recent directing work includes: "Miss Lead" (59E59),"Daughters of Leda" (Dixon Place, Culture Project), "The Tempest"(Sylvester Manor, Brooklyn Lyceum), "Uncommon Women and Others" (Connelly Theater), "Expecting Lila & Shades of Blue" (Drama Bookshop Theatre). Upcoming directing: "The Powwow Highway" (HERE Arts); Native Shakespeare Ensemble; "The Magic Flute" (Glimmerglass). She holds a BFA in Theater and an MA in Arts Politics from NYU.
With: Alexa Amendolagine, Andi Bohs, Claire Burke, Sara Canter, Judianny Compres, Abby Eletz, Jael Golad, Brett Hecksher, Marlena Holman, Alexander Kydd, Kathleen Littlefield, Shayna Schmidt, Kim Sweet, Pamela Weingarden.
"Devil Lay Me Down"
Written by Ean Miles Kessler. Directed by David Delaney. World premiere. Community Theater. 8/17 2:00 PM, 8/19 9:00 PM, 8/20 9:00 PM, 8/21 6:30 PM, 8/22 9:00 PM. Running time: approx. 100 minutes (including intermission). $15.
Julian Carthy returns from prison to his father's trailer on the Texas-Mexico border, hell-bent on carving a fresh life and finding his daughter. There he finds his father, Marcus, living with Ro, his much younger live-in girlfriend. When a spark of interest lights between Julian and Ro, old tensions seethe between father and son, drawing Julian's brutal past to the surface. A modern Western at its heart, "Devil Lay Me Down" is a brutal love story and love song to the American West.
Ean Miles Kessler is a playwright whose Off-Off Broadway playwriting credits include "Brotherly Love," "King's River," "The Bcam," "Beautiful Hands" (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival Semi-Finalist). Publications are "Brotherly Love" ("Shorter, Faster, Funnier" by Vintage Books); "Funny Valentine" ("Plays for Two" by Vintage Books). Ean is a regular member of Naked Angels, and a Dramatist Guild Member. Rutgers, BFA Acting. Studied at Shakespeare's Globe in England under esteemed director Tim Carroll.
David Delaney is a Brooklyn-based director and producer. Currently a Resident Director at The Flea, his previous credits include "Slaves of Our Lives" and "The Magical Book of Misconception" at The Flea, "Beautiful Hands" (Samuel French OOB Festival Finalist), "Brotherly Love" and "King's River." He is also the co-founder of Foxhole Entertainment.
Written, directed and designed by Chima Chikazunga. Co-Produced by Patricia Richter. World premiere. Cabaret Theater. 8/28 6:30 PM, 8/29 9:00 PM, 8/30 2:00 PM, 9/2 6:30 PM, 9/3 9:00 PM. Running time: 80 minutes. $15.
"For Chance" is set in a living room apartment in the Lower East Side.
Recovering from a blackout after trying to use drugs and alcohol to write
the perfect play, Chance is visited by two of his childhood best friends on
his 25th birthday. Grief, substance abuse and sexual abuse soon collide when
what starts out as a night of fun on the town force him to deal with the aftermath
of hiding the past.
Chima Chikazunga is a native New Yorker who graduated from Florida State University. He is an actor, writer, and director. As an actor, he has performed on stages in New York, Boston, Florida, and New Jersey. He has written and directed "3 the Hard Way" (presented in 11th Annual DUTF and TNC's Lower East Side Festival for the Arts, semi-finalist in the 2014 Mentor Project.) His "Sophies Sweet 16" was presented in TNC's Dream Up Festival last summer. TNC has also held a reading of his play "The Accidental Kiss (Scratch Night)." "For Chance" was staged in TNC's New City, New Blood series.
The play is performed by Chima Chikazunga, John Rickenbacker Jr. and Soleidy Mendez.
Written and directed by John William Schiffbauer. World premiere. Community Theater 8/19 6:30 PM, 8/23 5:00 PM, 8/24 8:00 PM, 8/26 9:00 PM, 8/30 2:00 PM. Running time: 120min. $15.
"Halcyon Days" is an ensemble drama about the choices people make in their lives. When Peter and Connie's marriage begins to unravel, Connie goes on an introspective quest to redefine herself, just as Peter seeks out a relationship with a mysterious woman from his past.
John William Schiffbauer has performed Off Broadway with The Pearl Theatre Company, Classic Stage Company, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. His Off Off Broadway credits include "Another Country" (dir. Diane Paulus), "Live Broadcast" (New York International Fringe Festival), "Father Mike" (The Gallery Players) and "Kerouac" (13th Street Repertory Company). Regionally, he has appeared with The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival and the Capital Fringe Festival. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Bard College at Simon's Rock.
Designed by John William Schiffbauer (playwright/director/producer/set & sound designer), Nina Vartanian (costume designer), Timothy Parrish (lighting designer), William Gozdziewski (fight director). With: Ashley Arcement, Daniel Bielinski, Britannie Bond, Elissa Middleton, Maury Miller, Vincent Torres.
"Hits The Fan"
Written and directed by Johnny Alspaugh. World premiere. Community Theater.
8/25 6:30 PM, 8/27 6:30 PM, 8/30 2:00 PM, 9/2 9:00 PM, 9/6 5:00 PM, 9/7 8:00
PM. Running time: 1 hour 20 min. $15.
"Hits The Fan" captures the alternating malaise and excitement of Southern California family life ("dysfunction in paradise"). The same day his wife Clarice and transsexual son Kaylie left him because of his intolerable behavior, Carl has an encounter with Mofuku Mmembe, a Ugandan exchange student in a host home. Drunk and rambling, Carl receives help from Mofuku and other people and is forced to confront his insecurity issues and embark on the journey of reconnecting with his family.
Johnny Alspaugh is a writer and actor originally from San Diego, California. He recently wrapped a small role in an independent feature film entitled, "Pop Goes the Void." Three of his short screenplays have been produced. He also has a television pilot in development about a struggling band finding its own voice in these tumultuous times. When not hunched over his computer typing out renegade haikus or eating, Johnny practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and occasionally tickles audiences with his standup comedy. He graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Theater Arts.
"In the Ring"
Written by Léonore Confino. Directed by Alexandre Oppecini. Translated by Perrine Moran. Sound Designed by Ann Warren and Concrete Timbre. Produced by Diffractions Theatre. Performed in English by Nathalie Bryant and Kyle Tuck. American Premiere (World premiere of the English version). Johnson Theater. 8/26 6:30 PM, 8/28 9:00 PM, 8/29 6:30 PM, 8/30 8:00 PM, 9/3 9:00 PM, 9/6 5:00 PM. Running time: 90 minutes. $15.
From France comes "In The Ring," which has been nominated for a a Molière Prize (French equivalent of a Tony award). This is the play's American debut and world premiere of its English version. The play is set in a boxing arena, which serves simultaneously as a playground and as a place to explore relationships between men and women. Parents, lovers, strangers, husbands and wives, even the divorced, widowed, all struggle with their instincts, their ideals and their childish impulses. The play is fast-paced, nervously oscillating between laughter and drama. Sparks light fires and misunderstandings lead to war, despite everyone's phenomenal efforts to coexist with the other gender.
Leonore Confino ran away at age 16 to Montreal to study trapeze. Upon her return, she went to Ecole Supérieure d'Études Cinématographiques in Paris to pursue a career in acting and film studies. In 2001, she performed Chekhov plays under the direction of Niels Arestrup and subsequently worked with Jean-Claude Penchenat, Serge Lipszyc and Catherine Schaub. Her first play, "Un Ange Passe," won the Paris young talent award in 2002. In 2009, she wrote "Building." This play, staged by Catherine Schaub, received the Grand Prix Scene in 2011, had 55 performances between October 2011 and June 2012 and was in Avignon in July 2013. Her play "One Upon Another" won awards from the 2012 Influenscènes Reading Comittee and the Actuelles Festival in Strasbourg. In the Spring of 2014, Confino was nominated for a Molière (French equivalent of a Tony award) for "Ring."
Alexandre Oppecini started acting in France in 2003 with Philippe Peyran Lacroix and pursued his training at the famous Cours Florent with Lesley Chatterley in the Acting in English program. He was rapidly drawn to writing and directing. He adapted the novel "Microfictions" (winner of the dark Comedy novel award by Télérama) by Régis Jauffret for the Clavel Theater in 2010. In 2011, he directed "The Bear and The Proposal" by Anton Chekhov at the Akteon Theate in Paris. In January 2012, he co-created La Compagnie Spirale (Spiral Company) in France. In one year, the company produced two shows in France, both directed by Alexandre Oppecini, "Romeo et Juliette: La rencontre" (Romeo & Juliet: An encounter) and "L'enseigneur" (The God Teacher). "L'Enseigneur" has recently been selected for the Festival E Teatrale 2013 in France. He also wrote some screenplays for French TV.
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"The Ironworks Hayride" (Musical)
Directed by Eric Michael Gillett. Libretto by Robert Olen Butler based on his short story. Music and additional lyrics by Lanny Meyers. Musical Direction by Lanny Meyers. Originally Conceived for the Stage by Michael Simon Hall. Performed by Stacylyn Bennett and Michael Simon Hall. Workshop production. Johnson Theater 8/18 6:30 PM, Johnson Theater 8/23 2:00 PM, Johnson Theater 9/4 9:00 PM, Community Theater 9/5 9:00 PM, Johnson Theater 9/6 8:00 PM. Running time: 80 minutes. $15.
"The Ironworks Hayride" is a romantic comedy chamber operetta set in in Sunnyvale, California in 1911. The play revolves around Milton, a shy bachelor accountant, who is coerced into going on a blind date with Millie, a "very progressive woman," who due to her cork leg is on the verge of being an old maid. The text is taken from the short story of the same name by Pulitzer Award winner Robert Olen Butler.
Eric Michael Gillett's directing credits include the 2010/11 edition of Big Apple Circus, "Dance On," "Broadway Musicals of 1957" and "Broadway Musicals of 1943" at Town Hall, the premiere productions of Scott Siegel’s Broadway By The Year series. He directed Eric Fallen’s short play series, "Small Talk," which appeared at the Montreal Fringe Festival in 2011 and was presented in New York City in September later that same year. He is the creator and host of "Showstoppers!," a benefit series for the Singers Forum/Actors Equity Scholarship Program. His recent series, "The Amanda McBroom Project," received the 2014 MAC Award for Special Production and a theatrical version will be given a workshop in August. He is currently developing Tom Simes’ new comedy, "Figment." In addition, he has been MAC nominated 7 years in a row for his directorial work with Tovah Feldshuh, Mandy Gonzalez, Jarrod Spector, and KT Sullivan, among many others.
Robert Olen Butler has published sixteen novels and six volumes of short fiction, one of which, "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain," won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has also published a volume of his lectures on the creative process, "From Where You Dream." He was the 2013 recipient of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. Among his many other accolades are the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and two National Magazine Awards in Fiction. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
This workshop production of "The Ironworks Hayride" will not be open for review.
"La Bestia: Sweet Mother"
Written and directed by Tom Block. Performed by Millie Torchetti, Patrick Bolger, Becca Weiss and Desiree Miller. Original music by Becca Weiss (singer) and Desiree Miller (cellist). World premiere. Cabaret Theater. 9/3 6:30 PM, 9/4 6:30 PM, 9/5 9:00 PM, 9/6 5:00 PM, 9/7 8:00 PM. Running time: 40 minutes. $15.
La Bestia: Sweet Mother is a multi-media theatrical reconsideration of humanity's earliest creation myths. Although the audience may believe they are in small black-box theater in the East Village, in point of fact they will have arrived on the once-a-year feast day, when our first ancestors gathered to give thanks, and try and understand how and why this earth began. The underpinning imagery in the work comes directly from these earliest myths -- Babylonia, Sumerian, Greek, Hebrew, Zoroastrian and others. The ultimate message is that creation (of being and time) and destruction (of eternity) are interlinked and perhaps the same thing.
The narrative and characters provide a structure for the music, dance and chorus. This work is marked by stylized movement and words that bleed into the "mythical." A dancer, chorus and cello create the emotional carriage that takes the audience into our deepest shared past -- and into that place where the ultimate questions were considered.
The title is taken from La Bestia freight train, also known as "the train of death," a series of freight trains running through Central America to the border with the United States. The trek on the train has been described as running a gauntlet of bribery, extortion, rape, kidnapping and murder, simply to arrive at the U.S. border.
Tom Block is a playwright, author and artist. He has had plays produced in New York and Washington DC; has published four non-fiction books and exhibited his artwork around the United States and Europe. He has also spoken about his ideas throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Turkey. Mr. Block is currently a LABA Fellow at the 14th Street Y. (www.tomblock.com)
"Life in the ER"
Written and directed by Rebecca Roe. Music by Heather Edwards. World Premiere. Community Theater. 8/17 5:00 PM, 8/18 6:30 PM, 8/24 5:00 PM, 9/6 2:00 PM, 9/7 2:00 PM. Running time: 60 minutes. $15.
A cast of twelve takes the audience for a humorous ride on the gurney. Five patients have been admitted to County General’s ER room. They all need some emotional and physical healing but they can’t seem to find the nurse.
Performed by Lally Ross, Jeremy Peterson, David Kester, Rebecca Roe, Marshall Foltz, Paige Felicia Mitchell, Ashley Aran, Renée Torrière, Ashley Wool, Morgan Nichols, Cheryl Monroe and Tucker Lewis.
Rebecca Roe has been involved in theater as an actor in Florida and New York and a producer of Off-off Broadway shows in NYC for over 20 years. She wrote and acted in a 10-minute piece from Our Workshop East's production of "Downsizing," hosted by the League of Professional Theater Women, in 2012. She is a member of Cranston & Spade's theater group, which performs once a month at the Episcopal Actors' Guild Theater.
"Messages from a Mental Institution"
Written by Lee Gershuny. Directed by Corinne Harris, performed by Corinne Harris and James Bryce. American premiere. Community Theater. 8/27 9:00 PM, 8/28 9:00 PM, 8/30 5:00 PM, 8/31 8:00 PM, 9/1 6:30 PM. Running time: 50 min. $15.
From Scotland comes "Messages from a Mental Institution," in which strange messages from her missing husband spark a woman's heroic quest to find his true identity so she can rescue him from a psychiatric hospital. The play delves into the theme of the simplicity of true love, presenting a multi-layered experience of reality where the boundaries between dreaming and waking life dissolve.
Lee Gershuny is a poet and award-winning playwright in both the USA and the UK. She is a native New Yorker who has been living in Edinburgh, Scotland since 1988. In Scotland, she has developed innovative collaborative forms of theater both locally and internationally (Community Theater Rites of Passage, Theatre of Being, Jazz Theatre). She is also Founder/Artistic Director of The Elements World Theatre (EWT). Her writing credits include "3 Weird Women," "The Old Woman Who Lived in a…," "Theseus and the Minotaur," "A Love Story," and "Lockerbie – Lost Voices."
Corinne Harris is a director who has worked with many companies including The RSC, Royal Exchange, Bristol Old Vic, The Traverse, Communicado, Theatre Objectiv, TAG and 7:84. Her recent directing credits include "Wojtek" and "the Soldier Bear" (Theatre Objektiv). She is also Co-artistic Director of Lucida Performance Lab. She received an MA in Text & Performance from RADA / King's College.
Written and performed by Adin Lenahan. Directed by Elizabeth Rogers, Alton Alburo and Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin. World premiere. Cabaret Theater. 8/17 8:00 PM, 8/19 9:00 PM, 8/21 6:30 PM, 8/22 9:00 PM, 8/24 2:00 PM, 9/4 9:00 PM. Running time: 90min. $12.
This is a solo show about a young man named Nixon, who aged out of the foster care system in Illinois and is now engaged to a man with a mullet haircut whom he met on a train. Before he can marry, Nixon must return to the places of his youth to make peace with his past and break a promise to a vampire he once knew. This play is about how childhood plays itself out, parentless children, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Eyre.
Adin Lenahan is a Midwestern born actor and writer. His New York credits include "The Grapes of Wrath," "Pvt. Wars," "Valhalla," Reid Farrington's "A Christmas Carol," "BATMAN!" "Hansel, Hansel, Let Down Your Beanstalk" and "Lemon Cake." He holds a BFA in Drama from New York University, through which he trained at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, the Experimental Theatre Wing and studied playwriting in Dublin.
Lights and set are by Elizabeth Rogers. Costumes are by Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin. Musicis by Cameron Toy.
Written by Kris Lundberg. Directed by Jay Michaels. World premiere. Community Theater Theater. 8/30 8:00 PM, 9/3 6:30 PM, 9/4 9:00 PM, 9/6 8:00 PM, 9/7 5:00 PM. Running time: 75 min. $15.
Set in Victorian London and based on a true story, "Muse" embraces the tumultuous romance between the charismatic Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his muse and model, Elizabeth Siddal. During the rise of the Pre-Raphaelite revolution, which radically changed London's art scene, Rossetti's paintings became highly commissioned and Lizzie quickly rose to fame, immortalized as a model. We follow him through the trials and tribulations of his artistic struggles as well as the dynamics of his relationship with Lizzie who, as his protege, becomes his fiercest artistic competitor.
Kris Lundberg is a writer and actor. Her plays have been produced in New York, London and the Carolinas; she's author of the children's book "Sniffy McSnifferson Meets the Beloved," which will be launched at the 2014 Brooklyn Book Festival. As an actress, she has appeared internationally on the stage and screen and can most recently be seen playing the role of Stacey Moore in Stephen King's feature film, "A Good Marriage." She is president, founder and artistic director of Shakespeare's Sister Company. She holds a B.S. in Theater Education from East Carolina University.
Jay Michaels (director) has worked as a director, producer, and performer.
He has directed classics including six Shakespeare plays, Marlowe’s "Faustus,"
Kyd’s "Spanish Tragedy" and the Fourth Folio’s "A Yorkshire Tragedy" (at LaMaMa)
and "Oedipus Rex" and "The Bacchae" (HBO Summer Stage). He has also directed
premieres of three musicals and new works at a variety of festivals. His projects
include two Samuel French New Plays Festival winners. He has also been an actve
producer in film and TV. He was national tour manager of "Cats," "Les Miserables,"
"Oliver" and "Edwin Drood." Producing credits include promotional manager of
The Bronx Opera (seven seasons and counting) and marketing executive of Broadway’s
"Guys & Dolls" (1992), "Damn Yankees" (1994) and "The Vagina Monologues"
at Town Hall. In 1998, he and Mary E. MiCari formed Genesis Repertory, a production
company dedicated to the classics and in 2010, they formed Genesis Pictures
as an outgrowth of the stage company. His productions have won ASCAP, SPOTLIGHT,
and OOBR Awards and NYIT, GLAAD, and Drama Desk nominations.
"Pageant Tales and Beauty Fails"
Written by Michael Bradley. Directed by Tony Curtis. World premiere. Johnson Theater 8/24 5:00 PM, 8/30 5:00 PM, 8/31 2:00 PM, 9/2 6:30 PM, 9/5 9:00 PM. Running time: 2 hours with intermission. $15.
"Pageant Tales and Beauty Fails" is a mockumentary-inspired, offensively hilarious comedy that follows the outrageous America's Goddess Pageant and the zany characters inhabiting this year's contest.
Michael Bradley is a Playwright, Director and AEA Stage Manager originally from New Jersey. As a playwright, his work includes "Exposure" (DreamStem Productions), "I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus" (Less Than Rent, Second Fig Productions), "See Saw Kill" (Shortened Attention Span), "Sound Asleep" (PTP/NYC), "Steps to the Future (Special Sauce Co.), "The Ballad of Brenda and Eddie: Redux" (Boomerang Theatre Company), "The Illusory Adventures of a Dreamer" (Lunar Energy Productions, PTP/NYC), "The Last Year" (PTP/NYC), and "Viral Video" (Manhattan Repertory Theater). He is the founder and Artistic Director of Rhapsody Collective.
Tony Curtis is a NYC-based director, writer, voice actor and performer born 100 miles north in upstate New York. He is a co-host for Congested Cat's new monthly live film screening Indie Works. Recent credits include: He was Assistant Director to Kenny Leon for "Stick Fly," Project Administrator of The Drama League's DirectorFest 2013 and Co-Director of "Two-Minute Warning" and "Bad Faith" by Neil LaBute in Spoleto, Italy. He earned a BA in Theatre Arts from SUNY New Paltz.
The acting ensemble includes Samantha Algeiri, Brian Collins, Madeline Hickman, Matthew Menendez, Victoria Anne Miller, Sophie Moshofsky, Alexis Robbins, Eliza Simpson, Julia Warner, Kate Villanova and Jarrett Alfred Yoder.
"Ravishing Medusa" (Dance Theater)
Written by Rachel Graf Evans. Directed and choreographed by Blaze Ferrer. Lighting design by Ebony Burton. Sound design by Ben Ferber. World premiere. Community Theater. 8/23 8 pm, 8/25 9:00 PM, 8/29 9:00 PM, 8/31 5:00 PM, 9/1 9:00 PM. $15.
"Ravishing Medusa" is a dance theater piece. The play unearths the oft-forgotten myth of how Medusa became the hideous Gorgon she is remembered as. A young resident of the Temple of Athena, Medusa gets caught within a conflict of the gods, where an unpunished crime forever alters her fate.
Blaze Ferrer is a Brooklyn-based performance maker. He has directed and choreographed pieces for AUNTS, Exquisite Corpse Company, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Pencil Productions. He has stage managed and assisted on projects with Target Margin Theater, New Dramatists, IRT Theater, NYCFringe, The New Group, and the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. www.blazeferrer.com.
Rachel Graf Evans is a feminist writer and theater artist most interested in the telling of forgotten and silenced stories. Her pieces have been workshopped and produced in New York by the Fresh Fruit Festival, Pencil Productions, and Mots de Changer. She has also worked in various capacities with the York Theater Company, New Georges, Early Stages, Tortoise Shell Productions, and Propstar! She has performed in a myriad of Cabaret Theaters and is in the process of self-producing an original album. (http://about.me/rachelgrafevans)
Performed by Samantha Bergman, Marisa Brau, Holland Hamilton, Alexis Kelley and Molly O'Keefe.
"Simple as Life and Death"
Written (in English) by Meirav Kupperberg and Alexandra Zelman-Doring. Directed by Keren Tzur. Dramaturgy by Eran Shadar. Video by Pedro Marnoto Pereira. Designed by Dan Spielman. Lighting by Alejandro Fajardo. Music by Mahir Cetiz. Performed by Meirav Kupperberg and Alexandra Zelman-Doring. World premiere. Community Theater. 8/17 8:00 PM, 8/18 9:00 PM, 8/20 6:30 PM, 8/21 9:00 PM, 8/23 2:00 PM, 8/24 2:00 PM. Running time: 90 minutes. $15.
From Israel comes "Simple as Life and Death," a raw, truthful tale exploring the vulnerable and unique lives of two women artists. Efrat comes from Israel to visit Anne in New York— with an open ticket. She’s 36, running from pressures that have suddenly surrounded her at home. Anne, an ambitious artist at 27 who has just returned from spending a year with her love in Israel, finds herself racked with doubt about her relationship after a tragic accident occurred months before, only to discover that she is pregnant. Their encounter leads these two women through a journey of discovery and change, shaking their belief systems to their core. The play is a deep portrait of the differences between American and Israeli cultures and a fresh meditation on feminism in the modern world.
Alexandra Zelman-Doring is a recent winner of the 2013 Financial Times/Bodley Head essay prize judged by Simon Schama, Tom Weldon, Lucy Tuck, among others. She is the 2008 first-prize winner of the Glascock Poetry Prize, which boasts Sylvia Plath and James Merrill among its past winners. She studied at Brown University and Wadham College, Oxford and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Columbia University. Her poems and texts have been set to music by composers such as Andile Khumalo and Jiří Kadeřábek. She collaborated with composer David Adamcyk to produce "Cheval mémoire" (2011) for solo piano. She is the author of numerous plays including "Light in the Dust" (Brown University 2008) and "To Hold an Apple" (59E59th Street's East to Edinburgh and Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011). Recently, she wrote and directed "Halfway through the Story of Our Life," which premiered at Access Theater (May-June 2014). She is also the artistic director of Throes Theater.
Meirav Kupperberg is an actor and writer based in Tel Aviv. She has lead an international career, working and performing to critical acclaim in Europe and in the USA. Educated at Haifa University, where she graduated with honors, Kupperberg won scholarships from the Yehushua Rabinovich foundation to work on the play "Peep" and an American-Israeli cultural foundation award to study with Peter Brook. Her film credits include "Hunting Elephants," directed by Reshef Levi, staring Patrick Stewart and Moni Moshonov (2013), "Plain Clothes," directed by Jessica Habie (2013) and "After the Rain," directed by Uzi Yahav (2012). Her play "Peep," written by Meirav with Eran Shadar, directed by Eran Shadar, premiered at Stage Center's One Man Show Festival in 2012, and is currently showing at Hasimta Theater, in Jaffa.
Keren Tzur, director, is a two time Best Actress winner in Israel's version of the Academy Award s (for "The Clearing" by Helen Edmondson and for "Anda" by Hillel Mittelpunket). She is one of the leading performers in Israeli Theater, and was chosen so in 2008 by the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation. She has also won an award for directing the play "Missing Beat" by Liora Carmeli in the "Open Stage" festival in Beit Lessin Theater of Tel Aviv. (The show was also chosen as the "audience favorite," and both leading actors won best actors awards.) She has recently directed "Fen" by Caryl Churchil at the Haifa University acting school, from which she is a graduate.
Written by B. Walker Sampson. Directed by Gretchen Van Lente. Designed by Angelica Borrier-Fortier. World premiere. Johnson Theater. 8/17 8:00 PM, 8/20 6:30 PM, 8/25 6:30 PM, 8/27 6:30 PM, 8/28 6:00 PM, 8/29 9:00 PM. Running time: 60 minutes. $15.
"Slouch" is a metaphysical dramedy in which three thirty-something roommates struggle with job and relationship failures, the isolation of city living and the habit of comparing their lives to their very successful friend (who may be dropping by soon).
B. Walker Sampson received his MFA in play writing from Brooklyn College, where he studied with Mac Wellman. His plays include "Alceste," "My Machine is Powered by Clocks, " "October Folks," "The Higher Up," "Puppet Kafka" and many others. His plays have been presented or developed by Theatre of NOTE, Soho Rep, HERE Arts Center, the Ice Factory, St. Ann's Warehouse, Ars Nova, the Playwrights' Center, Source Theatre, Dixon Place, Culture Project, Outsider's Inn Collective, Drama of Works, and Sightline. With Sightline, he has also co-written numerous plays.
Gretchen Van Lente is a freelance director and Artistic Director of the award-winning multidisciplinary company, Drama of Works (www.dramaofworks.com). She has been directing and teaching puppet and visual theater since 1995. Through this time, Drama of Works has created over a dozen shows, most directed by Ms. Van Lente; received six Henson Foundation grants, participated in many developmental series and performed in international festivals in over five countries.
With: Stephanie Bunch, Patrick McCormick and Tatiana Pavela.
"Summer Blue" (Multidisciplinary)
Written by Akil Davis & The LoudSol collective. Conceptualized, directed and designed by Akil Davis. Choreographed by The LoudSol collective. Produced by Seanna Sharpe. World Premiere. Johnson Theater. 8/17 2:00 PM, 8/18 9:00 PM, 8/19 9:00 PM, 8/21 9:00 PM, 8/23 8:00 PM. Running time: 120 minutes. $20.
"Summer Blue" is a soulful multidisciplinary composition of Aerial, Acrobatics, Dance, Mask work, Live Music and Theater rooted in Blues Music and Jazz. It explores the soul using contemporary and classical art forms, using movement, text (from Shakespeare to Tupac) and music, expressed and experienced through the layers of Blues and the sounds it has spawned to resonate, challenge, and feed the viewer on a deeper level. Cast of 16 aerealists, performers and drummers includes Dana Abrassart, Alexandra Peter, Flora Wildes, Del Montgomery, Crystin Gilmore, Equiano Mosieri ,Sophia Lavonne,Joshua Oates, Melissa Lavoie,Elliott Larue, Sara Zepezauer,Compton Timberwolf,Aine Fujioka,Elana "Meta" Jaroff, Seanna Sharpe and Akil Davis (http://loudsol.com).
Akil Davis grew up with Hip-Hop dance in his everyday culture in Memphis TN. He moved to NY to study, received his Bachelors in Theater from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and has worked on many stages. He has received extensive training in four different forms of Balinese dance, three forms of Thai Classical dance, Modern dance, Butoh, African, Ballet, Jazz, Kabuki, and Noh. He subsequently combined Balinese Thai Classical and Hip-hop to create a new dance form called "The Projection Exercise." He has taught Theater and Dance all over America and in over seven countries.
Seanna Sharpe graduated from high school in Mexico and took to the air at age 16, studying Aerial Dance at Le Cirque Centre on the West Coast and training with Lorenzo SantaBarbara, Elsie Smith, Terry Crane, Laura Stokes, and Kerri Podgorski before founding Le Cirque's Adult Program in 2007. Then she studied Political Philosophy, Metaphor, Fine Art, Production, and Dance at NYU. Between 2009 and 2011, she performed at nearly 300 parties, festivals, theaters, galleries and events across the country and the world. Sharpe has flown for Cirque du Soleil, The Guggenheim and Beyonce, among a lot of others.
"Tales of the Perpetually Single but Eternally Optimistic"
Written and directed by Uzunma Udeh. Performed by Uzunma Udeh, Colette McIntyre and Cristina Ramos. World premiere. Cabaret Theater. 8/18 9:00 PM, 8/20 6:30 PM, 8/22 6:30 PM, 8/23 8:00 PM, 8/25 9:00 PM. 8/28 9:00 pm, 8/31 8:00 pm, 9/2 9:00 pm, 9/5 6:30 pm, 9/6 8:00 pm (10 performances). Running time: 50 minutes. $12.
"Tales of the Perpetually Single but Eternally Optimistic" is vignettes of dating scenarios in New York City with top 40's music. In this cross dressing comedy, three women come together to demonstrate the pitfalls, obstacles, and the slight glimmer of hope in the New York City dating scene.
Uzunma Udeh is a Louisiana native. Hailing from the small town Ruston, she was born and raised in a household that felt a lot like Nigeria in Louisiana. She is the only daughter and one of four children. She has always enjoyed writing in an informal sense: blogs, articles and hate mail. Recently, she decided to try her hand at writing something 'real' and admits that her decision to pursue literary arts might have been more ideal prior to getting her degree in statistics from Columbia University.
"Thirteen & A Half"
Written By Anna Governali, directed by Justin Johnson. World premiere. Johnson Theater. 8/22 6:30 PM, 8/26 9:00 PM, 8/27 9:00 PM, 8/31 8:00 PM, 9/4 6:30 PM. Running time: 80 minutes. $15.
"Thirteen & a Half" is set in Gehenna Superior Court of Purgatory, between a place of purification or that of temporary punishment. Eve has her day in court. Since her banishment from the Garden of Eden, she has sued God for defamation of character. Guided by her attorney Sariel, Eve pleads her case to the faceless twelve to regain her immortality and clear her name once and for all.
Anna Governali is a New York based playwright. She earned her BA in English at Marymount Manhattan College in 2004. Her credits include "The Tupperware Convention" (Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 2010), "An Encounter With An Angel on the 42nd Street Platform While Contemplating Suicide" (Strawberry Festival, 2011) and "Confessions of Compulsive Daters" (John Chatterton's Short Play Series, 2011). Governali's first full-length play, "KINGS," was presented at HERE as part of The Downtown Urban Theatre Festival in 2012. In March 2013, "KINGS" received an eight show run at the Nuyorican Poet's Café, exactly one year after its debut, and was revived at Nuyorican Poet's Café in the summer of 2013. She currently studies Playwriting at ESPA Primary Stages.
Justin Johnson is a graduate from Briar Cliff University. He has directed "Death of a Stranger," "No Exit," "Crimes of the Heart" and "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," all at Briar Cliff University, and assistant directed "Kings" and "Piece of my Heart." This is his New York directing debut.
Lighting design by Gus Ferrari. Costume design by Hope Governali. Cast includes J Daria Rein, Alex Estrada, Jessica Ruffus, Lenny Thomas, Soleidy Mendez, Biniam Tekola, Kendra Leigh Landon, Kimberly Flores, Kelveen Fabian, John Pozzi.
"Tomorrow's Dawn (Demain l’Aurore)" (Musical)
Written by Jeff Gallon and Fred Larrieu (France). Directed by Jeff Gallon. Music directed and composed by Fred Larrieu. Choreographed by Cordélia Czaïka. New York Premiere. Performed in English. 8/21 6:30 PM, 8/22 9:00 PM, 8/24 2:00 PM, 8/25 9:00 PM. Johnson Theater. Running time: 80 minutes. $20.
"Tomorrow's Dawn," from France, is an original musical which focuses on the central themes of love, friendship and hope. Tom is in love with Alice, who loves him too. But nothing is simple: they are young; they have parents and teachers. They are teenagers, obviously full of questions and pains. Fortunately, they are not alone: they have friends, brothers and sisters – thousands of emotions and feelings at the same time. And they have the certainty in their hearts that a better day is for tomorrow. Will they find themselves? Will they push all together the door of this new dawn?
Lively, sparkling, sensitive, delirious, the piece focuses on the central themes of love, friendship and hope, reflecting the concerns of today's young people while exploring inter-generational relationships in all their complexities.
Performed by the Company La Petite Famille (Morgane Cadre, Thibault Dols, Monia Zadri, Martial Dubois, Clara Turcovich, Smiljana Kovacevic, Manon Sinare, Sandra Barbaro, Loïc Pujol and Guillaume Kadri). This ensemble began in a middle-school seven years ago and has continued to this day with the same people, all from diverse cultural backgrounds. Despite their young ages (16/25), they have performed both in France and abroad (10 different countries) and in two languages (French & English). Reviews published during their 2013 tour to UK, Ireland and Netherlands described them as brilliantly entertaining, thoughtful, insightful and often quite funny.
Jeff Gallon lives in Toulouse (south of France). Since 1997, he has taught literature in schools, high schools and universities. Since 2007, he has been the Director of the Theatre Company "La Petite Famille" and since 2010, has been the Co-Manager of the company La Maison Productions (which specializes in video mapping). He is author of a collection of poems, Les "Cendres de nos Regards" (Caractères, 1990, Paris), the novel "Effrénés" (Clapotements, 2003, Toulouse). His theater productions, in which he also performed, include the plays "Le Tueur au nez rouge" (2003), "4, rue des rêves" (2009), Au-dessus du vide (2009) the jazz opera "Mise à nu" (2009) and the musicals "Demain l’Aurore" (2007) and "L’Aurore, enfin" (2011).
Fred Larrieu is a French composer who has taught musical education in schools, high schools and universities since 2002. He is a pianist, guitarist, bassist and performere of computer aided music. He was a professional and touring musician for nine years in France and Europe. He was composer and the arranger for the musicals "Demain l’Aurore" (Tomorrow's Dawn, 2007) and "L'Aurore, enfin" (2011) and three French rock and reggae bands from 2010 to 2014.
"When I'm Alone At Night"
Written, directed, choreographed and designed by John Moriarty. New York premiere. Cabaret Theater. 8/17 2:00 PM, 8/19 6:30 PM, 8/21 9:00 PM, 8/23 5:00 PM, 8/24 5:00 PM. Running time: 50 minutes. $15.
"When I'm Alone at Night" is a play about what happens when the sun goes down, when you're behind closed doors, and when you know no one is watching. It follows three characters as they struggle to put their restless minds to sleep but can't resist waking to ﬁght their own inner demons. Through song, dance, and spoken word, the play explores the fears, doubts, and temptations that we can only face when alone at night.
John Moriarty was Director/Writer of "An Evening of Filth" at JunkYard Festival/ Theatre of the Savage Youth. He has directed "Wholly Joan's" by Erik Ehn at Powerhouse Theater and various productions at Carnegie Mellon University's Playground Festival. He co-wrote "How To Be A Good Person" with Eleanor Bishop at CMU and "Everything About A Family (Almost) at TADA!
Performed by Nicholas Sacks, Caroline Pluta, Tory Berner, Wesley Jones, Victoria Pedretti and Cara Ronzetti.
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