A MAY SKY PICTURE
“My first experience of hearing Schuyler (Skye) Iona Press sing was one of those moments [being in the presence of greatness] and inspired me to share my appreciation for her remarkable talent.” – Rebekah Blu, Avalon Magazine Spring 2012
WHAT I’M FAILING TO LEARN
A mashup musical journey where truth holds hope
Music and Lyrics by 14-year-old SCHUYLER IONA PRESS
Starring SCHUYLER IONA PRESS
Choreography by JOEL HANNA
Music Arranged by JEB PATTON
Co-Directed by DARREN PRESS
Written and Co-Directed by C. FRASER PRESS
LIMITED OFF-BROADWAY ENGAGEMENT
MAY 15 – JUNE 15, 2013 AT THE 13th STREET REP
OPENING NIGHT IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 AT 7 P.M.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT 13THSTREETREP.ORG
A MAY SKY PICTURE is pleased to announce the workshop production of Schuyler Iona Press’ WHAT I’M FAILING TO LEARN, choreography by Joel Hanna, music arranged by Jeb Patton, co-directed by Darren Press, written and directed by C. Fraser Press. WHAT I’M FAILING TO LEARN will play a limited engagement at Off-Broadway’s 13th Street Rep (50 West 13th Street, NYC). Performances begin Wednesday, May 15 and continue through Saturday, June 15. Opening Night is Wednesday, May 29 (8 p.m.).
14-year-old singer songwriter Schuyler Iona Press, whose eclectic compositions include influences from modern folk, rock, and punk peppered with Latin grooves, is an outsider longing to be on the “inside”, simultaneously outraged by the implications—a kid entering adolescence and questioning her world. Accompanied by a live band, percussive modern Irish dancers and video, Schuyler brings us on a poetic imaginative quest into the depths of her emotions.
A mashup of theatrical drama/live concert/multimedia video, What I’m Failing To Learn takes us on a walking tour through the unpredictable streets of NYC and through the even more unpredictable mind of a young teenager.
What I’m Failing to Learn is a personal journey of a child colored by both positives and negatives of growing up unsheltered from certain truths of our human world. As Schuyler learns, truth holds both comedy and tragedy, but most importantly, truth holds hope.
The production stars Schuyler Iona Press (Film: Theresa is a Mother) as herself. The ensemble/band includes Carlos Mena on bass, Annette Homann on violin and as the voice of Carol, Sardinian woman and Diner Lady, Henry Koperski on the piano/flute/sax and as the voice of Harvey, Matthew Gumley (Bdwy: Elf, Addams Family, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast Film: Theresa is a Mother) on electric guitar and as the voice of the Tour Guide, Sam Wagner (The Brighton Beat) on the drums, Dominique Porter as the voice of Schuyler and Savior Lady, and Hannah Tobias as voice of Mother, Sardinian teenager and Phyllis.
The production features lighting design by Rob Belchere and sound design by MikeDeRosa. Liz Peak is the stage manager.
WHAT I’M FAILING TO LEARN plays the following schedule:
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Saturdays at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $18-30 and are now available online at www.13thstreetrep.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater ½ hour prior to performance.
Running Time: 90 minutes
SCHUYLER IONA PRESS (Music, Lyrics, Performer) is a 14-year old singer/songwriter guitarist and actress from NYC. She is the youngest artist ever to play the singer/songwriter sessions at the Bitter End in NYC and has played numerous music festivals in the northeast throughout the summer of 2012 including Boston GreenFest, Block Island Music Festival, Black Potatoe Music Festival and more.
A prolific songwriter from an early age, at 12 years old Schuyler opened for award winning recording artist Ellis Paul. Schuyler composed the score to the independent feature film “Theresa is a Mother,” including recording “Summer Child” the main theme song. Theresa is a Mother is currently playing in film festivals around the country and has won numerous Best Film awards. Schuyler recently recorded a guitar/vocal for the music video to her 9/11 tribute song “Playground Museum.” This video premiered at the 2012 International Film Festival Manhattan and won in the music video category at the 2012 My HERO Film Festival in LA. Schuyler was also nominated for a prestigious Ron Kovic Peace Prize.
As an actress, Schuyler was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Award from the 2012 Reel Independent Film Festival in Washington DC for her role in the film Theresa is a Mother.
A budding philanthropist, Schuyler is combining her talents and passions to create the I Am Today Project, an arts driven organization that works with children fighting serious illness helping them create personal and expressive projects in various artistic disciplines.
JOEL HANNA (Choreographer) is known for his athletic and boundary-breaking fusion of tap dance, musical percussion, Irish dance, and martial arts Joel Hanna has been called “one of the most exciting dancers to ever step on the World stage”.
Joel began his training at age 9 in Vancouver, B.C., achieving competitive success all over the world. Joel’s professional career took off after joining Riverdance: The Show in 1997, performing throughout Britain and North America. During this time he was selected to be the subject of a documentary, produced by CBC/Riverdance, called "The Badboy and the Hometown Girl", which is still broadcast today.
He has taught and choreographed award-winning pieces for schools and professional dance companies all over North and South America. His innovative style of teaching and performing has been sought-after all over the world, from Mexico City to as far North as Juneau, Alaska, and from Singapore to Warsaw, London and back! Joel also spent the summer of 2008 touring as Lead Tap Soloist in a UK tour of Magic of the Dance.
In 2007 Joel created Revolution: Sweat, Dance, Rock & Roll, which debuted in New York City at the world-famous Joyce Theater during its 25th anniversary season in Oct. 07'. Following the phenomenal success of its run, the production (partnered with Columbia Artists Management Inc. or "CAMI") performed a national tour sponsored by Gibson Guitars.
Recently, Joel performed for the delegates at the United Nations, opening the World Youth Assembly. He has performed as a soloist at the Jacob's Pillow Concert Series two years in a row, and has appeared with Grammy Award Nominee Dave Eggar at Lincoln Center in New York City. He will be seen choreographing in an upcoming Cirque du Soleil.
C. FRASER PRESS (writer, co-director) An Emmy nominated actress and writer (CBS Schoolbreak Special Stand Up 1995), C. Fraser Press began her professional career with the famed LaMama Theatre company in New York City where she performed in Andre Serban’s Fragments Of A Greek Trilogy both in NYC and on tour in the Middle East. She continued to act in theater in both Los Angeles and New York City. On stage nationally and on network and cable television, she has performed improvisation and stand-up comedy as well as three critically acclaimed one-woman shows. As a writer/director, her first film, the short, A Driving Lesson, was an official selection to over 30 film festivals worldwide and was nominated for and won numerous awards including the Lou Costello Comedy award at the Garden State Film Festival. A Driving Lesson also was also part of GlamourFilmFest.tv Glamour Magazine’s online film festival. Glamourfilmfest selects the best shorts by female directors chosen by Hollywood insiders. C. Fraser wrote, co-directed and starred in the award winning feature film Theresa is a Mother. Press received ‘Best Actress’, ‘Best Screenplay’ and
Best Director’ awards for her work on Theresa is a Mother. She is currently working on two new feature film scripts and a television pilot.
DARREN PRESS (co-director) Darren began writing, directing and producing in New York City’s off-off Broadway theater scene. Quickly moving to larger projects Off Broadway, Darren became the Managing Director of the Melting Pot Theatre Company, producing the highly acclaimed Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Woody Guthrie’s American Song and the Drama Desk Award winning Lee Blessing play Cobb, co-produced with Kevin Spacey. He produced the short film, A Driving Lesson, which was an official selection to over 30 film festivals and winner of numerous best short and comedy short categories including the Lou Costello Award at the Garden State Film Festival. Darren’s theatre directing credits include the critically acclaimed play Why We Don’t Bomb the Amish (St. Marks Studio Theatre, Gershwin Hotel); Checkpoint (Kraine Theatre, NYC); and Succulent (Pulse Ensemble Theatre, NYC). With his wife, C. Fraser Press, Darren co-directed and produced the feature film ‘Theresa is a Mother’ which is currently on the festival circuit and has already garnered many awards, including Best Picture and Best Director awards. Darren has also won awards for video and commercial direction for the United Way and the prestigious Dalton Pen Award for writing.
JEB PATTON (Music Arrangement) graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree with a major in music from Duke University, where he studied piano with Tibor Szasz, Douglas Buys, and Jane Hawkins. As a member of the Duke Jazz Ensemble under Paul Jeffrey, he performed with and/or arranged for more than 60 professional jazz artists, including 48 musicians from New York and more than 12 international jazz musicians from Italy, Monaco, and Portugal.
Studying under Sir Roland Hanna and Jimmy Heath, Jeb earned his Master of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in 1997 from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York, where he also received the Louis Armstrong Award for composition from the ASCAP Foundation. Since graduating, Jeb has toured throughout the United States and abroad with the Heath Brothers and with Jimmy Heath’s Generations Quintet, performing in theaters, festivals, concert halls, colleges, and clubs. Since moving to New York in 1996, Jeb has also played with Etta Jones, the Faddis/Hampton/Heath Sextet, Winard Harper’s group, and Antonio Hart’s Quintet, Paul West, Rufus Reid, Peter Washington, Lewis Nash, Steve Nelson, Ralph Peterson, John Ore, Jimmy Cobb, Lonnie Plaxico, Carl Allen, Kyoshi Kitigawa, Jackie Mclean, Frank Wess, James Moody, Terell Stafford, Sean Jones, Diego Urcola, Jeremy Pelt, Gerald Cannon, Willie Jones III, Steve Davis, Keter Betts, Eddie Locke, Marlene Verplank, among others.
Major national and international festival appearances with the Heath Brothers include Savannah Music Festival (2005), New Orleans Jazz and Heritage (2005), Tri C Festival (2005), Newport (Rhode Island, 2004), Mt. Hood (Oregon, 2004), Charlie Parker Festival (NYC 2004, 2002), Atlanta (Georgia, 2004), Baden-Baden Festival (Germany, 2003), 8th Salzburg Jazz Autumn Festival (Austria, 2003), 45th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (California, 2002), 3rd Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival (California, 2001), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland, 2000), Äarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark, 2000), the Pori Festival (Finland, 1999), Graz “Jazz-Sommer” (Switzerland, 1999), and Wiggin Jazz Festival (England, 1999),
Recent New York City metro area appearances with the Heath Brothers include “Birds of a Feather: A Charlie Parker Tribute,” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, May 21, 2004, (also featuring the Roy Haynes Quintet), and the January 24, 2004, NEA Jazz Masters Award Concert.
Other notable New York City performances include the Opening Nights of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jimmy Heath’s 75th Birthday Celebration, October 19 and 20, 2001; and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Duo Series with Percy Heath in the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse, February 1 through 3, 2001.
Career highlights also include performing with Antonio Hart at the Kennedy Center in October 2003 at the National Visionary Leadership Project Gala and Awards Dinner. As protégés of Jimmy Heath, the duo performed a medley of all Jimmy Heath compositions in honor of Heath being named a Visionary in the Performing Arts.
Presently, when Jeb is not on the road with the Heath Brothers, he teaches musicianship and piano at Queensborough Communtiy College. Duties also include substituting for professors at Queensborough and Queens Colleges, giving lectures on jazz history, music appreciation, and coaching ensembles.
A MAY SKY PICTURE ENTERTAINMENT (AMSPE) is an entertainment production company founded by writers, producers and directors C. Fraser Press and Darren Press. AMSPE’s first project was the short film A Driving Lesson – featured in over 30 film festivals worldwide and nominated for and winner of numerous film festival awards. A Driving Lesson was also a Glamour Magazine web film series official selection, which screened short films from up and coming female directors.
AMSPE’s latest project is the upcoming feature film Theresa is a Mother starring Edie McClurg, Matthew Gumley, and C. Fraser Press. Currently on the festival circuit, Theresa Is A Mother has already garnered many awards including Best Feature Film and Best Director, Orlando Film Festival; Best Feature Film and Best Actress, The Reel Independent Film Festival Washington DC; Best Feature Film; International Film Festival Manhattan; Best Screenplay and Best Actor, NYC Independent Film Festival.
AMSPE’s first music video, Playground Museum by Schuyler Iona Press, was screened at various film festivals and was a winner at the MY HERO film festival.
AMSPE is focused on developing artist-driven material for the Film, TV, Web, Live Entertainment and Music industries.
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For Immediate Release
March 20, 2013
Media Contact: Katie Rosin / Kampfire PR
917-562-5670 / Katie@kampfirefilmspr.com the cell: A Twenty First Century Salon™
Proudly Presents the World Premiere of PETER/WENDY
Adapted and Directed by JEREMY BLOOM
from “Peter and Wendy” and “
A Little White Bird”
by J.M. BARRIE MAY 30 – JUNE 22 the cell, NYC the cell: A Twenty First Century Salon™
, Founding Artistic Director Nancy Manocherian,
and Artistic Director Kira Simring,
are pleased to announce the world premiere production of PETER/WENDY
adapted and directed by Jeremy Bloom
from J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan and Wendy” and “The Little White Bird” and scored by the indie band, The Books
will play a limited engagement utilizing the unique multi-level, indoor and outdoor space of the cell (338 W. 23rd St NYC). Performances begin Thursday
, May 30
and continue through Saturday
, June 22.
Opening Night is Saturday
, June 1
(8 p.m.). Press are invited to all performances starting Thursday, May 30th. Tickets are available at www.thecelltheatre.org
“Do you know why I come here, Wendy? I come here to hear stories
,” declares Peter Pan, the fearless boy who refuses to grow up and the protagonist of Peter/Wendy
, a new adaptation of the fanciful childhood tale.
Conceived and directed by Jeremy Bloom
(Leaves of Grass
at the cell), a protégé of Tony Award winning Mary Zimmerman
& The White Snake
), the plight of Peter takes on new life in an anxiety-ridden, deadly adventurous world of love, fairy dust and twilight. The pajama-clad performers, an exuberant ensemble of lost boys, pirates, fairies, and mermaids, explore familiar text compiled from the J.M. Barrie novels, “Peter Pan and Wendy” and “The Little White Bird.” Featuring Bloom’s signature low-tech, inventive image staging, Peter/Wendy
reveals the nuances of Neverland.
"While researching Barrie’s novels for a different play
," said Bloom, "I was struck by how deeply exhilarating and dark the text is on a psychological level, beyond the animatronic and animated portrayals of the story we grew up watching
." Press from the 2009 workshop production at Soho Rep's Walkerspace: “For a story that seems likely to be dependent on elaborate effects—Flying! Pirate ships! Mermaids!—Peter/Wendy does a remarkable job of creating its atmosphere with the barest-bones of tools: no theatrical lighting, only table lamps and garden floodlights; all the performers in pajamas; a few pieces of fabric, two chairs, and a slatted window blind for a set. Its commitment to the purest elements of theatre is refreshing, and commendable.”
-nytheatre.com “Some real magic. There were pirates, lost boys, fairies, and people flying all accomplished with practically no set in J.M.Barrie's Peter~Wendy. This type of work is often tried in Indie theatre, but frankly comes off looking cheap and under-developed in most instances. In this case however, very little was used to make something extraordinary. It takes a certain kind of magic to make that happen and the man behind the curtain who we should be paying attention to is a young theatrical alchemist by the name of Jeremy Bloom.”
-offoffbroadway.com Video highlights from the workshop production: http://bit.ly/PeterWendyYouTube A photo from the workshop production is here: http://bit.ly/PeterWendyPhotos About the cell: A Twenty First Century Salon™
Since its inception in 2006, the cell: A Twenty 1st Century Salon™
(Nancy Manocherian, Founding Director; Kira Simring, Artistic Director
) has been, and continues to be, an incubator for creative projects. Through its strong commitment to cultivate undiscovered artists, the cell has created residencies for diverse groups including the Tandem Reading Series, Center for Contemporary Opera and The Blackboard Reading Series. the cell is located in the heart of Chelsea, New York City. For more information, please visit www.thecelltheatre.org. About director Jeremy Bloom
Jeremy is the artistic director of RADY&BLOOM Collective Playmaking
, whose accolades include residencies at the Ice Factory Festival and the IRT Theater, and grants from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund (made possible by the New York State Department of Cultural Affairs). Favorite credits include LEAVES OF GRASS (NUDE) previously at the cell. Jeremy is a Drama League Directing Fellow, EST Resident Director, Soho Rep Lab Director, and participated in the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange at The Old Vic. Jeremy is Artistic Executive at Evenstar Films and an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State University Department of Theater. www.radyandbloom.com.
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For Immediate Release
March 6, 2013
Media Contact: Katie Rosin / Kampfire PR
917-562-5670 / Katie@kampfirefilmspr.com humRumbleROAR Productions
Proudly Presents the World Premiere of
2010 GLAAD Award Winning playwright of She Like Girls
“Ms. Hutchinson, who has a sharp ear for dialogue…gets many things right…shows clearly the web of prejudice and hostility woven by peers and parents.
” – New York Times, She Like Girls
“The rare important
play that counts as a joy to watch.” – Flavorpill, She Like Girls ALONDRA WAS HERE How many wrongs does it take to make a right?
Written by CHISA HUTCHINSON
Directed by JADE KING CARROLL LIMITED ENGAGEMENT MAY 4 – 18, 2013 AT THE WILD PROJECT OPENING NIGHT IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 AT 7 P.M. TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT THEWILDPROJECT.COM humRumbleROAR Productions
is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Chisa Hutchinson’s ALONDRA WAS HERE
, directed by Jade King Carroll
. ALONDRA WAS HERE
will play a limited engagement at The Wild Project
(195 East 3rd Street, NYC). Performances begin Saturday
, May 4
and continue through Saturday
, May 18.
Opening Night is Wednesday
, May 8
(7 p.m.). Press are invited Saturday May 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday May 5 at 2 p.m, and Tuesday May 7.
Sisters Alondra and Anise have had enough. People in their town are disappearing; young women are being brutalized and the perpetrators are rewarded with political power. So they decide they're going to do something about it—something dangerous and rebellious and probably very stupid, but something nonetheless. When their plan goes awry, and Alondra disappears, Anise is left to drift in a veritable ocean of guilt and indecision.
Until, that is, she meets Dusty, a suggestible nice guy whom she prods into doing increasingly violent things on her behalf. Bolstered by her newfound powers of manipulation but haunted by the ghost of her sister, Anise must decide: should she push Dusty to commit the ultimate subversive act, or should she prove her autonomy by following through by herself?
Through a wild amalgamation of theatre, graffiti and audience participation, ALONDRA WAS HERE
tells the story of a young woman who loses her sister—and finds courage—in a brutal police-state.
The production stars Joniece Abbott-Pratt*
as Anise, Nicole Aiken*
as Drunk Woman/Elvis, Lolita Foster*
as Alondra, Rey Lucas*
as Dusty, Jared McNeill*
as Man1/Boy1, Christopher Myers*
as Man3/Drunk Man/Intense Evangelist, and Mike Rosete*
as Man2/Boy2. *Performing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. AEA approved showcase.
The production produced features scenic design and tech direction by James Hunting
, costume design by Becky Bodurtha
, and lighting design by Mike Riggs
. Christopher Loar
is the sound designer and Toni Goldberg
is the stage manager. Alondra Was Here
plays the following schedule:
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $18 and are now available online at www.thewildproject.com
or by calling 1-866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater ½ hour prior to the performance.
Running Time: 95 minutes
Website: http://www.thewildproject.com/performances/2013-ALONDRA-WAS-HERE.shtml BIOGRAPHIES Chisa Hutchinson
) (B.A. Vassar College, M.F.A. NYU-Tisch School of the Arts) has been commissioned and presented by such venues as the Lark Play Development Center, Atlantic Theater Company, City Parks’ SummerStage, Working Man’s Clothes, Victory Gardens Theater, Mad Dog Theater Company, The BE Company and Partial Comfort Productions. Her works, which include She Like Girls
(2010 GLAAD Award), Dirt Rich
(2010 Lilly Award), Mama’s Gonna Buy You, Sex on Sunday
, This Is Not the Play
(2012 New York Innovative Theater Award), Tunde’s Trumpet
, The Subject, Somebody’s Daughter
, and Dead and Breathing
, tend to probe social issues and depict folks who don’t ordinarily get to see themselves on stage. She has been a Dramatists’ Guild Fellow, a resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, and a New York NeoFuturist. Currently, Chisa writes for the Blue Man Group, is a Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center, and is working on a film adaptation of her play, The Subject
, for an upstart, Australian filmmaker. Jade King Carroll
) directing credits include Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun
, Juilliard Drama; Mat Smart’s Samuel J And K; Amber Kain’s The Summer House
; David White’s White Baby
, Passage Theatre; Nicole Thompson-Adams’ Black Girl You’ve Been Gentrified
, Joe’s Pub at The Public; Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation of The Persians
; Scott Kaiser’s Splittin’ the Raft
, People's Light & Theatre; Christina Hamm’s After Adam
, Playpenn; Nisherah Green’s Contents of a Book
; Sarah McKnight’s Life as a Balloon, McCarter Youth Ink Festival; Chisa Hutchinson’s Sex on Sunday
, BE Company at Urban Stages; Zakiyyah Alexander’s The Etymology of Bird
, City Parks’ SummerStage; James McManus’ Cherry Smoke
, Clockwork Theatre at Theatre Row; Mikyo Reed’s Like Father
, Producer's Club; Catherine Filloux’s White Trash
, Players Theatre. She has developed works by playwrights such as Kia Corthron, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Chisa Hutchinson, Joshua Allen, Zakiyyah Alexander, Dominique Morriseau, Sarah Hammond, James McManus, Josh Koenigsberg, Clare Drobot and others culminating with readings and workshops at New York Theatre Workshop, McCarter Theatre, Two River Theatre Company, New Dramatists, Second Stage Theatre, Primary Stages, Playwright’s Realm, Time Warner New Play Festival, 24 Hour Plays, Chocolate Theatre, New Jersey Rep & Joe’s Pub. Jade is currently a TCG New Generations Future Leader Award recipient, through which she is the Artistic Associate at Second Stage Theatre where Carole Rothman is mentoring her in Artistic Direction. In 2010 Jade was presented with the Paul Green Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Professional from the National Theatre Conference and The Estate of August Wilson.
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For Immediate Release
March 4, 2013
Media Contact: Katie Rosin / Kampfire PR
917-562-5670 / Katie@kampfirefilmspr.com
CAT ON MY HEAD PRODUCTIONS
Proudly Presents the World Premiere of
BLEACHED BLONDE BETTY
What would YOU do for love?
Written by TOM KELLY
Original Music by ALLISON LEYTON-BROWN
Directed by DAN PATRICK BRADY
MARCH 14 – 24, 2013 AT THE WORKSHOP THEATER
OPENING NIGHT IS THURSDAY, MARCH 14 AT 8 P.M.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT WORKSHOPTHEATER.ORG
CAT ON MY HEAD PRODUCTIONS is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Tom Kelly’s BLEACHED BLONDE BETTY, with original music by the award-winning Allison Leyton-Brown and directed by Dan Patrick Brady. BLEACHED BLONDE BETTY play a limited engagement at the Workshop Theater (316 West 35th Street, 4th Fl.). Performances begin Thursday, March 14 and continue until Sunday, March 24. Opening Night is Thursday, March 14 (8 p.m.). Press are invited to all performances.
Betty is a writer rapidly going nowhere but to work as a waitress. Betty likes Sammy, the security guard at the New Modern Museum of Art. Mystic is Betty’s stripper roommate. She introduces Betty to her new boyfriend, Bobby. Betty LOVES Bobby. Bobby is suddenly interested in Betty. He suggests to Betty a way for them to realize the life they want: use Sammy to steal a painting from the Museum. Along the way they will have to battle the Jersey Mob, a serial killer, an ex-con art thief, and the general chaos of their own conscience. BLEACHED BLONDE BETTY asks the one major question in life: what would you do for love?
The production stars Karen Stanion (Reasons to Live, Provincetown Theatre) as Betty, Joe Diomede (award-winning actor for the film Sharp Love, Sharp Kittens) as Bobby, Kristen Lazzarini as Mystic, John Lenartz (Bdwy: Inherit the Wind) as Sammy, Stacy Ann Strang as Anna/Denise, Ryan Lee (Side Man, EST) as Nathaniel, Gregory Kostal as Harold and Richard Kent Green as Frank.
The production features scenic and lighting design by Lauren Parrish, and costume design by Lucy Goldberg. Lauren Parrish is the production manager, DeLisa White is the sound designer and Laura Hirschberg is the production stage manager.
BLEACHED BLONDE BETTY plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, March 24:
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
There are two additional performances: Tuesday 3/19 at 8 p.m. and Wednesday 3/20 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are 18 and are now available online at workshoptheater.org. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the theater 30 minutes prior to performance.
Running Time: 90 minutes, one intermission
DAN PATRICK BRADY (Director) has never directed a play in his life. However, he has over 30 years’ experience as a professional actor. He has worked opposite Kathy Bates, Frances Sternhagen, Phoebe Cates, Bill Pullman, and Bradley Whitford. His Off-Broadway credits include Women and Football (Vinnie) and Curse of the Starving Class (Wesley). Among his NYC credits are critically-acclaimed revivals of The Norman Conquests (Norman), Journey of the Fifth Horse (Zoditch), and The Lover (Richard), and new plays Fubar (DC) and Purple Hearts (Spooner). Regionally his favorite roles have been Ray in Blackbird, Tom Joad in The Grapes of, and the title role in The Elephant Man. In television and film, Dan enjoyed long-running roles on ABC’s Loving and All My Children, was featured in the TV movie Shoot first: A Cop’s Vengeance, performed in a truly beautiful movie called Paradise Falls, and is appropriately embarrassed by being in more than one dubious horror flick, none of which he will mention. As a producer he has mounted critically acclaimed productions of The Norman Conquests, Journey of the Fifth Horse and Two Intimate, and evening combining Harold Pinter’s The Lover and Eugene O’Brien’s Eden.
ALLISON LEYTON-BROWN (Composer) is an award-winning composer, pianist, and Musical Director based in New York City. With a passion for composition in a dramatic context, Allison’s scores have been described as cinematic, haunting, and fearlessly imaginative. As a performer, she is equally comfortable behind a keyboard or in front of a band, in literally any style of music. Above all, Allison is passionate about collaboration and loves to work with other musicians and artists from all walks of life.
TOM KELLY (Playwright) has a MFA from the Playwriting program at Brooklyn College. This is his first produced play. He refuses to divulge any more information.
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Who: Cat on My Head Productions
What: BLEACHED BLONDE BETTY
Where: WorkShop Theater, 312 West 36th Street, 4th Fl
When: March 14-24, 2013
BLEACHED BLONDE BETTY asks the one major question in life: what would you do for love?
October 24, 2011; New York, NY: The First Annual Times Square International Theatre Festival
) is officially accepting submissions for the January 16-22, 2012 season. TSITF
will kick off the New Year with stimulating National and International theatrical performances in the most exciting city in the World; New York City! The Time Square International Theater Festival
is dedicated challenging the status quo, presenting work that exhibits artistic excellence and invention and innovation in all of it's aspects, and work that offers new ways of seeing and being, as both artists and as global citizens. TSITF
fosters reciprocal collaboration of art by encouraging participants to join forces and learn from each other. TSITF
produces projects that integrate genres and art forms, break with traditional forms of representation, and develop democratic and cross-cultural conversation. We believe that through the practice of collaboration, a group of artists working together can have a significant impact upon both contemporary theater and the world at large. Join us as we re-imagine the theater district. TSITF
will make it possible for an assortment of plays and performance pieces to be seen in the heart of Broadway that might not have had the opportunity otherwise. TSITF
will offer companies of limited resources, but great artistic merit, the opportunity to show their art in the heart of the theatre capital of the world!
Applications will be accepted through November 17th, 2011. The application, which is available at www.tsitf.com
includes a $20 fee, cover letter, company biography, a copy of the script, and a DVD/video tape (if available). For more information visit www.tsitf.com. Festival Dates
: January 16-22, 2012
Festival Location: Roy Arias Studios and Theatres,
300 West 43rd St., New York, NY Tickets:
$18 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets will be available after the show line-up is announces at www.royariasstudios.com.
Photo by Dennis W. H
Red Fern Theatre Company presents Gentrifusion LABA Theatre at the 14th Street Y 344 East 14th Street between First and Second Avenues, NYC January 27 – February 13, 2011 Thursdays at 8 p.m. Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 3 p.m. (Super Bowl Sunday, February 6 at 2pm) Additional performance on Monday, February 7 at 7pm. Tickets $25 www.redferntheatre.org or by calling 866.811.4111
, playwrights Carla Ching, Joshua Conkel, Michael John Garcés, Jon Kern, Janine Nabers and Crystal Skillman, explore the different truths surrounding the gentrification of New York’s neighborhoods. The playwrights were charged with breaking down the cliched idea of "gentrification". Their pieces dig deeper to address the ways that change both improves and diminishes a community. All residents are given voice in this series, ultimately discovering that both long time residents and the new crop of gentrifiers benefit and suffer in different measures and different ways. Directors
include John Giameptro, Colette Robert, and Moritz von Stuelpnagel