NEW YORK MUSICAL FESTIVAL and LEAVING EDEN, LLC are pleased to announce the world premiere production of LEAVING EDEN, with book and lyrics by Jenny Waxman, music by Ben Page, additional music by Ada Westfall, and directed by James Monaghan as an Official Selection of the 2019 New York Musical Festival’s Next Link Project. LEAVING EDEN will play five performances only at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). The festival runs July 8 - August 4, 2019, with specific dates for LEAVING EDEN forthcoming. Festival passes are now on sale, starting June 13, 2019, $35 individual tickets will be available at nymf.org.
In the beginning …
God created man and woman, Adam and Lilith, he created them. Lilith has some questions, Adam has some rules, and in a modern metropolis, Eve must deal with a mess of her own creation.
LEAVING EDEN is a punk-rock creation myth that asks: Is there wisdom in the Garden? And will we have to leave Eden to really know?
The production stars Sarah-Anne Martinez (Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher at Festival 56) as Lilith, Janet Krupin (If/Then, Hands on a Hardbody) as Lily, Gabrielle McClinton (Chicago, Pippin) as Eve, Azudi Onyejekwe (The Great Comet, Violet) as Modern Adam, and Ian Ward (Gettin’ the Band Back Together, TV: Veronica Mars) as Ancient Adam.
The production features scenic design by Alayna Klein, costume design by Whitney Locher, and lighting design by Amanda Clegg Lyon. Kimberly O’Laughlin is the sound designer, Jon Bleicher is the general manager, Daryl Eisenberg is the casting director, and Alexis Nalbandian is the stage manager.
LEAVING EDEN will perform as part of the New York Musical Festival dates TBD.
Individual tickets are $35 and will be available online on June 13 at http://www.nymf.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater ½ hour prior to performance.
NEW YORK MUSICAL FESTIVAL and LADYSHIP, LLC are pleased to announce the world premiere production of Linda and Laura Good’s (from the acclaimed indie rock duo, The Twigs) musical LADYSHIP, directed by Samantha Saltzman (Matilda the Musical) as an Official Selection of the 2019 New York Musical Festival’s Next Link Project. LADYSHIP will play five performances only at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). The festival runs July 8 - August 4, 2019, with specific dates for LADYSHIP forthcoming. Festival passes are now on sale, starting June 13, 2019, $35 individual tickets will be available at nymf.org.
Teenage Irish sisters Alice and Mary, convicted of petty crimes and sentenced to journey to an unknown land, are forced to make the treacherous crossing from London to Australia in 1789. Based on true events, LADYSHIP is the harrowing story of the 25,000 women who would become the “mothers of Australia”, whether they wanted to be or not.
With a contemporary alternative pop score, the story of LADYSHIP is all too familiar, whether in the 18th century or now — when given no say in their lives or the world around them women will always find their own voice.
LADYSHIP will perform as part of the New York Musical Festival dates TBD.
Individual tickets are $35 and will be available online on June 13 at http://www.nymf.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater ½ hour prior to performance.
Technodramatists, a new theatre and technology company, are pleased to reveal their latest theatrical, artistic and storytelling experimentations. Part stage show, part interactive exhibition, TECHNODRAMATISTS PERFORMANCE LABORATORY is a three-week event showcasing technologically integrated theatre, music and interactive narrative art. The TECHNODRAMATISTS PERFORMANCE LABORATORY will be at TheaterLab (357 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor) from Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 22. Tickets are $21 and available at technodramatists.com.
Each night TECHNODRAMATISTS PERFORMANCE LABORATORY will feature a lineup of experimental musicians, augmented reality theatre performances and interactive storytelling exhibits. In between performances the audience is invited to enjoy food and drinks while immersing themselves in the various installations.
The event will launch Technodramatists’ signature development: weARlive, the first augmented reality face-sync app specifically designed for live performance. The app will be featured in performances throughout the event and audience members will get a chance to try it out before and after the show.
Performances include selected scenes from Error: A Comedy Of, currently in development. Actress Claire Tyers takes on all the roles in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, augmented with real time motion capture animations, which allow her to inhabit a different cartoon avatar for every character in the Bard’s hilarious tale of mistaken identity.
With Kids Play by Reese Thompson, not-for-profit Recognize Theater uses the weARlive app to explore issues of gender and sexuality. Jenn, 13, wants two things from God: one, to be pretty, and two, for Andrea to be her BFF. When Andrea catches the attention of Jenn’s obnoxious step-brother, Derek, Jenn’s world is sent into a tailspin. Using the app’s face sync technology, the older actors will be appear on screen as pre-teens and seamlessly age over time to their mid-twenties, emphasizing the gap between our self-image and how the world sees us.
The musical portion will be headlined by Sway, an autonomous musical processing system, created by multi-instrumentalist and composer Carl Testa. Each evening offers a one of a kind electro-acoustic performance with Testa playing the stand up bass as Sway’s processor analyzes the tone, density and amplitude of his performance and generates a dynamic musical collage that responds to changes in real-time.
The event is produced by Technodramatists Artistic Director, Lorne Svarc, Supervising Producer, Brian Rardin, lighting/projections/set designed by Kris Stone and Stage Managed by Angelle Whavers. Error: A Comedy Of is directed by Noa Egozi, technical direction by Robert Lester, set and projections by Kris Stone. Kids Play is directed by Kristin Heckler with technical direction by Lorne Svarc.
TECHNODRAMATISTS PERFORMANCE LABORATORY plays the following regular schedule through Saturday, June 22:
Thursdays doors open at 7:30 p.m.; performance starts at 8:00 p.m.
Fridays doors open at 7:30 p.m.; performance starts at 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays doors open at 7:30 p.m.; performance starts at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays doors open at 2:30 p.m.; performance starts at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets are $21 and are now available online at www.technodramatists.com or by calling 1-866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the TheaterLab ½ hour prior to performance.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Saturday, June 8: Female Identity in Extended Realities is a Technodramatists hosted Women in Tech and Design Symposium. After the performance there will be a discussion with a panel comprised of industry leaders in the fields of augmented and virtual reality, design and storytelling, discussing the opportunities emerging technologies provide to create more diverse, inclusive and dynamic worlds in new digital realms (with panelists attached to weARlive and their own avatars projected). The one-night event will benefit STEM from Dance a not-for-profit that uses dance to teach coding to underserved youth in NYC.
SEA DOG THEATER is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Chris Cragin-Day’s (Martin Luther on Trial) THE RARE BIOSPHERE, directed by award-winning Christopher Domig. THE RARE BIOSPHERE will play a 21 performance limited engagement at Calvary St. George's (61 Gramercy Park North, NY, NY 10010). Performances begin Thursday, April 25th and continue through Sunday, May 19. Opening Night is Sunday, April 28 (8 p.m.). Tickets are $30 at www.seadogtheater.org.
Press performances are on Friday, April 26th at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 27th at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28th at 8 p.m. (and any subsequent performance).
Sophie, a Honduran-American teenager, comes home from high school to find that her parents have been deported. She immediately goes into bunker-down survival mode, trying to care for her younger siblings without raising suspicion and considering her next move. Her plan is complicated when Steven, a well-meaning friend, oblivious to the issues she’s facing, discovers and struggles to comprehend her situation.
Sophie is an impressive student, a Dreamer, with plans to study Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University. She is fascinated with what is known as the “Rare Biosphere,” a term that refers to rare, previously overlooked, microbial species that play a crucial role in regulating Earth’s ecosystems.
The play draws a parallel between our current immigration crisis with the beauty and necessity of diversity in our ecosystem, offering an unique underrepresented perspective into a broken system that many of us only experience through news reports.
THE RARE BIOSPHERE is a timely, relevant, and powerful new play inspired by real-life immigration conflicts happening on a daily basis in this country. Given our current polarized political climate, it is easy to forget that behind these “political issues” are real people whose stories matter, and must be told. Sea Dog Theater, whose mission is to shine a light on stories of alienation and reconciliation, has the incredible opportunity to bring to life one such story with this world premiere.
The production stars Natalia Plaza (Othello, The Davenport) as Sophie and Zac Owens as Steven.
The production features scenic and lighting design by Guy De Lancey (Beautiful Day Without You, Origin Theater), and costume design by Emily White. Tye Hunt Fitzgerald (White Noise, The Public) is the sound designer and Harrison Corthell is the stage manager.
THE RARE BIOSPHERE plays the following schedule:
Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday at 3:00 pm** and 8:00 p.m.
* There is no Wednesday performance the first week. The only Sunday performances are Opening Night April 28 and Closing Night, Sunday May 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are $30 ($20 student ticket) and are now available online at www.seadogtheater.org. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the venue 30 minutes prior to show time. Call ahead for availability 646-463-0542.
Running Time: 90 minutes
**Sea Dog Theater will be sharing profits of three performances (Saturday Matinees) with three non-profit organizations whose mission is to aid immigrants. Mother to Mother Brooklyn (May 4th), FeLT NYC (May 11th), and Restoration Immigration Legal Aid (May 18th).
CAROL OSTROW AND THE ACTORS’ TEMPLE BOARD OF DIRECTORS are celebrating their 102nd year with a Gala Celebration for the temple, HOT JAZZ @ A COOL SHUL. The evening will be commemorated with a performance by the fabulous Jazz legend, Tony Middleton and his Trio.The benefit will take place on Monday, March 25, 2019 from 6:30pm-9:3pm in their very own recently renovated sanctuary located at 339 West 47th Street, NYC.
Tony Middleton traded in his amateur boxing gloves and jumped into the music business around 1952. His most famous recording of the era was the hit song “Church Bells May Ring” with The Willows. Tony has worked in the music business ever since, producing many great records and singles, working with many of the greatest performers of his time, and contributing his voice for many film soundtracks. His repertoire covers a wide range of musical styles, genres, and periods.
Whatever your age, whatever your musical tastes, Tony has something for you. Would you expect any less from a man with seven decades of work under his belt?
HOT JAZZ @ A COOL SHUL is on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tickets are $250-$1000, including cocktails, plentiful hot and cold canapés, music, wine, fabulous entertainment and dancing, are now available online at www.theactorstemple.org/events or by calling 917-359-1249.
Running Time: 3 hours
SEA DOG THEATER is pleased to announce the staged reading of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, directed by Kimille Howard. The reading with take place at the historic St. George's Episcopal Church (7 Rutherford Pl, NY, NY 10003 near Union Square) on Friday, March 29, at 7:00 pm. FREE, RSVP required at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/17097. In April Sea Dog Theater will be presenting Chris Cragin Day’s The Rare Biosphere, a timely, relevant, and powerful new play inspired by real-life deportation events, at Anderson Hall, 61 Gramercy Park North.
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a hilarious, poignant, thought-provoking work by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Boasting a large, zany cast of characters, the play asks one of the most plaguing questions in the Christian ideology: What happened to Judas Iscariot? The facts we know are these: Judas was the disciple of Jesus who betrayed his friend and teacher to the authorities. He is seen as the man responsible for Jesus’s death; afterwards, Judas fell into despair and hung himself from an olive tree; since then, he has been suffering for his deeds deep in Hell, and will continue to do so for all eternity. Is that really fair? Was Judas the duplicitous master of his own fate, a much-suffering pawn used for Jesus’s ends, or just a man who made a mistake? Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, The Last Days puts Judas’ case to a hilarious, riotous, piercing trial, the results of which are sure to make the inhabitants of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory — and the audience — reconsider what each thought they knew about forgiveness, faith, and the human inside one of the history’s most infamous figures.
With over 25 characters, this beloved play is rarely staged. This one-night only event, exploring what happened to Judas Iscariot, will feel site specific by taking place in a historic church. The grittiness of the play and the characters, all very New York in their language and attitude, will shine with its star-studded diverse cast, who are all actively working in film, TV and theater.
The production stars Rosa Arredondo* (Roswell: New Mexico), Rajesh Bose* (Pygmalion, Bedlam Theater Company), Kamel Boutros (Metropolitan Opera: Carmen, Capriccio, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Madame Butterﬂy, La Boheme and Roméo et Juliette), Christopher Domig* (3x NYIT Nominated Lead Actor, New Film Eve (dir. Tate Taylor, starring Jessica Chastain)), Ethan Hova* ("The Nap" Broadway @MTC), Kevin Mambo* (Emmy Winner (Guiding Light); Bdwy: Fela!), Anne Richardson (Blindspot, Person of Interest) Gregg Mozgala* (Teenage Dick The Public Theatre, Light Shining In Buckinghamshire New York Theatre Workshop, Cost Of Living MTC 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama). Anthony Ruiz* (New Amsterdam), Rachel Ticotin* (Grey’s Anatomy, Total Recall), and James Yaegashi* (Marvel's The Runaways).
THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT plays one performance on Friday, March 29, at 7:00 pm
FREE, RSVP required at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/17097
Running Time: 3 hours including a 15 minute intermission
New York, NY – The Western Wind vocal sextet will present O Western Wind…
The program celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble which began in 1969.
The event will honor the 50-year career of founding member and countertenor William Zukof who will be stepping down from his singing role in August 2019.
The concert will include highlights from each of the five decades of The Western Wind and a new work by fellow founding member, Elliot Z. Levine, for The Western Wind and a chorus of Western Wind Ensemble Singing Workshop participants. A Gala Reception at the hall will follow the concert.
The program will include works sung in the ensemble’s first concerts from 1969-1972 by Claudio Monteverdi, Orlando di Lasso, Guillaume Costeley, and Orazio Vecchi; early American Music from the ensemble’s first recording for NONESUCH Records which was nominated for a Grammy in 1973; Judeo Spanish Songs and other selections from The Western Wind’s Judaica series of 9 radio programs created for public radio; arrangements of songs by Duke Ellington, & Rogers & Hart; and works written for the ensemble from the ‘70’s to today by William Bolcom, Ronald Gold, Robert Dennis, Tania León & Michel Camilo, Eric Salzman, Meredith Monk, Matthew Harris, Martha Sullivan and Elliot Z. Levine.
Western Wind members are Linda Lee Jones and Gayla D. Morgan, sopranos, William Zukof, countertenor, Todd Frizzell, tenor, David Vanderwal, tenor, and Elliot Z. Levine, baritone. They will be joined by Patricia Davis on violin.
Tickets for the March 23 concert are $50, $100 general admission and can be purchased online at The Merkin Hall box office or online at: www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/the-western-wind-50th-anniversary-gala/. (The $100 ticket includes the post-concert party.)
Special Gala Tickets that includes a contribution are available at http://www.westernwind.org/concerts.html
Since 1969, this internationally acclaimed vocal sextet has devoted itself to the special beauty and variety of a cappella music. The New York Times has called them, “A kaleidoscopic tapestry of vocal hues…” The Ensemble’s repertoire reveals its diverse background – from Renaissance motets to Fifties rock ’n’ roll, from medieval carols to Duke Ellington, from complex works by avant-garde composers to the simplest folk melodies. Visit them at http://www.westernwind.org/.
LIVE FROM MERKIN HALL it’s IN YOUR FACE - NEW YORK, hosted MSNBC’S THE BEAT ARI MELBER, who effortlessly explains politics, the law--and hip-hop--like nobody else on TV. Joining him will be Zucked author Roger McNamee, curator at MoMA Ann Temkin and the always melodic Jay Leonhart and his 1-Train Band. The performance is March 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Merkin Hall (129 West 67th Street (btw Broadway and Amsterdam)). Get details & tickets.
People leave work early so they can get home to watch The Beat with Ari Melber. Ari will explore the world of cable news and how he manages to keep it all straight when events are cascading around us minute by minute (including the names of all the Russian oligarchs). Joining him will be one of his favorite hip-hop artists Tee Grizzley (“First Day Out’), plus Roger McNamee, author of Zucked which the New York Times calls “superb...stirring...robust and helpful”, as well as, Chapter VII of our serialized novella “Author to Come” written by author Shalom Auslander (Foreskin’s Lament, Hope: a Tragedy). Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA Ann Temkin will explain how a painting gets to the museum and it isn’t by Uber. Jazz Legend Jay Leonhart leads the 1-Train Band.
IN YOUR FACE - NEW YORK captures the spirit, energy, music, noise and creativity of this capital of the world. A real slice of New York City—where art, fun, and politics meet on stage in a live performance extravaganza featuring the best of New York’s actors, writers, musicians and more. For the 21st century urbanite, it’s a raucous, head-on collision between a Marx brothers romp and the New York Review of Books. IN YOUR FACE - NEW YORK brings together the best of New York’s actors, writers and musicians for supercharged revues featuring live stories, sketches and songs.
Past participants rave:
“In Your Face—New York is so much fun to watch because everyone is having so much fun on stage! I loved being part of the show.” - Isaac Mizrahi
“Many shows have tried but only In Your Face has succeeded in capturing on stage what makes living in New York so special. Where else will you find an accordionist, expert wine spitter and a hedge fund manager sharing the same space? I mean, besides the 7 train...I love the show!” - Mo Rocca
“Running over with a kind of urban good cheer that seemed to belong to an earlier era of New York satiric revues of a kind kept me high on my toes all night.” - Adam Gopnik
“It's a joyous celebration of all that NYC is to be able to come together with different kinds of writers/artists and entertain our friends and neighbors.” - AM Holmes
“It was so much fun to participate in In Your Face New York. It was very warm and unpretentious. Great performers, great audience!” - Roz Chast
“I'm thrilled to be part of In Your Face. It's high time this NY based show finally dealt with our wonderful food!” - Ruth Reichl
Producer Martin Sage says the show’s underlying theme will be humor, which he calls “critical, because most people don’t have access to the halls of power and we’re constantly in a position of punching up – meaning that if you don’t feel you have the power to change anything, the power you do have is to clarify things and shine a light on them.” -- Haaretz
IDENTITY THEATER COMPANY is pleased to present IDENTITY, written by Nicholas Linnehan and directed by Christopher Scott. IDENTITY will play a three-week limited engagement from Friday, March 8th through Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at El Barrio’s Artspace (215 E 99th St, New York, NY 10029). Opening night is Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Press are cordially invited Fri, March 8th at 8:00 p.m.; Sat, March 9th at 8:00 p.m.;
Sun, March 10th at 3:00 p.m. and Sun, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. (And any subsequent performance).
“Identity, an inventive new play by Nicholas Linnehan, exemplifies the kind of keen theatrical adventure that can be had when a character drops pretense and starts to confide in the audience. It allows the audience to walk a mile in its leading character's shoes, and learn a bit of what it might be like to be a gay disabled Catholic.” - Martin Denton, nytheatre.com
Mike feels trapped and does not want to be boxed in so he entrusts a doctor to have his identity removed. Can this doctor’s procedure really help? An autobiographical tale of cerebral palsy, Catholicism, and homosexuality.
Featuring Timothy Connell, Nicholas Linnehan, Amy Lizka, and Matthew Tyler.
With costume design by Renee Salmieri, and Reuven Glezer is the assistant director. Graphic design by Tom Freda.
IDENTITY plays the following schedule through March 24th:
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 P.M.
Sundays at 3:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.
Tickets are $15.00 and are currently available to purchase at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4052890
Running Time: 100 minutes with no intermission
To learn more visit identitytheater.com
NICHOLAS LINNEHAN (Playwright) is an avid director, actor, and writer. Previously, he has been busy writing five new original works; His first play, The Real Story was produced in 2001 by The Post Theatre Company. His second play, Identity (award winning), was produced twice by Queens College in 2005, once by Manhattan Repertory Theater in 2006, and by Nicu’s Spoon Theater in 2007. His last original work, Erosion: Life on Life’s Terms premiered in January 2010 at Nicu’s Spoon Theater. He has worked as a director for many children’s shows and taught several drama classes for children over the past 14 years. Nick graduated from CW Post at Long Island University with his BA in Theater and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Queens College. Nick founded Identity Theater Company in 2011, and is looking forward to making great theater with great people.
CHRISTOPHER SCOTT (Director) Artistic Director Masterworks Theater Company. Artistic Associate with Amas Musical Theatre (directed over 20 productions). Member Playwright/Directors Workshop at The Actors Studio. Directing credits - Off-Broadway: The Glass Menagerie, Edwin: The Story of Edwin Booth, A Class Act, Nancy Friday’s My Secret Garden, Golf: The Musical, For Lovers Only, Tails, The Big Bang, and Greed: A Musical For Our Times. NYC: I am, I Will, I Do, Amas Musical Theatre, and NYMF 2017; The Morons (Best Direction Nom.) First Irish Festival ; Years of Sky at 59E59; Best Night Ever & Sitting Shiva fringeNYC; Lorenzo at NYMF. B-PAC Endgame, Miss Julie, Antigone, Hedda Gabler, Medea and Zoo Story. Many, many productions for Theatreworks/USA. Acting credits- Broadway: Meet Me In St. Louis. Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks, The Chosen, The Twilight of the Gold’s, Bent, Jekyll and Hyde and Pets! Plus tours and regional theatre & television. Faculty: NYU/CAP21, Baruch College. Graduate Boston Conservatory.
IDENTITY THEATER COMPANY is a group of differently abled artists devoted to exploring and challenging issues of the human condition. We strive to present work that cultivates understanding, promotes tolerance, and engages its participants in meaningful discussions.
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