Directed by Christopher Scott, with choreography by Monica Johnson and musical direction by Evan Alparone, the production will feature 17 members of “The Teen Academy" - Assanatu Afriju, Cassandra Barkett, Daniella Berman, Ali Bryan, Brandon Emann, Rowan Fisher, Nicole Klokiw, Emily Lang, Mateo Lizcano, Marisa Luft, Fofie Johnson, Lexy Piton, Blu Radway, Cindy Simon, Alyssa Velazquez, Molly Viega, and Tiffany Zahariev.
“After last year’s successful production of Hair, we made the decision to follow up with another rock-influenced musical,” says Amas Artistic Producer Donna Trinkoff. “We also decided to explore gender fluidity with our casting. Little did we know at the time that the recent live television presentation was in the works! Our students were further inspired seeing the pros at work and our students have really worked hard and have made some exciting and bold choices.”
The creative team includes: Josh Iacovelli (Set Design), Joan Racho-Jansen (Lighting Design), David Rigler (Costume Design), Ian McDonald (Production Supervisor) and Craig Rosenthal (Production Stage Manager).
Written by Charlotte Ahlin
Directed by Emily Lyon
Produced by Fat Knight Theatre
Part of the Winterfest Theater Festival Competition 2017
The cast features Charlotte Ahlin, Danielle Cohn, and Jacque Emord-Netzley.
For more information about the festival please visit, newyorktheaterfestival.com/the-theater
Beautiful Victorian costumes and scenic design will take the audience back to London in the late 1800s. In this riches-to-rags-to-riches story, A Little Princess follows Sara Crewe, a young girl who loses everything she holds dear. Through it all, Sara maintains her spirits and shows that anyone can be a princess.
Curators Megan Lynn (Artistic Director, Megan Lynn/Asterial Dance) and Erin Pryor (Artistic Director, Erin Pryor Dance Theater) believe in the power of dance to express the physical, mental, and emotional complexities of living organism we are most familar with, humans! Dance has an intricate and intimate connection with the human experience: the power to heal, the power to transform, and the power to impact. The festival features 12 emerging and established NYC-based professional companies who are presenting up to 15 minutes of work in this intimate proscenium setting! Its an event you don't want to miss!
Biomorphic Festival Performances:
Wednesday April 23rd 8:00 pm
Thursday April 24th 8:00 pm
Featuring three world premieres, the season highlights A Swan Lake Fantasy, created by collaborators Matthew Westerby (choreography), Matt Van Brink (composer/arranger), and Matei Varga (pianist). A 25-minute arrangement of Tchaikovsky's famous score, "A Swan Lake Fantasy" is a contemporary re-imagining of the classic, reflecting on the notions within the original work of beauty, betrayal and sacrifice, leading to ultimate tragedy. The work encapsulates the harmony and conflict present in the original narrative, and abstractly re-invents a timeless classic.
Varga, a renowned pianist, will perform live onstage alongside the eight dancers of Matthew Westerby Company. Lighting design is by Mike Riggs.
"Making an arrangement of a great piece of music means breaking it apart, inspecting the pieces, and from them, creating something new againby presenting the themes and dances in a new, perhaps surprising order, an entirely new story emerges out of the old one." - Matt Van Brink
"SwanLake"is my favorite piece of music in the entire literature This may sound like a counterintuitive statement coming from a pianist, but I've always been fascinated with Tchaikovsky's unparalleled ability to tell a story and paint a scene, as well as his endless melodic inventiveness." - Matei Varga
The 2014 season also features two other world premieres: Duet X, to the music of Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnason; and an untitled full company work with music by Icelandic composers Jonsi & Alex. The company will also perform Saturn Sky, created by Westerby in 2011.
The Matthew Westerby Company dancers include Dylan Baker, Dina Christophe, Kayla Farrish, Gierre Godley, Nicole Kadar, Alessandra Larson, Kristin Licata, and Matthew Westerby.
Avalon Studios NYC, Inc. launched into New York's performance and art scene in November, 2012 with its Inaugural Event, “LEAVING NORMAL.” On August 1, 2013 Avalon will kick-off its 2013 season with a new, multi-media staging of Toni Press-Coffman’s gripping, and often heart-wrenching play, TOUCH.
This event will also feature a companion PHOTO-EXHIBIT by Jennifer Skura, which will be displayed in our lobby.
Starring Jonathan Berenson, Emily Code, Dorothy McMillan, Mike Petrie, Jr. and Rachel Spencer, TOUCHalso features special “film” appearances by Jessica Barstis, Diana Berenson, Janine Berenson, Steven Berenson, Howard Code, Susan Strawgate Code, Glen Coffman, Andrew Colford, Victoria Gillette, Barbaro James, Jessica Park, Toni Press-Coffman, Max Ridgeway, Audrey Rosenblith & Michael Shimkin.
The production is Directed by Deborah Mathieu-Byers, with Costume Design by Miodrag Guberinic, Lighting Design by Nastassia Jimenez, Scenic Design by Marija Plavsic Kostic & Projection Design by Jarrel Lynch. Nicholas Ortiz is the Director of Photography, with Music Direction by Stephen Byers and Media Design by Max Ridgeway. Jessica Pecharsky is the Production Manager with Stage Management by Jodi Witherell.
About the Company: Avalon Studios NYC, Inc.
“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.” – Robert A. Schumann
AVALON STUDIOS NYC, INC. is a multi-disciplinary performing & fine arts company.
We at AVALON are committed to creating a supportive, innovative and productive setting in which to advance the education and development of artists.
The AVALON of legend was a center of teaching and initiation, a place of prosperity, social harmony, healing and engagement in the creative process. A place of vital energies and deepened perceptions, a place, it is said, where the imagination filtered through the physical fabric of the land.
We at AVALON are passionate about creating and maintaining such a place.
Embracing both fine artists and performers across the spectrum, AVALON draws from various genres and brings together both traditional and new art forms. We at AVALON endeavor to mentor individual artistic expression and present it to our audiences for the enrichment of all.
“Man will begin to recover the moment he takes art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money.” - Ernst Levy
With a supporting cast including Justin R.G. Holcomb, Kathryn Neville Browne, Kim Sullivan, Ian Gould, Britannie Bond, Daniel Levitt, and Angus Hepburn--under the direction of John William Schiffbauer (Classic Stage Company, The Pearl Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Nebraska Shakespeare Festival)--this is a New York City summer Shakespeare experience not to be missed! Performances begin July 16th. For more info go to www.hamletoffbroadway.com
About the Company: Variations Theatre Group
Variations Theatre Group, a nonprofit organization, is formed by a group of young stage professionals (all in their twenties) with the following goals and objectives:
1. To stage at least one play each season with a theme that is of interest and concern to the public (e.g. autism, post traumatic stress in veterans) and donate the profits from its production to appropriate charitable foundations.
2. To show plays of short duration at schools, hospitals, nursing homes and such other places, free of cost when the institution cannot afford it.
3. To produce American theatrical classics, giving opportunities to young actors and directors.
4. To stage theatrical works by relatively unknown contemporary American playwrights.
5. To hire and train a new generation of actors, playwrights and directors to familiarize themselves with the seminal works of modern theatre.
6. To recruit and train interns, giving preference to minority and disadvantaged applicants, by giving them stipends and hands-on work experience.
7. To have special theater festivals (or benefit events) to reflect our nation’s multicultural milieu, and to provide contemporary American playwrights the ability to showcase original work spanning gender and cultural diversity.
Variations Theatre Group believes that contributing to the community is paramount and will focus on active and dynamic participation in this area, with a separate group headed by a director to perform outreach functions. Furthermore, all the assets belonging to Variations Theatre Group will, upon its dissolution, be liquidated and the entire proceeds will be donated to the state, federal government or organized charities.
Considered one of Williams’ most challenging plays—this grotesque “moral fable”, set in the Garden District of New Orleans, seeks to unearth the truth behind what happened last summer to Mrs. Venable’s son Sebastian. Catharine, Sebastian’s cousin, has painted a scandalous account. In an attempt to silence Catharine forever, Mrs. Venable tries to convince a doctor that Catharine is disturbed and in need of a lobotomy. The doctor must decide if Catharine is telling the truth.
About the Company: The Group Theatre Too, LLC
The Group Theatre Too hopes to encourage diversity and the exploration of the human experience through theatre-dance-music performances and arts education programs that will require youths and adults to be active participants and advocates for others; aware of their surroundings and their ability to mediate and effect change. Through the celebration of artists and the art of entertainment, GTT hopes to communicate the fact that as many ways as we humans are different we share common bonds and can connect with everyone on some level bringing new understanding and compassion to our lives.
kid from the burbs here for the summer with a dad who hates his own people, a white aunt who thinks she's a and the rest of the borough watching you watch them? Alexi's about to find out.
Since 1895, Hudson Guild -- Chelsea’s foremost community center -- has offered a wide variety of arts programs which enrich the cultural awareness of those who come from disadvantaged circumstances. Hudson Guild Theatre Company was created to provide the local community with greater access to live performance in the Guild’s well-known, intimate theatre space. For the past 16 years, HGTC has produced many plays with big casts and even bigger themes and ideas. The Company brings together people of diverse ages and backgrounds to work closely together on challenging, unfamiliar and thought-provoking projects.
The company of 25 who’ve been working on The Ring since last November – ranging in age from 9 to 75 – have passionately embraced its complex mythological story along with the ravishing orchestral excerpts from Wagner’s score which are used as transition and background music throughout the play. Compressing over 15 hours of action in the opera into a play running less than 2 hours has resulted in a fleet, wild, action-packed journey into the bizarre, mysterious world of gods and monsters which sprang from Wagner’s singular imagination. This is the perfect introduction to Wagner’s daunting masterpiece for anyone whose curiosity has been piqued by the constant flow of cultural references to it, but who hasn’t yet found the time to devote two full working days to experiencing it in its entirety.
V-Love will be at The Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 w. 26th St as part of the Fresh Fruit Festival at 8:30PM July 22, 8:30PM July 23, 9:30PM July 25 and 12:30PM July 26. $20. For advance sale (212) 352-3101 / (866) 811-4111 / theatermania.com.
PIOUS POETIC PIE uses the explosive nature of slam poetry to adapt Medea's timeless journey of love, loss, and revenge to the multicultural community of a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn, recasting Medea as Melinda, a Dominican immigrant who finds power in words. Yubelky Rodriguez’s poetry recalls the heightened language of Greek tragedy while adding a contemporary urban vibe: "It's happening now / never trust the eyes that see blindly / because it... felt right.... / to reveal simple verses... my heart.... / exposing cuts, now strategic plans... / a vendetta to heal internal wounds / injuries that will bleed eternally seeping slowly through my skin."
PIOUS POETIC PIE features a multiethnic cast of actors and poets, including Mia Bankston, Darian Dauchan, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Jose Joaquin Perez, Mia van de Water, and Rick Younger, with sets by Tim McMath, costumes by Deborah J. Caney, lighting by Christopher Brown, sound by Dave Morreale, stage managed by Patrick McGhee and assistant staged managed by Bridget Halloran.
Playwright Yubelky Rodriguez is a New York City-based slam poet/spoken word artist who has performed her poetry at the Cornelia Street Cafe, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Culture Shock, Rabbit Hole, Sugar Shack, and Quisqueya (Dominican Association Annual Banquet). She studied Spanish and Latin American Comparative Literature at Cornell University, including a semester of theater studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. PIOUS POETIC PIE is her first full-length theatrical play.
Denyse Owens' favorite directing credits are: TBA by Carla Ching at Second Generation starring Lloyd Suh and Michi Barall, Taking Control at Luna Stage, On Dry Land at Blue Heron Arts Center, Defacing Michael Jackson (Winner of Samuel French Festival 2005), Match Me in the 2005 NY Fringe Festival, Mud at Actors Studio Drama School. She also assistant directed Connie Grappo for The Working Theater's Back From the Front by Lynn Rosen. In 2005 she earned her MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School. In addition she is a teaching artist, a company member of IRT in the West Village and Institutional Giving Associate at Theatre Development Fund (TDF).
Fluid Motion Theater & Film, whose Founder and Artistic Director Christine Simpson was named one of NYTheatre.com’s “People of the Year” in 2006, commissions, develops, and produces multi-ethnic, multidisciplinary adaptations of classic western and non-western texts to explore the commonality of the human experience shared by disparate cultures. Theater projects include The Great Conjurer at The Kirk at Theatre Row Studios, Tales of Unrest: Joseph Conrad On Stage at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Arsat at FringeNYC, wAve at The Public Theater, and the upcoming Gone by Katori Hall. For more info visit www.fluid-motion.org
PIOUS POETIC PIE runs May 21-30, 2009, Tuesday - Sunday at 7:00pm with additional matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. The Hudson Guild Theater is located at 441 West 26th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. Tickets are $18, $15 for previews, $12 for students/seniors. For information or reservations call 212-868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com.
Directed by Justin Boccitto; Assistant Director - Cristina Marie
Divided into eight scenes, the play chronicles the coming of age of two teenaged couples during the turbulent sixties. The language is frank, but unfailingly funny, as the four struggle with impending adulthood and their awakening sexuality. The action ranges from summer camp, to dormitory bedrooms, to senior prom, with the popular music of the period—Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Beach Boys—ever present as a telling counterpoint to, and emotional anchor for, the lives of its young foursome. As the years spin deftly by it is also apparent that maturity will bring differing perils and problems for each of them, although all will continue to recall the special excitement—and poignancy—of these last few carefree years together.
A major critical and popular success, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a long-running Off-Broadway hit, David Rimmer’s ALBUM played for a year at the Cherry Lane Theater and has been produced at regional and community theaters, colleges and secondary schools, ever since. It was published by Dramatists Play Service, and reprinted in many scene and monologue collections. It was originally developed in a series of workshop productions at some of New York’s most prominent theaters, including Playwrights Horizons, the WPA Theater, Phoenix Theater, Theater at St. Clement’s and HB Studios.
Jared Troilo, Aimee L. Corley, Joshua Antonucci, Leandra Ramm, Paul Luoma, Bridget Bailey, Kyle Kleiboeker, Heidi Beckmann, Alex Perone, Marissa Parness, David Albright, Lauren Kampf, Mallory Taylor, Ross Boehringer, John Blackwell, Michael Briatico, Eddie Wardel, Danielle Ryan, Carina Scott, Allison Young , Chris Farha, Gabrielle Visser and Andrew Drost. With special guest, the sensational tap dancing star, Omar Edwards.
Bridge Across Productions - Producing Company
Jon Montgomery - Book
Jon Montgomery - Lyrics & Music
Toby Kasavan - Music
Jo-Ann Oakes - Director
Joe Barros - Choreographer
Emmett M'Connell - Set Designer
Michael Megliola-Lighting Desginer
Jennifer Anderson - Costumes
With wit, beautiful language, and lots of heart, this riotous historical romp raises important questions about the early days of New York, and the nature of American society.
Co-written by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee William M. Hoffman (As, Is; Ghosts of Versailles) and Anthony Holland, Cornbury features downtown theater legends David Greenspan and Everett Quinton together on stage for the first time.
Learn more at www.cornburytheplay.com.
Through its fictional accounting of events around Lord Cornbury's governorship, CORNBURY: THE QUEEN'S GOVERNOR celebrates the ongoing cultural diversity and vitality of the Big Apple. A satirical romp in the tradition of The Ridiculous Theatre, the play also raises important questions about American culture: Are we inclusive or intolerant? How do we integrate individual differences of ethnicity, religion, and sexuality into what it means to be an "American"?
THE QUEEN'S GOVERNOR is directed by Theatre Askew co-artistic director Tim Cusack, with set designs by OBIE winner Mark Beard and costumes by Emmy nominee David Zyla. In addition to David Greenspan (Boys In The Band, Some Men, Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Hairspray) and Everett Quinton (The Mystery of Irma Vep, Women Beware Women and countless other plays with The Ridiculous Theatrical Company), the production stars Ken Kliban (Drama Desk nomination for As Is), Bianca Leigh (Transamerica, I Claudius Live) and Jenne Vath (Tooth of Crime/La MaMa, Anna Christie/Metropolitan Playhouse).
William M. Hoffman is best known for his groundbreaking play about the AIDS epidemic, As Is, for which he was nominated for the Tony and Pulitzer Prize and received the OBIE and Drama Desk awards. New York Magazine recently named it one of the most significant New York cultural works of the past 40 years. He also wrote the libretto for the Metropolitan Opera's The Ghosts of Versailles with music by John Corigliano.
Prospect Theater Company is thrilled to present the New York première of Ophelia: opera in blue as part of its Dark Night Series at the Hudson Guild Theatre. The American première of Ophelia opened at the Yale Cabaret in New Haven, Connecticut in 2004. Previous European performances of Ophelia's score include the Roter Engel in Vienna and the Moscow Chamber Opera. Sergei Dreznin (www.sergeidreznin.net) is well-renowned for his unusual interpretations and new versions of classic piano works, his highly original approach to music-theater, and his long-time collaboration with violinist Gidon Kremer. His innovative music-theatre works, particularly In Memoriam of September 11, have been covered in the Washington Post, Miami Herald, Baltimore Sun, Newsday, Moscow Times, and USA Today, as well as on CNN, Indonesian Television, and the BBC.
May Adrales received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama and directed the American première of Ophelia at the Yale Cabaret, of which she was Artistic Director from 2004-2005. May is a recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship at Second Stage Theatre and of the New York Theatre Workshop Directing Fellowship. She is also a Drama League Directing Fellow, a member of the Women's Project Lab, and a member of the SoHo Rep Writers/Directors Lab.
Ophelia features an ensemble of four, including David Matranga*, Ben Beckley, Lucas Howland*, and Marisa Michelson in the title role. The on-stage jazz ensemble is led by Mike Pettry (www.mikepettry.com). The creative team also includes designers Kanae Heike and Kate Cusack. [* Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity.]
TRUCE ON URANUS is a hilarious world-premiere queer farce of "extra-terrestrial spiritual discovery".
Written in 1992 in response to pre-millennium jitters, MARISOL a surreal, prescient look at the world we live in today.
TRUE WEST, starring Zack Calhoon and Jordan Meadows, is a brutal, provocative American classic.
Despite such attacks, Rustin remained extraordinarily open about, and comfortable with, his sexual orientation throughout his adult life. The play examines the complicated life of this important figure through a series of kaleidoscopic scenes that range from 1940 through 1987 and mirror the turbulent changes which America itself endured during those years. The play's complex portrait ofRustin is created through the accumulation of many diverging perspectives on Rustin from people who knew him throughout his life -- including lovers, friends and foes.