Spotlight On Festivals

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Spotlight On Festivals is a production company formed by Frank Calo in 1998. Since its inception Spotlight On has produced more than a dozen festivals, most recently co-producing the Planet Connections Festivity in the East Village. Each Festival boasts from 30 to 60 productions. Spotlight On also produces single events and productions throughout the year. Our primary goal is to help talented playwrights and directors find an audience to appreciate their talent. Working in New York can sometimes be a very difficult process and artists need not feel as if they are alone in the process. Theater should be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone involved. We also endeavor to bring back the fun to mounting a show. When a cast and crew loves what they are doing, and are having fun doing it, then there is a tremendous trickle down effect from the talent to the audience itself. It is time that we put the "experience" back in Theater Experience! For more information, visit

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Production History

Songs For A New World  | Open: 08/20/09 Close: 08/22/09
Spotlight On Festivals (Frank Calo, Executive Producer) presents Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World, to benefit the Patrick Michael McMurphy Foundation (PM3 Foundation), which supports the arts through scholarships and grants. Songs for a New World, which debuted Off-Broadway in 1995, underscores the moments that determine whether someone is up for life’s challenges- those instances that define a person indefinitely. Songs for a New World is often presented as a song cycle; this production, however, will highlight the Grecian tradition of storytelling that underscores the overarching themes of the piece.

All net proceeds from the production will benefit The Patrick Michael McMurphy Memorial Foundation (The PM3 Foundation), which was established shortly after the tragic death of 23-year-old actor Patrick Michael McMurphy on August 30, 2008. The PM3 Foundation provides scholarships and grants to support the arts, specifically theater, film, and music. First seeded with Patrick’s life savings, the foundation has grown through the contributions of family, friends, and others whose lives he touched. The foundation currently funds a scholarship to the Stella Adler Conservatory, from which Patrick graduated only a couple of weeks before his untimely death.