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The Red Fern Theatre Company (RFTC), founded by Emilie E. Miller and Melanie Moyer Williams in March 2006, strives to provoke social awareness and change through theatrical productions and outreach. Each play produced by the Red Fern Theatre Company addresses social issues that range in scope from local to global, and each production is paired with a philanthropy whose work relates to the social themes of the play. A portion of the proceeds from each play produced is donated to the designated philanthropy. We also provide our audiences with information on the philanthropy both by introducing their mission at each performance and including information about them in the play’s program. By associating each production with a philanthropic organization, we are able to respond directly to the people actually affected by the issues addressed in the play.

Over the past three seasons, RFTC has produced a diverse range of programming, including ten full length plays as well as workshops and staged readings of one new work which premiered at the New York Fringe Festival in August 2008. Our 2009-2010 Season is dedicated to new plays and will open with the New York Premiere of Shirley Lauro’s ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT.

The RFTC believes in an individual's responsibility to his/her community. Theatre can educate; it can also comfort. It can remind the audience that suffering and joy are feelings felt by all. The Red Fern Theatre Company would like each of its productions to create a lasting impression that fosters a community among those on and off the stage

New York is home to thousands of theatre companies; many of them are committed to socially conscious plays. The Red Fern Theatre Company distinguishes itself by bridging the gap between the theatre we produce and the change it seeks to create. In its partnerships with philanthropies, the RFTC provides the vehicle for which our audiences can give back to their community.


Schedule of Upcoming Productions

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Production History

+30nyc  | Open: 03/05/10 Close: 03/21/10
RED FERN THEATRE COMPANY, Artistic Director, Melanie Moyer Williams, and curator, Dominic D'Andreaare pleased to announce the world premiere production of +30NYC in a three-week limited engagement at Center Stage NY (48 West 21st Street, 4th Floor).

A sustainable project, this evening of short plays examines how our actions today will directly affect our lives in 30 years.As per the mission of Red Fern Theatre Company, that each production is paired with a philanthropy whose work relates to the social themes of the play, +30NYC is paired with Material For the Arts.  Performances begin Thursday, March 4 and continue Sunday, March 21. Opening Night is Saturday, March 6 (8 p.m.).

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Gentrifusion  | Open: 01/27/11 Close: 02/13/11

In GENTRIFUSION, 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.

 

The production features scenic and costume design by Katherine Akiko Day and lighting design by Marie Yokoyama. Michal V. Mendelson is the production stage manager and and projections have been created by photojournalist and documentary filmmaker, Dennis Ho (http://dwho.com/images.html).

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 

Our 2010-2011 Season is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.  

The Dramatist Guild Fund, The Josephine Foundation, and The Puffin Foundation, Ltd, have also made generous grants to make the 2010-2011 Season possible.


About the Company: The Red Fern Theatre Company

The Red Fern Theatre Company (RFTC), founded by Emilie E. Miller and Melanie Moyer Williams in March 2006, strives to provoke social awareness and change through theatrical productions and outreach. Each play produced by the Red Fern Theatre Company addresses social issues that range in scope from local to global, and each production is paired with a philanthropy whose work relates to the social themes of the play. A portion of the proceeds from each play produced is donated to the designated philanthropy. We also provide our audiences with information on the philanthropy both by introducing their mission at each performance and including information about them in the play’s program. By associating each production with a philanthropic organization, we are able to respond directly to the people actually affected by the issues addressed in the play.

Over the past three seasons, RFTC has produced a diverse range of programming, including ten full length plays as well as workshops and staged readings of one new work which premiered at the New York Fringe Festival in August 2008. Our 2009-2010 Season is dedicated to new plays and will open with the New York Premiere of Shirley Lauro’s ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT.

The RFTC believes in an individual's responsibility to his/her community. Theatre can educate; it can also comfort. It can remind the audience that suffering and joy are feelings felt by all. The Red Fern Theatre Company would like each of its productions to create a lasting impression that fosters a community among those on and off the stage

New York is home to thousands of theatre companies; many of them are committed to socially conscious plays. The Red Fern Theatre Company distinguishes itself by bridging the gap between the theatre we produce and the change it seeks to create. In its partnerships with philanthropies, the RFTC provides the vehicle for which our audiences can give back to their community.

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Good Egg  | Open: 10/21/10 Close: 11/07/10
GOOD EGGis a funny and surprising play about bioethics, siblings, and the limits of unconditional love.

 

GOOD EGGis the story of responsible Meg, who has always been the caretaker for her bipolar younger brother, Matt.  When she decides to get pregnant through artificial insemination, she contemplates having her embryos screened for bipolar disorder; this ignites a debate with her brother about bioethics and what it means to self-select “normal” traits.

 

Does Meg takethe idea of "being responsible" too far?


About the Company: The Red Fern Theatre Company

The Red Fern Theatre Company (RFTC), founded by Emilie E. Miller and Melanie Moyer Williams in March 2006, strives to provoke social awareness and change through theatrical productions and outreach. Each play produced by the Red Fern Theatre Company addresses social issues that range in scope from local to global, and each production is paired with a philanthropy whose work relates to the social themes of the play. A portion of the proceeds from each play produced is donated to the designated philanthropy. We also provide our audiences with information on the philanthropy both by introducing their mission at each performance and including information about them in the play’s program. By associating each production with a philanthropic organization, we are able to respond directly to the people actually affected by the issues addressed in the play.

Over the past three seasons, RFTC has produced a diverse range of programming, including ten full length plays as well as workshops and staged readings of one new work which premiered at the New York Fringe Festival in August 2008. Our 2009-2010 Season is dedicated to new plays and will open with the New York Premiere of Shirley Lauro’s ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT.

The RFTC believes in an individual's responsibility to his/her community. Theatre can educate; it can also comfort. It can remind the audience that suffering and joy are feelings felt by all. The Red Fern Theatre Company would like each of its productions to create a lasting impression that fosters a community among those on and off the stage

New York is home to thousands of theatre companies; many of them are committed to socially conscious plays. The Red Fern Theatre Company distinguishes itself by bridging the gap between the theatre we produce and the change it seeks to create. In its partnerships with philanthropies, the RFTC provides the vehicle for which our audiences can give back to their community.

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March  | Open: 04/12/12 Close: 04/29/12
Red Fern Theatre Company (Melanie Moyer Williams, Executive Artistic Director, Ken Hall, Managing Director) will present the World Premiere of Sharyn Rothstein’s (Lunchblocked with Ars Nova; Camp Monster at Williamstown Theatre Festival) MARCH, directed by Kel Haney (Good Egg with Red Fern Theatre Company; Assistant Director, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Wit;). The production will feature Andrew Ash* (Blogologues with Lively Productions), Frank Deal* (August: Osage County on Broadway; Mac Wellman’s Second- Hand Smoke), Rachel Geisler (National Tour of Spring Awakening), Annie Henk* (CollaborationTown’s The Play About My Dad at 59E59), Ashley Marie Ortiz* (A Matter of Choice, FringeNYC), Thom Rivera* (Howard Katz at Roundabout Theatre; The American Pilot at Manhattan Theatre Club), John-Michael Scapin (Winner Canada’s Triple Sensation), and Melissa Teitel* (DisConnections at 45th Street Theatre). The Creative Team will include Scenic Design by Caite Hevner (My Base and Scruvy Heart with Studio 42), Costume Design by Sydney Maresca (Hand to God at EST), Sound Design and Original Music by Anthony Mattana (named “A Young Designer to Watch For” by Live Design Magazine), and Lighting Design by Marie Yokoyama (Sparkling Objects at Canal Park Playhouse). The production was cast by Darragh Garvey (2010/2011 Casting Resident at Playwrights Horizons) and will be Stage Managed by Michal V. Mendelson*. March was originally workshopped at the Bay Area Playwright’s Festival and was a 2010 finalist for the Yale Drama Series Competition. *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association

Two teens take on the real and imaginary monsters in their lives in this funny and compelling theatrical journey through the treacherous worlds of virtual battlefields and real-life adolescence. Though their backgrounds couldn’t be more different, Eva Lucia Perez, a 14 year-old from the Bronx, and Michael Meltzer, a 15 year-old kid growing up in the suburbs, are both dealing with complicated families when they meet as avatars in Eden, a fantasy realm in an online game. As they embark on a journey to a new level in the game, Eva Lucia and Michael become unexpected friends, and find in each other the escape they need to get to that place and time when you first realize that the world is bigger than your family.


About the Company: The Red Fern Theatre Company

The Red Fern Theatre Company (RFTC), founded by Emilie E. Miller and Melanie Moyer Williams in March 2006, strives to provoke social awareness and change through theatrical productions and outreach. Each play produced by the Red Fern Theatre Company addresses social issues that range in scope from local to global, and each production is paired with a philanthropy whose work relates to the social themes of the play. A portion of the proceeds from each play produced is donated to the designated philanthropy. We also provide our audiences with information on the philanthropy both by introducing their mission at each performance and including information about them in the play’s program. By associating each production with a philanthropic organization, we are able to respond directly to the people actually affected by the issues addressed in the play.

Over the past three seasons, RFTC has produced a diverse range of programming, including ten full length plays as well as workshops and staged readings of one new work which premiered at the New York Fringe Festival in August 2008. Our 2009-2010 Season is dedicated to new plays and will open with the New York Premiere of Shirley Lauro’s ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT.

The RFTC believes in an individual's responsibility to his/her community. Theatre can educate; it can also comfort. It can remind the audience that suffering and joy are feelings felt by all. The Red Fern Theatre Company would like each of its productions to create a lasting impression that fosters a community among those on and off the stage

New York is home to thousands of theatre companies; many of them are committed to socially conscious plays. The Red Fern Theatre Company distinguishes itself by bridging the gap between the theatre we produce and the change it seeks to create. In its partnerships with philanthropies, the RFTC provides the vehicle for which our audiences can give back to their community.

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March  | Open: 04/12/12 Close: 04/29/12
Red Fern Theatre Company (Melanie Moyer Williams, Executive Artistic Director, Ken Hall, Managing Director) will present the World Premiere of Sharyn Rothstein’s (Lunchblocked with Ars Nova; Camp Monster at Williamstown Theatre Festival) MARCH, directed by Kel Haney (Assistant Director, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Wit; Good Egg with Red Fern Theatre Company) with Scenic Design by Caite Hevner, Costume Design by Sydney Maresca, Sound Design and Original Music by Anthony Mattana, and Lighting Design by Marie Yokoyama. The production will be cast by Darragh Garvey and Stage Managed by Michal V. Mendelson. March was originally workshopped at the Bay Area Playwright’s Festival and was a 2010 finalist for the Yale Drama Series Competition.

Two teens take on the real and imaginary monsters in their lives in this funny and compelling theatrical journey through the treacherous worlds of virtual battlefields and real-life adolescence. Though their backgrounds couldn’t be more different, Eva Lucia Perez, a 14 year-old from the Bronx, and Michael Meltzer, a 15 year-old kid growing up in the suburbs, are both dealing with complicated families when they meet as avatars in Eden, a fantasy realm in an online game. As they embark on a journey to a new level in the game, Eva Lucia and Michael become unexpected friends, and find in each other the escape they need to get to that place and time when you first realize that the world is bigger than your family.


About the Company: The Red Fern Theatre Company

The Red Fern Theatre Company (RFTC), founded by Emilie E. Miller and Melanie Moyer Williams in March 2006, strives to provoke social awareness and change through theatrical productions and outreach. Each play produced by the Red Fern Theatre Company addresses social issues that range in scope from local to global, and each production is paired with a philanthropy whose work relates to the social themes of the play. A portion of the proceeds from each play produced is donated to the designated philanthropy. We also provide our audiences with information on the philanthropy both by introducing their mission at each performance and including information about them in the play’s program. By associating each production with a philanthropic organization, we are able to respond directly to the people actually affected by the issues addressed in the play.

Over the past three seasons, RFTC has produced a diverse range of programming, including ten full length plays as well as workshops and staged readings of one new work which premiered at the New York Fringe Festival in August 2008. Our 2009-2010 Season is dedicated to new plays and will open with the New York Premiere of Shirley Lauro’s ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT.

The RFTC believes in an individual's responsibility to his/her community. Theatre can educate; it can also comfort. It can remind the audience that suffering and joy are feelings felt by all. The Red Fern Theatre Company would like each of its productions to create a lasting impression that fosters a community among those on and off the stage

New York is home to thousands of theatre companies; many of them are committed to socially conscious plays. The Red Fern Theatre Company distinguishes itself by bridging the gap between the theatre we produce and the change it seeks to create. In its partnerships with philanthropies, the RFTC provides the vehicle for which our audiences can give back to their community.

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Miss Ever's Boys  | Open: 03/19/09 Close: 04/05/09
Set during the 1932 Tuskegee Syphilis Study, one of the most notorious medical secrets in American history, a nurse wrestles with her loyalty to the institute’s doctors while her band of patients finds the will to live through the power of music.

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Raised In Captivity  | Open: 01/29/09 Close: 02/15/09
Raised in Captivity is a dark comedy about twin siblings who deal with guilt, redemption, self punishment, and revealed secrets following their mother’s untimely death. Amidst the seemingly unending economic crisis, this production acts as a satiric mirror for the dysfunction, alienation and depths of depravity possible in a sometimes cold society.

The Red Fern Theatre will partner with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow as part of its ongoing mission to produce socially conscious plays while partnering with philanthropies whose missions assist those affected by the issues addressed in the play. Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow helps disadvantaged youth and adults recognize their own self-worth, and advance towards self-sufficiency and financial security through job training, academic reinforcement, improved life skills, job placement, and support services. More information about the organization can be found at http://www.obtjobs.org.

Featuring Josh Lefkowitz*, Bryant Mason*, Emilie Elizabeth Miller, José Joaquín Pérez, Jennifer Dorr White*
*Actors Appear Courtesy of Actors Equity Association. Equity Approved Showcase.

The production team includes direction by Dominic D’Andrea, scenic design by Eliza Brown, costume design by Emily DeAngelis, lighting design by Jessica Greenberg, sound design by Daniel Kluger, fight direction by Qui Nguyen, properties by Ashton Glaume, assistant direction by TJ Clark, and stage management by Erienne Wredt.

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Up Close And Personal With Broadway's Best - Cabaret Benefit  | Open: 06/14/09 Close: 06/14/09
The Red Fern Theatre Company presents its 2 Annual Cabaret and Silent
Auction Fundraiser, “Up Close and Personal with Broadway’s Best,” on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 8pm at the
Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater located at 5 West 64th Street.

The evening will feature songs from Broadway stars, Stephanie J. Block (9 to 5, Pirate Queen, Boy from Oz,
Wicked), Matt Cavenaugh (West Side Story, Grey Gardens and A Catered Affair), Aaron Lazar (Les Miserables, Light in the Piazza, Tale of Two Cities,
Impressionism), Jenny Powers (Grease, Little Women, Happiness), and Jarrod Spector (Jersey Boys). Block will sing from her newly released album This Place I Know. Michael Lavine will accompany on piano.

The evening will also include a Silent Auction and Reception sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery and Yellowtail
Wines. The fundraiser benefits the Red Fern Theatre Company, a non-profit theatre company dedicated to
positive change in our community by producing socially conscious plays. They partner each play with a
philanthropy whose mission relates to the issues addressed in the play. The 2009-2010 Season of New Plays will
open with the New York Premiere of Shirley Lauro’s ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT (2006 Chicago's Joseph
Jefferson Citation Nominee:“Best New Play of the Year”).

Tickets are $50/general admission; $100/VIP seats which include reserved seating, an autographed gift bag, and a
ticket to a preview of our fall show. For tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit
https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/661185. The Silent Auction Preview and reception begins at 7pm with the
Cabaret beginning at 8pm. The Cabaret will be immediately followed by a meet-and-greet with the talent as well
as the conclusion of the Silent Auction. For more information, visit www.redferntheatre.org.

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Who Will Carry the Word?  | Open: 02/21/08 Close: 03/02/08
Based upon the true story of Charlotte Delbo, a member of the French resistance who spent nearly three years in concentration camps, Who Will Carry the Word? depicts the lives of 23 women while they share a barracks in Auschwitz. Their singular goal is to keep the strongest of
them alive so that someone can share what they had experienced with the world. Melanie Moyer Williams directs.

Proceeds from this production will benefit The Remember the Women Institute because of its special emphasis on women in context of the Holocaust and its aftermath, including post-World War II immigration.

Crew
Amanda Donelan, Make-Up Artist
Jessica Greenberg, Lighting Designer
Summer Lee Jack, Costume Designer
Adrienne Kapalko, Set Designer


Featuring
Lindsey Andersen*, Laura Anderson, Julia Arazi, Jarusha Ariel, Ilana Becker, Kirsten Benjamin, Alexandra Cremer*, Storm Garner, Nicole Grillos, Anaïs Koivisto, Kasey W. Lockwood, Mariya King, Laura Luciano, Sierra Marcks, Paige McDonnell, Emilie Elizabeth Miller, Adair Moran*, Dot Portella*, Kendall Rileigh*, Emily Riordan, Jacquelyn Schultz, Alicia St. Louis, and Christine Wolff

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