Roots and Wings Theatrical

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Duct Tape And A Dream: Duct Tape Program  | Open: 05/16/12 Close: 05/19/12
Our fifth Duct Tape and a Dream festival exploring online socializing and the larger battle for people to connect. 

Duct Tape Program:
Wednesday, May 16th at 8 PM, Friday, May 18th at 8 PM, Saturday, May 19th at 3 PM

The Wedding Thieves, a play 
by Colette La Pointe
Directed by Lauren Rayner

HUD: A Brief History of Communication 
by Daniel Carroll 
Directed by Barbara Harrison

Logan’s Hollow, a solo play 
by Bradley Troll 
Directed by Daniel LeBlanc 

Featuring: Mackenzie Hawkins, Christine Mottram, Marlena Kalm, and Jeffrey Welk

Festival Stage Manager: Paula Clarkson 
Festival Lighting Designer: Lauren Bremen 
Produced by the Roots and Wings Board: 
Maggie Albert, Caralie Chrisco, Lauren Rayner, Joseph Samuel Wright
Duct Tape and a Dream II  | Open: 03/09/10 Close: 03/15/10
   Roots and Wings Theatrical is presenting the second installment of our twice-annual Duct Tape and a Dream festival for new works.

This spring’s show will include four new plays, a new movement piece, songs by DM Salsberg, and an original performance by the RaW Board.

All of the plays in the festival are inspired by or themed after the Picasso painting Girl Before a Mirror making for a diverse range of conflicts and relationships include burgeoning lesbianism, repressed male homosexuality, mother/ daughter interactions, a brother and a sister, and two competing peers.

All performances will be at the Red Room on the third floor of the KGB building, 85 E. 4th Street (at Second Avenue). Take the F/V to Second Avenue or the NRW to 8th Street.

Tuesday, March 9th at 8 PM
Wednesday, March 10th at 8 PM
Sunday, March 14th at 7 PM
Monday, March 15th at 7 PM

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or in advance through SmartTix.

The performances will include:

Don’t Eat the Yellow Picasso
*Written by   
**Directed by Lauren Rayner

Drawing M
*Written by Seph Edwards
**Directed by Leigh Hile

Mary, Mary
*Written by Joseph Samuel Wright
**Directed by Samantha Shechtman

Prelude to a Fall
*Written by Kimberly Barrante
**Directed by Kyler Taustin

An original movement piece by Sarah Fye

Featuring Singer/Songwriter DM Salsberg

And a performance by the Roots and Wings Board


 Roots and Wings is a not-for-profit theatre company fiscally-sponsored through Fractured Atlas. We are dedicated to the development and support of new works that push the boundaries of performance and blur the lines between media. For more information visit    

Rise  | Open: 04/05/13 Close: 04/20/13
RISE is an opera-infused play intertwining the tale of Rome's most infamous anarchist Emperor with the extravagant ambition of four modern-day misfits. 

In a decaying Roman Empire, debauchery and ruthlessness are de rigueur, but Boy-King Elagabalus's excesses and flagrant disregard for religious tradition and sexual taboos shocks even the most callous citizens. Placed on the throne by the conniving machinations of his mother and grandmother, Elagabalus marries a sacred Vestal Virgin, skewers the national religion, and flaunts his exploits with men and women of all classes.

On the outskirts of LA, aspirations run high. Brick Richards has been a top player in porn for ten years, and his manager Myrna Malone desperately wants to convince him to transition to mainstream movies before his star fades. Myrna's assistant Glenn wants something different from Brick: a great, sweeping romance to make life complete. Glenn's roommate Mia doesn't care about sweeping romances, she just wants to achieve her dream of launching the next big cosmetics line, and maybe Myrna or Brick can make that happen?

Through human history, one conflict is timeless: when personal ambition eclipses all other considerations, crossed desires lead to double crossing.

Written by Joseph Wright
Music by David Carl
Directed by Samantha Shechtman
Crawford M. Collins*
Tafe Gato
Trey Gerrald*
Jamey Grisham*
Arielle Hader
Margaret Meyer
Jennifer Teska*
Jessica Wagner*
*Appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association, Equity Approved Showcase

Limited engagement April 5th – 20th
Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios
244 W. 54th Street, 12th Floor (btwn Broadway and 8th Ave)

Tickets are $15 at SmartTix. A limited number of $18 premium reserved seats available each night. 

Performances on:
4/5 at 8 PM
4/6 at 8 PM
4/7 at 3 PM

4/11 at 8 PM
4/12 at 8 PM
4/13 at 8 PM
4/14 at 3 PM
4/15 at 8 PM

4/18 at 8 PM
4/19 at 8 PM
4/20 at 8 PM

The Mask Of Medusa  | Open: 10/03/10 Close: 10/23/10
Roots and Wings Theatrical in association with Lauren Rayner Productions present...


The Mask of Medusa is a short dance-theatre piece that will fuse traditional Greek theatre techniques with modern movement and mask work that explores a contemporary telling of the Medusa myth. The piece follows Medusa as a young maiden in a modern context and plays with the idea of the tragic hero exploring Medusa’s grotesque transformation from picture-perfect girl into tragic, gorgon monster. Text, movement, original music, and visual art coordinate to convey the story and the emotions.

Medusa stars Ali Kresch, Daniel LeBlanc, Sarah Fye, Caralie Chrisco, and Ryan Scoble.

The show features choreography by Eric Emch and original music by DM Salsberg.

This is an outdoor performance; audiences should bring a blanket or cushion to sit on.

Playing at The Pool in Central Park
Enter near W. 103rd Street & Central Park West

Sunday, October 3rd @ 6 PM
Sunday, October 17th @ 6 PM
Saturday, October 23rd @ 6 PM

For groups or to reserve seating in advance, please contact

Admission is FREE!

For more information, visit

Joseph Samuel Wright is an NYC-based playwright, producer, and director. He founded and is the Producing Artistic Director of Roots and Wings Theatrical ( His play My Big, Thick Schtick was self-produced at the Shetler Studios Bridge Theatre in July 2010. Additionally, through RaW he has produced three Duct Tape and a Dream festivals of new works which have included his original shorts Mary, Mary and Mommy Drinkest. Additionally, his play Constellation Nightglow was hosted at the University of Tennessee, and from 2005 – 2007 his LGBTadvocacy play Ours toured campuses in East Tennessee. He has had readings at the Lark Play Development Center, RaW, BE Theater, and is a member of the NyLon Fusion Writers Collective where his one act Uh Fairy Tale is being developed. His play My One and Only was a finalist in the SteppingStone Millennium Playwright Competition. Additionally he directed the one-man show Sequins, Lame, and Everything Gay. His Tennessee directing credits include Salome, Medea, The Vagina Monologues, Bent, Our Favorite Songs—A Night of Cabaret, and several Broadway Cares Benefit Concerts. Joseph has interned at New York Theatre Workshop and at the Lark Play Development Center where he continues on as part of their Literary Wing. He also assisted Iris Rainer Dart on two Roundabout workshops of the musical Laughing Matters starring Donna Murphey. He writes for BroadwaySpace, Theatre Is Easy, and TimeOut New York. For more information visit

LAUREN RAYNER (Director/Producer)
Lauren Rayner is a New York and Los Angeles based director, producer and playwright. Recent producing/directing credits include, OFF-OFF-BROADWAY: Jesse Zaritt’s BINDING (as Producing Associate, prod. Theatre C; 3 NY Innovative Theatre award nominations), One Arm and A Leg (dir. Calla Videt; presented in HEREstay & Theater for the New City’s DREAM UP FESTIVAL); Sleeping with Strangers (prod. Nylon Fusion Collective); No Nursery Rhymes Please, Don’t Eat the Yellow Picasso, and What is Gained : a muse on consequence (prod. Roots and Wings Theatrical); The Last Good Moment of Lily Baker (dir. Brooke Speelman); LOS ANGELES: Beirut, King Lear (an all female production), One for the Road/A Kind of Alaska/Ashes to Ashes/New World Order, Catholic School Girls, Mitzi's Abortion; ORIGINAL PLAYS: Mendacity (prod. Roots and Wings Theatrical, NYC; Women’s Theatre Organization, LA), Level 14, Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously (workshopped at Lark Play Development Center), and Disembodied Voices all mounted in LA. Since early 2009, Lauren has served on the Board of Roots and Wings Theatrical and as the Director of Development/Marketing. She is also a Producing Associate/General Manager of Theatre C, a new theatre company by Carlos Armesto. She has worked at the Cherry Lane Theatre, The Play Company, the Women’s Expressive Theatre, the Lark Play Development Center, the Ontological- Hysteric Theater, and at the Center Theatre Group in the Executive Offices under Artistic Director, Michael Ritchie. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BA in Theatre and Education. Lauren is proud to be a fiscally sponsored artist of Fractured Atlas.

About Roots and Wings Theatrical
Roots and Wings Theatrical is dedicated to the conception and development of new, explorative, theatrical works. From the solid foundation of an inspiration or tradition, RaW grows artisticallyrelevant, socially-evocative pieces that test ideas about theatre forms, collaboration, and crossdiscipline construction. Explore and expand the possibilities of performance.