|La Mama E.T.C. Presents: A Mind The Art Anthology
| Open: 03/26/10 Close: 04/04/10
Mind The Art Entertainment begins its affiliation with the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club by featuring an Anthology of 3 bold and exceptional works. Encompassing musical theater, comedic looks at philosophy, and political performance art, these pieces seek not only to entertain, but to challenge the status quo of your thinking and rebel against your reality.
What If? Fridays, March 26 & April 2 @ 10pm
Conceived & Musically Directed by Christian De Gré
What if Fiddler's To Life was set in a 1950s Cuban cigar lounge? What if The Sound of Music was belted out by a 1920s jazz vocalist? What if Jason Robert Brown wrote The Last 5 Years as a Linear story Rock Opera? These are just a few of the musical mash-ups you will find in this innovative concert that dares to redefine musical styles and genres. Join award-winning musicians, composers, and singers as we ask the question ‘What If?’ and experience Broadway Revised, Retuned, and Remixed.
DIE Saturdays, March 27 & April 3 @ 10pm
Written by Joe Kurtz & Directed by Christian De Gré
Imagine, if you will, a world unencumbered by the stress of decision-making; a world where you never have to wonder if you made the ‘right decision.’ In this existential comedy, two roommates make this a reality by letting the roll of a DIE decide for them. But is life really carefree when the responsibility is left up to chance? Watch as this duo embarks on comedic misadventures, all of which are orchestrated by YOU. That’s right, because the DIE is in YOUR hands. With 36 possible endings, you won’t see the same show twice. So take a chance. Their fate. Your hands… Roll the DIE.
Under the Veil: Being Muslim & Non-Muslim in post 9/11 America
Sundays, March 28 & April 4 @ 5:30pm
Written by The TE’A Company & Directed by Cheryl Paley
Under the Veil is a provocative piece of political theater that investigates the stereotypes and racism imposed upon the Muslim-American community within New York City society. Through drama, comedy, music, and poetry we confront the issues of race, loyalty, and identity, challenging you to question your own religious fear and misunderstandings as we take you Under the Veil.
La MaMa Experimental Theatre is a world-renowned cultural organization led by founder Ellen Stewart. For 48 years La MaMa has passionately pursued its original mission to develop, nurture, support, produce and present new and original performance work by artists of all nations and cultures. We believe that in order to flourish, art needs the company of colleagues, the spirit of collaboration, the comfort of continuation, a public forum in which to be evaluated and fiscal support.
Mind The Art Entertainment is a New York City based collaborative arts & entertainment company whose mission is to promote, enhance, workshop, and produce new work and talent in the arts. It is a company firm on the belief that the modern arts, in all their varieties, should be used not just to entertain but also to inspire, teach, reach out, and enhance its own art form.
|Spellbound-a Musical Adventure
| Open: 08/15/10 Close: 08/27/10
Told through the eyes of a young and naïve, but talented village girl,Spellbound presents the pursuit of truth and inner courage, set in a world of wizards, witches, and warlocks. After the massacre of her village, Herianne embarks on a journey through a mystical land to rescue her family and fulfill her life-long ambition to become a Grand Wizard. Accompanied by her mentor and three “Teachers of the Scrolls,” Herianne must overcome the evil that enshrouds the land of Dragnor and confront the wickedness that seeks to devour her innate power. With time and a conspiring foe against her, Herianne is forced to choose relationships wisely as she completes her passage from adolescence to womanhood. In a final battle of good versus evil, events beyond her control make it clear to Herianne that great reward often comes at great sacrifice.
Spellbound addresses issues of equality, relationships, terrorism, greed, dictatorship, power, love and the importance of friendship and family. Metaphors for deceit, trust, poverty, wealth, choice and the idea of being isolated from the rest of the world are all vehicles used to highlight just some of the many trials of life in the world in which we live. And that all-important question to which many of us seek the answer, the forever wonderment of ‘Why?’ is presented... along with some possible answers from an alternative point of view!
For music, videos, and exclusive downloads, visit the official Spellbound: A Musical Adventure website at SpellboundTheMusical.com. To learn more about other Mind The Art Entertainment productions, projects, and divisions, please visit MindTheArtEntertainment.com
Book-Music-Lyrics: Paul J. Deakin & Christian De Gré
Director: Nancy Robillard
Music Director: Manny Simone
Producers: Mind The Art Entertainment in association with Robert R. Blume
Casting Director: Stephen DeAngelis
Sound Designer: Bernard Fox
Lighting Designer: Sarah Arnold
Set Designer: Robert Monaco
PR Agent: Les Schecter
Costume Designer: David Quinn
Fight Choreographer: Tom Flagg
Dance Choreographer: Kelli Gautreau
Poster Design: Paul Deakin
Media Design: Stephen Stocking
Ashley C. Williams as HERIANNE
*Martin Van Treuren as MASTER GARLAN
Aaron Schroeder as GREEME
*David Garry as The Goblin EGOR
*Antoinette DiPietropolo as The Night Elf BERSHA
Philip James as The Fire Wizard HELMIT
*Craig Waletzko as DARLAK
*Joanna Parson as SYLVIE
*Kristin Wetherington as the Dark Witch MELDAH
Joe Kurtz as the barman LARIUS
Joseph Reese as the Warlock ZORLACH
*Andrew Hartley as the Dwarf BALLYON and the SPIRIT DRUID FAERIUS
*Michael Barra as The Necromancer LORD KRUMAH
Clay Nelms as TALUS
Bradley Gale as RAMUS
Dana Glaus as CKERI
And featuring *Michael Iannucci as the DARK LORD ZELATOTH
*Actors appearing courtesy of AEA