The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective

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The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective was founded in the summer of 2010 by its Artistic Director, Steven Carl McCasland. McCasland, who founded Group Therapy Productions while a student at Pace University, has been directing in New York (Medea, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antigone, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, and others) since 2005. 

Beautiful Soup uses theater to bring to light our own struggles and create a dialog. Exploring new works and classics in innovative ways, stretching a shoe-string budget to create visually enchanting minimalist productions, the Collective honors a different charitable organization with each production. Often using the themes of the play or musical to select the benficiary, a portion of funds raised at the box office are donated to the chosen charity.

While serving the community, the Soup strives to bring light to all types of theater, new and old. Each season, the Collective presents: 
-one revival of a "lost" play
-one revival of a "lost" musical
-one classical play (typically Shakespearean or Greek)
-one play (comedy or drama) written after 1960 OR one new play
-one production for all ages 

Previous productions include: the criticaly acclaimed world premiere play neat & tidy, the first New York revival of A Doll's Life which ran in repertory with Ibsen's A Doll's House,BLACK [Billy Learns About Captain Kirk] & BLUE, William Shakespeare's HamletCrossing Brooklyn: a musical by Jenny Giering and Laura Harrington, The WSXR Players' Present Their June 7, 1944 Broadcast of William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT, or What You Will and Steven Carl McCasland's world premiere play, Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).

Theater can be for the masses if we let it. With The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, you can return to your roots and explore the boundaries of theater while continuing to serve your community. Learn more at www.beautifulsouptheatercollective.org.


Schedule of Upcoming Productions

No New Productions Scheduled

Production History

Black & Blue  | Open: 08/19/10 Close: 08/21/10
What began as a fundraiser for The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective (a group of artists striving to revisit both classical and American classic theater) has emerged into an engaging evening of theater that follows the journeys of a Trekkie, a lonely art lover who fantasizes a friendship with Jackson Pollock, a stoner, a cheating husband and a remarkable young woman with blue hair. These one-act plays, BLACK (Billy Learns About Captain Kirk) and BLUE collide in a moment of joy - the sight of a Pollock: Autumn Rhythm, Number 30.

Buy tickets here: http://blackandblue.showclix.com/ AND BE SURE TO LEAVE OUT THE 'WWW'!!! Students, e-mail BeautifulSoupTheater@gmail.com for a discount code!

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Hamlet  | Open: 11/04/10 Close: 11/14/10
In The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective's sepia-toned, antiquitian world, a steampunk Hamlet returns from Denmark to find his father dead, his mother bedding his uncle and his country at the brink of war. To make things worse, he's being followed around by a clingy coquette with a particularly curious father and a very over-protective brother. Meanwhile, the ghost of his father roams the halls of Elsinore, his family's estate in Denmark. The haunted spirit reaches out to his son through means of the paranormal: the television glows with an eerie light and a record play begins to turn. As he seeks revenge of his father's end, lives will change their courses forever. 

Starring Rory Allan Meditz as Hamlet, Jackie Jacobi as Ophelia, John Johmann as Claudius and Tracy Jennissen as Gertrude. With John Caldara as Polonius, Dominick DeGaetano as Laertes, Kristen Vaphides as Rosencrantz and Kathleen Moran as Guildenstern. Also featuring Lena August, Bradley LeBoeuf*, Michael Callahan, Jessica McHugh and Patrick Whitehead.

*Bradley LeBoeuf will understudy the title role and perform Saturday matinees with Sunday evening, November 7th.
Emily Floyd will understudy the role of Ophelia and perform Saturday matinees with Sunday afternoon, November 14th.


Assistant Directed by Allison Wimer
Lighting by Gabriella DeGaetano
Fight Choreography by Ellyn Stein
Props and Stage Management by Griffin Parker
Hats by Amy Van Doran
Dramaturgy by Kate Adler
Costume, Sound and Direction by Steven Carl McCasland

*THE RED ROOM is a second-floor walk-up with no elevator. The KGB bar is right below. 

Run-time: 2 hours, 25 minutes with one 10 minute intermission.

 

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NORA, IN REP:
A DOLL'S HOUSE & A DOLL'S LIFE: THE MUSICAL
 | Open: 01/25/12 Close: 02/05/12
The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective is proud to announce their January, 2012 theatrical event. Running in repertory, audiences are invited to join us to explore Nora Helmer, the complex and brazen young woman who slammed a door in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and chang...ed the world in 1879. In NORA, in rep, Beautiful Soup presents a classic look at Ibsen’s play and a new look at the famed Broadway 1982 flop, A Doll’s Life, which is a sequel of sorts.

B.S.T.C is a not-for-profit off-off-Broadway and non-Equity theater company specializing in new looks at classic works. Proceeds from the box offices of our productions are donated to a charity whose mission matches the themes of the play or musical being presented.

A portion of all ticket sales for NORA, IN REP will be donated to The Phyllis Newman Women's Healthcare Initiative: http://www.phyllisnewman.com/healtcare-initiative.html

In A DOLL’S HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen and directed by Cristina Carrion, Nora Helmer has a delicious secret that saved her husband's life, but if he finds out what she's done, it might destroy their marriage. Blackmail and innocence, love and hypocrisy collide in one of the most celebrated plays in theater history. A Doll’s House was the first successful play of its era to affirm a married woman's right to her own individuality. It remains one of the most controversial plays about love and marriage ever written, and still retains the power to shock an audience a century after its lead character opened a door to freedom.

A DOLL'S LIFE: the musical has book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Larry Grossman and is directed by Steven Carl McCasland and musical directed by Jeremy Robin Lyons. Set within the framework of a contemporary rehearsal of Henrik Ibsen's classic play A Doll's Life, the musical addresses the question of what might have transpired after Nora slammed the door and abandoned her tyrannical husband Torvald. Borrowing the fare from a young violinist, Otto, she takes the train to Christiania, where she accepts work in a cafe and soon becomes tangled in the lives of several men. Throughout the show, scenes in her new life mingle with intermittent flashbacks to the one she left behind. This production marks only the third time the production has seen a New York stage since 1982.

THE CAST OF 'A DOLL'S HOUSE' FEATURES...
Kymberly Tuttle as Nora Helmer
Patrick Pizzolorusso as Torvald Helmer
Daniel Mian as Nils Krogstad
Shannon Munley as Mrs. Lynne
Joel Haberli as Dr. Rank
and Seth
Torvald Helmer... Patrick Pizzolorusso
Nils Krogstad... Daniel Mian
Mrs. Linde... Shannon Munley
Dr. Rank... Joel Haberli
Servant... Seth Koproski

'A DOLL'S HOUSE' IS STAGE MANAGED BY
Tracey Fess
AND DIRECTED BY
Cristina Carrion

THE CAST OF 'A DOLL'S LIFE: the musical' FEATURES...

Mallory Berlin as Nora
Thomas Dolan as Johan
Jonathan Grunert as Otto
Alex Pagels as Erik
and Anna Kirkland as Astrid
with Mario Castro, Margaret Dietrich, Joseph da Fonseca, Jordan Shaner, Lisa Wipperling, Tal Yardeni
and Patrick Pizzolorusso as Torvald Helmer

'A DOLL'S LIFE' IS STAGE MANAGED BY
Paul Alexander Hughes
MUSICAL DIRECTED BY
Jeremy Robin Lyons
AND DIRECTED BY
Steven Carl McCasland

Performances run on the following schedule at The New Ohio Theatre on Christopher Street:

Wednesday January 25th - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S HOUSE
Thursday 26th - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S LIFE
Friday 27th - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S HOUSE
Saturday 28th - 2:00pm - A DOLL'S HOUSE
Saturday 28th - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S LIFE
Sunday 29th - 2:00pm - A DOLL'S LIFE
Sunday 29th - 7:00pm - A DOLL'S HOUSE

Wednesday, February 1st - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S LIFE
Thursday 2nd - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S HOUSE
Friday 3rd - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S LIFE
Saturday - 2:00pm - A DOLL'S LIFE
Saturday - 7:30pm - A DOLL'S HOUSE
Sunday - 2:00pm - A DOLL'S HOUSE
Sunday - 7:00pm - A DOLL'S LIFE

Tickets will be available on SmartTix beginning November 15th, 2011 at midnight.

General Admission: 1 show - $25, both shows (Marathons Saturday and Sunday] - $45
Students/Seniors: General Admission: 1 show - $20, both shows (Marathons Saturday and Sunday] - $40


 

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Neat & Tidy  | Open: 05/15/12 Close: 05/27/12
the beautiful soup theater collective is proud to present the new york premiere of steven carl mccasland's play "neat & tidy". this chilling and poetic drama features an intimate cast performing multiple roles.

when a child is brutally murdered, the seismic aftershocks r...ipple throughout a small town. at its center, a marriage is crippling under the weight of the tragedy. with its cast tackling multiple characters, "neat & tidy" speaks about grieving and learning to live alone. see tom run. see tracy scream. see christine lie. see luke break. see tom hide. see tracy jump.

"neat & tidy" previews on may 15th, 2012 with an official opening night scheduled for may 16th, 2012.

all performances at the gene frankel theatre, 24 bond street, new york ny.

tuesday may 15-7:00pm
wednesday may 16-7:00pm
thursday may 17-7:00pm
friday may 18-7;00pm
saturday may 19-2:00pm & 7:00pm
sunday may 20-2:00pm

wednesday may 23- 2:00pm & 7:00pm
thursday may 24-7:00pm
friday may 25-7:00pm
saturday may 26-2:00pm & 7:00pm
sunday may 27-2:00pm

"neat & tidy" is written and directed by steven carl mccasland

paul alexander hughes serves as production stage manager

THE CAST

lisa crosby wipperling as tracy
john russel as tom
and
max rory meisel (of bravo tv's "bethenny getting married" as luke

with...

kristi barron as christine
jordan tierney as andrew
anna kirkland as nancy & laura
orlando iriarte as sam & doctor avery
ellyn stein as dottie, jeanie & mary
rory allan meditz as the reverend & randy
samantha steinmetz as katie & billy (tracy u/s)*
and
emily floyd as natalie & amanda

rebecca de ornelas serves as female swing*

*samantha Steinmetz will appear as tracy on sunday, may 20 at 2:00pm. rebecca de ornelas will step into the roles of katie and billie at this performance. de ornelas will also step into the roles of amanda and natalie on sunday May 26 at 2:00pm.

DUE TO THE NATURE OF THIS PRODUCTION, SEATING IS VERY LIMITED PER PERFORMANCE -- BUY EARLY.

tickets are available online now at:
http://www.showclix.com/events/beautifulsoup

general: $25
students/seniors: $20


About the Company: The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective

The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective was founded in the summer of 2010 by its Artistic Director, Steven Carl McCasland. McCasland, who founded Group Therapy Productions while a student at Pace University, has been directing in New York (Medea, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antigone, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, and others) since 2005. 

Beautiful Soup uses theater to bring to light our own struggles and create a dialog. Exploring new works and classics in innovative ways, stretching a shoe-string budget to create visually enchanting minimalist productions, the Collective honors a different charitable organization with each production. Often using the themes of the piece at hand, (Crossing Brooklyn, a musical about a teacher, benefited Artists Striving to End Poverty, who visit third-world countries to teach the arts), a portion of funds raised at the box office are donated to the chosen charity.

While serving the community, the Soup strives to bring light to all types of theater, new and old. Each season, the Collective presents two Shakespearean revivals, a workshop of a world premiere play, a play by a major writer within the last 150 years (Ibsen, Miller, Williams, Foote, Chekhov, O'Neill, to name a few...), a workshop of a new musical. Each season will also feature a world premiere children's theater production. 

Previous productions include: BLACK [Billy Learns About Captain Kirk] & BLUE, William Shakespeare's HamletCrossing Brooklyn: a musical by Jenny Giering and Laura Harrington, The WSXR Players' Present Their June 7, 1944 Broadcast of William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT, or What You Will and Steven Carl McCasland's world premiere play, Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)

Theater can be for the masses if we let it. With The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, you can return to your roots and explore the boundaries of theater while continuing to serve your community. Learn more at www.beautifulsouptheatercollective.org.

 

 

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth  | Open: 10/19/11 Close: 10/31/11
The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, whose Alice in Wonderland enjoyed an Off-Broadway run at The SoHo Playhouse, returns to the New York stage with their production William Shakespeare's MACBETH at 13th Street Repertory, opening October 19th and running through Halloween evening, October 31st. A portion of box office proceeds will benefit The Fortune Society for Prisoner Reform. 
 
The Fortune Society, founded by theatre producer David Rothenberg (Fortune and Men's Eyes), strives to support successful re-entry from prison and to promote alternatives to incarcerations, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities. 
 
The production, directed by Steven Carl McCasland (Alice in Wonderland, Crossing Brooklyn, The WSXR Players' Twelfth Night) stars John Johmann and Tracy Jennissen (Sugar doesn't live here...). Macbeth as the murderous and power-hungry central couple. Set in Chicago, 1959, press notes bill the production as "an intimate, 2-hour look at one of the Bard's bloodiest plays. Set in Chicago, 1959 and using the music of Frank Sinatra and Henry Mancini, MACBETH is filled with lust, greed and revenge. Beautiful Soup stains 13th Street Rep red with blood in a production inspired by the films of the era. It's 1959 and Mackie is back in town."
 
Johmann and Jennissen are joined by Leonardo Abraham, Lena August Charles Baker, Mallory Berlin, Salvatore Casto, Dom Crincoli, Courtney de la Rigaudiere, Spencer Gold, Laurie Jill, Leo Kubota, Rory Allan Meditz, Kathleen Moran and Christopher Stokes. Anna Grace Carter (Kissless at NYMF) serves as Production Stage Manager. Ellyn Stein serves as Fight Director and Choreographer to the extreme hand-to-hand combat, with choreography from McCasland and Kathleen Gubitosi.
 
The 2-hour production, running from October 19th through October 31st, operates on a rep schedule: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. A special closing performance on Monday, October 31st, at 7pm will be followed by a costume ball. Join the Weird Sisters and bob for apples and party the holiday away with Beautiful Soup at Hecate's Club. 
 
Each performance is presented with a ten-minute intermission, during which Hecate's Girls and Boys will take the stage. A wide array of New York burlesque performers, including Dot Mitzvah and Kitty Katstrophe, along with MACBETH cast-member Dom Crincoli (Lord Ross) in a lounge act inspired by Old Blue Eyes.
 
The 13th Street Repertory Company, founded in 1972 by Artistic Director Edith O'Hara, provides a place for actors, directors, playwrights and technicians to develop their craft in a caring, nurturing, professional environment. Anywhere between five to seven shows run weekly, including children's shows and the New Works Reading Series on weekends. The 13th Street Repertory Company is home to the longest running Off-Off-Broadway play, Israel Horovitz' LINE, now in its 38th year, and is a proud member of the Heart of Off-Broadway. THe theater is located at 50 West 13th Street, between 5th and 6th avenues.
 
Tickets, $25.00 ($30 on Halloween) are available at http://beautifulsoup.showclix.com. A $5.00 discount for students and seniors is available at the door, one hour prior to curtain. To learn more about the Collective, visit www.beautifulsouptheatercollective.org.

 

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Yentl  | Open: 10/10/12 Close: 10/21/12
 

The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, who most recently presented the critically acclaimed revival of A Doll's Life and Examiner.com's "Dramatic Pick of the Year" neat & tidy will present Isaac Bashevis Singer's classic Yentl. Beautiful Soup's Artistic Director helms the production, which will play the Gene Frankel Theatre from October 10th through October 28th. The production features Music Direction by Luke Anthnony and Lighting Design by Daisy Long.

Last seen on Broadway in 1976 with Tovah Feldshuh in the title role, Yentl was later immortalized in the musical film adaptation starring and directed by Barbra Streisand. Adapted from the classic story by Leah Napolin from Singer's short story, it chronicles the journey of a young woman who defies the laws of her people to pursue a dream. Filled with a love of Torah, Yentl becomes Anshel - a man - and lives in hiding while studying at the Yeshiva. Entangled in a web of lies, Anshel befriends Avigdor and marries Hadass, taking both on a journey they won't soon forget.

The production stars Mallory Berlin (Nora, "A Doll's Life") in the the title role and is joined by Alex Pagels as Avigdor and Kim Sweet as Hadass. The production also features Leonardo Abraham, Luke Anthony, Kira Chirstoforidis, Adam Foldes, Jael Golad, Orlando Iriarte, Anna Kirkland, Jessica McHugh, Zac Moon, Yael Shavitt and Noelle Stewart.

A portion of proceeds raised at the Box Office will benefit the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York, imagining a world in which all women and girls in the Jewish community are ensured a healthy and supportive environment… a world in which we all have equal opportunity for economic, religious, social and political achievement.
 
A teaser trailer for the production is available for viewing on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C88SOyLz-Gk

 
Tickets for the production are on sale now by visiting http://beautifulsoup.showclix.com

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 10th - 7:00pm
Thursday, October 11th - 7:00pm
Friday, October 12th - 7:00pm
Saturday, October 13th - 2:00pm
Saturday, October 13th - 7:00pm
Sunday, October 14th - 2:00pm
Wednesday, October 17th - 2:00pm
Wednesday, October 17th - 7:00pm
Thursday, October 18th - 7:00pm
Friday, October 19th - 7:00pm
Saturday, October 20st - 2:00pm
Saturday, October 20st - 7:00pm
Sunday, October 21st - 2:00pm 
 
CAST (in alphabetical order)
Leonardo Abraham as Yussel and Gershon
Luke Anthony as Treitl, Moishe, Chaim and Zelig (The Tailor's Apprentice)
Mallory Berlin as Yentl
Kira Christoforidis as Yachna
Adam Foldes as Reb Nata and the Rabbi
Jael Golad as Pesha
Orlando Iriarte as Yentl's father, Fulca the Fool, Sheftl the Tailor and Feitl the Leather-Dealer
Anna Kirkland as Zelda-Leah and Zlateh
Jessica McHugh as Frumka, Hadass' mother
Alex Pagels as Avigdor
Zac Moon as Mordecai and Reb Alter, Hadass' father
Ev Roufeh as Lemmel and Dovid
Yael Shavitt as Raizeleh (Yentl understudy)
Noelle Stewart as Rivka the Matchmaker and Nechele
and  Kim Sweet as Hadass

 


About the Company: The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective

The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective was founded in the summer of 2010 by its Artistic Director, Steven Carl McCasland. McCasland, who founded Group Therapy Productions while a student at Pace University, has been directing in New York (Medea, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antigone, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, and others) since 2005. 

Beautiful Soup uses theater to bring to light our own struggles and create a dialog. Exploring new works and classics in innovative ways, stretching a shoe-string budget to create visually enchanting minimalist productions, the Collective honors a different charitable organization with each production. Often using the themes of the play or musical to select the benficiary, a portion of funds raised at the box office are donated to the chosen charity.

While serving the community, the Soup strives to bring light to all types of theater, new and old. Each season, the Collective presents: 
-one revival of a "lost" play
-one revival of a "lost" musical
-one classical play (typically Shakespearean or Greek)
-one play (comedy or drama) written after 1960 OR one new play
-one production for all ages 

Previous productions include: the criticaly acclaimed world premiere play neat & tidy, the first New York revival of A Doll's Life which ran in repertory with Ibsen's A Doll's House,BLACK [Billy Learns About Captain Kirk] & BLUE, William Shakespeare's HamletCrossing Brooklyn: a musical by Jenny Giering and Laura Harrington, The WSXR Players' Present Their June 7, 1944 Broadcast of William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT, or What You Will and Steven Carl McCasland's world premiere play, Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).

Theater can be for the masses if we let it. With The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, you can return to your roots and explore the boundaries of theater while continuing to serve your community. Learn more at www.beautifulsouptheatercollective.org.

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