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WrightGroupNY began in 2001 as the in-house public relations firm of Genesis Repertory. Under the leadership of Michael Wright, a then-retired public relations executive, and member of the board of directors of Genesis, Mr. Wright guided Jay Michaels, Mary Elizabeth MiCari, and Martin West on the mechanics of running a successful promotion campaign – from press deadlines to essential design issues. After his passing, WrightGroupNY continued to raise Genesis Repertory’s visibility. The company now fosters new plays and independent films as well as remaining a leading classical theater.

WrightGroupNY began to have a life of its own. As early as 2003, WrightGroupNY, then under the direction of Martin West, created campaigns for various festivals in and around New York. By the end of 2003, WGNY mounted successful campaigns for three other off-off Broadway companies, two independent films, an art exhibition, and a series of fashions shows. 

WrightGroupNY – through an aggressive ad and marketing campaign – expanded Kingsborough College’s drama club into a full-scale theatrical group called The Performing Arts Society. The Society went on to perform off-off Broadway. From there, WGNY opened its doors to more organizations until today it boasts a client list that includesThe Bronx Opera, The Active Theater, The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble, Joanne de Simone, Test Tube Productions, White Rabbit Theater, The Magic Apothecary ltd, College Now, None of the Above Theater, Jules Libellus Art Collections, and productions from the Fringe Festival, Samuel French New Plays Festival, Midtown International Festival, Frigid Fest, Spotlight-On Productions, and many others. WrightGroupNY had photographs and articles appear in The New York Times, the Daily News, the New York Post, Newsday, UsTownHall, OuterStage, NYTheater, and on NY1. 

The New York office is now run by Jay Michaels. The organization still maintains the same sliding scale fee structure and artistic point of view started by Michael K. Wright in 2001 to help create visibility for the off-off Broadway and independent film communities.


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A Wendy Story  | Open: 07/19/12 Close: 07/28/12
Never ask a lost boy for directions!

New York – Music, magic mushrooms, Fairy Dust Beer? If Wendy Darling wanted an escape from her life in Jason Hookman’s office, she certainly found it with Pete and his band. Don’t judge her too much – working for the infamous art collector of Jolly Roger Publishing is no easy existence!  For a nice girl who grew up too fast, with too much responsibility, a step back might be just the step forward she needs.  Join Wendy as she explores her wild side on this journey of self-discovery that goes “straight-on till morning!”

The play – complete with original rock score - performed live - will make you laugh till you think!

The cast features Yasmeen Jawhar, Joe Yoga, Jen Perney, Bill Chambers, Brian (Beezy) Douglas, Marlon (Marbar) Kaltenborn, Sonseray Reed, Ben Williams, and Debby Bell. (Ben Williams appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association). Ms. Underwood directs this world premiere. Simona Berman and Debby Bell, stage management; Maurice Williams; lighting and audio; Brooke McGowan, photography; Jake Thomas; graphic art and promotional design.

WHO: Sanity Island presents

WHAT: the world premiere of A Wendy Story

WHERE: Under St. Mark’s Theater - 94 St. Mark’s Place - New York City

WHEN: Thursday, Friday, Saturday: July 19, 20, 21 and July 26, 27, 28. All shows: 8:00 p.m.

WHY: Because it’s time for Wendy’s side of things!

HOW MUCH: $18 www.smarttix.com or at the door

Here’s what the critics have to say about Natalie Underwood’s play, Buckle Up, which also premiered at Under St. Mark’s:

“A stunning drama … This play will bring you too the edge of your seat, make you cry, break your heart, and then cause you to cheer in the end… Natalie Underwood does an amazing job of acting and storytelling.” – Calvin Roy

"Buckle Up is a play that pushes it's performers and it's audience. Part narrative and part confessional, Natalie Underwood brings unflinching honesty to a subject which is still sadly a cultural taboo. If you're ready to see an actress and writer bare her soul, then Buckle Up, because this is the play for you." - Brenton Lengel, Examiner.com


NATALIE UNDERWOOD (Playwright/Director/Bianca) is a writer, actor, magna cum laude graduate of Columbia University and happily employed Executive Assistant. Her body of work includes Ms. Claws in “Santa Goes South,” an animated stop-motion short produced by Peter Wallach and featured in the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, and the role of the Transman's girlfriend in “The Crab,” an official selection of the Hoboken International Film Festival 2012. She was one of three women in the ensemble showcase of new work, Amusing Lies and Lullabies, in 2008. She performed in Joe Yoga’s Scratch (2009) and John Murdock’s Ramblings of a Gentleman Scumbag (Donor’s Choice Award at 2010 Frigid Festival). She wrote, produced and starred in the drama, Buckle Up: The Journey of a Ride Home, in 2010. She hopes A Wendy Story makes you laugh as much as Buckle Up made you cry.       


About the Company: WrightGroupNY Communications

The Backstory

WrightGroupNY began in 2001 as the in-house public relations firm of Genesis Repertory. Under the leadership of Michael Wright, a then-retired public relations executive, and member of the board of directors of Genesis, Mr. Wright guided Jay Michaels, Mary Elizabeth MiCari, and Martin West on the mechanics of running a successful promotion campaign – from press deadlines to essential design issues. After his passing, WrightGroupNY continued to raise Genesis Repertory’s visibility. The company now fosters new plays and independent films as well as remaining a leading classical theater.

WrightGroupNY began to have a life of its own. As early as 2003, WrightGroupNY, then under the direction of Martin West, created campaigns for various festivals in and around New York. By the end of 2003, WGNY mounted successful campaigns for three other off-off Broadway companies, two independent films, an art exhibition, and a series of fashions shows. 

WrightGroupNY – through an aggressive ad and marketing campaign – expanded Kingsborough College’s drama club into a full-scale theatrical group called The Performing Arts Society. The Society went on to perform off-off Broadway. From there, WGNY opened its doors to more organizations until today it boasts a client list that includesThe Bronx Opera, The Active Theater, The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble, Joanne de Simone, Test Tube Productions, White Rabbit Theater, The Magic Apothecary ltd, College Now, None of the Above Theater, Jules Libellus Art Collections, and productions from the Fringe Festival, Samuel French New Plays Festival, Midtown International Festival, Frigid Fest, Spotlight-On Productions, and many others. WrightGroupNY had photographs and articles appear in The New York Times, the Daily News, the New York Post, Newsday, UsTownHall, OuterStage, NYTheater, and on NY1. 

Martin West now resides in California and is creating WrightGroupLA. Meanwhile the New York office is now run by Jay Michaels. The organization still maintains the same sliding scale fee structure and artistic point of view started by Michael K. Wright in 2001 to help create visibility for the off-off Broadway and independent film communities.

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Norma Jeane, Enlightened  | Open: 08/02/12 Close: 08/02/12
On August 5, 1962, Marilyn Monroe, screen goddess, was found dead under uncertain circumstances. Deemed a suicide, many – to this day – believe she was murdered. Celebrated author Joanne de Simone’s riveting play shows that she was indeed murdered … and Hollywood is the culprit. The play finds Marilyn, seconds after her demise on a beach with a lone figure who takes her on the kind of journey one takes only after the final curtain comes down.

This deep character study of one the most enigmatic individuals of the 20th century features Gloria Jung, Holly Elizabeth O’Brien, Andrew Rothkin, Michael Curcio, Bob Cencioni, Martha Ghio, Eric Kuzmuk, Joseph Conway, and Danny McDermott.

Joanne de Simone

A prolific writer, Ms. de Simon’s latest play, Judy's Dead, took first prize in last year's Writer's Digest Stage Play competition; her one-act, The Suicide Angel, has been optioned as a feature film; and her novel about life in the big city as seen through feline eyes, The Metro Cats: Life in the Core of The Big Apple, is being developed for an animated feature. When not churning out great works of fiction, Ms. de Simone works as a columnist, film historian, and editor.

Ms. de Simone is a member of The Dramatist Guild of America, The International Women's Writers Guild, and is listed in the Remington Registry.

 

For further information or to make a reservation, please contact Jay Michaels at WrightGroupNY Communications,             (646) 338-5472       or wrightgroupny@gmail.com


About the Company: WrightGroupNY Communications

The Backstory

WrightGroupNY began in 2001 as the in-house public relations firm of Genesis Repertory. Under the leadership of Michael Wright, a then-retired public relations executive, and member of the board of directors of Genesis, Mr. Wright guided Jay Michaels, Mary Elizabeth MiCari, and Martin West on the mechanics of running a successful promotion campaign – from press deadlines to essential design issues. After his passing, WrightGroupNY continued to raise Genesis Repertory’s visibility. The company now fosters new plays and independent films as well as remaining a leading classical theater.

WrightGroupNY began to have a life of its own. As early as 2003, WrightGroupNY, then under the direction of Martin West, created campaigns for various festivals in and around New York. By the end of 2003, WGNY mounted successful campaigns for three other off-off Broadway companies, two independent films, an art exhibition, and a series of fashions shows. 

WrightGroupNY – through an aggressive ad and marketing campaign – expanded Kingsborough College’s drama club into a full-scale theatrical group called The Performing Arts Society. The Society went on to perform off-off Broadway. From there, WGNY opened its doors to more organizations until today it boasts a client list that includesThe Bronx Opera, The Active Theater, The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble, Joanne de Simone, Test Tube Productions, White Rabbit Theater, The Magic Apothecary ltd, College Now, None of the Above Theater, Jules Libellus Art Collections, and productions from the Fringe Festival, Samuel French New Plays Festival, Midtown International Festival, Frigid Fest, Spotlight-On Productions, and many others. WrightGroupNY had photographs and articles appear in The New York Times, the Daily News, the New York Post, Newsday, UsTownHall, OuterStage, NYTheater, and on NY1. 

The New York office is now run by Jay Michaels. The organization still maintains the same sliding scale fee structure and artistic point of view started by Michael K. Wright in 2001 to help create visibility for the off-off Broadway and independent film communities.

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