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Town Stages is now open at 221 West Broadway, NYC. Located in the heart of Tribeca, TOWN is New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate and put on a show.

 

A new female-driven cultural arts institution and venue space, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that can support the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 9,000 square foot storefront facility, TOWN provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all: from civic to corporate, tech to theater.

 

With a Mainstage, a Cabaret Lounge, and a multi-use event space with a capacity of 225, Town Stages will offer much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programing, from performance art to dance to theatre, and is also available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond.

 

TOWN will also be home to a Fellowship Program for artists, entrepreneurs, writers, content creators, movers, shakers, and makers of all kinds. In partnership with Sokoloff Arts (501c3), the program is part residency, part incubator, and part home base: offering the ultimate creative freedom to grow. An application-based program, the Fellowship offers access to shared spaces, rehearsal/performance/event subsidies, and an opportunity to be a part of a shared creative community, working together under one roof.

 

"As artists, we spend nearly every waking hour of our lives in studios, on sets, in theaters, and in venues of all kinds," said Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director of Town Stages. "These are the places we convene and collaborate, grow and transform. They are where we lift each other up, and where we make room for new voices and new perspectives. For many, these unique spaces are where we build our chosen families. In more ways than one, these cherished places are our homes. From that first magical moment I walked into an empty theater at age 4, I've been chasing this one dream: To create an inspired home for my artistic family, and build a platform for the next generation."

 

For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

 

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, prospective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts is now building Town Stages. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

 


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The Eleventh Hour!  | Open: 05/11/18 Close: 06/27/18
Smugbug Productions presents

the New York Premiere of

The Eleventh Hour!

a new rock musical comedy by David Seamon

May 11 - June 27, 2018

at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC

 

Smugbug Productions presents the New York Premiere of The Eleventh Hour!, a new rock musical comedy by David Seamon from May 11 - June 27, 2018 at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC. Tickets are $35 and are available at https://www.eleventhhourmusical.com/performance-tickets/the-eleventh-hour.

 

It's the end of the world in New Jersey! A burnout basement rocker and his ex-girlfriend, a rising star astrophysicist, may have the key to surviving the black hole bearing down on earth. If they can reconcile their feelings and manage a dangerous journey on the NJ Turnpike, they just may save their music, each other, and the mole people who live beneath them.

 

The Eleventh Hour! features music, book, and lyrics by David Seamon, direction by Annie Rutherford Lutz, and is produced by Smugbug Productions. The story for the musical was originally created by Seamon, Lutz, and Shimmy Schwartz through a commission by coLAB Arts. 

 

Cast: Tam Justin Garcia (Nevin Denham), Rachelle Legrand (Neil DeGrasse Tyson), Christopher Pasi (Astor Whitewater), Joshuah D. Simpson (Shawn Ryan), Kara Willow (Amy Leonardo), Brianne Wylie (Thelma).

 

Performances at 9pm: Fri 5/11 & 5/18, Sat 5/12 & 5/19, Wed 5/23 & 5/30, Thu 5/24 & 5/31, Mon 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, Wed 6/13, 6/20, 6/27.

 

ARTIST BIOS

 

David Seamon (Composer/Book/Lyrics) is a playwright, composer, and actor. He works as a teaching artist for the George Street Playhouse and McCarter Theatre and is the co-director of the company ensemble at the Wharton Institute of Performing Arts. In 2013, David won the Silver Tripod Award at Campus Movie Fest for best score to a short film, Melody.  David has an extensive background as a musical director and touring children's theater performer, and has a degree in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University.  His 2007 album "The Brotherhood of Teenage Haze" is available on iTunes and Spotify and his 2017 release "Minimum Rage" is available on Soundcloud. David  is a frequent collaborator with coLAB Arts, having worked as an actor, composer, and playwright. The Eleventh Hour is David's first full-length musical. Thedaveseamon.com

 

Annie Rutherford Lutz (Director) is a Director, Performer, and Teaching Artist Throughout the school year, she leads Theater Arts Integration programs across the state of New Jersey, specializing in the creation of new works and ensemble-based theatre. Most recently, she became the Resident Teaching Artist / Project Coordinator for George Street Playhouse, where she has the privilege of managing in-school theatrical residencies and fostering new Teaching Artists. Annie has been the Director of The Eleventh Hour since its inception and is honored to have followed this piece throughout its development. Annie is a proud graduate of Douglass College at Rutgers University. 

 

Tam Justin Garcia is an NJ-based Singer-Songwriter. He has been performing since he was fourteen years old at coffee houses, busking train stations and city streets, festivals, benefit concerts to help the community, and large concert venues. This past October, Tam made his theatre debut as the lead role as Jon in Rooftop Theatre Collaborative's production of Tick, Tick...Boom. He was the lead vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter for Garden State Line, who were nominated for Best Rock Band by the Asbury Park Music Awards in 2014 and 2015, and was the House Band for the Stone Pony in Asbury Park for 4 years. He has also toured the USA and has performed in Europe. He is currently working on his first solo record.

 

Rachelle Legrand was last seen in George Street Playhouse's education tour in their productions of New Kid, Austin the Unstoppable, and the world premiere of Anytown. Some of her most memorable roles are Lorraine Hansberry (To Be Young Gifted and Black), Dionne (Hair), Wendy-Jo (Footloose), Sister Chantelle (Bare:A Pop Opera), and Crystal (Little Shop of Horrors). She is a proud graduate of Rutgers University. She would like to thank the entire production's staff and cast of The Eleventh Hour for this experience, and her family and friends for their continuous support.

 

Kara Willow is so excited to be working with such a creative and talented team and cast. Previous roles include Queenie (Wild Party), Judy (9 to 5), Logainne (...Spelling Bee), and Carla (Nine). 

 

Christopher Pasi makes his acting debut in New York! after being a part of the original production of The Eleventh Hour! in coLAB Arts' 48 Hour Musicals. It has been an apocalyptically wonderful experience seeing this show explode into the masterpiece it has become. 

 

Joshuah D. Simpson makes his New York stage debut with The Eleventh Hour. Joshuah is a performer, creator, and educator who recently relocated to the city after just having graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. If you want to follow Joshuah and their New York journey they can be found on twitter and instagram @JoshuahDSimpson. Some of their previous credits include; Shrek in Shrek the Musical (Sing for America), Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical (Milbrook Playhouse), and the featured performer in the original solo show It Takes One (Philly Fringe). They would like to thank their friends, family, and mentors for the overwhelming support over the years, moreover, the last few months. The amount of talent pouring out of this cast is wild, and they are truly stoked to get to be part of such a gut busting show. They would like to thank you all for supporting the arts and hope you enjoy the chaos of this show as much as they do.  

 

Brianne Wylie makes her debut in NYC with this unique show. Brianne is a Seattle native/NYC transplant who recently graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Musical Theater. Favorite previous roles include Rose (Dogfight, Ithaca College) and Martha (Spring Awakening, Balagan Theater). briannewylie.com

 

 

PRODUCER BIOS

 

Smugbug Productions chooses projects that are challenging, stimulating, and reinvent audience engagement. We engage with work on all levels of creation and presentation including stage direction, production management, producing, general management, and consulting. Our work includes projects in theater, dance, public art, video, and community engagement. Our experience spans from shoe-string to multi-million dollar budgets.

 

Dan Swern is the founder and owner of Smugbug Productions, with professional credits as a stage director, producer, public art and creative engagement artist, teaching artist, and activist. Based out of New Brunswick, NJ, Swern is the co-founder and producing director of nonprofit arts organization coLAB Arts, engaging artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. Swern is pioneering Creative Engagement, a method of art making that produces new works through transdisciplinary collaboration, integrated education, and high quality artistic production. Swern has developed new platforms for artist/advocate/community collaboration in dance, theater, and public art and annually creates massive community-based immersive performances.

 

The musical was originally commissioned by New Brunswick, NJ's coLAB Arts, engaging artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. coLAB Arts facilitates creative conversation through innovative programs and artist infrastructure, connects artists with community partners and mentors, and executes productions that challenge perceptions and inspire action.

 

ABOUT TOWN STAGES

 

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is located in the heart of Tribeca. TOWN is New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate and put on a show.A new female-driven cultural arts institution, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that can support the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 9,000 square foot storefront facility, TOWN provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all: from civic to corporate, tech to theater.With a Mainstage, a Cabaret Lounge, a Gallery, and a multi-use event space with a capacity of 225, Town Stages offers much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programing, from performance art to dance to theatre, and is also available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond.  For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

 

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, prospective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts has just opened Town Stages in Tribeca. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

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Town Stages Announces Inaugural Sokoloff Arts Fellows  | Open: 01/31/18 Close: 02/28/18
Town Stages Announces Inaugural Sokoloff Arts Fellows

 

Town Stages is proud to announce the 2018 slate of recipients of the annual Sokoloff Arts Fellowship:

Jessica Anderson (with Stefanie Izzo, Alex Kocheva, Amy Stewart, and the Astoria Music Project), Caps Lock Theatre (Mariah MacCarthy, Melissa Lusk, Leta Tremblay), Joanna Carpenter, Matt Cox (with Kristin McCarthy Parker, Stephen Stout, and Colin Waitt), Ephrat Asherie Dance, Esperance Theater Company (Katie Hartke, Charlie Murphy, Ryan Quinn), Jono Freedrix, Jason Jacobs, Matthew Jellison, Christine Toy Johnson, Hyeyoung Kim and Shoshana Greenberg, Steven Kopp, Yan Li, Made with Sass (Samantha Slater), Jessie Mahon, MAWU, MelimelL Digital Art Design, Rebecca Odorisio, Pocket Universe (Alyssa May Gold), Charlotte Purser, Richard Pictures Presents (David Hilder and Dan McCoy), Ripening (Vanessa Walters, and Brian Gonzalez aka Taxiplasm), Andy Scott, Shallow Graves(Jenny Lester and Juliana Jurenas), Crystal Skillman, The Long Table (David Loewy, Noah Reece, Greg Taubman, Jocelyn Vammer), The Rigano Songbook (David and Paul Rigano), Jamila Youngstedt.

 

TOWN is home to this unique Fellowship Program for artists, entrepreneurs, writers, content creators, movers, shakers, and makers of all kinds. In partnership with Sokoloff Arts (501c3), the program is part residency, part incubator, and part home base: offering the ultimate creative freedom to grow. An application-based program, the Fellowship offers free access to shared spaces, rehearsal/performance/event space subsidies, and the opportunity to be a part of a shared creative community, working together under one roof.

 

"I am so proud to be developing this necessary program at Town," said Chie Morita, Deputy Director at Town Stages and Coordinator of the Fellowship Program. "Seemingly simple needs like a quiet space to write, a spot for a designer brainstorm that isn't a coffee shop, and a central meeting point for open and honest conversations are the building blocks for community and collaboration. We often see Fellowships as grants of space or time towards a singular vision, but I want us to build an atmosphere in which we share in a greater creative resource, our fellow artists."

 

Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director of Town Stages adds, "Over the years, countless local innovators have expressed their desire for more freedom, flexibility, and feedback as they work. Now, after an extraordinary effort on all fronts to secure and transform a bigger facility, we can't wait to answer the call for space and support. Designed and heralded by Ms. Morita, the Fellowship Program codifies these offerings under our new roof."

 

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is located in the heart of Tribeca. TOWN is New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate and put on a show.A new female-driven cultural arts institution and venue space, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that can support the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 9,000 square foot storefront facility, TOWN provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all:  from civic to corporate, tech to theater.With a Mainstage, a Cabaret Lounge, and a multi-use event space with a capacity of 225, Town Stages offers much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programing, from performance art to dance to theatre, and is also available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond.  For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

 

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, prospective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts is building Town Stages. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

 

 

2018 FELLOWS

 

Jessica Anderson (with Stefanie Izzo, Alex Kocheva, Amy Stewart, and the Astoria Music Project)

Jessica has been an active pianist, teacher and vocal collaborator in New York City since 2011. Before relocating to New York, Jessica Anderson was employed by Roosevelt University where she served as a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist. She completed her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the same institution where she studied solo repertoire with Dr. Winston Choi and collaborative with Dr. Dana Brown. While attending Roosevelt, she was active as both a soloist and collaborator, featured in their opera productions, scenes, multiple chamber groups, many vocal recitals and solo performances. While earning her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville she studied with Dr. Linda Perry. www.jessicaandersonpiano.com

 

Caps Lock Theatre (Mariah MacCarthy, Melissa Lusk, Leta Tremblay)

Art-wives Mariah MacCarthy (book/lyrics) and Leta Tremblay (director) run Caps Lock Theatre together. Their collaborations have been called "a lot of fun" by The New York Times, nominated for multiple awards, and presented at venues from the Cincinnati Fringe Festival to the Obie-winning Ensemble Studio Theatre. Melissa Lusk (lyrics/music) is a Brooklyn-based composer, mother, legal secretary, and member of the band Teen Girl Scientist Monthly. She is one of the original creators of feminist pop concert "Baby No More Times." Favorite writing credits include ...things i found on craigslist (music and selected lyrics) and l(y)re (music and lyrics). capslocktheatre.com

 

Joanna Carpenter

Joanna Carpenter is an actor, singer, creator, director, and producer based in New York City. An outspoken advocate for equality and critic of sexism and racism, she works to find ways to channel her feelings through art. She has produced a number of benefit concerts to support organizations vital to our community, such as Planned Parenthood and the Hetrick-Martin Institute. Joanna most recently screened her directorial debut film Untitled at Town Stages, documenting and recreating various real-life incidents of harassment and assault. She hopes that this film can serve alongside the current socio-political climate as a conversation-starter, with the belief that change CAN happen, that women CAN be viewed as equals, not things or less-than or sex objects.  www.joannacarpenter.com

 

Matt Cox (with Kristin McCarthy Parker, Stephen Stout, and Colin Waitt)

Matt Cox is a playwright, actor, improviser, and former comic book retail associate based in New York City. His play Puffs Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years At A Certain School Of Magic & Magic is currently playing Off-Broadway at New World Stages. Other work includes: Kapow-i GoGoHappy Little Trees: A BobysseyCool Chefs Jr., and The Kapow-i GoGo Holiday Special. He authored the radio play El Hombre Bovino for WNYC's The Greene Space. His work has been produced at New World Stages, The Elektra Theater, The PIT, The Tank, and The Flea Theater, among other places. He is a director for The Story Pirates. www.mattcoxland.com

 

Ephrat Asherie Dance

Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie (Dancer), a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance, is a New York City based bgirl, dancer and choreographer. As artistic director of Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD), she has presented work at Jacob's Pillow, FiraTarrega and New York Live Arts, among others. Ephrat has received numerous awards to support her work including a National Dance Project Award from NEFA, a Mondo Cane! Commission from Dixon Place and an Extended Life Residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Ephrat has taught at Wesleyan University and is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center. www.ephratasheriedance.com

 

Esperance Theater Company (Katie Hartke, Charlie Murphy, Ryan Quinn)

Esperance is an NYC-based theater company founded in 2015 by Ryan Quinn, Charlie Murphy, and Katie Hartke. Previous productions in NYC include Twelfth Night and Youth & Ambition, and workshops of The Canada Lee Project and The Native Son Project, in collaboration with playwright Mona Z. Smith and the Paramount Hudson Valley Arts. Inspired by Shakespeare, "Esperance" is a word that appears a few times throughout the canon: it is defined as "hope" or "expectation". For us this means a constant reaching toward renewal, development, artistic excellence, and ultimately a stronger connection to our audience. www.esperancetheatercompany.org

 

Jono Freedrix

Jono Freedrix is a writer & director best known for The Fluid Trilogy, a series of dark and twisted female-driven comedies that has screened in over 30 film festivals, winning several best comedy awards. The series is made up of three short films: "Bloody Mary," "Sucklepump," & "Bun in the Oven," and has been described as "transcendent absurdist humor" grounded in female empowerment. Jono was born in Vancouver where he became president of The Virtual Stage, a multi award-winning film & theater company. He moved to Brooklyn in 2013 where he makes short films through his company Super Twisted Productions. He's currently working on a new feature film. www.jonofreedrix.com

 

Jason Jacobs

Jason Jacobs is a New York-based director, writer, and teaching artist. His original musical Miss Blanche Tells It All was seen at the 2017 New York Musical Festival. Recent directing include a co-adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin at Pittsburgh Playhouse, Lavender Songs at Pangea and Subprime at Jersey City Theatre Center. His play Another Horatio Alger Story was presented at Pride Plays and Film's Gay Play Fest 2016. Jason is a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, a Master Teaching Artist for Roundabout Theatre, and Associate of SDC. He received his BA from Yale and MFA from Columbia. www.Jason-Jacobs.com

 

Matthew Jellison 
Matthew Jellison is the author of the giants, parts one and two, which was produced at Loft 227 last winter. He is the 2012 /2013 Kenan Playwriting Fellow at the Kennedy Center, an alumnus of the FreshGround Pepper PlayGround PlayGroup and SPACE on Ryder Farm, a Semi-Finalist and two-time Playwriting Observor at the O'Neill National Playwright's Conference, and a finalist for the Soho Rep Writer / Director's Lab. Matthew is an instructor at WritopiaLab NYC, where he helps kids develop original writing. Matthew graduated from the acting program at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

 

Christine Toy Johnson

Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning writer, actor, director and advocate for inclusion. Her plays and musicals have been developed at such places as the Roundabout Theatre Company, O'Neill Theater Center, Village Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, The Barrow Group and more. A collection of her work is included in the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection. As an actor, she's been featured extensively on Broadway, Off-Broadway, film, and television. She is a proud member of the Councils of both the Dramatists Guild and Actors' Equity. Recipient of a 2016 Meryl Streep/IRIS Writers Lab fellowship and the 2013 Rosetta LeNoire Award. www.christinetoyjohnson.com

 

Hyeyoung Kim and Shoshana Greenberg

Hyeyoung Kim and Shoshana Greenberg received MFAs from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU. Their musical Days of Rage has had readings at NYU (2014) and with New York Theatre Barn (2016), and was featured in New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series (2016) and Choreography Lab (2017). Their musical A Story No One Knows will be part of New York Theatre Barn's upcoming New Works Series (April, 2018). Hyeyoung Kim is also a MAC Nominee, 2005 recipient of the Jonathan Larson, Daryl Roth, and TRU Daniel Marshall Multicultural awards. www.hyeyoungkimmusic.com

http://shoshanagreenberg.com/

 

Steven Kopp

Steven Kopp (Co-Founder, Kopp & Caddigan Productions) is a Freelance Producer & Director. Formerly the Assistant to David Binder, Broadway Producer of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Of Mice and Men. Producing & Directing credits: Billy and the Golden Pencil (Barn Arts Collective), Spike Heels by Theresa Rebeck (Loft 227), Late For Brunch (The Pit Loft), The Black Parade: An Evening of Live Music (Loft 227), The Screen (Taksu Theatre Company and The Simpletons). Producing credits: The Tempest (Taksu Theatre Company). Assistant Directing credits: I Remember Mama by John Van Druten (Transport Group), The Maids by Jean Genet (Sonnet Repertory Theatre).

 

Yan Li

Yan Li makes musicals and paper cranes. His work has involved sexually adventurous puppets, blood-letting bakers, adventurous octogenarians and blind villagers. Most recently represented off-Broadway with the NY Times Critics' Pick show Made In China, Yan's theatrical shenanigans have been allowed in a variety of venues on 4 continents. He loves that Ringo's most famous contribution to The Beatles was a song about an octopus' garden and tries to live by that standard as a writer. Yan also works actively as a music director, educator, pianist, and essayist and is a NYU Tisch Fellow and O'Neill Center finalist (later O'Neill Center goer for another show). www.yanlicomposer.com

 

Made with Sass (Samantha Slater)

Made with Sass, founded by Samantha Slater, is a female focused production company. We choose honest and unique stories, often found within the context of ordinary, and we tell them from the female perspective. Both in the content we choose and the creative team we hire, Made with Sass aims to employ women in leadership roles of the filmmaking and theatre-making process. Company accomplishments include: Edmonton International Film Fest (Oscar qualifying), USA Film Fest (Finalist - International Short Film Competition), IndieWorks (Audience Choice Award Winner), San Jose International Short Film Festival, Brooklyn Women's Film Fest, HollyWeb Fest ('14 & '16), NYC & Austin Web Fests, and New York Comedy Shorts Fest. www.madewithsass.com

 

Jessie Mahon

Originally from the Midwest, Jessie Mahon is a New York City-based theatre and visual artist. Her highly metaphysical, dreamlike contemporary paintings explore healing, growth and visibility. A graduate of a BFA acting program and a self-taught artist, her paintings have sold to collectors and friends all over the country. www.jessiemahon.com

MAWU

Founded in 2007, MAWU is an all-female crew and dance company born out of New York's underground house scene, whose mission is to embody strong, positive images of women in the urban dance community, and to create fierce and creative works that will both educate and inspire new audiences. The group has presented original work at Alvin Ailey, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, SummerStage, Red Hook Fest, and performed and taught around the US as well as globally. MAWU received the 2016 NYC Dance Awards 'Crew of the Year' award and recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. The ladies of MAWU are Chriz, Ephrat, Jimbo, Linda, Rhodesia, Secada, Tara, and Tine. www.mawudance.com

 

MelimeL Digital Art Design

MelimeL is a creative artist and mompreneur. She is CEO and Founder of design company, MelimeL Digital Art Design, and is co-partner of MELySMAX LLC (with her husband), a company dedicated to the arts and event production, currently known for its successful concert series Smax Music Live and Smax Music Live With Friends. She is passionate about women empowerment and hosts an annual Women Empowerment Event during Women's History Month in NYC (the upcoming 6th Annual is on March 10, 2018). In 2015, she launched The sisSTAR Loop, an online platform and initiative for women-owned business and professionals. Through the annual event and The sisSTAR Loop, she hopes to inspire other women to excel in their personal and professional lives. www.mldigitalart.com

 

Rebecca Odorisio

Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburb of Ardmore, PA, Rebecca "Bex" Odorisio left for New York at the age of eighteen to pursue her dramatic education. She studied at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (Playwrights Horizons Theater School) and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Since earning her B.F.A., she has placed equal emphasis on musical, comedic, and dramatic pursuits, and has worked her away across a wide theatrical spectrum, performing everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim to Strayhorn. She is the recipient of the 2016 Silver Medal from the American Traditions Competition and an enthusiastic member of America's Sweethearts. www.rebeccaodorisio.com

 

Pocket Universe (Alyssa May Gold)

Pocket Universe is a New York City-based theater and film production company dedicated to reconsidering and reimagining classic stories and conventions. Founded by Alyssa May Gold, Pocket Universe introduced itself to New York in the summer of 2017 with a sold-out run of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare set in an all-girls high school at the Access Theater. Pocket Universe also produced the web series, "You Made It Worse," a rom-com where the girl pines for her dream job, which has screened at Brooklyn Web Fest and the New York Indie Theater Film Festival. www.pocket-universe.com

 

Charlotte Purser

Charlotte Purser (playwright, actor) Charlotte is a writer, actor, producer, and filmmaker in New York City. She is the executive producer and founder of ThisThistle Media, an independent film, theatre, and tv production company. She has written and produced four short films and a staged reading of a play. As an actor, she has performed regionally, in New York City, and across the UK. Notable parts include Sister James in Doubt at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Mrs. Darling in the Peter Pan national tour, and Gertrude in Hamleton the Globe stage in London. www.charlottepurser.com

Richard Pictures Presents (David Hilder and Dan McCoy)

Richard Pictures Presents is a New York City-based theatrical combine dedicated to presenting bold, exciting new plays in conversation with our interior and exterior worlds. RPP began in 2015 with the collaboration between playwright Daniel McCoy and director David Hilder, both graduates of the Hunter College MFA Playwriting program, on a workshop production of Daniel's play Perfect Teeth at Theaterlab NYC. It continued with a workshop and staged reading of Daniel's play Dick Pix, directed by Brown/Trinity graduate Heidi Handelsman, at Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2016. In summer of 2018, Daniel, David, Heidi and RPP will return to Theaterlab with a repertory production of both Perfect Teeth and Dick Pix. After that, who knows?

 

Ripening (Vanessa Walters, and Brian Gonzalez aka Taxiplasm)

Ripening explores our manifold emotional, physical, and psychological relationships with time and the inevitable cruelty it wreaks. The journey is one of arriving, becoming, blossoming, maturing, decaying, and ultimately transforming. Through film, installation, and live performance, each Ripening installment traverses themes of aging and beauty, vanity, femininity, fantasies and nightmares. Conceived by choreographer Vanessa Walters, Ripening has been under development for five years.  Walters and co-director / filmmaker, Brian Gonzalez screened Ripening at Lincoln Center, Tribeca Cinemas, Dance on Camera Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, and Nada / Art Basel. Triskelion Presents and Irondale's FLICfest have showcased live incarnations of the work. www.vanessawalters.com

 

Andy Scott

Andy Scott is a stage director and filmmaker. His work is inspired by social issues, unrealistic expectations and bizarre possibilities. His current digital projects are "KOOL AID," an anthology web-series that explores conformity, and "CALL IT A WITCH HUNT," a short film about witches (perhaps from Salem) in a toxic masculinity-fueled office. Favorite stage credits include Aphrodisiac (Loft 227), Rent and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre), Completeness (West of 10th Theatre Company), and Catherine Weingarten's Are You Ready to Get PAMPERED!?. Andy earned his BA in Theatre at Greensboro College, and currently works at A+E Networks with the Brand Partnerships team. andydirects.tumblr.com

 

Shallow Graves(Jenny Lester and Juliana Jurenas)

Shallow Graves is a multifaceted production company founded in 2014 by Jenny Lester and Juliana Jurenas. The pair started making shorts and sketch comedy before turning their attention to the half-hour series medium with their road-trip dramedy, Platonics. Shallow Graves strives to tell small stories that embody the human experience while exploiting the universal three-dimensionality of all people - whether those people live on a small screen, big screen, or eight times a week in a tiny blackbox. www.shallow-graves.com

 

Crystal Skillman

Crystal Skillman is the author of GeekCut, and King Kirby (co-written with Fred Van Lente), all NYTimes Critics picks. She is the musical theater book writer of Mary & Max (with Composer/Lyricist Bobby Cronin). As a 2018 Sokoloff Arts Fellowship recipient, Crystal will be working on her new play Pulp Vérité, with director Margot Bordelon, and her new musical Postcard American Town with Composer/Lyricist Lynne Shankel. Pulp Vérité received readings at Cherry Lane, Judson Church, and a 2015 Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission. After development at the Lark, and a lab with NYU's Steinhardt School, Postcard American Town had its first industry presentation in January 2018. Crystal is represented by UTA. www.crystalskillman.com

 

The Long Table (David Loewy, Noah Reece, Greg Taubman, Jocelyn Vammer)

The Long Table is an ongoing, performance-driven exploration of the ways that specific communities share food, story, and song. These immersive evenings weave folk narrative and music into a communal meal, each version showcasing the work of artists from a different cultural background. Long Table performances engage audiences with the experience of communities that may be distinct from their own, while revealing the common threads between cultures. The Long Table was conceived by David Loewy, Noah Reece, Greg Taubman, and Jocelyn Vammer. In its inaugural iteration in 2018, The Long Table will host a Viking Feast at Town Stages in TriBeCa.

 

The Rigano Songbook (David and Paul Rigano)

Brothers David and Paul Rigano make up the songwriting team of The Rigano Songbook. Specializing in musical theatre and cabaret, the Brothers Rigano have written the scores for The Holy Cows of Credence South Dakota and You Heard It Here (NY Winterfest Award for Best Musical Score). They are the creators of the hit cabaret series "I Ought to Behave" and Other Naughty Songs and The Ides of March Extravaganza. The Riganos couldn't be more thrilled to be starting their newest endeavor, Broadway On Deck, at TOWN Stages with Sokoloff Arts. youtube.com/RiganoSongbook

 

Jamila Youngstedt

Jamila Youngstedt is a freelance dance and Cyr Wheel artist. Current performer/choreographer/co-director of Tactile Movement Collective. B.F.A. Dance (Magna Cum Laude) Cornish College of the Arts. Company/performance credits include: ZviDance (current apprentice), Loren Royse & Co. ("Spun" at Jacob's Pillow), Kinetic Architecture Dance Theatre, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre; work by Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, Iyun Harrison, Patricia Hon, Robert Moses, Christian Burns, Alex Ketley. Training highlights: Interlochen Arts Academy, Mark Morris Dance Group, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, BalletMet, Flint Institute of Music. She is a Certified Pilates Instructor and Certified GYROTONIC® Trainer. jamilayoungstedt.weebly.com

 

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Town Stages Opens at 221 West Broadway, NYC New Cultural Arts Institution in the Heart of Tribeca  | Open: 12/05/17 Close: 12/06/17
Town Stages Opens at 221 West Broadway, NYC

New Cultural Arts Institution in the Heart of Tribeca

 

Town Stages is now open at 221 West Broadway, NYC. Located in the heart of Tribeca, TOWN is New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate and put on a show.

 

A new female-driven cultural arts institution and venue space, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that can support the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 9,000 square foot storefront facility, TOWN provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all: from civic to corporate, tech to theater.

 

With a Mainstage, a Cabaret Lounge, and a multi-use event space with a capacity of 225, Town Stages will offer much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programing, from performance art to dance to theatre, and is also available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond.

 

TOWN will also be home to a Fellowship Program for artists, entrepreneurs, writers, content creators, movers, shakers, and makers of all kinds. In partnership with Sokoloff Arts (501c3), the program is part residency, part incubator, and part home base: offering the ultimate creative freedom to grow. An application-based program, the Fellowship offers access to shared spaces, rehearsal/performance/event subsidies, and an opportunity to be a part of a shared creative community, working together under one roof.

 

"As artists, we spend nearly every waking hour of our lives in studios, on sets, in theaters, and in venues of all kinds," said Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director of Town Stages. "These are the places we convene and collaborate, grow and transform. They are where we lift each other up, and where we make room for new voices and new perspectives. For many, these unique spaces are where we build our chosen families. In more ways than one, these cherished places are our homes. From that first magical moment I walked into an empty theater at age 4, I've been chasing this one dream: To create an inspired home for my artistic family, and build a platform for the next generation."

 

For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

 

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, prospective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts is now building Town Stages. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

 

Robin Sokoloff, Founder & Executive Director, is a lifelong dancer, theater professional, and activist: Passionate about building platforms for women and minority voices. As Executive Director of Loft227, Robin created a home for New York City's best and brightest artists and innovators from March 2012 to March 2017; seeing nearly 70,000 in her doors in under 5 years, while supporting close to 900 innovative works and small business owners. Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from New York University's College of Arts and Sciences, she is a graduate of NEW (Non-Traditional Employment For Women), and a former member of The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America with Local #157; proud to have built this city she loves. Robin Sokoloff is a scholarship recipient of The Jacob's Pillow School of Dance, New York State Summer School of The Arts, Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center, The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory of New York, Skidmore Studio Art Program, Mason Gross School of The Arts, and Coupé Theatre Studio. She is a certified New York State rape crisis counselor for The Crime Victims Treatment Center; volunteering overnights at St. Luke's/ Roosevelt and Lenox Hill Hospitals supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Robin Sokoloff serves as Vice President of the Board for the Musical Theatre Factory, and Chairman of the Board of Sokoloff Arts (501c3). 

 

Chie Morita, Deputy Director, seeks creative solutions to everyday debacles. She is the co-founder of FORGE, a boutique consultancy dedicated to helping artists and companies take the next step in their own work. Prior to joining the Town Team, Chie served as the Managing Director of the three-time- Drama-Desk Award-nominated New York Neo-Futurists. She is also a proud board member of The Musical Theatre Factory. In New York, she has worked with Broadway Producer Joey Parnes (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, End of the Rainbow), the Off-Broadway institutions The Public Theater and Ars Nova, and such independent artists and ensembles as Heather Christian and the Arbornauts, Esperance Theater Company, Extant Arts Company, UglyRhino, Panicked Productions, Fresh Ground Pepper, and art.party.theater.company. She has cast films for Sal Bardo, Emilie McDonald, Sarah Jenkins and Ashley Alexander.

 

Magan Wiles, VP Operations, created Hustle Creative, a boutique business management firm specializing in providing entrepreneurs and start-ups the backbone they need to expand. From bookkeeping to financial reporting to technology consulting, Magan loves working with clients who know where they need help, and empowering them to clearly focus on what they're most passionate about. Her clients are wide-ranging, from small businesses to non- profits to film productions, but her goals are always the same: find ways to save money, and distill back-end processes until they can be managed from a smartphone. Magan began her journey with Sokoloff Arts more than four years ago, building Loft227's corporate infrastructure into a lean, mean, art-making machine. No stranger to the stage, Magan is a working AEA theater professional, film producer for Jono Freedrix's side-splitting Super Twisted Shorts, and Co-Owner of world-renowned Argentinian Tango school Oxygen Tango in Los Angeles.

 

Staci Jacobs, VP Development, began working with Sokoloff Arts last year as event manager at Loft227. With more than 15 years experience in destination management and customer relations, Staci is a hospitality-focused professional specializing in all things New York. She's developed incredible experiences for some of NYC's Legacy 5-Star Hotels: The Westin, The Waldorf, The Hilton, and the Grand Central Hyatt. Beginning as a NYC Licensed Tour Guide, Staci found her niche connecting a global audience to the city's most coveted Film and TV Sites, while developing her own film production work. Her award winning comedic web-series, Saving Unicorns, is featured on the indie streaming platform Seed & Spark. From laptops to live audiences across the country, Staci has appeared in numerous musicals, including the national tour of Titanic, and many regional productions.

 

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Town Stages and Yael Silver present Home Enough To Me: The Songs of Rachel Dean and David Brush A Be  | Open: 03/26/18 Close: 03/26/18
Town Stages and Yael Silver

present

Home Enough To Me:

The Songs of Rachel Dean and David Brush

A Benefit for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Monday, March 26, 2018

at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC

 

Town Stages and Yael Silver present Home Enough To Me: The Songs of Rachel Dean and David Brush, a benefit for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7pm at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC, featuring: Tony award-winning Cady Huffman (The Producers),Jessica Vosk (Wicked), Max Crumm (Grease), Jamison Scott(Memphis), Nick Adams (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, A Chorus Line), Lauren Elder (Sideshow),George Psomas (Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific), Law Terrell Dunford (Waitress), Tally Sessions (War Paint, Falsettos), Kristin Stokes (The Lightning Thief)  Rebecca Spigelman, Noah Hinsdale (Fun Home). Tickets are $65 ($100 for VIP admission) and are available at https://homeenoughtome.splashthat.com/.

 

"As artists we must use our voices to help those who feel like they might not have one," said producer Yael Silver. "The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has answered over 10 million calls from those seeking support in dark times. Art can be a beacon of light in the darkness, and it is my absolute honor to support such a needed service. Rachel and David's music brings attention to the realities of those struggling with mental illness while creating a safe artistic medium to present this pertinent subject matter."

 

Home Enough to Me is a new concert showcasing the work of musical theatre writing team Rachel Dean and David Brush. The concert event will feature songs from The Anxiety Project--a new musical featuring the true stories of those suffering from and living with anxiety, depression and a host of other mental illnesses--as well as some new Dean-Brush work. The evening gathers a collection of some of Broadway's finest performers in a one night only event to benefit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Featuring both fan favorites and never-before-heard songs from work in development, this unique event is not to be missed!

 

Music by Rachel Dean; Lyrics by David Brush

Directed by Robert W Schneider; Music Direction by Kevin David Thomas

Produced by Yael Silver

 

"The music, book and lyrics [Dean & Brush] create are superb

and everything I think this artform can accomplish."

- Kevin David Thomas

 

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

Robert W Schneider received an MFA in Directing for the Musical Theatre from Penn State University, under the mentorship of SDC President Susan H Schulman. For seven years, Robert was the Associate Artistic Director of the Penn State Nu Musicals Festival, which celebrated and championed new works for the American musical stage. In that capacity, Robert produced and directed numerous works by such new voices as Adam Gwon, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Selda Sahin, and Kooman & Dimond. Most recently, Robert was nominated for an Ovation Award for directing the regional premiere of Memphis. Regional credits include: Good People (w/Johanna Day), All My Sons (w/Richard Bekins), A Man of No Importance (w/Caroline Bowman), The Last Five Years (w/AJ Holmes) and the regional premieres of Harper Regan, Leading Ladies and From Up Here. In New York, Robert has directed countless showcases and concerts, the most recent being an all-star concert of I Do, I Do, which featured Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, Robert Cuccioli, Patrick Page, and many other Broadway veterans. Robert was quite proud that this was the first time in the show's fifty-year history that a same-sex couple was part of the storytelling. As an assistant director, Robert has had the great pleasure of assisting Ms. Schulman on Bookends at the York Theatre, Lonny Price on his Live! From Lincoln Center productions of Sweeney Todd (w/ Emma Thompson and Audra McDonald) and Sinatra: Voice For A Century (w/Sting and Seth McFarlane), as well interning for Judith Ivey on her production of Vanities at Second Stage. Robert currently serves as an Original Programming Producer for Feinstein's/54 Below, as well as holding academic positions at both Penn State University and the New York Film Academy. He lives in West Harlem with his husband, Daniel Gutierrez, a photographer.

 

Kevin David Thomas has worked as a music director, copyist, accompanist, and music assistant for various companies and institutions across the world.  He most recently served as music director for the world premiere of My 80-year-old Boyfriend at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, as well as music supervisor on the world premiere of Marvelous Wonderettes Dream On (cast recording) at STAGES Repertory Theatre. He served as music assistant to music supervisor/director Kevin Stites on various original Broadway scale productions: Pamela's First Musical (Book: Wendy Wasserstein, Music: Cy Coleman, Lyrics: David Zippel) at Town Hall, A Tale of Two Cities (Book, Music, and Lyrics: Jill Santoriello) on Broadway, Little House on the Prairie(Book: Rachel Sheinkin, Music: Rachel Portman, Lyrics: Donna DiNovelli) on the National Tour (assistant music supervisor).  Additionally, he has served as composer Ricky Ian Gordon's personal copyist and score proofreader on various original operas and song cycles.  As a music director and arranger, Kevin has travelled the country for years with the corporate comedy troupe The Watercoolers. He spent three months in Moscow, Russia, music directing Once on this Island as part of a special arts outreach program through the US Embassy.  Kevin has also led productions at various regional theaters and universities across the United States.  As a pianist, Kevin has played at a range of cabaret venues in New York City (Below 54, Laurie Beechman Theatre, Carnegie Hall), and accompanied various singers (Donna Murphy, Carolee Carmello, Donna McKechnie, Judy Kuhn).  He has a Bachelor of Music in musical theatre from Baldwin Wallace University, Conservatory of Music.

 

Rachel Dean is a composer, pianist, and music director originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Now New York City-based, she serves as a rehearsal pianist for Hamilton and has worked alongside former members of the In The HeightsBroadway cast and creative team, teaching and playing at theatre intensive workshops run by Salgado Productions and R.Evolucion Latina. Recent premieres of her musicals include The Ballad of Janis Matthews and the Dodo Scouts (AREA Stage Co., October 2015) and the one-act Masque (University of Miami, February 2015), both with book by Giancarlo Rodaz. Musicals currently in development include The Anxiety Project (book and lyrics by David Brush) and Present Perfect (book and lyrics by Nancy Cheser).

 

David Brush has served as dramaturg, writer, director, producer, and various other roles in the theatre over the course of his career. David's writing work has been honored by Chicago Theatre Building and a two-time American Harmony Prize Finalist. David's work has been performed all over the country and will play Phoenix, NYC, Akron and other cities in 2018 alone. In addition, David has directed the Midwest regional premieres and/or labs of over 40 productions as well as lead producer for the NYC run of Hot Mess in Manhattan. David is the librettist/lyricist for Summer of My German Soldier and The Big Picture (w/ Jim Farley), and is currently developing The Anxiety Project (New York Film Academy, 2017)and Amelia (Premiere reading, 2018) (w/ Rachel Dean). David served as producing artistic director for Encore Theater Company - championing new musicals and new writers as well as heralding the development of three shows to their NYC debuts. David holds his Bachelor's degree from Wright State University and Masters in Theatre from Regent University. David is on faculty with Regent University and Sinclair College. www.deanandbrush.com

 

Yael Silver is a producer and activist based in NYC. She is a Co-Producer on Once On This Island (Broadway), currently in performances at Circle In The Square Theatre. Yael has produced concerts for Kate Rockwell, Bobby Cronin, The Lightning Thief- The Percy Jackson Musical, Queer Composers For Orlando and the Art Attack Foundation featuring Jessie Mueller and Chita Rivera. She is a human rights and climate activist, volunteering for organizations such as Amnesty International, ACLU and The Climate Reality Project. Yael currently serves as Associate Producer at the Grammy and Tony-winning record label Broadway Records, Head of Artist Development at Yellow Sound Label and is on the Board of Directors at Sokoloff Arts.

 

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is located in the heart of Tribeca. TOWN is New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate and put on a show.A new female-driven cultural arts institution and venue space, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that can support the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 9,000 square foot storefront facility, TOWN provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all:  from civic to corporate, tech to theater.With a Mainstage, a Cabaret Lounge, and a multi-use event space with a capacity of 225, Town Stages offers much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programing, from performance art to dance to theatre, and is also available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond.  For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

 

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, prospective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts is building Town Stages. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

 

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Town Stages announces an industry reading of the new musical The Collins Boy   | Open: 01/14/18 Close: 01/14/18
Town Stages 

announces an industry reading of the new musical

The Collins Boy 

by Brad Bass and Cari Joy

featuring Lisa Howard

at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC

January 14, 2018

 

Town Stages announces an industry reading of the new musical The Collins Boy by Brad Bass and Cari Joy on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC.

 

The Collins Boy is a new musical by Brad Bass and Cari Joy based on real-life events surrounding Christine Collins, her son Walter, and the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders of Los Angeles in 1928. 

 

Los Angeles. 1928. The corruption of the LAPD is at its boiling point. Innocent people are being beaten, silenced, and locked away. Amidst this deception, a mother's son goes missing. The story gains national attention and the pressure to find the boy is palpable. Five months after his disappearance, the promise to return her son is realized...or is it? This astounding musical journey is laced with lies, betrayal, collusion, police brutality, mistaken identity but most importantly...this is a story about a mother who will stop at nothing to find out the truth about her son. It's all for him.

 

The reading will feature Lisa Howard as the mother, Claudio Pestana Aguiar, Austin Bowen, Chase Crandell, Michelle Dowdy, Jacob Estes, Russell Fischer, Andrew Holder, Angelo McDonough, Chris McNiff, Aline O'Neill, Payton Pritchett, Shannon Rowland, Lauren Turner, and Declan Wagar. 

 

Brad Bass (Book, Music, and Lyrics) was born and raised on a tobacco farm in Ringgold, VA. Broadway credits include: Wicked, the Original Cast of Memphis, and Jersey Boys. Other credits: the Chicago Company of Wicked (Fiyero), the national tour of The Will Rogers Follies, and numerous regional credits. Brad has performed on such television programs as Good Morning America, CBS Morning Show, The View, and The Tony Awards.  He was also in the feature film of Memphis, and can be heard on the original cast albums of Memphis and Andrew Lippa's A Little Princess. He now resides in Danville, VA and is the Musical Theatre Artist in Residence at Averett University and is about to receive an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Brad is currently developing four new musical projects with his writing partner Cari Joy: The Collins Boy, The Gathering of WatersLearning to Fly, as well as the musical short film Gretel + Hansel. 

 

Cari Joy (Book, Music, and Lyrics) has been writing music since the age of 14. She studied Music Theory at Penn State University and spent a semester at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. After earning her M.A in Educational Theater from NYU, she taught music in Brooklyn and then moved to Lambertville, NJ where she is currently the Performing Arts Coordinator at the Cambridge School in Pennington. Cari has a 7-year-old daughter who is the light of her life. Her song "The World Changed" can currently be heard in the musical Homeroom. She enjoys performing her original songs in the tri-state area and is currently working on four musical projects: The Collins BoyThe Gathering of WatersLearning to Fly, and Gretel + Hansel with her writing partner and long time friend Brad Bass.

 

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is located in the heart of Tribeca. TOWN is New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate and put on a show.A new female-driven cultural arts institution and venue space, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that can support the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 9,000 square foot storefront facility, TOWN provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all:  from civic to corporate, tech to theater.With a Mainstage, a Cabaret Lounge, and a multi-use event space with a capacity of 225, Town Stages offers much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programing, from performance art to dance to theatre, and is also available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond.  For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

 

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, prospective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts is building Town Stages. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

 

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