23 COINS

Genre: Musical
Music Arranged & Directed by MICHAEL O'DELL; Book, Lyrics & Compositions by MARK ABRAHAMS

Ginny Walker is not like other girls. Hiding out in the badlands of southern Louisiana, this genius girl-prodigy and her fugitive mother, Sarah, live precariously. But the law is not the only threat. Both of them dangle beneath a giant question mark—a fatal genetic legacy that may (or may not) strike. Laid bare under such catastrophic shoes about to drop, how does one plow through an average day? As you might’ve guessed, Ginny turns to preaching the gospel. After all, she’s gifted. She’s got fire & brimstone. Healing hands. And somehow, the full text of the bible committed to memory. In the pursuit of soul saving, these gifts are invaluable. To Isaac Thigpen of Christ’s Road Show Tent Revival, Lil’ Gin Walker’s talents are gold. When she preaches—the collection plate doth runneth over. Thigpen has big plans for which he’ll fight if necessary. And he’ll surely bring down hellfire on anyone who gets in the way—to make sure that his golden girl-preacher goose keeps the cash comin’. Things may seem hopeless. But this special (and highly motivated) girl isn’t about to leave her fate up to chance.

How will Gin and her mother survive their gods and demons?
 


About the Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.
Founded in early 2001, Nicu’s Spoon is dedicated to producing socially reflective theatre that innovatively challenges stereotypes, and touches the heart in an unexpected way. We are the central theater group in New York City who acts as a home for all - differing colors, abilities, ages, genders, and abilities. We celebrate collaboration in developing productions that are pertinent to today’s global, diverse and rapidly changing world. New York City is full of people who are on the move and unheard, in every skin imaginable. We are committed to involving the spectrum of diverse and multi-abled voices in play selection, programs & internships, our artistic, production and volunteer staffs, and in our audience. Each play involves the rainbow we see around us on the streets of NYC. We see only possibilities and intend to change our perception of the world, one play at a time….

Open:   10/07/09
Close:   10/25/09

Schedule:
Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Theater:   Nicu's Spoon Theatre
Address:   38 West 38th st. 5t floor
New York, NY 10018
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Cost:Tickets are $18 and are now available online at www.spoontheater.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be pur or Call: at
Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.         Official Web Site: www.spoontheater.org

Wynne Anders is delighted to be working with Nicu's spoon and Stephanie Barton-Farcas again. for Nicu's spoon she was last seen as Kimberly in last seasons 'Kimberly Akimbo', Mrs. Cider in Kosher Harry, Queen Margaret in Richard III, and Halie in Buried Child.  She has appeared in emerging artists off-Broadway production of 'Claymont' as Delores Hitchins and many of their one-act festivals. Favorite roles both in New York City and regionally include M'Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windemere's Fan, Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap, Ariadne in Heartbreak House, Joyce,Lulu in Hallelujah Breakdown, Reba in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and God in Job Strikes Back. has been featured on Guiding Light. One LIfe to Live, Another World, and All My Children. Has done commercial and voice-over work.www.wynneanders.com

Tim Romero is a proud member of Nicu's Spoon Theater Company and of Actors Equity. He was last seen at the Spoon in "Tibet Does Not Exist Anymore" and was with them off-off and then Off Broadway in 2008’s ‘Elizabeth Rex’. He was also in 'Beatiful Thing', and debuting his singing voice for a live audience in '23 Coins'  Thank you Steph for the friendship and your belief in me and to the Knishy.

Oliver Conant (Rev. Isaac Thigpen) a Manhattan based actor, writer, director and dramaturg, was last seen at the Spoon as Cole, a former follower of the psychopathic minister Jim Jones in Brian Dykstra's Hiding Behind Comets. Other Spoon: the comparatively harmless Comparative Religion Professor Norman Levy in Don Thompson’s Tibet Does Not Exist; the lecherous sot Luddy Beddowes in both the initial and off-Broadway runs of Timothy Findlay’s Elizabeth Rex, and (with Judith Shakespeare) the Roman General Cominius in Joanne Zipays staged reading of William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Oliver began acting early. In high school, thanks to an indulgent and encouraging drama teacher, he produced, directed and starred in Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape. At fourteen he landed a principal role as Benjie in Robert Mulligan's 1971 Warner Bros film Summer of '42, reprising the role in a forgettable sequel and performing on Broadway as Kevin, middle son to Barbara Belgedes and Robert Lansing and the put upon younger brother to James Woods in Jean Kerr's 1973 domestic comedy Finishing Touches. There followed a hiatus of almost three decades, during which Oliver persued advanced degrees in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, worked in publishing, wrote reviews and essays, and taught as an adjunct and in secondary schools. In 2000 Oliver returned to the stage in, as it happened, another work of Samuel Beckett, playing the role of Hamm in Phillip E. Price’s production of Endgame. Since then he has acted in a variety of off-off Broadway plays as well as acting and directing a lot of Shakespeare. Along with Nicu’s Spoon, he is a member of the Medicine Show, Frog and Peach, and Judith Shakespeare Companies.

Margaret H. Baker (Sarah Walker) is excited to be returning to Nicu’s Spoon for Mark Abrahams’ beautiful new musical, 23 Coins; and would like to thank Stephanie Barton-Farcas for this amazing opportunity! Margaret began acting in musicals at the age of eight in her native Bethesda, Md. As the granddaughter of a concert pianist and cousin of famed writer/director Josh Logan (1908-1988) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0517597/ Margaret had an early yearning for the theater and becoming a professional actress on Broadway.She recently returned from Maryland where she played Carla in a limited run of Kennedy’s Children, produced in association with The Theatre Project. While down in Baltimore, she also co-starred in Tracks an upcoming independent film, where she plays Jenna, a Baltimore local struggling to save her friend Martin, from a heroin existence (2010). When she's not performing, Margaret devotes her time as a motivational speaker. Her program focuses on building self-esteem raising awareness on disabilities. She is a spokesperson for The Children's Alopecia Project and Alopecia UK in addition to actively campaigning for other performers with differences. She is involved in The Alliance For Inclusion In The Arts; I am PWD, and Nicu's Spoon Theater who are busy making sure that theater, film, and television continue to portray an accurate representation of today's society. For more information, please visit www.margarethbaker.com.

Gillian Hurst lives in New York City working as an actor and writer. Gillian hails from the Berkshires, MA and still misses the coffee shop on Main St. Acting in at least twenty plays before high school graduation, Gillian developed a major case of the acting bug. A passion for Shakespeare led her to Shakespeare & Company's educational and training programs. When the time came she shipped off to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. There she was able to study with the Atlantic Theater Acting School for three years and minored in Art History. Since graduation, Gillian has been working steadily in independent films, off-off broadway and regional theater. Gillian is also the writer of the blog "The Life and Times of Priscilla Rosenblaum". For more www.GillianHurst.com

Katie Labahn (Jesse Matthews) is thrilled to be a part of 23 Coins, her first professional Musical since high school. She is proud to be a member of the Nicu’s Spoon Theatre Company. Previous adventures with the Spoon Theatre include Tibet Does Not Exist (Kate) and several childern’s plays: Sleeping Handsome (Emma), and a new version of Pinocchio (Cat) which Kate co-wrote with educational director Nick Linnehan, which was revived by popular demand this past August. Katie looks forward to her next upcoming adventure with her written retelling of Rumpelstilskin for the Spoon children’s Theatre production in January 2010. She dedicates her performance to Nicu Spoon’s Artistic Director Stephanie Barton-Farcas for her trust and this chance to roll with Jesse and this musical, thank you Stephanie. Katie sends her love a far to her mother, brother and sister in law in Las Vegas for their steadfast love and support during all her adventures living in the NYC.

Peter is happily returning to Nicu Spoon after a recent run of "Tibet Does Not Exist" as Rinpoche. He would like to thank Stephanie and this amazing cast (some who also were in"Tibet) for this opportunity. Peter is currently in production of the pilot TV show, "Here's To Us" as a co-star Sterling Blackburn. His other credits include playing the King in "The King And I" at Creative Ministries, a few episodes of "All My Children" and the segment 7 Ate 9 on "Sesame Street". Peter would like to thank his family and friends for their continued love & support. May we all experience some magic in our lives. Namaste.

Michael O'Dell has had the pleasure gigging as musical director for a plethora of musicals and cabarets in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City. As an actor, he has appeared as Willie Conklin in Ragtime, Man #2 in Last Call (the new George Furth/ Doug Katsaros musical), Miss Mabel in Radio Gals, and toured as Merlin and Graynor in the rock operas, Dawn of Infinite Dreams and Lone Season. This past summer, Michael appeared in film, starring in the independent short films The Path and Denial. As a jazz vocalist, Michael has studied with the likes of Madeline Eastman, Kurt Elling, and Karrin Allyson at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West. As a jazz pianist, he's studied with west coasters Mark Levine (author of The Jazz Piano Book), Peter Horvath, and Zack Ferris. This past year, Michael gigged at the The Duplex, Don't Tell Mama, and the Laurie Beechman Theatre where he co-starred with Jason Sofge in Fat Man Tapping: The Biggest Show Under One Roof. In August he co-starred in the 2009 NYC International Fringe Festival's Poppy! An Enchanted Evening with Poppy Bulova. Michael is Music Director/ Keyboardist for the NYC based jazz funk band, Berta's Bleu. Along with performing, Michael is a composer/ lyricist/ film scorer/ jingle writer/ music copyist and proud member of BMI and AFM Musician's Union Local 802. Next up: starring in the full-length independent comedy Spelling Backwards. For more info about Michael and any of his projects visit blankcanvasmusic.com.in Diablo Civic Light Opera's Ragtime, Man #2 in Last Call, Mabel in Radio Gals, and Merlin and Graynor in the Shadowbox Cabaret rock operas, Dawn of Infinite Dreams and Lone Season. He also originated the character of Floyd, the accompanist in the hilariously popular Shadowbox Cabaret The Santa Babies skit for their annual Holiday Hoopla Christmas Cabaret. As a jazz vocalist, Michael has had the privilege of studying with Madeline Eastman, Kurt Elling, and Karrin Allyson at the prestigious Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West. And as jazz pianist, he studied with west coasters Mark Levine, Peter Horvath, and Zack Ferris. This past fall, Michael performed several shows at The Duplex and Don't Tell Mama's with Australian vocalist Louise Van. www.blankcanvasmusic.com
 

Off-Broadway credits include Cambodia Agonistes (Mit Neary) with the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, R.A.W (Raunchy Asian Woman #3) with the CAP-21 Stage, and a reading of Rebecca’s Caffeinated Romance (Ketuta) at the Westside Theatre. Rebecca continues to sing throughout New York City, and with Symphonics Live, a multidisciplinary event, has appeared at the Blue Note Jazz Club, The Bowery Poetry Club and The Zipper Factory. She portrays Dorothy Lamour, Gracie Allen and Bette Davis in an ongoing road tour of A Road to Hope/A Tribute to Bob Hope which has played in such venues as Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City and the Gene William's Theater in Branson, Missouri. Rebecca studies classical voice with Kenneth Kamal Scott and coaches with New York City Opera conductor, Gerald Brown. She is very excited to be performing with the Nicu Spoon Theater in this wonderful show after playing the lead in their very first musical '23 Coins'! www.RebeccaSings.com and www.myspace.com/rebeccaleelerman

Amir Levi, a graduate from the Atlantic Theater Conservatory, has been performing in NYC for over 5 years. Some New York credits include Turning (Working Man's Clothes), Generic Hispanic (Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre), The Chrome Warrior (Sum of Us Theatre), The Field of Mars: Chapter 1 (Counts Media), Blind Date (Bouchez-Brazda), Requiem (Kirkos), The World May Be Ending… But at least the sex is good (WOW Café’). Amir is currently working on the development of his solo show, Te Busco, which he has performed at Sarah Lawrence as well as Williamstown, Manhattan Theatre Source, and most recently through the Emerging Artists Theatre' One Man Talking Festival. A dancer and choreographer as well, Amir has performed with Alexx & Ann Make Dances as well as Philippa Kaye Company, and is the Artistic Director for The Poisonous Ladies:Amir Levi Dance. www.theamirlevi.com

Phrannie Lyons comes to us from the thick jungles of Puerto Rico, having sated the natives by performing in National Forensics League and theater for years. In order to build enough character and suffering for her future as an actor, she hastily acquired a degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago. Educated and predictably unable to afford therapy, she found psychiatric solace in politically incorrect experimental theater in Madison, Wisconsin. After much cheese consumption (gustatory, emotional, fashion-backward, and humorous), she fled the Midwest and proceeded to be institutionalized at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York. Now, two years later, Phrannie has been officially adopted by Nicu's Spoon as a company member, and is proud to be adding Kimberly Akimbo to her repertoire of theatrical nutriment. As an irrepressible socialist with a flair for both tasteful and tasteless drama, she is just loving sharing this part of herself with all of you - eat up, kids!