LA MAMA E.T.C. PRESENTS: A MIND THE ART ANTHOLOGY

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Festival

Mind The Art Entertainment begins its affiliation with the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club by featuring an Anthology of 3 bold and exceptional works.  Encompassing musical theater, comedic looks at philosophy, and political performance art, these pieces seek not only to entertain, but to challenge the status quo of your thinking and rebel against your reality. 

 

 

What If?      Fridays, March 26 & April 2 @ 10pm

Conceived & Musically Directed by Christian De Gré

What if Fiddler's To Life was set in a 1950s Cuban cigar lounge? What if The Sound of Music was belted out by a 1920s jazz vocalist? What if Jason Robert Brown wrote The Last 5 Years as a Linear story Rock Opera? These are just a few of the musical mash-ups you will find in this innovative concert that dares to redefine musical styles and genres. Join award-winning musicians, composers, and singers as we ask the question ‘What If?’ and experience Broadway Revised, Retuned, and Remixed.

 

DIE    Saturdays, March 27 & April 3 @ 10pm

Written by Joe Kurtz & Directed by Christian De Gré

Imagine, if you will, a world unencumbered by the stress of decision-making; a world where you never have to wonder if you made the ‘right decision.’ In this existential comedy, two roommates make this a reality by letting the roll of a DIE decide for them. But is life really carefree when the responsibility is left up to chance? Watch as this duo embarks on comedic misadventures, all of which are orchestrated by YOU. That’s right, because the DIE is in YOUR hands. With 36 possible endings, you won’t see the same show twice. So take a chance. Their fate. Your hands… Roll the DIE.

 

Under the Veil: Being Muslim & Non-Muslim in post 9/11 America      

Sundays, March 28 & April 4 @ 5:30pm

Written by The TE’A Company & Directed by Cheryl Paley

Under the Veil is a provocative piece of political theater that investigates the stereotypes and racism imposed upon the Muslim-American community within New York City society. Through drama, comedy, music, and poetry we confront the issues of race, loyalty, and identity, challenging you to question your own religious fear and misunderstandings as we take you Under the Veil.

 

  • La MaMa Experimental Theatre is a world-renowned cultural organization led by founder Ellen Stewart. For 48 years La MaMa has passionately pursued its original mission to develop, nurture, support, produce and present new and original performance work by artists of all nations and cultures. We believe that in order to flourish, art needs the company of colleagues, the spirit of collaboration, the comfort of continuation, a public forum in which to be evaluated and fiscal support.

 

  • Mind The Art Entertainment is a New York City based collaborative arts & entertainment company whose mission is to promote, enhance, workshop, and produce new work and talent in the arts. It is a company firm on the belief that the modern arts, in all their varieties, should be used not just to entertain but also to inspire, teach, reach out, and enhance its own art form.

About the Company: Mind The Art Entertainment

Mind The Art Entertainment is a New York City based collaborative arts & entertainment company whose mission is to promote, enhance, workshop, and produce new work and talent in the arts. It is a company firm on the belief that the modern arts, in all their varieties, should be used not just to entertain but also to inspire, teach, reach out, and enhance its own art form.

On the heels of successfully hosting the reception of the 55th Annual Drama Desk Awards and following a critically acclaimed run of three productions at La MaMa, E.T.C., Mind The Art Entertainment is teaming up with Robert R. Blume to produce Spellbound: A Musical Adventure written by Paul J. Deakin & Christian De Gré and The Timing of a Day written by Owen Panettieri at this years NY International Fringe Festival. 



Cast: Joseph Reese
Open:   03/26/10
Close:   04/04/10

Schedule:
What If? March 26th & April 2nd @ 10pm
Die- March 27th & April 3rd @ 10pm
Under The Veil- March 28th & April 4th @ 5:30pm
Theater:   La Mama (club)
Address:   74A E. 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
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6 to Bleecker, walk east to Bowery, north to East 4th, east to theater

Cost:$15, $10 Students/Seniors - $35 Weekend Pass to see all three shows
Buy Tickets Online or Call: WWW.LAMAMA.ORG at (212) 475-7710;
Company: Mind The Art Entertainment         Official Web Site: www.mindtheartentertainment.com

Born in Mexico City, Christian De Gré is a Producer, Director, Actor, Composer, Playwright and Orchestrator currently residing in NYC. He has performed in a number of  plays & musicals throughout North America, Grand Cayman, North Africa and Eastern Europe and has been a judge for numerous international festivals. Last year De Gré traveled to Bulgaria and Tunisia to aid in the training and directing of performers from thirty countries as the 'Theater for Social Change’ Partner of the United Nations ‘International Y-Peer Network.’ De Gré currently works as a Composer and Musical Director for a number of production companies including the 'NiteStar Program,' 'City at Peace’ and is the creator of the innovative Cabaret series 'What If?' De Gré served as Producer and Assistant Director for the art film ‘Broken Crayons’ and was the Executive Producer of the world premiere of ‘May-December with The Nose and Clammy’ at the 2009 NYC International  Fringe Festival. De Gré studied acting and theater at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts’ (NYC), music at the ‘New England Music Conservatory’ (Maine) and fine arts through Cambridge University (Cayman Islands). He is a self taught composer and orchestrator and has written and directed a number of his own productions over the last eight years including his co-written musical fantasy ‘Spellbound- The Musical Adventure.’ Now twenty four, he is currently Artistic Director of the La Mama ETC Spring series ‘A Mind The Art Anthology’ featuring ‘What If?,’ ‘Die’ and TEA’s ‘Under The Veil’ opening March 26th  2010.  

Ashley C. Williams is the star of the controversial horror film ‘The Human Centipede.’  The film is winner of four ‘Best Film’ Awards from International film festivals, has an upcoming theatrical and on-demand release with IFC and is the recipient of the ‘Best Ensemble Cast’ award from the S.A. International Film Festival. Ashley has an extensive background in theater and musical theater and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City where she received the Charles Jehlinger Award for ‘Best Actress’ (the highest honor from the Academy.) As an actress she has toured the New York and New England area for the last five years with a number of theater companies including ‘La Mama E.T.C.,’ the ‘Theater Engagement & Action Project,’ the ‘Nitestar Program’ and the ‘United Nations Y-Peer Project.’ In 2008 Ashley was a Guest Director and Political Theater Trainer for the Bulgaria U.N. Y-Peer International Theater in Education TrainingsAshley is co-founder and Vice-President of ‘Mind The Art Entertainment,’ a NYC based Arts and Entertainment Company where she’s produced and starred in new work of varying art forms in venues such as ‘The New York International Fringe Festival’ and the ‘Cherry Lane Theaters.’  Recently Ashley played Juliet in a new revolutionary version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at ‘La MaMa E.T.C.’ under the direction of the renowned Dario D’Ambrosi.

 

 

Ariana Paganetti received her degree in theatre studies with a minor in Theatre Education from Marymount Manhattan College.  She specialized in Dramaturgy and is a New York State Certified Teacher in Special Subjects: Theatre. She is currently a "mentor actor" for the Nitestar Company, where she is an actor and writer.  Ariana is also a recording artist and singer of Billboard Dance chart hit Wrong under the alias 'Ariana Nicole' for Casa Records.  Ariana is an accomplished Jazz standard and classical singer as well throughout the city and has been a featured singer for Christian DeGré's cabaret What if? Ariana has taught Drama for Repertory High School and at the Children's Acting Academy of New York.  Making the arts accessible to youth in and around the city remains to be one of Ariana’s main goals and passions.  She has been a dramaturge for Marymount Manhattan’s main stage production of The Old Law, and is currently one of Mind the Art Entertainment’s resident dramaturges, working on new works such as The Timing of the Day by Owen Panettieri and Holiday in Hell by Charles O’Hara.    Ariana has also produced several works throughout the city ranging from staged readings, workshops, cabarets, charities and fringe festival pieces for Mind the Art Entertainment, Intimation Theatre and others.  She possesses a broad range of skills in and around the arts not limited to aspects of performance, design, production and analysis.  She is proudly the Secretary for Mind the Art Entertainment.

An actor by the age of four, Jesse has an extensive and diverse list of credits. His theatre and musical theatre credits range from Hamlet to Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood to the Velveteen Rabbit, and also include various new works. Television and film credits include: The Ellen Burstyn Show (series regular); The Secret, Hallmark Television Special (co-starring w/Kirk Douglas) for which he earned a Youth in Film Awards nomination for Best Child Actor in a Television Movie; Twelve (v/o, w/Joel Schumacher); Guiding Light; Are You Afraid of the Dark?; and Law & Order, among others. Jesse has also appeared in numerous television commercials (one of which won him a Clio Award for Best Child Actor in a TV Commercial), radio spots, and video games including Bully and two editions of Grand Theft Auto (Rockstar Games). Though an actor first and foremost, Jesse has enjoyed making the jump into producing as well, which began with the co-founding of Intimation Theatre Company in 2007. Jesse continues to produce a diverse range of film and theatrical projects on a regular basis. Jesse attributes the rebirth of his love for acting to his 4 years in the cast of the Mask & Wig Club of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his creative endeavors, Jesse is also a freelance editor/proofreader, an expert standardized test tutor, and the coordinator of ongoing volunteer trips to Guatemala. Jesse is happy to be working with such a dedicated, ambitious, and talented group of people in Mind the Art.