Genre: Drama, Musical, Other, Poetry
Artistic Pride Productions

After a sold out performance at Don't Tell Mama, Artistic Pride Productions announces an extension of its cabaret performance, The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not me), at The Underground Lounge. 

Amy Winehouse, Jack Kerouac, Kurt Cobain, Billie Holiday, Tennessee Williams, Tom Waitts, Natalie Cole, Rufus Wainright... the list of artists and creative people who have had alcohol or substance abuse problems is a very long list. The Piano Has Been Drinking is a review (of sorts) that takes a look at artists who are inspired by their vices, celebrates the triumph of artists who have overcome them, pays tribute to those who were consumed by them and gives encouragement to those who may be struggling with vices.

About the Company: Artistic Pride Productions

  Artistic Pride Productions is a collective of thought provoking and passionate artists dedicated to promoting and cultivating their work as an extension of the work of their peers.  APP creates an environment in which artists who are marginalized in the commercial art world such as minorities, women and non-traditional artists have a place to not only create but thrive.

Cast: Julianne Merril-Keyboard , Mara Jill Herman, Steven Willis, John Berno
Open:   09/02/13
Close:   09/23/13

Mondays at 7:30 (preshow at 7:00)
Theater:   Underground Lounge
Address:   955 West End Avenue
New York, NY 10025
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Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006
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David's New York credits include Confessions with the NY Fringe Festival (next door in Cherry Lane), the critically acclaimed The Private Life of the Master Race with Roust Theatre Company, and Doctor Faustus with Toy Box Theatre. He has performed with ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, Queens Shakespeare, River Repertory in Connecticut, and has appeared as a guest artist at Columbia University's M.F.A. program. David has also appeared in several independent films and is a member of Actor's Equity. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, David hopes to spread the message of peace and equality to all people everywhere.

 Matthew has performed with the National Tour of "Fosse", toured with Jane Comfort & Co., created and performed his own cabaret act entitled "Songs for the Dysfunctional", and worked at many regional theaters in and around New York State. He wrote the book and lyrics for the musical comedy "Flambé Dreams".  This summer Matthew can be seen in Boeing Boeing at Cape May Stage.

 Stacey Haughton: Has been performing as a singer/dancer/actor - forever! She is very happy to be performing in "The PIano Has Been Drinking".  It is a wonderful experience to be involved in such a fun cabaret.  Regional credits include A Chorus Line (Bebe), Damn Yankees (Lola), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Pippin (Leading Player), West Side Story (Anita), and a special favorite, Gypsy (Hollywood Blonde).  Special thanks to Anthony, Tanesha, Percy, and Our Creator!

 Anthony Wills Jr is Artistic Director of Artistic Pride Productions an artist collective creating opportunities for artists of all genres.  He has been performing, choreographing, and directing all his life.  Anthony is also a member of NYC Rep (formerly InnerAct Productions), and New Jersey Repertory Theater.  Most recently Anthony played the title role in Music Man with Mirror Repertory Theater.   Other recent projects include Smoke in the short film, “Save Face”, Denzil Best in the Swedish film “Monica Z” directed by Per Fly and “With One Hand Between Us”, a durational performance piece conceived by Jonathan Van Dyke where Wills and two other performers perform for nearly forty hours over the course of five days, and Sensorium a 12 course dining experience with performance that he created with five other artists including renowned Chef Bryon Brown.  Recent theatrical endeavors include Parade (Gallery Players) and “Master Harold... and the boys” (Gloucester Stage) which the Boston Phoenix named one of the 10 Best Theatrical Events of 2012.  Anthony is currently developing several performance pieces including “11 1/2 short pieces on Death, Dying, Life and Living (a comedy)” which excerpts have been workshopped  at several venues including the Fridge Gallery in DC and ReVision Theater and All the Diamonds You can Eat based on the music of Nathan Payne.  Anthony was also named the receipient of the Great Performances 2013 Fellowship Award

Anthony Wills, Jr is Artistic Director of Artistic Pride Productions and an artist of many genres.  He has worked in every aspect of theater from directing, writing and producing to performing and designing. Recent performance credits include Rob in Kid Witness starring Susan Sarandon, Richard in Cassanova Was a Woman, and a guest appearance on Alpha House.  Theatrical credits include work with Milwaukee Rep, Steppenwolf, Utah Shakes, Peccadillo (Off-Broadway) and many others.  

 Eric Aviles: Eric Aviles is an actor, director, writer, educator, and activist.  Currently he is teaching a playwriting workshop to folks who are on or recovering from heroin addiction in the Bronx.   This summer he will be presenting a work-in-progress one person show addressing the growing gang violence in communities of color.

KENNY JAWORSKI is a self-taught pianist/composer, though he did study music in general at Webster University in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.  Audiences and peers are increasingly singling out Kenny for his unique approach to the piano.  In spite of not belonging to a particular musical scene, Kenny's debut album, A Piano Saga, won an Independent Music Award in 2007, with a judging panel that included Peter  Gabriel, one of his musical heroes.  It also included jazz greats McCoy Tyner and Bill Frisell.  Having been a virtually reclusive solo artist, The Piano Has Been Drinking is one of Kenny's first collaborations.

 Marti Gould Cummings- is an NYC-based drag performer, comedian, host and sometimes-on-pitch singer. You can find him on YouTube interviewing your favorite stars like Liza, Bette and Rosie or performing weekly in his shows at New World Stages, the Ritz, Industry and Barracuda. His single "Real Girl" is available on iTunes.