THE EIGHT REINDEER MONOLOGUES

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Lesbian+Gay
Jeff Goode Directed by Anthony Wills Jr.

 Tired of Christmas Carol and Nutcracker? Here’s a holiday play for those who like their comedy like they like their christmas chocolate - dark and sweet.

Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment.

After performing in multiple productions of The Eight Reindeer Monologues with Chicago's critically acclaimed Journeymen Theater Co., Artistic Pride Production’s Artistic Director, Anthony Wills Jr., brings his take on this hilarious comedy by Jeff Goode to New York audiences. Jack Helbig of The Chicago Reader raved that Journeymen director Frank Pullen makes "this Santa send-up both outrageous and touching” Following in the footsteps of Pullen, Anthony Wills mines the piece for its comedy while adding his own dark twist. This production is expertly played by a troupe of actors who are not only funny but also bring out the often subtle complexity of playwright Joe Goode's characters.

Not only is this show a welcome change from your typical holiday fair, but Artistic Pride Productions presents the show in an all new format. Their production stars company members Ben Curtis, Matthew Hardy, Anthony Wills Jr. and a rotating cast of guest artists including ...Rocio Mendez, Anna Wilson, Craig Zisel, Sophia Loren Coffee, Ryan Duncan, Anna Rahn, William Mowbray, Stephen Tenner, Cassie Fireman, Thomas Martin, Tanesha Ford and more! Each performance is a new experience with actors playing different roles on different nights. This play is so hilariously entertaining you just might want to see it again and again. Sexual misconduct in the work place...drunken Santa....corporate scandal cover up...flying reindeer....what better way to spend a night at the theater!!!

The Eight Reindeer Monologues also marks the first production with APPs new managing Director, Ben Curtis. In it’s second year Artistic Pride Productions is a collective of Artists who create opportunities for some of the best artists working regionally, and across the country to work with their favorite peers. 


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: Anna Foss Wilson
Open:   11/30/13
Close:   12/21/13

Schedule:
Saturday Nov. 30th 8:00
Mon. Dec. 16th 7:00 and 9:00
Saturday Dec. 21st 8:00
Theater:   Joria Mainstage Theatre
Address:   260 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
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Cost:$18
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006
Company: Artistic Pride Productions         Official Web Site: www.artisticprideproductions.com

 William Mowbray (EMC) is a writer and performer who spends most of his days surrounded by miles of books. Performance credits include: Lucky in Dames at Sea, Henry Antrobus in the Skin of Our Teeth, and Millet in Fuddy Meers. Writing credits include: Henry (or, Whoa Man) and lol. He studied theatre and dance at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and improvisation at the Upright Citizens Brigade. 

Rocio Alexis Mendez is an actor, born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Starting in theater at a very young age, Rocio has been trained at the LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts, Harlem School of the Arts and recently completed conservatory training at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.  Rocio has performed with Harlem School of the Arts, Classical Theater of Harlem, _gaia Studios, J City theater and currently does performances for high school students about HIV/AIDS prevention with the organization Pride not Prejudice. Rocio is very excited to be a part of this production and looks forward to continuing working with Phare Players in the future.

 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. www.matthewhardy.org.

 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

Managing Director, Artistic Pride Productions

 Ben works regularly in TV, film, radio & theater.  He most recently starred alongside Richard Chamberlain in the award-winning indy feature, “We Are The Hartmans,” now available on Netflix! www.WeAreTheHartmans.com.  Currently he is developing a 1 man show about his wild ride as the infamous Dell Computer Dude.  Ben also has his own health/wellness business with cast member Cassie Fireman,  SOUL FIT NYC, where he is a personal trainer & yoga instructor. www.SoulFitNYC.com. Check out more at www.actorbencurtis.com