THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY'S DREAM UP FESTIVAL PRESENTS THE AMERICAN PREMIERE OF "YOU, ME, AND ANXIETY," A SOLO CABARET SHOW WITH RACHEL SCHMELING
A Series of Unfortunate Anxiety Attacks at Random Times. With Music.
WHERE AND WHEN:
August 28 to September 7, 2017.
Theater for the New City (Cabaret Theater), 155 First Avenue.
Presented by Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Artistic Director) as part of Dream Up Festival 2017.
August 28 at 6:30 PM, August 29 at 9:00 PM, August 30 at 6:30 PM, August 31 at 9:00 PM, September 7 at 6:30 PM.
Tickets $15. Box Office: (212) 254-1109, www.dreamupfestival.org
Running Time: 60 minutes. Critics are invited to all performances.
NEW YORK -- "You, Me, and Anxiety" is a solo cabaret show, written and performed by Rachel Schmeling, on the subject of mental health. This show is part stand up, part audience interaction, part musical journey and part panic disaster. Schmeling takes her audience on a wild one-hour ride into the mental state of someone dealing with anxiety and panic disorder. Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival will present the work's American premiere August 28 to September 7. Musical director is pianist Jody Shelton. Director is Ellen Lindsay.
In this cabaret, Schmeling looks back to pivotal moments in her life when anxiety took over and she had to deal with it, sometimes in song. These moments seemed normal enough but each one is taken as an imminent threat to the character Schmeling plays, who is an exaggerated version of herself. Every one of them leaves her paralyzed in anxiety and fear. Her thoughts are narrated out loud and we learn more about the reasoning behind her anxiety attacks. The music of the piece varies in genre from contemporary pop to classic rock to mashups and more. The show ends with a heartfelt message from Schmeling on the importance of mental health dialogue and the need to break traditional taboos for everyone's sake.
Rachel Schmeling most recently appeared in the ensemble of The Public's "Julius Caesar" at the Delacorte Theater. She hails from Milwaukee, where she immersed herself in the city's thriving theater scene from age five onward. She studied at Milwaukee's First Stage Theater Academy, the largest children's theater training program in the nation, and appeared in its productions until age 18. She earned a BFA in Acting from Missouri State University in 2015 and subsequently earned an MA in Classical and Contemporary Text from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During her time in Scotland, she studied at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and worked with Kristin Linklater at her voice center in Mainland Orkney. Now she is located in New York and is a member of the Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre. (www.rachelschmeling.com)
Music Director Jody Shelton was musical director for the Second City National Touring Company, and performed with renowned musical improv ensemble Baby Wants Candy for fifteen years. Since 2004, Shelton has released three critically acclaimed albums as a solo artist and two more with his band, Daughter & Son. In 2012, he co-wrote the parody "50 Shades! The Musical," which had an extended run at the Elektra Theatre in New York and has been performed throughout the world. "50 Shades!" can currently be seen at Bally's in Las Vegas. His next musical, co-written with Emmy and Peabody winner Peter Gwinn (The Colbert Report), "The Story of a Story (The Untold Story)," opened at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago on October 2015 and received a Jeff Award nomination for Best New Work. Shelton's most recent work is the musical parody "Star Wars: The Farce Awakens," which had its New York premiere in February 2017.
"You, Me, and Anxiety" was first presented in Glasgow in as an outgrowth of Schmeling's studies at Royal Conservatory, Scotland. This is its American premiere.
The eighth annual Dream Up Festival (www.dreamupfestival.org) is being presented by Theater for the New City from August 27 to September 17. An ultimate new work festival, it is dedicated to the joy of discovering new authors and edgy, innovative performances. Audiences savor the excitement, awe, passion, challenge and intrigue of new plays from around the country and around the world.
The festival does not seek out traditional scripts that are presented in a traditional way. It selects works that push new ideas to the forefront, challenge audience expectations and make us question our understanding of how art illuminates the world around us.
A unique and varied selection of productions will again be offered that draw upon a variety of performance specialties including singing, clowning, poetry, street music, magic and movement. The Festival's founders, Crystal Field and Michael Scott-Price, feel this is especially needed in our present time of declining donations to the arts, grants not being awarded due to market conditions, and arts funding cuts on almost every level across the country and abroad.
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About the Company: Theater For The New City
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.
August 28 at 6:30 PM, August 29 at 9:00 PM, August 30 at 6:30 PM, August 31 at 9:00 PM, September 7 at 6:30 PM.:
Theater: Theater for the New City
Address: 155 First Avenue
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