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The Sun Shines East  | Open: 01/31/14 Close: 02/16/14
Based on true events, The Sun Shines East is an adoption story set against the backdrop of political strife in the mid-1990s. After suffering a series of miscarriages, Christine, a New York actress, finds herself drawn “east” to The Republic of Georgia to adopt a baby. Her husband Robert, also an actor, a bit less enthusiastically goes along with the idea. Despite a chilly welcome from the staff of the children’s hospital there, the two parents-to-be immediately fall in love with a baby girl and make plans to bring her home. However, unbeknownst to them, the government of Georgia shuts down international adoptions. The couple find themselves in the middle of the political and personal fight of their lives, testing both their marriage and ultimately their courage.

Written and produced by adoptive mothers, The Sun Shines East is a moving personal journey, and an urgent call to action as orphan children continue to be used as pawns by politicians ruthlessly seeking political advantage. With moratoriums and increased restrictions on adoption in countries such as Russia, China, and Guatemala, this play reminds us what is at stake for millions of suffering infants, victims of bureaucracy and too young to speak for themselves.

Pat Golden directs a cast of 5 including Karen Christie-Ward*, Tara Gadomski*, Mary Francina Golden*, Bristol Pomeroy, and Amy Staats*.  *Member, Actors’ Equity Association. AEA Approved Showcase.

Corinne Chateau (playwright) is an adoptive mother. She and her husband, Bryan Hickey adopted a baby boy from the Republic of Georgia seventeen years ago. This play is inspired by their experience. As an actress, she has appeared in feature films, television, on and off Broadway and in regional theater. She has worked with renowned directors such as Elia Kazan and Arthur Penn and has appeared with Anne Bancroft, Shelly Winters, Katherine Hepburn, Ellen Burstyn and others. As a directing fellow at the American Film Institute she wrote and directed three films. She has taught acting in the graduate film department at NYU and in the Actors Studio MFA program at the New School. She is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the Actor’s Studio. She has authored the book, The Road to Cali, a Journey to Motherhood, and has performed a one-woman show based upon her book. Her new full-length play, The Sun Shines East, was initially developed at the Actors Studio and received readings at the Actors Studio Writers Directors Unit, and at St. Malachy’s Actors Chapel Theater. She is currently working on a documentary based upon her family’s escape from Poland in the years before and during World War II.

 Pat Golden (Director) Credits include productions Off-Broadway for Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST), New Perspectives, Subjective Theatre, Tank, St. Peter’s, Perry Street and Cherry Lane. Regional credits include SDC Director Observer at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, Amherst College and the South Oakland Arts Council, as its Artistic Director, simultaneously studying Directing at Carnegie Mellon and Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. Workshops of new plays include Ensemble Studio Theatre and EST/Southampton, INTAR/HPLR, NYU/HPLR Collaboration, On Her Shoulders/New School and Cherry Lane—including for its annual series, From Breast Cancer to Broadway. Pat is a filmmaker whose credits as a Casting Director, known for discovery of new talent, include feature films Gimme Shelter, Downtown Express, The Handmaid's Tale, Platoon, Blue Velvet and The Killing Fields and Lee Daniels Entertainment, New Line, Warner Bros and PBS as Associate Producer. Golden is a member of Ensemble Studio Theater, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Hispanic Playwrights-in-Residence(HPLR) at INTAR Theatre, Eduardo Machado’s NYU/INTAR Collaboration, New Shoe Theatre Group, dedicated to fostering collaboration between women playwrights and directors and Stage Directors & Choreographers (SDC).

The Sun Shines East is presented by Shining East Productions. Producer: Mary Francina Golden; Co-Producers: Corinne Chateau & Bryan Hickey; Director: Pat Golden**; Set Designer: James Maloff; Lighting Designer: Alexander Bartenieff; Sound Designer: Bill Toles; Props Master: Michelle Elwyn; Costume Designers: Catherine Siracusa and Sidney Levitt; Production Stage Manager: Genevieve Ortiz*;Production Assistant: Kolbe Handal; Publicist: Paul Siebold/Off Off PR. **Member, SDC.

 

WELL-STRUNG, The Singing String Quartet  | Open: 02/28/13 Close: 03/16/13
One Direction step aside, there's a new kind of boy band on the circuit! The all male SINGING string quartet Well-Strung features classical musicians putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and more! Directed by Donna Drake and starring Edmund Bagnell; first violin, Christopher Marchant: second violin, Daniel Shevlin; cello and Trevor Wadleigh; viola. Show opens Feb.28th and runs through March 16th for 9 performances only!

Edmund Bagnell (first violinist and vocalist) is thrilled to be a part of "Well-Strung!" Recent credits include Toby in Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Medium" starring Varla Jean Merman, Charlie Brown in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" (Summer Theater of New Canaan), Charlie in "The Big Holiday Broadcast of 1959" written by Joanna Gleason (Fairfield Theater Company), and Oramel Howland in "The Great Unknown" written by Jim Wann ("Pump Boys and Dinettes") and Bill Hauptman ("Big River") as a part of NYMF. A favorite role was Tobias in the 1st National Tour of "Sweeney Todd" directed by John Doyle.

Chris Marchant (2nd violinist, vocalist) is proud to be part of this production of Well-Strung. He grew up singing and playing violin, but was not involved with theatre until the end of his time at Malone University in Canton, OH. Since then, he has been involved in a number of productions using his talents as a vocalist, actor, and musician. Favorite productions include Tobias (Sweeney Todd, nat'l tour), violinist (Spring Awakening nat'l tour), Dennis (Sanders Family Christmas), and Provincetown's Naked Boys Singing.

Daniel Shevlin (cellist and vocalist) has had a very varied and geographically spread-out theatrical career. He has appeared off-Broadway in "The Sandbox" written and directed by Edward Albee, had toured the U.S. and Asia in productions of "Rent" and "Cabaret" (Studio 54 version), and has worked regionally as both an actor and cellist in many theaters including the Arvada Center (CO), The Maltz-Jupiter Theatre (FL), Riverside Theatre (FL), and Mason Street Warehouse (MI) to name a few. A New Jersey native, Daniel recently moved back east to NYC after having a much needed and wonderful detour to Denver for almost two years.

Trevor Wadleigh (Violist) is from Seattle and currently a member of The String Collective of New York. He has taught viola at the University of Pudget Sound Community Music Community and is also a co-founder of the Pudget Sound Animal Rescue.

Donna Drake, director was in the original Broadway casts of A Chorus Line, Sophisticated Ladies, Woman of the Year, The Wind in the Willows, 5678-Dance, It's so nice to be Civilized and the original production of The 1940s Radio Hour. She has received an Emmy nomination for Dear Alex and Annie, 4 Drama Desk Nominations, A Mac Award Nomination and a Theatre World Award. She choreographed Catherine Zeta Jones for the American Film Institute Awards. She directed John Tartaglia's Imaginocean which ran Off Broadway at New World Stages.

DAVID LEVINSON, arranger collaborated with Stacey Weingarten and Donna Drake on Les Enfants de Paris (world premiere NYMF 2011). David is also currently working on music and lyrics for Boys Lost, The Elliot's, and Who Is Prester John? which are in development. Film scoring: The Waystation in the Stars (Brandon Morrissey dir.), The Missing Piece (Leila Manion dir.). Live theater scoring: The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Robot (written by Edward Einhorn, produced by Evolve co.). Music direction: Aida, Cabaret, Infancy. Concert Performances: Bringing Voices to Light - A Benefit Concert for Global Internet Access (The Laurie Beechman Theatre), Red Hot and New, The Music and Lyrics of David Levinson (Laurie Beechman Theatre), special guest at The After Party (The Laurie Beechman Theatre). Education: The New School, Manhattan School of Music Professional Musical Theater Workshop, New York City Opera Workshop.

Well-Strung photo (left) by Scott Henrichsen, scottFoto.com

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Arts.Theatre

The Medium  | Open: 10/25/12 Close: 11/11/12
Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman plays the title role in Gian Carlo Menotti's musical thriller THE MEDIUM at the Art House directed by Donna Drake. Produced by Provincetown Counter Productions in association with Mark Cortale, THE MEDIUM will run from October 25 - Nov. 11 for 12 performances after being workshopped this summer at The Art House in Provincetown. Elizabeth Hastings who has conducted for both New York City Opera and the Liederkranz Opera Theatre will music direct. The cast also includes Stefanie Izzo as Monica, Edmund Bagnell as Toby, Shannon Carson as Mrs. Gobineau, Peter Kendall Clark as Mr. Gobineau and Maria Elena Armijo as Mrs. Nolan.

THE MEDIUM was commissioned by Columbia University and first performed there on May 8, 1946. The Broadway production took place on May 1, 1947 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre with Marie Powers in the title role. The composer Gian Carlo Menotti is best known for his Christmas work Amahl and the Night Visitors which was commissioned by NBC in 1951 and became the first opera written for television. With the help of filmmaker Alexander Hammid, Menotti made a film version of THE MEDIUM in 1951 starring Anna Maria Alberghetti as Monica.

Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman starred in the musical Lucky Guy opposite Leslie Jordan in NY at the Little Schubert last spring prompting The New York Times to rave, "If Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman had stood in front of the right pair of funhouse mirrors, they might have resembled Ms. Merman and Mr. Jordan in stature as well as comedic talent". He played the role of Mary Sunshine in the revival of Chicago on Broadway and also made his network television debut on All My Children. In 2010 Jeffery won an Elliot Norton Award for Best Musical Performance in The Phantom of the OPRAH. He returned to Boston this past fall to star as Mother Superior in SpeakEasy Stage's production of The Divine Sister by Charles Busch. Jeffery recently completed shooting the feature films Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads and Girls Will Be Girls 2012. He guest starred as Varla Jean on Ugly Betty in the final season of the show and was also featured on Bravo's Project Runway Season 5 as the winning model for the show's drag challenge.

Donna Drake, director was in the original Broadway casts of A Chorus Line, Sophisticated Ladies, Woman of the Year, The Wind in the Willows, 5678-Dance, It's So Nice To Be Civilized and the original production of The 1940s Radio Hour. She has received an Emmy nomination for Dear Alex and Annie, 4 Drama Desk Nominations, A Mac Award Nomination and a Theatre World Award. She choreographed Catherine Zeta Jones for the American Film Institute Awards. She directed John Tartaglia's Imaginocean which ran Off Broadway at New World Stages.

Susan Grilli is the Artistic Director of Provincetown Counter Productions, a non-profit 501 (C) (3) performing arts organization with a commitment to cultivating and supporting Provincetown's thriving community of theatre artists and audiences. Last summer the company co-produced Zoe Lewis' smash hit musical Snail Road with Mark Cortale at The Art House. This past fall/winter Counter Productions mounted critically acclaimed productions of A Raisin in the Sun and the musical Passing Strange.


Arts.Theatre

GUYI-GUYI CHILDREN€�S PUPPETRY THEATER  | Open: 10/13/12 Close: 10/16/12
GUYI-GUYI Children’s Puppetry Theatercomes to various locations in New York City during the month of October.  The performance is 50 minutes long and recommended for children ages 3 and up.

Beginning in Manhattan at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, 5 W. 63rd Street, NYC, performing on October 13th at 10:30am and 2pm; October 14th at 2:30pm; and October 15th and 16th at 10:30am. Tickets are $21-24 (adults), $16.50-19.50 (children under 12). Discounted tickets are available for Y members and groups.  Tickets are available at www.theatermania.com.

Moving next to Queens, GUYI-GUYI performs at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, Queens on October 20th with performances at 1pm and 2:15pm. Tickets are $12 for adults ($10 for members) or $8 for children ($6 for member children) and can be purchased at www.flushingtownhall.org.

On October 21st at 2pm, GUYI-GUYI performs at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NYC. Tickets are $4 with museum admission ($3 LICM members), $10 for theater only, and can be purchased in advance, through the LICM Box Office at (516) 224-5801.

The tour finishes at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY on October 27 at 11am and 2pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth and can be purchased at www.hudsonoperahouse.org.

Guyi-Guyi is a crocodile born into a family of ducks by accident. He lives happily with them until one day he meets a crocodile. When he finds out that crocodiles eat ducks, Guyi-Guyi has to decide what his true nature is.

Guyi-Guyi is a free adaptation of the story of "Ugly Duckling", staged in an interesting and fun way. The theme of the search for identity is a global today. The contrast between the characters helps to represent the fear of difference and prejudice about those who behave differently than expected.

ABOUT SPAIN CULTURE NEW YORK – CONSULATE GENERAL OF SPAIN

Spain Culture New York is the Cultural Office of the Consulate General of Spain in New York City and belongs to Spain Arts & Culture: the network of organizations supporting Spain's culture and language in the US. This network promotes culture and art, and strives to strengthen bilateral cultural, artistic and academic exchanges.

This cultural network also presents many arts programs - featuring dance, music, visual arts, literature, humanities, architecture, and design - in a variety of venues, also in collaboration with relevant American entities throughout the country.

GUYI-GUYI

October 13th at 10:30am and 2pm

October 14th at 2:30pm

October 15th and 16th at 10:30am


The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, 5 West 63rd Street, NYC

Tickets available online at www.theatermania.com

 

October 20th, 1pm & 2:15pm

Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northen Blvd, Flushing, Queens

www.flushingtownhall.org

 

October 21st, 2pm

Long Island Children Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY

LICM Box Office at (516) 224-5801

 

October 27th, 11am & 2pm

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY

www.hudsonoperahouse.org.

 

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Andre & Dorine  | Open: 09/13/12 Close: 09/16/12
Performed by Spain’s critically acclaimed Kulunka Theatre Company, it tells the story of an elderly couple – André with his typewriter, Dorine with her cello – and how they relive and reinvent their love together as Alzheimer’s becomes a permanent part of their relationship.

Three actors portray more than 15 different characters through the play, whose story is told through gesture and movement, with no spoken dialogue. The story revolves around André, turning to his typewriter to relive and remember his life with Dorine as her mind slips away – remembering who they were in order to not forget who they are now.

Kulunka Teatro has created a piece of thoroughly contemporary and committed mask theatre that transcends language barriers. With no words, uplifting and thought provoking, it explores important themes of love and aging with warmth and humor.

Are You There Ann-margret? It's Me!  | Open: 02/24/12 Close: 02/26/12
In 90 minutes Justen Kilmer, as himself, with his own unique flare, will provide a glimpse into Ann-Margret's unbelievably fabulous career. Flash back to the 60's and 70's when Variety shows ruled the airwaves and you were no one without a Mackie in your closet! 25 songs backed by a 7-piece band, dancers, and more sequins than should be allowed on one stage... be sure not to miss this one-of-a-kind concert event!** All Proceeds from the event go to BC/EFA. Visit JustenKilmer.com for more information.**


Arts.Burlesque

Freud's Last Session  | Open: 07/09/10 Close: 11/28/10
FREUD’S LAST SESSION, a new play by Mark St. Germain, will have its Off-Broadway premiere at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater.  Performances will begin July 9th, following a second return engagement at Barrington Stage Company (MA), where the play had its world premiere in June 2009.  FREUD’S LAST SESSION stars Mark H. Dold as C.S. Lewis and Martin Rayner as Sigmund Freud, under the direction of Tyler Marchant.  The official opening night is set for Thursday, July 22nd.

"Over 5,000 patrons have attended Freud's Last Session, making it the most popular play in BSC history," said Barrington Stage Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. "It has been a joy to produce such a provocative and entertaining work, especially one that has been embraced by audiences and critics alike."

Suggested by the bestselling book The Question of God by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., FREUD’S LAST SESSION centers on legendary psychiatrist Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites the young, rising academic star C.S. Lewis to his home in London.  Lewis, expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, soon realizes Freud has a much more significant agenda.  On the day England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash on the existence of God, love, sex, and the meaning of life – only two weeks before Freud chooses to take his own.  

Playwright Mark St. Germain was intrigued by an account of Sigmund Freud's meeting with an unnamed Oxford don shortly before Freud committed suicide in 1939 to end his battle with oral cancer.  In FREUD’S LAST SESSION, the psychoanalyst's visitor is C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters.  Freud, a staunch atheist, grills Lewis, a former atheist who converted to Christianity, about his views on God and more personal matters.

FREUD’S LAST SESSION is being presented Off-Broadway by Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Robert Stillman and Jack Thomas.

Signs of Life is an exploration of life in the Jewish artists’ ghetto created by the Nazis in the Czech town of Terezin during World War II. Hitler renamed it Theresienstadt and his propaganda cynically proclaimed it “A City for the Jews”. He proceeded to populate Theresienstadt with the most prominent artists, composers, scientists, and scholars of Europe. A vibrant artistic community emerged and the ghetto was alive with concerts, plays, and lectures. The Nazi’s, for their own international propaganda purposes, coerced their prisoners to depict Terezin as a place where they lived free lives. But hidden from the watchful eyes of their captors, the artists created secret pictures and writings which were concealed and smuggled out to alert the world to what was really happening. They felt that, because of their covert efforts, the truth could survive. Signs of Life is a true story of love, defiance and the power of art.

The Red Fern Theatre Company presents its 2 Annual Cabaret and Silent
Auction Fundraiser, “Up Close and Personal with Broadway’s Best,” on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 8pm at the
Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater located at 5 West 64th Street.

The evening will feature songs from Broadway stars, Stephanie J. Block (9 to 5, Pirate Queen, Boy from Oz,
Wicked), Matt Cavenaugh (West Side Story, Grey Gardens and A Catered Affair), Aaron Lazar (Les Miserables, Light in the Piazza, Tale of Two Cities,
Impressionism), Jenny Powers (Grease, Little Women, Happiness), and Jarrod Spector (Jersey Boys). Block will sing from her newly released album This Place I Know. Michael Lavine will accompany on piano.

The evening will also include a Silent Auction and Reception sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery and Yellowtail
Wines. The fundraiser benefits the Red Fern Theatre Company, a non-profit theatre company dedicated to
positive change in our community by producing socially conscious plays. They partner each play with a
philanthropy whose mission relates to the issues addressed in the play. The 2009-2010 Season of New Plays will
open with the New York Premiere of Shirley Lauro’s ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT (2006 Chicago's Joseph
Jefferson Citation Nominee:“Best New Play of the Year”).

Tickets are $50/general admission; $100/VIP seats which include reserved seating, an autographed gift bag, and a
ticket to a preview of our fall show. For tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit
https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/661185. The Silent Auction Preview and reception begins at 7pm with the
Cabaret beginning at 8pm. The Cabaret will be immediately followed by a meet-and-greet with the talent as well
as the conclusion of the Silent Auction. For more information, visit www.redferntheatre.org.

Ourselves Alone  | Open: 03/04/05 Close: 03/13/05
A month long celebration of Irish women kicks off with Ourselves Alone.

Although written almost 20 years ago, this play explores emotional and political themes that are still debated today. It;s passionate, hard-hitting dialogue leads us through the lives of three women in post-hunger strike Northern Ireland, who dream of escaping the political peril of their everyday lives, yet find themselves hindered by family loyalties and complicated romantic relationships.