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BABA BRINKMAN’S RAP GUIDE SERIES “IN REP”  | Open: 09/18/19 Close: 10/18/19
SoHo Playhouse’s Artist-in-Residence Baba Brinkman, for the first time ever, will perform FIVE of his celebrated award-winning Rap Guide shows IN REP, including the New York Premiere of his newest production, direct from 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Rap Guide to Culture, along with encores Rap Guide to Evolution, Rap Guide to Religion, Rap Guide to Consciousness, and Rap Guide to Climate Chaos. Beginning Monday, September 16 through October 18, tickets are $39. To purchase tickets and for the full schedule, visit www.sohoplayhouse.com.
Theater Resources Unlimited

announces

The 2019 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series

Monday, June 17- July 22, 2019

at 7pm at The Soho Playhouse

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces three winning plays in The 2019 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series: Passing Parades by Fengar Gael, The New Galileos by Amy Berryman, and Three Months with Pook by Jack Feldstein on Mondays, June 17- July 22, 2019 at 7pm at The Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, NYC. The readings are free but reservations are required: please email name and number of tickets requested to TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com, or use the bright red ticketing box at the URLs below, at the end of each play description.

 

The 2019 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series is the 20th annual series of new plays by TRU writers produced by TRU producers, followed by talkbacks that focus on producing and further development of the work presented: TRU's "Dollars and Sense" panels featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors and general managers. Series is executive produced by Bob Ost, administered by Literary Manager Cate Cammarata and Literary Associate Jessie Shinberg, with technical coordinator Kim Marie Jones. Reservations required. Visit the links for the individual plays - find the URL's below. Or email TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com or call 833-506-5550. 

 

"I think the theater community has been shaken by the cultural shifts in our country, and this is being reflected in the work of so many playwrights," noted TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata. "We had an overwhelming number of exciting, worthy submissions this year: an unprecedented 21 plays got high scores from our readers, which made the task of finding five finalists even more difficult than usual. One thing that emerged was a fascination with strong, brilliant women characters that defy society's expectations. We ultimately chose two of those plays, plus a funny and charming piece about a highly unconventional relationship."

 

Passing Parades by Fengar Gael, Monday, June 17th, at 7pm. Produced by Pat Flicker Addiss in association with Claudia Zahn, directed by Lorca Peress. Cast to includeBroadway's Lauren Molina.

In Atlanta, Georgia, marchers have gathered for the Centennial Suffrage Parade. The Grand Marshal, Lily Pearl Rhodes, mounts the stage to join the organizers when a bomb explodes, maiming many, including Lily who is hospitalized in a coma. When she awakens, Lily claims to be Lydia Morgan Miles, a pioneer suffragist from Boston who died in a similar explosion in the year 1850. Lily's mother and fiancé are appalled at the surfacing of Lydia whose life appears to have been a wretched tale of illness, marital discord and thwarted ambitions. Lydia attempts to adjust to the technological advances of today's world and is the subject of much speculation until she disappears and becomes the object of a citywide search. An explosion of feminist fun and fury! Reserve at https://truonline.org/events/passing-parades/

 

Fengar Gael (Playwright): Fengar Gael has had workshops and/or productions at The New York Stage and Film Company, the Sundance Playwrights Lab, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the InterAct Theatre of Philadelphia, New Jersey Repertory, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, the Salt Lake Acting Company, Moxie Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, the Athena Project, Detroit Repertory, the Landing Theatre of Houston, and in New York City: MultiStages, Urban Stages, The Secret Theatre, The Spiral Theatre, CAP 21, Turn to Flesh Productions, Project Y Theatre, Yonder Window Theatre, Ego Actus Theatre and Playwrights Gallery. She is a recipient of the Craig Noel Award for Devil Dog Six, the Playwrights First Award for Opaline, Manhattan Theatre Works Award for The Draper; and commissions from South Coast Repertory, New Jersey Repertory, the InterAct Theatre, The Hangar Theatre, and a fellowship from the California Arts Council.

 

Pat Flicker Addiss (Producer): Pat is a native New Yorker, Finch graduate, who ran a promotion company, Pat Addiss Enterprises, for 30 years. Pat's Broadway credits include Little WomenChita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, Bridge & Tunnel, Spring Awakening, 39 Steps, Passing Strange, Promises Promises, A Christmas Story, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Love Letters, Gigi, Eclipsed. Her Off Broadway credits include Award winning Desperate Measures, Dinner With The Boys, Buyer & Cellar, The Housewives of Mannheim. She is on the Boards of NJ REP& League of Professional Theatre Women, Legislative Council of Broadway League, Inspirational Speaker Women's Advocacy & "How to Reinvent Yourself" and is the founder of the YAYA dinners.

 

Claudia Zahn (Associate Producer): Claudia trained as an actor and director at Carnegie-Mellon University School of Drama (BFA) and Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts (MFA). She also studied in the NYU Certificate program in Arts Administration and at the Foundation Center in New York City. From 1998 to 2008, she was associate professor and Director of Opera and Musical Theater at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle. Claudia has also directed at opera and musical theater companies throughout the country. From 2013 to 2015, Claudia was Managing Director and on the Board of Directors of the Malibu Playhouse. Since returning to NYC in 2016, she has worked as a producing and development consultant with Mango Baroque, as well as with Welcome Change Productions. She recently joined the Board of the York Theatre Company. 

 

Lorca Peress (Director): Lorca specializes in developing new work, and is Founding Artistic Director of MultiStages. Upcoming: Ominous Men by Desi Moreno-Penson (MultiStages New Works Contest Winner, Fall 2019 at 14th Street Y Theatre). Selected Directing: Temple of The Souls (NYMF Next Link Project, Off-Broadway Acorn Theatre); Desi Moreno-Penson's Comida de Puta (F%&king Lousy Food), Fengar Gael's The Island of No Tomorrows, Theresa Rebeck's What We're Up Against (Life Force Arts), Nichole Thompson Adams' Black Girl You've Been Gentrified (Joe's Pub, Public Theatre), Leonard Bernstein's MASS, Bruce Saylor operas (QC-CUNY), Maya Contreras' Let the Devil Take the Hindmost (NY Fringe). Panelist: TRU, The Fire This Time Festival, No-Passports, NYU, CUNY. Playwrighting judge for contests including Repertorio Espanol Nuevas Voces. Faculty: NYU Tisch Strasberg Studio and Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Memberships: NTC, SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, League of Professional Theatre Women (Co-President 2011-14), Creative Network founding member for Regional Office of Governor of Puerto Rico. Grants/Awards: 2019 Creative Engagement Grant (LMCC/DCA), NYMF 2017 Next Link Project, NYIT Nominations, HOLA Awards, MCAFs (LMCC/DCA), 2017 Cultural Award from Institute of Puerto Rico, Taino Areito Drama Award, National Opera Competition Prizes, Women in Arts & Media Coalition Collaboration Honorable Mentions, La MaMa INKY. She is a Bennington College and NTI graduate. Website: www.multistages.org

 

Lauren Molina (Actor): On Broadway Lauren played Johanna in John Doyle's revival of Sweeney Todd and Regina in Rock of Ages. Off-Broadway she co-starred in Sondheim's revival of Marry Me A Little (Drama League nomination), originated Bella Rose in Desperate Measures (Lortel and Outer critics nomination), originated Megan in Nobody Loves You at Second Stage. Most recently, she was co-conceiver of the new actor-instrument revisal of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, also playing Lucy at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Lauren has been seen at the Bucks County Playhouse in It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Meet Me in St. Louis: A Radio Play, and as Janet in The Rocky Horror Show. Regional favorites include Squeaky Fromme in Assassins (Yale Rep), Eileen in Wonderful Town (Goodman), Countess in A Little Night Music (Huntington), Cunegunde in Candide (Goodman, Huntington, Shakespeare Theatre - Helen Hayes Award), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors(Cleveland Playhouse). She's co-creator and half of the acclaimed comedy-pop duo The Skivvies. www.LaurenMolina.com

 

The New Galileos by Amy BerrymanMonday, July 1st, at 7pm. Produced by Mightee Shero Productions, directed by Mia WalkerThree female scientists find themselves held hostage by the government for their stance on climate change. The play weaves between their current crisis and their pasts, leading them to an interrogation room where they are forced to reckon with the price of their freedom. Reserve at https://truonline.org/events/new-galileos/

 

Amy Berryman (Playwright) is a writer and actor originally from Seattle. Her play Walden was the Runner Up in the 2019 Premiere Play Festival, as well as a selection at the 2019 Great Plains Theatre Conference and Title Wave Festival at Bay Street Theater. Her other full length plays include The New Galileos (O'Neill Finalist 2019, Playwrights Realm Fellowship Finalist 2018, Mach 33 Science Driven Plays Semi-Finalist 2019) and Three Year Summer. Her work has been developed with Portland Stage, Premiere Stages, Bay Street Theater, Nomad Theatricals, Caltech, Prop Thtr, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and Barrington Collective. The short film she wrote, co-produced, and starred in, "You Are Everywhere" premiered in New York Shorts Fest and won "Best Short Drama" in the LA Short Film Festival. As an actor, she was recently seen off-Broadway in The Convent by Jessica Dickey with Rattlestick/Rising Phoenix Rep, Greg Kotis' play Lunchtime at the Brick in NYC, Erin Courtney's I Will Be Gone in the Humana Festival, and the web series #NoFilter. @amyrberryman

 

Mightee Shero Productions (Producer) is co-founded and led by Executive Producers Liz Mackintosh and Elyse Sholk who are committed to telling the stories of women and girls and providing an artistic platform for effecting change. Past productions include V-Day Taconic 2015, a reading of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at Taconic Correctional Facility and a benefit performance at Cherry Lane Theatre; V-Day Taconic 2016, a prison and community tour of The Vagina Monologues to Taconic Correctional Facility, The Fortune Society, Edgecombe Residential Treatment Facility, and Queensboro Correctional Facility, as well as a benefit performance at Cherry Lane Theatre; Here To Be Seen: Women and Justice, an original theater piece produced in partnership with the Brooklyn DA's Kings County Re-Entry Task Force that engages the community in issues affecting women involved in the criminal justice system; Raquel Almazan's La Paloma Prisoner at Queensboro Correctional Facility and Greenhope Services for Women. Mightee Shero's work has been profiled in Women in the World in association with The New York TimesThe Huffington PostQuartzElite DailyBRIC TV, and NY1www.mighteeshero.com

 

Mia Walker (Director) develops and directs for theater, TV, and film. Mia was recently selected as the Drama League's TV Directing Fellow, for which she shadowed Director/ Executive Producer Tom Verica on the Shondaland/ ABC show For The People. Off-Broadway/Regional Theater directing credits include: Walden by Amy Berryman (Bay Street Theater, Premiere Stages); Storming Heaven (West Virginia Public Theatre); Hang Man by Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Multistages); All Nighter by Natalie Margolin (Fault Line); Into the Wild(Encore Theatre); Blind Date Project (Club Cumming); Normativity, Camp Wanatachi (NYMF); American Sexy by Trista Baldwin (The Flea, Resident Director); various projects with Youngblood (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Broadway/National Tour credits include: Tour Director, current National Tour of Finding Neverland and the recent National Tour of Pippin; Associate Director, Jagged Little Pill and Waitress; Assistant Director, The Gershwins' Porgy and BessPippin, and Finding Neverland. B.A. Harvard University. www.miapwalker.com

 

Three Months with Pook by Jack FeldsteinMonday, July 22nd, at 7pm.Produced by Xander Flynn Chauncey, directed by Ella Jane NewA play with music that tells the story of a gay man and lesbian who have a brief, heterosexual, love affair. As Xavier recalls his experiences, he uses the music of pop icon Melanie Safka. This psychologically incisive tale takes the audience on a joyous and healing adventure about the power of friendship and love in countering abuse. Reserve at https://truonline.org/events/3-months/

 

Jack Feldstein (Playwright): Jack is an award-winning writer and neon animation filmmaker. His almost thirty neon animation films, including The Ecstasy of Gary GreenThe Adventures of James Joyce and A Wondrous Filmabout Emma Brooks have screened worldwide from Lincoln Center and NY's Angelika Cinema to Rotterdam International Film Festival and Sydney International Film Festival. As a writer, his playscripts including A House Like Any OtherThe Confessions of Peter McDowell and The Process have won prizes in Australia, Britain and the USA. His playscript of Three Months with Pook was a finalist in the BBC International Play Competition. His plays have been staged with many productions in Australia, New York and all over the USA. Falling in Love with Mr Dellamort, his first foray into the world of musical theater was produced in NYC in December 2017 at The Slipper Room. With songwriter, Rivky Grossman, he is also currently creating the new musical The Kingdom Of Vincent Grapelli. Originally from Australia, he lives in New York City and developed many of his plays at Workshop Theater in Midtown where he was an artist member.

 

Xander Flynn Chauncey (Producer): Xander's career in the arts has spanned more than 20 years as a producer, writer, director, actor, singer & dancer. No matter his role, Xander is a passionate storyteller and approaches the material from the inside out, connecting the emotional truth of the piece to his audience in every moment. As an actor, he trained in Meisner Technique with the legendary Bill Esper and has been seen in such favorites as Phantom, Cats, Beauty and the Beast and Titanic (Best Actor in a Musical, broadwayworld.com), as well as credits in film, TV, voice-overs and commercials. As a producer and director, Xander has created pieces for film, Off-Broadway, on cruise lines and in theme parks. He currently has multiple projects in various stages of production, including the new musical The Kingdom of Vincent Grapelli and his film The Molok, a modern fable featuring a 13-foot puppet! Xander is a proud member of Actor's Equity, AFTRA and SAG. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Emily.

 

Ella Jane New (Director): Ella is a screenwriter & director based in NYC. She was born in Barbados and raised in Uganda, Kenya and England. Ella received her MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she wrote and directed award-winning show Banquet of Chestnuts. Ella's theatre directing credit's include the NY premiere of Six Corners by Emmy Nominated Keith Huff (Mad Men, House of Cards, American Crime) and Falling in Love with Mr Dellamort by Jack Feldstein. Ella has written and directed short films, Earth Beneath My Feet and Sofie, which were nominated for Best Short and Best Script at festivals including, San Francisco Film Festival, Milan Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Sydney World Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festival. In January 2018 Ella was chosen for Creative Minds Program/Sundance Institute, where she developed her script Car Battery. Ella received of a Women Make Movies Fellowship, for her 60 min documentary feature, The Global Village Project, following the lives of refugee teenage girls resettled in Atlanta. The doc was distributed via BBC Worldwide and Al Jazeera.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-six year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program taught by prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop business skills. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition.

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the Montage Foundation and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation. 

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.

 

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde  | Open: 04/17/19 Close: 05/26/19
SoHo Playhouse (Darren Lee Cole, Producing Artistic Director), is proud to announce that the winner of the 2018 Fringe Encore Series Outstanding Production Award, Blanket Fort Entertainments’ Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, will get a six-week run at the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street) beginning April 17 through May 26, 2019; Opening night is set for Sunday, April 28, 2019. Written and performed by Burt Grinstead and Anna Stromberg, tickets for Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde are $49 and are available at www.sohoplayhouse.com or by calling 212 691-1555.

 

 

Based on the classic novella, this original adaptation takes you to the dismal streets of London in the 1860s, where societal pressures silence a gentle doctor’s questions about the nature of morality.  As the pressure intensifies, Dr. Jekyll takes matters into his own hands. However, things take an eerie turn when his experiment takes on a life of its own. Will his efforts save the world, or will they destroy all that he holds dear? After all, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

April 17 – May 26, 2019; Opening night is Sunday, April 28

The SoHo Playhouse is located at 15 Vandam Street

Get the Boat  | Open: 07/06/18 Close: 08/05/18
SoHo Playhouse Presents  Irish Female Playwright In their American Debut GET THE BOAT July 6 – August 5, 2018 Opening Night: July 11, 2018  At the Historic SoHo Playhouse. When you meet someone for the first time you bond over the things you have in common. But what if the thing you have in common is also your biggest secret?  Two strangers that meet on a journey many Irish women still keep as their biggest secret. Get The Boat his poignant, gruff, funny piece about sudden friendship, life shattering decisions and the secrets that we share. 

Tuesday at 7 pm; Wednesday at 7 pm; Friday at 7 pm; Saturday at 4 pm; Sunday at 7 pm

Running Time 50 minutes

Innit  | Open: 07/06/18 Close: 08/05/18
Meet Kelly Roberts as she visits a psychologist. She’s bold, vulgar…and broken. You’ll laugh blindly to heartfelt tears! Powerful, sell-out one-woman show Innit, set during working class, 90’s Manchester, demonstrates the teenage angst and wilted heart of the outrageous, guffaw-inducing Kelly Roberts. Witness her first ever visit to a psychologist as she unwittingly discloses her hilarious and heart-breaking story, leaving a mark on those who remember those isolating teenage year.

SHE CALLS ME FIREFLY  | Open: 06/06/18 Close: 06/23/18
It’s Nickel Beer Night at Freddie’s Place. Ken has come to drown his sorrows, but no amount of alcohol can wash away the pain of his broken relationship with Levi, nor the dark and difficult secrets of his past. As you enter Freddie’s you will instantly be transported from New York City streets to a Kentucky dive bar. Pull up a stool, grab a drink, and find yourself immersed in the searing world of She Calls Me Firefly.

CAST

Emily Batsford* as Veronica
Daniel Burns* as Levi 
Paula Ewin* as Freddie
Sean Hudock* as Ken

2018 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series  | Open: 06/11/18 Close: 06/11/18
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces The 2018 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series, with Jasper on June 11, 2018 at 7pm and Adele's Wayon June 18, 2018 at 7pm at the Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam St., New York, NY. Tickets are free, but RSVP is required. RSVP by emailing TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com, or by calling 212-714-7628. 


The 2018 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series is the 19th annual series of new plays by TRU writers produced by TRU producers, followed by the panels on producing, "Dollars and Sense" featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors and general managers. Reservations required: 212-714-7628, or email TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

"It is interesting each year to see themes emerge from our submissions, and often a pervasive tone that seems to reflect what is happening in the world around us," notes TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata. "This year we were surprised - although we probably shouldn't have been - to see an increase in plays with a serious, often somber tone. We ultimately chose two of those that deal bluntly with issues of life and death, from two dramatically different perspectives. We are proud to support these thought-provoking new works, and look forward to seeing how, in the coming year, our world continues to shape the vision of our writers."  

 

Monday, June 11, 2018 at 7pm

Jasper, by Grant MacDermott, Directed by Katie McHugh, Produced by Frank Avellino/Boz and the Bard Productions, Inc.

 

Jasper is about a married couple with a severely disabled 8-year-old child whose time is running out. Indeed, the original prognosis was that Jasper wouldn't live to be a toddler, but due to the care and dedication of his parents, he's survived. As the boy's condition worsens, parents Drew and Andrea must begin to consider the fact that Jasper may soon die. On a subway ride home from work, Drew meets Shayla, a successful, attractive, single mother of an adorable, healthy 4-year old boy named Tyler, and Drew begins to see in Tyler the father-and-son relationship he craves but has never had, nor can ever have, with Jasper. This unique, heart-melting story about family, loss, betrayal, and redemption, asks the question: how far will a parent go to feel the love of a child, even if it's not his own? 

 

Grant MacDermott is a playwright and professional actor. Some of his other plays include Kings Richard (Boston Theater Marathon); Sit Down, Daisy(Nylon Fusion Theater); What Men Do Alone on Islands (Heart & Dagger Come As You Are Festival); 10 Reasons Why Hamlet is Totally Gay (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and Dinner now published by Indie Theater Now after being developed and performed by Project Y Theater in New York City. Grant has been a member of the Interim Writer's Writing Accomplice in Boston and the Project Y Playwrights' Collective, and Athen Theater Writing Collective in New York City. His play, An Independent of Race and the Brain, was a semi-finalist at the 2014 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights' conference and the 2015 PlayPenn Conference and his play without you but also with you too as well was a semi-finalist for PlayPenn in 2017.

 

Director Katie McHugh is the Founding Director of the Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company, Co-Founder of the Teen Shakespeare Conservatory, as well as the Artistic Director at Yonder Window Theatre Company (YWTC). Some of Katie's directing credits in NYC include Medea(New School for Drama), and The List by Jennifer Tremblay (NY Fringe 2012, Winner of Overall Excellence in a Solo Performance). In Mexico, Katie has directed The List(Fringe SMA) and Waiting for Goddreau preceded by Shut up Kathleen by Sebastian David (Fringe SMA). Katie's theatre company, YWTC, made its maiden voyage in 2017 with a multidisciplinary, multi-cultural, tri-lingual production called The Dream Project,at Muvart art gallery, SMA, Mexico. Since its maiden voyage Katie has produced and directed three more shows under the YWTC banner:  PLACES at NYC's 59E59Theatre's East to Edinburgh Festival, then at The New Town Theatre in Edinburgh where it was performed 24 times; The House on Poe Street by Fengar Gael at the 14th Street Y Theatre, NYC, and The Dream Project 2.0, (the next development phase of this 5-year project), which was held at the GK Art Center in Brooklyn, NY March 2018. Katie is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and received her MFA directing, The New School for Drama. www.yonderwindow.co

 

Boz and the Bard Productions, Inc. was founded by Frank Avellino and Steve Hess and named in honor of their two favorite writers - Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare. The works of these men have spanned generations and still resonate with that which lies at the core of all humans. It is stories such as these that Boz and the Bard are excited to bring to life on the stage. Boz and the Bard produced the original Off Broadway play, Dead Dog Park, by Barry Malawer, in association with BEDLAM. It was directed by Eric Tucker (artistic director, BEDLAM) at 59E59

 

Monday, June 18, 2018 at 7pm

Adele's Way, by Dennis Porter, Directed by Joan Kane

 

Seventy-year old Adele, a distinguished feminist academic and an advocate of rational choice suicide, has taken her own life.  At the up-country farmhouse retreat she had long shared with her husband Tim, he is joined after the memorial service by their daughter Rebecca, their son Jeff and their daughter-in-law Lily.  Haunted by the potent and combative personality of the absent Adele, the four of them grieve, reminisce, and struggle to come to terms with the shocking event.  Through a series of emotionally charged, often tender and occasionally fierce encounters, they seek to understand the impact of her violent death on each of them individually; on their relations with each other; and for the provocative message it sends to a Western society whose demographics are undergoing an unprecedented tilt toward high old age. Adele's Way is scheduled for a showcase presentation in the upcoming Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in August in Manhattan.

 

A graduate of Cambridge University (BA) and U.C., Berkeley (PhD), Dennis Porter is a reformed academic long based in Amherst, Massachusetts. The author of books on European and U.S. literature and culture (Pursuit of Crime, Yale; Haunted Journeys, Princeton; Rousseau's Legacy, Oxford), he now devotes his writing life exclusively to works for the stage. His plays in a variety genres (from manic farce to psycho-political drama) have received major awards, typically with festival productions or staged readings including full-length Rainbow with Strings (John Gassner Award, Boston); All the Rest (Julie Harris Competition, Beverly Hills Theatre Guild); Adele's Way (HRC Showcase Theatre, Hudson, NY and Capital Stage, Sacramento, CA); Surprised by Love, (translation of Marivaux comedy at Remy Bumppo Theatre, Chicago); Let Them Eat Proust (finalist National Arts Club, Manhattan);Americana (O'Neill Conference, semi-finalist); Sex-Wise (Provincetown Theatre 2012);  plus the one-acts Between Men (Dubuque Competition and Midtown International Theatre Festival); Bragging Rights (finalist, Tennessee Williams Contest and Last Frontier Conference, Valdez); Set Piece (Pittsburgh New Works and Provincetown Theatre); Like a Scream (First Stage, Los Angeles). 

 

Joan Kane (director) is the founding Artistic Director of Ego Actus and directed I Know What Boys Want at Theatre Row, Six Characters in Search of an Author in Oslo, Norway and Kafka's Belinda in Prague. She also directed both Safe and what do you mean at 59e59 theaters and in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, getting four star reviews for each. Joan was awarded Best Director in the 2016 United Solo Festival was named to the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame by nytheatre.com. She has also directed plays and readings for the Lark Play Development Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the NY Fringe Festival, Theater for the New City, Urban Stages, the Bleecker St Theater, the Workshop Theater, Nylon Fusion, Abingdon Theatre, Oberon Theatre, the Samuel French Short Play Festival, the Midtown International Festival, the Players Club, the Lambs Club and the Actors Studio. Joan has an MFA in Directing from The New School, an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College and is a member of The New York Madness Company, the Dramatists Guild, the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers.

 

Bruce A! Kraemer (producer) is the producer of all Ego Actus shows. He wrote what do you mean which played at 59e59 Theater and in the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His Identity Paper was in the 2016 United Solo Festival and he co-wrote Kafka's Belinda which played in the 2015 Prague Fringe Festival and was nominated for an Inspiration Award. He has done lighting design for Roundabout Theatre and Soho Rep and has designed shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 59e59 Theaters, the NYC Fringe, Theatre Row, and many others. Bruce also does TV and event lighting, audio, technical direction, stage management, production intercom and RF coordination. He has done one or another of those for the Summer and Winter Olympics, the Paralympics, the World Cup, two Papal visits, three Superbowls, the Commonwealth Games, the Goodwill Games, six Tony Awards, the Grammys, three Video Music Awards, the WNBA All Star Game, the NBA All Star game, the NBA Draft, four NFL Drafts, the MLB Draft, ten Christmas Tree Lightings at Rockefeller Center, on Broadway, off Broadway, off off Broadway, for dance, fashion shows, art installations and hundreds of corporate events.

 

This series made possible with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

Thanks also to the generous support of The Montage Foundation and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation.

 

Visit truonline.org for a full calendar of upcoming events! Join TRU June 10th for their annual Tony Party! 

* "Winning Ways: The Meaning of Theater Awards" panel - Thursday 6/28 - click here

* TRU Tony Award Party/Fundraiser - Sunday 6/10 - click here

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies. 

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition, Resource Nights and "Speed Dating" as well as actor workshops. 

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature the Montage Foundation. 

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212 714-7628.

 

KATIE GOODMAN€S BROAD COMEDY  | Open: 01/29/18 Close: 03/26/18
Ever wonder what would happen if "Inside Amy Schumer" & "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" had a child and hired Tim Minchin as the manny? We have the answer! Bringing you politically savvy comedy since 2001, Broad Comedy is a nationally touring, award-winning, all-women musical comedy & sketch troupe that is made up of five irreverent & hilarious, multi-talented women who can do it all -- sing, dance & tackle political satire. Nothing is sacred to them, except an unflinching & hilarious look at our culture. (You might think twice before bringing your conservative mother-in-law!).

8:30pm

Soho Playhouse is located at 15 Vandam Street

Tickets are $39 can be purchased by visiting www.sohoplayhouse.com

JOSEPHINE  | Open: 01/18/18 Close: 02/11/18
JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century. Josephine shatters stereotypes of race, gender roles and sexuality in this intimate, charming and haunting cabaret with a twist.  Born in St. Louis in 1906, Josephine Baker achieved only moderate success in the United States, but became an international superstar after moving to France in the early 20’s. She starred alongside white romantic leading men in films in the 30’s, had multiple interracial marriages and homosexual relationships, and performed in men’s clothing before the term “drag” existed in the lexicon. Her adopted country of France gave her the opportunity to live freely without the racial oppression of her home nation, though she never stopped yearning for acceptance in America. 

Thursday - Saturday at 7PM; Matinees on Saturday & Sunday at 2PM

EXCEPTION: No 2pm Show on Saturday, January 20.

Show Runs 75 minutes

The show is intended for adult audiences, as it contains adult content and nudity

 

Rakugo  | Open: 11/16/17 Close: 12/03/17
This November, the SoHo Playhouse will host celebrated comic storyteller, Katsura Sunshine, as he brings Rakugo (November 16- December 3), the 400 -year-old  art of Japanese comic storytelling, to New York  City. Tickets for Rakugo are $30 sand are available at www.sohoplayhouse.com.

Katsura Sunshine’s RAKUGO is hilarious, charming, traditional, universally funny and yet so very Japanese. Sunshine makes his highly-anticipated off-Broadway debut! Fresh off 10 smash-hit performances in London’s West End at the Leicester Square Theatre! RAKUGO is a 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling in Japan. With a minimal set, Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in kimono, kneeling on a cushion, who, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by a traditional story. 

Theater Resources Unlimited

announces the

TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series

June 12, 19 & 26, 2017 at 7pm at Soho Playhouse

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series, on Mondays, June 12, 19 & 26, 2017 at 7pm at Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, NYC. A "Dollars and Sense" talkback on the future development of the presented works will be held after each performance. Admission is free. Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) by calling 212/714-7628, or e-mailing TRUVoicesReservations@gmail.com. The three selected works are as follows:

 

Catharsis - June 12, 2017 at 7pm

Written by Academy Award winning screenwriter and playwright Mayo Simon, directed by Carl Andress (world premieres of Charles Busch's critically acclaimed plays, The Tribute Artist, The Divine Sister, The Third Story, Judith of Bethulia, Cleopatra, Bunnicula, Queen Amarantha and Shanghai Moon, as well as the New York production Die! Mommie Die!); and produced by Filmus, Inc./ Ben Goldstein and Associate Producer Yoni Vendriger, featuring J.D. Taylor, Keira Keeley, and Amy Rutberg. Robert Gregory will narrate.

 

A violently funny dramatic comedy. A beautiful Greek island. A tacky hotel. A young married couple at each others throats. It's kill or be killed in this fantasy of revenge, death and rebirth.  

 

Moonshadow - June 19, 2017 at 7pm

A romantic comedy by Bryan D. Leys, directed by Charles Abbott, former artistic director of Maine State Music Theatre, and presented by Sharon Weiss and Eileen B. Weiss of Tweiss Productions (Hell's Belles, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking, Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging). Starring Broadway notables Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll and HydeLes Miserablesas well as Empty Nesters in a previous TRU Series) and Amy Bodnar (Ragtime, revival of Oklahoma!, off-Broadway What We Wanted).

 

A '60s radical is in for a radical change. What happens when a Yippie agitator arrives in Buffalo to promote his new book?  Will it just be another appearance at Barnes & Noble or will he rekindle a 30- year-old affair?  Moonshadow is a comedy about recognition, resurrection and romance.

 

Radio Galaxy - June 26, 2017 at 7pm

A new play by Michele Aldin Kushner whose 31 Bond was commissioned and produced by Brooklyn Lyceum and has had three shows in FringeNYC (Dear AmericaThe Program and The Text of Sex); directed by Daisy Walker, assistant director of Jersey Boys (Broadway, national tour, regional), former artistic associate at Classic Stage Company. The producing team includes Jeanette Bonner, founder of Kelly's Pool Hall Productions & creator of Ghost Light: the Web Series and the upcoming series The Scoop; Jessica McCoy, who was associate producer of gUN COUNTRY at A.R.T./NY this spring and is associate producer of off-Broadway's upcoming The Crusade of Connor Stephens and producer of Night Tide at New York Musical Festival, her past productions include the Virginia regional premieres of The Motherf*cker With The Hat and Or, at Live Arts Theater, Charlottesville, VA; and Melissa Nally, associate producer of The Wrong Box and Morgan Street, plus shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

 

Tino is a 17 year-old science prodigy from a hard-working, blue-collar family, who dreams, eats and sleeps astronomy. Unexpectedly, his biological father, Raju, an astrophysicist and academic, enters his life, as he and his wife Daya hope that Tino will be a match for a bone marrow transplant for their daughter. The stakes and potential risks of bone marrow donation and racial, cultural and class differences spark conflicts between the two families, and Tino is caught in the middle. His sister's life - and Tino's dream - hangs in the balance.

 

The purpose of the series is to help develop new plays, help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works, and foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond the series. Each reading will be followed by a "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented. 

 

According to TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata, "The TRU Voices Reading Series has been a recognized path of new play development. I am proud of our success in finding engaging new work and giving writers a crucial stepping stone to productions in festivals (About Face NYMF 2008, OPA! MITF 2008, Volleygirls NYMF 2013, Appendage in the First Irish Festival 2016), regional theaters (Saint Heaven at Stamford Center for the Performing Arts 2006 and The Village Theater 2008, Meester Amerika Garage Theater 2009, The Forgetting Curve Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston 2014, My Life is a Musical Bay Street Theater 2015), and Off-Broadway (The Great American Trailer Park Musical 2005, Pied-A-Terre 2007, The Assignment 2017, Echoes of Octavia due 2018). I look forward to seeing our current winners move toward production as well."

 

Admission is free for everyone. But reservations are requiredPlease reserve at http://truonline.org/tru-voices (click for the show you wish to reserve), or call at least a day in advance for reservations: 212/714-7628, or e-mail TRUVoicesReservations@gmail.com.

 

TRU will next be accepting submissions for the 2018 TRU Voices Musicals Reading Series. For details, visit http://truonline.org/tru-voices-details-and-history/Deadline for submissions will be in September, 2017.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-four year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies. 

 

TRU publishes a community email newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition plus Resource Nights and "Speed Dating." 

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislatureand the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens; and with support from the Montage Foundation and the Friars National Association Foundation. 

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212 714-7628.

Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer  | Open: 01/07/17 Close: 01/07/17
Letterman Emmy-winner Ted Greenberg performs his hit Off-Broadway comedy show and then whisks a lucky audience group home in a New York City taxi driven by Greenberg himself.

"Outrageously funny." -Back Stage
"Greenberg's mostly one-man show is drawing crowds. A definite off center Letterman skit quality. Goes by both fast and enjoyably." -New York Times
"Kept a full house roaring." - NYTheatre.com

Now in its 9th Smash Season! First Saturday of Every Month.

CHIPANDGUS  | Open: 09/19/16 Close: 10/01/16
Chip and Gus, oddball acquaintances meet once a month to play ping pong. But on this funny, sad, and surprising night, something will change their relationship forever. A fast, furious, smart comedy with balls. Winner of the 2016 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Ensemble.

Written, directed and performed by John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullen

Part of the Fringe Encore Series

THE CLEANING GUY  | Open: 08/13/16 Close: 08/24/16
Emerging Artists presents a hilarious journey of one man's dealings with the dirty secrets of apartment dwellers in New York City. Meet the colorful inhabitants that span Paul’s 25 year cleaning journey including Gerard, an elderly leather queen with an outdated vacuum and Rita, a proper English slobbess with a permanent case of the dropsies. A wild ride with original musical numbers that give you a voyeuristic view of what lies behind their doors.  

Part of The New York International Fringe Festival.

Written & Performed by Paul Adams

Directed by Melissa Attebery 

Matt Casarino provides Music Composition & Arrangements

www.thecleaningguy.nyc

The American Play  | Open: 09/17/15 Close: 09/25/15
Two young men let their obsession with Patrick Bateman and American Psycho send them down a rabbit hole of destructive and violent behavior. An in-depth look at modern masculinity, entitlement and false idol worship.

Please note: this show contains explicit language and the dramatization of sexual violence including rape.

Searchers.net  | Open: 06/29/15 Close: 06/29/15
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), and Cate Cammarata present the final reading in the 2015 TRU Voices Series: searchers.net, a computer dating extravaganza by T. Cat Ford, on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7pm at the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, NYC. searchers.net features Brad Bellamy, Laurence Cantor, Mark Finley, Melissa Hurst, Les J. N. Mau, and Patricia Randell.

 

Baby boomers Maggie, Cheryl and Lou, are lonely. They begin a search for that last great love via the Internet. We meet their dates. We share their dreams. In a world where looking for that special someone has all the grace of flipping through a catalogue – is true love still possible?

 

searchers.net is directed by Melissa Maxwell, whose recent credits include Safe House at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and the world premiere of Slashes of Light at The Kitchen Theatre and Trouble in Mind at Ohio State University this past season. Producer Cate Cammarata has two new musicals currently in development: My Life Is A Musical, seen last summer at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY; and No Chance in Hell, which was voted Best in the Toronto Fringe and had a reading in NYC earlier this month

 

The evening marks the final play of The 2015 TRU Voices Play Reading Series, the 17th annual series of new plays by TRU writers produced by TRU producers. “This year’s series is notable for several reasons,” observes TRU president Bob Ost. “All three plays have members of our Producer Development Program involved, which happened only by chance since the selection committee had no idea about this when discussing the selections. Yet incredibly, Echoes of Octavia was produced by Pat Blake, one of our program directors. He also worked with program member Molly Morris in producing The Hummingbirds; and program member Cate Cammarata is producing searchers.net, which is written by member T. Cat Ford. Unexpectedly, it’s the TRU Producer Program series!”

 

The purpose of the series is to help develop new plays and help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works, and foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond our series. Each reading will be followed by a "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers and general managers focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented. Attendees of searchers.net will be given an insider’s look at the producing process and the development track for a new play from commercial producers Pat Addiss (Gigi, A Christmas Story, Dinner with the Boys, Buyer and Cellar, Promises Promises, Little Women); Michael Alden (Disgraced, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Grey Gardens, The King's Speech on stage, Bat Boy); David Elliott, co-director of Perry Street Theatricals (Dames at Sea, My Life Is a Musical, Bedlam Theatre's St. Joan/Hamlet, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, In the Continuum, An Oak Tree); and Jeremy Handelman (On the Town, White's Lies, F#@king Up Everything).

 

Admission is free, but Reservations are required. Please RSVP at least one day in advance (or much sooner) by calling (212)-714-7628, or e-mailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

The SoHo Playhouse is a historic Off-Broadway venue serving the Downtown NYC theater community since 1920. Currently operating under the artistic direction of Darren Lee Cole, The SoHo Playhouse Mainstage and the 55-seat cabaret below, known as the Huron Club, are both landmark venues steeped in the History of Old New York.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-three year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, a Director-Writer Communications Lab and How to Write a Musical That Works; programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios.

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens, and The Montage Foundation.

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call (212) 714-7628.

The Hummingbirds  | Open: 06/22/15 Close: 06/22/15
Theater Resources Unlimited and

Molly Morris & Patrick Blake
present

Ellen McLaughlin and Eric Berryman

in a Staged Reading of Garret Jon Groenveld's

The Hummingbirds

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 7pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), Molly Morris and Patrick Blake present The Hummingbirds by Garret Jon Groenveld on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 7pm at the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, NYC. This two-hander will now feature acclaimed actors Ellen McLaughlin and Eric Berryman and will be directed as a staged reading by Eric Tucker (Wall Street Journal Director of The Year, 2014).

 

Welcome to a very special room in the Bureau of Unemployment in a possible near future where unemployment, multiple wars, and domestic terrorism are just a bit worse than they are today. Not to mention that if you’ve been out of work for too long, a job is assigned to you. It may not be a job you are qualified to do. It may not be a job that’s safe for anyone to do. But you have to do it. Your future is in their hands.

 

The Hummingbirds was developed as part of the inaugural Writers in Residence program at the Playwrights’ Foundation in San Francisco.  It was the winner of the 2012 Global Age Project as well as the winner of the 2012 Internationalists’ Global Playwriting Competition. It has had development support from the Playwrights’ Foundation, Red Fern and the Lark Play Development Center and is being developed by producers Molly Morris and Patrick Blake for a New York production.

 

The evening is part of The 2015 TRU Voices Play Reading Series, the 17th annual series of new plays by TRU writers produced by TRU producers. The reading is taking place Monday June 22nd at 7:00pm at the SoHo Playhouse located at 15 Vandam Street and will be followed by a Dollars and Sense panel discussion with industry leaders Georgia Buchanan, Neil Danoff and Jeremy Handelman. Attendees will be given an insider’s look at the producing process and the development track for a new play. An encore presentation of The Hummingbirds is being held Tuesday June 23rd at 3:00pm at the Desotelle Black Box theatre located at 300 West 43rd street, 3rd Floor, in the Times Square Arts Center.

 

For reservations please contact mollypatriciamorris@gmail.com specifying which presentation you would like to attend. 

 

The 2015 TRU Voices Play Reading Series concludes with searchers.net on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7pm at the SoHo, 15 Vandam Street, NYC. The reading will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and the “Dollars and Sense” panel on producing.

 

The purpose of the series is to help develop new plays, help producers, namely, PDMP producers of the TRU Producer Development & Mentorship Program develop the skills needed to produce new works, and foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond our series. Each reading will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented. Attendees will be given an insider’s look at the producing process and the development track for a new play.

 

This year’s TRU Voices Play Reading Series will feature:

 

Monday, June 15th at 7pm

Patrick Blake and Rhymes Over Beats present:

Echoes of Octavia by Michelle T. Johnson

Directed by Brent Buell

When you have to choose between art and family, gravy will be spilled.

 

Monday June 22nd at 7pm

Molly Morris & Patrick Blake present:

The Hummingbirds by Garret Jon Groenveld

Directed by Eric Tucker

Your future is in their hands.

 

Monday, June 29th at 7pm

Cate Cammarata presents:

searchers.net, a computer dating extravaganza by T. Cat Ford

directed by Melissa Maxwell

What are YOU looking for?

 

Admission is free, but Reservations are required. Please RSVP at least one day in advance (or much sooner) by calling (212)-714-7628, or e-mailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

The SoHo Playhouse is a historic Off-Broadway venue serving the Downtown NYC theater community since 1920. Currently operating under the artistic direction of Darren Lee Cole, The SoHo Playhouse Mainstage and the 55-seat cabaret below, known as the Huron Club, are both landmark venues steeped in the History of Old New York.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-three year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, a Director-Writer Communications Lab and How to Write a Musical That Works; programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios.

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens, and The Montage Foundation.

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call (212) 714-7628.

 

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Theater Resources Unlimited and

Patrick Blake and Rhymes Over Beats
present

Echoes of Octavia

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 7pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), Patrick Blake, and Rhymes Over Beats present Echoes of Octavia by Michelle T. Johnson on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 7pm at the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, NYC. Echoes of Octavia is directed by Brent Buell and features Onyi Okoli, Tyson Hall, Nina Yvette Coleman, Erick Carter, Torre Reigns, Jada Castillo, Alisha Espinosa. The play takes place in Octavia’s Diner, a cozy, family-owned soul food restaurant in the middle of a black neighborhood in the Midwest. Zora, the business mind of the diner, receives the offer of a lifetime - a chance to write a book about the legendary sci-fi author Octavia Butler. She’d have to move half way across the country to work on it, but her father wants her to stay and run the diner. She’s torn between family duty and her dream.

 

The evening marks the start of The 2015 TRU Voices Play Reading Series, the 17th annual series of new plays by TRU writers produced by TRU producers. “This year’s series is notable for several reasons,” observes TRU president Bob Ost. “All three plays have members of our Producer Development Program involved, which happened only by chance since the selection committee had no idea about this when discussing the selections. Yet incredibly, Echoes of Octavia is produced by Pat Blake, one of our program directors. He is also working in association with program member Molly Morris in producing The Hummingbirds; and program member Cate Cammarata is producing searchers.net, which is written by member T. Cat Ford. Unexpectedly, it’s the TRU Producer Program series!”

 

“Of even greater note: both Echoes and Hummingbirds are already optioned for further development by our series producers, so we know going in that these plays will have a future life.” Producer Patrick Blake is currently a producer of the revival of 39 Steps off-Broadway, and previously produced Bedlam Theatre’s Hamlet/St. Joan, My Life Is a Musical (which he optioned from the TRU Voices series), Play Dead, In the Continuum and The Exonerated.

 

The performance and the evening will conclude with the "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented. Attendees will be given an insider’s look at the producing process and the development track for a new play from commercial producers Neil Danoff, investor, producer (Something Rotten!, The Audience, American in Paris, Elephant Man NY and London, Bridges of Madison County, All The Way, Lucky Guy, Matilda, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening); and Richard Winkler (Hand to God, Something Rotten!, You Can't Take It With You, Disgraced, plus 4 Tony winners: Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Memphis, La Cage Aux Folles and The Norman Conquests).

 

The 2015 TRU Voices Play Reading Series continues with The Hummingbirds by Garret Jon Groenveld on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 7pm, and concludes with searchers.net on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7pm, both at the SoHo, 15 Vandam Street, NYC. Each reading of the series is followed by a wine and cheese reception and the “Dollars and Sense” panels on producing.

 

The purpose of the series is to help develop new plays, help producers, namely, PDMP producers of the TRU Producer Development & Mentorship Program develop the skills needed to produce new works, and foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond our series. Each reading will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented. Attendees will be given an insider’s look at the producing process and the development track for a new play.

 

The subsequent plays in this year’s TRU Voices Play Reading Series will be:

 

Monday June 22nd at 7pm

Molly Morris & Patrick Blake present:

The Hummingbirds by Garret Jon Groenveld

Directed by Eric Tucker

Your future is in their hands.

 

Monday, June 29th at 7pm

Cate Cammarata presents:

searchers.net, a computer dating extravaganza by T. Cat Ford

directed by Melissa Maxwell

What are YOU looking for?

 

Admission is free, but Reservations are required. Please RSVP at least one day in advance (or much sooner) by calling (212)-714-7628, or e-mailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

The SoHo Playhouse is a historic Off-Broadway venue serving the Downtown NYC theater community since 1920. Currently operating under the artistic direction of Darren Lee Cole, The SoHo Playhouse Mainstage and the 55-seat cabaret below, known as the Huron Club, are both landmark venues steeped in the History of Old New York.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-three year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, a Director-Writer Communications Lab and How to Write a Musical That Works; programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios.

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens, and The Montage Foundation.

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call (212) 714-7628.

 

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TED GREENBERG'S THE COMPLETE PERFORMER  | Open: 01/03/15 Close: 02/07/15
 

Letterman Emmy-winner Ted Greenberg performs his hit Off-Broadway comedy show and then whisks a lucky audience group home in a New York City taxi driven by Greenberg himself. Now in its 7th smash season at the Soho Playhouse located in the heart of Manhattan nightlife!

“Greenberg’s mostly one man show is drawing crowds” – New York Times

“Outrageously funny” – Back Stage

“Will deliver laughs” – New York Post

“Kept a full house roaring” – NYTheatre.com

The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking  | Open: 11/21/14 Close: 01/03/15
The drinks are on us as you join world-renowned mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale for a boozy romp through the history of spirits and cocktails in this critically-acclaimed, smash-hit comedy with drinks and music!  Tickets include 3 craft cocktails!

The Huffington Post proclaims "The Imbible" is "an absolute must-see!"

Following in the footsteps of hit comedy-edutainment shows like "Assume the Position" with Mr. Wuhl and Colin Quinn's "Long Story Short," "The Imbible" sweeps audiences along a 10,000-year journey through history and across the globe accompanied by craft cocktails and the vocal stylings of The Backwaiters acapella group! Sit back and enjoy the music and drinks while Anthony holds forth on the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, traces their economic and political impact on our cultural development, conducts live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits, guides the audience through cocktail tastings, and - like any good bartender - keeps his guests laughing throughout the night! Combining Anthony's encyclopedic knowledge of beverage history and decades of bartending experience with his legendary skills as a storyteller and entertainer, "The Imbible" treats audiences to a completely original and thoroughly enjoyable evening of theatre utterly unlike anything they've ever experienced!

"Remarkably compelling!" raves Time Out New York, giving the show four stars and making it a Critics' Pick!

Get your tickets early as this show sells out weekly!

Tickets are only $29 and include 3 drinks. For more information or advance purchase visit imbible.org, or call 212-691-1555.

SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street at Sixth Avenue.

NO ONE ASKED ME  | Open: 09/26/14 Close: 09/30/14
NO ONE ASKED ME offers an insider's look at the intimate human struggle faced by the over 65,000 high school students without legal immigration papers who graduate in the United States each year.  Hopeful for their future, yet without a social security number, these students are unable to get college financial aid, legal employment and live in constant fear of being “found out” and deported from the only home they have ever known.

Following a sold out run at FringeNYC, NO ONE ASKED ME -- a play inspired by the true stories of undocumented immigrant NYC high school students -- has been selected as part of the FringeNYC Encore Series. Written by Kate Ballen and directed by critically acclaimed Australian actor-writer-director Matthew Newton, the play was awarded the 2014 FringeNYC Excellence Award for an ensemble production.

The cast of nine includes Octavia Chavez-Richmond, Ashlee Danielle, Gary De Mattei*, Alaina Fragoso, Corneilus Franklin, Jessica Maria Kight, Veda Kumarjiguda, Terra Mackintosh*, and Jihan McKenzie*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. AEA Approved Showcase.

 

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche  | Open: 10/13/12 Close: 11/20/12
Written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood with contributions by Mary Hollis InbodenMegan JohnsThea LuxBeth Stelling and Maari Suorsa, directed by Sara Gitenstein, and presented by Tony Award winner John Arthur Pinckard (Clybourne ParkSilence! The Musical)5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche stars Caitlin Chuckta, Rachel Farmer, Megan Johns, Thea Lux, and Maari Suorsawho take us to 1956 where the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. Will they be able to keep their cool when Communists threaten their idyllic town?

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche began as a 10 minute play in Collaboraction’s Sketchbook 10, and was developed by popular demand into a full length play which broke box office records for The New Colony and has gone on to enjoy regional premieres from San Francisco to Omaha to Charleston. The play sold out its entire run at this summer’s FringeNYC, winning the Outstanding Production Award.

“We are extremely excited to announce the addition of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche which will make our fall season complete!” said SoHo Playhouse, Inc. Artistic Director Darren Lee Cole. “New York’s theatrical elite hoped this show would never see the light of day but after the amazing response it received at the Fringe they had no luck trying to stick their finger in the dyke.”

The SoHo Playhouse’s season begins this week with PigPen Theatre Co.’s The Old Man and The Old Moon(September 26-November 25 at the Gym at Judson), followed by Ingenious Nature written and performed by Baba Brinkman (November 20, 2012 - January 6, 2013 at the SoHo Playhouse), and Hamlet in Bed by Michael Laurence (January 2013 at the SoHo Playhouse.)

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche will play on the SoHo Playhouse Mainstage Saturdays at 10:00pm, andSundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:30pm from October 13 to November 20. For tickets and more information, please visit: www.SoHoPlayhouse.com.

The Women Of Spoon River: Their Voices From The Hill  | Open: 08/10/12 Close: 08/17/12
MISS AMERICA, CATWOMAN, BARNABY JONES... and now Lee Meriwether returns to the stage to conjure twenty-six women from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology and bring them back to life in this one-hour, one-woman tour de force at FringeNYC.

Published in 1915, Edgar Lee Masters' SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY is a collection of epitaph poems describing the lives of the inhabitants of the fictional small town of Spoon River, and includes two hundred and twelve separate characters providing accounts of their lives, losses and deaths. In 1962, Charles Aidman adapted SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY for the stage. This production premiered in Los Angeles and starred Betty Garrett, Joyce Van Patten, and Naomi Caryl in the three female roles. Understudying Garrett, Van Patten and Caryl was Lee Meriwether. The show then had a successful run on Broadway and has since been produced thousands of times around the world. In 2002, Theatre West revived the show for its 40th anniversary, directed by Garrett and Van Patten. This time, however, Lee Meriwether — the one-time understudy — now appeared in the role originated by Ms. Garrett.  Having an affinity for the show and the women of Spoon River, Lee often felt that Masters had given short shrift to the female residents of his fictional town. Of the over two hundred characters in the collection, only a handful were women. Seeing an opportunity to give these women their due as well as to provide a challenge for herself as an actress, Lee set about adapting Masters' work, extracting nearly all of the female characters. Later, together with writer/actor/director Jim Hesselman, Lee discovered that by performing them in a particular order she could create not only personal accounts of the women as individuals, but also depict an overall picture of the life of women in general — both in terms of a particular period and place, but also in universal and eternal terms. THE WOMEN OF SPOON RIVER: THEIR VOICES FROM THE HILL premiered in May of 2010 at Indiana University Southeast, starring Meriwether and directed by Hesselman, with scenic and lighting design by Rebekkah J. Meixner-Hanks and original music by Kenneth Atkins. The show then enjoyed a run of several weeks at Theatre West in 2011.

 “… a mesmerizingly haunting 60 minutes of compelling live theatre, offered by an agelessly stunning respected actress of stage and screen.”
 —Pat Taylor, The Tolucan Times
Triassic Parq The Musical  | Open: 06/12/12 Close: 08/05/12
TRIASSIC PARQ The Musical, the 2010 Best Musical winner at FringeNYC. Written by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo, TRIASSIC PARQ is directed by Marshall Pailet, with choreography by Kyle Mullins and musical direction by Zak Sandler. The young cast of TRIASSIC PARQ features Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Brandon Espinoza, Wade McCollum, Claire Neumann, Lee Seymour, Shelley Thomas, and Alex Wyse.

Raucous and hilarious, TRIASSIC PARQ The Musical vividly brings together music, sex and singing dinosaurs in ways hitherto unimagined. Chaos is unleashed upon the not-so-prehistoric world when one dinosaur in a clan of females spontaneously turns male. The mutation spawns a chain reaction of identity crises, forcing the dinosaurs to question the very facts of life they've held as truth. TRIASSIC PARQ is an unflinching musical meditation on science, faith and love. Like all great tales laden with import, it is narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer  | Open: 06/02/12 Close: 06/09/12
Letterman Emmy-winner Ted Greenberg performs his hit Off-Broadway comedy show and then whisks a lucky audience group home in a New York City taxi driven by Greenberg himself. Now in its 6th smash season at the Soho Playhouse located in the heart of Manhattan nightlife!

“Greenberg’s mostly one man show is drawing crowds” – New York Times

“Outrageously funny” – Back Stage

“Will deliver laughs” – New York Post

“Kept a full house roaring” – NYTheatre.com

Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer  | Open: 07/09/11 Close: 07/16/11
Now in its 3rd smash year!

Emmy-winning former David Letterman writer Ted Greenberg performs one hour of rollicking, interactive comedy that ends with one audience group being whisked home in a yellow cab by Greenberg himself, who is a licensed NYC cab driver.

“Greenberg’s mostly one man show is drawing crowds” – New York Times.

“Outrageously funny” – Backstage.

“Will deliver laughs” – New York Post.

“Kept a full house roaring” – NYTheatre.com.

Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles  | Open: 06/01/11 Close: 06/05/11
From The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, who has brought you innovative productions of Shakespeare's HAMLET at The Red Room and Radio TWELFTH NIGHT at The Barrow Group, a world premiere re-telling of the classic Lewis Carroll story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This time, though, things are just a little bit different.

When young, American Alice follows a mime from a suburban park and into an elevator, she finds herself in a strange new world. Loosely inspired by Chagall's painting Paris Through The Window, Alice encounters a caterpillar with no legs, two little runts with very sticky fingers, and a very naughty Queen. There's a Caucus Race and a deck of characters that seem familiar and new at the same time. Alice frugs with the familiar characters to her heart's content and re-discovers the joys of being a kid.

Stretching the limit of our adult imaginations and creating an entirely new Wonderland, ALICE AU PAYS DES MERVEILLES  features a cast of 15 made up of ages 13-60! With a shoestring budget,  a ladder and a hoop skirt or two, this production forces you to rekindle your love with The Kid Inside. 

With original music by composer Laura Intravia, familiar tunes from Michael Legrand and a world premiere adaptation by playwright-director Steven Carl McCasland (HAMLET - The Red Room. Radio TWELFTH NIGHT - The Barrow Group, workshops of CROSSING BROOKLYN and BLACK & BLUE in New York), the production will delight audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

$5.00 of every ticket sold benefits Project Night-Night, donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year, free of charge, to homeless children who need our childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and  significant.  Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate  children's book, and a stuffed animal -- all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag.  By providing  objects of reliable comfort, Project Night Night  reduces trauma and advances the emotional and  cognitive well-being of the children we serve.   


About the Company: The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective

Beautiful Soup strives to revisit three classical plays (Greek, Elizabethan and American-classic [O'Neill, Miller, Williams, etc] with an innovative twist in our season. The company will also produce a workshop of a new play or musical each year.
                
Beautiful Soup has a desire to be an active part of the charitable community in New York. Working with tri-state area organizations (like BC/EFA, The Fortune Society, A-STEP, FRIGID, Prison Families Anonymous and Gay Men's Health Crisis, to name a few), we choose charities that relates to the production and donate a portion of our box office proceeds to helping them reach their goal.

The company was founded in 2010 by its artistic director, Steven Carl McCasland. McCasland has served the artistic director to Group Therapy Productions and directed over 15 New York productions of great classic works, from Death of a Salesman to Antigone to A Streetcar Named Desire. Visit him on the web at www.steven-mccasland.weebly.com

Beautiful Soup's four productions will make their homes around the metropolitan area, exploring New York City in new and innovative ways with classic text. And so, we begin our journey with William Shakespeare's HAMLET deep in the heart of the East Village.

Faye Lane's Beauty Shop Stories  | Open: 12/05/10 Close: 01/09/11
 

Winner of the New York International Fringe Festival’s “Overall Excellence Award for a Solo Show,” Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories returns to the Huron Club at The Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, NYC.  Performances will take place Sundays at 5pm beginning December 5th through January 9th.  Directed by MAC Award winner, Jay Rogers, Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories features with music written by Keith Thompson, Larry Rosen and Carol Hall (music and lyrics for “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”).

 

The glittered-up memories of a Green Bean Queen, Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories is a funny, inspiring and  upbeat chronicle of Faye’s childhood in her mama's beauty shop in Texas told through poignant story and stirring song.  As a fat little girl sitting on the front porch in a glittered-up Burger King crown with a MoonPie in her hand, she dreamed of telling stories and singing songs on the stage in New York City. Now it’s just Faye, a microphone and a piano.  Have all her glamorous fantasies come true?

Viral  | Open: 08/15/09 Close: 08/30/09
...A woman googles "painless suicide" and finds the people who will help her end her life - if she will let them film it. And sell it.

Viral is a frank, humane and surprisingly funny look at some very complex issues—assisted suicide, fetish, dignity and privacy in the age of viral videos, where there’s nothing so twisted that it doesn’t have an audience.

Mr. Sensitivity  | Open: 08/16/09 Close: 08/30/09
"Noises Off" meets Deep Throat in "MR. SENSITIVITY," an hilarious farce that centers around Grady, a bookish man who buys his wife what he feels is truly the ultimate surprise birthday present: a romp with famed adult film actor Barry Woodman. Although wife Tiffany has never expressed the slightest interest in sleeping with another man, Grady suspects that she’s secretly wanted to. Woodman arrives ready for action, but the hapless husband begins to get cold feet when he realizes how conflicted he is about giving his wife to another man. Grady is relieved when Tiffany is initially shocked and disgusted by the insensitive nature of Grady’s gift (and of Woodman himself)...but before long, she becomes aroused by the idea.
 

Look After You  | Open: 08/14/09 Close: 08/29/09
MAIEUTIC THEATRE WORKS (MTWorks) is pleased to announce their production of LOOK AFTER YOU by Louise Flory, directed by David Stallings. LOOK AFTER YOU will be performed as part of The New York International Fringe Festival at Venue#16 The SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam St.). Performances begin August 14th and continue through August 29th.


When a photographer's life is threatened by illness, everything she thought was secure turns upside-down, testing friendships, family and love. Look After You was first presented at Manhattan Repertory Theater’s Winterfest 2009.

The production features Jason Altman (SPITE-FringeNYC 08), Lowell Byers (original cast), Louise Flory (original cast), and Adi Kurtchik (Showtime’s Still Single).

Julie Griffith is the producer. Costume design by Vin Victorio, lighting design by Dan Gallagher, sound design by Martha Goode, prop design by Chelsea Chorpenning, and dramaturgy by David Stallings. Howie Tilkin is the stage manager.

Running Time: 90 minutes

Please check www.FringeNYC.org and www.LookAfterYouThePlay.com for updates.

LOOK AFTER YOU plays the following schedule through August 29th:

Friday, August 14th at 5:00 PM
Sunday, August 16h at 3:00 PM
Wednesday, August 19th at 8:15 PM
Friday, August 28th at 9:30 PM
Saturday, August 29th at 1:30 PM

 

Running Time: 90 minutes

Please check www.fringenyc.org and www.lookafteryoutheplay.com for updates.

Press Photos available at http://picasaweb.google.com/kampfirefilms/LookAfterYou#

 

Stress Positions  | Open: 08/19/09 Close: 08/28/09

America tortures – that much we know. But what has this policy wrought on its perpetrators? Stress Positions examines what happens to a man, and a country, when the boundaries of morality and humanity have been legislated away.

A desperate Army Colonel will confront a detainee who won’t break. And as both men reach the limits of their endurance, their struggle will reveal that the trauma of torture can have shocking consequences.

Starring: Jed Dickson*, Duane Cooper & Matt Walker*

 PART OF FRINGENYC 2009

 

Krapp, 39  | Open: 01/13/09 Close: 03/07/09
Krapp, 39 is a voyeuristic prefiguring of Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape,” and a deeply personal window on one man’s last moment of youth. Reeling on his 39th birthday, an actor’s obsessive identification with Beckett’s famous character compels him to examine his own quixotic life and failures. His hilarious and heart breaking self-scrutiny plays out through intimate audio tapes, archival video, raw journal entries, haunted letters, racy confessions, and recorded conversations with the living and the lost.

“Mr. Laurence gives a superb performance in a beautifully shaped, beautifully revealed work... Tremendously poignant...” --The New York Times

“Krapp, 39 is no mere Beckett riff— it’s a thoughtful response, a valuable contribution...
a thing of startling, wounding beauty.” --The Village Voice

“[Krapp, 39] is a moving and wise 70-minute retrospective of a man's soul: an homage to the self that somehow doesn't feel selfish.” --Time Out New York
 

Originally produced by Cliplight Theater, this production of Krapp, 39 follows an award winning run at The 2008 New York International Fringe Festival and a celebrated extension in the Fringe Encore Series. Krapp, 39 is written and performed by Michael Laurence. Michael was recently seen on Broadway as Stu Noonan in Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio. Some other notable credits: Michael Hollinger’s Opus at Primary Stages, NYC, the 2008 Off-Broadway revival of Lee Blessing's Two Rooms, Starbuck in The Rainmaker at Arena Stage, Tooth of Crime and Book of Days at The Signature Theater, NYC, and Eric Bogosian’s Humpty Dumpty at The McCarter Theater.

George Demas is the founding Artistic Director of The Cliplight Theater (www.cliplighttheater.com). He has directed numerous plays and one-person shows in New York, Los Angeles and internationally since 1994. His most recent project was Marc Palmieri’s critically acclaimed Levittown at Axis Theater in NYC. He will be directing The Funeral Play by Amanda Quaid at The Flea in June 2009.
 

Blanche Survives Katrina
in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire
 | Open: 01/15/09 Close: 03/07/09
Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire has been called “…a thoughtful, laugh-out-loud story based on one film icon’s descent into reality: hilarious, a little bit heartbreaking and really smart. Like all great comedy, it’s funny because it’s true—and even better because it’s so absurd.” Time Out NY, “… a loving tribute to a dazzling character and an unforgiving political commentary.”Backstage, “…the wry dialogue, a crafty play on Williams' poetic language, begins to work its manic magic… When Blanche declares, ‘even the kindness of strangers fails me now,’ we share her despair.” Gay City News, “Rosenthal, with a mixture of dark humor and pathos, captures well the woman who thinks she's too good to share this fate with so many…” nytheatre.com, “Funny and poignant… Deftly directed by Todd Parmley… a humorous yet bitterly sad meditation on the desperate conditions during a national disaster where government relief was inept at best, criminal at worst.” offoffoff.com, “…a startlingly original show” Edge New York. “Brilliant script, cleverly crafted and surprisingly touching. Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Desire is a one-man marvel courtesy of Mark Sam Rosenthal. ” HX.

Rosenthal’s idea for introducing Blanche DuBois into the aftermath of Katrina sprang from the images on the news of nameless evacuees arriving bewildered at the Superdome. “No one has ever arrived more famously
bewildered and homeless in New Orleans than Blanche at the start of A Streetcar Named Desire,” says Rosenthal. “I wanted to see what would happen if this delicate flower’s story started over in a way, in the midst of this horrible hurricane mess. Dark humor was just about the only way I could deal with what was happening at home.” He concludes, “And I love that even in the midst of unprecedented catastrophe, Blanche still sees herself as the biggest drama.”
 

Mindgame  | Open: 10/28/08 Close: 01/04/09
Starring Keith Carradine, Lee Godart, & Kathleen McNenny
Directed by Ken Russell

Tony Award nominated actor Keith Carradine (The Will Rogers Follies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, "Nashville," "Dexter") returns to the New York stage in the New York premiere of Anthony Horowitz's acclaimed thriller, MINDGAME. Ken Russell, the celebrated director of the films Tommy, Woman In Love and The Boyfriend, makes his New York stage directorial debut with MINDGAME. When a writer of pulp crime novels gets an interview with a notorious serial killer he believes he has snared the coup of his career. But when he arrives at the asylum, he finds nothing can be trusted, not even his own eyes. Through a series of lies, manipulations and memories, dark secrets are revealed. Why is there a skeleton in the doctor's office? Where did the raw meat in the fridge come from? What is the nurse so afraid of? ... and most importantly, how does one get out?

Visit www.mindgametheplay.com

The Complete Performer  | Open: 11/08/08 Close: 12/27/08
Ted Greenberg brings his one-man comedy show, THE COMPLETE PERFORMER to the Soho Playhouse beginning November 8. Back by popular demand, since the show won the Producers Award at this year's New York International Fringe Festival. The Complete Performer, which the New York Times declared, "A definite off-center Letterman skit quality.... goes by both fast and enjoyably," will play every Saturday night until the end of the year. Speaking of Letterman skits, Ted was on the writing team with Chris Elliott for the "Custom Made Show" which won the Primetime Emmy for "Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Music Program" 25 years ago. That sketch aired November 15th to be exact, which is also the second date of The Complete Performer run.
The Complete Performer is full of rapid-fire arrays of magic, mind reading, improv, full frontal nudity and the always popular audience awards. Plus a half-time show complete with the crowd-rousing mascot. A lucky (or unlucky) audience member will be driven home in a cab by Ted (he still has his hack license).
One Seat in the Shade  | Open: 08/11/08 Close: 08/23/08
One Seat In the Shade is a love story about Scott and Randall, two mature gay men who have been together for 27 years. Believing their relationship is threatened by Randall's new 22-year-old "friend," Scott hastily puts together a trip to Spain to save their relationship. As fate would have it, a beautiful 22 year old man enters their lives, forcing them to confront differing ideas of relationships, gay culture, and getting older with humor, drama, and poignancy. Adult language, nudity, and overt sexuality.
A (Tooth) Fairy Tale  | Open: 03/15/08 Close: 04/20/08
Collecting teeth and delivering quarters is tiring work, and The Tooth Fairy is ready for a vacation! Luckily, she meets a young boy named Samuel who is sick and tired of being a kid, and all the rules that go with it. But when Samuel and the Tooth Fairy arrange to switch places, nothing goes exactly as planned as adventures ensue across the Upper West Side of Manhattan and throughout New York City!
Flanagan's Wake  | Open: 09/27/07 Close: 03/14/08
Flanagan's Wake is the hilarious interactive Irish wake that has been running in Chicago for 13 smash years! Flanagan's Wake is one of the longest-running shows in Chicago theater history. When will it end? According to Brian Ballybunion, Flanagan's best friend and drinking mate, "We'll keep waking him until we get it right." Join the villagers of the beautiful fictional village of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, as they tell tales, sing songs and mourn the passing of one of their own, Flanagan. You'll be transported to the Emerald Isle to grieve as only the Irish can. You can share tales of your own experiences and misadventures with dear old Flanagan, or simply enjoy the stories and songs of the locals as they recall life with "Himself".
Riding the Bull  | Open: 09/16/07 Close: 09/16/07
A love affair between a devout rodeo clown and a hellraising rancher leads to Graceland, prophetic sex, and cows that rise from the dead in what nytheatre.com called "a charming and unconventional look at the nature and definition of belief."

**Winner: Village Voice Audience Favorite award for 2007 New York Fringe Festival

Ham Lake  | Open: 04/27/06 Close: 05/20/06
In the spirit of the great story monologists, Ham Lake is old-school storytelling with humor, insight and intrigue. Pull up a stool and share a beer with Sam Rosen as he becomes the most interesting guy at the bar who tells the coolest stories. This one is about one ordinary evening that turned into the most revelatory night of his life. As the story goes, upon running into an unstable old girlfriend at a party, he quickly realizes that he has been the subject of a ruse and is stranded in the titular town in ice cold weather without a jacket. Mr. Rosen weaves a compelling tale by putting the whole evening into the context of his life, both historically and metaphysically, and always keeping the audience guessing "what happens next?" The story is so outrageous that it must be true.
System Eternal  | Open: 08/13/05 Close: 08/21/05
In the prison town of Eternal, no one's innocent. You're either a cop or a criminal; courts don't exist and the death penalty's been banned. But someone new has arrived, and things are about to change. Where will you stand? A new play by award-winning playwright Chance D. Muehleck, directed by Melanie S. Armer, with music by Tony Finn of the rock band L.P.