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Musical Theatre Factory

presents

High 5: Celebrating 5 Years of Being Down to FAC

Hosted by Larry Owens

at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:30pm

 

Join Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) for a collective High Five celebration of the first five years of the magic that is the MTF with a gala hosted by Larry Owens at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC on May 13, 2019 at 7:30pm.

 

MTF has come a long way in the five years since they were born in the back of a porn studio. From flying the coop and wandering the mean streets of New York, to finding their current home as a resident company of Playwrights Horizons, MTF has continued to serve musical theatre artists by creating spaces to collaborate outside the pressures of critical and commercial success. Their work dismantles oppressive ideologies towards collective liberation - through powerful and joyful story in song. To celebrate this growth the gala will be night filled with dance and song honoring Michael R. Jackson(A Strange Loop) and introducing the inaugural MTF Makers Cohort with work & performances by Troy Anthony (The River is Me), Jacob Jarrett (Wonder Boy), Melissa Li & Kit Yan (Interstate), Jillian Walker (SkinFolk: An American Show), AriDy Nox (Flawless Feminism) and Brandon Webster (Medicine for Melancholy), andJonathan Larson Award winners Tidtaya Sinutoke and Straight White Men alum Ty Defoe (Clouds Are Pillows for the Moon).

 

Expect exceptional performances and work by MTF Artists including Natalie Walker (Alice by Heart), Heath Saunders (Alice by Heart, Great Comet,NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live), Jessie Shelton (Hadestown, Waitress, Futurity), Nikko Benson (Jonathan Larson Winner), Douglas Lyons (Beau, Polkadots), Preston Max Allen (Agent 355, We Are The Tigers) with a dance party by Nessa Norich aka DJ nessoono (Infinite Love Party). Directed by Brandon Powers and Sidney Erik Wright. All attendees must be 21 or older and are encouraged to Sparkle! SHINE! GLAM IT UP (dancing shoes a must).

 

"We are so thrilled to celebrate 5 years by honoring Michael R. Jackson, a founding artist of MTF, whose incredible musical will be receiving its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons, where we are a resident company. You will meet the MTF Makers inaugural cohort together, and experience the exciting breadth of ground breaking work that is happening at MTF!" - Mei Ann Teo, producing artistic director of MTF.

 

In order to make this gathering and celebration accessible to all in our community, a sliding scale is offered to ensure inclusive participation - with special experiences and perks at different levels to show gratitude. Tickets start at $25 and all proceeds benefit programs that develop innovative and paradigm shifting artists who are changing our culture with their powerful work. This radical act of the sliding scale allows this birthday party to bring folks together to celebrate and support one another. Musical Theatre Factory hopes to raise as much money as it can to continue to change the world. 

 

"MTF's wholehearted commitment to reimagining story-telling by creating avenues for equitable representation both onstage and offstage has transformed the face of musical theatre in New York City and beyond," said Robin Sokoloff, executive director of Town Stages. "We are thrilled to be hosting this special night honoring the extraordinary efforts of those who've contributed to Musical Theatre Factory's success."

 

Tickets can be purchased at https://mtf.nyc/event/high-five-celebrating-5-years-of-being-down-to-fac/#get-tickets. For those who cannot attend but would like to still donate they can do so at:mtf.nyc/donate.

 

Larry Owens is a founding member of Musical Theatre Factory. He's the star of upcoming Factory developed musical A Strange Loop by Michael R Jackson, which ends the season at Playwrights Horizons. A proud member of AEA and WGA, Larry has credits spanning Off-Broadway, indie film and television writing. Most recently he was named a comic to watch by New York Magazine's Vulture.

 

Musical Theatre Factory is a 501(c)3 non-profit artist service organization dedicated to developing new work in a collaborative atmosphere free from the pressures of critical or financial success that dismantles oppressive ideologies towards collective liberation through powerful and joyful story and song.

 

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is a state-of-the-art cultural arts space, event venue, and cocktail bar in the heart of downtown Tribeca. With a stunning 10,000 square foot storefront facility, Town Stages blends convention-level facilities with captivating decor for 299 guests. Serving as New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate, and put on a show, Town Stages offers much needed meeting space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families celebrating their very important day. Centrally located off all major NYC trains, Town Stages is available for corporate gatherings, fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, & beyond.  Follow under @townstages and #itsyourtown.

https://townstages.com

 

About Sokoloff Arts (501c3) at Town Stages

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is a women-led cultural institution creating inspired space and cutting edge experiences at Town Stages. Helmed by a team of women from different backgrounds and multi-hyphenate artistic disciplines, Sokoloff Arts builds viable and safe places to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community activations, and blends the arts and business sectors to design sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities in New York City and abroad. The organization assists young creators with mentorship, sponsorship, and fellowship by supporting ticketed performances and curated community programming in the performing arts, fine arts, and the advancement of social justice. https://townstages.com/non-profit.

 

Two Hands Productions

presents

Pilots: Season 001 - Far Off Places

at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC

Wednesdays in March 2019 at 7pm

 

Two Hands Productions presents Pilots: Season 001 - Far Off Places at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC running March 6-27, 2019, Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Single show tickets are $25 and include one drink ticket for the bar special of the day. $80 season tickets, which include one drink ticket for each of the four dates, are also available. Early bird season tickets are available for $60 until 11:59pm on February 19th. Tickets and packages can be purchased at https://bit.ly/pilotstheshow. 

 

Pilots (https://www.pilotstheshow.com)is an episodic playwriting competition in which writers go head-to-head to win the favor of the audience. Each week the writers will present a ten-minute episode based on a theme. Those who fare well will get another episode, those who don't will have to start over with a brand new pilot episode. At the end of the season the two writers with the most consecutive episodes will face off in a final showdown to determine who wins their golden wings and the season's prize. 

 

Season 001 of Pilots will feature all writers who are immigrants and first-generation Americans. 

 

The writers competing in the inaugural season of Pilots include Anooj Bandari, Jayne Deely, Niki Hatzidis, Keurim Hur, and Lilia Shrayfer.

 

Founded in 2015 by Mark Murray, Two Hands Productions is a theatre company focused on forming and fostering small ensemble driven work, exploring minimalistic storytelling, and investing in unique stories, characters, and perspectives. 

 

Mark Murray, with Pilots, is a 2019 Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship Recipient.https://www.markmylesmurray.com

 

"I am so excited to announce the first public Creative Fellows event from the 2019 Class" said Chie Morita, Deputy Director at Town Stages and Coordinator of the Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship Program. "Mark has been specifically curious about how community, collaboration, and conversation can be cultivated and fostered with people with backgrounds different than his own, and how gamification and competition really brings humans of all kinds together. Pilots is such a beautiful way to continue the dialogue and ask these big questions. Pilots' ethos is so in line with ours here at Sokoloff Arts: Let's move that cultural needle and showcase stories we have never heard before." 

 

Anooj Bhandari (writer) wandered around taking long pauses until he found himself here, showing up places claiming to be things and people believed him, so he then became those things. He is a company member of the New York Neo-Futurists where he performs in their weekly show, The Infinite Wrench, and works as the Restorative Justice Coordinator at Make the Road NY. He makes art at the intersection of queerness and diaspora, hoping to play with lifelong liminal space as a place of dignity and joy as he floats within his own, between the Great Lakes and the Ganges.


 

 

Jayne Deely (writer) is an Irish and Puerto Rican (Latin-ish? Irecan?) playwright and screenwriter, and a proud native of Queens, NY. She holds a BA in Playwriting and English from Fordham University, where she graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College. Following graduation she relocated to the San Francisco Bay area where she spent a few years deciding acting was more fun before returning to her hometown of NYC and her first love of writing for the stage. Her takeaway: it's all fun and you don't have to choose. She has worked as a PA all over the metro area including a season in the production offices of CBS' Elementary, followed by a stint with the NY production of The Dark Tower film. When not writing, she spends her time figuring out how to end sexual violence in nightlife spaces through her work as continuing education coordinator with OutSmartNYC, or perfecting her double shake while collecting material for future scripts from behind a bar in midtown Manhattan.


 

 

Niki Hatzidis (writer) is an actor and award-nominated playwright based in NYC. She co-wrote Steel Birds, an adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters, which was nominated for two New York Innovative Theater Awards (Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play and Outstanding Original Full-length Script). Her one-act play, An Almost, premiered at the Thespis Festival in September 2016. Niki has had short plays produced by various theater companies in NYC. She is a writer and producer of "The Beautiful Work Challenge" podcast and a writer on "Standby," a sketch comedy podcast. She is a featured writer in OnStage blog.  www.nikihatzidis.com.

 

Keurim Hur (writer) has written musicals, plays, screenplays, short stories, novels, various improbable pilots, and tweets for other people. She holds a BA in Film, Television, and Theatre from the University of Notre Dame, an MFA in Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, and an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University. Her musical Rapunzel (book and lyrics; music by Gianni Onori) was presented in the 6th Annual DISCOVER: New Musicals program with the National Asian Artists Project.


 

Lilia Shrayfer (writer) is a recent graduate of Brandeis University, the National Theatre Institute, and Sackett St Writers Workshop. She was a recipient of the 2018 Greenhouse Residency for Emerging Writers at Space on Ryder Farm and a finalist for the Brooklyn Poets Fellowship this year. She is a Bukharian-American playwright, short fiction writer, and poet whose writing has been seen at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, and the BRICK. Lilia is also an actor who has appeared at The New York Musical Festival and Columbia University. Collaboration and risk-taking make Lilia tick! Special thanks to Mama, Rafael, Ella, Jay, Frank, Natasha, and every mentor I've been privileged to learn from.

 

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is a state-of-the-art cultural arts space, event venue, and cocktail bar in the heart of downtown Tribeca. With a stunning 10,000 square foot storefront facility, Town Stages blends convention-level facilities with captivating decor for 299 guests. Serving as New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate, and put on a show, Town Stages offers much needed meeting space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families celebrating their very important day. Centrally located off all major NYC trains, Town Stages is available for corporate gatherings, fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, & beyond.  Follow under @townstages and #itsyourtown. For more information visit: https://townstages.com

 

About Sokoloff Arts (501c3) at Town Stages

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is a women-led cultural institution creating inspired space and cutting edge experiences at Town Stages. Helmed by a team of women from different backgrounds and multi-hyphenate artistic disciplines, Sokoloff Arts builds viable and safe places to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community activations, and blends the arts and business sectors to design sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities in New York City and abroad. The organization assists young creators with mentorship, sponsorship, and fellowship by supporting ticketed performances and curated community programming in the performing arts, fine arts, and the advancement of social justice. https://townstages.com/non-profit.

 

 

Town Stages

Announces the Second Annual

Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellows

 

Town Stages is proud to announce the 2019 slate of recipients of the annual Sokoloff Creative Arts Fellowship: Charlotte Arnoux & Alex Parrish, Nikko Benson, Éamon Boylan, Maximus DeFrancesco, Molly Powers Gallagher, Tess Howsam, Rachel Lin, Anna Lublina, Lacy Marie Meyer, Ben Moniz, Marina Montesanti, Zach Morris, Mark Murray, Tara O'Con, Noah Reece, Tidtaya Sinutoke, Alex Spieth, Jeff Tang, Greg Taubman, The Mother Line Story Project, Will Thomason, Isaac L. Thompson Jr, Rebecca Vineyard, and Emma Rosa Went.

 

Town Stages is home to this unique Fellowship Program for artists, entrepreneurs, writers, content creators, movers, shakers, and makers of all kinds. The 2019 Arts Fellows receive access to Sokoloff Arts' executive staff and community of collaborators for development and execution; free work space to host meetings, develop, write, practice and collaborate; subsidized presentation and performance space; and a cohort of contemporaries to provide support and feedback.

 

Since 2012, Sokoloff Arts has been dedicated to telling artists' stories and sharing their passions. In collaboration with Town Stages, TriBeCa's premier cultural arts space and event venue, Sokoloff Arts is excited to continue to offer artists a home for the life cycle of their projects, a platform for their next phases of development, and an ultimate pipeline to success.

 

In its inaugural year, Town Stages supported 28 Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship recipients, representing 59 creative members. Fellows have taken advantage of approximately 1000 hours of subsidized space - more than half of which was provided for free. These Fellowships helped create 125 job opportunities throughout the year.

 

A female-driven cultural arts institution, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space with a stunning 10,000 square foot storefront facility. With a Main Hall, a Cocktail Lounge and Bar, a Gallery, and many multi-use rooms with a total capacity of 299, Town Stages offers much needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, producers, and families. Creative Fellowship recipients are encouraged to immerse themselves in the bustling energy of Town by working in shared spaces when the venue is partially booked, take advantage of underutilized space between large bookings, and enjoy generous space subsidies for all kinds of projects

 

"We were so lucky to have such an incredible group of makers go on this journey with us in our first year," said Chie Morita, Deputy Director at Town Stages and Coordinator of the Fellowship Program. "Although we had some structure in place, we were building the program from the ground up, piece by piece, and Town was still covered in sawdust! I will never stop learning from each year of Fellows, but 2018 taught me tremendous things about how people congregate, build creative rituals, and make space for their arts. I'm thrilled to start 2019 off with a renewed dedication to creative space-making, the promotion of collaborative asking, and a bigger and brighter program. I believe in art that asks us to empathize and be vulnerable, and I am certain that this group is going to encourage thinking and feeling at a whole new level."

 

"The Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship is dedicated to providing space, perspective, and opportunity. We foster a community where all are welcome and everyone's biases are challenged," said Robin Sokoloff, executive director of Town Stages. "We encourage those who feel silenced, marginalized, and otherwise 'othered' to share their experiences, and remain dedicated to conversation and community. In our inaugural year, we were thrilled to support more than two dozen projects in a wide range of endeavors and disciplines!"

 

Part residency, part incubator, and part home base, a Creative Fellowship with Sokoloff Arts offers the ultimate creative freedom to grow within the walls of Town Stages, and beyond.

 

2019 FELLOWS

 

Charlotte Arnoux & Alex Parrish

UltraViolet: An Electrifying New Musical

The NY-based writing team of Arnoux & Parrish consists of Charlotte Arnoux, a French theater artist focused on new work development and plays tackling social justice issues, and Alex Parrish, a musician/performer who creates musical theater centered on psychology and moral ambivalence. 

Charlotte is the Managing Director of GoodCapp Arts, director for theater and film, and creator/producer of NYC's FRIDGE Festival; BFA NYU Tisch; www.charlottearnoux.com

Alex is a composer/lyricist/orchestrator for full-length and one-act musicals, orchestral suites, multimedia shows, short films, and cabaret works; BFA NYU Tisch and BMI Musical Theatre Workshop; www.alexanderparrish.com.

Instagram: @imshallot @alexdparrish @ultravioletmusical

We can't think of a more inspiring environment to create than Town Stages. Beyond the sumptuous venue, the Fellowship allows us to work alongside the fresh voices of our contemporaries, and align with a female-led cultural space to write and debut our female-led superhero children's musical!

 

Nikko Benson

ElseWhere

Nikko Benson is a musical theater writer and performer, a Jonathan Larson award winner, and an O'Neill Music Theater Conference Finalist. His projects include Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat (Adirondack Theater Festival); Start Again (Musical Theater Factory); In Pursuit of Magic (Kennedy Center Millenium Stage) and ElseWhere. Writer's residencies with Village Theater Festival, Pace New Musicals, the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, Catwalk, Forge Foster, and Goodspeed Writers Colony. Nikko is a founding member of the Musical Theater Factory, a core member of Marisa Michelson's Constellation Chor, and a teaching artist at The Performing Arts Project.

instagram: @nikko_benson, twitter: @nikkoabenson,

I've never gotten so many ideas from a space itself as I have coming into Town Stages. There's magic in the walls, truly - and the first time I walked in I knew I had to find a way to create there, and let it's magic work its way into ElseWhere.

 

Éamon Boylan

Femmebodys

Éamon Boylan is a NYC based director and creator whose recent projects include Soft Butter (Ars Nova, Musical Theatre Factory), When I Recall Her (Planet Connections, BAM studio), virgo (Fresh Fruit Festival, New Masculinities), Cinderella in the Closet (The Brick), Rooms (BAM studio), and The Rite of Spring (ATC). A member of the 2017-19 SDCF Observership class, they have incubated work with resident artists at Next Wave Festival (BAM) as well as at LCT3/Lincoln Center, the O'Neill, WP Theater/The Public Theater, Joe's Pub, Clubbed Thumb, Musical Theatre Factory, American Theater Company, Judson Memorial, Studio Theatre, and elsewhere. www.eamonboylan.com

Instagram: @eraboylan Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eamon.boylanWebsite: www.eamonboylan.com

In all my work I hope to find a life, a joy, an opportunity for trans and queer voices to radicalize the legacy of theatre. The creative infrastructure provided by TOWN anchors my hope, grants it time and space among a cohort of other forward-thinking artists. Here, we see the future.

 

Maximus DeFrancesco

Self Made Artist

Maximus is a singer and performer with years operatic training. He is a rostered performer of seven seasons, singing the National Anthems for the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Maximus is also a past Quarter Finalist of the American Tradition Competition, and performs in the greater NYC area. However, his artistic ways go beyond singing, as he is also a writer, actor and even experienced mixologist. Maximus' writings include short stories, poetry, scenes, and his latest journey, a full length play. Maximus loves to bring art to life, allowing participants to step into a world beyond their own.

IG: @lovemaxaroni

I am beyond excited to be able to be a Fellow, a part of this community to have use of this gorgeous venue to create, practice, breathe, experience, think and be a more fulfilled artist. I am so very grateful for Town Stages, and all of the opportunities this place creates for artists like myself.

 

Molly Powers Gallagher

Three Sisters, Their Brother, & Their Dead Mother

Molly Powers Gallagher is a writer & actor, who is committed to creating stories that make women feel seen. She recently presented an industry reading of her screenplay DRIVING WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED (2nd Round of Consideration - 2019 Sundance Development Track). Molly is a current LabWorks Artist at The New Victory Theater, where she is developing THE LIVING HISTORY PROJECT, an immersive play for that constructs and deconstructs a women's history museum. Her plays THE MIGHTY PATSY MINK! and THE MYSTERY OF THE 12 CURIOUS COUSINS were commissioned by Urban Stages and toured the five boroughs of NYC. www.mollypowersgallagher.com

Instagram @mollypowersgal Twitter @mollypowersgal

I'm so excited to have an artistic homebase to develop my new play THREE SISTERS, THEIR BROTHER & THEIR DEAD MOTHER. As a freelance artist, I'm constantly running between gigs and cramming in writing sessions at random coffee shops or lobbies with free wifi. It will be such a gift to walk in the doors of TOWN and know that it is my writing sanctuary for a year where I can dream the biggest dreams for my project.

 

Tess Howsam

The Reflection Cabinet and "Water, Water,Everywhere..."

Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, Tess Howsam curates and directs ekphrastic shows that blend theater, installation art, and performance. Howsam seeks to subvert theatrical expectations while building cross-disciplinary collaborations that offer visibility to marginalized artists and address issues of gender. Her installation work is rooted in story and collaboration, viewing art as a dialogue to address contemporary sociological, political, and environmental issues. Howsam is the Founding Artistic Director of the Exquisite Corpse Company (2012-present). Her installation Corseted Community is a part of an international exhibit Puentes - No Muros/ Bridges - Not Walls, (El Centro de las Artes de Querétaro (CEART) Querétaro, Mexico, March 2018/ Casa de Europa Mexico, San Miguel, Mexico, October 2018). MFA-IA: Goddard College, Washington, BA: Bard College, New York.

@Tess_Howsam @ReflectionCabinet @ExquisiteCorpseCo

Town offers me an invaluable resource, "space", in a unique creative community, as I finish developing Exquisite Corpse Company's immersive production: "Water, Water, Everywhere..." and my next collaborative art installation "Reflection Cabinet".

 

Rachel Lin

Dear John

Rachel is a New York City based writer and performer. She moved to Brooklyn at the age of 8, and has lived here ever since. She received her BFA in acting from NYU Tisch, and before that she attended Stuyvesant High School in Tribeca. She has devised and developed work with Aaron Landsman, Karmenlara Ely, Niegel Smith, John Jesurun, and many more artists she greatly admires. She has worked at: Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Flea Theater, the Tank, the Repertory Theater of St. Louis, the Lark, Signature Theatre, LAByrinth, P73, and more. She is a member of Actors Equity. She hopes to someday own both a dog and a dishwasher. More info at rachelmlin.com.

@missrlin - Instagram

Being invited to join this group of artists is a huge honor, and I look forward to sharing space and ideas with such an accomplished group. My piece, "Dear John," is a solo piece inspired by true and personal events. Because of that, I've spent over a year avoiding actually making the thing. The support Town Stages is offering is the friendly push-off-the-cliff I've been needing to get this project off the ground.

 

Anna Lublina

Бабушка | Bab(oo)shka

Anna Lublina is a theater artist based in Brooklyn. She embraces ideals of collectivity and community action that she first encountered in her research into the Soviet conceptualists. Her work has been presented at the Old American Can Factory, Dixon Place, The Brick, The Tank, The Pit, and Vital Joint. Anna has been an artist in residence at the Barn Arts Collective and Azule. She was recently accepted into the St. Ann's Warehouse PuppetLab, the Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship Program, Undiscovered Countries Blast Off Lab, and awarded the Blueprint Grant by COJECO in support of "Бабушка | BAb(oo)shka."

Instagram @annalublina Facebook @anyalublin

I am thrilled to grow this project with the community at Town Stages. This is the most personal project I have worked on-- one that directly addresses my own familial history and the miscommunications that allow it to transmit from generation to generation-- and it is a true gift that I can develop it with mentorship from the strong and inspirational women at Town Stages.

 

Lacy Marie Meyer

"WHO I AM"(formerly known as UNPLANNED. Had to change title), and also LITTLE LIGHTS

Lacy Marie Meyer is an award winning Actor, Writer, & Producer. She is the founding member of the feminist writing group WHO I AM and a member of STILLWATER WRITERS. She most recently acted in and co-produced the Off-Broadway play, THE HURRICANE PARTY by David Thigpen at The Cherry Lane Theatre. She is a member of The Collective NY and a graduate of The William Esper Studio. Her short play, LITTLE LIGHTS, was selected to be produced and published by the Collective NY's anthology play festival. Lacy received a degree in Theatre and Women's Studies from Ball State University.

@lacymariemeyer

TOWN offers a strong supportive and creative community--the Sokoloff Arts fellowship is the exact opportunity I needed to propel my projects into the next level.

 

Ben Moniz

Untitled Ballet About America

Ben Moniz is a Brooklyn based composer, multi-instrumentalist, and theater-maker. He has written scores for several documentaries and short films and performed in pit bands with Manhattan School of Music, The Barn Arts Collective, and 5th Floor Theatre Company. Ben's work as a composer has been featured at FEAST: a performance series, Paper Kraine, and A Good Night in Bad Waters. He has worked extensively with The Barn Arts Collective in Bass Harbor, Maine as a performer, a musician, an artist in residence, and a technical advisor.

@bmoniez on instagram! Soundcloud.com/benmoniz for sounds!

I'm excited for the opportunity Town Stages is giving me to develop this project in 2019. Space to work with a bunch of saxophones or dancers (much less both) can be hard to come by. Having designated space to write, work, and play with this material, in addition to the other resources TOWN provides, will really give this project room to grow.

 

Marina Montesanti

EXI(S)T

EXI(S)T is a Musical about Asylum Seekers in the United States. We are celebrating what it means to be "different" and promoting the mixture of cultures, beliefs and rhythms. We are stripping away the "victim immigrant" narrative and coming together under the common belief that all humans are deserving of human rights. Inspired by Shane Evan's MM2000 illustrations; written by Nicole Sousa; conceived and directed by Marina Montesanti; dramaturgy by Bárbara Eliodorio. Music team: Linda Briceño and David Telson. Production Stage Manager: Gabriela Gutierrez. In collaboration with Sigrid Gonzalez, Former Special Advisor, and Appointee within the Obama Administration for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Instagram: @exist_musical; @marinamontesanti; @nsousa1

We are so grateful to be working with TOWN, such a rare space that not only promotes healing and growth, but that mirrors our commitment to representation. Fostered by the revolutionary, we are eager to create our revolution.

 

Zach Morris

Incubator for Communal Experiences

Zach Morris (Third Rail Projects' Co-Artistic Director) is co-creator of the immersive theater hits Then She Fell, The Grand Paradise, Sweet & Lucky, and most recently Ghost Light at Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater. Zach's work includes site-specific performance, multimedia installation art and environments, and experiential performance. He is particularly interested in creating projects that place contemporary art and performance in non-traditional contexts. Zach has been honored with numerous awards, including a Chita Rivera award, two BESSIE awards, and was recently named as one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine. His work has been presented nationally and internationally with the support of numerous grants, commissions, and residencies and he has had the pleasure of teaching, mentoring, and creating new platforms to support the work of artists both at home and abroad. Zach holds a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.

www.facebook.com/ThirdRailProjectshttps://twitter.com/TRPNYChttps://www.instagram.com/thirdrailprojectsnyc/

I'm delighted to be a part of the Arts Creative Fellowship Program at Town Stages and very much look forward to the incubation and laboratory time it'll afford. As artists, we so rarely have the opportunity to dedicate resources to research and development. But, as in any field, artists need exactly that in order to advance and explore points of inquiry. They need the time and space to ask the next set of questions.

 

Mark Murray

Pilots

Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Mark is a passionate and versatile storyteller who finds equal joy in musical, classical, and comedic pursuits. He is excited to be a part of the 2019 Sokoloff Arts Fellowship with his show Pilots, an episodic writing competition in which six writers go head to head each week to win the favor of the audience. In his spare time, he enjoys Star Wars, tabletop games, yoga, and dad jokes. He holds a BFA in acting with an emphasis in original works from Cornish College of the Arts. You can follow him and his work at www.markmylesmurray.com.

Instagram @PilotsTheShow, Twitter @PilotsTheShow, Facebook @PilotsShow

As a frequent guest of Town, I'm excited to call it my home for the next year and collaborate with the fantastic staff and other fellowship recipients.

 

Tara O'Con

n/a

Tara O'Con is an experiential artist, designer, and Certified Professional Coach specializing in immersive theater, user experience design, and Coaching for Transformation. She is a long-time collaborative member of Third Rail Projects- hailed as one of the foremost companies creating site-specific, immersive and experiential dance theater. As a teaching artist and coach, she specializes helping people bring tools for building empathy and trust into interactive settings across disciplines and into their own lives. She has been commissioned by several theaters in NYC, an Artist-In-Residence with Movement Research, and a Choreographic Fellow at the Bogliasco Study Center in Liguria, Italy.

Instagram: @tmocon Facebook: @tara-ocon Twitter: @TaraOCon

2019 is the year that I integrate all the creative parts of myself and step into my power with game-changing impact. TOWN is the perfect platform to step into the unknown and think big.

 

Noah Reece

And God Came Down [tentative]

Noah Reece is a composer, writer, performer, and all-around storyteller originally from the plains of Oklahoma. From superheroes, to spies, to Noresmen, to middle-American families, Noah perpetually gravitates toward subjects and projects that are new and different from the last, and revels in playing with the balance between sincerity and humor in his art.

@noahreece (insta)

It can be so difficult to find space to get away from your daily routines, breathe, and actually focus. Town can provide an atmosphere for intense work or kicking back for a drink in equal measure, and comes with a community of supportive fellows and seasoned art-makers at the helm. You can go from early development, to performance, to afterparty all under the same roof! It's magical. Getting to have this Fellowship means a year of not having to navigate the doubts and struggles of digging into a new work alone, and it means the possibility of putting something on its feet just became instantly more feasible.

 

Tidtaya Sinutoke

Untitled (for now)

Tidtaya Sinutoke is a Thai born, NYC-based composer, writer, and musician. Composition credits include: Clouds Are Pillows for the Moon, Hart Island Requiem, SHE | THEY | HE, Crossing Borders, Sunrise Prayer, Water is Life, Half the Sky, and Yellow Cycle. She is a recipient of the Composer-Librettists Studio at New Dramatists, Johnny Mercer Songwriter Projects, NYFA IAM Mentoring Program, Robert Rauschenberg Residency, EtM Con Edison Composer-in-Residence, Kilroy's Honorable Mention List, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, 5th Anvenue Theatre's First Draft Commission, and Jonathan Larson Grant. A proud member of ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild. MFA: NYU. tidtayasinutoke.com

Facebook @tsinutoke, Instagram @tidtaya_sinutoke

Khobkhun Ka (Thank you in Thai) so much for giving me this opportunity to write my own autobiographical piece about my own experience of being an immigrant artist in America. I am so excited and cannot wait to start writing!

 

Alex Spieth

Stag

Alex Spieth is an actor/writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She is the creator of the series Blank My Life (www.blankmylifetheseries.com). Blank was feautured in IndieWire and GirlTalkHQ and has been screened by BRIC TV, Brooklyn WebFest, and NYC Webfest. As an actor, Alex has performed with Shake and Bake (Off-Broadway), Irondale Ensemble, Everyman Theatre, Quantum Theatre, the New Ohio Theatre, TITAN Theatre Company, The Public Theatre's Under the Radar Festival, and University Settlement. She tours Jane Doe, a one woman show about rape culture in our communities to colleges and universities. 

Instagram @mynameisalexs, Twitter @blankmy life, Facebook Alex Spieth, My series is on blankmylifetheseries.com

"Stag is a horror-comedy about a gay man's bachelor party attended by his BFFs which turns into an (attempted) gay conversion. I'm excited to develop this project with a partner like Town to give me the space, access, and freedom to set this project up for success. Looking forward to haunting their dreams!! :)"

 

Jeff Tang

Such Strange Gravity: Songs of Gotham

Jeff Tang is a composer, lyricist, and creative producer investigating the history, creation, and perpetuation of cultural narratives through music and theater. His work has been seen and heard in New York, Chicago, London, Minneapolis, Berkeley, and La Jolla. Commissions include NYC's Leviathan Lab, Music Institute of Chicago, Theatre Latte Da in Minneapolis, NYU's Grad Acting Write/Act Festival, and St. Ann's School. Alumnus of National Sawdust's Summer Labs Residency, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, Prospect Theater Company's Musical Theater Lab, and the PlayLabs Festival. MFA, NYU GMWTP

Instagram @soyjeff, Facebook @soyjeff

I'm so excited by the promise of the unexpected and intersecting with Town's mightily growing community of makers, artists, thinkers, and tinkerers.

 

Greg Taubman

Essence & Presence (and other teaching methods)

Greg Taubman helps stories find their form and storytellers hone their craft-primarily as the Co-Founder of FORGE, a boutique arts consultancy (www.forgenyc.org). As a freelance director and dramaturg, Greg has worked with regional and national institutions including The Public Theater, Classic Stage Company, The NY Neo-Futurists, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Theater of War, and The Shakespeare Society. Greg has taught and directed students at Stanford University, Columbia University, and LIU Post. Projects in development include Farewell King, Essence & Presence (a recipient of the 2019 of the Sokoloff Arts Fellowship), and his book Such Stuff: The Essential Value of Art & Dreams.

facebook.com/greg.taubman

I'm incredibly honored to receive a Sokoloff Arts Fellowship! Town Stages is the perfect venue for Essence & Presence acting workshops, and this year will be the perfect opportunity to practice and perfect this unique and inspiring approach to acting.

 

The Mother Line Story Project

The Mother Line Story Project

THE MOTHER LINE STORY PROJECT was formed in 2015 and has performed at venues like Town Stages, Dixon Place, Abingdon Theater, HERE Arts, and The PIT. Its signature workshop process has also been brought to Regional Theatres, Universities, Wellness Centers, and even Cairo, Egypt! MLSP Inc is a certified not-for-profit and is a proud member of ART/NY. Thousands of audience members have enjoyed MLSP on stage and countless others have heard our stories through platforms like radio, video, and podcasts.

@MotherLineStory

Mother Line is all about creating community and a safe, creative space for women. Town Stages is not only a beacon of these qualities, but a MEGAPHONE for them, and we are so grateful to be a part of their journey!

 

Will Thomason

Les Pianistes Dansants

Will Thomason is an eclectic performer and theatre maker who uses his experience in dance, voice, acting, piano performance, and songwriting to tell stories examining our modern culture through a combination of chorded melodies, rich harmonies, and witty wordplay. As an actor/dancer, favorite roles include Paul in A Chorus Line and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Among his 4 full-length works, part of his song cycle "These Four Years," was the inaugural concert at TOWN Stages thanks to generous support by Sokoloff Arts. A recipient of the ASTEP Kaffenberger Fellowship, he also enjoys creating theatre pieces with underserved children.

Instagram @will_thomason, Twitter @will_thomason, Facebook: Will Thomason, YouTube: Will Thomason

I am incredibly excited to be given the opportunity to explore my piece, "Les Pianistes Dansants," with such an impressive group of creators in this remarkable space. We will be able to use their vast & open area to truly research how to engage more physically with piano music. When the idea came to my mind, I could think of no other space to truly grow and develop this piece than TOWN Stages. I am giddy with excitement to start exploring with my collaborators! I can't wait to get started, because I know with the physical and personal support & resources that the Sokoloff Arts Fellowship will give me, I will be able to create a piece that will not only aid in my growth as an artist and maker, but will create new bridges between dance choreography and music creation.

 

Isaac L. Thompson Jr

CAASi Evolution

Isaac Thompson graduated from The School of The Arts in 2004(Rochester,NY), where he majored in Visual Arts. Fast forward to 2016 when Isaac quit his high paying job and moved to NYC to pursue acting. It was there that he painted his first painting in almost 10 years. Since then Isaac has painted close to 200 pieces and sold just over 150. He adopted the name "CAASi Evolution". CAASi is ISAAC spelled backwards, he stated "Coming back to fine art is the LAST thing I thought I would do, it's backwards." The adventure of CAASi is just beginning.

@IsaacLThompson1 on Twitter, IG, FB. #CaasiEvolution on IG for works

I'm SO humbled, excited, and charged by this opportunity! TOWN is the perfect conduit for this movement of conscious, feeling Art. CAASi Evolution is where heart and brain collide.

 

Rebecca Vineyard

What You Carry With You

Rebecca Vineyard is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist who plays with form. Her solo autobiographical piece, Ambiguously Olive, was developed through Undiscovered Countries' inaugural Blast Off! lab in 2017. Rebecca was a Fresh Ground Pepper BRB 2018 Resident Artist, and was featured on Fusion TV's Peabody Award-nominated show, Sex. Right. Now. with Cleo Stiller. She also serves as literary manager for Crashbox Theater Company. Rebecca is thrilled to develop two new pieces as part of both the 2019 Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship, and Undiscovered Countries' Blast Off! BFA NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Atlantic Acting School; @rebeccahenna on social media.

Instagram and Twitter: @rebeccahenna Facebook: @rhvineyard (personal page)

As an early-career artist, being a part of the 2019 Sokoloff Creative Fellowship Program is one of the more thrilling opportunities I've ever been granted. To have the support of an inclusive and social justice-minded organization in developing a piece that will stretch my current boundaries enables me to move past the question of "how," and frees me up to be brave and thoughtful as I craft a specific experience for an audience.

 

Emma Rosa Went

Courage! To the Field!, The Shirt Show Part 2, and other projects

Emma Rosa Went is a freelance theatre director. New York work includes: The Tank, The Brick, Playwrights Realm, Dixon Place, Theater Row, Access Theatre, Center at West Park, LPAC Lab, Trans Lab @ WP, and many other venues. Regional includes: Scranton Shakespeare Festival, Campfire Festival @ Boise Contemporary Theatre, Barn Arts Collective. Off-broadway and regional assisting includes: TFANA, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Atlantic, Rattlestick, Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Emma is an alum of the OSF FAIR Program and the SDCF Observership Program, and the recipient of a 2019 Drama League First Stage Residency. BA Sarah Lawrence College. Associate Member SDC. www.emmawent.com

Instagram, @emmarosawent, Facebook, @ Emma Rosa Went

I'm hugely grateful for this opportunity to share work and community with so many amazing multi-disciplinary artists in a space like Town Stages. The Fellowship's core principle of offering a home-base for artists is so valuable and unique, and I can't wait to see what comes out of all our interactions this year.

 

 

About Town Stages

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is a state-of-the-art cultural arts space, event venue, and cocktail bar in the heart of downtown Tribeca. With a stunning 10,000 square foot storefront facility, Town Stages blends convention-level facilities with captivating decor for 299 guests. Serving as New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate, and put on a show, Town Stages offers much needed meeting space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families celebrating their very important day. Centrally located off all major NYC trains, Town Stages is available for corporate gatherings, fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, & beyond.  Follow under @townstages and #itsyourtown.

For more information, visit https://townstages.com.

 

About Sokoloff Arts (501c3) at Town Stages

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is a women-led cultural institution creating inspired space and cutting edge experiences at Town Stages. Helmed by a team of women from different backgrounds and multi-hyphenate artistic disciplines, Sokoloff Arts builds viable and safe places to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community activations, and blends the arts and business sectors to design sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities in New York City and abroad. The organization assists young creators with mentorship, sponsorship, and fellowship by supporting ticketed performances and curated community programming in the performing arts, fine arts, and the advancement of social justice.

Follow under @sokoloffarts and #itsyourtown.

 

For more information, visit https://townstages.com/non-profit.

 

This year's Pussyfest is a fundraiser for Third Wave Fund(www.thirdwavefund.org). Third Wave Fund is the only activist fund led by and for women of color, intersex, queer, and trans folks under 35 years old in the US. They ensure young women, queer, and trans youth of color have the tools and resources they need to lead powerful movements, and that they have a seat at the table within philanthropy. Third Wave supports gender justice groups from the ground up with rapid response grants, long-term funding for emerging groups, and capacity building.

 

The evening will also feature music from:

You Cannot Destroy Me

A Joan of Arc musical

Music & Lyrics by Melissa Lusk & Mariah MacCarthy

Directed by Leta Tremblay

Featuring Amy Sheehan and Hannah Fairchild with the band The LoveHowl

 

Joan of Arc, whose heart could not be burned no matter how many times the English tried, who died for the sin of wearing men's clothing, who led an army despite being an illiterate farmgirl, whose temper ran short and faith ran deep, who heard voices, who would drive you away at swordpoint if she didn't want you there, appears to a teenager in a trailer park named Jo one morning. Jo has been given a mission from God. There's a woman; her name is Daphne Charles; and she must become President of the United States. You Cannot Destroy Me is a country/hard-rock musical epic, a call to arms against climate change, and a passing of the torch across history from one gender-rebel heroine to another.

 

"Town Stages is a space that is committed to supporting works that deconolize representation on our stages and screens," said Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director of Town Stages. "We couldn't be more proud to be this year's platform for Caps Lock Theatre's Pussyfest. Melissa Lusk, Mariah MacCarthy, and Leta Tremblay are in the creative trenches doing the important work that transforms how we look at the world, as they show us how we can build and experience a more humanistic and equitable world for all."

 

About the Creators

Melissa Lusk is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, legal secretary, and mother of a three-year-old. She is a member of local bands Teen Girl Scientist Monthly and Boy Girl Party and does a lot of voices on the podcast The Fall of the House of Sunshine. She really, really loves to write for theater and is doing that, so that's pretty great. Previous projects include feminist pop concert Baby No More Times (Ars Nova), millennial identity crisis i wonder if it's possible to have a love affair that lasts forever, or things i found on craigslist (Dream Up Festival, University of Illinois Chicago), and political Gen Z TV musical Patriettes (The #Fword Finalist). BFA: NYU Tisch School of Drama (ETW, The Classical Studio).

 

Mariah MacCarthy is a nonbinary creatrix whose work centers sex-positivity, dance, and flawed queers having big feelings. Indie Theater Hall of Fame (nytheatre.com person of the year), PoNY nominee. Plays: Honors Students(Wild Project),Mrs. Mayfield's Fifth-Grade Class of '93 20-Year Reunion ("a lot of fun " -The New York Times), Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People (Ensemble Studio Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe, viewed over 42,000 times on YouTube, two NYIT Award nominations), Magic Trick (winner: Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences), The Foreplay Play (two NYIT Award nominations), Ampersand: A Romeo & Juliet Story (twenty Looking Glass Forum Awards, FringeNYC "Outstanding Performance"), The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret ("f*cking brilliant" -Kate Bornstein). Executive Artistic Director of Caps Lock Theatre, Associate Artistic Director-at-Large of The Brick, alum of Youngblood and founding member of Lather/Rinse/Repeat. mariahmaccarthy.com/ or support their work on Patreon: patreon.com/mariahm


Leta Tremblay is a Theatrical Director based in New York City who strives to create space for Intersectional Feminism, Queer Voices, and Revolution in her artistic pursuits. The New York Times called her work; "Sweet and boisterous... an adventure and an event." She recently assisted acclaimed SITI Company Artistic Director Anne Bogart on Kurt Weill's musical opera LOST IN THE STARS at CAP UCLA and is a graduate of Smith College and the Eugene O'Neill National Theatre Institute, where she now returns as a teacher and mentor. Leta is the Producing Artistic Director of Caps Lock Theatre and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.letatremblay.com

 

About Caps Lock Theatre

 

Funny. Ugly. Human.

These are the kinds of plays we do. We like plays where people are at both their worst and their best; where people screw each other-or themselves-over, and have to find a way to deal with it; where people's hearts hurt, or open, or blossom.

We also believe in fun. Our plays will probably make you laugh. Probably more than once.

And we believe in creating art by whatever means necessary. If we are fortunate enough to piece together enough resources for lavish sets and fabulous special effects, awesome. If (more likely) we have to make work on a shoestring budget, on-the-fly, in an unconventional location, then we'll do that and still knock your socks off.

Oh yeah, and we're New York-based.

 

For more information, visit https://capslocktheatre.com/.

 

About Town Stages

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is a state-of-the-art cultural arts space, event venue, and cocktail bar in the heart of downtown Tribeca. With a stunning 10,000 square foot storefront facility, Town Stages blends convention-level facilities with captivating decor for 299 guests. Serving as New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate, and put on a show, Town Stages offers much needed meeting space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families celebrating their very important day. Centrally located off all major NYC trains, Town Stages is available for corporate gatherings, fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, & beyond. Follow under @townstages and #itsyourtown.

For more information,visit https://townstages.com.

 

About Sokoloff Arts (501c3) at Town Stages

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is a women-led cultural institution creating inspired space and cutting edge experiences atTown Stages. Helmed by a team of women from different backgrounds and multi-hyphenate artistic disciplines, Sokoloff Arts builds viable and safe places to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community activations, and blends the arts and business sectors to design sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities in New York City and abroad. The organization assists young creators with mentorship, sponsorship, and fellowship by supporting ticketed performances and curated community programming in the performing arts, fine arts, and the advancement of social justice.

For more information, visit https://townstages.com/non-profit.

Contact: Michelle Tabnick, 646-765-4773, michelle@michelletabnickpr.com
 

 

 

 

TOWN STAGES

presents an industry reading of

Billy and the Golden Pencil: A Superhero Musical

at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC

January 21, 2019 at 7pm

 

Town Stages presents an industry reading of Billy and the Golden Pencil: A Superhero Musical at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC on Monday, January 21, 2019 (MLK Day) at 7pm.

 

Billy is 12 years old, an avid drawer and aspiring comic book artist who comes home one day from school and suddenly, a box containing a Golden Pencil falls from the sky and anything he draws with it comes to life. Billy's universe becomes quickly wrapped up in a superhero world of possibility, newfound powers, bullies, and responsibility, but he has to learn the difference between drawing inside and outside of the lines.

 

Billy and the Golden Pencil: A Superhero Musical
Inspired by the story by John Bowhers and Steven Kopp
Book By Steven Kopp, 2018 Sokoloff Arts Fellowship Recipient
Music by Big Bang Boom and Noah Reece
Lyrics by John Bowhers and Noah Reece
Orchestration by Big Bang Boom, Dean DiMarzo, and Noah Reece

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Steven Kopp - Executive Producer

Kristin McCarthy Parker - Director

Mark Murray - Dramaturg & Movement Choreographer
Mariah Berkowitz - Stage Manager
Chie Morita - Co-Producer
Bryan Campione - Co-Producer

 

CAST

Andrew Cristi* (Miss You Like Hell at The Public, A Christmas Story: The Musical on Broadway); Jennifer Haining (Ladies in Waiting at Fringe International, The Bad Years w/ Kerrigan & Loudermilk); Joanna Carpenter (Into the Woods at Prospect Theater, Sunfish at the DIMF Festival); Kennedy Kanagawa* (The Good Swimmer at BAM, Dinner with Georgette at NYTW); Lauren Karaman* (Project Runway, Commercial Actress, Body Positivity Activist); Olivia Abiassi (2018 Acting Resident at The Flea, Lost and Guided at The Goodman); Troy Hussman* (Radio City Christmas Spectacular / National Tour); Danny Wilfred* (A Christmas Story / National Tour)

*Indicates AEA Member

 

"The Sokoloff Arts Fellowship Program is a platform for exceptional art makers like Steven Kopp who are transforming the world - one endeavor, one story, and one song at a time," said Robin Sokoloff, executive director of Town Stages. "Billy and the Golden Pencil is a very special work that will touch hearts and minds everywhere by inspiring the very best in us to strive, to fail, to try again, and reach higher than ever."

 

ARTIST BIOS


Steven Kopp is the co-founder of Kopp & Caddigan Productions, LLC. He is also the Executive Producer and Book Writer of Billy and the Golden Pencil. Previous directing credits include: Late For Brunch (The Pit Loft), The Screen (Taksu Theatre Company and The Simpletons).  Assistant Directing credits include: I Remember Mama by John Van Druten (Transport Group), The Maids by Jean Genet (Sonnet Repertory Theatre). Previous producing credits include Spike Heels (Loft 227), The Black Parade: An Evening of Live Music (Loft 227), The Tempest (Taksu Theatre Company).  Assistantships include David Binder (Broadway producer of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Of Mice and Men).

 

Noah Reece is a writer, composer, and performer originally from Oklahoma City. Having studied acting and directing at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Noah seeks to write music that is story-forward, and infuses his work with an equal dose of humor and heart.

 

Kristin McCarthy Parker is the director of Matt Cox's Puffs (Off-Broadway at New World Stages) and the co-director of Puffs Filmed Live Off-Broadway. Other projects with Cox include Kapow-i GoGo and The Magnificent Revengers. She is also the director and co-founder of Recent Cutbacks, whose work includes the critically-acclaimed comedies Hold On To Your Butts (Time Out NY Top 10 Comedy of the Year), Fly You Fools, and KEVIN!!!!!, as well as developing and performing work at The Second City Training Center and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Parker has directed and developed work at Primary Stages, Pittsburgh CLO Spark Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, All For One, Ma-Yi, The Amoralists, 59E59, The Flea, Sam French OOB Festival, HERE Arts, Columbia University, Rutgers University, and the University of Florida, among others. She also directed two episodes of the new web series Awkwardly. Assistantships include Ed Iskandar, Michael Greif, Wendy Goldberg, and Trip Cullman. www.kristinmccarthyparker.com 


Mark Murray, currently based in Brooklyn, New York, is a passionate and versatile storyteller who finds equal joy in musical, classical, and comedic pursuits. He is a recipient of the 2019 Sokoloff Arts Fellowship with his show Pilots, an episodic writing competition in which six writers go head­to­head each week to win the favor of the audience. In his spare time, he enjoys Star Wars, tabletop games, yoga, and dad jokes. He holds a BFA in acting with an emphasis in original works from Cornish College of the Arts. You can follow him and his work at www.markmylesmurray.com.

 

About Town Stages

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is a state-of-the-art cultural arts space, event venue, and cocktail bar in the heart of downtown Tribeca. With a stunning 10,000 square foot storefront facility, Town Stages blends convention-level facilities with captivating decor for 299 guests. Serving as New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate, and put on a show, Town Stages offers much needed meeting space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families celebrating their very important day. Centrally located off all major NYC trains, Town Stages is available for corporate gatherings, fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, & beyond.  Follow under @townstages and #itsyourtown.

For more information, visit https://townstages.com

 

About Sokoloff Arts (501c3) at Town Stages

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is a women-led cultural institution creating inspired space and cutting edge experiences at Town Stages. Helmed by a team of women from different backgrounds and multi-hyphenate artistic disciplines, Sokoloff Arts builds viable and safe places to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community activations, and blends the arts and business sectors to design sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities in New York City and abroad. The organization assists young creators with mentorship, sponsorship, and fellowship by supporting ticketed performances and curated community programming in the performing arts, fine arts, and the advancement of social justice.

 

For more information, visit https://townstages.com/non-profit.

 

 

Smugbug Productions presents the New York Premiere of The Eleventh Hour!, a new rock musical comedy by David Seamon now running through December 1, 2018 at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC. Performances are at 8pm, with preshow bands starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 and are available at https://www.eleventhhourmusical.com/performance-tickets/the-eleventh-hour.

It's the end of the world in New Jersey! A burnout basement rocker and his ex-girlfriend, a rising star astrophysicist, may have the key to surviving the black hole bearing down on earth. If they can reconcile their feelings and manage a dangerous journey on the NJ Turnpike, they just may save their music, each other, and the mole people who live beneath them. 

The Eleventh Hour! features music, book, and lyrics by David Seamon, direction by Jessica Francis Fichter, and is produced by Smugbug Productions. The story for the musical was originally created by Seamon, Annie Rutherford Lutz, and Shimmy Schwartz through a commission by coLAB Arts.

Cast:Henry Fisher (Nevin Denham), Olivia London (Neil DeGrasse Tyson), Miranda Luze (Amy Leonardo), Christopher Pasi (Astor Whitewater), Joshuah D. Simpson (Shawn Ryan), Brianne Wylie (Thelma).

Pre-Show Band Lineup:
10/11 - Mutual Interest
10/12 - Melatonin Dreams
10/18 - Foxanne
10/19 - Zero for Conduct
10/25 - Jeremy Bass
10/26 - Lowlight
11/8 - Electric Sensei
11/9 - Bryan Hansen Band
11/15 - Bobby Mahoney
11/16 - Chris Neptune
11/30 - to be announced
12/1 - Tam Justin Garcia

Performances at 8pm, with preshow bands at 7:30pm: Thursday, October 11; Friday, October 12; Thursday, October 18; Friday, October 19; Thursday, October 25; Friday, October 26; Thursday, November 8; Friday, November 9; Thursday, November 15; Friday, November 16; Friday, November 30; and Saturday December 1.

"Town Stages is thrilled to welcome THE ELEVENTH HOUR! back to our venue in the fall," said Robin Sokoloff, executive director of Town Stages. "With opening acts by local bands, signature cocktails by our celebrated bar director, Smugbug Productions has created an amazing way to spend an evening in Tribeca."

ARTIST BIOS
David Seamon (Composer/Book/Lyrics) is a playwright, composer, and actor. He works as a teaching artist for the George Street Playhouse and McCarter Theatre and is the co-director of the company ensemble at the Wharton Institute of Performing Arts. In 2013, David won the Silver Tripod Award at Campus Movie Fest for best score to a short film, Melody.  David has an extensive background as a musical director and touring children's theater performer, and has a degree in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University.  His 2007 album "The Brotherhood of Teenage Haze" is available on iTunes and Spotify and his 2017 release "Minimum Rage" is available on Soundcloud. David  is a frequent collaborator with coLAB Arts, having worked as an actor, composer, and playwright. The Eleventh Hour is David's first full-length musical. Thedaveseamon.com

Jessica Francis Fichter (Director) is a New York based director, playwright, and teaching artist.  Originally from Columbia, SC, she has worked regionally as an artistic director, actor, teaching artist, and director. She has worked at Flat Rock Playhouse, and Chapin Theatre Company. She is working closely on the development of several new musicals. She holds a B.A. from Winthrop University in Theatre Education and studied Shakespeare's Women at Kingston University in the UK. She is currently a directing MFA candidate at the Actors Studio Drama School. Recent directing credits include: 1MPF, Lucky (ASDS), The Hallelujah Girls (CTC).  Jess would like to thank her family and friends for their support. 

Henry Fisher (Nevin Denham) is thrilled to be making his The Eleventh Hour debut! New to New York, he was last seen in the premiere of Heart to Heart at the Manhattan Repertory Theater. Other recent credits include Roger Davis (Rent) at Des Moines Onstage, Bruce Niles (The Normal Heart), and Will Ogden (Mothers and Sons) at StageWest. Henry is the current Producing Director at Thousand Faced Theatre Company. He holds his BFA in Musical Theater from Drake University, and is a proud alum of the National Music Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He is thankful to his friends and family for their support, and to Josh Simpson for bugging him to audition for this amazing show.

Olivia London (Neil DeGrasse Tyson, et al) is thrilled to be a part of The Eleventh Hour team! Born and raised in Los Angeles, Olivia is a graduate from UCLA's Ray Bolger Musical Theater program. She moved to NYC last year and hasn't looked back! Thanks mom, dad, Cash, and TPG fam for all the love and support! olivialondonactor.com

Miranda Luze (Amy Leonardo) is a NYC based theater artist from St. Louis, MO. This summer Miranda performed in the NYC premiere of Songs From A Coffee Shop (Don't Tell Mama) and joined the tribe as Leata in HAIR and Jack's Mother in Sprouted! (Black Box PAC of Teaneck). Other regional: Rock of Ages (DSM Playhouse), and "...Spelling Bee" (DSM Onstage). Miranda made her debut at 54 Below in Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver's Actor Therapy Showcase. She's co-founder/executive director of Thousand Faced Theatre Company. www.mirandaluze.com

Christopher Pasi makes his acting debut in New York! after being a part of the original production of The Eleventh Hour! in coLAB Arts' 48 Hour Musicals. It has been an apocalyptically wonderful experience seeing this show explode into the masterpiece it has become. 

Joshuah D. Simpson makes his New York stage debut with The Eleventh Hour. Joshuah is a performer, creator, and educator who recently relocated to the city after just having graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. If you want to follow Joshuah and their New York journey they can be found on twitter and instagram @JoshuahDSimpson. Some of their previous credits include; Shrek in Shrek the Musical (Sing for America), Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical (Milbrook Playhouse), and the featured performer in the original solo show It Takes One (Philly Fringe). They would like to thank their friends, family, and mentors for the overwhelming support over the years, moreover, the last few months. The amount of talent pouring out of this cast is wild, and they are truly stoked to get to be part of such a gut busting show. They would like to thank you all for supporting the arts and hope you enjoy the chaos of this show as much as they do.  

Brianne Wylie makes her debut in NYC with this unique show. Brianne is a Seattle native/NYC transplant who recently graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Musical Theater. Favorite previous roles include Rose (Dogfight, Ithaca College) and Martha (Spring Awakening, Balagan Theater). briannewylie.com


PRODUCER BIOS
Smugbug Productions chooses projects that are challenging, stimulating, and reinvent audience engagement. We engage with work on all levels of creation and presentation including stage direction, production management, producing, general management, and consulting. Our work includes projects in theater, dance, public art, video, and community engagement. Our experience spans from shoe-string to multi-million dollar budgets.

Dan Swern is the founder and owner of Smugbug Productions, with professional credits as a stage director, producer, public art and creative engagement artist, teaching artist, and activist. Based out of New Brunswick, NJ, Swern is the co-founder and producing director of nonprofit arts organization coLAB Arts, engaging artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. Swern is pioneering Creative Engagement, a method of art making that produces new works through transdisciplinary collaboration, integrated education, and high quality artistic production. Swern has developed new platforms for artist/advocate/community collaboration in dance, theater, and public art and annually creates massive community-based immersive performances.

The musical was originally commissioned by New Brunswick, NJ's coLAB Arts, engaging artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. coLAB Arts facilitates creative conversation through innovative programs and artist infrastructure, connects artists with community partners and mentors, and executes productions that challenge perceptions and inspire action.

ABOUT TOWN STAGES

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate, and put on a show. A new female-driven cultural arts institution in the heart of downtown Tribeca, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that supports the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 10,000 square foot storefront facility, "TOWN" provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all: from civic to corporate, tech to theater. Town Stages holds 299 guests, blending convention-level facilities with captivating decor throughout its Mainstage, Cabaret Bar & Lounge, Gallery, Salon, Greenrooms, and more. Town Stages offers much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families celebrating their very important day. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programming in the performing arts, fine arts, and the advancement of social justice. Town Stages is available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond. Follow under @townstages and #itsyourtown. For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, perspective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and multi-hyphenate artistic disciplines, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts has built Town Stages in Tribeca. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

Smugbug Productions

announces Pre-Show Bands for

the New York Premiere of

The Eleventh Hour!

a new rock musical comedy by David Seamon

September 21 - November 16, 2018

at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC

 

Smugbug Productions presents the New York Premiere of The Eleventh Hour!, a new rock musical comedy by David Seamon from September 21 - November 16, 2018 at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC. Performances are at 8pm, with preshow bands starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 and are available at https://www.eleventhhourmusical.com/performance-tickets/the-eleventh-hour.

 

It's the end of the world in New Jersey! A burnout basement rocker and his ex-girlfriend, a rising star astrophysicist, may have the key to surviving the black hole bearing down on earth. If they can reconcile their feelings and manage a dangerous journey on the NJ Turnpike, they just may save their music, each other, and the mole people who live beneath them. 

 

The Eleventh Hour! features music, book, and lyrics by David Seamon, direction by Jessica Francis Fichter, and is produced by Smugbug Productions. The story for the musical was originally created by Seamon, Annie Rutherford Lutz, and Shimmy Schwartz through a commission by coLAB Arts.

 

Cast: Henry Fisher (Nevin Denham), Olivia London (Neil DeGrasse Tyson), Miranda Luze (Amy Leonardo), Christopher Pasi (Astor Whitewater), Joshuah D. Simpson (Shawn Ryan), Brianne Wylie (Thelma).

 

Pre-Show Band Lineup:

9/21 - Dumpweed

9/22 - RGD

9/27 - Kevin Seamon (Stand Up Comedy)

9/28 - Dave Seamon

10/5 - Lowlight

10/11 - Mutual Interest

10/12 - Melatonin Dreams

10/18 - Foxanne

10/19 - Zero for Conduct

10/25 - Jeremy Bass

11/8 - Electric Sensei

11/9 - Bryan Hansen Band

11/15 - Bobby Mahoney

11/16 - Chris Neptune

 

Performances at 8pm, with preshow bands at 7:30pm: Friday, September 21; Saturday, September 22; Thursday, September 27; Friday, September 28 - Press Opening; Thursday, October 4; Friday, October 5; Thursday, October 11; Friday, October 12; Thursday, October 18; Friday, October 19; Thursday, October 25, Friday, October 26; Thursday, November 8; Friday, November 9; Thursday, November 15; Friday, November 16.

 

"Town Stages is thrilled to welcome THE ELEVENTH HOUR! back to our venue in the fall," said Robin Sokoloff, executive director of Town Stages. "With opening acts by local bands, signature cocktails by our celebrated bar director, Smugbug Productions has created an amazing way to spend an evening in Tribeca."

 

ARTIST BIOS

David Seamon (Composer/Book/Lyrics) is a playwright, composer, and actor. He works as a teaching artist for the George Street Playhouse and McCarter Theatre and is the co-director of the company ensemble at the Wharton Institute of Performing Arts. In 2013, David won the Silver Tripod Award at Campus Movie Fest for best score to a short film, Melody.  David has an extensive background as a musical director and touring children's theater performer, and has a degree in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University.  His 2007 album "The Brotherhood of Teenage Haze" is available on iTunes and Spotify and his 2017 release "Minimum Rage" is available on Soundcloud. David  is a frequent collaborator with coLAB Arts, having worked as an actor, composer, and playwright. The Eleventh Hour is David's first full-length musical. Thedaveseamon.com

 

Jessica Francis Fichter (Director)is a New York based director, playwright, and teaching artist.  Originally from Columbia, SC, she has worked regionally as an artistic director, actor, teaching artist, and director. She has worked at Flat Rock Playhouse, and Chapin Theatre Company. She is working closely on the development of several new musicals. She holds a B.A. from Winthrop University in Theatre Education and studied Shakespeare's Women at Kingston University in the UK. She is currently a directing MFA candidate at the Actors Studio Drama School. Recent directing credits include: 1MPF, Lucky (ASDS), The Hallelujah Girls (CTC).  Jess would like to thank her family and friends for their support. 

 

Henry Fisher (Nevin Denham) is thrilled to be making his The Eleventh Hour debut! New to New York, he was last seen in the premiere of Heart to Heart at the Manhattan Repertory Theater. Other recent credits include Roger Davis (Rent) at Des Moines Onstage, Bruce Niles (The Normal Heart), and Will Ogden (Mothers and Sons) at StageWest. Henry is the current Producing Director at Thousand Faced Theatre Company. He holds his BFA in Musical Theater from Drake University, and is a proud alum of the National Music Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He is thankful to his friends and family for their support, and to Josh Simpson for bugging him to audition for this amazing show.

 

Olivia London (Neil DeGrasse Tyson, et al) is thrilled to be a part of The Eleventh Hour team! Born and raised in Los Angeles, Olivia is a graduate from UCLA's Ray Bolger Musical Theater program. She moved to NYC last year and hasn't looked back! Thanks mom, dad, Cash, and TPG fam for all the love and support! olivialondonactor.com

 

Miranda Luze (Amy Leonardo) is a NYC based theater artist from St. Louis, MO. This summer Miranda performed in the NYC premiere of Songs From A Coffee Shop (Don't Tell Mama) and joined the tribe as Leata in HAIR and Jack's Mother in Sprouted! (Black Box PAC of Teaneck). Other regional: Rock of Ages (DSM Playhouse), and "...Spelling Bee" (DSM Onstage). Miranda made her debut at 54 Below in Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver's Actor Therapy Showcase. She's co-founder/executive director of Thousand Faced Theatre Company. www.mirandaluze.com

 

Christopher Pasi makes his acting debut in New York! after being a part of the original production of The Eleventh Hour! in coLAB Arts' 48 Hour Musicals. It has been an apocalyptically wonderful experience seeing this show explode into the masterpiece it has become. 

 

Joshuah D. Simpson makes his New York stage debut with The Eleventh Hour. Joshuah is a performer, creator, and educator who recently relocated to the city after just having graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. If you want to follow Joshuah and their New York journey they can be found on twitter and instagram @JoshuahDSimpson. Some of their previous credits include; Shrek in Shrek the Musical (Sing for America), Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical (Milbrook Playhouse), and the featured performer in the original solo show It Takes One (Philly Fringe). They would like to thank their friends, family, and mentors for the overwhelming support over the years, moreover, the last few months. The amount of talent pouring out of this cast is wild, and they are truly stoked to get to be part of such a gut busting show. They would like to thank you all for supporting the arts and hope you enjoy the chaos of this show as much as they do.  

 

Brianne Wylie makes her debut in NYC with this unique show. Brianne is a Seattle native/NYC transplant who recently graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Musical Theater. Favorite previous roles include Rose (Dogfight, Ithaca College) and Martha (Spring Awakening, Balagan Theater). briannewylie.com

 

PRODUCER BIOS

Smugbug Productions chooses projects that are challenging, stimulating, and reinvent audience engagement. We engage with work on all levels of creation and presentation including stage direction, production management, producing, general management, and consulting. Our work includes projects in theater, dance, public art, video, and community engagement. Our experience spans from shoe-string to multi-million dollar budgets.

 

Dan Swern is the founder and owner of Smugbug Productions, with professional credits as a stage director, producer, public art and creative engagement artist, teaching artist, and activist. Based out of New Brunswick, NJ, Swern is the co-founder and producing director of nonprofit arts organization coLAB Arts, engaging artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. Swern is pioneering Creative Engagement, a method of art making that produces new works through transdisciplinary collaboration, integrated education, and high quality artistic production. Swern has developed new platforms for artist/advocate/community collaboration in dance, theater, and public art and annually creates massive community-based immersive performances.

 

The musical was originally commissioned by New Brunswick, NJ's coLAB Arts, engaging artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. coLAB Arts facilitates creative conversation through innovative programs and artist infrastructure, connects artists with community partners and mentors, and executes productions that challenge perceptions and inspire action.

 

ABOUT TOWN STAGES

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate, and put on a show. A new female-driven cultural arts institution in the heart of downtown Tribeca, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that supports the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 10,000 square foot storefront facility, "TOWN" provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all: from civic to corporate, tech to theater. Town Stages holds 299 guests, blending convention-level facilities with captivating decor throughout its Mainstage, Cabaret Bar & Lounge, Gallery, Salon, Greenrooms, and more. Town Stages offers much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families celebrating their very important day. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programming in the performing arts, fine arts, and the advancement of social justice. Town Stages is available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond. Follow under @townstages and #itsyourtown. For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

 

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, perspective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and multi-hyphenate artistic disciplines, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts has built Town Stages in Tribeca. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

 

Live Recording of ANIMAL WISDOM At Town Stages  | Open: 11/01/18 Close: 11/02/18
Live Recording of

ANIMAL WISDOM

At Town Stages

November 1 & 2, 2018 at 7pm

 

Heather Christian and the ANIMAL WISDOM family present in a Live Recording of a Blackout Requiem Mass on Thursday and Friday, All Saints and All Souls Day, November 1 & 2, 2018 at 7pm and 9pm at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC.

One year after the thrice-extended sold-out ten-week run at The Bushwick Starr, the ANIMAL WISDOM family is getting back together to make a much anticipated soundtrack recording. Part fund-raiser, part mini-mass, part barn-raising revival, the ANIMAL WISDOM Live Taping will take place at Town Stages with a larger ensemble, newly fleshed-out arrangements, and the full complement of the original ANIMAL WISDOM choir, plus more than 40 additional special guest voices including local NYC personalities and musicians.

 

Space for ANIMAL WISDOM was sponsored in part by Sokoloff Arts.


DETAILS
November 1st (All Souls Day)

7pm: $35 Requiem concert ticket*
9pm: $35 Requiem Concert Ticket* // $50 Requiem concert ticket* + access to DJ'ed Revival and Dance After party

November 2nd (All Saints Day)
7pm: $35 Requiem concert ticket*
9pm: $35 Requiem Concert Ticket* // $100 Requiem Concert Ticket* + VIP Cask Room Juke Box set access (purchase this ticket and send us your favorite song, we will play it for you in an intimate set in Town Stages cask room after the show) + free ANIMAL WISDOM Signature Cocktail

*All ticket holders will receive a pre-release copy of the Animal Wisdom Soundtrack once it is recorded, included in ticket price. Soundtrack value is $25.

 

ANIMAL WISDOM a new Musical by Heather Christian & the Arbornauts

book & lyrics - Heather Christian;  guitar & vocals - Sasha Brown; keys & vocals - Heather Christian; bass & vocals - Fred Epstein; percussion & vocals - Eric Farber; violin & vocals - Maya Sharpe

 

Original Production: 

director - Mark Rosenblatt; co-director - Emilyn Kowaleski; lighting design - Andrew Schneider; scenic design - Eric Farber & Andrew Schneider; sound design - Stowe Nelson; costume design - Heather McDevitt Barton; orchestration - Sasha Brown, Heather Christian, Fred Epstein, Eric Farber & Maya Sharpe; Featuring: Heather Christian & the Arbornauts; producer - Lucy Jackson; associate producer - Brittany Coyne; Animal Wisdom was developed and premiered at the Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn, NY in Oct - Dec, 2017. The project was commissioned by the West Yorkshire Playhouse, where it was originally developed as part and presented as part of Transform Festival 2015.

 

Blurring genres but grounded in blues and Methodist hymns, ANIMAL WISDOM is a lo-fi, idiosyncratic, concert-cabaret about talking to the dead, inspired by real conversations between Heather and her deceased relatives. A constellation of dead souls is conjured, from Doris, a flamboyant and cruel childhood piano teacher (10 years dead), to the elusive ex-CIA code-breaker godfather Myles (5 years dead). Like an improvised musical séance, the tone shifts slowly from playful to dangerous, circling around darker, more disturbed forces in her family and herself, until, we are catapulted into a new sphere of haunted-ness, culminating in a 28 minute Requiem Mass sung in darkness by a choir, invisible until now. Taken in parts from poorly remembered Methodist hymns from the 1800's, hyperbolized family mythologies, gothic Catholic masses for the dead, Southern Native American folk tales passed down and bastardized in Louisiana and a fervent belief in ghosts, ANIMAL WISDOM is performed with an understanding that, whilst its audiences may or may not believe in the afterlife, music might help forge a connection with those they too have loved and lost.

 

HEATHER CHRISTIAN is the daughter of a blues musician and a go-go dancer and is an Obie Award winning composer/performer. She is a recent Sundance Fellow and Ars Nova Uncharted Member with new musical Annie Salem, alongside Rachel Chavkin. Recent composing/performing credits include her own multi-media concerts Animal Wisdom and North (LaMama NYC), the TEAM's Mission Drift, (National Theater in London) Ripe Time's The World is Round (BAM NYC), Of Mice and Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse), the entire summer '16 season at Hudson Valley Shakespeare (Macbeth, As you Like It, Measure for Measure) as well as numerous compositions for plays with music and experimental soundscape operas for dance. Short film scores include Man Rots from Head, Eat, Pauline Alone, Woman in Deep, and Gregory Go Boom, which took a 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Her first score for a feature film, Lemon, premiered at Sundance Film Festival January of 2017. She is a long-time musical and performative collaborator in devised theater with the TEAM, Jane Comfort Company, Mark Dendy, Mac Wellman, Big Dance Theater, Taylor Mac, and Witness Relocation. She was recently named one of TimeOut NY's Downtown Innovators To Watch and has been nominated for a Drama League Outstanding Performance Award. She has released 8 records and can be seen all over the world as Heather Christian & the Arbornauts in concert halls and dive bars avant-torching.

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate, and put on a show. A new female-driven cultural arts institution in the heart of downtown Tribeca, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that supports the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 10,000 square foot storefront facility, "TOWN" provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all: from civic to corporate, tech to theater. Town Stages holds 299 guests, blending convention-level facilities with captivating decor throughout its Mainstage, Cocktail Bar & Lounge, Gallery, Salon, Greenrooms, and more. Town Stages offers much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families celebrating their very important day. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programming in the performing arts, fine arts, and the advancement of social justice. Town Stages is available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond. Follow under @townstages and #itsyourtown. For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

 

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, perspective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and multi-hyphenate artistic disciplines, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts has built Town Stages in Tribeca. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

 

 

Two Invitation-Only Mini-Workshop Presentations of

DAYS OF RAGE

A New Musical

At Town Stages

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7pm and Thursday, October 18, 2018 4pm

 

Shoshana Greenberg and Hyeyoung Kim announce two invitation-only mini-workshop presentations of their new musical DAYS OF RAGE on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 7pm, and Thursday, October 18, 2018, at 4pm at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC. The presentation will comprise the first act of the show.

 

How far would you go for something you believe is right? Who is responsible for violence and how do you break the cycle? DAYS OF RAGE, inspired by the activities of The Weathermen/Weather Underground Organization and The Black Panther Party in the late 1960s and early 1970s, tells the story of Jean Avery, who leads the militant protest group The Weathermen after her brother leaves for Vietnam, and Fred Hayward, the leader of the Chicago chapter of The Black Panther Party, who tries to keep his fellow Party members from descending into violence. As Fred and Jean's paths intertwine, they grow closer and apart in a turbulent time of war, civil rights, and rage. 

 

DAYS OF RAGE features Book and Music by Hyeyoung Kim and Lyrics and Additional Material by Shoshana Greenberg. It was developed, in part, at a writing retreat at Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, New Jersey, and with New York Theatre Barn in their New Works Series, Choreography Lab, and their presentation of a special reading of the entire show.

 

This workshop is directed by Jaclyn Biskup (assistant director of Straight White Men on Broadway) and choreographed by Glenn Giron (RagtimeNational Tour). Music direction is by Hyeyoung Kim. It also features sound design by Sun Hee Kil, projection design by Hyunsoo Woo, and lighting design by Ethan Olsen. Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.

 

Space for this event was sponsored in part by Sokoloff Arts. Shoshana Greenberg and Hyeyoung Kim are recipients of a 2018 Sokoloff Arts Fellowship. 

 

Hyeyoung Kim is a Jonathan Larson Award Winner, Sokoloff Arts Fellow, and a former participant in NAMT, the ASCAP/Disney Workshop, TRU, the Composer/Librettist lab at New Dramatists, and the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project. NYU GMTWP. Sunfish (Co-Book/Music)- Daegu International Musical Theatre Festival (Top Jury Honor), Stoneham Theater (BWW Boston Best musical in a mid-size theater); Falling (Music)- Songwriters Showcase at NAMT, Creative Factory, Korea; Cafe-In (Music)- Live theater, Korea. Toured to Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; Luna Park (Co-Book/Music)- MTF's 4@15 in NYC, Oregon Performance Lab, From Page to Stage in London; Vampire In A Box (Co-Lyrics/Music)- SHArthall, Korea; Days Of Rage(Book/Music)- NYTB's New Works Pre-Premiere Series, NYTB's Choreography Lab; A Story No One Knows (Book/Music)- NYTB's New Works Pre-Premiere Series. Hyeyoungkimmusic.com

 

Shoshana Greenberg is a lyricist, librettist, playwright, singer, and theater journalist. She was recently named a Sokoloff Arts Fellow with Town Stages and Sokoloff Arts. Musicals: Days of Rage (reading with New York Theatre Barn) and A Story No One Knows with composer and bookwriter Hyeyoung Kim, and Lightning Man (Ars Nova ANT Fest) with composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith. Plays: Lost Girl in Florida Swamp (Fresh Produce'd) and The Rapture of Our Teeth (ESPA Detention Series). Her songs have been performed at Lincoln Center, The York Theatre, TriArts Sharon Playhouse, the Laurie Beechman, and the Duplex Cabaret Theater, where she performed her cabaret show Finding My Own Damn Way. As a journalist she has contributed to American Theatre Magazine, The IntervalWomen and HollywoodThe Huffington Post, and Culturadar and she is a contributing editor of the journal Musical Theater Today. MFA: Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU. BA: Barnard College. 

 

Town Stages is a female-driven, state-of-the-art, cultural arts institution and event space that supports the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 10,000 square foot storefront facility, TOWN provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all: from civic to corporate, tech to theater. With a Mainstage, a Cocktail Lounge, and a multi-use event space with a capacity of 299, Town Stages offers much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programming, from performance art to dance to theater, and is also available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond. TOWN is also home to a Fellowship Program for artists, entrepreneurs, writers, content creators, movers, shakers, and makers of all kinds. In partnership with Sokoloff Arts (501c3), the program is part residency, part incubator, and part home base, and offers the ultimate creative freedom to grow by providing shared spaces, rehearsal/performance/event subsidies, and an opportunity to be a part of a shared creative community, working together under one roof. To learn more, visit www.townstages.com

 

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, perspective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural Life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts has built Town Stages. To learn more, visit www.sokoloffarts.org.

 

 

Musical Theatre Factory

announces

Mei Ann Teo 

as Producing Artistic Director

 

Musical Theatre Factory announces Mei Ann Teo as Producing Artistic Director.

 

"After much anticipation, it is with great joy that I introduce you to new Producing Artistic Director, Mei Ann Teo," said Shakina Nayfack. "She is a visionary interdisciplinary theatre maker and community organizer who brings with her to the job a wealth of experience in new works development, education, and fundraising. We are in great hands, and I have full confidence that MTF will achieve new levels of artistic excellence and organizational sustainability with her expertise and leadership. Please, join me in welcoming MTF's new Producing Artistic Director, Mei Ann Teo!"

 

"I'm absolutely thrilled and honored to serve this incredible community that Shakina has brought together," said Mei Ann Teo. "MTF, by nurturing groundbreaking musical theatre makers, plays a unique and necessary role in the cultural infrastructure of our society. We get to gather and make work that seeks to dismantle oppressive ideologies, shift the culture towards collective liberation, and do it through powerful and joyful story in song. New initiatives are in the works; we are rolling out MTF MAKERS - a cohort of six teams that will receive 18 months of dedicated development resources and platforms to share their work. We create space for musical theatre makers to meet and nurture collaborations from that first moment where 'WE MET AT MTF'!"

 

Founding Artistic Director Shakina Nayfack will remain involved with the company and will continue to advise as a member of the board.

 

A meet-and-greet reception with Mei Ann, Shakina, the MTF team, and MTF fall artists will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 5-7pm at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC 10013. The event is free, but please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-mtfs-new-producing-artistic-director-mei-ann-teo-tickets-49474395248.

 

Applications for MTF MAKERS will be accepted beginning 9/21 at www.mtf.nyc/submissions.

 

Mei Ann Teo is a theatre/film maker who works at the intersection of artistic/civic/contemplative practice to shift culture towards justice and compassion. As a director/devisor/dramaturg, she creates across genres, including music theatre, intermedial participatory work, reimagining classics, and documentary theatre. Recently profiled in American Theatre's Role Call: Theatre Workers to Watch, and a 2018 cohort National Directing Fellow, Teo's work is made internationally including Singapore Theatre Festival (Building A Character,"ingenious direction," Business Times), Belgium's Festival de Liege (Lyrics From Lockdown, "Truly polished, meaningful and entertaining," The New York Times), Edinburgh Fringe (MiddleFlight, "Stunning," Scotsman), M1 Singapore Fringe (The Shape of a Bird, "Superb staging," Straits Times), Beijing Int. Festival (Labyrinth - Top 8 in Beijing News), the Shanghai Experimental Theatre Festival (Official Selection). She has directed and/or developed new work at OSF (Phil Killian Fellow 2015), the Goodman, the Public, Crowded Fire, History Theatre, BRT (Ground Floor) and was the first Asian American to direct at the National Black Theatre. At Theatre Above in Shanghai, she helmed and directed the world premiere of the musical Dim Sum Warriors by Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo (adapted from the comic book of the same name), composed by Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun.  In 2018 summer, the show toured 25 cities in China in the PolyGroup Theatres, the largest theatres in China.

 

As a creative collaborator of Diana Oh, she was dramaturg for {my lingerie play} 2017: THE CONCERT AND CALL TO ARMS!!!!!!!!! The Final Installation at Rattlestick Theatre. Her case study on this process, called Dramaturging Revolution will be published by Routledge in a book called Diverse Dramaturgy: Case Studies from the Field. She also recently served as Love Doctor with Kevin Hourigan for Diana Oh in Concert and Sleepover at Ancram Opera House. She dramaturges a wide range of projects, from Erik Ehn's The Cycle Plays with Theatre of Yugen to titles with Disney.

 

Teo was the featured director at the MIT's Symposium Next Wave: The Future of Asian American Theatre, and presents regularly at national conferences like CAATA, NET Symposiums, and LMDA. Teo was the first cohort for the Hemera Foundation Tending Space Fellowship and ArtEquity Facilitator Training, and has received grants and fellowships from the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Asian Cultural Council, Network of Ensemble Theatres, Performance Project at University Settlement, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She frequently serves on national award panels, including the NEA, Jerome, and ABOG. 

 

As a filmmaker, Teo directed a short documentary entitled Please Listen To Me about marginalized and at risk youth in Singapore. She co-directed and produced a short film Not Here that received the Singapore Film Commission's Short Film Grant and was screened internationally, including the San Francisco Asian American Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival. She produced Stop All The Clocks (available on Amazon), a feature length documentary about Fatal Distraction - the Pulitzer winning feature by Gene Weingarten. 

 

As an educator, she served for seven years as the Chair of Drama/Resident Artist at Pacific Union College where she founded a program focused on original ensemble creation and rooted in personal and communal history. She received the Meritorious Service Award for creating "Red Books: Our Search for Ellen White", documentary theatre that KQED called "without a doubt a seminal moment in Adventist History". She has guest lectured at top institutions around the world, including Harvard, Duke, MIT and Shanghai Theatre Academy. She served as the Asst. Professor of Directing and Dramaturgy at Hampshire College. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University.

 

Most known for her work as Lola on the Hulu Original Comedy Series Difficult PeopleShakina Nayfackcan also be seen as Frankie on Marvel's Jessica Jones(Netflix) and The Detour (TBS). On Broadway: 24-Hour Plays and Gypsy of the Year. Off-Broadway: Masculinity Max at The Public Theater, Manuel Versus the Statue of Liberty (as Lady Liberty). Founding Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory (www.mtf.nyc), Shakina has supported the development of over 165 new musicals including an autobiographical rock musical about her gender confirmation, Manifest Pussy, which premiered at Joe's Pub in 2016, and the rock opera JUNKwith the Swedish pop band Brainpool. Also at Joe's Pub: One Woman Show (2013)Post-Op (2015).Shakina is a proud recipient of a Lilly Award (2015) recognizing the remarkable contributions to the American Theatre made by women, the Theatre Resources Unlimited Humanitarian Award (2016), The Drama League Directors Project Musical Directing Fellowship (2011) and Beatrice Terry Fellowship for women playwright/directors (2017) for her new play Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club. Other Directing highlights include MTF productions of Ben Bonnema's BOYS WHO TRICKED ME, Jahn Sood's THE DISAPPEARING MAN, the world premiere of Dan Lefranc's THE POOR PLAYERS, and the US Premiere of BASHIR LAZHAR at Barrington Stage Company, where she served as Associate Producer (2012-2013). Shakina is also a third generation Butoh teacher trained beneath Diego Piñón, founder of Body Ritual Movement. With an MFA in Experimental Choreography and a PhD in Critical Dance Studies (both from the University of California at Riverside), Shakina's Butoh for the Actor method has been developed through master classes at the University of California at Santa Cruz, the Chicago Cultural Center, Casa del Teatro in Mexico City, Barrington Stage Company, The Drama League, and most recently as adjunct faculty at NYU Tisch Drama. Butoh choreography/performances include Ragesties (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Auto-Refutation/Re-Fusing Self (Performance Studies International), Arena y Sangre (Blood and Sand), a site specific performance protest in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. BA and Graduate Certificate: UC Santa Cruz. MFA/PHD UC Riverside. More at www.Shakina.nyc and @shakeenz

 

Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) is a nonprofit arts services organization dedicated to developing musical theatre artists and presenting new work in a collaborative atmosphere free from the pressures of critical or commercial success. We cultivate musicals of excellence that are artistically groundbreaking and socially inclusive work for the American canon. We gather musical theatre makers from a multiplicity of backgrounds for collective support, feedback, growth, collaboration, and community. MTF is a Resident Company of Playwrights Horizons.

 

The Eleventh Hour!  | Open: 05/11/18 Close: 06/27/18
Smugbug Productions presents

the New York Premiere of

The Eleventh Hour!

a new rock musical comedy by David Seamon

May 11 - June 27, 2018

at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC

 

Smugbug Productions presents the New York Premiere of The Eleventh Hour!, a new rock musical comedy by David Seamon from May 11 - June 27, 2018 at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC. Tickets are $35 and are available at https://www.eleventhhourmusical.com/performance-tickets/the-eleventh-hour.

 

It's the end of the world in New Jersey! A burnout basement rocker and his ex-girlfriend, a rising star astrophysicist, may have the key to surviving the black hole bearing down on earth. If they can reconcile their feelings and manage a dangerous journey on the NJ Turnpike, they just may save their music, each other, and the mole people who live beneath them.

 

The Eleventh Hour! features music, book, and lyrics by David Seamon, direction by Annie Rutherford Lutz, and is produced by Smugbug Productions. The story for the musical was originally created by Seamon, Lutz, and Shimmy Schwartz through a commission by coLAB Arts. 

 

Cast: Tam Justin Garcia (Nevin Denham), Rachelle Legrand (Neil DeGrasse Tyson), Christopher Pasi (Astor Whitewater), Joshuah D. Simpson (Shawn Ryan), Kara Willow (Amy Leonardo), Brianne Wylie (Thelma).

 

Performances at 9pm: Fri 5/11 & 5/18, Sat 5/12 & 5/19, Wed 5/23 & 5/30, Thu 5/24 & 5/31, Mon 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, Wed 6/13, 6/20, 6/27.

 

ARTIST BIOS

 

David Seamon (Composer/Book/Lyrics) is a playwright, composer, and actor. He works as a teaching artist for the George Street Playhouse and McCarter Theatre and is the co-director of the company ensemble at the Wharton Institute of Performing Arts. In 2013, David won the Silver Tripod Award at Campus Movie Fest for best score to a short film, Melody.  David has an extensive background as a musical director and touring children's theater performer, and has a degree in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University.  His 2007 album "The Brotherhood of Teenage Haze" is available on iTunes and Spotify and his 2017 release "Minimum Rage" is available on Soundcloud. David  is a frequent collaborator with coLAB Arts, having worked as an actor, composer, and playwright. The Eleventh Hour is David's first full-length musical. Thedaveseamon.com

 

Annie Rutherford Lutz (Director) is a Director, Performer, and Teaching Artist Throughout the school year, she leads Theater Arts Integration programs across the state of New Jersey, specializing in the creation of new works and ensemble-based theatre. Most recently, she became the Resident Teaching Artist / Project Coordinator for George Street Playhouse, where she has the privilege of managing in-school theatrical residencies and fostering new Teaching Artists. Annie has been the Director of The Eleventh Hour since its inception and is honored to have followed this piece throughout its development. Annie is a proud graduate of Douglass College at Rutgers University. 

 

Tam Justin Garcia is an NJ-based Singer-Songwriter. He has been performing since he was fourteen years old at coffee houses, busking train stations and city streets, festivals, benefit concerts to help the community, and large concert venues. This past October, Tam made his theatre debut as the lead role as Jon in Rooftop Theatre Collaborative's production of Tick, Tick...Boom. He was the lead vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter for Garden State Line, who were nominated for Best Rock Band by the Asbury Park Music Awards in 2014 and 2015, and was the House Band for the Stone Pony in Asbury Park for 4 years. He has also toured the USA and has performed in Europe. He is currently working on his first solo record.

 

Rachelle Legrand was last seen in George Street Playhouse's education tour in their productions of New Kid, Austin the Unstoppable, and the world premiere of Anytown. Some of her most memorable roles are Lorraine Hansberry (To Be Young Gifted and Black), Dionne (Hair), Wendy-Jo (Footloose), Sister Chantelle (Bare:A Pop Opera), and Crystal (Little Shop of Horrors). She is a proud graduate of Rutgers University. She would like to thank the entire production's staff and cast of The Eleventh Hour for this experience, and her family and friends for their continuous support.

 

Kara Willow is so excited to be working with such a creative and talented team and cast. Previous roles include Queenie (Wild Party), Judy (9 to 5), Logainne (...Spelling Bee), and Carla (Nine). 

 

Christopher Pasi makes his acting debut in New York! after being a part of the original production of The Eleventh Hour! in coLAB Arts' 48 Hour Musicals. It has been an apocalyptically wonderful experience seeing this show explode into the masterpiece it has become. 

 

Joshuah D. Simpson makes his New York stage debut with The Eleventh Hour. Joshuah is a performer, creator, and educator who recently relocated to the city after just having graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. If you want to follow Joshuah and their New York journey they can be found on twitter and instagram @JoshuahDSimpson. Some of their previous credits include; Shrek in Shrek the Musical (Sing for America), Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical (Milbrook Playhouse), and the featured performer in the original solo show It Takes One (Philly Fringe). They would like to thank their friends, family, and mentors for the overwhelming support over the years, moreover, the last few months. The amount of talent pouring out of this cast is wild, and they are truly stoked to get to be part of such a gut busting show. They would like to thank you all for supporting the arts and hope you enjoy the chaos of this show as much as they do.  

 

Brianne Wylie makes her debut in NYC with this unique show. Brianne is a Seattle native/NYC transplant who recently graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Musical Theater. Favorite previous roles include Rose (Dogfight, Ithaca College) and Martha (Spring Awakening, Balagan Theater). briannewylie.com

 

 

PRODUCER BIOS

 

Smugbug Productions chooses projects that are challenging, stimulating, and reinvent audience engagement. We engage with work on all levels of creation and presentation including stage direction, production management, producing, general management, and consulting. Our work includes projects in theater, dance, public art, video, and community engagement. Our experience spans from shoe-string to multi-million dollar budgets.

 

Dan Swern is the founder and owner of Smugbug Productions, with professional credits as a stage director, producer, public art and creative engagement artist, teaching artist, and activist. Based out of New Brunswick, NJ, Swern is the co-founder and producing director of nonprofit arts organization coLAB Arts, engaging artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. Swern is pioneering Creative Engagement, a method of art making that produces new works through transdisciplinary collaboration, integrated education, and high quality artistic production. Swern has developed new platforms for artist/advocate/community collaboration in dance, theater, and public art and annually creates massive community-based immersive performances.

 

The musical was originally commissioned by New Brunswick, NJ's coLAB Arts, engaging artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. coLAB Arts facilitates creative conversation through innovative programs and artist infrastructure, connects artists with community partners and mentors, and executes productions that challenge perceptions and inspire action.

 

ABOUT TOWN STAGES

 

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is located in the heart of Tribeca. TOWN is New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate and put on a show.A new female-driven cultural arts institution, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that can support the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 9,000 square foot storefront facility, TOWN provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all: from civic to corporate, tech to theater.With a Mainstage, a Cabaret Lounge, a Gallery, and a multi-use event space with a capacity of 225, Town Stages offers much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programing, from performance art to dance to theatre, and is also available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond.  For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

 

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, prospective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts has just opened Town Stages in Tribeca. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

Town Stages and Yael Silver

present

Home Enough To Me:

The Songs of Rachel Dean and David Brush

A Benefit for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Monday, March 26, 2018

at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC

 

Town Stages and Yael Silver present Home Enough To Me: The Songs of Rachel Dean and David Brush, a benefit for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7pm at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC, featuring: Tony award-winning Cady Huffman (The Producers),Jessica Vosk (Wicked), Max Crumm (Grease), Jamison Scott(Memphis), Nick Adams (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, A Chorus Line), Lauren Elder (Sideshow),George Psomas (Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific), Law Terrell Dunford (Waitress), Tally Sessions (War Paint, Falsettos), Kristin Stokes (The Lightning Thief)  Rebecca Spigelman, Noah Hinsdale (Fun Home). Tickets are $65 ($100 for VIP admission) and are available at https://homeenoughtome.splashthat.com/.

 

"As artists we must use our voices to help those who feel like they might not have one," said producer Yael Silver. "The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has answered over 10 million calls from those seeking support in dark times. Art can be a beacon of light in the darkness, and it is my absolute honor to support such a needed service. Rachel and David's music brings attention to the realities of those struggling with mental illness while creating a safe artistic medium to present this pertinent subject matter."

 

Home Enough to Me is a new concert showcasing the work of musical theatre writing team Rachel Dean and David Brush. The concert event will feature songs from The Anxiety Project--a new musical featuring the true stories of those suffering from and living with anxiety, depression and a host of other mental illnesses--as well as some new Dean-Brush work. The evening gathers a collection of some of Broadway's finest performers in a one night only event to benefit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Featuring both fan favorites and never-before-heard songs from work in development, this unique event is not to be missed!

 

Music by Rachel Dean; Lyrics by David Brush

Directed by Robert W Schneider; Music Direction by Kevin David Thomas

Produced by Yael Silver

 

"The music, book and lyrics [Dean & Brush] create are superb

and everything I think this artform can accomplish."

- Kevin David Thomas

 

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

Robert W Schneider received an MFA in Directing for the Musical Theatre from Penn State University, under the mentorship of SDC President Susan H Schulman. For seven years, Robert was the Associate Artistic Director of the Penn State Nu Musicals Festival, which celebrated and championed new works for the American musical stage. In that capacity, Robert produced and directed numerous works by such new voices as Adam Gwon, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Selda Sahin, and Kooman & Dimond. Most recently, Robert was nominated for an Ovation Award for directing the regional premiere of Memphis. Regional credits include: Good People (w/Johanna Day), All My Sons (w/Richard Bekins), A Man of No Importance (w/Caroline Bowman), The Last Five Years (w/AJ Holmes) and the regional premieres of Harper Regan, Leading Ladies and From Up Here. In New York, Robert has directed countless showcases and concerts, the most recent being an all-star concert of I Do, I Do, which featured Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, Robert Cuccioli, Patrick Page, and many other Broadway veterans. Robert was quite proud that this was the first time in the show's fifty-year history that a same-sex couple was part of the storytelling. As an assistant director, Robert has had the great pleasure of assisting Ms. Schulman on Bookends at the York Theatre, Lonny Price on his Live! From Lincoln Center productions of Sweeney Todd (w/ Emma Thompson and Audra McDonald) and Sinatra: Voice For A Century (w/Sting and Seth McFarlane), as well interning for Judith Ivey on her production of Vanities at Second Stage. Robert currently serves as an Original Programming Producer for Feinstein's/54 Below, as well as holding academic positions at both Penn State University and the New York Film Academy. He lives in West Harlem with his husband, Daniel Gutierrez, a photographer.

 

Kevin David Thomas has worked as a music director, copyist, accompanist, and music assistant for various companies and institutions across the world.  He most recently served as music director for the world premiere of My 80-year-old Boyfriend at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, as well as music supervisor on the world premiere of Marvelous Wonderettes Dream On (cast recording) at STAGES Repertory Theatre. He served as music assistant to music supervisor/director Kevin Stites on various original Broadway scale productions: Pamela's First Musical (Book: Wendy Wasserstein, Music: Cy Coleman, Lyrics: David Zippel) at Town Hall, A Tale of Two Cities (Book, Music, and Lyrics: Jill Santoriello) on Broadway, Little House on the Prairie(Book: Rachel Sheinkin, Music: Rachel Portman, Lyrics: Donna DiNovelli) on the National Tour (assistant music supervisor).  Additionally, he has served as composer Ricky Ian Gordon's personal copyist and score proofreader on various original operas and song cycles.  As a music director and arranger, Kevin has travelled the country for years with the corporate comedy troupe The Watercoolers. He spent three months in Moscow, Russia, music directing Once on this Island as part of a special arts outreach program through the US Embassy.  Kevin has also led productions at various regional theaters and universities across the United States.  As a pianist, Kevin has played at a range of cabaret venues in New York City (Below 54, Laurie Beechman Theatre, Carnegie Hall), and accompanied various singers (Donna Murphy, Carolee Carmello, Donna McKechnie, Judy Kuhn).  He has a Bachelor of Music in musical theatre from Baldwin Wallace University, Conservatory of Music.

 

Rachel Dean is a composer, pianist, and music director originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Now New York City-based, she serves as a rehearsal pianist for Hamilton and has worked alongside former members of the In The HeightsBroadway cast and creative team, teaching and playing at theatre intensive workshops run by Salgado Productions and R.Evolucion Latina. Recent premieres of her musicals include The Ballad of Janis Matthews and the Dodo Scouts (AREA Stage Co., October 2015) and the one-act Masque (University of Miami, February 2015), both with book by Giancarlo Rodaz. Musicals currently in development include The Anxiety Project (book and lyrics by David Brush) and Present Perfect (book and lyrics by Nancy Cheser).

 

David Brush has served as dramaturg, writer, director, producer, and various other roles in the theatre over the course of his career. David's writing work has been honored by Chicago Theatre Building and a two-time American Harmony Prize Finalist. David's work has been performed all over the country and will play Phoenix, NYC, Akron and other cities in 2018 alone. In addition, David has directed the Midwest regional premieres and/or labs of over 40 productions as well as lead producer for the NYC run of Hot Mess in Manhattan. David is the librettist/lyricist for Summer of My German Soldier and The Big Picture (w/ Jim Farley), and is currently developing The Anxiety Project (New York Film Academy, 2017)and Amelia (Premiere reading, 2018) (w/ Rachel Dean). David served as producing artistic director for Encore Theater Company - championing new musicals and new writers as well as heralding the development of three shows to their NYC debuts. David holds his Bachelor's degree from Wright State University and Masters in Theatre from Regent University. David is on faculty with Regent University and Sinclair College. www.deanandbrush.com

 

Yael Silver is a producer and activist based in NYC. She is a Co-Producer on Once On This Island (Broadway), currently in performances at Circle In The Square Theatre. Yael has produced concerts for Kate Rockwell, Bobby Cronin, The Lightning Thief- The Percy Jackson Musical, Queer Composers For Orlando and the Art Attack Foundation featuring Jessie Mueller and Chita Rivera. She is a human rights and climate activist, volunteering for organizations such as Amnesty International, ACLU and The Climate Reality Project. Yael currently serves as Associate Producer at the Grammy and Tony-winning record label Broadway Records, Head of Artist Development at Yellow Sound Label and is on the Board of Directors at Sokoloff Arts.

 

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is located in the heart of Tribeca. TOWN is New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate and put on a show.A new female-driven cultural arts institution and venue space, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that can support the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 9,000 square foot storefront facility, TOWN provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all:  from civic to corporate, tech to theater.With a Mainstage, a Cabaret Lounge, and a multi-use event space with a capacity of 225, Town Stages offers much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programing, from performance art to dance to theatre, and is also available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond.  For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

 

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, prospective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts is building Town Stages. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

 

BREITWISCH FARM  | Open: 03/02/18 Close: 03/16/18
In homage to Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, this ensemble play examines the disappearing middle class in the swing state of Wisconsin. It’s the era of Tea Partiers, undocumented “Dreamers,” organic farming and fracking — and they all collide in a small community where being nice and rooting for the Packers are bond.  While the story backdrop is rife with harsh political realities, the singular story core is in the heart and humanity of the characters’ lives. The personal meets the partisan, community meets capitalism and local meets global at Breitwisch Farm.


About the Company: Esperance Theater Company

Is an NYC-based theater company, founded in 2015 by Ryan Quinn, Charlie Murphy, and Katie Hartke. Productions include Twelfth Night and Youth & Ambition) in NYC, and workshops of The Canada Lee Project and The Native Son Project, in collaboration with playwright Mona Z. Smith and the Paramount Hudson Valley Arts. Inspired by Shakespeare, esperance is a word that appears a few times throughout the canon: it is defined as “hope” or “expectation”. For us this means a constant reaching toward renewal, development, artistic excellence, and ultimately a stronger connection to our audience. Esperance is a home for artists to dedicate themselves to ensemble work in service of story.  Every member of our leadership team has worked as an educator, and understands that the key to getting folks involved is through “defined accessibility.”  Our experience is that many people do not think classical theater is for or about them, and we take it as our responsibility to create the access point, and invite you in.  Once in, we want to make sure that the story and the storytellers are rooted in that same accessibility.  In our experience, if we are able to reveal this connection just once, it will hook you for a lifetime.

Town Stages Announces Inaugural Sokoloff Arts Fellows  | Open: 01/31/18 Close: 02/28/18
Town Stages Announces Inaugural Sokoloff Arts Fellows

 

Town Stages is proud to announce the 2018 slate of recipients of the annual Sokoloff Arts Fellowship:

Jessica Anderson (with Stefanie Izzo, Alex Kocheva, Amy Stewart, and the Astoria Music Project), Caps Lock Theatre (Mariah MacCarthy, Melissa Lusk, Leta Tremblay), Joanna Carpenter, Matt Cox (with Kristin McCarthy Parker, Stephen Stout, and Colin Waitt), Ephrat Asherie Dance, Esperance Theater Company (Katie Hartke, Charlie Murphy, Ryan Quinn), Jono Freedrix, Jason Jacobs, Matthew Jellison, Christine Toy Johnson, Hyeyoung Kim and Shoshana Greenberg, Steven Kopp, Yan Li, Made with Sass (Samantha Slater), Jessie Mahon, MAWU, MelimelL Digital Art Design, Rebecca Odorisio, Pocket Universe (Alyssa May Gold), Charlotte Purser, Richard Pictures Presents (David Hilder and Dan McCoy), Ripening (Vanessa Walters, and Brian Gonzalez aka Taxiplasm), Andy Scott, Shallow Graves(Jenny Lester and Juliana Jurenas), Crystal Skillman, The Long Table (David Loewy, Noah Reece, Greg Taubman, Jocelyn Vammer), The Rigano Songbook (David and Paul Rigano), Jamila Youngstedt.

 

TOWN is home to this unique Fellowship Program for artists, entrepreneurs, writers, content creators, movers, shakers, and makers of all kinds. In partnership with Sokoloff Arts (501c3), the program is part residency, part incubator, and part home base: offering the ultimate creative freedom to grow. An application-based program, the Fellowship offers free access to shared spaces, rehearsal/performance/event space subsidies, and the opportunity to be a part of a shared creative community, working together under one roof.

 

"I am so proud to be developing this necessary program at Town," said Chie Morita, Deputy Director at Town Stages and Coordinator of the Fellowship Program. "Seemingly simple needs like a quiet space to write, a spot for a designer brainstorm that isn't a coffee shop, and a central meeting point for open and honest conversations are the building blocks for community and collaboration. We often see Fellowships as grants of space or time towards a singular vision, but I want us to build an atmosphere in which we share in a greater creative resource, our fellow artists."

 

Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director of Town Stages adds, "Over the years, countless local innovators have expressed their desire for more freedom, flexibility, and feedback as they work. Now, after an extraordinary effort on all fronts to secure and transform a bigger facility, we can't wait to answer the call for space and support. Designed and heralded by Ms. Morita, the Fellowship Program codifies these offerings under our new roof."

 

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is located in the heart of Tribeca. TOWN is New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate and put on a show.A new female-driven cultural arts institution and venue space, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that can support the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 9,000 square foot storefront facility, TOWN provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all:  from civic to corporate, tech to theater.With a Mainstage, a Cabaret Lounge, and a multi-use event space with a capacity of 225, Town Stages offers much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programing, from performance art to dance to theatre, and is also available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond.  For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

 

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, prospective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts is building Town Stages. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

 

 

2018 FELLOWS

 

Jessica Anderson (with Stefanie Izzo, Alex Kocheva, Amy Stewart, and the Astoria Music Project)

Jessica has been an active pianist, teacher and vocal collaborator in New York City since 2011. Before relocating to New York, Jessica Anderson was employed by Roosevelt University where she served as a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist. She completed her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the same institution where she studied solo repertoire with Dr. Winston Choi and collaborative with Dr. Dana Brown. While attending Roosevelt, she was active as both a soloist and collaborator, featured in their opera productions, scenes, multiple chamber groups, many vocal recitals and solo performances. While earning her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville she studied with Dr. Linda Perry. www.jessicaandersonpiano.com

 

Caps Lock Theatre (Mariah MacCarthy, Melissa Lusk, Leta Tremblay)

Art-wives Mariah MacCarthy (book/lyrics) and Leta Tremblay (director) run Caps Lock Theatre together. Their collaborations have been called "a lot of fun" by The New York Times, nominated for multiple awards, and presented at venues from the Cincinnati Fringe Festival to the Obie-winning Ensemble Studio Theatre. Melissa Lusk (lyrics/music) is a Brooklyn-based composer, mother, legal secretary, and member of the band Teen Girl Scientist Monthly. She is one of the original creators of feminist pop concert "Baby No More Times." Favorite writing credits include ...things i found on craigslist (music and selected lyrics) and l(y)re (music and lyrics). capslocktheatre.com

 

Joanna Carpenter

Joanna Carpenter is an actor, singer, creator, director, and producer based in New York City. An outspoken advocate for equality and critic of sexism and racism, she works to find ways to channel her feelings through art. She has produced a number of benefit concerts to support organizations vital to our community, such as Planned Parenthood and the Hetrick-Martin Institute. Joanna most recently screened her directorial debut film Untitled at Town Stages, documenting and recreating various real-life incidents of harassment and assault. She hopes that this film can serve alongside the current socio-political climate as a conversation-starter, with the belief that change CAN happen, that women CAN be viewed as equals, not things or less-than or sex objects.  www.joannacarpenter.com

 

Matt Cox (with Kristin McCarthy Parker, Stephen Stout, and Colin Waitt)

Matt Cox is a playwright, actor, improviser, and former comic book retail associate based in New York City. His play Puffs Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years At A Certain School Of Magic & Magic is currently playing Off-Broadway at New World Stages. Other work includes: Kapow-i GoGoHappy Little Trees: A BobysseyCool Chefs Jr., and The Kapow-i GoGo Holiday Special. He authored the radio play El Hombre Bovino for WNYC's The Greene Space. His work has been produced at New World Stages, The Elektra Theater, The PIT, The Tank, and The Flea Theater, among other places. He is a director for The Story Pirates. www.mattcoxland.com

 

Ephrat Asherie Dance

Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie (Dancer), a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance, is a New York City based bgirl, dancer and choreographer. As artistic director of Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD), she has presented work at Jacob's Pillow, FiraTarrega and New York Live Arts, among others. Ephrat has received numerous awards to support her work including a National Dance Project Award from NEFA, a Mondo Cane! Commission from Dixon Place and an Extended Life Residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Ephrat has taught at Wesleyan University and is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center. www.ephratasheriedance.com

 

Esperance Theater Company (Katie Hartke, Charlie Murphy, Ryan Quinn)

Esperance is an NYC-based theater company founded in 2015 by Ryan Quinn, Charlie Murphy, and Katie Hartke. Previous productions in NYC include Twelfth Night and Youth & Ambition, and workshops of The Canada Lee Project and The Native Son Project, in collaboration with playwright Mona Z. Smith and the Paramount Hudson Valley Arts. Inspired by Shakespeare, "Esperance" is a word that appears a few times throughout the canon: it is defined as "hope" or "expectation". For us this means a constant reaching toward renewal, development, artistic excellence, and ultimately a stronger connection to our audience. www.esperancetheatercompany.org

 

Jono Freedrix

Jono Freedrix is a writer & director best known for The Fluid Trilogy, a series of dark and twisted female-driven comedies that has screened in over 30 film festivals, winning several best comedy awards. The series is made up of three short films: "Bloody Mary," "Sucklepump," & "Bun in the Oven," and has been described as "transcendent absurdist humor" grounded in female empowerment. Jono was born in Vancouver where he became president of The Virtual Stage, a multi award-winning film & theater company. He moved to Brooklyn in 2013 where he makes short films through his company Super Twisted Productions. He's currently working on a new feature film. www.jonofreedrix.com

 

Jason Jacobs

Jason Jacobs is a New York-based director, writer, and teaching artist. His original musical Miss Blanche Tells It All was seen at the 2017 New York Musical Festival. Recent directing include a co-adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin at Pittsburgh Playhouse, Lavender Songs at Pangea and Subprime at Jersey City Theatre Center. His play Another Horatio Alger Story was presented at Pride Plays and Film's Gay Play Fest 2016. Jason is a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, a Master Teaching Artist for Roundabout Theatre, and Associate of SDC. He received his BA from Yale and MFA from Columbia. www.Jason-Jacobs.com

 

Matthew Jellison 
Matthew Jellison is the author of the giants, parts one and two, which was produced at Loft 227 last winter. He is the 2012 /2013 Kenan Playwriting Fellow at the Kennedy Center, an alumnus of the FreshGround Pepper PlayGround PlayGroup and SPACE on Ryder Farm, a Semi-Finalist and two-time Playwriting Observor at the O'Neill National Playwright's Conference, and a finalist for the Soho Rep Writer / Director's Lab. Matthew is an instructor at WritopiaLab NYC, where he helps kids develop original writing. Matthew graduated from the acting program at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

 

Christine Toy Johnson

Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning writer, actor, director and advocate for inclusion. Her plays and musicals have been developed at such places as the Roundabout Theatre Company, O'Neill Theater Center, Village Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, The Barrow Group and more. A collection of her work is included in the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection. As an actor, she's been featured extensively on Broadway, Off-Broadway, film, and television. She is a proud member of the Councils of both the Dramatists Guild and Actors' Equity. Recipient of a 2016 Meryl Streep/IRIS Writers Lab fellowship and the 2013 Rosetta LeNoire Award. www.christinetoyjohnson.com

 

Hyeyoung Kim and Shoshana Greenberg

Hyeyoung Kim and Shoshana Greenberg received MFAs from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU. Their musical Days of Rage has had readings at NYU (2014) and with New York Theatre Barn (2016), and was featured in New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series (2016) and Choreography Lab (2017). Their musical A Story No One Knows will be part of New York Theatre Barn's upcoming New Works Series (April, 2018). Hyeyoung Kim is also a MAC Nominee, 2005 recipient of the Jonathan Larson, Daryl Roth, and TRU Daniel Marshall Multicultural awards. www.hyeyoungkimmusic.com

http://shoshanagreenberg.com/

 

Steven Kopp

Steven Kopp (Co-Founder, Kopp & Caddigan Productions) is a Freelance Producer & Director. Formerly the Assistant to David Binder, Broadway Producer of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Of Mice and Men. Producing & Directing credits: Billy and the Golden Pencil (Barn Arts Collective), Spike Heels by Theresa Rebeck (Loft 227), Late For Brunch (The Pit Loft), The Black Parade: An Evening of Live Music (Loft 227), The Screen (Taksu Theatre Company and The Simpletons). Producing credits: The Tempest (Taksu Theatre Company). Assistant Directing credits: I Remember Mama by John Van Druten (Transport Group), The Maids by Jean Genet (Sonnet Repertory Theatre).

 

Yan Li

Yan Li makes musicals and paper cranes. His work has involved sexually adventurous puppets, blood-letting bakers, adventurous octogenarians and blind villagers. Most recently represented off-Broadway with the NY Times Critics' Pick show Made In China, Yan's theatrical shenanigans have been allowed in a variety of venues on 4 continents. He loves that Ringo's most famous contribution to The Beatles was a song about an octopus' garden and tries to live by that standard as a writer. Yan also works actively as a music director, educator, pianist, and essayist and is a NYU Tisch Fellow and O'Neill Center finalist (later O'Neill Center goer for another show). www.yanlicomposer.com

 

Made with Sass (Samantha Slater)

Made with Sass, founded by Samantha Slater, is a female focused production company. We choose honest and unique stories, often found within the context of ordinary, and we tell them from the female perspective. Both in the content we choose and the creative team we hire, Made with Sass aims to employ women in leadership roles of the filmmaking and theatre-making process. Company accomplishments include: Edmonton International Film Fest (Oscar qualifying), USA Film Fest (Finalist - International Short Film Competition), IndieWorks (Audience Choice Award Winner), San Jose International Short Film Festival, Brooklyn Women's Film Fest, HollyWeb Fest ('14 & '16), NYC & Austin Web Fests, and New York Comedy Shorts Fest. www.madewithsass.com

 

Jessie Mahon

Originally from the Midwest, Jessie Mahon is a New York City-based theatre and visual artist. Her highly metaphysical, dreamlike contemporary paintings explore healing, growth and visibility. A graduate of a BFA acting program and a self-taught artist, her paintings have sold to collectors and friends all over the country. www.jessiemahon.com

MAWU

Founded in 2007, MAWU is an all-female crew and dance company born out of New York's underground house scene, whose mission is to embody strong, positive images of women in the urban dance community, and to create fierce and creative works that will both educate and inspire new audiences. The group has presented original work at Alvin Ailey, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, SummerStage, Red Hook Fest, and performed and taught around the US as well as globally. MAWU received the 2016 NYC Dance Awards 'Crew of the Year' award and recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. The ladies of MAWU are Chriz, Ephrat, Jimbo, Linda, Rhodesia, Secada, Tara, and Tine. www.mawudance.com

 

MelimeL Digital Art Design

MelimeL is a creative artist and mompreneur. She is CEO and Founder of design company, MelimeL Digital Art Design, and is co-partner of MELySMAX LLC (with her husband), a company dedicated to the arts and event production, currently known for its successful concert series Smax Music Live and Smax Music Live With Friends. She is passionate about women empowerment and hosts an annual Women Empowerment Event during Women's History Month in NYC (the upcoming 6th Annual is on March 10, 2018). In 2015, she launched The sisSTAR Loop, an online platform and initiative for women-owned business and professionals. Through the annual event and The sisSTAR Loop, she hopes to inspire other women to excel in their personal and professional lives. www.mldigitalart.com

 

Rebecca Odorisio

Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburb of Ardmore, PA, Rebecca "Bex" Odorisio left for New York at the age of eighteen to pursue her dramatic education. She studied at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (Playwrights Horizons Theater School) and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Since earning her B.F.A., she has placed equal emphasis on musical, comedic, and dramatic pursuits, and has worked her away across a wide theatrical spectrum, performing everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim to Strayhorn. She is the recipient of the 2016 Silver Medal from the American Traditions Competition and an enthusiastic member of America's Sweethearts. www.rebeccaodorisio.com

 

Pocket Universe (Alyssa May Gold)

Pocket Universe is a New York City-based theater and film production company dedicated to reconsidering and reimagining classic stories and conventions. Founded by Alyssa May Gold, Pocket Universe introduced itself to New York in the summer of 2017 with a sold-out run of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare set in an all-girls high school at the Access Theater. Pocket Universe also produced the web series, "You Made It Worse," a rom-com where the girl pines for her dream job, which has screened at Brooklyn Web Fest and the New York Indie Theater Film Festival. www.pocket-universe.com

 

Charlotte Purser

Charlotte Purser (playwright, actor) Charlotte is a writer, actor, producer, and filmmaker in New York City. She is the executive producer and founder of ThisThistle Media, an independent film, theatre, and tv production company. She has written and produced four short films and a staged reading of a play. As an actor, she has performed regionally, in New York City, and across the UK. Notable parts include Sister James in Doubt at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Mrs. Darling in the Peter Pan national tour, and Gertrude in Hamleton the Globe stage in London. www.charlottepurser.com

Richard Pictures Presents (David Hilder and Dan McCoy)

Richard Pictures Presents is a New York City-based theatrical combine dedicated to presenting bold, exciting new plays in conversation with our interior and exterior worlds. RPP began in 2015 with the collaboration between playwright Daniel McCoy and director David Hilder, both graduates of the Hunter College MFA Playwriting program, on a workshop production of Daniel's play Perfect Teeth at Theaterlab NYC. It continued with a workshop and staged reading of Daniel's play Dick Pix, directed by Brown/Trinity graduate Heidi Handelsman, at Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2016. In summer of 2018, Daniel, David, Heidi and RPP will return to Theaterlab with a repertory production of both Perfect Teeth and Dick Pix. After that, who knows?

 

Ripening (Vanessa Walters, and Brian Gonzalez aka Taxiplasm)

Ripening explores our manifold emotional, physical, and psychological relationships with time and the inevitable cruelty it wreaks. The journey is one of arriving, becoming, blossoming, maturing, decaying, and ultimately transforming. Through film, installation, and live performance, each Ripening installment traverses themes of aging and beauty, vanity, femininity, fantasies and nightmares. Conceived by choreographer Vanessa Walters, Ripening has been under development for five years.  Walters and co-director / filmmaker, Brian Gonzalez screened Ripening at Lincoln Center, Tribeca Cinemas, Dance on Camera Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, and Nada / Art Basel. Triskelion Presents and Irondale's FLICfest have showcased live incarnations of the work. www.vanessawalters.com

 

Andy Scott

Andy Scott is a stage director and filmmaker. His work is inspired by social issues, unrealistic expectations and bizarre possibilities. His current digital projects are "KOOL AID," an anthology web-series that explores conformity, and "CALL IT A WITCH HUNT," a short film about witches (perhaps from Salem) in a toxic masculinity-fueled office. Favorite stage credits include Aphrodisiac (Loft 227), Rent and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre), Completeness (West of 10th Theatre Company), and Catherine Weingarten's Are You Ready to Get PAMPERED!?. Andy earned his BA in Theatre at Greensboro College, and currently works at A+E Networks with the Brand Partnerships team. andydirects.tumblr.com

 

Shallow Graves(Jenny Lester and Juliana Jurenas)

Shallow Graves is a multifaceted production company founded in 2014 by Jenny Lester and Juliana Jurenas. The pair started making shorts and sketch comedy before turning their attention to the half-hour series medium with their road-trip dramedy, Platonics. Shallow Graves strives to tell small stories that embody the human experience while exploiting the universal three-dimensionality of all people - whether those people live on a small screen, big screen, or eight times a week in a tiny blackbox. www.shallow-graves.com

 

Crystal Skillman

Crystal Skillman is the author of GeekCut, and King Kirby (co-written with Fred Van Lente), all NYTimes Critics picks. She is the musical theater book writer of Mary & Max (with Composer/Lyricist Bobby Cronin). As a 2018 Sokoloff Arts Fellowship recipient, Crystal will be working on her new play Pulp Vérité, with director Margot Bordelon, and her new musical Postcard American Town with Composer/Lyricist Lynne Shankel. Pulp Vérité received readings at Cherry Lane, Judson Church, and a 2015 Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission. After development at the Lark, and a lab with NYU's Steinhardt School, Postcard American Town had its first industry presentation in January 2018. Crystal is represented by UTA. www.crystalskillman.com

 

The Long Table (David Loewy, Noah Reece, Greg Taubman, Jocelyn Vammer)

The Long Table is an ongoing, performance-driven exploration of the ways that specific communities share food, story, and song. These immersive evenings weave folk narrative and music into a communal meal, each version showcasing the work of artists from a different cultural background. Long Table performances engage audiences with the experience of communities that may be distinct from their own, while revealing the common threads between cultures. The Long Table was conceived by David Loewy, Noah Reece, Greg Taubman, and Jocelyn Vammer. In its inaugural iteration in 2018, The Long Table will host a Viking Feast at Town Stages in TriBeCa.

 

The Rigano Songbook (David and Paul Rigano)

Brothers David and Paul Rigano make up the songwriting team of The Rigano Songbook. Specializing in musical theatre and cabaret, the Brothers Rigano have written the scores for The Holy Cows of Credence South Dakota and You Heard It Here (NY Winterfest Award for Best Musical Score). They are the creators of the hit cabaret series "I Ought to Behave" and Other Naughty Songs and The Ides of March Extravaganza. The Riganos couldn't be more thrilled to be starting their newest endeavor, Broadway On Deck, at TOWN Stages with Sokoloff Arts. youtube.com/RiganoSongbook

 

Jamila Youngstedt

Jamila Youngstedt is a freelance dance and Cyr Wheel artist. Current performer/choreographer/co-director of Tactile Movement Collective. B.F.A. Dance (Magna Cum Laude) Cornish College of the Arts. Company/performance credits include: ZviDance (current apprentice), Loren Royse & Co. ("Spun" at Jacob's Pillow), Kinetic Architecture Dance Theatre, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre; work by Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, Iyun Harrison, Patricia Hon, Robert Moses, Christian Burns, Alex Ketley. Training highlights: Interlochen Arts Academy, Mark Morris Dance Group, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, BalletMet, Flint Institute of Music. She is a Certified Pilates Instructor and Certified GYROTONIC® Trainer. jamilayoungstedt.weebly.com

 

Town Stages 

announces an industry reading of the new musical

The Collins Boy 

by Brad Bass and Cari Joy

featuring Lisa Howard

at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC

January 14, 2018

 

Town Stages announces an industry reading of the new musical The Collins Boy by Brad Bass and Cari Joy on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC.

 

The Collins Boy is a new musical by Brad Bass and Cari Joy based on real-life events surrounding Christine Collins, her son Walter, and the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders of Los Angeles in 1928. 

 

Los Angeles. 1928. The corruption of the LAPD is at its boiling point. Innocent people are being beaten, silenced, and locked away. Amidst this deception, a mother's son goes missing. The story gains national attention and the pressure to find the boy is palpable. Five months after his disappearance, the promise to return her son is realized...or is it? This astounding musical journey is laced with lies, betrayal, collusion, police brutality, mistaken identity but most importantly...this is a story about a mother who will stop at nothing to find out the truth about her son. It's all for him.

 

The reading will feature Lisa Howard as the mother, Claudio Pestana Aguiar, Austin Bowen, Chase Crandell, Michelle Dowdy, Jacob Estes, Russell Fischer, Andrew Holder, Angelo McDonough, Chris McNiff, Aline O'Neill, Payton Pritchett, Shannon Rowland, Lauren Turner, and Declan Wagar. 

 

Brad Bass (Book, Music, and Lyrics) was born and raised on a tobacco farm in Ringgold, VA. Broadway credits include: Wicked, the Original Cast of Memphis, and Jersey Boys. Other credits: the Chicago Company of Wicked (Fiyero), the national tour of The Will Rogers Follies, and numerous regional credits. Brad has performed on such television programs as Good Morning America, CBS Morning Show, The View, and The Tony Awards.  He was also in the feature film of Memphis, and can be heard on the original cast albums of Memphis and Andrew Lippa's A Little Princess. He now resides in Danville, VA and is the Musical Theatre Artist in Residence at Averett University and is about to receive an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Brad is currently developing four new musical projects with his writing partner Cari Joy: The Collins Boy, The Gathering of WatersLearning to Fly, as well as the musical short film Gretel + Hansel. 

 

Cari Joy (Book, Music, and Lyrics) has been writing music since the age of 14. She studied Music Theory at Penn State University and spent a semester at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. After earning her M.A in Educational Theater from NYU, she taught music in Brooklyn and then moved to Lambertville, NJ where she is currently the Performing Arts Coordinator at the Cambridge School in Pennington. Cari has a 7-year-old daughter who is the light of her life. Her song "The World Changed" can currently be heard in the musical Homeroom. She enjoys performing her original songs in the tri-state area and is currently working on four musical projects: The Collins BoyThe Gathering of WatersLearning to Fly, and Gretel + Hansel with her writing partner and long time friend Brad Bass.

 

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is located in the heart of Tribeca. TOWN is New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate and put on a show.A new female-driven cultural arts institution and venue space, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that can support the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 9,000 square foot storefront facility, TOWN provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all:  from civic to corporate, tech to theater.With a Mainstage, a Cabaret Lounge, and a multi-use event space with a capacity of 225, Town Stages offers much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programing, from performance art to dance to theatre, and is also available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond.  For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

 

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, prospective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts is building Town Stages. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

 

Town Stages Opens at 221 West Broadway, NYC

New Cultural Arts Institution in the Heart of Tribeca

 

Town Stages is now open at 221 West Broadway, NYC. Located in the heart of Tribeca, TOWN is New York's premier venue to celebrate, collaborate and put on a show.

 

A new female-driven cultural arts institution and venue space, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that can support the entire lifecycle of New York's hallmark industries. With a stunning 9,000 square foot storefront facility, TOWN provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all: from civic to corporate, tech to theater.

 

With a Mainstage, a Cabaret Lounge, and a multi-use event space with a capacity of 225, Town Stages will offer much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programing, from performance art to dance to theatre, and is also available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond.

 

TOWN will also be home to a Fellowship Program for artists, entrepreneurs, writers, content creators, movers, shakers, and makers of all kinds. In partnership with Sokoloff Arts (501c3), the program is part residency, part incubator, and part home base: offering the ultimate creative freedom to grow. An application-based program, the Fellowship offers access to shared spaces, rehearsal/performance/event subsidies, and an opportunity to be a part of a shared creative community, working together under one roof.

 

"As artists, we spend nearly every waking hour of our lives in studios, on sets, in theaters, and in venues of all kinds," said Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director of Town Stages. "These are the places we convene and collaborate, grow and transform. They are where we lift each other up, and where we make room for new voices and new perspectives. For many, these unique spaces are where we build our chosen families. In more ways than one, these cherished places are our homes. From that first magical moment I walked into an empty theater at age 4, I've been chasing this one dream: To create an inspired home for my artistic family, and build a platform for the next generation."

 

For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

 

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, prospective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts is now building Town Stages. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

 

Robin Sokoloff, Founder & Executive Director, is a lifelong dancer, theater professional, and activist: Passionate about building platforms for women and minority voices. As Executive Director of Loft227, Robin created a home for New York City's best and brightest artists and innovators from March 2012 to March 2017; seeing nearly 70,000 in her doors in under 5 years, while supporting close to 900 innovative works and small business owners. Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from New York University's College of Arts and Sciences, she is a graduate of NEW (Non-Traditional Employment For Women), and a former member of The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America with Local #157; proud to have built this city she loves. Robin Sokoloff is a scholarship recipient of The Jacob's Pillow School of Dance, New York State Summer School of The Arts, Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center, The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory of New York, Skidmore Studio Art Program, Mason Gross School of The Arts, and Coupé Theatre Studio. She is a certified New York State rape crisis counselor for The Crime Victims Treatment Center; volunteering overnights at St. Luke's/ Roosevelt and Lenox Hill Hospitals supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Robin Sokoloff serves as Vice President of the Board for the Musical Theatre Factory, and Chairman of the Board of Sokoloff Arts (501c3). 

 

Chie Morita, Deputy Director, seeks creative solutions to everyday debacles. She is the co-founder of FORGE, a boutique consultancy dedicated to helping artists and companies take the next step in their own work. Prior to joining the Town Team, Chie served as the Managing Director of the three-time- Drama-Desk Award-nominated New York Neo-Futurists. She is also a proud board member of The Musical Theatre Factory. In New York, she has worked with Broadway Producer Joey Parnes (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, End of the Rainbow), the Off-Broadway institutions The Public Theater and Ars Nova, and such independent artists and ensembles as Heather Christian and the Arbornauts, Esperance Theater Company, Extant Arts Company, UglyRhino, Panicked Productions, Fresh Ground Pepper, and art.party.theater.company. She has cast films for Sal Bardo, Emilie McDonald, Sarah Jenkins and Ashley Alexander.

 

Magan Wiles, VP Operations, created Hustle Creative, a boutique business management firm specializing in providing entrepreneurs and start-ups the backbone they need to expand. From bookkeeping to financial reporting to technology consulting, Magan loves working with clients who know where they need help, and empowering them to clearly focus on what they're most passionate about. Her clients are wide-ranging, from small businesses to non- profits to film productions, but her goals are always the same: find ways to save money, and distill back-end processes until they can be managed from a smartphone. Magan began her journey with Sokoloff Arts more than four years ago, building Loft227's corporate infrastructure into a lean, mean, art-making machine. No stranger to the stage, Magan is a working AEA theater professional, film producer for Jono Freedrix's side-splitting Super Twisted Shorts, and Co-Owner of world-renowned Argentinian Tango school Oxygen Tango in Los Angeles.

 

Staci Jacobs, VP Development, began working with Sokoloff Arts last year as event manager at Loft227. With more than 15 years experience in destination management and customer relations, Staci is a hospitality-focused professional specializing in all things New York. She's developed incredible experiences for some of NYC's Legacy 5-Star Hotels: The Westin, The Waldorf, The Hilton, and the Grand Central Hyatt. Beginning as a NYC Licensed Tour Guide, Staci found her niche connecting a global audience to the city's most coveted Film and TV Sites, while developing her own film production work. Her award winning comedic web-series, Saving Unicorns, is featured on the indie streaming platform Seed & Spark. From laptops to live audiences across the country, Staci has appeared in numerous musicals, including the national tour of Titanic, and many regional productions.