Sunday, April 26, 2009

R.I.P. - Beatrice Arthur

The NY Times and Variety have nice tributes to Bea Arthur, who passed away yesterday at 86. Despite being remembered by modern audiences for her television work, especially her roles as Maude Findlay on "Maude" and Dorothy Zbornak on "The Golden Girls," Bea had an extensive theatrical career and received a Tony award for her performance as Vera Charles in Mame.

Bea Arthur performing at Sidetrack in Chicago in 2001.
Photo by Jason Smith

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Announcement - Signs of Life: A Tale of Terezin (Amas Musical Theatre)

Amas Musical Theatre
DONNA TRINKOFF/Producing Artistic Director
in association with Snap-Two Productions

PRESENTS A Staged Reading of

SIGNS OF LIFE: A TALE OF TEREZIN

The Jewish people inhabiting the Czech ghetto Terezín are among the intellectual and artistic elite of Europe. Hitler's "City for the Jews" is a propaganda scheme created to fool an unsuspecting world. Signs of Life is the touching story of the courageous artists whose bravery, love, and defiance reveal the moral truth that lies in the power of art.

BOOK BY PETER ULLIAN
LYRICS BY LEN SCHIFF
MUSIC BY JOEL DERFNER

STARRING
SARAH DAVIS, LEO ASH EVENS, DAVID HIBBARD, WILLIAM PARRY, NANCY RINGHAM, NOAH RUFF, JASON MICHAEL SNOW, DOUGLAS ULLMAN, JR., CARL N. WALLNAU

STAGE MANAGER BRIAN WESTMORELAND
MUSIC DIRECTOR MATT CASTLE
DIRECTED BY JEREMY DOBRISH

FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY!

Tuesday, April 28 @ 1:30 and 7:30
Wednesday, April 29 @ 7:30
Thursday, April 30 @ 3:00

The Actors Playhouse - 100 Seventh Avenue South

TICKETS $18

For reservations call (212) 563-2565
or visit
www.amasmusical.org

This presentation is made possible by Limonade Productions and Stacey Mindich Productions.

Amas Musical Theatre is a non-profit, multi-ethnic theatrical organization founded in 1968 by Ms. Rosetta LeNoire. The Amas mission is grounded in non-traditional, multi-ethnic production, education and casting. Amas ("you love" in Latin) is devoted to the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals through the celebration of diversity and minority perspectives, the emergence of new artistic talent, and the training of inner-city young people. Recent productions include Wanda's World, Shout! The Mod Musical, Lone Star Love, From My Hometown, Zanna, Don't! and Stormy Weather: The Story of Lena Horne.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Announcement - Get S.O.M.! (Theatre of the Small-Eyed Bear)

THEATRE OF THE SMALL-EYED BEAR PRESENTS

GET S.O.M.!

MAY 10-30 at THE WORKSHOP THEATER

Theatre of the Small-Eyed Bear, a new repertory theatre company formed by the union of Theatre of the Expendable, Small Pond Entertainment, and Cross-Eyed Bear Productions will present GET S.O.M.! at The Workshop Theater in midtown Manhattan, May 10-30. In today’s declining economy it’s getting harder and harder for indie theatre companies to be able to afford to produce their work in New York City. These three companies have banded together to share production costs, performance space, design teams, and resources to present a month long repertory merger of three bold new plays, Squiggy and the Goldfish by Lenny Schwartz, Ore, or Or by Duncan Pflaster, and Mare Cognitum by David McGee (S.O.M.).

The creative team for GET S.O.M.! includes Wilburn Bonnell (Lighting Design), Jesse L. Hathaway (Props Design), Jennifer Raskopf (Costume Design), Elisha Schaefer (Set Design), Jared M. Silver (Sound Design), and Norah Turnham (Production Manager).

All performances will play at the Workshop Theater (312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor). Tickets ($12 for 1, $25 for all 3) are available at www.brownpapertickets.com

Theatre of the Expendable presents
Mare Cognitum
By David McGee
Directed by Jesse Edward Rosbrow

Featuring Devon Caraway, Justin Howard, and Kyle Walter

Previews Saturday, May 9 at 6pm & Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm
Opening Night Friday, May 15 at 7pm
Saturday, May 16 at 4:15pm, Sunday, May 17 at 7pm, Thursday, May 21 at 8pm, Saturday, May 23 at 1pm & 9:15pm, Sunday, May 24 at 4:15pm, Wednesday, May 27 at 8pm, Friday May 29 at 9:45pm, and Saturday, May 30 at 7pm.

A country on the brink of war. A city wracked by ineffectual protests. An extraordinarily odd job interview. Faced with such perils, three young idealists do the only thing they can: fly to the Moon in a homemade rocketship.

Small Pond Entertainment presents
Squiggy and the Goldfish
By Lenny Schwartz
Directed by Michael Roderick

Featuring Dana Aber*, Elyse Ault, Eric C. Bailey*, Joshua Breslow*, Jonathan Miles*, Sarah Novotny, Joe Testa*, and Katrina Ylimaki.
*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity. Showcase approval pending.

Previews Sunday, May 10 at 2pm & Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm
Opening Night Friday, May 15 at 9:15pm
Saturday, May 16 at 6:30pm, Sunday, May 17 at 1pm, Tuesday, May 19 at 8pm, Friday, May 22 at 6:30pm, Saturday, May 23 at 3:15pm, Sunday, May 24 at 6:30pm, Thursday, May 28 at 8pm, and Saturday, May 30 at1pm & 9:15pm.

Squiggy has a lot of problems. His home life is rough, his love life sucks, and his goldfish has just started talking to him. But things are about to change. In the play of Squiggy's life, he's about to make some cuts. Will he find the answers he's looking for or will he end up at the bottom of the goldfish bowl?

Cross-Eyed Bear Productions presents
Ore, or Or
By Duncan Pflaster
Directed by Laura Moss

Featuring E. Calvin Ahn*, Elizabeth Erwin*, Clara Barton Green, Rachel Lin, Shawn McLaughlin, and Robert Torigoe*.
*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity.

Previews Sunday, May 10 at 6pm & Thursday, May 14 at 7pm,
Opening Night Saturday, May 16 at 1pm & 9:15pm
Sunday, May 17 at 3:45pm, Wednesday, May 20 at 8pm, Friday, May 22 at 9:15pm, Saturday, May 23 at 6pm, Sunday, May 24 at 1pm, Tuesday, May 26 at 8pm, Friday, May 29 at 6:30pm, and Saturday, May 30 at 3:45pm.

A zen exploration of the gap between truth and convenient fictions that employs the known facts about General Tomoyuki Yamashita and his legendary gold to illuminate the tangled love lives of four disaffected New Yorkers trying to ignore their pasts.

www.TheatreoftheExpendable.org
www.SmallPondEntertainment.com
www.DuncanPflaster.com

Monday, April 13, 2009

Announcement - Illuminating Artists - New Works Series (Emerging Artists Theatre)

Spotlight on Works-in-Progress in Emerging Artists’ first annual

ILLUMINATING ARTISTS - NEW WORKS SERIES

April 27th - May 17th, 2009

EMERGING ARTISTS THEATRE, Paul Adams, Artistic Director, and Derek Jamison, Associate Artistic Director, present the Illuminating Artists- New Works Series, for three weeks at TADA Theatre. Performancesbegin Monday, April 27, 2009, and continue through Sunday, May 17,2009.

For EAT’s Illuminating Artists - New Works Series, EAT provides artists of different disciplines an opportunity to present their work-in-progress and get feedback from an intimate talk with the audience. The artists present their work at whatever stage they are at in their process for one night.

Illuminating Artists - New Works Series
TADA Theatre 15 West 28th St, 2nd Floor, Between Broadway and 5th Avenue

Monday, April 27th – Sunday, May 17th, 2009
Monday – Thursday at 7:00pm
Friday – Saturday at 7:00pm & 9:00pm
Sunday at 6:30pm & 8:30pm

All Tickets $10
http://www.eatheatre.org/

Each evening includes a brief talkback with the artists afterwards.

Artistic Director: Paul Adams+
Production Coordinator: Stacy Mayer+
Stage Manager: Alison Carroll+
Assistant Stage Manager: Julie Feltman+

“Notes from a Page”
A developmental series for ensemble musicals
Festival Curator: Paul Adams+
Co-Curator: Derek Jamison+

“One Man Talking”
A developmental series for one-man shows
Festival Curator: Andrea Alton+
Co-Curator: Alexandra Zabriskie+

“One Woman Standing”
A developmental series for one-woman shows
Festival Curator: Stacy Mayer+
Co-Curator: Jessica Carr Phillips+

“Well Noted Shorts”
A developmental series for Short Musicals
Festival Curator: Jonathan Warman+
Co-Curator: Troy Miller+

Tuesday, April 28th at 7:00pm
One Woman Standing

The Voice
Everyone has demons. Want to hear what one sounds like?
Written and performed by Alexandra Zabriskie+
Directed by Janelle Lannan+

Searching for Soula
Childhood friends learn you have to live your life balls out or the Buddha is going to make you come back and do it again-especially in NYC.
Written and performed by R. Marisa Petsakos

Thursday, April 30th at 7:00pm
One Woman Standing

Life in ¾ Time
A comedic piece about aging gracefully.
Written and performed by Susan Laubach
Directed by Gretchen Cryer

The Make Out Queen
Make-out, breathe each other in, connect; whatever happened to magic saliva and kissing like a horny teenager...except as an adult?
Written and performed by Bronwen Prosser
Directed by Christine Miller

Friday, May 1st at 7:00pm
Notes from a Page

The Amazing Journey of Juan Diego
A 20-song contemporary musical overflowing with pop, ballads, rock, mariachi, flamenco and based on the ancient Mexican story of Aztec/Christian peasant Juan Diego.
Music & Lyrics by Luce Amen

Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00pm
One Woman Standing

corporis
An interdisciplinary invitation: what would you most like to get rid of?
Written and directed by the real kim harmon and you

American Refugee
A typical suburban family is changed forever when Uncle Sam crashes in.
Written and Performed by Meg Renton
Directed by Carol Fisher

Saturday, May 2nd at 9:00pm
One Woman Standing

Love in the Time of Chlamydia
A semi-autobiographical tale about one woman's search for love in aworld filled with absent fathers, premature ejaculators, alcohol, and venereal disease.
Written, directed, and performed by Nicole Pandolfo

Sunday, May 3rd at 6:30pm
One Woman Standing

Old Dog April
A woman's four-footed friend might be imagined or could be heart-breakingly real.
Written and performed by Emily Jon Mitchell*+
Directed by Jenny Lee Mitchell+

Harem.com
Can Sylvia face life on the street if she can’t face what she sees in the mirror?
Written by William Powers
Performed by Amanda Bruton
Directed by Irene Carroll

Sunday, May 3rd at 8:30pm
Well Noted Shorts

Bad Reception
A couple reunites in a forest clearing after a decade apart. Is she a ghost, or his delusion?
Written by Alan Gordon and Mark Sutton-Smith
Directed by Stephen Amato

The Little Drummer and Rocky's First Christmas
The Little Drummer Boy and Rocky the Rockette are set to spend their first Christmas together, but the ghost of Bing Crosby has other plans for the star-crossed couple.
Written by Anne Cohen and Andy Berlin
Directed by Valentina Fratti

DMV
A fun-filled laugh-a-minute frolic in that amazing place everybody who is anybody wants to be: The Department of Motor Vehicles!
Written by Gregg Pasternak+ and Deborah Skydell

Johnny Infamous
All the girls in school want Johnny Infamous but when the school bully challenges Johnny, will he come through…or will he succumb to his peccadilloes?
Written by Matt Casarino+
Directed by Ian Streicher+

Monday, May 4th at 7:00pm
One Man Talking

Pound
The poet Ezra Pound on trial, with the audience as the jury.
Written and directed by William Roetzheim
Artistic Director Alix Steel
Performed by Jeff Berg*

Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00pm
One Woman Standing

Jai Gagne!
The story of Josephine Baker’s complex and emotional rise to stardom from St. Louis to Paris.
Written and performed by Cheryl Howard*
Directed by Maggie Maes

Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00pm
One Man Talking

American Sideshow
The New American Eugenics Movement is in full swing, and two contestants are left on America's favorite reality show, America's Next Top Freak.
Written and performed by Nic Grelli
Directed by Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly

Thursday, May 7th at 7:00pm
One Man Talking & Well Noted Shorts

Crime and Punishment: The Musical
The bookwriter of a musical based on Dostoyevsky’s classic welcomes the audience to the first performance.
Written, directed and performed by Dan Berkowitz

Nedd
Coming to terms with a friend who spent 30 years in an institute for the criminally insane.
Written and performed by Richard Ploetz+
Directed by Ian Streicher+

The Divine Will of Ryan Morgan
Ryan Morgan struggles to find his identity in a world made up of equal parts religious devotion, musical aspiration and teenage rebellion.
Written and Directed by Terra Vetter+
Music/Lyrics by Mike Levine
Choreography by Alison Carroll+
Performed by Julie Feltman+, Markus Paminger, Kirk Bixby and Anna Cordova

Friday, May 8th at 7:00pm
One Woman Standing

Everyday Ghosts
A young woman haunted by her past lives.
Written and directed by Megan Lohne
Performed by Tawny Sorensen

Anywhere You
The Life of Lotte Lenya with the Music of Kurt Weill.
Written and performed by Elizabeth Mutton*
Accompanied by Brett Kristofferson

Friday, May 8th at 9:00pm
Notes from a Page

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
A man and a woman caught on the subway take us on a musical journey through their lives – come along for the ride.
Written and composed by Richard S. Rose
Performed by Sarah Matteucci and Richard Seth Rose*
Conducted by Paul Berman

Saturday, May 9th at 7:00pm
One Woman Standing

I want to be...........!!??
A Japanese slapstick physical comedy.
Written and performed by Mariko Iwasa

Black and Tan
The emotionally conflicted daughter of an Irish woman and an English man thinks her heritage is the reason why she's at war with herself.
Written and performed by AB Carney
Developed with and directed by K. Elson

Saturday, May 9th at 9:00pm
One Man Talking

Te Busco
A young man struggles to grow into his destiny: to be the next matriarch of his loving, lively Mexican-Israeli family.
Written and Performed by Amir Levi
Directed by Portia Krieger
Choreographed by Megan Sipe
Composed by Jesse Soursourian

Sunday, May 10th at 6:30pm
One Woman Standing

The Saint Therese Kiss
A young girl prepares for her first kiss as she struggles with her life-long desire to become a saint.
Written and performed by Terri Campion*

Etude – Gathering
7 Veteran Actresses with 7 Unique Voices write 1 Thought Provoking Play.
Written and performed by Writers@7: Jane Altman*+, Blanche Cholet*+,Laura Fois*+, Michele Fulves*+, Lué McWilliams*+, Vivian Meisner*+,and Jacqueline Sydney*+

Sunday, May 10th at 8:30pm
One Man Talking: Monologue Night

Cut
A formerly overweight college student embraces a fitness routine to turn his life around but can't seem to draw the line between healthy and "manorexia”.
Written by Mark Lambeck+
Performed by Tim Seib+
Directed by Kevin Brofsky+

Last Words
You have less than seven minutes to say what you have to say, to fill the final bowl with a memory of you.
Written & directed by Richard Ballon
Performed by Adam Petkus

Pillow Talk
Joey Pandorico hates pillows. He won’t have them in his apartment.
Written by Richard Ballon
Directed by Peter Bloch
Performed by Russell Jordan

Send In The Clowns
Remember the kid who sat next to you in Fourth Grade?
Written and directed by Tulis McCall
Performed by Rick Lohman*

The Circle Game
In or out of the covered wagon, life pushed you forward and if you survived, you remembered it all.
Written and directed by Tulis McCall
Performed by Rick Lohman*

The Wedding Sermon
Father Gallagher stands before yet another couple whom he is about to dispatch into marital bliss … and finally tells the happy couple and his congregation what he really thinks.
Written by James McLindon
Directed by Jonathan Warman+
Performed by Terrence Keene

Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00pm
One Woman Standing

Love is in the Air
Cathy, the Budget Wedding Planner, shares her tips for creating the perfect wedding for twenty five dollars or less.
Written and performed by Andrea Alton*+
Directed by Daryl Lathon

Dreamless
A comedy about the "tragedies" of Motherhood.
Written and performed by Cheryl Smallman
Directed by Cheryl King

Wednesday, May 13th at 7:00pm
Notes from a Page

Megillah – A musical based on the Book of Esther
Megillah is a tuneful re-telling of the story of the reluctant queen who must choose between who she thinks she must be and who she knows she truly is.
Words and Music by John Sebastian DeNicola
Performed by Yael Ester Gonen, David Perlman*, Jason Law*, BrianHoover*, Eva Rebane*, Johnny Deem, Desiree Justin, Lauren Ruff, Taylor Simon and Damon Thomas.

Thursday, May 14th at 7:00pm
One Man Talking

The Bitter Poet
Hilarious, satirical and painfully honest romp about searching for true love and the strippers you meet along the way.
Written and performed by Kevin Draine

Thursday, May 14th at 9:00pm
One Man Talking

My Life as a Frog
A walk though Hell's Kitchen that allows you to see three generations of an Irish American family for who they are "warts and all."
Written and performed by Bobby Spillane
Directed by Colin Quinn

Saturday, May 16th at 7:00pm
One Woman Standing

Oufda and the Anthrax
A tale of a mother's "How To's", a daughter's "What If's," and a killer's "Who Cares."
Written, directed and performed by Lué McWilliams*+

Saturday, May 16th at 9:00 pm
Notes from a Page

Sleep with Me
In Hollywood in 1938 Louis B. Mayer wants Shirley Temple to play Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, but Louis hasn't figured on Beulah Mudd and her very talented daughter Melody.
Written by Jim Shankman

Sunday, May 17th at 6:30pm
One Man Talking

Frankenstein’s Muse
Inspired by an interview with an African Shaman.
Written and performed by Steve Bellwood
Musical accompaniment by Adam Fehlberg (didgeridoo), Linda Richmond(stand-up bass), Ed Flynn (electric guitar)

Sunday, May 17th at 8:30pm
One Man Talking

Three Peters - Rants in temporal time
A recital for Tuba, Testosterone, and a bowl of Vichyssoise.
Written by Ted LoRusso+
Performed by Jeff Auer and Ryan Hilliard*+

* AEA Member+EAT Ensemble Member

EMERGING ARTISTS THEATRE provides a dynamic home for playwrights and artists to develop their work from an idea to fully realized production. In the past 16 years, Emerging Artists has premiered over 275 new works and also: garnered a Drama Desk nomination; received the American Theatre Wing award for Commitment to Excellence in Theatre; and was named Best Off Off Broadway Theatre Company in NYC for Actors To Work With by Backstage Magazine. In the last 5 years alone, Emerging Artists has provided opportunities for over 1500 diverse artists (who did not have the resources themselves) to see their work developed and premiered.

Illuminating Artists Festival 2009 shows Monday, April 27th – Sunday, May 17th, 2009; TADA Theatre is located at 15 West 28th St, 2nd Floor, between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Closest subway: N, R to 28th Street.

Tickets are $10, available at 866-811-4111 or http://www.eatheatre.org/.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Announcement - Bedtime Stories: Tales from the Gay Cutting Edge

BEDTIME STORIES: TALES FROM THE GAY CUTTING EDGE

Featuring: David Henry, Nate Steinwachs, Jed Ryan,
Christopher Birk, John Betz, Tom Glenn, Rocky Ciarrocchi
Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.
The Crowne Theater at the Producers' Club Theaters
358 W. 44th Street, NYC
All General Admission Tickets: $35.00
Cash only; no checks or cards accepted

PLEASE NOTE: This production contains full frontal male nudity and graphic/explicit gay sexual content.