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BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA with Philharmonia Orchestra Of New York - Innovation for Innovation's Sake

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:35:47 PST

As the 21st century continues to necessitate the innovation of classical music presentations, it's paramount that a keen eye remains fixed on the purpose of this innovation. Innovation for innovation's sake will fail every time. And, unfortunately, Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY) fell victim to this pitfall with their recent production of La Traviata. PONY has become known for its use of projections in their concerts. The intention is to "create a new form of entertainment that can be enjoyed by many demographics." Unfortunately, in this production, there was nothing enjoyable about their integration. They were messy, disjointed, and an affront to the music of Verdi. Coco Chanel said it best: "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off." It would have served the production if the creatives had channeled even an ounce of the goddess of style and taste. Unfortunately for the audience, they did not. One 3-minute scene contained 90 different cues. 90. In 3-minutes. This is not an exercise in innovation, but in peacocking the possibility of what can be done - innovation for innovation's sake - and the production suffered because of it. At its core, the idea of integrating projections is a good one, but it must be done with cohesive vision - and with taste. It felt like we were watching a demonstration of the myriad capabilities offered by a design program instead of a realized production intended to tell a story. The experience reminded me of a coffee date I once had with a friend. She was halfway through sewing in her new weave when she lost track of time. Not wanting to cancel, she threw a wig on over her unfinished hair - but it didn't look right. So, she threw a hat on top of that. Still not convinced by the shape the half-finished weave, wig, and hat offered, she threw a scarf over the mountain on her head and tied it around her chin. This dear friend showed up to coffee looking like a beautiful conehead - cheekbones for the gods, but some sort of growth precariously emerging atop her head, drawing far more attention than the half-finished weave ever would have. This production was going to coffee with that conehead friend. Take the scarf off, take the hat off, and if the wig looks lumpy, take it off - let us enjoy the beautiful music, the equivalent to my dear friend's beautiful face. In addition to their overall lack of effectiveness, there was a scrim hung at the farthest point downstage serving to 'catch' the images as they were cast on top of the singers. It created a visual barrier that skipped around the stage hand in hand with the projections to obstruct the story vs. propel it. Had there been a cohesiveness to the projections, or had they served a clear purpose, perhaps the impediment wouldn't have felt so cumbersome - but that was not the case. The images were disparate and oscillated between realism, glittery orbs whose likeness mirrored something out of Disney's Cinderella, and Sims-like computer renderings. The manic swings confused any clear artistic vision and highlighted the lack of artistic autonomy. There were certain projection elements that, with tweaks, could have proved a great service to both the singers and the production. For example, once the lights lowered, the plot for each act was projected with a Star Wars "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." treatment. However, the act 2 projection moved so fast it made me nauseous and the act 3 plot projection was actually the plot for act 2. I wish more time had been spent perfecting these than on the projection of a cat that slowly meandered through the house in act 2 - a cat whose purpose is still unclear to me. Another treatment that could have been used to great effect was projecting close-ups of the singers' faces on the screen behind them. In the first act, there was something cinematic and rock-star-esque about it. It solves the issue of sitting in a 'bad seat' and creates visual variety in a society that can barely [...]

Amalgamate Dance Company Announces 9th Guest Artist Showcase

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:18:40 PST


AMALGAMATE DANCE COMPANY presents its 9th GUEST ARTIST SHOWCASE; See and Be Seen is produced by ADC to highlight 19 NYC-based professional dancers. The 'G.A.S.' provides dancers the unique environment to network, hone their craft, and work closely with professional choreographers. The dancers are seen by a panel of distinguished dance professionals, receive feedback and the potential to gain employment!

Sunday, April 8, 2018 : 6:30-7:30p with Reception to follow.

Tickets at Door (limited availability): $25 including post-performance meet & greet reception, plus network with dancers and industry pros

Where: New York Center City Studios - 130 West 56th Street, btwn 6th & 7th Aves, 5th Fl. Studio 5


Ashley McQueen, Artistic Director of Smashworks Dance Collective

Joe Monteleone, Artistic Director of Monteleone Dance

Mari Meade, Mari Meade Dance Collective / MMDC

Sarah Foster, Co-Director of MoveWorks

Joya Powell, Artistic Director/Choreographer, Movement of the People Dance Company

Shaina Branfman Baira and Bryan Strimpel, Co-Directors, Baira, BAIRA | MVMNT PHLSPHY

Katie Rose McLaughlin, Artistic Director, Designated Movement Company

Kyle Georgina Marsh, Artistic Director, The Dancing Georgina Project

Teresa Fellion, Artistic Director, BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance

Mat Edler, Freelance artist and choreographer, lead choreographer for MElder Movement Art

As indicated by the name, Amalgamate Dance Company seeks to amalgamate, or merge, dance with specific client-based needs and produce groundbreaking projects around the globe. ADC uses "dance for a purpose" to educate, entertain, transform, and inspire audiences.


New York Pops Percussionist, Sherrie Maricle, Joins A SKITCH IN TIME As Special Guest

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:26:49 PST

(image) New York Pops percussionist and founder/leader of The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Sherrie Maricle, will appear with singer Lynn Henderson in her tribute show, "A Skitch in Time" - My Friendship with Maestro Skitch Henderson, at Don't Tell Mama in April. She joins musicians Douglas J\. Cohen (Musical Director/Arranger) and Robert Sabin (Bassist), along with Lynn, as a Special Guest for the event. Shows are April 10th at 7pm and April 14th at 4pm at Don't Tell Mama. There's a $20 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum per person. Don't Tell Mama is a CASH ONLY room at 343 West 46th Street, NYC. For reservations, please call: 212-757-0788 (after 4:00 pm) or visit Klea Blackhurst directs.

Maricle has performed in the most esteemed venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl, and at Jazz Festivals countries all over the world from Europe to Asia. The DIVA Jazz Orchestra has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and co-stars in the documentary, "The Girls in the Band" directed by Judy Chaikin. To read more about Sherrie and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, visit her here:

Lynn Henderson and Skitch Henderson (no relation) became friends through their mutual involvement in the cultural life of their town in Connecticut. Lynn is known for taste and style throughout several cabaret shows she's performed in New York City, as well as her two recordings of Great American Songbook music. In 2016, Lynn brought 'T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do to Don't Tell Mama, including music from composers Charles Aznavour, Doug Cohen, The Gershwins, Jerry Herman, Amanda McBroom and Cole Porter among others.

Sherrie Maricle Photo by Garth Woods


CAG Presents Clarinetist Yoonah Kim

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:56:05 PST

Concert Artists Guild announces that clarinetist Yoonah Kim, Winner of the 2016 CAG Competition, will give her Weill Recital Hall debut on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30pm. Together with pianist Mariko Furukawa, Yoonah performs works by Bernstein, Poulenc, Brahms, and the world premiere of fumarole entombed by Andrew Hsu. This work was commissioned by CAG with the generous support of the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund.

The full program is:

Jörg Widmann: Fantasie for Solo Clarinet (1993)

Maurice Ravel: Pièce en forme de Habanera

Andrew Hsu: fumarole entombed (2018)

Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Leonard Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E-flat Major

The first solo clarinetist to win the CAG Competition in nearly 30 years, Yoonah Kim joins the ranks of prominent solo clarinetists discovered by CAG, including David Shifrin, Michael Collins, and David Krakauer. Yoonah became the first woman to win first prize at the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition in 2016. She is also a member of Ensemble Connect, a highly selective two-year fellowship program under the joint auspices of Carnegie Hall, The Weill Institute, and The Juilliard School.

Since 1951, Concert Artists Guild has helped more than 500 young musicians launch concert careers. Winners of CAG's annual competition receive comprehensive management support, including a debut recital on the CAG Presents Series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, concert bookings, opportunities through the CAG Commissioning Program and CAG Records label, marketing, publicity, and mentorship. Notable alumni artists include violinists Ani Kavafian and Jennifer Koh, soprano Martina Arroyo, pianist Barry Douglas, clarinetists David Krakauer and David Shifrin, flutists Carol Wincenc and Marina Piccinini, Imani Winds, Grammy-winning ensembles Eighth Blackbird, Pacifica and Parker String Quartets and MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase.


Pirronne Yousefzadeh Directs New Play By Romana Soutus With All-Female Cast

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:38:04 PST

Martyrs, written by Romana Soutus and developed with and directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, will premiere at The Downstairs at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, April 19 - May 6, Thursday to Saturday at 7 PM, Sunday at 2 PM. A devised ensemble piece performed by a female cast of nine, Martyrs dives into the dynamics of martyrdom, sainthood, self-worth, and desire. Martyrs is a convent slumber party turned upside down as tensions rise and relationships erupt. Cats and Kittens let you in on midnight whispers between sisters. Watch as the girls dance in milk and honey and crush cherries between their fingers. In search of purity, the women of Martyrs are forced to contend with their sensuality in the face of their insecurities. In the era of #MeToo, Martyrs is where the body is battleground and sisterhood offers shelter. The project is developed, directed, designed, written and performed by an all-female team, creating a focused vision and providing a unique perspective that enhances the work and its difficult themes. Performers are Madison Fae, Shea Kelly, Kayla Jackmon, Kimiye Corwin, Alexandra Lapp, Amira Nader, Lindsay Rico, Jenna Bosco and Shelley Fort. Members of the team include Cecilia Durbin as lighting designer, Emily Auciello as the sound designer, Brooke Cohen Brown as costume designer, Carolyn Mraz as set designer, and Lianne Arnold as projections designer. The Downstairs at La MaMa is located at 66 East 4th Street, (btw. Bowery and 2nd Avenue), NYC. Tickets are $25 adult tickets and $20 students/seniors (plus $1 facility fee). La MaMa makes ten tickets available to every performance in its season for only $10 each. These tickets are available online, by phone or at the box office before the opening performance. For tickets and information, contact 212-352-3101 or Playwright Romana Soutus is a playwright, producer, and performer based in New York City. Soutus graduated in May 2014 cum laude from Fordham University's Theatre Program with a focus on Performance. For the past six years, she has performed and produced at the experimental theatre institution La MaMa in New York City. Her plays include Hyena, performed at La MaMa, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the United Solo Festival. Soutus was a 2017 Fellow of the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. Director Pirronne Yousefzadeh is an Iranian-American Brooklyn based director, writer, and educator. She has directed and developed new work at The Public Theater's Joe's Pub, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, New Georges, Partial Comfort Productions, Noor Theatre, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, InterAct Theatre Company, and Hangar Theatre, among others. She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW, New Georges Affiliated Artist, member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Resident Director at Colt Coeur, a recipient of SDC's Denham Fellowship and Williamstown's Sagal Fellowship, and an alumna of the 2050 Fellowship at NYTW, Drama League Directors Project, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. She currently serves on the NYU faculty and is a frequent guest director there, as well as at Columbia, Juilliard, Fordham, and Yale School of Drama. Yousefzadeh is a founding member of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with Middle Eastern stories. ABOUT LA MAMA La MaMa is dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. The organization has a worldwide reputation for producing daring performance works that defy form and transcend barriers of ethnic and cultural identity. Founded in 1961 by award-winning theatre pioneer Ellen Stewart, La MaMa has presented more than 5,000 productions by 150,000 artists from more than 70 nation[...]

Epic Theatre Ensemble Promotes Melissa Friedman And James Wallert To Co-Artistic Directors

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:36:00 PST

Epic Theatre Ensemble, a diverse group of artists and collaborators who empower students through theater to address social issues, particularly in the New York City public schools they serve, today announced two promotions to its executive leadership team. Co-founders Melissa Friedman and James Wallert have been named as Co-Artistic Directors. The promotions reflect their strength in leadership at Epic Theatre in both developing and managing programs for the schools and in their work as actors in developing and directing new plays for the group. The new roles also reflect the growth at the theatre group, with a number of actor/educators joining the team, lending their experience to help students develop important skills that they can carry beyond graduation. A recent example of the work Epic has produced with students that demonstrates its focus on relevant social issues is Laundry City. The student-written play discusses the impact of school segregation in shaping NYC's students development. With over 17 years of experience at Epic, Friedman focus her efforts in increasing critical think thinking skills of the students from Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts in Harlem. Her expertise in performing arts combined with her passion to address social justice issues has allowed Friedman to develop a unique curriculum that aims for personal and professional development through the arts scope. Friedman is also a long time Epic Off-Broadway performer, having participated in Hannah and Martin with David Strathairn, Einstein's Gift with Aasif Mandvi, and A Hard Heart with Kathleen Chalfant as well as all of Epic's "NEA Shakespeare for a New Generation," to name a few. She has directed 13 Shakespeare Remix productions for Epic and received the 2009 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. As an actor with more than 20 years of experience, Wallert has appeared Off-Broadway in Richard III, Dispatches from (A)mended America, Macbeth, Mahida's, among others. Wallert has curated and administered Epic's Forum Series (funded by the New York Council for the Humanities), serving over 25,000 audience members. He is currently the lead teaching artist and site manager at Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School, where he oversees Epic's sequential learning program. "We look forward to continuing to empower youth to challenge the status quo and create discussion around current social justice issues through theatre," said Friedman and Wallert. "With our new positions and working along our expanded team of actor/mentors, we hope to reach more students and address today's most important social issues as themes for our productions. We look forward to new and engaging productions in our school theatre programs and our own Off-Broadway plays in the months and years ahead." Melissa received a BA from Oberlin College and MFA from The Old Globe University of San Diego. James holds a MFA - Acting from Old Globe/University of San Diego and a BA in Theatre from University of Kansas. About Epic's Co-founders Melissa Friedman has performed in numerous Epic Off-Broadway productions including HANNAH AND MARTIN with David Strathairn, EINSTEIN'S GIFT with Aasif Mandvi, and A HARD HEART with Kathleen Chalfant as well as all of Epic's "NEA Shakespeare for a New Generation" productions, playing Emilia in OTHELLO, Lady M in MACBETH, Queen Elizabeth in RICHARD III and Mariana in MEASURE FOR MEASURE. Other credits include AN IDEAL HUSBAND at Tennessee Rep, LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO at Fulton Opera, Beatrice in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING with Irondale, a witch to Victor Garber's MACBETH and Lady Mortimer in Jack O'Brien's production of HENRY IV at The Old Globe. Melissa has directed 13 Shakespeare Remix productions for which, on behalf of Epic, she received the 2009 National Arts[...]

MOLASSES IN JANUARY Slated For Open-Ended Run At The Theater Center -

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:26:23 PST

MOLASSES IN JANUARY, an original new musical about a struggling family of Italian immigrants who are literally swept up in the Boston Molasses disaster of 1919, will make its full Off-Broadway premiere on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 and have an open run in the Jerry Orbach Theatre at The Theater Center, located at 1627 Broadway. Written and composed by Francine Pellegrino and directed by Whitney Stone with musical direction by Michael Wittenburg, this spirited new musical will have its official opening on Thursday, May 24th at 5PM. Spanning 1915 to 1919, set against the backdrop of Boston's Italian North End Immigrants, MOLASSES IN JANUARY is a charming historical fiction musical that tells the story of Anna, a single mother doing her best to raise her children in a world caught up in the turmoil of the first World War. As rumors grow about the potential construction of an enormous molasses tank that will be used to make liquor and gun-powder for the war, so do the hopes for potential prosperity. But suddenly on an unusually warm January day, the tank bursts and two million gallons of molasses come crashing down around Anna and her family discovers that life can change in a moment. The music of MOLASSES IN JANUARY is performed in the traditional style of the Great American Song Book, similar to Fiddler on the Roof and Gypsy. The Great Molasses Flood, also known as the Boston Molasses Disaster or the Great Boston Molasses Flood, occurred on January 15, 1919 in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. A large molasses storage tank burst, and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and injuring 150. The event became part of local folklore and for decades afterwards residents claimed that on hot summer days the area still smelled of molasses. The cast of MOLASSES IN JANUARY features Lianne Gennaco, Anie Delgado, Grace Experience, Cali LaSpina, Joe Marx, Joe Redman, Daniel Artuso, Zachary Harris Martin. The Stage Manager and Lighting Designer is Marsh Shugart. More production team credits to be announced soon. Performances are on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays at 5PM. Tickets are $35 - $80 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster: or by calling the Theater Center Box Office at 212-921-7862. Student Rush tickets are available at a discounted price of $25. For group tickets call 212-921-7862. The Jerry Orbach Theater is located on the third floor of The Theater Center, elevator entrance is located at 210 West 50th Street (1627 Broadway). Francine Pellegrino, writer and composer of "Molasses in January" is a multi-talented writer, lyricist, composer, director, producer, artistand actress. She has also written and directed "Sweet Destiny", a feature film starring Abe Vigoda, Carmen, Frankie Avalon and Livingston Taylor. "Sweet Destiny", Academy Award qualified, was screened at Cannes and has received numerous awards in Film Festivals throughout the world. In addition, Francine has performed as a stand-up comic and acted in a number of television commercials and feature films. She is a member of SAG, Women in Film and Video, Dramatist Guild of America, Off -Broadway Alliance and Harvard Script Writers. Director Whitney Stone is a Brooklyn-based director/choreographer who has been an active member of the theater community in NYC and its surrounding boroughs for the last decade. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a member of the faculty at the Mark Morris Dance Center. She earned a BFA in Theatre Arts Performance and a minor in Dance from Hofstra University. Whitney has been with Molasses in January since the workshop productions in 2015. She directed and choreographed the limited run at the Davenport Theatre last fall, and she is so pleased[...]

WMI And BAM Present Jazz Epistles Ft. Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya with Special Guests

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:21:11 PST

The Jazz Epistles were South Africa's first black jazz band, pioneering a new musical form influenced by bebop and traditional South African music. Inspired by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, The Jazz Epistles formed when the Dollar Brand Trio from Capetown-which included pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, bassist Johnny Gertze, and drummer Makaya Ntshoko-combined talents with alto saxophonist Kippie Moeketsi, the late great trumpeter Hugh Masekela, and trombonist Jonas Gwangwa. Their first and only album, Jazz Epistle, Verse 1, released in 1959, brought them international acclaim. Following the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre and the increasing oppression of the apartheid government-including the prohibition of jazz music-band members emigrated to Europe and North America. Two of them, Ibrahim and Masekela, would go on to become jazz stars in their own right. In June 2016, Ibrahim and Masekela reunited for two sold-out concerts at the Emperor's Palace in Johannesburg, performing together in South Africa for the first time in over 50 years. These historic performances inspired the duo to embark on a world tour in tribute to the Epistles legacy. The recent passing of Masekela reaffirms the imperative of these concerts as not only cultural celebration, but cultural preservation. Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (Apr 19) and trumpeter Freddie Hendrix (Apr 18 & 19) join Abdullah Ibrahim and his band Ekaya for this two-night run, which will include new arrangements of The Jazz Epistles' original compositions--including "Blues for Huey," "Scullery Department," and "Dollars Moods"-along with Ibrahim's classic catalogue. Abdullah Ibrahim, South Africa's most distinguished pianist and jazz pioneer, was born in 1934 in Cape Town. He began piano lessons at the age of seven and made his professional debut at fifteen, playing and later recording with such local groups as the Tuxedo Slickers. He was in the forefront of playing bebop with a Cape Town flavor and in 1958 founded the Dollar Brand Trio. His groundbreaking septet, The Jazz Epistles, formed in 1959-with saxophonist Kippie Moeketsi, trumpeter Hugh Masekela, trombonist Jonas Gwanga, bassist Johnny Gertze, and drummer Makaya Ntshoko-and recorded the first jazz album by South African musicians, Jazz Epistle Verse 1. Ibrahim has been the subject of several documentaries and has also composed scores for film, including the award-winning soundtrack for Claire Denis' Chocolat (1988), as well as for No Fear, No Die (1990) and Idrissa Ouedraogo's Tilai (1990). Ibrahim was also featured in the 2002 documentary Amandla: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, which depicted the struggle against apartheid. He has toured the world extensively, appearing at major concert halls, clubs and festivals as both a solo artist and with other renowned artists, notably Max Roach, Carlos Ward, and Randy Weston. [...]

Helane Blumfield Presents New Show Directed By Lennie Watts

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:13:24 PST

Singer, Helane Blumfield, comes to the Laurie Beechman Theatre in April and May with a new solo show, "Tight Pants And Tears Of Joy, My love affair with Tom Jones and Neil Diamond!" The dates are April 28th at 7pm, May 5th at 2pm and May 16th at 7pm. "Tight Pants And Tears Of Joy, My love affair with Tom Jones and Neil Diamond!" Is a nostalgic look at the lives and careers of 2 Music Legends, and exposes Ms. Blumfield for the Super Fan that she is! From Diamond's "Brooklyn Roads" and "Play Me" to Jones' "Its Not Unusual" and "Sex-Bomb", Helane and her band serve up an unforgettable evening of hits as well as lesser known gems. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located in the West Bank Cafe 407 W. 42nd Street NY. 212.695.6909. Re- serve tickets by clicking on There is a $20 cover charge and a $20 mini- mum food/drink charge per person. Lenny Watts directs and Bobby Peaco is Musical Director. Ms. Blumfield returned to performing five years ago after 25 years in the advertising and retail industry. She has been "ecstatically happy" and content throughout an extensive career as Macy's SVP Creative Director, which she describes as one of her two creative loves, singing being the other. "l love performing says Ms. Blumfield "Communicating with the audience is powerful and revealing." Helane's last one-woman show 'Call Me H!' was in the spring of 2016 at Don't Tell Mama in NYC. "'Call me H!' was a show about blending borders between genders and celebrating the men who inspire me," says Ms. Blumfield. Her repertoire was a mix of pop, rock and theatrical material. "Ms Blumfield has a lot to say... listen to her voice-the one with which she sings and the other one that has been guiding her all along" -Front Row Center, May 2016 Jerry Herman described Musical Director, Bobby Peaco, as "the best show pianist I have ever heard." He has won nine MAC Awards and three Bistro Awards. Among a long list of major artists, directors, producers and shows, he has collaborated with Thommie Walsh, the Late Julie Wilson, Donna McKechnie, Jackie Hoffman, Terri White, Jane Summerhays, the late producer, Blake Edwards, producer Rosie O'Donnell, and the shows Ain?t Misbehavin? and Chicago. Lennie Watts is a 13 time MAC, 5 time Backstage Bistro, 3 time Nightlife, and a 2014 Broadway World Award Winner. He is the only person to receive awards as an outstanding vocalist, director, producer, and booking manager. He has been active in the New York cabaret scene for over 25 years. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is a world famous entertainment destination. Located in the West Bank Cafe in the heart of New York's theater district, Helane Blumfield performs "Tight Pants and Tears Of Joy, My Love Affair With Tom Jones and Neil Diamond" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre April 28th @ 7pm, May 5th @ 2pm and May 16th @ 7pm. The Laurie Beechman is at 307 W. 42nd Street NYC. 212.695.6909. for reserva- tions.[...]

CORPORATESTHENICS By Baindu D. Kalokoh To Be Featured At DUAF 2018

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:20:58 PST

THEATER at Downtown Urban Arts Festival 2018 will feature Corporatesthenics, written and performed by Baindu D\. Kalokoh. Mary E\. Hodges is the director. From unsuccessfully climbing the corporate ladder to triumphantly summiting Mount Everest, Black Television Network's favorite physical trainer premieres the newest edition to her record selling fitness series. Her strength and conditioning techniques are essential to skipping the bottom rung and breaking glass ceilings in every profession. The performance is only on one night. Friday, April 20, 2018, 8pm, at Theatre 80 St. Marks, 80 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10003. Tickets are $20 and available on Corporatesthenics, is reminiscent of the 80's aerobics craze and modern-day life coaching. Candee Dandee, the energetic host, trains her clients to overcome obstacles encountered at the office. Movement exercises, fan mail, sponsors, magazine publishings and spirited aerobics routines are shared hyperbolically. Kalokoh states, "I wrote this piece because numerous friends, working in unrelated fields, shared the same anecdotes of micro-aggressions and racism at the workplace. I was inspired to write something about their experiences. No matter one's background, all audience members will leave with an ability to relate to something said by Candee Dandee." Baindu D\. Kalokoh's monologue, Don't, was featured in 50in50: What Place Do We Have in This Movement?, at the Billie Holiday Theatre. She is a member of the New Perspectives Theatre Company 2018 Women's Work Short Play Lab. Kalokoh performed her solo show, Platform Griot, at the Midtown International Theatre Festival 2017; to sold out audiences. She was a finalist in the 2017 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship. Her play, Tenneh, was read at the National Black Theatre Festival Garland Lee Thompson, Sr. Reader's Theatre of New Works and the DC Black Theatre Festival 2017 New Works Reading Series. Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival 2016 featured her piece Hair Ye, Hair Ye. Mary E\. Hodges most recently directed Liz Morgan's Our Father and Derek Lee McPhatter's Serious Adverse Affects. Hodges also collaborated with director Elizabeth Margid on Ted Greenberg's one-person show ACE, as a movement coach. Other selected credits include directing for: 48 HOURS IN... HARLEM (Stacey Rose's The Ballad O' Nigg-O-Lee); New Perspective Theatre-Short Play Lab (Holly Hepp-Galvan's Sex with Robots); and Queens Theatre-The Park Plays (Ngozi Anyanwu's G.O.A.T.). She has staged and directed in venues all across the city, working with writers on new work: The Davenport Theatre; The Kumble Theatre; The Castillo Theatre; Estrogenius Festival; Theatre For A New City; Libraries; Churches; The Black Theatre Festival; Baruch Performing Arts Center; Community Centers; and Living Rooms.[...]


Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:49:37 PST

In her latest exhibition and fourth solo show at Robert Mann Gallery, Because for Now We Still Have Poetry, multimedia artist Mary Mattingly assembles stories that strive to transform people's perceptions and reframe predominant ideologies by casting a spotlight on the lands that carry the scars of extraction from mining and chemical cultivation. Mattingly's photographs give a look into systems of mining that support exploitive supply chains, in which the cogs in the machine work independently from one another without realizing the full potential of their destruction. Yet, they also capture the awe of how well oiled and expansive these so called "supply chains" are when put together. Mattingly starts at the beginning of the "supply chain" with the minerals themselves. She isolates the strategic minerals necessary for national defense and military operations or those used for cultivating land. For example, Mosaic mines in Florida that harvest phosphate, and Eagle Mine in Michigan that harvests cobalt, use those minerals for fertilizer. These same minerals are also essential to the production of photography. In this, Mattingly sees absurdity because the same economic machines that drive mining, the artist relies on herself to expose the causes of these defeated landscapes. It is a poetic contradiction to work with materials that are both seductive, yet linked to these contemporary forms of violence. Through still lives, Mattingly pieces together the ever-ending map of logistics, harvesting, transportation, manufacturing parts, money and the needs that make up the supply chain of strategic minerals as a way to comprehend nature morte that has been always been traditionally captured through painting, photography, zoological and botanical illustration. Because even though it may seem that we can't go on...we must go on, because for now, we do still have hope. This intense study into the methods of cultivation have also been the main focus of Mattingly's most recent public project and "social sculpture," Swale, a floating forest on the Bronx River that has one main purpose: to engage New Yorkers in a conversation about the benefits of shared, public food by offering crops to pick and eat. Mary Mattingly will participate in Storm King's upcoming exhibition, "Indicators: Artists on Climate Change," which opens May 19, where she is preparing an as-yet-untitled work in which she will bring trees from a tropical climate - mango, coconut and fig are in contention - to the Hudson River Valley, calling attention to the way that changing temperatures may affect the future of food. Mattingly participated in MoMA PS1's "Expo 1" in collaboration with Triple Canopy Magazine in 2013, received a Knight Foundation Grant for her WetLand project that opened in 2014 on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, and in 2015, she completed a two-part sculpture "Pull" for the International Havana Biennial with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de la Habana and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Her first Art 21: New York Close Up documentary video was released in 2013. Mattingly's work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, the Seoul Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and the Palais de Tokyo. Her writings were included in Nature, edited by Jeffrey Kastner in the Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art series.[...]

THE SIGNATURE PROJECT Ends Acclaimed Limited Run Sunday

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:06:55 PST

THE SIGNATURE PROJECT, a multi-sensory theatrical experience, will conclude its unanimously acclaimed limited run this Sunday at the Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street).

The core of THE SIGNATURE PROJECT is a huge 76 ft. x 36 ft. mural layered with hidden secrets. For the past 22 years a live performance has toured the United States bringing the mural to life, with artist Patrick Dunning ingeniously weaving stories and images in the great tradition of Irish artists. Now, this play with music and dance comes to New York for its Off-Broadway premiere.

An uplifting, interactive, thought-provoking journey through art, science, technology, and cultural diversity, THE SIGNATURE PROJECT offers the opportunity for the audience to join over 300,000 people whose signatures already comprise the fabric of this monumental art work. The painting and the play are constantly changing and evolving as people contribute their own signature and story to the larger art work, adding perspectives and ideas which make the world so special and wonderful, beyond imagination. Creator Patrick Dunning hails from Dublin, Ireland and now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Director Eric Paul Vitale joined the project after attending a one-night-only presentation of Patrick Dunning's THE SIGNATURE PROJECT on tour one year ago. It was immediately after that event that the two began a collaboration to re-conceive the production as an entirely theatrical evening with the addition of 360-degree projections, live jazz, Irish dancers, and choreography by two-time National Ballroom Champion, Melissa Maricich.

The final four performances of THE SIGNATURE PROJECT are this Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are available through or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111. Same day $20 student tickets are available in person at the Sheen Center box office. For more information, please visit


WOMEN IN THE WORLD Announces Participants for Annual Summit!

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:00:47 PST

Today, Tina Brown Live Media and Women in the World announced the initial lineup of participants for the 9th annual Women in the World Summit held at Lincoln Center in New York City. This year's Summit will open at the David H. Koch Theater on Thursday, April 12 and run to Saturday, April 14. Secretary Clinton will lead a debate on the rise of strongmen in Russia, Turkey, the Philippines and China with four brave journalists from those regions. Among them is: Carrie Grace, former BBC China Editor who led the fight for pay equity at the BBC and testified in Parliament this year. Since its launch in 2010, Women in the World has established itself as one of the largest, most visible platforms for women to share their stories and showcase the tenacity, joy and effectiveness of a rising global movement. This year's Summit will feature groundbreaking conversations from the #MeToo fallout, dark new trends in human trafficking, the battle for pay equity, the women transforming the restaurant business, and how digital innovation is disrupting intimate relationships. Tina Brown, Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World, said: "Women's courage in speaking out is transforming lives for millions by personal example, leadership, and inspiration as never before. That has always been the mission of Women in the World, and this year's summit-the ninth year- will bring together all the passion and purpose of these last twelve months." Additionally, the Summit will spotlight the 2018 Toyota Mothers of Invention who contribute to their community and the world through innovation, entrepreneurship, and invention. Featured Women in the World 2018 participants include: Tina Brown, Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Afrah Nasser, Journalist and Sana'a Review Editor-in-Chief Dr. Astrid Cantor, Medical Doctor and Contributing Columnist, Caracas Chronicles Barbara Lynch, Award-winning Chef and Restaurateur, Gruppo Bushra Aldukhainah, Area Manager, CARE Yemen Carrie Gracie, Former Editor, BBC China Dambisa Moyo, Global Economist & Author, Mildstorm Danya Sherman, Founder and CEO, KnoNap; 2018 Toyota Mother of Invention Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Uber Technologies Dominique Crenn, Chef-Proprietor, Atelier Crenn, Petit Crenn, Bar Crenn Delaney Tarr, Parkland gun control activist Ece Temelkuran, Turkish Author & Journalist Emily Kennedy, CEO & Founder, Marinus Analytics; 2018 Toyota Mother of Invention Federica Dávila, Founder & Director, Primeros Auxilios UCV (Green Cross) and Medical Student, Universidad Central de Venezuela Dr. Fozia Alvi, Doctors Plus Medical Centre and Volunteer, ICNA Relief Canada Jacqueline Birdsall, Senior Engineer, Toyota North America Jameela Jamil, Actress, Writer, and Activist ("The Good Place") Jennifer Rademaker, Executive Vice President, Global Customer Delivery, MasterCard Joanna Coles, Chief Content Officer, Hearst Magazines Joy-Ann Reid, Author and Host, MSNBC Laura Wasser, Family Law Attorney and Founder, It's Over Easy Leila Hoteit, Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate & Liberian Peace Activist Misty Copeland, Best-selling Author & Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) Madeleine Habib, Ship's Captain and Humanitarian Worker, SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders Markus Strobel, President, Global Skin & Personal Care, P&G Maye Musk, Model, Dietitian, Face of Covergirl, and Founder, Maye Musk, In[...]

The Orchestra Now Plays Berlioz And Braunfels At Lincoln Center, 3/29

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:38:45 PST

The Orchestra Now (T?N) has a prolific spring season offering no less than five concerts in New York City. Music director Leon Botstein conducts the next performance on March 29 including Berlioz's spectacular Symphonie fantastique and providing an exceptional chance to hear Braunfels's Fantastic Appearances of a Theme by Berlioz, at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. T?N AT ROSE THEATER SERIES, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique Thu. Mar 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm Leon Botstein, conductor Walter Braunfels: Fantastic Appearances of a Theme by Berlioz Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique Tickets, starting at $25, may be purchased online at, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or in person at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office on the ground floor of the Time Warner Center, Broadway at 60th Street. The Orchestra Now The Orchestra Now (T?N) is a group of some 80 vibrant young musicians from more than 12 different countries around the globe, whose goal is to make orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences. They are lifting the curtain on the musicians' experience by sharing their unique personal insights in a welcoming environment. Hand-picked from hundreds of applicants from the world's leading conservatories-including The Juilliard School, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and the Curtis Institute of Music-the members of T?N are not only rousing audiences with their critically acclaimed performances, but also enlightening curious minds by presenting on-stage introductions and demonstrations at concerts, offering program notes written from the musicians' perspective, and connecting with patrons through one-on-one discussions during intermissions. Conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein founded T?N in 2015 as a master's degree program at Bard College, where he also serves as president. The Orchestra is in residence at Bard's Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, offering multiple concerts there each season as well as participating in the annual Bard Music Festival. The Orchestra also performs numerous concert series at major venues in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as a schedule of free performances across New York City boroughs. T?N has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Fabio Luisi, Neeme Järvi, Gerard Schwarz, and JoAnn Falletta. For upcoming activities and more detailed information about the musicians, visit Leon Botstein Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, artistic co-director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and president of Bard College since 1975. He was the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2011, and is now conductor laureate. This year, he assumes artistic directorship of Campus Grafenegg and Grafenegg Academy in Austria. Mr. Botstein is also a frequent guest conductor with orchestras around the globe, has made numerous recordings, and is a prolific author and music historian. He is the editor of the prestigious The Musical Quarterly, and has received many honors for his contributions to music. More info online at[...]

American Composers Orchestra Announces 2017-2018 Emerging Composers

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:35:20 PST

American Composers Orchestra continues its commitment to the creation and development of new orchestral music with the announcement of sixteen emerging composers who will participate in its catalytic programs. Six emerging composers will participate in the 27th Annual Underwood New Music Readings on June 21-22, 2018 at a location to be announced. Ten emerging composers receive 2018 EarShot New Music Readings presented by Fort Wayne Philharmonic (February 7, 2018), Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (March 1, 2018), and Jacksonville Symphony (April 20, 2018). EarShot is a partnership between American Composers Orchestra, League of American Orchestras, American Composers Forum, and New Music USA. Underwood New Music Readings: ACO's 27th Annual Underwood New Music Readings give audiences a chance to look behind the scenes of bringing new, diverse orchestral music to life. The first day of Readings, an open rehearsal, is Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 10:30am; the second day of Readings is Friday, June 22, at 7:30pm, during which the new works will be polished and performed in their entirety. ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel directs the Readings; ACO Music Director George Manahan conducts. This year, six of the nation's most promising composers in the early stages of their professional careers are selected from over 250 submissions. Carlos Bandera, Lily Chen, Scott Lee, Ryan Lindveit, Tomas Peire Serrate, and Liliya Ugay represent a broad spectrum of musical backgrounds and sound worlds. One composer will receive a $15,000 commission for a new piece to be performed by ACO during an upcoming season. Additionally, one composer will receive the Audience Choice Award with an associated commission. Each composer participating in the Underwood New Music Readings receives rehearsals, a reading, and a digital recording of his or her work. Feedback sessions with ACO principal players, mentor composers, and ACO's artistic and music directors provide crucial artistic, technical, and conceptual assistance. This year's mentor composers are Derek Bermel, ACO Artistic Director, Tania Leon, John Corigliano, and Robert Beaser. In addition, the Readings offer a Career Development Workshop for composers, students, or anyone interested in exploring the business and realities of being a professional composer on Thursday, June 22 from 10am-3pm. These invaluable talks, led by leaders in the industry, present topics ranging from copyright and commission agreements to music preparation, from promotion to fundraising. Speakers and specific schedule will be announced by June 1. The cost for the Workshop is $10; reservations can be made at For over a generation, ACO's Underwood New Music Readings have provided all-important career development and public exposure to the country's most promising emerging composers, with over 150 composers participating. Readings alumni have won every major composition award, including the Pulitzer, Grammy, Grawemeyer, American Academy of Arts & Letters, and Rome Prizes. Orchestras around the globe have commissioned ACO Readings alumni. The New Music Readings have launched many of today's top composers, such as ACO's own Artistic Director Derek Bermel, Lisa Bielawa, Anthony Cheung, Anna Clyne, Cindy Cox, Sebastian Currier, Jennifer Higdon, Pierre Jalbert, Aaron Jay Kernis, Hannah Lash, Carter Pann, P.Q. Phan, Tobias Picker, Narong Prangcharoen, Paola Prestini, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Huang Ruo, Eric Samuelson, Carlos Sanchez-Guiterrez, Kate Soper, Gregory Spears, Joan Tower, Ken Ueno, Dan Visconti, Wang Jie, Dalit Warshaw, Randall Woolf, Nina Young, and Roger Zare. EarShot New Mu[...]

The Barbour Playwrights Award Continues With MOMMY'S LITTLE PRINCESS

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:31:42 PST

The Barbour Playwrights Award continues on Wednesday, March 28 at 7pm with a reading of Teresa Lotz's Mommy's Little Princess. In Mommy's Little Princess, Ingrid, her boyfriend, and her new roommate find a unique way to play house, upending our notions of relationship "norms" and the definition of family. Directed by Daniella Caggiano, the cast includes Cynthia Bastidas, Azalea Lewis, Kevin Hoffman, and Isabella Schiller. Doors open at 6:40 pm. The reading will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Now in its eleventh year, the Barbour Playwrights Award was created to celebrate new work for the theatre. Every March, the Episcopal Actors' Guild (EAG) partners with a local theatre company or playwriting program to present staged readings of new work, with one playwright being awarded a prize of $500. This year's partner is New Perspectives Theatre Company and their Women's Work Project. Lotz is one of three finalists for the 2018 Barbour Playwrights Award. Past winners have included Lynn Rosen, Laura Eason, Aaron Jafferis, and Bill Cosgriff. The final reading of this year's Barbour Award will be Sandra A. Daley-Sharif's Straddling the Edge. Originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, this reading was rescheduled due to inclement weather. It will now take place on Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm. +++ Teresa Lotz writes music and words including She Calls Me Firefly (Summer 2018); Red Emma & the Mad Monk by Alexis Roblan (music, Ars Nova Ant Fest 2017), A Surrealist Sort of View (music, Prospect Theater Company WORLD VIEWS - 2017 Musical Theater Lab) with book-writer/lyricist Sarah Rebell; Mommy's Little Princess (Reading, NPTC Women's Work May Mini-Festival 2017); ThreeTimesFast (book and music) with bookwriter/lyricist Naomi Matlow (Pallas Theater Table Read Series Winner 2017; The Script at Stage 74, 2017; New York Film Academy, Winter New Works Series 2016); Vinegar Tom (original music) by Caryl Churchill, The New School 2016; The Awakening (music) with bookwriter/lyricist Sarah Rebell (Reading, Musical Theatre Factory Developmental Series, Playwrights Horizons, 2016); Teresa is a member of NPTC Women's Work Lab, Dramatist's Guild, ASCAP, The League of Professional Theatre Women and a co-founder of LezCab. M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing, NYU. New Perspectives Theatre Company was founded in 1991 as a multi-racial ensemble dedicated to using theatre as an agent for positive social change. Their mission is to develop and present new plays and playwrights, particularly women and people of color; present classic plays in a style that sheds new light on our lives and work; and present theatre to under-served audiences- especially young people and communities in need- to build life skills and promote participation in our society. The Episcopal Actors' Guild was established in 1923 and is a charitable organization offering emergency assistance and career support to professional performers "of all faiths, and none." EAG also hosts a full calendar of events and fundraisers including concerts, variety shows, play readings, and professional workshops. Learn more at When: Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 pm Where: Guild Hall at The Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E. 29th St., New York, NY 10016 (b/w Fifth Ave. and Madison Ave.) Trains: R/W @ 28th St.; 6 @ 28th St. Tickets: $15/EAG members and NPTC-affiliated artists, $20/non-members (suggested donation) RSVP: (212) 685-2927 or[...]

Aspect Foundation For Music And Arts Presents WEIMAR: THE CRADLE OF MUSICAL TALENT

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:58:16 PST


The ASPECT Foundation for Music & Arts presents Weimar: The Cradle of Musical Talent on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at The Italian Academy at Columbia University, part of the foundation's second New York City season of illuminating performances featuring many of the most prominent performers and musical scholars of today.

The evening features celebrated pianist Vsevolod Dvorkin and 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medalist, cellist Sergey Antonon, in Bach's Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, Mendelssohn's Cello Sonata No. 2 in D Major, and Liszt's Piano Sonata in B Minor, paired with an illustrated talk by veteran BBC radio host and musicologist Stephen Johnson. Johnson will delve into the city of Weimar's significance during the twentieth century as a beacon of culture. This includes Bach's tenure as Weimar's court organist; twelve-year-old Mendelssohn's visit to the city, effectively making an impression on the writer Goethe; and Liszt's 1842 appointment as court composer. Alongside performances of some of these three composers finest instrumental works, this concert examines the Golden Age of a city that became a place of refuge during troubled times.

The event takes place on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:30pm at The Italian Academy at Columbia University - 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC.
Tickets are $45, which includes wine and refreshments. To purchase tickets, click here.

The final concert of ASPECT Foundations' 2017-18 season is "Fête Galante: The Anatomy of Melancholy" on Thursday, May 17 featuring the Four Nations Ensemble and soprano Sherezade Panthaki, with an illustrated talk by Tav Holmes.

ASPECT Foundation for Music and Arts was founded by Irina Knaster in London in 2011 and relocated to New York City in 2016. ASPECT presents a new concert format - one that transforms the traditional recital into an intimate, engaging, and thought-provoking blend of performance, speech, and image. ASPECT aims both to support and promote artists, and to welcome audiences old and new to explore new aspects of a classical repertoire of endless riches. It's more than a concert. To find out more, please visit

Photo by: ASPECT Foundation


Don't Miss DEDICATE IT With Bill T. Jones, Seán Curran, and Lois Welk

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:58:47 PST

Emily Ludolph's Dedicate It explores the stories behind the people and experiences that motivate our favorite writers, musicians, and scientists. Each show isolates a single great dedication, holds intimate conversations with the people we admire most about the people they admire most, and hosts an open mic for everyone to make a dedication to someone who got them where they are today. Not all dedications live in books. Acclaimed choreographer and "irreplaceable dance treasure" Bill T\. Jones gathers early collaborators and performance colleagues Lois Welk and Seán Curran to discuss the legacy of Jones's dance company dedicatee Arnie Zane, share stories, and together reify the spirit of the former co-Artistic Director of the Bill T\. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. The show is on April 2, only at Caveat at 21 A Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002. Doors open at 7:00pm. Show starts at 7:30pm. This event is 21+. Purchase tickets in advance for $15 here or buy them at the door for $20. Dedicate It is a live show and podcast that zeroes in on the dedication page. Come hear host Emily Ludolph find the stories about the people and experiences that motivate our favorite writers, musicians, and scientists. Dedicate It examines the greatest dedications in history, holds intimate conversations with the people we admire most about the people they admire most, and hosts an open mic for everyone to make a dedication to someone who got them where they are today. A native of Buffalo, New York, Lois Welk founded founded the American Dance Asylum Inc. (ADA), a collaborative model for producing dance in 1972. From 1973-1979, she co-directed the ADA with Bill T\. Jones and Arnie Zane. For more than 30 years the ADA produced Welk's choreography. In 2007, Welk became Director of Dance/USA Philadelphia. Seán Curran's career in dance and the performing arts spans 30 years and includes awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Robbins Foundation, and many others. His contemporary dance ensemble Seán Curran Company was founded in 1997 and he is the Chair of the Department of Dance at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. A multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer, Bill T\. Jones received major honors ranging from the Human Rights Campaign's 2016 Visibility Award, 2013 National Medal of Arts to a 1994 MacArthur "Genius" Award and Kennedy Center Honors in 2010. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2009 and named "An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure" by the Dance Heritage Coalition in 2000. In 2010, he earned a Tony Award for Best Choreography in the critically acclaimed FELA!, the new musical co-conceived, co-written, directed and choreographed by Mr\. Jones. He also earned a 2007 Tony Award for Best Choreography for Spring Awakening as well as an Obie Award for the show's 2006 off-Broadway run. Mr\. Jones's is the author of numerous works including a memoir, Last Night on Earth and Story/Time: The Life of an Idea. Emily Ludolph is an alum of TED Conferences, where she shepherded business speakers to the stage as part of the TED Institute program. She has produced full cast recordings of American plays as part of the radio show and podcast Playing on Air. In her time working in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art she developed an attachment to Alexander Hamilton's fifteen-foot-tall clock. Before that, Emily and the BEAT Festival programmed Bro[...]

Photo Flash: Retro Productions Presents Table Read of WE ARE A MASTERPIECE

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:56:26 PST

Retro Productions, who was recently awarded the prestigious Caffe Cino Fellowship Award at the New York Innovative Theatre Awards (NYIT), follows up their hit 2017 season with the World Premiere of Gina Femia's play, We Are A Masterpiece. The production is directed by Retro company member, DeLisa M. White. We Are A Masterpiece runs April 7 - 21 at the 14th Street Y.We Are a Masterpiece takes place at the dawn of the AIDS crisis, when the disease was still a mystery. In Kalamazoo, Michigan, Joan, a no-nonsense nurse, becomes a sort of fairy godmother to the town's gay community when no one else will step up to care for them as they die one by one. She becomes their friend, their mother, their sister, as they navigate life and death with this new plague; caring for them, taking in John - an artist who becomes like a son to her, burying the dead on her property. Out of the ashes of their collective lives, lifelong bonds are forged and beauty is found even at the darkest of moments.The production stars Heather E. Cunningham (NYIT Award for Best Actress in An Appeal To The Woman Of The House/Retro), Pilar Gonzalez (The Lesson/Teatro LATEA), Sam Heldt (Hair/Burning Coal Theatre), Chad Miller (Criminal Minds/CBS), Ben Schnickel (The Butter and Egg Man/Retro), Ric Sechrest (An Appeal To The Woman Of The House/Retro), Sara Thigpen (NYIT Award for Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role in Burning the Old Man/Boomerang Theatre), and Matthew Trumbull (The Butter and Egg Man/Retro).The creative team includes set design by Rebecca Cunningham (Author of the renowned costume design book, The Magic Garment), costume design by Viviane Galloway, sound design by Jacob Subotnick, lighting design by Asa Lipton, properties design by Sara Slagle, and stage management by Elizabeth Ramsay (2017 NYIT Award for Outstanding Stage Manager). Heather E. Cunningham (Producing Artistic Director) and Sara Slagle (Associate Producer) serve as producers on the production.Performances take place at the 14th Street Y Theatre, 344 East 14th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), New York, NY 10003. Subway: L train to 1st Avenue. Tickets are $25 (general admission) and $22 (students/seniors) and are available at M. WhiteHeather E. CunninghamMatthew TrumbullBen SchnickelSara ThigpenSam HeldtGina FemiaSara Thigpen and Heather E. Cunningham [...]

Helane Blumfield's New Show to Be Directed By Lennie Watts

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:58:51 PST

Singer, Helane Blumfield, comes to the Laurie Beechman Theatre in April and May with a new solo show, "Tight Pants And Tears Of Joy, My love affair with Tom Jones and Neil Diamond!" The dates are April 28th at 7pm, May 5th at 2pm and May 16th at 7pm. "Tight Pants And Tears Of Joy, My love affair with Tom Jones and Neil Diamond!" Is a nostalgic look at the lives and careers of 2 Music Legends, and exposes Ms. Blumfield for the Super Fan that she is! From Diamond's "Brooklyn Roads" and "Play Me" to Jones' "Its Not Unusual" and "Sex-Bomb", Helane and her band serve up an unforgettable evening of hits as well as lesser known gems. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located in the West Bank Cafe 407 W. 42nd Street NY. 212.695.6909. Re- serve tickets by clicking on There is a $20 cover charge and a $20 mini- mum food/drink charge per person. Lenny Watts directs and Bobby Peaco is Musical Director. Ms. Blumfield returned to performing five years ago after 25 years in the advertising and retail industry. She has been "ecstatically happy" and content throughout an extensive career as Macy's SVP Creative Director, which she describes as one of her two creative loves, singing being the other. "l love performing says Ms. Blumfield "Communicating with the audience is powerful and revealing." Helane's last one-woman show 'Call Me H!' was in the spring of 2016 at Don't Tell Mama in NYC. "'Call me H!' was a show about blending borders between genders and celebrating the men who inspire me," says Ms. Blumfield. Her repertoire was a mix of pop, rock and theatrical material. Jerry Herman described Musical Director, Bobby Peaco, as "the best show pianist I have ever heard." He has won nine MAC Awards and three Bistro Awards. Among a long list of major artists, directors, producers and shows, he has collaborated with Thommie Walsh, the Late Julie Wilson, Donna McKechnie, Jackie Hoffman, Terri White, Jane Summerhays, the late producer, Blake Edwards, producer Rosie O'Donnell, and the shows Ain?t Misbehavin? and Chicago. Lennie Watts is a 13 time MAC, 5 time Backstage Bistro, 3 time Nightlife, and a 2014 Broadway World Award Winner. He is the only person to receive awards as an outstanding vocalist, director, producer, and booking manager. He has been active in the New York cabaret scene for over 25 years. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is a world famous entertainment destination. Located in the West Bank Cafe in the heart of New York's theater district, Helane Blumfield performs "Tight Pants and Tears Of Joy, My Love Affair With Tom Jones and Neil Diamond" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre April 28th @ 7pm, May 5th @ 2pm and May 16th @ 7pm. The Laurie Beechman is at 307 W. 42nd Street NYC. 212.695.6909. for reservations.[...]

ALL THE WAY: THE MUSIC OF JIMMY VAN HEUSEN & FRIENDS To Resound At Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Venue On May 18th

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:39:35 PST

Tickets are now on sale for "All the Way: The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen & Friends," an extraordinary concert event to be produced by The Mabel Mercer Foundation on Friday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. The special, one-time-only performance will be offered at Weill Recital Hall (part of the Carnegie Hall complex) at 154 West 57th Street. For the occasion, thirteen vocalists have been selected to honor Van Heusen as one of America's classic twentieth-century composers. The singers will also celebrate the work of Rick Jensen and Tom Toce, two present-day songwriters whose compositions have expanded the standard repertoire. "All the Way" will be hosted by KT Sullivan, artistic director of The Mabel Mercer Foundation, and will feature both established entertainers and newcomers to the cabaret scene. Those scheduled to appear include Joie Bianco, Eric Comstock, Shana Farr, Barbara Fasano, Eric Yves Garcia, Greg Gropper, Jeff Harnar, Nicolas King, Marissa Mulder, Simón Safos, Evan Stern, Amy Friedl Stoner, and Amy Beth Williams. Patron seat tickets @ $150.00 are now available directly from The Mabel Mercer Foundation; that price includes an after-party with the performers and musicians. Please call 212 980-3026. General tickets @ $75.00 (Orchestra) or $30.00 (balcony) may now be purchased at the Carnegie Hall box office, Seventh Avenue at 57th Street, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday; or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212 247-7800 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Born in Syracuse, NY, in 1913, Jimmy Van Heusen received fourteen Academy Award nominations for "Best Song" between 1944-1968 and garnered Oscars for "Swinging On a Star," "All the Way," "High Hopes," and "Call Me Irresponsible." "Love and Marriage," written for a 1955 TV musicalization of Our Town, won him an Emmy; the melody retained its fame as the latter-day theme song of the television series, Married...With Children. Van Heusen's other compositions include "Imagination," "Come Fly With Me," "Here's That Rainy Day," "But Beautiful," and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams." A Tony, Grammy, and Golden Globe Award nominee, he died in Rancho Mirage, CA, in 1990. Ms. Sullivan offers, "Since 2014, a celebratory spring concert in New York City has become one of The Mabel Mercer Foundation's annual presentations. We've celebrated the repertoire of singer Margaret Whiting and such songwriters as Cole Porter, Howard Dietz, and Arthur Schwartz. In 2015, we received permission from Ervin Drake to title our show 'It Was A Very Good Year' -- after his own standard composition -- and in that manner, we heralded the centennial of those born in 1915. This included Frank Sinatra, who made Drake's song both a hit and a personal theme. "Earlier this month, we launched the 'Teenage Endowment Fund,' created by Adela and Larry Elow to encourage young people to explore and perform the Great Popular Songbook (1900-1970). All of the participating talent was exemplary, and the winner of that contest will appear in our annual New York Cabaret Convention this October. But one of the other vocalists, Simón Safos, sang Jimmy Van Heusen's 'Come Fly With Me' for the February 3rd competition, so we've already added him to the roster for May 18th. "By incorporating new, young entertainers into our programs - an[...]

4th Annual A WORLD IN A TRANCE Festival Announces Lineup

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:42:20 PST

A World in Trance, now in its fourth edition, has been host to some of the world's most captivating music, bringing people together in search of enlightenment and spirituality. This year's festival features the music of Afghanistan with Homayoun Sakhi, the outstanding Afghan rubab (lute) player of his generation, accompanied by the dynamic tabla (drums) player Nitin Mitta (Apr 27); the classical music of India with Ustad Shahid Parvez, one of the world's leading sitarists, accompanied by Nitin Mitta (Apr 28); and mystical Persian classical music with virtuoso Hossein Omoumi, one of the foremost Persian ney (flute) players, with the evocative vocalist Jessika Kenney, setar and tar player Amir Koushkani, and percussionist Hamin Honari (Apr 29). The even will take place at ROULETTE, 509 Atlantic Ave at 3rd Ave, Downtown Brooklyn from April 27 - 29. Tickets to each event are $30; for students and seniors, they are $26. Click here to purchase tickets, or call the box office at 917-267-0363. HOMAYOUN SAKHI with NITIN MITTA: Afghanistan Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:00pm This program marks a rare NY appearance of Homayoun Sakhi, who has established an international reputation as the outstanding Afghan rubab player of his generation. A master of the rubab, a skin-faced lute that is revered as the national instrument of Afghanistan, he performs the music of Afghanistan, which is rich in traditions that span the Middle East, Central Asia and North India. Sakhi was born in Kabul into one of Afghanistan's leading musical families, and studied with his father, Ghulam Sakhi - heir to a musical lineage that began in the 1860s - in the traditional form of apprenticeship known as ustad-shagird. Since immigrating to the US in 2002, he has composed for the Kronos Quartet and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, established a music school in Fremont, California, and appeared at prestigious venues and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, Paris's Theatre de la Ville, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. He will be joined by Nitin Mitta, one of the most sought after tabla players of his generation. allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="375" src="" width="650"> USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ with NITIN MITTA: India Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8:00pm One of the world's leading sitarists, Ustad Shahid Parvez belongs to an illustrious musical family and has achieved success in not only preserving the tradition, but in pushing its boundaries to greater heights. He is one of the leading exponents of the Etawah gharana (tradition), which was popularized by the great Ustad Vilayat Khan, and belongs to the seventh generation of this musical lineage. He was initiated into the rich music of the gharana by his father Ustad Aziz Khan, who was the son of the legendary sitar and surbahar virtuoso Ustad Waheed Khansahab. Shahid Parvez was recognized as a child prodigy and started performing in public by the time he was eight years old. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Government of India's Padma Shri and the Sangeet Natak Academy Award. He is accompanied by the brilliant tabla (drums) player Nitin Mitta. allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="375" src="" width="650"> HOSSEIN OMOUMI: Persia Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 7:00 PM The renow[...]

Host Maggie Crane Welcomes Comics to Rosy's Daughter

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:40:01 PST


Rosy's Father is a monthly comedy show brought to you by your favorite pint slingers at the beloved Upper East Side local, Ryan's Daughter. This month Host Maggie Crane welcomes Aparna Nancherla(Comedy Central's Corporate), Katie Boyle (Cinderblock), David Agyekum (Comedy Central's Comics To Watch), Rebecca O'Neal (Netflix), Fareeha Khan (MTV), Jessy Morner-Ritt (Funny or Die) and more! Tickets are $10 and come with a free drink!

Friday, April 6th 8 pm

Ryan's Daughter, 350 E 85th St, New York, NY 10028

$10, includes free drink.

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Venue Phone Number: 212-628-2613


Actors & Celebs Come Out To Support Jamaican Author Nicole Mclaren Campbell At NY Book Launch

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:34:50 PST

An array of New York actors, entertainers and other industry professionals were among those who came out to support Jamaican born author Nicole McLaren Campbell at the launch of her self help book Make It Count at the Jamaican Consulate in Manhattan, last Thursday, March 15. The launch was presented by Washington Publishing, publishers of the book, and organized by New York based Sure Thing PR. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was actor, playwright and CEO of Sure Thing PR David Heron-shortly to be seen as Lord Montague in The Shakespeare Festival of St Louis production of Romeo and Juliet. Award winning actress Dianne Dixon - last seen in the Off Broadway premiere of the musical Falling in Love with Mr. Dellamort- kicked off the proceedings with an inspiring performance of Maya Angelou's Phenomenal Woman. Following Dixon's rendition, Heron -who is also McLaren Campbell's uncle- took the appreciative audience on an often amusing journey through her life and accomplishments. High points included her outstanding academic achievements at the St Hugh's Preparatory and St Andrew High School for Girls in Jamaica, followed by her full scholarship admittance to the prestigious Phillips Academy 'Andover' in Massachusetts and her subsequent college years at Princeton University and the University of London . Emmy Award winning television producer Linda Schaffer, who featured McLaren Campbell in a Nickelodeon documentary she produced on gifted teenagers entitled Nickelennium in 1998, presented the 20th Anniversary screening of the feature at the event and also read passages from Make It Count. The other reader for the night was McLaren Campbell's husband, award winning Jamaican reggae artist Jeffrey "Agent Sasco" Campbell. Speaking of his wife's talent for inspiring others and transforming lives, Sasco delighted the gathering with his recollection of their first meeting, when they were introduced by a mutual friend at a screening of the blockbuster film The Transformers, after which, he revealed, "I was myself transformed." In her own remarks, McLaren Campbell stated that although she had felt the calling from God to be an author, she allowed fear and insecurity to keep her from pursuing this dream. She told the capacity audience that "To hold myself accountable, I took the bold and really unorthodox step of announcing a date for the release of the book to my instagram followers, even before I had finished writing it-which was how I was able to overcome my fears and complete it. Because people started purchasing pre orders immediately, I had no choice but to complete it." An Educator, Social Media Influencer and Motivational Speaker, McLaren Campbell founded AIM Educational Services in Jamaica in 2010. She has guided hundreds of students to placement in all of America's Ivy League Universities as well as to the Oxford and Cambridge Universities in Britain, and many others across the globe. Other industry guests at the event included Ward 21 musical artist Rumblood, actor and Playwright Rafael Moreno, Producer and actress Janel C Scarborough, IRIE Jam radio personality Irwin Clare and Brian Roach of BET Television. Sponsors for the evening included Fontana Pharmacy, Jamaica National Money, Golden Krust, Voga Wines, Flow Jamaica , Kerry Man Woman Home and Vonessa's Spa. PHOTO CAPTION:-- From left to right- Sure Thing PR CEO David H[...]

OutWright Series Announces Latest Reading THE CANTOR'S TALE By Fengar Gael

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:29:52 PST


All Out Arts/The Fresh Fruit Festival, in conjunction with guest curator, Alexa Kelly of Pulse Ensemble Theatre, are proud to bring you the latest entry in the annual reading series OutWright. These early-stage LGBTQ plays explore issues facing the community in new and compelling ways. OutWright strives to break sterotypes and even the norm to present LGBTQ life from a fresh and modern perspective without every forgetting its literary roots.

Fengar Gael's play, The Cantor's Tale, explores several topics in the community: The repression of a priest's latent sexual desires forces him to wreak havoc in the lives of a renegade seminarian and his fiancée.

One night only, the reading with be at Shetler Studios & Theatres, 244 W 54th St, New York City, on Thursday, March 29 at 7 PM at 9:00 p.m.

Please go to the following link: to register your attendance.

The Fresh Fruit Festival encompasses theater, performance, poetry, comedy, spoken word, music, dance, visual arts and some talents that defy categorization. Artists come from around the city, nation and, the world presenting work that is fresh, exciting and insightful. Performers of all racial and many ethnic backgrounds, sexuality, and gender orientations fill our stages. Many of the Festival's productions have gone on to commercial runs. Festival performers have been recognized with IT, OOBR, G.L.A.A.D, and Theatermania "Best Documentary" awards. Notably, the work of Lesbian and Transgender artists was represented in proportions more representative of their numbers in the LGBT community than is usually seen in such events. And our audiences are equally diverse. Fresh Fruit has established a community of artists and audiences who connect with each other not only on the personal level (for friends have been made during the Festival itself) but also through our shared mailing lists and our awards for outstanding work in the festival - The Fresh Fruit Awards of Distinction.

We believe the arts bring hope, experience, learning, self-confidence, a means of expression, and a path out of despair.


Ali Ewoldt, Nick Cartell and More Join I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU: Broadway Fights Ovarian Cancer

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:08:18 PST

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents I Will Always Love You: Broadway Fights Ovarian Cancer on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 6:30pm. I Will Always Love You: Broadway Fights Ovarian Cancer brings together some of the best of Broadway for an unforgettable night of music to raise money to find a cure for and celebrate those battling Ovarian Cancer. All proceeds from this event will be going to Discovery to Cure, part of the Yale School of Medicine, dedicated to advancing the prevention, early detection and treatment of women's reproductive cancers. Tickets range from $155-$295 and include an exclusive two-course meal, standard open bar, and the evening's entertainment. Portion of your ticket may also be tax deductible. Tickets and information are available at Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00pm are only available by calling (646) 476-3551. Last year's one-night-only benefit concert, True Colors: Broadway Fights Ovarian Cancer, raised over $14,000 for Discovery to Cure. In honor of his mother who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in June, Nick Cartell (Jean Valjean in the current National Tour of Les Misérables) and his wife, Christine Cartell, are bringing the event back in the hopes that someday soon no one will have to fight this terrible disease any longer. The Cartells have once again teamed with Director Jim Brigman and Music Director Drew Wutke, and the evening will again be hosted by Ben Rappaport(ABC's For The People, Fiddler on the Roof) and Christine Cartell (The Blacklist, Person of Interest) as they bring to you a night of Broadway favorites singing songs composed and written by women. PERFORMERS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR (subject to change): Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera, The King and I, Les Misérables) Nick Cartell (Les Misérables, Paramour, The Phantom of the Opera) Allison Luff (Escape to Margaritaville, Wicked, Matilda) & Matt Magnusson (Breaking Through, Home Street Home, Grease; Toronto) Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) Phoenix Best (Dear Evan Hansen, Les Misérables, The Color Purple) Natalie Charlé Ellis (School of Rock, Les Misérables, Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking) Krystina Alabado (American Psycho, Evita) & Robert Lenzi (Tuck Everlasting, South Pacific) Tracy Jai Edwards (Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Ruthless) Derrick Davis (The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Dreamgirls) Katie Travis (The Phantom of the Opera) Megan Kane (For The People, Play Like a Winner) Tessa Faye (Good News, Elf, The Electric Company) Jenna O'Gara (Lead Vocalist of 80's Band Jessie's Girl) Jacey Powers (Falling, The Shanghai Gesture, Our Town) The Broadway Boys MORE ABOUT FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, and Michael Feinstein, one of the world's great musical artists, have united to give New York an unparalleled destinationfor entertainment and dining. Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, is the performance venue in the grand tradition ofNew York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, Feinstein's/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein's/54 Be[...]

United Solo Offers A Master Class With Fiona Shaw

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:15:17 PST

This Master Class with Fiona Shaw is a rare opportunity to meet and work with one of the most influential actresses and directors of contemporary theatre. Participants are expected to prepare a short piece of text of their choice to work on, such as: an audition speech of any kind, a speech from a scene, a poem, any text (classical or contemporary), even their original writing, or - as recommended by Ms. Shaw herself - a compilation of things, which may include, for example: some sonnets mixed with contemporary writing, basically any text that is two-minutes or less in length. Participants will master their skills while performing their pieces and by observing their peers. The class is designed for a variety of styles and approaches. "Once you've done one style, you leave it for a while. Theater is dangerously open to repetition. It's exciting when you hit on a new way. The energy released by it is enormous and it becomes quite addictive, the power between the audience and the actor" said Ms. Shaw. Fiona Shaw is regarded as one of the finest classical actresses of her generation, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Ms. Shaw has performed on the most prestigious stages, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre in London, winning Olivier Awards for her roles in "Electra," "Hedda Gabler," "Machinal," and "Happy Days." Her performance in "Medea" garnered her a Tony Award in 2003. Shaw is also known for her critically acclaimed solo productions on Broadway, including "The Waste Land," for which she received a Drama Desk Award, and "The Testament of Mary," nominated for three Tony Awards. In 2013, Fiona Shaw received the United Solo Special Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the art of solo performance. Her list of credits also includes her work as a theatre and opera director. Ms. Shaw is also a star of the screen. She won international recognition portraying Petunia Dursley in the "Harry Potter" films and Marnie Stonebrook in HBO series "True Blood." She was awarded an honorary C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her impressive accomplishments in the field of drama. The Master Class is hosted by United Solo, a New York-based company dedicated to the genre of solo performance. Since its inception in 2010, United Solo has featured nearly 1,000 productions from all over the world. Each year, United Solo presents solo pieces, discovers original scripts, connects theatre artists with their audiences, and expands its new series of Master Classes for theater artists, students, and enthusiasts with all levels of experience. The United Solo Master Series is led by world-class theatre professionals, whose accomplishments and credits guarantee a top-notch educational experience, including Pau Aran Gimeno, a dancer and choreographer with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch; James Lecesne, a performer and screenwriter of the Oscar-winning film "Trevor"; and Austin Pendleton, a renowned actor and director, and recipient of the Drama Desk Special Award. ACTING STYLES, a Master Class with Fiona Shaw, will take place on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 6pm (duration 120 min.) at Theatre Row: Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York, NY 10036. All ages and levels of theatrical experience encouraged. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served ba[...]

NYU Presents FINDING HOME, An Investigation Of The Immigrant Experience

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:36:03 PST

NYU Steinhardt's Program in Vocal Performance presents Finding Home: Our Stories, a series of vignettes featuring the music of renowned American composer, Ricky Ian Gordon, and poetry by Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and Tina Landau from March 22-25, 2018. Inspired by Miriam Jordon's article in the New York Times detailing the decision by U.S.C.I.S to stop characterizing the United States as a "nation of immigrants", the show investigates the immigrant experience through personal storytelling, singing, movement, and image projection. The performance was created by students from diverse ethnic backgrounds who conducted extensive research into their family histories and the wider debate around immigration reform. The show explores what it means to be a refugee in past and present contexts. The performance includes stories about a South Korean student brought to the United States for better educational opportunities, Jewish ancestors who narrowly avoided the Holocaust, refugees fleeing persecution, and more. Other students uncovered family history they previously weren't aware of. Through the research process, one student learned of his grandfather's harrowing journey fleeing China during Japanese invasion-an experience portrayed through spoken word and song. The music of Ricky Ian Gordon is revived for the performance, allowing the audience to experience these well-known compositions in new ways. "Gordon's music is ultimately very accessible for audiences. Although these songs weren't originally written about immigrants or refugees, hearing them in this context reveals a different color to the music. We chose specific pieces for specific students and watched them breathe new life into the songs depending on their perspective," said associate director of Steinhardt's program in vocal performance and the show's director, Dianna Heldman. The final product weaves together vignettes exploring the immigrant experience throughout the ages, including the trials of navigating cultural and language barriers and escaping persecution in the pursuit of a better life. "There's a tremendous amount of personal investment in what the students are doing, but we want to present the stories and let people think what they think and feel what they feel. We hope they come away with a new perspective about these issues," said Heldman. NYU's production of Finding Home: Our Stories runs March 22 at 8 p.m., March 23 at 8 p.m., March 24 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and March 25 at 3 p.m. at Provincetown Playhouse (133 MacDougal Street). Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 for students; seniors; and NYU faculty, staff, and alumni (limit 2 per ID). For tickets, contact NYU Box Office at, call 212.998.4941, or visit in person at 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South). Finding Home: Our Stories features direction by Dianna Heldman, assistant direction by Harolyn Blackwell, music supervision by Ryan Driscoll, music direction and orchestrations by Bob Kelly, production stage management by Marisa Kilgallen, movement direction by Bill Bowers, set design by Daryl Embry, lighting and projection design by James Kolditz, costume design by Michelle E Humphrey, and props design by Max Neuman. The cast features NYU Steinhardt students Matthew Anderson, Stephanie Bacastow, Madeline Bernstein, Mac[...]

Playwright Adam R. Burnett Awarded Jentel Fellowship

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:20:23 PST

Playwright Adam R. Burnett of New York, NY, has been awarded a fellowship by the Jentel Artist Residency Program for May through June, 2018. Jentel is located in a rural setting on a working cattle ranch in the Lower Piney Creek Valley approximately 20 miles southeast of Sheridan, Wyoming. Adam will be among the award recipients focusing on their own creative projects at this working retreat for artists and writers. A panel of arts and literary professionals review samples of art work and manuscripts before making final recommendations for residency awards. Adam R. Burnett's produced plays include T.B. Sheets, Mammoth, Magic Bullets, and Nightmares: a demonstration of the sublime. Most recently his play Holidays In / Coyote premiered at the Exponential Festival at The Tank, under the direction of Jess Chayes. Adam's plays have been presented in NYC at Ars Nova, A.R.T./NY's Gural Theatre, The Brick, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, Incubator Arts Project/The Ontological-Hysteric, and The Duplex, among others. Nationally his work has been produced at Tricklock Company's Revolutions International Theatre Festival (Albuquerque, NM), Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica, CA), Marigny Opera House (New Orleans, LA), Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City, MO), and internationally at the Vilnius Chamber Theatre (Vilnius, LT). Adam is the artistic director Buran Theatre and frequently writes for The Brooklyn Rail. As a playwright, his work concerns the intersection of environment, gender, nature, and genre, with the intention of enhancing the power of pluralities in storytelling for the stage. While at Jentel he will work on a new play concerning ecosexuality and water. During the four-week long residency, Jentel provides communal spaces designated for research, recreation, food preparation, and dining. Each artist and writer is offered a private comfortably furnished accommodation and a light airy workspace. Each resident receives a stipend to help defray living expenses during the program. Here artists and writers experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land. The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers a spectacularly beautiful place to peacefully work and achieve personal artistic goals in a remarkable environment. The program residents enjoy interaction with peers and the extended community. For any artist in whatever media, protected time from the day-to-day necessities of living to examine and reflect upon work and the creative process is essential as a catalyst for artistic development. For more information, visit[...]

Martin Carthy & John Doyle, World Renowned Guitarists, Together in Concert Apr. 26

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:18:49 PST

The Folk Music Society of NY presents Martin Carthy and John Doyle, in concert, Thursday, Apr. 26th, 2018, 7:30PM at the Second Presbyterian Church, 96th St & Central Park West, Manhattan. Contribution: $25; FolkMusic Society of NY members, $20. Carthy and Doyle, both towering virtuosos of the guitar and folk music, traditional and contemporary, will make for a powerhouse performance. Buy tickets online at

Martin Carthy is known as one of the most inventive, imaginative, and virtuosic guitar players of the folk revival. For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. `Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all' Q Magazine Martin's website:

From a musical Dublin family, John Doyle's influences include well known English folk singers Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, Richard Thompson, and The Watersons; Scottish singers Dick Gaughan and John Martin; and fellow Irishmen Paul Brady, Al O'Donnell, as well as his father, Sean Doyle - probably the biggest influence of all.

Doyle formed the highly acclaimed super group, Solas, with Seamus Egan, John Williams, Karan Casey and Winifred Horan. taking the folk and Celtic music worlds by storm, in no small part due to John's powerhouse rhythmic guitar style and innovative arrangements. As a member of Solas, John has appeared on many national TV and radio programs: NBC's Today Show, programs for NPR and Public Radio International, A Prairie Home Companion. There are few artists more respected in the genre or more in demand in the studio, as songwriter, and as performer. John's website: