On Monday, August 4th I’ll be performing in a developmental reading of Nancy Manocherian’s wonderful play BLUE SKIES, directed by Kira Simring and featuring Charlotte Cohn, John Charles McLaughlin and Lila Donnolo (and me) – all Artists-in-Residence at the cell.
Directed by Matthew Slamowitz
Produced by Joanna Bowzer & Matthew Slamowitz
On a hot summer day in New York, a discouraged homeless man wins a dollar from a scratch-off lottery ticket. He takes the winnings to a food cart, where he orders a hot dog from a middle-eastern vendor. A sudden encounter with the federal government and a case of mistaken identity sets the homeless man on a path to becoming one of the most popular street vendors in Manhattan.
Water Dogs has been nominated for an award at this festival!
The competition takes place online, with the viewing public voting for their favorite film out of the four nominees. The film with the most votes wins the award.
A Man lives on a dangerous, desolate beach with his Coconut wife. When Coconut rots, the Man is discovered and pulled back to civilization. An office worker named Melissa, attracted to the Man’s raw agony, pushes both to the brink of disaster and deliverance.
at the IRT THEATER Tuesday, April 29–Sunday, May 4
Tickets are only $13!
Featuring Forrest Weber as Man Claire Gresham as Coconut Bob Jaffe* as Father Anna Rahn* as Melissa/Authority I Cara Moretto as Laura/Authority II David Rysdahl as Doctor Christ Jonathon Garrity as Man Ass/Other Customer
Artistic Team written and co-produced by Jessica Lewis directed by Jenny Beth Snyder dramaturged and co-produced by Rachel Hutt stage management by Blaze Ferrer
artwork by Michael J. Silber
Directions: 154 Christopher St., Buzzer 3B
Subway: Take the 1 Train to Christopher St.
*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Equity Approved Showcase.
In 2011, I had the great honor of playing blues harmonica with Shawn Randall’s band at the EST Gala as part of the festivities. Shortly before that, Ilene Kristen serenaded Denny Denniston, one of our two honorees that night.
I think that it was that night when it occurred to me that there is performing expertise that many EST Members have that is not generally seen on the EST stages.
That same night, I was blanketed with the unbridled enthusiasm of Scott Sowers, another Member who plays music. We began to concoct an idea: what if we had a late night cabaret for EST Members to perform in ways we don’t normally have the chance to do within the context of the stage presentations at the theater?
Scott roped Brad Bellamy into the fold. And Shawn Randall.
We began planning and talking. Talking some more….
It took a while.
About a year later (as I said, it took a while), I read the minutes of a Members Council meeting where Bobby Moreno talked about wanting to have a late night venue at EST for Members.
I emailed Bobby.
The project started becoming real.
We decided, with Billy Carden’s enthusiastic support (actually Billy pushed us to stop talking and do it) to make it happen.
What to call it?
“What’s the bookend to EST First Brew? Of course…. EST Last Call!!”
So, it’s real. Brad, Bobby and I have planned the premiere for February 7th from 10:30pm to midnight. We have a line-up. We have people who want to participate in the future.
A Play About Family in Three Acts
by Laurie Rose Savage
The details of childhood can be both distinct and woefully inaccurate, and the Black family siblings don’t often agree. In this frequently funny, more often heartbreaking play, a family reunites in their beloved antique home, searching for sanctuary, salvation, and a common version of the truth. You never know who might come calling during this unorthodox stroll down memory lane… family can be tricky that way. Welcome home, kids.
Courtney Case, Nina Salza, Joe Thanner, Diane Dreher, KJ Hippensteel*, Bob Jaffe*, Terria Joseph* and Matthew Labanca*
* These actors are appearing courtesy of the Actors Equity Association
Celebration of Whimsy Theater
21A Clinton Street New York, NY 10002
Monday, February 3rd
Tuesday, February 4th
Thursday, February 6th
Did a reading (my second) last night at Dixon Place of Gino DiIorio’s new play SAM & DEDE or MY DINNER WITH ANDRE THE GIANT. A great piece about the unlikely (but true) friendship between Samuel Beckett and Andre the Giant. Despite the cold, we had an enthusiastic audience and an excellent reception to the play.