Meet Dennis Gleason and Joanne de Simone & The Convent of St Clare

IMG_20160908_222333106_HDR.jpgName: Dennis Gleason and Joanne de Simone

What is your current project?

The Convent of St Clare. Abortion, lesbians, a holier than thou mother superior, a  priest and a determined fiancee all make this story not your grandmother’s Catholic Church. “The Convent Of St Clare” a new dramedy debuts in the Thespis Festival at Hudson Guild  Theatre this fall. Come see how all is crumbling under the weight of changing times and unconventional habits. The cast features two actors, Amy Losi and Kalen J. Hall from last year’s critically acclaimed de Simone/Gleason production of “Olivia’s Roses”. Rounding out the cast are Lisa Dennett, Kalene Speranza, Kaitlin Paige Adkison, Ed Ryan and Andrea Warriner. Jayde Fuentes is the Stage Manager.

Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?

Hudson Guild Theatre on 26th Street in Manhattan….intimate 99 sear theatre where you can get close to the sordid, sorry and silly action of the nunnery.

What’s next for you?

It’s a Wonderful Life in Mississippi

Want More?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Convent-of-St-Clare-972950442812055/?fref=ts

Dennis Gleason just wrapped up the heralded “Houseless in Paradise” in the New York Fringe Festival. Earlier NYC successes include “An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein” Off Broadway, 2nd Place in the UnFringed Festival with “An Appetizing Yarn”, 2nd Place in the Midtown International Theatre Festival with “Devil’s Advocate” and five Finalists in the Strawberry Festival. Having directed coast to coast, he has won 15 Outstanding Production & Outstanding Director Awards over a thirty year career. With 150 directing credits, Dennis is an Associate Member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

Joanne de Simone is a author, playwright and film historian who has written eight plays. Her “Judy’s Dead” took first prize in the Writer’s Digest Stage Play competition and is in negotiations for an upcoming TV movie. “Norma Jeane Enlightenment” was well received in the MITF Festival as was “Livvie and J.De Beau” at MRT. “Suicide Angel” is in feature film pre production and her historical play “Earthman” will be released as a short film in 2017. Joanne is also known for her succession of teen books.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)

Performances are Sept 13 at 9 PM, Sept 14 at 6:15 PM and Sept 17 at 6:00 pm at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th Street in NYC, between 9th and 10th Avenues. Tickets are available at the door for $ or may be purchased in advance through Brown Paper Tickets online or by calling 1-800-838-3006. You may contact the festival atthespistheatrefestival@gmail.com for more information.

NY New Works Theatre Festival: Meet Sara McDermott Jain and Steven Skeels & Flesh and Spirit



Name: Sara McDermott Jain (playwright) and Steven Skeels (composer/lyricist)

Current project: “Flesh & Spirit”; BLURB: Michael, a priest, begins a journey of self-discovery that connects his life to that of Daphne, a drug addict and a prostitute. In trying to help Daphne and come to terms with his own sexuality, Michael incurs the wrath of his most devout parishioner, the scorned and jilted Mary, and Daphne incurs the wrath of David, her pimp and sometimes lover.

Where are you performing/why is it the right fit? : We are performing it as part of the New York New Works Theatre Festival (nynwtheatrefestival.com). This is a somewhat controversial show, delving into topics rarely (if ever?) seen in musical theatre. That makes it a little experimental. NYNW provides the perfect, supportive platform to try it out with an audience.

What’s next for you? : We’re looking to collaborate on two new musicals together. Additionally, Sara has one feature film that is releasing this fall and another just going into production, and Steven is currently writing a musical with husband Jerad Bortz as well as developing a one-man show and a new album to release in 2017. 

Biggest inspiration

Steven: “Lin Manuel. He is also an actor/composer/lyricist.” 

Sara: “I feel like I’m inspired by so many people all the time! I’m constantly reading up on my craft and trying to take in as much as I can, and am blown away by the amount of brilliant people in the world. If I have to choose just one person, though, I guess I’ll say it’s my two-year-old, Nicholas Anshuman Jain! It might be cliche, but his amazement at experiencing everything for the first time is awe-inspiring. Since he arrived in my life, he’s pushed me to do more and be better than I ever thought I could be.”

Want more?

Twitter:https://twitter.com/FandSMusical / @fandsmusical

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fleshandspiritmusical/

Sara McDermott Jain is a produced screenwriter and playwright, as well as a published author and director of the Princeton Independent Film Festival (Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2016, http://www.prindiefest.com). Her feature screenplay Left, written while at Emerson College, won the Evvy Award for Best Script Drama before being purchased by Gaddis Visuals. The finished film is releasing in Fall 2016. Additionally, she has recently been hired to script the new upcoming horror film franchise Hidden Evil for Unleashed Pictures. Flesh & Spirit is her first experience writing a book for a musical. She currently has several projects in development, including two new musicals, Driven and Switched.

Steven Skeels (composer/lyricist). As an actor Steven originated the starring role of Rusty in both the International and Las Vegas companies of Starlight Express. He had a Top 10 hit single of Starlight Express on CBS records. He also had a top 5 hit in Japan with the song The Letter. Regional: Lt.Cable in South Pacific, Scarecrow in the wizard of Oz and Tom Thumb in Barnum. He has toured the world performing in over 40 countries and has performed with show biz legends Shirley MacLaine, Rita Moreno, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. Steven also performed an original song on Oprah’s After show titled Light of Love and then recorded it as a single to raise money for Oprah’s Angel Network. He has composed music for the documentary Tiny Pinnochio – The smallest dog in the world. Steven has recorded 5 albums as a singer/songwriter and has performed as a soloist for 3 US Presidents. 

Upcoming project include: CPNY the musical, Whole-A Spiritual Journey, Driven: a new musical, Switched the musical, The Dinky, Stinky & Glippy Show and a play titled Poet O.

______________________________Show info: 7pm, Sept. 12, 2016, at the Elektra Theatre in the Times Arts Center as part of the New York New Works Theatre Festival (http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com). (Flesh and Spirit goes on at 9pm.)

TIMES SQUARE ARTS CENTRE

300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 – 2nd Floor
AT 7PM sharp.

*Disclaimer: Please be aware shows performing after 8:30pm may not be suitable for younger audiences. No children under the age of 4 are permitted.
** Please note that tickets can be purchased after 3pm the day of the show at the door are $25.
Click HERE for tickets and other festival participants

NY New Works Theatre Festival: Meet Schonte Hamilton & Queen Me

Name: Schonte Hamilton

What is your current project?

Queen Me is a show about the empowerment of women that overcome insurmountable odds

Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?

Queen Me will be debuting in the New York New Works Theatre Festival at the Elektra Theatre Sept 8, 7 PM. Queen Me is a show about the empowerment of women that overcome insurmountable odds that shaped them into powerful feminists in today’s society. This show will not only resonate with women but with men also as they will have a greater appreciation of the sacrifices made by their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and wives. These characters are vulnerable and transparent revealing every intimate detail of their pain and affliction.

This show will make you laugh and cry but most importantly it will leave the audience with a new determination that there is nothing that they cannot overcome. In a time where there is so much aggressive and negative uprising against each other, Queen Me will be a refreshing escape into a world of unity and harmony.

This festival is amazing because it is all about what I believe in and represent. It gives a voice to new and established writers and directors. I was starting the foster care process last year and there were some things that really disturbed me about it. I was really touched by all of the beautiful children. I went to the informational meetings and they were describing the children as damage and emotionally unstable. They listed children that had no physical, emotional or developmental delays as special needs just because they were a minority. I feel that is misleading to potential foster parents and that causes many people to have a change of heart when they don’t feel they are adequately prepared to take care of a special needs child. The big problem is many of the children they are placing this label on are not special needs at all. I was also disturbed to learn that many of the children are not allowed to take any belongings with them and the ones that do, are given a short time to place their belongings in grocery bags and trash bags. I met many women that were former foster children and they shared their stories with me and it inspired me to do something to bring more awareness to the issues but to also encourage and motivate them and all women to never let the past define you. There are so many statistics tossed around to these kids and once you are told something over and over again sometimes you start to believe it. I want them to know they do not have to be what the statistics say the are or live up to those expectations. I am their voice and NYNW Theatre festival is giving a voice to me to share what I am passionate about.

What’s next for you?

We have a 10 city tour planned in the Southeastern States.

Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?

My biggest inspiration is my parents. They never stop and they are always determined and moving forward no matter what they are presented with. My mother was only 5 years old when her mother died so she was raised by family members and it was not easy. She was told she would not be anything and that she had to take what she was given because she did not have a mother. It breaks my heart to hear her and my aunts and uncles stories because it did affect them but it also makes me extremely proud because I have a platform to help others that may be in the same situation. She survived and she became a wonderful mother. My father had to work at a young age to help his family and could not finish school because of it. He paid for some of his siblings birth and did not have a normal childhood. People also spoke negative things over his life but he changed his path and he chose a profession that was about being of service to others. He is the most selfless person I know and gives his time, service and whatever means he has to make sure that others are okay. My parents are why I do what I do.

Want More?

Website: www.queenmeproject.org
Twitter: @treseysworld
Facebook: www.facebook.com/QueenMeProject/

Schonte Hamilton graduated from Lewis University, with a B.A. in Broadcasting and Print Journalism. During her college years, she wrote award winning features. She produced her first stageplay in Dallas, TX in 2010, in front of a sold out audience. She has worked with several well-known actors in past productions. She was honored as a participant in the 2013 Twin City Black Film Festival where she spoke to guests, discussed her inspiration and premiered her short film, the House with the Bright Light. She currently has several stage plays in production and is working on a new feature film.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)
http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/, Elektra Theatre, Sept 8 7PM

TIMES SQUARE ARTS CENTRE

300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 – 2nd Floor
AT 7PM sharp.

*Disclaimer: Please be aware shows performing after 8:30pm may not be suitable for younger audiences. No children under the age of 4 are permitted.

** Please note that tickets can be purchased after 3pm the day of the show at the door are $25.

Click HERE for tickets and other festival participants

NY New Works Theatre Festival: Meet Mara Lee Gilbert & Protect the Children

Name: Mara Lee Gilbert

What is your current project?

I have written and am starring in a new one-act play! Protect the Children is a tense two-hander exploring how we use fantasy as a coping mechanism in a world that can be quite cruel: Kendra protects precious collateral for those who’ve made criminal deals they weren’t prepared to handle and now her world is falling apart. How much will she let is crumble and burn as she faces down her perceived adversary, Simon, over who gets to keep his daughter? Will she end her life of secrecy and fantasy or begin creating a new fantasy? It begs the questions, When is it time to snap back to reality? Or is reality simply what we make it? And are any of us ever actually protected? The play also stars Alfredo Diaz of All My Children, The Affair, and the new feature film, Lucky, premiering at the UrbanWorld Film Festival in September. It is Directed by Sarah Doudna of the New York City Opera Company, and features music by Richard Padron, who’s composed for and played with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Lauryn Hill and Paquito D’Rivera.

Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?

It will be showcased as part of the New York New Works Theatre Festival 2016 on August 31st! This is my second year showcasing with the festival and I truly love it! It really serves the artists in growing their networks with the right people who can either mentor them or directly help them advance to the next level in their careers. I was one of the six finalists last year with my play, Passage, (dealing with the topic of euthanasia and feeling complete as a human being), and I was mentored into expanding it to a full length piece and working towards getting it Off-Broadway! I’m really looking forward to what comes from this year’s experience! You can read about the festival here: http://www.NYNWTheatreFestival.com

What’s next for you?

I will continue working towards getting Passage Off-Broadway, as well as screening my award-winning short film, What’s Left (exploring forgiveness), and looking into developing that into a feature-length film. And of course, seeing how far Protect the Children goes on in the competition! I love exploring the darker realms of humanity where we often don’t want to look and the power of the choices we make in our lives; choices that can lead us towards peace and redemption or further into the dark. I like to explore darkness without judgement and with compassion.

Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?

I’d have to say my boyfriend and musician, Richard Padron, who’s music I have used for my last three projects. He has told me, “The Universe rewards you when you are bold.” He’s an extraordinarily talented guitarist and composer with a powerful drive to create and be successful. He puts his heart fully into all of his work and creates opportunities for himself. He inspires me to keep going, live life on the edge of my passion, be on the top of my game and always do my best. You can learn more about him here: http://www.richardpadron.com

Want More?

Website: www.MaraLeeGilbert.com
Twitter: @MaraLeeGilbert
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mara.l.gilbert

Mara is an actress/writer/producer living in New York City. Her debut short film, What’s Left, just won an Award of Artistic and Technical Merit through the Best Shorts Competition. She is currently a staff writer with MonologuesToGo.com . Her one-act play, Steel or Pretzels, was chosen as one of the best plays of the Strawberry One-Act Festival of 2009 and is published in volume 6 of their anthology. Her poetry has been published in John Jay’s Finest, volume 22 – a yearly publication showcasing the best student work for that year at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has also been published as the foreword to well-known NY poet, Douglas Rothschild’s, collection: The Minor Arcana, which closes out his book of poetry, Theogony. She has a Master’s in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is the 2010 recipient of the Richard Henry Hommel Award for Excellence in Theater at John Jay, and was recently nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film with the Macabre Faire Film Festival. Mara has worked for the past ten years counseling teenagers in one of NYC’s most restricted facilities and has taught drama to incarcerated individuals inside Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility and Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)

Wednesday, August 31st, 7pm at The Elektra Theater: 300 West 43rd Street in Manhattan, 2nd Floor. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.NYNWTheatreFestival.com/Book-Tickets

TIMES SQUARE ARTS CENTRE

300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 – 2nd Floor
AT 7PM sharp.

*Disclaimer: Please be aware shows performing after 8:30pm may not be suitable for younger audiences. No children under the age of 4 are permitted.

** Please note that tickets can be purchased after 3pm the day of the show at the door are $25.

Click HERE for tickets and other festival participants

 

NY New Works Theatre Festival: Meet Maggie Rose & Kiel & Abby

Name: Maggie Rose

What is your current project?

Kiel & Abby (follow up to last year’s top 6 finalist Casey & Adam)

Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?

NYNW Theatre Festival – Festival of short plays – Returning for the second year

What’s next for you?

Collaborating with Director Robert W. Schneider  for this years New York New Works Festival. ).

Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?

The election. And what’s going on in this country. I’ve begun to have dreams (or what some may say night terrors)

Want More?

Twitter:  @maggieroserose
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maggieroserose/

Playwright Maggie Rose has been working for several years in film and television at Warner Bros, Punch Productions, and on CBS’s The Good Wife. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, a mentor with the Young Storytellers Foundation, and recently wrapped on the third season of the Starz series Power.

A Los Angeles native, Maggie graduated UCLA with a BA in Playwriting and a minor in Political Science and was the Class of 2012 Valedictorian. She is the recipient of the George Burns and Gracie Allen Scholarship and Fellowship in Comedy for her adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE and received the George Savage Award in Playwriting for her full length play ADMISSIONS commissioned by Carol Block as part of the Marianne Murphy Women in Philanthropy Playwriting Award at UCLA Chancellor Gene Block’s Residence. Her ten-minute play CASEY & ADAM was the People’s Choice Finalist in the 2014 Short+Sweet Theatre Festival in Sydney Australia and was a finalist in the 2015 New York New Works Theatre Festival in NYC, she is very excited to be returning the NYNW Festival this year.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)
Monday Sept 12;
The Times Square Arts Center, (View)
300 W 43rd St. 2nd floor
New York, NY 100366
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2589068

SHOW INFO:

TIMES SQUARE ARTS CENTRE
300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 – 2nd Floor
AT 7PM sharp.

*Disclaimer: Please be aware shows performing after 8:30pm may not be suitable for younger audiences. No children under the age of 4 are permitted.

** Please note that tickets can be purchased after 3pm the day of the show at the door are $25.

Click HERE for tickets and other festival participants

NY New Works Theatre Festival: Meet INDIGGO TWINS – Mihaela & Gabriela Modorcea

WICKED CLONE cinema play cover Feb 12 2016 Barnes and NobleName: INDIGGO TWINS – Mihaela & Gabriela Modorcea

What is your current project?

“Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evil” cinema musical based on the Barnes & Noble art best seller novel “Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evil” written by Mihaela Modorcea

Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?

We are performing the Wicked Clone cinema musical at the Elektra Theatre on September 8th at 7pm at the New York New Works Festival! Double excited!

What’s next for you?

Having the “Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evil” cinema musical become a long-running off Broadway show, the Wicked Clone music album that is part of the musical (and which includes 21 original compositions) reaching the Billboard Music charts and the Wicked Clone novel which is the foundation of our Wicked Clone project reaching and transforming the lives of many many readers. Last but not least, we would like to sponsor and help as many children and orphans in need as we can realize their creative dreams as well. We know how important it is to have someone believe in you and support your talent.

Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?

God because He is our endless source of Love and Inspiration and the One who has guided us in our creative Journey. We are so grateful for the gifts He has endowed us with and all we want is to share His Love!

Want More?

 

INDIGGO Twins website:
 
 
Imagem Music signs Indiggo Twins:
 
Watch Indiggo’s LA LA LA composition featured and credited on 4 times Grammy award-winning album “Watch The Throne” of Jay-Z & Kanye West:
 
 
 
Watch new summer single TELL ME LESS & LOVE ME MORE — written, composed, arranged, produced and performed by the Indiggo Twins:
 
 
Indiggo in top 20: Best White Vocals in Rap History:
 
 

Mihaela & Gabriela Modorcea are American professional actresses, singers, writers/songwriters, composers, music producers based in New York City. Together they make up the duo Indiggo Twins (www.indiggotwins.com). Their roots are in Transylvania, Romania. Both twins majored in Acting, having graduated from the National University of Theatre and Cinematographic Arts of Bucharest with maximum credits; they played the leads in the award-winning musical “The Two Orphans”, and in several other theatre plays following which they attended acting courses in Cologne-Germany and New York. The twins were recently featured and credited as writers and performers on the multi-platinum and 4 times Grammy award-winning album “Watch The Throne” of Jay-Z and Kanye West, specifically on “Murder To Excellence” reviewed as “the centerpiece of the album”. The twins are in production for their “Wicked Clone” Broadway musical which is entirely written, composed, choreographed by them and based on Mihaela’s 544 realism novel “Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evil”, a Barnes and Noble art bestseller featuring 21original compositions from the twins’ upcoming US album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoDSxxbnJJM Mihaela and Gabriela debuted their theatre show “Wicked Clone” on June 21st 2012 at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC following which Imagem, the biggest independent music publisher in the world signed Indiggo Twins on the spot. Europe-wide the twins’ music was released under Sony BMG and featured in 20 countries; In the US Indiggo twins have worked with top music producers Swizz Beatz, Peter Zizzo, Rockwilder, Paul Oakenfold. Gabriela plays piano while Mihaela plays guitar, they speak four languages and can sing in seven. Mihaela is the fashion designer of the duo whereas Gabriela is the music producer. The twins have written together over 300 songs. They are proud American citizens since 2012, having first obtained VISA for extraordinary abilities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-srfcVy_CI


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)
You can come see our Wicked Clone performance on September 8th @ 7pm @ The Elektra Theater. Get your tickets here:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2589068

TIMES SQUARE ARTS CENTRE
300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 – 2nd Floor
AT 7PM sharp.

*Disclaimer: Please be aware shows performing after 8:30pm may not be suitable for younger audiences. No children under the age of 4 are permitted.

** Please note that tickets can be purchased after 3pm the day of the show at the door are $25.

Click HERE for tickets and other festival participants

 

 

 

NY New Works Theatre Festival: Meet Rori Nogee & Siren’s Den

Name: Rori Nogee

What is your current project?

Siren’s Den. It is a new rock musical which centers on unrequited love, repeated cycles of destruction, and the healing powers of music.
Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?
The show is being featured in the New York New Works Theatre Festival. The team is very excited to present the show to new eyes and a panel of producers, especially with the exciting technical elements that the Elektra theater offers. The video projections, lavaliers, and state of the art lighting system will truly capture the rock feel of the show.

What’s next for you?

I have teamed up with an investor and we have meetings lined up with Off-Broadway theaters in the hopes of transferring the show in the spring of 2017. In the meantime, I am finishing up a run of “Showgirls, the Musical!” in San Francisco, and then it’s back to a day job as a hostess on The Ride, while squeezing in time in the recording studio to work on Siren’s Den music!

Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?

My biggest inspiration is and always will be Jonathan Larson, for his heart, his music, and the gifts he gave to the world in his short time here.

Want More?

Twitter:  @sirensdenmusic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sirensdenmusical/?fref=ts

Rori Nogee is a performer and singer/songwriter. Her play “Down This Road” was presented with Chelsea Rep Lap, and her rock musical, “Siren’s Den,” was seen in the West Village Musical Theater Festival and at Under St. Mark’s. As an actress, Rori has performed on Broadway (Joseph…Dreamcoat), Off-Broadway(Showgirls, the Musical!), in national tours(Rockband, Live!), regional theater(Rock of Ages, Rent, Murder Ballad) and on America’s Got Talent.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)
September 13th at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/book-tickets

TIMES SQUARE ARTS CENTRE
300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 – 2nd Floor
AT 7PM sharp.

*Disclaimer: Please be aware shows performing after 8:30pm may not be suitable for younger audiences. No children under the age of 4 are permitted.

** Please note that tickets can be purchased after 3pm the day of the show at the door are $25.

Click HERE for tickets and other festival participants