I’m on a PANEL! Broadway Bound Festival

A  fun announcement: Yours truly is a panelist for the upcoming Broadway Bound Festival, listed as one of the fifteen summer theater festivals to check out this summer by the New York Times. The opportunity to be a part of a program that turns playwrights into producers has been part of my world. One of the first pieces I produced, directed and acted in was written my friend in undergrad. I was president of the theatre club and we had a very large budget of $300. We decided to invest in lights and use everything in the costume and prop room. Good times. Different times. However, a useful experience a million years later. I look forward to seeing these 19 pieces which I will be  offering my two cents. Hopefully it will be worth more than that.

Visit www.broadwayboundfestival.com/ to learn more! And stay tuned for my upcoming podcast interview with founder, Lenore Skomal.

 

Meet Robert and Cristina Farruggia & On the Air

Name: Robert & Cristina Farruggia

What is your current project?

A homage to the golden age of musical theatre, On the Air is an original new musical inspired by the lives of Jack and Loretta Clemens, a real life Vaudeville sibling duo that went on to star on Radio and TV. It’s a story that deals with major changes in society/entertainment through the early half the twentieth century, but at its heart, focuses on two siblings and the balance of their opposing dreams. The musical has gone through a number of prominent theatres/festivals, most recently presented as a reading at The York Theatre Company directed by Tony Nominee Hunter Foster. It was a semifinalist for NAMT and FWD Theatre Project, as well as a finalist for the Santa Fe Musical Theatre Festival and the Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat. On the Air was also presented at the PiTCH Series as part of the Finger Lakes MT Festival. For the first time, On the Air will be produced as a fully staged workshop production at The Gallery Players.

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

On the Air will be presented at The Gallery Players. 199th 14th St. Brooklyn, NY. The show will have a total of 5 performances, May 18th at 8pm, May 19th at 8pm, May 20th at 2 & 8pm, and May 21st at 3pm. This is the first time The Gallery Players will be mounting a fully staged workshop production and it is the first new musical the theatre has produced at this level since the successful Off Broadway hit Yank! This 99-seat theatre is the perfect venue for On the Air, allowing the audience to feel the nostalgia and joy of the golden era of Radio, while also focusing in on an intimidate story about family and dreams.

What’s next for you?

Now that On the Air has been put up on its feet, the next stage of development would be a regional premiere production. In addition to On the Air, we are readying for an industry reading our second musical, The Store Under the Portico, which takes place in WWII Italy. Aside from our musical work, we have a number of original pieces which we hope to showcase in upcoming cabarets/songwriter events. Please check out our social media pages for the latest news on our projects.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

The last show we saw was The Play That Goes Wrong. It was hysterical, and it was great to see a company come together like that to create such great art!

Any advice for your peers?

Our greatest advice is to stay true to your voice. We feel very passionate about the golden age of musical theatre and our writing voices naturally fit that time period. While we initially thought this to be a weakness, we soon found it was our greatest strength. People will resonate most with an original voice that is compelling and true, rather than an imitation of something you think people want to hear. While the music harks back to another time, the themes are still very relevant to today. We like to think of our show as a golden age musical for a modern age audience.

Want More?

Website: www.ontheairthemusical.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ontheairthemusical/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OntheAirMusical
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8p3tAdIBz0
Robert & Cristina Farruggia are both professional actors/playwrights. As actors, they performed in the closing performance of Les Miserables on Broadway and starred in a number of prominent regional productions. As writers, their work has been featured/finalists for NAMT, FWD Theatre Project, Writer’s Rhinebeck Retreat, 54 Below, Santa Fe Musical Theatre Festival, etc.


Show Information:

When: Thursday, May 18th to Sunday May 21st
Where: The Gallery Players
Address: 199 14th Street, Park Slope
Website: For tickets visit  http://galleryplayers.com/event/overtures-on-the-air/

Meet Laura Vogels & Quotidian

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What is your current project?

Our newest show, Quotidian, features 12 original stories crafted by the ensemble about some of the most defining and pivotal moments of their lives. A tapestry of sight and soundscapes, Quotidian is a tribute to the company’s diversity and how the past has shaped our identity.

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

We are performing in a very unique space at the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory. It is an all white room with catwalk style seating. The show is interweaved with shadow play, projections and live music. We love it!

What’s next for you?

We are continuing to develop original works and exploring established works that have that magical factor- Lorca´s concept of “DUENDE”. We want to produce plays infused with a Primitive Grace in order to shift the audience´s paradigm so they will experience reality in a new, profound life altering way.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Spill at EST. It was a moving and excellent piece of journalistic theatre.

Any advice for your peers?

Surround yourself with people who are generous of spirit and on the same mission as you. Collaborators are the soul of this business. Together you are unstoppable. And in the spirit of the show: Don’t wait. Do it now.

Want More?

Website: primitivegrace.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrimitiveGraceEnsemble/
Instagram: @theprimitivegrace

Laura is a actor, co-writer and producer of the upcoming show Quotidian with the Primitive Grace Theatre Ensemble (Artistic directors David Zayas- Bloodline, Dexter, Oz and Paul Calderon – Bosch, Fear the Walking Dead, Pulp Fiction). Recent works include short films Laura, Furlough and Greener, which have all gathered laurels on the festival circuit. She can also be seen on the Discovery Channel in shows such as Shadow of Doubt and Deadly Sins. Laura studied acting, physical theatre and European theatre at British Drama Schools: the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, LAMDA, RADA. Her training continued in NY in comedy & improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Meisner Technique at MCS and more. She is also the founder and artistic director of THE AVIARY, a production company that produces film and theatrical events that entertain, educate and elevate the audience. Laura’s short film “A Woman Walks Into A Bar” is currently in consideration at several film festivals.

You can find her at @LauraVogels on Instagram and Twitter, on Facebook, or at http://www.LauraVogels.com.


Show Information:

When: Friday, May 19 at 8:00pm to Sunday May 21st at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Where: The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory
Address: 104 W.14th St, 3rd FL Studio A Theater
Website: For tickets visit http://quotidian.brownpapertickets.com and check us out at www.primitivegrace.org

Meet Phil Williams & #bitchdrinks

Name: Phil Williams

What is your current project?

“#bitchdrinks”, a social commentary on the misconceptions of women in today’s society, using poetry and spoken word to dissect, and debunk some of their myths and myriads, as well as address obstacles they inexplicably face.

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

Friends and Lovers, located on 641 Classon Avenue in Brooklyn. It’s aesthetic and atmosphere fit with the production’s overall feel and setting.

What’s next for you?

A new play called “Between The Lines” written by our playwright-in-residence, Chris Patterson, to premiere this fall.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

HARAM! IRAN!

Any advice for your peers?

Never stop listening to others. If you are collaborating with other artists, leave no stone unturned and always be open to absolutely anything.

Want More?

Website: http://minefieldtheatre.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phil.williams.3762
Twitter: @mrphilliams
Instagram:  @mrphilliams / @minefieldtheatregroup
You Tube: Minefield Theatre Group

Phil Williams is the founder and artistic director of the Minefield Theatre Group. A proud alumnus of York College of the City University of New York, he earned his B.A. in Speech Communication & Theatre Arts in 2012, and was honored with the Barbara Nickolich Award for Theatre Excellence. As an actor, Phil has performed at the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center, The Living Theatre, and the Black Spectrum Theatre. As a director, he has staged productions for York College, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Cabrini Repertory Theatre, Roy Arias Stages, The Tank NYC, and the Davenport Theatre. He is a member of the Harlem Camerata, an organization for artists to read and workshop classic and contemporary plays, and is a hip-hop artist with Bizzy Bee Productions, under the stage name Scorpio P.

Broadway Artists Connection on May 22, 2017

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The Broadway Artists Connection is a charitable non-profit that nurtures artists of all levels (Broadway, aspiring, re-entering & under-served) by providing opportunities to perform, make industry connections and participate in mentoring programs.

SEEKING TALENT

Come perform in a one of a kind Broadway Artists Connection (BAC) variety show.
Share the stage with Broadway performers, make meaningful industry connections and be in the running for “future of Broadway” crowned by a NYC Casting Director.

2017 PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • Mon. April 17th
  • Mon. May 22nd
  • Mon. June 19th
  • Mon. Sept. 18th
  • Mon. Oct. 23rd
  • Mon. Nov. 20th (All Stars)

How it works:
● Submit a video & resume to info@broadwayconnects.org
● Ages 16 & up (some exceptions are made on a case by case basis)
● If you are selected, you will be booked for one of our first 5 events
(please note that there is a $20 participation fee which is your ticket to the event)
About the Event:
● Events are held at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in the heart of Times Square
● Hosted by a Broadway Veteran;
● Kicked off by several Broadway artists;
● Features 12-15 selected artists (that can be YOU)
● Attended by a casting director who will crown an aspiring artist “future of Broadway.” Those crowned will be featured on our Facebook page and invited to sing in our All Stars Benefit on Nov. 20th
● Includes time to mingle with each other, make connections and support each other

For more information visit: www.broadwayconnects.org
Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bwayconnects

Meet Dominique Salerno & The Box Show

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Name: Dominique Salerno

What is your current project?  The Box Show

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

I am performing this show at The People’s Improv Theater, which is a venue that celebrates creative comedy. It’s a great fit for my wacky little show, and the PIT has a great artistic and administrative team. The Box Show is a one woman show in which I perform over 25 characters from inside a cupboard. The cupboard opens to reveal: a drunken couple mid-fight in Las Vegas, the entire Greek army inside the Trojan Horse, a lonely giantess, a lost pope and so much more! The space is limited, but the comedic possibilities are endless. The New York Times hailed it as “the most purely delicious production …relentlessly inventive…a paragon of Fringe form”, and we won the Overall Excellence for Solo Performance from FringeNYC and Best Comedic Script from the United Solo Theatre Festival. Come check it out!

What’s next for you?
 
I am writing a couple of new pieces (top secret), and I am excited to act in other people’s projects again!

What is the name of the last show you saw?

“Diva: Live From Hell” by Sean Patrick Monahan. It was great!

Any advice for your peers?

Come see the show! 🙂 Also, never stop hustling.
 
Want More?

Website: http://www.theboxshow.org, http://www.dominiquesalerno.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boxshowtime/
Twitter: @The_Box_Show
Instagram: @the_box_show
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d-jPIYzv0U

Dominique is an NY based actor, director, improvisor, and playwright. She received her MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater, and B.A. from Princeton University. Recent credits include: PUSSYSLUDGE (Here Arts Center), Love and Information (A.C.T.), A Christmas Carol (A.C.T.), Mr. Burns (u/s A.C.T.), and Lysistrata (Faux-Real Theatre, NYC). Dominique performs sketch with “Feminarchy”, musical improv with her duo “The Moustache Apologies”, and long-form improv with her Armory house team “Bad People.” Her recent solo-show “THE BOX SHOW” won “The Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance” in FringeNYC and “Best Comedic Script” in the United Solo Theatre Festival. It also was selected as one of the ‘Top 10 shows out of 200’ for the Fringe Encore Series.


Show Information:

When: Sundays: 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11 at 8:30 pm
Where:  The PIT
Address: 123 East 24th Street, NYC
Website: Check out http://www.dominiquesalerno.com or http://www.theboxshow.org