Fringe Recap: Alex Mahgoub & Baba and St. Francis

I wasn’t planning to do a recap but since we are smack in the middle of the run and Lucky Chick and My Ass (in the world) are totally kicking asses with sold out shows, I figured hey, why not? I didn’t get to see as many shows as I wanted but the ones I…

Guest Blogger: Ian McDonald Travels the World with Jasmine Pittenger

In My Ass (In The World) Jasmine Pittenger explores our cultural biases about body image through the lens of an international traveler, journeying to exotic, far-away lands where those biases are not only upended, but completely thrown away.  This is juxtaposed with the backdrop of violence in war-torn regions around the world, forcing us to…

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Sandhi Santini & Eartha – The Last Chanteuse

A dramatic solo performance work which highlights the lows, peaks and challenges endured by entertainer Eartha Kitt during her journey from a South Carolina cotton plantation to international fame and stardom. Born on Edisto, a remote barrier island situated between Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA, Sandhi Santini is a Gullah–a descendant of the storytelling griots of West Africa. A…

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Deanna Hartog & A Flicker of Light

“A Flicker of Light”, Deanna Hartog’s debut stage play, portrays a man’s life just prior to his death. Based on true experiences, this story depicts the honest and emotional interactions between a father and son as they attempt to mend their broken relationship. The inspiration for this play first came to Deanna as she was…

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet David Hersh & Going UP?!

We all ride elevators. Some of us multiple times a day. And every time we get inside, trapped in the corner, or squished next to the huge-summer-sweaty-guy, our bubble space invaded, while listening to the Muzak drone on we think, even if it is just a flash through our minds we think, “Is this the…

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Joe Minchik & With This Ring

Since announcing the debut of his first one-act play, “With This Ring” Joe Minchik has overwhelmingly been asked one question: “Does this mean you are FINALLY proposing to your girlfriend?!” Minchik can’t refute the uncanny resemblance he shares with the play’s main character, Josh Kavanagh, (played by Minchik), a New York City dwelling 29-year old,…

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet CT Marie and Ideal Lights

CT Marie is thrilled to be part of this year’s NYNW Theatre Festival. Originally from New York City, she is well acquainted with the NYC theater scene. Just this past January, she produced, wrote, and starred in “A(MUSE)” that was presented by The Venus/Adonis Theatre Festival at The Robert Moss Theater. As a young and…

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Mitchell Van Landingham & Acrophobia

Mitchell VanLandingham was born near Fresno, California, and moved to New York City in 2013 after his undergraduate studies at UC Davis. While in the city, he wore many hats: from telemarketer to legal secretary — all before finally beginning his studies as a law student at UC Hastings in San Francisco in fall 2015….

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Claire Zajdel and Mother Maggie

Where is your hometown? Lisle, Illinois What was the last show that you worked on and where? I produced Talk Radio with NYU’s Backstage Theatre Company. Why submit to a festival like this? NYNW is an exciting opportunity for young playwrights like myself because it brings together the opportunity to produce an unseen work with the chance to…

Guest Blogger: Ian McDonald on Felicity Seidel Being a “Lucky Chick”

From the get go, Felicity Seidel’s Lucky Chick entranced me completely.  The show opens with a fairytale style cartoon that tells the story of a young girl trapped in her circumstances that escapes to join a wild carnival of color and joy.  That carnival parallels the audience experience as Felicity takes the stage and, through…