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

a38d952f-8684-4138-a374-6e5a42fb4a5dFrom 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 a series of vignettes and a motley cast of characters, leads us through a journey of awakening, questionable life choices, crime, sex, drugs, and rock and roll, culminating with her own redemption and acceptance of her inner peace deep in the wilds of Wyoming.

Ms. Seidel’s easy-going style and personality shine as she pulls the audience into the story, seamlessly slipping from one character to the next.  Particularly challenging is the sequence in Wyoming where she plays no fewer than five distinct characters apart from her own, without once betraying them as caricatures.  Each one had a distinct style, speech pattern, and posture, being so fully formed that I could almost smell the hay, whisky and perspiration on one and the engine grease, manure, and aqua velva on another.  My only issue with the show is that running at a brisk 60 minutes, likely a symptom of being in a festival, I was left wanting more of the story. I could easily have sat for another 30 to see the circumstances that brought the vibrant talent of Ms. Seidel out of the danger-seeking, wild child runaway that  began this odyssey.  Running in The White Box on Lafayette Street, Lucky Chick is a delightfully twisted way to spend an evening in The Village.

Performance Schedule:
FRI 8/14 @ 7:00 PM – SOLD OUT
MON 8/17 @ 9:30 PM – SOLD OUT
FRI 8/21 @ 3:15 PM
SAT 8/22 @ 5:15 PM
THU 8/27 @ 3:00 PM
Running Time: 60 minutes

VENUE #14: The White Box at 440 Studios
440 Lafayette St • 3rd Floor
(Astor Place & East 4th Street)

For more information, visit http://www.luckychick.nyc/.

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Kelley Birney and Kristen Tumminello & The Nose That Didn’t Fit

The Nose That Didn’t Fit by Kelley Birney and Kristen Tumminello

Where is your hometown? Hunstville, AL

What was the last show that you worked on and where? 

Kristen: Into the Woods (AL) (Kristen has also been busy building a curriculum and lining up shows to direct as she has recently taken over the theatre program and a performing arts school in Huntsville, AL

Kelley: I’ve been busy writing and pitching a variety of projects (I’ve also been busy commercially and appeared in a short film released in the Netherlands )

Jay: Mary Poppins (BCT)

Why submit to a festival like this? This festival is one of its kind – offering the amazing opportunity for writers to not only have their work seen and evaluated by industry professionals, but. As to also have an assigned mentor coach and guide you along the way, offering advice on how best to take this work to the next level. The support and involvement by the panelist community is second to none. @kelleybirney @worrywoomusical

PERFORMANCE: August 28th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/


 

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Kenzie Ross & Morning

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)Morning by Kenzie Ross

What is that moment when two people know they feel something for the other but so many other factors keep them from being honest and true to their feelings. Why are we so afraid to scream out love? Even if it is fleeting. Maybe those serendipitous moments in life are coincidence and maybe they are magical. I’d like to continue to believe in the magic.

Kenzie Ross is a New York based writer and actor originally from Kalamazoo, MI where she received her BA in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University. Since finishing her Masters in Acting at Penn State University last year, she has been touring internationally with Dominique Morisseau’s newest play, “Blood at the Root” originating the role of Asha.   “Morning” is her first play to be produced in New York City.”

PERFORMANCE: August 26th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/


 

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Heather Jopling and David Velarde & Mythos: Love Cursed

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)Mythos: Love Cursed by Heather Jopling and David Velarde

What is your hometown?

Librettist – Heather Jopling: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada (but born in Prince Edward Island, home of Anne of Green Gables)

Composer – David Velarde: Manhattan, NY

What was the last show that you worked on and where?

Heather Jopling: Les Mis, Port Hope, ON

David Velarde: Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar – North American Tour. Creator, Autumn Moon, Off-Broadway.

Why submit to a Festival like this? This festival is the first specifically created to help take shows to the next level The opportunity to put one’s work in front of industry peers is unparallelled. Having constructive criticism in the new work process is invaluable. International vampire rock opera premieres this August at the New York New Works Theatre Festival. Vanity, vengeance and vampires reign supreme in the new dramatic rock opera Mýthos: Love Cursed.   After enraging a vindictive goddess, an arrogant vampire finds himself cursed to love and lose the same human for all eternity. Will this tragic hero find redemption or be doomed forever?   With a cast of strong-willed supernatural beings and a modern orchestral rock score, this Goth opera will get your blood pumping. This cross-border original work, penned by Canadian playwright Heather Jopling, with a score by New Yorker David Velarde, aims to re-invigorate the rock opera genre. Mythos: Love Cursed features 70s-inspired orchestral rock, R&B, alternative, and jazz. Two powerhouse actresses, Emmanuelle Zeesman and Jenn Susi take on the roles of hapless human and vengeful goddess, with composer David Velarde himself bringing the vampire anti-hero to lif

PERFORMANCE: August 26th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet S.E. Taylor & I Hope I’m Not Sounding Crazy to You

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)I Hope I’m Not Sounding Crazy to You by Sarah Taylor

S. E. Taylor, along with other LIU Post Alumni are back for the 2nd Annual NYNWTF! Last year, Taylor showed off her One Act comedy Straight and made it to the second round. This time, the playwright is bringing a different type of play to the festival. I Hope I’m Not Sounding Crazy to You, an experimental solo-piece, will express to audiences what it is like to grow up as an adult child of an  alcoholic and how they deal with it. Taylor wants to focus on the people damaged by alcoholism, as opposed to the alcoholics themselves. Everyone involved with the play is very excited for the festival and hopes everyone will enjoy I Hope I’m Not Sounding Crazy to You

PERFORMANCE: August 24th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/

 

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Maggie Rose & Casey and Adam

Casey and Adam by Maggie Rose

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)A finalist in the 2014 Short+Sweet Theatre Festival in Sydney, Australia Casey & Adam makes it’s New York debut as part of the 2015 New York New Works Theatre Festival. A Los Angeles native Playwright Maggie Rose graduated UCLA with a BA in Playwriting and a minor in Political Science. She was the Class of 2012 Valedictorian and is famed for giving a very long speech where she accidently raises the roof. (Yes, this is a true story and something that can be done by accident.) Her work has been awarded the George Burns and Gracie Allen Scholarship and Fellowship in Comedy, the George Savage Award in Playwriting, and the Marianne Murphy Women in Philanthropy Playwriting Award as part of the Marianne Murphy Play Reading series in Los Angeles. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, a mentor with the Young Storytellers Foundation, and has worked in film/television for several years at Warner Bros, Punch Productions, and most recently on CBS’s The Good Wife.

PERFORMANCE: August 24th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/

 

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet James Harvey & You Don’t Have to Go Home

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)You Don’t Have to Go Home By James Harvey

BIO: Jim Harvey has earned a BA in Drama from Brooklyn College and an MFA in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University. After a successful career as an event planner, this is his first try at writing for the stage again in over twenty-five years. SUMMARY: Jack and Caroline, a couple in their mid-forties return to their alma mata for their class reunion. Visiting one of their old haunts, an old, neighborhood tavern, they reminisce about the old days and how far they come since then. For Jack, however, it also brings back painful and traumatic memories of an encounter with a young woman twenty-five years earlier. A memory play, YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO HOME…but you can’t stay here raises the question: How do you stop feeling guilty when you haven’t done anything wrong?

PERFORMANCE: August 20th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Sharon Cooper & Believin’

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)Believin’ by Sharon Cooper

Come see a “playwright to watch on the American Theatre scene” (Trish Vignola, broadwayworld.com) with Sharon E. Cooper’s world premiere play Believin’ in the NYNW Theatre Festival on August 20th.

What is your hometown? Richmond, Virginia

What was the last show that you worked on and where? My short play A Visit to the Bronx was a finalist at the Depot Theatre in Garrison, New York. My last play in the city was actually five short plays produced together, which were in the Planet Connections Festival. The plays were nominated for several awards and “Painting Seventeen” won Best Short Play of the festival (and Evelyn Spahr won Best Actor) and the play is now published in The Best 10-Minute Plays, 2014 (Smith and Kraus Harbison, ed.)

Why submit to a Festival like this? There’s no place I’d rather be than in a rehearsal room or getting to see my work on its feet in front of an audience. The first time I had that happen was when I was 18 and I’ve been hooked ever since. A festival like this brings a huge community together and provides support. Twitter handle: @Sharonecoo

PERFORMANCE: August 20th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Donna Thomas & From Southern Belle to Mrs. Cartel

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)From Southern Belle to Mrs. Cartel by Donna Thomas

ONE WOMAN SHOW CHRONICLES REAL LIFE JOURNEY FROM WAITRESS TO WIFE OF COLUMBIAN CARTEL MEMBER

(Los Angeles, CA) – File this story under “True Life is Stranger than Fiction.” Former Discovery Networks and Technicolor Senior Executive, Donna Thomas, takes the stage in “From Southern Belle to Mrs. Cartel.” The 30-minute one-woman show, shares her true-life journey from an innocent college student and waitress in Atlanta, Georgia to being married to a prominent member of a Columbian Drug Cartel. Except, she had no idea.

“I’m thrilled to be sharing my story at this years New York New Works Theatre Festival” said Donna Thomas, writer/creator and performer of “Southern Belle to Mrs. Cartel. “After more than 15-years of never speaking of my ‘former life’, through the festival’s support, I am thrilled to be taking the stage.”

Margot Leitman, Moth Grand Slam Champion, and one of the most sought after experts in the art of Storytelling, is directing. Producing is Brian Palatucci, who has been integral at bringing the story to life through archival photos and video.

Donna’s Twitter and IG: @bestofdonna
From Southern Belle to Mrs. Cartel hashtag: #belletocartel

Please provide us with a brief answer to the following:

1) What is your hometown? Warner Robbins, GA

2) What was the last show that you worked on and where?

From Southern Belle to Mrs. Cartel is my first one-woman show. I was Vice President of the Media Services Division at Technicolor and on April 1st they closed our division putting 300 people out of work including me. It was traumatic but I decided instead of mourning the loss of my job, I would create. So that very day I signed up for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, decided on four dates and secured a venue. I hadn’t written a word and had no director but knew that in 60 days I would be telling my story so I got to work! We completed a 4 night sold out run and our rave reviews placed us as #2 or #3 on the Fringemeter throughout the festival.

3) Why submit to a Festival like this?

I honestly don’t know if I am unique as a playwright and performer but I believe that as a woman in my 40’s starting down this path that I am. I’ve spent my entire career climbing the corporate ladder reaching the top of my game as a senior executive and leader in the industry.
Writing this play was over 20 years in the making because I spent that entire time pretending that my story did not happen to me. Over the last three years I began sharing bits of my story through my comedy, as I am an improviser here in Los Angeles. This has been a healing process but also a very creative one. The story spans in total almost 7 years of my life in the early 90’s and if I hadn’t lived it I would not believe it.

I’m thrilled to be a part of the Festival and I’m excited to bring my show to New York. My 20-year career in the TV and Entertainment Industry has created a built in base of industry executives and friends in the NYC area that are excited to come and support the festival. My goal is to develop it further into a longer production and eventually a scripted television series.

Reviews:

“This show features a charming southern belle who unknowingly–and I mean in a real-life, true story–married a drug cartel dude!”
“The writing is hilarious and her spirit is infectious!”
“Donna tells one of the most unbelievable true stories from her life with humor and heart.”
“Southern Belle to Mrs Cartel is a one woman tour de force – and its poignancy and humor is only heightened by the fact that it’s (unbelievably) true.”
“Her story is thrilling, hilarious, horrifying, and painful.”

Full List of Fringe Festival Reviews: http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/2393?tab=reviews

Donna Thomas Bio:

Donna Thomas, a former award-winning Technicolor and Discovery Networks executive has always nourished her comedy passion. Having spent the last 20 years rising rapidly in her day job, she spent evenings at weekends for the last three years at Upright Citizens Brigade and Improv Olympic in Los Angeles. The 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival marked Thomas’s debut as a writer/producer/performer of her own one woman show. “Southern Belle to Mrs. Cartel” runs 30-minutes chronicling Thomas’ journey from innocent southern college student and waitress at the Steak & Ale to wife of a Columbian drug lord….but she had no idea.

Raised in a small town in Georgia, Donna has her BA in Marketing from Georgia State University. Along with comedy, Donna and her brother established the Thomas Angel Foundation in 2001 to fund scholarships for women studying comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade.

LA Magazine Story re: Thomas Angel Foundation (for background): http://www.lamag.com/citythink/public-service-announcement-meet-thomas-angel-foundation-founder-donna-thomas/

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/preview?vpa=cxn1&locale=en_US

PERFORMANCE:

August 20th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Sarah Fiete and Edison Hong & Anymore

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)Anymore by Sarah Fiete and Edison Hong

Sarah Fiete and Edison Hong are fresh out of NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program where they received Masters degrees last May. During this program, they studied and cultivated short-form musical theatre in addition to long-form – thus “Anymore” was born. Outraged by the recent attacks on gay clubs in Russia by hate-filled vigilante groups, Fiete and Hong sought to draw attention to this issue by using the medium they know and love. Although creating a complete musical arc in ten minutes is a challenge, Fiete and Hong found this form the most striking for their story of a young Russian girl who just wants to find her brother – and the tale of the stranger with all the stunning answers. Sarah Fiete – who is no stranger to cramming a lot of content in a little space – has had her short stories and micro fiction in publications such as Blink Ink and Indigo Rising. Her musical theatre work has been performed at 54 Below. Edison Hong’s compositions have been heard all over New York City, including Joe’s Pub, Don’t Tell Mama, Sardi’s and Cornelia Street Cafe.

What is your hometown?

Sarah Fiete: Dublin, Ohio.

Edison Hong: Bronx, NY

What was the last show that you worked on and where?

SF: Last April through my graduate program, my thesis musical – “Lady Mercy,” for which I wrote book and lyrics and Peter Hodgson wrote the music – received a 29 hour reading.

EH: “Waiting For The Rain” with Tim Parker and “Second Place” with Kate Chadwick that received 29 hour readings at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program

Why submit to a festival like this?

SF: Festivals like New York New Works are SO important for emerging theatre artists. It’s a great way for someone new to the industry (like me) to say, “Hey! I’m here! I love this medium and I want to use it to get people to think and feel things in new, exciting ways!” …in so many words.

EH: It’s an amazing opportunity to see and share a production of a show that I care for.

PERFORMANCE: August 20th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/