Name: Lance Ringel
What is your current project?
In Love with the Arrow Collar Man
Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?
My play will have its world premiere when an excerpt from it is presented in the New York New Works Theatre Festival in September.
What’s next for you?
Deep in rehearsals right now for the premiere in September. But in between, I am off to Uganda for a performance of a concert piece for which I wrote the original narration, directed by John Caird. It features the talents of orphaned children from Uganda and Japan, as well as American college students.
Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?
Probably my spouse, Chuck Muckle. He not only is directing Arrow Collar Man in the festival but also is directing a musical that he composed which is also included in the festival, called Mourning Becomes Ridiculous. Plus September marks our 40th anniversary(!).
Lance Ringel’s play In Love with the Arrow Collar Man will receive its world premiere on September 7 at the New York New Works Theatre Festival. Ringel was principal writer of two theater pieces created for Vassar College. Vassar Voices, a staged reading highlighting 150 years of the college’s history, premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The cast featured Meryl Streep, Lisa Kudrow and Frances Sternhagen. It toured across America and to London. At Home in the World, directed by John Caird, spotlights talented young performers. It has been staged in Japan, Uganda and America to sold-out houses. Collaborating with director-actor-composer Chuck Muckle (his spouse of 40 years), Ringel wrote Animal Story, a short musical for young audiences that received its New York premiere earlier this year. Ringel’s reputation as a writer of gay historical fiction was established with the critical acclaim accorded his 2014 novel Flower of Iowa (Smashwords), about an American and British soldier in World War I who fall in love. Kirkus Reviews called it “accomplished, touching historical fiction,” adding, “Ringel packs a remarkable amount of flavor and detail into this debut work.” Actor, author and director Stephen Fry tweeted, “Reading a truly wonderful WW1 novel. … So truthful and touching.” Ringel and Muckle divide their time between New York City and Poughkeepsie.
Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)
New York New Works Theatre Festival, Elektra Theatre, 300 West 43rd Street, September 7 at 7 pm. Tickets: http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/
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