Review: The Other Mozart with Jody Christopherson

“I’m only my brother’s pupil.”

Once upon time before my foray into theatre, I was a singer who studied music and eventually majored in music for 2 years before I realized that it wasn’t my calling. My inspiration: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He’s my favorite composer. He’s brilliant.

I was sad that I missed The Other Mozart when it premiered last year especially since I was in the audience when the creator and performer, Sylvia Milo, and her team, won two New York Innovative Theatre Awards. So when I learned that it was being reprised with fellow indie theatre artist, Jody Christopherson, I was getting to The Players!

I wasn’t disappointed. It was worth the wait. The Other Mozart is about the sister of Amadeus, Nannerl Mozart, a virtuoso and accomplished composer in her own right whose story was lost to the annals of time. The solo performance art piece is set in and on a majestic and imperial 18-foot dress which fills the stage. It is on and in this dress, that Jody Christopherson beautifully and poignantly engages the audience with this haunting story of Nannerl’s life: the talented sister who accompanied her genius brother on tour throughout Western Europe; the daughter who was both praised and subjugated as well as touted and urged to be domesticated by her parents; the wife who became a baroness to raise his children and then hers in the wilderness.

Under the flawless direction of Isaac Byrne, the music created by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen supported the narrative laid out by Christopherson. The costume designs by Magdalena Dabrowaka and Miodrag Guberinic are art pieces and will inspire any artist who sees this show.

For me, I wish I knew about Nannerl when I was growing up. Instead of writing an essay on Mozart, I wrote a 20 page poem based on his life when I was in high school. My recollection of her being mentioned all those years ago are vague. And how apropos and timely this piece is in the climate we are enduring. A feminist manifesto of how it was for women and how fortunate we are today.


Show Info:

Little Matchstick Factory presents:
The Other Mozart: the forgotten story of Mozart’s genius sister
Written by Sylvia Milo
Directed by Isaac Byrne

Performances Sept 23 – Nov 13 and Jan 6 – 9 at the Players Theatre

Performed (in rotation) by Sylvia Milo, Samantha Hoefer, Daniela Galli and introducing Jody Christopherson*
Location:
The Players Theater is located at 115 MacDougal Street, 3rd floor, no elevator (b/w Bleecker and West 3rd Streets). A/B/C/D/E/F/M trains to West 4th Street stop.

Tickets: $45-$65 available online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/277 or by calling866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theatre’s box office 1⁄2 hour prior to performance. Student tickets $15 available at the door.

More info at: http://www.theOtherMozart.com

Meet Christin Eve Cato & El Coqui Espectacular and The Bottle of Doom

Name: Christin Eve Cato

What is your current project?

El Coqui Espectacular and The Bottle of Doom

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

The Julia de Burgos Center for Culture & Performing Arts in El Barrio. This neighborhood is so fitting for the play since it is composed of a large Latino demographic and is right now the center of the gentrifying buzz. The play highlights Latino identity in America, gentrification in NYC, and how the media contributes to these factors.

What’s next for you?

I am working on a couple of web-series: “Meet” & “Slayer”. I will also be developing a children’s book series, “Callaloo”, to have it’s theatrical production debut, “Callaloo Live”, in NYC!

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

My biggest inspiration are my peers right now. I am so lucky to belong to a community of artists that are constantly challenging me, creating with me, and developing work with me. Together, we are inspiring each other to do more and make a difference. Having and belonging to a community is so integral for our souls, our creativity, and most importantly, our Art.

Want More?
Website:
Twitter: @ccato87
Instagram: @Lady_Cato87

Christin Eve Cato is an award-winning actor from New York City with a background in performing arts, playwriting, and production. She is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts, and of Fordham University. You can usually catch her at INTAR Theatre, as a member of Unit52. Christin is also a member of the Hip-Hop Theatre Company, Rhymes Over Beats. Heavily active in the Theatre community, she is also Co-Chair of Diversity of the YPAC-board of Theater Resources Unlimited, and is one of the Co-Founders of La Coop (La Cooperativa of New York Latinx Artists) a collective of theatre artists created to bridge the gaps existing in the Latino Theatre Community. She is also a member of New York Women in Film & Television. Born and raised in the Bronx, with a Puerto Rican and Jamaican heritage, Christin has a very unique approach to her artistic style. A mix of caribbean culture, inner-city life, and socio-economic influences. Both an artist and academic, she brings an urban vibe and higher existential understanding to the work which she creates. She is the founder of Cambreleng Productions, LLC., an award-winning production company dedicated to creating films and documentaries based on these principles.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)

EL COQUÍ ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM tells the story of Alex, a comic book artist whose ideas might be “too Puerto Rican,” has begun secretly dressing up as his creation: El Coquí Espectacular, defender of Nuyoricans in all five boroughs! When his brother Joe risks being fired from a project for not being Puerto Rican enough, the two, with the help of a young photographer named Yesica, hatch a plan: to debut El Coquí at the Puerto Rican Day Parade and prove themselves to the world. El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom examines the ways in which we define our heritage and ourselves.

Written by Matt Barbot
Directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III
FEATURING Michael John Improta Christin Cato Omar Perez Andrew Rincón Annie Henk
Thursday, November 3th, 8PM
Friday, November 4th, 8PM
Saturday, November 5th, 8PM
Sunday, November 6th, 3:00PM
Thursday, November 10th, 8PM
Friday, November 11th, 8PM
Saturday, November 12th, 8PM
Sunday, November 13th, 3PM

Meet Matt Barbot & El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom

Name: Matt Barbot

What is your current project?

A production of my play, El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom

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

It’s an honor to bring this play, which is so much about cultural identity and struggling to find a place, to the Julia de Burgos Art Center. The center is named for the Puerto Rican poet, and is located in East Harlem, a historic center of Nuyorican culture.

What’s next for you?

Working on my thesis for Columbia School of the Arts with my mentor, Kristoffer Diaz.

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

My biggest inspiration right in this moment is the cast and crew of this show. As a playwright, it’s always humbling to see a whole team of great artists come together to bring my story to life. Aside from that, I’ve been catching up on reading Maria Irene Fornés.

Want More?

Twitter: @BarbotRobot

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1787094418202844/

Matt Barbot is a writer and actor from Brooklyn, NY. He began telling stories before he could write, drawing pictures of new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle adventures. His plays have been performed in New York, Miami, LA, and Pennsylvania. El Coquí Espectácular and the Bottle of Doom was a finalist in the 2014 Repertorio Español Nuestras Voces competition, was workshopped at The Brick’s 2014 Comic Book Theater Festival, and read as part of the 2016 Crossing Borders Festival at Two River Theater; it will soon be performed at the Julia De Burgos Performing Arts Center, funded in part by the 2016 Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Award in US Theater. Infallibility was produced as part of the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival, and has been published online at Indie Theater Now in the Best of Fringe NYC 2013 collection. His short play A List of Some Shit I’ve Killed will soon be published by Stage Rights as part of Red Bull Theater Shorts Volume III. During his time at Latino cultural website Remezcla, Matt created the web series Bodega Chat, and wrote the the branded short The Perfect Play, starring Victor Cruz of the New York Giants. Matt is currently pursuing his MFA in playwriting at Columbia University, where he writes stories about stories. His upcoming thesis play will be mentored by Kristoffer Diaz (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity).


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)
El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom
by Matt Barbot
Directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III

The Julia de Burgos Art Center
680 Lexington Ave
(6 train to 103rd)

Thursday, November 3th, 8PM
Friday, November 4th, 8PM
Saturday, November 5th, 8PM
Sunday, November 6th, 3:00PM
Thursday, November 10th, 8PM
Friday, November 11th, 8PM
Saturday, November 12th, 8PM
Sunday, November 13th, 3PM

EL COQUÍ ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM tells the story of Alex, a comic book artist whose ideas might be “too Puerto Rican,” has begun secretly dressing up as his creation: El Coquí Espectacular, defender of Nuyoricans in all five boroughs! When his brother Joe risks being fired from a project for not being Puerto Rican enough, the two, with the help of a young photographer named Yesica, hatch a plan: to debut El Coquí at the Puerto Rican Day Parade and prove themselves to the world. El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom examines the ways in which we define our heritage and ourselves.

Presented by
Hispanic Federation
Kevin Spacey Foundation
La Vega Management, LLC
Duende Arts, Inc.

Tickets FREE. Reserve at
http://www.lavegamanagement.com/productions

Meet Rob Reese & Ciphered Bridges: A Cipher-Art Performance by Køvvånng

Name: Rob Reese

What is your current project?

Ciphered Bridges: A Cipher-Art Performance by Køvvånng

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

This goes up at The Idio Gallery in Bushwick, which is a champion gallery and performance space that fosters iconoclastic arts. One doesn’t get any more iconoclastic than Køvvånng!

What’s next for you?

In the spring I’ll be directing “Flash Operas” for Experiments in Opera: six short modern operas adapted from short stories.

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

Køvvånng has dictated that we be directly inspired by Wasily Kandinsky, the architects of Ales Stenar, and Sid Vicious.

Want More?

Website: www.amnesiawars.com

Twitter: @hellorobreese

Køvvånng is an individual and collective conceptual artist based worldwide but currently soul-situated at the mast-point of Ales Stenar on the Kåseberga ridge in Scania. The obfuscation of Køvvånng’s award-winning, critically acclaimed (and frequently derided) identity for this Cipher is intentional and necessary.

The Amnesia Wars Company brings together acclaimed and award winning dancers, musicians, and actors from an amazing array of backgrounds, including veterans of The Wooster Group, Pilobolus Dance, HERE Arts Center, Queen of the Night, Fuerza Bruta, Bombay Rickey, Anti-Social Music, Anthony Braxton’s Orchestra, Opera On Tap, The Second City, The Improv Olympic, Miranda, Yahweh’s Follies, Keanu Reeves Saves the Universe, Einat Amir’s “Our Best Intentions”, and more.

Rob Reese is a New York based Director, Playwright, and Librettist who has made theater throughout the U.S. and in a dozen countries over five continents. Rob’s recnet credits include the theological musical comedy revue Yahweh’s Follies (Ars Nova), Kamala Sankaram’s Chamber Opera Miranda (Here Arts Center) which received the 2012 Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, Ray Leudke’s Pocket Opera Viva Pablo Neruda (Voice Afire), The New Zealand remount of Keanu Reeves Saves the Universe (The Basement Theatre) Rob is the Artistic Director of Amnesia Wars Productions and is an inductee of the Indie Theater Hall of Fame.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)

Ciphered Bridges
A Cipher Art Performance & Exhibition by Køvvånng

Performances Thursday, Friday, Saturday;
November 17,18,19
General Exhibition and bar open at 7:00pm
Time-Based Performance begins at 8:00pm
Idio Gallery: 976 Grand Street Brooklyn NY 11211

Tickets on sale at amnesiawars.brownpapertickets.com/

For more information visit http://amnesiawars.com

Artist’s discount code: AWFriend

Review: Such Nice Shoes

such nice shoes-9.jpgThere are times when I walk into a theatre not really wanting to see my own life on stage. However, watching a day in the life of Christine Renee Miller, actually made me feel grateful for the life I have and how important it is for us to use this platform to share our stories. Miller is known in the theatre circles as Emmy winner, Matt Hoverman’s collaborator for their Go-Solo Classes. The solo shows that have been produced from their classes have been moving and successful. This show is no different. Miller magnificently and smoothly transitions through no less than 10 characters that she encounters in one day. We meet the sassy homeless woman who kicks off Miller’s day in the early morning to the Indian palm reader to the sexist yoga client. Staged in Theater Lab’s white space with Lianne Arnold’s projections and Kia Rogers’ lighting design to support locations, director Andrea Dantas creatively and poignantly questions us: “Does New York chew us up and spits us out and how do we handle the outcome?”

Performances:

Monday Oct 17 at 7pm *talkback post show
Thurs Oct 20 at 8pm
Fri Oct 21 at 8pm
Sat Oct 22 at 8pm

Location:
TheaterLab is located at 357 W 36th Street 3rd floor (b/w 8th and 9th Aves). A/C/E to 34th Street / Penn Station.

More info at:
http://www.theaterlabnyc.com/; http://www.suchniceshoes.com/

Tickets: $20

Meet Tom Attea & The Folk Singer

Name: Tom Attea

What is your current project?

“The Folk Singer,” a new musical, which is being premiered by Theater for the New City on October 9th and is scheduled to run through October 23rd.

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

I wrote it because I was thinking about, as I frequently do, a new work for the theater that would, in a character-based way, reflect the times in an intelligent and entertaining way. I realized that today folk music isn’t as popular as it was in the 30’s and 40’s and again in the 60’s and 70’s. Given the multiplicity of problems afoot in the world today, I found the relative absence particularly ironic. I wondered what character would embody the problem and imagined a young folk singer, struggling to reach a wider audience. In his idea to get together other local folk singers, write all new folk songs with contemporary relevance and stage “A Folk Festival for Today,” I had the occasion to write new lyrics that would reflect the text and subtext of the times and allow the audience to share the content in the unique communal forum the theater provides for consequential thoughts and credible eloquence.

What’s next for you?

I often say that the more sensitive and logical you are, the more a generally insensitive and illogical world is likely to upset you. I’ve learned over the years that I’m only able to withstand the stresses of the premier of one new show a year. Between writing them, I write poetry or philosophy. For example, after my last show, I wrote a sonnet sequence and one of the sonnets was published by the literary magazine Poetica Victorian. Philosophy has also been a lifelong interest of mine. For example, I’ve subscribed to The Philosophers Magazine for years. I’ve developed a personal philosophy over time and, when I get an idea that develops it, I make a note. The philosophy informs all of my writing and is primarily about the need for humans to make a commitment to this life our primary devotion. For instance, in the show, there’s a song about sitting in a railway station, watching people drop things on the floor, leave them on their seats, etc., treating the station like the stopover on the way to their destination. The singer wonders how they’d treat it if they realized the station might be their destination. It’s sort of a variation on Aristotle’s thought that the way you can tell the difference between a public fountain and a private fountain is the private fountain is clean.

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

I’m inspired by people who have valued life itself in an intelligent way, by which I mean the thoughtful, mutually considerate care and fulfillment of its finest potential. These include the following: Chekhov, the exquisitely tender playwright of human interaction, who, as a physician, could write in one of his letters, “My holy of holies is the human body.” Albert Schweitzer, for his ethical principle of “Reverence or Life,” or, as he casually stated it, “What is good for life is good and what is bad for life is bad.” Bertrand Russell for, in the book Principles of Social Reconstruction, “New thought will be required … the world has need of a philosophy, or a religion, which will promote life…. Through the spectacle of death, I acquired a new love for what is living.” Contemporary philosophers include A. C. Grayling, who often writes about “human flourishing,” and Peter Singer, who advocates for the rights of all species. Unfortunately, thoughts like these are sometimes caught up in the so-called Right to Life movement, which makes no room for the life of the would-be mother or the would-be father. I believe that a fundamental aspect of the dignity of life is to be able make our own choices, hopefully, wisely, and, in fact, that the freedom to choose is necessary for the conduct of human life as it has evolved.

Want More?

Website: http://thefolksinger-anewmusical.com/

Tom Attea has written thirteen other produced shows, beginning with “Brief Chronicles of the Time,” which was presented as a showcase by The Actors Studio, where he was a member of The Playwrights Unit for 10 years. Since then, he has written the book and lyrics for ten musicals and two plays that have been presented by Theater for the New City. Tom received a TNC/Jerome Foundation emerging playwright grant and is a member of The Dramatists Guild.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)

THE FOLK SINGER began previews on September 29th, opens on October 9th at the Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets,
New York, NY 10003) and will play a limited engagement through October 23rd. Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors and students.) Box office: 212.254.1109, SmartTix: 212.868.4444 or purchase online at http://www.smarttix.com.

The performance schedule for THE FOLK SINGER is as follows: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees on Sundays at 3pm.

NEW YORK NEW WORKS THEATRE FESTIVAL FINALS GALA: OCTOBER 5 2016,

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***World Without End*** by Allison Zajac-Batell

In the new play World Without End, a grieving mother meets her widowed daughter-in-law for the first time. The two women struggle to find solace in one another despite what their disparate faiths might allow.

***Flesh & Spirit*** by Sara McDermott Jain & Steven Skeels

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.

***Most Likely To*** by Ryan Vincent Anderson
The recent barrage of tragic events regarding the deaths of unarmed black men splatter our news and social media feeds. With each new victim there’s another statistic. Another hashtag. Another protest. But how often do we get to see the humanity behind the incident?

***The Love Junkie*** Bridget Barkan
The Love Junkie is thestory of one woman’s journey on the road to recovery from sex and love addition. It’s a roller coaster ride of musical numbers, characters, comedy, spoken word,costumes, dancing and unapologetic truth.

***Trashman’s Dilemma*** by Bruce Gooch
10 years after The Purge, Words are feared, not spoken. Thoughts are tele-communicated. Memories monitored by CORP satellites. In a structure CORP monitors cant reach, a warrior and a disposable soldier encounter two refugees of The Purge. Language is reborn and with it hope for humanity. Of the four, two will live. Two will

***Palin LIVE!*** by Erica Vlahinos
See Sarah like youve never seen her before – voluntarily!
Its 2016 and Sarah Palin is back, but this time shes a MUSICAL! Spend an evening with the self anointed Maverick of Melody as she dances down the yellow brick road to the White House in Americas first ever musical campaign.


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

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** Please note that tickets can also be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance, however purchasing in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. Door Tickets: $35 CASH ONLY.

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