Meet Kim Weston-Moran & The Diary of an Afro Goddess, REMEMBRIN’ ME!

Name:  Kim Weston-Moran

What is your current project?

The Diary of an Afro Goddess, REMEMBERIN’ ME! a healing journey back to self & Day of Absence!

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

Producing The Diary of an Afro Goddess and REMEMBERIN’ ME! and performing in NEC’s 50th Anniversary performance of Day of Absence. Afro Goddess is presented at the World Famous Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe and the space is ideal because through out it’s history, the Nuyorican has presented on edge spoken word and avant-garde theatre. REMEMBERIN’ ME! is premiering in our new event, RA Pop-Up Family Theatre & Dinner at The Paul Robeson Freedom School, housed at St Luke’s and St. Matthews Church in Brooklyn. An ideal location for RM because our goal is to reach the community. Day of Abscence is being presented at Theatre 80 St. Marks, an historical space that was around when the Negro Ensemble Co. was founded down the block, 50 years ago.

What’s next for you?

After the above 3 projects, which end Dec 15th, RHYTHMCOLOR Associates will be presenting POTPOURRI! Part II – Work In Process, featuring a Backer’s Staged Reading of new play by Maryam Myika Day and directed by Elain Graham on January 10, 2017 at the National Black Theatre in Harlem, NY and directly after, RA will present our 2nd Annual Evening of Appreciation of Trailblazing Women & Institutions, January 29, 2017 at ART-NY South Oxford Space. For more information on all these projects:

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

My parents, always. The are both artists and taught me so many important cultural history and the importance of family.

Want More?

Website: www.rhythmcolorassociates.com
Twitter: @RHYTHMCOLOR21 and @KimWestonMoran1

KIM WESTON-MORAN (Actress/Producer/Director/Teacher). Kim is CEO of RA/RHYTHMCOLOR Associates and Founder/Producing Artistic Director of POTPOURRI! World Works Series, in it’s 8th year. She was Associate Prod. for the National Black Touring Circuit for 7 yrs. A veteran award-winning actress known for her character work. Kim has shared the stage with phenomenal artists, including: Minnie Gentry, Bill Gunn, Roxie Roker, Phyllcia Rashad, Gylan Kain, Patricia O’Connell, Anthony Chisholm, Ellen Dolan, S. Epatha Merkinson, Charles Weldon, Barbara Montgomery, Reggie Montgomery, Marjorie Johnson, Count Stovall, Bill Cobbs, Dominique Morisseau and Darnell Williams. Kim has been nominated for four AUDELCO Awards and won for Lead Actress in Don’t Explain with Ron Cephas Jones; directed by Rome Neal. Her most recent acting credits include: Negro Ensemble Company’s Workshop Production of SWING at La MaMa Theatre, and Crossroads Theatre Company’s’ premiere of AUTUMN by Richard Wesley. Kim also, directs, coaches, is an Acting Teacher with a focus on Basics for new and returning actors, writes; and her new passion is dramaturgy. Over the years, between acting gigs, teaching and activism; she presented several projects and supported several playwrights, including PJ Gibson, Sabura Rashid and OWA, PhD. Projects include: The Second Black Theatre In America Conference (Medgar Evers College); Eclectic Tuesday Nites (Perk’s Supper Club), for which she Hosted and presented over 200 comedians, singers, actors, Jazz and R&B groups; WE IN HARLEM, BABY! a performance and visual arts salon; ANOTHER SIDE OF A KING – Films and Literature of Woodie King, Jr. (received ART-NY Award). Film & Television credits include title role in Ayoka Chenzira’s Feature, Alma’s Rainbow and CBS’s Divorce Court. Ms. Weston-Moran is currently working with The Paul Robeson Freedom School Afterschool Program as an Arts Consultant.. kimwestonmeoran@gmail.com


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)

The Diary of an Afro Goddess/www.nuyorican.org & $18 at door.

REMEMBERIN’ ME! a healing journey back to self

@The Paul Robeson Freedom School

520 Clinton Ave in Bklyn.

December 2, 2016 11am & 6pm.

Tickets $10.

The Day of Absence by Douglas Turner Ward; 50th Anniversary of the Negro Ensemble Co. December 4-15, 2016 http://www.necinc.org

Review: Roughly Speaking

Homelessness is not an easy subject to discuss. There’s an assumption made about the homeless: they are lazy and they don’t want to work. This untruth unfolds through the 200 interviews collated to create Roughly Speaking. The play introduces the chaos that mental illness, addiction, loss, and economic hardship creates in the lives of people who don’t have a place to call their own as well as the means to access the right care

Set on vast stage with crates, planks and flats that allow for different looks, director Celine Rosenthal beautifully executes the touching and raw reality that we see day-to-day in New York City. The play breaks the fourth wall with narrator/rapper, Lightning.Bolt (Steven J. Michel) who keeps us in check between set changes. Alicia (Madeline McCray) and Tiny (Danny Bolero) passionately play the “parents” of the soup kitchen they run where the play is set. We see that through their own stories and their service to their community that also have hopes and dreams. The talented ensemble support the harrowing stories by playing multiple characters with difficult circumstances and weaknesses. Kudos to Christopher Michael McLamb who flawlessly transforms into two characters, Richie and W,   through his entrances and exit and at times right in front of the audience.

Roughly Speaking featured talk-backs with members of various entities includimg Coalition for the Homeless, Xavier Mission, New York Cares, Convenant House  and visual artist Willie Baronet who created the We Are All Homeless Art Installation. This is their closing weekend so do be sure to support the show and it’s worthy cause.

Roughly Speaking directed by Celine Rosenthal (Broadway’s Leap of Faith & Seminar)
with Franz Jones* (Broadway’s Big River), Danny Bolero* (Broadway’s In The Heights & Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat), Christopher Michael McLamb*, Steven J. Michel*, Michael Twaine*, Madeline McCray*, Troy Valjean Rucker*, Shara Ashley Zeiger*, Joanie Anderson

*members of Actors Equity Association

Through 11/20 Thurs-Sat 8pm,

Sundays 11/20, 2pm

Tada Theater 15 w. 28th st, NYC

Tickets on Smarttix through http://www.theplatformgroup.org

 

 

 

No Man’s Land – Opening 11/18

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Created by: The Company
Written & Directed by: Melissa Moschitto
Dramaturgy: Lynde Rosario
Featuring: Michael Ables, Mariah Freda, Jean Goto, Brian Demar Jones
Scenic Design: Sarah Edkins
Costume Design: Lux Haac
Lighting/Projection Design: Nic Christopher
Sound Design: Christopher Gillard
Press Representative: Emily Owens
Production Stage Manager: Allison Newcombe
Assistant Stage Manager: Mary Daniel
Artistic & Programming Intern: Sarah Pyatt
Asst. Director / Asst. Producer: Alex Randrup
Producer: Malini Singh McDonald

www.theanthropologists.org

Meet Christopher Gillard & No Man’s Land

Name: Christopher Gillard

What is your current project?

No Man’s Land

What’s next for you?

I’m scoring and sound designing a webseries

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

Hans Zimmer, because his body of work is just incredible

Want More?

Website: www.sound-haus.com
Twitter: @SoundHausAudio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soundhausaudio/


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)

NO MAN’S LAND
November 17 – December 11
Thu – Sat at 7:30 pm | Sun at 5pm
No performances November 24 & 25
Tickets: $15 in advance online HERE, $20 at the door
Opening Night Benefit for The People’ Institute for Survival and Beyond.
November 18th – $35.
Click HERE for tickets.
Preview: November 17th – Pay What You Can

Meet Michael Ables & No Man’s Land

Name: Michael Ables

What is your current project?

No Man’s Land

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

TheaterLab is large and bright and seems quite versatile. The design team bring excitement and diversity to this creation.

What’s next for you?

I’m always working on original music and club performances with Shock Yaw, Magnolia Blossum and Hank Williamsburg.

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

Justin Timberlake. He’s a Multi-million dollar triple threat from Tennessee. Big shoes to fill.

Want More?

YouTube: Michael Ables
Facebook & Instagram: mdables

Michael Ables (Tony) toured the former Soviet Union as Jack in “Jack and the Northwest Wind” and received scholarship to Saratoga International Theatre Institute 1997. After Skidmore, Michael moved to NYC to appear Off-Broadway in “Reefer Madness” and “The Godfaddah Workout” among other work. Favorite roles include Zero in “The Adding Machine,” Johnny Bogle in the world premiere of “What Sprang Off A Gypsy Rooster”and Bob Cratchit in Narrows Community Theatre’s production of Christmas Carol (Menken). Ables works in collaboration with Shock Yaw, Magnolia Blossum, Andy Fried, Hank Williamsburg, Nik Winstone and other artists throughout the world to create ☆Magnolia Roadshow☆Celebrate Diversity! Thanks to Cas, Malini and Melissa for this amazing opportunity.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)

NO MAN’S LAND
November 17 – December 11
Thu – Sat at 7:30 pm | Sun at 5pm
No performances November 24 & 25
Tickets: $15 in advance online HERE, $20 at the door
Opening Night Benefit for The People’ Institute for Survival and Beyond.
November 18th – $35.
Click HERE for tickets.
Preview: November 17th – Pay What You Can

Meet Lynde Rosario & No Man’s Land

Name: Lynde Rosario

What is your current project?

NO MAN’S LAND with The Anthropologists

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

What’s next for you?

As Dramaturg I will be working with Letter of Marque Theater Company on their upcoming 3-phase project. Also as Dramaturg working on a new devised piece with The Humanist Project titled “Pirates with Lady Parts.” As script/continuity supervisor working on a sci-fi comedy short film titled “Futureboy” directed by Ryan Blackwell. As Co-Producer and Literary Manager working on Lady Plays Podcast, dramatizing new plays by women on a bi-monthly basis.

Want More? 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LiteraryLynde
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/literarylynde/

Lynde Rosario is a Dramaturg and Literary Associate with national and international theatre experience working with a range of production companies, from up-and-coming troupes to established theatre organizations. She is currently working as Dramaturg with The Anthropologists, Letter of Marque Theater Company, and The Humanist Project. She is also the Co-producer and Literary Manager of Lady Plays Podcast; a bi-monthly podcast that dramatizes new plays by women.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)

NO MAN’S LAND
November 17 – December 11
Thu – Sat at 7:30 pm | Sun at 5pm
No performances November 24 & 25
Tickets: $15 in advance online HERE, $20 at the door
Opening Night Benefit for The People’ Institute for Survival and Beyond.
November 18th – $35.
Click HERE for tickets.
Preview: November 17th – Pay What You Can

Meet Jean Goto & No Man’s Land

Name: Jean Goto

What is your current project?

No Man’s Land

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

I’m performing it because it expresses so many things that I’m thinking about it my daily life. I also think this piece poses questions about our culture and society that are worth asking.

What’s next for you?

I’m shooting the first episode of a web series I wrote! Log-line: Amelia and Clark- optometrists by day, environmental crime fighters by night!

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

Cheryl Strayed. She is so wise and speaks from the heart.

Want More?

Website: www. jeangoto.com
Twitter: @JeanGoto

I’m a native New Yorker, hapa, actress. I graduated from NYU’s Tisch school of the Arts and The Maggie Flanigan Studio. I became a founding member of The Anthropologists way back in 2008. Currently I’m acting in whatever I can get my hands on and am writing/producing/directing up a storm! I am also a passionate environmentalist.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)

NO MAN’S LAND
November 17 – December 11
Thu – Sat at 7:30 pm | Sun at 5pm
No performances November 24 & 25
Tickets: $15 in advance online HERE, $20 at the door
Opening Night Benefit for The People’ Institute for Survival and Beyond.
November 18th – $35.
Click HERE for tickets.
Preview: November 17th – Pay What You Can

Meet Alex Randrup & No Man’s Land


Name: 
Alex Randrup

What is your current project?

No Man’s Land with The Anthropologists/Spring Awakening at United Solo

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

NML is at TheatreLab: it’s a great fit for my dual-hat-wearing director-producer-brain. I love that connective place where the creativity of directing and the get-er-done mindset of producing meet! Spring Awakening is at United Solo and is a delicious piece for me as I collaborate with the writer/performer on creating his world and journey, literally taking the original play apart and collaging it back together.

What’s next for you?

Continuing to co-curate FEAST: A Performance Series, which happens every first Wednesday of the month at 7pm at UNDER St. Marks!

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

The pipeline protesters at Standing Rock. Everyone who is at this very moment standing up for their lives, their rights, their families, and their land. It is a brave act and deserves recognition for showing true leadership at a time where our traditional positions of leadership have become fodder for cynicism, divisive attitudes, and memes.

Want More?

Website: alexrandrup.com
Facebook: Like FEAST: A Performance Series: https://www.facebook.com/FeastPerformance

Alex Randrup (Assistant Director/Assistant Producer) is co-curator of FEAST: A Performance Series at UNDER St. Marks, and most recently directed Spring Awakening at United Solo. In this past year she was a member of Directors Lab North, participated in Barn Arts Theater’s Hamilton Residency and held a directing residency with Rebel Theatre Company. alexrandrup@gmail.com.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)

NO MAN’S LAND
November 17 – December 11
Thu – Sat at 7:30 pm | Sun at 5pm
No performances November 24 & 25
Tickets: $15 in advance online HERE, $20 at the door
Opening Night Benefit for The People’ Institute for Survival and Beyond.
November 18th – $35.
Click HERE for tickets.
Preview: November 17th

SPRING AWAKENING at United Solo on November 12th at 4pm. http://unitedsolo.org/us/springawakening-2016/ f

or more info!

FEAST: A PERFORMANCE SERIES at UNDER St. Marks. Every first Wednesday at 7pm. https://www.facebook.com/FeastPerformance for more info!

Meet Ben Davis & Lenny Bruce is Not Afraid

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Name: Ben Davis

What is your current project?

Lenny Bruce is Not Afraid

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

I’m currently producing for my friend Mark at Studio 353, West 48th Street. He has some subtle and not-so-subtle references to this year and the election, as well as a different take on the exploration of relationships. It fits with some of my personal attitudes and I both enjoy and have performed some very dark roles, so I compliment the team well.

What’s next for you?
Getting Artists Produced “Socials” (GAPS)

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

Want More?

Website: http://www.bendavisarts.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenDavisArts
Instagram: @therealbendavisarts
Google +: bendavisarts

Ben Davis (Executive Producer) (www.bendavisarts.com) is an Artist-Entrepreneur developing alternatives that make ‘the making of art’ affordable for professional creators. He has become a key hybrid team member that can translate artistic integrity into practical business solutions. Ben has worked as an associate producer for the Creative and Casting Directors of Chicago: The Musical (Broadway). He was also Executive Producer for the independent New York production of Mother Knows Best (by Deb Radloff). In college, he founded and managed an all-volunteer music management group, Phonofusion Records, which produced over 30 live events in and around Rutgers University-New Brunswick, while also reducing the cost of studio expenses for musicians. As an actor, his highlights include Chamber Theatre Productions, Florida Studio Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Theater For The New City, including a few wild runs on camera, such as Dates From Hell, and a voiceover gig for Eleanor Roosevelt. He has a both BA Theater (Mason Gross School of the Arts) degree and BA Communication degree (Rutgers). You can learn about all his work at http://www.bendavisarts.com.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)

Studio 353 (353 West 48th Street, 11/2, FREE

RSVP @ http://www.lennybruceisnotafraid.eventbrite.com (wine & water by donation)