Meet Eric Michael Parker & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Eric Michael Parker

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

HERE Arts Center. It’s an appropriately intimate, immersive space for our new work.

What’s next for you?

World domination!

What is the name of the last show you saw?

1984. What a mind-blowing production.

Any advice for your peers?

I got an incredible piece of advice a couple years ago. Your ego has nothing to do with your work. So both compliments and criticism you might get are not for you, but for that little artistic muse in your brain 🙂

Want More?

Website: ericmichaelparker.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EricMichaelParkerTenorActor/

Twitter: I don’t tweet but I support your right to do so. Tweet away.

Instagram: @ericpahkah

You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/shoutoutloud8

Eric is a recent SoCal transplant grateful to be making his NYC debut here at Whiskey Pants.  Top winner of Weill Foundation’s International Lotte Lenya Competition, recognizing performers with dramatic and musical versatility. Eric’s career has brought him to places across the globe,  from the Tokyo Disney Resort to Operafestival di Roma in Rome’s Piazza Navona.  Select credits: Freddy: My Fair Lady (MTW, Prather), Harold Bride: Titanic (Moonlight Prod.), Melchior: Spring Awakening(Riverside Rep), Robert: The Drowsy Chaperone (Norris PAC), Henry: Next to Normal (SDMT). B.M. from Chapman U. ericmichaelparker.com


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Vincent Hale & Whiskey Pants: Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Vincent Hale

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: Mayor of Williamsburg

What’s next for you? A Soulful Christmas

What is the name of the last show you saw? On Your Feet

Any advice for your peers? Come ready to laugh your face off

Want More?

Facebook: Vincent MrSuave Hale

Twitter: Thee_MrSuave

Instagram: Thee_MrSuave

You Tube: Vincent Hale

 

Vincent Hale is a Singer/Actor/Dancer who hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is currently the Enrichment Lead for the Partnership for Innercity Education, teaching music at two schools in Harlem. Vincent is a member of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and has been blessed to travel to Ghana, Bermuda, Nicaragua and Italy with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers. Mr. Hale has graced the stage as Jim in Big River, Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime, Tom Collins in RENT, and Tinman in The Wiz. “A song is but a little thing, and yet what a joy it is to sing.”


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Ashley Soliman & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor Of Williamsburg

Name: Ashley Soliman

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor Of Williamsburg

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

HERE Arts Center!  It’s exciting to be in a space that supports emerging and offbeat productions.  Being in an actual theater has allowed us to flesh out our concept in various areas such as lighting, sound, and a real set.  And there’s dressing rooms!  I lucked out that so many costume pieces could be used from the original production.  It’s been fun to update the looks and create new ones for the fantasy world these characters inhabit.

What’s next for you?

No upcoming costume gigs as of now, but I am very much looking forward to having time to focus on some personal projects like drawings and textile-based works.   Also: wedding planning and crocheting some sweaters for the (hopefully) upcoming cold season.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

ABT’s “Whipped Cream” at Lincoln Center

Any advice for your peers?

Costume design ain’t easy but what in life is?  Keep an open mind and talk to people, especially industry vets.  I’ve sent many emails to strangers I admire and have been fortunate that many of them have been kind enough to help me out, whether it’s someone else they know or a list of places to contact.  No matter how crazy things get, I always enjoy seeing performers initial reactions to their costumes and watching the visuals coming together with the rest of the production – theater is a collaboration after all.  Last but not least, don’t be an asshole- you never know who you’ll meet or work with again.

Want More?

Website: http://www.terribleboogie.com

Instagram: @terribleboogie

 

Ashley Soliman is an artist, costumer, potato and nut aficionado, collector of objects, color fiend.  She graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Printmaking / Fine Arts and currently works at the Jeff Fender School of Ladies’ Arts.  Special thanks to Team Whiskey, Samuel Gasner, and Henderson the cat.


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

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Meet Serrana Gay & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Serrana Gay

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

HERE Arts Center encourages and nourishes the creation of daring new work. Through their partnership we are able to further explore the environmental aspects of our show and nurture the development of our bizarre, exciting production. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to develop Whiskey Pants with their support.

What’s next for you?

I am currently developing two new projects with Mind The Art Entertainment, the opera “The Vice of Berthe” and the dark operetta “Moonshine in b Minor”. I am also working on my first straight play, and  finishing my first novel “And She Exhaled”.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Miss Saigon

Any advice for your peers?

Always be open to new opportunities and collaboration. Sometimes beauty can be found in the most unexpected places. Remember to act with integrity, treat people with respect, and ask to be treated with the respect you deserve. Creativity can only truly blossom from a foundation of understanding between team members. Don’t be afraid to put ego aside: theatre is a collaborative medium and the act of creating something together is bigger and more important than personal complexities.

Want More?

Website: http://www.mindtheartentertainment.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MayorOfWburg/

Twitter:  Company: @mindtheart Personal: @serranagay

Instagram: @mayorofwburg

 

Serrana Gay is the co-creator of “Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg” which is opening at The Here Arts Center on September 28th and won the Audience Favorite Award at FRIGID New York in 2015. She is also an Associate Producer at Mind The Art Entertainment and was their 2014 Artist in Residence. She holds a B.F.A in Acting with a Writing Minor from Ithaca College.

She is the writer of the children’s book “Fatty Fatty No Friends” and co-wrote the musical adaptation of the same name, which went on to win an Overall Excellence award at FringeNYC, was extended to the Fringe Encore Series in 2014, and then moved Off-Broadway in 2015 where it received a 2016 New York Innovative Theater Award Nomination for Best Musical. As a performer she appeared in La MaMa E.T.C.’s “The Dream Vault Cycle.”

Serrana is currently developing two new projects with Mind The Art Entertainment, the opera “The Vice of Berthe” and the dark operetta “Moonshine in b Minor”, while also working on her first straight play, and her first novel “And She Exhaled”.


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

GRAND OPENING OF THE FLEA THEATER

GRAND OPENING OF THE FLEA THEATER
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Opening Performances
Thursday, September 28, 2017

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, The Flea Theater, the 21 year old off-off-Broadway theater known for “raising a joyful hell in a small space”, will joyfully unveil its new home at 20 Thomas Street.  The new performing arts center was designed by ARO, Architectural Research Office and built by Westerman Construction Company, and features three small theaters under one roof, each space with a unique design and multiple uses.

Activities will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, featuring Flea founders, Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson.  Also speaking will be government officials including Comptroller Scott Stringer, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl, Majority Leader of the City Council James G. Van Bramer and First District City Council Member Margaret Chin, all of whom were instrumental in getting this tiny off-off-Broadway theater a permanent home.  Also taking part in the official ceremony will be Flea Board Chair Linda Schupack and The Flea’s Artistic and Producing Directors, Niegel Smith and Carol Ostrow.

Says Ostrow, “The Flea has been working diligently for the past seven years to secure and build a permanent home for our company of artists.  Without the support of our city, state and yes even our federal government, as well as the generous contributions of many individuals, this dream would not have been possible.”

The morning ceremony is free of charge and the day’s celebration will continue with tours of the new space and light snacks until noon.

That evening, all three theaters in The Flea’s new home will be in action.  Starting at 5:30 in The Pete, the indoor/outdoor performance space named for the late seminal playwright, A.R. “Pete” Gurney, will be a new performance called Flea Fridays.   This interactive monthly happy hour cabaret series will feature new visions, solo performance and alternative performance artists, all exploring a single question.  For our inaugural Flea Friday, we tackle, “What does HOME mean to you?”

Following at 7:00 p.m. in The Sam, The Flea’s flexible black box theater named for legendary agent Sam Cohn, will be a preview performance of NSangou Njikam’s Syncing Ink, directed by Niegel Smith.  This coming of age hip hop musical explores the roots of hip hop and what it really takes to freestyle. And at 7:30 in The Siggy, The Flea’s basement theater named for Sigourney Weaver, will be the New York Time’s Critic’s Pick Inanimate, a play about a girl, a guy and a Dairy Queen sign.

Tickets to the evening’s portion may be purchased at http://www.theflea.org or by calling Charlie Madison at 212-226-0051, ext. 110.

 

Meet Walker Vreeland & From Ship To Shape

Name: Walker Vreeland

What is your current project? From Ship to Shape

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row. It’s a perfect fit because it’s a small intimate space: ideal for a candid, confessional autobiographical monologue about mental illness. Also, who wants to think about ‘projecting’ while they’re having a nervous breakdown on stage?

What’s next for you?

A mini-tour of From Ship to Shape and then hopefully, an extended Off-Broadway run.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Indecent

Any advice for your peers?

Create your own work and get clear about who you are and the kind of work you want to do. There’s nothing more empowering for a performing artist than to have autonomy over your work, and to feel like your professional trajectory is intentional and purposeful as opposed to arbitrary. Of course it’s easier said than done, but instead of seeking validation from an external source, validate yourself with your own passion projects and the destiny that YOU are creating. Also, try to keep it all in perspective. Remember: you’re not dead.

Want More?

Website: http://www.fromshiptoshape.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/walker.vreeland
Twitter: @walkeronradio
Instagram: @walkervreeland
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvfQ3PBo7G8

Walker Vreeland is an award-winning radio personality, producer, writer, actor, singer and voice over artist. As a radio personality, he is best known for having hosted The Afternoon Show on 102.5 WBAZ-FM in The Hamptons, and as the creator and host of the podcast Interview with the Artist where he has interviewed such stars as Cyndi Lauper, Joy Behar, Betty Buckley, David Brenner, Sally Struthers, James Frey, Paula Poundstone, Cheech Marin, Sandra Bernhard and Jane Krakowski. He’s also been heard on 92.9 & 96.9 WEHM on Long Island, 103.9 WFAS in Westchester, NY, 96.7 ‘The Coast’ in Norwalk, CT and WEBE 108 in Bridgeport, CT. As an actor and singer, Walker has worked extensively in theater, film and television. Off-Broadway: From Ship to Shape (United Solo Theater Festival). Other New York theater credits include: Little Women (workshop w/ Deborah Gibson & Elaine Stritch), The Other Dorothy, Erostratus, Just So Stories (Theaterworks USA) and the award-winning musical revue Our Life & Times (Winner of 1999 MAC and Bistro Awards). Regional: From Ship to Shape (New Works Festival at Bay Street Theater), Arthur’s Christmas (The Vineyard Playhouse). Touring: From Ship to Shape, A Christmas Carol, Phantom, Just So Stories. He’s been featured on MTV and VH1, and his films include: Sex Farce, Thinking Out Loud, and A Beautiful Mind. Graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Connecticut School of Broadcasting. From 2013 to 2016, Walker was voted #1 Personality in the Hamptons (Platinum Award) by Dan’s Papers.


Show Information: 

WHEN: Saturday, September 30 at 2pm – SOLD OUT
Monday, October 2 at 9pm – SOLD OUT
Wednesday, October 4 at 9pm

WHERE: United Solo Theatre Festival
The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row
410 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

TICKETS: https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/United-Solo-Festival-2017/Overview?&aid=ven000193900

**​​*When purchasing tickets via telecharge, please provide: the FESTIVAL name (United Solo Theatre Festival), and the specific DAY and TIME of FROM SHIP TO SHAPE: Wednesday, Oct 4 at 9pm

 

Meet Chloe Fox & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Chloe Fox

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

HERE Arts Center: I think it fits our budget well and allows us to work with the immersive concept our directors have in mind easily.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Groundhog Day

Any advice for your peers?

Pursue as many interests as you can, as far as you can. Even if they don’t end up being useful in your career (in your mind), you will end up a more well-rounded and interesting person.

Want More?

Website: chloefox.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChloeFoxOfficial/
Twitter: @chloe_the_fox
Instagram: @chloe_the_fox

Chloe Fox is a graduate of NYU Tisch (CAP21) and recently returned from touring with Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Lady of Ridicule, u/s Madame). Favorite credits include Morticia (The Addams Family, The Palace Theatre), Connie (Saturday Night Fever, Finger Lakes MTF), Rizzo (Grease, Theatre By The Sea), Bombalurina (Cats, Flat Rock Playhouse), and The Tempest, starring Sam Waterston and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park: Ensemble, u/s Miranda). http://www.ChloeFox.com


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Tony Mowatt & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Tony Mowatt

What is your current project?  Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

At HERE Arts Center. It’s an intimate blackbox where we can stage things in the round. This show would lose a lot of it’s effect if it was in a big proscenium house.

What’s next for you?

Continuing to sing gigs, teach, paint, write, etc. Hopefully another show will find it’s way into my life.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

The Color Purple

Any advice for your peers?

Be true to you. Stop trying to impress someone. You are enough.

Want More?

Website: www.tonymowatt.com

Tony Mowatt performs throughout NY and NJ. Some past credits include: Billis (South Pacific), Leo Frank (Parade),Roger Debris (The Producers), Charles Guiteau (Assassins), and Martin Dysart (Equus); including numerous student films. He received a BA in Theatre from Kean University and currently studies at The Patrick Page Studio. He is a well-rounded musician with over two decades of guitar and fourteen years of piano under his belt. He resides in Jersey City with his dog, Jimmy.


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Bernard Holcomb & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Bernard Holcomb

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg 

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

HERE Arts Center. The space is a perfect for interacting with the audience, which is a big part of this show.

What’s next for you?

I’ll be heading out to California to perform in an opera based on the story of Tristan and Isolde.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Motown The Musical

Any advice for your peers?

Worry is a waste of time. Listen to wise council but in the end always follow your inner compass.

Want More?

Website: http://www.bernardhocomb.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bholcomb10R/

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/damon_speaks

In demand Tenor Bernard Holcomb is quickly establishing himself as a promising operatic talent. Katy Walsh of Chicago Theater Beat said it best: “Although everyone [at Lyric Opera of Chicago] can sing, Holcomb reminds us why we come to the Lyric.” In the 2016/17 season Mr. Holcomb returned to Chicago Opera Theater as Tristan in Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé, debuted the role of Rossini’s Otello in NYC, and made his debut at the Dresden Semperoper in The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.​ A recent alumnus of the Lyric Opera’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, Bernard performed such roles as Ernesto (Don Pasquale) and Rodolfo (La bohème) during his time there. Mr. Holcomb was also featured as a soloist with Renée Fleming and Sir Patrick Stewart in Second City’s Guide to the Opera. During his Lyric tenure, Mr. Holcomb appeared on the main stage as the Young Servant (Strauss’ Elektra), Captain of the Crossbowmen (Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra), Notary (Donizetti’s Don Pasquale) and Nathanael (Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann). Bernard also covered major roles in Massenet’s Werther, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Verdi’s Rigoletto.


Show Information: 

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Michelle Ireton & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Michelle Ireton

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

HERE Arts Center. This is a very immersive piece, and having a space that allows us to stage the show as such and bring the audience into the action is so important to the overall experience and style of this musical. This isn’t the kind of show where you want a clear fourth wall kind of separation between actor and audience, and having a unique space where that line can get blurred will really impact the way people experience these characters and their stories.

What’s next for you?

I’ll let you know when I do!

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Indecent

Any advice for your peers?

Patience. Persistence. And then more patience.

Want More?

Website: http://www.michelleireton.com
Instagram: @baby_mireton
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQkCfUXonrObnUnjStiblg?view_as=subscriber

Michelle Ireton is explosively excited to be making her Off-Broadway debut with the company of Whiskey Pants. Michelle studied at Kent State University where she got her BFA in Musical Theatre and has been living the chaotic dream here in Manhattan ever since. The list of people who need thanking would never begin to fit in this bio, but a few honorable mentions include Mom and Dad, for their unconditional support; her friends and roommates, both past and present, for their exceptional tolerance; and Mind The Art Entertainment for this extraordinary experience. And Ricky, for his constant love and encouragement.


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/