Malini Goes to Liberia to Visit The Wiz

Team The Wiz is leaving for Liberia on Tuesday! This started when Tamlyn, Executive Director, Broadway Artists Connection (“BAC”) asked at our board meeting in December, “Who wants to go with me to Liberia?” and I said, “I’d go with you.” Of course, we didn’t think much more of it until the official request came in January from the International Children’s Network (“ICN”). They wanted us to launch the first theatrical production in Liberia!  Tamlyn and I chatted, decided on a musical, and began putting together our team.  In the last 7 months, auditions have been via video, we commit to our weekly production team calls, we’ve made costumes, drafted set designs, edited the script and music, decided to do a documentary, and most importantly plan to not plan to go into the unknown.
The experience has already been life-changing for me. This is the first musical I am directing in 20 years of directing; my first time going across the Atlantic; and the first time I have been on a flight that’s longer than 5 hours. The excitement and anxiety is real. However, my mantra is “we are doing service through theatre” and at the end of the day it’s about these fabulous young people. So as I ease on down the road via a very long flight, I know that home isn’t far away and that I am fortunate. #gratitude
We’d love for you to be a part of the launch of the Matsiko Liberian National Theatre. Below is a story from ICN and the Matsiko World Choir about Benitta who is our Dorothy.  You can learn more about the show in Tamlyn’s words through to our fundraising page which includes videos and the rest of our team (Aaron Sanko, Amy Dolan-Fletcher, and James Cooper). And with that, I thank you.
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Meet Gabri Christa & Magdalena

 

MAGDALENA_PROMO-.jpgName: Gabri Christa

Tell us about you. 

I am an artist who uses whatever media that is appropriate to communicate an idea. I come from choreography as my background but mostly use film and other media these days. I was born and raised in Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean. I seek to create an understanding of our humanity through art.

Tell us about your current project? 

My current project is a multimedia work called “Magdalena” inspired by my mother’s life and her struggle with dementia.

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

I’m performing at Theaterlab in Midtown. The work is created for intimate spaces (not necessarily for traditional venueGs) and Theaterlab as a small intimate venue with a history of presenting experimental and multimedia work which makes it a great fit for this project. I can stay through to the vision of the work in that space.

What’s next for you? 

I’ll be touring this piece for at least the next two years. I have been also awarded the Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health so this coming year I will learn a lot more about the brain and aging in a global context. I also will be working on a feature film (that takes long) and some smaller dance-films about aging.

What is the name of the last show you saw? 

The last show I saw was a studio showing at the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam.

Any advice for your peers?
 
Make what you believe in and the rest will follow.

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Show Information: 

Dates: September 11-15 and 19-22, 2018

Venue: Theaterlab (357 West 36th Street, 3rd floor, NYC)

Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/996199

Meet Rob Dames & Nowhere Man

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Rob has been writer, producer and/or director for over 30 television series including 17 network pilots. Rob worked on such series as: Benson, Marblehead Manor, Gimme A Break, Me and The Boys, The Royal Family, The Blues Brothers, Full House and many more. He was a nominee for The People’s Choice award for Best New Comedy for the series he co-created, Me and The Boys. Rob’s credits also include five original screenplays and multiple uncredited rewrites for Amblin’ Entertainment and Disney Studios. During the years working in television and film, he was pleased to write or direct for such great producers as Aaron Spelling, Witt-Thomas-Harris, Miller/Boyett, Ed. Weinberger and Steven Spielberg. His career also offered him the opportunity to work internationally in England, France and Germany. In recent years, his comedy play, VIRGINIA THROWS A WAKE, was a 2017 finalist for the Reva Shiner Comedy Award and his drama, HAUNTINGS, was a finalist for The Stanley Drama Award. Currently, his play, NOWHERE MAN, is premiering at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in New York in late August 2018. Rob, along with composer Dan Foliart, has recently completed their musical, BACK IN THE GAME. Rob was also an original member of The Groundlings Improv Company.
Tell us about your current project? 
NOWHERE MAN is an original full-length play dealing with difficult moral decisions
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?
The Theatre at the 14th St. Y. This is an excellent venue and a well-run festival.
What’s next for you? 
Time to workshop my musical, BACK IN THE GAME
What is the name of the last show you saw? 
Hamilton
Any advice for your peers?
Just do it

Show Information:

Date: Aug. 23, 25, 26.
Venue: The Theatre at the 14th St. Y.

Meet George Pfirrmann & The Brothers Khan

The Brothers Khan 8.5x11Tell us about you. 
Playwright/Producer
Tell us about your current project? 
The Brothers Khan, An American Story is going up at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival this August in NYC
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production? 
The Broadway Bound Theatre Festival. This is an opportunity to get this full production up before an audience. The BBTF is very helpful in teaching all one needs to know to self produce.
What’s next for you? 
Rewriting AROUSAL, workshopping Reckoning, finishing The Allens.
What is the name of the last show you saw? 
The Iceman Cometh
Any advice for your peers?
Write, have it read, rewrite, have it read, and do it until it’s where you want it to be.

Show Information:

Dates: August 15th at 8:30, the 17th at 8:30, and the 18th at 5pm.
Venue: 14th Street Theatre at the Y.
Tickets: http://www.broadwayboundfestival.com Tickets are $25.

Meet Albi Gorn & Jim’s Room

Jim's Room Flyer_Page_1.jpegTell us about you. 
I’m Albi Gorn. I’ve been writing for 25 years and have been produced all over the U.S. and in Canada, Mexico and England. My shows have won dozens of playwriting competitions and theater festivals. I live in Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester, N.Y. with my wife and director of choice, Robin Anne Joseph. I retired last year after working for 50 years so I could dedicate myself to theater and at 71 I feel like my life is just starting. Member of the Dramatists Guild. Website: albigorn.com
Tell us about your current project? 
My play Jim’s Room will have its world premiere at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in August. It’s a play that explore what we will do – and believe – to get back what we’ve lost and make ourselves whole.
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production? 
Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, The 14th St. Y, 344 E. 14th St, NYC. The Festival is a wonderful mix of theater from all over the country touching on all manner of topics in all manner of theatrical styles. While Jim’s Room is mostly a traditional show, it does ask its audience to suspend their disbelief in disbelief. And I think that’s very much the atmosphere that BBTF has created.
What’s next for you? 
My one-act play about abortion, Paradise Enow, will be part of the Emerging Artists Annual New Work Series. Following that, my theater company, GoJo Clan Productions, will be doing a revival of Doubt (which, in case there’s any doubt, I didn’t write).
What is the name of the last show you saw? 
Sugar in Our Wounds at MTC
Any advice for your peers?
Two things. 1) Don’t listen to my advice, and; 2) In the event you’re still reading this, as a playwright I have three goals in this order of priority: Please myself, please my actors, please my audience. If I take care of the first two, the last one always takes care of itself.

Show Information: 

Dates: August 22nd 8:30; August 24th 5:00; August 25th 8:30.
Venue: The 14th St. Y, 344 E. 14th St, NYC.

Meet Sean David Robinson & Starbright

starbright-promo-image.jpgTell us about you. 
My name is Sean David Robinson, and I’m a playwright from Asheville, NC. My work is focused on creating strong female protagonists in stories which bring science, speculative fiction and magical realism to life on the stage.
Tell us about your current project? 
Starbright, my current play, tells the story of Grace Morrow, an astronomer who lost her young daughter Abby nearly a year ago. As Grace’s life spins out of control, Abby appears to her and begins making bold predictions about the movements of the cosmos. Grace must determine if her daughter’s appearance is a sign of her dwindling sanity, or proof that there’s more to the universe than even she understands.
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production? 
Starbright will debut at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival at the 14th Street Y Theatre. It’s perfect for this show. We have striking visual effects that will wow audiences in the two-story space, and the 120-seat venue is the perfect size for the intimate-yet-universal story this play tells.
What’s next for you? 
I’m working on two new plays at the moment, one dealing with the American justice system (with a speculative fiction bent), and the other a more personal, human story about a heart transplant that changes everything about the life of its recipient.
What is the name of the last show you saw? 
The last show I saw was Other Desert Cities at N.C. Stage Company in Asheville.
Any advice for your peers?
I think the most important part of being a writer, or any kind of artist, is to never stop learning, growing, and evolving. Surround yourself with people who challenge you to become the best version of yourself. Oh, and find a bad ass editor. Marry them, if you can.

Show Information: 

Dates: August 16-19;
Venue: 14th Street Y Theatre

Meet Emily Emerson & The Field

The Field 1000x1000.jpegTell us about you. 
I am a playwright and actress currently based in North Carolina.
Tell us about your current project? 
My full-length play, The Field, is premiering at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival on August 8, 9, & 10.
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production? 
The Field is part of the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival and it will be performed at the Theater at the 14th St. Y in the East Village. The theater is beautifully renovated and is a lovely, intimate space for the show.
What’s next for you? 
I am currently working on a few new projects, but no dates for production as of yet.
What is the name of the last show you saw? 
The last show I saw in NYC was War Paint. The last show I saw in North Carolina was Legally Blonde at UNCSA.
Any advice for your peers?
Get a good team of collaborators. They are the people that will make your show great.

Show Information:

Dates: August 8 (5pm), August 9 (8:30pm), August 10 (5pm)
Venue: The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St.