Meet Anoush Froundjian & One Woman, Under Brow

Name: Anoush Froundjian

Tell us about you. 

Anoush is a live storyteller and cartoonist living in NYC, who knows her way around a Sharpie. When she isn’t telling stories, she draws her online comic, “Anoush Talks To Stuff,” a webcomic about a girl who talks to objects. Find her on Instagram at @AnoushTalksToStuff and @MeAndABorrowedDress! https://anoushtalkstostuff.wordpress.com

Tell us about your current project? 

ONE WOMAN, UNDER BROW features candid stories written and performed by Anoush Froundjian about her Armenian family; her Armenian day school; and her pursuit to redefine, “Home.” This 30-minute performance piece is told through a web of sometimes comedic and sometimes sharp and poignant storytelling. The piece addresses the cultural differences between Anoush’s background and that of day-to-day, society, revealing how it has both torn down and reshaped the life of a child and now (semi) adjusted adult.

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

ONE WOMAN UNDER BROW will be performing as part of Solocom 2019, a 4-day festival of completely new solo works, where all shows presented are 75%-100% new material and created specifically for the fest. Solocom’s goal is to push artists to create a show that is meaningful, personal and to follow the fear. What better a place to talk about growing up on the North Shore with a unibrow and a name like this?

What’s next for you? 

A show about moving to LA and the four, eventful months that lead to me moving back home. (The Armenian theme gallops through this as well, if not more incessantly.)

What is the name of the last show you saw? 

The Armory Improv House Teams at The Tank!

Any advice for your peers?

There’s life beyond high school, and even your own first name.

Show Info:

When: November 23rd @ 8PM at the 2019 Solocom Festival

Where: The Peoples Improv Theater

123 E 24th St. New York, NY 10010.

Ticket Information: Single tickets, $12 and 3-day passes, $30.To purchase tickets and view full festival schedule, please visit https://thepit-nyc.com/solocom-2019 or call: 212-563-7488.

Book Release: Articulation by Cesi Davidson

Live performances, music, a book sale and book signing. The plays presented in Articulation were born in Harlem.

George Bruce Library
518 West 125th Street
New York, New York 10027
Saturday November 16, 2019
4 PM


Performances directed by Jeannine Foster McKelvia with featured artists: Paul Bolger, Amanda Cannon, Michael Anthony Green, Daralyn Jay and Lauren Schaffel.

Enjoy the soulful saxophone tunes by Alex Blade Silver. 
Praise for Articulation Cesi Davidson’s delightful and wise, ARTICULATION Short Plays to Nourish Mind and Soul illuminates the human condition. Her method: create non human beings ranging from those plucked from nursery rhymes to celestial beings to fruits, vegetables and animals and put them in distinctly human situations like Bo Peep losing her sheep because her husband sold them to bet on horses. What makes these plays particularly satisfying is Davidson’s ability to weave tough-minded outcomes like lost sheep and street violence with sympathetic characters and sly humor.  
 
Daniel Judah Sklar
DJS, playwright, author of PLAYMAKING Children Writing & Performing Their Own Plays-Distinguished Book Award from The American Alliance for Theater & Education.
 

SEE CESI DANCE…
And the African joy of old 
Lights the room
Open this Book
And you might find yourself
In a world where radish have souls
AND TALK
OR In a realm where
Purity percentage of truth in Love
Is the currency
For longevity in Life
Where writers fly …Daily
And actors become borderless
OPEN THIS BOOK
AND ride the WORDWAVES
OF “The Lorraine Hansberry” of our time!

KENE HOLLIDAY
Actor…Director…Writer
Private Investigator Tyler Hudson …”MATLOCK”…TV
Jazz Soprano Saxophonist Sydney Bechet…
“THE JOSEPHINE BAKER STORY”… FILM
Sargent Curtis Baker … “Carter Country”…
TV Series

 
“Cesi’s plays are adventures in wordscapes that show us the ways we are and the ways we can be. Characters not often seen on screen, stage or page populate her scenes in situations that make these short plays eminently readable and relatable while being unapologetically unique. Lovers of theater and fiction alike will find much to cherish in this collection. Bravo!” —Celeste Rita Baker, author of Back, Belly,
and Side

 

Theater 2020 Presents Broadway in Brooklyn, A Salute to Hal Prince” on 11/2/19

BROOKLYN, NY October 1, 2019 – THEATER 2020, Brooklyn Heights’ NY award winning Theater Company is pleased to announce a Gala Concert “Broadway in Brooklyn, A Salute to Hal Prince!” Join us on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 7pm – 10:30pm for an evening of musical delights selected from Broadway shows that were produced and/or directed by Hal Prince.

A delightful evening of amazing music held in the charming Great Room at ART/NY Brooklyn, just blocks from BAM & the Barclay Center. The concert will honor theater legend Hal Prince, who was a mentor and on our Theater 2020 advisory board.

This event will raise funds for our upcoming 2919/2020 mainstage season which will include another Sondheim masterwork. Come before the concert for yummy appetizers and beverage bar. Hear some of your favorite vocalists from Broadway and Theater 2020, singing some of Broadway greatest pieces. Then enjoy some desserts and chat with the artists after the concert. Seating is limited. Advance purchase required!

Performing artists (subject to change) include: Maestro Brian Fitzsousa (Theater 2020: The Cradle Will Rock), Carolyn Bacon (Finalist-2019 Lotte Lenya Competition),Julia Goretsky (Theater 2020: Into The Woods), Jay Aubrey Jones (Broadway: CATSHow to Succeed…,Met Opera: Porgy and Bess, Theater 2020: A Little Night Music, Salute to Sondheim), Zack Krajnyak (Theater 2020: CandideSweeney Todd – IT award winner!), Rudy Martinez (Theater 2020: Into The Woods), Chrysten Peddie (Theater 2020: Singapore MikadoSweeney Todd), Josh Powell (Theater 2020: Assassins), Mary Thorne (Theater 2020: A Little Night MusicSweeney Todd).

Venue: The 1930’s Great Room at ART/NY Brooklyn.

38 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Just blocks from The Brooklyn Academy of Music & Barclay Center.

Convenient to all trains: B, C, D, G, N, R, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5, and the LIRR.

Date and Time:

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7pm (doors open at 7:00pm, concert at 8pm)

Tickets and Reservations: Advance purchase required!

Brown Paper Tickets https://th2020gala.brownpapertickets.com/

Or the ticket link at www.theater2020.com

General admission: $50 ($30 deductible!)

Theater 2020 “Visions for a New Millennium”

“Theater 2020 has once again proven that you can easily delight an audience when you have 1,000 times more imagination than funding!”  – The Huffington Post

“…these were the best voices on any stage, in any part of the five boroughs.”Edge Media Network

Multi Award winning & nominated (OOBR, NYIT, GLADD awards) producing team of David Fuller & Judith Jarosz

Theater 2020, Inc., Visions for a New Millennium, Brooklyn Heights’ first professional theater company, was founded in 2010 and represents the natural culmination of many years in the performing arts by its Producing Artistic Directors, Judith Jarosz and David Fuller, and its board members. Jarosz has performed, directed, choreographed or produced on Broadway and off, at major regional houses, and the New York City Opera. In her years at the helm of Theater Ten Ten Jarosz produced 49 main stage productions, together with countless cabarets, workshops, readings and special events. Fuller has acted nationwide, directed regionally and in NYC, and his 25-plus years in theater includes six years at the helm of Off Broadway’s Jean Cocteau Repertory, as well as seasons in partnership with Jarosz at Theater Ten Ten. All told, Fuller has produced 66 Off Broadway and NYC Indie Theatre productions, in addition to staged reading and music series, workshops and educational outreach programs. Also, since 2001, they have together or singularly produced tours of 22 plays and musicals. They have been recognized with multiple awards and nominations from many institutions including, The National GLADD awards, OOBR Awards, Nytheatre.com People of the Year, and New York Innovative Theater Awards. Hundreds of thousands of people have seen their work, children, students, adults and seniors.

Our Mission

Theater 2020, Inc., Visions for a New Millennium is dedicated to producing classic and contemporary plays and musicals for a 21st Century audience and to providing a nurturing atmosphere for both emerging artists and seasoned professionals. We are dedicated to reaching out to the community and to producing quality theater at affordable prices, utilizing established professionals and fostering young artists as they emerge into the theatrical mainstream, with a particular emphasis on providing more opportunities for artists who identify as women.

The only professional union theater company based in Brooklyn Heights, Theater 2020 produces everything from classic theater to contemporary satire, with forays into musicals and light opera, making them immediate to modern audiences using both innovative and traditional approaches. We believe live performance is a vital part of a healthy culture and that it is through theater that audiences are engaged dynamically in today’s issues and in perpetual questions of the human condition.

Through our many audience outreach programs, we offer free and deeply discounted tickets because we believe theater must be for everyone, and no one should be deprived of the experience due to economic status. Through our educational initiatives we are firmly committed to the idea that today’s youth is tomorrow’s audience, and we work with educators to provide opportunities for students as interns and assistants.

Theater 2020, Inc. produces in Brooklyn, Manhattan and elsewhere, including the under-served Greene County in New York’s Catskill Mountains. 

Never A Boy @ UCB Hell’s Kitchen

WHAT: NEVER A BOY – Chloe Koser invites you into her life as a trans comedian in a one-woman show that is equal parts emotionally raw and incredibly lewd. There’s boners, a whale, tampons, semen, and Chloe crying at least once in every performance. CONTENT WARNING: Gender Dysphoria, Bottom Dysphoria, Fertility Dysphoria, Suicidal Ideation. 

MORE ABOUT NEVER A BOY: Lewd, soul-baring, and hilarious: Chloe Koser (UCB Theater) welcomes you into her life as a trans comedian via outrageous characters and intimate storytelling. Personal, gross, silly, sad, and joyous, NEVER A BOY provides an intimate look into the challenges of coming out as a woman. Between soul-baring confessionals, NEVER A BOY unveils Chloe’s new medley of jaw-dropping characters: including a boner-obsessed business woman, a lesbian pick-up artist, a grizzled tampon maker, and a woman who will stop at nothing to fuck a whale. NEVER A BOY is written by and stars Chloe Koser, and is directed by Max Ash and Rob Tanchum.

ABOUT CHLOE KOSER: Chloe Koser (she/her) is a lady, queer, and trans. She was an actress on UCBT’s Maude Night for three years, and performs in a number of UCBT shows, including The Spotlight: Starring Chloe KoserThe Queerball Sketch ShowShady: A Queer Character Showcase, and the UCB Sketch Showcase. Her one-woman show, NEVER A BOY, is currently showing twice a month at UCBT Hell’s Kitchen. (chloekoser.com

ABOUT MAX ASH: Max Ash is a writer/actor/comedian living in New York City. He developed his sketch comedy chops writing and performing with Hammerkatz, NYU’s premiere sketch comedy group which was fun. He writes and performs in SHIZ: Broadway Meets Sketch Comedy, and writes for UCB’s Maude team “Attention Shoppers”. Ash previously wrote for Maude teams “Dangerous Woman,” “Hot Bird” and “Archnemesis”. Doing things with all of these groups is/was equally fun. With Rob Tanchum, he enjoyed a run of the two-person show BEENG BOONG: The Great And Powerful MTA which was about the NYC Subway System and it was really fun. Thank you. 

ABOUT ROB TANCHUM: Rob is a comedian/rapper/writer living in an apartment. He graduated from NYU with a BA in Film & TV Production, despite spending most of his collegiate energy writing and performing sketch comedy as a member and director of HammerkatzNYU. More recently Rob was a writer for the UCB house sketch team Nipsey and cowrote and performed in BEENG BOONG: The Great & Powerful MTA, which ran at the UCB for 6 months. His other work can be seen at comedy theaters around NYC and on his laptop in various folders. Recent directing credits include UCB Maude Night teams “Choir” and “Archnemesis”. Rob recently released Disturbed, Depressed, Inadequate – a comedy rap album Executive Produced by Dan Harmon and Starburns Industries. 

Wednesday, October 16 – 9PM (ticket link)
Wednesday, October 30 – 9PM (ticket link)(additional dates TBA)
Any interest in checking out Never A Boy and/or speaking with Chloe? 

Never A Boy runs throughout the fall at UCB Hell’s Kitchen.
UCB Hell’s Kitchen – 555 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036For more info, see the press release here.

New Work Series 2019

OUR FALL NEW WORK SERIES STARTS WEDNESDAY!
October 2 – 20 at TADA Theater
 

New musicals, plays, solo-shows and dance pieces (in varies stages of development), will be presented at our bi-annual New Work Series. See new work before it goes to Broadway! Now’s your chance to get bragging rights to the next Hamilton.

Over 60 workshop productions will be performed over three weeks with each production receiving one performance. Peter Levine’s new play, APPLE, TABLE, PENNY, headlines the series and will receive a full production and six performances.

The full line-up is available at www.newworkseries.com.

A wide range of shows will be showcased including a new musical on Madame Currie, a solo-show about Doris Day, a satire on immigration and the wall, and a musical parody inspired by the TV show Scandal. 
Tickets range between $10 – $20 and are available at 
www.newworkseries.com, or by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the box office (if available) 30 minutes before the performance. 

Tada Theater
15 West 28th Street, 2nd Floor
Between Broadway & 5th Avenue
(elevator building)

All About Image/We are the Elite Opens Tonight

Photographers, Videographers, Assistants, and their Subjects present a complete outpouring of their entire vision.  What makes it to the gallery, to the screen, or to the theater?

Marcina Zaccaria’s All About Image/We Are The Elite
Directed by Tony Tambasco
Featuring:
David Arthur Bachrach *, J. Dolan Byrnes *, Frances McGarry *, Jeff Burchfield *, Don Carter *, Catherine Luciani, Milton Lyles II, Nana Ponceleon, Akin Salawu, Lourdes Severny, Kelsey Shapira, Katy Wilson

* Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

A drama written in the present time, taking place in New York City and other parts of the US, All About Image/ We Are The Elite  takes us on a journey of the people who make images. In the process of capturing and making images, the characters explore their personal relationships, while re-affirming their aesthetic principles.  With attention to memory, consciousness, and place in time, action occurs and re-occurs.  Quiet and stillness are values.  Are they always in the process of creating something that is greater than what’s on a page, what’s in the photo gallery, and what’s on the screen?

Performing at The Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th St, New York City on October 3 @ 7:00pm; October 4 @ 7:00pm; October 5 @ 5:15pm; October 6 @ 5:30pm

Fringe BYOV, Tickets available through Eventbrite

Further details at: Facebook/theater.image

Season Five: Short Plays to Nourish the Mind & Soul

New and exciting programing ~ Contemporary Plays ~ Spoken Word ~ Experimental pairing of music, dance, and storytelling ~ Audience Favorites

“Come spend an hour one day a month with us. We have so much to share.”
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Written and performed by Johndca Spencer
Directed by Cesi Davidson
Music by Alex Blade Silver


Spoken Word artist, Johndca Spencer, will present her heartfelt experiences of love and violence in a family. Her work will be accompanied by the improvisational music of saxophonist Alex Blade Silver. You’ll be moved by her stories and uplifted by her hope and optimism. There will be a brief post-show conversation and a book signing. Johndca’s book, In and Out of Eden, will be available for purchase.
 
 
George Bruce Library
518 West 125th Street
New York, New York  10027
Saturday, October 19, 2019  @ 4 PM

MultiStages Presents a World Premiere of Ominous Men

MultiStages Presents a World Premiere

2017 New Works Contest Winner co-presented with the Theater at the 14th Street Y
This play about ominous men is written, directed,
designed and produced by a multicultural creative team of women.
“OMINOUS MEN” 

Written by Desi Moreno-Penson
Directed by Lorca Peress, MultiStages Artistic Director

“Ominous Men” is a gothic horror tale about race, poverty, drugs, misogyny AND violence in America. 

It was the wrong night and the wrong place for these OMINOUS MEN to be playing “Bones” when the 1977 NYC Blackout hits the Bronx! Three men are confronted by their ferocious pasts in the derelict Bronx Concourse Plaza Hotel basement on July 13, 1977: Butch, the Nuyorican caretaker who’s been digging a pit looking for buried treasure, his nervous cousin Goyo, and Butch’s drug sponsor and ex-Black Panther Yancy. This night of drinking, camaraderie and dominoes turns violent when the Blackout hits, a stranger climbs out of the pit, and the ghost of a Holocaust survivor and murdered woman appear. 

“Ominous Men” is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC. 

CAST
Russell Jordan* Gabrielle Lee* Howard Pinhasik* Johnny Rivera, Renoly Santiago, Gus Scharr
Fernando Betancourt, Understudy
Jessica V. Urtecho*, AEA Production Stage Manager

ARTISTIC COMPANY

Kia Rogers, Lighting Design; Lisa Renee Jordan, Costume Design 
Jennifer Varbalow, Scenic Design; Jan Hartley, Projection Design 
Sun Hee Kil, Sound Design; Jennifer Chin, Choreographer 
Carlotta Summers, Fight Director 
Antonio Minino, Assistant Director 
Press Representative: Dan DeMello / DDPR 
Marketing Production Assistant: Katharine Nedder

OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 3, 2019
Theater at the 14th Street Y

344 East 14th Street (14th and 1st Avenue)
Tuesdays thru Saturdays at 7:30PM
Sundays at 1:00PM  Matinee Talkbacks on Oct. 20 and 27 (details to come)
HALLOWEEN BENEFIT NIGHT:
October 31, 2019 
(Dress Up – Party follows the show)
TICKETS & PRICES:
TICKETS

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: EVENT


Review: Almost 13 written & performed by Joan Kane

A white bench. Vaseline. A flashlight. What story is being told tonight. Joan Kane, known as a director and co-founder of Ego Actus (with her husband Bruce A! Kramer) in theatrical circles performs her solo piece, Almost 13 , as part of the Best of United Solo.

Kane already had the the lively audience in her hands the moment the house lights went down and the stage lights came up. We were willing to travel back in time to “South Brooklyn” (now known as Park Slope) circa 1969. It was a tough time. Racism was represented by lines of demarcations in neighborhoods. The biddies sat on the stoop and reported to each other and the whole neighborhood. An unforgiving parish instilled fear instead of love. Now add being a latchkey kid from a broken home, no one is safe. In a world where distrust permeates everything, bad things will inevitably happen. And they do to Joan. You kept your mouth shut and prayed that no one would find out. But then the abuse on your body and mind cause “acting out” and then you breakdown. You need to go through that to get to the breakthrough. Healing begins. Love prevails.

Love heals even when the hope seems gone. Kane tells her story through eight characters, a simple set lighting design and precise directing under Bruce A! Kramer. Told in a concise 45 minutes, the story is clear and to the point. When the lights went to blackout after her last brilliant and hopeful line, she came out to do her a bow to a standing ovation. Three times.

Those who have been in the audience with me know know my telltale signs. For a good show it is my inaudible gasp with my hand flying to my mouth. I had two moments like that. The good news is Almost 13 will return for one more performance. More details can be found at http://www.unitedsolo.org. Be sure to see it’s encore presentation.

United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, is proud to present its 10th anniversary season at Theatre Row in the heart of New York City’s theatre district. Since its inaugural year, United Solo featured over 1,000 theatre productions from all over the world. This season, performers from six continents will present their unique works between September 19 and November 24, 2019. TICKETS are available NOW through Telecharge (www.telecharge.com or 212‑239‑6200) and at the Theatre Row Box Office (410 West 42nd Street, NYC). For the full calendar of performances, please visit http://www.unitedsolo.org/us/ufest

Joan Kane (director/producer/dramaturg/writer/actor) is the founding Artistic Director of Ego Actus, an independent NYC Theater Co. Joan has written, devised and directed six Living Newspapers from 1979 to 2018 that  toured and performed in NYC Parks & Streets,  Theaters and Clubs. Topics included Women’s Issues, Environmental Justice, The Civil War and Ageism. As an educator she designed and implemented a Living Newspaper curriculum that she taught in the NYC Public Schools throughout the five boroughs. Selected Directing:  Sycorax by Fengar Gael at HERE, Play Nice! by Robin Rice at 59e59 theaters, I Know What Boys Want  by Penny Jackson at Theatre Row,  Aliens With Extraordinary Skills by Saviana Stanscu at Theater 54,  More by Maria Tryti Vennerød at Theater For The New City, Six Characters in Search of an Author in Oslo, Norway and Kafka’s Belinda  by Bruce Kraemer in Prague. She also directed both Safe by Penny Jackson and what do you mean by  Bruce Kraemer at 59e59 theaters and in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, getting four star reviews for each. Selected other work: Joan has also directed and devised plays, workshops and readings at the Lark, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Urban Stages, Workshop Theater, Nylon Fusion, Articulate Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Oberon Theatre, the Samuel French Short Play Festival, the Actors Studio, T. Schreiber Studio, the Broadway Bound festival and many others. As a writer Joan has written and devised: The Judges, The Trial of Mary Reade, Richard III. She is performing her biographical solo play Almost 13 in The Best of The United Solo Sept .2019. Awards and honors: Joan was awarded Best Director in the 2016 United Solo Festival. Joan was named one of the 2011 People of the Year in honor of her contributions to the NYC theatre scene and inducted to the NYC Indie Theatre Hall of Fame by nytheatre.com. Her shows have been nominated for 61 awards, winning 21. Education: Joan graduated from NYC’s  High School of Performing Arts (La Guardia), studied acting at the  Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner and has an MFA in Directing from The New School For Drama and an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College. She is a member of The New York Madness Company, the League of Independent Theatres, the Dramatists Guild and the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers and The League of Professional Theatre Women. 

Broadway Artists Connections: Taking Submissions

Last summer allowed me to check off two boxes on my dream list:

  1. To direct a musical
  2. To direct a project outside of the USA

And if you’ve been following me, you know that we had a wonderful time in Liberia doing The Wiz. When we returned, we decided to continue with the mission of Broadway Artist Connection and continue to support the Matsiko World Orphan Choir.

We are taking submissions for those who would like to perform in the Broadway Artists Connection All Stars Benefit for the Matsiko World Orphan Choir on Monday, Oct. 28th at the Laurie Beechman Theater on 42nd Street.  Details below:

About Us:
The Broadway Artists Connection (BAC) is a non-profit that brings together Broadway & Aspiring Artists to perform, connect and give “BAC” to our communities.

The Event:
Our event is kicked off by several Broadway artists performing their newest works.  Then we invite up 10 selected artists to take the mic and sing for a NYC casting director.  One will be crowned the “Future of Broadway” and have their song posted on our fb page.  All of the artists will have the chance to mingle, make connections and as importantly help us raise awareness for the Matsiko World Orphan Choir.  Our vibe is positive and celebratory of all artists encouraging their journey to Broadway & beyond.

The timing:
On Monday, Oct. 28th, artists must arrive at 4pm and are given an opportunity to run their song with our first rate accompanist.  You’ll also be paired with a Broadway artist for some mentorship.  Doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 7pm.  Please only apply if you can make these times.

To join the line up: 
Please send one song (does not need to be fancy – just an iphone video or something you already have will do) to info@broadwayconnects.org.  Please put “BAC Submission” in the subject line.  If you have performed with us before please just state your interest & when you performed with us.  We encourage all ages (16 & up) and stages of career.  One or two exceptional youngsters may be invited to perform.

We will select 10 performers for this event.  If you are not selected this time, you’ll be kept on file for future events.  Please do come join us and see what we are all about!

For more information on the Broadway Artists Connection, please visit www.broadwayconnects.org and join our facebook page.

Look forward to seeing you all on Oct. 28th!