SHOW SHEPHERD TO LIVESTREAM FREE SOLO ONLINE

Theatrical consulting group continues its promotion of new theatrical works with performances livestreamed during the COVID-19 crisis.

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NEW YORK, NY (March 23, 2020) – Show Shepherd, a theatrical consulting group that works with writers, independent producers, and theater companies to develop new work, announces its new series of free livestreamed theatrical performances – The At-Home Theater Series – which launches on March 26, 2020, on various platforms including YouTube and Instagram.

In 2019, Show Shepherd launched its Digital Services for promoting new stage works and with The At-Home Theater Series, it expands its online presence to include live streamed performances.

“For 10 years Show Shepherd has worked directly with writers and other industry pros to strategically advance their projects in creative and exciting ways, most recently through Digital Services designed to help them reach decision makers in the field and audiences through online video content. So we’re very proud to take the next step and present these exciting artists and their beautiful, very personal work as part of The At-Home Theater Series during this time when closures and social distancing have focused us even more online,” said Matt Schicker, founder and president of Show Shepherd.

These solo performances, developed for a theatrical setting, will be performed by the artists in their own homes for the first time. All of the shows will be completely free, and filmed LIVE. For the full lineup and schedule of shows, please go to ShowShepherd.com/Live.

Current artists set to perform in The At-Home Theater Series are:

Douglas Waterbury-Tieman – Johnny & the Devil’s Box is a folk musical about a brash young square dance fiddler from Georgia who must navigate young love, evade corrupt revenuers and outwit a devilish preacher on his quest to prove himself as the best fiddler that has ever been.

Ty Autry – A Southern Fairytalebased on real events, this solo show takes you on a wild journey through the Deep South as a young man tries to find his footing in his queer identity and relationship to God. How does he learn to live, survive, and thrive in an area attempting to tear him down?

Vivian Nesbitt & John Dillon – Mother Jones In Heaven is a new musical by folk bluegrass, and roots music legend Si Kahn about ‘The Most Dangerous Woman in America’, Mother Jones, the infamous labor organizer famed for her tireless efforts on behalf of the rights of the working class.

James Patrick Nelson – Speak What We Feel is a rich, touching remembrance of the great stage actor Brian Murray, who starred in dozens of Broadway productions during his illustrious career.

…and more to be announced!

ABOUT SHOW SHEPHERD

Led by Matt Schicker and Blair Russell, Show Shepherd has advanced more than 40 new musicals and plays, working with writers, producers, and theater companies to strategically develop their work. The company was launched in 2011 in response to the growing need for writers and producers to get advice as they navigate this often complex industry. Show Shepherd team members have non-profit and commercial producing experience, which is shared with clients through services that are practical, valuable, personal, and educational at every step. Show Shepherd provides Digital Services, dramaturgy, submissions strategy, collaborator matchmaking, scouting, and more. www.showshepherd.com

Indie Theater Fund Continues to Distribute Funds to NYC Indie Theater Companies

NEW YORK CITY – Rapid relief grants of up to $500 continuing to be awarded to support the indie theater community, prioritizing the consortium of companies, venues, and individuals working in NYC independent theater (Off-Off-Broadway in theater houses of 99 seats or less), operating with budgets under $250,000. 

Randi Berry, Founder of Indie Theater Fund, began planning this emergency campaign with several other indie theater artists on the evening of March 12, 2020 and as of March 21, the fundraising topped $14,000. Says Berry, “Based on responses to the impact of COVID-19 in our community, we are allocating our Community Resource Funding and Urgency Funding to support our indie theater community, including our 546 active members.”

Donations can be made at www.indietheaterfund.org

Berry continues, “The Indie Theater Fund is receiving applications every hour from artists in our community that are in need of food supplies, money for rent and medicine. These theaters and artists are working through how to manage the deep financial impact of theater closings and often times, the loss of other jobs at restaurants, bars etc. The situation is dire and it is important to act now to support the most under resourced folks, who on a good day, live close to the edge financially. We do understand this is a marathon, though, and that industry wide relief through our philanthropic community is going to be needed for some time. The Indie Theater Fund is granting out our funds on a daily basis, as donations come in, and we intend to do so for the foreseeable future”

The Board of Indie Theater Fund has partnered with NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund and allocated additional funds to support the needs of low-income, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary, queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being affected by this pandemic in NYC. 

The campaign also includes plans for:
• Supporting paid, digital Live-streaming of Independent Theater in order to keep our art practice alive, accessible and operational to support the living of NYC-based independent theater artists and companies.
• Creating an “Indie Theater-Makers Wellbeing Group” via Facebook to promote community-wide conversations, focused on well-being with professional counseling to facilitate these digital conversations.
• Strategic fundraising advice available in partnership with Sarah Benvenuti from Benvenuti Arts.
• Legal consultations TBD, to address the legal needs of our community following the cancellation of theater productions, (un)employment, and potential liability concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 in the sector.

For inquires, info, or to help, please email info@indietheaterfund.org

IN SCENA! ITALIAN THEATER FESTIVAL NY 2020 TO BE POSTPONED NOW SCHEDULED FOROCTOBER 2020 IN ALL FIVE BOROUGHS


The New York City-based Kairos Italy Theater along with the Italy-based KIT Italiana and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU announced today that they will postpone the eighth annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, a festival of Italian theater which was originally scheduled to run April 27-May 11 in all five boroughs of NYC. The festival will now take place in October 2020, with participating artists and venues to be confirmed. 

“Since the news broke in Italy several weeks ago Kairos Italy Theater, together with the artists in Italy and our partners in New York and in Italy, have been working not to cancel but to postpone the Festival. Even if times are very challenging right now and the future looks uncertain, we want to give hope by preparing for a once in a lifetime main edition of In Scena! Festival in the fall. The passion and determination of everyone involved to still make the Festival happen is the beauty that sparkles in such uncharted times. We cannot wait to show NYC and the world the talent of our 2020 artists. In the meantime, we are planning ways to start introducing them online via our social media and on our website.” Artistic Director, Laura Caparrotti

Each year In Scena! presents a survey of the best Italian theater from Italy, in New York City. The festival features full productions that have already toured in Italy as well as readings of Italian plays in translation, lectures and exchanges between Italian and International artists. The goal is to promote greater awareness of Italian theater and Italian artists among New York theatergoers, and to build a bridge between the artistic scenes in Italy and New York. All shows will be presented in Italian with English supertitles, unless otherwise noted. For more information please visit www.inscenany.com

THE LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE WOMEN RESPONDS TO BROADWAY SHUT DOWN

The League of Professional Theatre Women (Shellen Lubin and Catherine Porter, Co-Presidents), an organization which has been championing women in the professional theatre for over three decades, responds to the recent Broadway shut down by offering full members of the League, in good standing, access to an emergency loan fund.

LPTW recognizes that our beloved theatre community will be hit hard by this in so many ways and we urge you to care for yourselves and each other during this difficult time, and to tap into the open, creative, artistic, generous spirit which has always defined our community.

To that end, the League is supporting its members through its Waldman Emergency Fund. Long-time member Honey Waldman graciously donated money several years ago to create the Fund in memory of her father. The purpose of the fund is to assist LPTW members in good standing who reside in the United States, when an emergency occurs. The loan is intended for true emergencies. A committee will review requests for loans which will be evaluated on an individual basis. All requests are confidential and all loans are discreet. 

LPTW member events are still running through the month of March with the exception of Julia’s Reading Room, originally scheduled for March 25at the Jefferson Market Library, which unfortunately has been canceled.

The League of Professional Theatre Women (a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization) has been championing women and leading the gender parity conversation in the professional theatre for over three decades. Since its founding, the LPTW’s membership has grown to 500+ theatre artists and practitioners of all backgrounds, across multiple disciplines, working in the commercial and non-profit sectors. To increase visibility of and opportunities for women in the field, the LPTW spearheads public programming, advocacy initiatives, events, media, and publications that raise awareness of the importance of nurturing women’s voices, celebrate industry luminaries, preserve the legacy of historic visionaries, and shine a spotlight on the imperative of striving for gender parity and fostering a diversity of expression, both in the theatre world and the world at large. To find out more about how you can support its endeavors, please visit www.theatrewomen.org

Statuses During Theatre Shut Down for March 2020

Comedy albums:Myq Kaplan (we’ll announce this Monday but I can send to you upon request)

Kelli DunhamNot The Gym Teacher

Grant LyonScheduled Fun Time

Jim TewsOatmeal

Cherith Fuller, Cool, Chill Girl

Comedic Web Series:

Two-MaraTherapy with Pami

Feminist Short Films:

Travis by Melissa Stephens and Leslye Headland (advisory: discussion of assault)

Tingle Monsters by Alexandra Serio

Podcasts:

Family Ghosts with Sam Dingman

First Draft with Sarah Enni

General Activity:

Mara Wilson is voicing this one: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062956606/the-faceless-old-woman-who-secretly-lives-in-your-home-cd/

Amber Rollo continues to write poignant op-eds and is gearing up for her TV show about binge-watching tv, Binge There, Done That

NYC Postponed/ Currently Canceled events:

Raquel Cion‘s David Bowie alt-cabaret

Amy Marcs’ solo breast cancer show

The Giving Tree dance festival

Pink Hulk featuring Valerie David

Jaxx & Lolo – A Friendship Show – Frigid Festival

FRIGID Festival Presents
Jaxx & Lolo – A Friendship Show
Written and performed by Lauren O’Brien
Directed by Christine Renee Miller

Saturday Feb 22nd at 8:20pm
Friday Feb 28th 6:50pm
Monday March 2nd at 7:10pm
Thursday March 5th at 10:30pm
Saturday March 7th at 6:40pm

Ticket Price: $15.00
Tickets can be purchased online at:

Https://www.frigid.nyc/events/jaxxandlolo

Jaxx & Lolo: A Friendship Endures As the Will to Live Wanes


Lauren O’Brien’s poetic solo work, Jaxx & Lolo – A Friendship Show, is inspired by the author’s real-life outsider friendship with punk-poet, Jackie SheelerJaxx & Lolo brings the audience along on a surreal and harrowing journey as Lolo battles the threat of Jaxx’s suicide. The story is told through dialogue, poetry, song and flashbacks – which give context to their shared history. **Theatergoers should be aware that Jaxx & Lolo deals with delicate, and for some, triggering subject matters.

Jaxx & Lolo is maybe a little Fleabag, and a little The Bell Jar,” says O’Brien. “This work is my way of turning poison into medicine. I experienced heartbreaking loss in the past couple of years, as well as a serious accident. I want to create something beautiful, honest – sometimes even funny – out of that trauma. And, of course I’m thrilled that I get to do that with my director, Christine Renee Miller.”Lauren O’Brien has been a lifelong artist and activist. She began writing poetry, performing and organizing marches for animal rights as a child. After studying acting at Syracuse University, she began her professional career on tours and in regional theatre, performing roles in To Kill A Mockingbird (Mayella), Angels in America (Harper), A Wrinkle in Time (Mrs. Whatsit) and The Odyssey (Athena), among other works. As an original member of director Polina Klimovitskaya’s avant-garde theatre troupe, Terra Incognita, Lauren credits Klimovitskaya’s “psycho-physical” method as influential in her evolution as an artist. 

After joining Marc Godwin and singer Janice Robinson in the band P.A.O. as its poet and lyricist, she assembled her own band and began playing New York clubs where she developed the material for her debut recording, Inconsequential Dream. She has since recorded an EP, Panic, as well as a punk-cabaret album, The Devil’s Girlfriend, which she expanded into a theatrical show, touring it throughout Germany. Lauren has toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe and has performed at NYC’s CMJ, Howl! Fest, and MEANY Fest, among others. She is a two-time recipient of New Century Music Awards. 

 “Lauren O’Brien takes her fans from the spoken word onto a circus ride through never-never land, then kicks their rocknroll asses all over town. If you hang out with her after the show, who knows where you’ll end up.”

—David Tanner, RocknRoll Scene

For more details please visit: www.laurenobrienmusic.com 


Christine Renee Miller
is an actor, writer, director, and teacher. Her first acting role was as a guest star playing the mean girl on Sister, Sister – one of America’s most popular TV shows of the late ‘90s. She was soon starring on other hit shows including Party of FiveMoesha and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, and even experienced the fast-paced world of soap operas on General Hospital. During the early 2000s, she began directing and dove headfirst into a production of Fiddler on the Roof in the small college town of Hamilton, New York.

After her first experience directing, she caught that bug and moved to New York City. It is in NY where she wrote and performed her first solo show, Baby Cow, at FringeNYC. This led her to carve out a niche in the solo world, not only as a performer, but as the go-to director for solo shows. She has personally fostered over 60 shows as a teacher of the craft. Her newest solo show, the NYIT nominated, Such Nice Shoes, has had several runs at the beautiful and prestigious white box space at TheaterLab in NYC. In addition to the stage, she can be seen on BULL (CBS), in the dark comedy, Search Party (HBO Max), recurring as the snarky M.E. on Blue Bloods (CBS) and recurring on the soon-to-be released drama, For Life (ABC). For more details please visit: www.ChristineRMiller.com

For more details please visit: www.ChristineRMiller.com

FRIGID is an open and uncensored theatre festival that gives artists an opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination. In true support of our Indie Theater Community, 100% of box office proceeds will go directly to the artists whose work is being presented. FRIGID is here to chill out the New York independent theatre scene’s ideas of what a theatre festival can be!

Nothing Here is Real at The Oxbow Tavern

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Photo by Harrison Kramer.

Critically Acclaimed Magician and Mentalist Gary Ferrar
Begins the Second Year of His Open-Ended Residency at The Oxbow Tavern
NOTHING HERE IS REAL
Show Moves to the Last Sunday Night of the Month – February 23, March 29 and April 26 at 7 pm

“A riveting 90 minutes.” – The New York Times”A nuanced parlor show with intimate mentalism.” – Forbes Magazine”This guy’s show is absolutely insane!” – The Huffington Post“A fun and unique comedy-magic show.” – Stage Buddy

After a nearly sold-out run in 2019, magician and mentalist Gary Ferrar returns to The Oxbow Tavern on the Upper West Side, with his unique and intimate magic show, NOTHING HERE IS REAL.  

Ferrar is one of the country’s most sought after magicians/mentalists. He has performed at over 800 venues in the last decade and made several national TV appearances (NBC & Fox News). His clients include celebrities as well as prestigious companies such as Facebook, Google and Spotify.

NOTHING HERE IS REAL is a mesmerizing parlor show that takes place in a secret room below Tom Valenti’s Oxbow Tavern. Part speakeasy, part nostalgic cocktail lounge lined with velvet curtains, plush couches and an old fashion bar, the space is transformed into a place of endless possibilities. With a mixture of humor, charm, and unexplainable magic, what takes place over a thoroughly entertaining 90 minutes is a one-of-a-kind experience that cannot exist elsewhere. Be prepared to be mystified by Ferrar and leave wondering how he did it and if any of it was real.

The open-ended run is directed by longtime collaborator and magician Harrison KramerNOTHING HERE IS REAL is produced by Mike Jacobson (Comedy Central), Teagan Brown serves as a consultant and also performs in the show.

Performances take place at the Oxbow Tavern’s cocktail lounge, 240 Columbus Avenue (corner of West 71st Street), New York, NY 10023. Subways: 1/2/3/A/B/C to 72nd Street.

Tickets are $49 and available at www.ahrealmagic.com/tickets. All tickets include two complimentary beverages (beer, wine, cocktails, soda). Running time: 90 minutes. Recommended for adults and children 10 and up.

Upcoming Performance Dates:
Sunday, February 23 @ 7 pm
Sunday, March 29 @ 7 pm
Sunday, April 26 @ 7 pm

Gary Ferrar (Creator/Performer) draws on his love for theater and improvisation in more than 300 performances each year, from live national TV appearances on Fox News, to performing for Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel on Season 7 of “America’s Got Talent.” Clients like Google, Facebook, and Spotify have all called on Gary to produce entertainment that is both theatrical and mind-blowing for corporate events, product launches, and digital marketing campaigns, such as Buzzfeed’s “Drunk Magic” video, which has been viewed over one million times. Gary has served as a magic consultant for television commercials for Samsung and as a publicity consultant for Lionsgate’s Now You See Me franchise. In addition to performing, Gary has lectured for the oldest magic society in the U.S. and provides private lessons on magic theory for celebrities and influencers such as Ivanka Trump and Ralph Lauren. www.garyferrar.com

Harrison Kramer (Director) is a professional magician and humanitarian living in Manhattan. His unique skills have inspired audiences across the globe and of every walk of life. You can find him performing stage shows and strolling magic for corporations and private events as well as running enrichment programs in refugee camps and pediatric ICUs abroad. Harrison is also the owner of “After School Magic,” which provides educational institutions with performances and skill-building workshops that expand critical thinking, hand-eye coordination, and presentation skills. www.harrisonkramer.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ahrealmagic
Instagram: www.instagram.com/garyferrarmagic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GaryFerrarMagic
YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/Ahrealmagic

Teaser video available at https://vimeo.com/327454425.

Unstuck Runs thru 2/23 at The Tank

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Ever been afraid to use the word ‘delectable’ in a sentence after JonBenet Ramsey said it the night before she was murdered in the JonBenet Ramsey Lifetime Original Movie? Ever have to shout ‘green car green car green car’ every time a green car zooms down the street? I’m gonna be real– if so, you might have OCD. Like me! Hi, I’m Olivia Levine and I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. We’ve all heard about the classic stuff– the hand washing, the touching, the counting. But most of us haven’t heard about other ways it can manifest. Like a fear of accidentally causing violent harm to a loved one, the fear that using a particular word might result in the death of your best friend. Killing people with your vagina germs! Accidentally impregnating your mother! The list goes on! And the list looks WILDY different from person to person. Unstuck: A One Woman Show About Growing Up With OCD explores the comedy, the tragedy and the beauty of a very misunderstood and under-represented disorder. 

Writer/Performer: Olivia Levine
Director: Molly Rose Heller
Stage Manager: Isaac Jiffar
Lighting Designer: Charlotte McPherson
Sound Designer: Margaret Montagna
Press Agent: Andrea Alton
Producers: Tavine Productions, Inc.
Graphic Design: Randy Blair
Poster Photography: Josephine Bradlee

Olivia Levine is a queer actor, comedian and writer based in NYC. Originally from San Francisco, she moved to NYC for college, and received her B.A. in Theatre from Barnard College. Other training includes The Studio/NYC, UCB, and RADA. Recent theatre credits include SF Playhouse’s The Daughters (dir. Jessica Holt) and the world premiere of Honors Students at Wild Project (dir. Leta Tremblay), which received two New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations. Film credits include Tallulah opposite Allison Janney, and I Hate Kids with Tituss Burgess and Tom Everett Scott. You can catch Olivia in her monthly comedy show at The Stonewall Inn called I Think We’re Alone Now. www.olivia-levine.com

Director Molly Rose Heller is a multi-disciplinary, queer theatre-maker based in NYC. Select directing credits include: Notes from the Basement (Watermill Center Residency, Corkscrew Festival, Center at West Park, Dixon Place), Lalabala Project (Watermill Center Residency, 3rd Annual Kathmandu International Children’s Theatre Festival), Existential Questions of the 21st Century (Green Room 42), Olivia K’s Planet Joy (City Winery), The Crucible (BEDLAM, observership), Cannibal Galaxy: a love story (New Ohio, asst dir.), and Missing Gemini (Winner: Best Direction at Strawberry Theatre Festival). Other credits include Imagining the Imaginary Invalid (La Mama) and book/lyrics for Plath (FringeNYC). Molly graduated Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors for a B.A. in Theatre and Drama Arts from Columbia University and a B.A. in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/olivialevine19
Facebook: www.facebook.com/olivialevineartist
Twitter: www.twitter.com/OliviaLevine11

Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship With David Bowie at Pangea

RAQUEL CION’S ENCORE NYC 2020 RESIDENCY AT PANGEA Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship With David Bowie

FEBRUARY 21 & 22
MARCH 13 & 14
With Brand New 2020 Rave Reviews in Downtown Mag and Theater Scene, Cion is Back

WHO: RAQUEL CION, described by the New York Times as “half witch… half cabaret performer” and by TONY as an “alt cabaret siren.” Director Cynthia Cahill, Musical Director Karl Saint Lucy.

WHAT: Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship With David Bowie, a 90-minute cabaret exploring Raquel Cion’s “soul love” for David Bowie’s artistry and David Jones’ humanity, through personal stories and musical performance, is back at Pangea for a 3-month residency. 

WHERE: Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

WHEN: (ticket links hyperlinked)
Friday, February 21
Saturday, February 22
Friday, March 13
Saturday, March 14

HOW: Tickets and info here: http://www.pangeanyc.com/ Tickets: $20 (advance)/ $25 (at door) 

 “A passionate, superbly performed and musically accomplished exploration” Theater Scene

 “Her experience will resonate with anyone who has ever taken solace in music, with anyone who has been considered “other” in any capacity.”Downtown Magazine

“The show is riveting and the writing at once poetic and ethereal… the show’s true power lies in its conceptual nuance.” – ​BroadwayWorld.com

…a sacred rite of innate theatricality, artful sexuality and unapologetic emotion, Cion’s show mourns a mythic cultural figure but celebrates the invention of who you really are.” – ​hilobrow.com 

“[Cion] artistically transcends fandom. Her loyalty and devotion goes beyond that, and it is palpable to every person in the audience.” – ​NiteLifeExchange.com

“In the spirit of much of Bowie’s output, Cion’s show celebrates the structure of cabaret performance while moving past many of its conventions. Her deep rasp has the force of a rock star in many of the upbeat numbers and a more reserved elegance on slower tunes.” –​TheaterPizzazz.com 

“[Cion gives] a brilliant virtuoso performance. She channels Bowie for the evening and gives us all an abiding sense of how much his work meant to his old fans and still means to his generations of new admirers.” –Simon Critchley, ​Bowie​ (OR Books, 2014)

2018 TIMEOUT NY RECOMMENDED PICK  & ★★★★★ User Reviewed  

Brooklyn-based performer, Raquel Cion, is coming back for a January-March 2020 residency of her cabaret, Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie at Pangea, located at 178 Second Avenue New York, NY 10003. The 90-minute cabaret explores the lifelong “soul love” that Cion has for David Bowie’s artistry and David Jones’s humanity.  Her personal stories and the deep cuts of Bowie’s diverse catalog rocket us through the inner space of this “half witch, half cabaret performer” (The New York Times): growing up as an outsider, navigating the celestial realms of love, mid-life crisis, loss, and creatively moving through cancer.

The piece is directed by Cynthia Cahill, with musical direction by Karl Saint Lucy.Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie first walked the boards in early 2015 with a Bowie-inspired couture gown at NYC’s legendary Judson Memorial Church. In June 2015, Me & Mr. Jones moved to The PIT Loft NYC, overselling within two days. The Slipper Room production in November garnered a 2015​ ​New York Cabaret Award nomination​ for “Best Alt Cabaret Show,” with Cion being named a finalist for her stunning performance. 

After Bowie’s death from cancer on January 10th, 2016, Me & Mr. Jones was invited back for a Spring residency at The Slipper Room. In September, Cion’s world was shaken by her own cancer diagnosis a week before bringing the show to Provincetown’s prestigious Afterglow Festival.

Me & Mr. Jones returned spring 2018 to sold out houses at the intimate supper-club, Pangea, described by the New York Times as “a bohemian oasis not unlike the fabled Max’s Kansas City from days gone by.” Those performances led to a fall residency at Pangea and booking in the 2019 Philly Loves Bowie Week, in January 2019.

Me & Mr. Jones recently played at 2020 Philly Loves Bowie Week where Raquel was the featured guest performer in A Night of Stardust at Union Transfer in Philadelphia. Now on the other side of treatment, she is actively discovering new depths of meaning to Bowie’s work and her own mission as an artist.  
Tickets & Info: www.MeandMrJonesShow.com

About Raquel Cion (Writer/Performer): recent projects include Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie, nominated for a 2015 Broadway World Cabaret Award “Best Alt Cabaret.” Productions: Pangea, NYC; Provincetown’s Afterglow Festival; in NYC, The Slipper Room; The PIT Loft; Judson Memorial Church. Alas, The Nymphs BAM Next Wave; Gilding the Lonely, Joe’s Pub; Cou-Cou Bijoux Pour Vous Galapagos Art Space, Dixon Place; Rationality: A Virtual Performance and Memoir LMCC Swing Space; Directorial credits include Dad In a Box, winner of the 2019 New York Innovative Theatre Award, Dixon Place, HERE, The Wild Project, STRAYS winner of the 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Award for “Outstanding Original Short Script” and published in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS, 2015-2016  by Applause Books in 2017, The Brick Theater, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and Showgasm; SONS Ars Nova’s Showgasm;  Darkling IRT Theater, CATCH SERIES; HIP IRT Theater; On a Lonely Road…Travelin’ with Joni, The Duplex She is a founding member of NYC’s Eat a Radish Productions and performs with the Obie Award winning The Secret City. 

Cynthia Cahill (Director) has been working around the country, regionally, and both on and Off Broadway for over 17 years. She was a part of the creative team that brought the musical, Passing Strange, from Berkeley Repertory Theatre to The Public and onto Broadway and was also involved in the making of the Spike Lee movie of the musical. Previously based in San Francisco, she is now proud to be expanding her career here in NYC.  

Karl Saint Lucy (Musical Director/ Piano) is a New York-based composer, pianist, and vocalist. With Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper), he wrote F**king Identical Twins, a one-act musical developed at UCB and which was optioned by 20th Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment for feature film adaptation in 2017. His musical, Class, written with Maria Alexandria Beech, was a finalist for the 2017 National Musical Theater Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; he also scored her TV pilot, Telemamas. He was an alto finalist for the internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning men’s chamber choir, Chanticleer, in 2017. He is a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Watch the Trailer for Me & Mr. Jones:

Breast Cancer Comedy NICE T!TS on February 24th at Triad

Amy Marcs’ Critically-Acclaimed Breast Cancer Comedy NICE T!TSReturns as a Celebrity Reading Featuring Women From Broadway’s HADESTOWN:

HADESTOWN Cast Members: Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton, Kim Steele Will Star Alongside Amy Marcs

WHO: Amy Marcs and cast of the Tony Award winning HADESTOWN including Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton, Kim Steele, along with directors Coco Cohn and Peter Michael Marino

WHAT: Amy Marcs’ hit solo comedy show about breast cancer, NICE T!TS, returns as a special benefit event featuring the cast of HADESTOWN

WHERE: The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street New York, NY 10023 

WHEN: February 24 at 7:00pm with additional upcoming performances March 30 & April 20 

WHY: Amy Marcs is a breast cancer survivor who needed to tell her story of “hope, love, and the resiliency of the human spirit, as well as our capacity to triumph over adversity even in the most traumatic of situations.” A portion of the proceeds will go to support The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, a program that addresses the myriad of concerns women face when dealing with a serious medical condition and provides a safe space to go to for confidential and compassionate help.  

HOW: http://www.triadnyc.com/event/d048d43caaaec1380884f3d0e821699e

Amy Marcs’ critically-acclaimed solo comedy show about breast cancer is poised to return, reconstructed as a star-studded celebrity reading featuring familiar faces from Broadway and television. Just when life was going so well for Amy – a “sexy New York Jewess with a great rack,” she was diagnosed with breast cancer. With an unlikely American icon by her side, she navigates the hills and valleys of doctor visits, toy stores, singing nurses, hellish support groups, and her understandably healthy obsession with her breasts. Amy’s very personal story is full of humor and heart-felt honesty as she takes the audience on an exploration of her roller-coaster experience with breast cancer and its effect on her perceptions of femininity, womanhood, confidence and mortality.  Since 2015, “Nice T!ts” has been playing to capacity crowds across the country, touching the lives and hearts of almost 2,000 people. The show has paired up to raise awareness and essential funds with the iconic Avon 39, The Walk to End Breast Cancer, Hadassah of Boston, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Mercer County, YMCA Breast Cancer Resource Center, and Sharsheret. “I needed to write this story about hope, love, and the resiliency of the human spirit, as well as our capacity to triumph over adversity even in the most traumatic of situations,” said writer/creator and star Amy Marcs. “Comedy is a powerful vehicle to share stories that may otherwise be hard for people to digest. It allows you to take the uncomfortable and make it comfortable. Laughter is and always will be the best form of therapy.”

Amy Marcs (Playwright/Performer) is an actress and voice over artist signed with The Buchwald Agency in NYC and WME in Los Angeles. Amy wrote and stars in her critically acclaimed autobiographical one woman show “Nice T!ts.” She has performed to sold out crowds at The PIT in New York City, Project Y’s ‘Women in Theatre Festival’, The Alliance for the Arts Theatre Conspiracy in Fort Myers Florida, and Cape May Playhouse. Amy has partnered with the iconic Avon 39 charity, the walk to end breast cancer, Hadassah of Boston, Breast Cancer Resource Center of Princeton, Jewish Family and Children Services, and Sharsheret. Amy has also been a featured speaker and performed scenes from her show to some of the most renowned plastic surgeons in the world at The Breast Cancer Reconstruction: State of the Art 2016 closing gala at the Kimmel Center in NYC where she was able to share her insights as a breast cancer patient and survivor. She has been a guest on Fresh 102.7 radio, ‘Dennis has a Podcast’ and Sirius XM ‘Doctor Radio’. Amy’s work as an actress has also taken her to regional theaters across the country. Some of her favorite roles include, Gorgeous in ‘The Sisters Rosensweig’, Myrtle in ‘Kingdom of Earth’ and Lucille in ‘Gemini’ as well as being part of an iconic ‘Harold’ team at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.  Amy’s screen work includes the independent film The Waiting Game, and you can hear her as the voice of Peg the Pig in the animated feature film Impy’s Island, which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. Her voice has been heard on numerous national network television promo and political campaigns. She is currently a Professor of Acting at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and is an ordained interfaith minister and spiritual counselor. Amy is grateful to have an opportunity to share her story and to use the transformative power of art to heal.  

Coco Cohn (Director of Celebrity Reading) spent nearly three years as Dancing Queen, Rosie in the Broadway company of Mamma Mia! Recent credits include: Fun Home – WPPAC and Phoenix Theatre (Alison). MAME – North Shore Music Theatre (Agnes Gooch). Into The Woods – Theatre Under The Stars (Jack’s Mother). EMMA – TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (Miss Bates). The Drowsy Chaperone – Gateway Playhouse (Chaperone). 2011 Helen Hayes Nominee Glimpses Of The Moon – MetroStage (Coral). TV: “High Maintenance,” “The Family,” “Royal Pains,” “Deadbeat,” “House,” “Desperate Housewives.” Film: Morning Glory, Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde 2, Secretary, Solaris. Paul Gordon’s EMMA was filmed for a brand-new streaming platform. In it, Lauren reprises her role as Miss Bates. It is available now at www.StreamingMusicals.com and on Amazon Prime. Additionally, she has proudly developed and directed multiple solo shows for exceptional performers, and also coaches young theatre professionals with the critically acclaimed A Class Act NY.   

Peter Michael Marino (Original Direction) is an award-winning teacher, director, producer, writer, and performer. He’s the creator of SOLOCOM, which has launched over 600 world-premiere solo comedies at The People’s Improv Theater. Solo show directing credits include: Amy Marcs’ “Nice T*ts,” Cynthia Shaw’s “Velvet Determination,” Rebecca Packer’s “Off Island,” Elyssa Rosen’s “Mom in Transition,” Mark Demayo’s “20 & Out,” Mark Giordano’s “Mad Man,” and dozens more. His long-running solo comedy “Desperately Seeking the Exit” chronicled the unmaking of his West End musical flop “Desperately Seeking Susan” – receiving 5-star reviews and a London transfer. His solo show deconstruction “Show Up” played everywhere from NYC to Edinburgh. The family-friendly version, “Show Up, Kids” has been playing around the world since 2017. His production company PM2 Entertainment, has presented UK comedian David Mills, The Unofficial Upper East Side EdFest, Jason Kravits’ “Off the Top!,” trumpcon: A Performance Festival of Yuge Proportions at The Kraine, LA comedy duo Moby Alpha, the NYC premiere of “Joe’s NYC Bar,” and the acclaimed solo show hit “David Carl’s Celebrity One-Man Hamlet.” www.petermmarino.com