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. (

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

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

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, 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
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.

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. 

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


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

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)
October 31, 2019 
(Dress Up – Party follows the show)


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 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 ( or 212‑239‑6200) and at the Theatre Row Box Office (410 West 42nd Street, NYC). For the full calendar of performances, please visit

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 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  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 and join our facebook page.

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

United Solo: Wasbian by Susan Ward

Susan Ward brings her new solo-show, Wasbian, to the United Solo Festival on Sunday, October 20 at 2 pm. The performance takes place at Theatre Row/Studio Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan and is directed by Tony nominated Austin Pendelton.

Wasbian is a story about a lonely little girl who falls in love with Peter Pan who she thinks is a boy but discovers is a girl. Confused but undaunted, she spends her life chasing Peters, Wendys and Hooks, always believing that love was just around the corner, she uses sex, drugs, alcohol, food, never giving up, creating chaos in her pursuit until she finds her center amid the storm, still questioning but at peace.

Wasbian is a story about a lonely little girl who falls in love with Peter Pan who she thinks is a boy but discovers is a girl. Confused but undaunted, she spends her life chasing Peters, Wendys and Hooks, always believing that love was just around the corner, she uses sex, drugs, alcohol, food, never giving up, creating chaos in her pursuit until she finds her center amid the storm, still questioning but at peace.

Susan discussed what inspired her to write Wasbian. “I am an unmarried, childless, bisexual actress of a certain age living alone in the suburbs. Of course, I would write a play!” She went
on to share, “Wasbian is a personal exploration of bisexuality. Raw, honest, hilarious, chaotic and painfully real.”

Tickets are $45 and are available at or by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200. Running time: 65 minutes. Technical design/director, Duane Rutter.

Susan Ward (writer/performer) is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. She performed Wasbian in the Emerging Artists New Works Series in NYC to an overwhelmingly positive response in MarchSusan is a student of Austin Pendleton and has a BFA from Florida State University. She can be seen in local commercials throughout Westchester County.

Austin Pendleton (director) is an award-winning actor, director and playwright. As a director, Pendleton has worked extensively on and off-Broadway. His direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” garnered him a Tony Award nomination. His most recent acting appearance was Life Sucks! at The Theatre Row Theatre and in Choir Boy on Broadway. He is a member of the ensemble at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. He has made over 100 appearances in television and film. His film work is as diverse as
“A Beautiful Mind,” “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” and “The Muppet Movie.” In 2007, Austin Pendleton received a Special Award for his contributions to American theater at the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards.

United Solo: The Self-Portrait by Joseph Bricker

A New, Experimental Piece Makes New York Debut at United Solo Festival

The Self-Portrait Project

Tuesday, November 12th at 7:30pm at Theatre Row/Studio Theatre

After a successful run at the University of Minnesota Free Play Festival, experimental theatre piece The Self-Portrait Project will have it’s New York debut as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:30pm.

Growing disillusioned by the constant self-branding in the world of art and theatre, writer/performer Joseph Bricker began working on The Self-Portrait Project as a way to criticize artists he felt, as Stanislavski might put it, loved themselves in the art more than the art in themselves. What resulted, however, was a meditation on the desires to make art and to have an audience.

In an attempt to create the ultimate self-portrait, the performer tackles existence as performance. Taking aim at Shakespeare, social media, and the institutions that made the show itself possible, this iconoclastic piece asks what identity means in a world where we are constantly both viewers and objects. It’s a total mess. #pleaselikeme #pleasecome

Performancs take place at Theatre Row/Studio Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues), New York, NY 10036. Subways: A/C/E to 42nd Street. Tickets are $45.00 and are
available at the Theatre Row Box Office or at theselfportraitproject/ – or by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200. Running time: 40 minutes.

Joseph Bricker (Writer/Performer) grew up, grass-fed, in the suburbs of Kansas City. He is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota/BFA Actor Training Program’s Company of 2018.
Currently, he is based in Los Angeles as an actor and writer. More info at, or follow him on Instagram @Joseph.Bricker

United Solo: The Ins and Outs of Fingers, Spoons and Open Marriage by Pascale Roger-McKeever

Battle scarred and still willing, artist and mother Pascale Roger-McKeever still refuses to compromise. She returns to her stage roots with her New York Premiere of The Ins and Outs of Fingers, Spoons and Open Marriage – Winner of the 2018 Marsh Madness Competition – Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street. Her
first show has sold out and another show has been added on Saturday November 2nd at 9pm.

A suburban Mom accepts her husband’s invitation to an open marriage and proceeds with a singleness of purpose no one saw coming. The Ins and Outs acknowledges and embraces the acute discomfort of living out our inescapable sexuality. A funny and shameless exploration of shame itself that for good measure
upends accepted notions about healing and self-realization along the way.

Pascale’s writing is inspired by the following quote, “…the whole sky has fallen on [me] and all [I] can do about it is shout.” (Antigone, Jean Anouilh)

Theatre Row, Studio Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Ave), NYC, NYC 10036, Subways A, C, E to 42nd Street, tickets are $45 and available at the Theatre Row Box Office or by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 80 minutes. Board operator Daniel Kersh.

Pascale Roger-McKeever is an actor, writer, director. She graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University. Acclaimed performances include Rosannah in Brilliant Traces, May in Fool For Love, 3 women in Tennessee William’s Dragon Country. Recent film credits: Dark Phoenix , Quitters, The Last Smile. Her screenplay, The Way I Am, was optioned in 2006 by co-producer of Secrets and Lies, Mark Westaway. Her play, Family In Church received a Nova Scotia Arts Grant Award and was produced in 2011. Directing credits include: Lost Steps, The Four Lives of Marie, 7 Days in the Life of Simon Labrosse.

Tanya Tomkins (musical score): Tanya Tomkins has appeared to critical acclaim throughout Europe, Israel, and the USA.