LPTW’s Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Program Premiere 2/16/21: 28 Women. 18 Countries. 6 Days.

In the fourth iteration of its prestigious Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Program (GCITA), The League of Professional Theatre Women, one of the foremost United States organizations promoting women in the arts, invites a global audience to attend transformative conversations with women theatre artists at the forefront of social reform as the world confronts an array of crises unparalleled in the modern era. The week-long virtual presentation will take place February 16-22 at 1:00pm EST with a 24-hour Countdown beginning on February 15 at 1:00pm EST on the LPTW’s YouTube Channel. Attendance is FREE and open to all. For reservations please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/league-of-professional-theatre-women-32300412167.

“The League of Professional Theatre Women’s Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Program is a wonderful example of the way theatre can truly create bridges between cultures, ideas, and artists. I am proud to support this vital program that promotes women’s artistic contributions around the globe.” – Daryl Roth, Multi-Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer

27 women artists will be recognized and honored for their outstanding artistic contribution and social justice work through the arts. As the world suffers through the trifecta of a global pandemic. social injustice and economic distress, these women are employing multiple creative disciplines to uplift other women and marginalized communities. They are using theatre to amplify the urgent call to eliminate oppression and inequality across the globe- a cry that does not bear a single national identity and which is as essential in a democracy as in a totalitarian regime. In a time of global strife, we cannot overestimate the power of one artist meeting another on the world stage, and what that meeting can bring to the human family in the form of understanding, infinite possibility, and creative joy. Through it all, these women have held as their beacon the achievement of artistic excellence and their work has been critically acclaimed in their home countries and internationally.

These worldwide honorees walk in the footsteps of the two champions of the arts, Rosamond Gilder and Martha Coigney, who passionately devoted their lives to building bridges and crossing borders to send artists into countries on five continents. Martha’s story is chronicled in Theatre Diplomacy During the Cold War: The Story of Martha Wadsworth Coigney and the International Theatre Institute, as Told by Her Friends and Family by William Wadsworth and Jim O’Quinn.

G/C Awards Ceremony host Tamara Tunie has starred for 18 seasons as Medical Examiner Dr. Melinda Warner in Wolf Films/Universal Media Studio’s top-rated series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Other notable credits include playing Jessica Griffin on “As the World Turns,” starring with Denzel Washington in Julius Caesar on Broadway, and as a producer on the Tony Award-winning musical, Spring Awakening.

Tony-nominated and multi-award winning actress, Kathleen Chalfant, (Angels in America; WIT; “House of Cards”) joins the award program committee as an advisor. Chalfant continues to advocate for civil rights and social justice via “theater as a platform for social change.”

Teresa Eyring
, Executive Director and CEO of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), joins the awards ceremony as a Keynote Speaker. Throughout her career, Eyring has promoted a global approach to theatre, recognizing the interconnectedness of artists and artistry across all borders. She has been a special guest of and delegation leader for numerous international theatre festivals; taught arts leadership workshops in countries like Russia, Sudan, Chile, and Colombia; and currently serves as an Executive Council member and Vice Chair for the Americas of the International Theatre Institute. At TCG, she also collaborated to bring about Global Connections, an Andrew W. Mellon supported program that partners individual artists with their peers worldwide.

Thanks to new technology and the wizardry of GCITA Line Producer and Technical Director, Federica Lippi, international audiences now have a front row seat to meet these exceptional artists and learn about the techniques that have succeeded in making a difference and strategies for reaching long-term goals for significant change.

This award program partners with Martin E. Segal Theatre Center/CUNY, Lebanese American University, Italian Cultural Institute, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo at NYU, and New York University/Brademas Center and is sponsored by Showtime.

The League of Professional Theatre Women has been leading the gender parity conversation in professional theatre for over 35 years. Since its founding in 1978, the League’s membership has grown to over 500 members: theatre artists and practitioners of all backgrounds, working across multiple disciplines in both the commercial and nonprofit sectors. To promote visibility and increase opportunities for women in our industry, LPTW spearheads: public programming; advocacy projects; and media and publications that celebrate industry luminaries, the legacy of historic visionaries, and raise awareness of and nurture women+ voices. The League continues to shine a spotlight on gender parity, part of its commitment to creating a culture of EDIA: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access, 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.




Source Material announced today that they will postpone performances of their World Premiere of In These Uncertain Times, a digital performance piece devised by the company and directed by Artistic Director, Samantha Shay, created for and presented on Zoom. Performances which were originally scheduled for Saturday, June 13, Sunday, June 14, Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21 will now take place on Saturday, July 25 at 7pm EST/4pm PST, Sunday, July 26 at 2pm EST/11am PST, Saturday, August 1 at 7pm EST/4pm PST, and Sunday, August 2 at 2pm EST/11am PST. Admission is a sliding scale donation of $10-$25. No one will be turned away due to a lack of funds.

Tickets are available for advance purchase at www.sourcematerialcollective.com . The performance will run approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission.

“Source Material has made the decision to postpone our Zoom play, In These Uncertain Times. When we started the process of this performance, it was a timely and meaningful response to the Covid-19 pandemic, but here we find ourselves in an historic civil rights movement. It remains true that in times like these, art should be made, however, this project is not directly related to Black Lives Matter, and although it speaks to the uncertainty of now, to pretend it truly uplifts BLM would be a gentrification of an important movement. It also must be said, and we say this for other artists and arts organizations to hear and see, that facilitating an artistic process at this time (and all other times, but especially now) in a room of white and BIPOC artists does not make the same ask of everyone, and right now that complexity must be held, respected, and honored; which means postponing. However, this cancellation is not passive, but a call to action. We do this in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and in order to make our artists and audiences available in the coming weeks to dismantle white supremacy. We look forward to the ways in which BLM will have only gained more momentum in the coming days, weeks, and years to come.”
Ticket buyers can choose to have their ticket refunded, hold their ticket for a rescheduled performance, or have their ticket donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

In These Uncertain Times is a digitally-devised performance piece, made specifically for its medium. It is a new dramaturgy defined by dystopia, and it is a love letter to the art of theatre. Stemming from a group of artists wondering if COVID-19 is the death of theatre as we know it, In These Uncertain Times is a tragicomic, Chekhovian Zoom performance. From drinking competitions, sad Chekhov monologues, and corona-virus meme collages, In These Uncertain Times’ focal point is the impossibility of theatre as we’ve known it, and forges a new path in the artform, while grieving for the past.

The cast will feature James Cowan (Into the Fog with Source Material), Miles Hartfelder (Streetcar Named Desire with director James Franco), Annelise Lawson* (Babes In The Woods at Signature Theatre), Stephanie Regina* (The White Album at BAM; CasablancaBox at HERE), Raven Scott (Scorpion on CBS), Victoria Sendra (Ivo Van Hove’s Network on Broadway), and Grace Tiso (Big Time Adolescence at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival). 

Source Material is an evolving nomadic group of artists carrying diverse backgrounds and lineages in artistic practice. Founded in 2014 by Artistic Director Samantha Shay, Source Material began as a container for her desire to broaden the aesthetic horizons of performance. Source Material is an ever-evolving constellation of adventurous and thoughtful creators from many corners of the world.

Source Material’s theatre work is anchored in reverence for the classical canon, often adapting literature-based performances with highly original staging. The work has been described as visually stunning, musically driven, physical, ritualistic, and interdisciplinary.  Source Material has presented work at The Grotowski Institute, RedCat, and HERE Arts (NYC), and has toured to several US cities, Iceland, Sweden, and the UK. The company is based between the US (New York and Los Angeles) and Iceland (Reykjavik). www.sourcematerialcollective.com

Samantha Shay (Director) is an American director of theatre and film. She is the artistic director of Source Material, where she carries a deep interest in cross cultural pedagogy, often collaborating with diverse artistic lineages. Source Material often works with American artists, as well as former and current members of such companies at Teatr ZAR, Batsheva Dance Company, and Gardzienice. She is also a filmmaker, and has made music videos for K Á R Y Y N, JFDR, Sóley, and Katie Gately. 2016 marked an initiatory time in her young career. Her performance of Light, garnered the attention of world-renowned artists such as performance artist Marina Abramovic, who mentored her through the work, and Björk, who listed her as one of her artistic inspirations in The Guardian after attending the premier. She is currently completing her first short film, HomeSick, in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Danielle Agami (Batsheva Dance Company, Ate9). Samantha holds a BFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts.

Desperately Seeking the Exit – Online Theater Show

YOUR COMPUTER, PLANET EARTH – After pioneering the live digital theater domain during the pandemic, and selling out eight weeks of “Desperately Seeking the Exit” live streams, Peter Michael Marino now teams up with Cincy Fringe for these special events as he shares the critically acclaimed, notorious tale of the making and unmaking of his West End-Blondie-Madonna musical disaster, “Desperately Seeking Susan.” 

In 2007, American actor/writer Peter Michael Marino wrote a musical based on the Madonna film “Desperately Seeking Susan,” featuring the hit songs of Blondie. It opened on London’s West End…and closed a month later. Whoops! This high-octane, comical solo train ride fills in the blanks of how the $6 million musical was made and unmade. From hatching the idea, to deals with producers, MGM, Debbie Harry, and even Madonna…all the way to thrilling workshops, dangerous previews, scathing reviews, closing night, and beyond. Experience this notorious award-winning tale LIVE on your computer.

“A merciless sendup of the business of art.” – NYTimes
“If you have a great story, if it’s funny, moving and real; and if the teller relates it with honesty and passion, the technology becomes secondary.” – FringeReview, UK

“Hilarious!” – TimeOut London

“Marino fashions captivating comedy from the collaborative creative process. Find your way to this Exit as soon as possible.” – Thinking Theater NYC

WHAT: Desperately Seeking the Exit: Online Live
WHO: Written & Performed by Peter Michael Marino. Original Direction by John Clancy.
7:00 p.m. EST, Sunday May 31
9:00 p.m. EST, Thursday June 4
7:00 p.m. EST, Monday June 8
WHERE: Your computer or tablet
TICKETS: https://knowtheatre.vbotickets.com/event/Desperately_Seeking_the_Exit_Online_LIVE/43272
RUNNING TIME: 65 minutes
SHOW SITE: www.seekingtheexit.com
TRAILER: https://youtu.be/kDZgRLg34Sg

Alexandra Kumala Joins The Anthropologists as Creative Partner

NEW YORK CITY – Award-winning devised theatre company, The Anthropologists, expands its women-focused company to include performer Alexandra Kumala. A member of the acting ensemble for their new play, No Pants In Tucson, Kumala has now been named Creative Partner – Programming and Partnerships thanks to a grant from Dime Community Bank Fund administered by the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York.

Kumala, an NYC-based film and theatre actor and writer, first met Artistic Director Melissa Moschitto in 2019 at “Theater of Change,” Columbia Law School’s joint program with the Broadway Advocacy Coalition. This “first-of-its-kind” course brings together artists, community organizers and law students “to collaborate towards using theater to impact policy.”  

Moschitto shares: “Alexandra is a powerful combination of bold artistry, incisive thinking and a passion for using theatre to effect change. These qualities all resonate with The Anthropologists’ work and mission so deeply. I knew she’d be an ideal collaborator and I’m so excited to put this shared training to work.” 

Kumala joined the acting ensemble of No Pants In Tucson in 2019. Helmed by Moschitto, the play is being crafted from actual U.S. state laws and the stories of hundreds of women who were arrested for wearing pants in the 19th & 20th centuries. 

“Women in the United States are no longer jailed for wearing pants, but the oppression of women has certainly been built into the system our world currently runs on. It’s this story that I find fascinating to explore with the team,” Kumala says. “I’m deeply grateful to be working with an ensemble of brilliant artists who are finding the best in each other, even in a virtual rehearsal process.”

In her new role, Kumala will be building connections with organizations to develop new partnerships and dynamic performance-related programming.

About Alexandra Kumala

Formally trained in classical ballet, Alexandra Kumala spent her early childhood in Indonesia performing on stages across the capital city. A graduate of University of Washington (Seattle), she’s now based in New York City. Selected credits include “The Skin Of Our Teeth” (Theatre For A New Audience), “A Modest Proposal” (Cherry Lane), and “Game On” (Comedy Dynamics).  www.alexandrakumala.com

About the Play

The Anthropologists’ newest devised play, No Pants In Tucson, is a centuries-spanning absurdist comedy propelled by America’s obsession with regulating the female body. Based on actual U.S. State Laws, this play builds on the company’s canon of women-powered and empowered plays. Slated to premiere in 2021, No Pants In Tucson has been awarded an NYC Women’s Fund grant and additional funding from the New York State Council on the Arts. www.theanthropologists.org/nopants

The Anthropologists is dedicated to the collaborative creation of research-based investigative theatre that inspires action. Celebrating their 12th year, their work has been described as “eerie and weird in the best way” (Culturebot) and “incisive, even necessary work for the present moment.” (Culture Catch). www.theanthropologists.org.

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


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!


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


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

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


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:


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
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.