Tell us about you. Producer/Director of Silver Glass Productions
Tell us about your current project?
Westerwynne, is a whimsical look at our psychological response to the pandemic. A fox’s love for a chicken inadvertently causes him to lead an entire group through a dark tunnel to the mecca of Westerwynne, creating lasting change for them all. With Lucy McMichael, Broderick Ballantyne, Stephanie Cha, Hannah Carne, Megan Lynn Schmidt, Bjorn Bolinder and Sean Lang.
What’s next for you?
Quantum Debt, a movement-based piece Dec 2-19th at the Players Theater. This is a look at student debt through the lens of quantum mechanics.
What continues to inspire your art?
The ability to translate scientific concepts into the psychological domain.Any advice for your peers?Keep doing what you love. You are the only one who can tell stories the way that you can. Your experience is singularly unique.
Anna LaMadrid and Sheila Carrasco, two fiercely funny Latinx-American women are poised to perform, film and premiere their respective solo comedic plays about female identity in production with IAMA Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Anyone But Me, written and performed by Sheila Carrasco, directed by Margaux Susi, and The Oxy Complex, written and performed by Anna LaMadrid, directed by Michelle Bossy, will be filmed live at L.A.’s Pico Playhouse and premiere virtually on March 21 at IAMA Theatre Company online, where each will continue their online run through April 18.
Anyone But Me by Sheila Carrasco
In Anyone But Me, Sheila Carrasco dissects the psyches of women who struggle with self-identity, exploring the personas we create in order to get by. From the local grocery clerk, to your neighbor’s teenage daughter, to that lady from the cult — this play is about women who want to be someone they are not. Someone better, easier, stronger… anyone but them.
“There’s a little of me in each of the characters,” Carrasco says. “I think most women, at some point in our lives, tend to wrap our identities around a single aspect — a relationship, our job or work ethic, our racial or maybe immigrant background, our perceptions of ourselves as artists. This play is an exploration of all my different alter egos and the insecurities I’ve had in my life, and about accepting the nuance of everything that makes me who I am. We don’t have to be just one thing.”
Originally from the South Side of Chicago and an alumna of NYU and Harvard, Carrasco’s most recent credits include IAMA’s Found: A New Musical (“Carrasco stand[s] out especially” — Stage Raw) and the CBS pilot Ghosts, as Flower, a hippy ghost from the ’60s. On TV, she’s been seen in I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, The Good Place,Jane the Virgin, Outmatched, The Odd Couple, Life in Pieces, AmericanHousewife and #VanLife for NBC/Universal. She was selected to perform as one of the JFL New Faces of Comedy. Other credits include CBS Showcase (as both a performer and head writer), the Groundlings, UCB, American Repertory Theatre, Moscow Art Theatre, Steppenwolf Garage and Chicago’s Court Theatre. Half Chilean/Mapuche, Carrasco is a creator for Más Mejor, Broadway Video’s premium comedy studio for Latinx voices. This is Sheila Carrasco‘s first solo theater show, and her first time doing one sans wigs and costumes… so basically naked.
The Oxy Complex by Anna LaMadrid
Set during the 500th day of quarantine, Anna LaMadrid’s The Oxy Complex is a dark comedy exploring love, sex, loneliness, trauma, and the hormone that affects it all — Oxytocin, also known as “the cuddle” or “love” hormone.
“I initially set out to examine the ways that technology interrupts our biology,” explains LaMadrid. “But now that quarantine has taken away all our distractions and we have all this time on our hands, how do we reckon with ourselves? Viviana is a fictional character and her story is heightened, but the show is rooted in truth, drawn from personal experience and from other women I know.”
A Venezuelan born, East Coast-bred actor living in Los Angeles, LaMadrid starred as sardonic, gum snapping “Jamie” in the critically acclaimed IAMA production of Bess Wohl’s American Hero (“boundlessly funny” — Los Angeles Times). She won a Stage Raw Award for Female Comedy Performance for her take on Betty 3 in Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Boops at Boston Court. Her TV credits include Vida on Starz (recurring); Love, Victor on Hulu; Bless This Mess and Grey’s Anatomy on ABC; and she was selected to participate in the ABC Discovers Showcase. In 2016, she launched Put Me On Self-Tape, a self-tape and audition coaching studio in L.A.
More About the Productions and IAMA Theatre Company
“Strong female voices have always been at the center of IAMA,” state co-artistic directors Stefanie Black and Katie Lowes. “We knew that supporting Sheila and Anna, two undeniably powerful storytellers who are both ensemble members, was a no-brainer from the jump. Each brings her own unique theatrical expression to our virtual stage, begging the audience to stay present and look within.”
Anyone But Me and The Oxy Complex are the third and fourth in IAMA Theatre Company’s 2020-21 season of new solo work exploring identity, isolation, race and connection. The season opened with Making Friends written and performed by Tom DeTrinis, also shot live at the Pico Playhouse. Hi, Are You Single?, written and performed by IAMA’s 2020 Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting commission recipient Ryan J. Haddad, is currently streaming through Feb. 28, presented by Washington D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in association with IAMA. Hi, Are You Single? was shot live at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
The creative team for Anyone But Me and The Oxy Complex includes scenic and props designer Justin Huen, lighting designer R.S. Buck, sound designer John Nobori and dialect coach Lauren Lovett-Cohen. Filming and post-production are by TAKE Creative. The stage manager is Camella Cooper and assistant stage manager is Rose Swaddling Krol.Tanny Jiraprapasuke is the COVID compliance officer. Lexi Sloan produces and Terry Li associate produces for IAMA Theatre Company.
Tickets are $15 per household for a single play, and $20 for both shows when purchased at the same time. Patrons who purchase a viewing to a single play will receive a $5 discount when purchasing the second play in a separate transaction.
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 POSTPONES PERFORMANCES OF IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES IN SOLIDARITY WITH BLACK LIVES MATTER
A ZOOM PLAY DEVISED BY SOURCE MATERIAL DIRECTED BY SAMANTHA SHAY
WORLD PREMIERE SCHEDULED FOR JULY 25 – AUGUST 2 ON ZOOM 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.
“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.
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
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.
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 Fairytale, based 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
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.”
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.
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.