Meet Amanda Nicastro & I’m Just Kidneying

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Giancarlo Osaben, production photographer
Name: Amanda Nicastro
Tell us about you. 
I write and produce a lot of my own work but that’s not what I originally set out to do. And I still have a lot of self doubt with the definition of “writer.” If you would have asked college aged Amanda, “Is your dream to write and produce your own work?” She would have said, “Heck, no! I want people to cast me in their stuff so all I have to do is memorize the lines!” Ha! But when I look back on my creative career I have pursued and realized a lot of my own creative projects.
Tell us about your current project? 
I’m Just Kidneying is a comedic portrayal of how I donated a kidney for my sister through a paired donation and wound up also helping save the life of a Trump supporter. It all started with a couple funny instances during my living donor evaluation that I turned into comedy sketches. From there I decided I wanted to make it a solo show, and I wanted to use humor as a tool for advocacy. When I found out the other donor was a MAGA Head it added another crazy level to my story.
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production? 
I’m Just Kidneying has a run at Frigid Fringe Festival Feb 22-March 9. My show isn’t a traditional storytelling show nor is it quite a traditional comedy/sketch show. It’s a little bit of both and I find that mix is the perfect recipe of what Fringe audiences are looking for when they are deciding what shows to see.
What’s next for you? 
Edinburgh Fringe! I just signed a contract with a venue and I’m so excited to be bringing I’m Just Kidneying to the world’s first and largest Fringe Festival.
What is the name of the last show you saw? 
Haha! My husband and I actually just saw Hamilton! He’s a huge American History buff and has wanted to see the show for the longest time. The tickets were his joint birthday and Anniversary present.
Any advice for your peers?
Self doubt is your worst enemy. I can’t tell you how many times I almost talked myself out of a creative project that turned out either successful or rewarding.

Show Information:

When:
  • Friday Feb 22nd, 5:30pm
  • Saturday Feb 23rd, 8:50pm
  • Sunday Feb 24th, 1:50pm
  • Monday March 4th, 10:30pm
  • Saturday March 9th, 5:30pm

Where: Under St Mark’s Theatre at 94 Saint Mark’s Place

Tickets: http://www.horsetrade.info/event/be402d57b3d578097f90dcbcdde5e2f4

Social: @TheLastAmanda https://www.facebook.com/imjustkindeying/ $5 off with code DONATELIFE

Meet Kelly Haramis & Hard-Core CORN

image3.jpegName: Kelly Haramis
Tell us about you. 
I’m a Chicago-area actor, writer, and teaching artist. I was a journalist for 12 years (6 of those years at the Chicago Tribune). I returned to my love of theatre 10 years ago. I perform weekly on the House Team at the Improv Playhouse, and I love taking my one-woman shows to fringe festivals. 12 years ago, I became a mom twice in 6 months. I live with my husband, preteen daughters, and Russian Blue cat in the Chicago suburbs.
Tell us about your current project? 
Kelly Haramis is an uncontrollable food addict in “Hard-Core CORN,” a one-woman show directed by David Knoell. And Kelly’s popcorn-jonesing life is about to get flipped upside down after she meets a nutrition guru. Find out what happens when Kelly navigates a maze of maize–through hilarious newscasts, cooking shows and personal confessions–in a world turned against her.
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production? 
FRIGID NY at Under St. Marks, which is perfect because it’s an intimate black box setting that captures the scale of the show. I perform as a host of different characters, but each one speaks directly to the audience.
What’s next for you?
I’m writing a show about my grandparents and their immigration from Greece, Germany, and Puerto Rico. I also plan to perform my show “Double Happiness: A Tale of Love, Loss, and One Forever Family” again because my daughters haven’t seen it yet.
What is the name of the last show you saw? 
“The Skokie Detective Charter School.” My 11-year-old daughter Kallista had one of the lead roles in the middle school production.
Any advice for your peers?
Never give up. There will be performing slumps that will seem longer than forever, but there are always be new opportunities. Sometimes, the best opportunities are the ones you create for yourself.

Show Information:

When: Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 10:30 p.m.;  Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2:10 p.m.;  Sunday, March 3 at 5:10 p.m.;  Wednesday, March 6 at 8:50 p.m; Friday, March 8 at 8:50 p.m.; Saturday, March 9  at 12:30 p.m.
Venue: Under St. Marks Theater (94 St Marks Pl, New York, NY.)

Meet Mary Goggin & Runaway Princess, a Hopeful Tale of Heroin

Name: Mary Goggin

Tell us about you.

Well..now I am a bestselling, award winning storyteller!! Irish born parents ..New York born.. 31 years sober on February 18, 2019 !! I am a professional union actor for the last 20 years .

Tell us about your current project?

Runaway Princess, a Hopeful Tale of Heroin, hooking and happiness is about hope.. I wrote this show to heal myself and others. I am finding that in government funding , the use of methadone and narcon is recommended..in other words do not talk and do not die it looks better politically. My show is about talking about everything .. and healing and hope!! Big time!!

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

I’m at Frigid Festival now under St. Mark’s ..its somewhere I would’ve gone when I ran away to the village in the 60s ..it’s synchronicity the Frigid Festival is amazing friendly and fair when it comes to $$$

What’s next for you?

I’ve been invited to Savannah to do the show in the county jail I may do Atlanta Fringe ..waiting to hear.. ..Dublin Fringe later this year which just seems right as that’s where the story begins … most of all I am listening to the universe to tell me what’s next! Mostly, I listen to my award winning director, Dan Ruth. I consider Dan to be my mentor as well ..I don’t know if he knows that.. he does now ..but in terms of the path to success iwith a solo show I want what he has ..so I do what he does and follow his suggestions. I am grateful that he is in my life was another instinct situation finding him.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

The Ferryman

Any advice for your peers?

Follow your heart, your passion.. listen to your insides, your instincts… network.. be specific and honest..keep supportive people in your life.


Show Information:

Runaway Princess, a Hopeful Tale of Heroin, Hooking and Happiness Written and performed by Mary Goggin. Directed by Dan Ruth

When: Feb. 20 @ 5:30pm Feb. 24 @ 5:10pm Feb. 28 @ 7:10pm March 4 @ 7:10pm March10 @3:30pm

Where: FRIGID New York @ Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10009

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TICKETS: Tinyurl.com/runawayprincess

COST: $20.00 ($15.00 for seniors, students and military)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: http://www.horsetrade.info/frigid-festival

VISIT MARY GOGGIN: http://marygoggin.com

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Horse Trade Theater Group Announces 20TH Anniversary & Final Season

Since 1997 Horse Trade Theater Group has been home to thousands of artists and independent theater companies, becoming “arguably the epicenter of the independent theater world in New York” (Leonard Jacobs, Clyde Fitch Report) and “a mecca for terrific off-off Broadway theater” (Martin Denton, nytheatre.com). We present 8 annual festivals, including Estrogenius, FRIGID, Queerly, Gotham Storytelling Festival, and the Obie-Award winning The Fire This Time Festival. Last year we presented 450 performances including 25 individual monthly productions. We are proud and honored to celebrate our 20th season and to launch the next phase of our continuing mission to support artists and present the very best alternative, diverse and original theater to our loyal and growing audience.

Beginning in the summer of 2018, FRIGID New York, a now established 501c3 corporation, will continue the Horse Trade tradition at The Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks.  By transitioning to a non-profit model after 20 years of faithful and proven community service, we will be able to increase our commitment to paying all artists and staff that create the vibrant work on our stages. We will begin the fundraising efforts to ensure the organization’s future in this city’s always shifting and uncertain real estate market.  As we grow our efforts to provide a home for the next generation of independent theater artists, we welcome your support, financially or otherwise, and look forward to partnering with other like-minded organizations to sustain and strengthen the living treasure that is the independent theater community in New York City.

Horse Trade’s 20th and final season will include Death to The Pumpkin Pie Show (the 20th and final installment), the 20th Anniversary of Dysfunctional Theater, new shows from resident theatre companies The Dirty Blondes and Infinite Variety Productions, and the annual Gotham, STEM, Fire This Time, FRIGID, EstroGenius, and Queerly Festivals.

The Constitution
Written by Mickaël de Oliveira, Directed by Jill DeArmon
Presented by Saudade Theatre
August 31-September 10 @ UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Four actors, heroes of a new society, are invited by the government to write a new Constitution. Sequestered from society. Six days. No experience in the matter. A perfect Constitution for an imperfect nation.

Show Up
Written & Performed by Peter Michael Marino, Directed by Michole Biancosino
September 14-30 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Directed from a sold out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Peter Michael Marino’s 4-star critically acclaimed Show Up returns to UNDER St. Marks where it all began last year. This one-man, interactive, improvised comedy is all about the good, bad, and ugly experiences of the audience – who also lend a hand in the set, sound and lights…and there’s a party!

Death to The Pumpkin Pie Show
Written by Clay McLeod Chapman
Performed by Clay McLeod Chapman & Hanna Cheek
October 12-28 @ UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
After 20 years of bringing macabre tales of madness and murder to the East Village, writer Clay McLeod Chapman is finally driving a stake into the heart of his long-running storytelling staple The Pumpkin Pie Show. Join him and scene-stealer Hanna Cheek for one final foray into the abyss with their favorite literary perversions from the last two decades.

A Night with the Dead
Written & Directed by Martha Lorena Preve
Presented by Something from Abroad
October 26-29 @ The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
You don’t talk about death, you don’t mess with it, and you certainly don’t question tradition. In a world where death is considered taboo, Catrina, a Mexican girl, will defy society’s rules to find out where our loved ones go when they die. A Night with the Dead is a story about the origins of the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos.

6th Annual Gotham Festival
November 1-7 @ The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
This November, Horse Trade presents the 6th Annual Gotham Storytelling Festival. With storytellers from a variety of ethnic, national and sexual backgrounds, this year’s festival promises to bring you stories that are both intensely individual and strikingly universal. Don’t miss out on a full week of stories that will make you laugh, cry, wonder and want to hear more.  With special guest Christian Cagigal, a storytelling magician from the west.

Beyond the Etchings
Presented by Infinite Variety Productions
November 10 & 11 @ The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
Through a collaboration with Vietnam Veteran Bob Staranowicz and IVP creators Ashley Adelman and Kelly Teaford, Beyond the Etchings tells the story of men and women whose names are visited on the Vietnam Wall everyday. Beyond the Etchings reminds us that war not only changes the lives of those in the war zone but many others waiting anxiously at home.  Basing the play around oral histories, letters and first hand accounts, Beyond the Etchings reminds us of the power of listening, remembering and connecting.

Dysfunctional Theatre 20th Anniversary Extravaganza!
Presented by Dysfunctional Theatre Company
November 29 @ The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
This year Dysfunctional Theatre is 20 years old! To celebrate we’ve designed a special, one-of-a-kind event featuring the best moments of shows spanning our years together. Dysfunctional members new and old will be taking the stage to create an unforgettable evening of entertainment that promises to be purely, totally, absolutely Dysfunctional.

In Their Footsteps
Presented by Infinite Variety Productions
November 30-December 11 @ UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Thousands of women served in Vietnam during the war. Barely any of their stories are known. Join the IVP team as they follow the footsteps of five women from all different walks of life who chose to serve their country. Created from five oral interviews, IVP is honored to be taking the words, tales and lives of these women and sharing them with you. In Their Footsteps is not a tale of women who went to war but the stories of everyday life in a warzone and where the journey leads a person after their reality includes dirt, mud, blood and loss.

10th Annual A Very Yoga Christmas
Hosted by Joe Yoga
December 21 @ UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Joe Yoga’s annual all-star variety Christmas show extravaganza returns to UNDER St. Mark’s with free cupcakes, a Steely Dan dance party, double-blind Secret Santa, and the best music and comedy the East Village has to offer.

Winter Burlesque Blitz
December 27-30 @ The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
The burlesque Blitz will be returning this year with a whole new lineup of loveliness. This year’s festival will be bringing not only live burlesque performances by performers from multiple points on the Gender spectrum, but also a lecture and a movie on the theme, to create a well rounded event for the holiday season.

4th Annual STEM Fest
January 3-14, 2018 @ The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
Storytellers, comedians, burlesque performers, playwrights musicians and, yes, even scientists will show us just how entertaining the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math can be. With some returning regulars and some new voices this year’s festival promises to bring us one small step out of the darkness and into the light.

9th Annual The Fire This Time Festival
January 15-28, 2018 @ The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
The African American experience is not represented solely by one voice or one style. Horse Trade Theater Group and The Fire This Time Festival provide a platform for talented early-career playwrights of African and African American descent to explore challenging new directions for 21st century theatre.

12th Annual FRIGID Festival
February 14-March 4, 2018
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street) & UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
This very special open and uncensored theatre festival gives artists an opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination. In true support of theatre on the fringe, 100% of box office proceeds go directly to the artists. FRIGID is here to chill out the New York independent theatre scene’s ideas of what a theatre festival can be!

EstroGenius Festival
Presented by Manhattan Theatre Source
March 8-26, 2018 @ The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
An annual celebration of female voices featuring 10-minute plays, music, solo shows, teen performances, visual art, and dance. New York City’s largest women’s arts festival committed to providing opportunities to female artists – in a variety of disciplines – ranging from the emerging to the seasoned professional.

4th Annual Queerly Festival
June 20-July 2, 2018 @ The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
Queerly, a festival seen through lavender-colored glasses, takes the everyday experiences, jokes and stories of being alive on this planet and views them through the lens of queer identity. A celebration of this diverse, strong, sharing-minded community told through stories, songs, poetry and plays.

Horse Trade Theater Group is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. Horse Trade also produces the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds. http://www.horseTRADE.inf

JULY EVENTS AT  FRIGID NEW YORK @ HORSE TRADE

 
Thank You, Robot Photo credit: KL Thomas
The Long Miserable Journey to Happiness
Sunday, July 2 @ 5pm & Wednesday, July 19 @ 7pm 
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place) $12
Fringe 2011’s Best Newcomer Nominee Paul Valenti is going back to Edinburgh. This time on a casual quest for Universal Truth. Put yourself in Paul’s hands while he clowns, cajoles, charms, flips, falls and flops his way to discovering what exactly—if anything—makes us truly happy. Paul invites you to leave your baggage at the door and join him on a quest for the unseekable: Happiness.
Category: Solo Show; Clown
Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off!
Sunday, July 2 @ 8pm $10 in advance; $15 at the door
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off! features NYC’s funniest female comics and sassiest burlesque acts. Past performers have been featured in films, seen on TV, and perform at venues all over the world. This is a fast paced sexy show, exploding with talent.
Category: Comedy; Burlesque
The Open Mic Downstairs 
Hosted by Dan Ricker & Mike Milazzo
Every Tuesday @ 9pm $4 at the door
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
At The Open Mic Downstairs the focus is the stage! Sign-ups get seven minutes to try anything in one of the most supportive rooms in New York. Whether it’s a performance art piece, comedy, music, storytelling, dance, or something entirely off the top of your head, you’ll find a home in the attentive welcoming community at UNDER St. Marks.
Category: Open Mic; Variety 
FEAST: A Performance Series
Wednesday, July 5 @ 7pm $15
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Feast: A Performance Series invites you to the table for a fresh and delicious three-course performance series. Co-curators Conrad Kluck and Alex Randrup offer an evening of performances from the worlds of theater, music, dance and poetry, including a new work-in-progress staged reading by our monthly-featured playwright. We’re cooking up new works every month!
Category: Variety; Play Development 
Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret
Wednesday, July 5 @ 9:30pm $15
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret is Gotham’s Premiere Variety Show: Comedy, Music, Burlesque, Vaudeville, and More! Hosted by Canadian import Jillian Thomas; featuring Bill Chambers and Gregory Levine – and a rotating cast of the entertainment cream of NYC, America and Canada. Created and Produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine.
Category: Variety; Comedy; Vaudeville 
 
CHALK
Saturday, July 8 @ 2:30pm $15; $5 for kids under 12
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
CHALK is a playful and poignant one-man show guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Chalk invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen. Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this feel-good romantic romp sure to “Draw You In.” Category: Solo Show; Kids; Family Friendly 
A Brief History of Beer
Saturday, July 8 @ 10:30pm $12
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
A Brief History of Beer is a one hour drinkeractive comedy where the audience travels through time with William Glenn and Trish Parry, all the way back to Ancient Sumeria, through to today, on a mission to save beer from a mysterious nefarious person! Each month has a different theme so you can always come back and fill your cup with beery knowledge and fun!
Category: Comedy; Food & Drink
Cabaret Showdown: Winners Showcase
Sunday, July 9 @ 5:30pm $10
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
Join last month’s winner of the Cabaret Showdown as they star in their own show!
Category: Cabaret; Music
The Cabaret Showdown
Hosted by Mark McDaniels 
Sunday, July 9 @ 7pm  $12 (includes a free drink)
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street) 
Do you have what it takes to be a cabaret champion? Contestants compete for the chance to star in their own show or cabaret. Come out and join the fun! Whether you are a contestant or in the audience you are guaranteed to have a blast. Category: Cabaret; Music; Game Show
The Adam Wade Show
Featuring Moth StorySLAM Champion, Adam Wade
Tuesday, July 11 @ 7pm $10
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
Adam Wade (Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, NPR regular), a staggering 20-time Moth Story Slam winner, has put together many of his winning heartfelt and humorous stories for this special monthly show. No two shows are the same. A different featured guest will start the evening off.
Category: Comedy; Storytelling
Sketch Block 
Wednesday, July 12 @ 9pm $10
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
Sketch Block is a comedy showcase that gives sketch troupes an opportunity to perform without the pressure of bringing in an audience. Also, Sketch Block does not force their audience to pay for drinks. We believe that it’s your choice to drink or not. It’s about the comedy. Sketch Comedy meets Block Party. This monthly show features a guest host comedian, three guest sketch troupes and drinking. Come meet, mingle, and perform!
Category: Comedy; Sketch Comedy
Pretty Bad
Thursday, July 13 @ 10pm $15
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
Pretty Bad is a show that pairs professional models with professional comedians to make imperfect improv under perfectly funny circumstances.
Category: Comedy; Improv
Lo-Fi NYC
Saturday, July 15 @ 10:30pm $10
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
LO-FI NYC is a live taping of the comedy show you always dreamed of. Recorded only on iPhones and a 10-year-old Sony handicam, this fast-paced trash heap of a show features the best sketch, stand up, hammer giveaways and musicians from the big apple and beyond. It’s like The Muppet Show, but there aren’t any puppets and everyone is drunk.
Category: Comedy
Caribbean Nights Concert Series
Thursday, July 20 @ 10:30pm $15
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street) 
This is gong to be one exciting show of artists sharing the stage with Reggae and Hip Hop music that no doubt will get you out of your chairs! Featuring E.M.M.P. Inc Feddy Jones from Puerto Rico, Binky from the USA, Floydy Wonder from Jamaica, Grey Mann from Trinidad, and Cavell Simms aka DJ NUKID from Jamaica.
Category: Music; Reggae; Hip Hop
Thank You, Robot
Friday, July 21 @ 10:30pm $5
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
A showcase for independent and established improv teams. For each show, two teams join Thank You, Robot to perform sets of unscripted comedy, never seen before and never to be seen again. Category: Comedy; Improv
The Torchlight Series
Presented by Cave Theatre Company
Wednesday, July 26 @ 7pm $10
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
It is within caves that the first art appeared – tales of humanity carved or painted on the rock walls. Our ancestors walked deep into the earth away from all light and created stories with paint, with fire, with song. We now venture into the dark as our ancestors did and strive to do the same.
Category: Play Development
The Varietal Hour
Friday, July 28 @ 10:30pm $10
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)
The Varietal Hour showcases a diverse collection of talent from around the city. Host and two-time Tony Award rehearsal attendee Lucas Womack splits a bottle of wine with guests as they perform anything from stand up to soft shoe, from storytelling to juggling, and very little in between. Or maybe all of it. Join us as we celebrate variety and varietals!
Category: Variety; Food & Drink
Comic Sutra Saturday
Saturday, July 29 @ 10:30pm $10
UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place) 
Join us on an endless journey, where desire meets dick jokes, all under the guise of Eastern mysticism. Allow us to re-open those chakras deep inside you and be embraced by our tantalizing, tantric tales and tunes. Comedy. Music. The Unknown. Only at COMIC SUTRA SATURDAYS! Category: Comedy
New York Madness
Sunday, July 30 @ 8pm $10
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
Madness: is a raw and unpredictable show of short plays by an ensemble of playwrights presented fully staged with scripts in hand. Each night has a Theme, which is given out a week before the event. The collective works in an evening kaleidoscope that cultural moment. It is a snapshot of where we are politically, culturally, and artistically. A Madness is a forum for all writers to explore the boundaries of modern theater.
Category: Short Plays; Staged Reading
FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.
 
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Meet Amanda Nicastro and Matthew K. Sears & Escape to LA?

Name: Amanda Nicastro & Matthew K Sears

What is your current project? Rotten Apple: Escape to LA?

Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?

We’re performing our new show at the Frigid Fringe festival. The Frigid Festival takes place during the coldest time of the year in New York City, when we’re all probably asking ourselves the same question. “Why do I live here?” Frigid brings in shows from across New York and elsewhere, creating a perfect backdrop to reflect on our city versus other places we could be living.

Rotten Apple Comedy was born out of our frustrations with life in New York City. The challenges here can make anyone think about moving at times. For performers, the alternative is often Los Angeles. We have many friends who have given in to siren call of the West Coast and started new lives.

What’s next for you?

We’re currently planning another run of this show later this year. Please check out our website for show updates and filmed sketches.

Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?

Together with our director, Chris Booth, we drew inspiration from wacky comedies such as the Naked Gun movies, classic comedy duos such as Abbot & Costello, and Looney Tunes (always a favorite.)

One of Amanda’s favorite comedy movies is “Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein” which she was introduced to by her dad.

We’ve been writing a lot of sketches centered around wacky characters. Bringing a variety of voices and big physicality to them just fits!

Want More?

Website: http://www.rottenappleshow.con
Twitter: @rottenappleshow; @TheLastAmanda; @MatthewKSears
Facebook: Facebook.com/rottenappleshow

Matthew K Sears is a New York comedian and improviser originally from Maine. He has been writing and performing with Amanda as Rotten Apple for four years, as well as doing stand-up, improvising, and producing videos on his own. You can see him every month at the PIT Loft as part of the Campaign and find some of his videos at Cancel Into Super on YouTube.

Amanda Nicastro – Outside of producing content for Rotten Apple Amanda has traveled as far as The Orlando Fringe Festival with her one woman show “I’m Just Kidneying” which is about her becoming a living kidney donor. She has been a performer at the SoloCom Festival in New York three consecutive years in a row. Amanda has performed and written for a variety of shows produced at The People’s Improv Theater including SKTCH SHW, Electoral Dysfunction, Ladies of the PIT, and David Carl’s Road to the Whitehouse: A Donald Trump Rally. Amanda has also directed for Emerging Artists New Works Series, taught with Naked Angels Theater company, and created web/app content for Marvel Entertainment, Dynamite! and Nattr.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)
The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street

Feb. 15 10:30pm
Feb. 19 5:10pm
Feb. 23 10:30pm
Feb. 27 7:10pm
March 2 5:30pm

$15 tickets / $10 for seniors,students,military

Review: The Extraordinary Fall of the Four-Legged Woman by Lily Ali-Oshatz

Capture“Freaks raised to nobility” sings M the Ringmaster. It’s the timeless tale of boy meets four-legged girl. However, who’s the freak?  Fans of Side Show and American Horror Story: Freak Show will love this a cappella musical. Based on the true story of Myrtle Corbin, played by Madeline Bugeau-Heartt, the musical is about a woman who was born a dipygus and has created a normal life within her circus family. Clinton Bicknell, played by Justy Kosek, is a magician who sees her act and falls in love. Corbin is torn between the only family she knows and the unknown represented by the young lover who is courting her.

Directed by Madeline Wall, the talented ensemble cast of six tell this simple story on a mostly bare stage.  A string of lights represent the circus tent and a handful of props are used to navigate scene changes and new locations. Running at 45 minutes, the show fits perfectly into the Frigid Festival’s schedule.  There are 4 performances left so definitely catch this unique and experimental piece of art.

The Kraine Theatre

85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

Feb. 20th     6:40pm

Feb. 22nd    8:50pm

Feb. 27th     1:40pm

Mar. 2nd      8:50pm

extraordinary.fall@gmail.com

Visit http://www.extraordinaryfall.com/ for more info.