NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet David Hersh & Going UP?!

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)We all ride elevators. Some of us multiple times a day. And every time we get inside, trapped in the corner, or squished next to the huge-summer-sweaty-guy, our bubble space invaded, while listening to the Muzak drone on we think, even if it is just a flash through our minds we think, “Is this the time I’m going to get stuck?” And we scan the elevator to see who our fellow ragtag inmates will be. And we wonder if we might escape through the trapdoor in the ceiling. And we wonder if we have anything to eat because we missed breakfast. And we pray to God that we won’t have to pee. Or worse. And what about the overly pregnant woman by the buttons? Is she going to blow? Going Up?! is a musical comedy that plays on our collective thoughts and fears; a musical that takes place entirely within a seven by seven space

What is your hometown? I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. My parents grew up in Worcester, MA and moved to Canada before I was born. I moved to the United States a year and half ago and I’ve been living in Brooklyn since.

What was the last show that you worked on and where?  I directed Death of the Dollar in last year’s New York New Works Festival. The show made it all the way to the finals. It was a great show with a talented cast and terrific music.

Why submit to a Festival like this? I’m thrilled that Going Up will be premiering at the Festival this year. The Festival is a fantastic opportunity for new works to be seen by prominent producers. I had an amazing experience last year. Gene Fisch and the entire Festival crew were welcoming and supportive. I also got to see many of the shows which were all entertaining. Some of them were quite inspiring and I appreciated the hard work and talent that went into their productions.

PERFORMANCE: August 25th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

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NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Joe Minchik & With This Ring

Since announcing the debut of his first one-act play, “With This Ring” Joe Minchik has overwhelmingly been asked one question: “Does this mean you are FINALLY proposing to your girlfriend?!” Minchik can’t refute the uncanny resemblance he shares with the play’s main character, Josh Kavanagh, (played by Minchik), a New York City dwelling 29-year old, who after five years of dating his girlfriend, Harper Boston (played by Sarah Burkhalter), attempts to pop the question.

Where is your hometown? Westminster, MD

What was the last show that you worked on and where? I’ve been acting and improvising in NYC since 2008. “With This Ring” is the first play I’ve written.

Why submit to a festival like this? I submitted to the NYNW festival to have a unique opportunity at developing a new piece of writing and the chance to network with industry professionals.

PERFORMANCE: August 25th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet CT Marie and Ideal Lights

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)CT Marie is thrilled to be part of this year’s NYNW Theatre Festival. Originally from New York City, she is well acquainted with the NYC theater scene. Just this past January, she produced, wrote, and starred in “A(MUSE)” that was presented by The Venus/Adonis Theatre Festival at The Robert Moss Theater. As a young and active new voice, CT Marie is proud to produce “Ideal Lights” in a festival that honors and provides significant exposure for emerging playwrights.

PERFORMANCE: August 24th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Mitchell Van Landingham & Acrophobia

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)Mitchell VanLandingham was born near Fresno, California, and moved to New York City in 2013 after his undergraduate studies at UC Davis. While in the city, he wore many hats: from telemarketer to legal secretary — all before finally beginning his studies as a law student at UC Hastings in San Francisco in fall 2015. Traveling between his family on the West Coast and his work on the East Coast, he took on another position: fearful flyer. Despite having racked up over 30,000 air miles in eighteen months, he is still a white-knuckler at every takeoff. After one flight too many, he turned his crippling fear of flying into Acrophobia, a three-character comedy about irrational fears, the kindness of strangers, and how much we need (or don’t need) each other. Acrophobia was first produced in 2015 by Gotham Dance Theater at The Tank NYC. For the NYNW Theatre Festival, Acrophobia features Malia Therese Abayon, Tyler Crozier, and Stefin Woolever, and the original staging was reconstructed by eminent choreographer and Gotham Dance Theater co-founder Marc Andrew Nuñez.

What is your hometown? Visalia, California

What was the last show that you worked on and where? Ophelia, a play I wrote, performed in June 2015 by Gotham Dance Theater at Joria Productions/West Side Dance Project

Why submit to a Festival like this? This is such a great opportunity not only to get exposure, but also to learn from such esteemed professionals in the industry.

PERFORMANCE: August 19th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Claire Zajdel and Mother Maggie

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)Where is your hometown? Lisle, Illinois

What was the last show that you worked on and where? I produced Talk Radio with NYU’s Backstage Theatre Company.

Why submit to a festival like this? NYNW is an exciting opportunity for young playwrights like myself because it brings together the opportunity to produce an unseen work with the chance to meet working Broadway producers and directors.

PERFORMANCE: August 19th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

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NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Anthony Marinnelli & Another Famous Dead Artist

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)The play features Rick Schneider as an artist who is in the midst of a creative meltdown when his longtime protégée/muse (Amanda Greer) reveals she is leaving him…for another woman (Lucy Dolly Caires). The play deals with many issues that creative people often face, from the fear of not being good enough, to the nature of beauty and how to capture it.

In 2014, his one-act play, Acoustic Space, won the Strawberry Festival’s Best Play Award and he was nominated for Best Director. The film version screened in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and received an Award of Merit in the Best Shorts Competition. He is the writer/director/editor of short films Night, Joey’s Gonna Kill Me, Lunch Time and Subway (which aired multiple times on PBS’ Reel13). Another short he directed, Walt Whitman Never Paid For It, written by Angelo Berkowitz, won the Audience Choice Award at the Richmond International Film Festival (March, 2014) and was also featured in the Williamsburg and Big Apple Film Festivals. He began directing for the stage with an original play by author, Sharbari Ahmed, entitled Raisins Not Virgins, followed by Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love and Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (both of which he also produced).
Other directorial projects include a staged reading of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, an industry reading for his feature film script, Eventually Yours, and a five week run of Woody Allen’s Play It Again, Sam at the Center Playhouse in Freehold, NJ. Upcoming projects include another play, Books, Beds and Baths, a web series, Simple Things, and Neil Simon’s Chapter Two for Center Playhouse in 2016.
Anthony is also a full-time editor who has worked on commercials appearing during the Super Bowl as well as an award-winning documentary with Alicia Keys (“Alicia in Africa”). In 2001 he was nominated for an AICE award for his work on NY Dept. of Tourism’s, “New Day,” which was the first “I Love NY” commercial after the Sept. 11th attacks.
He lives in Manalapan, New Jersey with his wife and three children.”
PERFORMANCE: August 27th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

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NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Kelley Birney and Kristen Tumminello & The Nose That Didn’t Fit

The Nose That Didn’t Fit by Kelley Birney and Kristen Tumminello

Where is your hometown? Hunstville, AL

What was the last show that you worked on and where? 

Kristen: Into the Woods (AL) (Kristen has also been busy building a curriculum and lining up shows to direct as she has recently taken over the theatre program and a performing arts school in Huntsville, AL

Kelley: I’ve been busy writing and pitching a variety of projects (I’ve also been busy commercially and appeared in a short film released in the Netherlands )

Jay: Mary Poppins (BCT)

Why submit to a festival like this? This festival is one of its kind – offering the amazing opportunity for writers to not only have their work seen and evaluated by industry professionals, but. As to also have an assigned mentor coach and guide you along the way, offering advice on how best to take this work to the next level. The support and involvement by the panelist community is second to none. @kelleybirney @worrywoomusical

PERFORMANCE: August 28th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/


 

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Kenzie Ross & Morning

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)Morning by Kenzie Ross

What is that moment when two people know they feel something for the other but so many other factors keep them from being honest and true to their feelings. Why are we so afraid to scream out love? Even if it is fleeting. Maybe those serendipitous moments in life are coincidence and maybe they are magical. I’d like to continue to believe in the magic.

Kenzie Ross is a New York based writer and actor originally from Kalamazoo, MI where she received her BA in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University. Since finishing her Masters in Acting at Penn State University last year, she has been touring internationally with Dominique Morisseau’s newest play, “Blood at the Root” originating the role of Asha.   “Morning” is her first play to be produced in New York City.”

PERFORMANCE: August 26th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/


 

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet Heather Jopling and David Velarde & Mythos: Love Cursed

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)Mythos: Love Cursed by Heather Jopling and David Velarde

What is your hometown?

Librettist – Heather Jopling: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada (but born in Prince Edward Island, home of Anne of Green Gables)

Composer – David Velarde: Manhattan, NY

What was the last show that you worked on and where?

Heather Jopling: Les Mis, Port Hope, ON

David Velarde: Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar – North American Tour. Creator, Autumn Moon, Off-Broadway.

Why submit to a Festival like this? This festival is the first specifically created to help take shows to the next level The opportunity to put one’s work in front of industry peers is unparallelled. Having constructive criticism in the new work process is invaluable. International vampire rock opera premieres this August at the New York New Works Theatre Festival. Vanity, vengeance and vampires reign supreme in the new dramatic rock opera Mýthos: Love Cursed.   After enraging a vindictive goddess, an arrogant vampire finds himself cursed to love and lose the same human for all eternity. Will this tragic hero find redemption or be doomed forever?   With a cast of strong-willed supernatural beings and a modern orchestral rock score, this Goth opera will get your blood pumping. This cross-border original work, penned by Canadian playwright Heather Jopling, with a score by New Yorker David Velarde, aims to re-invigorate the rock opera genre. Mythos: Love Cursed features 70s-inspired orchestral rock, R&B, alternative, and jazz. Two powerhouse actresses, Emmanuelle Zeesman and Jenn Susi take on the roles of hapless human and vengeful goddess, with composer David Velarde himself bringing the vampire anti-hero to lif

PERFORMANCE: August 26th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/

NYNW Theatre Festival: Meet S.E. Taylor & I Hope I’m Not Sounding Crazy to You

LOGO_BUG+TYPE-resized-2-1_blkbg (1)I Hope I’m Not Sounding Crazy to You by Sarah Taylor

S. E. Taylor, along with other LIU Post Alumni are back for the 2nd Annual NYNWTF! Last year, Taylor showed off her One Act comedy Straight and made it to the second round. This time, the playwright is bringing a different type of play to the festival. I Hope I’m Not Sounding Crazy to You, an experimental solo-piece, will express to audiences what it is like to grow up as an adult child of an  alcoholic and how they deal with it. Taylor wants to focus on the people damaged by alcoholism, as opposed to the alcoholics themselves. Everyone involved with the play is very excited for the festival and hopes everyone will enjoy I Hope I’m Not Sounding Crazy to You

PERFORMANCE: August 24th at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.

Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.

The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.

http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com/