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:

Https://www.frigid.nyc/events/jaxxandlolo

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
NOTHING HERE IS REAL
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.

Breast Cancer Comedy NICE T!TS on February 24th at Triad

Amy Marcs’ Critically-Acclaimed Breast Cancer Comedy NICE T!TSReturns as a Celebrity Reading Featuring Women From Broadway’s HADESTOWN:

HADESTOWN Cast Members: Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton, Kim Steele Will Star Alongside Amy Marcs

WHO: Amy Marcs and cast of the Tony Award winning HADESTOWN including Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton, Kim Steele, along with directors Coco Cohn and Peter Michael Marino

WHAT: Amy Marcs’ hit solo comedy show about breast cancer, NICE T!TS, returns as a special benefit event featuring the cast of HADESTOWN

WHERE: The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street New York, NY 10023 

WHEN: February 24 at 7:00pm with additional upcoming performances March 30 & April 20 

WHY: Amy Marcs is a breast cancer survivor who needed to tell her story of “hope, love, and the resiliency of the human spirit, as well as our capacity to triumph over adversity even in the most traumatic of situations.” A portion of the proceeds will go to support The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, a program that addresses the myriad of concerns women face when dealing with a serious medical condition and provides a safe space to go to for confidential and compassionate help.  

HOW: http://www.triadnyc.com/event/d048d43caaaec1380884f3d0e821699e

Amy Marcs’ critically-acclaimed solo comedy show about breast cancer is poised to return, reconstructed as a star-studded celebrity reading featuring familiar faces from Broadway and television. Just when life was going so well for Amy – a “sexy New York Jewess with a great rack,” she was diagnosed with breast cancer. With an unlikely American icon by her side, she navigates the hills and valleys of doctor visits, toy stores, singing nurses, hellish support groups, and her understandably healthy obsession with her breasts. Amy’s very personal story is full of humor and heart-felt honesty as she takes the audience on an exploration of her roller-coaster experience with breast cancer and its effect on her perceptions of femininity, womanhood, confidence and mortality.  Since 2015, “Nice T!ts” has been playing to capacity crowds across the country, touching the lives and hearts of almost 2,000 people. The show has paired up to raise awareness and essential funds with the iconic Avon 39, The Walk to End Breast Cancer, Hadassah of Boston, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Mercer County, YMCA Breast Cancer Resource Center, and Sharsheret. “I needed to write this story about hope, love, and the resiliency of the human spirit, as well as our capacity to triumph over adversity even in the most traumatic of situations,” said writer/creator and star Amy Marcs. “Comedy is a powerful vehicle to share stories that may otherwise be hard for people to digest. It allows you to take the uncomfortable and make it comfortable. Laughter is and always will be the best form of therapy.”

Amy Marcs (Playwright/Performer) is an actress and voice over artist signed with The Buchwald Agency in NYC and WME in Los Angeles. Amy wrote and stars in her critically acclaimed autobiographical one woman show “Nice T!ts.” She has performed to sold out crowds at The PIT in New York City, Project Y’s ‘Women in Theatre Festival’, The Alliance for the Arts Theatre Conspiracy in Fort Myers Florida, and Cape May Playhouse. Amy has partnered with the iconic Avon 39 charity, the walk to end breast cancer, Hadassah of Boston, Breast Cancer Resource Center of Princeton, Jewish Family and Children Services, and Sharsheret. Amy has also been a featured speaker and performed scenes from her show to some of the most renowned plastic surgeons in the world at The Breast Cancer Reconstruction: State of the Art 2016 closing gala at the Kimmel Center in NYC where she was able to share her insights as a breast cancer patient and survivor. She has been a guest on Fresh 102.7 radio, ‘Dennis has a Podcast’ and Sirius XM ‘Doctor Radio’. Amy’s work as an actress has also taken her to regional theaters across the country. Some of her favorite roles include, Gorgeous in ‘The Sisters Rosensweig’, Myrtle in ‘Kingdom of Earth’ and Lucille in ‘Gemini’ as well as being part of an iconic ‘Harold’ team at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.  Amy’s screen work includes the independent film The Waiting Game, and you can hear her as the voice of Peg the Pig in the animated feature film Impy’s Island, which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. Her voice has been heard on numerous national network television promo and political campaigns. She is currently a Professor of Acting at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and is an ordained interfaith minister and spiritual counselor. Amy is grateful to have an opportunity to share her story and to use the transformative power of art to heal.  

Coco Cohn (Director of Celebrity Reading) spent nearly three years as Dancing Queen, Rosie in the Broadway company of Mamma Mia! Recent credits include: Fun Home – WPPAC and Phoenix Theatre (Alison). MAME – North Shore Music Theatre (Agnes Gooch). Into The Woods – Theatre Under The Stars (Jack’s Mother). EMMA – TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (Miss Bates). The Drowsy Chaperone – Gateway Playhouse (Chaperone). 2011 Helen Hayes Nominee Glimpses Of The Moon – MetroStage (Coral). TV: “High Maintenance,” “The Family,” “Royal Pains,” “Deadbeat,” “House,” “Desperate Housewives.” Film: Morning Glory, Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde 2, Secretary, Solaris. Paul Gordon’s EMMA was filmed for a brand-new streaming platform. In it, Lauren reprises her role as Miss Bates. It is available now at www.StreamingMusicals.com and on Amazon Prime. Additionally, she has proudly developed and directed multiple solo shows for exceptional performers, and also coaches young theatre professionals with the critically acclaimed A Class Act NY.   

Peter Michael Marino (Original Direction) is an award-winning teacher, director, producer, writer, and performer. He’s the creator of SOLOCOM, which has launched over 600 world-premiere solo comedies at The People’s Improv Theater. Solo show directing credits include: Amy Marcs’ “Nice T*ts,” Cynthia Shaw’s “Velvet Determination,” Rebecca Packer’s “Off Island,” Elyssa Rosen’s “Mom in Transition,” Mark Demayo’s “20 & Out,” Mark Giordano’s “Mad Man,” and dozens more. His long-running solo comedy “Desperately Seeking the Exit” chronicled the unmaking of his West End musical flop “Desperately Seeking Susan” – receiving 5-star reviews and a London transfer. His solo show deconstruction “Show Up” played everywhere from NYC to Edinburgh. The family-friendly version, “Show Up, Kids” has been playing around the world since 2017. His production company PM2 Entertainment, has presented UK comedian David Mills, The Unofficial Upper East Side EdFest, Jason Kravits’ “Off the Top!,” trumpcon: A Performance Festival of Yuge Proportions at The Kraine, LA comedy duo Moby Alpha, the NYC premiere of “Joe’s NYC Bar,” and the acclaimed solo show hit “David Carl’s Celebrity One-Man Hamlet.” www.petermmarino.com

Rent Party Opens July 12th at The Tank

WRITTEN BY AMINA HENRY
DIRECTED BY GRETCHEN VAN LENTE 
 
WORLD PREMIERE
JULY 12-21 @ THE TANK
 
The Tank (Meghan Finn and Rosalind Grush, Artistic Directors) in association with Drama of Works will present the World Premiere of Rent Party by Amina Henry, directed by Gretchen Van Lente at The Tank (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), July 12-21. Performances will be on Friday, July 12 at 7pm, Saturday, July 13 at 3pm, Saturday, July 13 at 7pm, Sunday, July 14 at 12pm, Sunday, July 14 at 3pm, Friday, July 19 at 7pm, Saturday, July 20 at 3pm, Saturday, July 20 at 7pm, Sunday, July 21 at 12pm, and Sunday, July 21 at 3pm. Tickets ($18 adults; $12 kids 18 and under) are available for advance purchase at www.thetanknyc.orgThe performance will run approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission.
 
In the early 1900s African-Americans began to migrate north in large numbers. Harlem was where their community was, so many moved there, despite the high rents. Rent parties became a popular way for families to raise the rent money they needed. They would hire a musician or band, get cheap refreshments and charge a small entry fee. 
 
An innovative toy theater fills the stage, a replica of a Harlem block from the 1920s. Lights flicker on as people awake. We see toy theater puppets, shadows come to life in windows, and at a certain point the whole set transforms. All the while actors frolic in 20s costumes, original saxophone music plays through the speakers and a cat does back alley beat poetry. We’re transported in time to an era poignant and pivotal to the African-American experience in this country and people of all ages should know these stories, hear these words and listen to this music. Come follow Rose, Jenny and Ricky as they help their mammas throw a RENT PARTY to save their home. All they need to do is get the ice, hand out some cards, oh – and get a real live musician to play. Shouldn’t be too hard…
 
The cast will include AnJu Hyppolite, Marlee Miller, Maya Posey, and Christian Roberson with Puppet and Set Design by Gretchen Van Lente, Costume Design by Taylor Harrison, Music Direction by Jessica Lurie, and Lighting Design by Jeannette Yew. 
 
RENT PARTY has been awarded the prestigious Henson Foundation family grant. The show is recommended for ages 10 and up. 
 
Amina Henry (Playwright) is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Productions include: Ducklings at JACK (Brooklyn, NY), The Animals at JACK, Happily Ever at Brooklyn College, Bully at Interrobang Theater (Baltimore, MD), An American Family Takes a Lover, produced by The Cell: a 21stCentury Salon and presented by Theatre for the New City (New York, NY), Water produced by Drama of Works (Brooklyn, NY), The Minstrel Show, produced as part of the 2013 Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival. Her work has been developed by/presented at: The New Group, Clubbed Thumb, The Flea, National Black Theater, Little Theater at Dixon Place, The Brooklyn Generator, The Brick, Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 2013 Black Swan Lab Series (Ashland, OR), Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX), The Brick, HERE Arts Center, The Cell: a 21st Century Salon, HERO Theatre, the Hive Theater, the Bowery Poetry Club and Brooklyn College. She was a 2012-2013 Core Apprentice playwright at The Playwrights Center and a 2013 Finalist for the Leah Ryan FEWW Playwriting Prize for her play Bully. She was a featured playwright at the 2013 Black and Latino Playwrights Conference at Texas State University. Publications include Hello, My Name Is Joe in the compilation 24 Gun Control Plays, published by No Passport Press. Amina Henry is a graduate of Yale University; NYU’s Performance Studies MA program and Brooklyn College’s MFA Playwriting program lead by head weasels Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney. She has been a member of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group, Page73’s writers group, and is a 2017-2018 member of the Ars Nova writers group. She is a 2017-2018 recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Space Residency and is a 2018 recipient of a space residency at Dixon Place.
 
Gretchen Van Lente (Director) is the Artistic Director of Drama of Works, a freelance theater director and a full-time theater teacher. She has been working in the field of puppetry and visual theater since 1995. Since this time, outside of the over a dozen award-winning shows she has created with DOW, she has directed for Polaris North Theater, Bond Street Theater, Theater for the New City, {your name here} a Queer Theater Company, New Georges, JACK Brooklyn; and at Brooklyn College, where she directed Gruesome Playground InjuriesThe Ferris Wheel and The Fairy Garden, as well as puppetry direction for She Kills Monsters. As a designer she has worked with TheatreWorks USA, Mannes Opera, The Brick Theater, and many others. She received her BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design, her BA in theatre from Eugene Lang College, an MFA in directing from Brooklyn College, and an MS in Education from Pace University. She is currently a full-time elementary theater teacher for district 75 in New York City.
 
Drama of Works (DOW) “New York’s tightly organized satirists” (In Pittsburgh), are known for their innovative works “high on fantastic production value” (Village Voice) that cross the line between actors and puppeteers. “Whatever it is supposed to be, it isn’t boring.” (Puppetmaster). Led by Artistic Director Gretchen Van Lente (former president of UNIMA-USA), they have performed around New York City, plus all over the East Coast and abroad since 1999 with their unique brand of theatre: gaining members, fans and supporters along the way. Drama of Works has performed abroad at ten international festivals to date, garnering awards and accolades: The International Festival of Children’s Theater in Subotica, Serbia; The FOOT Festival of Original Theatre in Toronto, Canada; The Cooking Fire Theatre Festival, also in Toronto; The Barents Region International Puppet Festival in Oulu, Finland (twice); The Istanbul International Puppet Festival; The World Festival of Puppet Art, Prague (twice); The Prague Fringe Festival; and the World Festival of Puppet Art, Jakarta, Indonesia. They are the recipients of eight Henson Foundation grants, two grants from the Rhode Island Foundation, a grant from the Fund for US Artists at International Festivals, an ART/NY Creative Space and Nancy Quinn Fund grant, a Chashama/NEA Performance Development Award and an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Project Commission. They have participated in various festivals and developmental labs, including HERE’s Dream Music Puppetry Program, the O’Neil Puppetry Conference, the Arts at St. Ann’s Puppet Lab, and many others. Drama of Works prides themselves on including members from a variety of backgrounds, including puppetry, experimental theatre, clowning, classical theatre, folk dance and comedy. They are proud members of Puppeteers of America, UNIMA-USA, Network of Ensemble Theaters and ART/NY. They create work for all ages, including pieces geared toward small children, family audiences and more text-heavy adult-centered pieces exploring deeper themes. They specialize in adapting already-told stories in new and invigorated ways. www.dramaofworks.com 
 
The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter and producer. Our mission is to remove economic barriers from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form, and to do so in an environment that is inclusive and accessible. We serve over 2,000 artists every year in over 800 performances, and work across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, puppetry, and storytelling. The heart of our services is providing free performance space in our two-stage theater complex Manhattan, and we also offer a suite of other services such as free rehearsal space, promotional support, artist fees, and much more. We support work at all phases of development, from readings and residencies to fully-produced world premieres. We keep ticket prices affordable and view our work as democratic, opening up both the creation and attendance of the arts to all.

Recent Tank-produced work includes Drama Desk-nominated productions Ada/Ava (2016), youarenowhere (2016), The Paper Hat Game (2017), the ephemera trilogy (2017), and The Hunger Artist (2018), as well as New York Times Critics’ Picks The Offending Gesture by Mac Wellman, directed by Meghan Finn (2016) and Red Emma & The Mad Monk by Alexis Roblan, directed by Katie Lindsay (2018). www.thetanknyc.org 

Evelyn Puppets’ Home at The Tank May 30-June 2

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Home, a new play by Evolve Puppets (Tanya Khordoc & Barry Weil) will be performed at The Tank NYC from May 30-June 2, 2019.  

Home fuses puppetry, theatre and multimedia into a visually thrilling and emotionally moving story of a woman’s connection to the universe.  Alice is an archaeologist, mother and scholar at the final crossroads of her life.  A visit from an intimidating guardian angel (and his strangely familiar young companion) sends Alice on a trip through time and memory, digging through the layers of the past, unearthing her life with her brilliant but troubled husband and their young daughter, and her years studying the people of Pompeii, frozen forever in their last moments on Earth.

 Home uses live actors alongside lifelike full-figure puppets inspired by Japanese bunraku techniques, shadow play, state-of-the-art digital projections and more to tell Alice’s story through the very contents of her home.  Photos on the walls become animate; plush toys and dolls come to life; clouds of dust form into moving images; furniture travels around the space, opening up to reveal dynamic museum-style dioramas of the past. 

Home is written and directed by Tanya Khordoc & Barry Weil (world premieres of Vàclav Havel’s Motormorphosis and Lord Graham Russell’s Devil and the Deep), who also designed the show’s innovative puppetry.  Original music is composed and arranged by Joel Phillip Friedman (Drama Desk and Outer Critic’s Circle nominee).  Lake Simons (Lincoln Center’s War Horse, Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique) is associate director and movement choreographer.  Home features projection design by Jared Mezzocchi (Obie and Lucille Lortel winner, Vietgone), set design by Tom Lee (Shank’s Mare), lighting design by Federico Restrepo (founder/artistic director of Loco7) and costume design by Sarah Riffle (Lyric Opera of Chicago).  Stage manager is Berit Johnson, and movement assistant is Mark Myles Murray. 

The cast of actors and puppeteers features Mery Cheung, Marjorie Conn, Maggie Gayford, Kevin P. Hale, Ross Hamman, Tanya Khordoc, Caitlyn Piccirillo, Barry Weil and Meghan Maureen Williams. 

Evolve Puppets’ Home is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and administered by LMCC. Earlier developmental presentations of Home were made possible with support from The Jim Henson Foundation, the Puppetry at the Carriage House program and Dixon Place. 

SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES:

  • Thursday May 30 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday May 31 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday June 1 at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday June 2 at 3:00 p.m. 

The Tank NYC is located at 312 West 36th Street, NYC between 8th and 9th Avenues, on the 1st floor.  Tickets are $20 at 212-563-6269 or at brownpapertickets.com/event/4224756.  For more information, visit www.evolvepuppets.com.

LPTW Presents the 7th Annual Women Stage the World Parade @lptwomen #womenstagetheworld

THE LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE WOMEN PRESENTS THE 7TH ANNUAL WOMEN STAGE THE WORLD PARADE

Photo credit: Erik McGregor

TUESDAY, JUNE 11 IN TIMES SQUARE 

The League of Professional Theatre Women (Kelli Lynn Harrison & Catherine Porter, Co-Presidents), an organization which has been leading the gender parity conversation and championing women in the professional theatre for over 35 years, will lead the seventh annual Women Stage the World Parade, a march to advocate for equal representation for women in theatre, on Tuesday, June 11 from 6-7pm, beginning and ending at the TKTS booth in Times Square. 

Women Stage the World, an advocacy project of the LPTW, is designed to educate the public about the role women play in creating theatre and the gender barriers they face as men continue to outnumber women by 4 to 1 in key roles such as playwright, director and designer. Women buy two-thirds of the tickets and represent 65% of the audience, yet 80% of the time the storytelling on stage is shaped by men’s voices, not women.

The Women Stage the World Parade and March will prompt ticket-buyers to ask three questions as they make buying decisions: 

(1) Who wrote, directed and designed this play? 

(2) What is this theatre’s track record in giving opportunities to women?

 (3) How can you spread the word and promote women’s voices? 

Like the suffragettes before them, Women Stage the World empowers women and men to become aware, take action and influence others. For the past seven years Women Stage the World has marched through Times Square- educating theatre goers about the importance of gender parity in the American Theater.

March participants will gather at the TKTS booth in Times Square starting at 5:30pm. The march will commence at 6pm and weave through Times Square and the Broadway district. The event is FREE and the League of Professional Theatre Women invites all theatre women and allies to participate in this march, as we boost awareness, lift our voices, and advocate for more opportunities for women in theatre. All march participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite historical theatre woman or in all white. Women Stage the World sashes and signs will be provided, as supplies last.

If you’re a theatre woman or ally interested in participating in the event please email WomenCountMarchRSVP@theatrewomen.org


The League of Professional Theatre Women (a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization) has been championing women and leading the gender parity conversation in the professional theatre for over 35 years. Since its founding, the LPTW’s membership has grown to 500+ theatre artists and practitioners of all backgrounds, across multiple disciplines, working in the commercial and non-profit sectors. To increase visibility of and opportunities for women in the field, the LPTW spearheads events, public programming, advocacy initiatives, media, and publications that celebrate industry luminaries, preserve the legacy of historic visionaries, raise awareness of the importance of nurturing women’s voices, and shine a spotlight on the imperative of striving for gender parity and fostering a diversity of expression, 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

Meet Woody Fu & Too Many Asians @woodrowfu #toomanyasians

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Name: Woody Fu
Tell us about you. 
I’m an actor/comedian, a cancer, Slytherin, and introvert. Trained at the Magnet and UCB Theaters in NY, performed at Boom Chicago (Amsterdam), with Baby Wants Candy, and toured nationally with my one-man show Asian Gracefully. Love seltzer and french fries, my spirit animal is a penguin. I’ve appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, TBS, FX and The New York Times. I’m also a lead in the feature Lucky Grandma, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival this year.
Tell us about your current project? 
Have you ever thought “there’s not enough Asian faces onstage?” After this show you will think “that was TOO MANY Asians!” Too Many Asians! is a live one-man characters show by actor, comedian and writer Woody Fu. Watch him become a KPOP boy band, a very confident pigeon and more in a series of tight comedy sketches. After half an hour, you will be an Asian ally or dead, GUARANTEED. Directed by Hunter Nelson.
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production? 
This show is going up at New York City’s premiere venue for sketch comedy, the Upright Citizens Brigade in Hell’s Kitchen.
What’s next for you? 
I’m making a short film about time travel!
What is the name of the last show you saw? 
The last thing I really enjoyed is the podcast CONVICTION on Gimlet Media.
Any advice for your peers?
Keep doing it. Don’t stop doing it.

Woody Fu performs on Maude Night, Characters Welcome, and Baby Wants Candy at UCB. He was a castmember of Boom Chicago (Amsterdam), and Thrones! The Musical Parody (Edinburgh Fringe). He’s appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, TBS, FX, and The New York Times. He is a lead in the feature Lucky Grandma, premiering at Tribeca Film Festival this year.

His webseries Asian American Studies is an official selection at Slamdance 2019, and his forthcoming series UR Asian Friend was produced by UCB Comedy and Nerdist. His one-man show Asian Gracefully toured New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Austin, and Toronto.

He’s also a professional DJ who loves penguins, seltzer and french fries.

He is represented by Ken Treusch at Bleecker Street Entertainment.

http://woodyfu.com


Show Information:
When: UCB Hell’s Kitchen at 555 West 42nd Street
When: May 13 @9pm / May 31 @7:30pm / June 12 @7:30pm / June 24 @9pm

Meet Amanda Nicastro & I’m Just Kidneying

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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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