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 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

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

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