Meet Zoe Aqua & Between the Threads

Photos by Emily Hewitt. (emilyhewittphotography.com)
Name:  Zoe Aqua
Tell us about you. 
I’m a violinist and composer based in Brooklyn. My specialty is klezmer and Eastern-European music, although I perform in a number of other genres as well.
Tell us about your current project? 
“Between the Threads” is a devised theater piece built from the family stories and musings of 5 Jewish women actors as well as director Coral Cohen. I’m contributing original music using a loop/ effect pedals to build textures with my solo violin. Some parts are influenced by klezmer, some by Mizrachi (Middle Eastern Jewish) music, and other parts are more influenced by minimalist and electronic music. It’s my first time using a loop pedal so that is a fun and exciting thing for me! And the actors are very thoughtful and creative– it has been interesting to see how this piece has come together.
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production? 
We’re at HERE Arts Center in Soho, in the smaller theater underground. The space is a good fit because we’re performing an intimate piece based on family histories, some engaging with trauma. It’s powerful to able to see the audience react as they travel with us through the piece.
What’s next for you? 
Working on original music for 2 projects that I co-lead, Tsibele (https://tsibele.bandcamp.com/releases) and Farnakht (https://farnakht.bandcamp.com/releases). Also, I will be performing with amazing dancer/choreographer Joya Powell in the upcoming Estrogenius Festival on March 15 and 16.
What is the name of the last show you saw?
JOAN, at HERE Arts Center! It’s great, I recommend it.
Any advice for your peers?
Keep supportive friends and colleagues close who can help you push push PUSH through the challenge of working as an artist! Because it is a challenge, and artists need networks of support to survive and thrive.

Show Information: 

When: Through Feb 10
Where: HERE Arts Center at145 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013
Tickets:  http://here.org/shows/detail/2038/; /https://www.facebook.com/jewishwomenproject/

Meet Fengar Gael & Sycorax, Cyber Queen of Qamara

SycoraxPostcardFrontName: Fengar Gael

Tell us about you. 

I don’t sleep well; I keep dreaming that I’m a resident alien in a plutocracy led by a miserly, mean souled, tinpot dictator who has tricked us into allowing the ethics of business to infest every aspect of life. My mother said I was born wanting to re-stage the world, but since I’ve failed miserably, I drink too much, eat too much, read too much appalling news, and because I’m a playwright, I’m also subject to bipolar-manic-depression with delusions of grandeur and multiple personality disorder. I can trace the origin of these afflictions to a childhood of constant traveling in and out of the country which may explain why I write plays that take me to unfamiliar worlds and feature characters of diverse races and ethnicities from the past and future. For the past ten years New York has become my heart’s home, a great melting pot city where going to the theatre is a way of life. I have new friends and am part of the League of Professional Theatre Women whose members have enriched my hermit’s life beyond imagining.

Tell us about your current project? 

The play, Sycorax: Cyber Queen of Qamara, is a comic drama originally intended as a prequel to The Tempest. Shakespeare only mentioned that Sycorax was a witch from Algiers who was exiled to an island where she gave birth to a deformed boy named Caliban. In my play, Sycorax has waited 500 years to tell her side of the story to the widest possible audience: the World Wide Web of the Internet. She does so through her avatars, but I won’t give away the plot except to say that Sycorax feels moral outrage at the continuing gender imbalance of power in a world controlled by men who value their arsenals more than their artists. I’m thrilled that the fearless Ego Actus Theatre Company has taken on the challenge of bringing the play to vivid life by their inspired Artistic Director, Joan Kane, whose vision of the play happily resembles my own. We are blessed with a fantastic cast of actors and theater artists contributing to this production: the scenery, the costumes, the lights and projections are going to be beyond anything I had dared to imagine.

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

The play is being performed at HERE which has already garnered a following of brave souls who are passionate about innovative (even subversive) theatre. Both HERE and the Ego Actus Theatre Company believe in theatre as a fusion of art forms: with dialog that aspires to poetry, with music, dance and artful costumes, scenery and multi-media projections.

What’s next for you? 

The Detroit Repertory Theatre is producing my play, The House on Poe Street, in January of 2019. Another play, Smile Like a Knife, is a current finalist at two theatres sponsoring contests, and I’m currently writing Passing Parades that’s turning into a louche tale of the supernatural about an idealistic woman who undergoes a radical transformation after a bomb shatters the lives of marchers gathered to celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage. The play leaps backwards to the 1850s when the suffrage and abolitionists movements were aligned, but faced radical opposition. The play will be given a concert reading at the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Julia’s Reading Room series at the Jefferson Market Library on December 11th.

What is the name of the last show you saw? 

The Winning Side by James Wallert, a post-modern collage of a play produced by the Epic Theatre about Wernher von Braun, a former Nazi rocket engineer who interacts with his French lover and the Americans who steal him away to help claim the moon and conquer the world.

Any advice for your peers?

Drink wine, read poetry, and try not to commodify yourselves in a world where everything seems quantifiable — even plays are given numerical scores. If playwriting is the literary form that best expresses your passions, then don’t wait for commissions or guaranteed productions. To quote Emily Dickinson, “Be a fire that lights itself.” Also in this age of constant surveillance and identity politics, it’s best to resist definition. If the great evolutionary triumph of our species is the imagination and capacity to reason, then to define ourselves in terms of race, age, gender or ethnicity is to be forever stranded on a smaller planet. When we allow anyone to police our imaginations, to condemn us to writing plays only about people like ourselves, then we’re doomed. The best thing about our capacity for abstract thinking is that it allows us to imagine what it’s like to be someone else (saint or sinner), so we might become more empathetic. I should add that I truly believe there’s a great future for theatre. Perhaps it’s naive, but I think people will attend plays more than ever before, if only to heal their damaged attention spans, and to focus on the perpetual wide screen of the stage where no bullying cameras are telling them precisely where to look, no soundtracks assaulting their ears, where they’re no longer isolated but in the company of other human beings, and where their presence actually matters because going to the theatre is a creative act.


Show Information: 
DATES: November 1-18th
VENUE: HERE  145 6th Avenue one block south of Spring Street
TICKET URL: http://www.HERE.org or (212) 352-3101

More info is available at www.egoactus.com/sycorax.html

Meet Eric Michael Parker & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Eric Michael Parker

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

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

HERE Arts Center. It’s an appropriately intimate, immersive space for our new work.

What’s next for you?

World domination!

What is the name of the last show you saw?

1984. What a mind-blowing production.

Any advice for your peers?

I got an incredible piece of advice a couple years ago. Your ego has nothing to do with your work. So both compliments and criticism you might get are not for you, but for that little artistic muse in your brain 🙂

Want More?

Website: ericmichaelparker.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EricMichaelParkerTenorActor/

Twitter: I don’t tweet but I support your right to do so. Tweet away.

Instagram: @ericpahkah

You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/shoutoutloud8

Eric is a recent SoCal transplant grateful to be making his NYC debut here at Whiskey Pants.  Top winner of Weill Foundation’s International Lotte Lenya Competition, recognizing performers with dramatic and musical versatility. Eric’s career has brought him to places across the globe,  from the Tokyo Disney Resort to Operafestival di Roma in Rome’s Piazza Navona.  Select credits: Freddy: My Fair Lady (MTW, Prather), Harold Bride: Titanic (Moonlight Prod.), Melchior: Spring Awakening(Riverside Rep), Robert: The Drowsy Chaperone (Norris PAC), Henry: Next to Normal (SDMT). B.M. from Chapman U. ericmichaelparker.com


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Vincent Hale & Whiskey Pants: Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Vincent Hale

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: Mayor of Williamsburg

What’s next for you? A Soulful Christmas

What is the name of the last show you saw? On Your Feet

Any advice for your peers? Come ready to laugh your face off

Want More?

Facebook: Vincent MrSuave Hale

Twitter: Thee_MrSuave

Instagram: Thee_MrSuave

You Tube: Vincent Hale

 

Vincent Hale is a Singer/Actor/Dancer who hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is currently the Enrichment Lead for the Partnership for Innercity Education, teaching music at two schools in Harlem. Vincent is a member of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and has been blessed to travel to Ghana, Bermuda, Nicaragua and Italy with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers. Mr. Hale has graced the stage as Jim in Big River, Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime, Tom Collins in RENT, and Tinman in The Wiz. “A song is but a little thing, and yet what a joy it is to sing.”


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Ashley Soliman & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor Of Williamsburg

Name: Ashley Soliman

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor Of Williamsburg

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

HERE Arts Center!  It’s exciting to be in a space that supports emerging and offbeat productions.  Being in an actual theater has allowed us to flesh out our concept in various areas such as lighting, sound, and a real set.  And there’s dressing rooms!  I lucked out that so many costume pieces could be used from the original production.  It’s been fun to update the looks and create new ones for the fantasy world these characters inhabit.

What’s next for you?

No upcoming costume gigs as of now, but I am very much looking forward to having time to focus on some personal projects like drawings and textile-based works.   Also: wedding planning and crocheting some sweaters for the (hopefully) upcoming cold season.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

ABT’s “Whipped Cream” at Lincoln Center

Any advice for your peers?

Costume design ain’t easy but what in life is?  Keep an open mind and talk to people, especially industry vets.  I’ve sent many emails to strangers I admire and have been fortunate that many of them have been kind enough to help me out, whether it’s someone else they know or a list of places to contact.  No matter how crazy things get, I always enjoy seeing performers initial reactions to their costumes and watching the visuals coming together with the rest of the production – theater is a collaboration after all.  Last but not least, don’t be an asshole- you never know who you’ll meet or work with again.

Want More?

Website: http://www.terribleboogie.com

Instagram: @terribleboogie

 

Ashley Soliman is an artist, costumer, potato and nut aficionado, collector of objects, color fiend.  She graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Printmaking / Fine Arts and currently works at the Jeff Fender School of Ladies’ Arts.  Special thanks to Team Whiskey, Samuel Gasner, and Henderson the cat.


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

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Meet Serrana Gay & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Serrana Gay

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

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

HERE Arts Center encourages and nourishes the creation of daring new work. Through their partnership we are able to further explore the environmental aspects of our show and nurture the development of our bizarre, exciting production. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to develop Whiskey Pants with their support.

What’s next for you?

I am currently developing two new projects with Mind The Art Entertainment, the opera “The Vice of Berthe” and the dark operetta “Moonshine in b Minor”. I am also working on my first straight play, and  finishing my first novel “And She Exhaled”.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Miss Saigon

Any advice for your peers?

Always be open to new opportunities and collaboration. Sometimes beauty can be found in the most unexpected places. Remember to act with integrity, treat people with respect, and ask to be treated with the respect you deserve. Creativity can only truly blossom from a foundation of understanding between team members. Don’t be afraid to put ego aside: theatre is a collaborative medium and the act of creating something together is bigger and more important than personal complexities.

Want More?

Website: http://www.mindtheartentertainment.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MayorOfWburg/

Twitter:  Company: @mindtheart Personal: @serranagay

Instagram: @mayorofwburg

 

Serrana Gay is the co-creator of “Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg” which is opening at The Here Arts Center on September 28th and won the Audience Favorite Award at FRIGID New York in 2015. She is also an Associate Producer at Mind The Art Entertainment and was their 2014 Artist in Residence. She holds a B.F.A in Acting with a Writing Minor from Ithaca College.

She is the writer of the children’s book “Fatty Fatty No Friends” and co-wrote the musical adaptation of the same name, which went on to win an Overall Excellence award at FringeNYC, was extended to the Fringe Encore Series in 2014, and then moved Off-Broadway in 2015 where it received a 2016 New York Innovative Theater Award Nomination for Best Musical. As a performer she appeared in La MaMa E.T.C.’s “The Dream Vault Cycle.”

Serrana is currently developing two new projects with Mind The Art Entertainment, the opera “The Vice of Berthe” and the dark operetta “Moonshine in b Minor”, while also working on her first straight play, and her first novel “And She Exhaled”.


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Chloe Fox & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Chloe Fox

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

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

HERE Arts Center: I think it fits our budget well and allows us to work with the immersive concept our directors have in mind easily.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Groundhog Day

Any advice for your peers?

Pursue as many interests as you can, as far as you can. Even if they don’t end up being useful in your career (in your mind), you will end up a more well-rounded and interesting person.

Want More?

Website: chloefox.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChloeFoxOfficial/
Twitter: @chloe_the_fox
Instagram: @chloe_the_fox

Chloe Fox is a graduate of NYU Tisch (CAP21) and recently returned from touring with Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Lady of Ridicule, u/s Madame). Favorite credits include Morticia (The Addams Family, The Palace Theatre), Connie (Saturday Night Fever, Finger Lakes MTF), Rizzo (Grease, Theatre By The Sea), Bombalurina (Cats, Flat Rock Playhouse), and The Tempest, starring Sam Waterston and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park: Ensemble, u/s Miranda). http://www.ChloeFox.com


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Tony Mowatt & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Tony Mowatt

What is your current project?  Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

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

At HERE Arts Center. It’s an intimate blackbox where we can stage things in the round. This show would lose a lot of it’s effect if it was in a big proscenium house.

What’s next for you?

Continuing to sing gigs, teach, paint, write, etc. Hopefully another show will find it’s way into my life.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

The Color Purple

Any advice for your peers?

Be true to you. Stop trying to impress someone. You are enough.

Want More?

Website: www.tonymowatt.com

Tony Mowatt performs throughout NY and NJ. Some past credits include: Billis (South Pacific), Leo Frank (Parade),Roger Debris (The Producers), Charles Guiteau (Assassins), and Martin Dysart (Equus); including numerous student films. He received a BA in Theatre from Kean University and currently studies at The Patrick Page Studio. He is a well-rounded musician with over two decades of guitar and fourteen years of piano under his belt. He resides in Jersey City with his dog, Jimmy.


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Michelle Ireton & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Michelle Ireton

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

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

HERE Arts Center. This is a very immersive piece, and having a space that allows us to stage the show as such and bring the audience into the action is so important to the overall experience and style of this musical. This isn’t the kind of show where you want a clear fourth wall kind of separation between actor and audience, and having a unique space where that line can get blurred will really impact the way people experience these characters and their stories.

What’s next for you?

I’ll let you know when I do!

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Indecent

Any advice for your peers?

Patience. Persistence. And then more patience.

Want More?

Website: http://www.michelleireton.com
Instagram: @baby_mireton
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQkCfUXonrObnUnjStiblg?view_as=subscriber

Michelle Ireton is explosively excited to be making her Off-Broadway debut with the company of Whiskey Pants. Michelle studied at Kent State University where she got her BFA in Musical Theatre and has been living the chaotic dream here in Manhattan ever since. The list of people who need thanking would never begin to fit in this bio, but a few honorable mentions include Mom and Dad, for their unconditional support; her friends and roommates, both past and present, for their exceptional tolerance; and Mind The Art Entertainment for this extraordinary experience. And Ricky, for his constant love and encouragement.


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Caitlin Mesiano & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Caitlin Mesiano

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

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

HERE Arts; The space is intimate and helps bring the audience into our world.

What’s next for you?

Can’t say yet!

What is the name of the last show you saw?

War Paint

Any advice for your peers?

Learn from watching others. Absorb as much as you can, but in the end it must come from You. “Anything you do, let it come from you. Then it will be new. Give us more to see.”

Want More?

Website: http://www.caitlinmesiano.com (under construction)
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/CaitlinMesiano/
Instagram: @caitlinmesiano
You Tube: Caitlin Mesiano (CMusic2729)

Caitlin Mesiano (Prudence/Abigail) is a whiskey enthusiast and therefore is Delighted to be making her HERE Arts Center Debut in Whiskey Pants! Regional: Sister Act (North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre By the Sea, St. Michael’s Playhouse); Beauty and the Beast and South Pacific (Gateway Playhouse); A Christmas Carol (John W. Engeman Theater); john and jen (The Theater Barn). Others: Jo in Little Women (Bob Jones University) and most recently, Little Red in Into the Woods with St. Petersburg Opera. BFA in Musical Theater from Pace University in Manhattan.


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/