Meet Stefanie Londino & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Stefanie Londino

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?

The HERE Arts Center, beautiful, contemporary off-Broadway venues promote the concept that great art can be made anywhere, and invite audiences of the beaten path to discover gems like Whiskeypants that aren’t (yet) on the Broadway boards.

What’s next for you?

Our band, West Side Waltz’s NYC debut at Rockwood Music Hall. After being away for 9 months, I’m so excited to bring our sound back to the states. Also, spending the holiday season at home in New York! We were away on tour last year; very much looking to be home for Christmas.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Indecent! (And while I confess it was on Broadway, it was the kind of innovative, truthful piece that is what’s best about live theater.)

Any advice for your peers?

Give your heart away every day. What are you saving it for?

Want More?

Website: http://www.stefanielondino.com, http://www.westsidewaltz.com
Facebook: facebook.com/stefanielondino
Twitter: @stefanieLondino
Instagram: stefanielondino
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0CCi6MlRyx9-tFN15Pm5HA

Stefanie is a proud almost “real” New Yorker and University of Utah Actor Training Program alum who is excited to make her Mind The Art debut in The Mayor of Williamsburg at the HERE Arts Center! Credits include: Off-Broadway: What Do Critics Know? (The York Theater), Flak House (Actors Temple Theater). NY: Red Wine in Paper Cups (TheaterNOW), Midsummer…Dream (Titania). Regional: Pioneer Theater Co. (Romeo & Juliet, Dial ‘M’ for Murder), Salt Lake Acting Co. (Master Class, Too Much Memory), Much Ado…(Beatrice), Tristan & Yseult (Yseult). http://www.stefanielondino.com She also fronts a folk rock band: http://www.westsidewaltz.com


Show Info:

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 Claudillea Holloway & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Claudillea Holloway

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 provides the opportunity for Theatre in the Round, so we can create a truly ‘environmental’ show, and invite the audience into the world we are all creating.

What’s next for you?

Auditioning, auditioning & auditioning! Also am producing a couple of short films.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

1984. I actually saw it 2 summers ago in London, and boy was it completely different watching it in todays social/political climate!

Any advice for your peers?

The universe provides. That doesn’t mean you don’t work your arse off, but it does mean, that what is meant to happen will happen at exactly the right time for you. It’s hard to trust that, but once you start believing it, amazing things will start manifesting in your life!

Want More?

Website: claudilleaholloway.com
Instagram: claudilleaholloway
You Tube: Claudillea Holloway

British-South African Coloratura Soprano and Actress, rides her citi-bike across theatrical boundaries; from Baroque to New Works to Musical Theatre to acting on Screen. Claudillea seeks to use her art as a vital tool to highlight the social issues that are affecting our current climate.


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/

Join Ghostlight Project TONIGHT!

IMG_8693.PNGTONIGHT, January 19 at 5:30 PM

On January 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm in each time zone across the country, members of the theatre community (from Broadway to regional theatres to high schools and colleges and community theatres) will gather in front of theatres and art spaces to launch The Ghostlight Project. This collective action will signify an ongoing commitment to social justice in the coming years, taking a variety of forms and actions for individual artists and institutions.

Inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, artists and communities will make or renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone—regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Many of you already serve as models for people newer to community engagement. We need not be uniform, but should be united as a field in championing our values. Continue to work daily/weekly/monthly for social justice in your world.

CLICK HERE to see Ghostlight Project’s website for host theaters around the country.

Here’s an incomplete list of New York City “hubs” you are welcome to join tonight at 5:30pm:

Midtown Manhattan
Times Square (on the red steps) and the ART/New York Theatres, 53rd Street/10th Avenue

Downtown Manhattan
The Public Theater and HERE Arts Center

Uptown Manhattan
The National Black Theatre

Downtown Brooklyn
The steps of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Bushwick, Brooklyn
Bushwick Starr

The Ghostlight Project is: Claudia Alick, Saheem Ali, Daniel Beaty, Alexandra Billings, Sammi Cannold, P. Carl, Rachel Chavkin, Lear deBessonet, Sarah Flamm, Rachel Hauck, David Henry Hwang, Christine Jones, Moisés Kaufman, Mia Katigbak, Jenny Koons, Lisa Kron, Tina Landau, Lorin Latarro, Zhailon Livingston, Rebecca Martinez, Jennifer McGrath, Okieriete Onaodowan, Lisa Peterson, Sam Pinkleton, Clint Ramos, Randy Reyes, Leigh Silverman, Kristyn Smith, Jeanine Tesori, Liesl Tommy, Stephanie Ybarra, David Zinn, and YOU.

For more information and to sign up
to participate, please visit:
http://www.theghostlightproject.com  

 

Downtown Urban Arts Festival Features Chip Bolcik & Ferry Limbo

Playwright’s Name: Chip Bolcik

Tell us about your latest project: 

Ferry Limbo is a play I wrote to honor my friend John, who died 21 years ago from a rare bone cancer. The play does not focus on the actual events of his life, but rather on the kind of person he was. This play is a departure from my normal style of writing. I tend to write comedies, and romantic comedies. Ferry Limbo, though it has some humor in it, is a much more serious, though septet play.

What excites you about being a part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival?

The Downtown Urban Arts Festival is a big step up for me and my creative team. They are extremely well organized, and incredibly respectful of writers. I have never felt so important before! I respect the way they work, and how they treat the people they invite to participate.

What’s your upcoming project after the Festival?

After the festival, I’m headed home to Los Angeles, where I will continue writing the full-length play I’m writing about marriage.. Then I’m off to Alaska where my play, ‘Til Death Do Us Part” is going to be part of the Last Frontier Theatre Festival. It is my fourth year in a row being part of that festival.

Facebook Page: 

https://www.facebook.com/Chip.Bolcik.Photography/?fref=ts

SHOW INFO:

Saturday, April 2 at 7pm

HERE (145 Sixth Avenue – enter on Dominick Street)
Tickets are $18 at http://www.here.org or by calling 212-352-3101

Downtown Urban Arts Festival Features Anghus Houvouras & Dine & Dash

CapturePlaywright’s Name: Anghus Houvouras

Tell us about your latest project:  

Dine and Dash is a dark comedy about a blind date that takes some sinister twists and turns. She wants to get into his head. He wants to get up her skirt. By the end of the night, only one of them will survive.

What excites you about being a part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival?

The chance to come to New York and for one night be a part of the theater scene. To be part of that electric current that runs through the city every night is something I always wanted to do. I’m a huge fan of the theater and comedy scene of NYC. It’s where the best work is being done. Razor sharp writing and seasoned performers entertaining audiences seven nights a week. Every time I visit NYC I walk the streets and think about the history there. The vaudeville shows of the 20s and 30s. The dynamic Broadway shows of the golden age. Cutting edge stuff like National Lampoon’s Lemmings in the 1970s. The comedy club stand ups of the 1980s. Being able to stage a show as part of this year’s DUAF has put a big grin on my ridiculous mug.

What’s your upcoming project after the Festival?

I’m working on a new play called A Civilized World which tells the story of a dystopian future where the unproductive of society are sentenced to death. The play chronicles one of the victims as they are processed through a final interview before their execution. There’s some twists and turns as we learn about what happens to the condemned as well as the faltering beliefs of the bureaucrat tasked with conducting the final interview.

Website: 

http://mycareersuicidenote.tumblr.com

Facebook Page:

http://www.facebook.com/anghus

Twitter: @anghusFM

SHOW INFO

Thursday, March 31 at 7pm

HERE (145 Sixth Avenue – enter on Dominick Street)

Tickets are $18 at www.here.org or by calling 212-352-3101

Downtown Urban Arts Festival Features Irene Hernandez & One Size Fits All

CapturePlaywright’s Name:  Irene Hernandez

Tell us about your latest project: 

One Size Fits All – a one act play about women of different sizes and shapes trying on clothes in a department store fitting room. Out of frustration, the women break the fourth wall and confide in the audience about their experiences with insecurity, body shaming , objectification and finding the right outfit.

What excites you about being a part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival?

I’m happy to be a part of the festival with my work for the third year in a row. DeVante and Marc are great and the crew working are supportive and excellent.

What’s your upcoming project after the Festival?

I will continue acting, writing, producing and directing a comedic web series I created, called Brand New Me. I also just finished writing my first musical.

Website: http://www.dancingfrogtheatercompany.weebly.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/irene.hernandez.75491

Twitter:  @dancingfrogthco

SHOW INFO:

Friday, April 1 at 7pm

HERE (145 Sixth Avenue – enter on Dominick Street)
Tickets are $18 at www.here.org or by calling 212-352-3101

Downtown Urban Arts Festival Features Matthew Widman & Stop and Frisk

Stop and Frisk - DUAF - ANNOUNCEMENT
Playwright’s Name: 
Matthew Widman

Tell us about your latest project: 

Stop and Frisk is a social drama about a stop and frisk encounter in an urban park between two plainclothes police officers and two young men heading to work. It’s fiction but it’s a composite based on media accounts, posted footage, personal experience and the experiences of friends and acquaintances. This play is about the abuse of power that has made Stop and Frisk such a controversial policing policy. It’s one account of what happens when human nature meets public policy and it exemplifies the potential dangers of the intense human interactions that result.

What excites you about being a part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival?

Besides being the nicest and most professional folks in the world and an unbelievable pleasure to work with, DUAF is a cutting edge theater and film festival that’s unafraid to tackle gritty political and social issues as well as to entertain. They’re not about making money and they’re not about celebrity, so that affords them the integrity to host plays and films that they believe in.

The urban space is where people come together and try to figure out how to interact. Urban issues and themes are human issues that speak universally to race, class, sexuality, identity, romance – the things we’re all trying to figure out and negotiate. It’s a real privilege to be part of the DUAF.

What’s your upcoming project after the Festival?

I’m working on a couple of full length plays, a comedy, Kill the Dog, about parenting, self-absorption and community and another dark comic drama examining the current state of anger and alienation that seems to be pervading American politics and society.

Website: http://memorycareplays.org/about/playwrights/15-playwrights/7-matthew-widman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Widman/100009158036703

SHOW INFO:

Tuesday, March 29 at 7pm

HERE (145 Sixth Avenue – enter on Dominick Street)
Tickets are $18 at www.here.org or by calling 212-352-3101

Downtown Urban Arts Festival Features Dean Preston & Canned Laughter

CapturePlaywright’s Name:  Dean Preston

Tell us about your latest project: 

Canned Laughter is a modern American play that uses classic conventions of ‘three men sitting and talking about God, Race and Religion and turns them on it’s head.

What excites you about being a part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival?

I’ve known about the festival for a long time and I’ve wanted to find the right piece to be a part of it. I think I have!

What’s your upcoming project after the Festival?

Probably taking a brief hiatus from theatre to focus on other writing, but I’m excited for the projects I have on the horizon

Website: https://deanprestonportfolio.wordpress.com/

SHOW INFO:

Wednesday, March 30 at 7pm

HERE (145 Sixth Avenue – enter on Dominick Street)
Tickets are $18 at www.here.org or by calling 212-352-3101

 

Downtown Urban Arts Festival Features Afrika Brown & Strange Fruit Redux

Afrika Brown  Head Shot 2
Playwright’s Name: 
Afrika Brown

Tell us about your latest project: 

Strange Fruit Redux is a series of poem monologues mixedSTRANGE FRUIT REDUX Poster Art 2 with music and sio-political, pop culture sound bites geared to show the fears and frustrations of the modern day black man.   It was written in 2015 as a cry for change and the opportunity to create honest discourse about the epidemic of police shootings of unarmed black men as well as blacks dying in police custody.   It is my hope that the audience walks away from the experience willing to have dialogs that can lead to solutions and positive change.

What excites you about being a part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival?

Downtown Urban Arts Festival is an extremely well-known festival.  I am more than excited; I am honored to show my work at DUAF and have the opportunity to work with such a great group of theater professionals.  I am also beyond excited to have Strange Fruit Redux play at HERE Arts Center.

What’s your upcoming project after the Festival?

After the festival my next project is bringing my new play Slow Bullet, My Three Loves to Manhattan Repertory Theatre, located on 42nd St., for a three-night date in May.  Also, I plan to continue to bring Strange Fruit Redux to different cities nationwide.

Website: http://famenycmagazine.com/

Instagram: @thelovelymsafrikabrown

Twitter: @FAMENYCMAG

SHOW INFO:

Tuesday, March 29 at 7pm

HERE (145 Sixth Avenue – enter on Dominick Street)
Tickets are $18 at www.here.org or by calling 212-352-3101

Downtown Urban Arts Festival Features Anthony B. Knight & No Cowards In Our Band

Playwright’s Name: Anthony B. Knight, Jr.

Tell us about your latest project:

This project is a performance piece and concert and was created to tell important Civil War and Reconstruction stories. It also was created to showcase the beauty and the power of the Negro spiritual.

The stories that are told begin with that of nineteenth-century icon Frederick Douglass. Not only is Douglass’ life a fine example of the strength and determination of the human spirit, but also Mr. Douglass’ innate verbal skills, as well as his social and intellectual abilities, demonstrate the responsibility each person has to find his/her strengths, to follow them, and to actively use them for his/her life’s work and in the face of any challenge that might befall him/her.

Using Frederick Douglass as the mouthpiece of the time, other important stories that are told in this piece are: how African Americans freed themselves from enslavement; the importance of family to enslaved African Americans; the role of African Americans in the Abolitionist Movement; the turning points that were the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, the Dred Scott case of 1857, and the election of President Abraham Lincoln in 1860; and Frederick Douglass’ role in post-Civil War society—Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction. Much of this information, even if scantily known, is told, in this project, in a way that makes it more accessible, and gives the audience a chance to absorb it in a more personal way. Frederick Douglass introduces the information in a manner that allows audience members to think about the implications of these historical events rather than just taking in information as a mere exercise in rote memory.

In addition to Civil War stories, the other important element of this project is the Negro spiritual. The history of Negro spirituals is well known in most African American communities—if only anecdotally. Spirituals are known to have been a healing mechanism that played an important role in saving many enslaved African Americans. This performance piece was written around the Negro spiritual, as before putting even one word to paper, I listened to many Negro spirituals and from them selected nine songs I felt not only would tell Frederick Douglass’ story, but also the Civil War and Reconstruction stories that were important to tell. The result is a performance piece with a Negro spiritual concert at its core. The two are intimately connected and cannot be separated. To that end, the piece was designed so that Frederick Douglass and the vocalists would interact with each other throughout the piece—each one part of the other.

Finally, the piece is designed so that Frederick Douglass and the vocalists have opportunities to interact with the audience. Allowing Frederick Douglass to speak directly to an audience member’s face, or having a vocalist sing, specifically, to two or three audience members at a time connects the audience in a more visceral way not only to the information and to the performers, but also to their own thoughts and emotions. Their theater experience is lived versus observed.

What excites you about being a part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival?

The opportunity to present Civil War history in a way that looks more at people and culture, and not war–and sharing this information with a New York audience (my hometown).

What’s your upcoming project after the Festival?

Working on a piece about African American migration from the south to the north.

Website:

Facebook Page: 

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010250348599

SHOW INFO:

Friday, March 25 at 7pm

HERE (145 Sixth Avenue – enter on Dominick Street)
Tickets are $18 at http://www.here.org or by calling 212-352-3101