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Tuesday
Nov182014

Chelsea Rep LAB, in association with James Price and The Acting Studio - New York, is proud to present the third annual e-Merging Artists One-Act Play Festival. 

Chelsea Rep LAB, in association with James Price and The Acting Studio - New York, is proud to present the third annual e-Merging Artists One-Act Play Festival. The e-Merging Artists Festival, which consists of two alternating nights of new plays, gives up-and-coming actors and playwrights the opportunity to showcase their work professionally. 

The festival's Evening A features seven short plays by four different writers including:

EVENING A:

IMPOSSIBLE COLORS by India Weston; directed by James Price
featuring  Anastasia Tarsinov, Ruddy Santana

LOST LOVE by Anne Phelan; directed by Angelo Berkowitz
featuring Tish Brandt, Moncia Cangero

NOTHING WRONG by March Schrader; directed by Valerie Donaldson
featuring John Zion, Rob Rueda

PRESSING by March Schrader; directed by Harold Baldridge
featuring Leo Farley, Rowdy Montgomery

SITTERS by March Schrader; directed by Chris Chirdon
featuring Brandon Reilly, Kaidy Superville

UNDER YOUR SKIN by March Schrader; directed by Valeria Cossu
featuring Franceso Chen, Christian Feuker

WIDE AWAKE by Ravin Patterson; directed by Peter Kingsley
featuring Robert Siverls, Courtney Williams

EVENING B:

JOHN WAYNE'S AMERICA by Mike Aguirre; directed by John Grabowski
featuring Bruce Hermann, Morgan Beetham, Kyle Silver, Greg Carter, Wayne Joseph, William Eismann, Lorena Arbelaez

Featuring Tish Brandt*, Morgan Beetham, Monica Cangero*, Greg Carter*, Franceso Chen, William Eismann, Leo Farley, Bruce Hermann*, Wayne Joseph, Rowdy Montgomery, Brandon Reilly, Rob Rueda, Ruddy Santana, Kyle Silver, Robert Siverls, Rochelle Slovin, Kaidy Superville, Anastasia Tarsinov, Lorena Vogue, Courtney Williams, and John Zion. *Denotes members of Actors' Equity.

The Third Annual e-Merging Artists Play Festival features plays written by current and former playwrights from our Playwriting courses and features a range of topics and styles. One of our most successful ventures; e-Merging Artists takes new work from the page and the classroom and brings it to the professional stage. A mix of new and established actors and directors creates ten days of incredible experiences for those keeping an eye out for new talent in all three areas of our course studies. Do not miss this; you will find someone or something you weren't expecting.

TICKETS: $18. (cash only at the box office)
FESTIVAL PASS: $24. (both EVES A&B at $12. each)
ONLINE PRICE: $15. (General admission
                             $10. (LAB members & Studio students currently enrolled.  1 ticket only per student.)

Box Office hours: Mon-Fri 6-7:30 PM (ask for "CHELSEA REP" Box Office)                      
LOCATION:   THEATRE 54   244 West 54 ST 12 FL, New York, NY  10019  (Broadway & 8 AV)
BY EMAIL: tickets@actingstudio.com
BY PHONE: 917-982-5083

INFORMATION: tickets@actingstudio.com

Monday
Nov102014

2015 KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY®

KIDS CAN SEE BROADWAY SHOWS FOR FREE! 

Tickets for the 2015 KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY® are on sale for  KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY, which will take place Friday, January 9th, 2015 to Thursday, January 15th, 2015, is an annual event when kids ages 6 to 18 can see participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY ticket includes pre-theatre activities, restaurant discounts, parking discounts, educational programs, and more. 

This year, KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY continues its collaboration with KidzVuz, a safe video review sharing site, with a KidzVuz Broadway video contest. Kids ages 6-18 can submit original videos on three Broadway topics, and be entered for a chance to win cool Broadway prizes, including tickets to a participating KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY      show. Additionally, kids can participate in a KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY Q&A by submitting questions to the KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY Facebook page that will later be answered by Broadway stars.

JUDITH LIGHT a two-time Tony Award® winner, will serve as the National Ambassador for the 19th KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY. This year KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY salutes Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit, an organization where Light remains a longtime board member. 

Participating shows to date include:*

Aladdin, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Chicago, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Disgraced, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Honeymoon in Vegas, If/Then, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Les Misérables, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, On the Town, Rock of Ages, Side Show, Wicked and You Can’t Take It With You.

(*subject to change, and some shows not available for all performances) 

 

Many Times Square area eateries will offer specials for KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY ticket-holders. Check back to kidsnightonbroadway.com for participating restaurants. 

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY will also take place in multiple cities around the country, with different shows and venues putting their own spin on the event, on numerous dates throughout the year. Checkkidsnightonbroadway.com for specific dates and locations.

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY®, a program of The Broadway League, is generously presented by The New York Times and is officially sponsored by WABC-TV with additional support from KidzVuz and Z100.

Friday
Oct242014

War of The Roses Author, Warren Adler, Sees "Sunset Gang: The Musical" As The Perfect Show for Companies With Older Audiences

Producers an theatre companies, please note. If you ask the folks representing Warren Adler's work about theatre in general, the consensus is that in many communities audiences are getting older. That seems to be quite on point for many companies, especially for regional, dinner and community theatre grouops.

That being the case, Mr. Adler's musical, The Sunset Gang is the perfect show to add to the season! (Listen to the music by clicking here)

From this acclaimed author of the infamous and iconic book The War of the Roses, comes a musical hit that is a far cry from the utter devastation of Oliver and Barbara Rose’s marriage: The Sunset Gang: The Musical. 

The musical takes place in the Sunset Village retirement community. While the residents may be old in looks, they are not old at heart—love and lust blossoms, blooms, and flourishes, and despite any canes and walkers, these seniors are still alive and kicking. The Sunset Gang: The Musical is a spry and invigorating tale—it is, at its heart, a celebration of life! And the critics agreed!

"…a bittersweet musical about aging and desire…a deeper examination of love and loyalty among people over 60." - The New York Times


"Those…stories…are in fact, pure drama - moving, comical, and most of all, sharply observed." - The Wall Street Journal


About the Musical

On a star-crossed night, Bill and Jenny fall suddenly and madly in love at the once-a-week Yiddish Club, their fates entwining over a night spent reminiscing about their pasts, and how they ended up in Sunset Village. The only problem? They are both “happily” married to another, which begs the question: is a new life and a new love only for the young?

About the Author of this original work: Warren Adler

Warren Adler is best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce turned into the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated dark comedy hit starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. Adler's international hit stage adaptation of the novel will premiere on Broadway in 2015-2016. Adler has also optioned and sold film rights for a number of his works including Random Hearts (starring Harrison Ford and Kristen Scott Thomas) and The Sunset Gang (produced by Linda Lavin for PBS' American Playhouse series starring Jerry Stiller, Uta Hagen, Harold Gould and Doris Roberts). In recent development are the Broadway Production of The War of the Roses, to be produced by Jay and Cindy Gutterman, The War of the Roses - The Children (Grey Eagle Films and Permut Presentations), a feature film adaptation of the sequel to Adler's iconic divorce story, Target Churchill (Grey Eagle Films and Solution Entertainment), Residue (Grey Eagle Films), and Capitol Crimes (Grey Eagle Films and Sennet Entertainment), a television series based on his Fiona Fitzgerald mystery series. Adler's forthcoming thriller, Treadmill, is slated to be released in 2014.

Get in touch to peruse the script and get more information...

To learn more about Warren Adler at www.warrenadler.com

Follow Warren Adler on Twitter: www.twitter.com/warrenadler

Bio for Music Composer L. Russell Brown:

L. Russell Brown began his career when he was sixteen years old with the famous R&B label Fury Records. Over the course of fifty years of songwriting, Brown’s recordings have sold millions of records, many times topping the charts. He has written for such artists as The Four Seasons, Tony Orlando & Dawn, and Tracy Byrd. His song “C’mon Marianne” is currently featured in Jersey Boys, the highest-grossing Broadway musical ever. His timeless song, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” started a cultural revolution in the 1970s. It appears in such movies as Wallace and GromittFargo, and Forrest Gump.

Music for The Sunset Gang: The Musical:

https://soundcloud.com/warren-adler/sets/the-sunset-gang-the-musical 

Licensed by ArtAge Publications – Theatre Resource Center

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Characters 

BILL: 70s, a forlorn, yet vital and handsome man

MIMI: 70s, Bill's wife, the domineering type, she is a woman of some pulchritude, once called a zaftig

JENNY: Mid-60s, attractive, still youthful and yearning for livelihood

DAVID: Mid-60s, Jenny's husband, a pleasant-looking man who is perpetually self-content.

HARRIET, SELMA, IDA: 70s, Mimi's friends, they are all the same age, typical of women from that era: tough, slightly cynical, enjoying old age

JACK, NATHAN, SAM: 70s, David's friends, they are all old men who are content with playing cards and living out their days.

MARLYN, JOANNE: 30s, daughters of Bill and Mimi, the two are shrewd yet caring.

LARRY: 40s, Mimi's son-in-law, a lawyer-type that is apathetic and selfish.

MICHAEL: 30s, Jenny and David's son

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ORCHESTRATION:

Necessary instruments are lead vocals, backing vocals, nylon guitar, jazz guitar, bass guitar, strings, piano, and drums.

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Thursday
Oct162014

HOLA Founding Member and Latina Actress, Elizabeth Peña Dies at 55

The following article was written and posted on Latino-Review by Ms. Peña's nephew, Mario-Francisco Robles on Oct.15. 2014.  

Photo courtesy of Latino-ReviewElizabeth Peña has passed away. The actress, with a professional career spanning nearly 40 years, left us on the night of October 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She had recently wrapped work on the first season of the El Rey Network's action series, Matador, where she played the title character's mother Maritza.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and raised by her Cuban immigrant parents, Peña was destined for a career in the arts. Her father, Mario, was a playwright, director, actor, and designer in their native Cuba, who opened up the Latin American Theatre Ensemble after establishing a life for him and his family in New York. As a teen, Peña began making a name for herself as a formidable young actress in the New York theatre scene. She attended, and graduated from, the High School of Performing Arts and began her professional film career in 1978 with León Ichaso's El Super. A few years later, the ambitious Cubana would set off to try her fortunes over on the west coast. 

That move would prove fruitful, as she would go on to land roles in several major films in the 1980s. By the end of that decade, she had a resumé that included La BambaDown and Out in Beverly Hills*batteries not included, and Blue Steel. She even did something that was almost unheard of for a Latina actress: She had her own primetime ABC series, I Married Dora. She played the title role of Dora in the series, which became infamous and notable because of its controversial premise- which centered on a "green card marriage" that would eventually evolve into something more genuine. 

She kicked off the 90s with a prominent role opposite Tim Robbins in Jacob's Ladder. She continued her string of notable films with roles in the critically lauded John Sayles drama, Lone Star opposite Matthew McConaughey, as well as Rush Hour and Free Willy 2. Along the way, she racked up TV appearances on L.A. Law, Dream On, Shannon's Deal, and Drug Wars: The Camarena Story

At the turn of the century, Peña began shifting her talents in new directions. Aside from starring roles in films like Tortilla SoupHow The Garcia Girls Spent Their SummerNothing Like The Holidays, and Showtime's Resurrection Blvd, Peña began branching out as both a voice actress and as a director. She directed episodes of a few television series, and lent her vocal talents to everything from the Academy Award-nominated Pixar film The Incredibles (Mirage) to the Justice League cartoon series (Paran Dul), and Seth MacFarlane's American Dad!

Aside from her current work as a series regular on Matador, Peña also had a recurring guest star spot as Pilar, the mother of Sofia Vergara's Gloria on the hit ABC comedy Modern Family.

At the time of her death, Peña had just turned 55.

She is survived by her husband Hans, her two teenage children Fiona and Kaelan, her mother Estela, and her sister, Tania.  

To read the full article, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Tuesday
Oct072014

BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS TOMORROW NIGHT WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8TH AT 7:45 PM IN MEMORY OF TONY-AWARD WINNING PREMIER STAGE ACTRESS MARIAN SELDES

Marian Seldes (1928–2014)The Broadway community mourns the loss of Marian Seldes, a Tony Award-winning actress, five-time nominee, and the recipient of a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. She died on Monday at the age of 86. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tomorrow evening, Wednesday, October 8th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

"Marian Seldes's name is synonymous with theatre. Her persona on the Broadway stage was as real as her genuine grace and kindness off stage,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “Her lovely elegance and iconic talent will be deeply missed by her family, friends and fans."

With a career that spanned 60 years, Marian Seldes made her Broadway debut in 1947 in the Robinson Jeffers adaptation of Medea directed by John Gielgud and starring Judith Anderson in the title role. In 1967, she won aTony Awardâ  as Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role in A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee. Ms. Seldes has a long association with the playwright, appearing in The Play About the Baby, Tiny Alice, Counting the Ways(as part of Beckett/Albee plays) and Three Tall Women, a tour de force for the actress. She entered the Guinness Book of World Records for her appearance in Ira Levin’s Deathtrap when she didn't miss a single performance of the play’s four-year run.

Other stage credits include Equus, Painting Churches, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, and The Chalk Garden. She received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Father’s Day, Deathtrap, Ring Round the Moon, and Dinner at Eight. Her last appearance on Broadway was in 2007 in Terrence McNally’s Deuce.

In 2010, Ms. Seldes received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement  honoring her contribution to the theatre and her extraordinary talent.

Ms. Seldes also had an extensive career in movies, television and radio. She authored two books: “The Bright Lights,” a memoir; and a novel, “Time Together.”

She taught for many years at The Juilliard School and later as an adjunct professor at Fordham University.

Ms. Seldes is survived by her daughter Katharine Claman Andres (Clay); grandsons Timo, Guthrie and Wells Andres; her bother Timothy Seldes (Susan); nephew Gilbert Seldes; niece Elizabeth Seldes Annacone (Paul); and grandnephew Emmett Carnahan. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Garson Kanin whom she married in 1990. Her first marriage, to Julian Claman, ended in divorce.

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