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Get Ready For The Drama League’s and ​Red Bull Theater​’s DirectorFest 2021

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The Drama League (Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks; Executive Director, Bevin Ross) announces today the dates and line-up for DirectorFest 2021​, a multi-week festival celebrating the art of stage directing and honoring the service organization’s 2020-21 Directors Project class of New York and Classical Fellowship recipients. Five select Directors Project fellows, early to mid-career artists chosen each year from hundreds of applicants worldwide, will direct vibrant new theatrical productions to be staged, filmed, and produced this spring and made accessible to audiences online. Four productions, directed by New York Fellows ​Cristina Angeles​, ​Signe V. Harriday​, ​Taylor Haven Holt​, and ​Cait Robinson​, will premiere this June and will each be available for ticket-holders to stream for one week only. In addition to the June line-up, a benefit reading of John Lyly’s ​Gallathea​, directed by Classical Fellow ​Emma Rosa Went and presented in collaboration with ​Red Bull Theater​, will premiere March 15 and will be available to stream for four days.

In addition to DirectorFest, The Drama League will continue its tradition of honoring the outstanding accomplishments of the New York theatrical community with ​The Drama League Awards​, which will be pre-recorded and streamed on May 21. The nomination process, which will focus on extraordinary digital theatrical productions during the shutdown of live performance and identifying individuals and organizations that made an impact in the last year, is currently underway with voting expected to take place in the coming months. More information about this year’s ceremony, including the longstanding special recognition award recipients, will be announced at a later date.

DirectorFest 2021 Line Up

Gallathea

By​ John Lyly
Directed by​ Emma Rosa Went
A Benefit Reading Presented In Collaboration with ​Red Bull Theater March 15, 2021

First performed in 1588, John Lyly’s ​Gallathea​ is a queer love story set inside the landscape of classical myth. In order to avoid becoming dinner for a sea monster, Gallathea and Phillida are sent into the forest dressed as boys. Meanwhile, three shipwrecked brothers set out to seek their fortunes, Cupid stirs up his usual trouble, nymphs fall for mortals, and Neptune – God of the Sea – waits to make his move. This playful pastoral of love, desire, and finding yourself is an affirmation of identity–joyfully reclaimed for 2021.

You can RSVP for ​Gallathea​ now by visiting ​redbulltheater.org/gallathea​. This benefit reading is Pay-What-You-Can, meaning it is free with a request to donate.

the bull-jean stories.

By​ Sharon Bridgforth Directed by ​Signe V. Harriday June 7 – 14, 2021

Using traditional storytelling and nontraditional verse to chronicle the course of love returning in the lifetimes of one woman-loving-woman named bull-dog-jean, ​the bull-jean stories.​ give cultural documentation and social commentary on African-American herstory and survival. Set in the rural South of the 1920s, ​the bull-jean stories.​ herald the spirit of African-American people.

The K of D By ​Laura Schellhardt Directed by ​Cait Robinson June 9 – 16, 2021

After a reckless car accident kills her twin brother, young Charlotte McGraw becomes a fascination to others when it appears she has received an eerie power from his dying kiss. Over the course of a hot summer, a continuing chain of odd events leaves the residents of a small Ohio town stopped in its tracks ​—​ as they learn to fear the literal kiss of death beneath their everyday facades.

Unfuckwithable

By​ Eliana Pipes
Directed by​ Cristina Angeles June 14 – 21, 2021

In a society where a chasm has opened up between rich and poor — one Black girl has fallen into the abyss. As a result, GIRL embarks on a cross-country roadtrip in a converted Van: by day she’s lifestyle blogging as a #VanLife influencer, and by night she’s shooting down Amazon delivery drones to loot the contents — desperate to claw her way into American prosperity. But when she shoots down something she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to reckon with the cost of her ambition. She may be able to run from society, but she can’t escape the systems that are ingrained within her.

A Girl’s Bedroom

By​ Enda Walsh
Directed by​ Taylor Haven Holt June 16 – 23, 2021

At the age of 6, a girl leaves her bedroom and family home and walks. She never stops. Until now. Enda Walsh’s short play ​A Girl’s Bedroom​ was first performed at the 2015 Galway International Arts Festival, and was revived at the 2016 Galway International Arts Festival alongside two other short plays by the same author – ​Kitchen​ and ​Room 303​ – under the collective title ​Rooms.​

Learn more at directorfest.org.

Red Bull Theater​ (​Co-presenter, Gallathea –​ Founder and Artistic Director, Jesse Berger ; Managing Director, Jim Bredeson​) hailed as “the city’s gutsiest classical theater” by ​Time Out New York,​ brings rarely seen classic plays to dynamic new life for contemporary audiences, uniting a respect for tradition with a modern sensibility. Named for the rowdy Jacobean playhouse that illegally performed plays in England during the years of Puritan rule, Red Bull Theater is New York City’s home for dynamic performances of great plays that stand the test of time. With the Jacobean plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries as its cornerstone, the company also produces new works that are in conversation with the classics. A home for artists, scholars, and students, Red Bull Theater delights and engages the intellect and imagination of audiences, and strives to make its work accessible, diverse, and welcoming to all. Red Bull Theater believes in the power of great classic stories and plays of heightened language to deepen our understanding of the human condition, in the special ability of live theater to create unique, collective experiences, and the timeless capacity of classical theater to illuminate the events of our times. ​Variety a​ greed, hailing Red Bull’s work as: “Proof that classical theater can still be surprising after hundreds of years.”

The Drama League of New York​, since 1916, has been at the forefront of the American Theatre community, providing talent, audiences, and prosperous support. The Drama League advances the American theater by providing a life-long artistic home for directors and a platform for dialogue with, and between, audiences. The Drama League opens doors for exceptional stage directors by providing time, resources, and space to work without restriction, while augmenting skills through personalized training, production opportunities, and professional development. The Drama League carefully selects directors whose vision and talent are unparalleled, with a clear commitment to the craft, the field, and audiences.

Through our work, The Drama League celebrates the important role theatergoers have to the future of the industry, and champions the impact theater plays in civic life. The Drama League breaks the formidable barriers that impede success in the arts. These directors, nurtured and empowered by The Drama League’s support, are trained to create the most rigorous work possible, as a live exchange between artists and audiences. In doing so, we elevate the conversation, deeply impacting theaters and their communities. Bringing people together to celebrate difference, share experiences, and discover common ground are crucial needs served by the work of Drama League directors. This necessary cultural practice is the foundation of our shared humanity.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Randy Edelman

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is filmed live every Wednesday from the Hotel Edison.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Randy Edelman about his extensive musical career. Some of Edelman’s best known films scores include Twins, Ghostbusters IIBeethoven, Gettysburg, Angels in the Outfield, The Mask, Dragonheart, Gettysburg and so many more. If you known the Carpenter’s “You,” Barry Manilow’s “Weekend in New England,” Olivia Newton-John’s “If Love Is Real” Dionne Warwick’s “The Laughter and the Tears,” Blood, Sweat & Tears “Blue Street” and many others, these were written by Randy.

Randy will be performing this Friday, June 14th at Chelsea Table & Stage at 9:30pm

Randy appeared thanks to Eileen Shapiro.

We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms. We were also gifted a poster in the lobby.

I am so grateful to my guest Randy Edelman

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

We are so proud and thrilled that Variety Entertainment News just named us one of Summer’s Best Picks in the category of Best Television, Radio, PodcastsThe company we are in, has made us so humbled, grateful and motivated to continue.

You can catch us on the following platforms:

Pandora:

https://www.pandora.com/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/PC:1001084740

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Tribeca Festival Premieres ‘Elizabeth Taylor: The Lost Tapes’

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Tribeca Festival hosted the North American premiere “Elizabeth Taylor: The Lost Tapes” on June 11 in New York City.

The film which makes the audience understand Taylor’s moxie in a whole new way is captivating and a thrill to watch. It is hard to turn your eyes away from the screen that shines a spotlight on one of the most famous legends in Hollywood history. The tapes tell her version of an icons larger than life script.

As the iconic actress says in a recording as highlighted in the HBO Documentary film, “To thine own self be true. That’s all I have to do.”

In attendance at the screening at the SVA theater were Aude Temel (Co-Producer), Barbara Berkowitz (EP & Elizabeth Taylor Estate), Bill Gerber (Producer), John Paul Horstman (Co-Producer), Nancy Abraham (Executive Vice President, Documentary and Family Programming, HBO),Nanette Burstein (Director/Writer), Glen Zipper (Producer), Quinn Tivey (EP, Elizabeth Taylor Estate and Elizabeth Taylor’s grandson), Rachel Rusch Rich (Producer), Sean Stuart (Producer), Tal Ben David (Editor/Writer), and Tim Mendelson (EP & Elizabeth Taylor Estate).

Oscar-nominated director Burstein’s documentary showcases a mesmerizing journey via audio tapes discovered in the archive of journalist Richard Meryman. Through her lens we are guided by Taylor’s voice as she walks the audience from the first step of her career through her time with Burton in the 1970s.  As described, “she reveals intimacies about her relationships, romantic and otherwise, she peels back the layers of a beloved public figure to reveal a vulnerable, funny, and tenacious woman who persevered despite a life led almost entirely under the scrutiny of public opinion.”

Speaking on the red carpet about Taylor’s accomplishments on the screen to her celebrated advocacy work Burstein mused over the icon and said, “She realized that she could change the game and she did.”

Photo Credit: HBO Documentary Films

 

 

 

 

 

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The  78th Annual Theatre World Awards And You Are There

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The historic 78th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony was held on Monday evening, June 10, 2024 at the Marquis Theatre.

The event was hosted by well-known theater journalist, Peter Filichia.

Ali Louis Bourzgui

Winners of the 2024 Theatre World Awards were honored The Who’s Tommy‘s Ali Louis Bourzgui

 Oh, Mary!‘s Cole Escola

 The Outsiders‘ Brody Grant was given his award by Daphne Rubin Vega

Michael Imperioli and wife

 An Enemy of the People‘s Michael Imperioli

Phillip Johnson Richardson

The Wiz‘s Phillip Johnson Richardson

Nichelle Lewis

Nichelle Lewis, Phillip Johnson Richardson

and Nichelle Lewis

 Patriots‘ Will Keen

 Mary Jane‘s Rachel McAdams

Hell’s Kitchen‘s Maleah Joi Moon was given his award by Kristin Chenoweth

Casey Likes

Tom Pecinka

and Stereophonic‘s Tom Pecinka

Sarah Pidgeon

Sarah Pidgeon

Chris Stack.

and Chris Stack.

A.J. Shively

Also receiving honors were A.J. Shively, who has won the Dorothy Loudon Award for his work in Irish Rep’s Philadelphia, Here I Come

Len Cariou

Len Cariou, winning the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement

Peter Filichia

and arts writer Peter Filichia, this year’s Special Award honoree.

There to honor them were

Maria Friedman

André De Shields

A great night was had by all.

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‘Daddio’ and Dakota Johnson Celebrated at Lavish Premiere Bash

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The Tribeca Festival continued with exciting premieres and appearances. The OKX Theater at BMCC TPAC hosted the New York premiere of “Daddio” with Dakota Johnson and director Christy Hall.

After the screening invited attendees headed over to Gran Morsi in Tribeca for a lavish celebration. Guests at the Roxstar Entertainment and Cinema Center party delighted in Hendrick’s Gin specialty cockails and scrumptious passed appetizers from the popular hot spot restaurant.

The film takes the viewer on a journey with two souls looking for more than just a completion of a ride. On a late night drive from JFK Airport to Midtown Manhattan, a young woman (Johnson) and her cab driver (Sean Penn) start talking.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 10: Dakota Johnson attends the “Daddio” Premiere during the 2024 Tribeca Festival at BMCC Theater on June 10, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival)

The usual pleasantries and jokes soon turn into a game between the two strangers as they exchange stories about important people in their lives. As their conversation unravels, secrets are revealed, advice is shared and a genuine bond is forged. At times funny, sexy, tense and deeply heartfelt, this chance encounter impacts both in ways neither could’ve ever imagined.

Christy Hall’s directorial debut manages to achieve the impossible: turning what could have been a mundane trek through traffic into a propulsive and remarkably real ode to human connection in an increasingly isolated world.

Photos courtesy Tribeca Festival and Roxstar Entertainment/Cinema Center

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Tribeca X Awards Captivates with Inspirational Panels with Jane Fonda, Jon Bon Jovi and More

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Tribeca Festival hosted the star-studded Tribeca X Awards program this year and celebrated the intersection of advertising, storytelling, and innovation during a two-day event.

Featuring inspirational panels with luminaires in film, entertainment, branding, marketing, art, technology, and media, the event become one of the highlights of New York City’s beloved annual affair.

Notable moments and conversation with the world’s leading authorities included a showcase of star power on the stage with the likes of actor and activist Jane Fonda; actress, author and entrepreneur and her daughter Rowan Henchy; founder and President of Every Mother Counts Christy Turlington Burns and CNN’s Abby Phillip; actor and CEO and co-founder of Super Serious Terry Cruz; Executive Creative Director of FundamentalCo and CEO of LoveSeen Jenna Lyons and Founder and CEO of FundamentalCo Jonny Bauer moderated by Derek Blasberg; Chairman and CEO of Pfizer Albert Bourla and award-winning journalist Katie Couric; co-founders of Hampton Water Jon Bon Jovi and Jesse Bongiovi; and more.

Fonda and actor Aja Naomi King joined the L’Oréal Paris panel to discuss one of the most famous and iconic lines in advertising: “Because you’re worth it.” Sticking to her activism roots, Jane used the moment to encourage both L’Oréal and McCann Worldgroup Global to help back the Equal Rights Amendment in the US. The panel was on hand for director Ben Proudfoot’sThe Final Copy of Ilon Specht.”

Shields discussed authentic storytelling around diabetes awareness with the debut of the indie film Quarters, Turlington Burns spoke to maternal health and her non-profit organization Every Mother Counts, and Cruz, joined by his Super Serious co-founders, dove into their philosophy “everything is entertainment.”

Lyons and Bauer discussed their vision for FundamentalCo and the core principles of brand strategy moderated by Blasberg. Jon Bon Jovi and son Jesse Bongiovi wrapped up this year’s Tribeca X Award by program sharing insights into their father-son business Hampton Water and the brand’s commitment to charitable causes.

During their panel, Artists Writers & Artisans, Inc.  announced that they have joined forces with horror legend Roy Lee and Vertigo Entertainment to bring audiences a range of brand-new, spine-chilling horror stories.

The 2024 Tribeca X Awards recognize the achievements of companies and creators who share a mission to connect with consumers through the power of storytelling. Below is the list of winners that represent the best in story-driven filmmaking and brand collaborations this year:

Audio: Science will Win, by Pfizer!

Games and Immersive: MLB The Show Storylines: The Negro Leagues by PlayStation Studios, directed by Jarred Schiff, Gavin Filipiak, Ramone Russell, and Brandon Akiaten.

Content Creator: Jacksonville Jaguars 2023 Schedule Release Video from the Jacksonville Jaguars, directed by Asher Grodman.

Commercial: Michael CeraVe from CeraVe and Ogilvy PR, directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.

Short: One Good Reason from ServiceNow, Tribeca Studios, and directors Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill.

Episodic: The Santa Stories from Coca Cola and WPP Open X/VML, directed by Steven Caple Jr. and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Feature Film: Audrey’s Children from UTA and Ronald McDonald House Charities, directed by Ami Canaan Mann.

Social Impact Award: One Good Reason from ServiceNow, Tribeca Studios, and directors Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill.

Environmental Impact Award: PROJECT MAJI: WATERS OF CHANGE VR EXPERIENCE from Born Studios and directors Bilge Tekin, Dominic Clarke, and Nicholas Masters-Waage.

 

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Tribeca Festival

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