New York Stage and Film’s NYC Winter Season Has Michael Urie, Jaime Lozano, Brian Quijada,Max Mayer and More
New York Stage and Film is thrilled to announce the upcoming line-up for their annual New York Stage and Film’s NYC Winter Season. New York Stage and Film’s NYC Programming serves artists through the course of the full calendar year, and throughout the life cycle of their projects. The Winter Season offers workshops, readings, and residencies to several projects simultaneously. Tickets are free and can be reserved by visitingwww.NewYorkStageAndFilm.org/NYCProgramming
“I wanted to approach our Winter Season like a version of our summer programming, so we have readings, residencies and filmmaker’s events happening at various points throughout February,” said Christopher Burney, New York Stage and Film’s Artistic Director. “In addition to creating more opportunities for artists, this interaction between projects fosters something all artists seek – community.”
New York Stage and Film’s NYC Winter Season, held at The Lark’s Barebones Studio (311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor), will feature:
Inspired By True Events
by Ryan Spahn
directed by Michael Urie
Tuesday, February 4 at 3:00pm
Based on an actual incident at a community theater, Inspired By True Events reminds us that the show must go on – no matter what terrifying and harrowing event has occurred.
by Shona Tucker
directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke
live music by Jack Gulielmetti
Friday, February 7 at 7:00pm
Shona Tucker (To Kill A Mockingbird) will perform her lyrical solo play with live music, Growing Wild, about a New York actress who returns to her southern Kentucky hometown to perform at Actors Theatre, only to learn that everything she believed about the death of her free-spirited sister was a lie. Through time shifts, we witness a family’s inter-generational quest to heal from the trauma of a mysterious sex crime.
by Chisa Hutchinson
directed by Jade King Carroll
Monday, February 10 at 3:00pm
Rebecca Burgess is just living her life when weird, supernatural shit starts happening to her for no reason she can think of. Of course, the fact that she can’t think of the reason is probably why it’s happening. Whitelisted is a cautionary tale that considers the possibility of cosmic justice in the absence of social justice.
A Distinct Society
by Kareem Fahmy
directed by Taylor Reynolds
Thursday, February 27 at 3:00pm
A quiet library that straddles the border of the U.S. and Canada becomes an unlikely crucible for five people from around the world. When an Iranian family, separated from one another by the “Muslim ban,” use the library as a meeting place, the head librarian, a U.S. border patrol officer, and a local teenager have to choose between breaking the law and saving themselves.
by Leslie Ayvazian
directed by Max Mayer
Friday, February 28 at 3:00pm
As Fran and Martin celebrate their wedding anniversary, they learn of a military recruiter’s visit to their only son’s high school. Faced with the prospect of his enlistment, they find themselves on opposite sides of one of the most profound questions any mother or father can face. Initially produced in 2003, Leslie will revisit the text within the context of the present.
Happy Hour Cabaret
Featuring songs by Migguel Anggelo, Khiyon Hursey, Jaime Lozano, Madeline Meyers, Christina Quintana, Brian Quijada, Zoe Sarnak, and Rona Siddiqui
Saturday, February 29 at 5:00pm
A 75-minute acoustic concert of songs-in-process by some of today’s most exciting emerging songwriters for the theater. Join us for a drink and the stories behind their newest compositions.
Additionally, New York Stage and Film’s NYC Winter Season will include various projects, receptions, and artists-in-residence, including:
Tell Them I’m Still Young
By Julia Doolittle
February 1-6, at The Lark
Allen, a history professor, and Kay, a poet, are entering their golden years when their only daughter is killed in a car crash. When a young man from their daughter’s past and an ambitious but troubled graduate student enter their spheres, Allen and Kay find their identities and the resilience of their marriage thrown into uncertainty, as both question what it could possibly mean to be a parent with no child.
February 1-7, at The Lark
New York Stage and Film will be in residence at The Lark Play Development Center from Saturday, February 1 – Friday, February 7, where they will host the public readings in their Winter Programming.
Additional projects, including casting, will be announced at a later date. Tickets are free and can be reserved by visitingwww.NewYorkStageAndFilm.org/NYCProgramming
Ryan Spahn (Playwright, Inspired By True Events) is an actor and writer from Detroit. His play Nora Highland was a semi-finalist for the 2019 O’Neill Playwrights Conference and was included in the Pride Plays Festival at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. His play Blessed and Highly Favored received development workshops with Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Athena Theatre, Hangar Theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. His screenwriting credits include the feature films Woven (LA Film Festival premiere), Grantham & Rose (Cleveland International Film Festival premiere), and He’s Way More Famous Than You (Slamdance Film Festival premiere, co-written with Halley Feiffer). Ryan co-created the digital series “What’s Your Emergency,” was a writer and producer for Logo’s “Cocktails & Classics,” and co-created the original pilot “When I Was Your Age” (Warner Bros). As an actor, Ryan appeared in the original casts of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Pulitzer Prize finalist Gloria; Halley Feiffer’s Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow; Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy; Michael McKeever’s Daniel’s Husband; Tim Pinckney’s Still At Risk; and Talene Monahon’s How To Load A Musket. Ryan is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School, Group 43.
Michael Urie (Director, Inspired By True Events) currently appears on Broadway in Bess Wohl’s Grand Horizons at 2nd Stage. NYC Theater: Tony Kushner’sA Bright Room Called Day; Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song; Buyer & Cellar; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; High Button Shoes; The Government Inspector; Homos, or Everyone in America; Shows For Days; Angels in America; The Temperamentals; directed Bright Colors and Bold Patterns; co-produced Pride Plays. Film: Lavender, He’s Way More Famous Than You (director), Beverly Hills Chihuahua, The Decoy Bride, The Hyperglot (director). TV: “Modern Family,” “The Good Fight,” “Younger,” “The Good Wife,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “Partners,” and “Ugly Betty.” Training: Juilliard.
Shona Tucker (Playwright, Growing Wild) is coming off a successful run on Broadway in the critically-acclaimed production of To Kill a Mockingbird, a new play based on the timeless novel by Harper Lee. She recently performed in Yale Repertory Theatre’s Mary Jane by Amy Herzog. Her Off-Broadway credits include: New York Theater Workshop, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, The Public Theater, Circle in the Square, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, and La MaMa, e.t.c. She has worked at numerous regional theaters, including three years as a company member at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theater Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville, Stageworks/Hudson, Arena Stage, The Acting Company, Hartford Stage and American Conservatory Theater. Her television and film credits include: “Lights Out”, Walk the Fish, Preaching to the Choir: On the One, “Third Watch,” “New York Undercover,” and “Law & Order.” She is a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop, an Audelco Award winner, and Fulbright Scholar. BS from Northwestern University and MFA at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. She is an Associate Professor of Drama and Chair of the Drama Department at Vassar College.
Elizabeth Van Dyke (Director, Growing Wild) has received an AUDELCO for Best Actress for her portrayal of Zora Neale Hurston and the Ace & Gold Award for Love to All, Lorraine a solo piece based on the life of Lorraine Hansberry that she wrote and co-directed. Elizabeth originated the roles of Fannie Mae Dove in Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage, Mattie in No…N, No Jews, & No Dogs by the late John Henry Redwood and Annie Talbot in A Dance On Widow’s Row by Samm Art Williams. Ms. Van Dyke serves as the Producing Artistic Director of Going to the River and The River Crosses River: A Festival of Short Plays by Women of Color. These programs support and champion the work of African-American Female playwrights and women playwrights of color. The artistic home-base for these programs is the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City. Elizabeth serves on the Advisory Board of The Passage Theatre, on the Board of Directors of New Federal Theatre and is a member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA, SDC, The Dramatist Guild, The Playwrights Center, and The League of Professional Theatre Women. In 2010 the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned Ms. Van Dyke to write a Libretto for the Zora Legacy Concert with music composed by the maestro, Dr. A. Hailstork. (World Premiere: Nov. 2011). Ms. Van Dyke has received the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in Theatre at Austin Peay State University, The Board of Directors Award from AUDELCO, The President’s Award from the Black Theatre Network, A Fox Foundation Grant, and a Rockefeller Grant to study the elements of Japanese Theatre.
Jack Gulielmetti (Live Music, Growing Wild) is a composer and guitarist based in New York City. Born and raised in the big apple, Jack grew up playing a wide variety of music from jazz to rock to metal to electronic and classical and everything in between.
Chisa Hutchinson (Playwright, Whitelisted). Chisa’s award-winning plays, which include She Like Girls, The Subject, Surely Goodness and Mercy, Dead & Breathing, Somebody’s Daughter, Amerikin, and Proof of Love among others, have been presented by such companies as Audible, Second Stage Theater, National Black Theater, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Alley Theater, South Coast Rep, and Atlantic Theater Company. She’s been a Lark Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a New York NeoFuturist, Resident Playwright at Second Stage, and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group. Currently, in addition to being a Fellow at Primary Stages and a member of New Dramatists, Chisa is anticipating the release of a film she worked on with Lee Daniels for Paramount and in the middle of working on another for Disney. To learn more, visit www.chisahutchinson.com
Jade King Carroll (Director, Whitlisted) has directed 4 world premieres by Chisa Hutchinson: Sex on Sunday, alondra was here, From the Author Of, and most recently Proof of Love (Audible/New York Theatre Workshop). Other credits include: Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth (Playwrights Realm); Detroit ‘67, Intimate Apparel, The Piano Lesson (McCarter Theatre); Having Our Say, The Piano Lesson (Hartford Stage); Having Our Say (Long Wharf Theatre); The Revolutionists, Sunset Baby (City Theatre); Autumn’s Harvest (Lincoln Center Institute); Skeleton Crew (Dorset Theater Festival, Marin Theater/Theatreworks – Palo Alto); Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money (Atlantic Theater); The Etymology of Bird (CitiParks Summer Stages); A Trouble in Mind (Two River Theater & Playmaker’s Rep); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Whipping Man (Portland Stage). Associate Director for A Streetcar Named Desire and The Gin Game (Broadway); The Children’s Monologues (Carnegie Hall). Jade received the Paul Green Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Professional. Past Fellowships & Awards: New York Theatre Workshop, Van Lier, Second Stage Theatre, Women’s Project, McCarter Theatre, SUNY 40 under 40, TCG New Generations Future Leader, and Gates Millennium Scholar.
Kareem Fahmy (Playwright, A Distinct Society) is a Canadian-born director and playwright of Egyptian descent. His plays, which include The Triumphant, Pareidolia, The In-Between, and an adaptation of the acclaimed Egyptian novel The Yacoubian Building, have been developed or presented at The Atlantic Theater Company, Target Margin Theater, The Lark, Fault Line Theater, and Noor Theater. Fellowships/Residencies: Sundance Theatre Lab, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Phil Killian Directing Fellow), Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center (National Directors Fellow), Second Stage (Van Lier Directing Fellow), Soho Rep (Writer/Director Lab), Lincoln Center (Directors Lab), New York Theater Workshop (Emerging Artist Fellow & Usual Suspect). Kareem has worked with MCC, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, The Civilians, Geva Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Berkeley Rep, and many others. Kareem is the co-founder of the Middle Eastern American Writers Lab at The Lark and of Maia Directors, a consulting group for organizations and artists engaging with stories from the Middle East. MFA: Columbia University. www.KareemFahmy.com
Taylor Reynolds (Director, A Distinct Society) is a New York-based director and theater-maker from Chicago and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of Obie-award winning The Movement Theatre Company in Harlem. Her work focuses on dissecting and exploring issues related to race, gender, and the intersectionality of identity. And she tends to get a bit spooky. She has worked as a director, assistant, and collaborator with companies including Signature Theatre Company, Page 73, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, The Public, EST, Ars Nova, Radical Evolution, and The 24 Hour Plays. Selected directing credits: TOUGH by Margot Connolly, Plano by Will Arbery (Drama Desk nom for Best Director), Songs About Trains (co-directed with Rebecca Martinez),ALLOND(R)A by Gina Femia, Think Before You Holla (creator/deviser), FOOD by Rhonda Marie Khan, Accidental Burlesque by Gina Femia (developed through the Audrey Residency at New Georges). Upcoming: Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally by Noah Diaz (January-April 2020). She is a member of NY Madness and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a 2017-2018 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow. BFA, Carnegie Mellon University.
Leslie Ayvazian (Playwright, A Lovely Day) is the author of eight full-length plays and seven one-act plays, published variously by Samuel French and Dramatists Play Service. Nine Armenians won the John Gassner/Outer Critics Circle Award for best new American play, the Roger L. Stevens Award, and second place for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Rosemary and I received an honorable mention from the Susan Smith Blackburn jury. Make Me, directed by Christian Parker, was produced in New York by the Atlantic Theatre Company. High Dive was produced at the Long Wharf Theatre and the Manhattan Class Company, directed by David Warren, and went on to be produced in Poland and Slovakia. Her short film Every Three Minutes, starring Olympia Dukakis, was produced by Showtime and won a Telly Award. Her play Deaf Day was produced as a film in Syria by Rana Kaz Kaz; it won “Best Short Film” at the Bahrain Film Festival. Leslie is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Dramaturgy at the Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts.
Max Mayer (Director, A Lovely Day) is a Founder and Producing Director of New York Stage And Film. In a 20+ year career as a theatre director, Max has directed World or New York premieres of plays by John Patrick Shanley, Eric Overmyer, George F. Walker, Lee Blessing, Alexandra Gersten, Harry Kondoleon, Nicole Burdette, Richard Nelson, Quincy Long, and Joanna Murray-Smith, with actors such as David Strathairn, Ethan Hawke, Frances MacDormand, Julianne Moore, John Spencer, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Jane Kaczmarek, Robert Sean Leonard, Mary MacDonnell, Kyra Sedgwick, John Mahoney, and Patricia Wettig at theatres such as Steppenwolf, WPA, Second Stage, Atlantic, Malaparte, Long Wharf, Manhattan Class, Ensemble Studio, and the Arena Stage where his productions have won multiple Best Production and Best Director Helen Hayes Awards. World premiere plays include: Lee Blessing’s Chesapeake (Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle Award nominations for solo performer, Mark Linn-Baker), Supple In Combat by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, John Patrick Shanley’s The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, and George F. Walker’s Escape From Happiness among many others. His feature film Adam starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Award and was distributed by Fox Searchlight. As Cool As I Am starring Claire Danes, James Marsden, and Sarah Bolger was produced by Wind Dancer and Identity Films and was distributed by IFC Films in 2013. His first feature film, Better Living starring Roy Scheider, Olympia Dukakis, and Edward Hermann opened theatrically in New York and Los Angeles in 2000. Max has written screenplays: Adam, The Great Day, The Affix, Present Tense, The Doorman, co-wroteRunaway Lake with Sadik Grice, and Intersection with Catherine Corpeny, and theatrical plays: The Sleeping Hippo, produced off-Broadway in 1997, Hand To Hand, produced by New York Stage and Film in 1994, and James And The Handless Maiden, produced in Los Angeles in 2002. For television, Max directed Episodes of NBC’s “The West Wing,” ABC’s “Alias,” and was Associate Producer of CBS’s “Family Law” where he directed three episodes. Currently, Max is in development with three independent films, The Inn Between, co-written with Terry Walters, Deception Road written by Dallas Brennan, and Patriot Acts by Willy Holtzman. Max has a BA in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Acting from NYU. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, documentary director, Rebecca Carpenter, daughter, Jude and step-daughter, Annika.
Migguell Anggelo (Happy Hour Cabaret) is a Venezuelan born / Brooklyn based multidisciplinary artist. His work explores the intersections of queer, Latino, and immigration identities, as well as the role of the artist in contemporary society. Migguel Anggelo is currently a 2020 Resident Artist of the NY Presenter Consortium and was previously a 2019 Joe’s Pub Working Group resident. As a musician, Migguel Anggelo has released two albums (Dónde Estará Matisseand La Casa Azul) and as a theater artist, has been awarded residencies to develop new works at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia) and BRIC (Brooklyn). He has been featured in festivals like LPAC’s Rough Draft and Provincetown’s Afterglow and has served as a cultural attaché, under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, in two separate 10-city tours of Russia. Currently, Migguel has been rigorously developing and performing his outrageously queer and gender-bending concert experience, LatinXoxo, created with J. Julian Christopher, Jaime Lozano, and Srđa Vasiljević. He also conceived and performed So Close: Love and Hate, Another Son of Venezuela, I, Inmigrante, and Welcome to La Misa, Baby all co-created with Obie Award-winner David Drake. Migguel is concurrently developing several new works and recording projects, including an album entitled English with an Accent, and a multi-character and immigrant-driven musical entitled The Last Supper with Christina Quintana (CQ) and Jaime Lozano. For more, please visit:www.migguelanggelo.com. Instagram: @migguelanggelo
Khiyon Hursey (Happy Hour Cabaret) is a writer and composer based in Los Angeles and New York. A 2014 graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Songwriting, he recently finished a stint as a staff writer for Netflix’s romantic musical drama, Soundtrack. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Irving Burgie Scholarship, Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship, a 2016 NAMT Writers Grant, a 2016 – 2017 Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Fellow, 2017 Space on Ryder Farm Residency, 2018 Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project residency, 2019 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop with Stephen Schwartz, 2019 Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat and the 2020 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals.
Jaime Lozano (Happy Hour Cabaret). Considered by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda as the “next big thing” on Broadway. Joe’s Pub Working Group 2020 residency. Selected works: Tlatelolco, Myths, The Yellow Brick Road (Off-Broadway & National Tour), Carmen La Cubana (European Tour), Children of Salt(NYMF 2016 “Best of Fest” Production), A Never-Ending Line (Comédie Nation in Paris, France & Off-Broadway), Savage (UAB at Birmingham), Present Perfect (Live & In Color). Albums: “Tlatelolco”, “Carols for a Cure 2010”, R.Evolución Latina’s “Dare to Go Beyond”, Florencia Cuenca’s “Aquí – Los Nuevos Standards”, Doreen Montalvo’s “American Soul / Latin Heart”, “A Never-Ending Line”, these last two released by Broadway Records. Jaime Lozano and the Familia: Songs by an Immigrant sold-out shows at Two River Theater, Joe’s Pub, and The Green Room 42. BFA: Music & Composition, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León; MFA: NYU/Tisch, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program; part of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, AFM Local 802, BMI and GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY voting member. “A mi hermosa familia, Florencia (Mi Henrucha hermosa), mi inspiración. Alonzo -mi Broadway Baby- y mi princesa Ely Aimé. Los amo, todo, siempre”. www.jaimelozano.net. Twitter/IG: @jaimelozano
Madeline Meyers (Happy Hour Cabaret) is a composer and lyricist for musical theater in New York City. Her musicals include The Race, The Devil’s Apprentice (world premiere Copenhagen, Denmark, 2018), Masterpiece (O’Neill Musical Theater Conference 2018 semi-finalist, dir. Emily Maltby), The Starry Messenger (dir. Hunter Bird), and The Rumoured Lyfe and Certain Death of Delia Bacon. She is a 2019 York Theatre Company NEO Writer, a 2019, 2018, and 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant finalist, a 2019, 2018, and 2017 ASCAP Plus Award recipient, a 2018 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award finalist, and a 2016-2017 Dramatists Guild Fellow. Madeline’s musicals have been developed at Goodspeed Musicals (Johnny Mercer Writers Colony), the York Theatre, the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, Emerson College, the Fingerlakes Musical Theater Festival, Musical Theater Factory, the NMI Disney Imagineering New Voices Project, the New York Theatre Barn, and the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project. She is an original member of the music department of the Broadway production of Hamilton. Madeline is a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. She is represented by Katie Gamelli at Abrams Artists Agency. http://www.madelinemyers.com @madelinesmyers
Christina Quintana (Happy Hour Cabaret). CQ is a queer writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots and the author of Scissoring, a full-length play (Dramatists Play Service, 2019). Her play Citizen Scientist (Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Project Commission) received second prize for Barrington Stage Company’s inaugural Burman New Play Award. Other plays include: Azul (Southern Rep, Kilroys List), Evensong (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Enter Your Sleep (Yale Cabaret), and The Great Lonely Roamer & The Night That Changed Everything (NYU Voices Festival), among others. She is the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Playwrights Realm, Van Lier New Voices at the Lark, Queer/Art, and Lambda Literary. As a WP Lab member, Tobias: A Novel In Performance will be presented in the 2020 Pipeline Festival this April. Most recently, CQ served as Staff Writer on the new ABC series, “The Baker And The Beauty.” For more, please visit cquintana.com
Brian Quijada (Happy Hour Cabaret) is an actor, playwright, composer, and Artistic Director of The Wild Wind Performance Lab for New Play Development at Texas Tech University. Quijada’s Live Looped Hip Hop show Where Did We Sit on the Bus? has been produced at Victory Gardens, Boise Contemporary Theatre, Pittsburgh’s City Theatre, and The Ensemble Studio Theatre. His most recent Hip Hop musical Kid Prince and Pablo was developed at NYSAF’s Powerhouse and premiered at The Kennedy Center Fall of 2019. His newest live looped musical Undesirables, commissioned by Seattle Repertory Theatre, was recently developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Musical Theatre Conference this past summer. Select New York acting credits:Bobbie Clearly (Roundabout), Oedipus El Rey (The Public), My Mañana Comes (Playwrights Realm). Brian is a two-time Chicago Jeff Award Winner and two-time Drama Desk Nominee.
Zoe Sarnak (Happy Hour Cabaret) is a New York City-based composer and lyricist. She is a Jonathan Larson Award Winner, and an Ebb Award, Kleban Award, and Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award finalist. Her work has been developed with and presented by Second Stage, New York Stage & Film, The Public, Roundabout Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geffen Playhouse, New York Theatre Workshop, NYS&F, WP Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, MCC, and many others. Upcoming projects include stage musicals, Secret Soldiers (with Marsha Norman and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins), Galileo(with Danny Strong, Michael Weiner and dir. Michael Mayer), A Crossing (with Josh Bergasse, Mark St Germain and Calpulli Dance Company, upcoming 2020 production at Barrington Stage Company), Empire Records for the stage, Afterwords and Afloat (with Emily Kaczmarek), Lila and the Lonely Few (with Rachel Bonds), Teddy & Max (with Brian Crawley) as well as an upcoming musical television project with 20th Century Fox. Her music has been featured by the “NY Times Live,” “The Shannara Chronicles” (Spike), “Silent Witness” (BBC) and in benefit concerts and albums for Everytown. www.zoesarnak.com
Rona Siddiqui (Happy Hour Cabaret) is a composer/lyricist based in NYC. She recently won the prestigious Ziegfeld award. Her show Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan, an autobiographical comedy about growing up bi-ethnic in America, had a reading at Playwrights Horizons Nov 2019 (dir. by Raja Feather Kelly). Other musicals include One Good Day, The Tin, and Treasure in NYC. She is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award, and the ASCAP Foundation/Max Dreyfus Scholarship. She has written pieces for Wicked‘s 16th anniversary commemoration Flying Free, 24 Hour Musicals, Prospect Theater Company, The Civilians, the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus, and 52nd St Project, and has performed concerts of her work at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and 54 Below. Original scores she has written include The Vagina Monologues, Middletown, and The Good Person of Szechuan. www.ronasiddiqui.com
Julia Doolittle (Playwright-in-Residence, Tell Them I’m Still Young). Plays include Tell Them I’m Still Young, The Absentee (Winner Woodward/Newman Drama Award, upcoming Bloomington Playwrights Project, Know Theatre), and Love and Contracts (South Coast Rep Pacific Playwrights Festival). Her work has been seen most recently at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Know Theatre, American Theatre Group, Second Stage, South Coast Repertory, Portland Stage, Victory Gardens Theatre, the Sam French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, The Tank, Tiny Rhino, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Urban Stages, and Rogue Machine Theatre. She is a semi-finalist for The 2018 Relentless Award, the winner of the Woodward-Newman 2019 Drama Award, recipient of the Elizabeth George Commission from South Coast Rep, a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Summer Conference, and a finalist for the 2017 Heidemann Award at the Human Festival. She is a member of EST’s Youngblood Playwrights group.
New York Stage and Film (Christopher Burney, Artistic Director; Thomas Pearson, Executive Director; Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, Johanna Pfaelzer, Leslie Urdang, Producing Directors) is a not-for-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development of new works for theater and film. Since 1985, New York Stage and Film has played a significant role in the development of new plays, provided a home for a diverse group of artists free from critical and commercial pressures, and established itself as a vital cultural institution for residents of the Hudson Valley and the New York metropolitan region www.newyorkstageandfilm.org.
The Glorious Corner
FAMILY’S A BITCH-THE END OF SUCCESSION — Sunday’s finale of Succession (HBO) was a mixed bag. I’ll be honest: At first I thought the finale was totally underwhelming, but after some additional thought and reading some other excellent reviews, I’ve come to the point where I now believe it was, pure and simple, how it had to end.
None more so than Joss Stone on “I Put A Spell On You.” What a voice. I’m amazed she’s not bigger; very Janis Joplin.
Also, Gary Clark delivered a blistering, amazing performance on Stevie Wonder’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers.” No question that he’s the next guitar-wizard. Here they both are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvO2_noxaXQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO2BLAXveVo …
I watched all 9 seasons of the CW’s The Flash and the first 5 were pretty terrific. The remaining ones got poorer and poorer as the original cast disappeared one by one. Grant Gustin, The Flash, was there the whole time, but their finale last week was terribly confusing – save for a song by Tony Award winner Jesse L. Martin (for Rent) – a key member of the original cast. The last two seasons had a myriad of costumed villains, some from the comic, some not, but just wildly messed up. The CW was sold to Nexstar last year and big changes are in their future. Sad … and, CNN is reporting that Universal Music is close to snapping up the rights to the Queen-catalog for $1 billion-plus. Good for them.
Disney had it previously, but Queen’s music is more popular than ever before. It’s a real shame Freddie is not her to share in it. If you wondered the record for the biggest previously was for Bruce Springsteen’s catalog at $500 million.
Midnight Moment: The Doors: Lizard Kings
From June 1–30, 2023 | Nightly 11:57pm – 12am metallic crystal-ridged lizards prowl and skitter across the screens of Times Square in The Doors: Lizard Kings by Zach Blas. Featuring five fantastical computer-generated creatures choreographed across 63 distinct channels, June’s Midnight Moment stems from Blas’s 2019 immersive media installation The Doors, a work exploring psychedelia, drug use, artificial intelligence, and Silicon Valley’s connections to California counterculture from the 1960s.
The Doors: Lizard Kings also nods to the contemporary psychedelic trends of microdosing LSD and psilocybin mushrooms, as well as taking nootropics. Blas suggests that this new drug culture, popularized in the tech industry, re-engineers psychedelic experience to optimize labor, promising to “unlock” doors of the mind for workers to labor faster and more efficiently. The Doors: Lizard Kings proposes a new generation of Barbaturex morrisoni, computational symbols for a 21st century psychedelia predicated on worker productivity, smart drugs, and AI hallucinations.
Zach Blas, The Doors: Lizard Kings 2019 / 2023
Originally commissioned by Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Germany; de Young Museum, San Francisco, US; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
- Computer Graphics Supervisor: Harry Sanderson
- Animation: Mikkel Aabenhuus Sørensen
- Animation Assistant: Yan Eltovsky
- Modeling and Visual Effects: Dayne Kolk
- Simulation Assistant: Aslak Kjølås-Sæverud
- Compositing: Felix Lee
- Video Editor: Martin Gajc
- Project Manager: Talia Golland
- Project Assistant: Audrey Amman
The original presentation of The Doors featured an aural accompaniment that oscillates between abstract soundscapes and poetry spoken in AI generated voice resembling Jim Morrison’s.
- Machine Learning Engineers (video and poetry): Ashwin D’Cruz and Christopher Tegho
- Machine Learning Engineers (voice and music): Sam Parke-Wolfe and Cameron Thomas
- Musicians: xin and Aya Sinclair
- Supervising Sound Editor: Tom Sedgwick
- Mix Engineer: Ben Hurd
Zach Blas (b. Point Pleasant, West Virginia) is an artist, filmmaker, and writer whose practice spans moving image, computation, theory, performance, and science fiction. Blas engages the materiality of computational technologies while also drawing out the philosophies and imaginaries lurking in artificial intelligence, biometric recognition, predictive policing, airport security, the Internet. Blas has exhibited, lectured, and held screenings at venues internationally, including the 12th Berlin Biennale, Walker Art Center, Tate Modern, British Art Show 9, 12th Gwangju Biennale, de Young Museum, the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ICA London, Van Abbemuseum, e-flux, ZKM Center for Art and Media, and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. His practice has been supported by a Creative Capital award in Emerging Fields, the Arts Council England, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. His work is in the collections of Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, and Whitney Museum of American Art. Blas’s practice has been written about and featured in Artforum, Frieze, ArtReview, BBC, The Guardian, and The New York Times. His 2021 artist monograph Unknown Ideals is published by Sternberg Press. Blas is an Assistant Professor of Visual Studies in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.
The Glorious Corner
LASSO’S MOM CITY — I believe that the best ever episode of Ted Lasso was dropped this week, entitled Mom City. It started off innocently enough with Ted leaving for work and walking right past his mother! He realized it and turned back to her. Turns out she had been in London for a week and was just now seeing Ted.
Also, Harry Nilsson’s “Puppy Song” was a key musical moment in the EP. Harry, we love you!
SHORT TAKES — The #1 iTunes song currently is Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do with It.” Much deserved … Producer Joel Diamond used to live at 220 Central Park South in NYC. His building was torn down and re-built. It is now part of what they call Billionaire’s Road. WSJ-reporter Katherine Clarke’s new book is about just that.. Via Random House, Billionaire’s Row is out on June 13 …
We dropped the name of new Latino-artist Sasha Prendes last time; we just saw a teaser clip for her new video “Shake This.” Check it out here: https://www.sashaprendes.com/video … Micky Dolenz headlined at this week’s Abbey Road On The River and delivered his usual high-octane performance.
He leaves for England this week for the James Burton & Friends/One Night Only event June 4 at London’s Palladium … Terry Jastrow interviewed by Brad Balfour for his podcast this week …
ENDQUOTE: Via Deadline: The View’s Whoopi Goldberg Claims ‘American Idol’ Led To The Downfall of Society. Ouch! Check it out here: https://deadline.com/2023/05/the-view-cohost-whoopi-goldberg-claims-american-idol-led-to-downfall-society-1235380500/ … Happy Bday Buddy Blanch and Bobby Shaw!
Films In June
There is the upcoming superhero movies (including upcoming Marvel movies) to look forward to.
6/2: The Boogeyman with Chris Messina, Sophaie Thatcher. A horror-thriller from the mind of best-selling author Stephen King, which opens June 2, 2023, in theaters nationwide. High school student Sadie Harper and her younger sister Sawyer are reeling from the recent death of their mother and aren’t getting much support from their father, Will, a therapist who is dealing with his own pain. When a desperate patient unexpectedly shows up at their home seeking help, he leaves behind a terrifying supernatural entity that preys on families and feeds on the suffering of its victims.
6/2: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse with Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld Miles Morales. Return for the next chapter of the Oscar®-winning Spider-Verse saga, Spider-Man™: Across the Spider-Verse. After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders and must redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most.
6/9: Flamin’ Hot (Hulu Release) with Jesse Garcia, Annie Gonzalez. The inspiring true story of Richard Montañez (Jesse Garcia), the Frito Lay janitor who channeled his Mexican American heritage and upbringing to turn the iconic Flamin’ Hot Cheetos into a snack that disrupted the food industry and became a global pop culture phenomenon
6/9: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts with Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback. Returning to the action and spectacle that have captured moviegoers around the world, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on a ‘90s globetrotting adventure with the Autobots and introduce a whole new faction of Transformers – the Maximals – to join them as allies in the existing battle for earth. Directed by Steven Caple Jr. and starring Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback, the film arrives in theatres June 9, 2023.
6/16: The Blackening with Antoinette Robertson, Dewayne Perkins. The Blackening centers around a group of Black friends who reunite for a Juneteenth weekend getaway only to find themselves trapped in a remote cabin with a twisted killer. Forced to play by his rules, the friends soon realize this ain’t no motherf****** game. Directed by Tim Story (Ride Along, Think Like A Man, Barbershop) and screenplay and screen story by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip, Harlem) & Dewayne Perkins (The Amber Ruffin Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), The Blackening skewers genre tropes and poses the sardonic question: if the entire cast of a horror movie is Black, who dies first?
6/16: Elemental with Mamoudou Athie, Leah Lewis. Transport to an extraordinary place called Element City, where a host of elements live and work. The trailer showcases each element—air, earth, water and fire—and what sets them apart according to Ember, a quick-witted and fiery woman who’s always stayed close to home in Firetown. In “Elemental,” which opens in theaters on June 16, she finally ventures out of her comfort zone to explore this spectacular world born from the imaginations of Pixar’s filmmakers and specifically crafted for the big-screen experience. Element City is inspired by big cities around the globe and embraces theorized contributions from each elemental community—from giant pine-tree-like buildings and waterfall skyscrapers to a tornado-shaped arena called Cyclone Stadium.
6/16: Extraction 2 (Netflix Release) with Chris Hemsworth, Tinatin Dalakishvili. This is a sequel to the first film that was based on the graphic novel ‘Ciudad’ by Ande Parks, from a story by Ande Parks, Joe Russo & Anthony Russo, with illustrations by Fernando León González. EXTRACTION 2 is produced by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Mike Larocca, Chris Hemsworth, Patrick Newall and Sam Hargrave, with Angela Russo-Otstot, Jake Aust, Benjamin Grayson, Steven Scavelli, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely as executive producers.
6/16: The Flash with Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton. Worlds collide in “The Flash” when Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past. But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no Super Heroes to turn to. That is, unless Barry can coax a very different Batman out of retirement and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian… albeit not the one he’s looking for. Ultimately, to save the world that he is in and return to the future that he knows, Barry’s only hope is to race for his life. But will making the ultimate sacrifice be enough to reset the universe? “The Flash” ensemble also includes rising star Sasha Calle, Michael Shannon (“Bullet Train,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”), Ron Livingston (“Loudermilk,” “The Conjuring”), Maribel Verdú (“Elite,” “Y tu mamá también”), Kiersey Clemons (“Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” “Sweetheart”), Antje Traue (“King of Ravens,” “Man of Steel”) and Michael Keaton (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Batman”).
6/23: Asteroid City with Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie. Taking place in a fictional American desert town circa 1955. Synopsis: The itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention (organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition) is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events.
6/23: No Hard Feelings with Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Feldman, Laura Benanti, Natalie Morales and Matthew Broderick. Maddie (Lawrence) thinks she’s found the answer to her financial troubles when she discovers an intriguing job listing: wealthy helicopter parents looking for someone to “date” their introverted 19-year-old son, Percy, and bring him out of his shell before he leaves for college. But awkward Percy proves to be more of a challenge than she expected, and time is running out. She has one summer to make him a man or lose it all.
6/30: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny with Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Harrison Ford returns as the legendary hero archaeologist in the highly anticipated fifth installment of the iconic “Indiana Jones” franchise, which is directed by James Mangold (“Ford v Ferrari,” “Logan”). Starring along with Ford are Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”), Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”), John Rhys-Davies (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”), Shaunette Renee Wilson (“Black Panther”), Thomas Kretschmann (“Das Boot”), Toby Jones (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”), Boyd Holbrook (“Logan”), Oliver Richters (“Black Widow”), Ethann Isidore (“Mortel”) and Mads Mikkelsen (“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”). Directed by James Mangold, the film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel, with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas serving as executive producers. John Williams, who has scored each Indy adventure since the original “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in 1981, is once again composing the score.
6/30: Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken with Lana Candor, Toni Collette. DreamWorks Animation dives into the turbulent waters of high school with a hilarious, heartfelt action comedy about a shy teenager who discovers that she’s part of a legendary royal lineage of mythical sea krakens and that her destiny, in the depths of the oceans, is bigger than she ever dreamed.
Events in June
Gay Pride, Bryant Park Picnic Performances, Movie Nights, Lincoln Center Summer for the City (Midsummer Night Swing), Juneteenth, New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Tribeca Film Festival, Free Outdoor Concerts, Museum Mile Festival, the Puerto Rican Day Parade and that’s just the beginning!
Until September 29 every summer in Times Square, NYC, TSQ LIVE showcases hundreds of artists, performers and cultural producers and this summer 80 free events hosting over a dozen incredible New York-based institutions and collectives, including Pioneer Works, NEW INC, Children’s Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ailey Extension, New York Live Arts, OTA Entertainment, Soul Summit, Rash Bar, and Elsewhere.
6/1: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park New York City Opera: La Bohème
6/2: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Jazzmobile: The Steven Oquendo Latin Jazz Orchestra
6/2: Billy Joel @ MSG
6/3-4: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit atUniversity Place, starting at East 13th Street and continuing south along the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street.
6/7 until September: Little Island Tony and Grammy Award winners in The Glade, late night djs, drag bingo, and dance parties in The Play Ground, weekly artmaking activities for all ages and Teen Night every Friday.
6/7 – 18: Tribeca Film Festival will take place movie theatres, rooftops and various venues throughout NYC, such as the new Pier 57, Beacon Theatre, the Angelika. The premiere of Let the Canary Sing with a performance by Cyndi Lauper or The Closing Gala: A Bronx Tale, followed by a conversation with director and star Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal, and writer and co-star Chazz Palminteri.
6/8 – 8/6: Shakespeare in the Park – Hamlet
6/8: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Contemporary Dance: Robin Dunn, The Lite
6/9: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Contemporary Dance: Dance Heginbotham, Jennifer Muller/The Works
6/9 – 11: @ Citi Field Governors Ball Music Festival – The contemporary music festival for music lovers by music lovers. With 60+ artists of all genres across 4 stages, there is something for everyone, including delicious restaurants, food trucks and menus.
6/9 – 18: River to River Festival The festival takes place in a variety of public venues that canvas all of Downtown New York – from Chambers Street down to the southern tip of Manhattan and across the island from river to river.
6/11: National Puerto Rican Day Parade Fifth Avenue, 44th to 79th Street
6/12: Bryant Park Movie Nights Almost Famous (2000)
6:13: Museum Mile Festival on Fifth Avenue from 84th Street to 109th Street: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; and The Africa Center.
6/14 – August: Dancing Under the Stars (formerly Midsummer Night Swing), free outdoor movies, dancing, singing, readings, celebrations, flamingos, disco ball, poetry, Mozart, concerts, crafts, Juneteenth and much more!
6/15: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Contemporary Dance: Terk Lewis + Kayla Farrish
6/16: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Contemporary Dance: Soles of Duende + Josh Johnson
6/17-25: Gay Pride The Rally, The March & Pride Island. The 2023 theme is “Strength in Solidarity” and Christina Aguilera is headlining NYC Pride Island on Sunday, June 25th at Brooklyn Army Terminal. The festivities begin with Family Night and the Rally and culminate with PrideFest & The March. Other events include Pride Island and the annual Dance on the Pier, following the parade wrapping up Pride Week in a grand fireworks display.
6/16 – 18: Juneteenth is a celebration of June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, which declared the ending of slavery in the USA. The three day Juneteenth in NYC festival kicks off Friday with a virtual summit, Friday night is the Celebration of Black Kings, Saturday is Festival Community Day and the festival culminates Sunday with a Parade, Fashion Show, Food trucks Field Day and more. Monday, June 19th, is a national holiday, with government, banks and post offices closed. More Info: Junteenth NY
There are dozens more Juneteenth celebrations throughout all 5 Boroughs, including BBQs, the NYC Parks Department, Seneca Village, Broadway, Lincoln Center, concerts, shows, theater and more.
6/17: The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is the nation’s largest art parade where 3,000+ participants dress in hand-made costumes.
6/ 19: Bryant Park Movie Nights Amistad (1997)
6/23: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Emerging Music Festival: Psymon Spine, THUS LOVE, Katy Kirby
6/24: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Emerging Music Festival: Ky Vöss, Seramic, Miss Grit, Dead Tooth
6/26: Bryant Park Movie Nights Mean Girls (2004)
6/30: Picnic Performances @ Bryant Park Jalopy Theatre: Michael Daves Quartet ft. Tony Trishka, Yacouba Sissoko, Terrell King
6/30: Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The New Dramatists’ 71st Annual Benefit Luncheon With Josh Groban, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ban Platt and More
enCourage Kids Foundationen 38th Annual Gala
Southampton Inn Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Summer BBQ
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