Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Playwright Leah Nanako Winkler, The Ensemble Studio Theater, NYC


The Playwright Leah Nanako Winkler, The Ensemble Studio Theater, NYC
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Kentucky
by
Leah Nanako Winkler

produced by Ensemble Studio Theater, the Radio Drama Network and Page 73

Directed by Morgan Gould
Cast Featuring Ako, Satomi Blair, Mikumari Caiyhe, Curran Connor, Merissa Czyz, Sasha Diamond, Lynnette R. Freeman, Alex Grubbs, Marcia Haufrecht, Megan Hill, Emily Kunkel, Jay Patterson, Ronald Alexander Peet, Samantha Sembler, Shannon Tyo and Amir Wachterman

Monday, June 13, 2016

Brooklyn Street Portraits, 1976

Brooklyn, Street Portraits 1976
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 Cypress Hills
 Greenpoint
Carroll Gardens
 Greenpoint
 Gravescend
 Carroll Gardens
 Carroll Gardens
  Gowanus
 Greenpoint
  Greenpoint
 Brooklyn Heights
 Brooklyn Heights
 Carroll Gardens
 Canarsie
 Carroll Gardens
 Brighton Beach
 Sheepshead Bay
 Greenpoint
 Cypress Hills
 Flatbush
 Greenpoint
 Bay Ridge
 Carroll Gardens
 Cypress Hills
Greenpoint

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Playwright Charles Mee, Linda's Lawn, Riverside Park, NYC 2016

The Playwright Charles Mee, Linda's Lawn, Riverside Park, NYC 2016


ODYSSEUS 2.0
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY

by Charles Mee

ODYSSEUS 2.0
I grew up in a little town outside Chicago
where I could walk to the end of the block
and cross the street
and step into the countryside
and keep walking through the fields
past the trees and lakes
crossing the little streams
all the way to Iowa or Nebraska or California
or the south of France or India.
That was my life
when I was growing up.
My formative years.
Anything could happen.
That was my life.

Music.
Odysseus 2.0 turns and sees:
A guy wearing a garbage can upside down
so his head is a yellow glass bowl
in a hole in the bottom of the garbage can
his shins and feet can be seen at bottom
his arms come out the side 
and he sings

UHNUHNUHNUHNUHNUHNUHNUHN
UHNUHNUHN
EEEEEEEEEEEE
POOH-POOHPOOH-POOHRRRA
slslsl
drrrrroomoom
UHNUHNUHNUHN
aaaaaaaaaatzeen
UEEEE EE EE EE EE
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Rrumpfftilffto?
Bee bee bee bee bee
Zee zee zee zee zee

Pe pe pe pe pe
Pii pii pii pii pii
Poo poo poo poo poooo?

Grimm glimm gnimm bimbimm
Grimm glimm gnimm bimbimm
Grimm glimm gnimm bimbimm

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Playwright Lucas Hnath, Playwright Horizons, 2016


The Playwright Lucas Hnath, Playwright Horizons, 2016


The Christians  

by Lucas Hnath
Directed by Les Waters
Emily Donahoe — Jenny, a church congregant
Andrew Garman — Paul, a pastor
Philip Kerr — Jay, a church elder
Larry Powell — Joshua, the associate pastor
Linda Powell — Elizabeth, the pastor's wife
Scenic Design: Dane Laffrey
Costume Design: Connie Furr Soloman
Lighting Design: Ben Stanton
Sound Design: Jake Rodriguez

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Playwright Erin Markey, Abrons Art Center, 2016



The Playwright Erin Markey, Abrons Art Center, 2016

A Ride On The Irish Cream

by Erin Markey; 
Music composed by Kenny Mellman, Emily Bate and Erin Markey; 
Directed by Jordan Fein
Cast Becca Blackwell and Erin Markey

A Ride on the Irish Cream Written and created by Erin Markey; music by Ms. Markey, Emily Bate and Kenny Mellman; lyrics by Ms. Markey; directed by Jordan Fein; musical direction and vocal arrangements by Ms. Bate; band arrangements by the Band: Ms. Bate, Ian Axness, Chenda Cope and Mike Marcinowski; choreography by Chloe Kernaghan; costumes by Enver Chakartash; sets by Adam Rigg; lighting by Barbara Samuels; sound by Dan Rider; duck construction by Nathan Lemoine; production stage manager, Bridget Balodis; production manager, Mo Lioce; assistant director, Ry Szelong; produced by Mr. Fein and Ms. Markey. Presented by Abrons Arts Center and American Realness. 
WITH: Becca Blackwell (Irish Cream) and Erin Markey (Reagan/Neeno); Ian Axness, Emily Bate, Chenda Cope, Mike Marcinowski (the Band); and Cassidy Dawn Graves, Annie Pardoe, Nicolette Templier and Sarah Villegas (Leotard Girls).


Monday, May 23, 2016

The Playwright Noah Haidle, Lucille Lortel Theatre, 2016

The Playwright Noah Haidle, Lucille Lortel Theatre, 2016
Smokefall
Lucille Lortel Theater
by Noah Haidle,
 Directed by Anne Kauffman
Cast With Tom Bloom, Brian Hutchison, Zachary Quinto, Taylor Richardson and Robin Tunney



Footnote

Violet enters.
The sun will rise in seven hours.
She will take out the same dishes, silverware, the same glasses, and then wait for everyone who remains to wake up.  
I imagine the universe as a household which is always beginning again.
A circle without a cause or an end, a circle that never gets tired, that has no apparent aim, unless the aim is to find bliss inside the circle.
To find joy, and hope, and meaning in the details and facts that hour by hour define our lives.
The names might be different but our fate is the same.
To give what we have.
The attempt is how we live.